Entertainment Magazine: Arizona: Phoenix

Phoenix March 2016 Events

Phoenix metro area are posted in this section of Phoenix community events and entertainment. These events include music, arts, festivals, nightlife and other local entertainment activities.Event listings include Phoenix and the communitues of Ahwatukee, Chandler, Glendale, Goodyear, Guadalupe, Mesa, Peoria, Scottsdale and Tempe.

This calendar has been produced to assist you in making travel arrangements. It is for information, courtesy of the Arizona Office of Tourism, only and does not constitute a recommendation. Dates for events were correct at time of publication. Since dates are occasionally changed, please confirm them in advance.

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Through March 31, 2016

  • The Heard Museum events calendar features 12 exhibit galleries, the original Heard Museum Shop, Bruce McGee’s Collectors Room of the Heard Museum Shop featuring outstanding fine art, lush outdoor courtyards and walkways, multiple gardens and the Courtyard Café. Stop in for a fast snack or drink at the Coffee Cantina or browse our selection at Books & More. Enjoy daily public guided tours

Through March 27, 2016

  • Arizona Renaissance Festival opens every weekend on Saturdays and Sundays and on Presidents’ Day. The Renaissance Festival will be open from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm, rain or shine. Always Free Parking.

Through March 12

  • The Circus School of Arizona presents its Winter 2016 Session through March 12, 2016 with Jumpin’ Junior Circus, Elevate Into Flexibility, and Paper Doll Militia Workshops! New Class Offerings!

March 1-7, 2016

  • PHOENIX: Western National Shoot – Ben Avery Shooting Facility, many shooting disciplines will be taking part, including: off-hand rifle, off-hand pistol, bench-rest rifle, black powder rifle cartridge, muzzle loading trap and skeet, primitive archery, and primitive trail-walk, there will be a Trader's Row where clothing, shooting supplies, and various other merchandise is available for sale, free, 8 am – 5 pm, http://www.nmlra.org


Phoenix Events Day by Day

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

  • MESA: The Triplets of Belleville - Mesa Arts Center, a unique cinematic and musical experience involving an on-stage 8-piece orchestra playing, singing, dancing and performing live sound effects in sync to the Oscar-nominated animation feature The Triplets of Belleville, $30-45, 7:30 pm, http://www.mesaartscenter.com/
  • PHOENIX: The Anti World Tour - Talking Stick Resort Arena, featuring global superstar Rihanna, Travis Scott will join as special guest, presented by Samsung, http://livenation.com
  • TEMPE: ASU Wind Ensemble and Wind Orchestra: Band Fan Favorites - ASU Gammage, join us for an evening of music that is sure to please all band fans, including audience requests, come and cast your vote for your favorite band piece, free, 7:30 pm, http://herbergerinstitute.asu.edu/events/current.php

March 2-5, 2016

  • FOUNTAIN HILLS: 2016 Memorial Championship Disc Golf Tournament – Fountain Park, more than 200 professionals and 200 amateurs compete for cash prizes and trophies, spectators welcome, Professional Disc Golf Association and AZ Disc Golf Club, http://memorialchampionship.com

March 2-6, 2016

  • SCOTTSDALE: Cactus Reining Horse Classic - WestWorld, one of NRHA’s top 20 annual events, produced by Brumley Management Group, LLC, the Cactus Reining Classic is the first of three premier west coast reining competitions, three arenas, more than $200,000 in added money and prizes, http://www.cactusreiningclassic.com/

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

  • MESA: National Geographic Live: K2: Danger And Desire On The Savage Mountain- Mesa Arts Center, “Explorer of the Year,” Gerlinde Kaltenbrunner, is the first woman to achieve the extraordinary feat of scaling all 14 of the world’s 8,000-meter peaks without the use of supplementary oxygen, $78-125, 7:30 pm, http://www.mesaartscenter.com/
  • SCOTTSDALE: Jazz in AZ: Divas 2016 - ASU Kerr Cultural Center, features show originals Delphine Cortez and Sherry Roberson with Holly Pyle, Renee Patrick and Diana Lee, each vocalist possessing a uniquely compelling style, Shea Marshall adds a new dimension to this year’s show, Shea Marshall (sax, piano), Joel Robin (piano), Bob Lashier (bass), Cleve Huff (drums), $25-36, 7:30 pm, 480-596-2660 or http://www.ticketmaster.com/Jazz-In-Az-Divas-2016-tickets/artist/2151532
  • TEMPE: ASU Symphony Orchestra: Alive and Kicking - ASU Gammage, Jason Caslor conducts the ASU Symphony Orchestra in a concert featuring composers who are alive and well, highlights include the suite from "There Will Be Blood" by Radiohead's Jonny Greenwood and "Danzon No. 2" by Marquez, free, 7:30 pm, https://asuevents.asu.edu/

March 3-7, 2016

  • PHOENIX: Little Red Riding Bug - Great Arizona Puppet Theater, Little Red Riding Bug is on her way to visit her Granny, who flew a little too close to a bug light, but who should Little Red meet on her journey through the grass but the Big, Bad Frog! a cast of hand puppet bugs, including Dr. Pillbug, Little Red's Mama, and a collection of critters on their way to a fancy dress bug ball, illustrate a lively tale loosely based on the classic story of Little Red Riding Hood, original songs set to vintage honky tonk piano music, with guest artists Parasol Puppets, $7-10, 602-262-2050 or http://azpuppets.org/

March 3-6, 2016

  • TEMPE: Daughters of Eve - Herberger Theater Center, choreography looking at facets of women: supportive, aggressive, nurturing, independent, featuring "Beauty," inspired by Beauty and the Beast, by Center Dance the ensemble modern dance company, $14-28, 7:30 & 2 pm and 12:10 pm, 602-252-8497 or http://centerdance.com

Thursday, March 3, 2016

  • SCOTTSDALE: 6th Annual Native Arts ArtWalk - Scottsdale Arts District, celebrating Arizona’s indigenous cultures, hosted by the Scottsdale Gallery Association in conjunction with the Hopi Education Endowment Fund and the Heard Museum’s famed weekend Indian Fair, free, 7-9 pm, 480-990-8989 or http://www.scottsdalegalleries.com
  • SCOTTSDALE: Dukes of Dixieland: Dancing with the Dukes – Highlands Church, Saints will be marching in when Arizona Musicfest presents the Dukes of Dixieland in a rousing night of traditional New Orleans jazz, as the oldest continuing Dixieland band, the Dukes' spirited sound will lead audiences on a trip to the Big Easy with such classics as Basin Street Blues and Down By The Riverside, $24-67, 7:30 pm, 480-840-0457 or http://azmusicfest.org
  • TEMPE: Latin Fire! - Tempe Center for the Arts, featuring ensemble contest winners, by Arizona Wind Symphony, $6-9, 7:30 pm, http://www.arizonawindsymphony.com/
  • TEMPE: ASU Latin Jazz Band - Evelyn Smith Music Theatre, Dom Moio and the ASU Latin Jazz Band offer a program of the here and now as well as the best of African-Cuban roots, free, 7:30 pm, https://asuevents.asu.edu/
  • TEMPE: ASU Concert Choir and Chamber Singers: In Concert - Katzin Concert Hall, Spring performance of small-scale works for a cappella chorus and choir with piano, featuring the “Flower Songs” by Benjamin Britten, $5-10, 7:30 pm, https://asuevents.asu.edu/

Weekend of March 4-6, 2016

  • COOLIDGE: 17th Annual Coolidge Family Quilt Show – Coolidge Woman’s Club, presented by the Coolidge Cotton Patchers, free, 10 am – 4 pm, no phone
  • COOLIDGE: Cotton Days - San Carlos Park, parade at 10 am, arts & crafts, food, live entertainment, beer garden, carnival, 520-723-3009 orhttp://www.coolidgechamber.org
  • GLENDALE: The BIG Spring Maricopa County Home & Garden Show – University of Phoenix Stadium, one-stop home improvement shopping, 1000s of products and services for home improvement needs, walk through landscape displays, sustainable living exhibitors, garden seminars, wine tasting, landscape architecture & design trends, container gardens, “how-to” seminars, floral design, $2-5, Fri-Sat 10 am – 6 pm, Sun 10 am – 5 pm, http://www.MaricopaCountyHomeShows.com
  • GLENDALE: Out West Balloon Fest - University of Phoenix Stadium, including music, vendors, food, Kidszone and, of course balloons, a majestic mass ascension and competition of the “Hare and Hound” balloon race, Get a taste of the balloon ride experience on site with a tethered ride each evening of the festival, http://www.outwestballoonfest.com/
  • LAKE HAVASU CITY: 8th Annual Bluegrass at the Beach Bluegrass Music Festival – Lake Havasu State Park, Lot 4, festival featuring bands throughout the day, workshops, arts and crafts, vendors, kids zone, food and beer garden, camping available for the weekend at the festival, $10-20, Fri-Sat 10 am – 6:30 pm, Sun 10 am – 5 pm, 209-785-4693 or http://www.golakehavasu.com/events/details/1586/
  • SEDONA: Sedona Mountain Bike Festival - 3-day mountain bike celebration that will include a Main Expo/Festival area at the beautiful Tlaquepaque Village, bike demos, shuttled rides, a Beer Garden, great bands for (2) nights and a whole lotta sweet red singletrack, a great time for festival-goers to shake off their winter rust and Shred the Red! http://sedonamtbfestival.com/

