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Through April 1
Arizona Renaissance Festival
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. 12601 E. Hwy. 60, Gold Canyon, renfestinfo.com, 520-463-2700.

Through April 1
Cavalia Odysseo
An international cast of 50 talented riders, acrobats, dancers and musicians and 65 horses of 12 different breeds play and demonstrate their intimate bond as this production marries the equestrian arts, awe-inspiring acrobatics and high-tech theatrical effects. Call for times and ticket prices. Red Mountain 202 and McClintock Drive, Scottsdale, cavalia.com, 866-999-8111.

Through April 1
Miniature Horse Show (FREE)
Hundreds of showy miniature horses pull carts and carriages, leap over and maneuver around obstacles, and run free in liberty classes. 8 a.m.-6 p.m. WestWorld of Scottsdale, 16601 N. Pima Rd., Scottsdale, azminis-mhaa.com, 623-465-5034.

Through April 8
Sunday A’Fair (FREE)
Celebrating its 31st season, this outdoor festival features concerts by top Arizona musicians, arts and crafts, and children’s activities. Most Sundays, noon-4 p.m. Scottsdale Civic Center Mall, 3939 N. Drinkwater Blvd., Scottsdale, 480-499-TKTS.

Through April 8
Wickenburg Art Show (FREE)
Original artwork by more than 30 regional artists is featured in this juried fine arts show. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Wickenburg Art Center, 188 S. Tegner St., Wickenburg, wickenburgclub.org, 928-684-0483.

Through April 13
Fashion and Art Collide (FREE)
Figurative artist Michael Carson unveils a new collection of work inspired by the lingerie brand Fleur du Mal in a collaborative trunk show featuring the spring line of lingerie. Call for times. Stephanie’s, 4142 N. Marshall Way, Scottsdale, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 602-508-0848.

Through April 30
Dinosaurs in the Desert
It’s last call to check out the 23 state-of-the-art prehistoric creatures that have taken up residence along the zoo’s Desert Lives Trail. The self-guided tour includes the animatronic dinosaur structures, which move and make various sounds including the infamous roar of a Tyrannosaurus rex, as well as a fossil dig and photo opportunities with a pachyrhino. Call for times and ticket prices. Phoenix Zoo, 455 N. Galvin Pkwy., Phoenix, phoenixzoo.org, 602-286-3800.


Through April 30
Interior Designer for Hire
The Arizona North chapter of the American Society of Interior Designers hosts this popular program, which matches homeowners with local ASID designers for a one- or two-hour consultation at $75 per hour. Designers volunteer their time, and the fees collected are used for student scholarships and educational programs. Valleywide and Northern Arizona, azn.asid.org.

Through May 13
Jun Kaneko Exhibit
The garden’s desert flora provides a rich backdrop for approximately 20 monumental sculptures by the Japanese-American artist, who specializes in large-scale, hand-built ceramic sculptures. Call for times and ticket prices. Desert Botanical Garden, 1201 N. Galvin Pkwy., Phoenix, dbg.org, 480-941-1225.

Through May 31
Sights and Sounds Experience (FREE)
Guests are invited to stroll through the 4-acre Carefree Desert Gardens and meet local artists and musicians as they demonstrate their talents. F-Su, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Carefree Desert Gardens, 101 Easy St., Carefree, visitcarefree.org, 480-488-3686.

April 2
Sedona Sculpture Unveiling (FREE)
Goldenstein Gallery hosts a reception for James Muir, celebrating the installation of his monumental sculpture Christ of the Holy Cross. The Sedona sculptor was commissioned to create the piece in recognition of the chapel’s 60th anniversary. 5-8 p.m. Chapel of the Holy Cross, 780 Chapel Rd., Sedona, goldensteinart.com, 928-204-1765.

April 5
Roars & Pours
Guests 21 and older sip and stroll select zoo trails while enjoying craft brews, wine and food, along with animal encounters, yard games, live music and entertainment. 5:30-8:30 p.m. Call for ticket prices. Phoenix Zoo, 455 N. Galvin Pkwy., Phoenix, phoenixzoo.org, 602-286-3800.

