Phoenix-based Mesa Airlines, Inc. fleet will now fly seven new planes for American Airlines. The 10-year contract with American will provide reliable and cost-effective regional jet service for American’s customers.
The Cactus League Spring Training is full swing at the valley’s 10 stadiums. Greater Phoenix serves as the seasonal home of a 15 Major League Baseball teams during Cactus League Spring Training. The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, Chicago Cubs, Chicago White Sox, Cincinnati Reds, Cleveland Indians, Kansas City Royals, Los Angeles Dodgers, Milwaukee Brewers, Oakland Athletics, San Diego Padres, San Francisco Giants, Seattle Mariners, Arizona Diamondbacks, Colorado Rockies and Texas Rangers conduct their annual spring-training programs in the metro area.
Arizona Biltmore offers a stellar spring break getaway complete with an unprecedented scope of activities, events and special programs for the entire family. Enjoy wellness activities like hiking or biking tours, kids tennis clinic, kids aqua frenzy with water games, Frisbee golf, scavenger hunts and much more.
The Sheraton Phoenix Downtown Hotel is offering Spring Training rates starting at $179 with complimentary self-parking, in-room WiFi, and kids eat free with purchase of adult meal at District American Kitchen and Wine Bar, good through April 4.
The Westin Phoenix Downtown Spring Training Package quick access to the all the Arizona baseball stadiums and catch more games during 2015 Spring Training. Book our exclusive Spring Training package and enjoy: rates from $209, complimentary valet parking, and kids eat free (with purchase of adult meal per child).
Forbes Travel Guide recently unveiled its annual Star Rating list, awarding The Canyon Suites at the Phoenician as a Five-Star hotel for the third consecutive year. This is the only hotel in the greater Phoenix area to receive such an award. The Spa, The Centre for Well-Being was presented with Four-Star honors and for the first time, the resort’s II Terrazzo Restaurant received a Four-Star ranking.
The Arizona Grand Resort & Spa invites guests to come for Spring Training or Spring Break! Visit the Valley of the Sun this spring and enjoy 50 USD in NIGHTLY Resort Credit to be used towards your choice of: Dining, Spa or Golf. Arizona’s only all-suite resort features an 18-hole golf course, 7-acre Oasis Water Park and is conveniently located to all Cactus League stadiums.
The luxury boutique hideaway The Hermosa Inn has upgraded their level of luxury by introducing Butler Service. This is the first resort in the Greater Phoenix area to offer this high-end amenity. Both discreet and anticipatory, the Inn’s butler service creates a one-of-a-kind experience for the guest looking for the perfect getaway and offers a personalized customer service. The Hermosa Inn’s Play Ball package includes a stay at the best available rate, $36 breakfast credit per day to LON’s at the Hermosa, baseball-themed snacks, sunscreen, a Cactus League game schedule and two drink vouchers per night to Last Drop at the Hermosa. Rates are starting from $417/night. Available Feb. 28 to March 30.
Kai Restaurant at the Sheraton Wild Horse Pass Resort & Spa was also awarded Forbes Travel Guide’s Five-Star Award for the seventh consecutive year. Kai is the only restaurant in Arizona and one of only 38 restaurants in the entire nation to receive this prestigious honor. The resort’s Aji Spa was also named for the seventh consecutive year, to the list of Forbes Four-Star recipients, continuing their legacy as one of the top spas in Arizona. In addition, Sheraton Wild Horse Pass Resort & Spa maintained their place on the Forbes Travel Guide Recommended Hotel list. This designation is described as denoting a well-appointed hotel that has enhanced amenities and design which provide a strong sense of location, whether through style or function.
Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort & Spa joins Hyatt hotels and resorts worldwide by launching free WI-FI across all guest rooms and social spaces, such as the lobby, pool area, and restaurant. This industry-leading offer is available to guests on an unlimited number of mobile devices or laptops. In other news, the resort has released its live entertainment schedule for March. Each group or performer will be performing multiple dates throughout the month at the Center Stage Bar. Entertainment includes Sydney Sprague (Young Indie/Pop), The Waters (Edgy Folk), Brian Chartrand (Intimate Amerciana), Myles David Lancette (Acoustic/Soul and Pop), and Native American Dancing at the Fountain Court.
A $65 million luxury resort and 18-hole golf course is scheduled to be built starting in August at the formerMountain Shadows Golf Resort. The new resort will have 180 guest rooms and 31 hotel-condominium units in a separate building. Plans include adding a small market as well as rehabilitating the Mountain Shadows golf course. The resort is expected to open December 2016.
