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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March Festivals


 

Arizona Renaissance Festival

Through April 3

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
12601 E. Highway 60, Gold Canyon

 

The FRIENDS Experience

Through May 8

Fans of the New York-based hit television show “Friends” now have the chance to immerse themselves in some of its famous scenes right here in Phoenix. The “Friends” Experience invites you to immerse yourself in the world of Friends like never before — explore 12 recreated rooms, including Joey and Chandler’s apartment, Monica and Rachel’s kitchen and Central Perk (you’ll even get to poke Ugly Naked Guy) — with interactive set recreations, original props and costumes, photo ops, a retail store and more. 

Paradise Village Gateway
10845 N. Tatum Blvd., Phoenix

 

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.

 

M3F Music Festival

March 4-5

M3F is a 100% nonprofit music festival that was established in 2004 and has become a musical destination for festivalgoers. This year's lineup features acts including Jungle, Kaytranada, Parcels and more. 

Margaret T. Hance Park
1202 N. 3rd St., Phoenix

 

Body Language Festival

March 4-6

Body Language Festival was created with the intention of giving a home to the music the Arizona scene has wholeheartedly shown they are extremely passionate about time and time again. This first-time festival features some of the world’s heaviest hitters in the underground and house music world, including world-renowned, dance music pioneers Adam Beyer, Carl Cox, Boris Brejcha and Kaskade.

Rawhide Western Town & Event Center
5700 W. North Loop Road, Chandler

 

Fountain Hills Fine Art & Wine Festival

March 4-6

Patrons can enjoy the closeness of the fountain waterworks, while strolling with wine throughout the elegance of outstanding fine art at this fine art and wine tasting festival.  The festival is located in the home of one of the "world's tallest fountains" in Fountain Hills.

Downtown Fountain Hills
16810 E. Avenue of the Fountains, Fountain Hills

 

Phoenix Scottish Games at Gilbert Regional Park

March 4-6

Enjoy the traditional games, sights, sounds and bites of Scotland and the United Kingdom, including highland dancing, bagpipes, Clydesdale horses, genealogy and clans, whisky tastings, a British car show, and much more.

Gilbert Regional Park
3005 E. Queen Creek Road, Gilbert

 

Gilbert Outdoors Expo

March 5

Put on your camouflage and boots and head over to the Gilbert Outdoors Expo at the Riparian Preserve, where you will have a chance to brush up on various outdoor activities and learn new skills. Go fishing, explore wildlife, shop local hunting gear, and much more.

Riparian Preserve at Water Ranch
2557 E. Guadalupe Road, Gilbert

 

Melrose Street Fair on 7th Avenue

March 5

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
Along 7th Avenue from Indian School Road to Campbell Avenue, Phoenix

 

Heard Museum Guild Indian Fair and Market

March 5-6

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
2301 N. Central Ave., Phoenix

 

Festival of Chariots

March 6

Come and experience the cultural traditions and the happiness of the Festival of Chariots, Ratha-yatra. Join the grand parade by manually pulling the colorful 4-story tall canopied chariot amidst delightful singing and dancing. The festival site hosts attractions for all ages with an array of exhibits, ethnic shopping, food court featuring India’s finest vegetarian cuisines, yoga, live, entertainment, magic show, henna, face painting, live kirtan music and so much more.

Steele Indian School Park
300 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix

 

Mask Alive! Festival of Masks

March 6

Celebrating its 5th year, 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
526 E. Main St., Mesa

 

NASCAR Ruoff Mortgage 500 March Weekend

March 11-13

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
7602 Jimmie Johnson Dr., Avondale

 

Chandler Chamber Ostrich Festival

March 11-13, 17-20

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 The Band Perry, Uncle Kracker, Walker Hayes, Flo Rida, Nelly, The Temptations and The Four Tops. 

Tumbleweed Park
745 E. Germann Road, Chandler

 

Jim Kieffer Community Cook-Off

March 12

Come taste some of the best wings and chili in Arizona as restaurants and individuals compete in this annual community cook-off. The event is great for the whole family and will feature live music, games, and a kids zone. 

Gila River Arena
9400 W. Maryland Ave., Glendale

 

Local Trade March Makers Market

March 12

This market features over 100 local businesses showing off their one-of-a-kind wares including art, apparel and accessories, jewelry, furniture, design, decor, health and beauty, local food and more.

