Everything Fun to Do in Phoenix This Weekend

Including live music, a virtual musical, and a burlesque show.

Desert Botanical Garden
Courtesy of Desert Botanical Garden

This weekend is all about celebrating mom. Sure, you can impress mom with some flowers. Or you could really wow her with some lox and bagels—more on that shortly. Make some time this weekend to show mom some love, but don’t miss these things to do. Here’s what’s happening this weekend in your city, Phoenix.

Catch a live music show at the Desert Botanical Garden 

Friday, May 7
Spring, and music, is in the air at the Desert Botanical Garden. This weekend’s live music performance is part of DBG’s springtime Music in the Garden Concert Series. Happening on each Friday through the end of the month, this recurring series showcases a unique performer or musical group. Tickets include admission into the garden where you can also explore the current artworks on display throughout the garden grounds. Tickets must be purchased in advance and face coverings are required. See the full season musical lineup here
Cost: $60 - $120

Spend First Friday at Pemberton PHX 

Friday, May 7, 7 pm 
Downtown Phoenix
First Friday recently made its anticipated return to the Downtown Phoenix arts districts. The nightly celebration of all-things local arts and culture showcases makers, artists, performances, and musicians from around town and galleries, studios, and shops swing open their doors for the once-a-month showcase. This First Friday, start your night at Pemberton PHX where you can catch a special showing and performance, co-hosted by FilmBar. Find all the deets right here
Cost: Donation-based admission

Peep a lively burlesque show at The Duce

Friday, May 7 
Downtown Phoenix
Like your rock and roll with a side of burlesque? Good! This weekend The Duce is showing-out with a steamy rock and roll-inspired burlesque show, complete with a live band and some extremely flexible burlesque performers, an aerialist, and even a fire breather. Both GA and VIP options are available. Secure your seats here.
Cost: $45 - $130



Weekend plans change fast, so grab a drink that’s ready when you are. Tanqueray’s Crafted Gin Cocktails come ready to drink and are the perfect addition to any occasion. Made with real Tanqueray gin and natural flavors, they deliver premium, bar-quality cocktails whenever you want. Grab a can and enjoy.

Vibe with Desert Hearts at Sunbar

Friday, May 7, 9 pm - 2 am
One thing’s for sure. Desert Hearts knows how to party. And this weekend, you can party with the entire Desert Hearts crew at Tempe’s buzzy hotspot, Sunbar. Expect lots of bass-thumping house, vibey techno beats, and some of the group’s greatest tracks. Get familiar with their sound right here.
Cost: $35

Watch the ZuZu Acrobats fly across the stage

Friday, May 7 - Saturday, May 8
The Madison Center for the Arts will come alive this weekend with a performance from the highly-talented ZuZu Acrobats. Hailing from Tanzania, the group’s skill set includes fast human pyramid building, contortion, and tumbling. The show will be complemented by live music and no shortage of incredible human feats. There are two showtimes to choose from, snag your tickets here.
Cost: Tickets start at $30

Order a Chula Seafood bagel bundle for Mother's Day

Friday, May 7 - Sunday, May 9
Phoenix, Scottsdale
Weekend bagels just hit different. Especially when they come from Chula. This weekend you can take home a bagel bundle, an assortment of delicious goodness consisting of one pound of smoked salmon or lox, cream cheese, half a dozen bagels, capers, cucumbers, pickled onions, and pickled jalapenos. The fish market and restaurant is also offering up a series of other take-home delights like sashimi platters, oysters, and sushi kits to celebrate all the moms out there. Start your order here.
Cost: Varies

Stream a live performance from the Arizona Theatre Company

Friday, May 7 - Saturday, May 8, 5 pm
The Arizona Theatre Company is going online. This weekend you can stream Somewhere Over the Border, a virtual musical that follows a young girl’s journey from El Salvador to America. The performance is part of the theatre’s Digital Season. Learn more about the music and how to stream it right here.
Cost: Free

Savor Greek-inspired eats and sips at the FOUND:RE Hotel

Saturday, May 8, 6 pm - 10 pm
Downtown Phoenix
Get your Greek on this weekend at Downtown Phoenix’s FOUND:RE Hotel. Part of the hotel’s Passport Series, this sixth installment takes guests on a delicious journey through Greece — no passport required. Tickets include one cocktail. Additional food and drinks are available for purchase. And it’s all happening poolside.
Cost: $15

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Lauren Topor Reichert is a Phoenix-based multimedia storyteller, photographer, and content creator. Her work has been featured in travel guides, national publications, and the social feeds of some stellar local restaurants. Follow her around Arizona, and beyond, on Instagram @hungryinphoenix

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