Maricopa County Home and Landscape Show
MARCH 2 TO MARCH 4
Who says home improvement has to be hard? The March Maricopa County Home and Landscape Show brings together thousands of design, landscape and home improvement services under one roof. This month’s show will also feature pet adoptions, free wine tasting, make-your-own bath bombs and a painting party. Check online for discount ticket prices.
University of Phoenix Stadium, 1 Cardinals Drive, Glendale, 602.485.1691, mchomeshows.com, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, $8 adults and $3 kids under 12.
Hayden’s Ferry Days
MARCH 2 TO MARCH 4
Explore Tempe’s history at the third annual Hayden’s Ferry Days, which includes a dinner, free community festival and a day of tours. The free, family-friendly festival features interactive displays, educational booths, demonstrators and Western re-enactors. There will be a Vintage & Antique market and a spot where community members can get their antiques appraised (fees apply). Enjoy a variety of music, including the Mike Eldred Trio, Mariachi Tempe, Cisco and the Racecars and plenty of interactive fun.
Details at tempe.gov/HaydensFerryDays
Celebrating Life: Campfire and Marshmallows Gala
Southwest Kids’ Cancer Foundation is hosting a yummy fundraiser, Celebrating Life: Campfire & Marshmallows, benefiting its two camp programs — Arizona Camp Sunrise and Sidekicks Camps. The event will begin with a cocktail reception and silent auction and will conclude with a dinner and program with more information on the two camps.
The Camby, 2401 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix, azcampsunrise.org, 5:30 p.m., various prices.
Vintage Market Days
MARCH 9 TO MARCH 11
This upscale vintage and vintage-inspired outdoor market goes beyond your normal flea market with a showcase of crafts, talent and creativity. Featuring original art, antiques, food, home décor and even plants, plan to spend the whole day browsing through their selection of treasures. Opt for the VIP ticket and get access to the early-buying day on Friday.
Rawhide Event Center, 5244 S. 48th Street, Chandler, 480.502.5600, vintagemarketdays.com, times vary, $5-$10 and kids under 12 free.
Chandler Chamber Ostrich Festival
MARCH 9 TO MARCH 11
You can really shake a tail feather at this Chandler festival, featuring fair rides, games, live music and ostriches! Your favorite feathered friends are the highlight at this celebration, which will also feature performances by Kool and the Gang, John Michael Montgomery and The Beach Boys. Look out for the kick-off weekend on March 3, with a 5K fun run and the ostrich parade.
Tumbleweed Park, 745 E. Germann Road, Chandler, 480.588.8497, ostrichfestival.com, times vary, $8-$50.
Sonoran Festival of Art
MARCH 9 TO MARCH 11
This three-day arts extravaganza combines the community atmosphere with all things artistic for the creator’s dream experience. From workshops to culinary demos to shopping, a garden party and a resource expo, there’s something for artists of every medium.
Stagecoach Village, 7100 E. Cave Creek Road, Suite 14, Cave Creek, 480.575.6624, sonoranartsleague.org, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., free.
Arizona Aloha Festival
MARCH 10 AND MARCH 11
This annual Arizona festival can’t fly you out to Honolulu…but it can get you pretty close! This two-day event is packed with authentic Hawaiian performances, hula dancing, a Hawaiian marketplace and enough teriyaki to shake a pineapple at. You won’t want to miss this free family event – and the perfect opportunity to rock that grass skirt and coconut bra combo!
Tempe Beach Park, 80 W. Rio Salado Parkway, Tempe, 602.697.1824, azalohafest.org, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., free.
TicketGuardian 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series
MARCH 9 TO MARCH 11
Don’t miss your opportunity to experience NASCAR Goes West with champions Kevin Harvick and Kyle Busch, taking on young guns like Kyle Larson and Chase Elliott on the track. Other related events include the Gatorade Pole Day with practice sessions for Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series and NASCAR XFINITY Series (March 9), and DC Solar 200, featuring up-and-coming NASCAR drivers (March 10). Dancing with the Stars finalist Jana Kramer performs before the race on March 11.
ISM Raceway, 7602 S. Avondale Boulevard, Avondale, 866.408.7223, ismraceway.com, various times, various prices.
MARCH 9 TO MARCH 24
Over the course of a parent/teacher conference, a distraught mother and an emotionally overwhelmed primary school teacher have a fraught conversation about the mother’s son, Gidion. As his story is slowly uncovered, the women try to reconstruct a satisfying explanation for Gidion’s violent act and come to terms with excruciating feelings of culpability.
