Arizona Renaissance Festival
THROUGH MARCH 27
This festival transports visitors to a European-style fair filled with an agreeable rabble of knights, rogues, royalty and craftsmen, all roaming throughout a 30-acre village filled with delectable sights and sounds tantalizing the senses. Explore 200 charming craft shops, 13 stages of nonstop entertainment, an arena for full-contact armored jousting, a living fountain, kitchens, pubs and people- powered games and rides.
2601 E. U.S. Highway 60, Gold Canyon, 520.463.2600, royalfaires.com, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., $10-$24.
MARCH 1 THROUGH 3
The devil is coming to the Valley! Legendary country, bluegrass and Southern rock musician Charlie Daniel will be playing three nights in Mesa and you definitely won’t want to miss him.
Mesa Regal (March 1), 4700 E. Main Street, Mesa, 480.981.5118; Valle del Oro (March 2 & 3) 1452 S. Ellsworth Road, Mesa, 480.984.5076, cal-am.com/ concerts/, 7:30 p.m., $60-$80
MARCH 1 THROUGH APRIL 1
Spring Training baseball under the warm Arizona sun has been a tradition for devoted fans since 1947. Eight stadiums host 15 MLB teams such as the World Champion Kansas City Royals, the Arizona Diamondbacks, Colorado Rockies, Chicago White Sox and the D-backs’ rivals Los Angeles Dodgers, among others.
Stadium and ticket information at cactusleague.com, prices starting at $8.
Australian singer-songwriter Vance Joy, seen last year opening for Taylor Swift, made his mark on the music industry with his breakout single “Riptide,” which appeared on the Billboard Hot 100 chart for 43 weeks. Joy returns to Arizona for his “Fire and the Flood” tour with openers Elle King—a buzz artist in her own right— and Jamie Lawson.
Marquee Theatre, 730 N. Mill Avenue, Tempe, 480.829.1300, luckymanonline.com, 8 p.m., $28.
Blues Blast Music Festival
The 25th anniversary of Blues Blast is presented by the Phoenix Blues Society with Canned Heat, who is feting its 50th year, and The Laurie Morvan Band headlining the event. This two-hour retrospective of blues also features Arizona Showdown winners Smokestack Lightning and Eric Ramsey.
Margaret T. Hance Park, 1202 N. Third Street, Phoenix, phoenixblues.org, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., $25-$30.
AZ Aloha Festival
MARCH 7 THROUGH MARCH 8
Two-day celebration of Hawaiian and Polynesian culture with more than 90,000 transplanted South Pacific Islanders and those who simply love the Aloha Spirit and exploring the group’s food and traditions. The festival includes more than 40 performers, over 85 merchandise stands and 35 food vendors cooking up beloved island treats. Learn to hula or to play the ukulele, make a paper lei or play chongka’.
Tempe Beach Park at Tempe Town Lake, Mill Avenue and Rio Salado Parkway, Tempe, azalohafest.org, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., free.
Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band
The original “River Tour” began in October 1980 and continued through September 1981. With sets that regularly approached the four-hour mark, the 140-date international tour firmly established a reputation for Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band as marathon performers. Springsteen and his merry band of music makers resurrect the jaunt for 39 shows in across North America and Europe.
Talking Stick Resort Arena, 201 E. Jefferson Street, Phoenix, 800.745.3000, ticketmaster.com, 7:30 p.m., $55-$150.
McDowell Mountain Music Festival
MARCH 11 THROUGH MARCH 13
McDowell Mountain Music Festival is celebrating its 13th year with top performers like Beck, Kid Cudi, The Avett Brothers, MS MR, Animal Collective, Goldfish, Porter Robinson and many others. MMMF is Arizona’s 100-percent, nonprofit music festival and all proceeds will benefit two local, family-based, nonprofits: Phoenix Children’s Hospital Foundation and UMOM New Day Center.
