Urban Dare Adventure Race is a fast-paced competition that challenges two-person teams to decipher clues, navigate the city, and perform playful stunts. A dozen trivia-based clues lead contestants to checkpoints all over Phoenix, where they must use a camera to document their presence and, in some cases, complete challenges, such as scaling a wall or solving a puzzle. In addition to running and walking, contestants may use public transportation to move from checkpoint to checkpoint, though taxis, cars, and bikes are off-limits. Races generally last less than four hours, and the winning team receives free entry to the Super Dare, a cruise-based take on the Urban Dare concept that features a $5,000 grand prize. Proceeds from the race will be used to help battle breast cancer.
The course itself carries on that fun vibe, too. Winding through city streets and local parks, the 5K route is dotted with hydration stations that dole out hot chocolate. Holiday music, a giant Santa inflatable, and snow blowers help to set
The Fourth of July is, by nature, just one day. However, Red White & Rawhide celebrates the holiday for two days straight, closing out both nights of revelry with epic fireworks. Before the glittering light displays fill the sky, though, there's plenty of fun to be had in the sun. Visitors taste craft beers and wines, for instance, and swig flavored margaritas, washing down meals from local food trucks. Musicians play live for the crowds, too, and local artists showcase handiwork more compelling than a pure black canvas depicting the Founding Fathers in a dark room.
In 1991, the GLBT community of Orlando staged the first Gay Days at Disney World as a way to boost the visibility of its members and share their pride. The event was so successful that it not only morphed into a week-long annual celebration, but it also spawned other celebrations?first in Las Vegas and now in Phoenix. During Gay Days Arizona, participants gather for a five-day extravaganza featuring a multitude of events. Attendees can cheer each other on in a golf tournament, soak up the sun at daily pool parties, don disguises during the masquerade, and sample local cuisine all while celebrating the community.
Microbrews and macrobrews, such as Pabst Blue Ribbon, Coors Light, and Miller Genuine Draft, come together for a night of revelry at the Blue Collar Beerfest & Backyard BBQ. The event takes place at Rawhide Western Town, a replica of a bygone era complete with stagecoach rides and gold-panning activities. Once there, festgoers can swig samples of 20 beers and let a roller-derby expo and a mechanical bull vie for their attention.
There isn't much in this world that's better than drinking beer while listening to music. Good Cheer Brewfest combines these complementary activities with a good cause, and the result is a festival that will be hard to top this holiday season.
The formula is simple: bring together a team of brewers and musical acts, then donate a portion of the proceeds to local charities. This year, those charities include The Humanitarian Activist Alliance and Phoenix Children's Hospital, as well as Toys for Tots, which will be collecting toy donations.
Good Cheer's music schedule features eclectic sounds that range from the foot-stompin' Americana of local boys Random Karma to the soul-driven blues of Ebinezer. Keep an eye on the brew page for updates on the festival's featured beers, which may include everything from crisp lagers to the latest beer-flavored energy drink, BuzzBeer.