April 5
Scottsdale ArtWalk (FREE)
Eat, Drink & Art is the theme as Scottsdale Gallery Association hosts this event, which combines tastings from local restaurants and Arizona wineries with art exhibitions, artist demonstrations and receptions. 6:30-9 p.m. Downtown Scottsdale, scottsdalegalleries.com.

April 6
First Fridays Art Walk (FREE)
More than 70 Downtown art galleries and art spaces are featured. 6-10 p.m. Check website for maps, parking and shuttle service from five “park-and-ride hubs,” artlinkphoenix.com, 602-256-7539.

April 6
Runway to Success
Bold fashion and determined students are in the spotlight as GateWay Community College hosts this fundraiser, which includes dinner, a short runway show highlighting local designers, a silent auction and student presentations. 6-9 p.m. $100. Warehouse 215, Bentley Projects, 215 E. Grant St., Phoenix, runwaytosuccessgwcc.com, 602-286-8040.

April 6
Yo! Matsuri (FREE)
Visitors enjoy music, dance, films, food and artist demonstrations as this festival celebrates the culture of Japan. Highlights include Arizona Taiko legend Ken Koshio, a screening of photographer Luke Dorsett’s Japanese lowrider documentary and sake tastings. 5-9 p.m. Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 E. Second St., Scottsdale, scottsdalearts.org, 480-499-TKTS.

April 6-8
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, centralarizonacactus.org, 480-941-1225.

April 7
Art from the Heart
Featuring artwork by Fred Tieken and other prominent Arizona artists, this annual auction benefits Free Arts for Abused Children of Arizona and its therapeutic programs for children. A cocktail reception, hors d’oeuvres and a DJ are included. 4:30-7 p.m. $100. Saks Fifth Avenue, Biltmore Fashion Park, 2446 E. Camelback Rd., Phoenix, freeartsaz.org, 602-258-8100.

April 7
Garden Tour
Phoenix Home & Garden hosts this 20th annual self-guided tour featuring a variety of residential properties designed by landscape professionals and homeowners. Desert Botanical Garden volunteers, as well as several of the designers and editors, 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. Paradise Valley, Scottsdale and Phoenix area, phgmag.com/gardentour.

April 7
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, jeromeartwalk.com, 928-634-0774.

April 7
Race for Joy
Our Lady of Joy Parish and the Knights of Columbus host this 5K run and walk to benefit Foothills Food Bank & Resource Center and St. Vincent de Paul Society. 9 a.m. $45. Our Lady of Joy, 36811 N. Pima Rd., Scottsdale, foothillsfoodbank.com, 480-488-1145.

April 7
Run the Runway
Participants enjoy a one-of-a-kind view as they run alongside planes in a 5K, 10K and kids’ 1-mile mascot dash. A vendor expo and guest appearances by professional sports team mascots add to the fun. Proceeds benefit Playworks Arizona. 6-10 a.m. $15-$60. Scottsdale Airport, (park and ride at 13665 N. Airport Dr.), Scottsdale, runtherunwayaz.com.

April 7-8
Art Studio Tour (FREE)
Artists of the Superstitions hosts this Spring Fling tour, which provides an opportunity to meet artists in their studio environment as they demonstrate and share their talents, including paintings, photography, ceramics, gourds and jewelry, as well as works in wood, fiber, glass and mixed media. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Gold Canyon and Apache Junction area, artistsofthesuperstitions.com, 480-288-6022.

April 7-8
Meet the Artist (FREE)
Beth Zink welcomes guests to her studio to view her paintings, prints, outdoor art, accent pillows, coasters, tile prints and note 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. Beth Zink Studio, 33444 N. 55th St., Cave Creek, bethzinkart.com, 480-980-3848.

April 7-8
Orchid Show & Plant Sale (FREE)
Desert Valley Orchid Society hosts this annual event, which features orchid displays, judging by certified members of the American Orchid Society and a variety of the flowers for sale, plus workshops on growing orchids in the desert, and how and when to repot them. Sa, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Su, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Berridge Nurseries, 4647 E. Camelback Rd., Phoenix, 602-463-7352.

