The Heard Museum World Championship Hoop Dance Contest, Arizona Renaissance Festival, Arizona Strong Beer Festival, and more highlight our top things to do in Phoenix this weekend.
Embark on a self-guided art tour along Roosevelt Row, the Grand Avenue Arts District and downtown Phoenix this Friday. Lace up your walking shoes or hop aboard a shuttle to experience the city's culture through exhibitions, pop-ups and performances on every corner.
Visit Artlink's website for maps, shuttle locations, and tips for a successful First Friday.
Celebrate the Year of the Boar through the sights, sounds and tastes of the annual Phoenix Chinese Week’s Culture and Cuisine Festival. Shop at souvenir and arts and crafts booths, experience cultural performances, and taste authentic Chinese cuisine.
Margaret T. Hance Park East
1202 N 3rd St, Phoenix
Prepare for stunning performances of the men and women who are vying to call themselves World Champion Hoop Dancer. Each presents a unique variation of the intertribal hoop dance, weaving in aspects of his or her distinct tradition and culture.
2301 N. Central Ave., Phoenix
Get ready for a weekend of heavy lifting at the Arizona Strong Beer Festival. Each sip from a frosty cold pint counts as a bicep curl, right? The state’s strongest brews, craft favorites and festival-only features will be out in force in the park this Saturday. Your ticket gets you 40 samples from 130 breweries and a whopping 450 craft beers on tap.
While it's not everyday you can bask in a beer-filled utopia, you can for the next 10. Raise a glass to Arizona Beer Week with more than 200 events state-wide.
Steele Indian School Park
300 E. Indian School Rd, Phoenix
This free two-day family-friendly event serves as a celebration of the region’s Native American roots in culture and ancestral traditions. Guests can view historic dwellings and art demonstrations and enjoy Native American storytelling, performances, music and contemporary entertainment along with an artisan market, food trucks, fry bread stands and kids’ activities.
Scottsdale Civic Plaza
7375 E 2nd St., Scottsdale
All of Greater's Phoenix's best food trucks will convene on Salt River Fields for a weekendlong experience of tasty bites. Throw in some live bands, lawn games, eating contests, vendor marketplaces, cooking classes, and kid's zone, and you've got yourself a pretty sweet festival.
Salt River Fields at Talking Stick
7555 N Pima Rd, Scottsdale
How could a stroll through the DBG get any better? With some wine in hand of course. Sample from 40 different boutique wines during your tour of the garden, where you can see the Wild Rising exhibit and enjoy some musical performances and tasty fare.
Desert Botanical Garden
1201 N Galvin Pkwy, Phoenix
Saturday Through March 29
Huzzah! The annual raucous revelry of the Arizona Renaissance Festival returns near the Superstitions. The medieval amusement park boasts 14 stages, an arts and crafts fair, a jousting tournament, and everything else you could imagine in 16th century Europe. Pro tip: you didn't really go unless you ate a turkey leg.
12601 E Highway 60, Gold Canyon
This annual parade in Old Town Scottsdale has been a tradition for more than 65 years, featuring a mix of the Old West with live musical entertainment, school groups, and more. This year's theme is "Western Legends," so keep your eye out for some legendary outlaws, cowpokes.
Old Town Scottsdale
Drinkwater Blvd and Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale
Dashboard Confessional at The Van Buren, Friday
TobyMac at Gila River Arena, Friday
Marc E Bassy at Crescent Ballroom, Friday
Black Tiger Sex Machine at The Van Buren, Saturday
Dermot Kennedy at Arizona Federal Theatre, Saturday
Nellie McKay at Chandler Center for the Arts, Saturday
Ladysmith Black Mambazo at Musical Instrument Museum, Saturday
Ladysmith Black Mambazo at Chandler Center for the Arts, Sunday
Leo Kottke at Musical Instrument Museum, Sunday