You’re lucky because if you’re looking for something fun and exciting to do, the Valley of the Sun is home to many excellent entertainment choices, both traditional and alternative. Phoenix shows can be found at at a wide assortment of theaters that also host events in Phoenix as well. No matter the Phoenix theater you visit, there’s always a special experience waiting just for you.
Check out our favorite theater shows on our Phoenix Entertainment Guide....
SUGGESTED!! Carnival of Illusion:
An Evening of Old-World Magic Get ready to experience a magical evening with CARNIVAL OF ILLUSION! This top-rated attraction is "Revitalizing Magic" by blending their international theme with all the charms of a Vaudeville-inspired roadshow. The CARNIVAL OF ILLUSION is Magic, Mystery, and OOOH La La! Great for date-nights, celebrations, anniversaries and special nights out. The show mixes international travel and vaudeville inspiration and one of the most popular shows in town. They have sold out every show for over two years so don’t wait until the last minute because you’re Carnival of Illusion seats will disappear!!
Higley Center for Performing Arts
The Higley Center for the Performing Arts is a Phoenix theater, which allows all members of the community to attend performances, perform and even present at the theater. Featuring a number of shows, from musical performances to stage performance, the center caters to the community. Public shows are abundant, so there’s always a show happening here. You’ll also find student shows and more at the Higley Center.
The Stray Cat Theatre
The Stray Cat Theatre is unlike any other as it offers a quirky and edgy form of Indie theatre. The provocative theater offers alternative Phoenix entertainment for those looking for something different. Performances are aggressive and cross the lines of typical theatrical possibilities. The free-radical environment fosters creativity with risk taking performances. The performances offer a challenging audience perspective.
Desert StagesProviding a venue for non-profit community theater since 1995, Desert Stages prides itself on creating an environment where actors can learn and grow, cultivating their craft. They also give the audience a great show. Desert Stages provides opportunities for all ages to experience the art and craft of the theatre. With shows like Beauty and the Beast, and South Pacific, there is something for theatre lovers young and old.
Herberger Theatre CenterThe Herberger Theater Center is a non-profit organization offering live shows and events in downtown Phoenix. With a mission to support and foster the growth of local performing arts, there are numerous venues and performances available to the public. Through the theater’s entertainment options, performances strive to educate and contribute to Phoenix’s cultural development.
Nearly Naked Theatre
The Nearly Naked Theatre is for mature audiences only
as it offers raw and edgy live performances. Although it looks like a classic theater, the performances are far from traditional. If you’re looking for offbeat entertainment in Phoenix, you’ll certainly find it here as the local performers are free of censorship and have an overload of creativity. Be warned, as the name indicates, there is
nudity on stage.
The Torch TheatreThe Torch Theatre is among the most well known improv theaters in Phoenix. Every weekend you’ll find comedy performances that are out of the norm. Local artists are free to let their creativity shine in a vibrant and diverse manor. Not only will you find alternative Phoenix entertainment, but there are also projects and workshops to learn the craft and get on that stage yourself!
The Musical Instrument Museum
Most notably known for the exhibits featuring musical history, the Musical Instruments Museum also offers many concerts for Phoenix entertainment throughout the year. The spacious 200,000 square-foot facility, not only houses musical instruments from around the world but provides multiple concert performance nearly every night of the week. Concerts offered at the Phoenix theater are diverse but generally based on world music.
The Black Theatre TroupeThe Black Theatre Troupe is a new theater in Phoenix. For an alternative form of Phoenix entertainment, you’ll find multi-ethnic performances at the theater. The performances highlight the African-American culture and experience. The talented performers strive to entertain, while educate. Their 145 seat venue was built to meet the needs of the troupe, and provides a comfortable yet classy space for their productions.
Sheraton Rooftop GardenThis 4th floor garden is home to organically grown herbs and vegetables, used in the Sheraton Downtown's many on-site restaurants. Perhaps you will find fresh mint perfectly blended in your specialty cocktail, or today's menu might include fresh vegetables from the garden. It can't get any fresher than that...picked from the rooftop. Call for reservations for the District American Kitchen at the Sheraton Downtown, or stop by for an afternoon refresher at the Wine Bar.