April 7-8
Tucson Sculpture Festival (FREE)
More than 40 artists from across the Southwest exhibit works in steel, bronze, glass, ceramic, paper, stone and more, from classic to contemporary, tabletop to monumental. Sa, 9:30 a.m.-6 p.m.; Su, 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. The Hay Barn, Brandi Fenton Memorial Park, 3482 E. River Road, Tucson, sculpturetucson.org, 520-882-5572. Guests can meet the artists at an exclusive preview reception from 5 to 9 p.m. April 6, $50.

April 8
Ballet in Bloom
Ballet Tucson hosts this annual fundraiser, which includes a brunch buffet, cocktails and mixology tasting, live music, a silent auction and dance performance. 1 p.m. $65, adults; $40, children 11 and younger. Skyline Country Club, 5200 E. St. Andrews Dr., Tucson, ballettucson.org, 520-903-1445.

April 12
Desert Night Cinema
Bring a blanket or low chair and enjoy a movie under the night sky as this monthly event continues with a Space Cadet theme. Live entertainment with JesterZ Improv Comedy, movie-related activities and food trucks add to the festivities before the film begins. The monthly event is sponsored by PHOENIX magazine. 6:30 p.m.; movie starts at 7:30 p.m. $16, adults; $12, children. Desert Botanical Garden, 1201 N. Galvin Pkwy., Phoenix, dbg.org, 480-481-8188.

April 13
Vino con Stelle
Guests enjoy an exclusive evening of fine wine, cuisine and entertainment by Brian McKnight, Heather Headley and Billy Gilman at this fundraiser for Gateway for Cancer Research. A live auction is included. 6 p.m. $1,250. Wrigley Mansion, 2501 E. Telewa Trail, Phoenix, gatewaycr.org, 602-618-1595.

April 14
Craft Spirits Festival    
Spirits run high at this fifth annual festival, which provides numerous opportunities to mix, mingle and taste more than 150 high-end cocktails, beer, wine and spirits. Live music, a food buffet, cornhole and other games are included. A portion of proceeds benefits Matthew’s Crossing Food Bank. 3-9 p.m. $25-$75. Dr. A.J. Chandler Park, 3 S. Arizona Ave., Chandler, chandlercraftspiritsfestival.com, 480-586-6711.

April 14
Fashion Show
Phoenix Women’s Board of the Steele Children’s Research Center hosts its 19th annual Children Helping Children luncheon and fashion show, featuring 55 children from across the Valley and Tucson dressed in spring styles provided by Ralph Lauren. Live and silent auctions are included. Proceeds support the PANDA Children’s Epilepsy Project. 10 a.m. $250. JW Marriott Camelback Inn, 5402 E. Lincoln Dr., Scottsdale, azpanda.org.

April 14
Katsina Marketplace (FREE)
More than 100 Hopi katsina doll carvers show and sell their unique creations in traditional and contemporary styles, with musical performances and carving demonstrations adding to the festivities. 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Heard Museum, 2301 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, heard.org, 602-252-8848.

April 14
Lanterns at the Lake
Participants mark personal milestones and offer up wishes and goals as they release biodegradable lanterns at this inaugural event. Live music, food trucks and children’s activities are included. 4-9:30 p.m. $25; free, children 3 and younger. Pleasant Harbor at Lake Pleasant, 8708 W. Harbor Blvd., Peoria, pleasantharbor.com, 623-203-5173.

April 14-15
Salsa Challenge
The Arizona Hemophilia Association cranks up the heat as professional and amateur chefs prepare the popular condiment on-site at the annual My Nana’s Best-Tasting Salsa Challenge. A margarita mix-off, live music, children’s activities and a Too Hot to Trot 5K race 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. Sloan Park, 2330 W. Rio Salado Pkwy., Mesa, salsachallenge.com, 602-955-3947.

