Roars and Pours
This happy hour’s got a bit of a wild side. Guests 21 and older can sip and stroll through select zoo trails with craft brews, wine and food. As the zoo animals start to go to sleep, the party animals will come alive with animal encounters, yard games and live music.
Phoenix Zoo, 455 N. Galvin Parkway, Phoenix, 602.286.3800, phoenixzoo.org, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., $10.
Cinco de Moio
This Cinco de Mayo celebration will be a treat for any local jazz enthusiast, who’s probably already familiar with the work of this Latin-infused jazz group, Cinco de Moio. With drums, guitar, electric bass and Latin percussion, expect their jazz standards to find its own way to mambo, cha cha and samba. This 21-and-up outdoor concert also features dining options like mahi mahi tacos and green salad.
Desert Botanical Garden, 1201 N. Galvin Parkway, Phoenix, 480.941.1225, dbg.org, 7 to 9:30 p.m., $25 members and $30 general public.
May the 4th Be With “Choo”
Celebrate the Jedi within at McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park, where the force is strong with “choo.” Star Wars Day activities include themed concessions, character photo ops and intergalactic activities like lightsaber creation. Come dressed in your best space getup to compete in a costume contest and enter for a chance to win tickets to this summer’s Solo: A Star Wars Story.
McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park, 7301 E. Indian Bend Road, Scottsdale, 480.312.8575, therailroadpark.com, 4 to 8 p.m., train tickets $2.
Motorcycles on Main
The first Friday of the month, downtown Mesa honors the wild hogs. Whether you’ve got a ride to show off or usually opt for co-pilot, you can take advantage of Main Street and the friendly faces that line it. The evening includes live music, beer gardens, food and vendors.
Downtown Mesa, Main Street, downtownmesa.com/motorcyclesonmain, 6 to 10 p.m., free.
Cinepark May Movies
MAY 4 TO MAY 18
Spend the last few Friday nights of spring with Chandler’s outdoor park movie series. The park will feature a different family film each week, including Coco, Despicable Me 3 and Hotel Transylvania 2. Arrive early for photo ops, games and food and drink from local vendors.
Tumbleweed Park, 745 E. Germann Road, Chandler, 480.782.2665, chandleraz.gov, 6:30 to 10 p.m., free.
Silence! The Musical
MAY 4 TO MAY 19
You probably recognize the story of The Silence of the Lambs: a rookie FBI agent matches wits with an insane cannibal to catch a serial killer known as Buffalo Bill…but you probably never imagined you’d see it as a musical. Fueled by a huge cult following, this raunchy, vulgar and smart musical parody has drawn comparisons to off-the-wall Broadway hits like The Book of Mormon.
Tempe Center for the Arts, 700 W. Rio Salado Parkway, Tempe, 480.350.2822, tempecenterforthearts.com, 8 p.m., $30-$40.
Cinco de Mario
Celebrate Cinco de Mayo in true Scottsdale fashion with this street-side celebration hosted by Mario Lopez. Entertainment includes the Saved by the Bell star himself, alongside actor, taco and donut extraordinaire Danny Trejo, comedian Frankie Quiones and the legendary Sugarhill Gang. Attendees can shop for Mexican gourmet goods at the mercado, snag Mexican cuisine or head over to the margarita bar, hosted by El Hefe.
Scottsdale Civic Center Plaza, 7375 E. Second Street, Scottsdale, 480.874.4607, cincodemario.com, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., $15-$100.
Look what you made her do! This pop performer has chosen Arizona to kick off her world stadium tour for her latest album Reputation. Expect Swift to touch on hits like “Shake It Off” and “Blank Space” alongside theatrics, costume changes and a huge set. There will be plenty of girl power moments, too, as former Fifth Harmony singer Camilla Cabello and Charli XCX will open the show.
University of Phoenix Stadium, 1 Cardinals Drive, Glendale, 623.433.7101, universityofphoenixstadium.com, 7:30 p.m., $42-$1,492.
