SPRING HEALING WILDFLOWER SHOW // MAY 1-27 (12-5pm) @ GALLERY ANDREA, SCOTTSDALE
The show features works by Andrea de Kerpely-Zak and daughter Andrea Zakrzewski. de Kerpely-Zak was published with Georgia O’Keeffe and featured in Arizona Highways, Home and Garden and on NBC, KTVK Ch 3 and more. Her works are called,”Healing,” and have been commissioned for the likes of Pope John Paul II. Daughter Zakrzewski paints akin to her mother in a palette knife style and loose impressionism. She is inspired by the impressionists such as Monet and Van Gogh but her biggest inspiration is her mother.
JEN SINCERO: YOU ARE A BAD*** AT MAKING MONEY: MASTER THE MINDSET OF WEALTH // MAY 3 (7pm) @ CHANGING HANDS, PHOENIX
Bestselling author and success coach Jen Sincero shares her new step-by-step guide to overcoming the fears and stumbling blocks that have kept financial success out of reach.
CINCO DE MAYO CELEBRATION // MAY 5 (11am-2pm) @ ODYSEA IN THE DESERT
Guests are invited to the OdySea in the Desert Entertainment District in celebration of Cinco De Mayo on Friday, May 5th from 11:00am to 2:00pm for a festive journey to Mexico through music and dance. There will be special performances by Ballet Folklorico Quetzalli-AZ, Rascapetatiando Dance Co. and Mariachi Juvenil de Mi Tierra.
AVONDALE FIESTA // MAY 5 (5-10pm) @ HISTORIC AVONDALE MERCHANTS ASSOCIATION
Avondale Fiesta is a free event that showcases culture, cuisine and entertainment inspired by the Cinco de Mayo holiday.The event runs from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Western Avenue in Historic Avondale (495 E. Western Ave. Avondale, AZ 85323) and is free to attend.
1st ANNUAL KOREAN KIMCHI FESTIVAL // MAY 5-7 (5pm-11pm) @ KOREA PLAZA, MESA
Come enjoy this free 3 day festival celebrating Korean culture and food. Demonstrations on how to make Kimchi and Bibimbap as well as K-pop and traditional music and dance and singing performaces and competitions. There will also be selling raffle tickets for 1K cash prize, a kimchi refrigerator, tablet, and television.
THE WHOLE STORY: PART II // MAY 5 (7:30-9:30pm) @ PHOENIX ART MUSEUM
The second installment of a storytelling series that seeks to broaden perspectives with personal stories that honor the black experience.
CINCO DE MAYO POOL PARTY // MAY 5 (2-6pm) @ GRADUATE TEMPE
The Graduate Tempe is throwing a Cinco De Mayo pool party, where guests can enjoy a $15 taco bar from 4:00-6:00 PM and $3 Margaritas at Tapacubo, the hotel’s pool-side cantina serving up Mexican street food. Additionally, guests can partake in Casamigos tequila tasting, the Piñatas prizes, or enter the raffle giveaway for a chance to win a floaty.
FIRST FRIDAY AT PHOENIX ART MUSEUM // EVERY FIRST FRIDAY (May 5, 6-10pm) @ PHOENIX ART MUSEUM
Every First Friday, Phoenix Art Museum offers free general admission and discounted special exhibition admission along with other special programming. On May 5th, they’ll welcome back The Whole Story with Part 2, the second installment of a storytelling series that seeks to broaden perspectives with personal stories that honor the black experience in Arizona. There will also be a new collaborative work featuring local artists organized by nueBOX.
ARIZONA DRINK & DRAW SOCIAL CLUB CHARITY SKETCH EVENT // MAY 5 (7pm) @ BONUS ROUND, PHOENIX
Join professional Image, DC & Marvel comic book artists as they do sketches for fans with all proceeds going towards The HERO Initiative and the Arizona ACLU. Artists include Mike Norton, Tim Seeley, Mitch Gerads, Scott Godlewski & more.
CINCO DE TREASURE FEST // MAY 5-6 (10am-10pm) @ ROADHOUSE, CAVE CREEK
Celebrate Cinco de Mayo at the Cave Creek Roadhouse. Magic Bird’s Treasure Fest events offer an eclectic daytime and nighttime outdoor shopping experience in the charming, cowboy locale of Cave Creek at the Roadhouse. Each event showcases 70 local artists and vendors exhibiting a range of boutique designs, apparel, handcrafted goods, jewelry, and gourmet packaged edibles.
STREET FOOD CINEMA // MAY 6 (5:30-11pm) @ MARGARET T. HANCE PARK, PHOENIX
Street Food Cinema features cool outdoor movies, food trucks, live music from emerging artists, interactive games and more. 2017 marks the sixth season with new locations in Los Angeles, CA, San Diego, CA and Phoenix, AZ. Feature: “Back to the Future.”
