Top 10 Valley Events in March and April

Jason KeilMarch 3, 2022
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April 23
Pat’s Run
Thousand of runners and walkers will pay tribute to Arizona football legend Pat Tillman as they move either virtually or on the Tempe streets a total of 4.2 miles. Check website for more details, race fees, and course information.

March 11-13, 17-20
Chandler Chamber Ostrich Festival
One weekend wasn’t enough for the 32nd edition of the East Valley community’s celebration of its flightless bird ranching history. While there will be plenty of food and carnival fun, you can see the expansion in the festival’s Main Stage music lineup. The first weekend includes performances by The Band Perry, Uncle Kracker, Walker Hayes and Flo Rida. Nelly, The Temptations, and The Four Tops take the stage on the second weekend. Check website for scheduling information. $15-$20, Tumbleweed Park, 2250 S. McQueen Rd., Chandler, 480-588-8497,

March 5-6
Harlem Globetrotters
Chris Paul and Devin Booker bring plenty of swagger to the court, but they’re nothing compared to the razzle-dazzle of the Harlem Globetrotters. No backboard will be safe as the clown princes of basketball dunk their way across the Valley for three jaw-dropping shows. Sa., 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.; Su., 2 p.m. $20-$107. Saturday’s games are at Footprint Center, 201 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix, 602-379-7800, Sunday’s game is at Gila River Arena, 29400 W. Maryland Ave., Glendale, 623-772-3200,

March 4-5
After taking a break last year due to the pandemic, the Downtown music festival returns a little leaner (it’s now two days instead of three). But the lineup is as strong and diverse as ever. Bliss out to electronic producer Zhu and the homegrown riffs of Spafford, or take your soul a little higher with Leon Bridges. Check website for set times. Two-day general admission tickets are $145, with all proceeds going to charity, Margaret T. Hance Park, 1200 N. First St., Phoenix, 602-343-0453,

March 12-13
PBR U.S. Border Patrol Invitational
The Professional Bull Riders organization was started 30 years ago in a Scottsdale hotel room by a group of cowboys who wanted to break away from traditional rodeo. Now it’s an international organization with events televised worldwide. If you decide to check out what you’ve been missing, be sure to hold on tight. It’s going to be a bumpy ride. Sa., 6:45 p.m.; Su., 1:45 p.m.$13-$107, Gila River Arena, 29400 W. Maryland Ave., Glendale, 623-772-3200,

March 17-20
That Golden Girls Show: A Puppet Parody
If you’ve been binging the hit ’80s sitcom since the passing of star Betty White, then bring a friend and travel down the road and back again for this take on the show about four women of a certain age living together in Miami. There will be plenty of gossip about sex, exes and the citizens of Rose’s hometown of St. Olaf. Check website for showtimes. $36-$56, Chandler Center for the Arts, 250 N. Arizona Ave., Chandler, 480-782-2680,

March 1-31
Art Detour 34
If you love local art but don’t like traveling down crowded Roosevelt Row on First Friday, then this month-long celebration of our state’s creative culture is for you. The signature event of the festivities is the 9th Annual Art D’Core Gala, which takes place on March 11 at Park Central Mall. Check website for more details. 3121 N. Third Ave., Phoenix,

April 2, 4
Billie Eilish
By the time the 20-year-old “Bad Guy” singer arrives in the Valley, she could be one award away from EGOT (Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, Tony) status if she wins the Oscar for the theme for the James Bond film No Time to Die. So if you’re a Broadway writer, now might be the time to pass along that script you’ve been working on. 7:30 p.m. $35.50-$145.50. Gila River Arena, 29400 W. Maryland Ave., Glendale, 623-772-3200,

March 15-20
David Yazbek (The Band’s Visit) wrote the music for the award-winning Broadway take on the 1982 Dustin Hoffman classic. Both are about an out-of-work actor who dresses up as a woman to get the big part, but instead of taking place on the set of a television soap opera, this version is a brilliant satire of musicals. Call for times and ticket prices. Gammage Auditorium, 1200 S. Forest Ave., Tempe, 480-965-3434,

April 22-24
Junk in the Trunk Vintage Market
Are you looking for something to tie the room together? You’re in luck, because the Junk in the Trunk Vintage Market is returning for its 11th year. Look for some homemade and local finds that make your living room sing. Fr, 4-9 p.m. (VIP only); Sa-Su, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. $8-$10 general admission, $50-$60 VIP admission, WestWorld, 16601 N. Pima Rd., Scottsdale,