While his latest hit boasts that he’s a “Young, Dumb & Broke” high school kid, this El Paso-born singer and songwriter recently turned 20. With hits like “Location” and recent collaborations with Calvin Harris and Marshmello, the R&B star will have plenty hits from which to choose. Named after his Pitbull mix, the Roxy Tour will donate $1 from every ticket sold to local animal shelters.
Rawhide Event Center, 5700 W. North Loop Road, Chandler, 480.502.5600, rawhide.com, 8 p.m., $50.50.
Fly By Night
MAY 11 TO JUNE 2
It’s the stuff of legends: A melancholy sandwich maker’s mundane life is transformed by two out-of-this-world sisters. This darkly comedic musical takes place during the northeast blackout of 1965, as a few lovable characters learn to find hope in a world beset by darkness. Expect a romantic adventure like no other, as critics are calling this show the “Broadway answer to The Fault in Our Stars.”
Brelby Playhouse, 7154 N. 58th Drive, Glendale, 623.282.2781, brelby.com, times vary, tickets TBA.
This English singer-songwriter is only 24, but his deep voice and folk rock vibe show wisdom beyond his years. His first big alternative hit, “Budapest” was certified platinum in the United States and topped charts around the world. He tours his latest album Staying at Tamara’s, alongside opener Noah Kahan.
Marquee Theatre, 730 N. Mill Avenue, Tempe, 480.829.0607, luckymanonline.com, 8 p.m., $25-$45.
Free Movies in the Desert: The Little Mermaid
This free family event takes places on the outdoor patio at OdySea Aquarium. Attendees can revisit this Disney classic about a mermaid princess who dreams of a love — and a world — that’s something more. Arrive early for themed photo ops, dance performances and giveaways. The movie starts at 6:30 p.m. and seating is first-come, first-serve.
OdySea in the Desert, 9500 E. Via de Ventura, Scottsdale, odyseainthedesert.com, 5 p.m., free.
Scottsdale Bacon and Beer Classic
Nothing pairs quite as well with a good beer than a hearty helping of bacon. This Scottsdale festival is back with lawn games, music and loads of bacon and beer. Eaters can choose from 30-plus bacon dishes crafted by local chefs, and then top it off with their choice of 100-plus beers. Test your brew expertise with a blind beer taste test or show off your appetite with the bacon-eating contest.
Scottsdale Stadium, 7408 E. Osborn Road, Scottsdale, 480.312.2586, baconandbeerclassic.com, noon, $55.55-$96.75.
MAY 15 TO MAY 20
This musical spectacular follows Jean Valjean and his quest for redemption during a revolutionary period in France. From heartbreaking moments like “I Dreamed a Dream,” to powerful anthems like “Do You Hear the People Sing,” there’s a reason why this Tony Award-winning show keeps audiences coming back for more emotional purges.
ASU Gammage, 1200 S. Forest Avenue, Tempe, 480.965.3434, asugammage.com, times vary, $109-$346.
Rock of Ages
MAY 18 TO MAY 31
Rock ‘n’ roll fans rejoice — finally, showtunes you can shred to. This jukebox musical features classic rock selections from artists like Pat Benatar, Poison, Bon Jovi and Journey. Young love, nightclubs and the search for stardom guide this story’s characters as they make their way through Hollywood in the ’80s.
Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main Street, Mesa, 480.644.6500, mesaartscenter.com, times vary, $28-32.
Yen-Li Chen Ballet School’s Sleeping Beauty
This enchanting ballet follows Princess Aurora, who’s cursed upon birth by the evil Carabosse. When it puts her in a deep sleep, it’s up to Prince Desire to save his princess and defeat evil once and for all. Performed by the Yen-Li Chen Ballet School, expect to see unique costumes and arrangements.
Chandler Center for the Arts, 250 N. Arizona Avenue, Chandler, 480.782.2680, chandlercenter.org, 6:30 p.m., $10-$40.
Willcox Wine Country Spring Festival
MAY 19 TO MAY 20
Take a day trip down to Arizona wine country, where 15-plus Willcox wineries will pour their award-winning wines amid food, live music and shopping. The Tucson eatery Dante’s Fire will host a pop-up street bistro, and top musicians from Phoenix and Tucson will perform alongside booths from more than 45 local artists. Tickets include a wine glass and six to 10 tasting tickets.
