15 best events, concerts and things to do in Phoenix this week

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Don't know what to do in metro Phoenix? Here are our picks for the best events, concerts and shows happening in the Valley.

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9/15-17: Junk in the Trunk Vintage Market

Fans of vintage, handmade and rusty items are sure to enjoy Junk in the Trunk Vintage Market at WestWorld of Scottsdale. Over 140 handpicked vendors from Arizona will be on hand selling their creative wares. From vintage dresses and unique furniture to handmade jewelry and treasures for the garden, the event has something for everyone.

Details: Sept. 15-17: 5-9 p.m. on Friday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. WestWorld of Scottsdale, 16601 N. Pima Road, Scottsdale. Friday tickets $50 in advance, $65 at the door and include re-entry on Saturday and Sunday, early entry on Saturday, and a drink ticket. Saturday early-entry tickets $20 in advance, $25 at the door and include admission all day Saturday and Sunday. Single-day general admission on Saturday or Sunday $8 at the door. junkinaz.com.

9/15-16: Michael Che

Named by Rolling Stone as one of the “50 Funniest People,” Michael Che enjoys using humor to talk about controversy and humanity. Fans of “Saturday Night Live” know Che as one of the co-anchors of the popular “Weekend Update” segment, and he also has an hour-long standup special on Netflix called “Michael Che Matters.”

Details: Sept. 15-16. 7:30 and 10 p.m. Friday; 7 and 9:30 p.m. Saturday. Stand Up Live, 50 W. Jefferson St., Phoenix. $25. 480-719-6100, standuplive.com.

9/15-24: Arizona Restaurant Week

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Arizona Restaurant Week | Explore the Valley's diverse dining scene through this fall promotion, featuring three-course meals for $33 or $44 at top restaurants, including Nobuo at Teeter House, Marcellino Ristorante, Lon's at the Hermosa and Beckett's Table. Each restaurant will feature its special Restaurant Week menus. Diners are encouraged to make reservations. | Details: Friday, Sept. 15, through Sunday, Sept. 24. For participating restaurants in metro Phoenix and Tucson, go to arizonarestaurantweek.com. (Photo: Joanie Simon)

Dozens of restaurants around the Phoenix area will offer three-course meals for $33 or $44, excluding tax and gratuity, during this 10-day promotion. There’s a wide variety of participating restaurants, from James Beard Award-winners to neighborhood favorites. The menus are prix fixe, meaning they feature a select list of dishes at a set price. This is the 10-year anniversary of the promotion, which is run by the Arizona Restaurant Association.

Details: Sept. 15-24. Various restaurants around the Valley. $33 or $44 per person. arizonarestaurantweek.com.

9/15-9/30: ‘Kiss’

Art, politics and what gets lost in translation are all at stake in a Syrian love story that opens the season for Stray Cat Theatre, the Valley’s leading indie troupe. Caution: mind-scrambling twists ahead — and that’s telling you more than the playwright, Chilean rule-breaker Guillermo Calderón, would prefer. For those who subscribe to the theory that spoilers actually enhance one’s enjoyment, one word: Google.

Details: Friday, Sept. 15, through Saturday, Sept. 30. Tempe Center for the Arts, 700 W. Rio Salado Parkway. $15-$30. 480-227-1766, straycattheatre.org.

9/15-10/1: ‘Caroline, or Change’

It wasn’t a blockbuster on Broadway, but it’s one of the most beautiful and challenging musicals in history. Set in 1963 Louisiana, it’s about a well-off Jewish boy’s complicated relationship with his black maid. With a book by “Angels in America” playwright Tony Kushner and music by Jeanine Tesori (“Fun Home,” “Shrek the Musical,” “Thoroughly Modern Millie”), it’s an intimate slice of life that touches on important historical themes, but it’s also whimsically surreal, turning the Radio, the Moon and the Washing Machine into singing characters.

