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Special Events


Group Free

Through May 3 (FREE)
Art Quilt Exhibit
The Mavericks chapter of the Arizona Quilters Guild presents “Crazy About Ireland.” A range of pictorial and abstract wall quilts are featured, including many with Celtic symbols. Call for times and ticket prices. Irish Cultural Center, 1106 N. Central Ave., Phoenix,, 602-258-0109.

Through May 14
Butterfly Pavilion
A butterfly-lover’s paradise, this new and expanded exhibit features lush gardens full of flowers that are home to hundreds of colorful butterflies, as well as a caterpillar nursery and emergence chamber. 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Call for ticket prices. Desert Botanical Garden, 1201 N. Galvin Pkwy., Phoenix,, 480-941-1225.

Through August 31 (FREE)
Sand Sculpture
The Town of Carefree welcomes the return of local artist Ray Villafane, who has created a 30-ton sand sculpture at the garden. The internationally acclaimed artist has traveled throughout the world fashioning exceptional figures and scenes out of pumpkins, sand and snow. Stone-balancing creations also are on display. Daily. Carefree Desert Gardens, 101 Easy St., Carefree,, 480-488-3686.

May 2 (FREE)
Arts Education Showcase
This annual event showcases art, poetry, music, dance and theater by participants in Scottsdale Arts’ education and outreach programs. 5 p.m. Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 E. Second St., Scottsdale,, 480-499-TKTS.

May 4
Governor’s Arts Awards
Arizona Citizens for the Arts partners with the office of the governor to present this annual celebration, which includes a cocktail reception, silent auction, dinner and awards ceremony. 5 p.m. $250. The Phoenician Resort, 6000 E. Camelback Rd., Scottsdale,, 602-253-6535.

May 4 (FREE)
Mother’s Day Brunch
The annual fundraiser benefits Mother’s Grace, which supports mothers and children who have endured overwhelming life tragedies. Guests who donate a $25 gift card to Fry’s, Target or Walmart will be entered in a grand prize Mother’s Day basket raffle. Registration is required. 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. El Chorro Lodge, 5550 E. Lincoln Dr., Paradise Valley,, 480-320-9466.

May 4
Scottsdale ArtWalk (FREE)
Scottsdale Gallery Association hosts this event, which features artist demonstrations, receptions, refreshments and live music. 6:30-9 p.m. Downtown Scottsdale,

May 4-7
International Women’s Summit
More than 15 high-profile female visionaries and leaders share keynote lectures and breakout classes at this event, which focuses on women’s empowerment. Among those featured are Lisa Ling of CNN; Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Eat Pray Love; Melissa Harris-Perry, former MSNBC host; and Erin Brockovich, environmental activist. Call for times and ticket prices. Sheraton Grand Phoenix, 340 N. Third St., Phoenix,, 480-970-8543.

May 5
Charity Golf Classic
Golfers celebrate Cinco de Mayo with a festive day on the links as Lerner & Rowe hosts this fourth annual event to benefit local charities throughout Arizona. A helicopter golf ball drop, silent auction, raffle prizes and celebrity appearances add to the fun. 11:30 a.m., with shotgun start at 1:30 p.m. $1,500 per foursome. Troon North Golf Club, 10320 E. Dynamite Blvd., Scottsdale,, 602-952-3115.

May 5
First Fridays Art Walk (FREE)
More than 70 Downtown art galleries and art spaces are featured. 6-10 p.m. Maps, parking and shuttle service available at Phoenix Art Museum, 1625 N. Central Ave., Phoenix,, 602-256-7539.

May 5-7
Cinco de Mayo Treasure Fest (FREE)
Magic Bird Festivals hosts this event, which showcases 70 local artists and vendors exhibiting a range of boutique designs, apparel, handcrafted goods, jewelry and gourmet packaged edibles. F-Sa, 10 a.m.-10 p.m.; Su, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Roadhouse, 6900 E. Cave Creek Rd., Cave Creek,, 480-488-2014.

