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Get ready for the Sedona Bluegrass Festival

Ben Sollee

Now in its eight season, the June 4-8 Sedona Bluegrass Festival is making serious inroads in the Arizona Bluegrass world. Led by Festival Artistic Director Darol Anger, the Festival will include many friends invited personally by Anger including the legendary Peter Rowan, one of the bluegrass worlds multiple award winners and leading ladies Laurie Lewis… Read More →

Arizona Rattlers host First Responders Night


The Arizona Rattlers will celebrate the Valley’s first responders when they host the Pittsburgh Power on Saturday, April 19 at US Airways Center. Kick-off is set for 6 p.m. Policemen, firefighters and Emergency Medical Services (EMS) personnel will be able to receive 25% off their ticket purchase, up to four tickets, when first responder identification… Read More →

Arizona Science Center unearths ancient Egypt


Ancient Egyptian artifacts will be on view in Phoenix when Lost Egypt: Ancient Secrets, Modern Science opens at Arizona Science Center on May 31. Lost Egypt is an immersive quest for knowledge that reveals how archaeologists use modern science and technology to uncover and understand the ancient civilization of Egypt. Through hands-on challenges, authentic artifacts… Read More →

Stars Shine Bright and Red Rocks Glimmer in Verde Canyon

moonlight ride photo

What Sedona and the Verde Valley lack in traffic signals and street lamps, they trade in exchange for brilliant star shine bursting with galaxies and distant planets. City slickers enjoy an awestruck adventure stargazing beneath the summer sky in Arizona’s remote Verde Canyon wilderness. A canyon cruise by moonlight via Verde Canyon Railroad has long… Read More →

Goodyear Ballpark named best in Cactus League


After a long, fierce and competitive battle of the spring training ballparks, the results are in and it’s official. Goodyear Ballpark – the spring training home of Major League Baseball’s Cincinnati Reds and Cleveland Indians, has been voted as best place to see a spring training game in the Cactus League in USA Today’s 10Best… Read More →

Casino Del Sol Resort Achieves 4-Star Rating


Casino Del Sol Resort, an enterprise of the Pascua Yaqui Tribe, was recently named to the prestigious Forbes Travel Guide Star Rating List. Recognized for exceptional service and amenities, it is the only casino resort in the state of Arizona to receive the coveted four-star rating. The overall property was awarded, as well as Hiapsi,… Read More →

Super Bowl Central will take over downtown

From left: David Rousseau, Chairman of Arizona Super Bowl Host Committee, Jay Parry, President & CEO, Arizona Super Bowl Host Committee, Greg Stanton, Mayor of Phoenix, Kate Gallego, Councilwoman District 8, Jim Waring, vice mayor of Phoenix and Michael Nowakowski, Councilman District 7.

The Arizona Super Bowl Host Committee announced several major initiatives that will take over 12 city blocks in downtown Phoenix and together will serve as the hub of fan, sponsor, media and NFL activities for Super Bowl XLIX. The activities will cover 5th Street to First Avenue and Jefferson Street to Monroe Street and be… Read More →

Local’s Choice: Fishing in Greer

"Bunch Reservoir is approximately 63 acres at an elevation of 8200 feet. Apache, Rainbow and brown trout are the main catches." - / Photo from

AZ Big Media’s staff is full of Arizona know-it-alls, and we love to gush about everything we love about the Grand Canyon State. We finally created a forum for our staffers to share the wealth on our “Local’s Choice” feature. This post about fishing in Greer, Ariz. is by editorial intern Jesse Millard. Enjoy! To… Read More →

Things to Do This Week


Spring has arrived, the colleges let out for spring break, and you’re trying to find something fun to do. Here are some events that are sure to bring a spring to your step this weekend. Don’t forget to share photos of you enjoying these events with the hashtag #SL5 and follow us @scottsdaleliving on Instagram!… Read More →

