Topping our picks for things to do in Phoenix this weekend are a few festival favorites. Get the details below:
Visual art from 350 vendors is the spotlight of this spring festival, but other forms of artistry are celebrated, too: Dynamic street performances, flashy Brazilian rhythms and passionate musicians will have you tapping your toes as you stroll along Mill Avenue. Beer is also an art, of course: Local microbreweries are set up for sampling, along with tastings at the Arizona Wine Festival.
281 S Mill Ave, Tempe 85281
Catch everything from horror to heartwarmers at the annual Phoenix Film Festival. With a diverse bill including more than 150 features and shorts, the festival draws moviegoers with an eye beyond the big-ticket box office to one location for seven days of screenings.
In Hopi tradition, the katsina doll is a teaching tool, carved in the likeness of revered spirit messengers. They’re as diverse and beautiful as the plants, animals and things of the universe they are meant to represent, and you can find your own in the marketplace as Hopi carvers gather to show and sell their creations.
Heard Museum, 2301 N. Central Ave., Phoenix 85004
If doggy-paddling is the only type of paddling under your belt, the vendors at the annual Lake Pleasant Paddlefest are on hand to get you out on the water a different way: kayaking, rafts, canoes and stand-up paddleboarding, to name a few. The free festival offers demos, games and music and water recreation skills to take out on your next Phoenix outdoor adventure.
Lake Pleasant Regional Park, Fireman’s Cove, Peoria 85332
As Arizona’s original olive grove begins to bloom, Queen Creek Olive Mill puts on a festival for the tastebuds. Join in to sample honey, wine, beer, a few beloved local food trucks (try a smothered sandwich at Po’ Boyz BBQ) and, of course, olive oil goods.
25062 S. Meridian Road, Queen Creek 85142