Downtown Digest: Sock skating, food tours and snowboards

Downtown Phoenix, October 4, 2019. (Nicole Neri/DD)

Hello downtown Phoenix people! It’s T.J. Triolo, your guide to amazing events downtown. I’m back with some more interesting things for you to do this week. We’re now halfway through November, which means Thanksgiving is getting closer. It’s the perfect time to gobble up some events and have some fun!

Sock Skating Exhibit
9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Children’s Museum of Phoenix
215 N. Seventh St.
It’s skating season, but this type of skating doesn’t involve roller skates or ice skates. This exhibit at the Children’s Museum of Phoenix uses a slick plastic floor, allowing kids to take off their shoes and skate in socks! I’ve done this before when I was younger on hardwood and tile floors, and it’s pretty fun. In all honesty, I’d probably do it again … This exhibit is free with museum admission.

Taste It Phoenix
Monday Nov. 18, Thursday Nov. 21 and Saturday Nov. 23
Starts at 3 p.m.
Starts at Phoenix Public Market Cafe
14 E. Pierce St.
Eat your way through downtown Phoenix while taking in some of the local history! This guided food tour takes you to five restaurants for food and drink tasting, but that’s only part of the experience. This tour also takes you to some of downtown Phoenix’s historic landmarks, including a haunted hotel. Tickets cost $65 per person without tax.

Blood Drive
Tuesday Nov. 19
8 a.m.-12 p.m.
Renaissance Square
2 N. Central Ave.
Dracula isn’t the only one who wants your blood. This blood drive at Renaissance Square is for anyone who wants to participate, and you’ll be entered in a drawing for one of a variety of gift cards. After all, who doesn’t want the chance to win a free gift card?

Avalanche Ski/Snowboard Sale & Travel Expo
Friday Nov. 22-Sunday Nov. 24
6-10 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday
Phoenix Convention Center
100 N. Third St.
Obviously, there’s no snow in Phoenix, but that’s what makes ski trips all the more fun and rewarding! This expo features snowboards, skis, gear and trip packages for sale for anyone looking to go ski down a mountain. I’d say to sign me up, but I need to get off the beginner hill first! The last time I went skiing I couldn’t do anything better than a gentle slope. Admission is free.

34 North
Friday Nov. 22
Starts at 9 p.m.
Copper Blues
50 W Jefferson St
Let’s say you have three friends. One of them likes country rock, another one likes jazz, and another one likes party bands. This would normally cause a problem when deciding what kind of music to go see, but 34 North has all of these types and more! Go to Copper Blues on Friday and stop the madness over what type of music to go see. This event is free.

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