Downtown Digest: Week of 10/2 – 10/8


“Downtown Digest” is your weekly preview from Downtown Devil. Here, we’ll share information about community meetings, arts and culture events and more. If you have suggestions for upcoming Downtown Digests, please let us know by emailing

DACA Renewal Drives

Several downtown Phoenix locations are running DACA renewal drives for DACA recipients who don’t want to lose their status before the Oct. 5 deadline.

  • Living United for Change in Arizona events and services can be found here.
  • Puente Human Rights Movement events and services can be found here.
  • Friendly House events and services can be found here.

Related to: High school DACA students face an uncertain future and DACA recipients prepare for the future

DACA recipients whose status expires between Sept. 5 and March 5 have until Oct. 5 to renew their DACA status. Other recipients whose status expires after March 5 will not be able to renew it. The federal government is also not accepting any new DACA requests.

The DACA program was enacted in 2012 by former President Barack Obama and grants protection from deportation as well as the opportunity to apply for work permits to undocumented immigrants who came to the United States as children. President Donald Trump announced his decision to rescind the program on Sept. 5.

Downtown, Aviation, Economy and Innovation Subcommittee meeting

  • Wednesday, Oct. 4
  • 10 a.m.
  • Phoenix City Hall, 200 W. Washington St.

The subcommittee will decide whether to recommend that City Council authorize a request for proposal to sell a property at 30 N. 1st St. next to Hanny’s lounge. They’ll also vote on changes to the Downtown Code, including zoning amendment changes that seven community groups have opposed.

City Council formal meeting

  • Wednesday, Oct. 4
  • 2:30 p.m.
  • City Council Chambers, 200 W. Jefferson St.

The City Council will vote on whether to authorize the sale of the city-owned Sheraton Grand Phoenix Hotel. If the sale is approved, the city will enter into a 20-year Government Property Lease Excise Tax, or GPLET, with the buyer. Including lease payments, the hotel would sell for no less than $255 million. (The City of Phoenix paid $350 million for it in 2008.)

For(u)m: Imagining the Abbey

  • Friday, Oct. 6
  • 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.
  • The Abbey Phx, 302 W. Monroe St.

Local First Arizona and Jones Studio are partnering to produce a public art event with multimedia performance and projection and food from Ni de Allá, Ni de Aquí. State 48 Brewery will have beer sampling and building tours inside historic Welnick Arcade Marketplace. The event is free, but attendees must register online here. This will be the last event at the Monroe Abbey before construction begins on a new mixed-use project.

Japandroids w/Playboy Manbaby

  • Friday, Oct. 6
  • 8 p.m.
  • The Van Buren, 401 W. Van Buren St.

Rock ‘n’ roll duo Japandroids will play The Van Buren, downtown Phoenix’s newest music venue, with quirky local favorite Playboy Manbaby. The event is 16-plus and general admission, standing room only. Floor tickets are $25 and mezzanine-standing tickets cost $40 online.

Growhouse Garden Day

  • Saturday, Oct. 7
  • 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
  • Roosevelt Growhouse, 1025 N. 2nd St.

Roosevelt Growhouse invites community members to help prepare its garden beds for fall planting. They’ll provide the tools — you bring close-toed shoes, a hat, sunblock, a water bottle and clothes you don’t mind getting dirty. The community garden hosts “Garden Days” every Saturday, so if you attend more than once, you can learn about the entire seed-to-harvest cycle.