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.
THE 40th ANNUAL SPRING TEMPE FESTIVAL OF THE ARTS // MARCH 31-APRIL 2 @ MILL AVENUE DISTRICT, TEMPE
Showcasing over 300 artists from around the country, this admission-free festival includes fan favorites such as food, drink, carnival fare, live entertainment, roving street performers, stages programed with top musical talent, family friendly activities & more.
MESA ARTS & CRAFTS FESTIVAL // APRIL 1@ MACDONALD BETWEEN PEPPER PLACE & MAIN STREET, MESA
There is a slew of artists in Mesa who put their hands to good use. You’ll come across all kinds of unique arts and crafts where each fiber fused into the finished product serves an important purpose. Jewelry, ceramics and ornaments are just some of the things you’ll find here while you’ll also enjoy some quality live music.
CYCLOMESA BICYCLE FESTIVAL // APRIL 1 (9am-1pm) @ MESA CONVENTION CENTER
Head to Downtown Mesa for high-octane action and absolutely no signs of laziness. This adventure is fueled by your participation following a heart-pumping 72-mile bike ride. You can fly high across a zip line, conquer your fear of heights on the rock wall, attend a wicked BMX Freestyle Show and participate in many other action-packed activities. Once you get your heart racing, it won’t be stopping anytime soon.
DOGFEST WALK’N’ROLL // APRIL 1 (8:30am-12pm) @ SCOTTSDALE CIVIC CENTERMALL
DogFest Walk ‘n’ Roll is coming to Scottsdale so grab your leash and get ready to have a tail-waggin’ good time! DogFest is a family-friendly, dog-friendly walk, and festival benefiting Canine Companions for Independence and the mission of providing highly trained assistance dogs to people with disabilities free of charge. Event day activities include an appearance by Phoenix Mercury’s Scorch, raffle and silent auction, music, games, kid’s activities and more!
PHOENIX PRIDE FESTIVAL // APRIL 1-2 (12pm-9pm) @ STEELE INDIAN SCHOOL PARK, PHOENIX
Proudly running since 1981, the annual Phoenix Pride Festival in Phoenix, Arizona, celebrates the LGBT community with a cornucopia of events and performances. The positivity and acceptance festival features a parade, 5k run/walk, national touring musical acts, DJs, drag performers, a pride pagent, a kids space, arts expo and celebrity appearances.
CITY OF PEORIA ART & CULTURAL FESTIVAL // APRIL 1 @ JOHNNY E OSUNA MEMORIAL PARK, PEORIA
Peoria, Arizona, celebrates its heritage by bringing family and friends together to marvel at local students’ stunning creations. The Art & Cultural Festival showcases gorgeous visual art, hosts some unique dance routines and puts on captivating theater acts, among many other engaging performances. Look to the students of the Peoria Unified School District to carry the city’s rich traditions for many more years to come.
BRAIN CANDY LIVE // APRIL 2 (7:30pm) @ IKEDA THEATER AT MESA ARTS CENTER
Adam Savage has joined forces with Michael Stevens — and they’re coming to a theater near you. They’ll bring along their crazy toys, incredible tools and mind-blowing demonstrations for a celebration of curiosity that’s an interactive, hands-on, minds-on theatrical experience. Savage and Stevens will unleash their collective sense of wonder, curiosity and fun and they’re inviting you and your friends and family to join-in and get your minds messy. Brain Candy Live experience is like a two-hour play date with Walt Disney, Willy Wonka, and Albert Einstein.
BUTTERFLY IDENTIFICATION TRAINING // APRIL 4 (6:30pm-7:30pm) @ MUSTANG LIBRARY
The North American Butterfly Association’s Central Arizona Butterfly chapter invites you to join us for butterfly identification training at the Mustang Library with Dr. Ron Rutowski. Rutowski, a butterfly expert and professor at ASU, leads a class on how to identify butterflies common to the McDowell Sonoran Preserve. This McDowell Sonoran Conservancy Field Institute presentation is designed to prepare volunteers to participate in the Preserve spring butterfly count, but it’s open to the public. RSVP to email@example.com.
GRAND OPERA CINEMA SERIES // APRIL 5 (7pm) @ SCOTTSDALE CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS
Filled with ritual and symbolism, Mozart’s final masterpiece is a playful but profound look at man’s search for love and his struggle to attain wisdom and virtue.