Margaret T. Hance Park, 1202 N. Third St., Phoenix, mmmf.com, Friday 3 p.m. to 11 p.m., Saturday 1 p.m. to 11 p.m., Sunday 12 p.m. to 11 p.m., $70-$170.
Scottsdale Arts Festival
MARCH 11 THROUGH MARCH 13
More than 170 awe-inspiring artists from around the globe fill the grounds around the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts. Guests will have the opportunity to bid in the online art auction benefiting Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, listen to live music by local bands and savor mouth- watering cuisine from local food trucks. Bring the kids to Imagine Nation for fun, family-friendly activities.
Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 E. Second Street, Scottsdale, 480.499.8587, scottsdaleartsfestival.org, Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. $5-$15.
Roots N’ Boots Queen Creek
MARCH 11 THROUGH MARCH 13
Banner Ironwood Medical Center Presents Roots N’ Boots, the fun- filled western rodeo with a variety of activities for the family including the carnival, shopping and dining emporium, petting zoo, PRCA rodeo and other attractions. Tickets are required for the PRCA Pro Rodeo, Rodeo 101 and the carnival.
Horseshoe Park & Equestrian Centre, 20464 E. Riggs Road, Queen Creek, schedule, ticket pricing and list of activities can be found at rootsnboots.org.
Lord of the Dance
Following its acclaimed Broadway debut, “Lord of the Dance: Dangerous Games” comes to Arizona with the show’s founder, the renowned Michael Flatley. The dancer will headline in what will mark his final stage appearances as a performer following a remarkable 20-year run as the creator and star of the “Lord of the Dance” franchise.
Comerica Theatre, 400 W. Washington Street, Phoenix, 602.379.2800, ticketmaster.com, 7:30 p.m., $99.
St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Faire
Irish step dancers, bagpipers, police and fire vehicles, dignitaries, floats and grand marshal Mike Bidwell of the Arizona Cardinals make their way around downtown Phoenix in celebration of St. Patrick’s Day. Oh, and we can’t forget this year’s Arizona Colleen/Rose with her court. The Phoenix St. Patrick’s Day Parade was founded in 1984 to preserve and enhance the heritage and traditions of the Irish Culture.
Route is Third Street south from Sheridan to Moreland, downtown Phoenix, stpatricksdayphoenix.org, 10 a.m., $8-$10.
MARCH 12 THROUGH MARCH 13
Experience Ireland with the help of the Musical Instrument Museum at its fifth annual celebration of Irish music and culture. Enjoy music, Irish dancing, storytelling, face painting and more.
Musical Instrument Museum, 4725 E. Mayo Boulevard, Phoenix, mim. org, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., $10-$20.
Legends in Concert
MARCH 16 THROUGH MARCH 20
Haven’t seen Madonna, Rod Stewart, Steven Tyler or Taylor Swift in concert? Well, see them together with the fabulous tribute performers of Legends in Concert.
Talking Stick Resort, 9800 E. Talking Stick Way, Scottsdale, 480.850.7734, talkingstickresort. com, Wednesday at 8 p.m., Thursday at 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. and Friday at 5 p.m., $20.
Pot of Gold Music Festival
MARCH 17 AND MARCH 19
Pot of Gold Music Festival offers some of music’s hottest acts like Future, Atmosphere, Big Sean, 311, Slightly Stoopid and more at Rawhide Western Town and Event Center. The second annual event is held rain or shine for an all-ages audience.
Rawhide Western Town and Event Center, 5700 W. North Loop Road, Chandler, 877.318.4540, potofgoldaz.com, Thursday at 1 p.m., Saturday at 12 p.m., $40-$110.
spark! Mesa’s Festival of Creativity
MARCH 18 THROUGH MARCH 19
This festival will provide an immersive environment in which to celebrate the work of amazing, creative people and to discover the creative thinker inside every visitor. This free two-day event will feature a variety of musical performances featuring popular local and regional artists in country, rock, Latin, blues and jazz.
Mesa Arts Center, One E. Main Street, Mesa, 480.644.6500, mesaartscenter.com, 12 p.m. to 10 p.m., free.