Shops At Town & Country
2021 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix

 

Superstition Blues & Brews Arts Festival

March 12

The Superstition Mountains provide a beautiful backdrop for an amazing festival day with friends and family. Enjoy blues music from Hans Olson, JC & The Juke Rockers, Cadillac Assembly Line, Innocent Joe & The Hostile Witnesses and The Atomic 44s, 45 Arizona craft beers on tap, and multiple food trucks along with dozens arts and craft vendors to shop from.

Flat Iron Community Park
100 N. Apache Trail, Apache Junction

 

Tap Into Mesa

March 12

The free-admission event located at Main and Macdonald in downtown Mesa showcases the very best craft beer selections, foodie and food truck specials to whet attendees’ appetites, live blues music, fun family activities, and a ticketed optional beer tasting tour of four pop-up craft beer gardens.

 

Downtown Mesa
S. McDonald and W. Main St., Mesa

 

Arizona Aloha Festival

March 12-13

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
80 W. Rio Salado, Tempe

 

Carefree Fine Art & Wine Festival

March 18-20

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
101 Easy St., Carefree

 

Artopia

March 18–April 7

Artopia is an immersive art exhibit with large-scale light art installations and sculpture work from some of the most talented street artists from Arizona and around the country. Embark on a self-guided digital tour through a futuristic universe full of reactive light and sound, and end your trip at the Artopia Lounge to enjoy some drinks and explore the gallery at your leisure.

Location TBA

 

Chicago West Fest

March 19

This event celebrating Chicago, where the majority of Arizona transplants come from, includes live music stages, Chicago-themed food vendors, beer garden, kid zone, classic car show and more.

 

Mesa Convention Center
263 N. Center St., Mesa

 

Litchfield Park Home Tour and Vintage Market

March 19

This year’s self-guided tour is the best yet, showcasing architecturally unique homes all within Litchfield Park. Plus, back by popular demand, the Vintage and Homemade Goods Market will be in the north parking lot of Litchfield Elementary School and free to the public.

Litchfield Elementary School
255 W. Wigwam Blvd., Litchfield Park

 

Oak Street Mural Festival

March 19

Each year, Oak Street Mural Festival brings a fresh, new line up of muralists, performers, music, open mic artists, food and activities for this participant-driven event. with the support of the neighbors and in celebration of the neighborhood.

Oak Street Murals

 

Arizona Fried Chicken and Wings Festival

March 20

Enjoy over 10 local fried chicken businesses, featuring different varieties of fried chicken from Korean fried chicken to Nashville Hot fried chicken.

The Pressroom
3125 S. 52nd St., Tempe

 

Melrose Vintage Market

March 20

Melrose Vintage Market is a monthly free event for families, vintage enthusiasts, and dog people alike, with 45+ local vendors and pop up shops selling vintage furniture, decor, clothing and oddities.

Campbell Place Plaza
700 W. Campbell Ave., Phoenix

 

Tempe Festival of the Arts

March 25-27

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
1 W. Rio Salado Parkway, Tempe

 

102.5 KNIX Barbecue and Beer Festival

March 26

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.

Tumbleweed Park
745 E. Germann Road, Chandler

 

World Championship Hoop Dance Contest

March 26-27

Top American Indian and Canadian First Nations hoop dancers will compete at the Heard Museum for the prestigious World Champion title and cash prizes. At this two-day competition, men and women compete on an equal field.

Heard Museum
2301 N. Central Ave., Phoenix

April Festivals

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April Festivals


 

Arizona Renaissance Festival

Through April 3

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
12601 E. Highway 60, Gold Canyon

 

Artopia

Through April 7

Artopia is an immersive art exhibit with large-scale light art installations and sculpture work from some of the most talented street artists from Arizona and around the country. Embark on a self-guided digital tour through a futuristic universe full of reactive light and sound, and end your trip at the Artopia Lounge to enjoy some drinks and explore the gallery at your leisure.

Location TBA

 

The FRIENDS Experience

Through May 8

Fans of the New York-based hit television show “Friends” now have the chance to immerse themselves in some of its famous scenes right here in Phoenix. The “Friends” Experience invites you to immerse yourself in the world of Friends like never before — explore 12 recreated rooms, including Joey and Chandler’s apartment, Monica and Rachel’s kitchen and Central Perk (you’ll even get to poke Ugly Naked Guy) — with interactive set recreations, original props and costumes, photo ops, a retail store and more. 