The Lost LeafThe Lost Leaf in Phoenix is an unique place to find entertainment, art and even a bar-- all in one. The Lost Leaf features an art gallery, containing a number of collections. You’ll also find live performances by local artists and musicians. Enjoy a beer, coffee or a meal while listening to the music. The Lost Leaf is welcoming and energetic for those looking for offbeat entertainment in Phoenix.
Magic, Mystery and OOH LA LA!There is plenty of Magic, Mystery and OOOH La La at Carnival of Illusion. Bring a group of friends or visit with that special someone to see one of Arizona's TOP-RATED theater shows. And if it happens to be a special occasion like a birthday or anniversary, that is even better, as it is certain to be a memorable night out. This evening of old-world magic is now at the AZ Biltmore Resort, Tempe Center for the Arts, and the Mesa Arts Center. Carnival of Illusion is certainly worth a closer look!
Mesa Arts CenterRight in the heart of Mesa, this award winning arts complex has a variety of entertainment on offer. Not only are there several theaters for everything from theatre to live music, and comedy, but there are art galleries, art classes and a wonderful museum store for that hard to buy for aunt! There is so much going on at the Mesa Arts Center that you are sure to find something that peaks your interest. You'll find their calendar of events on their website, for a list of all the great entertainment, any season, any time.
ASU GammageThe ASU Gammage is a well-known Valley architectural landmark and home for performing arts. The Phoenix theater operates as part of the Arizona State University supporting local performing artists. The professional performances featured at the theater are performed by many great artists working to support and encourage art in the community. You'll also find there workshops, classes, and many Phoenix community events.
The Crescent BallroomThe Crescent Ballroom features live music everyday.
With a comfortable lounge area and full bar, you’ll also benefit from free live music from local performers, even if you are not there to see a show in the ballroom. The Crescent Ballroom also offers fine dining with a diverse menu. The modern decor of the building hides the fact it once housed many auto-related businesses but helps with that unique vibe.
The Orpheum TheatreThe Orpheum in the Phoenix Convention Center is recognized for its beautiful arts and entertainment Theatre. You’ll find many styles and genres of performances in the uniquely decorated historical theater. The decor and seating of the theater further increase the enjoyment of watching the performed shows. At the theater, you’ll find performances of all varieties, including concerts, comedies & plays.
Ice House TavernThe Ice House Tavern is a favorite among hockey fans as it offers a rare opportunity to watch hockey at a full service bar. In addition to hockey, there are music performances by local bands. You will also find local comedians. The Ice House Tavern has a dart league for the community as well. Check out their extensive selection of craft beers, specialty beers and micro beers from breweries all over the world.
Phoenix SymphonyThe Phoenix Symphony Hall hosts a variety of performances in Phoenix. The multi-purpose symphony hall is a popular Phoenix theater for its diverse performances including ballet, opera and of course the symphony. With patrons comfort in mind, you’ll benefit from a great entertainment experience while sitting in a modern space. You’ll also be surrounded by visual artwork from top collections.
Trunk SpaceThe Trunk Space is an experimental theater, featuring alternative entertainment in Phoenix. There are a diversity of performances available, including storytelling, music, circus side shows, art and much more. Local artists also perform puppet shows and completely offbeat and unexpected performances. The Trunk Space is the ideal location to find something unique and interesting.
Hotel Valley HoAlthough recently renovated and updated to include all the modern ammenities we come to expect in a resort and spa, this mid-century hotel has retained its past stylings and roots that began when this hotel was built in 1956. Amenities include the OH pool where you can relax in a cabana with a specialty cocktail, or visit the VH Spa for Vitality + Health. Why stay in just another cookie cutter hotel, when you can step back into the past, while sipping on a martini in the 50's inspired ZuZu lounge and stay in this downtown Scottsdale resort.
StinkweedsFor the best in new and used music on independent labels, then this is the place for you. It's seen many a location move, but is still going strong after 27 years. Remember records? Now the cool thing is to call them vinyl, but whatever you call them, they got 'em. And if you need a turntable to play them on, you might find one of those here too. If you love music, and don't feel like going out this weekend, then make sure you have a well-stocked collection from Stinkweeks.
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