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There are a lot of things to do in Phoenix and the surrounding areas. If you are trying to put together plans for a vacation on a budget then why not take a Phoenix staycation? All this is, is a vacation at home. Explore your own city and the surrounding areas. You might be surprised at what all is available right around the corner. Follow along here for the best tips and ways to save money including coupons for your favorite attractions and events. You might also want to check out the Day Trips From Phoenix for more suggestions and savings on things to do within a day's drive from Phoenix.

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Early Bird Deals for Summer Staycations for Under $99

May 5, 2015

As the saying goes, “The Early Bird Gets the Worm!” Well many of the area resorts have gotten into the act by encouraging people to take their summer staycation at their resort. Now you might wonder, “Why would I stay at a resort for my staycation rather than stay at home where it’s cheaper?” In […]


"Becoming Dr. Ruth": From Israeli Army Sniper to Single Mother to Master of Sex, Starring Jane Ridley

at Herberger Theater Center - Stage West, Phoenix
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Wed, February 10
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FULL PRICE: $49.00 - $53.00
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Let's talk about sex. Everyone knows Dr. Ruth Westheimer from her career as a pioneering and straight-talking radio and TV sex therapist. Very few, however, know the truly incredible journey that prec... [more+]

Let's talk about sex. Everyone knows Dr. Ruth Westheimer from her career as a pioneering and straight-talking radio and TV sex therapist. Very few, however, know the truly incredible journey that preceded it. Learn about America's most famous sexpert, whose amazing life story includes such unbelievable exploits as fleeing from the Nazis in the Kindertransport, joining the Israeli Haganah as a scout and sniper (yes, you read that right -- 4'7" Dr. Ruth was a skilled sniper) and struggling to succeed as a single mother while adjusting to life in America. "Becoming Dr. Ruth" was called "fascinating and heartbreaking" by "The New York Times". Penned by Mark St. Germain, this one-woman show starring veteran actress Jane Ridley performing as Dr. Ruth is filled with all the humor, honesty and life-affirming spirit of its titular hero, the diminutive woman with a huge personality who became synonymous with something she truly loved -- sex. [less-]

"Looking Over the President's Shoulder": A Powerful True Story

at Black Theatre Troupe, Phoenix
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Thu, February 11
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FULL PRICE: $32.00
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"Looking Over the President's Shoulder" -- a one-man show about Alonzo Fields, the White House butler who served four United States presidents between 1931 and 1953 -- offers a first-person look at an... [more+]

"Looking Over the President's Shoulder" -- a one-man show about Alonzo Fields, the White House butler who served four United States presidents between 1931 and 1953 -- offers a first-person look at an important historical biography that you won't find in a textbook or museum. Before "Lee Daniels' The Butler" made a splash on the silver screen, Emmy Award-winning writer James Still penned this play, focusing solely on Fields' perspective, placing him front and center on the stage. The stories he shares are moving, illuminating and unforgettable. You haven't heard the whole story of Alonzo Fields until you've seen Black Theatre Troupe's production of "Looking Over the President's Shoulder" in Phoenix. [less-]

"Fences": Pulitzer-Winning Drama About Racism in Baseball From August Wilson

at Herberger Theater Center - Center Stage, Phoenix
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Thu, February 11
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FULL PRICE: $33.00 - $57.00
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August Wilson was one of America's most celebrated playwrights, and "Fences" was arguably his greatest work. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Drama -- as well as Tony Awards for Best Play and, decades... [more+]

August Wilson was one of America's most celebrated playwrights, and "Fences" was arguably his greatest work. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Drama -- as well as Tony Awards for Best Play and, decades later, Best Revival of a Play -- "Fences" is a powerful drama that tells the story of Troy Maxson. A former Negro League Baseball star who now makes his living as a garbage man in 1957, Maxson is a man consumed with frustration over the color barrier that kept him from being a success in Major League Baseball. As he struggles to provide for his family, their relationships -- infected by bitterness -- suffer. A truly significant American play, the "New York Post" once hailed it as "one of the richest experiences I have ever had in the theater." Now you can experience it at the Herberger Theater Center in Phoenix. [less-]

