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Through April 3
Arizona Fine Art Expo
Guests can meet and watch 120 nationally acclaimed and award-winning artists at work in a studio environment as Thunderbird Artists hosts this art adventure. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. $10, season pass; $8, seniors and military. Scottsdale and Jomax roads, Scottsdale,, 480-837-7163.

Through April 3
Wickenburg Fine Art Show
Works by more than 30 artists are in the spotlight as Wickenburg Art Club hosts this show of works in a variety of media, including oils, watercolors, pastels, acrylics, jewelry and photography. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Wickenburg Art Center, 188 S. Tegner St., Wickenburg, 928-684-0483.

Through April 9
Play Me, I’m Yours
Mesa Arts Center presents this public art installation, which features more than 20 playable and artistically enhanced pianos scattered throughout downtown Mesa. The project celebrates the creative spirit of the community, inviting passersby to play, observe and engage with the pianos in an unlikely environment – the streets of the city. Downtown Mesa,, 480-644-6500.

Through April 10
Spring Paintout
Guests are invited to see art and nature through fresh eyes as more than 40 of the best landscape artists from Scottsdale Artists League set up their easels and paint each Saturday. The event culminates with a show and sale, April 8-10, with a portion of proceeds benefiting Desert Botanical Garden and the league’s scholarship fund. Sa, through April 2, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., and April 8-10, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Call for admission fees. Desert Botanical Garden, 1201 N. Galvin Pkwy., Phoenix,, 480-941-1225.  

Through April 14
Art on the Avenue
This weekly event showcases works by dozens of local artists, including stained glass, metal, jewelry and pottery. Th, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. 16858 Avenue of the Fountains, Fountain Hills, 480-837-6645.

Through May 8
Bruce Munro: Sonoran Light
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,, 480-941-1225.

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,, 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,, 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,, 602-864-2351.

Through September 30
Art Exhibit
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.

April 1
Agave on the Rocks
This tasty event features gourmet cuisine from renowned Valley restaurants and caterers, along with music and margaritas. 6 p.m.-10 p.m. Call for ticket prices. Desert Botanical Garden, 1201 N. Galvin Pkwy., Phoenix,, 480-481-8188.

April 1
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,, 602-256-7539.

April 1
Ignite Phoenix No. 18
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. Call for ticket prices. Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 E. Second St., Scottsdale,, 480-499-TKTS.

April 1
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.

April 1-10
Modern Phoenix Week
Celebrating midcentury Modern architecture and Contemporary design, the Modern Phoenix Home Tour provides access to a dozen homes in Uptown Phoenix, a tour of Paolo Soleri’s Cosanti and an insider tour of the iconic Hotel Valley Ho, as well as educational seminars, films and mixers throughout the Valley. Call for times, ticket prices and locations., 480-499-TKTS.

April 1-30
Taliesin Tours
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,, 888-516-0811.

April 2
Art from the Heart
Featuring artwork by David Kessler, Jim Waid, John Nelson, Patti Parsons, Matt Magee and Turner Davis, this annual auction benefits Free Arts for Abused Children of Arizona and its therapeutic programs for children. A cocktail reception, hosted bar, silent auction, appetizers and live music are included. 5 p.m.-7 p.m. $100. Biltmore Fashion Park, 2502 E. Camelback Rd., Phoenix,, 602-258-8100.

April 2
DogFest Walk ’n’ Roll
This family-friendly 1-mile walk and festival benefits Canine Companions for Independence, which supports the mission of providing life-changing assistance dogs to people with disabilities free of charge. 9 a.m. Donations. Scottsdale Civic Center Park, 3939 N. Drinkwater Blvd., Scottsdale,

April 2
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,, 928-634-0774.

April  2
Picnic Under the Stars
Guests enjoy a retro Route 66-themed picnic dinner, silent and live auctions, entertainment and dancing as the American Cancer Society hosts this 55th annual fundraising gala. 6 p.m. $400. Scottsdale Resort at McCormick Ranch, 7700 E. McCormick Ranch, Pkwy., Scottsdale, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 602-952-7509.

April 2
Rugged Maniac
Adrenaline-seekers tackle 25 challenging obstacles spread along a 3-mile off-road course, including underground tunnels, trampolines, warped walls, balance beams and a 50-foot waterslide, followed by a daylong festival. 8 a.m. $89-$100. Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park, 20000 S. Maricopa Rd., Chandler,

April 2
Run the Runway
Participants enjoy a one-of-a-kind view as they run alongside planes in a 5K, 10K or kids’ 1-mile mascot dash. A vendor expo, children’s activities and guest appearances by professional sports team mascots add to the fun. Proceeds benefit Playworks Arizona. 6:30 a.m.-10 a.m. $15-$65. Scottsdale Airport, 15000 N. Airport Dr., Scottsdale,, 520-270-1984.

