What's New in Greater Phoenix

March, April and May 2019

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Set the Stage

This season the visual and performing arts are at their peak with local art shows, debut productions and pop culture favorites.

First Friday

  • The Arizona Opera has a robust lineup of shows filled with drama, passion, and wit. Don’t miss Silent Night (March 1-3), The Marriage of Figaro (April 5-7), and Così fan Tutte (April 25).

  • Catch the First Fridays Art Walk in Downtown Phoenix’s Roosevelt Row on March 1, April 5, and May 3. Tour more than 70 galleries, venues and art-related spaces to see a variety of artwork and enjoy the spirit and culture of the city. Visitors are invited to hop-on/hop-off free shuttles that circulate on three routes through downtown Phoenix's arts districts.

  • The annual Heard Museum Guild Indian Fair and Market (March 2-3) is the largest art market in Arizona, and the second-largest market of its kind in the country. The Fair attracts over 15,000 guests who come to celebrate and learn about Native arts and cultures.

  • The three-day Scottsdale Arts Festival (March 8-10) features 170 artists from throughout North America displaying their work for sale on the beautiful grounds of the Scottsdale Civic Center Mall.

  • As Arizona's largest performing arts organization, The Phoenix Symphony has events that will draw in classical aficionados and modern enthusiasts alike. Upcoming productions include Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 1 (March 8-10), Star Wars: A New Hope™ (March 15-17), selections from Romeo & Juliet and Porgy & Bess (April 20), Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire™ in Concert (April 26-28), and the Music of Led Zeppelin (May 10).

  • Don’t miss Art Detour, Phoenix’s original art walk and the longest running arts festival in downtown Phoenix. The annual event will return for its 31st year on March 14-18 with approximately 100 artist studios, galleries, pop-up spaces, arts and culture venues and arts-supporting businesses in the greater downtown Phoenix area.

  • Every year the best of Broadway comes to ASU Gammage, and this season is no exception. The spring lineup includes the national tour productions of The Play That Goes Wrong (March 19-24), Wicked (April 2 - May 5), and Rent (May 28 June 2).

  • Get ready to dance at the fifth annual Phoenix Lights Festival on April 5-6. Acts include A$AP Ferg, Excision, Griz, Kaskade, and more.

 

Nothing But Net

Sunny skies and moderate temperatures mean that Arizona sports are in full swing. Choose between baseball, golf, hockey, and racing—or see them all!

LPGA Tour's Founders Cup

  • Tickets are on sale now for Cactus League Spring Training, a seasonal rite in Greater Phoenix from February 21 – March 26.  With 10 facilities hosting 15 teams, the Phoenix metropolitan area holds claim to the greatest concentration of professional baseball facilities found anywhere in the United States. 

  • Things are heating up thanks to the NBA’s Phoenix Suns playing home games at Talking Stick Resort Arena from March 1 - April 5.

  • Hockey fans rejoice: The Arizona Coyotes have a packed schedule of home games at Gila River Arena from March 2 - April 6.

  • The NASCAR TicketGuardian 500 Weekend (March 8-10) will pit racing champions Kevin Harvick and Kyle Busch against young guns like Kyle Larson and Chase Elliott at the ISM Raceway in Avondale.

  • The inaugural Arizona Tennis Classic will debut on March 11-17. As part of the ATP Challenger Tour, a select group of world class tennis players and prospects will compete, with all proceeds benefitting Phoenix Children’s Hospital.

  • The top women golfers in the world will tee it up at the LPGA Tour’s Bank of Hope Founders Cup (March 18-24). The competition pays tribute to the people who had a major role in creating the LPGA.

 

 

Diverse City

Don’t miss the spring festivals, shows and parades that celebrate the heritage and diversity found throughout Phoenix.

  • Join the Arizona Aloha Festival for two days of celebrating the cultures of the South Pacific islands on March 9-10.

  • The Arizona Black Rodeo is one of the largest and most popular African-American events in Arizona, attracting more than 9,000 rodeo fans for a Western experience on March 9.

  • On March 10, the Embrace Market will feature local handmade vendors, vintage vendors, local small businesses, kids’ and family fun activities, popular coffee, beverage and food trucks, and more.

  • The annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Faire will fill the streets of downtown Phoenix with performers, entertainers, and floats on March 16.

  • On March 23, Pride Run Phoenix is set to turn Central Avenue into a runner’s paradise. With half marathon, 10K and 5K courses available, there’s options for everyone to join in.

