What’s New in Greater Phoenix

April, May, and June 2019

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Spring Into Arts & Culture

Don’t miss the local art exhibits and masterful performances taking place in Greater Phoenix.

Arizona Opera - The Marriage of Figaro
Arizona Opera

  • Grab your popcorn and take your seat for the Phoenix Film Festival, a celebration of all things film and movies from April 4-14. Enjoy screenings of more than 175 feature films and shorts, as well as Q&A sessions with producers, director and talent.

  • The Arizona Opera season finishes up with two showstopper productions: Don’t miss The Marriage of Figaro (April 5-7) and Così fan Tutte (April 25). Then book your tickets for the 2019/2020 season, which launches with the tumultuous life story of Frank Lloyd Wright in Shining Brow (Sept. 27-29).

  • Every year the best of Broadway comes to ASU Gammage, and this season is no exception. Don’t miss the national tour productions of Wicked (April 2 - May 5), Rent (May 28 - June 2), Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (June 11-16), and The Book of Mormon (August 6-11).

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

  • Catch the First Fridays Art Walk in Downtown Phoenix’s Roosevelt Row on April 5, May 3, and June 7. 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.

  • 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 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). (Stay tuned for the 2019/20 season: the lineup will include “Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back,” “Music of Billy Joel,” “Music of ABBA,” the next two installments of The Harry Potter™ Film Concert, and more!)

 

 

 

Score a Win

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

Spring TrainingCactus League Spring Training

  • It’s not too late to join the fun of Cactus League Spring Training! Games run from now through March 26. Check the schedule to find out when your favorite teams are playing.

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

  • Hockey fans rejoice: The Arizona Coyotes have a packed schedule of home games at Gila River Arena from now through 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 benefiting Phoenix Children’s Hospital.

  • The annual LPGA Bank of Hope Founders Cup, Arizona’s only LPGA tournament, returns on March 19-24. The tournament, which was created to honor the 13 women who founded the LPGA, will feature a full field of professional players competing for a $1.5 million purse.

  • The Bulleit Bourbon Derby DayClub, Arizona’s only Kentucky Derby party with live racing and betting, debuts May 4 at Turf Paradise. Enjoy the racing action in the exclusive track-side polo party-like tents with track-side betting terminals, renowned Fried & Fizzy food truck, and a no-host bar.

 

 

Festival Fun

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

Phoenix Pride Festival and ParadePhoenix Pride Parade

  • 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 7 when participants take to the streets for the Phoenix Pride Parade.

  • Celebrate Polynesian culture at the inaugural 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.

  • 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.

 

 

Satisfy Your Food Cravings

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

Scottsdale Culinary Festival
Scottsdale Culinary Festival

  • Gilbert-based Arizona Wilderness Brewing Co. opened a new location on Roosevelt Row on March 1. Founded in 2013, Arizona Wilderness DTPHX is the brewery’s second location. The menu includes draft beers, cocktails, and wine, as well as locally-sourced burgers and shareable sides.

  • CB Live is prepping for peak brunch season with the launch of a boozy new breakfast-based party series, aptly called OM-LIT Sunday Brunch, starting on March 3 and running every Sunday throughout the year.

  • Carefree’s popular Spotted Donkey Cantina is now the first restaurant the country to offer one of the world’s most rare tequilas: Roca Patron. It is acclaimed by experts as the most exquisite tequila ever made. Spotted Donkey guests can imbibe on “Patron Flights,” a tequila tasting mat that includes tasting notes and four tequila flute pours of each spirit.

  • Don’t miss the Flying Burrito Festival on March 9. Enjoy over 50 types of burritos, 4 stages of live music, and live lucha libre wrestling.

  • On March 14 celebrate National Pi Day with pizza for $3.14 at all Fired Pie locations. Any one-topping pizza will be $3.14 with the purchase of a drink.

  • Celebrate your love of pets at Yappy Hour, a collaboration between Match Restaurant & Lounge and Maricopa County Animal Care and Control. On March 20, April 17, and May 15, enjoy extended happy hour specials, complimentary treats for pups, and adoption opportunities.

  • 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 on April 13 and 14.

  • Feast your eyes and your ears at FRIED: French Fry and 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.

  • Arizona Restaurant Week (May 17-26) sends diners on a ten-day tasting tour of the state. Participating restaurants are known for their exceptional cuisine and spare no expense to give diners an extraordinary culinary experience with three-course, prix-fixe menus for just $33 or $44 per person.

 

 

Ways to Relax

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

  • Whether you’re visiting the Valley for a long weekend or live here but need a stay-cation, don’t miss the Phoenix spa savings packages expiring soon.

  • 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.

 

 

A Changing City

Keep an eye out for some of the latest restaurants, hotels, and venues that have announced plans to open in Phoenix.

  • Meow Wolf recently announced a new exhibition and hotel concept in the heart of the Roosevelt Row Arts District. The hotel will include approximately 400 rooms designed by local artists that explores all forms of overnight experiences, including faux-glamping, capsule rooms, communal hostel environments, absurd luxury suites, as well as lodging inside of the art exhibition itself. The 75,000 square-foot exhibition area will include a 10,000 square-foot music and performance venue.

  • The Drunk Monk, a Polynesian restaurant and Tiki Bar, is set to open in Scottsdale in March. It will occupy the building formerly occupied for 21 years by Cowboy Ciao. The 4,600 square-foot restaurant will accommodate up to 150 guests in the main dining area, plus up to 50 guests on the patio.

  • Downtown Phoenix’s 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.

  • Great Wolf Lodge Arizona is preparing for its grand opening in late summer/early fall 2019. Spanning 85,000 square-feet, the 350-room family resort will be the company’s 18th indoor water park resort in North America, and first in the Southwest.

  • The DeSoto Central Market building has been closed since the venture ended abruptly in August. But it may take on a new purpose: The Arizona Republic reports that the building has been purchased by Charles Duff, the developer behind Cobra Arcade Bar and Gracie’s Tax Bar. He said he plans to create a 12,000 square foot "bar and nightlife concept" called Life. He plans to open it by the end of 2019.

  • 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.

  • Oxygen Hospitality Group, Inc. has acquired Wyndham Garden Phoenix Midtown and plans to stage a multimillion-dollar property renovation that will elevate it as a full-service hotel with modern conveniences ready to greet a global tourist base. Renovations may begin as early as this summer, and the hotel will remain open through the project.