Tempe Center for the Arts, 700 W. Rio Salado Parkway, Tempe, 480.350.2822, tca.ticketforce.com, various times, $25 adults, $15 students.
Southeast Arizona Wine Growers Festival
MARCH 10 AND MARCH 11
Wine hits close to home with this festival dedicated to Arizona’s finest. Eighteen wineries, including Caduceus and Pillsbury, will be serving, alongside arts, crafts and food vendors. Admission includes a souvenir glass, as well as ten tasting tickets.
Kief-Joshua Vineyards, 370 Elgin Road, Elgin, 520.455.5582, kj-vineyards.com, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., $25 online and $30 at door.
The Bank of Hope Founders Cup
MARCH 14 TO MARCH 18
The only LPGA tournament in Arizona, The Bank of Hope Founders cup brings the world’s top female golfers to the Valley to compete for a $1.5 million purse. Broadcast in 170 nations, notable golfers attending include the 2017 winner and ASU alum Anna Nordqvist, Valley native Cheyenne Woods and top earnings player Cristie Kerr.
Wildfire Golf Club at JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa, 5350 E. Marriott Drive, Phoenix, lpgafounderscup.com, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. pro-am March 14, 7 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. tournament play March 15 to March 18, $20-$85.
Desert Night Cinema: The Sandlot
Bring a picnic blanket and relax under the stars at the garden’s new outdoor cinema series. The night will feature JesterZ Improv Comedy, food trucks, garden admission and a flashback to San Fernando Valley, 1962. Play ball with Benny and the boys in this cult favorite about a sandlot baseball team in the summertime – but watch out for The Beast!
Desert Botanical Garden, 1201 N. Galvin Parkway, Phoenix, 480.941.1225, dbg.org, 6:30 p.m., $16 adults and $12 kids.
If you haven’t seen this 21-year-old New Zealand-born songstress in action, you’re missing out. Between her enthusiasm, her hits and her spooky dancing, she’s sure to put on a show during her debut headlining tour. Lorde, whose latest album is Melodrama, got her break when she was just 16 with the song “Royals.”
Gila River Arena, 9400 W. Maryland Avenue, Glendale, 623.772.3800, gilariverarena.com, 7 p.m., $39.50-$99.50.
Mutant Piñata Show
MARCH 16 AND MARCH 17
Why go for an average piñata when you can make it mutant? Local artist Beatrice Moore and Weird Garden present this community art show comprised of wacky, funky and sometimes naughty hanging and standing piñatas. If you’re in the market for a crazy piñata, you’re in luck – some of the pieces will even be available for sale.
Weird Garden, 1008 N. 15th Avenue, Phoenix, 602.391.4016, bit.ly/2nWXfl3, times TBA, free.
Pot of Gold
MARCH 16 TO MARCH 18
This celebratory spring festival is back with a three-day line up featuring Russ, Phil Lesh and the Terrapin Family Band, Sturgill Simpson, Rebelution and Dirtyheads. It steps beyond music, though, as a vendor village, merchandise and tasty treats will be featured.
Rawhide Event Center, 5700 W. North Loop Road, Chandler, 480.829.0607, potofgoldaz.com, times vary, $75-$699.
VegOut! Vegan Beer & Food Festival
MARCH 17 AND MARCH 18
“Veg” is in and “fake” is out. The newest vegan foodie fest to hit the scene showcases local businesses and ingredients. Learn about the benefits of veganism alongside samples and ice-cold brews. The festival boasts live music and free performances throughout the day, as well as more than 100 unique food, drink and retail vendors.
Scottsdale Waterfront, 7125 E. Camelback Road, Scottsdale, 520.261.6982, vegoutevents.com, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., $20-$30.
In partnership with Creative Catalysts, this open mic night at the Mesa Arts Center provides a platform for community members to become storytellers, poets and musicians. Show up, put your name on the list and be prepared to perform… or just grab a seat in the audience and watch! This month’s theme is Story Slam.
Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main Street, Mesa, 480.644.6500, mesaartscenter.com, 7:30 p.m., $10.