April 14-15
Scottsdale Culinary Festival
Scottsdale League for the Arts presents this culinary extravaganza, which features interactive experiences to taste, sip and celebrate Arizona food culture. Forty local restaurants, dozens of craft breweries, a teen cooking challenge, chef demos, 20 bands and family activities are among the highlights. PHOENIX magazine is among the sponsors. Sa, noon-9 p.m.; Su, noon-6 p.m. Visit website for ticket prices. Scottsdale Civic Center Mall, 7380 E. Second St., Scottsdale, scottsdalefest.org. Festivities kick off with The Cocktail Society, an exclusive night of cocktails, whimsical entertainment and elegant tastings, 7 p.m., April 13, $85-$100, Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 E. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale.

April 15
Dinner with Wolves
Guests mingle mere feet from the compound of the Mexican gray wolf – one of the most endangered mammals in the world – at this fundraiser benefiting Defenders of Wildlife and
Southwest Wildlife Conservation Center. The event includes cocktails, a silent auction and sit-down dinner, as well as self-guided tours of the facility. 4-6:30 p.m. $250, includes private bus transportation to and from My Sister’s Closet, 6204 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale, southwestwildlife.org, 602-471-3621.

April 15
Prom Night Gala
The Joy Bus, which provides homebound cancer patients with fresh chef-inspired meals, hosts this fifth annual fundraiser that includes signature bites from some of the Valley’s top chefs, including Keenan Bosworth, Tracy Dempsey, Josh Hebert, Stephen Jones, Bernie Kantak, Russell LaCasce and Gio Osso. Beer and wine tastings and a silent auction are included. 6 p.m. $100. Hotel Valley Ho, 6850 E. Main St., Scottsdale, thejoybus.org, 602-842-7347.

April 15
Superhero Fun Run
Grab a cape and dress up as your favorite superhero for this fifth annual 5K and family festival presented by Voices for CASA Children. Bounce houses, carnival games, prizes, food trucks, arts and crafts, and a kids dash are among the highlights. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. $10, adults; free, children 17 and younger. Kiwanis Park, 5500 S. Mill Ave., Tempe, voicesforcasachildren.org, 480-685-4888.

April 19

Birds ’n’ Beer (FREE)

Sip on a brew from AZ Wilderness Brewing Co. 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, az.audubon.org, 602-468-6470.

April 19-22
Nirvana Food & Wine Festival
An all-star lineup of chefs, mixologists and winemakers join together for this culinary extravaganza, which kicks off with a New Orleans-style Bourbon Street Blues festival and also includes a celebrity golf tournament, intimate dinners, tasting events and a farewell brunch. Call for times and ticket prices. Sanctuary Camelback Mountain Resort & Spa, 5700 E. McDonald Dr., Paradise Valley, nirvanafoodandwine.com, 877-808-9463.

April 21
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 underway. Proceeds benefit Fitzgerald’s First Down Fund, which supports nonprofit organizations assisting children and families throughout the country. Gates open at 5 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. Nonperishable food donations requested to benefit United Food Bank. Salt River Fields at Talking Stick, 7555 N. Pima Rd., Scottsdale, saltriverfields.com. 

April 21
Pat’s Run 
More than 35,000 runners and walkers participate in this annual 4.2-mile run/walk honoring late football star Pat Tillman. The race, which winds through downtown Tempe and finishes at the stadium, includes a 0.42-mile kids’ run. The distance pays tribute to Tillman’s Sun Devil jersey number. Proceeds support the Tillman Military Scholars program. 7:05 a.m. Visit website for race fees. ASU Sun Devil Stadium, 219 S. Packard Dr., Tempe, patsrun.com.

April 21
Spark! After Dark (FREE)
Live music, art, food and drinks highlight this monthly event. 8-11 p.m. Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., Mesa, mesaartscenter.com, 480-644-6500.

April 27-29
Junk in the Trunk
All things chippy, rusty, vintage and handmade are in the spotlight as more than 170 vendors share their treasures. Local musicians add to the festivities. Visit website for times and ticket prices. WestWorld of Scottsdale, 16601 N. Pima Rd., Scottsdale, junkinthetrunkvintagemarket.com.