Great American Barbeque and Beer Festival
Organizers of the 2016 Great American Barbeque and Beer Festival say this one will be the biggest and best year yet. Highlights include a full day of country music with headliner Granger Smith, March Madness lounge, Jack Daniel’s Experience, and kids’ and eating competition zones. It has expanded with more than 100 exhibitors and over 60 pit masters from across the nation, serving up over 20,000 lbs of mouth-watering pork ribs, pulled pork, brisket and chicken, all paired with the state’s finest craft beer.
Dr. AJ Chandler Park, 3 S. Arizona Avenue, Chandler, chandlerbbq.com, 12 p.m. to 10 p.m., $10-$15.
MARCH 19 THROUGH MARCH 20
Hosted by the Italian Association of Arizona, this two-day celebration is doubling in size, taking up the entire Scottsdale Waterfront. The event features everything from live music and unique, hand-crafted Italian items, to wine tastings, authentic Italian cuisine and artists straight from Italy. Of course, no Italian event would be complete without the country’s favorite dessert—gelato.
Scottsdale Waterfront, 7135 E. Camelback Road, Scottsdale, 480.745.7020, italianfestivalaz. com, Saturday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., free for veterans and Italian Association members, $10 others.
Check, Please! Arizona Festival
Sample the signature dishes of chefs from restaurants featured on “Check, Please! Arizona.” The cuisine of independently owned restaurants will be paired with wine and beer from participating wineries and breweries. Cooking demonstrations and panel discussions are also on the docket.
Margaret T. Hance Park, 1202 N. Third St., Phoenix, azpbs.org. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., $49.
X Ambassadors take to the road again for the VHS 2.0 Tour set to stop in Tempe with artists Seinabo Sey and Powers. X Ambassadors are responsible for the ubiquitous single “Renegades,” which peaked at No. 1 on the Billboard charts.
Marquee Theatre, 730 N. Mill Avenue, Tempe, 480.829.1300, luckymanonline.com, 7:30 p.m., $23.
Fall Out Boy
Multiplatinum-selling artist Fall Out Boy shows all sides of its talents with the “Wintour is Coming” tour, celebrating its more than 10-year success. AWOLNATION and Pvris come along for the ride.
Talking Stick Resort Arena, 201 E. Jefferson Street, Phoenix, 800.745.3000, ticketmaster.com, 7 p.m., $29.50.
Star Trek: The Ultimate Voyage
The concert will feature some of the greatest music written for the franchise including “Star Trek: The Original Series,” “Star Trek: The Motion Picture,” “Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan” and more. Meanwhile, the most iconic “Star Trek” film and TV footage is beamed in high definition to a 40-foot wide screen.
Centennial Hall, 1020 E. University Boulevard, Tucson, broadwayintucson.com, 7:30 p.m., $35-$75.
Beauty and the Beast
MARCH 28 THROUGH MARCH 30
Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” is based on the Academy Award- winning animated feature film. This classic musical love story is filled with unforgettable characters, lavish sets and costumes, and dazzling production numbers including “Be Our Guest” and the beloved title song.
Mesa Arts Center, One E. Main Street, Mesa, 480.644.6500, mesaartscenter.com, 7:30 p.m., starts at $47.
Whether you love or hate him, pop star Justin Bieber is coming to town during his 50-plus city “Purpose World Tour.” Limited seats are still available.
Gila River Arena, 9400 West Maryland, Glendale, 800.745.3000, ticketmaster.com, 7:30 p.m., starts at $50.50.
Lecrae: Higher Learning Tour
Lecrae is heading back to school. The two-time Grammy Award winning gospel hip-hop artist, known for the positive message
in his music, is hitting the road for his “Higher Learning Tour,” which stops at college campuses and in college towns across the country. His latest album, Anomaly, debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Top 200, rap, digital, Christian, gospel and independent charts.
Grand Canyon University, 6751 N. Sunset Boulevard, Glendale, gcuarena.com, 7:30 p.m., $24.75.