By Tuesday Mahrle

Sadly, it looks like Phoenix hasn’t received the Fall weather memo yet. But, that doesn’t stop us from having a good time, right? This weekend, see free ballet under the stars, shop at the largest vintage market in town or compete in an all-you-can-eat taco competition. The weekend is yours so don’t waste it.

 

Flip Orley

September 13-16

Since Orley burst onto the comedy scene, he has single-handedly reshaped the image of hypnosis from its vaudeville image to an act that is hip, edgy and hilarious. When Flip takes the stage and rolls up his sleeves, faithful fans and newcomers alike find themselves captivated with his mind blowing two-hour show packed with fun and laughter.

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Ballet Under the Stars

September 13-15

Free and open to the public, Ballet Under the Stars allows Arizona communities to enjoy dance in a unique outdoor setting complete with a stage, lighting, costumes and beautiful Arizona weather.

Bring a blanket or lawn chair and enjoy a varied program, ranging from classical to contemporary.

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Nine Inch Nails: Cold and Black and Infinite

September 13-14

Nine Inch Nails, with special guests Jesus and Mary Chain and Tobacco, will make 40- and 50-somethings’ hearts rattle when they kick off the fall leg of the Cold and Black and Infinite Tour at Comerica Theatre on September 13. The Trent Reznor-led act is promoting Bad Witch, the final volume in the trilogy that began with 2016’s Not the Actual Events and 2017’s Add Violence.

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Junk in the Trunk Vintage Market

September 14-16

This vintage market has grown beyond a trunk bed and into a three-day celebration, featuring night and early-bird shopping experiences for those looking to dive deep. A regular Scottsdale market fixture, this edition will feature 150-plus cutesy curators and handmade artisans, as well as live music and food trucks.

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Sierra Vista Oktoberfest

September 14-15

Sierra Vista’s largest, two-day fall event gives beer lovers the chance to get out of the heat and relax while sipping at the Der Biergarten. Local food vendors will be present.

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The Phoenix Pancakes & Booze Art Show

The Pancakes & Booze Art Show is the hottest pop-up traveling art event in all the land. Up-and-coming artists strut and sell their stuff in a freeverse, electric funhouse of mayhem. Over 50 emerging artists showcase their hottest work in a Warhol-style, anything-goes, massive warehouse environment – live music, body painting, multimedia displays and free pancakes!

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Rockin’ Taco Street Festival

Saturday, September 15

No one needs an excuse to binge on tacos, but it sure is nice to have one! From its humble beginnings in a parking lot, this all-day festival has grown into a full-on food fiesta. The occasion brings together tacos from 20 local vendors along with margaritas, salsa, eating competitions, low riders and lucha wrestling.

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Urban Ale Trail

Saturday, September 15

This walkable beer tasting tour features more than two dozen bars and restaurants in the Downtown Core and Roosevelt Row.

Each participating location offers three 4-ounce samples of beer for $1 or $2 each, paired with a delicious and complimentary bar snack (while supplies last). Participation is free and the tour is self-guided.

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Messy Fest

Saturday, September 15

Ideal for kids as well as those who just act like kids, this outdoor event will feature all things cluttered, chaotic and untidy, from massive mud pits designed for jumping and flinging to large-scale fingerpainting and even a mashed-potato tug-of-war and a food fight. But don’t worry, they will have a human “car wash” zone for rinse off. Proceeds from the event will benefit Childhelp.

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Scottsdale Rosé Day

Saturday, September 15

What could be better than sipping on sweet rosé at some of Old Town’s best bars & restaurants to end summer on a high note!?

Included in the cost of a ticket: An Official Scottsdale Rosé Day glass, three 1-penny ($.01) glasses of rosé (each attendee will receive 3 vouchers, each good for a 1-penny glass of rosé), admission to all participating venues, $7 rosé specials and more!

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Get Out of Town

Kool & the Gang

Friday, September 14

Kool & The Gang has sold over 70 million albums worldwide and influenced the music of three generations. Thanks to songs like “Celebration,” “Cherish,” “Jungle Boogie,” “Summer Madness” and “Open Sesame,” they’ve earned two Grammy Awards, seven American Music Awards, 25 Top Ten R&B hits, nine Top Ten Pop hits and 31 gold and platinum albums.

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Born & Brewed

Saturday, September 15

Tucson breweries compete for the title of best beer and take home the Beer Cup. Judges and the public will make their decisions. General admission tickets include a taste of beer from each competing brewery; commemorative tasting glass; and plate of beer-paired food by Cup Café.

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Empty Bowls Event of Prescott

Sunday, September 16

Guests pick a ceramic or wooden bowl created by local artists to sample any two of 14 soups prepared by Prescott chefs. Water and bread included. The money raised in this 21st event is distributed to local food banks.

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