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, renfestinfo.com, 520-463-2700.
Through April 2 (FREE)
Tempe Festival of the Arts
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, tempefestivalofthearts.com.
Through April 3
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, ncaa.com/finalfour.
Through April 9
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 7-9, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., with a portion of proceeds benefiting Desert Botanical Garden and the league’s scholarship fund. Sa, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Call for ticket prices. Desert Botanical Garden, 1201 N. Galvin Pkwy., Phoenix, scottsdaleartistsleague.org, 480-941-1225.
Through April 25
Friday Night Lights
This family-friendly event includes a nine-hole glow putt course and SNAG golf, an easy way for kids to learn the basics of putting, chipping, pitching and full swing using specially adapted equipment and targets. Adults enjoy access to the driving range, putting and chipping clinics led by Kierland golf professionals, and games for grownups including Longest Drive, Guess Your Distance (using FlightScope) and Margarita Putt (putt a lime to win a margarita). Music and beverage cart service add to the fun. F, 5-7 p.m. $10. Westin Kierland Golf Club, 15636 Clubgate Dr., Scottsdale, kierlandgolf.com, 480-922-9283.
Through May 14
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, dbg.org, 480-941-1225.
Through August 31 (FREE)
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, carefree.org, 480-488-3686.
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. Live music, assistance dog demonstrations and interactive activities are included. 8:30 a.m.-noon. Donations. Scottsdale Civic Center Park, 3939 N. Drinkwater Blvd., Scottsdale, cci.org/dogfestphoenix, 623-640-4070.
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.
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, maricopa.gov/parks/usery, 480-984-0032.
April 1-2 (FREE)
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.-5 p.m.; Su, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Berridge Nurseries, 4647 E. Camelback Rd., Phoenix, 602-463-7352.
April 1-2 (FREE)
Trains in the Garden
Train enthusiasts open their homes 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 10 private residences throughout the Valley, as well as a children’s medical center and museum. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Greater Phoenix area, azbigtrains.org, 480-248-9130. Donations are appreciated to help maintain the indoor railroad at Cardon Children’s Medical Center in Mesa.
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 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; guests also can drive themselves to the north Scottsdale center, dinnerwithwolves.com, 602-374-3906.
April 2 (FREE)
Celebrating its 30th season, this outdoor festival features concerts by top Arizona musicians, arts and crafts, and children’s activities. Su, noon-4 p.m. Scottsdale Civic Center Plaza, 7375 E. Second St., Scottsdale, scottsdalearts.org, 480-499-TKTS.
Athena Valley of the Sun honors outstanding women business leaders and young women in the community at the “Athena Leadership Awards – Honoring Athena Inspired Leaders.” The luncheon includes a presentation by Barbara Barrett, an American businesswoman, ambassador and former U.S. astronaut. 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m. $80. Phoenix Marriott Tempe at The Buttes, 2000 W. Westcourt Way, Tempe, athenaaz.com, 612-860-5992.
Artist in Residence Dinner
Mingle with world-renowned pianist Jeffrey Siegel, a featured soloist with some of the world’s greatest orchestras. The event includes a short musicale complemented by Siegel’s engaging insights about various composers and their music. 6:30 p.m. $99. Lon’s at The Hermosa Inn, 5532 N. Palo Cristi Rd., Paradise Valley, lons.com, 602-955-7878.
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, scottsdalegalleries.com.
The Valley Humane Society Casa Grande hosts a fundraising dinner, with a silent auction and dancing to music by the Sonoran Jazz Band. 5:30-9 p.m. $50. Casa Grande Cotton Bowl Lanes, 1740 N. Pinal Ave., Casa Grande, 520-705-0309.
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, artlinkphoenix.com, 602-256-7539.
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, dbg.org, 480-481-8188.
Enjoy a fast-paced, high-energy game of basketball as the legendary team hits the court with its incredible ball-handling wizardry, rim-rattling dunks, trick shots, comedy routines and on-court fan interaction. F, 7 p.m., Gila River Arena, 9400 W. Maryland Ave., Glendale; and Sa, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m., Talking Stick Resort Arena, 201 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix. Call for ticket prices, ticketmaster.com, 800-745-3000.
