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Special Events


Group Free

Through March 5
Devour Culinary Classic
Phoenix Art Museum, Local First Arizona and the Southern Arts and Cultural Alliance present this weeklong foodie fête, which showcases Arizona food and drink with an all-star lineup of local chefs, winemakers, brewmasters and mixologists. The main event takes place March 4-5, with food, wine and cocktail tastings, cooking demonstrations and interactive chef stations. Call for times and ticket prices. Phoenix Art Museum, 1625 N. Central Ave., Phoenix,, 602-956-0909.

Through March 26
Arizona Fine Art Expo
Guests can meet and watch nationally acclaimed and award-winning artists at work in more than 110 studios as Thunderbird Artists hosts this art adventure. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. $10, season pass; $8, seniors and military. 26540 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale,, 480-837-7163. Veterans enjoy free art classes in conjunction with the event’s American Healing Arts Foundation.

Through March 26
Celebration of Fine Art
This annual juried invitational gathering features 100 renowned artists who show and sell their gallery-quality work in an intimate studio setting. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Season pass: $10, adults; $8, seniors and military; free, children 11 and younger. Hayden Road and Loop 101, Scottsdale,, 480-443-7695. An Artist Discovery Series takes place from 4 to 5 p.m. every Friday, featuring artist demonstrations, panel discussions and wine and cheese.

Through March 30
Native Trails (FREE)
Celebrate the rich heritage, culture and traditions of Native Americans through the art of song and dance as this event features traditional instruments, colorful dances and authentic attire of various Southwestern tribes. Select Th and Sa, noon-1 p.m. Scottsdale Civic Center Plaza, 7375 E. Second St., Scottsdale,, 480-421-1004.

Through April 2
Arizona Renaissance Festival
Raucous revelry is on tap as this event celebrates its 28th season of medieval merriment. Guests are transported back to the 16th century with a 30-acre festival village filled with castles, cottages and pubs; 2,000 costumed characters; a variety of feasting opportunities; and 13 stages of entertainment, including music, dance, comedy and jousting knights. Sa-Su, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Call for ticket prices. East of Apache Junction on Highway 60,, 520-463-2700.

March 2
Scottsdale ArtWalk (FREE)
Native Spirit is the theme as Scottsdale Gallery Association hosts this event, which features artist demonstrations, receptions, refreshments and live music. 6:30-9 p.m. Downtown Scottsdale, Menus

March 3
First Fridays Art Walk (FREE)
More than 70 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.

March 3
The Seasonal Table
Guests enjoy a four-course, prix-fixe menu that incorporates fresh, seasonal and locally sourced ingredients. Set amidst the beauty of the desert, the alfresco monthly event features a rotating roster of the state’s most talented chefs. 6-9 p.m. $160. Desert Botanical Garden, 1201 N. Galvin Pkwy., Phoenix,, 480-481-8188.

March 3-5
Tour d’Artistes (FREE)
The spotlight is on innovative media as this self-guided tour showcases more than 60 artists in nine studios and two galleries. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Fountain Hills,, 480-837-5593.

March 4
Broadway Ball
Guests enjoy a cocktail reception, three-course dinner, raffle, wine pull, silent and live auctions, a sneak peek of the upcoming Jesus Christ Superstar performance and dancing to music by the AZ Swing Kings. Proceeds benefit artistic, educational and charitable programs at the theater. 6 p.m. $150. Arizona Broadway Theatre, 7701 W. Paradise Lane, Peoria,, 623-776-8400.

March 4
Fresh Start Gala
This black-tie gala celebrates more than two decades of support for Fresh Start Women’s Foundation. A cocktail reception, gourmet dinner, live entertainment, dancing and presentation of the Founders’ Award are included. 6:30 p.m. $600. The Phoenician, 6000 E. Camelback Rd., Scottsdale,, 602-262-7140.

March 4
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.

March 4
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 leash and get along with other dogs on the family-friendly 1-mile trek. Each lovable pet is accompanied by a shelter volunteer who can answer questions about the dog’s personality, activity level and history. Bring a leash as all dogs are spayed or neutered, vaccinated and ready to go home on the spot. 9 a.m. $6 per vehicle park entry fee. Usery Mountain Regional Park, 3939 N. Usery Pass Way, Mesa,, 480-984-0032.

March 4-5
Indian Fair & Market
More than 600 top American Indian artists exhibit and sell handmade artwork – including jewelry, pottery, paintings, weavings, baskets, sculpture, beadwork and kachina dolls – at the annual Heard Museum Guild Indian Fair & Market. Native foods, art demonstrations, and music and dance performances are included. 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Call for ticket prices. Heard Museum, 2301 N. Central Ave., Phoenix,, 602-252-8848.

