January is coming to an end soon, and right about now seems like a great time to evaluate those New Year resolutions. How are we all doing so far? If you resolved to try the keto diet this year Chipotle has you covered with their latest low-carb, high-fat options -- the guac is still extra though. And if you made a resolution to run more, and subsequently drink better beer, you can do both those at Uptown’s SanTan Brewing Company. Here’s all that and a bunch of other cool events happening in Phoenix this weekend.
Friday, January 24-Sunday, January 26 Scottsdale The latest exhibit from Wonderspaces Arizona is comprised of just over a dozen interactive art experiences that compel guests to question reality as they know it and expand their view of the world. Check out the participatory installation Confessions by Candy Chang. And Hoshi, a depiction of infinite space imagined by NONOTAK Studio. Get more info here. Cost: $20-$24
Friday, January 24 - Saturday, January 25 Tempe The hilarious Josh Wolf is in town. And you can see him do what he does best on live on stage when he takes over Tempe Improv. There are a handful of showtimes to choose from, all of which have a two-drink minimum. Cost: $22-$25
Saturday, January 25 - Sunday, January 26 Downtown Phoenix With absolutely zero shortage of wines from around our great state’s wine regions, wine lovers, this fest is for you. The two-day celebration of all-things AZ wine will feature 25 Arizona-based wineries pouring more than 200 vinos. There’s also live music, a vintage marketplace, and food trucks on site to frequent when hunger comes knockin’. Cost: $20
Saturday, January 25 Downtown Phoenix Pedal your way around Downtown Phoenix with fellow cycling fans and beer lovers at the first annual Bike + Beer Festival. Hosted by The Theodore, a bottle shop and bar that’s on our list of the best places for drinks in Phoenix, the event promises a lineup of specialty brews. Have questions about your ride? Super helpful bike vendors will be on-site to answer all of your bike-related questions. There will even be a complimentary bike valet waiting for you when you roll in. Cost: Free
Saturday, January 25 Mesa Happening at Mesa’s AZ International Marketplace, this Chinese New Year celebration features a parade of food trucks on site offering up tasty eats. In addition to the impressive display of Chinese cuisines, there will be traditional and cultural performances such as lion dancing as well as raffles and giveaways throughout the event. It’s all happening from 6pm to 10pm. Cost: Free
Saturday, January 25 Phoenix Cute puppies and kittens are up for adoption at the Doggie Street Festival this weekend. As if adorable baby animals aren’t enough, the fest will have special guests and speakers, live music, treats and eats for four-legged friends and their humans, contests, pet products for sale, and vet tips and services. And of course, the festival is pet-friendly. Cost: Free
Saturday, January 25 Tempe The ASU versus UA rivalry is one of the most fierce in all sports. Find out if the Sun Devils can nab a home turf win and bragging rights when they take the court against the Wildcats this weekend in Tempe. Tipoff is at 7:30pm. Go Devils! Cost: Ticket prices vary
Sunday, January 26 Uptown Phoenix Last weekend there was a very serious marathon that closed down a bunch of streets around the city. But despite its seriousness, organizers still managed to make a very serious goof. This race is not that serious. This 5K-ish run starts and finishes at SanTan Brewing Company in Uptown Phoenix. And in addition to post-run beers, all runners receive a collector’s pint glass or series swag to take home. Plus, there’s goodies and giveaways, too. Show up between 10am and 10:30am to check in. Cost: $30
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