- Category: Things to Do in Phoenix
- Issue: May 2015
Through May 3
Turned Wood Exhibit
Arizona Indigenous: New Turned Wood by Philip and Matt Moulthrop is a collection of turned wood that reveals the inherent beauty of trees and shrubs native to Arizona. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Call for ticket prices. Desert Botanical Garden, 1201 N. Galvin Pkwy., Phoenix, dbg.org, 480-481-8188.
Through May 10
Spring Butterfly Pavilion
A butterfly lover’s paradise, this exhibit features lush gardens full of flowers that are home to hundreds of colorful butterflies. Garden volunteers, or “flight crews,” are on hand to answer questions and share information about the butterflies and plants. 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Call for ticket prices. Desert Botanical Garden, 1201 N. Galvin Pkwy., Phoenix, dbg.org, 480-941-1225.
Through May 23
Sandra Day O’Connor
An interactive exhibit, The Cowgirl Who Became a Justice: Sandra Day O’Connor demonstrates how a cowgirl from a ranch in Arizona became the first female to serve on the Supreme Court. Call for times and ticket prices. McClelland Irish Library, Irish Cultural Center, 1106 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, azirishlibrary.org, 602-864-2351.
Through December 31
Some of the ocean’s brainiest creatures are on exhibit as this traveling display features five tanks of cephalopods (meaning “head foot” because their heads are attached to their feet), including the Pacific octopus, common cuttlefish, chambered nautilus, dwarf cuttlefish and mantis shrimp.
Call for times and ticket prices. Arizona Sea Life Aquarium, 5000 S. Arizona Mills Circle, Tempe, visitsealife.com/arizona, 480-478-7600.
First Fridays Art Walk
More than 70 art galleries and art spaces participate. 6 p.m.-10 p.m. Free. Maps, parking and shuttle service available at Phoenix Art Museum, 1625 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, artlinkphoenix.com, 602-256-7539.
Motorcycles on Main
Roads are closed for this monthly bike night, which features live music, beer gardens and food. 6 p.m.-10 p.m. Free. Main Street, between Robson and Center streets, Mesa, 480-890-2613.
Unleash the Love
Gabriel’s Angels hosts this annual fundraising breakfast to generate awareness of its innovative pet therapy program for abused, neglected and at-risk youth in the community. 7 a.m.-9 a.m. Donations. JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa, 5350 E. Marriott Dr., Phoenix, gabrielsangels.org, 602-266-0875.
Arizona BBQ Festival
Fans of smoked meat are in hog heaven as more than 25 top pit masters offer pulled pork, ribs, brisket, chicken and all the fixins. Guests can put their hick talents to the test in an assortment of hilarious contests in the Redneck Games Arena, from bobbing for pigs’ feet, to toilet seat horseshoes and a Daisy Dukes beauty pageant. Two music stages, mechanical bull riding showdowns and festive party bars are included. Noon-10 p.m. $12; free, children 12 and younger; $60-$75 VIP. Salt River Fields, 7555 N. Pima Rd., Scottsdale, azbbqfestival.com, 480-270-5000.
Calling All Chihuahuas!
Honoring the Hispanic community’s contributions to the city of Chandler, the annual Cinco de Mayo celebration features Chihuahua races, entertainment, a car show, health fair and the crowning of a king and queen Chihuahua. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Chandler Public Library courtyard, 22 S. Delaware St., Chandler, chandleraz.gov, 480-782-2735.
D-Backs Race Against Cancer
This 5K and 1-mile walk winds through the streets of Downtown Phoenix, and ends with a victory lap around the bases at the ballpark. Proceeds benefit the Arizona Diamondbacks Foundation. 7:30 a.m. $30-$50; $5 children 12 and younger. Chase Field, 401 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix, dbacks.com/race.
Festival of Iris
Prescott Area Iris Society presents a variety of irises in all colors of the rainbow. Planting and care demonstrations are included, as well as hundreds of potted irises for sale. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. Mortimer’s Nursery, 3166 Willow Creek Rd., Prescott, prescottirissociety.org, 928-980-6627.
Flagstaff Color Vibe 5K
Participants run, walk or dance their way through color stations, where vibrant colors tie-dye their white outfits and costumes. A colorful dance party follows. A portion of proceeds benefits the Shadows Foundation and CASA. 9 a.m. $30, adults; free, children 12 and younger. Findlay Honda, 5199 Test Dr., Flagstaff, thecolorvibe.com.