Paradise Village Gateway
10845 N. Tatum Blvd., Phoenix

 

Katsina Doll Marketplace

April 2

The Nation’s largest gathering of Hopi katsina doll carvers will show and sell their unique creations at the Katsina Doll Marketplace: A Gathering of Carvers, in the Steele Auditorium. Enjoy musical performances, carving demonstrations and a drawing for the featured katsina doll.

Heard Museum
2301 N. Central Ave., Phoenix

 

Arizona Bike Week

April 6-10

You’ll find hundreds of vendors, builders, dealers and manufacturers, offering all the best elements of the powersports world, plus stunt shows, contests, daily live entertainment and bike shows in the ABW PowerYard and nightly concerts in the RockYard. This year’s incredible line-up features Lynyrd Skynyrd, Rob Zombie and Social Distortion.

WestWorld of Scottsdale
16601 N. Pima Road, Scottsdale

 

Maricopa County Fair

April 6-10

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
1826 W. McDowell Road, Phoenix

 

AZ Desert Showdown

April 9

Enjoy a truck and car show, concert performances and two burnout pits full of action. This event is family friendly, so bring the whole crew and spend the day checking out the custom trucks and cars, listening to live music, watching burnouts, and enjoying great food in a one-of-a-kind atmosphere.

Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park
20000 S. Maricopa Road, Chandler

 

Celebrate Mesa

April 9

This family-friendly festival features bounce houses, kid's games, live entertainment, food trucks and more. 

 

Pioneer Park
526 E. Main St., Mesa

 

10th Annual El Puente Festival

April 10

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
700 W. Rio Salado Parkway, Tempe

 

FRIED: French Fry and Music Festival

April 18

FRIED lets the world’s favorite side dish take center stage alongside amazing indie bands and local artists that will all collectively make for one helluva party you don’t want to miss. Purchase mind-blowing French fry creations from over 20 makers for just $2-$3, and chill on the main lawn with a craft beer in hand while listening to a curated line-up of musicians, bands, and DJs.

Margaret T. Hance Park
67 W. Culver St., Phoenix

 

7th Annual Sangria, Craft Beer & Food Truck Festival

April 23

The 7th Annual AZ Sangria, Craft Beer & Food Truck Festival is coming to Mesa's Riverview Park for a day of tasing your way through over 20 food trucks offering unique flavors, including some great Latin Flare trucks. The event also includes sangria, craft beer, live entertainment (to be announced soon), vendors and more.

 

Mesa Riverview Park
2100 W. Rio Salado Parkway, Mesa

 

Melrose Vintage Market

April 24

Melrose Vintage Market is a monthly free event for families, vintage enthusiasts, and dog people alike, with 45+ local vendors and pop up shops selling vintage furniture, decor, clothing and oddities.

Campbell Place Plaza
700 W. Campbell Ave., Phoenix

 

Arizona Women's Expo

April 30 - May 1

Explores your own personal style, renew your soul and uncover your passions while you relax and rejuvenate, explore a new interest, purchase a great find, connect with inspiring keynote speakers and re-ignite your inner you.

Phoenix Convention Center
33 S. Third St., Phoenix

 

Rainbows Festival

April 30 - May 1

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
115 N. 6th St., Phoenix

May Festivals

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May Festivals


 

The FRIENDS Experience

Through May 8

Fans of the New York-based hit television show “Friends” now have the chance to immerse themselves in some of its famous scenes right here in Phoenix. The “Friends” Experience invites you to immerse yourself in the world of Friends like never before — explore 12 recreated rooms, including Joey and Chandler’s apartment, Monica and Rachel’s kitchen and Central Perk (you’ll even get to poke Ugly Naked Guy) — with interactive set recreations, original props and costumes, photo ops, a retail store and more. 

Paradise Village Gateway
10845 N. Tatum Blvd., Phoenix

 

Uncorked AZ Wine Festival

May 7

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
7555 N. Pima Road, Scottsdale

 

Arizona Restaurant Week

May 20-29

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 or $44 per person.

 

Phoenix Fan Fusion

May 27-29

Phoenix Fan Fusion is the premiere pop culture event in the desert Southwest that attracts thousands of comic book enthusiasts for a one-of-a-kind experience. Get ready for collectibles, cosplay, special celebrity appearances and more. 

Phoenix Convention Center
33 S. Third St., Phoenix