• Santarchy 2018 Brought Christmas Chaos to Downtown Phoenix
    December 11 at 10:50 a.m. by Benjamin Leatherman

    Countless Kris Kringle clones and other Christmas characters took over the bars of downtown Phoenix on Saturday, December 8, during Santarchy 2018. The annual costumed bar crawl involves hundreds of folks dressed as Santa Claus, Mrs. Claus, and in…

  • Camelback Mountain Hiking Season Has Arrived: Photos From the Trails
    December 8 at 7:12 a.m. by Ray Stern

    Camelback Mountain is one of the best places on earth. From steep summit trails to surreal, stone formations to the camaraderie of fellow hikers, this mountain park has it all. (Except, of course, for good parking.) The two main trails are Echo…

  • Halloween 2018 in Phoenix: The Biggest Parties and Most Amazing Costumes
    October 29 at 8:10 a.m. by Benjamin Leatherman

    Halloween celebrations took place across the Valley on Saturday, October 27, and featured plenty of nightlife fun and amazing costumes. As you’d expect, there were tons of parties in both Tempe and Scottsdale, including in Old Town and along Mill…


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  • Adventure Awaits at the Arizona State Fair
    October 25 at 7:15 a.m. by Melissa Fossum

    The Arizona State Fair is equal parts overwhelming and exciting. There's so much to do and see that it's easy to feel overstimulated. We spent a Sunday evening at the fair and experienced a childlike exuberance that more than made up for sore feet…

  • BOO! Arizona 2018's Best Costumes and Biggest Ragers
    October 22 at 12:20 p.m. by Benjamin Leatherman

    The Halloween party season kicked off on Saturday, October 19, when a legion of dance music fans invaded Rawhide Event Center in Chandler for BOO! Arizona 2018. Several thousand were in attendance at the Halloween-themed EDM festival, many of whom…

  • Tour de Fat 2018 in Tempe: Beers, Bizarre Costumes, and Big Fun
    October 8 at 7 a.m. by Benjamin Leatherman

    New Belgium Brewery brought the annual Tour de Fat extravaganza and its mix of beers, bikes, and bizarre costumes to Tempe Beach Park on Satfurday, October 6. Hundreds of folks were in attendance, including many who came in costume. Here's a look…

  • October First Friday in Phoenix Doesn't Disappoint
    October 8 at 6 a.m. by Lynn Trimble

    More than 70 artists showed work at "Chaos Theory" at Legend City Studios Friday night, as Phoenix Art Museum opened its "Teotihuacan: City of Water, City of Fire" exhibit with a community celebration spotlighting local artists. And there was…

  • The Artists and Artistry of Full Moon Festival's Harvest Moon Celebration
    September 24 at 7 a.m. by Benjamin Leatherman

    The latest Full Moon Festival took place on Friday, September 21, at The Pressroom in downtown Phoenix and celebrated the coming of the Harvest Moon. It also showcased the art and artistry of local creatives and was one helluva party to boot. 

  • Bright Lights, Big City: The 50 Best Neon Signs in Phoenix
    September 19 at 7 a.m. by Benjamin Leatherman

    Neon signs were once a staple of Metro Phoenix during the heyday of motor culture back in the 1950s. Thankfully, several of these gorgeous relics of a bygone era still exist, and have been joined in recent years by a number of vintage-inspired neon…

  • Party Hard Wrestling's Party Kingdom Was Crazy Fun
    September 11 at 6:03 p.m. by Benjamin Leatherman

    Indie wrestling in the Valley is alive and well, as evidenced by the large crowd that gathered at the Nile Theater in Mesa on Friday, September 7, for Party Hard Wrestling's Party Kingdom. The event, which kicked off PHW's season, featured several…

  • The Best Costumes of Saboten Con 2018
    September 3 at 9:50 p.m. by Benjamin Leatherman

    Fans of anime, manga, and Japanese pop culture invaded the Sheraton Phoenix Downtown Hotel during Saboten Con 2018 from Friday, August 31, to Monday, September 3, many of whom were dressed in colorful cosplay. Here's a look at the best costumes we…

  • Sending Out the Summer in Style: Best Labor Day Weekend Pool Parties in the Valley
    September 3 at 8 a.m. by Benjamin Leatherman

    Revelers and dance music fans from across the Valley turned out in droves during Labor Day weekend 2017 for pool parties. Here's a look at some of the action at venues like Maya Day & Nightclub, the W Scottsdale Hotel, The Saguaro, and Lustre…

  • The Most Interesting People at the Soundwave Pool Party
    August 21 at 1:12 p.m. by Benjamin Leatherman

    Hundreds of party monsters hit up Maya Day & Nightclub in Scottsdale on Sunday, August 19, for the latest Soundwave pool party, which starred DJ and dance music artist Quix. Here's a look at some of the most interesting people who were…

  • The Awesome Video Game Cosplay of Game On Expo 2018
    August 13 at 8:23 a.m. by Benjamin Leatherman

    Gaming-related costumes and cosplayers were a big thing at this year's Game On Expo at the Phoenix Convention Center. The weekend-long geek event, which kicked off on Friday, August 10, featured a variety of folks dressed as characters from retro…

  • Game On Expo 2018 in Downtown Phoenix Was Gamer Heaven
    August 13 at 8:20 a.m. by Benjamin Leatherman

    Gamers and geeks invaded the Phoenix Convention Center's South Building for three days of joystick action at Game On Expo 2018. The weekend-long event, which ran from Friday, August 10, to Sunday, August 12, also featured special guests,…

  • August First Friday in Downtown Phoenix
    August 5 at 1:32 p.m. by Michelle Sasonov

    First Friday is always an adventure, and the one held on August 4 was no exception. Art can be found everywhere, from a sound bath held at a church to art inside a moving truck. We especially had a great time on Grand Avenue exploring the new…

  • The Message Is the Medium: Checking Out the Phoenix Psychic Scene
    August 2 at 7 a.m. by Lynn Trimble

    Psychics abound in metro Phoenix, where alternative spirituality thrives despite the state's conservative politics. Recently, we spent time with several local psychics. And we connected with people who embrace tools like tarot cards in their…

  • Summer Santarchy 2018 on Mill Avenue was Magical
    July 29 at 8:25 a.m. by Michelle Sasonov

    Summer Santarchy on Mill Avenue worked its magic by helping Arizonians forget the heat on Saturday, July 28. The group, mostly made up of Burners, spread holiday cheer at Pedal Haus, Handlebar, and Rula Bula, among other bars. Attendees got…

  • Checking Out Controversial Murals in Phoenix's Willo Neighborhood
    July 24 at 7:41 a.m. by Lynn Trimble

    There's no shortage of opinions on murals in the Willo Historic Neighborhood in Phoenix. They went up during the Phoenix Mural Festival in May, and there's been controversy ever since. Now, the City of Phoenix Office of Historic Preservation has…

  • Original Six at Unexpected Art Gallery Blew Us Away
    July 23 at 7:40 a.m. by Jordyn Carias

    The Runaway Street Circus debuted its first ever full-scale stage show and it was dope. What started off as a slow night at Unexpected Gallery in downtown Phoenix on Saturday, July 21, ended up with amazing acts of human endurance. The crew…


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