The Great American Barbecue & Beer Festival, Spring Training games and all-you-can-eat salsa top our things to do in Phoenix this weekend.


My Nana’s Best Tasting Salsa Challenge

March 25-26

This festival offers attendees a chance to scoop up more than 100 kinds of locally-crafted salsas, from mild to "you'll need a margarita to cool off" spicy. It's also a competition for the salsa makers, so you can vote for your favorites after trying as many as you can. 

Steele Indian School Park, 300 E. Indian School Rd, Phoenix
(602) 955-3947

Nana's Salsa Challenge
My Nana's Salsa Challenge. Photo via Facebook


Last full weekend of Spring Training

Through April 1

Take yourself out to the ballgame! There are just a few more days of Spring Training games, so grab your lawn blanket and sunscreen to catch the action and get up-close to your favorite players. There are 10 stadiums within 45 minutes throughout Greater Phoenix: See our guide for more details.


Great American Barbeque and Beer Festival

March 25

With 20,000 pounds of mouthwatering pork, brisket and chicken on the grill, there's plenty to go around. 60 masters of the BBQ will be cooking up their finest throughout the day, and patrons can wash it down with craft beer from state breweries. The festivities also include backyard games, food eating competitions and performances from country starts Georgia Chrome, Easton Corbin and more.

AJ Chandler Park, 178 E Commonwealth Ave, Chandler

BBQ and Beer Fest
Great American BBQ and Beer Fest. Photo via Facebook


Arizona Dragon Boat Festival

March 25-26

Originating from China, the ancient sport of dragon boat racing features side-by-side competitors racing by paddling sleek, narrow boats. You can catch the competition and enjoy Asian- and Pacific-inspired food and entertainment on the shore of Tempe Town Lake throughout the weekend.

550 East Tempe Town Lake Tempe, AZ


Hunt for wildflowers

It's prime time for the desert's beautiful blooms, so get out and enjoy the spring weekend seeking wildflowers on Phoenix's trails. Spur Cross Ranch Conservation Area is always a good bet for spotting nearly 400 types of blossoms, from gold poppies to purple clover. Learn more about Spur Cross flowers and guided hikes in this PHX Story, or locate different blooming trails on our wildflower blog post. Desert Botanical Garden and Maricopa County Regional Parks have also teamed up to create a useful Pinterest board with flower images and locations to help guide your hunt. 


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