Save your appetite for this weekend's food festivals, downtown stroll-around and more top activities in Phoenix:
What do 40 local restaurants, 20 bands, and three gardens for beer, wine and spirits add up to? The two-day Scottsdale Culinary Festival, an annual event that draws 40,000 hungry visitors (since we're talking numbers). When you want to take a break from food and drink sampling, this year's festival also features cooking demonstrations, a family zone and headlining act Leann Rimes.
Scottsdale Civic Center Mall, 7380 E 2nd St, Scottsdale
Scottsdale Culinary Festival
Participating downtown venues are serving up small bites, drinks and live performances to music-loving wanderers with a Downtown Music Stroll ticket. Map your way out to spots such as LUSTRE Rooftop Bar, The Park and Squid Ink Sushi to enjoy live music and appetizers and beer or wine.
Hey, foodies: The best of the west will convene in one place this Saturday. Join for two hours of food sampling from top chefs in the West Valley, with flavors from gourmet waffles, tacos to gumbo. The family-friendly event also includes stages of live music, cooking demos obstacle courses, a BMX show and beer & wine garden.
Downtown Litchfield Park, 106 W Wigwam Blvd, Litchfield Park
Flavors of the West
This one's for the little ones. Join a giant party in downtown's CityScape geared for ages 3-12, with multiple adventures stages, hands-on activities and entertainment, and kid-centric vendors and food truck fare available for the grownups.
There's a chance you might not have seen your new favorite movie yet—so you'd better get to Phoenix Film Festival to watch and find out. The week-long series has daily viewings on seven screens at the Harkins Scottsdale 101. Grab a VIP or festival pass that allows you to see any films of you choice throughout the event, a flex pass for four showings, or individual tickets to one film.
Harkins Scottsdale/101 Theatre, 7000 East Mayo Blvd, Phoenix