It's arguably the best of time of year in Greater Phoenix, and not just because the weather is perfect and the saguaros are blooming. Springtime in Greater Phoenix means plenty of festivals focused on food, music, culture, community and everything in between. Find the best spring festivals in Greater Phoenix below, including the Arizona Renaissance Festival, Spring Arizona Restaurant Week and more. 

March Festivals

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27th Annual Greater Phoenix Jewish Film Festival

Through March 3

The hybrid 27th Annual Greater Phoenix Jewish Film Festival, taking place from Feb. 19 - March 5, 2023 both in theaters and virtually, will screen 20-plus fantastic films from around the globe with Jewish themes.

Multiple Locations


Arizona Renaissance Festival

Through March 31

Don't miss raucous revelry at the annual Arizona Renaissance Festival. The Arizona Renaissance Festival is a medieval amusement park, a 50 acre circus, a 16-stage theater, an arts and crafts fair, a jousting tournament and a feast — all rolled into one non-stop, day-long family adventure.

Arizona Renaissance Festival


Artlink's Art Detour

March 1-31

Art Detour will return for its 34th year as a month-long celebration that will feature a variety of art forms, different activities and diverse communities that showcase the very best that Arizona artists have to offer. The event will feature hundreds of arts activities and “Articipants,” defined as arts venues, arts and culture organizations, arts-supporting businesses from across the Valley, and visual and performing artists from the entire state.

Downtown Phoenix


M3F Music Festival

March 1-2

M3F is a 100% nonprofit music festival that was established in 2004 and has become a musical destination for festivalgoers. M3F’s lineup will once again bring together an eclectic group of artists across the worlds of indie, pop, R&B, electronic, and more. With three music stages, the festival highlights an array of talent from EDM to indie, pop and R&B. Headliners include: Arlo Parks, Bakar, Barrett, Bennett Coast, BUNT., Coco & Breezy, Dayglow, Drama, Duke Dumont, Edapollo, Elderbrook, Emotional Oranges, Fiji Blue, Gordo, Gorgon City, Hippo Campus, it's murph, Jules Duke, Poolside, Roosevelt, SG Lewis, Tim Atlas, Tommy Newport, Valley, Vandelux, WhoMadeWho, and Young Franco.

Steele Indian School Park


Heard Museum Guild Indian Fair and Market

March 2-3

A long-standing nationally recognized event, the fair is the largest art market in Arizona and the second largest market of its kind in the country. It features more than 600 Native artists from 116 tribal affiliations in the U.S. and Canada. A variety of traditional and cutting-edge media dazzle visitors each year.

Heard Museum


Melrose Street Fair on 7th Avenue

March 2

Each year, this event in Phoenix's gayborhood features more than 200 booths that showcase the work of local artists, indie crafts, and other products; food trucks and a craft beer garden; live music on the main stage; kids activities; more than 200 classic, antique and vintage cars and trucks on display; and more.

The Melrose Curve


Hayden's Ferry Days Festival

March 3 and 5

This engaging community festival brings Tempe heritage to life with local music performances and diverse 'show-and-tell' demonstrations featuring the technology and crafts that defined our past and informs the present. The event will host a variety of food trucks, local vendors, children's activities, and historical reenactments.

Tempe History Museum


Mask Alive! Festival of Masks

March 10

This community favorite event brings vibrant local arts and culture performances and interactive activities to the families of Arizona each year. This free event highlights a variety of artists in colorful masks that showcase the diverse cultures of the Valley, with dance, music, puppets, and art.

Pioneer Park


Cave Creek Sculpture & Wine Festival

March 15-17

Enjoy strolling throughout spectacular paintings, bronzes, glass, stone, copper, clay sculptures, photography and jewelry in Cave Creek.

Stagecoach Village


Irish Fountain Fest

March 16

Food, fun, and music will all be a part of this family-friendly event, and who could forget that Fountain Hills' World Famous Fountain will be transformed into a bright emerald green geyser at 11:00a.m. and 5:00 p.m. This event will feature a kid’s zone, Traditional Irish folk dancing performances, a Celtic rock band, food trucks, the Crescent Crown Beer Garden, and much more.

Fountain Park


Arizona Aloha Festival

March 11-12

Experience the spirit of aloha and celebrate the cultures of the South Pacific islands at the Arizona Aloha Festival. For 2022, this event has expanded to two days of live entertainment — including music and dance across several stages. Lectures and storytelling about Hawaii and Polynesia will take place at Hale Mana'o (the 'House of Knowledge); the Island Marketplace is filled with vendors offering traditional crafts, fresh flower leis, baskets, hats, carved bone necklaces, tapa cloth and more; island crafts for kids can be found at in Keiki Activities area; and ukulele lessons at Aunty Aloha's Ukulele Corner are also available for all ages.