March 4-5, 2016

  • CASA GRANDE: 58th Annual Cactus Antique Airplane Fly-In - Casa Grande Airport, hosted by the Arizona Antique Aircraft Association, with emphasis placed on aircraft of yesteryear, $10 or $20/per plane load is requested, 8 am - 5 pm, 480-987-5516 or http://www.cactusflyin.org
  • PHOENIX: Classics Six – Ravel’s Bolero – Symphony Hall, guest conductor Andrew Grams returns to lead Maurice Ravel’s most famous work, Bolero; Pascal Roge, whose name is synonymous with the best piano performance of the French repertoire in the world today, also joins The Phoenix Symphony playing Saint-Saens’ Concerto No. 2, 7:30 pm, 602-495-1999 or http://phoenixsymphony.org
  • PHOENIX: Puppet Slam - Great Arizona Puppet Theater, Arizona's best, quirkiest, edgiest slammers from across the country come together for some adult fun, independent performers do short pieces which are funny and are sometimes poignant all geared to an adult audience, Puppet Slams are for guests 18+, $10-12, 8 pm, 602-262-2050 or http://azpuppets.org/
  • SCOTTSDALE: Pilobolus - Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, witty and gravity-defying works use the human body as a medium of expression, engages and inspired audiences using diverse collaborations that break down barriers between disciplines and challenge the understanding of dance, their distinctive approach focuses on how people, working together, can create form and movement with breathtaking effect, $39-69, 2 & 8 pm, http://www.scottsdaleperformingarts.org/

Friday, March 4, 2016

  • CASA GRANDE: First Friday Street Scene - Downtown Casa Grande, featuring guest exhibitors, car show, entertainments, food and fun zone and merchants/restaurants open late, 5:30-9 pm, 520-836-8744 or http://www.cgmainstreet.org
  • CASA GRANDE: Downtown Street Scene – Western Heritage – Main Street Alley and Historic Florence Street, classic car show, exhibitors, live entertainment, beer garden, merchants and restaurants open late, free, 5:30-9 pm, 520-836-8744 or http://www.cgmainstreet.org
  • CHANDLER: The Second City - Fully Loaded - Chandler Center for the Arts, Chicago's legendary sketch and improv comedy theatre returns featuring hilarious sketches, songs and improvisation, $26-38, 7:30 pm, http://chandlercenter.org/
  • PHOENIX: Music in the Garden Spring Concert Series – Desert Botanical Garden, featuring, advance purchase recommended, $20-25, additional dinner is also available, doors open at 5:30 pm, concert at 7 pm, must be age 21+, 480-481-8188 or http://www.dbg.org/music
  • PHOENIX: American Folk - American Lutheran Church, Pete Seeger, James Taylor, and Dolly Parton are just a handful of the iconic American folk singer-songwriters featured, hear traditional folk songs of yesteryear, the music of our youth with thoughtfully arranged songs for chorus, by Phoenix Chorale, $13-32, 7:30 pm, 602-253-2224 or http://phoenixchorale.org
  • SCOTTSDALE: Winter Festival 7 - ASU Kerr Cultural Center, featuring Peter Wiley, cello & Anna Polonsky, piano in complete Beethoven Cello Sonatas, $40, 7 pm, http://www.phoenixchambermusicsociety.org/
  • SCOTTSDALE: Vision for Peace - Pinnacle Presbyterian Church, Phoenix Boys Choir in concert expressing mankind's universal desire for peace on earth illustrating this dream with a selection of inspired choral masterpieces, featuring Haydn's Timpani Mass, written as war ravaged his homeland of Austria; I Never Saw Another Butterfly, a musical tribute to the children lost in WWII and Verleih uns Frieden (Grant Us Peace) by Heinrich Schutz based on Martin Luther's poignant text, "In these our days so perilous, Lord, peace in mercy send us," $18-28, 7 pm, http://PhoenixBoysChoir.org

March 5-6, 2016

  • AVONDALE: Tres Rios Nature Festival – Meridian Wildlife Area, celebrate the natural history and heritage of the valley, discover watchable wildlife opportunities, canoe trips looking for wildlife & birds, tours of historic areas, children’s area with hands-on crafts, live animals, storytelling, free, 10 am – 4 pm, 623-333-2400 or http://www.tresriosnaturefestival.com
  • LITCHFIELD PARK: 18th Annual Spring Art & Culinary Festival – Litchfield Park, more than 200 art booths, wine & beer garden with tastings, culinary speakers and demonstrations, great food, live music, and more, 623-935-9040 or http://www.litchfield-park.org/ or http://www.VermillionPromotions.com
  • PHOENIX: Heard Museum Guild 58th Annual Indian Fair & Market - features more than 600 of the nation's top Native American artists, lively music and dance performances & a variety of Native foods including posole, Hopi piki bread and frybread, $10-20, Sat 9:30 am - 5 pm, Sun 9:30 am - 4 pm, 602-252-8840 or http://www.heard.org/fair
  • PHOENIX: 32nd Annual My Nana’s Salsa Challenge – Steele Indian School Park, fund-raiser for Hemophilia Assn, 90+ competitors prepare fresh salsa on-site in either the mild or hot category, salsas, featuring restaurants, businesses and individuals, sampling contest, enjoy margaritas, live bands, food court, vote for your favorite salsa chef, $12-15, 12 and under are free, 10 am - 6 pm, 602-955-1962 orhttp://www.salsachallenge.com
  • SUN CITY WEST: 5th Annual Walgreens Charity Classic Golf Tournament – Grandview Golf Course, featuring 50 LPGA Legends pros, defending champion: Kris Tschetter, benefits charity, $15, http://www.thelegendstour.com/tickets

Saturday, March 5, 2016

  • The 2016 Blues Blast Music Festival Presented by Phoenix Blues Society, Phoenix, March 5th. Canned Heat, celebrating their 50th anniversary and The Laurie Morvan Band will headline the event along with a two-hour retrospective of Valley Blues legends and Arizona Showdown winners Smokestack Lightning & Eric Ramsey.
  • COMPLETE GAME 9K, STRIKE 3 MILE, KIDS RACE & FAMILY RELAY. The Scottsdale Giant Race is held at the Scottsdale Stadium.
  • CAREFREE: From Broadway to B.B. King - Sanderson Lincoln Outdoor Pavilion, celebrate the American dream with two of the most iconic of American music forms, the Broadway musical and jazz. Selections will include delta blues and swing as well as classic and modern Broadway favorites, by ProMusica Arizona, $20, 7:30 pm, http://www.pmaz.org
  • CHANDLER: 12th Annual Mayor’s Ostrich Festival 5K & Ostrich Festival Parade – Chandler Mayor Jay Tibshraeny invites you to run the parade route, opening event of the 25th Annual Chandler Ostrich Festival, fast, flat and fun, on AZ Ave follows the parade route at 8 am, parade begins at 10 am, bring your chairs and blankets, floats, horses, marching bands, antique cars, more than 100 entries, 480-963-4571 or http://www.ostrichfestival.com or http://www.4peaksracing.com/
  • CHANDLER: Vicki Lawrence & Mama: A Two Woman Show - Chandler Center for the Arts, Emmy award-winning comedienne Vicki Lawrence is one of the most beloved television personalities of her generation, $42-62, 7:30 pm, http://chandlercenter.org/
  • GILBERT: Gilbert Art Walk – Water Tower Park, fine unique items such as woodworking, photography, ceramics, one-of-a-kind custom jewelry, original paintings, handmade wearable items, soaps and more, also live entertainment and a family arts & crafts area, free, 9 am – 1 pm, 480-329-9619 or http://gilbertartwalk.com
  • GOODYEAR: 19th Annual PebbleCreek Fall Arts Festival – award-winning local artisans and out-of-state vendors with original artwork and hand-crafted items, ongoing art demonstrations, raffle, food, live entertainment, classic cars display and model railroad exhibit, 8 am – 3 pm, 623-935-6744
  • MESA: MACFest – Downtown Mesa, featuring creations from local artists, food, live music, free, 10 am – 4 pm, 480-644-6500 orhttp://www.macfestmesa.com
  • MESA: Of Heaven and Earth - First United Methodist Church, music can set alight the human spirit, the "wonders of Heaven and Earth" are reflected in a Mass for the Ages, a unique compilation of the liturgy of the Mass as written by classical and contemporary composers, the Sonoran Desert Chorale, accompanied by organ and orchestra, performs Dan Forrest's stunning narrative on pain and loss tempered with the promise of joy and hope - Requiem for the Living, $15-18, 7:30 pm, 480-305-4538 or http://www.sonorandesertchorale.org
  • PARADISE VALLEY: Vision for Peace - Camelback Bible Church, Phoenix Boys Choir in concert expressing mankind's universal desire for peace on earth illustrating this dream with a selection of inspired choral masterpieces, featuring Haydn's Timpani Mass, written as war ravaged his homeland of Austria; I Never Saw Another Butterfly, a musical tribute to the children lost in WWII and Verleih uns Frieden (Grant Us Peace) by Heinrich Schutz based on Martin Luther's poignant text, "In these our days so perilous, Lord, peace in mercy send us," $18-28, 7 pm, http://PhoenixBoysChoir.org
  • PEORIA: City of Peoria Half Marathon – Rio Vista Community Park, kick off a new tradition with the first running of the City of Peoria Half Marathon, taking place on the New River Trail, the course will allow runners to complete the entire run without crossing traffic, jumping onto sidewalks, or worrying about cars, 8 am, 623-773-7186 or http://www.peoriaaz.gov/running
  • PHOENIX: Phoenix Blues Society presents the 25th Annual Blues Blast - Margaret T. Hance Park, several blues bands, family atmosphere, music workshop and art project for kids, food and merchandise vendors, light rail accessible, $25-30, kids under 16 free when accompanied by parent, 10 am – 7 pm, 602-516-8870 or http://www.phoenixblues.org
  • PHOENIX: AFAA Zoo Walk for Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis – Phoenix Zoo, 3K fun run/walk, 7 am, http://getsetusa.com/ or http://www.zoowalkphoenix.org/
  • PHOENIX: 2016 M7 Street Fair – (on Seventh Avenue from Indian School Road north through the “Melrose Curve” to Campbell Avenue), live music, street food, local artist market, children's activities and a judged collector car show, free, 11 am – 5 pm, 602-703-2620 or http://www.m7streetfair.com
  • PHOENIX: Winter Festival 7 - Camelback Bible Church, featuring Miro Quartet, David Shifrin, Ida Kavafian, Anne-Marie McDermott in Beethoven String Quartet Op. 18, No.1; Peter Schickele Clarinet Quintet (2015); Chausson Concerto, $50, 8 pm, http://www.phoenixchambermusicsociety.org/
  • PHOENIX: American Folk - Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, Pete Seeger, James Taylor, and Dolly Parton are just a handful of the iconic American folk singer-songwriters featured, hear traditional folk songs of yesteryear, the music of our youth with thoughtfully arranged songs for chorus, by Phoenix Chorale, $13-32, 7:30 pm, 602-253-2224 or http://phoenixchorale.org
  • PHOENIX: Storyline - Space 55, Arizona storytellers respond to a different prompt each show - the prompts are well-known ideas, but the stories that emerge fracture and reflect those titles in ways that can never be anticipated but always thrill, Funny - inspiring - motivating - brutal - gripping, always living, Space 55 is the cutting edge theater in downtown Phoenix, $10-15, 8 pm, http://www.space55.org
  • QUEEN CREEK: The Good Life Festival at Encanterra - Encanterra Trilogy Country Club, gourmet food, fine wine, craft beer and artisan retailers, features The Band Perry, $, 480-677-8000 or http://www.thegoodlifefest.com
  • SCOTTSDALE: 3rd Annual Scottsdale Giant Race – Scottsdale Stadium, includes complete game 9K, strike 3 mile, kids race & family relay, the courses tour scenic Scottsdale before finishing on the field of Scottsdale Stadium, 9K and 3 mile finishers receive a technical shirt & medal, plus the opportunity to purchase Spring Training baseball tickets for the Giants game on race day, $20-75, 7 am, 415-972-1881 or http://scottsdalegiantrace.com
  • TEMPE: 7th Annual Nun Run – Kiwanis Park, 10K run, 5K run/walk, 1 mile walk and shadow run with nuns, a day for the curious and competitive alike, your support moves them one step closer to realizing their dream of building cloistered monastery in the heart of the Arizona desert, $25-35, 6 am, http://www.4peaksracing.com/
  • TEMPE: 5K for Heroes - Papago Ball Park, a 5K obstacle race with 100% of the proceeds going to Camp Hometown Heroes, an organization that supports the children of fallen service members, features service members from each branch of the armed forces, or you may run or walk the 5k without obstacles, kid and dog friendly, 5k For HEROES Medal (upon completion of the race), T-shirt, age group awards, food trucks and fun, https://www.getsetusa.com/
  • TUCSON: Spring Cross Country Classic - Lower Lincoln Park, separate Women's and Men's race, top 3 overall and top 3 masters awards will be awarded, $30, https://www.getsetusa.com
  • WILLIAMS: Steam to the Canyon – Ride the historic locomotive #4960 to the Grand Canyon, http://www.thetrain.com

