School's back in session, which means long lectures, long nights at the library and many hours spent studying and writing term papers for Arizona State University students across metro Phoenix.
Sometimes, you just need a break.
Thankfully, there many great events near ASU campuses in Tempe, Phoenix, Mesa and Glendale, from music festivals to art events. Here are our picks for events that ASU students shouldn't miss.
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Phoenix is still hot, hot, hot in August and September, but the good news is pool parties are going strong.
Release at Talking Stick Resort boasts big-name DJs, including Ingrosso on Aug. 21, Hardwell on Sept. 3 and Steve Aoki on Sept. 24. Those parties continue through September and happen every Saturday and Sunday for guests 21 and older. Maya Day + Nightclub will feature its Soaked and Soundwave pool parties series through Sept. 5, and Lustre Rooftop Bar hosts pool parties on Saturday and Sunday through Labor Day weekend, both for the 21 and older crowd.
The Hotel Valley Ho features DJs every Saturday in August and September, and also on Sunday, Sept. 4, for Labor Day weekend. The event is all ages, but attendees must be registered guests of the hotel. The W Scottsdale Hotel is home to parties on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, including the iHeartRadio Summer Pool Party series on Sundays. All events are 21 and older.
Maya Day + Nightclub is packed during its weekend pool parties. (Photo: Jeremiah Toller)
Release details: 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through September. Talking Stick Resort, 9800 Talking Stick Way, Salt River Reservation. Admission varies. 866-877-9897, releasevip.com.
Maya details: Pool parties run through Sept. 5. Doors open at noon for each party. Maya Day + Nightclub, 7333 E. Indian Plaza, Scottsdale. Admission varies. 602-810-0736, mayaclubaz.com.
Lustre details: Pool parties are through Sept. 5. 2-6 p.m. and 8 p.m.-midnight Saturdays and 2-6 p.m. Sundays. Hotel Palomar, 2 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix. $10 cover for non-guests on Labor Day weekend. Free for non-holiday-weekend pool parties. 480-478-1765, lustrerooftopgarden.com.
Valley Ho details: Session Saturdays run through September. A live DJ will also perform on Sunday, Sept. 4. Hotel Valley Ho, 6850 E. Main St., Scottsdale. The pool is restricted to hotel guests during the parties. 480-248-2000, hotelvalleyho.com.
W Hotel details: Noon-6 p.m. Fridays-Sundays. Sunday parties run through Sept. 25. The other parties will run while the weather is still hot, generally through mid-October. W Scottsdale Hotel, 7277 E. Camelback Road. Free for hotel guests. $10 for non-guests Fridays and Sundays, $20 for non-guests on Saturdays. Cabana and day-bed reservations: 480-970-2101. wscottsdalehotel.com.
Experience the cool indie vibe of downtown Phoenix at this popular monthly art walk. More than 70 galleries participate with special exhibits, bands, DJs and food and drinks. The bars and restaurants near the arts venues are packed, and many, including the intimate Lost Leaf Bar & Gallery, hip Carly's Bistro and funky Third Space, display works by local artists and feature live music. Roosevelt Row is the general hot spot, and there is a free trolley that takes visitors around to the different neighborhoods including Grand Avenue and the major museums just north of downtown.
Details: 6-10 p.m. the first Friday of the month; hours vary by location. Downtown Phoenix along Roosevelt Street and Grand Avenue. Five shuttle stops available at Phoenix Art Museum, Heard Museum, Oasis on Grand, CityScape and Arizona Center. Free. 602-256-7539, artlinkphoenix.com.
Archie Tattoo and James Vidales from Until Death Tattoo work on a large piece of artwork at Cloud City during the First Friday Artwalk. (Photo: Jeremiah Toller)
Mad Decent Block Party
The Mad Decent Block Party is coming back to Arizona, and this time, it's for two days. The EDM festival was created by Grammy Award-winning producer Diplo. The event is limited to attendees who are 18 years and older, and performers include Diplo, Baauer, Brillz, Dada Life and Flosstradamus.
Details: Friday and Saturday, Sept. 16-17. Rawhide Western Town, 5700 W. North Loop, Chandler. General admission is $53 for single day, $99 for two-day. VIP is $99 for single day, $169 for two-day. Payment plans are available. maddecentaz.com, maddecentblockparty.com.
Diplo performs at the Mad Decent Block Party. (Photo: Jeremiah Toller)
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Tour de Fat
New Belgium Brewery celebrates fat tires (both bikes and beer) in this festive bicycle parade through downtown Tempe. Riders start the day with a bike parade, then gather at Tempe Beach Park for live music, a fashion showdown, a game show and other performances, and of course, plenty of New Belgium beers. This year, Dr. Dog will headline the festival. Proceeds benefit local biking charities.
Details: 11 a.m.- 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 1. Tempe Beach Park, Mill Avenue and Rio Salado Parkway. $10. 480-350-4311, newbelgium.com/events/tour-de-fat/tempe2016.
Bikes, beer and crazy costumes make up the annual New Belgium Tour de Fat festival. (Photo: Jeremiah Toller)
Arizona State Fair
The Arizona State Fair first appeared in 1884 (yes, before we were even a state). It has grown to become an annual bash that features big-name concerts, amusement-park rides, livestock, shopping, and, of course, more fried food than your arteries care to taste.
Details: Oct. 7-30. Noon-9 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays; noon-10 p.m. Fridays; 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturdays; 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Sundays. 1826 W. McDowell Road, Phoenix. $10; $5 children ages 5-13 and seniors. 602-252-6771, azstatefair.com.
