10 Nerdy Things To Do In February In The Phoenix Metro
The selection of nerd-friendly activities happening in the Valley in February is simply diverse. To wit: Over the next few weeks, you can score rare books, learn more about quilting, ride a decorated shopping cart while dressed in costume, or even salute Satan. Plus, there’s the chance to meet the actor behind Krrsantan from Boba Fett’s Bookattend outdoor screenings of independent films or do like Ross and Rachel from Friends.
Yeah, like we said, diverse.
Read on for more details on each of these events and get ready to get started.
Arizona Renaissance Festival
If you missed the opening weekend of the Arizona Renaissance Festival, 12601 East US Highway 60 to Gold Canyon, don’t worry. There are still seven weekends left in its 2022 run and all its usual revelry – including artisans, entertainment, memorable characters, jousts, rides, games, feasts, exploits, more merriment than you Can’t shake a souvenir wooden sword – willpower awaits. The 50-acre attraction, which recreates a 16th-century Tudor village, has been open nearly every spring since 1989 (except for a hiatus last year due to the pandemic) and will be open every weekend, whether rain or shine, until April 3. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. General admission is available in line in advance for $29 for adults and $19 for children ages 5-12. Tickets can also be purchased at the festival box office for $30 for adults, $27 for seniors 60 and active/retired military and their spouses (with ID), $17 for children. 5 to 12 years old and free for children 4 and under.
independent film festival
As the name suggests, this three-night festival, from Thursday February 10 to Saturday February 12, will feature a slew of independent films, ranging from feature-length dramas and documentaries to shorts, music videos and even multimedia installations. Several events will be held at various locations in downtown Phoenix, including a 6 p.m. mixer on Friday, February 11 at Churchill, 901 North First Street, followed by a panel discussion on independent filmmakers at Cahokia, 707 North Third Street, at 8 p.m. Free outdoor screenings will take place at the Roosevelt Row Welcome Center, 18 North Second Street, the same evening. All the details and the full schedule are available on the the festival website.
SatanCon Satanic Market
As you may have heard, hordes of devil worshipers from around the world are planning to invade Scottsdale from Friday, February 11 through Sunday, February 13 for the first SatanCon at The Saguaro Hotel, 4000 East Drinkwater Boulevard. Organized and promoted by the Satanic Temple Arizona Chapter, the weekend-long conference won’t involve any virgin sacrifices, visits from Lucifer himself, or anything too ominous. Instead, there will be lectures and panels on topics such as Satanism and BIPOC communities, the temple legal battles with the city of Scottsdale, and even the culinary aspects of religion. If you can’t get tickets to the con itself, the hotel will also host a free Satanic Market with vendors selling artwork, clothing, accessories, and other items. (In other words, idle hands won’t be the devil’s only playthings at the event.) There will also be a game room, dark craft workshop, and more. Hours vary and more information is available here.
VNSA Used Book Sale
Bookworms, bibliophiles and word lovers will flock to the Agricultural Center at the Arizona State Fairgrounds, 1826 West McDowell Road, on Saturday February 12 and Sunday February 13, to browse tables filled with more than 500,000 books, albums and magazines. , cards, games, CDs and DVDs. It’s the biggest thrift sale in the South West and tens of thousands of shoppers attend each year, many of whom will start lining up the night before. Lines could be even longer this year as the event will operate at half capacity to allow for social distancing due to COVID-19. Books and other items start at $1 each, and many tomes will be half price on February 13. Admission is free and parking at the fairgrounds will cost $10. More information can be found on the event website.
This five day event in downtown Phoenix proves not only that there’s a downside to literally everything these days, but also that the art of quilting isn’t just for grandmas or rednecks. Thanks to the popularity of all things crafty, you’ll likely encounter quilting enthusiasts of all ages and walks of life admiring the stitching and piecework on display inside the Phoenix Convention Center, 100 North Third Street, Wednesday February 16 to Sunday February 2. 20. Hundreds of modern quilts will be presented and a full program of lectures, panels and workshops will take place. And, as is standard for any scam, there will also be a vendor room. Who knows? You may come across your favorite aunt shopping for supplies. Event times vary. Admission is $12 per day and $36 for a five-day pass.