Fairy Tale Favorite "Sleeping Beauty" From Ballet Arizona

at Phoenix Symphony Hall, Phoenix
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Thu, February 11
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FULL PRICE: $65.00 - $159.00
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With music by Tchaikovsky, "Sleeping Beauty" has a signature style that makes it as timeless as "The Nutcracker", "Swan Lake" and Tchaikovsky's other beloved works. Based on the story of spellbound Pr... [more+]

With music by Tchaikovsky, "Sleeping Beauty" has a signature style that makes it as timeless as "The Nutcracker", "Swan Lake" and Tchaikovsky's other beloved works. Based on the story of spellbound Princess Aurora and the handsome prince who wakes her with a kiss, this gorgeous spectacle is brought to stage by Ballet Arizona, with beautiful costumes, lush sets, and delightful dancing at Phoenix Symphony Hall. All ages will enjoy this romantic performance of a classic tale. The production is staged by Ib Andersen, based on choreography from Marius Petipa. [less-]

"The Notebook" Gets a Raunchy Puppet Parody in "The Notebook Has No Legs"

at Playhouse on the Park, Phoenix
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Thu, February 11
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FULL PRICE: $50.00
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Ryan Goosling and Rachel McBadams star in this original, outrageous puppet production of Nicholas Farts' melodramatic romance "The Notebook Has No Legs". When a poor goose and a rich girl fall madly i... [more+]

Ryan Goosling and Rachel McBadams star in this original, outrageous puppet production of Nicholas Farts' melodramatic romance "The Notebook Has No Legs". When a poor goose and a rich girl fall madly in love with each other, they fight against all odds to be together so the girl can get goosed. Inspired by the tear-jerking 2004 movie of "almost" the same name, this show at Phoenix's Playhouse on the Park is loaded with inappropriate language, scandalous adult situations and plenty of laughs. Your VIP ticket includes priority seating and a grab bag, plus Happy Hour drink specials available for purchase. [less-]

Actor-Comedian Ahmed Ahmed ("Sullivan & Son")

at Laugh Factory - Arizona, Scottsdale
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FULL PRICE: $20.00
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Get ready to laugh when hardworking and hilarious actor-comedian Ahmed Ahmed ("Sullivan & Son") headlines a night of comedy at The Laugh Factory in Scottsdale. His stand-up, which is full of sharp obs... [more+]

Get ready to laugh when hardworking and hilarious actor-comedian Ahmed Ahmed ("Sullivan & Son") headlines a night of comedy at The Laugh Factory in Scottsdale. His stand-up, which is full of sharp observations on race in America today, has been seen on "The Tonight Show", Comedy Central's "Axis of Evil Comedy Tour" special, and in the film "Vince Vaughn's Wild West Comedy Show", which followed Ahmed, three other comedians and Vaughn on a cross-country stand-up tour. A veteran actor, he's been seen in "Iron Man", "Swingers", "You Don't Mess With the Zohan" and more -- and his directorial debut, the groundbreaking comedy documentary "Just Like Us", was a hit at film festivals across the world. Catch him live at The Laugh Factory with special guest Bethany Dwyer. [less-]

Comedian Lynne Koplitz ("Joan & Melissa"): Hilariously Bad Advice

at Stand-Up Scottsdale, Scottsdale
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FULL PRICE: $10.00 - $15.00
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Whether she's admitting to multitasking during sex or recommending the use of Vicodin to get out of babysitting for friends' kids, Lynne Koplitz lures you in with folksy charm while taking you by surp... [more+]

Whether she's admitting to multitasking during sex or recommending the use of Vicodin to get out of babysitting for friends' kids, Lynne Koplitz lures you in with folksy charm while taking you by surprise with off-the-wall observations. A regular on various TV shows, Koplitz may be best known as Melissa Rivers' quick-witted friend on We's reality series "Joan & Melissa: Joan Knows Best?". She also starred in her own half-hour stand-up special on "Comedy Central Presents" and was the host of the dating show "Change of Heart". Now Koplitz brings her sly wit to Stand Up Scottsdale. [less-]

Composer Brad Fiedel ("The Terminator") in "Borrowed Time: A Musical Journey"

at ASU Kerr Cultural Center, Scottsdale
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Thu, February 11
FULL PRICE: $24.00
OFFER PRICE: $12.00