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, 21
Rock ’n’ Roll Dances
Guests enjoy rock ’n’ roll hits from the ’50s and ’60s, April 7; and ’70s and ’80s, April 21, with DJ Kort Kurdi. 6:30-9:30 p.m. $8. Palm Ridge Summit Hall, 13800 W. Deer Valley Rd., Sun City West, rocknroll.scwclubs.com, 602-679-4220.
Poodle skirts, bobby socks, T-shirts and jeans are in order as Hillcrest Dance and Social Club of Sun City West hosts this dance with music by Michael Carollo. 7 p.m., with complimentary tango lesson at 6:15 p.m. $6. R.H. Johnson Social Hall, 19803 R.H. Johnson Blvd., Sun City West, hillcrest.scwclubs.com, 605-430-5337.
Flavors of the West
Guests enjoy everything from seafood to Asian cuisine as more than 30 restaurants serve unlimited samples at this foodie event. A beer garden, cooking demonstrations, live bands and children’s activities are included. Proceeds benefit The Honey Foundation, a local nonprofit whose focus is to spread kindness throughout the community and world. Noon-4 p.m., $45; VIP entrance at 11 a.m., $100. 100 Old Litchfield Rd., Litchfield Park, flavorsaz.com, 866-977-6849.
The 19th annual Phoenix Home & Garden Garden Tour is a self-guided event featuring a variety of residential properties designed by landscape professionals and homeowners. Phoenix Home & Garden staff members, garden design and landscaping experts and Desert Botanical Garden volunteers 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. Valleywide, phgmag.com/gardentour, 480-664-3960.
Katsina Doll Marketplace
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. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free; museum admission extra. Heard Museum, 2301 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, heard.org, 602-252-8848.
Run the Runway
Participants enjoy a one-of-a-kind view as they run alongside planes in a 5K, 10K, 15K 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. 6:30-10 a.m. $15-$60. Scottsdale Airport, 15000 N. Airport Dr., Scottsdale, runtherunwayaz.com.
April 8-9 (FREE)
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 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, 480-538-5428.
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. Sa, noon-9 p.m.; Su, noon-6 p.m. Visit website for ticket prices. Scottsdale Civic Center Mall, 3939 N. Drinkwater Blvd., Scottsdale, scottsdalefest.org.
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, uncommonmarkets.com, 855-238-6999.
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. 1-3:30 p.m. $60. Camby Hotel, 2401 E. Camelback Rd., Phoenix, happilyeverafterleague.org, 480-661-9353.
Race Against Cancer
This fifth 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. Cleveland Indians game at 1:10 p.m. Participants receive a T-shirt, finisher medal, drawstring bag and a ticket for a 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. $20-$50. Chase Field, 401 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix, dbacks.com/race.
Three country bands provide entertainment at the start/finish, as well as along the course of this event, which includes 5K and 10K runs, a two-person plunger relay and country mile walk/run. Proceeds support Dogs on Deployment, which is dedicated to finding foster homes for the pets of service men and women when they are deployed. 8 a.m. $20-$90. Westgate Entertainment District, 6770 N. Sunrise Blvd., Glendale, redneckrunaz.com, 480-609-3978.
Tucson Home Tour
The Sam Hughes Home and Neighborhood Tour is a walking tour featuring 10 residences, along with art, music and a talk by Sen. Steve Farley about midcentury Modern homes in Tucson. The 1-square-mile historic neighborhood is bordered by Campbell Avenue and Country Club Road, and Speedway and Broadway boulevards. Noon-5 p.m. $25. Tucson, samhughes.org, 520-323-7891.