The Arizona State Fair runs Oct. 7-30 in Phoenix. (Photo: Michael Chow)
Phoenix Comicon Fan Fest
This special event is created by the same people behind Phoenix Comicon. So, naturally, the festival will be a pop culture paradise with actors, comic book writers and artists, programs, exhibitions vendors and costumes. The festivities are expected to be bigger than before because the Phoenix Fan Fest is moving to the Phoenix Convention Center.
Details: Registration begins 8 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday. Oct. 22-23. Phoenix Convention Center, 100 N. Third St., Phoenix. $30 full-event membership; $25 Saturday; $15 Sunday; $5 children 3-12; free for ages 2 and younger. Phoenixcomicon.com.
The Phoenix Comicon Fan Fest moves to the Phoenix Convention Center this year on Oct. 22-23. (Photo: David Wallace)
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Global Dance Festival
Relentless Beats will once again bring the Wild West Edition of this dance music festival to Rawhide. This year's 18-and-over event will feature genre giants Bassnectar, Galantis, Louis the Child, Louis Futon and JackLNDN.
Details: Doors open 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 19. General admission $69-89; VIP $149-179. Rawhide Western Town, 5700 W. North Loop, Chandler. relentlessbeats.com.
The Global Dance Festival returns Nov. 19 to Rawhide in Chandler. (Photo: Jeremiah Toller)
Tempe Festival of the Arts
Downtown Tempe turns into a giant art show as hundreds of artists and craftspeople line Mill Avenue and adjacent streets with their work. Now in its 47th year, this year's festival's guest of honor is Geoffrey Aaron Harris, a digital artist inspired by antique toys and robots. In addition, there will be plenty of live music, street performers, craft stations for the kids and beer and wine tasting for the adults.
Details: 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Friday-Sunday, Dec. 2-4. Downtown Tempe. Free. tempefestivalofthearts.com.
The scene at the intersection Mill Avenue and Fifth Street during the Tempe Festival of the Arts in downtown Tempe. (Photo: David Wallace)
NYE Block Party on Mill Avenue
Mill Avenue hosts one of the biggest New Year's Eve celebrations in metro Phoenix, with outdoor stages and bars, fireworks shows, food trucks and additional bashes at the many bars along the busy street. Stay tuned for updates about the event, including entertainment and bar specials.
Details: Saturday, Dec. 31. Mill Avenue, downtown Tempe. downtowntempe.com.
The massive crowd at the Hayden Amphitheatre stage at the Mill Avenue's New Year's Eve Celebration on Dec. 31, 2015. (Photo: Melissa Fossum/Special for azcentral.com)
Waste Management Phoenix Open
Yes, this is a golf tournament, but before you skip ahead to the next event, hear us out. This stop on the PGA Tour has become one of the most popular and rowdy golf tournaments, last year attracting 600,000 people throughout the run, the most of all of the PGA Tour stops and worldwide. Alongside golf fans and snowbirds are hordes of young people who basically it a big outdoor party.
Brightly colored golf attire is a must, and if you can get up early enough, try to snag a spot at the coveted 16th hole that features arena-style seating and wild fans that playfully heckle players. The tournament is quieter early in the week, and things really pick up on Friday, with the biggest day on Saturday. The afterparty is at the Birds Nest across from the tournament grounds, featuring big-name national acts and DJs.
Details: Jan. 30-Feb. 5, 2017. TPC Scottsdale, 17020 N. Hayden Road, Scottsdale. Ticket information TBA. wmphoenixopen.com.
The infamous 16th hole at the Waste Management Phoenix Open is known for its arena seating and rowdy fans. (Photo: Arizona Republic-USA TODAY Sports)
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Spring in Arizona means perfect weather, day drinking and, of course, baseball. Spring training draws huge crowds each year to one of the 10 statewide stadiums and 15 Major League Baseball teams. Tempe Diablo Stadium, where the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim train, and Sloan Park, home of the Chicago Cubs and Colorado Rockies, are ideal for ASU students on the Tempe campus. One of the most popular venues is Scottsdale Stadium, where San Francisco Giants play, because it's in the heart of downtown Scottsdale. Most of the stadiums have dirt-cheap lawn or bleacher seats, and it's even cheaper to go during the week.
Details: Throughout March 2017. cactusleague.com.
Spring Training happens throughout the month of March and brings baseball fans from all over. (Photo: Danny Miller/The Republic)
McDowell Mountain Music Festival
The three-day music fest is entirely non-profit, benefiting various Arizona organizations. Last year's line-up included Beck, the Avett Brothers and Kid Cudi, raising $50,000 for UMOM New Day Centers and Phoenix Children's Hospital. Past performers have generally included indie, roots, blues, reggae and jam bands, such as Ben Harper, Animal Collective, the Disco Biscuits, the Flaming Lips, Passion Pit, Widespread Panic, Real Estate and Gov't Mule.
Details: March 3-5, 2017. Margaret T. Hance Park, 67 W. Culver St., Phoenix. Ticket information TBA. mmmf.com.
Porter Robinson fans pose for a selfie while a passerby holds up their Porter Robinson flag over their heads at McDowell Mountain Music Festival on Saturday, Mar. 12, 2016. (Photo: Thomas Hawthorn)
Stateside Presents hosts this one-day music extravaganza, drawing nearly 10,000 to 17 venues throughout downtown Phoenix this year. Next year, the organizers promise more bands, more venues and a more diverse line-up. In past, performers have included Crystal Castles, Best Coast, Coolio, the Growlers, Andrew W.K., Jim Adkins, the Neighbourhood and Pinback. Venues ranged from Crescent Ballroom and CityScape, to the Masonic Temple and the alley dubbed "Punk Rock Alley."
Details: Saturday, March 17, 2017. At venues throughout downtown Phoenix. Ticket information TBA. vivaphx.com.
Neon Indian performs during the VIVA PHX music festival on Saturday, March 12, 2016. (Photo: Danny Miller)
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