DEVOUR CULINARY CLASSIC // FEBRUARY 26 – MARCH 5 (11:30am – 3pm) @ PHOENIX ART MUSEUM
The Devour Culinary Classic features culinary curators and purveyors who support the Arizona food, wine and restaurant industries. Attendees will have the chance to partake in innovative culinary demonstrations, meet top chefs and restaurateurs as well as taste an enormous array of culinary excellence from the region’s best chefs, restaurants, local food artisans, brewers, and vintners. The Devour Culinary Classic is founded on the idea that food can bring people together.
PRESENCE, PLACE & PERCEPTION: LANDSCAPES BY BONNIE STAUFFER // NOW – MARCH 11 (10am – 5pm) @ CHANDLER CENTER FOR THE ARTS
Bonny’s stunning artwork consists of primarily large-scale paintings, watercolors, digital images and constructed paintings that are based on the ever-changing process of life in the universe.
KIDZONE WINTER LEAGUE AT TOPGOLF // NOW – MARCH 21 @ TOPGOLF GILBERT
The pro golfers of tomorrow are teeing it up in KidZone Leagues this winter. Leagues are the perfect way to help kiddos work on their golf games, all while having some fun! Throughout this eight-week program, kids will enjoy two game challenges each week while competing for awesome prizes in a friendly atmosphere.
ARIZONA FINE ART EXPO // NOW – MARCH 26 (10am-6pm) @ ARIZONA FINE ART EXPO, SCOTTSDALE
The EXPO unites an impressive gathering of 100 nationally acclaimed and award-winning artists that passionately produce art in studios and cabanas. Artists can be seen painting in all mediums, sketching in pen & ink, pastels and pencil, assembling mosaics, sculpting clay, carving wood, composing mixed media on canvas, welding, designing and sculpting jewelry. Attendees enjoy the ambiance of quiet, leisurely strolls on paths that flow in and about the spectacular two-acre Sculpture Garden. See stunning medium, life-sized and monumental sculptures. Weekends come alive with the sounds of live musical entertainment. Check the Calendar of events for musical entertainment, art classes, workshops, book signing events, wine tasting, Gala and Garden Parties.
ARIZONA RENAISSANCE FESTIVAL // NOW – APRIL 2 (10am-6pm) @ FESTIVAL VILLAGE, GOLD CANYON
Don’t miss Raucous Revelry at the Annual Arizona Renaissance Festival! The Arizona Renaissance Festival is a medieval amusement park, a 13-stage theater, a 30-acre circus, an arts and crafts fair, a jousting tournament and a feast — all rolled into one non-stop, day-long family adventure. You never know what you will find on or off the stage! The Festival is an outdoor event that combines entertainment and wares reminiscent of what may have been found in a 16th Century European village market celebrating the arrival of the King and Queen to their shire. Walk through the gates to be transported back to a simpler more jovial time.
72 HOUR CHALLENGE PUBLIC SCREENING // MARCH 1 (starting at 7 pm) @ AMC ARIZONA CENTER 24 THEATERS, PHOENIX
Whether it’s a 24, 48 or 72 Hour Film Challenge or an One-Shot, All-Star or Fright Fest event, we host the largest and most entertaining festivals in Arizona and the Southwest. Our Top 20 is legendary and our screenings are like a night at the Oscars. You won’t want to miss these exciting challenges. Thirty-six teams of filmmakers from across Arizona and the Southwest are creating short films for the 2017 A3F 72 Hour Challenge.
MCDOWELL MOUNTAIN MUSIC FESTIVAL // MARCH 3-5 @ MARGARET T. HANCE PARK, PHOENIX
Music lovers, mark your calendars! The 14th annual McDowell Mountain Music Festival (M3F) features headliners The Shins, Flume, Grouplove and Chromeo plus more national and local acts.
