Sunday is the first official day of spring (although we’ve been enjoying the season for a while already). Celebrate with our picks for top things to do in Phoenix this weekend:
LPGA’s JTBC Founders Cup
The tournament for the JTBC Founders Cup is underway. Get tickets to see the world’s top women golfers—including #1-ranked Ha Na Jang—as they tee off for the LPGA tour win.
Pop-up galleries, studios, boutiques and bars dot the downtown grid on Art Detour’s urban exploration map. Your mission: Connect the dots on a self-guided tour of the city’s arts scene. Hop aboard one of the free circulating trolleys or hoof it to hot spots to explore the creative community. (Tip: Families can follow map markers for the Kids’ Detour.)
Check, Please! Arizona Festival
Foodies, get ready for an afternoon of savory sampling in Hance Park. Dozens of locally-owned restaurants, wineries and breweries will be on hand to dole out tastes of signature dishes. You can also take home some kitchen know-how from cooking demos with the chefs behind Cowboy Ciao, Tarbell’s and more local favorites.
67 W Culver St, Phoenix 85003
Spark! Mesa’s Festival of Creativity
Art at this festival isn’t just for observing. Touch trees in the Sonic Forest for melodic sounds and a palette of LED lights, climb sculptures vibrating with feedback from your cell phone data, and step inside the Sensatorium to sift vibrant light sandboxes. The weekend also features family-friendly musical performances and crafts.
Mesa Arts Center, 1 E Main St, Mesa 85201
Great American Barbeque and Beer Festival
Between 60 pitmasters and 20,000 pounds of mouthwatering ribs, brisket, chicken and other barbeque classics, there’s more than enough to go around at this hearty food festival. Enjoy everything smoked and sizzled with cold craft beer and a country lineup featuring Granger Smith.
AJ Chandler Park, 3 S. Arizona Ave, Chandler 85225