Railroad Park, 157 N. Railroad Avenue, Wilcox, 800.200.2272, willcoxwinecountry.org, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., $15-$20 and free for non-drinkers.
Falcon Warbirds’ Fly-In Pancake Breakfast
Fans of the sky and road will be satisfied with this show of shiny machines made for the air and land, hosted by the Falcon Warbirds. Pilots and car owners will visit, share stories and show off their rides, alongside a hearty breakfast of pancakes, eggs, bacon and coffee! Proceeds benefit EAA Warbird Squadron 50.
Falcon Warbirds’ Hangar, 4626 E. Fighter Aces Drive, Mesa, 602.705.4413, mesaaz.gov, 7:30 to 11 a.m., $8.
Yoga in the Rainforest
MAY 22 AND MAY 24
This all-levels yoga class is taught by professional teachers from India Bee Yoga. Yogis will find their inner peace inside the 10,000-square-foot conservatory, surrounded by lush vegetation, flowering plants and 3,000 tropical butterflies. Attendees just need to bring a mat and get ready to fly — only spiritually, of course.
Butterfly Wonderland, 9500 E. Via de Ventura, Scottsdale, 480.800.3000, butterflywonderland.com, 5:15 p.m., $20.
Belen Maya and Juan Siddi Flamenco
This authentic flamenco experience features contemporary performers from Spain. Expect performances from avant-garde icon Belen Maya, guitarist Jose Luis de la Paz and jazz pianist Alex Conde. Artistic director Juan Siddi, whose work has been seen across the globe, will also be showcased.
Tempe Center for the Arts, 700 W. Rio Salado Parkway, Tempe, 480.350.2822, tempecenterforthearts.com, 8 p.m., $25-$55.
Cave Creek Balloon Festival
This Memorial Day weekend celebration is the biggest annual single-day event in Cave Creek. The festival has something for everyone, including a Civil Air Patrol color guard presentation, a flyover by the Deer Valley Composite Squadron and glowing hot air balloons. The night concludes with live music from Western Fusion and a patriotic fireworks show.
Rancho Mañana Golf Club, 5724 E. Rancho Manana Boulevard, Cave Creek, 480.488.0398, cavecreekfestivals.com, 5:30 to 10 p.m., $15-$75.
Flashlight Tours Brighten Summer Nights
See the garden at night with this self-paced flashlight tour through the trails. Nocturnal garden explorers will see how night-blooming plants transform and get to track the chirps, whirrs and flutters of creatures in the dark. Kids can also participate in different games and activities.
Desert Botanical Garden, 1201 N. Galvin Parkway, Phoenix, 480.941.1225, dbg.org, 7 to 9:30 p.m., $12.95-$24.95 and free for members.
Phoenix Pet Expo
MAY 26 TO MAY 27
This exposition’s gone to the dogs! Featuring exhibitors, adoptions, discounted vaccinations and pet care seminars, this convention has something for every pet owner. Bring your favorite four-legged friend along and enjoy a day of live entertainment, author readings and giveaways.
WestWorld of Scottsdale, 16601 N. Pima Road, Scottsdale, 1.800.977.3609, phoenixpetexpo.com, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, $5-$9.
How many magicians can say they’ve been spent a week buried alive in New York City, stood atop a 100-foot tall pillar and continuously shocked themselves for 72 hours? Well, David Blaine can. He brings an interactive, shocking and awesome experience to Mesa for one night.
Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main Street, Mesa, 480.644.6500, mesaartscenter.com, 8 p.m. $50-$126.
MAY 29 TO JUNE 3
This hopeful, uproarious and heartbreaking play takes place at one of the world’s most intense locations: the Thanksgiving dinner table. A Pennsylvanian family breaks tradition to visit the youngest daughter’s Manhattan apartment for the holiday and finds their fears and follies laid bare throughout the evening.
ASU Gammage, 1200 S. Forest Avenue, Tempe, 480.965.3434, asugammage.com, times vary, $20-$150.