April Events, Things To Do and Festivals

Editorial StaffMarch 27, 2022
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Get your fill of festivals and fun times with this month-by-month look at the Valley’s high season.


Arizona Renaissance Festival
Through April 3

Foolish pleasures mix with artisan treasures at this 50-acre festival village complete with storybook shops, hundreds of costumed characters, a hearty feast and 16 stages of entertainment, including music, dance and jousting. Saturdays-Sundays, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. 12601 E. Hwy. 60, Gold Canyon, 520-463-2600, renfestinfo.com

Chandler Jazz Festival
April 1-2

This annual fest features a stellar lineup of local talent, spanning genres ranging from traditional and fusion rhythm to smooth jazz. 5-10 p.m. Dr. A.J. Chandler Park (Stage Plaza), 178 E. Commonwealth Ave., Chandler, 480-782-2669, chandleraz.gov

Arizona Musicfest
April 1-29

This multi-month festival features the nation’s top artists of classical, chamber, jazz, rock ’n’ roll, country, bluegrass and pop. Highlights include: The Texas Tenors, April 1; The McCartney Years, April 4; Emanuel Ax, April 21; and The Official Blues Brothers Revue, April 29. North Scottsdale/Phoenix venues, 480-422-8449, azmusicfest.org

Cars & Coffee
April 2

Dozens of exotic, classic and luxury cars from across the Valley line the streets for the Highline Autos Cars & Coffee, held the first Saturday of each month. A live DJ adds to the fun. 7:30-10 a.m. High Street, 5415 E. High St., Phoenix, highstreetaz.com

Fountain Hills Music Fest
April 2

Bring a blanket, chair, family and friends for this free event featuring performances by several acts representing a variety of genres. 5-9:30 p.m. Fountain Park, 12925 N. Saguaro Blvd., Fountain Hills, 480-837-1654, fountainhillschamber.com

Katsina Doll Marketplace
April 2

The nation’s largest gathering of Hopi katsina doll carvers comes together to show and sell their unique creations in traditional and contemporary styles. Musical performances and carving demonstrations add to the festivities. 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Heard Museum, 2301 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, 602-252-8848, heard.org

Arizona Bike Week
April 6-10

This annual festival and rally celebrates motorcycles and biker culture with five days of local bands, bike shows, demos, vendors, exhibitions and the HandleBar Saloon in The PowerYard, complemented by three nights of concerts by local and touring musicians in The RockYard. WestWorld of Scottsdale, 16601 N. Pima Rd., Scottsdale, azbikeweek.com

Maricopa County Fair
April 6-10

Livestock shows, agriculture and youth exhibits, midway rides and live music are among the attractions. Arizona State Fairgrounds, 1826 W. McDowell Rd., Phoenix, 602-252-0717, maricopacountyfair.org

Photo Courtesy Jacob Tyler Dunn

FRIED: French Fry & Music Festival
April 9

The world’s favorite side dish takes center stage at this event, which features waffle and crinkle-cut fries in all shapes and sizes, as well as such tasty creations as carne asada fries, poutine and Bolognese fries. Live bands, bars, lawn games and a local vendor marketplace keep guests entertained in between bites. Noon-8 p.m. Margaret T. Hance Park, 67 W. Culver St., Phoenix, friedfestival.com

Phoenix Home & Garden 2022 Garden Tour
April (TBD)

Phoenix Home & Garden hosts this self-guided tour featuring several residential properties designed by landscape professionals and homeowners. Valleywide, phgmag.com

Pat’s Run
April (TBD)

Thousands of 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 ASU stadium, paying tribute to Tillman’s jersey number from his college days. Proceeds support the Tillman Military Scholars program. ASU Sun Devil Stadium, 500 E. Veterans Way, Tempe, patsrun.com


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