Various neighborhoods in downtown Phoenix get extra artsy on the first Friday of each month. Thousands gather to see artworks in more than 70 galleries. Happening for more than 20 years, this is a great way to take in the city’s diverse art scene. The monthly events feature rotating exhibitions by artists working with all mediums. Also expect to see live street performers and nosh on goodies from area eateries and food trucks.
The Valley of the Sun is rapidly changing; over the last decade, the country’s fifth-largest city has grown not only in population but as a destination for visitors. Yes, Phoenix offers first-class golf courses, spas, and resorts, but the city has evolved to more. A quickly rising culinary destination, well-kept hiking trails, a multitude of world-class cultural centers and events—Phoenix is truly the place to be.
While summers can be brutal, the city is well-versed in keeping people cool. Enjoy some of the top-rated indoor activities offered, like the Musical Instrument Museum or Arizona Science Center—both great options for families. Turn it up at night, when the temps drop (slightly), at the hip Cobra Arcade Bar or at hot spot Bitter & Twisted Cocktail Parlour.
Once the heat drops off, that’s when Phoenicians truly come out to play. Walk the myriad of galleries open late during First Friday Art Walk or relax in the tranquil Japanese Friendship Garden. Explore the outdoor Pueblo Grande Museum or just stroll through the ever-evolving downtown landscape. You’re sure to see something new and exciting to enjoy on our list of the best things to do in Phoenix.
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