Mix it up with a monthly mashup series at Talavera at Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North. Guest chefs will be welcomed for various nights of culinary creativity. Guests can enjoy an entirely new restaurant concept for one night only at the new Monthly Mashup series. One local chef will step out of their kitchen – and into the kitchen of Executive Chef Mel Mecinas to join forces for an unpredictable night of culinary fun. The series kicks off on Sunday, March 22, with guest restaurant SumoMaya and Executive Chef Matt Zdeb. Each evening will feature a four-course tasting menu, with highlights from each chef’s culinary concept. The chefs will join forces for a specialty amuse course to start the culinary journey. The cost for each event in the series is $95 per person, not inclusive of tax and gratuity.
At the Talking Stick Resort, you can be a fan by day and a player by night! Stay with us and you're only minutes from the ballpark action. Hop on Talking Stick Resort’s complimentary shuttle to and from Salt River Fields, available only for Player Rewards Club Members and our Talking Stick Resort guests. Take advantage of the two special Spring Training rates, one starting from $318 (enjoy 4 tickets in our preferred backstop seating section) and the other from $221 (includes 2 tickets in 1 of 6 preferred seating sections located behind the dugouts). You can build your perfect Spring Training vacation package in just a few simple steps: select your arrival and departure dates, choose a room type, add on game tickets as an enhancement (only 1 seating option per paid day), and then enter your information to complete the reservation. Cool off after the game with a $2 draft beer* at any of our restaurants or lounges by presenting a same-day Spring Training ticket stub. Afterwards, enjoy exciting casino gaming, outstanding dining and world-class entertainment. As always, you’ll enjoy a host of amenities including complimentary property-wide high speed WiFi, no resort fees and free parking. Based on availability from March 3 - April 4.
ARTS, CULTURE & ENTERTAINMENT
The Viva PHX Festival will hit downtown Phoenix for its second year in a row, filling the streets with the music of more than 80 bands performing at 20 venues. This year’s lineup includes headlinres like Coolio, Andrew W.K., Fishbone, and local favorites like Andrew Jackson Jihad, Banana Gun and Playboy Manbaby. The music festival takes place March 14.
The Phoenix Art Museum opens up a new exhibit, Andy Warhol: Portraits from March 4 to June 21. One of the most influential artists of the 20th century, Andy Warhol was at the forefront of the Pop Art movement and known for his brightly colored images. This exhibition examines Warhol’s fascination with celebrity culture and the “world famous,” featuring more than 150 screen prints, paintings, drawings and Polaroid portraits from his student days in the 1940s to the disco-era 1980s.
The Phoenix Symphony takes you out for a movie in style with a unique, first-ever presentation of the legendary Hollywood musical film Singin’ in the Rain, starring Gene Kelly, Donald O’Connor, and Debbie Reynolds. The Phoenix Symphony, conducted by Randall Craig Fleischer, accompanies this feature film projected live, while bringing the iconic classical score to life with hits like the title song “Singin’ in the Rain,” and others such as “Make ‘Em Laugh,” “Fit as a Fiddle,” and “You Were Meant for Me” sprinkled throughout this classic March 14 and 15 at Symphony Hall. Tickets start at $18.
On March 14, starting at 10 a.m., the 32 Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Faire will take place, this year with the theme “Celebrating 32: 32 Counties and 32 Parades.” The festival will start at Hance Park near downtown Phoenix’s Irish Cultural Center and go one mile south down 3rd Street to end near the Phoenix Center for the Arts. The parade began in 1984 to preserve, share and enhance the heritage and traditions of the Irish Culture. Marching bands, Bagpipers, Irish step dancers, floats, police and fire vehicles will be a part of the parade and faire, which begins at the parade’s end. Participants can enjoy live Irish music, Irish crafts and merchandise, a children’s are and Irish grub and beverages.
Since 2005, there has been an annual St. Patrick’s Day music festival at Tempe Beach Park. This year, Lucky Man Concerts brings the Pot O’ Gold Music Festival at Tempe Beach Park to a whole new level with headliners like Bastille, Awolnation, Girl Talk, the Expendables, Slightly Stoopid, Kendrick Lamar, Fall Out Boy, Korn, Rebelution, and many more over the course of the four days (Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Tuesday), March 13-17. Tickets start at $49 for each day.
Six hundred Native American artists will participate in this year's Heard Museum Guild Indian Fair and Market, whose theme is "Celebrating the Art of Basketry." Local and out-of-state basket weavers and basket makers will demonstrate their craft, and a rug weaver, stone and wood sculptor, sand painter, jewelry maker and bead artist will show the intricate processes that go into their art. On both days, Pima basket dancers, fancy dancers, a Navajo storytelling dance group, a traditional Native American dance troupe and an O'odham band will perform. Flutist and five-time world champion hoop dancer Tony Duncan will perform and lead interactive Hoop Dance 101 sessions. Admission is $20 in advance, $15 for museum members in advance, $10 in advance for American Indians, students older than 17 and active and retired military members.