Though Brad Fiedel has scored enduring fame for his unforgettable, hard-driving theme to "The Terminator" and other TV shows and movies, what he really wanted to do was write influential '60s-style pr... [more+]

Though Brad Fiedel has scored enduring fame for his unforgettable, hard-driving theme to "The Terminator" and other TV shows and movies, what he really wanted to do was write influential '60s-style protest songs. In his witty and entertaining one-man show, "Borrowed Time: A Musical Journey", he takes you on a trip through the unexpected twists and turns of his fascinating creative life, from his parents' Long Island arts school to playing keyboards for Hall & Oates, to becoming the creative pioneer who introduced synths and electronica to film scoring alongside director James Cameron. [less-]

"The League"'s Steve Rannazzisi at Stand Up Live

at Stand Up Live, Phoenix
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Fri, February 12
FULL PRICE: $22.00
OFFER PRICE: $10.00

Best known as Kevin on FX's hit show "The League", Steve Rannazzisi is also a hilarious stand-up comedian. His high-energy, smart-aleck style on stage brought him to the attention of Ashton Kutcher an... [more+]

Best known as Kevin on FX's hit show "The League", Steve Rannazzisi is also a hilarious stand-up comedian. His high-energy, smart-aleck style on stage brought him to the attention of Ashton Kutcher and landed him his first TV gig, as a cast member on MTV's "Punk'd". Since then Rannazzisi has guest starred on the FOX series "Kitchen Confidential", HBO's "Sex in the City" and NBC's "Third Watch", and performed on Comedy Central's "Premium Blend". Now you can watch him in action at Stand Up Live in Phoenix. [less-]

"Windfall": A Dark Comedy About Debt, Death and Big Winnings

at Brelby Studio, Glendale
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Fri, February 12
Sat, February 13
FULL PRICE: $20.00
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Longtime best friends Owen and Trent have been through everything together. Owen has always been the stable one. Trent, who's lazy but charming, decides to solve his growing debt problem by faking his... [more+]

Longtime best friends Owen and Trent have been through everything together. Owen has always been the stable one. Trent, who's lazy but charming, decides to solve his growing debt problem by faking his own death, leaving behind his best friend and his girlfriend. A wrench is thrown into his scheme, however, when, just after his untimely "death" he learns that he's won big in the lottery. He tried to enlist Owen's help in collecting his winnings, but has Owen finally had enough of Trent's antics? Brelby Theatre Company presents this world premiere by Brian Maticic. The dark comedy about friendship, responsibility and luck might have you examining just how far you'd go as either player in the situation. [less-]

A Taste of Tempe: Walking Tour of Downtown -- Great Food & History

at Tempe Neighborhood - Lunch Tour, Tempe
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Explore downtown Tempe while sampling some of the city's best eateries and learning about the history of the city on the Taste of Tempe walking tour. This three-hour stroll down historic Mill Avenue a... [more+]

Explore downtown Tempe while sampling some of the city's best eateries and learning about the history of the city on the Taste of Tempe walking tour. This three-hour stroll down historic Mill Avenue and the surrounding area kicks off at Pedal Haus Brewery, a Belgium-American gastropub and beer garden. From there, you'll try the healthy Euro-Persian cuisine of Nush and the traditional Irish pub food of Rula Bula -- the oldest-running establishment on Mill Avenue -- plus the seasonally inspired, award-winning dishes at House of Tricks. Finish off the tour with some made-from-scratch desserts at Delice Bistro. [less-]

Bobby V, Pleasure P & J. Holiday: Valentine's R&B Music Fest

at Celebrity Theatre, Phoenix
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Sat, February 13
FULL PRICE: $25.00
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Best known for his huge hit single "Slow Down" off his debut album "Bobby Valentine", contemporary soul crooner Bobby V comes to Phoenix, fittingly enough, for a Valentine's weekend show in the round ... [more+]

