Music lovers should head to the Musical Instrument Museum which has a collection of 15,000 musical instruments as well as multimedia exhibits. The collection of musical instruments comes from every corner of the world. Many so strange, they are exhibited along with an instructional video. Visitors get the opportunity to learn diverse music styles that exist around the globe. The museum also has live performances held at its theater.
The Desert Botanical Garden was opened in 1939 to preserve the area's pristine desert environment. Today, the garden helps save endangered plants, with the focus still on native flora and special emphasis on succulents. The cactus collection is world-renowned and between the months of March through May, the seasonal blooms are spectacular. The garden hosts several events throughout the year, some of which include the popular 'Butterfly Habitat' during the spring and the 'Luminarias' during the holiday season. If you come during the summer months, don't forget your hat and sunscreen!
One of the largest in the Southwest, the Phoenix Art Museum includes a staggering collection of exhibits from the world over. Permanent displays in this facility include miniature interiors as well as 20th-century art. Featured pieces cover contemporary art and fashion design with international exhibits from Europe, Asia, Latin America as well as Western America. Interactive, hands-on activities are featured for kids at the PhxArtKids space. Traveling displays are often included in the museum's highlights. Exhibits include popular works by Ubertini, Nicolas Lepicie, Max Beckmann, Robert Henri, Eugène Boudin and many more.
True to its name, FilmBar, showcases mostly indie films and it serves superb craft beers, wine and other spirits while you enjoy the flick. The micro-cinema space within the bar seats up to 70 and screens an interesting selection; from foreign and independent titles to cult classics and the work of local filmmakers. Tickets to the shows can be bought at the venue itself and members enjoy concessions and combos. For those coming in just to enjoy the bar, their range of drinks covers 25 different craft beers and a wonderful selection of wines. One other note, if you wish to continue the drinking after the film ends, the Angels Trumpet Ale House across the street is a beer lover's dream.
Founded in 1929 by Dwight B. and Marie Bartlett Heard, this museum houses tributes to American Indian art and culture. At the Heard Museum, permanent displays are showcased along with traveling exhibits displaying the rich heritage of the people. Home of approximately 40,000 artifacts, the museum has on display American Indian jewelry and more than four hundred Hopi katsina dolls. Heard Museum also has an exhibition that narrates the stories of Native Americans in 19th-century boarding schools.
Home to the Arizona Rattlers, Phoenix Suns and Phoenix Mercury, this arena is located in downtown Phoenix. This facility that accommodates thousands of spectators not only hosts sporting events, but also concerts and boxing matches. Epic artists such as Frank Sinatra and Lady Gaga have performed here in the past. Nearby landmarks and entertainment opportunities include the Chase Field Stadium and the Arizona Center.
Copper Blues is a sleek rock bar downtown Phoenix. Featuring live music, an impressive selection of more than 60 tap beers, good food and an amazing outdoor patio on the second floor, this venue is one of the most popular destinations in the city.
Stand Up Live is one of the exclusive theaters dedicated to comedy in the city. Featuring well known acts, the state-of-the-art theater ensures an unforgettable experience. Crack up over some burgers, sliders or wings from the menu along with a signature cocktail from their full service bar.
This is a hop on tour though some of Arizona's quality craft breweries. On the tour, you'll visit three great breweries among 13 top rated options, with beer samples and a delicious meal - all included in the price. The tour has four and a half hours of duration, in which you will discover the local brew scene. The beer guide is very knowledgeable about the breweries, landmarks and local history and the shuttle buses are clean. It is perfect for birthday and bachelor/bachelorette parties, as you can schedule a private tour. Arizona Brewery Tours are truly a wonderful and fun experience.
Housed in a building dating back to 1917, Crescent Ballroom is a wonderful venue located in Downtown Phoenix. Live gigs take place every night and the venue's relatively small size ensures that the crowd can get up close with the performing artists. If the music gets too loud for you, step out on the patio, drinks in tow.
The Arizona Federal Theatre is a state-of-the-art entertainment venue designed for concerts, Broadway shows, family stage shows, boxing and convention meetings. Seating can vary from 1900 to 5000 for concerts, and 5500 for sporting or corporate events. This theater combines a classic, fully rigged Broadway stage with the brilliance of modern arena technology. Past performers include Marc Anthony, Hilary Duff, The Killers and Al Green. Wrestling match-ups also take place on a frequent basis at this venue.