Concerts, theater, film, and art: Get your kicks at these cultural events highlighting our top things to do in Phoenix this weekend:

Phoenix Film Festival: March 26-April 2
More than 150 features films and shorts will be shown at this annual film fest at Harkins Scottsdale 101 theater. From sci-fi to student films to Dennis Rodman’s adventures in North Korea, there’s quite the variety on this year’s bill. Check out the complete schedule.

The Hormel Festival of New Plays and Musicals: March 26-29
Discover up-and-coming talent at the second weekend of this festival taking place at Phoenix Theatre. At most of these shows, the audience is seeing material being performed for the first time ever.

Tempe Festival of the Arts: March 27-29
This popular annual festival returns to downtown Tempe’s Mill Avenue. The streets will be lined with more than 400 artisan booths plus street performers, live entertainment, great food and drink and more.

Photo credit: Tim Trumble

Photo credit: Tim Trumble

McDowell Mountain Music Festival: March 27-29
Downtown’s successful March Means Music campaign winds down this weekend with the return of the McDowell Mountain Music Festival at Hance Park. This year’s lineup is headlined by Passion Pit, Widespread Panic, Phantogram, Thievery Corporation and more.

mcdowell mountain lineup

Arizona Dragon Boat Festival: March 28-29
The sport of dragon boating is an impressive sight—we went last year and got caught up in the down-to-the-wire contests between the sleek racers. In addition to the action taking place on Tempe Town Lake, there’s live entertainment, kid’s activities, and good food.


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