Best known for his huge hit single "Slow Down" off his debut album "Bobby Valentine", contemporary soul crooner Bobby V comes to Phoenix, fittingly enough, for a Valentine's weekend show in the round at Celebrity Theatre. The singer's 2012 disc "Dusk Till Dawn" made it all the way to No. 12 on the "Billboard" R&B album charts, and he's collaborated with stars like Nicki Minaj, Lil Wayne, Timbaland and more. Joining him at the UrbanAZ R&B Music Fest are Pleasure P and J. Holiday. [less-]

A Valentine's Night of Seduction With R&B Stars Keith Sweat & Silk

at Celebrity Theatre, Phoenix
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Sun, February 14
FULL PRICE: $45.00
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Smooth, seductive R&B makes its way to the Celebrity Theatre in Phoenix thanks to legendary singer, producer and songwriter Keith Sweat. The O.G. soul star will raise your body temperature and set you... [more+]

Smooth, seductive R&B makes its way to the Celebrity Theatre in Phoenix thanks to legendary singer, producer and songwriter Keith Sweat. The O.G. soul star will raise your body temperature and set your pulse racing with "Billboard" hits like "Twisted" and "Nobody." Since his debut in 1987, Sweat has specialized in instant-classic house party jams like his breakout single "I Want Her" and the slow-burning "Make It Last Forever." Expect to hear these and a cluster of his other chart-topping New Jack Swing jams for this special Valentine's Weekend Edition of the Urban R&B Music Fest, where he'll be joined by Silk, the sensual Atlanta-based R&B singers Sweat is credited for discovering back in '92. Under Sweat's wing, the group went platinum with hits like "Freak Me" and "Meeting in My Bedroom." This "grown and sexy" R&B bill is sure to keep things steamy well into the night. [less-]

"Into the Woods": Youth Cast Performs Sondheim's Musical Fairy Tale

at Fountain Hills Youth Theater, Fountain Hills
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Sun, February 14
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FULL PRICE: $18.00
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Little Red Riding Hood, Rapunzel, beanstalk-climbing Jack, Cinderella and a host of your favorite fairy tale characters fall into each other's stories in Stephen Sondheim's wildly imaginative Broadway... [more+]

Little Red Riding Hood, Rapunzel, beanstalk-climbing Jack, Cinderella and a host of your favorite fairy tale characters fall into each other's stories in Stephen Sondheim's wildly imaginative Broadway musical "Into the Woods". With this Fountain Hills Theater youth production of the modern classic, the stage will come alive with Sondheim's insanely intricate, yet still hummable music. The clever fairy tale collisions, relatable dilemmas and touching lyrics will leave you looking at age-old tales in a whole new light. [less-]

"Cirque du Soleil" Gift Card: Pick Any Show, Any Date

at Cirque du Soleil Locations Nationwide, Las Vegas
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Mon, February 15
FULL PRICE: $25.00 - $200.00
OFFER PRICE: $22.50 - $180.00

Make someone's holiday this year by giving them the gift of "Cirque du Soleil." One of the most popular entertainment events in the world, "Cirque du Soleil" always provides a magical experience, no m... [more+]

Make someone's holiday this year by giving them the gift of "Cirque du Soleil." One of the most popular entertainment events in the world, "Cirque du Soleil" always provides a magical experience, no matter the theme of the show. Whether they're turning the Beatles' hits into a psychedelic circus, bringing to life a steampunk world of clockwork curiosities, or whisking you away to the lush alien planet of the hit film "Avatar", "Cirque du Soleil" brings unrivaled visual imagination and jaw-dropping acrobatics to their productions. The "Cirque du Soleil" gift card allows the recipient to choose any "Cirque du Soleil" show in Las Vegas or any of the touring shows across the U.S. and Canada. The card balance never expires, is good for any available date and it's super easy to use -- just go to the "Cirque du Soleil" website and follow the instructions to pick your show. Gift cards cannot be used on Goldstar. [less-]

"The Bridges of Madison County": Romantic Musical Based on Best-Selling Novel

at ASU Gammage, Tempe
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Tue, February 16
Wed, February 17
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FULL PRICE: $24.00 - $78.00
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Inspired by the best-selling novel and critically acclaimed film, the theatrical adaptation of "The Bridges of Madison County" continues its legacy as one of the most romantic stories ever told. Set i... [more+]