MARCH 23 TO MARCH 25
This three-day, outdoor music festival is the can’t-miss celebration for baseball and music fans. The inaugural lineup includes performances by Queens of the Stone Age, Young the Giant, Chris Stapleton and Counting Crows. Between sets, festivalgoers will be able to grab food from some of the Southwest’s best bites and maybe even catch sight of a player or two!
Tempe Beach Park, 80 W. Rio Salado Parkway, Tempe, inningsfestival.com, 3 p.m. to midnight Friday and Saturday, 1:30 to 10:30 p.m. Sunday, $89-$1,200.
Enmei (Long Life): A Dance and Aging Project
Six dancers from Japan and the United States — ranging in age from 45 to 73 — will explore what it means and what it takes to age as a woman in the field of contemporary dance. Enmei (Long Life): A Dance and Aging Project is designed to challenge notions of the aging female body and to celebrate the endurance of the human spirit.
Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 E. Second Street, Scottsdale, 480.499.8587, scottsdaleperformingarts.org, 8 p.m., $10-$29. Free for eligible veterans, students and teachers; patrons 29 and younger receive 50 percent off.
The Cheese Course 101
If you’re looking to improve your cheese and wine repertoire, this lesson is just for you! Led by food “stylist” Ellen Straine, who has worked for The Ritz-Carlton and P.F. Chang’s, this course is an adventure in cheese tasting, pairing and preparing. Be ready to leave The Farm at South Mountain as a cheese platter pro! Students will also receive complimentary glass of wine.
The Farm at South Mountain, 6106 S. 32nd Street, Phoenix, 602.276.6360, bit.ly/2CbMlx4, 11 a.m., $30-$36.
Great American Barbeque & Beer Festival
The Great American Barbeque & Beer Festival will feature more than 40 barbecue pitmasters from local, regional and national restaurants and barbecue competition teams ready to serve the masses their slow-smoked delicious meats and sides. Plus, the fest will feature more beer, wine and spirit selections. Country artists Rodney Atkins, Jerrod Niemann, Jordan Davis, Georgia Chrome, Honeygirl, Ryan Sims, Russell Dickerson and Laura Walsh are among those providing the soundtrack.
Dr. A.J. Chandler Park, 178 E. Commonwealth Avenue, Chandler, chandlerbbq.com, noon to 10 p.m., $10-$175.
A high-energy blend of impressions, observations and anecdotal stories, Frank Caliendo’s stage act has been described a frenetic combination of Jim Carrey and Robin Williams. His TV career has spanned more than a decade with Mad TV and Frank TV. Caliendo has leveraged his arsenal of sports impressions into a 10-year run on FOX NFL Sunday Pregame show and on ESPN’s Sunday NFL Countdown.
Talking Stick Resort, 9800 E. Talking Stick Way, Scottsdale, 480.850.7777, talkingstickresort.com, 8 p.m., $50-$80.
MARCH 24 AND MARCH 25
Gelato, pizza, pasta and wine – are you hungry yet? The fifth annual Italian Festival returns to Scottsdale for two days of food demonstrations, authentic performers and, of course, the best cuisine. You won’t want to say “Ciao” to this party. A portion of the event’s proceeds will benefit St. Vincent de Paul.
Scottsdale Civic Center Mall, 3939 N. Drinkwater Boulevard, Scottsdale, 480.745.7020, italianfestivalaz.com, times vary, $10 presale, $15 at the door and kids under 12 free.
Agave on the Rocks
Celebrate tequila, food and music at the coolest party in the desert at Agave on the Rocks. Sip a refreshing margarita in a glowing glass, while tasting culinary treats prepared by some of the Valley’s best restaurants and caterers. Throughout the night, patrons can enjoy bands curated by Roger Clyne like The Senators, Jason Devore and Los Pistoleros.
Desert Botanical Garden, 1201 N. Galvin Parkway, Phoenix, 480.941.1225, dbg.org, 6 to 9 p.m., $70 and $75.
Williamsburg Salsa Orchestra
Bringing the attitude of a rock band, and the grooves of classic New York salsa, this group transforms favorite indie tunes into astonishing salsa anthems, taking the music in new directions with love and respect for the tradition. The Williamsburg Salsa Orchestra’s 11-piece band covers Arcade Fire, TV on the Radio, Spoon, M83, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs and The Black Keys.
Tempe Center for the Arts, 700 W. Rio Salado Parkway, Tempe, 480.350.2822, tca.ticketforce.com, 7:30 p.m., $25 and $35.