A Hawaiian luau, downtown Phoenix music festival takeover and plenty of beer and art are on the schedule for this weekend in Phoenix. Get the details here.
Forget standing at one or two stages—this music festival returns again to take over downtown, filling big venues from Comerica Theatre, Crescent Ballroom and CityScape's outdoor stage to non-traditional spaces such as a boiler-room basement, a punk-rock alley and a defunct church chapel. For just $28 (as of this posting), you can see it all, including headlines Girl Talk, The Maine, Wyclef Jean, American Football, Classixx and much more (there are close to 100 bands in all).
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Arizona Aloha Festival
The free Arizona Aloha Festival brings some of the sights, sounds and tastes of the islands to Phoenix for a weekend of culture and cuisine. Watch dance and musical performances on the festival’s stages, and enjoy a marketplace, crafts and food including traditional plate-lunch offerings.
Shop 175 talented national artists, listen in on local music and sip from beer gardens, all under sunny spring skies at this three-day arts festival. The event also features kids' activities and free museum admission to the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art. Don’t miss a pic with the LOVE sculpture in Scottsdale Civic Center Park while you're there.
7380 E. Second St., Scottsdale 85251
Scottsdale Arts Festival
St. Patrick's Day Events
While this lucky holiday falls on Friday of next week, you can kick off celebrations early this weekend at the annual St. Patrick's Day Parade and Faire, a longstanding Phoenix tradition complete with Irish dancers, bagpipers, crafts, and your fill of traditional food. The Musical Instrument Museum is also hosting a family weekend to Experience Ireland through music and culture.
Parade & Faire: Irish Cultural Center, 1106 North Central Ave. Phoenix. Parade route starts at 3rd Street from Virginia to McDowell.
Musical Instrument Museum: 4725 E. Mayo Boulevard, Phoenix
Great Arizona Beer Festival
Head to the heart of downtown for a showcase of top local and regional brews, plus Phoenix-favorite food trucks. Your entry comes with 24 tickets to exchange for beer samples, unless you go VIP and opt for additional goodies and an extra hour to chat with brewers before the gates officially open.