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Photos: McDowell Mountain Music Festival 2017

McDowell Mountain Music Festival

One of the biggest annual Downtown Phoenix parties, the McDowell Mountain Music Festival, has once again finished another successful weekend of rockin’ bands, delicious food and tasty drinks. Huge crowds gathered for the three-day festival in Margaret T. Hance Park from Friday, March 3 to Sunday, March 5 to listen to a killer lineup, which featured… Read More →

Chalk Art Festival takes over 3 Valley shopping centers

Chalk Art Festival
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Dozens of chalk artists will hit the pavement during the 4th annual Chalk Art Festival on Saturday, April 29, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Tempe Marketplace, Desert Ridge Marketplace and Westgate Entertainment District. Artists from the Southern Arizona Arts and Cultural Alliance (SAACA) will descend upon each shopping venue to craft colorful, eye-popping, dimension-bending illustrations on 6-by-6-foot canvas murals.… Read More →

McDowell Mountain Music Festival gears up for fifth year in Downtown Phoenix

McDowell Mountain Music Festival
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The 100 percent nonprofit, three-day music festival in Downtown Phoenix, the McDowell Mountain Music Festival, is gearing up for another weekend of charity and amazing music this Friday, March 3 to Sunday, March 5. View photos of last year’s McDowell Mountain Music Festival:   Photos by Mike Mertes, AZ BIG Media No stranger to this… Read More →

CityScape ‘For The Health Of It’ series helps you get fit

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For those who made “New Year, New You” their 2017 mantra and maybe have fallen off the wagon a bit, CityScape Phoenix is giving you a second chance to kick it into gear with the week-long “For The Health of It” series starting Feb. 27 through March 3. Right in the heart of Downtown Phoenix, CityScape will… Read More →

Arizona Biltmore Golf Club opens FootGolf course

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The Arizona Biltmore Golf Club recently opened a new FootGolf course on the club’s Adobe Course. FootGolfers can enjoy 18-holes for $20 per person, while children 15 and under will be charged their age. The FootGolf course is open for play Sunday through Wednesday after 3 p.m. through the end of April (the course will be… Read More →

Photos: Fun in the sun at 2017 Phoenix Open

Phoenix Open
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Hideki Matsuyama has taken home another win, the work week has begun and your tan might turn out to be a sunburn, which means the Waste Management Phoenix Open is over. Another great week of golf and fun has concluded at the 2017 Waste Management Phoenix Open. Saturday had warm weather at 74 degrees as thousands… Read More →

Phoenix BikeFest 2017 returns at new location

Phoenix BikeFest
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The epic gathering of motorcycle riders from around the Valley and beyond, Phoenix BikeFest, outgrew Westgate and will be held at the Peoria Sports Complex this year. Phoenix BikeFest is returning on Thursday, April 6 and will run until Sunday April 9 in the P83 Entertainment District at 16101 N. 83rd Ave. in Peoria. The 145-acre… Read More →

Wigwam Golf Club unveils new FootGolf course

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The Wigwam Golf Club has unveiled a new FootGolf program on the club’s Patriot Course. Every day after 2:30 p.m., FootGolfers can enjoy 18-holes of FootGolf for just $15 per person, while kids 15 and under are charged their age. FootGolf balls (soccer balls) are available to rent in The Wigwam Golf Shop for $3. The… Read More →

Tee off the weekend with Friday Night Lights

Friday Night Lights
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Back by popular demand, Friday Night Lights will return to The Westin Kierland Golf Club this upcoming spring. Starting Feb. 17, 2017, the Resort’s FUN team will partner with The Westin Kierland Golf Club to offer Friday night fun for all ages including golf games, SNAG golf for kids, 20-minute clinics with the course pros, a… Read More →

Photos: Journey at The Pool at Talking Stick Resort

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The famed rock band, Journey, played an over-sold show over the weekend at The Pool at Talking Stick Resort on Nov. 19, playing classics like “Don’t Stop Believin’” and “Open Arms.”   Photos by Mike Mertes The show’s setlist included: Separate Ways (Worlds Apart) Be Good to Yourself Only the Young Neal Schon Guitar Solo… Read More →

Celebrity Theatre to host Ringo Starr, Frankie Valli

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Winter is fast approaching, but the stage is getting hot at the Celebrity Theatre. As you start to shop, and look for presents for the music lover in the family, be sure to check out one of these upcoming shows at the Celebrity Theatre. There’s great acts like Ringo Starr, Frankie Vallie, Alice Cooper and… Read More →

Photos: Steven Wilson playing the Celebrity Theatre

Steven Wilson
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Steven Wilson, the man behind famed progressive rock act Porcupine Tree, played at the Celebrity Theatre on Wednesday, and our art director, Mike Mertes, captured the show with his camera.   Photos by Mike Mertes “The show started off with his newest album ‘Hand.Cannot.Erase’ and after an intermission he played well known songs from his band Porcupine… Read More →

Goodguys will feature more than 3,000 hot rods, custom cars


The final Goodguys Rod & Custom Association 2016 event is bringing 3,000 candy colored and chromed out hot rods, customs, classics, muscle cars and trucks through 1972 to Westworld of Scottsdale on Nov. 18 to 20. This event, one of the “must attend’ events on the 20-stop national tour produced by California-based Goodguys Rod & Custom Association, brings hot… Read More →

Tempe Festival of the Arts to return in December

Tempe Festival of the Arts
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An annual seasonal favorite, the 2016 Fall Tempe Festival of the Arts pops up in Downtown Tempe this December with an outstanding assortment of revered traditions, new programming and holiday highlights. This 48th Fall Tempe Festival of the Arts is highly ranked as a leading fine arts festival, and is one of the largest and oldest festivals of… Read More →