Summer in the City 2015: Top things to do Downtown
June 5, 2015 by Fara Illich
We all know how to survive the summer months in Phoenix. It involves drinking frosty beverages, attending pool parties and enjoying the benefits of an air-conditioned environment. In Downtown Phoenix, we don’t need to beat the heat, we embrace it with awesome events and fun things to do all summer long.
The summer schedule starts in May but it’s not too late to enroll for many of the programs or try a drop-in. From youth classes in anime and manga to ballet and piano lessons for adults — there’s literally something for everyone, no matter your age or ability. Click here to download the summer schedule.
Galleries, boutiques, bars and restaurants in downtown’s vibrant arts district stay open later during the summer months, making window shopping and bar hopping a bit cooler. June 5 through Sept. 1 from 4-9 p.m. or later — click here for a full list of participating establishments.
There’s something fun to do almost every night of the week at downtown’s trendiest rooftop pool bar. Monday: Industry appreciation with happy hour all day; Tuesday: Orange Theory fitness class 6-7 p.m. $10; Thursday: UP ON THE WOOF! dog-friendly happy hour 5-8 p.m.; Friday: DJs and dancing 8 p.m. to 12 a.m.; Saturday: Weekend pool party with DJs 2-6 p.m. and 8 p.m. to 12 a.m.; Sunday: Weekend pool party with DJs 1-5 p.m.
Enjoy free air-conditioned fitness classes, sponsored by Lincoln Family Downtown YMCA, plus a brand new route through the Roosevelt Row Arts District. Downtown’s weekly social run meets every Monday rain or shine. Check in between 5:15 and 6:30 p.m. at The Corner inside CityScape for discounts at local bars and restaurants, a chance to win great prizes (like D-backs tickets), and of course, to get fit. Click here to register.
Check out the dazzling new display of American Modernism June 7 through Sept. 7. Dating from the early 1900s to post World War I-era, the paintings, sculptures and works on paper represent fascinating elements of cubism and abstractions of nature.
This intimate, one-of-a-kind celebration of craft beer features fresh flavors and seasonal specialties from more than 60 small and large-scale breweries from across the state and beyond. Tickets cost between $25 and $57 Saturday, July 18 from 2-6 p.m. at the Phoenix Convention Center.
People from across the Valley have flocked to the new underground music venue and lounge, Valley Bar, since it opened in May. And it’s no wonder as it boasts billiards, darts, shuffle board, arcade games, live music every night, plus a well crafted cocktail, beer and wine list. Every Sunday it’s all-day happy hour ($1 off draft beer, draft wine and specialty cocktails) plus free tunes from 8 p.m. until the DJ stops spinning at midnight. Then on Mondays, games are free and it’s $1 off draft beer all night. Either day – you can end your week or start it off right.
Don’t miss “Into the Woods” presented by Valley Youth Theater June 12-28 or a series of Lunch Time Theater performances at the Kax Stage, running all summer long. Click here for the full schedule.
Watch the Phoenix Mercury live at US Airways Center June 5 through Sept. 11. Tickets start at $12, click here for more info.
Nothing says summer like hotdogs and baseball. Don’t miss an Arizona Diamondbacks home game at Chase Field through Oct. 4. Tickets start at $12, click here for more info.
Cozy up with drink in hand and listen to a roster of talented individuals tell true stories at the monthly reading series hosted by Phoenix New Times. Hosted at the new basement venue and lounge, Valley Bar, each month there’s a different theme and new line-up of readers. The first event will take place Thursday, June 18 at 7 p.m. The events are free and 21 and over. Visit www.valleybarphx.com for future readings.