ARIZONA BIKE WEEK // APRIL 5-9 @ WESTWORLD OF SCOTTSDALE
Are you ready for the wildest and hottest ride in Arizona?! Arizona Bike Week is a rider’s dream. Spend a few days exploring Scottsdale’s Sonoran Desert and the nearby mountain roads. Motorcycle enthusiasts of all skillsets are welcome and encouraged to attend. There will be daily chairty rides, bike races, parties and other activities
NPR’S ASK ME ANOTHER LIVE // APRIL 6 (7:30pm-10:30pm) @ ORPHEUM THEATRE, PHOENIX
Ophira Eisenberg will challenge both contestants and the audience to flex their brains and channel their inner comedian while house musician Jonathan Coulton serenades the crowd. Fans of the show can hear Ask Me Another on KJZZ during its regular slot on Saturdays at noon — and on public radio stations across the country. The show is also available as a podcast wherever podcasts are available.
BIRD CITY COMEDY FESTIVAL // APRIL 6-9 @ RENAISSANCE PHOENIX DOWNTOWN HOTEL
Boasting more than 40 shows, nine venues and a lineup of over 100 stand ups, improvisers, sketch groups and storytellers from all over the country, Bird City’s sophomore year will pack quite the punch. Headlining the 2017 fest are Aparna Nancherla (Late Night with Seth Meyers, HBO’s Crashing), Greg Behrendt (King Sweater, NY Times bestselling author), Brent Weinbach (Conan, @midnight), Danny Lobell (WTF with Marc Maron, This American Life), JT Habersaat (Misanthrope, Altercation Punk), Chris Bennett (Jimmy Kimmel Live!, Mister Chris’s Apartment Show), Mishka Shubaly (I Swear I’ll Make It up to You), Kristine Levine (Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Portlandia) and Ben Berkley (Managing Editor of The Onion).
INTERNATIONAL HORROR & SCI-FI FILM FESTIVAL // APRIL 6-13@ HARKINS THEATRES 101, PHOENIX
The International Horror & Sci-Fi Film Festival brings a week of creep to the big screens in Phoenix, Arizona. Guests can enjoy premieres of short and feature-length horror and sci-fi films from around the world as well as screenings of old cult classics and special guest appearances. In addition to enjoying the entertainment on screen, audiences can attend parties and other events that take place in conjunction with the festival.
PHOENIX FILM FESTIVAL // APRIL 6-13 @ HARKINS THEATRES 101, PHOENIX
The Phoenix Film Festival in Phoenix, Arizona, is the state’s largest cinematic celebration boasting countless cinephile-approved functions. The annual festival shows over 150 movies on seven screens throughout the city. Over the eight-day film fest, each cinematic work is given an opportunity to shine as Q&A sessions and meet and greets with the writers, producers, stars and directors follow each screening. The event has been listed in MovieMaker as one of the top 25 coolest film festivals.
ART IN MOTION: A VIDEO EXPERIENCE // APRIL 6 (6:30pm-9:30pm) @ SCOTTSDALE ARTWALK
Come out and experience the Gold Palette ArtWalk, Art in Motion: A Video Experience. Proceed at your own pace, wander into galleries that capture your fancy, stroll around a delightful area punctuated by dramatic statues, bubbling fountains, tree-covered courtyards, famed restaurants, live music, food trucks and more. Horse-drawn carriage rides during cooler months, and trolley rides are often available from plentiful free parking areas nearby.
THE HARLEM GLOBETROTTERS // APRIL 7 (7pm) @ GILA RIVER ARENA, GLENDALE
As the Harlem Globetrotters prepare to bring their 2017 World Tour to Gila River Arena in the iconic team took a timeout for Guinness World Records Day. Only one year after setting seven official Guinness World Records titles, the Globetrotters broke a single-day total of nine records this year, including the longest basketball hook-shot.
SCOTTSDALE CULINARY FESTIVAL // APRIL 8-9 @ SCOTTSDALE CIVIC CENTER
Scottsdale Culinary Festival, Arizona’s tastiest fundraiser is Hosted by the Scottsdale League for the Arts, event highlights include 40 local restaurants, 30 craft breweries, 20 bands, a teen cooking challenge, chef demos, family zone, wine garden and much more. The Scottsdale Culinary Festival weekend provides attendees with the opportunity to taste as many foods from as many restaurants as your stomach will allow on acres of park bliss.
