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Check out these three events before the Phoenix Pride Festival

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Illustration: Maura Losch/Axios

Pride month was technically in June, but here in Phoenix we wait until October for our big celebration (because, you know, the heat).

State of play: Phoenix Pride is hosting several events leading up to the 41st Annual Phoenix Pride Festival on Oct. 15 and 16. Here are a few you shouldn't miss!

Mesa and ASU open new downtown park

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Mesa held a roller skating event at its new Plaza at Mesa City Center on Wednesday. Photo couresy of the city of Mesa.

There's a new park in downtown Mesa.

Driving the news: The city unveiled the Plaza at Mesa City Center on Wednesday night.

Phoenix weekend plans: Enjoy German beer and Jamaican food

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Illustration: Maura Losch/Axios

Looking for something fun to do this weekend? We've got you covered – presuming you're not already planning to hit up the Arizona State Fair.

Jamaican Jerk, Roots & Reggae Festival

When and where: Noon-7pm on Saturday, at Heritage Square, 115 N. 6th St., Phoenix.

The best food, rides and deals at the 2022 Arizona State Fair

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Illustration: Annelise Capossela/Axios

The state fair opens Friday at noon and will run through Oct. 30.

  • Here's what you need to know, what's new and more.

Phoenix weekend plans: Vintage markets and concerts

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Looking for something fun to do this weekend? We've got you covered.

Junk in the Trunk Vintage Market

When and where: Today through Sunday at WestWorld of Scottsdale, 16601 N. Pima Road.

Harkins theaters to debut Rob Schneider movie filmed in Arizona

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Rob Schneider and Miranda Schneider in a Bashas' for "Daddy Daughter Trip," which was filmed in Arizona. Photo: Courtesy of Evolve Marketing

A new Rob Schneider movie filmed in Arizona will make its exclusive debut in Harkins theaters across the state next month.

What's happening: "Daddy Daughter Trip" will premiere at Harkins Camelview at Fashion Square on Sept. 27, and will begin showing at other locations around Arizona on Sept. 30.

Help pick the name of the Phoenix Zoo's black-footed ferret kits

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Courtesy of Phoenix Zoo

Five litters of black-footed ferret kits were born at the Phoenix Zoo this summer, and Tuesday is the last day to vote on some of their names.

State of play: The Phoenix Zoo is one of six facilities worldwide breeding these critters for release to the wild as part of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums' black-footed ferret Species Survival Plan.

Phoenix solidifies itself as mecca for pickleball lovers

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Pickleball athletes Ben Johns, Tyler Loong, Collin Johns and AJ Koller competed in Scottsdale last night.

Some of the best pickleball players in the country met for a showcase in Scottsdale Tuesday night, further solidifying metro Phoenix as a mecca for pickleball lovers.

For the uninitiated: Pickleball is a combination of tennis, badminton and ping-pong.

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