Actually Fun Things to Do in Phoenix This Weekend
Including live comedy shows, an open-air yoga class, and where to find holiday-inspired libations.
One thing’s for sure, it’s been a whirlwind of a holiday week. But now that we’re here, go ahead and ditch the reheated turkey, stuffing, and leftover pie and trade ‘em for live comedy, open-air yoga, and an unmissable festive holiday tradition. Here’s what’s going on in your city this weekend, Phoenix.
The Desert Botanical Garden is beautiful any time of year, really. But at this time of the season, it shines extra bright. Las Noches de las Luminarias will set the garden aglow with 8,000 luminarias and twinkly lights as part of the annual holiday-time tradition. The after-dark experience also features music, touchless photo booth ops, and convenient bar stations located throughout the garden that will be serving holiday drinks. The experience is recurring nightly through December 31. Tickets can be purchased in advance online.
Comedian Shapel Lacey is a lot of things: a former award-winning competitive cheerleader, diehard punkrocker, and podcast sidekick, to name a few. He’s also incredibly funny. This weekend Shapel will take the comedy stage at Tempe Improv where he’ll undoubtedly have the crowd in stitches. There are multiple showtimes to choose from, all of which have a two drink minimum. You might even hear a couple jokes with local flavor—Shapel was born and raised in Mesa.
Point your GPS in the direction of the First Place Coffee Truck for honey-drizzled lattes, spicy Chile de Arbol-infused signature sippers, and fall drinks like golden matcha and salted caramel concoctions. The truck is always on the move, but you can find it at one of two places this weekend; Helton Brewing Company and Phoenix General. Stay caffeinated, Phoenix.
Taylor Tomlinson is bringing her brutally honest and totally relatable comedy style to Downtown Phoenix’s StandUpLive. And you’ve got not one, but five showtimes to choose from. Can’t make it out to see a show? Stream Taylor’s hour-long special, Quarter-Life Crisis, on Netflix for some serious laughs.
Bitter & Twisted’s tropical-themed holiday pop-up is back for another year. Boozy tiki drinks like the North Pole Punch, Endless Summer Swizzle, and Parrot in a Pear Tree are just a few of the creative cocktails the bartenders will be pouring up for the festive pop-up. Reservations are required and can be made through the Bitter & Twisted website.
Pull on your stretchy pants and bring your appetite to Downtown Phoenix’s Crescent Ballroom for Soul Brunch at the venue’s on-site restaurant, Cocina 10. The tunes-filled outdoor affair will feature music from DJ VEX and eats from the Cocina 10 kitchen that includes hangover helpers like rolled potato tacos, chicken and cheese-filled enchiladas, and salsa-topped chilaquiles.
After a weekend of leftover turkey and lots of booze, do your body good with a yoga class. The Churchill is playing host to an outdoor, donation-based pop-up yoga class in their super hip courtyard. The social-distanced class will be led by the nice people from Elevate Yoga and is open to yogis of all skill levels and abilities. Hang out post-yoga and shop the all-local sidewalk market or snag a bagel from The Churchill’s newest tenant, Stoop Kid.
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