  • Phoenix Pride Festival is an annual two-day celebration designed to bring the LGBTQ and allied communities together for a weekend of camaraderie and celebration (April 6-7). Over 40,000 attendees gather for over 150 entertainment performances on 6 stages and over 300 exhibitors for food, shopping, and community resources. Then stick around, because on April 7th participants take to the streets for the Phoenix Pride Parade.

  • Celebrate Polynesian culture at the first-ever Arizona Tiki Oasis on April 12-14. The weekend will feature an artist marketplace, seminars, rooftop parties, and invitation-only suite events at Hotel Valley Ho.

 

 

Feeling Grand

On February 26, 2019, the Grand Canyon celebrates 100 years since it's designation as a national park. Don’t miss the festivities around Arizona’s premiere natural wonder!

Grand Canyon

  • Get ready to celebrate the big 1-0-0 on February 26 at the Grand Canyon National Park's 100th Birthday And Founders Day Celebration. Enjoy cake, cultural demonstrators, and a concert by the Flagstaff and Grand Canyon schools’ choir. That evening, speakers will talk about the important relationship between the Grand Canyon and the park’s 11 traditionally associated tribes.

  • The Scottsdale Resort at McCormick Ranch is launching a monthly Five C’s Supper Series to celebrate Grand Canyon National Park’s Centennial and the state's leading ladies – copper, cattle, cotton, citrus and climate.

 

Food for Every Mood

Whether you’re craving a crisp taco, a vegan pizza, or a bao bun, there’s something for everyone in the local culinary scene.

Devour Culinary Classic

  • Get ready to sample tacos at Arizona’s second annual Rockin’ Taco Rumble on March 1. Local taco teams and restaurants will compete to be named the favorite in the People’s Choice competition.

  • On March 2, join more than 25,000 guests at the Melrose Street Fair. Open to the public and free to attend, the daylong event will feature more than 200 booths by local artisans and independent businesses, plus food trucks, live music, a kid zone, and car show.

  • Second Avenue and Crescent Ballroom will be transformed into a live music and burrito haven at the Flying Burrito Food and Music Festival on March 9.

  • Arizona Bao Fest will be the place to be to satisfy your bao cravings on March 24. Enjoy steamed buns, gua bao, BBQ pork buns, sweet buns from bakeries, and inspired dumpling creations from over 10 local businesses.

  • Scottsdale is in full-on festival mode in April with the VegOut! Scottsdale Vegan Beer and Food Festival and the Scottsdale Culinary Festival, both held April 13-14.

  • Feast your eyes and your ears at FRIED, a French Fry & Music Festival on April 20. Purchase French fry creations from over 20 makers while listening to a curated line-up of musicians, bands, and DJs.

  • Block 23 recently announced its first restaurant tenant, Blanco Tacos & Tequila, a Fox Restaurant Concept (FRC) that will open at the mixed-use destination by the end of 2019.

  • As part of its renovation project, Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport has added several local restaurants to Terminal 3, including Original ChopShop, The Parlor, Phoenix Ale Brewery, Ajo Al’s Mexican Café, The Tavern, Mustache Pretzels, Tru Burger Co., and Christopher’s Crush.

  • The Phoenician welcomes a new restaurant in spring 2019 as part of its resort-wide transformation. The Phoenician Tavern is replacing Relish Burger Bistro with an updated look and expanded bar serving premium beers, hand crafted cocktails, mouth-watering burgers, and more.

 

That’s the Spirit(s)!

Drink local with brews and cocktails produced in Phoenix and throughout Arizona.

  • Starting February 2, The Phoenician will offer a new, after-dark offering with Champagne Saturdays on the first and third Saturday of every month. The events will feature live entertainment and curated selections of champagne with a special, three-course menu of sumptuous small bites.

  • Pair your wine or beer with some laughs every other Tuesday at the RoRo Comedy Show, located in the Rott n' Grapes RoRo basement lounge. Gene Moore and a local cast of comedians will help you unwind with comedy right off the vine.

  • The historic Sarah H. Pemberton House is hosting a series of Garden Party events every first Sunday through May. Enjoy classic cocktails, sip Taittinger champagne, and savor passed hors d'oeuvres as you listen to 1930s jazz. A portion of ticket sales will go to One Community Foundation.