Details: Friday, Sept. 15, through Sunday, Oct. 1. Helen K. Mason Performing Arts Center, 1333 E. Washington St., Phoenix. $38. 602-258-8129, blacktheatretroupe.org.

9/15-16: ‘The Rite of Spring’

Maestro Tito Muñoz returns for his fourth season leading the Phoenix Symphony with a performance of the Stravinsky masterpiece that Disney used for the dinosaur sequence in “Fantasia.” Russian-American soloist Philippe Quint is back to play the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto, and the jazzy “Prelude, Fugue and Riffs” kicks off a year of celebrating Leonard Bernstein.

Details: 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Sept. 15-16. Symphony Hall, 75 N. Second St., Phoenix. $25-$98. 602-495-1999, phoenixsymphony.org.

9/16: Brat Haus Oktoberfest

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Go for the simple and classic original, or get it with a side of warm beer cheese fondue at Brat Haus. (Photo: Brat Haus)

Dust off your dirndls and lederhosen and head to Brat Haus for Oktoberfest—anyone who shows up in the traditional garb will get in for free. The event features a German-themed menu, games, live music and a special Firkin tapping from San Tan Brewery at 5 p.m. with Mayor Jim Lane.

Details: 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 16. Brat Haus, 3622 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale. $12, 21 and over. brathausaz.com.

9/16: Two Brothers Oktoberfest

Come celebrate the release of Two Brothers’ Oktoberfest lager, Atom Smasher, and their Scottsdale-brewed German Helles lager, along with the start of Oktoberfest in Germany. The event features beer specials, a stein-holding contest, German fare and a dirndl and lederhosen contest.

Details: Noon-6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 16. Scottsdale Tap House and Brewery, 4321 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale. 480-378-3001, twobrothersbrewing.com.

9/16: 2nd Annual Rock the Guac

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Rock the Guac | To celebrate National Guacamole Day on Sept. 16, the founders of the Arizona Taco Festival present this avocado party, in its second year. Enjoy unlimited samples of guacamole prepared by local chefs from restaurants such as Gallo Blanco, Otro Cafe, The Mission, Gadzooks Enchiladas and Soup and La Hacienda. Hosted by former TV weatherman Brad Perry, the event also features a taco bar, flamenco dancing and music. | Details: 6-9 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 16. The Camby Hotel, 2401 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix. $40-$50 (two drink tickets included). universe.com/events/rock-the-guac-tickets-phoenix-0Z1Q4K. (Photo: Jeremiah Toller)

Come celebrate National Guacamole Day at an event that benefits Free Arts of Arizona. Enjoy unlimited and tasty guacamole prepared by Valley chefs, as well as a taco bar by Artizen Crafted American Kitchen at The Camby. The evening also includes live lucha libre wrestling, flamenco dancing and adult beverages.

Details: 6-9 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 16. The Camby Hotel, 2401 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix. $40, $50 at the door, 21 and over only. universe.com/events/rock-the-guac-tickets-phoenix-0Z1Q4K.

9/16 & 17: PAW Patrol Live!: Race to the Rescue

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9/16-17: PAW Patrol Live! Race to the Rescue | Young fans of “Paw Patrol” are sure to enjoy its live tour. The show tells the story of the Great Adventure Bay Race between Adventure Bay’s Mayor Goodway and Foggy Bottom’s Mayor Humdinger. Alas, at race time, Mayor Goodway cannot be found. Ryder calls the members of PawPatrol to assist. | Details: 10 a.m., 2 and 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 16; and10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 17. Comerica Theatre, 400 W. Washington St., Phoenix. $17-$74. 602-379-2800, comericatheatre.com.

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Young kids who adore the popular TV show “Paw Patrol” are sure to enjoy PAW Patrol’s first-ever live tour. The show will tell the story of the Great Adventure Bay Race between Adventure Bay’s Mayor Goodway and Foggy Bottom’s Mayor Humdinger. Alas, at race time, Mayor Goodway cannot be found. Ryder will call the members of PAW Patrol: Marshall, Chase, Skye, Rubble, Rocky, Zuma and Everest to assist.

