McDowell Mountain Music Festival
MARCH 1 TO MARCH 3
This Arizona-based festival is focused on connecting community, culture and charity. All three days will host live art, drumming circles and yoga classes, as well as music from bands like Odesza, Empire of the Sun and Kurt Vile and the Violators. All proceeds will benefit the Phoenix Children’s Hospital, Habitat for Humanity and the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.
Margaret T. Hance Park, 1202 N. Third Street, Phoenix, 602.343.0453, m3ffest.com, times vary, $70-$540.
Maricopa County Home and Landscape Show
MARCH 1 TO MARCH 3
If it’s DIY, FYI, or FUN, it’s here! From one-of-a-kind artisans to crafting lessons, terrarium and leather demos and wine tastings, there’s a little something for everyone. Plus, no one has to leave empty handed— there will be obedience demos and pet adoptions. Donate six cans of dog food or one KONG dog toy for free admission.
State Farm Stadium, 1 Cardinals Drive, Glendale, 623.433.7101, statefarmstadium.com, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, $8 adults and $3 ages 3 to 12.
MARCH 1 TO MARCH 10
Brelby is taking on this Broadway musical based on the beloved novel and Tim Burton film. This generational story follows Edward Bloom, a traveling salesman with a wild past, and his son, who eventually goes on to become a father himself. This larger-than-life show is a heartwarming and humorous spectacle.
Brelby Playhouse, 7154 N. 58th Drive, Glendale, 623.282.2781, brelby.com, times vary, $20-$25.
MARCH 1 TO 17
This award-winning play uses the soundtrack of 1967 to tell the story of two siblings who find themselves in the middle of the ’67 Detroit race riots. Unfolding during an explosive time for Motown music and history in general, the powerful story resonates.
Tempe Center for the Arts, 700 W. Rio Salado Parkway, Tempe, 480.350.2822, tempecenterforthearts.com, times vary, $35-$45.
MARCH 1 TO MARCH 17
This beloved tale took the Tony Award for Best Musical in 1964. Still as enchanting as ever, the classic tells the story of Dolly Levi, a high-powered matchmaker trying to find a partner for the rich bachelor Horace Vandergelder. Of course, there’s New York, romance and a lot of dance.
Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main Street, Mesa, 480.644.6500, mesaartscenter.com, 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., $28-$34.
MARCH 2 TO MARCH 3
The Innings Festival has become an annual tradition for Spring Training and music fans. Tempe Beach Park is taken over by baseball activities, a marketplace and the usual festival fare. The lineup is a hodgepodge of some of music’s most iconic performers, including Incubus, Eddie Vedder, G. Love, Sheryl Crow, Jimmy Eat World and Grouplove.
Tempe Beach Park, 80 W. Rio Salado Parkway, Tempe, 512.674.9300, inningsfestival.com, times vary, $99-$430.
MARCH 5 TO MARCH 10
This infectious stage show is an international sensation, captivating audiences from Broadway to overseas. Forget musical instruments! Performers use matchboxes, brooms, trash can lids, lighters and their feet to create electrifying and hypnotizing rhythms. Good luck trying to resist stomping along.
Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main Street, Mesa, 480.644.6500, mesaartscenter.com, times vary, $26-$66.
MARCH 6 TO MARCH 31
This intimate play follows Nina, a newbie hoping to make it big in the world of competitive air guitar. The craft is much harder than she expects and if she’s going to go all in, she’s going to have to let go. Featuring characters like Shreddy, Golden Thunder and Facebender, the show features plenty of shredding and music lingo for the axe fanatics,
Phoenix Theatre, 1825 N. Central Avenue, Phoenix, 602.254.2151, phoenixtheatre.com, times vary, $36-$86.
Roars & Pours
This happy hour has a bit of a wild side — literally! As the sun sets, swing by the zoo for an adults-only evening with yard games, live music, animal encounters and chicken poop bingo. You can wash it all down with brews and cocktails from Dragoon Brewing Company and Mike’s Hard Lemonade.
Phoenix Zoo, 455 N. Galvin Parkway, Phoenix, 602.286.3800, phoenixzoo.org, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., $10.
Parada Del Sol Rodeo
MARCH 7 TO MARCH 10
This Scottsdale rodeo is back for its 66th year. Embrace your western side with a weekend of action-packed performances and pro bull riding. Guests who attend Thursday through Saturday nights can bring their best line dancing partner for music and dancing after the rodeo.
WestWorld of Scottsdale, 16601 N. Pima Road, Scottsdale, 480.312.6802, rodeoscottsdale.com, times vary, $10-$45.
Tony Award-winning performer Gavin Creel makes a stop in Scottsdale for an intimate cabaret show, bouncing between Broadway classics and candid showbiz stories. From “Waitress” and “Hello, Dolly!” to “The Book of Mormon” and “Thoroughly Modern Millie,” Creel has nearly done it all. Pianist and comedian Seth Rudetsky hosts.
Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 E. Second Street, Scottsdale, 480.499.8587, scottsdalearts.org, 8 p.m., $59-$89.
Chandler Chamber Ostrich Festival
MARCH 8 TO MARCH 10
No other Arizona festival quite matches this Chandler celebration when it comes to offbeat fun. From ostrich meet and greets to food vendors, brews, games and a marketplace, it’s a whole day for the family. This year’s entertainment lineup boasts artists like Flo Rida, The Commodores and Andy Grammer.
Tumbleweed Park, 2250 S. McQueen Road, Chandler, 480.588.8497, ostrichfestival.com, times vary, $8-$50.
The “Piano Man” is playing his first Arizona baseball stadium show. Expect a set for the ages from the legendary performer, who is known for his impassioned live performances. From “Only the Good Die Young” to “Uptown Girl,” fans will be treated to musical moments spanning his expansive career.