March 6, 2016

  • One Night of Queen is a stunning live 2-hour concert recreating and celebrating the music of Queen when Gary Mullen and the Works brings the legendary rock band to life at the historic Celebrity Theatre. 7pm.
  • ‎BLACK CANYON CITY: Xterra Black Canyon Run – Rock Springs, lots of climbing, river crossings, sandy beaches, and endless singletrack, after race party hosted at Rock Springs Café, 602-363-7725 or http://www.getsetaz.com or http://www.4peaksracing.com/ or http://www.aztrailrace.com/
  • CAREFREE: Carefree Sunday Concert Series - Sanderson Lincoln Pavilion, featuring Sugar Thieves, free, 1-3 pm,http://www.visitcarefree.com
  • FOUNTAIN HILLS: Mountain to Fountain 15K – technical T-shirt (men’s and women’s cuts), nylon shoe bag with race logo, one free Four Peaks beer to finishers over age 21, buy one get one free coupon from Chipotle , free post-race massage, random winners will win prizes at the finish party, 24 men’s and women’s age groups, 8 am, http://getsetusa.com/ or http://www.m2f15k.com/
  • PHOENIX: American Folk - Camelback Bible Church, Pete Seeger, James Taylor, and Dolly Parton are just a handful of the iconic American folk singer-songwriters featured, hear traditional folk songs of yesteryear, the music of our youth with thoughtfully arranged songs for chorus, by Phoenix Chorale, $13-32, 3 pm, 602-253-2224 or http://phoenixchorale.org
  • PHOENIX: The Late-Night Series - Captain Jack's Space Attack - Space 55, the intergalactic adventures of Captain Jack, aspiring musician and mediocre pilot, accompanied by Mozambique Queen of Former Earth, Viscount Earle, and Dr. Bendo, live music, drinking song, and meteorites, Space 55 is the cutting edge theater in downtown Phoenix, $5, 10:30 pm, http://www.space55.org
  • PHOENIX: Too Hot to Trot Salsa Challenge 5K – Steele Indian School Park, part of 32nd annual Salsa Challenge, festival featuring the #1 condiment in the U.S., amateurs and professionals compete for the judge’s vote, attendees enjoy all the chips and salsa they can eat, allows free early admission to the Salsa Challenge with breakfast, music and your choice of beer or margarita in the Runners VIP Area, benefits The Arizona Hemophilia Association, 9 am, http://www.4peaksracing.com/
  • SCOTTSDALE: MusicaNova Collaborative Concert - Duo Braziliana - Scottsdale Presbyterian Church, singer Melanie Ohm and pianist Rúbia Santos are Duo Braziliana, known for their research and performance of Brazilian and Latin American art songs, through networking and education, the Duo recognizes composers and performers devoted to advancing Latin American cultures, donations accepted, 3 pm, http://www.musicanovaaz.com
  • SCOTTSDALE: Sunday A’Fair – Center for the Arts, features the Valley’s top entertainers, today is, a diverse selection of arts & crafts, hands-on craft activities for children, docent-guided tours of the outdoor sculptures, free, noon – 4:30 pm, 480-994-ARTS or http://www.Scottsdaleperformingarts.org
  • SCOTTSDALE: 6th Annual La Gran Fiesta – A Celebration of Latin and Hispanic Cultures – this action-packed outdoor festival showcases live Latin music and dance, arts and crafts, fun activities for families, delicious cuisine and more, La Santa Cecilia performs, noon – 4 pm, 480-499-8587 or http://www.ScottsdalePerformingArts.org
  • SCOTTSDALE: The Broadway Tenors – Highlands Church, a thrilling and moving evening of Broadway's most beloved hits, $24-70, 7:30 pm, 480-840-0457 or http://azmusicfest.org
  • SCOTTSDALE: Of Heaven and Earth - La Casa de Cristo Lutheran Church, music can set alight the human spirit, the "wonders of Heaven and Earth" are reflected in a Mass for the Ages, a unique compilation of the liturgy of the Mass as written by classical and contemporary composers, the Sonoran Desert Chorale, accompanied by organ and orchestra, performs Dan Forrest's stunning narrative on pain and loss tempered with the promise of joy and hope - Requiem for the Living, $15-18, 3 pm, 480-305-4538 or http://www.sonorandesertchorale.org
  • SCOTTSDALE: Arizona Musicfest Finale - The Australian Bee Gees – Highlands Church, celebrating the music of the Bee Gees, the look and sound of the Australian Bee Gees has confirmed their reputation as the world's leading Bee Gees tribute show, from Stayin' Alive to You Should Be Dancin', this will be a high energy disco extravaganza to bring to a close Musicfest's 25th anniversary Festival, $24-67, 7:30 pm, 480-840-0457 or http://azmusicfest.org
  • WICKENBURG: U.S. Air Force Band of the Golden West - Del E. Webb Center for the Performing Arts, comprised of 50 musicians, the band performs a wide variety of music including traditional ensemble pieces, military marches, jazz and pop arrangements and of course, patriotic music, (limit 4 tickets), free, 3 pm, 928-684-6624 or http://dewpac.org

March 8, 2016

  • PHOENIX: Winter Festival 7 - An Evening with Peter Schickele - Phoenix Art Museum, featuring Schickele: Schickele: Serenade for Three; Schickele: Cabaret songs; P.D.Q. Bach: Schleptet in E-Flat; P.D.Q. Bach: “Safe” Sextet, musicians include Ida Kavafian, Nokuthula Ngwenyama, Peter Wiley, Peter Lloyd, Anne-Marie McDermott, Stephen Hartman, Julie Feves, Allan Vogel, Janice Tipton, David Cooper, Steve Tenenbom, Peter Schickele, David Shifrin, $60, 7:30 pm, http://www.phoenixchambermusicsociety.org/
  • SCOTTSDALE: Talk Cinema - Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, sneak previews of award-winning independent and foreign films, similar to the experience that critics and industry insiders have at film festivals, selected from leading festivals by critic Harlan Jacobson, may be an indie comedy, a provocative documentary or the next breakout hit, introduced and followed by moderated conversations hosted by guest speakers, $17, 7 pm, http://scottsdaleperformingarts.org/
  • YUMA: Behind the Big Guns Tour – departs from Yuma Quartermaster Depot, an inside look at Yuma Proving Ground, $45 per person includes transportation, souvenir & lunch at YPG’s Cactus Café, advance reservations required, 800-293-0071 or 928-783-0071

March 9, 2016

  • PEORIA: Spring - Peoria Center for the Performing Arts, features Rite of Spring by Igor Stravinsky and Quintet - Jean Francaix, by Mill Ave. Chamber Music Players, $18, 7:30 pm, 623-815-7930 or http://www.theaterworks.org
  • PHOENIX: Phoenix Suns vs. New York Knicks - Talking Stick Resort Arena, presented by Casino Arizona and Talking Stick Resort, NBA game, 7 pm, http://www.suns.com
  • PHOENIX: Winter Festival 7 - Concert, wine and hors d'oeuvres at Music Pavillion- Taliesin West, featuring Ida Kavafian, Arnold Steinhardt, Miro Quartet, Steve Tenenbom, Peter Wiley; Beethoven String Trio in C minor, Op. 59, No. 3; Beethoven String Quartet; Mendelssohn Octet, $75, 6 pm reception, 7 pm concert, http://www.phoenixchambermusicsociety.org/
  • SURPRISE: 3rd Annual A Taste of Surprise – Riverboat Bingo Hall, samples local restaurants as well as barbecue grill Dutch-oven apple cobblers, a garden setting with craft beer and wine tasting, vendor booths, and entertainment from various presenters, $25, 4:30 pm, 623-229-5105 or http://www.tasteofsurprise.com

