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Thursday, December 14, 2017

Parents night out: September date-night options

ballet under the stars

Ballet dancers under the night sky. Photo courtesy of Ballet Arizona.

Valley temperatures are finally taking a dive. It’s time to take advantage of cooler days and evenings with these great date-night options across metro Phoenix. Here are 10 fun September date ideas:

Sept. 3-5: 100 Days of Summer at Lustre Rooftop Bar. Love people watching and hanging by the pool? Celebrate the end of summer on the rooftop by relaxing, swimming or mingling with the crowd. 11 a.m. Free. 2 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix. 480-478-1765 or

Sept. 7-Oct. 2: “In the Heights.” Catch this Tony-Award-winning musical from Lin-Manuel Miranda, the creator of “Hamilton.” Showtimes vary. $36-$81. Phoenix Theatre. 100 E. McDowell Road, Phoenix. 602-254-2151 or

Related: Onstage — family-friendly shows in September. 

Sept. 16-25: Arizona Restaurant Week. During the fall Arizona restaurant week, more than 200 places will offer three-course menus for patrons. It is a perfect way to try out a new restaurant without breaking the bank. $33 or $44. 602- 307-9134 or

Phoenix cooks

Photo: Cooks.

Saturday, Sept. 3: Phoenix Cooks! At this one-day event, 50 restaurants will offer food samples, wine and beer. With local and celebrity chef cooking demonstrations, this is a unique daytime date opportunity. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. $85 in advance; $100 at the door. Westin Kierland Resort. 6902 E. Greenway Parkway, Scottsdale.

Tuesday, Sept. 6: Drake. Shake up the weekday routine by attending a concert. Drake will have couples dancing and jamming to his catchy songs. 6:30 p.m. $44.75-$144.75. Talking Stick Resort Arena. 201 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix. 602-379-7800 or

Saturday, Sept. 10Downtown Phoenix Urban Ale Trail. A walkable beer-tasting tour is a great way to unwind from the work week. Walk the trail, sample a few ales and socialize with your significant other as you take in the sights and sounds of downtown Phoenix. 1-6 p.m. Free. 1 E. Washington St., Phoenix.

Sunday, Sept. 11: Arizona Cardinals vs. New England Patriots. Fall means football, concessions and cheering on our local sports teams. Grab your honey and head to the Glendale stadium for some fun. 5:30 p.m. Ticket prices vary. University of Phoenix Stadium, 1 Cardinals Drive, Glendale. 623-433-7101 or

Saturday, Sept. 17: Brat Haus Oktoberfest. An open beer garden also offers activities such as brat eating, stein holding and lederhosen, dirndl and beard contests. 4-11 p.m. $8 or $10. Braut Haus, 622 N. Scottsdale Road., Scottsdale. 480-947-4006 or

Saturday, Sept. 17: Rockin’ Taco Street Fest. Who can resist yummy tacos? Culture, food, music and more is offered at this unique street celebration. Noon to 9 p.m. $8 or $10. Downtown Chandler. 125 E. Commonwealth Ave., Chandler. 602-276-2499 or

Sept. 22-30: Ballet Under the Stars. Enjoy classical ballet under the beautiful Arizona night sky, courtesy of Ballet Arizona. 7 p.m. Free. Locations vary. 602-381-0184 or

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Rudri Bhatt Patel

Rudri Bhatt Patel, of Phoenix, is a writer, editor, former attorney and the mother of Nandini (11).

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