March 4-25
Dance Parties
Hillcrest Dance and Social Club of Sun City West hosts dances with music by Bobby Freeman & Charlene, March 4; Michael & Manuel, March 11 (includes St. Patrick’s Day dinner); and Midnight Moon, March 25. Doors open at 6 p.m., with complimentary rumba lessons at 6:15 p.m. $6. R.H. Johnson Social Hall, 19803 R.H. Johnson Blvd., Sun City West,, 605-430-5337.

March 4-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.

March 4-August 31
Sand Sculpture (FREE)
The Town of Carefree welcomes the return of local artist Ray Villafane to create a 30-ton sand sculpture live 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.

March 5
Hearts & Hands Gala
Foothills Community Foundation hosts this fundraiser, which includes dining, entertainment and a silent auction. 5 p.m. Call for ticket prices. Holland Community Center, 34250 N. 60th St., Scottsdale,, 480-488-1090.

March 5-26
Sunday A’Fair (FREE)
Celebrating its 30th season, this outdoor festival features concerts by top Arizona musicians, arts and crafts, and children’s activities. Su (except March 12), noon-4 p.m. Scottsdale Civic Center Plaza, 7375 E. Second St., Scottsdale,, 480-499-TKTS.

March 9
Masters of the Southwest (FREE)
Phoenix Home & Garden hosts this annual celebration to salute Masters of the Southwest award winners featured in the magazine’s March issue. 6 p.m. Reservations required. Scottsdale Design Center, 15125 N. Hayden Rd., Scottsdale,, 480-664-3960.

March 10-12
Artisans of Mexico (FREE)
Mexican artists and their creations are in the spotlight, including Mata Ortiz potters, Oaxacan woodcarvers and painters, Zapotec weavers and Taxco silversmiths. Artist demonstrations add to the festivities. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Superstition Mountain Museum, 4087 N. Apache Trail, Apache Junction,, 480-983-4888.

March 10-12
AZ Wild West 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.

March 10-12
Chandler Ostrich Festival
Flightless fowl strut their stuff in a yearly festival that features carnival rides, live entertainment, children’s activities, a parade, petting zoo and ostrich races. Call for times and ticket prices. Tumbleweed Park, 2250 S. McQueen Rd., Chandler,, 480-588-8497.

March 10-12
Scottsdale Arts Festival
This award-winning festival features 170 jury-selected artists from throughout the U.S. and Canada. Live entertainment on two stages, gourmet food trucks and creative activities for children are included. F-Sa, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Su, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. $10, adults; $5, students; free, children 12 and younger. Scottsdale Civic Center Mall, 3939 N. Drinkwater Blvd., Scottsdale,, 480-499-TKTS.

March 11
Dreams of Summer Gala
Under the Stars is the theme of this fundraiser for Southwest Kids’ Cancer Foundation, which supports Arizona Camp Sunrise, a camp for children who have or have had cancer, and Sidekicks, a camp for siblings of children afflicted with cancer. The dinner gala includes cocktails, silent and live auctions and stories from camp families. 6 p.m. $175. Camby Hotel, 2401 E. Camelback Rd., Phoenix,, 480-382-8564.

March 11
Hogs for Dogs
This car and motorcycle run benefits the Valley Humane Society Casa Grande. 8:30 a.m. No entry fee; raffle tickets sold at each of four stops. Casa Grande Cotton Bowl Lanes, 1740 N. Pinal Ave., Casa Grande, 520-705-0309.

March 11
Vistancia Tour and Taste (FREE)
Guests enjoy tasting stations, chef cooking demonstrations, home décor, gardening and grilling tips, music and children’s activities while touring new home models. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Vistancia Information Center, 12026 W. Lone Mountain Pkwy., Peoria,, 623-933-6233.

March 11
Wig Out
Slip on a wild wig and celebrate the ’70s 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. 6-11 p.m. $150. Pointe Tapatio Cliffs, 11111 N. Seventh St., Phoenix,, 602-688-5232.

March 11-12
Arizona Wild West Fest
Country and Western, Southern rock and Western bands battle for the top title at this event, which features a variety of family-friendly activities, including gunfighter performances, a stuntman competition, period costume showcase, treasure hunt and screening of Arizona’s first Western film, Copper Wind. Call for times, ticket prices and Cave Creek venues,, 602-400-3330.

March 11-12
Uncommon Markets
Original and uncommon goods are in the spotlight, from fine art to original and quirky works by young artists to items that are sustainable and support social change. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. $10. Salt River Fields at Talking Stick, 7555 N. Pima Rd., Scottsdale,, 855-238-6999.

March 12
Home & Garden Tour
Cave Creek Museum hosts this self-guided tour, which features four unique homes that range from Western traditional to modern, including a historical home that was one of the original five homes built in Carefree. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. $35-$40, available online or at the museum, 6140 Skyline Dr. Carefree/Cave Creek area,, 480-488-2764.

