Five things to do for $5 or less this weekend

From museums to house shows, a weekend guide for the bored and broke

While hitting tailgates on Saturday and dedicating Sunday to rest and atonement sounds like a solid weekend to some, we think there's better pound-for-pound entertainment out there. 

For students living on and near campus, you don’t have to look far. There are a multitude of exciting and unique events happening across the Valley this weekend. 

From museums to house shows, we have your weekend covered.

Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day 

Had your eye on a cool exhibit at the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art or envisioning the perfect Instagram post in the Desert Botanical Garden? Typically a visit to either of these Valley staples would be a little straining for the college budget, but this Saturday is your opportunity to go for free. 

Annually, Smithsonian Magazine hosts Museum Day to recognize and celebrate "boundless curiosity." In honor, museums across the nation open their doors for free to anyone presenting a Museum Day ticket. Each ticket provides entry to two guests on Sept. 22, 2018 during regular museum hours.

This year, the theme for #MuseumDay is #WomenMakingHistory. Some of the participating museums will have special exhibits and displays to fit the theme. 

Find which participating museums are in your area or visit Smithsonian Magazine's website for a complete list


Annual Garden Clean-Up Day

Unleash your inner green thumb and lend a helping hand at The Japanese Friendship Garden for its annual Garden Clean-Up Day. 

Along with free, early access to the garden, volunteers band together for some good not-so-clean fun, sprucing up the garden before it opens for the new season. 

The clean-up will last from 7:30 to 10:30 a.m. and volunteers should come prepared for some light pruning, sweeping and raking. No gardening tools are necessary. 

Saturday, Sept. 22

1125 N. 3rd Avenue, Phoenix AZ 85003

7:30 - 10:30 a.m.

ASU vs. Washington

Just because this weekend's football game is away doesn't mean Sun Devil fans don't have a million and one ways to support their favorite team. 

Gather around a TV in the lounge of your dorm or head to Mill, but don't miss the Sun Devils take on the Huskies at 7:30 p.m. MST. 

If you don't want to leave your bed, the game can be viewed via livestream.  

For alumni, game watching events are hosted across the country. 

Saturday, Sept. 22

Seattle, Washington

7:30 p.m. MST

On-Campus Art Exhibits

Don't have a car to visit museums for Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day, but still down for the cause? There are many exhibits on-campus which are free and open to the public to take advantage of. 

"Beyond Beyond" showcases the contemporary work of Ai Kijima, who uses unconventional artistic media including bed sheets and thrift-store dish towels to reflect the interests and value of her experience of popular culture in the early 2000s. 

"A Bigger Plan" is a multi-modal exhibit featuring the works of Los Angles-based artist Euan MacDonald. On display now is the second installment of MacDonald's exhibit, Side A, which showcases pre-psychedelic patterning from books found in ASU Hayden Library's Open Stack Collection. 

Also showing at the ASU Art Museum is "Pop/Funk Warhol and Frey," two solo exhibitions of the work of eminent pop artist Andy Warhol and Bay Area sculptor Viola Frey. 

Read more: ASU Art Museum gets funky in upcoming Warhol and Frey exhibition

"Indwelling" features contemporary artist Yuri Kobayashi's pieces which combine woodwork and traditional Japanese aesthetics. 

"An Arizona Roadtrip" is a photography exhibition by Joanna Proffitt featuring timeless Arizona scenes and landscapes. 

Alien Boy (PDX), Dovi, Bonzalez, Grove

Immerse yourself in ASU's vibrant underground music scene with this weekend's house show presented by AMP ASU. 

After Alien Boy's release of their new album, Sleeping Lessons, they will play their new music accompanied by other local bands: Dovi, Bonzalez and Grove. 

The show will start at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Sept 22 and entrance will cost $5 at the door. 

Take a peek at AMP's event calendar for more concerts in the area. 

Saturday, Sept. 22

Big Surf (House)

7:00 p.m. MST



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