Short Leash Hot Dogs brings back The Wurst Festival Ever.

By Tuesday Mahrle

We have survived the week and landed on another Thursday! For those who can, we start our weekend this evening with a fun musical and Solstice festival. Our favorite Saturday event is The Wurst Festival Ever, an ode to National Hot Dog Day! If you’re looking for some music, we have a Chester Bennington memorial show and Youtube stars Pentatonix visiting Saturday night. When in doubt, put this list on a dart board and aim, they’re all good choices.

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Sister Act: A Divine Musical Comedy

July 19-August 18

When disco diva, Deloris Van Cartier, witnesses a murder, she is put in protective custody in the one place the cops are sure she won’t be found: a convent! Disguised as a nun, she finds herself at odds with both the rigid lifestyle and uptight Mother Superior. Using her unique disco moves and singing talent to inspire the choir, Deloris breathes new life into the church and community but, in doing so, blows her cover. Powerful gospel music, outrageous dancing and a truly moving story, Sister Act will leave audiences breathless. Featuring original music by Tony- and eight-time Oscar winner, Alan Menken, this uplifting musical was nominated for five Tony Awards, including Best Musical.

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Roosevelt Row CDC Presents: Solstice 2018

Thursday, July 19

Celebrate the Roosevelt Row Artists’ District with local residents, Roosevelt Row business owners, and downtown artists alike. This fun evening of food and fellowship is the perfect opportunity to connect with new and old friends, learn about this growing creative neighborhood and support important art-focused programs of the Roosevelt Row CDC organization.

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Shawn Wayans

July 20-July 21

Shawn Wayans is best known for his box office hits, Little ManWhite Chicks and the Scary Movie series. He started his career on the cast of the Emmy Award winning comedy series, In Living ColorThe Wayans Bros. sitcom, which Shawn and brother Marlon created and starred in, was the first WB show to be sold into syndication after heading up the WB network lineup for five years. Currently, he is on tour performing standup.

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Tim McGraw & Faith Hill

Friday, July 20

Following an 80-date North American run of sold out shows, Grammy Award-winning superstars Tim McGraw and Faith Hill are showing no signs of stopping as their critically-acclaimed Soul2Soul The World Tour 2017 extends into 2018 with 25+ additional dates announced today. Tim McGraw and Faith Hill will make their way to Talking Stick Resort Arena in Phoenix on Friday, July 20. Atlantic Records and Warner Music Nashville artist Devin Dawson will be opening up for Tim & Faith.

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Peach Mania Festival

July 21-July 29

For two weekends this summer, Apple Annie’s Orchard is showcasing its one-of-a-kind, sweet and juicy Willcox peaches. Starting with an unlimited peaches and pancakes breakfast, each afternoon will feature free wagon rides, peach picking and samples. Swing by later in the day for homemade peach pie and apple-smoked burgers.

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Downtown Tempe Brunch Crawl

Saturday, July 21

Check out the current lineup: El Hefe, Original ChopShop, Pita Jungle and Rula Bula Irish Pub.

Enjoy small bites and drink specials at each location, giveaways, a brunch shirt and free parking.

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Wurst Festival Ever

Saturday, July 21

Let’s beef frank, there’s no better time to ketchup with friends than on National Hot Dog Day. Celebrate the annual occasion at downtown Phoenix’s go-to spot for brats, dogs and brews – Short Leash! With performances by local comics, participation from local chefs and a pun competition, you can bet your buns it’ll be a good time.

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’80s Night

Saturday, July 21

The beloved Hollywood-based tribute band The Cured is taking over Tempe so patrons can dance away. With Arena, a tribute to Duran Duran, set to open, it’s the perfect opportunity to bust out your favorite throwback fashions and phrases. It’s not a Friday, but you’re going to be in love.

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Chester Bennington Tribute and Celebration

Saturday, July 21

It’s an emotional night for Mesa as the community joins to pay their respects to the iconic former Arizonan/Linkin Park frontman, Chester Bennington. Featuring live tributes from bands like Lethal Injektion, as well as special guests, all proceeds from this all-ages event will be donated to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.

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Pentatonix

Saturday, July 21

This Grammy Award-winning a cappella group has had a wild ride since forming in 2011, charting more than 3.3 billion views on YouTube. Pentatonix is hitting the road for a worldwide tour in promotion of its new album, PTX Presents: Top Pop, Vol. 1. Expect the unexpected with a setlist packed with dazzling new arrangements like “New Rules” and “Attention,” as well as originals. Special guests are Echosmith and Calum Scott.

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