Chase Field, 401 E. Jefferson Street, Phoenix, 602.514.8400, ticketmaster.com, 8 p.m., $49.50-$149.50.
Harry Potter-Inspired Beer Festival
Muggles need not apply for this beer festival inspired by the “Wizarding World of Harry Potter.” Monarch Theatre transforms into the Hogwarts Great Hall, Diagon Alley and the Leaky Cauldron, serving tastings of different winter, pumpkin and holiday ales, as well as butterbeer. Once filled with libations, wizards and witches can indulge in photo ops, food and a wizard rock concert.
Monarch Theatre, 122 E. Washington Street, Phoenix, 602.456.1991, bit.ly/2SCKdLW, 5:30 to 9 p.m., $35.
West Valley Women’s Day Out Expo
It’s been a long year already and you — or a lady in your life — deserve an afternoon to yourself! Look no further than Glendale’s 19th annual Women’s Day Out Expo. Attendees can enjoy psychic readings, free workshops, seminars, life and love coaching, as well as wellness and luxury exhibitors.
Glendale Civic Center, 5750 W. Glenn Drive, Glendale, 623.930.4300, bit.ly/2X2o5Jp, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., free.
Arizona Aloha Festival
MARCH 9 TO MARCH 10
Tempe Town Lake turns into a sandy paradise every spring. This annual festival is weekend-long celebration of Hawaiian culture, showcasing foods, merchandise, hula dancers, drummers and other performances. Whether you’re looking to grab a grass skirt or score some pineapple, you’re just an “Aloha,” away from happiness.
Tempe Beach Park, 80 W. Rio Salado Parkway, Tempe, 602.697.1824, azalohafest.org, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., free.
Cirque Du Soleil’s “Amaluna”
MARCH 15 TO MARCH 31
There’s no theatrical spectacle quite like Cirque Du Soleil. The acrobatic artists tell stories through music, swings, carousel spinning and other nearly unimaginable physical feats. With costumes and high-value production, it has to be seen to be understood. This show tells the story of a mysterious island ruled by goddesses and a forbidden romance.
State Farm Stadium, 1 Cardinals Drive, Glendale, 623.433.7101, cirquedusoleil.com, times vary, $55-$255.
Pot of Gold
MARCH 15 TO MARCH 17
March is here? Must be time for Pot of Gold, the St. Patrick’s Day-inspired weekend of fun. With games, art and food from some of the city’s beloved vendors, there’s a reason why this festival has become an Arizona mainstay. This year’s lineup promises some of the biggest names in rap, including Lil Wayne, Post Malone, Ice Cube and Snoop Dogg.
Steele Indian School Park, 300 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix, 480.829.1300, potofgoldaz.com, times vary, $109-$1,750.
Backstreet Boys vs. NSYNC Night
This dance party pits two of the biggest boy bands of the millennium against each other. It will be a night of ’90s nostalgia as dancers crown the best crew— good luck Nick and Justin, respectively. Attendees will also enjoy other TRL-era pop hits, a photo booth and costumes.
The Van Buren, 401 W. Van Buren Street, Phoenix, 480.659.1641, thevanburenphx.com, 10 p.m., $10-$15.
Scottsdale Shamrock Crawl
Get your Irish on with a St. Patrick’s Day bar crawl through Old Town. Admission includes entry to bars like Dierks Bentley’s Whiskey Row, Old Town Gringos, Riot House and Wasted Grain, as well as three penny drink vouchers and photo contests. A good time is guaranteed for all… as long as you’re wearing green!
Old Town Gringos Restaurant & Bar, 4209 N. Craftsman Court, Scottsdale, 480.423.3800, bit.ly/st-pats-crawl, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., $10-$20.
One of music’s biggest live performers is coming back for another party with his “Friends in Low Places.” Every tour, Brooks brings a huge production and his lengthy sets are a journey through some of country music’s biggest hits, including “The Dance,” “Thunder Rolls” and “More Than a Memory.”
State Farm Stadium, 1 Cardinals Drive, Glendale, 623.433.7101, statefarmstadium.com, 7 p.m., $100-$600.
This TED conference is organized by ASU students, bringing the popular keynote series to the Tempe campus. This year’s theme will explore life in the 22nd century and how society will build it together. Attendees will have access to nearly 10 live talks, as well as a pre-event symposium and interactive augmented reality exhibits.
ASU Gammage, 1200 S. Forest Avenue, Tempe, 480.965.3434, asugammage.com, 6 p.m., $39-$100.
Treat yo self! The “Parks and Recreation” and “Master of None” star is back on the road. Ansari’s “Road to Nowhere” tour marks his first comedy venture in nearly a year, and is expected to be a funny but personal reconciliation of what the comedian has learned about consent, relationships and the limelight.
Comerica Theatre, 400 W. Washington Street, Phoenix, 602.379.2800, comericatheatre.com, 7:30 p.m., $38.50-$68.50.
This Canadian crooner is back with his first North American tour in five years and he’s sticking to the standards. Fans can expect “Home,” “Haven’t Met You Yet,” and “Feeling Good,” as well as bits of Buble’s down-to-earth dialog and unmistakable humor.
Talking Stick Resort, 9800 E. Talking Stick Way, Scottsdale, 480.850.7777, talkingstickresort.com, 8 p.m., $64-$139.50.
This vivacious pop star recently earned a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. With a new album on the way plus a stable of hits to choose from, P!nk is sure to deliver a show full of shout-along anthems. Intermixed with acrobatic stunts, choreography and candid quips, she has proven time and time again that she’s a performer not to miss.
Gila River Arena, 9400 W. Maryland Avenue, Glendale, 623.772.3800, gilariverarena.com, 8 p.m., $54.95-$269.50.