RIDE THE RED! 2017 SEDONA MTB FESTIVAL // MARCH 3-5 (9am) @ POSSE GROUND PARK, SEDONA
The 2017 Sedona MTB Festival is a 3-day mountain bike celebration that will include a Main Expo/Festival, Bike Demos, Shuttled Rides, a Beer Garden, Camping, Live Music every night and a whole lotta sweet RED SINGLETRACK at Posse Grounds Park in beautiful Sedona!
HEARD MUSEUM GUILD INDIAN FAIR AND MARKET // MARCH 4-5 (9:30am-5pm) @ HEARD MUSEUM
Celebrate the art of pottery as well as the work of top American Indian artists of many media, including jewelry, pottery, weaving, painting, carving and sculpture. Visitors get firsthand access to artists and can view and purchase handmade, authentic work by the best jewelers, sculptors, painters, potters, weavers, bead workers, katsina doll carvers and basket makers. Fair weekend also includes music by recording artists, cultural dance performances, art demonstrations, and chefs demonstrating culinary uses of native ingredients.
UNCOMMON MARKETS // MARCH 11-12 (10am-5pm) @ SALT RIVER FIELDS SPRING TRAINING FACILITY
UnCommon Markets™ delivers a nontraditional shopping and lifestyle experience showcasing fine art; crafts/handmade items; vintage/repurposed goods; food and spirits; music and entertainment; and emerging art for social change. UnCommon Markets supports local businesses and artists
DISCOUNT TIRE FREE FAMILY WEEKEND // SECOND SATURDAY OF EVERY MONTH (MARCH 11-12 10am-5pm) @ PHOENIX ART MUSEUM
Join us on the second Weekend of each month for a whirlwind of great art and hands-on activities. Through the generosity of Discount Tire Company, the Museum offers free general admission on the second weekend of each month, with exciting activities, scavenger hunts, live performances, story time, free tours, and more.
53RD ANNUAL PHOENIX SCOTTISH GAMES // MARCH 4-5 @ STEELE INDIAN SCHOOL PARK, PHOENIX
The Caledonian Society of Arizona has been proud to host this annual event for more than half a century. Live entertainment throughout the day featuring traditional and modern Scottish tunes. Showcasing competitive highland dance, pipe bands, heavy athletics, country dancing, historical re-enactments, vintage British car exhibitions and representatives from over 50 Clans.
GOLDEN DRAGON ACTROBAT // MARCH 5 (6pm) @ CHANDLER CENTER FOR THE ARTS
For more than twenty-seven centuries, Chinese acrobats have been thrilling audiences, making it the longest running folk art form in history. The performers of Golden Dragon Acrobats represent the best of this honored tradition, mixing award-winning acrobatics, traditional dance and spectacular costumes as well as ancient and contemporary theatrical techniques to present a show of breathtaking skill and spellbinding beauty.
DOWNTOWN CHANDLER ART WALK // EVERY 3RD FRIDAY (March 17, 6pm-10pm) @ HISTORICAL DOWNTOWN CHANDLER
The Downtown Chandler Art Walk is held on the third Friday of the month, year-round, from 6 to 10 p.m. Dozens of talented artists in a variety of media showcase their art along the sidewalks of Boston and San Marcos Streets. Live music in the park, free kids activities and free parking. A map can be printed from the website.
OSTRICH FESTIVAL // MARCH 10-12 (various times) @ TUMBLEWEED PARK, CHANDLER
The Chandler Chamber of Commerce is excited to announce the 2017 dates for the nationally renowned 29th Annual Chandler Chamber Ostrich Festival. This 2017 event promises to be bigger and better than ever with national and local entertainment, amazing acts, great food, beverages, and of course ostriches!
