3 Free Events in Metro Phoenix This Week

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Evie Carpenter

Fun fact: You don't have to cut corners or cut coupons to save a little money on social outings. Because, as temperatures cool, the complimentary activities heat up. From ballet performances under the night sky to lectures about the online world and downtown networking events, here are your three best bets for free events this week.


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Biketoberfest Brings Bikes and Beer to Tempe's Mill Avenue on September 27

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Tina Riddle
German stuff plus bikes plus beer-- all for a good cause.
Hey Tempe, looks like a bike and beer festival is headed your way. No, you aren't seeing double (though Tour de Fat 2k14 is right around the corner, too) -- the brand new Biktoberfest will launch at The Handlebar Tempe in Mill Avenue and combine elements of Oktoberfest with bike races and more.


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5 Things to Do in Metro Phoenix This Week

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Arizona's theater community takes a bow.

From theatrical awards and gardening workshops to mind-bending cinema, your guide to this week's arts and culture haps is here.

AriZoni Awards

Considering that the Phoenix area is the 13th largest metropolitan center in the United States (based on the 2010 census), it's not at all surprising we have a vibrant theater community that presents everything from Neil Simon classics to Broadway (and off-) masterpieces to Shakespeare and kid-friendly productions, with plenty of locally developed original works tossed into the mix. The 23rd annual AriZoni Awards celebrate local achievements in adult and children's theater. Awards are handed out in 13 categories, including best actress and actor, supporting actress and actor, director, musical director, choreographer, and original script or playwright.

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5 Things to Do in Metro Phoenix This Weekend

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Courtesy of Space 55

P.H.I.L. Talks

It's a world première of something Phoenicians -- a lot of Phoenicians -- have already been talking about: innovation. Think part TEDx (but less stuffy), part Ignite PHX (but longer), and part NerdNite (but not so niche).

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Phoenix Art Museum's PhotoBid Surveys Contemporary Photography

Categories: Events, Visual Art

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David Emitt Adams' "Five Miles to the Summit" is part of this year's PhotoBid exhibition

For six years running, Phoenix Art Museum has performed an artistic service with its annual PhotoBid photography auction and fundraiser. Curated by Rebecca Senf, the Norton Family Curator of Photography at PAM and the Center for Creative Photography, the annual survey exhibition returns online and in-person featuring an array of the top local and national photographers donating works for the benefit of InFocus, the museum's photography support organization.

Though simply a fundraiser at heart, PhotoBid is truly the closest exhibition Phoenix has to an annual overview of contemporary photography. Featuring the work of such artists as Luis Gonzalez Palma, Bruce Myrin, Mark Klett, Eadweard J. Muybridge, Binh Danh, Sean Deckert, Bill Timmerman, and dozens of others, the exhibition transcends styles to present a thorough look at what photography offers to the general artistic landscape, locally and nationally.

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Downtown Mesa Debuts Flash Park Friday on September 19

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Courtesy Erica Snyder/Downtown Mesa Association
The mini "flash" parks debuted in Mesa last May.

Downtown Mesa is bringing the park to the people. An outdoors-inspired affair, Flash Park Friday hits the streets this week, with miniature parks taking over vacant parking spaces and sidewalks, promising a night of reprieve from an otherwise sweltering September.

The central event and activities will take place on Main Street between Robson and Center streets, while grassy oases will roll out in front of Main Street-area shops. Patrons can relax and sprawl out from 6 to 10 p.m. on the Third Friday of every month -- pets and kiddos in tow.

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P.H.I.L. Talks Debut at Downtown Phoenix's Space 55 on Friday, September 12

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In between comedy events and live theater: the first installment of the PHIL presentation series.

Valley residents -- a lot of Valley residents -- have already been talking about this. They've been talking about it at TEDx events everywhere from Scottsdale to Arizona State. They give bi-yearly presentations on it during Ignite Phoenix or Seed Spot Demo Days and meet-ups downtown. They call it innovation or inspiration, hosting a series of short speeches in a grand auditorium that fosters a buzz, swapping ideas on social media and sharing stories through slideshow sets.

A new spin-off of these information events, the P.H.I.L. Talks -- which stands, appropriately, for Phoenicians Have Ideas Live -- takes the stage on Friday, September 12, at eclectic downtown performance venue Space 55.

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Manhattan Short Film Festival Selections to Screen at Phoenix Art Museum

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Sam Chou
Watch Crime and ten other short films showing at the Phoenix Art Museum.
Be a part of the world's first global film festival when the Manhattan Short Film Festival screens its 10 finalists at the Phoenix Art Museum on Wednesday, October 1. With screenings taking place in 47 countries over the span of 10 days, the MSFF is massive. However, the real reason you should go is because the festival is also known for getting the best of the best short films from around the world and you get to help decide who's the winner.


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3 Free Events in Metro Phoenix This Week

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Remember the days when 25 cents could buy you two tickets to the movies and an extra large popcorn?

Yeah, neither do we.

Fortunately for thrifty thrill-seekers, there's still plenty of no-cost events happening around town. From free film screenings to nature discussions and spoken word performances, here are our top three picks for complimentary events in the Valley this week.


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5 Things to Do in Metro Phoenix This Week

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Polo Preview Party

You don't need to be a huge fan or an expert to enjoy polo. The people-watching opportunities are endless, thanks to fancy outfits and a steady supply of frou-frou drinks. Plus, most polo players are pretty hot. Just look at Facundo Pieres, Nacho Figueras, and Louise Sanberg. The Fourth Annual Bentley Scottsdale Polo Championships are just around the corner, so Stacy's on Melrose is celebrating with a polo preview party.

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