Body Art Fair 2022
What differentiates a good tattoo from a bad one? Choosing the right artist is the first step. An experienced and talented ink caster can prevent your potential piece from becoming a confusing abomination susceptible to being mocked online. AT Body Art Fair 2022 at Arizona State Fairgrounds, 1826 West McDowell Road, you’ll be spoiled for choice. More than 200 artists from across the United States will congregate inside the exhibit building, which runs from Friday, February 18 through Sunday, February 20. , live entertainment and “extreme human suspensions”. Hours are 2 p.m. to 11 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday. Daily entry is $20 to $25 and $55 for the weekend.
Carey Jones signature appearance
TV shows tend to have characters in small groups, and in the case of Boba Fett’s Book, it’s the giant bounty hunter Wookie Krrsantan. Star Wars fans have become obsessed with the black furry character with a penchant for ripping off Trandoshans arms ever since he appeared in the show’s second episode. Thus, we expect a strong participation in justice comics, 1805 East Elliot Road, #101, Tempe on Sunday February 20 when Krrsantan actor Carey Jones stopped by the store to sign autographs and pose for photos. According to store owner Jake Justice, this will be Jones’ first-ever appearance. He’ll be there from noon to 4 p.m. and photo ops and autographs are $30 each.
the Friends Experience
If you feel like you’re always stuck in second gear (or if it hasn’t been your day, week, month, or even year), a visit to the pop-up Friends Experience could be just the ticket. And you will lose between $30.50 and $37.50 for it ticket, which will allow you to spend about an hour walking around a huge interactive attraction inspired by the hit NBC sitcom. Located in a vacant retail space at Paradise Valley Gateway, 10825 North Tatum Boulevard, it features replicas and scale models of various sets from the show (ranging from Central Perk to the boys’ and girls’ apartment), costume exhibits and accessories, and even a gallery of wigs featuring Rachel’s hairstyles. You can pose for photos while sitting in Joey and Chandler’s matching recliners or re-enact the scene of the couch moving (“PIvot…PIVOT!!!”) while soaking up the nostalgia. The experience opens on Thursday, February 24 and will run until early May.
Patton Oswalt’s comedy is as biting and insightful as it is imaginative. Take his equating of Donald Trump’s regrettable presidency to an “18 wheeler full of monkeys and PCPs [that’s] hit a train full of diarrhoea”, for example. There’s his oft-quoted description of KFC’s Famous Bowl as “a pile of chess in a bowl of sadness” or a desire to become “a robot that helps wolves have sex” while overdosing on Lexapro. . When Oswalt presents his latest show, titled Who’s ready to laugh?, at the Orpheum Theatre, 203 West Adams Street on Friday, February 25, his material will be a mixture of the ingenious and the inane with plenty of geeky references, a snark of self-deprecation and witty beards. The show starts at 7 p.m. Tickets are $42 to $62.
Phoenix Idiotarod 2022
When the Phoenix Idiotarod returns to the streets and sidewalks of downtown Phoenix on Saturday, February 26, we expect it to be just as surreal, eerie, and colorful as ever. Equal parts urban shopping cart race and pub crawl, the event is a wild spectacle of drunken fun and culture jamming involving teams of costumed pranksters driving decorated carts (many of which are inspired by geeky subjects like movies, TV shows or comics) around the city center. Along the way, they’ll stop at various checkpoints in various parks, bars, and other locations to complete challenges that usually involve booze, bizarre antics, or both. It’s a boozy show you’d be a fool to miss. If you wish to participate, entries will be accepted until midnight on February 18. More details are available here.