SCOTTSDALE ART FESTIVAL // MARCH 10-12 (10am – 6pm) @ SCOTTSDALE CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS
The three-day event features 175 jury-selected artists from throughout North America who display their work for sale on the beautiful grounds of the Scottsdale Civic Center Mall. Works of art are available for purchase directly from the artists and from the Scottsdale Arts Festival’s online art auction. Visitors also enjoy continuous live music and entertainment from Arizona’s top bands and performers, temporary art projects, fun activities for children and families, and delicious foods and beverages including a wine and beer tasting garden.
VIVA PHX MUSIC FESTIVAL // MARCH 11 (6pm) @ DOWNTOWN PHOENIX
The Viva PHX music festival will feature over 70 national, regional and local acts, playing on 15 stages. This year’s lineup includes DJ and mashup master Girl Talk, recently reunited rock band American Football, indie pop band The Drums, emo rock band Joyce Manor, pyschobilly trio Reverend Horton Heat, rappers Mystikal, Warren G and Tone-Loc, and plenty more.
2017 PHOENIX GOLD & TREASURE SHOW // MARCH 11 (10am-5pm) @ ARIZONA STATE FAIRGROUNDS
The excitement of unearthing your first spec of gold is something that you’re not soon to forget. The Gold and Treasure expos are great opportunities to experience that level of excitement first hand. Spread out amongst the vendors are panning troughs for both kids and adults where you can learn skills and techniques used by the best in the business to uncover a healthy amount of gold.
LPGA’S JTBC FOUNDERS CUP // MARCH 14-19 @ WILDFIRE GOLF CLUB AT JW MARRIOTT DESERT RIDGE RESORT AND SPA
The top women golfers in the world will tee it up and compete at Wildfire Golf Club for the LPGA’s JTBCFounders Cup. The JTBC Founders Cup pays tribute to the people who had a major role in creating the LPGA.
SHAMROCK FEST // MARCH 17 (4pm – 12am) @ DR. AJ CHANDLER PARK, CHANDLER
A St. Patrick’s Day celebration that will include live entertainment, Irish dancers, bagpipe players, festive games, traditional food, themed activities, and a beer garden. This is a 21+ event and VIP admission is available.
NASCAR CAMPING WORLD 500 RACE WEEKEND // MARCH 17-19 @ PHOENIX INTERNATIONAL RACEWAY
The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stock car race, Camping World 500, is held annually at Phoenix International Raceway in Avondale. In addition to the main event on Sunday, there is the Axalta Faster. Tougher. Brighter. 200 on Saturday and the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Qualifying on Friday night.
SPARK! AFTER DARK! // MARCH 18 (8pm – 11pm) @ MESA ARTS CENTER
Join us for a night of projections, lasers and interactive technology. Mesa Arts Center’s Piper Theatre will GLOW with light, laser and projection installations. Featuring: Interactive projections, Interactive Sand Painting, Tile and shadow Installation, Music by Stellar Well Soundsystem, Make your own light up origami lanterns, Hands-on activities, Beer, wine and cocktails available for purchase, and Food trucks.
THE 8TH ANNUAL GREAT AMERICAN BARBECUE & BEER FESTIVAL // MARCH 25 @ DOWNTOWN CHANDLER
Over 60 Pit Masters from across the nation will serve up over 20,000 lbs of mouth-watering pork ribs, pulled pork, brisket and chicken, all paired with 200 kegs of the state’s finest craft beer.
33RD ANNUAL MY NANA’S BEST TASTING SALSA CHALLENGE // MARCH 25 – 26 @ STEELE INDIAN SCHOOL PARK, PHOENIX
The Salsa Challenge proudly features restaurants, businesses and individuals competing to make the best tasting salsa in their category. More than 20,000 people are expected to come and taste freshly made salsas, listen to live music, cornhole tournaments, craft margaritas, cold beers and vote for their favorite salsa chef.
PRIDE RUN PHOENIX // MARCH 25 (5am – 12pm) @ PHOENIX ART MUSEUM
Arguably the best courses in Arizona. Central Phoenix USATF Certified Half Marathon, 10K, 5K Run and Walk in Phoenix, Arizona using Central Avenue. Run it! Race it! Live it!
