Free Sober Activities in the Valley

I find myself in the early months of 2022 unhappy with the financial cycle I'm stuck in. It seems that there is an ever flowing amount of money leaving my bank account, and not enough coming in. Like many other 20-somethings I'm having a hard time balancing having fun with building a savings. So, I'm going to challenge myself to change my routines! I'm taking matters into my own hands.

I've pledged to myself for the next 5 weeks (starting Feb 22, 2022 - March 31, 2022) to not spend money on drinking, activities, or material items. To help me complete my goal, I've compiled a list of fun activities I CAN enjoy over the next 5 weeks - all completely free! Join me, and let's save $ together!


Parks

  • Scottsdale Civic Center Park: Enjoy a good book or coffee in this beautiful park area enclosed by the arts center and AZ88

  • The McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park: Take a ride on the Paradise & Pacific Railroad and the 1950-vintage Allan Herschell carousel. Visit a variety of shops and museums, play on our one-of-a-kind playgrounds or play areas, or just relax in the grass under a tree in Scottsdale’s most beautiful park.

Dog Parks

  • Papago: fenced, off-leash dog park within Papago park, which also has picnic tables, pond, playground and restrooms.

  • Chapparal: Two areas open the majority of the time with one area designated for active dogs and another for passive dogs.

Hikes

  • Papago: Easy hike with a beautiful view of Tempe

  • Pinnacle Peak Park: features a moderate out-and-back trail through the pristine Sonoran Desert environment.

  • Camelback: located in the Camelback Mountain Echo Canyon Recreation Area between Phoenix, Scottsdale and Paradise Valley.

  • Tom's Thumb: 4 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Rio Verde, Arizona

Museums

  • Ellie & Michael Ziegler Fiesta Bowl Museum: College football fans will delight in an array of exhibits featuring memorabilia from Fiesta Bowl events and bowl games, all 130 FBS team helmets, and some of college football’s most prestigious award trophies.

  • Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art: Pay-What-You-Wish on Thursdays and every second Saturday of the month. Free tickets must be reserved in advance.

  • Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art: Free all day on Thursdays and the second Saturday of the month.

  • Scottsdale Rodeo Museum: The museum boasts rodeo artifacts going back to the 1950s, including saddles ridden by famous rodeo champions like Jake Barnes.

  • Heard Museum: Dedicated to the advancement of American Indian art, the Heard successfully presents the stories of American Indian people from a first-person perspective, as well as exhibitions that showcase the beauty and vitality of traditional and contemporary art. Free admission for visitors on the first Friday of each month from 6 PM to 10 PM, except in March.

Activities

  • Phoenix Art Commission’s "WaterWorks at Arizona Falls": The new Arizona Falls combines art, history and technology to generate clean electricity from the canal's waterfall. Visitors, surrounded by water on three walls in the water room, may sit on large boulders as they enjoy the cool and soothing sounds of flowing water.

  • Desert Botanical Garden: Enjoy for free the second Tuesday of every month - call to reserve

Entertainment

  • Native American dance performances: Hyatt Regency Scottsdale on Fridays at 5 p.m. September through May

  • Live music at Tempe Marketplace: Live music has returned to The District Stage every Friday and Saturday evening for outdoor ambiance and limited audiences. Safely stroll and take in the sounds.

  • LIVE @ Murphy Park: a series of performances in Downtown Glendale in February and March 2022 every Thursday, Friday and Saturday evening from 7pm until 9pm! Each evening, a different band will take the stage.

  • Desert Ridge Marketplace: Live music every Friday and Saturday evening from 6-9PM.



I hope this helps! I've already started filling my calendar. As always, message me with any suggestions or things you think I should add!


-Katri