Things to Do

The Best Things to Do in Metro Phoenix This Weekend

Jacob Tyler Dunn
Get ready to eat.

It's time to get plans. This weekend, you can get cheesy at Mac and Cheese Fest AZ, break a sweat at 2018 Undy Run/Walk, or take in the bright lights at ZooLights. For more things to do, visit Phoenix New Times’ calendar.

Julius Caesar
As we say goodbye to spooky season and enter winter, here’s your chance to bid farewell to a classic character in one of the most well-known assassinations of all time at Southwest Shakespeare Company’s Julius Caesar. This play is a part of the company’s mission to bring theater to the community through education. Recently, they’ve put on productions of Bury the Hatchet, which told the story the infamous Lizzie Borden, and Ladies in Waiting: The Judgement of Henry VIII, in which the controversial king must face his ex-wives in purgatory. Julius Caesar will take the stage at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, November 16, at Taliesin West, 12621 N. Frank Lloyd Wright Boulevard, Scottsdale. Tickets are $35, and if you can’t make it, don’t worry: there are additional performances on December 14 and January 18. Visit for more information. Angelica Cabral

Horror Tattoo Expo
Halloween was weeks ago, but the Horror Tattoo Expo arrives at the Arizona State Fairgrounds to ensure the terror lasts for a lifetime. Over 200 artists and body piercers will be in attendance and ready to ink anything from Pennywise the Clown to a Ouija board on any patches of skin that need decorating. There will also be scarehouses, costume and tattoo contests, and a special appearance by Butch Patrick, best known for his portrayal of Eddie on the classic television show The Munsters.

Get inked up from 2 to 11 p.m. on Friday, November 16, at 1826 West McDowell Road, with expanded hours on Saturday, November 17, and Sunday, November 18. General admission tickets are $25. For more information, visit Jason Keil

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Enjoying a cold one.
Four Peaks Brewery
21st Anniversary Party
The Valley’s most popular brewery has reached drinking age, so the makers of Kilt Lifter and Peach Ale are throwing a rager to celebrate. Four Peaks’ 21st Anniversary Party will have food trucks serving up the perfect bite to go with your pint of Hop Knot and musical performances from local favorites Katastro and pop-punk mainstays The All-American Rejects. The local company will also be unveiling their new packaging designs for their frothy collection of tasty brews.

Celebrate from 3 to 11 p.m. on Friday, November 16, at Phoenix Rising FC Soccer Complex, 751 North McClintock Drive in Tempe. Tickets for this 21 and up event are $10 to $50. For more information, visit Jason Keil

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Arizona Science Center
Science With A Twist: Game of Thrones
The battle for the Iron Throne will conclude early next year on HBO, but the Arizona Science Center’s Science With A Twist: Game of Thrones will study how the Starks, Lannisters, and Targaryens have set themselves up for success (or failure). How did Cersei destroy the Sept of Baylor? Is wildfire real? And of course, dragons and White Walkers will be discussed. Check your chalice for poison before you drink and come to this event dressed in your finest attire for the costume contest.

Heads will roll from 6 to 10 p.m. on Friday, November 16, at 600 East Washington Street. Tickets for this 21-and-up event are $12. For more information, visit Jason Keil

Phoenix Pizza Festival
Who doesn’t love pizza? The merits of the food are rarely up for debate, although the internet often finds itself locked in arguments about what to put on it. On Saturday, November 17 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., the Phoenix Pizza Festival will feature 15 pizza makers showcasing all different types of pizza, so there’s likely to be something for everyone’s taste buds. It will take place at Margaret T. Hance Park, 1201 North Third Street, and will include live bands, lawn games, desserts, and a kids’ zone. A $10 ticket gets you access to the event, but food and drink are an extra cost once you’re inside. For more info, visit Angelica Cabral

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Do it.
Mac and Cheese Fest AZ
Mac and Cheese Fest AZ
The recipe of macaroni and cheese is almost as old as America itself — Thomas Jefferson and his chef brought it back from Paris — but for years, our nation was satisfied to prepare this comfort food from a recipe on a box of noodles. The Mac and Cheese Fest AZ will be an upgrade from your typical Kraft dinner, with restaurants from around the Valley each dishing up their own twist on the classic. There will be vegan and gluten-free options available, and craft beer vendors to help you wash it all down.