FOURTH ANNUAL ITALIAN FESTIVAL // MARCH 25 (11am-9pm) @ SCOTTSDALE CIVIC CENTER MALL
The Italian Festival of Arizona is a two day show celebrating Italian culture, music, food, and commerce. Visitors will enjoy authentic Italian cuisine, live music, experience Italian culture, and have the chance to purchase Italian handcrafted items from vendors.
CHEF JACQUES PEPIN & CLAUDINE PEPIN // MARCH 25 (8pm) @ SCOTTSDALE FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS
A live demonstration of some of Jacques’ most famous dishes. The evening will include a Q&A session moderated by the owner of Les Gourmettes Cooking School in Phoenix.
2017 PBR BUILT FORD TOUGH SERIES AK-CHIN INVITATIONAL // MARCH 25-26 @ GILA RIVER ARENA, GLENDALE
The BFTS features the Top 35 bull riding stars in the world and airs weekly throughout the season on CBS and CBS Sports Network. The series will visit 16 cities in 2017 before its summer break and then continue with 10 events in next season’s second half leading up to the 2017 PBR World Finals in Las Vegas.
6TH STREET MARKET // EVERY SUNDAY TILL MAY 28 (10am-4pm)
6th Street Market blends art, live music and the community weekly in the heart of Downtown Tempe. Located in the popular 6th Street Park, this new market has just about everything – local shopping, works of art, live music, fantastic brunch offers nearby and interactive art projects – all blended with community yoga, food vendors and more.
OPEN AIR MARKET // EVERY SATURDAY TILL APRIL 30 (8am-12pm) @ DOWNTOWN PHOENIX PUBLIC MARKET
Set at Central Avenue and McKinley Street in the parking lot of the Phoenix Public Market, the Open Air Market offers shopping options including fresh produce from the International Rescue Committee; local food from Absolutely Delightful, Chile Acres, Circle Key Farms; and health and hygiene products from Studio 11 Soaps and Clay Madness
VINTAGE INDOOR SWAP MEET & FARMERS MARKET // EVERY SATURDAY & SUNDAY (7am – 1pm) @ ARIZONA EVENT CENTER, MESA
Sun City’s known for the fabulous castoffs of people who owned midcentury delights when they were brand-new. Scads more of our senior friends inhabit the far East Valley. When their belongings migrate into town, guess where they land first? Mesa. The city’s older parts feature stellar Mexican food, cheap commercial rents, teenagers, and other things Del Webb never dreamed of.
TRIBE LOOP // EVERY THURSDAY (7 pm) @ TRIBE MULTISPORT STORE E INDIAN SCHOOL RD, SCOTTSDALE
The East Valley sports and recreation store hosts two weekly group bike rides for cyclists of all skill levels: one at sunrise and one at sunset. The Thursday night ride covers the Tribe Loop, a 10-mile circular of roadways, including some smaller hills for a dynamic experience. Bikers tend to do two to three loops apiece, depending on ability and stamina.
CHASE FIELD STADIUM TOURS // VARIOUS DATES & TIMES @ CHASE FIELD
Visit one of the most impressive and unique Major League Baseball facilities in the country — Chase Field. It is home to the 2001 World Champion Arizona Diamondbacks, several restaurants, a beer garden — even a retractable roof and swimming pool — all within an old-style ballpark atmosphere. Make the experience memorable and take a guided tour of Chase Field. Even if you’ve been to the ballpark before, you’re sure to learn and see something new!
CHANDLER FARMERS MARKET // EVERY THURSDAY UNTIL MAY 25 @ DR. AJ CHANDLER PARK
Thursdays, October through May, 3-7 p.m. on the East side of Dr. A. J. Chandler Park – More than 40 vendors selling everything from fresh produce, breads, tamales and other specialty foods as well as jewelry and assorted arts and crafts.