March 13
Meet the Authors
Brandeis University National Committee, Phoenix chapter, hosts its annual book and author luncheon, featuring five best-selling authors – Maureen Dowd, Linwood Barclay, Christina Baker Kline, Caroline Leavitt and Dava Sobel – who will discuss and sign their current releases. Boutique shopping is included. 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. $125. JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa, 5350 E. Marriott Dr., Phoenix, 480-442-9623.

March 16
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.

March 16
Teaming Up for Girls
Olympic gold medalist and foster care advocate Simone Biles is keynote speaker at this luncheon. A silent auction is included, with proceeds benefiting at-risk youth and young women served by Florence Crittenton. 10:30 a.m. $275. J.W. Marriott Scottsdale Camelback Inn Resort & Spa, 5402 E. Lincoln Dr., Scottsdale,, 602-288-4555.

March 16-19
Art Detour (FREE)
Artlink Inc. invites guests to experience the Phoenix art scene with self-guided tours of more than 100 art galleries, studios and other art venues. The event, which launched Downtown Phoenix’s First Fridays Art Walk phenomenon 29 years ago, features hands-on children’s activities, pop-up art galleries, special exhibits and docent-guided tours. Various times and Downtown Phoenix locations,, 602-256-7539.

March 17-18
Run for the Irish
Don your favorite green gear and help break the Guinness World Record for the most people to run (or walk) 1K together all wearing kilts on St. Patty’s Day, F, 6 p.m. Then, come back at 7 a.m. Sa for the Kiss Me I’m Irish Run, featuring a half marathon, 8K and 4K run/walk, and an “Irish K for the wee ones.” Participants enjoy chocolate kisses at the finish line, Irish music and a costume contest. A portion of proceeds supports the Prostate On-Site Project. Westgate Entertainment District, 6770 N. Sunrise Blvd., Glendale,, 480-609-3978.

March 17-18
Spark! (FREE)
This festival of creativity features a variety of artists, musical groups and performances, as well as creative activities for the whole family. Noon-10 p.m. Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., Mesa,, 480-644-6500.

March 17-19
Fountain O’Green Artisan Market (FREE)
Magic Bird Festivals celebrates St. Patrick’s Day with this family-friendly event, which includes 100 arts and crafts exhibits, live music and dance performances. Guests also enjoy an opportunity to see the world-famous fountain, which turns emerald green for the holiday. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 16705 E. Avenue of the Fountains, Fountain Hills,, 480-488-2014.

March 18
Celebrity Fight Night
Reba McEntire emcees this star-studded evening, which celebrates and honors the life of Muhammad Ali. The gala attracts celebrities and athletes from across the country, including Billy Crystal, Harrison Ford, Sharon Stone, Brooks & Dunn, Colbie Caillat, Larry Fitzgerald, Carson Palmer, Brian McKnight, Dennis Quaid, Smokey Robinson, Evander Holyfield and Larry King. Proceeds benefit the Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center at Barrow Neurological Institute and other charities. 6 p.m. $1,500-$5,000. JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa, 5350 E. Marriott Dr., Phoenix,, 602-956-1121.

March 18
An Evening to Paws
Guests enjoy an evening at the CoPawCabana Club at this fundraiser for Arizona Animal Welfare League. The dinner gala features wine, music, raffles and a silent auction. 6-9:30 p.m. $250. Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Montelucia, 4949 E. Lincoln Dr., Scottsdale,, 302-273-6852.

March 18
Imagine Gala
Theater Works invites guests to enjoy an evening of cuisine, silent and live auctions, dancing and an original theatrical performance to benefit the company’s artistic, educational and outreach programs. 5:30 p.m. $175. Peoria Center for the Performing Arts, 8355 W. Peoria Ave., Peoria,, 623-815-7930.

March 18
Soldier’s Best Friend
Rotary Club of Scottsdale North hosts this fundraising dinner, which includes beer and wine tastings, silent and live auctions and live music by The Last Straw. Soldier’s Best Friend provides U.S. military veterans living with PTSD or traumatic brain injury with service or therapeutic companion dogs. 5:30-8:30 p.m. $40. General Store patio, Pinnacle Peak Village, 8711 E. Pinnacle Peak Rd., Scottsdale,, 602-548-3256.

March 18-19
Apache Leap Mining Festival (FREE)
A grueling mining competition, parade, carnival, street dance, beer garden, crafts market, Chihuahua races, live entertainment and mine-related activities highlight this family festival. Sa, 10 a.m.-10 p.m.; Su, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Superior Chamber of Commerce, 165 W. Main St., Superior,, 520-689-0200.

