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Things To Do: What's happening in Phoenix this weekend? | Aug. 20-22

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Posted at 11:20 AM, Aug 19, 2021
and last updated 2021-08-23 18:06:22-04

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.

Related: 58 concerts, events, and festivals happening around the Valley soon

Thursday, August 19

Phoenix Mercury vs. Washington Mystics
Where: Footprint Center (formerly PHX Suns Arena), 201 E. Jefferson St, Phoenix, AZ 85004
Time: 7 p.m.
Cost: $26+, varies by seat and section

Friday, August 20

Kansas City Chiefs vs. Arizona Cardinals
Where: State Farm Stadium, 1 Cardinals Dr., Glendale, AZ 85305
Time: 5 p.m.
Cost: $51, varies by seat and section

WWE Smackdown
Where: Footprint Center (formerly PHX Suns Arena), 201 E. Jefferson St, Phoenix, AZ 85004
Time: 4:45 p.m.
Cost: $20+, varies by seat and section

Phoenix Film Festival (through Aug. 22)
Where: Harkins Scottsdale 101, 7000 E. Mayo Blvd, Phoenix, AZ 85054
Time: Various screenings
Admission: $15 per movie, multiple movie passes available

Related: 5 movies not to miss during Phoenix Film Festival

Mortimer Farms’ Strawberry Festival (Aug. 20-22)
Where: Mortimer Farms, 12907 E. State Route 169, Dewey, AZ 86327
Time: 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Cost: $14

Christopher Titus (Aug. 19-22)
Where: Stand Up Live Phoenix, 50 W. Jefferson St, Phoenix, AZ 85003
Cost: $25-$35 (Stand Up Live has two drink minimum per person)

Saturday, Aug. 21

Arizona Rattlers vs. Frisco Fighters
Where: Footprint Center (formerly PHX Suns Arena), 201 E. Jefferson St, Phoenix, AZ 85004
Time: 6 p.m.
Cost: $20, varies by seat and section

Paradise Winds
Where: Musical Instrument Museum
Time: 7 p.m.
Cost: $23.50

Muppets cartoonist Guy Gilchrist signing (Aug. 21 & 22)
Where: Collectors Marketplace, 1945 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix AZ 85016
Time: 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Cost: Free


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.
**Note: Pop! The Science of Bubbles is closed for maintenance, Aug. 18-20

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."