May 6
Craft and Cocktail Night
The Hippie Hobby provides all the materials, instruction and design as guests create their own 16-by-16-inch handmade string art to take home. 6-9 p.m. $40. Paradox Distillery, 1725 W. Williams Dr., Phoenix,

May 6 (FREE)
An Evening of Art and Design
Local artist Fred Tieken shares his Kindred Spirits portrait series, along with his homage to design, What Was Is. The event includes refreshments, music and an auction of an Eames chair customized with Tieken’s original art. Proceeds benefit Free Arts of Arizona. 6 p.m. DWR Scottsdale Studio, 15059 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale,, 480-970-8800. RSVP: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

May 6 (FREE)
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. Mortimer’s Nursery, 3166 Willow Creek Rd., Prescott,, 623-980-6627.

May 6
Jerome Art Walk (FREE)
Meet the artists as 20-plus galleries and studios participate in this monthly night of art, music and gallery-hopping. 5-8 p.m. Jerome,, 928-634-0774.

May 6
Kentucky Derby Lawn Party
Guests enjoy frosty mint juleps, live blues music, bourbon tastings, horseshoes and other lawn games while celebrating the 143rd “Run for the Roses.” A brunch menu filled with Southern favorites, “selfie” photos with a thoroughbred racehorse, and complete Derby coverage indoors and out add to the festivities. 1-4 p.m., with estimated race time at 3:34 p.m. $109. Fairmont Scottsdale Princess, 7575 E. Princess Dr., Scottsdale,, 480-585-2694.

May 6
Quiltfest 2017 (FREE)
Tracks in the Desert is the theme as Sedona’s Red Rock Quilters hosts this biannual event, which includes quilts and boutique items on view and for sale, quilt demonstrations, a fundraising raffle and hourly classes on quilting tips and techniques. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Quilter’s Store Sedona, 3075 W. Hwy. 89A, Sedona,, 928-282-2057.

May 6    
Guests enjoy an evening of interactive technology and media with an artistic perspective at this annual fundraiser with a Tech Sublime theme. Art installations, video art, neon sculpture, energetic entertainment, live music and food and drink are included. 7-10 p.m., $175; VIP begins at 6 p.m., $250. Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, 7374 E. Second St., Scottsdale,, 480-874-4666.

May 6
Stella Artois Derby DayClub
Grab a mint julep and place your bets for the Kentucky Derby and other live races from a trackside air-conditioned tent or VIP lounge. 10:30 a.m. Tickets start at $25. Turf Paradise, 1501 W. Bell Rd., Phoenix,

May 6, 19
Rock ’n’ Roll Dances
Guests enjoy rock ’n’ roll hits from the ’50s and ’60s, May 6; and ’70s and ’80s, May 19, with DJ Kort Kurdi. 6:30-9:30 p.m. $8. Palm Ridge Summit Hall, 13800 W. Deer Valley Rd., Sun City West,, 602-679-4220.

May 6-27
Dance Parties
Hillcrest Dance and Social Club of Sun City West hosts dances with music by Midnight Moon, May 6 and 20; Michael Carollo, May 13; and Manuel Dorantes, May 27. 7-9:30 p.m.; doors open at 6 p.m., with complimentary quickstep lessons at 6:15 p.m. $6. R.H. Johnson Social Hall, 19803 R.H. Johnson Blvd., Sun City West,, 605-430-5337.

May 7
Wanderlust 108
Described as a mindful triathlon, this event includes a 5K run or walk, large-scale outdoor yoga class and guided meditation. DJ-powered music, workshops and craft vendors add to the festivities. 7:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. $40-$60. Salt River Fields at Talking Stick, 7555 N. Pima Rd., Scottsdale,

May 10
Impact Awards
The Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce hosts this luncheon, which recognizes the accomplishments of small and large local businesses and the positive influences they have made on the community. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. $85-$95. Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa, 2400 E. Missouri Ave., Phoenix,, 602-495-2182.

May 11
Pro-Am Golf Tourney
LPGA icons Betsy King, Pat Bradley and Jan Stephenson join PGA stars Howard Twitty, Tom Purtzer and Kirk Triplett to play alongside golfers from across the Valley at the third annual Ronald McDonald House Pro-Am Golf Tournament. The event features a shambles format and includes a luncheon and awards ceremony. 7:30 a.m. with 9 a.m. shotgun start. $750. Chiricahua Course at Desert Mountain, 37700 Desert Mountain Pkwy., Scottsdale,

May 12-14, 20-21
Peach Festival
This annual festival includes a peach pancake breakfast, peachy treats and games, arts and crafts, amusement rides, live music and plenty of peaches ready for picking. 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m. $5; free, children 11 and younger. Schnepf Farms, 24810 S. Rittenhouse Rd., Queen Creek,, 480-987-3100. An upscale vintage-inspired market featuring original art, antiques, clothing, jewelry, home décor, repurposed finds, jewelry and clothing takes place the first weekend only.