March 19
Art Show (FREE)
The Painters Are Coming is the theme as Alice Pelchat, Darlene Ritter, Susan Handelman and Susan Zipser showcase dozens of works in watercolor, pastel and acrylic. An art auction and raffle are included. A portion of proceeds benefits Foothills Animal Rescue. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Windgate Ranch Scottsdale, 10095 E. Windgate Ranch Rd., Scottsdale, 480-734-5632.

March 19
Dine with Your Dog
This 10th annual fundraiser includes brunch, a specialty canine meal, silent auction, pet play area and photo booth. Hosted by Phoenix Children’s Hospital Foundation, the event supports the PetSmart Charities’ Paws Can Heal animal-assisted therapy program. 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m. $100. Westin Kierland Resort & Spa, 6902 E. Greenway Pkwy., Scottsdale,,  602-933-2640.

March 19
Mexican Art Mercado (FREE)
The nonprofit Friends of Mexican Art promotes the appreciation of Mexican art in Arizona through a variety of events, including this showcase of Mexican folk art, jewelry, clothing and accessories. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. 95 Biltmore Estates, Phoenix,, 602-334-6585.

March 23-25
Quilt Arizona
Salute America is the theme as Arizona Quilters Guild hosts this show featuring more than 300 quilts, educational lectures, quilt appraisals and a live auction. Th, 5-8:30 p.m.; F, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sa, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. $10, adults; free, children 11 and younger. Mesa Convention Center, 201 N. Center St., Mesa,, 928-978-3464.

March 24-25
Rock ’n’ Roll Dances
Guests enjoy rock ’n’ roll hits from the ’70s and ’80s, March 24; and ’50s and ’60s, March 25, 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.

March 25
Children Helping Children
Phoenix Women’s Board of the Steele Children’s Research Center at the University of Arizona hosts this 18th annual luncheon and fashion show featuring 55 child models, live and silent auctions and a raffle. Proceeds support the PANDA Children’s Autoimmunity and Allergies Project. 11 a.m. $200. The Phoenician, 6000 E. Camelback Rd., Scottsdale,, 520-626-9618.

March 25-26
Italian Festival of Arizona
Italian culture, food, fashion, wine and music are in the spotlight as the Italian Association of Arizona hosts this fourth annual event. Sa, 11 a.m.-9 p.m.; Su, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. $10-$15, adults; free, children 11 and younger. Scottsdale Civic Center Mall, 3939 N. Drinkwater Blvd., Scottsdale,, 480-745-7020.

March 25-26
Salsa Challenge
The Arizona Hemophilia Association cranks up the heat as professional and amateur chefs prepare the hot – and mild – stuff on-site at the 33rd annual My Nana’s Best-Tasting Salsa Challenge. A margarita mix-off, children’s activities and live music add to the festivities. Sa, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Su, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. $15-$55; free, children 11 and younger. Steele Indian School Park, 300 E. Indian School Rd., Phoenix,, 602-955-3947.

March 26
Art Show (FREE)
Artists of the Superstitions hosts this show featuring paintings, photography, ceramics, jewelry, woodworking, gourds, fabric and glass. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Gold Canyon Golf Resort, 6100 S. Kings Ranch Rd., Gold Canyon,, 480-288-6022.

March 26
Compassion with Fashion
Hollywoof is the theme of this 19th 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 adorable dogs and cats hoping to find a forever home. 11 a.m. $200. JW Marriott Camelback Inn Resort & Spa, 5402 E. Lincoln Dr., Scottsdale,, 602-997-7586.

March 31
Agave on the Rocks
This tasty event features gourmet cuisine prepared by renowned Valley restaurants and caterers, along with music and margaritas. 6-10 p.m. $75. Desert Botanical Garden, 1201 N. Galvin Pkwy., Phoenix,, 480-481-8188.

March 31
Fore! Paws Golf Tourney
Gabriel’s Angels hosts this tournament to benefit its innovative pet therapy program for abused, neglected and at-risk youth in the community. A raffle, on-course contests and an awards luncheon are included. 7:30 a.m. shotgun start. $250. Wildfire Golf Club, JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa, 5350 E. Marriott Dr., Phoenix,, 602-266-0875.

March 31-April 2
Tempe Festival of the Arts (FREE)
Nearly 300 artisans from across the country display and sell their original work amid a street festival atmosphere that includes live entertainment and children’s activities. 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Mill Avenue District, downtown Tempe,

March 31-April 3
Final Four
March Madness gets into full swing with a Final Four Fan Fest, March Madness Music Festival and Final Four Dribble in Downtown Phoenix, plus courtside action among the country’s finest college hoopsters at University of Phoenix Stadium, 1 Cardinals Dr., Glendale. Visit website for complete details,