Bruce Munro: Sonoran Light
Through May 8
Guests are immersed in a landscape of light and color as this site-specific exhibition features eight large-scale, light-based installations using an inventive array of materials and hundreds of miles of glowing fiber optics. The exhibit reflects the British artist’s unique interpretation of the flora and fauna of the Sonoran Desert landscape. Call for times and ticket prices. Desert Botanical Garden, 1201 N. Galvin Pkwy., Phoenix, dbg.org, 480-941-1225.
Through May 1
Payson Art Tour
Payson Art League hosts its 15th annual ’Neath the Rim Open Studio Tour featuring 30 artists in 25 individual studios. The juried fine art and craft event showcases a variety of mediums, including oil, acrylic and watercolor paintings; sculpture in wood, stone and bronze; pencil and ink drawings; ceramics; jewelry; photography; weavings; and mixed-media works. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Payson and Pine, paysonartleague.org, 928-472-8651.
Through May 1
Sedona Open Studios Tour
The Sedona Visual Artists’ Coalition hosts this tour, which takes visitors to more than 50 art studios. Participants work in a variety of media, including ceramics, painting, fiber, photography and jewelry. Artist demonstrations are included. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Verde Valley area, sedonaartistscoalition.org, 503-789-4437.
Through May 22
Botanical Art Display
Return to the Desert, Celebrating 25 Years of Paintings is a retrospective celebrating Dyana Hesson, a popular botanical artist who credits Desert Botanical Garden for much of her inspiration. Call for hours and admission prices. Desert Botanical Garden, 1201 N. Galvin Pkwy., Phoenix, dbg.org, 480-941-1225.
Through May 31
Chocolate Tour of Scottsdale
Participants enjoy chocolate samples in a variety of forms – including truffles, hot chocolate, cupcakes and other baked goods – during this walk through downtown Scottsdale. Th-Sa, 3 p.m. $45. Third Avenue and Marshall Way, Scottsdale, chocolatetourofscottsdale.com, 602-540-4261.
Through June 30
Easter Rising Exhibit
Rare photos, papers and other objects are on display in Remembering the Easter Rising: Historical Context and Cultural Legacy. The exhibit marks the 100th anniversary of this historic period in 1916, which ultimately led to Irish independence. Call for times. $10, adults; $5, children. McClelland Irish Library, Irish Cultural Center, 1106 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, azirishlibrary.org, 602-864-2351.
Through September 30
Paintings by Michelle Parker are on display. M-F, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Paradise Valley Town Hall, 6401 E. Lincoln Dr., Paradise Valley, 480-348-3690.
Jazz artists Diana Lee and Dennis Rowland entertain guests at this fundraising dinner, which includes cocktails, silent and live auctions, and dancing. Proceeds benefit Duet, a local nonprofit providing free health and aging services. 1:30 p.m.-5 p.m. $125. Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Montelucia, 4949 E. Lincoln Dr., Paradise Valley, duetaz.org, 602-274-5022.
Described as a mindful triathlon, this event includes a 5K run or walk, large-scale outdoor yoga class and guided meditation. Live music, workshops and craft vendors add to the festivities. 7:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. $39. Salt River Fields at Talking Stick, 7555 N. Pima Rd., Scottsdale, wanderlust.com.
Dedicated to conserving the work of Frank Lloyd Wright and advancing the principles of organic architecture, the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation hosts a variety of tours, including a 90-minute Insights tour, one-hour Panorama tour, two-hour Night Lights on the Desert tour, one-hour photography tour and 90-minute Junior Architect tour. Call for dates, times and costs. Taliesin West, 12621 N. Frank Lloyd Wright Blvd., Scottsdale, zerve.com/taliesinwest, 888-516-0811.
Esperança shares information about its life-changing work in the community and internationally to bring hope, provide help and transform communities. Programs include volunteer surgical missions, health education, clean water projects, agricultural development, dental treatment and donations of medical supplies to more than 14 countries. 7:30 a.m.-9 a.m. Complimentary; donations encouraged. Embassy Suites, 4415 E. Paradise Village Pkwy. South, Phoenix, esperanca.org, 602-252-7772.
Guests learn about Ryan House and hear stories about the inspiring work being done by the organization for children with life-threatening medical conditions. 7 a.m.-9 a.m. Free; donations requested. Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa, 2400 E. Missouri Ave., Phoenix, ryanhouse.org, 602-234-6700.
First Fridays Art Walk
More than 70 art galleries and art spaces are featured. 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.
Cinco de Mayo Fiesta
Mariachi music, folklorico dancers and traditional Mexican foods highlight this colorful fiesta. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Tlaquepaque Arts & Crafts Village, 336 S.R. 179, Sedona, tlaq.com, 928-282-4838.
Guests 21 and older enjoy tours of the stadium, gourmet food-truck fare, libations and a movie on the field at this event hosted by the City of Scottsdale. 6 p.m.-10 p.m. Free. Scottsdale Stadium, 7408 E. Osborn Rd., Scottsdale, scottsdaleaz.gov, 480-312-0205.
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.
Slip on a wild wig and get ready to Pink Out! at this fundraising dinner, which includes a silent auction, dancing and live entertainment. 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. All guests must wear a wig — the more outlandish, the better. 6 p.m.-11 p.m. $100-$125. Pointe Tapatio Cliffs, 11111 N. Seventh St., Phoenix, checkforalump.com, 602-688-5232.
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.
SMoCA Family Mix
Designed to celebrate mothers and inspire children, this third annual event features interactive activities for kids and parents alike, including face painting and hair braiding. Students at the New School for the Arts and Academics share fashions on runways throughout the venue, with families also invited to take their turn on the runways for unforgettable photo ops. Noon-3 p.m. Free. Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, 7374 E. Second St., Scottsdale, smoca.org, 480-874-4666.
