Five free things to do this week in the Phoenix metro


Valentine’s Day can be a very expensive holiday, so if you’re low on cash this week, we’ve got you covered. Here are five things to do around Metro Phoenix that won’t cost you a penny, including movie screenings, art festivals, and more.

Cuddle some puppies in downtown Phoenix this Valentine’s Day.

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bark in the park

Today is Valentine’s Day, and whether you’re single or in a relationship on this day of love, we all agree on one thing: puppies are awesome. At 11 a.m. on Monday, February 14, you can head to Phoenix Civic Space Park, 424 North Central Avenue, for Bark in the Park: Valentine’s Edition. Presented by Downtown Phoenix Inc., the event offers the opportunity to spend quality time with the pups from Almost There Rescue, as well as music from A Girl Named Scot and a selfie booth. Hidden Track Bottle Shop and Willie’s Taco Joint will also be on hand in case you need some wine for later or for a quick lunch.

Oh, and by the way, all of the puppies you’ll see at the event are adoptable, in case you’re looking for your forever Valentine. Visit the event page for more information.

Click to enlarge Get up close to the oldest theater in Phoenix.  - LYNN TRIMBLE

Get up close to the oldest theater in Phoenix.

Lynn Trimble

Orpheum Theater Tour

The Orpheum Theater in downtown Phoenix is ​​fast approaching its 100th anniversary (it will happen in 2029), but it’s still one of the most beautiful buildings in the city. Take a peek behind the curtain, so to speak, with a free tour taking place at noon on Tuesday, February 15 at 203 West Adams Street. This is when the Friends of the Orpheum Theater will take a small group through the public and some of the non-public areas of the building.

The tour lasts approximately 60 minutes and masks are encouraged. Tickets are limited, but if you run out they will do more tours in March. Follow the association’s Facebook page.

Click to enlarge Spicy Mayo performs a set on the January 2022 edition of Island Time.  -JENNIFER GOLDBERG

Spicy Mayo performs a set on the January 2022 edition of Island Time.

Jennifer Goldberg

island time

Variety shows used to be our grandparents’ thing – a little of this, a little of that, and an evening in a hall or in front of the television turns out to be entertaining. Monthly comedy and music event Island Time picks up the torch of variety shows for today’s cynical millennial audience. Hosted by Lou Moon, Island Time features local comics doing short sets with background music by unhinged and hilarious punk band/late night TV show Spicy Mayo. At 8 p.m. on Wednesday, February 16, the lineup includes Charlie Jr., Anthony Thornton, Cam Kiernan and headliner Eric Sobczak. If you’re 21 or older, head to the Yucca Tap Room, 29 West Southern Avenue in Tempe, for a free night of irreverent comedy, drink specials and punk music.

King Richard

When the Oscar nominations were announced on February 8, the sports drama King Richard picked up five of them, including Best Picture and Best Actor for Will Smith. Smith plays Richard Williams, father of tennis legends Venus and Serena Williams, who relies on their natural talent to propel them to success.

You can catch a free screening of King Richard on Friday, February 18 during the next episode of Arizona State University’s Movies on the Field series. Presented by ASU 365 Community Union, the film is open to the community and begins at 7 p.m. (doors open 6 p.m.) at Frank Kush Field at Sun Devil Stadium, 500 East Veterans Way, Tempe. You must bring a blanket to sit on and wearing a mask is highly recommended. No outside food and drink will be permitted as there will be vendors on site. Free parking in lot 59 is available. Register for the screening here.

Click to enlarge The iconic Gilbert water tower.  - LAUREN CUSIMANO

The iconic Gilbert water tower.

Lauren Cusimano

Gilbert Art Walk

When it’s 115 degrees in July and you’re hiding from the sun, you’ll wish you had spent more time outside when the weather was really nice. Save yourself the regrets and check out the Gilbert Art Walk, which runs from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, February 19.

The free event showcases the talents of local artists working in fields such as photography, painting, ceramics, jewelry, and more. There will also be live music. The Art Walk is right across from the Gilbert Farmer’s Market (also free). Start at the Gilbert Water Tower, 45 West Page Avenue, Gilbert. Visit the website for more information.


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