The opening weekend of Cactus League Spring Training, the Arizona Matsuri Festival and the Devour Culinary Classic highlight the top things to do in Phoenix this weekend.

Spring Training Opening Weekend


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Play ball! It's the opening weekend of Cactus League Spring Training, so grab your lawn blanket and sunscreen to catch the action and get up close to your favorite players. We've got a stadium map, complete spring schedule and more in our Cactus League guide.


Devour Culinary Classic

Saturday - Sunday


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There are still (as of Friday afternoon) some tickets available for one of the state's premiere annual culinary showcases. Enjoy Arizona's best food and beverage amidst the beautiful backdrop of Desert Botanical. In addition to tastings from top chefs and restaurants, the event will offer opportunities for attendees to learn skills and tips from some of their favorite local chefs and food producers.

Desert Botanical Garden
1201 N Galvin Pkwy, Phoenix 85008


Arizona Matsuri: Festival of Japan

Saturday - Sunday


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Explore the flavors of Japanese food, beer and sake at this annual festival which also features Japanese exhibits, demonstrations, arts and crafts, children's activities, bonsai displays, live music and more.

Heritage and Science Park
115 N 6th St, Phoenix


Celebrate Jazz at MIM

Saturday - Sunday


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Indulge your love for all things jazz with live performances of West Coast jazz, bebop, and Latin jazz; screenings of episodes from the Ken Burns film Jazz; and a workshop on the art of scat singing.

Musical Instrument Museum
4725 E. Mayo Blvd. Phoenix


Italian Festival of Arizona

Saturday - Sunday

Experience the flavors, sights, and sounds of Italy without leaving Phoenix. The Italian Festival of Arizona returns for a weekend celebration of Italian heritage, music, food and commerce. Celebrate both past and present Italian culture with authentic cuisine, live music, and handcrafted items. 

Scottsdale Southbridge
7114 E Stetson Dr, Scottsdale


PHX Vegan Food Festival

Saturday - Sunday


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If you're vegan,or curious about the state's showcase of animal-free restaurateurs and products, this festival offers a space to explore, sample and shop. Enjoy live entertainment while you browse and pick up food samples from more than 100 of the states most beloved plant-based restaurants and food trucks.

Margaret T. Hance Park
67 W Culver St, Phoenix