Tempe Beach Park


NASCAR Ruoff Mortgage 500 March Weekend

March 13

You’ll enjoy non-stop action featuring on-track access to sign your name on the finish line, FanShield Infield Experience access to meet the drivers and go inside the garage, and enjoy the Midway festivities and campground parties alongside friends and family.

Phoenix Raceway


Chandler Chamber Ostrich Festival

March 16-19

The Ostrich Festival features live ostriches, national and local entertainment, thrilling stage shows, over 50 exhilarating midway rides and games, classic festival food, interactive activities for all ages, meet and greets with your favorite mascots, ostrich-themed educational activities, exciting attractions, upscale arts and crafts and much more. This year's performers include Train and more.

Tumbleweed Park


Carefree Fine Art & Wine Festival

March 22-24

More than 165 juried artists from throughout the United States and abroad will participate displaying impressive small, medium and life-sized bronze sculptures, sparkling hand blown glass vessels, rope baskets, wood, clay and mixed media sculptures, one of a kind handcrafted jewelry, exceptional photography and much more. The festival also accommodates the return of Arizona's largest wine-tasting event, providing a unique opportunity to sample an extensive collection of domestic and imported wines.

Downtown Carefree


Destination Arizona Carnival Bacchanal

March 18-19

​The Annual Destination Arizona Carnival and Destination Arizona CaribFest feature a variety of performances with educational pieces that are enjoyable for your family, with a variety of cultural groups, including our steel pan group, performers, Indian Dancers, the Fushicho Daiko Dojo group, and DJs.

Steele Indian School Park


Annual Arizona Dragon Boat Festival

March 23-24

Join the Arizona Dragon Boat Association on March 23 & 24 for two days of exciting dragon boat competition with teams from all over the United States and beyond. Dragon Boat Racing is a unique water sports activity that is sure to provide everyone an exciting experience.

Tempe Town Lake


Rainbows Festival

March 23-24

Presented by Phoenix Pride, Rainbows Festival has been dubbed  “Arizona’s Greatest Street Fair." The annual event is a celebration of the diversity of the LGBTQ+ community and draws a crowd of more than 25,000 community members, friends, families and allies. Historic Heritage Square in downtown Phoenix plays host to more than 150 exhibitors and sponsors throughout the two-day event and two stages offer a variety of entertainment throughout the weekend.

Heritage Square


Tempe Festival of the Arts

March 8-10

This festival keeps it simple and will only feature its 300 artists and a wide array of food vendors. Over the 10-block footprint, this open-air and socially distant event gives the community an opportunity to connect to great art, enjoy our vibrant downtown area, and indulge their appetites with great snacks, cuisines, and more.

Downtown Tempe

102.5 KNIX Barbecue and Beer Festival

March 30

Arizona’s largest and best-loved BBQ event is expanding to Tumbleweed Park with an impressive lineup of country superstars, an enlarged VIP area, more than 30 BBQ pit masters, plus family-friendly shows and activities.

The Park @ Wild Horse Pass


Mecum Auto Auctions

March 5-9

Explore all the cars up for auction at State Farm Stadium in Glendale.

State Farm Stadium


April Festivals

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Arizona Bike Week

Through  April 7

With an expected attendance of 75,000 people, enjoy a four-night music festival in the RockYard, plus daily happy hour parties, after hours parties, stunt shows, RV and campsite camping, charity rides, contests, bike shows, factory demo rides, and all of the best bands from the local music scene performing day and night in the PowerYard.

WestWorld of Scottsdale


Uncorked AZ Wine Festival

April 6

This event features over 50 wineries from across the globe with more than 100 wines to taste. Also gourmet food trucks, live DJ, and more.

Salt River Fields at Talking Stick


El Puente Festival

April 21

Attendees will enjoy mariachi performances, ballet folkorico dances, and theatrics by some of the Valley's most talented young people from ages 6 to 17. Kids craft activities and opportunities to join in the performances is one of the highlights of this annual festival.

Tempe Center for the Arts


Maricopa County Fair

Select dates

The fair features the largest county fair carnival in Phoenix with over 35 rides, food offerings like Steve's Flaming Hot Turkey Legs, Deep Fried Coffee, the Mac Doggie Dog and so much more. Like to shop? The shopping pavilion is filled with over 60 vendors plus there are over 25 more vendors outside. Agriculture and livestock are a part of the fairs history and tradition and is a mainstay.

Arizona State Fairgrounds

May Festivals

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Arizona Restaurant Week

May 17-26

For 10 days, diners can enjoy specially dedicated menus designed to showcase the true culinary talent that exists  within the state — from the finest five-star restaurants to locally owned and chef-driven “hidden gems.” Participating restaurants offer culinary adventurers a unique tasting opportunity in addition to their regular menus, featuring three-course prix-fixe menus for just $33, $44 or $55 per person.

Multiple Locations