Step Up to Honor the Fallen
Firefighters in full gear, police, military and bomb squad personnel march alongside civilians of all ages, abilities and backgrounds as they climb 2,071 steps representing the 110 floors of the twin towers in the 9/11 Tower Challenge, Sept. 11. Participants pause briefly to view photographs of fallen heroes that line the stairs, vowing to “never forget” as they honor those who lost their lives on Sept. 11, 2001, and show continued support of our first responders and military. Proceeds benefit charities serving law enforcement, first responders, military personnel and their families. 8 a.m. $45. Gila River Arena, 9400 W. Maryland Ave., Glendale, 911towerchallengefoundation.org. Similar events are planned at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff and the Tucson Convention Center.
Enjoy a Hip-Hop Take on a Founding Father
Featuring a score that blends hip-hop, jazz, rhythm and blues and Broadway, Hamilton features a cast of non-white actors to tell the story of the founding of America in a way that looks very different from conventional textbooks. A groundbreaking musical about the life and times of the founding father whose face is on the $10 bill, it’s the story of America then, told by America now. Call for times, through Oct. 10. $49-$299. ASU Gammage, 1200 S. Forest Ave., Tempe, 480-965-3434, asugammage.com.
Celebrate the Arts at Mesa Festival
Guests enjoy live music and entertainment at the free, family-friendly Wonderland Festival, which kicks off the arts season, Sept. 10. Opening receptions for four new visionary art exhibits are included, along with craft activities, a scavenger hunt, art demonstrations, yoga, a film screening, food vendors and a chance to meet critters from Liberty Wildlife and Phoenix Zoo. 6-10 p.m. Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., Mesa, 480-644-6500, mesaartscenter.com.
Man the Forks for a Week of Vegan Eats
Phoenix Vegan Restaurant Week, Sept. 12-18, celebrates unique vegan/plant-based cuisine as full-service restaurants, fast casual eateries, bakeries, coffee shops, food trucks and meal delivery services offer an exclusive multicourse prix fixe menu or showcase a specially priced item that best represents their establishment. Brunch & Sip, Dilla Libre, Early Bird Vegan, Earth Plant Based Cuisine, Giving Tree Café, Ground Control, Hot Sauce & Pepper, Maya’s Cajun Kitchen, Pachamama, Positively Frosted, Salvadoreno Restaurant, Urban Beans Café, Verdura and Wok this Way are among participants in the inaugural event. Valleywide, $20-$33, phoenixvegan.com.
Check Out Some Drool-Worthy Off-Road Vehicles
High-flying, dirt-slinging racing demos are on tap at the Off-Road Expo, Sept. 11-12. The event features a wide array of equipment, parts and gear for off-road racing, rock crawling, trail riding, sand sports, camping and adventure travel. Ride-a-longs, racing demos, celebrity appearances, live music and product giveaways are included. Saturday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sunday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. $20, adults; $7, children 6-12, with discounts for advance purchase; free, children 5 and younger. Phoenix Raceway, 7602 Jimmie Johnson Dr., Avondale, offroadexpo.com.