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18 things to do this weekend around the Valley | Aug. 26 - 29, 2021

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Posted at 1:39 PM, Aug 26, 2021
and last updated 2021-08-27 15:46:18-04

PHOENIX — If you're looking for something to do this weekend, here is a look at some of the activities, events, exhibitions happening around town.

While health officials have said that fully vaccinated people could begin to resume normal activities, in July, the CDC recommended that everyone wear masks when at public indoor places in areas of "high" or "substantial" spread of COVID-19, regardless of their vaccination status.

Immersive Van Gogh Experience (Aug. 26 - Nov. 28, 2021)
Where: Lighthouse ArtSpace, 4301 N Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale, AZ 85251
Time: 9 a.m. - 10 p.m.; advanced tickets and times required
Cost: $40-$50; add-ons available
Note: Opening weekend is sold out, Aug. 27-29; limited tickets available through mid-September

Dierks Bentley (Aug. 27)
Where: Ak-Chin Pavilion, 2121 N. 83rd Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85035
Time: Gates open at 5 p.m., show starts at 7 p.m.
Cost: $41+, varies by seat and section
Note: Masks recommended, not required; proof of COVID-19 vaccine or negative test not required until Oct. 4, unless specified by the show

Caifanes (Aug. 27)
Where: The Events Center at Harrah's Ak-Chin Casino
Time: 8 p.m.
Cost: $48.50+, limited tickets available

Jurassic Quest Drive-thru attraction (Aug. 27 - Sept. 5)
Where: Yellow Lot at Gila River Arena, 9400 W Maryland Ave., Glendale, AZ 85305
Time: Opening weekend: Friday, 11 a.m. - 8 p.m., Saturday, 9 a.m. - 9 p.m, Sunday, 9 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Cost: $54.50 (included fees) per vehicle (up to eight people); $15-$50 "Quest Pack add-ons available

Animaniacs in Concert (Aug. 28)
Where: Madison Center for the Arts, 5601 North 16th Street, Phoenix, AZ 85016
Time: 7 p.m.
Cost: $39+, varies by seat and section
Note: Masks required

3 Doors Down (Aug. 28)
Where: The Events Center at Harrah's Ak-Chin Casino
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Cost: $73+, Verified Resale Tickets available

Phoenix Rising FC vs. New Mexico United (Aug. 28)
Where: Phoenix Rising Stadium at Wild Horse Pass, 19593 S. 48th St, Phoenix, AZ 85226
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Cost: $18+
Note: There is a clear bag policy for the 2021 season.

Best of Downtown Tempe Foodie Stroll (Aug. 28)
Where: Various restaurants in downtown Tempe
Time: 1 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Cost: $5, plus $8-$10 for food and drink at each restaurant

Scottsdale Quarter Summer Sendoff with 12 tons of snow (Aug. 28)
Where: The Quad at Scottsdale Quarter
Time: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Cost: Free; some activities, food, drink will have their own costs
About: There will be 12 tons of snow for people to play in, balloon animals, and samples from Bubble Bee. First 500 people will receive giveaways.

Megadeth and Lamb of God (Aug. 29)
Where: Arizona Federal Theatre
Time: 6 p.m.
Cost: $100+, mostly Verified Resale Tickets
Note: New this year, Arizona Federal Theatre has a clear bag policy. Face coverings are "strongly recommended."

Arizona Rattlers vs. Sioux Falls Storm (Aug. 29)
Where: Footprint Center
Time: 3:05 p.m.
Cost: $16+
Note: Masks required upon entry. Once inside, masks are recommended, but not required.


Paqua Park obstacle course at Scorpion Bay (NEW, recently opened)
Where: Scorpion Bay Marina at Lake Pleasant
Time: Friday - Sunday, various 45-minute sessions available
Cost: $25 per person, plus $7 per vehicle to enter Lake Pleasant Regional Park

Special exhibitions: Build it!, The Art and Science of Arachnids, and Pop! The Science of Bubbles
Where: Arizona Science Center
Time: 10:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.Cost: $15 or $20, $5 for Build it! exhibition
About: Kids can build a cardboard fort and play with LEGO blocks to learn about innovation, design, and construction at "Build It!"; see more than 100 arachnids and weave their own spider web, and learn about and make their own bubbles.

Special exhibition: Robo Art
Where: I.d.e.a. Museum, 150 W. Pepper Place, Mesa AZ 85203
Time: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m., Tuesday - Saturday, noon to 4 p.m., Sunday
Cost: $9
About: See more than 60 robot-inspired artworks from 30 artists. There are also hands-on activities where kids can make a robot and learn about coding.

New exhibitions: 75,000,000 BC & Ologies!
Where: Arizona Museum of Natural History
Time: Tuesday - Saturday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Sunday, noon to 5 p.m.
Cost: $7-$13
About: The "75,000,000 BC" exhibit looks at what Arizona was like 75 million years ago and its geology. "Ologies!" explores "science of Anthropology and Paleontology" and gives a behind-the-scenes look at museum work.

Special exhibition: Fearless Fashion: Rudi Gernreich
Where: Phoenix Art Museum
Time: Hours vary throughout the week
Cost: $15-$17 online ($2 surcharge when bought at the museum)
About: The exhibition showcasing 80 gender-fluid and body-positive designs from the late designer Rudi Gernreich.

Special exhibition: And It’s Built on the Sacred
Where: Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art
Time: Wednesday - Sunday, opens at 11 a.m.
Cost: $7-$10
About: An installation from Jacob A. Meders that "reflects on the gentrification of Indigenous land and the handling of unwanted Euro-American religious objects."

Exhibition: The Science of Ripley's Believe It or Not
Where: Arizona Boardwalk, 9500 E. Via de Ventura, Scottsdale, AZ 85256
Time: Sunday - Thursday, 9 a.m. - 6 p.m., Friday - Saturday, 9 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Cost: $17-22; discount available for multi-attraction passes
Note: Masks are required at Arizona Boardwalk and all businesses and restaurants within the Talking Stick Resort Entertainment District, per Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community order.


  • Phoenix Zoo, Phoenix
  • Odysea Aquarium, Scottsdale
  • Butterfly Wonderland, Scottsdale
  • Wildlife World Zoo, Safari Park, and Aquarium, Litchfield Park
  • Sea Life Aquarium, Tempe
  • LEGOLAND Discovery Center Arizona, Tempe
  • Desert Botanical Garden, Phoenix
  • Bam Kazam, Scottsdale
  • Medieval Times, Scottsdale
  • iFLy, Scottsdale
  • Mavrix & Octane Raceway, Scottsdale
  • Hurricane Harbor Phoenix, Glendale
  • Golfland Sunsplash, Mesa
  • Castles N' Coasters, Phoenix
  • Cracker Jax, Scottsdale
  • Japanese Friendship Garden, Phoenix
  • Hall of Flame Museum of Firefighting, Phoenix
  • Wonderspaces Arizona at Scottsdale Fashion Square, Scottsdale