5 Best Things to Do in Phoenix This Weekend

Your guide to metro Phoenix's best weekend events is here. 

Comedy on Fire 28
Downtown’s “longest continuously running independent comedy show,” Comedy on Fire returns with its 28th season. Boasting a laundry list of up-and-coming comics and a few recognizable features, the show promises to pack in the laughs.

Things get started with live music from Tempe’s Page the Village Idiot before delving into two hours of stand-up. Special guests include funny gal and actress Danielle Arce, from the Los Angeles area, and Robbie Pfeffer of Playboy Manbaby, a hybrid art-punk and funk indie band with a loyal following. Amy Blackwell and New York-based headliner Mike Gillerman round out the stacked sidesplitting show.

Catch the comedy from 8 to 11 p.m. on Friday, July 31, at The Firehouse Gallery, 1015 North First Street. Tickets are $5 at the door. Visit the Facebook event page for the full lineup, or call 602-300-7575 for more. Janessa Hilliard

Hell Ride II - High Noon
If you read Dante’s Inferno and were like, “Hey, that sounds tight,” then check out Hell Ride II – High Noon, an annual race put on by State Bicycle Co. at South Mountain. The ride is an uphill climb, and all participants are required to brave it on a fixed gear bike. This event is open to the public, but it is not for beginners or the faint of heart.

Hell Ride II will kick of at (you guessed it) noon on Saturday, August 1, at South Mountain, 10919 South Central Avenue. There will be prizes for winners and patches for everyone who finishes the race. Meet-up details will be provided as race day approaches. Visit State Bicycle's website or keep an eye on the Facebook event page. Katrina Montgomery

Tiki-tastic Dance Party
Get read to get lei’d when Tongue Tied takes over Linger Longer Lounge on Saturday, August 1, with their Tiki-tastic Dance Party. DJs Roya and Funkfinger will once again be leading this monthly dance party, but this time, they’re bringing the beach to central Phoenix with grass skirts, adult tropical punches (fingers crossed for tiny umbrellas), and coconut bras. Limber up and see how low you can go during the limbo competition for a chance to win free drinks and prizes. Best dressed beach bum will receive a $50 Linger Longer Lounge gift card. It all goes down at 6522 North 16th Street, Suite 6, from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. For more information, like how to score free drink tickets, see Tongue Tied on Facebook. Evie Carpenter

Yoga Flow Class
If the promise of good health doesn’t quite cut it when it comes to exercise motivation, perhaps your lazy ass could be coaxed with some shopping? On Sundays at 10:30 a.m., Lululemon at the Biltmore Fashion Park hosts a free and store-adjacent yoga flow class. So after some nice stretching and a heart-pumping sequence or two, you can head to Saks and reward yourself with those new Jimmy Choos. Walking in stilettos burns extra calories, right?

Attendees should meet outside Lululemon with their own mat and water. Classes continue weekly through Sunday, September 27, at 2502 East Camelback Road. Call 602-955-8400 or see The Biltmore's website. Becky Bartkowski

"This Way to Earth"
Yeah, so we’re a little obsessed with the work of Bill Dambrova. The Phoenix artist’s kaleidoscopic takes on the inner workings of human and animal forms are beautiful, busy, and trigger childhood memories of The Magic Schoolbus’ biological adventures. For his latest show, “This Way to Earth,” Dambrova leaves his paint and brushes behind in favor of working in collages of appropriated imagery. Take in the results from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Practical Art, 5070 North Central Avenue. The show is free to attend and remains on view through August 31. An artist reception will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. on Friday, August 7. Find more information at Practical Art's website or call 602-264-1414. Becky Bartkowski