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.

 

Artlink First Friday

Friday

 

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.

 

Phoenix Chinese Week Culture and Cuisine Festival

Friday-Sunday

 

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

 

Heard Museum World Championship Hoop Dance Contest

Saturday-Sunday


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. 

Heard Museum
2301 N. Central Ave., Phoenix

 

Arizona Strong Beer Festival

Saturday

 

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

 

Arizona Indian Festival

Saturday-Sunday

 

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

 

Street Eats Food Truck Festival

Saturday-Sunday

 

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

 

Corks & Cactus

Saturday-Sunday

 

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

 

Arizona Renaissance Festival

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. 

Festival Village
12601 E Highway 60, Gold Canyon

 

Parada del Sol Parade

Saturday

 

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

 

Concerts

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