April 2
Valley of the Sun 20-30 Club hosts this semiformal event featuring casino-style gaming, live entertainment, restaurant samples, a silent auction, raffles and dancing. Proceeds benefit Valley Kids Foundation. 7 p.m. $100. Scottsdale Waterfront, 4420 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale,

April 2
Wag & Walk
Take a hike with adoptable dogs from Maricopa County Animal Care & Control. Participants are encouraged to “test drive” the dogs to see how they behave on a leash and get along with other dogs on the family-friendly trek. Bring a leash as all dogs are spayed or neutered, vaccinated and ready to go home on the spot. 8:45 a.m. $6 per vehicle park entry fee. Merkle Trailhead, Usery Mountain Regional Park, 3939 N. Usery Pass Way, Mesa,, 480-984-0032.

April 2
Wishes Are Forever
James Bond 007 is the theme of this Make-A-Wish dinner gala, which raises funds to grant the wishes of Arizona children with life-threatening medical conditions. Entertainment, and silent and live auctions add to the festivities. 6 p.m. $500. The Phoenician, 6000 E. Camelback Rd., Phoenix,, 602-395-9474.

April 2-3
Desert Valley Orchid Society hosts this annual show and workshop, which features orchid displays, judging by certified members of the American Orchid Society and a variety of orchids for sale, plus workshops on growing orchids in the desert, and how and when to repot orchids. Sa, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; Su, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Berridge Nurseries, 4647 E. Camelback Rd., Phoenix, 602-463-7352.

April 2-3
Trains in the Garden
Train enthusiasts open their gardens to share train layouts featuring cities, towns and landscaped gardens. Presented by Arizona Big Train Operators, the annual open-house tour takes place at more than a dozen private homes throughout the Valley. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Greater Phoenix area,, 610-256-1121. Donations are appreciated to help maintain the indoor railroad at Cardon Children’s Medical Center in Mesa.

April 2-4
Student Art Show & Sale
Visitors can view and purchase work by hundreds of students as the Heard Museum Guild American Indian Student Art Show & Sale celebrates the achievements of young Native American artists. Proceeds benefit the students. Sa, M, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Su, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Free; museum admission additional. Heard Museum, 2301 N. Central Ave., Phoenix,, 602-252-8848.

April 2-30
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,, 480-251-1769.

April 2-30
Moonlit Drive-In Movies
Bring a blanket, lawn chair or just get comfy in the car as this series features family-friendly flicks on a 32-foot inflatable screen. Movies include Minions, April 2; Night at the Museum — Secret Tomb, April 9; Kung Fu Panda 3, April 16; Inside Out, April 23; and Alvin & The Chipmunks, April 30. Sa, festivities begin at 7 p.m., with the movie starting at 7:30 p.m. Free. The Promenade in front of Stein Mart, Frank Lloyd Wright Boulevard and Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale,

April 3
Compassion with Fashion
Paws in Paradise is the theme of this 18th annual luncheon gala, which includes a silent auction and fashion show with styles by My Sister’s Closet and Well Suited. Benefiting Arizona Humane Society, the event includes a meet-and-greet with nearly 20 dogs and cats hoping to find a forever home. 11 a.m. $175. The Phoenician, 6000 E. Camelback Rd., Scottsdale,, 602-997-7586.

April 3
Fairytale Tea
Tables are decorated with a fairy-tale or storybook theme as this fundraiser benefits the Happily Ever After League, which provides support to moms during cancer recovery. 1 p.m.-3:30 p.m. $60. Camby Hotel, 2401 E. Camelback Rd., Phoenix,, 480-661-9353.

April 3
Homes Through Time
Cave Creek Museum hosts this self-guided tour, which features three unique homes that range from Western traditional to Modern. A kitchen and garden boutique is included at one of the homes. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. $25 (available online or at the museum, 6140 Skyline Dr.). Cave Creek area,, 480-488-2764.

April 3
Sunday A’Fair
This outdoor festival finale celebrates the cultures of the United Kingdom, Ireland and Arizona, with an afternoon of music, dance, stories, arts and crafts, and children’s activities. Su, noon-4 p.m. Free. Scottsdale Civic Center Mall, 3939 N. Drinkwater Blvd., Scottsdale, 480-499-TKTS.