March 10-13, 2016

  • PARKER: La Paz County Fair – From Wagon Wheels to Ferris Wheels- 4-H exhibits, numerous rides, motorcross race, food, beer garden, fine arts, 4H projects, monster truck rides and much more, $15-23, 928-669-8100 http://parkerareatourism.com or http://arizonafairs.com or http://www.lapazcountyfair.org/
  • QUEEN CREEK: Roots N’ Boots Queen Creek Pro Rodeo and Family Rodeo – Horseshoe Park & Equestrian Centre, PRCA sanctioned, world-class cowboys and some of the toughest roughstock in the PRCA, family events such as greased pig contests, money calf/calf scramble, wild cow milking, calf dressing, western-themed activities, carnival rides, pony rides, Draft Horse Expo, Mounted Shooting, vendors, blacksmith displays, petting zoo, Xtreme Teen Rodeo, http://qcrodeo.org/
  • SCOTTSDALE: 16th Annual Phoenix International Sportsmen's Exposition – WestWorld, 300 exhibitors, the latest in adventure trips, hunting accessories, fishing gear and family fun, camping equipment, info about lodges, resorts, boating, seminars, contests and hands-on features, $7-15 and youth 12 and under are free, Fri-Sat 10 am - 7 pm, Sun 10 am - 5 pm, 800-545-6100 or http://www.sportsexpos.com/
  • SCOTTSDALE: 45th Annual Carousel Charity Horse Show – WestWorld of Scottsdale, Arizona’s premier multi-breed competition representing various breeds of horses showcasing horsemanship and showmanship, http://www.americansaddlebredassociationofarizona.com/
  • SEDONA: 4th Annual Sedona Yoga Festival – choose from more than 50 yoga classes, healing arts workshops and master panel talks, featuring venues and activities all over town, the Sedona Yoga Festival is inspired by Light, Love and Community and offers a venue for sharing the gifts of local and regional yoga instructors, practitioners, artists and creators, all dedicated to bringing consciousness and expansion to humanity through yoga, meditation and other healing arts, http://SedonaYogaFestival.com

March 10, 2016

  • MESA: Julliard String Quartet - Mesa Arts Center, founded in 1946, the quintessential American string Quartet was the first ensemble in the United States to play all six Bartok quartets, and its performances of Schoenberg's quartets helped establish the works of the modern string quartet literature, $30-45, 7:30 pm, http://www.mesaartscenter.com/
  • PHOENIX: Winter Festival 7 - Desert Botanical Garden, featuring Ida Kavafian, Arnold Steinhardt, Nokuthula Ngwenyama, Steve Tenenbom, David Cooper, Allan Vogel, Julie Feves, Janet Tipton, David Shifrin, Peter Wiley, Mary Pendleton-Hoffer, includes wine and hors d'oeuvres with the artists, $80, 6 pm, http://www.phoenixchambermusicsociety.org/
  • PHOENIX: Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band - 2016 The River Tour - Talking Stick Resort Arena, $59.75-154.75, 7:30 pm,http://Ticketmaster.com
  • SCOTTSDALE: Cheryse McLeod Lewis, Then Sings My Soul - Kerr Cultural Center, showcases the uplifting and inspirational history of American music, including Broadway, jazz, spirituals and art song, Lewis trained as a classical singer and performs with opera companies and symphonies across the United States, this special presentation features select songs performed with the acclaimed Saguaro High School Advanced Vocal Ensemble, $23-35, 7:30 pm, https://www.asukerr.com
  • FLAGSTAFF: Mozart and Mahler - Ardrey Memorial Auditorium, Flagstaff Symphony and Mary Howe's Stars evokes the atmospheric majesty of the dome of a starry night and Mahler's expansive Symphony No. 4 concludes with a child's vision of heaven; twins Christina and Michelle Naughton will captivate the audience with their musical unity in Mozart's Concerto for Two Pianos, 6:30 pm Conversation with the Conductor, Elizabeth Schulze, 7:30 pm concert, http://flagstaffsymphony.org/

March 11-13, 2016

  • APACHE JUNCTION: Magic of Mexican Artistry - Superstition Mountain Museum, Mata Ortiz pottery pit firing demonstrations each day, Oaxacan woodcarving demonstrations, Zapotec weaving, Taxco silver jewelry, trunk showings and sales, free admission, 9 am - 4 pm, 480-983-4888 or http://www.superstitionmountainmuseum.org
  • AVONDALE: Camping World 500 - Phoenix International Raceway, PIR’s spring event weekend, headlined by the Camping World 500 featuring the stars of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, 866-408-7223 or http://www.phoenixraceway.com
  • CHANDLER: 28th Annual Ostrich Festival - Tumbleweed Regional Park, ostrich races, carnival rides, live headline entertainment each day and the Music Coop showcasing local community performing groups and bands, exotic petting zoo, camel and pony rides, Kidzone, arts & crafts vendors, $7-10, general admission Fri. 2 pm - midnight, Sat 10 am - midnight, Sun 10 am - 11 pm, 480-963-4571 orhttp://www.ostrichfestival.com
  • FOUNTAIN HILLS: 12th Annual Fountain Hills Fine Art & Wine Affaire - Avenue of the Fountains, features more than 150 artists displaying paintings, bronzes, stone, clay, copper, wood and mixed media sculptures, pottery, photography, jewelry and more, live musical entertainment, wine tasting, gourmet food and chocolates, $3, 10 am - 5 pm, 480-837-5637 or http://www.thunderbirdartists.com
  • PHOENIX: Pops 7 – The Gershwin Experience: Here to Stay – Symphony Hall, multi-media concert celebrating the genius of George and Ira Gershwin, with hits and favorites, featuring leading Grammy award-winning soprano Lisa Vroman and tap dancing sensation Ryan VanDemBoom, this Phoenix Symphony event also showcases rare audio and video footage, family photos and elegant, state-of-the-art visuals of the Gershwin’s, 7:30 & 2 pm, 602-495-1999 or http://phoenixsymphony.org
  • PHOENIX: 13th Annual McDowell Mountain Music Festival – Margaret T. Hance Park, eclectic music festival with a unique mixture of musical acts including bluegrass, reggae, jazz, and rock, as well as local band representation, food trucks, Kid's Zone, vendor marketplace, and beer garden, 100% of proceeds go to three local charities, $45-200, noon - 11 pm, 602-343-0453 or http://www.mmmf.net
  • SCOTTSDALE: 46th Annual Scottsdale Arts Festival 2016 – Civic Center Mall, one of the top festivals in the nation, celebration of visual, performing and culinary arts, 200 jury-selected artists from the U.S. and Canada, continuous live music and entertainment on two stages, local gourmet food trucks, creative activities for kids, an interactive art installation by Scottsdale Public Art, $10, under 12 free, Fri-Sat 10 am - 6 pm, Sun 10 am - 5 pm, http://www.scottsdaleartsfestival.org
  • SUPERIOR: 28th Annual Apache Leap Mining Festival – Main St., mining competitions, Chihuahua race, carnival, parade and continuous live entertainment, panning for "copper", handmade crafts market, art walk, historic speakers, Saturday night street dance and beer garden, food, vendors, free, 520-689-0200 or http://www.superiorarizonachamber.org

March 11, 2016

  • PHOENIX: Music in the Garden Spring Concert Series – Desert Botanical Garden, featuring, advance purchase recommended, $20-25, additional dinner is also available, doors open at 5:30 pm, concert at 7 pm, must be age 21+, 480-481-8188 or http://www.dbg.org/music
  • PHOENIX: The Late-Night Series - S&M Comedy Hour - Space 55, thematic riffs on the absurdity of life, annoyances both large and small, with a generous amount of disregard for authority, Space 55 is the cutting edge theater in downtown Phoenix, $5, 10:30 pm, http://www.space55.org
  • SCOTTSDALE: Winter Festival 7 - ASU Kerr Cultural Center, featuring Ida Kavafian, Anne-Marie McDermott, Steve Tenenbom, Peter Wiley, David Shifrin, David Cooper, Arnold Steinhardt, Dvorak Sonatina for Violin and Piano in a program of Dohnanyi Sextet and Brahms Piano Quintet, $50, 7 pm, http://www.phoenixchambermusicsociety.org/

March 12-13, 2016

  • ANTHEM: 17th Annual Anthem Days – Anthem Community Park, business expo, Eggstravaganza Egg Hunt, arts & crafts, live musical entertainment, Frazier Shows Carnival, salsa contest, fishing with the Arizona Game & Fish Dept., food court with beer garden, kid zone with inflatables, free, 10 am – 4 pm, http://www.onlineatanthem.com
  • CASA GRANDE: 10th Annual Casa Grande Fine Art Explosion – Peart Park, sponsored by the Casa Grande Valley Fine Arts Association, more than 70 fine artists from throughout the southwest, also music streaming through the majestic century old eucalyptus trees all weekend, Sat 9 am – 5 pm, Sun 9 am – 4 pm, 520-705-1343 or http://www.southwesternpremierartists.com
  • LAKE HAVASU CITY: 37th Annual Art at the Lake Spring Art Show –– Aquatic Center, judged and juried show & sale of fine arts and fine crafts, free, Sat 9 am – 5 pm, Sun 10 am – 2 pm, 928-855-2291 or http://www.golakehavasu.com/events/details/1747
  • PHOENIX: 39th Annual Small World Miniature Doll House Show & Sale - ASU West, exhibits from AZ residents, sale of furniture, accessories, dolls from artisans from throughout the U.S. & Canada, door prizes, make and take miniature projects, raffle for local charities, $2-5, Sat 10 am - 5 pm, Sun 10 am - 4 pm, 480-488-7074 or http://www.phoenixminiatures.com
  • ROOSEVELT: Heritage Days - Tonto National Monument, includes various prehistoric technology demonstrations, Native American dancers, and several species of live animals native to Arizona; visitors may hike to the Lower Cliff Dwelling or to the Upper Cliff Dwelling which is normally available only on ranger-guided tours and requires an advance reservation; fee free event, http://nps.gov/tont/
  • TEMPE: 22nd Annual Aloha Festival – Tempe Town Lake, a celebration of Hawaiian culture featuring music, entertainment, island crafts, games for the entire family plus Hawaiian foods, free, 10 am – 5 pm, 602-697-1824 or http://www.azalohafest.org
  • WICKENBURG: Arizona Junior Rodeo & Reunion – Everett Bowman Rodeo Grounds, junior rodeo as well as reunion of 100 alumni which includes displays of history and pictures of yesteryear, free, 9 am – 3 pm, http://www.arizonajuniorrodeo.com
  • WICKENBURG: Always...Patsy Cline - Del E. Webb Center for the Performing Arts, featuring nearly 30 songs from the Patsy Cline songbook include "Crazy," I Fall to Pieces," and "Walking After Midnight," this musical play stars Carter Calvert as Patsy Cline and Sally Struthers as the Houston housewife who shaped Patsy's career, $40-60, 7:30 & 3 pm, 928-684-6624 or http://dewpac.org

