SHARE Phoenix, held March 10-15 2019, features 500+ technical sessions, covering topics including IBM Z, DevOps, innovative workloads, Zowe, analytics and security, as well as numerous networking opportunities. We hope you’ll take the time in between sessions or at the end of the day to explore some of the great spots in Phoenix. Our host city has a lot to offer, from restaurant favorites to museums and much more.
Check out these places:
- Mancuso’s Restaurant serves up Italian-American food from family recipes, and has been family-operated for more than three decades.
- District American Kitchen and Wine Bar offers comfort foods with a twist and uses ingredients from local growers. The location also offers a taste of the local art and brew scenes.
- Looking for an after-convention spot? Check out The Whining Pig, with its 31 craft beers on tap and 40 different wines, as well as a variety of appetizers and grilled cheese options.
- Looking for live music that brings back the best of 1980s rock, has pub food with a twist, and craft beer? Visit Copper Blues Rock Pub & Kitchen.
- Mother Bunch Brewing is a microbrewery that offers a happy hour known as “Traffic Hour,” referring to rush hour, and its mac and cheese was featured on the Burgers, Brew & Cue show on the Cooking Channel and named the best in Phoenix in 2016.
- For sights within walking distance of the convention center, check out Heritage Square, where you can learn about the history of Phoenix and tour the fully restored 1895 Queen Anne Victorian known as Rosson House.
Take in the local flair:
- The Heard Museum is a must, offering a mix of history and art. It provides a premier look at Native American art and culture dating back to the pre-Columbian era.
- The Musical Instrument Museum has more than 6,000 instruments from around the globe; concert footage; musicians’ clothing; and a peek at how instruments are preserved.
- For art seekers, take a short trip to the Phoenix Art Museum, just a six-minute car ride from the convention center.
- A four-minute trip by car to Roosevelt Row offers a number of options from the eye lounge to the monOrchid. Roosevelt Row is also known for colorful street art, boutique shops, and more. On March 15, don’t miss the one-of-a kind experience at Xico Inc.’s Hot Box Pop-Up Shipping Container Galleries, featuring new work from local Arizona artists. The area also is home to the Japanese Friendship Garden, where they hold tea ceremonies and offer self-guided tours of their landscapes.
- For a bit of jazz, don’t miss out on the events at The Nash, named after local and renowned jazz drummer Lewis Nash.
Extending your stay:
- The Desert Botanical Garden offers unique plant exhibits and trails that demonstrate sustainable ways to work with nature. It’s a perfect way to take in some local flora and learn about how it was used by Native Americans.
- Papago Park and the natural geological formation known as “Hole in the Rock” offers hiking trails and evidence of prehistoric Hohokam Indians who had settled in the area.
- The Wrigley Mansion was built in 1929 by chewing gum magnate William Wrigley, Jr., and combines a number of styles, including Spanish Colonial. It was later owned by George Hormel, a descendant of the inventor of the corn dog. And the independently owned Geordie’s restaurant (inside the mansion) offers award-winning cuisine amid spectacular views.
- Visit Dobbins Lookout at South Mountain (accessible via hike or car) and its WWII-era observation deck, or walk the trails through petroglyph alley.
- Hike the 2,700 ft. high Camelback Mountain and take in calming views of Phoenix and Scottsdale.
If you want to explore more of Arizona, check out these sights:
- Scottsdale (30-minute drive), home of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin West house and the Sugar Bowl restaurant, often featured in the comic strip Family Circus.
- Sedona Red Rocks (1.5-hour drive)
- Tucson (2-hour drive)
- Grand Canyon National Park (3.5-hour drive)
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