Fun things to do in Phoenix this weekend include foodie festivals for Cajun and brats, plus a chance to see Arizona’s national parks and monuments for free. Here’s the details:

The Great Southwest Cajun Fest

April 23

South meets West for a flavorful festival of Cajun cuisine, jazz and more live entertainment, and Abita beer. The highlight: Local Angry Crab Shack is serving up a big crawfish boil complete with potatoes and cornbread. Not hungry yet? Here’s what else you can expect to taste: Po’boys, BBQ ribs, jambalaya, fried catfish, shrimp and grits, and alligator on a stick—you know, the usual.

Dr. AJ Chandler Park, 3 S Arizona Ave, Chandler 85255

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Hello, crawfish boil. Photo via Southwest Cajun Fest on Facebook

Heard Museum Shop’s Annual Spring Sale

April 22-24

The Southwest is home to 22 American Indian tribes, each with distinct culture and art represented in the Heard Museum’s renowned exhibits. The shop is where you can take home a piece of these traditions in authentic pottery, weavings, jewelry, katsina dolls and more work from native artists. Everything is 10% off this weekend for the seasonal sale. While you’re there, explore the Heard Museum galleries and collections.

2301 N. Central Ave, Phoenix 85004
602-252-8840

Brat Haus Sausage Fest

April 24

Yeah, it’s gonna be a total sausage fest. The beer garden at Brat Haus will transform into a party zone for beer games, exotic brat tasting and the creation of the state’s largest brat and pretzel to date. Sausage Fest guests can indulge in smoked, pickled and fried goodies from their Brat Haus hosts, plus beer and, of course, brats.

3622 N Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale, Arizona 85251

National Park Week

Through April 24

Use Phoenix as a home base to travel to Arizona’s national parks and monuments this weekend. National Park Week means free admission to bucket-list destinations like the Grand Canyon and some stunning sites you might not have heard of yet: Montezuma Castle, Tonto, Tuzigoot and the Casa Grande Ruins are all within a couple hours of town (you can preview them on our American Indian culture blog).

Fiesta Bowl Rugby & Balloon Classic

April 23

The Southwest’s largest rugby event—the down-and-dirty sport now up-and-coming in the US—pits the Mexican National Team against local Arizona State University. Softening the impact of the matchup is a post-game hot air balloon glow, featuring massive Star Wars characters and a pop-up nightclub.

Scottsdale Stadium, 7408 E. Osborn Road, Scottsdale 85251

rugby balloon

Fiesta Bowl Rugby & Balloon Classic

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