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.
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.
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.
Mark Trumbo and team take field: May 7-8, vs. San Diego Padres; May 9, 5:10 p.m., vs. San Diego Padres; May 10, 1:10 p.m., vs. San Diego Padres; May 11-12, vs. Washington Nationals; May 13, 12:40 p.m., vs. Washington Nationals; May 22, vs. Chicago Cubs; May 23, 7:10 p.m., vs. Chicago Cubs; and May 24, 1:10 p.m., vs. Chicago Cubs. First pitch, 6:40 p.m. unless noted. Call for ticket prices. Chase Field, 401 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix, dbacks.com, 602-514-8400.
Fans of the “Solitary Man” enjoy hits such as “Cracklin’ Rosie,” “Cherry Cherry” and “I Am… I Said” as The Phoenix Symphony and lead singer “Surreal Neil” share songs made famous by the “Sweet Caroline” master himself. 7:30 p.m. Call for ticket prices. Symphony Hall, 75 N. Second St., Phoenix, phoenixsymphony.org, 602-495-1999.
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.
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.
Playing indoor arenas for the first time in a decade, the Irish rockers bring their Innocence + Experience tour to Phoenix. The set list is sure to include hits like “With or Without You,” “Beautiful Day,” “Where the Streets Have No Name” and “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For.” 7:30 p.m. $65-$275. US Airways Center, 201 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix, livenation.com, 800-745-3000.
The Divine Miss M shares material from her iconic career, plus songs from her new album, It’s the Girls. The album offers a tribute to girl groups through the ages, from the swinging sounds of World War II-era Andrews Sisters, to ’60s super-groups like The Supremes and The Shirelles, to ’90s hit-makers TLC. 8 p.m. $46.75-$211.75. US Airways Center, 201 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix, livenation.com, 800-745-3000.
The band performs tracks from its new album, including “Angel in Blue Jeans” and “Bulletproof Picasso,” along with signature hits such as “Hey Soul Sister,” “Calling all Angels,” “Drops of Jupiter,” “Meet Virginia” and “Marry Me.” The Fray and Matt Nathanson are special guests. 7 p.m. $25-$59.50. Ak-Chin Pavilion, 2121 N. 83rd Ave., Phoenix, ticketmaster.com, 800-745-3000.