Scottsdale Culinary Festival

April 16-17

By the numbers: This culinary experience features 40 local restaurants, 20 live bands, 250 beers and dozens of cooking and wine demonstrations (and, since we’re counting, the festival is in its 38th year of dishing up food and festivities).

Scottsdale Civic Center Mall, 7380 E 2nd St, Scottsdale 85251
(480) 945-7193

scottsdale culinary fest

Scottsdale Culinary Festival


Street Food Cinema

April 16

LA’s biggest outdoor movie series makes its debut in Phoenix. Grab tickets, a lawn blanket and cash for food truck fare, then kick back in grassy Hance Park for a local musical act and big screen showing of The Princess Bride.

1218 N 2nd St, Phoenix 85004
(323) 254-5068

Maricopa County Parks Wildflower Walks

April 15-17

Spring is in the air with some pleasant temperatures—it’s a great weekend to enjoy breezy outdoor beauty. If you haven’t yet been on a hunt for the desert’s boon of wildflowers, let the guides at Maricopa County Parks take you to a few hot spots:

Friday: Picture the Flowers on a photography trail trek in Cave Creek Regional Park.
Saturday: See and learn about cactus blooms on a flower hike with a naturalist in Lake Pleasant Regional Park.
Sunday: Estrella Mountain Regional Park offers a scenic, two-mile wildflower hike.

Dia del Nino

April 17

Piñata-bashing zoo animals and fighting luchadors are just some of the wild fun for families at the Phoenix Zoo’s Día del Niño. The Hispanic-inspired celebration also features folkloric dance, face-painting, creature features (remember the piñata-bashing?) and crafts with festive Latin flair.

455 North Galvin Pkwy, Phoenix 85008
(602) 273-1341

dia del nino phoenix zoo

Dia del Nino at Phoenix Zoo

Phoenix Improv Festival

April 14-16

Some festivals are food, some for music—and some to keep attendees in stitches from laughter. National and local troupes take the stage for three evenings of comedy, including Thursday’s marathon-style showcase of local performances every 20 minutes.

Herberger Theater Center, 222 E. Monroe St., Phoenix 85004

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