19th ANNUAL GARDEN TOUR BY PHOENIX HOME & GARDEN // APRIL 8 (10am-4pm) @ DESERT BOTANICAL GARDEN
Phoenix Home & Garden magazine invites you to celebrate spring in the desert by taking part in the 19th annual Garden Tour. Enjoy a walk through some of the area’s most picturesque residential landscapes where innovative design, unexpected plant combinations and prodigious use of unusual materials are on display. Each private garden offers a different perspective on desert living, and visitors are encouraged to explore. Master Gardeners and landscape professionals will be on hand to answer questions.
GILBERT GLOBAL VILLIAGE FESTIVAL // APRIL 8 @ GILBERT CIVIC CENTER
You can’t go around the world in 80 days when you only have an afternoon and a mode of transportation that doesn’t handle the ocean very well. The Gilbert Global Village Festival conveniently organizes every culture worth exploring into one place, showcasing a colorful arrangement of music performances, dance routine, cuisine, arts, crafts and other unique staples of foreign destinations.
ARIZONA STUDENT FILM FESTIVAL // APRIL 8 @ HARKINS THEATRES 101, PHOENIX
The Arizona Student Film Festival in Phoenix, Arizona, is a cinematic celebration of creative young auteurs not yet in college. The ASFF is a branch of the Phoenix Film Festival that showcases young short filmmakers and features a scholarship award in two categories – grade school and high school. All selected shorts are screened in front of an audience.
PHOENIX LIGHTS FESTIVAL // APRIL 8-9 @ MARGARET T. HANCE PARK, PHOENIX
Back in 1997, v-shaped UFOs scared the shit out of Phoenix. If you’re a thrill-seeker who’s desperate for another otherworldly experience, you’ll find just what you’re looking for at this electronic music festival. There are many electrifying performances that you won’t want to miss; just assume that any flashing light you see is either part of the show or a repeat of 1997. Who knows, maybe the aliens are just really big fans of electronic music.
MARICOPA COUNTY FAIR // APRIL 12-16 (10am-10pm) @ ARIZONA STATE FAIR GROUNDS
Join us at the Maricopa County Fair featuring over 35 rides, a wide selection of tasty fair food, plenty of exciting entertainment including monster trucks and motocross daredevils, and much more! Spend the day with Peppa the Pig Saturday April 15th, and join the Easter Bunny on Easter Sunday for free admission until noon and a chance to win $5,000 in cash and prizes
ELEMENTAL CULTRAL ARTS FESTIVAL // APRIL 13 (5pm-9pm) @ PHOENIX ART MUSEUM
Come see Maricopa student artists showcase their talents in the areas of sound (beat-making, DJing, and ensemble), movement (dance), vision (street art and photography), and expression (spoken word and storytelling).
DISNEY ON ICE PRESENTS DREAM BIG // APRIL 13 (7pm) @ TALKING STICK RESORT ARENA, PHOENIX
Enter a world where adventure is awaiting and courage leads the way at Disney On Ice presents Dream Big. Through enchanted pixie-dust, Tinker Bell takes you on a journey of beloved Disney tales LIVE ON ICE. Make a splash with the fearless dreamer Ariel as she yearns to explore life above the waves. Watch Rapunzel, Cinderella and Belle as they learn about the power to make their own magic. Travel to the wintry world of Arendelle with sisters Anna and Elsa, and the hilarious Olaf from Disney’s Frozen as they learn that true love is the greatest magic of all. Be there to discover a whole new world with the daring Jasmine, and join Snow White, Aurora and Tiana as they remind you to always be strong, kind and fearless. High-flying jumps, daring acrobatics, breathtaking skating and lovable Disney friends make this an experience your family will never forget.
PHOENIX PET EXPO // APRIL 14-15 (various times) @ WESTWORLD OF SCOTTSDALE
Come to West World of Scottsdale to learn about pet care, volunteerism, grooming, pet training, and more. There will also be a chance to give you love one discounted vaccinations, a free nail trim, or even adopt them a new buddy. So much more is going on as well!