The Spring Butterfly Exhibit at the Desert Botanical Garden will begin on March 7, allowing visitors to come and spend time with hundreds of fluttering butterflies in the Marshal Butterfly Pavilion at the garden. See the butterflies up close and personal as they go about their day, sipping nectar and enjoying the sun. You might be lucky and have one land on you. The exhibit is open until May 10 and is open 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.
The spring Tempe Festival of the Arts will line Mill Avenue with as many as 400 artist booths representing 16 different arts categories such as wood, photography, ceramics, jewelry and more. Street performers, food and beverage vendors, wine tastings and some of Arizona’s best wineries and craft-beer breweries will also be in attendance. Children will be able to create their own art to take home at the Kids Innovation Station. The free art festival is March 27 to March 29.
The Phoenix Film Festival, Arizona's largest film festival is in its 15th year and is a must-attend for all local movie buffs, filmmakers and film students. The festival screens more than 150 independent, student and showcase films, and its schedule is packed with events, parties and panels galore. The festival is March 26 to April 2 at Harkins Scottsdale 101.
The McDowell Mountain Music Festival (MMMF), in its 12th consecutive year, is bringing more music to Phoenix March 27-29 to add to the Valley’s lineup of music festivals this month. Bands such as Passion Pit, Portugal The Man, Thievery Corporation, and Phantogram will play at the main stage and local favorites like The Senators, Snake! Snake! Snake! and Playboy Manbaby will play at the local stage at Margaret T. Hance Park. The McDowell Mountain Music Festival is the only 100 percent non-profit music festival in Arizona. Designed to promote three elements – community involvement, corporate participation and charity – McDowell Mountain Music Festival exists to support, entertain and educate the community, the arts and families throughout the state. The Festival attracts visitors from around the country for great music, beautiful Arizona weather and an opportunity to experience true culture. All of the proceeds from the festival will benefit two local, family-based, non-profits: Phoenix Children’s Hospital Foundation and UMOM New Day Center.
Celebrate the essence of the margarita and the spirit of the southwest at the 13th Annual Agave on the Rocksat the Desert Botanical Garden on March 27. Savor an evening of gourmet eats prepared by the Valley’s best restaurants and caterers and Samba under the stars to vibrant Latin rhythms. The glow glass is back and includes an enticing Cruz-infused margarita upon arrival (a non-alcoholic option will also be available). Quench your thirst at any of the full cash bars featuring a variety of refreshing Fat Tuesday margaritas. Make sure to stop by the Cruz Tequila sampling station from 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. where guests are invited to try a taste of Cruz’s Silver and Resposado tequilas. A representative will be present to answer any guest questions and discuss the finer points of tasting. Unlimited samples of gourmet cuisine from renowned Valley restaurants and caterers will also be available and are included with the ticket price ($70). In honor of the 13th Anniversary of Agave on the Rocks, the best and most exciting Latin bands will spice up the night with lively and captivating performances. Must be 21 or older to attend.
Phoenix Public Market Café is now participating in a table-to-farm practice by collecting food scraps for composting. The restaurant now collects 80 percent of the total waste and donates it to composting efforts in the city. This is part of a larger mission to build a community by reducing waste in the land-fills and contributing to local-based sustainable farming. So far, PPMC has diverted more than 15,000 pounds (nearly eight tons) of waste from local landfills.
Fractured Prune Doughnuts has opened at CityScape to feed the donut frenzy in the Valley. This is the Valley’s third location, The gourmet doughnut shop makes the doughnuts per the customer’s order, customized and served fresh and warm. Customers may make their own personal doughnut, choosing from over 20 glazes and toppings.
Don’t miss Arizona Channel Eight’s Check, Please! Arizona Festival at CityScape, March 22 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sample local chefs’ top dishes and discover some of the best restaurants from your favorite episodes of Check, Please! Arizona. Experience the finest cuisine of independently owned restaurants featured on the show along with wine and beer pairings from participating wineries and breweries. All included in the ticket price of $79-$89.
OHSO is brewing up a new Phoenix location on Tatum Boulevard. The new brewery and restaurant will offer in-house draft beer, cocktails and wine, a menu with the pub’s favorites and of course, the outdoor patio and dog-friendly “Barking Bar,” just like OHSO’s other locations Arcadia and Scottsdale. At lunch, the new OHSO will offer counter service with sit-down dining available, while at dinner and happy hour, the restaurant will switch to full table service.And yes, there will be green beer at all locations for St. Patrick’s Day.
Dubina Brewing Co. has been recognized by the New York International Beer Competition as the Arizona Brewery of the Year. Not only awarded as Arizona’s best, but the brewery’s Bell Road IPA received a bronze medal in the competition for the best in the world.
