Downtown Digest: Doughnuts, hip hop and a T. rex

Hello downtown Phoenix people! It’s your guide to what’s happening downtown this week, T.J. Triolo. With Veteran’s Day this week, it’s the perfect time of the year to celebrate with a fun event. I’ve got a few of those for you this week, so here they are!

WeWork: Phoenix Leaders Connect
Wednesday Nov. 13
6-8 p.m.
101 N. 1st Ave., Eighth floor
With the Phoenix area undergoing tremendous growth, Downtown Phoenix Inc., the City of Phoenix and the City of Tempe are joining forces to put on a networking event to discuss it. After a time for networking and socializing at the WeWork offices for a preview ahead of their opening, the discussion will include representatives from Downtown Phoenix Inc., the City of Phoenix, the City of Tempe and WeWork. Food, drinks and live music will also be part of this free event.

Gold n’ Gavel Auction & Reception
Friday Nov. 15
Starts at 6 p.m.
ASU Beus Center for Law and Society
111 E. Taylor St.
Gold n’ Gavel is an event to help Arizona State University’s law school in a time of low funding and declining enrollment for law schools. This auction and reception is a chance to donate to help students and the school make a bigger impact on the local community. If you want to help your community and local law school with some financial aid, here’s your chance! This event costs $70-$95 to attend.

Arizona Hip Hop Festival
Saturday Nov. 16-Sunday Nov. 17
11 a.m.-10 p.m. each day
The Pressroom
441 W. Madison St.
I actually like rap and hip hop music a lot. I even did hip hop dancing when I was in high school for a couple years. This festival is for the hip hop lover in you, with more than 350 artists performing, a dance expo and live graffiti competition all part of the event. Also, as is standard for a festival, there will be the obligatory food trucks and vendors in attendance! Tickets cost $30 per person or $40 for two for a limited time.

World Premiere Party: Victoria the T. rex
Saturday Nov. 16
5-9 p.m.
Arizona Science Center
600 E. Washington St.
Victoria is one of the most complete T. rex skeletons ever found. Be one of the first to see the skeleton, complete with a ribbon-cutting ceremony, a costume parade, kids’ activities, dancing and more. I think I’d choose a nem like Yoshi instead because I’m a Nintendo nerd, but this is probably why I’m not a scientist. Also, if your name happens to be Victoria, like my aunt, you get free admission to this event, which is a pretty neat detail in my opinion. Tickets cost $25-$500.

Downtown Donut Festival
Sunday Nov. 17
10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Margaret T. Hance Park
1202 N. Third St.
Doughnuts, beer, wine, coffee, live music, lawn games and a kids’ activity area. I don’t know what more you could ask for from a doughnut festival. More than 20 local vendors are lined up here to sell $1 doughnuts and doughnut samples, and with the drinks and entertainment too, how can you go wrong? I’ll be at work, or else I’d probably be stuffing my face with doughnuts. I have a weak spot for them. Tickets cost $8-$10 without fees.

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