Transport yourself to Ancient China at the Musical Instrument Museum, grab your floppiest hat for a Kentucky Derby party at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess, explore the local art scene at First Friday and more exciting events in Greater Phoenix May 4-6.
Explore nine thousand years of Chinese music and history at the Musical Instrument Museum’s Ancient Musical Treasures from Central China: Harmony of the Ancients from the Henan Museum. The Musical Instrument Museum is the exhibition’s only stop in the US, and this weekend is the last chance to catch the rare relics before their return to China. Celebrate the final days of the exhibition at Experience China with music, crafts, workshops and other cultural activities all day Saturday and Sunday.
Break out your floppy hats and mix up some mint juleps – its Kentucky Derby time! On Saturday, catch the race on the at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess, complete with Bullet bourbon tastings, a classic lunch with Southern flair and a selection of dessert treats. Plus, spectators can check out the photo booth, lawn games and more. Don’t forget to dress in your Derby finest! Men and woman are invited to compete in a Derby hat and fashion contest.
First Friday invites local art enthusiasts to tour more than 70 artist spaces to experience the culture of the Valley of the Sun. From 6-10 p.m., hop on the free shuttle circulating three routes around the city, covering each and every corner of must-see art exhibitors. Stops include the Phoenix Art Museum, CityScape, Oasis on Grand and Unexpected Gallery.
On Sunday, celebrate Mexico’s historic defeat of the French Army at the Battle of Puebla in 1862 at one of the largest multicultural celebrations in the Valley, complete with live music, traditional food, giveaways and more. The festival is fun for all ages, featuring a kid’s zone, lucha libre and an array of games.
The temperature is rising, but that means it’s the perfect time to cool off at Lake Pleasant. This Saturday, Break at the Lake will host a variety of activities including water slides, corn hole, giant Jenga and giant Connect Four, plus a free concert from Southern Country and Redneck Rockstars. Kick back with delicious bites from local food trucks, or check out the selection at the cigar bar.