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Arts & Culture Bars & Nightlife Community Food, Restaurants & Dining Music & Events Travel, Shopping & Leisure Lauren Potter May 4, 2017

Whether you’re a wine lover, a music guru, a food fanatic — or none of the above — you’ll find something to discover (or devour) in Downtown Phoenix during the first weekend of May. Too lazy to do the research yourself? No worries. We’ve got you covered:

PHX Fridays: More Art on Moreland

 (Photo courtesy: Roosevelt Row CDC)

(Photo: Slaven Gujic)

Beer garden, food trucks, live music and even more local art? Sounds like the perfect First Friday outing. The monthly art walk has expanded north of Roosevelt Street towards Hance Park with a new soon-to-be First Friday hotspot: More Art on Moreland.
Grab a drink and bite at the Phoenix Center for the Arts beer garden, meet local artists, shop for Mother’s Day gifts or just have fun people watching. Friday, May 5 from 4-10 p.m. Moreland between 2nd and 3rd Streets. Free.

4th Annual Indie 500 Music Marathon

 (Photo courtesy of 8020 Records)

(Photo: 80/20 Records)

Trunk Space is turning 13, and to celebrate they’re hosting the Indie 500 Music Marathon. It’s kind of like the car race, only, instead of watching four-wheeled machines loop around a track 200 times, you get to rock out to 70+ local bands playing 500 songs back-to-back-to-back-to-back… (Zero breaks.)
It could last 24 hours or 48 hours — who knows? What we do know is the $10 wristband buys you entrance to the entire event and endless amounts of fun. All ages. Begins Saturday, May 6 at 8 a.m. Trunk Space (1124 N. 3rd Street).

Sutra Summer Block Party

 (Photo: Lauren Potter)

(Photo: Lauren Potter)

If you’ve ever had the sudden urge to step out into traffic and do yoga on the street, now’s your chance (minus the cars).
Kick off the weekend by feeling the vibes with Sutra Studios at the Phoenix Public Market. After you’ve done the downward dog while getting down to sick beats, grab breakfast at the Café and stock up on local produce and handcrafted treasures from the Open Air Market. All ages. BYO mat and water bottle. Saturday, May 6 from 9-10 a.m. Phoenix Public Market (721 N. Central Avenue). Free.

Urban Wine & Jazz Walk

Central Wine in midtown Phoenix.

(Photo: Andrea Price)

Like a fine wine, downtown’s favorite event is getting better with age. The 2017 Urban Wine & Jazz Walk invites participants to explore the city one sip at a time while enjoying great music along the way. From 1-6 p.m. savor $2 and $3 wine samples and free snacks at 30 local bars and restaurants from downtown to uptown.
Then, stroll over to the Phoenix Public Market Café between 4-9 p.m. where community and culture will collide at the International Jazz Day AZ Festival, featuring a lineup of award-winning musicians. Protip: The first 300 people at Chico Malo will receive a free commemorative stemless wine glass courtesy of CityScape Phoenix. Saturday, May 6. Free to attend.

Cinco Phoenix Festival


(Image: Lauren Potter / Photos: Cinco Phoenix Festival)

Cinco de Mayo is more than just burritos and beer. Celebrate the colorful, lively and flavorful Mexican culture at the 24th annual Cinco Phoenix Festival in Downtown Phoenix.
The family-friendly street festival features a diverse music line-up from national acts to local legends; lucha libre wrestling; tons of games and giveaways; and a plethora of food and drink from tacos to barbecue, margaritas, desserts and more. All ages. Sunday, May 7 from 12-10 p.m. 200 W. Washington Street. Tickets $5-10 at the gate.