Hillcrest Dance and Social Club of Sun City West presents this event, which includes music by Manuel Dorantes and a complimentary buffet of finger foods at intermission. 7 p.m.-9:45 p.m., with a fox trot dance lesson at 6:15 p.m. $6. R.H. Johnson Social Hall, 19803 R.H. Johnson Blvd., Sun City West, 623-544-0574.
Jerome Art Walk
Meet the artists as 20-plus galleries and studios participate in this monthly night of art, music and gallery hopping. 5 p.m.-8 p.m. Free. Jerome, jeromeartwalk.com, 928-634-0774.
Kentucky Derby Party
Guests enjoy frosty mint juleps, live blues music, bourbon tastings, horseshoes and other lawn games while celebrating the 141st “Run for the Roses.” A brunch featuring Southern favorites, “selfie” photos with a thoroughbred racehorse, and complete Derby coverage indoors and outside add to the festivities. 1 p.m.-4 p.m., with estimated race time at 3:24 p.m. $85. Fairmont Scottsdale Princess, 7575 E. Princess Dr., Scottsdale, scottsdaleprincess.com, 480-585-2694.
Sedona Chili Cook-Off
Vote for your favorite chili as Sedona-area chefs vie for top honors. Hosted by the Rotary Club of Sedona, the event includes a beer garden sponsored by Oak Creek Brewery & Grill. 11 a.m.-4 p.m., $10, adults; $5, children. Tlaquepaque, 336 S.R. 179, Sedona, tlaq.com, 928-282-2363.
Expect the unexpected as SMoCA Mix: Street Art Moves Inside features fashion, music, art, cars, entertainment, a silent auction, cocktails and samples of street food from around the world. Proceeds support Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art. 6 p.m.-10 p.m. $200. Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, 7374 E. Second St., Scottsdale, smocamix.org, 480-874-4666.
The Three Javelinas Gala
Childsplay hosts this fundraiser, which includes a cocktail hour, silent auction, live music and a special production of The Three Javelinas. VIP guests also enjoy a Southwest-inspired dinner catered by Fabulous Foods. 5:30 p.m. $100-$250. Tempe Center for the Arts, 700 W. Rio Salado Pkwy., Tempe, childsplayaz.org/gala, 480-921-5761.
Slip on a wild wig and celebrate Vegas Baby at this fundraising dinner with silent auction, raffle, casino games and entertainment. All guests must wear a wig – the more outlandish, the better. The event is presented by Don’t be a Chump! Check for a Lump!, which provides free wigs to breast cancer patients and free mammograms to women in the community. 5:45 p.m.-10 p.m. $100. Pointe Tapatio Cliffs, 11111 N. Seventh St., Phoenix, checkforalump.com, 602-317-2914.
Ten Fine Art, a collective of West Valley artists, hosts a group exhibition and sale. Watercolors, oils, acrylics, scratchboard, gourd art, mixed-media works, printmaking and jewelry are included. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. The Wigwam, 300 E. Wigwam Blvd., Litchfield Park, 623-935-3811.
The Phoenix Bonsai Society displays established bonsai trees, as well as trees under development, to illustrate how the art of bonsai is created. Demonstrations are planned throughout the event, along with exhibits of viewing stones and Kusamono plantings. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Valley Garden Center, 1809 N. 15th Ave., Phoenix, 480-392-3103.
Junk in the Trunk
All things chippy, rusty, vintage and handmade are in the spotlight as more than 175 hand-picked artists share vintage and handmade items. Local musicians and food trucks add to the festivities. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. $5. (Early admission available at 8 a.m. Sa, $10). WestWorld of Scottsdale, 16601 N. Pima Rd., Scottsdale, junkinthetrunkvintagemarket.com.
Sedona Arts Center hosts this series of educational and inspiring seminars and presentations on photographic technique, use of digital software and personal artistic perspectives from some of the top photographers in the country. Keynote speakers include Joyce Tenneson, Seth Casteel, Brad Buckman, Bob Coates and Kelli Klymenko. PHOENIX magazine is among the sponsors. 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Sedona Performing Arts Center, 995 Upper Red Rock Loop Rd., Sedona, sedonaphotofest.org, 928-282-3809.