Get cheesy from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, November 17 and Sunday, November 18, at Salt River Fields, 7555 North Pima Road in Scottsdale. Tickets are $10 to $75. For more information, visit Jason Keil

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Dog days, indeed.
Day of the Dog
Now that the dog days of summer are behind us, dogs and their people are taking back the streets. For Day of the Dog, they’ll be converging on Old Town Scottsdale between Goldwater Boulevard and Marshall Way. The two-day event kicks off from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, November 17, when the lineup includes yoga, wiener races, a puppy stampede, Chihuahua races, and dock diving – plus over 65 exhibitors showcasing pet health, nutrition, recreation, photography, rescue, and more. Dogs rule every day, but this way they get a chance to go out and really strut their stuff together. The free event continues on Sunday, November 18. Visit Lynn Trimble

Bonsai Exhibit
Bonsai has long been associated with the Japanese, but it actually originates from an ancient Chinese horticultural practice. It was then redeveloped under Japanese Zen Buddhism. On Saturday, November 17, from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., the Japanese Friendship Garden will host their fourth annual Bonsai Exhibit at 1125 North Third Avenue to share in this history. The day will also feature pottery, poetry, and traditional flower arrangement. There will also be demonstrations and a hands-on presentation, for those looking to learn more about these ancient arts. Tickets are $5 for students, $6 for military and seniors over 62, and $7 for all other adults. For more information, call 602-274-8700 or go to Angelica Cabral

Sushi Puppet Making Workshop
Whether it’s the Americanized California roll or the more traditional edomae, sushi comes in many forms. At the Sushi Puppet Making Workshop on Saturday, November 17 from 10 a.m. to noon, it’ll be made with felt. For $20, you can spend a couple hours learning the technique and making maki, uramaki, or nigiri. The event takes place at Puppet Pie, 1301 Grand Avenue, Studio 4, and is for ages 8 and up (ages 8 to 12 require a grown-up, but at no extra charge). Artist Stacey Gordon, who will lead the class, has made puppets for the likes of the Phoenix Coyotes and rock band Barenaked Ladies. She also has other classes coming up, including doll decorating. You can find more details at or call 602-842-9433. Angelica Cabral

Colorectal Cancer Alliance
2018 Undy Run/Walk
Lace up your shoes and pull up your drawers for the 2018 Undy Run/Walk. This family-friendly event gives runners the chance to sprint through the streets of Phoenix in your favorite pair of boxers, briefs, or panties. This 5K length race benefits the Colorectal Cancer Alliance, whose mission is to raise awareness of the devastating and preventable disease. All participants get a fresh pair of underwear.

Stride in your skivvies at 9 a.m. on Saturday, November 17, at Wesley Bolin Plaza, 1700 West Washington Street. Registration is $35 in advance and $40 on race day. For more information, visit Jason Keil

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Baritone Jubilant Sykes
ASU Gammage
Mass: A Theatre Piece For Singers, Players, and Dancers
Whether you’re into punk rock, hip-hop, or techno, you’ve got to give it up for Leonard Bernstein, the prolific 20th-century composer and conductor whose body of work includes opera, ballet, film scores, musicals, and more. Those iconic strings you hear when the Jets and Sharks face off in West Side Story came from his score. Bernstein also created a monumental work called Mass: A Theatre Piece For Singers, Players, and Dancers, which features lyrics by Bernstein and Broadway composer Stephen Sondheim. You can enjoy a rare performance of Mass, featuring baritone Jubilant Skykes with the ASU Symphony Orchestra and a host of other creatives, at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, November 17, at ASU Gammage, 1200 South Forest Avenue, Tempe. Choreography is by Carley Conder, David Olarte, and Marcus White. Tickets start at $7. Visit Lynn Trimble

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Downtown Donut Festival
Downtown Donut Festival
Show some doughnut love on Sunday, November 18, during the free Downtown Donut Festival that runs from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Margaret T. Hance Park, near Phoenix Center for the Arts, 1202 North Third Street. While you’re there, you can drool over a fun selection of doughnuts, listen to live music, check out a doughnut-themed photo booth, play lawn games, and relax in an inflatable doughnut lounge. There’s a bike valet for cyclists, and local brewers will also be on hand. Bring plenty of $1 bills for doughnuts and other delish samples. Visit Lynn Trimble

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See Tess Mosko Scherer's work during Hidden in the Hills.
Tess Mosko Scherer
Hidden in the Hills Studio Tour
Every fall, dozens of artists open their creative spaces for the Hidden in the Hills Studio Tour, which features works by more than 100 artists affiliated with the Sonoran Arts League. This year’s self-guided tour includes 174 artists showing and talking about their work in 44 studios located around Desert Foothills communities, including Cave Creek, Carefree, and North Scottsdale. Check it out on Sunday, November 18, between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. That’s just one of six days the tour is open. While you’re there, you can get a head start on holiday shopping for friends and family who might like a unique piece of jewelry, ceramics, or other work of art. Participating artists work in diverse media, including glass, prints, metal, photography, wood, painting, and more. Just print the online map, and start exploring. Visit Lynn Trimble