Wednesday's Weekend Wishlist for August 16

Livestock at the Payson Rodeo, one of this week's great events!
Well, it's Wednesday again.  The day best known for keeping your weekly calendar from being laterally symmetrical, and for making Meredith blush and giggle in 1st grade phonics when it was sounded out as Wed-Nes-Day and had a drawing of a bride and groom to emphasize the "wed" sound.  

And because without further help, reading those tidbits would be literally the most interesting part of Wednesday, here's a roundup of things to do this weekend.  And by "weekend," I mean Thursday to Sunday…because we can't exclude Friday-eve or Sunday Funday from the mix!

Roundup of event listings.  If you have an event to advertise contact getthefunout@gmail.com

Around the state:

Haymarket Squares perform in Pine on August 18 & 19.  Arizona's favorite punkgrass band will be performing two nights at the Old Country Inn in Pine.

World's Oldest Continuous Rodeo in Payson, August 15-19.  Payson and Prescott duel for oldest rodeo distinction.  Prescott claims to have the world's OLDEST rodeo, but it hasn't occurred every year since it's inaugural occasion; meanwhile Payson's rodeo isn't as old as Prescott's, but Payson has never missed a year!  It's also a little closer to the Valley and August weather in Payson is glorious.  If you're feeling extra adventurous, camp on the rim while you're at it.  


The Valley

Tempe Adventure Run with Road Runner Sports in Tempe.  August 17 at 5:30 at Tempe Market Place.  A make-your-own-distance run around Tempe.  Collect tickets at stops along the course (map available on their Facebook page photo posts) for additional chances to win gear in their post-race raffle.  Also featuring product demos, beer, and sweaty people.

Group classes with REI Outdoor School (locations also in Tucson and Flagstaff).  Valley classes include kayaking, trail running, stand-up paddle-boarding, GPS instruction, and bike maintenance.

Sip and Shop Sunday at DeSoto Central Market, 11:00-3:00.  Cheap mimosas and cool pop-up market, also, indoors which is still nice.

The last Cardinals preseason game in Glendale, vs. the Bears.

From the Arizona Republic:

Five best events for kids and families.  Including Fidget Fest, Shrek the Musical, and a flashlight tour at the Desert Botanical Gardens.

Four best events.  Including Arizona Reigning Horse Inside Slide (I know what all of those words mean, but I have no idea what that phrase means...), and Arizona Music and Entertainment Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony.

If you haven't heard, there's a total solar eclipse next week.  AZCentral has some viewing tips.

From Phoenix Magazine:

Things to do this week.  Including Saturday Night Fever, Herbie Hancock, and Four Peaks Beer and Ice Cream Social.  

Some Special Events.  Including "Bar Brawl" mixology showdown and sand sculpture and rock balancing in Carefree.

From Phoenix New Times:

Top 20 events this week.  Including BEER OLYMPICS, Will and Grace trivia night, , and a Pre-eclipse Party at the Natural History Museum.

Tucson

From Tucson.com: (visit the linked page for more events in more categories than I can even summarize.)

Theatre productions.  Including The Producers and The Incredible Spider Guy.

Outdoors events.  Including prickly pear cooking, guided hikes, and night hiking.

From Tuscon Weekly:

Top Staff Event-Picks.  Including Sonora Desert Museum "Cool Summer Nights," Tuscon's 242nd Birthday Celebration!, Youth Poetry Slam, and UofA Tree-Ring Research Lab tours.

Flagstaff

Weekly rooftop yoga at Hotel Monte Vista on Wednesday nights (so plan for next week).  $10/class, arrive no later than 5:45 PM.  Rooftop yoga is the best, and I cannot imagine a more beautiful view to have while doing yoga than the San Francisco peaks.  

Rodrigo y Gabriela play at Pepsi Amphitheatre in Flagstaff on August 20.

Lowell Observatory solar eclipse experience, and more.

From AZ Daily Sun:

Events Calendar.  Including a Mushroom Festival, hiking, Elk workshop, and Summer Concert Series.

From Northern Arizona University:  Wilderness Welcome (student's only, shame, because those trips sound awesome!), Henry V - free and open to the public, 

Prescott

From Visit Prescott:  WineFest, 24-Hour Play Festival, Summer Concert Series.

From Yavapai College:  volleyball, "Get Real" Men's Expo, farmer's market.

Plan ahead for next week:

Phoenix Public Market Cafe beer dinner with San Tan Brewing.  Four pours, four courses, four...ty-five dollars.  Call to reserve seating:  480-280-1138.

Seinfeld Trivia at Valley Bar in CenPho, August 22.  Sign up on their Facebook page.

Not sure you can name three actors with minor roles on Seinfeld who went on to become very famous? (Teri Hatcher, James Spader, Debra Messing, bonus points - Timothy Omudson, Detective Lassiter from Psych.)  Then maybe try Trivia Tuesdays at DeSoto Central Market in CenPho.  Trivia starts at 7, but might as well get there early for the 3:00-5:00 happy hour...teachers favored, apparently?

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