CHANDLER FAMILY EASTER CELEBRATION // APRIL 15 (9am-12pm) @ SNEDIGAR SPORTPLEX, CHANDLER
There’s some egg-cellent news that your kids need to hear: the Easter Bunny is back, and he’s ready to throw the best Easter Celebration in eggs-istence. Children will get to hunt down the sneaky holiday bunny’s golden ticket in an egg-citing Easter Egg Scramble. Families will also get to enjoy live entertainment, egg-quisite food and other harmless activities.
PHOENIX IMPROV FESTIVAL // APRIL 20-22 @ HERBERGER THEATER, PHOENIX
|The annual Phoenix Improv Festival in Phoenix, Arizona, is an explosion of the hilarious artform that is improvisational comedy. The three-day “yes and…” event features headlining troupes from around the country as well as buzzworthy local improv groups. Additional attractions include workshops hosted by the performers, improv jams and an “Unconference” led by groups based on suggestions from the audience.
FRONT PORCH PICKINS VINTAGE & HANDMADE MARKET // APRIL 21-22 @ TUMBLEWEEK PARK, CHANDLER
Three chipper moms turned their passion for craft-making into a full-fledged marketplace that’s teeming with charming creations. Front Porch Pickins has tables of must-have vintage items and other merchandise that local artisans made with their own magical hands. Don’t count on leaving empty-handed; your money has a mind of its own that will overrule your frugal behavior once it sniffs out something special.
GREAT SOUTHWEST CAJUN FEST // APRIL 22 (12pm-9pm) @ DR AJ CHANDLER PARK, CHANDLER
The Great Southwest Cajun Fest brought to you by Abita Brewing is set to in downtown Chandler. Showcasing the heart and soul of New Orleans paired with Arizona fusion and flavor for a full day packed with cultural festivities, food and entertainment.
THE PINEWOOD CLASSIC // APRIL 22 @ ROOSEVELT BETWEEN 1st & 2nd ST
3 years and over 200 racers later, the most fun event in Phoenix is racing its way back into your hearts. April 22, 2017, you’ll have your FOURTH chance to compete against the fastest five-ounce-speed-demons this side of the Sonoran. Suck it, Cub Scouts. We’re taking the derby back. Again.
ARIZONA’S ULTIMATE WOMEN’S EXPO // APRIL 22-23 (10am-5pm) @ PHOENIX CONVENTION CENTER
Explore your own personal style, renew your soul, and uncover your passions while you relax and rejuvenate, explore a new interest, purchase a great find, connect with inspiring Keynote Speakers and re-ignite your inner you. Hundreds of Shopping Pavilions, perfect for unique holiday gift Ideas for every member of your family – and that all important “You”. Indulge yourself with the very best in shopping, fashion, food, entertainment, cosmetics and travel. Spend a relaxing day being pampered with spa treatments, massages and retail therapy.
PHOENIX ARAB AMERICAN FESTIVAL // APRIL 29-30 @ STEEL INDIAN SCHOOL PARK, PHOENIX
The Arab American Festival in Phoenix, Arizona, celebrates the rich traditions and diversity that make Arab American culture unique. The two-day event features dozens of international musicians, performers and dancers as well as folklore shows, a hookah lounge, arts & crafts, authentic Middle Eastern fare, kids’ rides and a Miss Arab USA Pageant.
CHANDLER CRAFT SPIRITS FESTIVAL // APRIL 29 (4pm-9pm) @ DOWNTONW OCOTILLO, CHANDLER
More than 2,000 21+ fans of Arizona’s burgeoning booze scene will mix, mingle and make new friends and contacts while sampling dozens of diverse alcoholic beverages fit for fans of all types, from the alcohol apprentice to the cocktail connoisseur.
WET ELECTRIC // APRIL 29 (11am-9pm) @ BIG SURF WATERPARK, PHOENIX
Experience all the fun of a rowdy pool party with a banging electronic dance music festival at Wet Electric in Tempe, Arizona! The festival takes over an entire waterpark for two days filled with world-renowned DJs and electronic musicians, extravagant cabanas, wavepools, waterslides, several bars and more. Past performers include artists such as Paul Oakenfold, Lil Jon, The Crystal Method, Swanky Tunes, Robbie Rivera, Darude, Dash Berlin and many others.
DISCOUNT TIRE FREE FAMILY WEEKEND // SECOND SATURDAY OF EVERY MONTH (April 8-9 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.
DOWNTOWN CHANDLER ART WALK // EVERY 3rd FRIDAY (April 21, 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.
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.