April 28
Autism Breakfast
Southwest Autism Research & Resource Center hosts its annual fundraising community breakfast. Proceeds help SARRC advance research and provide a lifetime of support for individuals with autism and their families. 7:30-9 a.m. Free; donations requested. Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa, 2400 E. Missouri Ave., Phoenix, autismcenter.org, 602-606-9881.

April 28
Dinner on the Desert 
Guests enjoy an evening among the stars while celebrating the beauty of the desert at this annual fundraising dinner gala. Cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, a silent auction and live music are among the highlights. 6-11 p.m. $600. Desert Botanical Garden, 1201 N. Galvin Pkwy., Phoenix, dbg.org, 480-481-8182. 

April 28
Festival of Iris (FREE)
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 Nursery, 3166 Willow Creek Rd., Prescott, prescottirissociety.org, 623-980-6627.

April 28
The Good Life Festival
Jake Owen (“Barefoot Blue Jean Night,” “Eight Second Ride” and “The One That Got Away”) headlines this event, which celebrates food, artisan shopping and great music in an outdoor setting. Specialty shopping, wine and craft beer tastings, massage demos, cooking demonstrations, local vendors and food trucks round out the fun. Noon-7 p.m. $45-$95. Encanterra, 36460 N. Encanterra Dr., San Tan Valley, thegoodlifefest.com.

April 28
Hats and Horses
Creative Women of Pinnacle Peak hosts a day at the races featuring a buffet luncheon and cash bar, tips on betting and contests for best hat and best-dressed couple. 11:30 a.m.-5 p.m. $95. Turf Paradise, 1501 W. Bell Rd., Phoenix, creativewomenofpinnaclepeak.com, 480-502-1773.

April 28
JDRF Charity Walk
Thousands of advocates join together to raise funds and awareness for Type 1 diabetes as the JDRF Desert Southwest Chapter hosts its annual 5K JDRF One Walk. 7:30 a.m. Call for participation fees. Sloan Park, 2330 W. Rio Salado Pkwy., Mesa, jdrf.org/arizona, 602-224-1800.

April 28
The Original Taste
T. Cook’s, Tarbell’s, Sushi Roku, Postino, Sol Mexican Cantina, Stock & Stable and dozens more of the Valley’s top restaurants serve samples of their specialties, paired with more than 100 wines from around the world, and select brands of beer and premium spirits. Live entertainment adds to the festivities. Proceeds benefit Executive Council Charities, which helps fund critical youth programs at a variety of local organizations, including Phoenix Children’s Hospital, Ryan House, Child Crisis Arizona, Ronald McDonald House Charities and Sojourner Center. 7-10 p.m., $125; plus VIP after-party 7 p.m.-midnight, $275. Scottsdale Waterfront, 7135 E. Camelback Rd., Scottsdale, theoriginaltaste.com, 480-420-3270.

April 28
Ovation Gala
A Night of Harmony is the theme of this fundraising dinner gala, which includes musical performances, uplifting student stories and a silent auction. Proceeds benefit Rosie’s House, a free music academy for children in inner-city Phoenix. 5:30-9 p.m. $125. Mountain Shadows, 5445 E. Lincoln Dr., Scottsdale, rosieshouse.org, 602-525-8475.

April 28
Picnic Under the Stars
Guests enjoy an elegant dinner, silent and live auctions, entertainment and dancing as the American Cancer Society hosts this 57th annual fundraising gala. 6 p.m. Call for ticket prices. Scottsdale Resort at McCormick Ranch, 7700 E. McCormick Ranch Pkwy., Scottsdale, picnicunderthestars.org, 602-952-7509.

April 28
St. Jude Gala
Valley residents come together for A Night in Monte Carlo. Proceeds from this evening of cocktails, dining, live and silent auctions and a car show support research and lifesaving treatment for children battling diseases at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. 6 p.m. $500. Scottsdale Hangar One, 15200 N. 78th Way, Scottsdale, stjude.org, 602-464-7906.