Everything Fun You Can Do in Phoenix This Weekend

Pool season isn’t over yet.

The Scott Resort & Spa
The Scott Resort & Spa

Well, the calendar says it’s officially fall and pumpkin-y drinks are on menus everywhere. And while we don’t exactly get to see the fall colors of the changing leaves here in Phoenix, it’s apparent that the season is indeed beginning to change -- we’re looking at a mild 105° this weekend. Obviously, there’s still time to cannonball into the nearest pool or explore some mind-bending art installations that just happen to be well air-conditioned. Here’s what’s on deck for your weekend, Phoenix.

Support Arizona's independent businesses for Indie Week XXL

Friday, September 25 - Wednesday, September 30
Multiple locations
Now’s the time to rally for local businesses. Enter Indie Week XXL, a month-long effort that spotlights locally-owned independent businesses across the state of Arizona. Discover the indie businesses in your community via this helpful directory from the folks at Local First Arizona
Cost: Varies

Dine-in, take-out, and tip generously for Arizona Restaurant Week

Friday, September 25 - Sunday, September 27
Multiple locations
This statewide celebration of all-things food features more than 135 participating restaurants this season. Whatever you’re feeling, from fondue to filet mignon, Arizona Restaurant Week has you covered. And you can have your meal delivered, too. Each restaurant offers its own pre-fixe menu at a price point of $33 or $44 per person that can be enjoyed at the restaurant or on your couch at home. Explore the list of participating restaurants here.   
Cost: $33-$44 per person

Secure a day pass to a rooftop pool

Friday, September 25 - Sunday, September 27
Downtown Tempe
Despite it being fall and all, temps will be topping out in the low 100s this weekend. Positioning yourself poolside isn’t exactly a bad idea. No pool? No problem. Snag a day pass to the pool at Canopy. This new hotel in Downtown Tempe has a rooftop pool that provides just what you need to beat the insufferable heat including poolside cabanas and chilled cocktails with fancy garnishes.
Cost: $35-$250

Learn yoga and meditation from a Wanderlust expert

Friday, September 25 - Sunday, September 27
Roll out your yoga mat and tune into Wanderlust TV where you can learn yoga, meditation, and so much more from the experts and teachers at Wanderlust. These live virtual classes are available with a subscription to Wanderlust TV. And classes are added regularly, so you can work on your backbends and inverting poses on Saturday and practice guided breathwork on Sunday. 
Cost: Available with Wanderlust TV subscription

Whip up some noshable jackfruit BBQ sandwiches

Friday, September 25 - Sunday, September 27
Jackfruit is delicious and incredibly versatile. And if you haven’t tried it yet, honestly, you’re really, really missing out. Find all of the inspiration you need to make jackfruit BBQ sandwiches, and a helpful curated ingredient list, right here. Happy eating! 
Cost: Varies

Experience the mind-being art installations at Wonderspaces Arizona

Friday, September 25 - Sunday, September 27 
This year-round, evolving art show features art from around the world. Current artworks on view include Rainbow Room by artist Pierre le Riche, a vivid-colored recreation of a home scene where even the walls are made from colorful yarn. David Delgado and Dan Goods’ Experiment 2.C is also featured at Wonderspaces Arizona alongside more than a dozen mind-bending art experiences. 
Cost: Tickets start at $24, $20 for students

Make your brunch dreams come true at The Golden Pineapple

Saturday, September 25 - Sunday, September 27
Oysters direct from Chula Seafood, salsa verde-soaked tamales with eggs, Sonoran hot dogs wrapped in bacon, and rum pineapple French toast. These are just a few of the drool-inducing standouts on the brunch menu at The Golden Pineapple. This new Tempe brunch destination is outfitted with a safe, and socially distanced, tree-covered outdoor patio where you can imbibe in craft beer and brunchy drinks like Irish coffees and sparkling mimosas. Now go ahead, go make those brunch dreams of yours a reality. Book your reservation right here.
Cost: Varies

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Lauren Reichert is a Phoenix-based writer and photographer. Follow her adventures through Phoenix, and beyond, on Instagram.