May 13 (FREE)
Pond Tour
Greater Phoenix Pond Society presents this fun and informative annual tour, which features a dozen koi and goldfish ponds throughout the Valley. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Metro Phoenix area,

May 13
AmeriCAN Beer Festival
Ice-cold canned suds are in the spotlight at the AmeriCAN Canned Craft Beer Festival. Featuring 250 beers from more than 100 local and national breweries, the event celebrates the canned craft beer movement with a beer science garden, VIP tent, beer garden, live music and Olympics-style beer games. Noon-6 p.m. $35-$100. Margaret T. Hance Park, 67 W. Culver St., Phoenix,, 602-276-2499.

May 18
Birds ’n’ Beer (FREE)
Sip on a Four Peaks brew while enjoying an entertaining presentation on wildlife. 5:30-7:30 p.m. Nina Mason Pulliam Rio Salado Audubon Center, 3131 S. Central Ave., Phoenix,, 602-468-6470.

May 19
Fore a Good Cause
The Spina Bifida Association of Arizona hosts its 18th annual charity golf tourney. A luncheon and awards ceremony are included, along with hole-in-one, longest-drive, closest-to-the-pin and beat-the-pro contests. 7 a.m. with shotgun start at 8 a.m. $275. Orange Tree Golf Club, 10601 N. 56th St., Scottsdale,, 602-274-3323.

May 19-28
Arizona Restaurant Week
Diners enjoy signature dishes by some of Arizona’s top chefs at a special price as this biannual event showcases more than 150 of the state’s best restaurants. Barrio Queen, Char Kitchen + Bar, District American Kitchen and Wine Bar, Firebirds Wood Fired Grill, Roy’s, Salty Sow, Sonata’s Restaurant and The White Chocolate Grill are among the participants. $33-$44 per person for a three-course, pre-fixe meal. Statewide,

May 20
Mother/Daughter Luau
The cities of Tolleson and Goodyear host this event, which is designed for girls of all ages and their mother or special mother figure. A catered dinner and beverages, DJ, dancing, contests, raffles and mother/daughter portraits by a professional photographer are highlights. 6-9:30 p.m. $45-$55 per couple; $20-$25 per additional ticket. Wigwam Resort, 300 E. Wigwam Blvd., Litchfield Park,, 623-474-4992.

May 20
Wine Tasting
The Art of Wine and Tastes of Summer features tastings of more than 40 wines, all personally rated and selected by AJ’s cellar masters. Gourmet specialties, live music and a silent auction are included, with proceeds benefiting Scottsdale Cultural Council. 2-4:30 p.m. $40. Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 E. Second St., Scottsdale,, 480-499-TKTS.

May 21
Wine to Remember
Enjoy an afternoon of fine wine, hors d’oeuvres and live music by the Boomer Band as the Alzheimer’s Association Desert Southwest chapter hosts this annual fundraiser. Silent and live auctions add to the festivities. 1 p.m. $50; two for $80. Moon Valley Country Club, 151 W. Moon Valley Dr., Phoenix,, 602-528-0545.

May 23
Business & Breakfast
Michele Reagan, Arizona secretary of state, updates the audience on her legislative work to improve Arizona’s elections and modernize the entire department of state at this Southwest Valley Chamber of Commerce event. 7:30-8:30 a.m. $30. Estrella Mountain Community College, 3000 N. Dysart Rd., Avondale,, 623-932-2260.

May 27
Cave Creek Balloon Festival
Colorful hot air balloons light up the night at this eighth annual festival, which includes live music, children’s activities and a fireworks finale. 5:30-10 p.m. Visit website for ticket prices. Rancho Mañana Golf Course, 5734 E. Rancho Mañana Blvd., Cave Creek,

May 27-29
Western Art Show & Sale
A Memorial Day weekend tradition, the 43rd 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,, 928-778-1385.

May 27-September 2
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, 7-9:30 p.m. Call for ticket prices. Desert Botanical Garden, 1201 N. Galvin Pkwy., Phoenix,, 480-941-1225.