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What’s better than a bargain? Lots of bargains.
And this week, Downtown Phoenix has all kinds of ways to keep you and your wallet happy. Have a look-see:
wine_barWine Tasting at the Urban Wine Bar – There are lots of reasons to love the Phoenix Public Market. Here’s another: it’s the only Valley market that offers nothing but locally grown and produced wines. This coming Wednesday, September 29th, the Wine Bar at the Market will set out a free selection of Arizona wines, with a spotlight on the Callaghan Vineyard. Located an hour south of Tucson, Callaghan grows Mediterranean varietals for their red blends as well as Riesling grapes for their estate white wine.
Speaking of wine, Urban Wine Bar is just one of the Downtown grape purveyors participating in Saturday’s Urban Wine Walk. Jump on the light rail and tour fabulous restaurants in Downtown Phoenix, Camelback Corridor and Tempe–eateries like 1130 The Restaurant, Kincaid’s, ICON Lounge, Steve’s Greenhouse Grill, and the brand-new Brick Pizzeria and Wine Bar at Arizona Center. Sample a diverse selection of wines and snacks on the cheap from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
NFL Sunday Package – This is a trifecta for guys: football, Hooters girls and specially-priced food and drink. It’s all happening at Hooters at the Arizona Center, every Sunday during NFL season. Guys, you’ll owe the woman in your life something after this, so prepare yourself to see Eat Pray Love. Just saying.
Movie in the Park – It doesn’t get much freer than this. This Friday, September 24th, at 8 p.m., you can catch a free movie with free popcorn at Civic Space Park. Just bring a lawn chair or blanket for stretching out on the grass.
Acoustic Wednesdays – If you haven’t been to the Ghost Lounge at the Hotel San Carlos yet, here’s the perfect excuse. On Wednesday, September 29th, Melanie and Van, an acoustic twosome – try saying that twice – will play everything from rock to blues. And yup, admission is free. The show starts at 5 p.m.
Weekend Movie Pass Special – Haven’t seen Inception yet? Or are you eager to see The Town, the new Ben Affleck flick with Jon Hamm, everyone’s favorite cad from Mad Men? Then head to the Arizona Center’s AMC 24 Theaters this weekend. Save your ticket stubs and you’ll get a free spinach dip or calamari appetizer with the purchase of any two beverages at 1130 The Restaurant.
Second Annual 5K Walk for Homeless Families – No, this isn’t free. But I know lots of generous, caring folks read this blog – I’m not sucking up, honestly – and here’s a chance to use a few of those dollars you saved for admission to this event, which benefits UMOM’s New Day Centers (UMOM helps more than 3,000 homeless Arizonans each year). The walk starts at Wesley Bolin Memorial Park this Saturday at 7:30 a.m. Registration, which costs $30 per person, begins at 6:30 a.m.