Top 5 Arts Events: March 27 – April 2, 2017

Written by Nikole Tower Category: Lists Issue: March 2017
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1. March Madness Music Fest at Margaret T. Hance Park – March 31-April 2
The 2017 Division I Men’s Basketball Championship will be taking place on April 1 and 3 at the University of Phoenix Stadium, but you don’t need to be a big hoops fan to enjoy the FREE three-day concert in Downtown Phoenix to celebrate the end of March Madness. Keith Urban will be playing on Friday. The Chainsmokers, Grouplove and more will take over on Saturday. The weekend will end with Aerosmith, Macklemore, Blink-182 and Nathaniel Rateliff on Sunday. F, 4-10 p.m.; Sa, 2-10:30 p.m.; Su, 3-10 p.m. Margaret T. Hance Park, 67 W. Culver St., Phoenix,

2. North Mountain Blues, Brews & Arts Fest at North Mountain Brewing – April 2
Arts and crafts vendors, live music and, of course, locally brewed beer are on tap at this all-day event. Line-up includes Leon J Morton, JC and the Juke Rockers and The Rocket 88's. $15. 11 a.m.-5p.m. North Mountain Brewing, 522 E. Dunlap Ave., Phoenix,

Photo by J Milburn, courtesy Wikimedia, CC 2.03. An Evening with Neil Gaiman at Mesa Arts Center – April 1
The author of “Stardust” and “American Gods,” Neil Gaiman, will be discussing his writing, reading stories and answering questions on Saturday night. Gaiman said the night will “amaze, befuddle and generally delight” those who attend. $35-65. 8 p.m. Ikeda Theater at Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., Mesa,

4. South Scottsdale Festival of the Arts at Pho Cao – April 1
Come with an empty stomach to Pho Cao on Saturday so you can dine on some exotic foods while listening to artists of all kinds play until the dead of night. There will be crafts, psychics and prizes to keep you busy. The event is open to all ages, so bring the whole family. $5 donation suggested. 5 p.m.-2 a.m. Pho Cao, 7436 E. McDowell Rd., Scottsdale,

5. 6th Annual Festival of the Arts at MCC Art Gallery – March 30
Poetry readings, theater performances, dancing, music, art demonstrations – there’s bound to be something that will catch your eye if you find yourself at Mesa Community College’s art gallery on Thursday. Admittance, parking and popcorn are all free. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. MCC Art Gallery, 1833 W. Southern Ave., Mesa,