NABI Foundation Golf Classic
Golfers rub shoulders with athletes Mark West, A.C. Green and Ray Perkins at this 18-hole tournament to support Native American youth. A barbecue lunch, awards ceremony, raffles and putting contests are included, as well as a Nike N7 gift bag. 7 a.m. $350. Ak-Chin Southern Dunes Golf Club, 48456 Hwy. 238, Maricopa, nabifoundation.org, 480-446-7052.
Major League Charities hosts this tournament, which features a four-person scramble format. Proceeds benefit Horses Help, a therapeutic riding facility. 8 a.m. shotgun start. $300. Wildfire Golf Club, 2601 E. Rose Garden Ln., Phoenix, horseshelp.org, 602-569-6056.
May 13, 20
Rock ’n’ Roll Dances
Guests enjoy rock ’n’ roll hits from the ’50s and ’60s, May 13; and ’70s and ’80s, May 20, 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, rocknroll.scwclubs.com, 602-679-4220.
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.
Learn what your treasures are worth at this appraisal clinic, which features Sean Morton of Morton Appraisals, and KEZ radio personality Beth McDonald as master of ceremonies. A certified, licensed and insured appraiser, Morton is featured on the Arizona Collectibles TV show. All proceeds benefit Phoenix Children’s Hospital. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. $20 per item (limit of two items). The Shops on Camelback, 1030 E. Camelback Rd., Phoenix, theshopsoncamelback.com, 602-277-1030.
Walk for Animals
Yavapai Humane Society hosts a 1-mile and 5K walk to raise awareness for animal welfare. Children’s activities, pet-friendly vendors, agility courses, a Strut Your Mutt contest and wellness tent offering low-cost vaccinations and microchips are included. 7 a.m.-noon. $20, adults; $10, youth 12-18; free, children 11 and younger. Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, 3700 Willow Creek Rd., Prescott, yavapaihumane.org, 928-445-2666.
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.
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. Binkley’s, Fogo de Chão Brazilian Steakhouse, Quill Creek Café, Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar, The White Chocolate Grill and Posh Restaurant are among the participants. $33-$44 per person for a three-course, pre-fixe meal. Statewide, arizonarestaurantweek.com, 602-307-9134.
House of Broadcasting hosts this dinner event, which recognizes Beth McDonald of KEZ-FM 99.9; Sean McLaughlin, KPHO CBS 5; and Bill Miller, MagicDust Television. Proceeds benefit the House of Broadcasting museum. 6 p.m. $300. Pointe Hilton Resort at Squaw Peak, 7677 N. 16th St., Phoenix, houseofbroadcasting.com, 602-944-1997.
Night-Ops Golf Tourney
Jared Allen hosts his seventh annual Night-Ops Celebrity Charity Golf Tournament, which features nine holes of golf during the day and nine holes of night golf. Battlefield-themed contests, a longest-drive competition, dunk tank and slip-and-slide round out the fun. A six-time NFL Pro Bowl selection, Allen builds and remodels homes to make them handicap accessible for wounded war veterans. Shotgun start at 3 p.m. Call for ticket prices. Arizona Grand Resort, 8000 Arizona Grand Pkwy., Phoenix, helpingheroesnightops.com, 480-267-4176.
Prescott Historic Home Tour
Nine homes representing a variety of architectural styles are open to guests, along with portions of the historic Lincoln School. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. $15, adults ($13 in advance); $9, children 3-13. Prescott area, 602-309-7283. Tickets can be purchased beginning at 9:30 a.m. at the school.
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 Cultural Council. 2 p.m.-4:30 p.m. $40. Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 E. Second St., Scottsdale, scottsdaleperformingarts.org, 480-499-TKTS.
Jerome Home & Building Tour
Guests experience a glimpse back in time as this 51st 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.
Creating the Experience
A showcase for speakers presenting their thought-provoking ideas in under 18 minutes, this TEDx event focuses on arts and culture. Speakers include Devin Fleenor, artist and activist; Blaise Lantana, local radio personality and jazz musician; and Tomas Stanton, poet and co-founder of Phonetic Spit. 6 p.m.-9 p.m. Free. Chandler Public Library, 22 S. Delaware St., Chandler, tedxchandlerpubliclibrary.com, 480-782-2800.
Flagstaff Showcase of Homes
Pine Canyon, a private master-planned golf course community in Flagstaff, hosts this event, which features 15 custom homes, cabins and townhomes. Festivities begin with a cocktail reception that includes appetizers, wine and entertainment in a newly completed custom home built by Compass North; F, 4 p.m.-6 p.m., RSVP required. Home tours take place Sa, 10 a.m.-noon and 1 p.m.-3 p.m.; and Su, 10 a.m.-noon, with five different homes showcased in each time period. Pine Canyon, 1201 E. John Wesley Powell Blvd., Flagstaff, pinecanyon.net, 928-779-5700.
Western Art Show & Sale
The 42nd 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 28-September 3
Bring a Flashlight
Guests experience a magical twilight adventure during self-paced 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. 10 a.m. Free. Anthem Community Park, 41703 N. Gavilan Peak Pkwy., Anthem, onlineatanthem.com.
Memorial Day Celebration
Pioneers’ Cemetery Association presents this event, which features costumed representatives from several Valley historical organizations participating in rifle and cannon salutes, a brief program on Arizona history and self-guided cemetery tours. 9 a.m. Free. Pioneer & Military Memorial Park, 1317 W. Jefferson St., Phoenix, azhistcemeteries.org, 602-534-1262.