Ostrich races, a Hawaiian luau and a green fountain taller than the Washington Monument: Yep, it’s all on our festive things to do in Phoenix this weekend.
Don’t be surprised if you hear Downtown Phoenix reverberating with sound this weekend. It’s the epicenter of McDowell Mountain Music Festival, a three-day show featuring headliners Beck, The Avett Brothers, Kid Cudi and more in Hance Park. It’s also where more than 60 artists will take over multiple venues Saturday night during Viva PHX Music Festival. You can catch headlining acts Neon Indian, The Growlers and Crystal Castles on the festival’s outdoor street stages.
Shop the work of 175 national artists, listen in on local entertainment and sip from wine and beer gardens, all under one of Phoenix’s famously sunny spring skies. The annual event also features fun for kids and free museum admission to the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art (don’t miss a pic with one of the world-famous LOVE sculptures).
7380 E. Second St., Scottsdale 85251
The Arizona Aloha Festival brings a few of the sights, sounds and tastes of the islands to Phoenix for a weekend of culture and cuisine. Catch dancers and musicians on the festival’s three stages, and enjoy a vendor marketplace, two food courts of traditional plate-lunch offerings and activities for the whole ohana (family).
Back in its early days, Phoenix’s east neighbor Chandler was big in the business of ostrich farming—the feathers were a must-have for ladies’ fashion. Styles have changed, but the city still honors its roots with the annual Ostrich Festival, where the birds take to the racing track with jockeys or chariots. The festival also features carnival rides, musical acts and family fun.
Tumbleweed Park, 2250 S. McQueen Rd, Chandler 85286
St. Patrick’s Day
Although the holiday is next Thursday, festivities kick off this weekend with the annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Faire on Saturday, the weekend-long Experience Ireland at Musical Instrument Museum, and Sunday’s festivities in Fountain Hills, when the town’s famous 560-foot fountain spouts emerald green. See our St. Patrick’s Day blog for all events.