Details: 10 a.m., 2 and 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 16; 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 17. Comerica Theatre, 400 W. Washington St., Phoenix. $17-$74. 602-379-2800, comericatheatre.com.

9/16: Furry Friends Fine Arts Festival 

Four-legged and two-legged family members are welcome at the animal-themed arts festival. Enjoy pet readings and performances, pet adoptions by the Arizona Humane Society, as well as plenty of artwork including paintings, drawings, ceramics and photography. Tap your feet or paws to live music and satisfy your hunger cravings at the food and beverage vendors.

Details: 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 16. Shemer Art Center, 5005 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix. $5, $10 for a family, free for pets. 602-262-4727, shemerartcenter.org.

9/16: Litchfield Park Oktoberfest

At The Wigwam Resort, chefs will serve German entrees, a band will perform polka music, and German and domestic beers will be available for purchase in celebration of Oktoberfest. There will also be a play area for children and family activities. Wear German clothing — kids too! — for entry into a contest to win prizes.

Details: 6-9 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 16. The Wigwam Resort, 300 Wigwam Lane, Litchfield Park. $10 for ages 13 and up, free for ages 12 and under, benefitting the Litchfield Park Recreation Department. Price doesn't include food and beverages. 623-935-9040, litchfield-park.org. 

9/16: 6th Annual Rockin’ Taco Street Fest 

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Rockin’ Taco Street Fest | This sixth annual festival in downtown Chandler will feature more than two dozen restaurants serving many types of tacos, which can be purchased a la carte, along with beer, margaritas and aguas frescas. The event also features mariachi bands, ballet folklorico, tequila tastings and taco-eating competitions. | Details: Noon-9 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 16. Dr. AJ Chandler Park, 178 E. Commonwealth Ave., Chandler. $8-$12 for general admission, $75 for VIP. 602-276-2499, rockintacoaz.com. (Photo: John Samora/The Republic)

Taco fans will find plenty to love at this lively and tasty event in downtown Chandler. Two dozen restaurants will be on hand, serving up a variety of delish tacos including fish, chicken, carne asada, veggie and carnitas. The cultural celebration also features plenty of music and live entertainment, plus a lowrider car show and a taco-eating contest.

Details: Noon-9 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 16. Dr. AJ Chandler Park, 178 E. Commonwealth Ave., Chandler. $8, $12 at the door, $75 VIP. rockintacoaz.com.

9/16: Messy Fest

Queen Creek will get a serious dose of sloppiness at Horseshoe Park & Equestrian Centre, with an as-fun-as-it-sounds fundraiser benefiting Phoenix Children's Hospital. There will be massive mud pits, finger painting, food fights, mashed potato tug-of-war, grape stomps, ice cream slides and slime pits. There's also a zone designed specifically for toddlers. The organizers recommend you wear "clothes that you never want to wear again," but there will be two "human car washes" and a splash zone to clean off.

Details: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 16. Horseshoe Park & Equestrian Centre, 20464 E. Riggs Road, Queen Creek. $20 wristband or $5 to spectate. messyfest.com.

9/16: Constitution Fair

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A trio of bi planes flies across the Gilbert Civic Center during the Gilbert Constitution Fair, September 20, 2014, Gilbert, Ariz. (Photo: Jeffrey Lowman/The Republic)

America celebrates its birthday on July Fourth, but the U.S. Constitution was created on Sept. 17, 1787, a turning point celebrated at this annual event that's all about patriotism and civic awareness. It has military displays, plane flyovers, fireworks, food vendors and live music. There will also be replicas of national monuments, portrayals of Founding Fathers, petting zoos, pony rides, climbing walls and bounce houses.

Details: 5-9:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 16. Gilbert Civic Center, 50 E. Civic Center Drive. Presale $4 per person or $12 per family; $5 per person or $15 per family at the gate. constitutionfair.org.

With reporting from Alison Stanton.

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