KALEIDOSCOPE OF COLOR 2017: PRESCOTT’S FESTIVAL OF IRIS // MAY 6 (10am-3pm) @ MORTIMER NURSERY, PRESCOTT
PAIS presents its 18th annual Iris Exhibit, Sale and AIS Judged Show. Free and open to the public, the event features an amazing variety of iris in all the colors of the rainbow. Vote for your favorite iris, see stunning displays of blooms and arrangements, and watch planting and care demonstrations. Hundreds of potted irises will be available for purchase as well. Local gardeners who wish to participate in horticultural or artistic design categories may pick up the rules form at Mortimer Nursery, or print the form from http://prescottirissociety.org.
WORLD BAZAAR & PHOENIX COMMUNITY MARKET // MAY 6 (10am-2pm) @ 19TH AVE/CAMELBACK PARK & RIDE
Enjoy cultural foods, entertainment, and shopping with immigrant and refugee vendors from around the world, Celebrate the rich diversity of Phoenix at the Spring 2017 World Bazaar & Community Market presented by Local First Arizona, International Rescue Committee, Valley Metro, and City of Phoenix. Satisfy all of your cravings with a wide array of cuisines from Greece, Ethiopia, Iraq, Mexico, and more. Pick up locally grown foods in the farmer’s market. Shop unique specialty gifts from vendors featuring African and Middle Eastern jewelry, clothing, artwork, and other handcrafted goods produced from small locally-owned businesses. Play in the “KidsZone” featuring face painting, hair braiding, crafts and other fun-filled activities. This is a community celebration you won’t want to miss.
WILD WEST BASS TOURNAMENT // MAY 6 (2-5pm) @ GREEN VALLEY PARK, PAYSON
Wild West Bass Trail – Western Championship at Roosevelt Lake. Bring your kids to Green Valley Park on May 6, 2017 and watch as the top 10 anglers bring their “catch” to the final day weigh in. Enjoy games, music, food and fun. Get autographs, learn from the pros and enjoy the festival atmosphere.
SUMMER CLYDESDALE HAY FUNDRAISER LUNCH // MAY 6 (10:30am – 1pm) @ USA CLYDESDALE PRESERVATION FOUNDATION
Test drive a Clydesdale horse, take pictures with a Clydesdale, and learn how the Clydesdale breed is at risk for extinction. Call for reservations.
DIGNITY HEALTH WELLNESS 5K // MAY 6 (8am) @ FREESTONE PARK, GILBERT
The event has a distance for everyone, including a 5K Run/Walk, Family 1 Mile, and 100 Yard Kids’ Dash, so bring your family and friends. Proceeds from this event will support innovative programs and patient care, capital equipment, research and medical education for Chandler Regional and Mercy Gilbert Medical Centers. Run, Play and Give.
SCOTTSDALE KENTUCKY DERBY PARTY // MAY 6 (2-5pm) @ THIRSTY LION GASTROPUB & GRILL
Head to Thirsty Lion Scottsdale Fashion Square on Saturday, May 6th for the Kentucky Derby from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Walk the red carpet, get your photo wearing your finest hat, and watch your favorite horse run for the roses. Palm reader, caricature artist, silent auction, hat contest, food, and more. Sponsors include Tito’s and Deep Eddy Vodka. Tickets are tax deductible supporting ActivStars outreach.
DOG TRAINING // MAY 7 (Classes have different times) @ ARIZONA HUMANE SOCIETY – NINA MASON PULLIAM CAMPUS FOR COMPASSION
Does your dog bark or jump at other dogs while on walks? In the 5 week Reactive Rover class, pet owners will learn strategies to manage their reactive pups! Pre-Registration will have a questionnaire which will be reviewed by the course trainer for approval; owners will be contacted with follow up information. This class is not appropriate for dogs who only exhibit aggression toward other dogs while off-leash or who exhibit aggression toward people. All family members are encouraged to attend.
HERITAGE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL 3RD ANNUAL COLOR RUN // MAY 9 (10am-1pm) @ HERITAGE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
What better way to show your true colors and support your local charter school than with a fun run/walk through powerful pops of color targeted to tie-dye any white T-shirt? On May 6, at 10 a.m., kids and adults alike can do just that, with entry fees supporting Heritage Elementary School’s Glendale campus. Entry fees for the Heritage Elementary Glendale Color Run/Walk, sponsored by Crest Insurance Group, are $20 for adults and $10 for kids, and are payable at the event. These prices include a barbecue lunch and a wearable number. Plus, if you’re among the first 100 to register, you’ll also receive a free dri-fit shirt.
