The first weekend of April is quite similar to the last weekend of March: Perfect spring weather and lots of outdoor events across greater Phoenix with which to enjoy it! Check out our top picks for things to do in Phoenix this weekend:
Guided hikes at Maricopa Country Regional Parks: April 5
Get out and explore the region’s desert parks with the people that know the areas best. The county’s regional parks host guided tours throughout the year and this Saturday will be a perfect day for partaking in one! This weekend’s guided hikes include:
- An early-morning bird walk with an expert birder from the Sonoran Audobon Society at the White Tank Mountain Regional Park.
- A wildflower walk in Spur Cross Ranch Conservation Area.
- Learn entry-level tips for photographing wildlife and landscape at Cave Creek Regional Park.
Arizona BBQ Festival featuring the 2014 Redneck Games: April 5
The tons of mouth-watering BBQ that will be served up by over 20 Arizona pitmasters is just the beginning of this festival. After filling up on meat, don your best/worst overalls and go for the gold in competitions such as bobbing for pigs feet and hub cap hurling. Live bands, wrestling performances, and an appearance by Duck Dynasty stars are just a few more of the day’s festivities.
Phoenix Pride Festival: April 5-6
The 34th annual Phoenix Pride Festival returns to Steele Indian School Park for a weekend of entertainment and camaraderie with the LGBTQ and allied communities. There’ll be more than 150 entertaining performances across five stages, plus an arts expo, kids zone, and much more.
Superstitions Fine Art Show at Queen Creek Olive Mill: April 6
Set among the scenic Queen Creek Olive Mill is this juried art show featuring glassworks, paintings, pottery and more. After perusing the art, sip on complimentary wine tastings and enjoy some live tunes. The Mill will also be offering their Olive Oil 101 tours for just $5.
Phoenix Film Festival: Through April 10
More than 150 films and shorts will be shown throughout the week at the festival MovieMaker named one of the 25 Coolest Film Festivals. Check out the full schedule of movies being shown at the Harkins Scottsdale 101 theater and buy tickets here.