Fore a Good Cause
A continental breakfast, awards lunch and silent auction add to the fun at the seventh annual Singleton Moms Charity Golf Tournament. Proceeds benefit Singleton Moms, a local organization that supports single parents who are battling cancer. 7 a.m.-3 p.m., with shotgun start at 9 a.m. $150. Blackstone Country Club, 12101 W. Blackstone Dr., Peoria, blackstonecountryclub.com, 623-707-8700.
April 10 (FREE)
The international and New York Times best-selling author stops in Scottsdale to talk about his new book, The Lost Order, which centers on the lost history and secrets of The Knights of the Golden Circle, the largest and most dangerous clandestine organization in American history. 7 p.m. The Poisoned Pen, 4014 N. Goldwater Blvd., Scottsdale, poisonedpen.com, 480-947-2974.
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, maricopacountyfair.org, 602-252-0717.
AZ Wine & Dine
Guests indulge in culinary creations of top chefs from the state’s resort 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. 5-8 p.m. $69-$79. Scottsdale Quarter, 15059 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale, azwineanddine.com, 602-604-0729.
Charity Golf Tournament
Phoenix Metro Chamber hosts this fundraiser, which includes 18 holes of golf featuring skill games, a raffle and contests throughout the course, followed by a luncheon, silent auction and awards ceremony. Proceeds support the American Academy of Pediatrics Arizona Chapter and Southwest Veterans Foundation. Shotgun start at 8 a.m. $150. Stonecreek Golf Club, 4435 E. Paradise Village Pkwy South, Phoenix, phoenixmetrochamber.com, 800-958-8593.
Adrenaline-seekers of all shapes, sizes and ages 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. 9 a.m. $89-$100. Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park, 20000 S. Maricopa Rd., Chandler, ruggedmaniac.com.
April 15 (FREE)
Spark! After Dark
A grownup’s playground, this monthly event features live music, art, food and drinks. 8-11 p.m. Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., Mesa, mesaartscenter.com, 480-644-6500.
April 20 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, az.audubon.org, 602-468-6470.
Vintage Market & Cars
Treasure hunters unite while perusing a variety of antiques and collectibles, Native American and Asian artifacts, industrial goods, woodworking pieces and baby gifts at the Front Porch Pickins Vintage & Handmade Market. A Vintage & Classic Car Show runs simultaneously. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. $6. Tumbleweed Park, 745 E. Germann Rd., Chandler, frontporchpickins.com, 623-298-5002.
April 22 (FREE)
Art for Aunt Rita’s
Celebrating the artists and galleries of the Scottsdale Arts District, this annual event features a silent auction of original artworks and a health and wellness area offering free HIV testing. Proceeds benefit Aunt Rita’s Foundation, which advocates for HIV education and awareness and raises funds on behalf of 16 Valley HIV/AIDS service organizations. Noon-6 p.m., with an after-party at BS West. Main Street and Marshall Way area, Scottsdale, auntritas.org, 602-882-8675.
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 5:30 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, saltriverfields.com.
Dinner on the Desert
Guests enjoy an evening among the stars while celebrating the beauty of the desert at this 31st 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.
The Original Taste
More than 40 local restaurants serve samples of their specialties, paired with more than 50 wines from around the world, and select brands of beer and premium liquor options. Live entertainment adds to the festivities. Proceeds benefit Executive Council Charities, which helps fund critical youth programs at a variety of local organizations, including Ryan House, Child Crisis Arizona, Ronald McDonald House Charities and Sojourner Center. 7-10 p.m., $100-$125; plus VIP after-party 7 p.m.-midnight, $225-$250. Scottsdale Waterfront, 7135 E. Camelback Rd., Scottsdale, ec70phx.com, 480-420-3270.
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 also includes a .42-mile kids’ run, winds through downtown Tempe and finishes on the 42-yard line of the stadium, paying 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, 773-360-5277.
Picnic Under the Stars
Guests enjoy an elegant dinner, silent and live auctions, entertainment and dancing as the American Cancer Society hosts this 56th annual fundraising gala. PHOENIX magazine is among the sponsors. 6 p.m. $400. Scottsdale Resort at McCormick Ranch, 7700 E. McCormick Ranch Pkwy., Scottsdale, picnicunderthestars.org, 602-952-7509.