March 12, 2016

  • 12 ANTHEM: 10th Annual Emma’s Run 5K – Boulder Creek H.S., 5K and 10K, introducing the Daisy Mountain Half Marathon, with a route to showcase the best Anthem offers, rolling through the country club, trail system and smooth roads The Daisy Mountain Half Marathon is sure to be a hit, come for the run, stay for the Anthem Days carnival, benefits We Care of Anthem and DVUSD Community of Caring, expo, raffle, awards, refreshments, $25-85, http://4peaksracing.com/
  • FOUNTAIN HILLS: 14th Annual Kite Flying Festival (Basant Mela) – Fountain Park, by Pakistan Information Cultural Organization, kites are of different shapes and sizes and are tied with specially made thread called "Doore" special arrangements have been made this year to get customized kites for the event from Pakistan, free, 11 am – 5 pm, 623 570-9526 or http://www.pakistaninformation.org
  • GILBERT: Gilbert Peeps 5K and 1K Family Fun Run – Christ’s Greenfield Lutheran Church, 5K run, 1K fun run/walk, includes carnival games, egg hunt, silent auction, 8:45 am, https://www.facebook.com/GilbertPeeps5k?ref=hl
  • GILBERT: Salute a Soldier 5K – Freestone Park, also a one mile walk, prizes for 10 year age categories, raffle drawings, a chip timed race, families and all ages encouraged, $25-40, 7:15 am, https://www.getsetusa.com/
  • GLENDALE: 6th Annual Kiss Me I’m Irish Run – Westgate City Center, a 17K 8K or 4K run/walk and “Irish” k for kids, on a flat scenic race course along the greenbelt beside Skunk Creek, leashed pets welcome, chocolate kisses and Irish music at the finish line, green t-shirts for all pre-registrants, medals for top finishers, prizes, supports prostate cancer, $35-50, 7 am start, 480-609-3978 or http://www.irishrunaz.com
  • LAKE HAVASU CITY: 10th Annual Geo-Cache Desert Bash & Star Party – Cattail Cove State Park, attendees should bring their GPS unit, treasure hunt to find more than 20 geocache sites, 10 am – 2 pm, a star party later at 7 pm, $15, 928-855-1223 or http://AZStateParks.com
  • MESA: 29th Anniversary – A Night in the 40’s Big Band Dance and USO Show – CAF Aircraft Museum, features a WWII 1940’s musical show followed by a Big Band Orchestra playing sounds of the era to dancing men and women dressed in the period, in the shadow of the vintage B-17, 4:15 pm, a contest for the best dressed 1940’s costume, and a swing dance contest, $35-40, 4:30 pm, 480-924-1940 orhttp://www.BigBandDance.com
  • MESA: Survivor Mud Run Phoenix – ET MotoPark, test your ability to run, climb, jump, crawl, & muscle your way through the most extreme 5k Mud Run created, conquer whatever obstacles get in your way and test your all around toughness, strength, stamina, fitness, and mental determination, 3.17 miles, then celebrate with friends, food, music, beer, and a muddy fist in the air, $47-68, 9 am, http://survivormudrun.com
  • MESA: The Screwtape Letters - Mesa Arts Center, National Tour of this provocative and wickedly funny theatrical adaptation of the C.S. Lewis novel about spiritual warfare from a demon’s point of view, $25-55, 4 & 8 pm, http://www.mesaartscenter.com/
  • PHOENIX: 33rd Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade & Irish Family Faire - 3rd Street Virginia to Margaret T. Hance Park, parade at 10 am with pipe bands, marching bands, floats, Irish step dancers, Faire follows parade until 6 pm, $10, 2 stages of Irish music and dancers, crafts, genealogy, Irish clubs, kids area, 602-280-9221 or http://www.phxirish.org
  • PHOENIX: Run to Fight Children’s Cancer – Grand Canyon University, 10K/5K & Cancer Survivors Walk to benefit Children’s Cancer Network, 6 am, 602-234-3460 or http://www.runtofightcancer.com
  • PHOENIX: Viva Phoenix “A Downtown Music Festival” – featuring 90 bands in 20 venues throughout Downtown Phoenix, $25,http://www.vivaphx.com/
  • PHOENIX: 16th Annual Ancient Technology Day - Pueblo Grande Museum, hands-on experience, try throwing an atlatl (spear), create a petroglyph, weave your own cloth, and try roasted agave slow-cooked the traditional way in an earthen oven, artists demonstrate how Hohokam people created various technologies, such as flintknapping (making of arrowheads), pottery, shell and stone jewelry, weaving and more, free, 9 am – 3 pm, 602-495-0901 or http://www.pueblogrande.com
  • SEDONA: 46th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade & Festival – along Jordan Road, parade at 10:30 am, the free festival follows with live entertainment, free children’s and family activities, food and a beer garden until 3 pm, presented by Sedona Main Street Program, NAU Parks and Recreation Program and Sedona Green Team, http://www.sedonamainstreet.com
  • WELLTON: Wellton Library Arts and Crafts Show – Wellton Library, during the show artists will demonstrate their art form so attendees can see how the items they sell are created, also food, music, door prizes, free, 10 am – 4 pm, http://www.yumapotpourriartists.org/
  • YUMA: Color in Motion 5K - Yuma - West Wetlands Park, as you sprint, jog, waddle, or leisurely stroll along you will be bombarded with bright colors that transform a group of ordinary runners into a moving rainbow, https://www.getsetusa.com/

March 13, 2016

  • APACHE JUNCTION: Bike Ride Arizona: Road-Mountain-Road - Prospector Park, on a scenic point-to-point course during Spring, some of the most gorgeous AZ scenery combining road and mountain bikes, 6:30 am, https://www.getsetusa.com
  • CAREFREE: Carefree Sunday Concert Series - Sanderson Lincoln Pavilion, featuring Western Fusion, free, 1-3 pm,http://www.visitcarefree.com
  • FOUNTAIN HILLS: St. Patrick’s Day Festival – Fountain Park, the world famous fountain turns emerald green at 1 pm, food, fun, and music will all be part of this family-friendly event, $5, 10 am – 5 pm, http://www.experiencefountainhills.org/
  • LITCHFIELD PARK: Arts in the Park Concert Series – The Wigwam front lawn, featuring, free, 4-6 pm, 623-935-9040 o rhttp://www.litchfield-park.org
  • PEORIA: City of Peoria Water Slide Adult & Youth Reverse Sprint Triathlon & Duathlon – Sunrise Pool, MINI TRI: Adults: 225 yd. swim, 9.0 mi bike, 1.5 mi Run; MAXI TRI: 425 yd. swim, 12 mi bike,3.1 mi run; Youth Reverse Tri: 1/2mi. run , 3 mi. bike, swim 100 yd; MAXI DU Adults: 1/2 mi. run, 12 mi. bike, 3.1 mi. run; Adult two or three person Tri-Relay: Same distances as Maxi Tri Individual, 6 am, http://www.getsetusa.com/
  • PHOENIX: Bolshoi Ballet Series - The Taming of the Shrew - Phoenix Art Museum, Whiteman Hall, on the big screen, many suitors dream of marrying the lovely and docile Bianca, including Luciento, however, her father will not let anyone marry her before her elder sister, the ill-tempered shrew Katharina, is herself married, $15-18, 602-257-1880 or http://phxart.org
  • PHOENIX: The Rides of March - Space 55, Space 55 goes outside on an interactive bike tour of scenes inspired by great moments of Shakespeare, Space 55 is the cutting edge theater in downtown Phoenix, $10-15, http://www.space55.org
  • SCOTTSDALE: 12th Annual Run for Ryan House – DC Ranch, coursing through the McDowell Mountain foothills and wrapped by inspiring mountain and Valley views, the Run has something for every level of runner in your family: a Half Marathon, 10K, 5K and 1-Mile Family Fun Run, 7 am, 480-342-7178 or 480-538-3540 or http://www.getsetaz.com or http://www.runforryanhouse.com/

March 14, 2016

  • PEORIA: December '63: The Jersey Boys Tribute - Arizona Broadway Theatre, music of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons comes to life in this one-of-a-kind concert experience, 623-776-8400 or http://azbroadway.org/
  • PHOENIX: Phoenix Suns vs. Minnesota Timberwolves - Talking Stick Resort Arena, presented by Casino Arizona and Talking Stick Resort, NBA game, 7 pm, http://www.suns.com
  • TEMPE: Guest Artist Series: The Saar Trio - Katzin Concert Hall, the Saar Trio was founded at the Saarburger Serenaden Music festival in 2014 and performs mixed chamber music for oboe, bassoon and piano, oboist Theresa Delaplain and bassoonist Lia Uribe join collaborative pianist Andrew Campbell in a diverse program featuring colorful trios by Poulenc and Previn and arrangements of tangos by Piazzolla, $5-9,7:30 pm, https://asuevents.asu.edu/