ALCOHOL INK PRINTS CLASS // MAY 12 & 29 (9am-12pm) @ FOOTHILLS COMMUNITY FOUNDATION-HOLLAND COMMUNITY CENTER
Alcohol inks are an easy and interesting way to create works of art. In this class, you will be shown how to freeform using easy techniques for applying highly pigmented inks to special paper. As the inks flow and mingle, they create remarkable effects that can be controlled with brushes to create abstract prints or realistic paintings. Instructor Sue Hunter is a multi-medium artist. Her paintings are full of color and emotion in an impressionist style.
2ND FRIDAY NIGHT OUT // EVERY 2ND FRIDAY (May 12, 6-10pm) @ DOWNTOWN MESA
Dog Daze is the 2nd Friday. Bring your dog and enter fun contests on the OneOhOne patio at 8PM. There will be a variety of categories including biggest dog, smallest dog, dog who looks most like its owner, best trick, best dressed dog, and more. Free to enter. Plus lots of “doggone” fun for dogs and their owners including a doggie splash pool, patio dining with your dog at lots of downtown restaurants, dog merchandise, doggie treats, dog rescue groups, and more. Stroll the shady portico and check out the 50+ artists showcasing original artwork, live bands, entertainment, and great shopping. It’s all happening in historic downtown Mesa on Main Street between Center and Robson from 6-10 PM.
DISCOUNT TIRE FREE FAMILY WEEKEND // SECOND SATURDAY OF EVERY MONTH (May 13-14 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.
ARIZONA SANGRIA FESTIVAL // MAY 14 (10am-6pm) @ RAWHIDE WILD WEST TOWN & EVENT CENTER
Calling all Angels Foundation is proud to present The 2nd Annual Arizona Sangria Festival, taking place this May at Rawhide Wild Western Town in Chandler. This event will benefit single parents going through cancer and the debilitating effects of chemotherapy and radiation. Calling all Angels will help create a better quality of life for the single parents and their children by providing much needed support in the home. Mother’s Day being the perfect time to celebrate. Come on out and enjoy the day, which will include artisan craft sangrias, tequila, craft and Mexican beers, all in combination with Copper Creek Cocktails; a stellar entertainment lineup; artisan vendors; and food trucks. Don’t miss Rawhide’s Mother’s Day Sunday Brunch on the 14th.
ARIZONA RESTAURANT WEEK CELEBRATES 10 YEARS // MAY 19-28 @ VARIOUS LOCATIONS
Week (ARW) is celebrating a decade of delicious this year with its 10th annual ARW this fall. What began as a yearly week-long celebration has now grown into a bi-annual 10-day foodie extravaganza. The 2017 Spring Arizona Restaurant Week will kick off ten days of dining, May 19-28 with over 150 participating restaurants showcasing three-course, prix-fixe meals for just $33 or $44 per person.
DOWNTOWN CHANDLER ART WALK // EVERY 3RD FRIDAY (May 19, 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.
THE ART OF WINE AND TASTES OF SUMMER // MAY 20 (2-4:30pm) @ SCOTTSDALE CENTER FOR PERFORMING ARTS
This annual affair is the perfect opportunity for you to discover new wines with friends in a fun and entertaining setting while supporting the arts. Featured tastings of more than 40 exceptional wines, all selected by AJ’s cellar masters, will be complemented by gourmet specialties from AJ’s, including artisan cheeses and breads, shrimp cocktail, sushi, delectable sweets, and more. AJ’s cellar masters also will be onsite to provide their expert recommendations for wine and food pairings. All wines will be included in AJ’s summer wine spectacular in stores starting May 15. Guests will enjoy live music and a silent auction offering wines and other gourmet items from AJ’s and its partners. Proceeds from AJ’s The Art of Wine and Tastes of Summer will benefit the nonprofit Scottsdale Arts.
50TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE BOLA TIE SOCIETY OF ARIZONA // MAY 24 (11:30 am) @ GOLDEN CORRAL, GILBERT
he men and women of the Bola Tie Society are continuing to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the society. The main purpose of this group is to promote the wearing of the Bola Tie. They will gather on Wednesday, April 26th and Wednesday, May 24th at 11:30 at the Golden Corral Buffet, 1318 N. Cooper just south of Baseline in Gilbert for lunch to discuss Bola Tie designs and Arizona rocks. Join them. Wear your Bola Tie or if you have a collection of Bola Ties bring them with you for “Show and Tell.” Details: buffet lunch is $9.69 and $2.49 for beverage plus tax. A senior discount is available. Contact (602)279-5852 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
ANNUAL FLAVORS OF PHOENIX // MAY 25 (6-11pm) @ WESTIN KIERLAND RESORT & SPA
The 26th Annual Flavors of Phoenix is a unique gourmet delight sure to please your palate. Thirty-six of the top chefs from across the state of Arizona assemble for a night of elaborate table décor, exquisite food, fine wine, and a great cause. Each chef has his or her own table for 12 with the responsibility of providing linens, flowers, theme-related objects or any other items to make each table unique. The setting also includes a cooking station so that all food preparation can be done right in front of the gala’s guests who enjoy at least five courses with accompanying wines. This allows all guests to interact with the chef and with one another while learning some tips from the experts.
