Enjoy the Greatest Two Minutes in Sports
Frosty mint juleps, fashion contests, lawn games and prime viewing for the 147th “Run for the Roses” highlight the Kentucky Derby Lawn Party May 1. It’s a great excuse to drink with friends, cheer for a sport you probably know nothing about and dress like early 20th-century Southern stereotypes. A brunch menu filled with fried chicken and biscuits, shrimp and grits and other Southern favorites is featured, along with complete Derby coverage indoors and out. 1-4 p.m. $119; VIP, $149. Bourbon Steak, Fairmont Scottsdale Princess, 7575 E. Princess Dr., Scottsdale, 480-585-4848, scottsdaleprincess.com.
Sing Along to Tunes about Beer, Burros and Banditos
Hometown favorites Roger Clyne & The Peacemakers take the stage April 30-May 1, playing a rich set list that includes such perennial gems as “Americano!” “Switchblade,” “Mexican Moonshine,” “The Independent” and “Banditos.” The Sidewinders/Sand Rubies are special guests on Friday; and Ghetto Cowgirl, Saturday. Seating is at 50 percent capacity and masks are required. F, 6 p.m.; Sa, 6:30 p.m. Call for ticket prices. Marquee Theatre, 730 N. Mill Ave., Tempe, 480-829-0607, marqueetheatreaz.com.
Watch the Sky Burst with Color
Dozens of hot air balloons fill the sky during Hare & Hound races; then light up the night during Desert Glows at the Arizona Balloon Classic April 30-May 2. Live entertainment, a kite festival, stunt bike shows, tethered balloon rides, a beer garden, food trucks, fireworks and children’s activities add to the festivities. A portion of proceeds benefits Valley of the Sun United Way. Call for times. $20-$25, adults; free, children 12 and younger. Goodyear Ballpark, 1933 S. Ballpark Way, Goodyear, 480-560-9095, abcfest.com.
Add to Your Art Collection for Land’s Sake
Protecting the Land We Love is the theme of the Spring 2021 Creative Connections Fine Art Auction. Continuing through May 10, the online event supports the mission of Desert Foothills Land Trust to protect land in the North Valley. Paintings, sculpture, jewelry, fiber art and works in wood and glass by more than 65 artists are featured. Bidding closes at 8 p.m. May 10, dflt.org.
Celebrate the Opening of a Cozy New Theater
Don Bluth Front Row Theatre raises the curtain in its new venue with Orson Welles, an intimate yet socially distanced one-person play about the life and times, loves and declines of this pioneer in both radio and film. Keath Hall stars as the “boy genius” in the production, which continues through May 22. Masks are required. Call for times. $28, adults; $25, seniors and students. Don Bluth Front Row Theatre, 8989 E. Via Linda, Scottsdale, 480-314-0841, donbluthfrontrowtheatre.com.