April 22 (FREE)
Handpicked artists and vendors from Wickenburg and the surrounding areas showcase all things rustic, vintage and handmade. 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Wickenburg Community Center, 160 N. Valentine St., Wickenburg, 928-684-5479.
Arizona Wine Growers Festival
Guests enjoy new releases by acclaimed winemakers of Arizona’s top 18 wineries, with food vendors, live music and a chili cookoff adding to the fun. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. $20-$40. Kief-Joshua Vineyards, 370 Elgin Rd., Elgin, winegrowers.eventbrite.com, 520-455-5582.
TOCA Golf Tourney
The Orthopedic Clinic Association hosts this tournament to benefit Phoenix Public Schools. Featuring a four-man scramble format, the event begins with a continental breakfast and concludes with a raffle, silent auction and awards luncheon. Shotgun start at 7:30 a.m. $150. ASU Karsten Golf Course, 1125 E. Rio Salado Pkwy., Tempe, tocamd.com, 602-512-8525.
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. 7-9 a.m. Donations. JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa, 5350 E. Marriott Dr., Phoenix, gabrielsangels.org, 602-266-0875.
This inaugural culinary festival brings together world-acclaimed chefs and winemakers for a series of tastings, special meals and a celebrity golf tournament. A portion of proceeds benefits HopeKids, which provides activities and support for families who have a child with cancer or other life-threatening medical condition. Call for times and ticket prices. Sanctuary Camelback Mountain Resort & Spa, 5700 E. McDonald Dr., Paradise Valley, nirvanafoodandwine.com, 877-808-9463.
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, 2400 E. Missouri Ave., Phoenix, autismcenter.org, 602-606-9881.
We Are UNITED
Academy Award-winning actress Geena Davis is keynote speaker at this luncheon presented by the Women’s Leadership Council of Valley of the Sun United Way. Proceeds benefit the Valley of the Sun United Way Breakfast in the Classroom project. 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. $100. The Phoenician, 6000 E. Camelback Rd., Scottsdale, vsuw.org/wlclunch, 602-240-6335.
Junk in the Trunk
All things chippy, rusty, vintage and handmade are in the spotlight as more than 200 hand-picked artists share vintage and handmade items. Local musicians and food trucks add to the festivities. Call for times and ticket prices. WestWorld of Scottsdale, 16601 N. Pima Rd., Scottsdale, junkinthetrunkvintagemarket.com, 480-696-4018.
April 28-30 (FREE)
Sedona Open Studios Tour
The Sedona Visual Artists’ Coalition hosts this self-guided tour, which takes visitors to more than 50 art studios. Participants demonstrate their talents in a variety of mediums, including ceramics, painting, fiber, glass, photography, jewelry and digital art. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Verde Valley area, sedonaartistscoalition.org, 503-789-4437.
JDRF Charity Walk & Run
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., followed by an inaugural Rock & Run 5K, 6 p.m. Live entertainment, food and beverages and children’s activities follow both events, plus a wine, beer and spirits garden in the evening. Call for race fees. Sloan Park (Cubs Spring Training Stadium), 2330 W. Rio Salado Pkwy., Mesa, dsw.jdrf.org, 602-224-1800.
This basketball tourney and festival welcomes all types of players and teams: male, female and co-ed; recreational, competitive and elite; wheelchair athletes; and grade school, high school and adults of all ages, heights and playing levels. Call for times and participation fees. Downtown Phoenix on the streets surrounding Talking Stick Resort Arena, 201 E. Jefferson St., phx3on3.net, 877-314-0992.
Plated & Staged
Guests enjoy cocktails, a silent auction and entertainment before departing for a three-course meal with wine at top Valley restaurants. The fundraiser benefits youth outreach programs of Herberger Theater Center. 5 p.m. $225; $50 for cocktail reception only. Herberger Theater Center, 222 E. Monroe St., Phoenix, herbergertheater.org, 602-254-7399.