5 Free Things to Do This Week in Metro Phoenix

Looking for the best free things to do in Phoenix this week? There are workshops, beatboxing competitions, zines, bike rides, and a festival dedicated to one of the coolest holidays of the year. (Hint: It's not Halloween). So go forth this week and learn something, or create something.

What You Sayin? Freestyle Workshop and Beatboxing Battle
Wordsmiths and vocal beat makers can join Phonetic Spit on Tuesday, October 20, for a night of workshopping and performing. The free event is part of the Urban Sol Festival and offers complimentary freestyling and spoken word workshops from 7:30 to 8:45 p.m., with a beatbox battle immediately following from 8:45 to 10:30 p.m. The winner of the beat box battle will win $100 cash and the opportunity to showcase his or her skills at the Urban Sol Festival's main event on Saturday, October 24. The workshop and battle will take place in the Nelson Fine Arts Center, and the main event will be in the Galvin Plaza. Both are in Tempe. For more information, visit the event's Facebook page

Zine Night
Coffee and crafting opportunities will be provided at Cartel Coffee Lab in Tempe for the monthly gathering of zine fiends this Wednesday, October 22. From 7 to 8:30 p.m., two local zine experts from B-Sides Magazine/Viva Vox Press and Fem Static Zine will host the event. Bring in any and all work applicable to small press and be prepared to share with other Valley writers. Zines of any size, style, and topic are welcome. Visit this month's Zine Night's Facebook page for further details.

Power's War
Pop quiz: Where was the deadliest shootout in Arizona's history? If your answer included anything regarding Doc Holliday, Wyatt Earp, or the O.K. Corral, you might want to attend this screening, because filmmaker Cameron Trejo is busting myths with his latest film, Power's War. In the documentary, he researches the Power brothers and their fatal fight many school textbooks neglect to mention. The film will show on Friday, October 23, at 1 p.m. at the Polly Rosenbaum Archives and History Building at 1901 West Madison Street in Phoenix. After the screening, the director will sit down with the film’s historical consultant, Dr. Heidi Osselaer to discuss the challenges in creating the movie. For more information, call 602-926-3720 or go see the Arizona Library's website. To learn more about Power's War, visit the movie's website at

Día De Los Muertos Festival
Mesa Arts Center is hosting a two-day festival to celebrate Día de Los Muertos. Attendants can sample different foods typical of the Hispanic holiday, as well as listen to local musicians and shop local jewelry vendors. The festival will begin on Saturday and will run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. It will go from noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday. You can find more details on the festival, its vendors, an altar decorating contest application and parking information here.

Explore Your State Vol. 2
If your idea of Sunday funday involves biking through nearly 75 miles of rocky desert terrain, you deserve a medal. State Bicycle Company pretty much agrees, offering those who complete the Explore Your State Vol. 2 ride a patch for their efforts. Participants will meet at Cartel Coffee Lab on Fifth Avenue at 7 a.m. before they begin their ride through Scottsdale, up into the McDowell Mountain Regional Park, and back down to where they started. Fixed gear bikes are encouraged, and bikers can anticipate around 3,000 feet of climbing. Visit the event's Facebook page for more information, and reserve your spot here.