Biltmore Spa at Arizona Biltmore offers Spring Break Specials. Enjoy treatments like: Aromatic Renewal Massage, eEnliven your senses. Relaxation techniques inspire positive thoughts and clarity during this full body massage with nourishing Vitamin E and Sunflower oil blend with lemon, amber and chamomile. Instill optimism and discover serenity. 50 minutes; Awakening Spring Body Polish and Massage, sweet cream scented salt scrub polishes and invigorates, revealing a smooth and youthful appearance. Farmhouse Fresh delivers spring to you through Fluffy Bunny shea butter cream. Inhale hints of lavender and mint throughout your full body relaxation massage. This spring inspired treatment renews the body and senses alike. 75 minutes; or Carrot Cake Facial, treat your skin with innovative stem cell technology sourced from organic grapes has shown to increase volume, promote cell longevity and collagen production. Nourish and restore your skin with a Carrot Mask. Delight in further relaxation with a Farmhouse Fresh Whipped Whoopie! hand treatment, for a touch of sweetness! 50 minutes.
Spring in the Valley of the Sun is a wonder to behold with perfect temperatures and pops of color emanating all around as the desert comes to life. The Hotel Valley Ho channeled this special vivacity with a trio of treatments designed to have you looking and feeling perfectly brilliant! The Nature Treatment begins with a wrap incorporating arctic berries and plant hydrosols from Scandinavia. Once your skin is fully hydrated and replenished, heated birch wood rollers are used to gently melt away tension in your back and shoulders (90 minutes, $150, regularly $185). The Iced Coffee Facial has berries of the coffee plant percolating with antioxidants that give your skin a beautifully revived tone. They have added cool marble acupressure to remove puffiness and perk up the eyes. Emerge looking fresh and naturally rejuvenated (60 minutes, $100, regularly $125). Get your hoppers sloughed, buffed and polished with our ultra-replenishing Fluffy Bunny Pedicure featuring a whipped honey scrub and Fluffy Bunny Body Butter (60 minutes, $50, regularly $65).
The Arizona Diamondbacks will host two Los D-backs Fiesta de la Familia events, presented by Fry’s Food Stores, for fans on April 12 and 26 at Chase Field. Los D-backs Fiesta de la Familia is free and will provide fans with the opportunity to enjoy multicultural pregame entertainment.
The Super Bowl is over and it’s time to turn the attention to a different kind of showdown. The Mercedes-Benz of Scottsdale Rugby Bowl: Beauty & The Beast is known for exciting matches and now, for the first time, an exclusive fashion show.The second-year event has been relocated to Scottsdale Stadium on Saturday, April 18. Go from rugby to runway at 2:30 p.m. for a one-of-a-kind “Warning Track” Fashion Show, featuring a unique production by Phoenix Fashion Week. After emerging from the dugout in shorter springtime attire, models will traverse the entire baseball warning track around the spring training home of the World Series Champion San Francisco Giants for prime viewing. The best scrum of the day is sure to be the battle between the nationally ranked ASU Sun Devils and the former Big Ten champion Ohio State Buckeyes at 3:00 pm. The USC Trojans are set to go head-to-head against the NAU Lumberjacks, in an exciting match that is scheduled for 1:00 pm. The day will open at 11:00 am, with Arizona’s High School Rugby Championship, which will feature the best of the best when it comes to local high school teams.
The Run & Gun Challenge comes to the Valley as an entirely new Obstacle Course Race, where for the first time ever, participants are faced with unique shooting challenges. Participants over 18 years old are invited to take part in this new and creative venture, which tests more than just physical stamina. The $125 entry fee includes everything the participant needs to complete the course, plus Run & Gun gear. The race is a rare opportunity for attendees to push themselves through a variety of exhilarating tasks where each of the legs is just about 3 miles and every challenge is optional; participants may simply bypass any obstacles they choose. Run & Gun will kick off on March 28, 2015 at Maricopa Wells of Wild Horse Pass in Phoenix, Arizona.
The Sun City West Tennis Club will host the 30th Annual “Swing into Spring” Senior Tennis TournamentMarch 25th to the 29th at the R. H. Johnson Tennis Center, and is cosponsored by the Recreation Centers of Sun City West. The tournament is open to players ages 50 and over, who will compete from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day in skill level divisions and/or age-group divisions, in men’s and women’s doubles, mixed doubles, and men’s singles in a round robin format. Spectators are welcome and admission is free. In conjunction with the tournament, the SCW Tennis Club will sponsor a contribution drive on behalf of the West Side Food Bank, a St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance. Bins will be in place during the tournament. A list of most needed or wanted items is on our website and will be posted at the tournament.