With the suspension of large events and our favorite Valley venues shut down until further notice, it’s time to get creative when it comes to things to do. Here are five online events and socially distant activities to enjoy this weekend.
1. Enjoy (and support) the Grand Canyon from home.
Be a trailblazer! Walk, jog, hike or bike anywhere to raise funds to preserve and protect Grand Canyon National Park and celebrate the National Park Service’s 104th anniversary. Kicking off on Sunday, August 23, people of all levels are welcome to participate in the week-long crowdfunding event. The goal is to raise $50,000 while staying active – and safe. Grand Canyon Conservancy CEO Theresa McMullan will be hiking the Grand Canyon’s scenic Rim Trail and virtually sharing her favorite viewpoints. How to participate: Register online and pledge a distance with a donation, share your photos on social media and tag #GCCTRailblazer and remember to recreate responsibly.
2. Take a virtual tour of the “king of instruments.”
In an effort to stay connected with audiences across the Valley, Music at Trinity developed a behind-the-scenes music series that aims to bring art into the home. The first series, Introduction to the Organ, offers a virtual tour of the Trinity Cathedral pipe organ to make the instrument more accessible to everyone. Music at Trinity typically presents musical performances in the historical Trinity Cathedral in Downtown Phoenix, but has moved its recitals online. Originally intended to be eight episodes, the music series has since grown into 12 installments. “It is a relaxed and sometimes humorous entrée into a mysterious world of pipes, pedals, and percussion,” says Music at Trinity’s artistic director, Erik Goldstrum.
3. Take part in a virtual telethon to raise funds for Valley Youth Theatre.
Valley Youth Theatre had to cancel productions, classes and camps, but the show must go on! On Saturday, August 22, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., VYT will host a telethon on Facebook, YouTube and VYT.com to raise funds for its programming and provide a unique opportunity for thespians and theatergoers alike to share their love for the stage and screen. Each hour will be virtually hosted by a Phoenix celebrity, including big stars like Emma Stone and Kimiko Glenn.
4. See who will be crowned the Valley’s official cannabis connoisseur.
Mint Café’s Culinary Cup will take place on Saturday, August 22 from 2 to 5 p.m. at Ideation Studios in Phoenix. While the event is not open to the public, a live stream will be available online so anyone can see who will be the champion of the culinary competition from the comfort of their own home. Nearly 100 Arizona cardholders submitted sweet and savory cannabis-infused recipes to Mint in June. The dispensary narrowed it down to 10 finalists based on creativity and ingredients. The winner of the Culinary Cup will receive $2,500 and a chance to have their recipe on Mint Café’s permanent menu. Mint will also be making a $2,500 donation to the United Food Bank at the event. Tune in at themintdispensary.com.
5. Admire art at a safe distance.
Sick of sitting on the couch and using your laptop as your window to the world? Head to Tempe Marketplace or Desert Ridge Marketplace for a socially distant art sojourn and shopping spree. Eye-catching colors, cute characters and illuminated installations adorn the windows of retail stores and restaurants at each shopping center in the new outdoor gallery, Artscapes, which will be on display until November.