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Through April 30
Dinosaurs in the Desert
Twenty-three state-of-the-art prehistoric creatures have descended onto 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.
Featuring the nation’s top artists of classical, Broadway, chamber, jazz, pops and country, this annual festival begins with a six-concert Fall Fest. A Neil Diamond tribute band and performances by Dennis Rowland and Mary Chapin Carpenter (pictured) are among the highlights. Call for times, ticket prices and Phoenix and Scottsdale venues, azmusicfest.org, 480-840-0457. Additional programming takes place Jan. 26-March 16.
Bacon, Blues & Brews
This family-friendly celebration features plenty of swine-worthy snacks and drinks, from bacon churros, tacos and lobster tots to bacon flights and even a signature bacon craft beer selection. Live blues performances, a bacon-eating contest, cornhole tournament and children’s activities are included. A portion of proceeds benefits East Valley Firefighters Charities. Noon-9 p.m. $8 in advance; $12 at the gate. Founders Park, 22407 S. Ellsworth Rd., Queen Creek, baconbluesandbrewsaz.com.
The stand-up comic’s Italian machismo fits him like a glove as he instantly captivates audiences with quick-witted riffs about life’s minor irritations combined with hyper-exaggerated body language and hilarious facial expressions. 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. $43.75-$63.75. Celebrity Theatre, 440 N. 32nd St., Phoenix, celebritytheatre.com, 602-267-1600.
Local instructors lead blacklight yoga sessions that are designed for newbies to yoga pros. Participants receive a yoga mat, towel, bracelet and confetti as part of registration, with a pre-session block party to decorate themselves and their mats with body paint. 9 a.m. and noon. $19.99. WestWorld, 16601 N. Pima Rd., Scottsdale, soulpose.com.
Arizona Hemophilia Walk
Family, friends and community and corporate teams walk in honor and memory of those whose lives have been affected by bleeding disorders at this 5K noncompetitive walk. Registration includes all-day zoo admittance. 8-10 a.m. $25, minimum donation, adults; $5 minimum, students 13-17; free, children 12 and younger. Phoenix Zoo, 455 N. Galvin Pkwy., Phoenix, arizonahemophilia.org, 602-955-3947.
Combining catchy pop melodies, hip-hop beats and feel-good lyrics, the artist is known for smash hits that dominate the radio airwaves, including “That’s What I Like,” “24K Magic,” “Just the Way You Are,” “Marry You” and “Uptown Funk.” 8 p.m. Call for ticket prices. Talking Stick Resort Arena, 201 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix, ticketmaster.com, 800-745-3000.
Chuck Wagon Cook-off (FREE)
Experience the sights, sounds, tastes and smells of authentic 1880s chuck wagons as teams from across the West compete using slow-cook, wood-fire methods from the time period. Live music, cooking demonstrations and hands-on activities add to the fun. F, 9 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sa, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. $15 for five-course meal. Tumbleweed Ranch, 2250 S. McQueen Rd., Chandler, chandleraz.gov/chuckwagon, 480-782-2717.
Signature Chefs Auction
Some of the Valley’s finest chefs offer samplings of signature dishes while raising funds and increasing awareness of March of Dimes’ mission to give all babies the healthiest start to life. Silent and live auctions are included. PHOENIX magazine is among the sponsors. 4 p.m. $275. Talking Stick Resort, 9800 E. Talking Stick Way, Scottsdale, signaturechefs.marchofdimes.org, 602-287-9925.
Local food trucks serve up their tastiest and most creative sliders as they compete for the title of Best Slider. Entertainment by Rock Lobster is included. Proceeds benefit the Arizona Friends of Foster Children Foundation. Noon-3 p.m. $30, includes samples of all sliders. Kierland Commons, 15205 N. Kierland Blvd., Scottsdale, affcf.org, 602-252-9445.