  • The recently-opened Taco Bell Cantina in downtown Phoenix is now the first Taco Bell in Arizona to serve alcohol. Along with the chain’s classic menu, patrons can order beer, cocktails, sangria, and more.

  • Get a free, behind-the-scenes look at beer production every Saturday afternoon at Four Peaks Brewing Company.

  • Prepare for some fresh faces in the downtown Phoenix beer scene as Greenwood Brewing prepares to open its first location this spring or summer. A woman-owned brewery, its goal is to make every woman feel empowered, confident, and safe to share her story.

  • Save a spot on your calendar for a trip to Los Milics Winery, a winery and lodge set to begin operations in the fall. Founded by FnB co-owner Pavle Milic, it will bring his expertise on food and wine to guests in southern Arizona.

 

 

Find Your Zen

Breathe in, breathe out, and check out the wide array of wellness events kicking off this spring.

CIVANA

  • CIVANA – the Phoenix area’s newest wellness resort features a state-of-the-art spa facility and a host of daily wellness classes. The spa includes an Aqua Vitality Circuit – a European-designed hot/cold walking pool, warm therapeutic soaking pool, cold plunge shower, and a five-climate KLAFS SANARIUM® - the only one in the continental U.S.

  • Elevate Yoga & Wellness is partnering with Rott n' Grapes to offer Yogunch every Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday. The new collaboration is a way for people that work in the Phoenix area to get a quick aerial yoga class in and have lunch waiting for them.

  • After decades of yoga practice and instruction, Sumit’s yoga founder Sumit Banerjee has established Sumits Stretch, an assisted stretching center in Scottsdale integrating the western approach of myofascia therapy, acupressure, and Thai stretch.

  • Guests at Mountain Shadows can partake in a variety of one-of-a-kind programming with the Sun, Moon & Stars Wellness Series. Events include  HIIT-style workouts, brunch and yoga, moonlight yoga, and paddleboard yoga.

 

Building Anticipation

Architecture and design are having a moment you don’t want to miss.

  • From March 15 to 24, Modern Phoenix Week will offer tours, education, and events for design professionals and enthusiasts alike. Looking for accommodation during the festivities? Save 20 percent off your stay at Hotel Valley Ho, The Clarendon, and Mountain Shadows with event promo codes.

  • Designed by renowned Douglas Fredrikson Architects, Evie’s Pavilion, a special-event venue located at Papago Golf Course, is now complete. With 2,900 square feet of dining and reception space for groups of 25 to 150 people, it’s open to host gatherings of all varieties.

  • Great Wolf Lodge Arizona recently celebrated a construction milestone with a “topping out” ceremony in preparation for its grand opening in late summer/early fall 2019. Spanning 85,000 square-fee, the 350-room family resort will be the company’s 18th indoor water park resort in North America, and first in the Southwest.

  • Caesars Entertainment Corp. said it will build a non-casino hotel on the northern side of Scottsdale Fashion Square, with construction slated to start later this year and an opening scheduled for 2021. The 11-story glass structure, with 266 guest rooms, will be called Caesars Republic Scottsdale and will be the company's first non-gaming hotel in the U.S.

 

Family Fun

This spring there are plenty of all-ages events in the Phoenix area. Learn, have fun, and share unforgettable experiences designed for the whole family.

LEGOLAND LEGO Movie Days

  • LEGOLAND Discovery Center Arizona is celebrating the long-awaited The LEGO MOVIE™ 2: The Second Part with a movie-themed event days from February 8 to March 31. Enjoy 10 LEGO build & play zones, a 4D cinema, rides and special movie-themed fun all geared for families with children ages 3 to 10.

  • Beginning February 10th, visit the Arizona Science Center to experience Mummies of the World, the largest collection of real mummies and related artifacts ever assembled. Learn about the lives of ancient people from every region of the world including Europe, South America and Ancient Egypt.

  • SEA LIFE Aquarium is launching a magical mermaid experience with its Mermaid Lagoon. Watch real-life mermaids dive underwater in the Ocean Exhibit next to stingrays, sea turtles, and even sharks. After the interactive dive show, meet a dry-land mermaid up close and pose for a photo in Mermaid Cove. Catch the action on Thursdays through Sundays from February 28 to March 24.

  • Unleash your inner geek at Phoenix Fan Fusion, the family-friendly signature pop culture experience of the Southwest. From May 23 - 26, experience a celebration of comics, creators, celebrities, and collectibles.