April 7
AZ Wine & Dine
Guests indulge in samples from 19 notable resort and hotel restaurants at this high-energy celebration of food and wine. Presented by Arizona Lodging & Tourism Association, the event includes live entertainment, a silent auction, and tastings from boutique wineries and microbreweries. 5 p.m.-8 p.m. $65-$75. Scottsdale Quarter, Scottsdale Road and Greenway Parkway, Scottsdale,, 602-604-0729.

April 7
Fashionably Fun
That Little Black Dress, from Paris to Phoenix is the theme as Creative Women of Pinnacle Peak presents this fundraising luncheon, which includes a runway presentation by Robert Black. Proceeds benefit local charities that support at-risk women and children. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. $125-$150. JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge Resort & Spa, 5350 E. Marriott Dr., Phoenix,, 480-502-1773.

April 7
JCC Golf Tournament
Valley of the Sun Jewish Community Center hosts this tourney, which features a scramble format. Lunch and an awards dinner are included. Proceeds support scholarships and programming at The J, a nonprofit community center. 11:30 a.m., with 1 p.m. shotgun start. $250. Silverado Golf Course, 7605 E. Indian Bend Rd., Scottsdale,, 480-634-4900.

April 7
Mayor’s International Gala
Guests enjoy Italian cuisine, world-class entertainment and a raffle as Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton hosts this Phoenix Sister Cities gala celebrating cultural diversity. Proceeds benefit the Phoenix Sister Cities program, which includes international business relations and youth exchanges with the city’s 10 sister cities. 6 p.m. $130. Sheraton Grand Phoenix, 340 N. Third St., Phoenix,, 602-534-3751.

April 7
The Seasonal Table
Guests enjoy cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and a four-course dinner of fresh, locally sourced seasonal cuisine with wine pairings. Set amidst the beauty of the desert, this month’s alfresco feast focuses on Catalonia, with Chef Kevin Binkley of Binkley’s Restaurant Group, and Spanish-influenced music and dance by Kristofer Hill and Julia Chacon. 6 p.m.-9 p.m. $160. Desert Botanical Garden, 1201 N. Galvin Pkwy., Phoenix,, 480-481-8188.

April 7
Video ArtWalk
Scottsdale Gallery Association hosts this inaugural event, which celebrates the popular new trend in visual arts. Images and shows will be displayed on the exterior walls of buildings, in vacant storefronts and in galleries, complemented by pop musicians and entertainers performing throughout the area. 6:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m. Free. Downtown Scottsdale,

April 8
Charity Golf Tournament
Ahwatukee Chamber of Commerce hosts this tourney, which benefits the community’s signature Red, White & Boom fireworks show on July 3. 7 a.m. shotgun start. $125 per person; $450, foursome. Foothills Golf Club, 2201 E. Clubhouse Dr., Phoenix,, 480-753-7676.

April 8
Color the Night
Wear your favorite color and experience the i.d.e.a. Museum like you were a child again. The fundraiser includes a bar and appetizers, raffles, prizes, a DJ, dancing, educational entertainment and a chance to explore the Underwater FantaSEA exhibition. 6 p.m.-10 p.m. $30-$35. i.d.e.a. Museum, 150 W. Pepper Pl., Mesa,, 480-644-5564.

April 8
Dave Trout Tourney
Hit the links for a good cause as the Dave Trout Charity Golf Tournament benefits New Pathways for Youth and ICAN Foundation. PHOENIX magazine and Phoenix Home & Garden are among the sponsors. 8 a.m. shotgun start. $275. Camelback Golf Club, 7847 N. Mockingbird Ln., Scottsdale,, 602-381-4765.

April 8
notMYkid Fundraiser
Boots ’n’ Bling is the theme of this cowboy-chic affair, which includes hay-wagon rides, cocktails, appetizers, a silent auction, dinner, dancing, games and s’mores by the campfire. Proceeds benefit notMYkid, a Scottsdale nonprofit dedicated to inspiring positive life choices for teens. 6 p.m.-11 p.m. $250. McDonald’s Ranch, 26540 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale,, 602-652-0163.

April 8-10
Cactus and Succulent Show
Bizarre and beautiful cacti and succulents from around the world are featured at this show and sale presented by the Central Arizona Cactus & Succulent Society. F-Sa, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Su, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Call for ticket prices. Desert Botanical Garden, 1201 N. Galvin Pkwy., Phoenix,, 480-941-1225.

