By Tuesday Mahrle

 

What a record-breaking week! On Wednesday, we hit 116 degrees just after 3 p.m. which beats the previous high of 115 set in 1943. Tuesday afternoon, Phoenix’s temperature tied with a 2014 high of 116 degrees.

Luckily, we don’t stop celebrating the weekend just because it’s (extremely) hot. Grab a water bottle and check out our top ten things to do this weekend.

 

Avenue Q

July 26-September 9

There’s more fuzz to love when the badly-behaved puppet friends return! This R-rated, laugh-out-loud look at life after college packs more purposeful punch and candid heart than ever before. Be there when Phoenix Theatre favorites take the stage to bring this still fresh, fast-paced and exuberant musical to life and once again, explore “What Do You Do with a B.A. in English?”

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Michael Yo

July 26-July 28

Michael Yo is a stand-up comedian, actor, and TV host known for his work on E!’s Chelsea Lately, is a regular on The Talk, The Wendy Williams Show and The Today Show. This self-proclaimed “Half-Black Brother with a Korean Mother” has also appeared on E! News, Kourtney & Khloe Take Miami and his own show, Yo on E!. Michael is currently a co-host on CBS’s The Insider.

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Real Wild & Woody Beer Festival

Saturday, July 28

The coolest indoor craft beer festival returns to the Phoenix Convention Center this summer. Real, Wild and Woody Craft Beer Festival presented by the Arizona Craft Brewers Guild is where you need to be on July 28. Rare, unique and unconventional brews take center stage. With over 300 different cask ales, wild brews and barrel aged beers, there is something for everyone. Combine your beer samples with small bites from a variety of restaurants. Tickets include 20 craft beer samples and small bites.

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Wizards and Wands Bar Crawl

Saturday, July 28

Wizards and Muggles unite for a 21-and-up party for Harry Potter fans. This bar crawl provides participants with a knit scarf for the house of their choosing, as well as magical drinks and a special Wizards and Wands stadium cup. With Old Town Scottsdale faves like Boondocks and Old Town Gringos in the mix, this is one party you will want to “Slytherin”-to.

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El Chullo Peruvian Festival

Saturday, July 28

Celebrate Peruvian heritage in the first ever El Chullo Peruvian Festival. There will be authentic food, live music, merchandise, Peruvian products, raffles and more.

Come join with the family celebrating Peru’s Independence Day.

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Phoenix Taco Takeover

Saturday, July 28

This taco and tequila competition takes over Scottsdale’s The Clayton House for a day of games, music and other surprises. Local chefs will craft original tacos alongside Jose Cuervo tequila cocktails, culminating in a contest for the best dish and drink. The real winner, however, is your stomach.

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Spirited Sipping Seminars: Rosés From Around the World

Saturday, July 28

Class is in session at Hearth ’61 where you’ll journey through the wonderful world of wine, beer and spirits. The talented beverage experts will guide you through a tasting seminar and history lesson worth savoring. Each seminar is 30 to 45 minutes, with extra time for you to stick around and savor the knowledge gained (and the spirits poured). This collection of events will suit every taste bud, whether you fancy wine, beer or classic cocktails.

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Harry Potter Kids Party

Saturday, July 28

Attention muggles, wizards, and witches! Changing Hands Phoenix is celebrating the 20th anniversary of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone with an epic Harry Potter Party for kids! (They’ll have a kids’ party in Tempe as well, and a “Defense Against the Dark Arts” party for grown-ups at our First Draft Book Bar.)

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Phoenix Amplified Jazz Experience

Saturday, July 28

Flat 9 Entertainment presents Phoenix Amplified Jazz Experience. This is  a great evening of smooth jazz, soul and funk music starring keyboardist-composer Brian Simpson and singer-songwriter Selina Albright.

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Henry Kapono: Welcome 2 My Paradise!

Sunday, July 29

Henry Kapono celebrates the laid-back island rock of Cecilio & Kapono (C&K), the group that rocketed him to fame in the 1970s. Lead singer and guitarist Kapono will be joined by some of Hawaii’s top entertainers, including Hawaii Music Award winner Johnny Valentine, Nā Hōkū Hanohano 2016 Most Promising Artist Blayne Asing, and Alx Kawakami of the award-winning band ManoaDNA.

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