Food Truck Caravan
A variety of food trucks rolls into downtown Scottsdale for a weekly celebration featuring gourmet street foods complemented by top local musicians. Sa, 6:30 p.m.-10:30 p.m. Free. Fifth Avenue and Goldwater Boulevard, Scottsdale, foodtruckcaravan.com, 480-251-1769.
Cycle for the Cure
Translational Genomics Research Institute hosts this high-energy indoor cycling event to fund TGen’s groundbreaking cancer research. 8 a.m.-10 a.m., Gainey Village Health Club & Spa, 7477 E. Doubletree Ranch Rd., Scottsdale; 10 a.m.-noon, DC Ranch Village Health Club & Spa, 18501 N. Thompson Peak Pkwy., Scottsdale; and 3 p.m.-5 p.m., Camelback Village Racquet & Health Club, 4444 E. Camelback Rd., Phoenix. $200. A post-ride party at Camelback Village, 5 p.m., features small bites, refreshments, beer, wine and live music; free for participants; $20 for guests, tgenfoundation.org/cycle, 602-343-8572.
Mother’s Grace Brunch
Celebrate Mother’s Day with a champagne brunch, shopping and tribute to the Mother’s Grace Foundation, which is dedicated to the support of mothers and children who have endured life tragedies. 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Donations. Private Paradise Valley home, mothers-grace.org, 480-320-9466.
Boogie Nights Rock ’n’ Roll
Sun City West Dance for the Health of It Club hosts this dance featuring hits from the ’70s and ’80s with DJ Kort Kurdi. 6:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m. $8. Palm Ridge Summit Hall, 13800 W. Deer Valley Rd., Sun City West, scwdanceforhealth.com, 602-679-4220.
Guests 21 and older enjoy tours of the stadium, gourmet food truck fare and libations, and a movie on the field at this inaugural event hosted by the city of Scottsdale. Donations support Scottsdale Cares, the city’s voluntary utility bill donation program. 6 p.m.-10 p.m. Free. Scottsdale Stadium, 7408 E. Osborn Rd., Scottsdale, scottsdaleaz.gov, 480-312-0217.
Amber S. Gell, spacecraft systems engineer for the Orion program at Lockheed Martin, is keynote speaker at this fundraising dinner celebrating artists, adventurers and entrepreneurs. 6 p.m.-9:30 p.m. $125. i.d.e.a. Museum, 150 W. Pepper Pl., Mesa, ideamuseum.org, 480-644-2468.
Ignite Phoenix No. 17
An information exchange designed to foster and inspire the city’s creative community, this event features 18 passionate speakers from diverse backgrounds and experiences, with each delivering a lightning-fast, five-minute presentation about a current project or favorite idea. 6:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m. Call for ticket prices. Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 E. Second St., Scottsdale, scottsdaleperformingarts.org, 480-499-TKTS.
After a long and successful history in Old Town Scottsdale, this family-friendly 8K and 5K run, walk and fitness event moves to Tempe. The run is known for its tech-fabric shirts with reflective owl logo, Liberty Wildlife exhibit featuring live owls, and glow-in-the-dark finishers’ medals. Proceeds benefit Tempe Center for the Arts Foundation. 6 p.m. $30-$45; $5 kids’ dash. Tempe Center for the Arts, 700 W. Rio Salado Pkwy., Tempe, thenightrun.org, 480-331-5706.
Greater Phoenix Pond Society presents this 19th annual tour, which features six koi and goldfish ponds. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Metro Phoenix area, phoenixponds.com, 480-282-7229.
This annual festival includes a peach pancake breakfast, peachy treats, arts and crafts, amusement rides, and peach pie-eating and peach-pit spitting contests, as well as hayrides to the orchard and plenty of peaches ready for picking. Sa-Su, 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Schnepf Farms, 24810 S. Rittenhouse Rd., Queen Creek, schnepffarms.com, 480-987-3100.
May 12, 26
Yoga in the Rainforest
Participants enjoy the beauty of butterflies while being guided through a series of yoga postures that build strength and flexibility. 5:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m. $20. Butterfly Wonderland, 9500 E. Via de Ventura, Scottsdale, butterflywonderland.com, 480-800-3000.