April 8-10
Carefree Days Festival
Dozens of artisans and craftsmen from throughout the region share their creations at this event, which includes musical entertainment, dance performances, jugglers, stilt acts and food concessions. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Carefree Desert Gardens, 101 Easy St., Carefree,, 480-488-2014.

April 8-10
Tempe Festival of the Arts
Nearly 400 artisans display and sell their original work amid a street festival atmosphere that includes wine and beer tastings, live entertainment and children’s activities. 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Free. Mill Avenue District, downtown Tempe,

April 9
Awesome Fest
Part circus, part old-fashioned carnival, and part music and food festival, this event offers a feast for the senses with roaming entertainers, interactive arts, cutting-edge technology and live musical performances. 5 p.m.-10 p.m. Free. Eastmark Great Park, 10100 E. Ray Rd., Mesa,, 480-625-4900.

April 9
Celebrity Fight Night
Reba McEntire emcees this star-studded evening in honor of Muhammad Ali, which attracts celebrities and athletes from across the country. The gala features a live auction and performances by many of today’s brightest stars, including Carrie Underwood, Brooks and Dunn, and David Foster. Proceeds benefit the Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center at Barrow Neurological Institute and other charities. 5 p.m. $1,500-$10,000. JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa, 5350 E. Marriott Dr., Phoenix,, 602-956-1121.

April 9
Dine with Your Dog
This ninth annual fundraiser includes a gourmet dinner, specialty canine meal, silent auction, pet play area and pet portraits. Hosted by Phoenix Children’s Hospital Foundation, the event supports the PetSmart Paws Can Heal animal-assisted therapy program. 5 p.m.-8 p.m. $100. PERA Club, 1 E. Continental Dr., Tempe,, 602-933-2640.

April 9
Dirty Girl Mud Run
Organizers promise that everyone will finish this untimed 5K(ish) event, which features a variety of muddy obstacles for all fitness levels, shapes and sizes. The first 300 cancer survivors are invited to participate for free. 9 a.m. $79. Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park, 20000 S. Maricopa Rd., Chandler,

April 9
Katsina Doll Marketplace
Hopi katsina doll carvers show and sell their unique creations, with musical performances and carving demonstrations adding to the festivities. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free; museum admission extra. Heard Museum, 2301 N. Central Ave., Phoenix,, 602-252-8848.

April 9
March for Babies
March of Dimes hosts this annual fundraiser honoring babies born healthy and those who need help to survive and thrive. Proceeds from the 2.5-mile walk and 5K run help support prenatal wellness programs, research grants, neonatal intensive care unit family support programs and advocacy efforts for stronger, healthier babies. 6:30 a.m. $15-$35. Wesley Bolin Plaza, 1700 W. Washington St., Phoenix,, 602-266-9933.

April 9-10
Art Studio Open House
Beth Zink welcomes guests to her studio to view her paintings, prints, outdoor art, accent pillows, hand-painted furniture, coasters, tile prints, note cards and holiday cards. The artist, who is known for her vibrant contemporary botanicals, will be painting on-site and sharing thoughts about her technique and inspiration. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Beth Zink Studio, 33444 N. 55th St., Cave Creek,, 480-538-5428.

April 9-10
Bonsai Show
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.-6 p.m. Free. Valley Garden Center, 1809 N. 15th Ave., Phoenix,, 602- 252-2120.

April 10
Garden Tour
Phoenix Home & Garden hosts this 18th annual self-guided tour featuring five residential properties in the Paradise Valley area designed by landscape professionals and homeowners. Desert Botanical Garden volunteers, as well as several of the designers and homeowners, are on hand to answer questions. A portion of the proceeds benefits Desert Botanical Garden. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. $50, advance purchase only,, 480-664-3960.

April 10
Race Against Cancer
This fourth annual 5K/1-mile walk winds through the streets of Downtown Phoenix and finishes with a victory lap around the outfield wall at Chase Field prior to the D-backs vs. Chicago Cubs game at 1:10 p.m. Participants receive a T-shirt, finisher medal, drawstring bag and a ticket for a future D-backs game. Benefiting the Arizona Diamondbacks Foundation, proceeds are distributed to local nonprofits that provide screening, treatment and support for those dealing with cancer. 7:15 a.m. Call for participation fees. Chase Field, 401 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix,

April 13-17
Maricopa County Fair
Livestock shows, agriculture and youth exhibits, midway rides and live entertainment are among the attractions. W-Th, Su, 10 a.m.-10 p.m.; F-Sa, 10 a.m.-midnight. Call for ticket prices. Arizona State Fairgrounds, 1826 W. McDowell Rd., Phoenix,, 602-252-0717.