March 16-20, 2016

March 17, 2016

  • MESA: Peter Yarrow and Noel Paul Stookey of Peter, Paul and Mary - Mesa Arts Center, legendary folk singers Peter Yarrow and Noel Paul Stookey celebrate the music of Peter, Paul and Mary, $40-55, 7:30 pm, http://www.mesaartscenter.com/
  • PHOENIX: Songs for our Heroes Concert Series - Steele Indian School Park, comprised of young singers from around the Valley, the choir will perform patriotic and popular songs, new works as well as showcase repertoire from their upcoming concerts, these concerts are offered free of charge to the general public as well as past and present military and their families, free, 6 pm, http://www.boyschoir.org/
  • SCOTTSDALE: Shamrock Run – Old Town Scottsdale, get your green on and welcome spring to the Valley of the Sun with a 5K or 10K, work up a thirst and enjoy a complimentary cold one at the onsite beer garden, technical t-shirts for all participants, 5:30 pm, http://www.4peaksracing.com/
  • SCOTTSDALE: Cherish the Ladies - Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, taking their name from a traditional Irish jig, the first and only all-women traditional Irish band, blend of virtuoso instrumental talents, vocals, arrangements and stunning step-dancing, combines all the facets of Irish traditional culture in a humorous and entertaining package, $29-59, 7:30 pm, http://www.scottsdaleperformingarts.org/
  • TEMPE: Chamber Music Showcase Recital - Katzin Concert Hall, join the School of Music for an evening of chamber music performed by student ensembles, free, 7:30 pm, https://asuevents.asu.edu/
  • TEMPE: Rhythmic Variations - Evelyn Smith Music Theatre, the ASU percussion ensembles join forces to present an evening of music from around the globe, percussion area ensembles include the Pan Devils Steel Band, Contemporary Percussion Ensemble, African Drum Ensemble, Percussion Jazz Ensemble, and the ASU Drum Circle, free, 7:30 pm, https://asuevents.asu.edu/
  • WICKENBURG: Rita Rudner - Del E. Webb Center for the Performing Arts, veteran comedienne Rita Rudner brings her sparkling wit, keen observations and genius one-liners to every family friendly performance – one of the reasons she is the longest running solo comedy headliner in Las Vegas history, $40-50, 7:30 pm, 928-684-6624 or http://dewpac.org

March 18-19, 2016

  • COTTONWOOD: Arizona Flywheelers – Verde Valley Fair Grounds, tractor and engine show, 928-282-7626 orhttp://www.arizonaflywheelers.com/
  • MESA: Spark! – Mesa Arts Center, let your imagination run wild and free at this one-of-a-kind festival celebrating the arts, innovation and boundless creativity, a free, five-day event with opportunities to enter fun and engaging environments, enjoy and make music, create art, manipulate interactive art, and experience all things creative, new this year, spark! After Dark will extend the festival to 10 pm on Friday and Saturday evenings, and will offer interactive and projection art, fire performances, a DJ and more, http://www.mesaartscenter.com/index.php/events/free-events/spark
  • PHOENIX: Classics Seven – Haydn’s “Nelsonmesse” – Symphony Hall, Haydn’s composition transports listeners from the greatest depths of despair to joy in this masterpiece, also featuring young American composer, Magiya by Sean Shephard, a complex fanfare full of urgency and drive, and includes the exciting Variaciones concertantes by Ginastera featuring multiple virtuosic solos and Phoenix Symphony Chorus, 11 am & 7:30 pm, 602-495-1999 or http://phoenixsymphony.org
  • QUARTZSITE: Rock Fiesta - Desert Garden Showgrounds, a new music spectacular, features the best Latino rock lineup in U.S. live music history, a giant water slide, Hector & Pedro's Western Saloon, a varied array of Latino DJs from around the Southwest, food, vendor village with merchandise, arts and crafts, http://www.rockfiesta.com

March 18-20, 2016

  • CAREFREE: 15th Annual Sonoran Arts League Festival of Fine Art – Stagecoach Village, a juried show which features 150 local and nationally-acclaimed artists with a variety of work from traditional to contemporary and everything in between, live music, food and artist demonstrations, and a farmers market, free, 10 am – 5 pm, 480-575-6624 or http://www.sonoranartsleague.org/
  • CAREFREE: Easy Street Arts Festival - one of the largest open air fine art venues in the Southwest, featuring more than 150 local and nationally acclaimed artists, highlights include wine tasting, artists demonstrations, live musical performances and local cuisine, free, 10 am - 5 pm, http://vermillionpromotions.com/festivals/15th-SFFA.php
  • LAKE HAVASU CITY: 34th Annual Home Show – The Shops at Lake Havasu, 23,000 sf filled with vendors showcasing state-of-the-art products for indoor and outdoor home use, furnishings, art work, flooring, insulation, HVAC, security systems, windows, doors, more, food vendors, free parking, free entry, Friday 3-7 pm, Saturday 9 am - 5 pm, Sunday 9 am - 3 pm, 928-453-7755 orhttp://www.golakehavasu.com/events/details/502/
  • LAKE HAVASU CITY: World Off-Road Championship Series: Super Event Weekend - Crazy Horse Campgrounds, WORCS racing to crown the best amateur and professional off-road riders in the United States on both motorcycles and ATV’s, riders conquer lagoon jumps, hard-core turns and a tough race course along the shores of Lake Havasu, 435-635-1597 or http://www.golakehavasu.com/events/details/1391/
  • PEORIA: 18th Annual Bill Luke Bass Days 2016 – Lake Pleasant, 6 weigh-in daily, 7 payouts per hour, Xterra Mountain Bike Race, desert trail run, carp bow fishing, kids events, wildlife exhibits, live music by Mogollon Band, http://www.billlukebassdays.com/
  • SEDONA: Oak Creek Arts & Crafts Shows – Sedona’s Village of Oak Creek, in the Red Rock Country of Sedona, located on scenic Highway 179, take home your own personal piece of the Southwest, free, 9 am – 6 pm, 760-985-7773 or http://oakcreekartsandcraftsshows.com
  • WICKENBURG: 11th Annual Cowgirl Up! Art from the other Half of the West Invitational Exhibition & Sale – Desert Caballeros Western Museum, opening weekend includes artists’ & patrons’ party, bash ‘n bid gala, chuck wagon breakfast and artists’ quick draw and auction, exhibit continues through May 9, 928-684-2272 or http://www.westernmuseum.org/Cowgirl-Up.aspx

March 18, 2016

  • CHANDLER: Rita Rudner - Chandler Center for the Arts, one of the country's top comediennes and a New York Times best-selling author, also an award-winning television personality, screenwriter, playwright, Broadway dancer and actress, $38-58, 7:30 pm, http://chandlercenter.org/
  • PHOENIX: Music in the Garden Spring Concert Series – Desert Botanical Garden, featuring, advance purchase recommended, $20-25, additional dinner is also available, doors open at 5:30 pm, concert at 7 pm, must be age 21+, 480-481-8188 or http://www.dbg.org/music
  • SCOTTSDALE: Pinnacle Concert Series - December ’63: The Music of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons - Pinnacle Presbyterian Church, the music of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons comes to life in this toe-tapping concert, $27-45, 7:30 pm, http://www.pinnacleconcerts.com

Weekend of March 19-20, 2016

  • COTTONWOOD: Annual Cottonwood Jewelry, Gem & Mineral Show - Mingus Union High School, unique and interesting mineral specimens, crystals, gemstones, jewelry, findings, beads, fossils, cutting material and lapidary equipment at competitive prices, gem and mineral vendors will have specimens on display in both the rough and cut-and-polished states, $3 and children under 12 free with an adult, Sat 10 am – 5 pm, Sun 10 am – 4 pm, 928-554-4615
  • GLENDALE: Heritage/Folk Festival – Sahuaro Historical Park, 150 performers from folk and bluegrass music to cowboy poetry and storytelling, historic site tours, blacksmith demonstrations, children’s stage/activity area and workshops by accomplished entertainers, country, blues, cowboy, old-time & Celtic music, storytelling, workshops, jam sessions, free, 10 am - 2 pm, 623-930-4200 or http://glendaleaz.com
  • GLENDALE: Luke Days - Luke Air Force Base, free, http://www.luke.af.mil/news/story.asp?id=123447357
  • PHOENIX: 52nd Annual Arizona Scottish Highland Games – Steele Indian School Park, competition, demonstrations, Highland dancers, ancient athletic events, children's games, clan booths, food, artifact & clothing vendors & reenactment groups, massed pipes & drums, $5-15, 7:30 am - 5 pm, 602-431-0095 or http://www.arizonascots.com
  • PICHACO PEAK: Civil War in the Southwest – Picacho Peak State Park, a historical re-enactment of Arizona's only Civil War battle, the Battle of Picacho Pass on April 15, 1862, featuring more than 200 re-enactors on foot and horseback, battle reenactments, recreated military camps, living history demonstrations and period vendors, 520-466-3183 or http://www.azparks.gov/Parks/parkhtml/picacho.html
  • PHOENIX: Spring Plant Sale Festival – Desert Botanical Garden, desert-adapted plants, garden volunteers, horticulturists and professional landscape designers on hand to answer questions and offer advice, free, Sat 7 am – 5 pm, Sun 9 am – 5 pm, 480-941-1225 or http://www.dbg.org
  • PHOENIX: 28th Annual Artlink Art Detour – downtown, art event featuring self-guided tours of more than 100 artist studios, galleries and other venues, as well as performances and activities, a Kids Detour comprised of family-friendly activities, pop-up galleries and docent-guided hop-on-hop-off shuttles, free, 11 am – 5 pm, 602-256-7539 or http://artlinkphoenix.com/art-detour
  • TEMPE: 13th Annual Arizona Dragon Boat Festival – Tempe Town Lake Marina, 50 dragon boat racing teams from all over the world are expected to participate, 40-foot-long rowing canoes, 20 paddlers, one steersperson & a drummer in a 500-meter race, features competitive and recreational dragon boat races, vendors, and Asian and Pacific inspired talented entertainment, free, 9 am – 4 pm, http://www.azdba.com