LEARN TO FIX ‘N’ FLIP WITH REAL LOCAL INVESTORS // VARIOUS DATES & TIMES @ MATRIX INVESTOR NETWORK, PHOENIX
Learn to “fix ‘n’ flip” and wholesale with real local investors from the Phoenix area. The group has been operating for several years and are looking to expand their team. Come see what they’re all about. Contact them at email@example.com or 480-424-5253; register at https://ra253.isrefer.com/go/121/R1XX567.
PLANET SHARK: PREDATOR OR PREY // DAILY UNTIL MAY 29 (10am-5pm) @ ARIZONA SCIENCE CENTER
Thanks to Jaws, Deep Blue Sea, and Sharknado, sharks have become the stuff of nightmares. But the exhibit “Planet Shark: Predator or Prey” offers a different perspective on sharks’ evolution and role in an ocean ecosystem through an immersive, multisensory experience. See models of hammerhead, great white, tiger, and thresher sharks; fossils dating back to 370 million years ago; a shark-cage activity; and information on shark conservation efforts. Hands-on puzzles and games add to the interactive and educational encounter with the elasmobranchs.
EMERGE 2017 – STUDENT PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBITION // VARIOUS DATES IN MAY (10am-6pm) @ ART INTERSECTION, GILBERT
Art Intersection presents the seventh annual Emerge student photography exhibition with works by photographers enrolled in Arizona high schools, community colleges, art schools, and universities. This year’s submissions to Emerge were juried by Clare Benson. As part of Art Intersection’s mission to support emerging artists, they offer student artists an opportunity to show their work in the North and South Galleries. Art Intersection staff will also select recipients for Best of High School, Best of Post-High School, and Best of Show. Date: Exhibition April 25 – May 20, 2017.
FRIDA KAHLO AND DIEGO RIVERA // VARIOUS DAYS & TIMES TILL AUGUST 20 @ HEARD MUSEUM
Talk about a power couple. Married Mexican artists Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera are widely regarded as two of the most significant artists of the 20th century. And now their artwork is enjoying a world tour, with just one North American stop: the Heard Museum. See “Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera” through August 20. It includes 33 artworks, plus more than 50 photographs — some taken by Kahlo’s own father. The show also includes clothing and jewelry that reflects Kahlo’s own iconic style, from the region where she lived.
ARIZONA OUTDOOR SCULPTURE SHOWCASE // VARIOUS DAYS & TIMES THROUGH NOVEMBER 1 @ SHEMER ART CENTER AND MUSEUM
This exhibition features seven contemporary works of sculptural art that transcend the traditional indoor gallery space in favor of the outdoor environment. Selected artists include Jeff Downing, David Knorr, Shelby Larson, Matthew Mosher, Hector Ortega, Charles Sleichter and Joan Waters.
CAPED CRUSADERS & EVERYDAY HEROES // VARIOUS DATES & TIMES @ I.D.E.A. MUSEUM
“Caped Crusaders & Everyday Heroes” takes you on a hero’s journey through works by more than 15 national and international artists. You’ll discover famous comic book, TV/movie, cultural and mythological heroes and heroines from around the world, as well as learn about men and women who became community heroes because of their work or actions. As you experience the world of heroes and uncover facts about how they came to be, you’ll find inspiration to invent your own legendary champion. Several hands-on activities – such as experiencing a super power (via green screen), developing your own legendary superhero comic strip, and creating superhero costumes – help nurture creative thinking and provide plenty of fun. Artworks featured include paintings, digital photography, sculptures and mixed media.
MUNCH BRUNCH WITH GRANDPARENTS // EVERY MONDAY (9-10:am) @ TOYS AND PLAYTIME OASIS, SCOTTSDALE
On Monday mornings, Toys & Playtime Oasis in Scottsdale invites all grandparents to come in and play with their grandkids and make some happy memories together. Complimentary sweets and coffee will be served from 9 to 10:30 a.m. and are included in the price of admission. Socks must be worn.
SCOTTSDALE ARTWALK // EVERY THURSDAY (7pm-9pm) @ SCOTTSDALE ART DISTRICT
Many area galleries will be offering extended evening hours on Thursdays, so head out along Main Street and Marshall Way to see what Scottsdale’s arts scene has to offer.
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.
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.