Your Guide to All the Fun Things to Do in Phoenix This Weekend

Whiskey, butterflies, and 'Top Gun' in a baseball stadium.

Whiskies of the World tour
Photo courtesy of Whiskies of the World

The temperatures are still, blessed be, hovering under triple-digits. So go forth: walk with some butterflies, watch a movie in a baseball stadium, get your Pride on. Although Phoenix’s annual Pride Parade won’t be until October, there are Pride Month events happening around the city, one of which we’ve highlighted below and is all about LGBTQ+ composers. Read on for some of the best things to do in Phoenix this weekend.

June 9 & 10
It’s the 1960s and heartthrob-slash-teen-rockstar Conrad Birdie is heading to the Army, but not before kissing a lucky fan on The Ed Sullivan Show. That right, Bye Bye Birdie is playing in all its musical glory at Gilbert’s Hale Center Theatre with showtimes at 4 pm and 7:30 pm. The run only goes to July 1, so get tickets before it’s too late.
Cost: $45 for adults, $30 for youths

June 10 & 11
For a decade, Butterfly Wonderland has been an insect sanctuary and an amazing rainforest experience in the desert. This weekend, enjoy the buggy vibes with special anniversary events Saturday and Sunday. The butterfly conservatory—the largest in the country, by the way—will release butterflies into the air, host a bug-eating challenge, and see Native American musician Aaron White and violinist Jonathan Levingston perform. The first 110 guests will receive a commemorative pin.
Cost: Tickets start at $29.95, but check for combo tickets to Arizona Boardwalk experiences

Saturday, June 10
Whiskey lovers rejoice! The Whiskies of the World tour is stopping in Scottsdale at Sanctuary Camelback Mountain this weekend, providing access to over 200 global expressions. There will be masterclasses to learn how whiskey is crafted and pairings with food, along with the opportunity to try every type of whiskey available.
Cost: Tickets start at $125

Saturday, June 10
If you didn’t get out to Scottsdale Stadium during Spring Training, head to the outfield this Saturday for a free movie. There will be a screening of Top Gun: Maverick at 8 pm and gates will open at 7 om. There will be food and drinks, alcoholic and non, available for purchase but it is a cashless event. And make sure to check out the maps of Old Town for free parking.
Cost: Free to attend, but reserve a spot online

Sunday, June 11
Desert Overture, Phoenix’s premier LGBTQ+ and ally wind symphony, will be performing this weekend at the Tempe Center for the Arts. The performance, Composed with Pride, will celebrate pieces by LGBTQ+ composers. The group only performs a few times a year so make sure to catch them this weekend.
Cost: Tickets start at $20

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Asonta Benetti is a Phoenix-based freelance writer specializing in travel, food, and beverage. Her credits include Food & Wine, VinePair, AFAR, Eater, and Bon Appétit, among others.