Inspired by the best-selling novel and critically acclaimed film, the theatrical adaptation of "The Bridges of Madison County" continues its legacy as one of the most romantic stories ever told. Set in a sleepy Iowa town, the musical follows a bored housewife who finds her life forever changed when she meets a traveling "National Geographic" photographer. What begins as a chance encounter evolves into an exhilirating whirlwind of passion, desire and everlasting love. Featuring a stunning soundtrack from Tony Award-winning composer Jason Robert Brown, this dazzling production of "The Bridges of Madison County" will sweep you off your feet when it makes its way to Tempe's ASU Gammage. [less-]

Comedian Joe Matarese ("Letterman", "Howard Stern")

at Stand-Up Scottsdale, Scottsdale
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Thu, February 18
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New York stand-up comic Joe Matarese draws his hilarious comedy directly from his real life, with jokes about his subtly dysfunctional Italian family, his own neuroses, life as an aging father, and hi... [more+]

New York stand-up comic Joe Matarese draws his hilarious comedy directly from his real life, with jokes about his subtly dysfunctional Italian family, his own neuroses, life as an aging father, and his marriage to a psychologist (his perfect match.) He's been seen on "The Late Show With David Letterman", "The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson" and his own half-hour Comedy Central special. He's also a regular guest on E!'s "Chelsea Lately" and "The Howard Stern Show", and the host of his own successful podcast "Fixing Joe". [less-]

Comic Brent Morin ("Chelsea Lately", "Conan")

at Tempe Improv Comedy Theatre, Tempe
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Thu, February 18
Fri, February 19
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FULL PRICE: $20.00
OFFER PRICE: $7.00

Actor-comedian Brent Morin specializes in sharing stories of personal humiliation, including many set during his horrific but hilarious high-school days. This in-demand comic has been honing his craft... [more+]

Actor-comedian Brent Morin specializes in sharing stories of personal humiliation, including many set during his horrific but hilarious high-school days. This in-demand comic has been honing his craft at L.A.'s top clubs, including the Laugh Factory, The Comedy Store and the Improv, scoring stand-up spots on "Conan" (where he once worked as a production assistant) and "Adam Devine's House Party", and as a pun-peddling panelist on "Chelsea Lately". Now, this star of NBC's hit sitcom "Undateable" brings his stand-up set to the stage of the Tempe Improv. [less-]

"Deadly Housewives": Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre With a "Desperate" Twist

at Orange Tree Golf Club, Scottsdale
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Fri, February 19
FULL PRICE: $49.00
OFFER PRICE: $27.00

When housewives Summer, Chastity and Janet uncover the gruesome murder of their dear neighbor, their predicament isn't just desperate -- it's deadly! In this light-hearted murder mystery show, the lad... [more+]

When housewives Summer, Chastity and Janet uncover the gruesome murder of their dear neighbor, their predicament isn't just desperate -- it's deadly! In this light-hearted murder mystery show, the ladies of "Hysteria Lane" need more than the police to solve this puzzling crime ... they're going to need "you". As you dine on a delicious three-course dinner at Scottdale's Orange Tree Golf Club, you'll help the gals put together the pieces and uncover the murderer. In the process, the ladies may even enlist the help of an audience member to try and contact their deceased friend from beyond the grave. Please see the full event description for detailed menu information. [less-]

Cirque de la Symphonie: Circus Acrobatics Set to Music

at Mesa Arts Center, Mesa
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Fri, February 19
Sat, February 20
Sat, February 20
FULL PRICE: $59.00 - $79.00
OFFER PRICE: $29.50 - $39.50

Cirque de la Symphonie brings the magic of cirque to Mesa Arts Center, accompanied by the Phoenix Symphony. A fusion of circus acrobatics and orchestral music, the show sets aerial fliers, acrobats, c... [more+]

Cirque de la Symphonie brings the magic of cirque to Mesa Arts Center, accompanied by the Phoenix Symphony. A fusion of circus acrobatics and orchestral music, the show sets aerial fliers, acrobats, contortionists, dancers, jugglers and strongman acts to classical favorites and popular contemporary music in a unique cirque event that showcases the power of music and movement. Featuring the Phoenix Symphony, Cirque de la Symphonie will keep you amazed and enthralled throughout this evening of jaw-dropping feats. [less-]