March 19, 2016

  • Arizona Elk Society 15th Annual Banquet. William of Malmesbury's eccentric interpretation of the relationship between the fundamental principle of the proper-name effect and the renunciation of 'high' culture demands a break with the organization of 'the book' as we know it. Mesa, Ariz.
  • CHANDLER: 7th Annual Great American BBQ & Beer Festival –Downtown Chandler, one of Arizona’s largest BBQs featuring more than 20,000 lbs of finger licking BBQ from nearly 50 BBQ vendors, with 300 kegs of ice cold craft beer, more than a dozen bands including national acts and family friendly entertainment on two stages, kids zone, eating competitions, a farmer’s market, a March Madness lounge and more, $10, noon-8 pm, http://www.chandlerbbq.com
  • CLARKDALE: 7th Annual Historic Building and Homes Tour – Clarkdale Historical Society and Museum, historic homes in Upper and Lower Clarkdale, also a historic re-enactment of the Clarkdale Bank Robbery of 1928 complete with gunfire, a getaway car, one fatality, a chase on foot and the capture of Earl Nelson aka Joe Stanley a notorious bank robber from OK, see the packet watch that stopped a bullet, $20, 9 am – 3 pm, 928-649-1198
  • FLORENCE: Anthem Merrill Ranch Triathlon - Merrill Ranch Community Center , whether you are a seasoned racer looking to dust off the holiday cobwebs or a first time triathlete wanting to take the plunge, this is the race for you, a 400yd heated pool swim, a fast 12 mile course and a run to the finish, http://www.getsetusa.com/arizona/calendar.php
  • GILBERT: Gilbert Art Walk – Water Tower Park, fine unique items such as woodworking, photography, ceramics, one-of-a-kind custom jewelry, original paintings, handmade wearable items, soaps and more, also live entertainment and a family arts & crafts area, free, 9 am – 1 pm, 480-329-9619 or http://gilbertartwalk.com
  • GILBERT: Ka-POW! Superhero Adventure Run – Freestone Park, come dressed as your favorite superhero, fun and challenging obstacles, 1-mile “Wolverine” adventure run with 6-7 obstacles or the 2.4 miles “Superman” adventure run with 9-10 obstacles, then visit “Gotham City” for participant awards, Superhero costume awards, Superhero guest appearances, DJ music, finish line refreshments, “Flash” Dash run, 8 am, 480-503-6235 or http://www.gilbertaz.gov
  • LAKE HAVASU CITY: Havasu Rock’N’Brews - Lake Havasu State Park – Lot 4, lakeside craft beer festival featuring over 40 craft brews on tap, live music, and ’Kings of the Corn-Hole’ Tournament, $30 (over 21 only), 2-6 pm, 928-232-0145 orhttp://www.golakehavasu.com/events/details/1654/
  • LAKE HAVASU CITY: 13th Annual Havasu Triathlon – Lake Havasu State Park, Lot 4, oldest triathlon in Lake Havasu City, Olympic triathlon - swim 1500 m, bike 40K, run 10K; Sprint triathlon – swim 500m, bike 20K, run 5K, 7:30 am, 928-214-0456 or http://golakehavasu.com/events/details/111
  • MESA: MACFest – Downtown Mesa, featuring creations from local artists, food, live music, free, 10 am – 4 pm, 480-644-6500 orhttp://www.macfestmesa.com
  • MONUMENT VALLEY: Monument Valley Ultras – 100 mile, 50 mile and 50K runs, vibrant colors and dramatic shadows along the valley floor gives you a sense of becoming “in tune” with nature, running becomes less of an activity and more of an intrinsic way in which to absorb the landscape, share the experience as we wander and wind our way around the majestic towers and entwine Navajo culture into our event, will leave you with a new understanding and respect for the natural environment and appreciation for the Navajo lifestyle, http://ultra-adventures.com/
  • PEORIA: Stargazing Event – Desert Outdoor Center, learn about the constellations, planets, star clusters and nebulas as you peer through large telescopes and enjoy stories about the night sky, youth activities, live animal hall, hamburgers and hot dogs, $6/vehicle, 6:30-9 pm, presentation at 7:30 pm, 602-372-7470 or http://www.maricopa.gov/parks/doc
  • PEORIA: Peoria Cactus Dash Trail Run – Lake Pleasant, gives runners the opportunity to run off road while have spectacular views of Lake Pleasant, 9 am, http://www.peoriaaz.gov/NewSecondary.aspx?id=73247
  • PHOENIX: Phoenix Start! Heart Walk – Tempe Beach Park, a 5K or one-mile noncompetitive fundraising followed by a Heart Healthy Festival, health screenings, interactive and educational booths, live band, kid’s games, celebrity appearances, free, 8 am – noon, 602-414-5320 or http://www.PhoenixHeartWalk.org
  • PHOENIX: Annual American Indian Art & Artifacts Appraisal Day – Heard Museum, art dealers will examine visitors Native American artwork and cultural materials for one day only, (not for insurance purposes, but for educational information), $30 for the first item, $25 for the second item, $20 for the third and subsequent item(s), (limit 10 items per person, please), 10 am – 2 pm, 602-252-8840 orhttp://www.heard.org
  • PHOENIX: 98KUPD Presents UFEST 2016 - Disturbed - Ak-Chin Pavilion, 4 pm, http://concerts.livenation.com
  • PHOENIX: The Late-Night Series - The Revival - Space 55, Denizens of The Torch Theatre return to Space 55 with long-form improv, each show features a hosting troupe, a guest trope and a special guest comedian, Space 55 is the cutting edge theater in downtown Phoenix, $5, 10:30 pm, http://www.space55.org
  • PRESCOTT: 5-0 5K - Embry Riddle, a fun, family oriented event created with the sole purpose to support law enforcement and what they provide for our communities, public safety demos, a bounce house, course is paved through the University campus, includes some hilly terrain, food, 10 am, http://www.getsetusa.com/arizona/calendar.php
  • QUEEN CREEK: Queen Creek 5 presented by Sun the Sun Foundation for Skin Cancer Prevention - Desert Mountain Park, a 5miler, a 5k & a .5mile kids' dash, at one of Queen Creek's premiere parks on the multi-use trail system, stick around for the Queen Creek Spring Festival immediately after the race--fun for the whole family, the first 500 to register for the 5mile/5K and the first 200 for the kid's dash will earn a finisher's medal, http://www.getsetusa.com/arizona/calendar.php
  • QUEEN CREEK: 6th Annual Over the Hill Gang Classic Car Show - Schnepf Farms, showing Hot Rods, Custom, Muscle, Classics, raffle, music, vote your favorite car, benefits Hospice of the Valley, free, 8 am – 3 pm, http://www.schnepffarms.com
  • SCOTTSDALE: John Pizzarelli & Jessica Molaskey - Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, world-renowned guitarist and singer has merged a variety of musical styles into a single distinctive signature sound that is an entertaining convergence of jazz, swing, American Songbook, pop, bossa nova and more, $29-59, 8 pm, http://www.scottsdaleperformingarts.org/
  • SUN CITY WEST: 16th Annual Spring Arts and Crafts Fair – R.H. Johnson Complex, indoor and outside displays of thousands of one-of-a-kind, top-quality arts and crafts including fine jewelry, clothing, household goods, wooden treasures, metal sculptures, clay, ceramics, art, photography, stained glass, beadwork, quilts, baskets, porcelain, copper enamel and more, free, 8 am – 3 pm, http://suncitywest.comor or http://scwaz.com/arts-crafts-fair-returns-in-march/
  • TEMPE: 12th Annual Catch-A-Wave Car Show – Kiwanis Park, presented by Kiwanis Nuevo Tempe, benefits the East valley Boys and Girls Club, free to public, $40 per vehicle to show, 10 am – 2 pm, http://www.kiwanisnuevo.org

March 20, 2016

  • PHOENIX: The Late-Night Series - The Storrs Objection - Space 55, Featuring Matt Storrs and guest referees aggressively, vigorously fact-checking comedy as it happens. Amplification of hilarity ensues, to the comics' chagrin, $5, 10:30 pm, http://www.space55.org
  • CHANDLER: The Easter Bunny is making an egg-citing return to Chandler for the City’s annual Family Easter Celebration. Come out to the Snedigar Sportsplex at 9:00am.
  • SCOTTSDALE: Sunday A’Fair – Center for the Arts, features the Valley’s top entertainers, today is, a diverse selection of arts & crafts, hands-on craft activities for children, docent-guided tours of the outdoor sculptures, free, noon – 4:30 pm, 480-994-ARTS or http://www.Scottsdaleperformingarts.org
  • SCOTTSDALE: Angela Hewitt - Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, one of the world's leading pianists, featuring Schuber: Moments Musicaux, Op. 94; Beethoven: Sonata No. 17 in D Minor, Op. 31, No. 2, The Tempest; Haydn: Fantasia in C Major, Hob. XVII/4; Scarlatti: Sonatas; Albeniz: Suite espanola (Nos. 3, 5, 7); Falla: Fantasia Betica, $29-59, 7:30 pm, http://www.scottsdaleperformingarts.org/
  • SCOTTSDALE: MusicaNova Collaborative Concert - The Steel Island Band Caribbean Music - Scottsdale Presbyterian Church, J. T.'s Island Steel Band, with players versed in instruments from classical violin to jazz piano, create the joyous calypso sound from the islands of the Caribbean, come listen, then sit in with the band on a steel drum, donations accepted, 3 pm, http://www.musicanovaaz.com
  • TEMPE: Sonoran Chamber Music Series Concert 3 - Katzin Concert Hall, enjoy an afternoon of romantic chamber music at this third installment in the Sonoran Chamber Music Concert Series, $8-22, 2 pm, https://asuevents.asu.edu/
  • TEMPE: Organ Series: North Meets South, Musical Treasures by German Baroque and Italian Renaissance Masters, Renee Anne Louprette Organ - Organ Hall, New York organist Renée Anne Louprette plays works by Buxtehude, Böhm, Merulo, Cavazzoni, Trabaci, De Macque and J. S. Bach, $12-22, 2:30 pm, https://asuevents.asu.edu/
  • TEMPE: 2nd Annual UCP’s Fun, Run, Walk and Roll – Kiwanis Park, 5K run and 1 mile walk, supports United Cerebral Palsy, includes custom event medal and dri-fit tech T-shirt, awards, pre- and post-race runner's brunch, http://getsetusa.com/