April 15
Eat, Drink and Be Pretty
Scottsdale League for the Arts presents this stylish event, which features food from more than 25 of the Valley’s top restaurants, complemented by a selection of beers, fine wines and signature cocktails. Live fashion shows take place throughout the night, along with music by Sapphire Sky, makeup and hair tips from professional beauty advisers, mini massages and spa treatments. 7 p.m.-11 p.m. $85-$125. Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 E. Second St., Scottsdale,, 480-945-7193.

April 15, 29
Rock ’n’ Roll Dances
Guests enjoy rock ’n’ roll hits from the ’70s and ’80s, April 15; and ’50s and ’60s, April 29, 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,, 602-679-4220.

April 16
Arizona Wine Excursion
This exploration of Southern Arizona wine country begins at Classic Cooking Academy, where guests board a chartered bus and enjoy a light lunch and mimosa while traveling to Willcox. First stop is at Flying Leap Vineyards tasting room for an informational wine tasting. Guests then head to Bodega Pierce for a private tour and another tasting. The day concludes with a private tour at Pillsbury Wine Co., followed by a three-course dinner with wine prepared right at the vineyard by Chef Lou Swartz. 9 a.m.-10 p.m. $200. Classic Cooking Academy, 10411 E. McDowell Mountain Ranch Rd., Scottsdale,, 480-502-0177.

April 16
’50s-’60s Dance
Hillcrest Dance and Social Club of Sun City West presents this event, which includes a pizza party, complimentary foxtrot lesson and dancing to music by Michael Lawrence Carollo. 5:30 p.m.-9:45 p.m. $7.50 pizza party; $6, dance. R.H. Johnson Social Hall, 19803 R.H. Johnson Blvd., Sun City West, 623-544-0574.

April 16
Silver & Turquoise Ball
American Indian culture is in the spotlight as Phoenix Indian Center presents this fundraising gala. Native cuisine, entertainment, live and silent auctions, and a skateboard art exhibition are among the highlights. 6:30 p.m. $250. Scottsdale Resort at McCormick Ranch, 7700 E. McCormick Pkwy., Scottsdale,, 602-264-6768.

April 16
Treasure Island
Guests are in for a swashbuckling good time as they gather to raise (and shake) some booty for the Children’s Museum of Phoenix. Restaurant samples, craft cocktails, a sit-down dinner, live entertainment, dancing, and silent and live auctions are included. Proceeds benefit the museum’s Every Child Program, which provides free or reduced museum access to families battling financial, emotional or circumstantial challenges. 6 p.m.-11 p.m. $275. Children’s Museum of Phoenix, 215 N. 7th St., Phoenix,, 602-648-2761.

April 16-17
Scottsdale Culinary Festival
Nibble, nosh or go all out as Scottsdale League for the Arts presents this culinary extravaganza, which features 11 themed zones jam-packed with interactive experiences to taste, sip and celebrate Arizona food culture. Forty local restaurants, 30 craft breweries, 20 bands, a teen cooking challenge, chef demos and family activities are among the highlights. PHOENIX magazine is among the sponsors. Call for times and ticket prices. Scottsdale Civic Center Mall, 3939 N. Drinkwater Blvd., Scottsdale,, 480-945-7193.

April 17
Golf Outing
Memo’s Bistro hosts a day on the links to benefit the Handi-Capables Club of Sun City West, which provides an opportunity for those with various physical handicaps to enjoy water activities and to benefit from individual physical therapy in the pool. The event includes lunch and 18 holes of golf, with prizes for closest to the pin and longest drive. Shotgun start at 7 a.m. $60. Desert Trails Golf Course, 22525 N. Executive Way, Sun City West, 763-227-8366.

April 21
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,, 602-468-6470.

April 22
Legoland Grand Opening
Featuring models and attractions inspired by Lego building toys, this 40,000-square-foot indoor family attraction boasts two Lego rides, a 4-D cinema and endless opportunities for creative play. Visitors also can meet the resident Master Model Builder and learn Lego building tips from the experts. 10 a.m. $22; free, children 2 and younger. Legoland Discovery Center Arizona, 5000 S. Arizona Mills Circle, Tempe,, 877-526-3960.

