Weekend events for Sept. 13-15

Photo: Celebrate rock and roll as the Musical Instrument Museum says goodbye to their “The Electric Guitar” exhibit.


Get creative in Mesa

Season Kick-Off Festival (Fri. Sept. 13). 6-10 pm. Free. Features live music, art studio demonstrations, new exhibitions, hands-on activities, food and more. Mesa Arts Center, One E. Main St., Mesa. mesaartscenter.com


See Ballet AZ outside

Ballet Under the Stars (Fri.-Sat. Sept. 13-14). 7 pm. Free. Enjoy a dance performance in a unique outdoor setting complete with a stage, lighting and costumes. Sept. 13 at Estrella Lakeside Amphitheater in Goodyear and Sept. 14 at Steele Indian School Park in Phoenix. balletaz.org


Shabby & chic shopping

Junk in the Trunk Vintage Market (Fri.-Sun. Sept. 13-15). 4-9 pm VIP Fri and 8-9 early entry Sat; 9am-4 pm Sat-Sun. $65 VIP Friday; $25 early entry Sat, $8 Sat-Sun. A vintage shopping experience. Celebrate everything chippy, rusty and handmade. More than 150 vendors participating. Special Friday VIP event is also available. West World, 16601 N. Pima Rd, Scottsdale. junkinthetruckvintagemarket.com


Get messy in Queen Creek

Messy Fest (Sat.-Sun. Sept. 14-15). 8 am-noon; adults only 5-10 pm. $22; under 2 free. Features all things cluttered, chaotic and untidy, from massive mud pits designed for jumping and flinging to large-scale finger-painting and even a mashed-potato tug-of-war and a food fight. But don’t worry we will have a human “car wash” zone for rinse off.  Proceeds from the event will benefit Childhelp. Horseshoe Park & Equesrian Centre, 20464 E. Riggs Road, Queen Creek. messyfest.com


Rock and roll at the MIM

Celebrate Rock and Roll (Sat.-Sun. Sept. 14-15). 9 am-5 pm. Included with admission. Say goodbye to “The Electric Guitar” exhibit with music-making workshop, live performances, craft and a movie screening. Musical Instrument Museum, 4725 E. Mayo Blvd., Phoenix. mim.org


Taco time

Rockin’ Taco Street Fest (Sat. Sept. 14). Noon-9 pm. $20 adults, ages 12 & under free. Salsa competition, live entertainment, street taco station, sand bar, beach games and more. Dr AJ Chandler Park, 3 S Arizona Ave., Chandler. rockintacoaz.com


Free movie night

Movies in the Desert (Sat. Sept. 14). 5 pm. Free. See “Moana” starting at dusk; pre-movie activities include meet and greet, craft, games and prizes. OdySea in the Desert, 9500 E. Via De Ventura, Scottsdale. odyseainthedesert.com



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