March 21, 2016

  • PHOENIX: Phoenix Suns vs. Memphis Grizzlies - Talking Stick Resort Arena, presented by Casino Arizona and Talking Stick Resort, NBA game, 7 pm, http://www.suns.com
  • : Dream Lover: The Music of Bobby Darin - Arizona Broadway Theatre, starring Robert Shaw with a swingin' six-piece band, this production captures Bobby Darin's unique spirit and musical versatility, features signature chart-toppers from the early days, 623-776-8400 orhttp://azbroadway.org/
  • SCOTTSDALE: ASU Concerts at the Center: What's New? - Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, enjoy an unusual variety of aesthetics and fresh perspectives as living composers discuss their work and celebrate spring with a concert of new music hosted by ASU composer James DeMars, $, 7:30 pm, http://herbergerinstitute.asu.edu/events/current.php
  • TEMPE: Guest Artist Series: Horn Tuba Duo- Katzin Concert Hall, University of Nevada faculty members DeAunn Davis, horn and Adam Snider, tuba perform a recital of original works for horn and tuba plus solo works, free, 5 pm, http://herbergerinstitute.asu.edu/events/current.php

March 22, 2016

  • MESA: Igudesman and Joo: And Now Mozart - Mesa Arts Center, two classical musicians, enjoy their unique and hilarious theatrical show blending comedy with classical music and popular culture, $30-45, 7:30 pm, http://www.mesaartscenter.com/
  • TEMPE: Performance with a View Series: Violin Studio E435, Students of Danwen Jiang- Tempe Center for the Arts, featuring performances by the outstanding violin students of ASU professor Danwen Jiang, free, 10 am, http://herbergerinstitute.asu.edu/events/current.php
  • YUMA: Savor Yuma Culinary Quest Tour – a progressive dinner spotlighting Yuma’s best, $50 per person includes transportation, food and two "adult beverages," advance reservations required, 800-293-0071 or 928-783-0071 or http://www.visityuma.com/yvb_tours.html

March 23, 2016

  • PHOENIX: Phoenix Suns vs. L.A. Lakers - Talking Stick Resort Arena, presented by Casino Arizona and Talking Stick Resort, NBA game, 7 pm, http://www.suns.com
    23 TUCSON: Igudesman & Joo - Centennial Hall, classical music meets slapstick comedy, Aleksey Igudesman, violin and Hyung-ki Joo, piano are two classical musicians who have taken the world by storm with their unique and hilarious theatrical shows, combining comedy with classical music and popular culture, 7 pm, http://uapresents.org/jooFriday, March 25, 2016
  • Classic rock icon Alan Parsons takes his Alan Parsons Live Project 2016 tour to select cities around the globe including the Valley’s historic Celebrity Theatre

Saturday, March 26, 2016

March 25, 2016

  • PHOENIX: Music in the Garden Spring Concert Series – Desert Botanical Garden, featuring, advance purchase recommended, $20-25, additional dinner is also available, doors open at 5:30 pm, concert at 7 pm, must be age 21+, 480-481-8188 or http://www.dbg.org/music
  • PHOENIX: Fall Out Boy - Wintour is Coming - Talking Stick Resort Arena, multi-platinum selling artist Fall Out Boy with AWOLNATION, two chart-topping rock groups with special guests PVRIS, 7 pm, http://www.ticketmaster.com/
  • PHOENIX: The Late-Night Series - Out of the Box - Space 55, spoken word, music, comedy and other shenanigans celebrating the LGBTQ community, women, people of color, and others - we're seeking to create a safe stage that amplifies these voices while also providing room for up and coming artists, hear these stories while supporting a more sustainable, diverse arts community here in Phoenix, the cutting edge theater in downtown, $5, 10:30 pm, http://www.space55.org
  • PRESCOTT: Prescott's 4th Friday Art Walk – Downtown, more than 18 participating Prescott galleries keep their doors open to visitors and local alike for a night of fun, food, music and ART, 5-7 pm, http://www.artthe4th.com

March 26, 2016

  • CAVE CREEK: Cave Creek Trail Run – Cave Creek by Spur Cross Conservation Ranch, 2K kids, 10K and 5K, All of the proceeds go directly to the purchase of this Open Space Land, through pristine Sonoran Desert in which you will experience all the wonders of nature and geology while raising funds in order to keep it as open space, 7:30 am, http://www.cavecreektrailrun.com/
  • CHANDLER: Family Easter Celebration – Snedigar Sportsplex, provides some of the most enthusiastic Easter Egg Scrambles in the Valley for kids up to 9 years of age, in addition there will be information booths, displays, and interactive amusements and a Family Easter Basket Give-Away, 480-782-2735 or http://www.chandleraz.gov/special-events
  • FREDONIA: Guided Hikes - Powell Marker Hike - Pipe Spring National Monument, join a National Park Service ranger on this strenuous three-mile round trip hike to the top of the Vermillion Cliffs, participants will climb 800 feet to one of the survey triangulation stations established by the John Wesley Powell Topographical Survey Crew in the early 1870s, this hike takes place in cooperation with the Kaibab Band of Paiute Indians, 9 am - noon, reservations, 928-643-7105
  • GOODYEAR: FanFest 2016 – Goodyear Ballpark, family-friendly festival, fans will be able to interact with and receive autographs from Tribe and Cincinnati Reds players, on-field contests and giveaways, ballpark tours, $11-44, 5 pm, 623-882-3130 or http://Indians.com/Spring
  • MESA: Chris Botti - Mesa Arts Center, Grammy Award-winning trumpet player makes his Phoenix Symphony debut for an evening of jazz classics, swing to the sophisticated sounds of America's best-selling jazz instrumentalist, 7:30 pm, http://phoenixsymphony.org
  • PEORIA: Hippity Hop Marathon, Half Marathon and 4 Mile Run - Rio Vista Park, courses will take you through the dedicated running trails of the New River Trail System, a USATF Sanctioned event taking place on a USATF Certified course, making it a national qualifier for Boston and other major national and international events, custom event medal, dri-fit tech T-shirt, awards, pre-and post-race Runner's brunch, 6:30 am, http://www.getsetusa.com/arizona/calendar.php
  • PEORIA: Sprint Triathlon at Vistancia - The Foothills Center, swim in the Foothills Center pool, bike through the Blackstone Country Club and the Vistancia Discovery Trail on the run course, for the whole family with adult and youth distance triathlons, 8 am, http://www.4peaksracing.com/
  • PHOENIX: Phoenix Suns vs. Boston Celtics - Talking Stick Resort Arena, presented by Casino Arizona and Talking Stick Resort, NBA game, 7 pm, http://www.suns.com
  • PHOENIX: 2016 ARR South Mountain Classic 20K/5K – South Mountain Park, a 20K and 5K, because South Mountain Park requires all runners to be off the road by 10 am, runners in the 20K must be able to maintain at least a 12 minute per mile pace, if you cannot keep a 12 minute mile pace or faster, an early start is available at 6:30 am, both 20K and 5K are USATF certified courses, and are on roads only, no trails, 602-954-8341 or http://www.arizonaroadracers.com
  • PHOENIX: 10th Annual Tri for the Cure Arizona – Phoenix Swim Club, Triathlon – Duathlon – 5K; Tri: 400m – 8Mi – 2.4Mi; Du: 1Mi – 8Mi – 2.4Mi; 5K, 7 am, http://www.triforthecureaz.com/
  • QUEEN CREEK: David Archuleta - Queen Creek Performing Arts Center, more than 30 million television viewers fell in love with his angelic voice and their 44 million votes made him runner-up in Season 7 of “American Idol,” $25-50, 7:30 pm, 480-987-7469 or http://qcpac.com
  • YUMA: 5th Annual Music on Main – aka 'Lettuce' Entertain You event - Historic Main Street, free entertainment to thank our Yuma community and winter visitors, our regular entertainers will be there and new ones will be introduced, lots of food vendors and your favorite vendors will be there for your shopping needs, as always our Main Street Merchants are open for business, 928-373-5028 orhttp://www.visityuma.com/events.html

March 28, 2016

  • PEORIA: The Magic of Manilow - Arizona Broadway Theatre, features Terry Davies and a line-up of musicians and vocalists paying homage to the music of one of the biggest selling artists of our time, 623-776-8400 or http://azbroadway.org/
  • SCOTTSDALE: ASU Concerts at the Center: Outstanding Piano Student Showcase - Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, ASU's top of the crop pianists perform some of the most exciting pieces of the piano repertoire in an evening of passionate and virtuosic music-making, hailing from around the globe, performers include students of piano professors Walter Cosand, Robert Hamilton, Baruch Meir, Caio Pagano, $, 7:30 pm, http://herbergerinstitute.asu.edu/events/current.php

March 29, 2016

  • SCOTTSDALE: Musical Pictures - Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, acclaimed pianist Jeffrey Siegel presents engaging concerts with commentary and concludes with a fast-paced Q-and-A session, showcases Mussogsky's ever-popular Pictures at an Exhibition and visually inspired works of Debussy, $29-49, 7:30 pm, http://www.scottsdaleperformingarts.org/
  • SCOTTSDALE: Tuesday Morning Music & Tea: Wood Songs - Kerr Cultural Center, program presents a concert of music for pitched percussion instruments, free, but reservations required, 10:30 am, http://herbergerinstitute.asu.edu/events/current.php

March 30, 2016

  • PHOENIX: Musical Interlude Series: Walter Cosand, Piano- Musical Instrument Museum, long-time valley favorite and International Steinway Artist Walter Cosand shares some of his favorite music on one of his favorite pianos, 10:30 am, http://herbergerinstitute.asu.edu/events/current.php


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