April 23
Celebrity Softball
Watch celebrities hit home runs and catch pop flies where the pros do as the Larry Fitzgerald Double Play Celebrity Softball Game gets under way. Proceeds benefit Fitzgerald’s First Down Fund, which supports nonprofit organizations assisting children and families throughout the country. Gates open at 5:30 p.m., homerun derby begins at 6 p.m., and game starts at 7 p.m. $20, with four exclusive tickets available in either the first- or third-base dugouts for $500 each. Salt River Fields at Talking Stick, 7555 N. Pima Rd., Scottsdale,

April 23
Children Helping Children
Phoenix Women’s Board of the Steele Children’s Research Center hosts this 17th annual luncheon and fashion show featuring 55 child models. Proceeds support the PANDA Personalized Pediatric Medicine Project. 11 a.m. $200. The Phoenician, 6000 E. Camelback Rd., Phoenix,, 480-254-1224.

April 23
Great Southwest Cajun Fest
The heart and soul of New Orleans unites with Arizona fusion and flair at this festive event featuring Cajun cuisine, handcrafted beer and live music. Noon-9 p.m. $10, adults; free, children 12 and younger. Dr. A.J. Chandler Park, 125 E. Commonwealth Ave., Chandler,

April 23
Pat’s Run
This 12th annual 4.2-mile run/walk celebrates the life of Pat Tillman and honors his legacy of leadership and civic action. The race, which also features a .42-mile kids’ run, winds through downtown Tempe and finishes on the 42-yard line of the stadium, paying tribute to Tillman’s jersey number. 7:05 a.m. Call for fees; preregistration required. ASU Sun Devil Stadium, 219 S. Packard Dr., Tempe,, 773-360-5277.

April 23
Rugby & Balloon Classic
The Arizona State University men’s rugby team takes on the Mexican National Rugby Union Team, and the best local high school teams go head-to-head for the championship title at the Fiesta Bowl Rugby & Balloon Classic. The balloon glow features a variety of colorful unique shapes, including such popular characters as Darth Vader and Yoda. 5:10 p.m. Call for ticket prices. Scottsdale Stadium, 7408 E. Osborn Rd., Scottsdale,, 480-423-1414.

April 23-24
Arizona’s Ultimate Women’s Expo
Mario Lopez, Judge Marilyn Milian and Vicki Lawrence deliver motivational messages on Living Your Best Life at this event, which features runway fashion shows, workshops and more than 450 exhibits focusing on fashion, beauty, jewelry and home decor. Admission includes an array of complimentary spa services, including makeovers, haircuts, manicures, massages and facials. Sa, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Su, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. $5, advance; $10 at the door. Phoenix Convention Center, 111 N. Third St., Phoenix,, 866-618-3434.

April 24
Home Tour
Udinotti Museum of Figurative Art hosts this exclusive tour, which showcases an environment where art is a vital part of everyday life. Guests also enjoy a meal in the garden. 2 p.m.-5 p.m. $100. Private Paradise Valley residence, 480-946-7056.

April 24
Plated & Staged
Guests enjoy cocktails, a silent auction and entertainment before departing for a three-course meal with wine at top Valley restaurants. The inaugural fundraiser benefits educational outreach programs at Herberger Theater Center. 5 p.m. $225. Herberger Theater Center, 222 E. Monroe St., Phoenix,, 602-254-7399.

April 26
Steve Benson
The editorial cartoonist for The Arizona Republic shares his experience as a Pulitzer Prize winner. 6:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. Free. Scottsdale Civic Center Library, 3839 N. Drinkwater Blvd., Scottsdale,, 480-312-7323.

April 28
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,, 602-266-0875.

April 29-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 features 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,, 928-472-8651.

April 29-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,, 503-789-4437.

April 30
Cultivate Festival
The spotlight is on food, farmers, chefs, brewers, winemakers, artisans and musicians as Chipotle Mexican Grill presents this event. Chef demonstrations, food sampling, a beer and wine tent, and live music are among the highlights. Performers include Young the Giant, Echosmith, Lukas Graham, Betty Who, Holychild and Jared & The Mill. 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Free. WestWorld of Scottsdale, 16601 N. Pima Rd., Scottsdale,

April 30
Dinner on the Desert
Guests enjoy an evening among the stars while celebrating the beauty of the desert at this 30th annual fundraising dinner gala. Cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, a silent auction, live music and viewing of the site-specific installation, Bruce Munro: Sonoran Light, are among the highlights. 6 p.m.-11 p.m. $600. Desert Botanical Garden, 1201 N. Galvin Pkwy., Phoenix,, 480-481-8182.

April 30
Festival of Iris
Enjoy a kaleidoscope of color as 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,, 928-980-6627.