Looking for ways to fill up your weekend? Here are your five best bets for getting out and about in the Valley of the Sun.
Hocus Pocus Screening @ Roosevelt Growhouse For kiddos who grew up in the 1990s, there's a canon of Halloween flicks and scary ephemera that truly terrified our smaller, sillier selves. From Goosebumps and Are You Afraid of the Dark? to The Nightmare Before Christmas and Casper (eh, we'll throw Halloweentown a bone, too) there was no shortage of spooky. But our favorite was always Hocus Pocus, with Bette Middler, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Kathy Najimy as the witchy Sanderson Sisters brought back from the dead thanks to one trying-to-be-cool kid named Max. Thora Birch, a cursed talking cat, cameos from Penny and Garry Marshall, and an über-douche called Ice round out the fun.
Get in on some throwback action when Roosevelt Growhouse screens Hocus Pocus in conjunction with Fifth Street's Third Friday frolicking. Admission is free. Guests are encouraged to arrive at 8:30 p.m. A preshow of cartoons begins at 8:45, and the film rolls at 9. Bring blankets, chairs, snacks, and (preferably) the ability to quote the movie from start to finish.
Sidewalk Sale @ Fashion by Robert Black Named the Best Splurge-Worthy Vintage Clothing this city has to offer, Fashion by Robert Black is our go-to, drool-worthy boutique when we want to look fab (or simply be in the presence of fab-ness). That makes the shop's sales all the more alluring. Saturday's sidewalk sale promises killer finds for both men and women from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Admission is free.
The Polo Party @ WestWorld of Scottsdale Slip into your fanciest pants for a proper day of polo, partying, and a preview of both the upcoming Barrett-Jackson auto show and the Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show on Saturday. Six polo teams (two of which boast mallet heavy-hitters Nic Roldan and Tommy Biddle Jr.) will face off in hopes of winning the Molina Cup with matches at 11 a.m., 1 p.m., and 3 p.m. The party gates open at 10 a.m. at WestWorld's polo fields. Tickets start at $15 in advance and $20 the day of the event.
Grand Avenue Festival @ Grand Avenue District From art shows and upcycled fashion creations to live performances, film screenings, and tours of historic commercial buildings, it might be tough to know where to begin with the fourth annual Grand Avenue Festival. Our advice? Your best bet is arriving in a pair of comfy shoes and beginning at one of the designated info stops, Funk Lab, Bragg's Pie Factory, or Oasis on Grand, where you'll find a full rundown of what's going down and when. The festival is free and takes place throughout the Grand Avenue Arts District from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday.
Hola Gata II @ El Santo Cantina Ain't no party like an after-party. And after a day of polo, really outlandish hats, staring longingly at extremely expensive cars, and likely downing a cocktail or two, you won't want to turn in for the evening. No. You'll wanna ride the fun train into the wee mornin' hours. That means you're heading to El Santo on Saturday night from 8 p.m. until 2 a.m. for the official post-polo bash. Poolside jams from DJs Jen Jones and Design will lead up to an all-pink fashion show by Nelson Hawks, featuring Jett Models and the ladies of El Santo. There's no cover; VIP seating is available.