Get Out of Glendale: Arizona Taco Festival and the Phoenix Children’s Museum’s Play Date

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By Lauren Herber, Staff Writer

Photo courtesy of saltriverfields.com

Photo courtesy of saltriverfields.com

This past weekend, the annual Arizona Taco Festival was held at Scottsdale’s Salt River Fields at Talking Stick. For the admission price of $15, festivalgoers were able to attend the event that featured taco and tequila tastings, a Chihuahua beauty pageant, Lucha Libre wrestling, live music, and much more. The festival hosted over 50 vendors who offered $2-$4 tacos and $6-$10 margaritas. The tacos ranged from traditional (think: carne asada with salsa) to a little more adventurous (think: pulled pork or buffalo chicken). An extra $20 bought you a ticket to the Tequila Expo, featuring over 30 brands and over 100 different types of tequila. While the tacos are delicious and the margaritas refreshing, be prepared to wait in some pretty long lines. This event is very popular, so if you choose to attend next year, be sure to buy your tickets online beforehand, and try to attend the festival right at the beginning or near the end when it’s less crowded.

Meet the characters from Bob's Burgers: Laura Kroeker, Sylvia Imbrock, Shelly Taflinger, Leah Funk, and Christiaan Rodermond. Photo courtesy of Leah Funk.

Meet the characters from Bob’s Burgers: Laura Kroeker, Sylvia Imbrock, Shelly Taflinger, Leah Funk, and Christiaan Rodermond. Photo courtesy of Leah Funk.

This past weekend, downtown Phoenix featured another fun event: the Phoenix Children’s Museum’s Annual Play Date. For $15 in advance or $20 at the door, this special event allows anyone 21 or over to head to the Children’s Museum for some grown-up fun, including interactive exhibits, painting, arts and crafts (including the opportunity to make your own slime), dancing, and much more. There were fun, interactive games like giant Jenga and life-sized beer pong (during which, I regret to report, my team of a ladybug, cat, and hippie lost to the opposing team made up by Shaggy and Scooby Doo). Also featured at the event were a photo booth, cash bar, and costume competition (which was actually won by a group of T-birds dressed up as the cast of Bob’s Burgers—great job guys!). All the proceeds of the event went to the Children’s Museum. Be sure to catch this fun event that’s for a good cause next year!

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