Els for Autism
Golfers hit the links for a good cause at the Els for Autism Golf Challenge, which is spearheaded by World of Golf Hall of Famer and four-time Major champion Ernie Els. A continental breakfast, lunch buffet and awards ceremony are included. Shotgun start at 8 a.m. $400. Troon North Golf Club, 10320 E. Dynamite Blvd., Scottsdale, elsforautism.com, 561-598-6200.
The Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce hosts this luncheon, which recognizes the accomplishments of small and large local businesses and the impact they have made on the community. 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. $85-$95. Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa, 2400 E. Missouri Ave., Phoenix, phoenixchamber.com/impact, 602-495-2182.
Movies at the Park
Bring a lawn chair or blanket and enjoy a movie under the stars. Check website for this month’s film. 6:30 p.m. Free. Veterans Park, 8601 W. Van Buren St., Tolleson, tollesonaz.org/movies, 623-474-4992.
Arizona Restaurant Week
Diners enjoy signature dishes by some of Arizona’s top chefs at a special price as this annual event showcases more than 100 of the state’s best restaurants. Beckett’s Table, Capital Grille, Citizen Public House, Morton’s the Steakhouse, Posh Restaurant and The Gladly are among the participants. $33-$44 per person for a three-course, pre-fixe meal. Statewide, arizonarestaurantweek.com, 602-307-9134.
AmeriCAN Beer Festival
Ice-cold canned suds are in the spotlight at the AmeriCAN Canned Craft Beer Festival. Featuring beers from dozens of local and national breweries, the event celebrates the canned craft beer movement with brewing demonstrations, a mobile canning station, VIP tent, beer garden, food, live music and Olympics-style beer games. 1 p.m.-6 p.m. $35-$45; $100 for VIP, with admission at noon. Scottsdale Civic Center, 3939 N. Drinkwater Blvd., Scottsdale, cannedcraftbeerfest.com, 602-276-2499.
Jerome Home & Building Tour
Guests experience a glimpse back in time as this 50th annual guided tour features a variety of historic and significant homes throughout the mile-high town’s back streets. The tour begins at Spook Hall, with vans transporting guests to each location; tour is not handicap accessible. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. $20, adults; $10, children. Jerome, jeromechamber.com, 928-634-2900.
Birds ’n’ Beer
Sip on a Four Peaks brew while enjoying an entertaining presentation on wildlife. 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. Free admission. Nina Mason Pulliam Rio Salado Audubon Center, 3131 S. Central Ave., Phoenix, az.audubon.org, 602-468-6470.
Gems, Jewelry & Minerals
Butterfly Wonderland Party
The facility celebrates its second anniversary with live Native American music, food trucks, children’s games, a bounce house, face painting and storytelling. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Call for ticket prices. Butterfly Wonderland, 9500 E. Via de Ventura, Scottsdale, butterflywonderland.com, 480-800-3000.
Western Art Show & Sale
The 41st annual Phippen Museum Western Art Show & Sale features works by established and up-and-coming Western artists from across the country. A Miniature Masterpieces Show & Sale, quick-draw competition and Denim to Diamonds gala dinner and live art auction are planned in conjunction with the show. Call for times, ticket cost and Prescott locations, phippenartmuseum.org, 928-778-1385.
May 23-September 5
Bring a Flashlight
Guests experience a magical twilight adventure during Flashlight Tours, which provide an opportunity to see, hear and feel the desert night, including nighthawks, snakes, insects and night-blooming flowers. Th and Sa, 7 p.m.-9 p.m. Call for ticket prices. Desert Botanical Garden, 1201 N. Galvin Pkwy., Phoenix, dbg.org, 480-941-1225.
A Day of Remembrance
Anthem Veterans Memorial Support Team hosts this Memorial Day ceremony, which honors the service and sacrifice of veterans who have fallen while serving our nation. Music is provided by ProMusica, under the direction of Adam Stich. 10 a.m. Free. Anthem Community Park, 41703 N. Gavilan Peak Pkwy., Anthem, onlineatanthem.com.
Tastings of more than 40 wines, all personally rated and selected by AJ’s cellar masters, highlight the AJ’s Summer Wine Spectacular. Gourmet specialties, live music and a silent auction are included, with proceeds benefiting Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts and Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art. 2 p.m.-4:30 p.m. $35. Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 E. Second St., Scottsdale, scottsdaleperformingarts.org, 480-499-TKTS.