5 Local Unique Bike Shops, Products

Spokes, WEB

Cycling in Phoenix is slowly becoming a staple, with Phoenix’s Grid Bike Share opening up in the city soon, and for near perfect cycling weather conditions lately, biking in Phoenix has become increasingly popular. The best way to support the local cycling scene is to go local, either with bikes, parts, or accessories. Phoenix has… Read More →

Plans secure Greasewood Flat’s future in Scottsdale

Greasewood Flat

In 1981 an acclaimed band named “The Clash” rocketed up the music charts with a hit called “Should I Stay Or Should I Go?”  It’s the kind of song that’s likely played a lot at Scottsdale venerable watering hole Greasewood Flat over the years.  And it’s the kind of question that has plagued the family… Read More →

Tommy Anderson Plays Great Arizona Beer Festival

Tommy and OvO at The Spirit Room, August 2013. [Howard Photography]
February 28, 2014 by in Around Arizona | Blogs | Events | Play

For the fourth time, The Great Arizona Beer Festival will have local artist Tommy Anderson rocking out on stage with his acoustic guitar as he plays a wide range of party songs for the attendees. Though Anderson has played guitar for 33 years, and many others he picked up while in the Army, he got… Read More →

Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino Debuts Festival Park

February 28, 2014 by in Experience AZ Magazine | Play | Stay

Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino will debut its new 5.6 acre, Festival Park with Sammy Hagar, the ‘Red Rocker’ and his Four Decades of Rock performance in conjunction with Phoenix Bikefest™, April 4 to April 6. This exciting new multipurpose outdoor venue boasts one of the valley’s best new entertainment options and is in… Read More →

Spring Training Deals at Westgate District

Westgate Entertainment District
February 26, 2014 by in Experience AZ Magazine | Play

It’s time to play ball! There is no better time to enjoy a spring afternoon, the smell of freshly cut grass and the thrill of cheering on your favorite baseball team than during Spring Training in Arizona. Baseball reigns supreme in Glendale and the West Valley from February 26 to March 29 where five ballparks… Read More →

Rugby hits Scottsdale before 2016 Olympics

February 19, 2014 by in Experience AZ Magazine | Play

If there was ever any doubt left as to how big the sport of rugby has become, that skepticism has been put to rest by rugby’s inclusion in the next Olympic Games. Yes, on screen alongside beauty shots of Copacabana Beach will be teams of the world’s best rugby talent on the biggest stage of… Read More →

W hosts annual Spring Training Charity Poker Classic

February 18, 2014 by in Experience AZ Magazine | Play

The fourth annual Spring Training Poker Classic benefiting the Mike Coolbaugh Memorial Fund returns to W Scottsdale on Saturday, March 1. The grand prize winner will receive a $10,000 seat to the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas. Registration is at 6:30 p.m. with tournament starting at 8 p.m. Guests must be 21 years… Read More →

5 Unique Features at Dierks Bentley’s Whiskey Row

February 14, 2014 by in Eat | Play

Sure, Arizona is probably one of the top five states in the U.S. for good ol’ country bars. We still have our cowboys, Prescott, Wickenburg, Williams…the list could continue. But while we adore jukeboxes, cheap beer and Kentucky bourbon, patrons can have just a little more if they pause after a day of Old Towne… Read More →

Salt River Fields Hosts Octoberfest Oct. 12

September 13, 2013 by in Play

Octoberfest returns to Salt River Fields Sat., Oct. 12, 10am – 10pm, transforming the venue into a beer-lover’s paradise, plus activities for the whole family once again. With more than 50 beverage varieties starting at just $4, Octoberfest celebrates autumn and presents an event with an activity, beverage and tasty treat that everyone can enjoy.… Read More →

The North Pole Experience celebrates Santa's 5th year

September 11, 2013 by in Play

The North Pole Experience™ (NPX), the Home of Santa’s Workshop is heading into their 5th year of opening their workshop doors to families around the world to build toys with the elves. Located in Flagstaff, Arizona, the North Pole Experience s the only of its kind in the United States,  providing guests the utmost unique… Read More →

2013 Native American Connections Parade

August 23, 2013 by in Events | Play

The 2013 Native American Connections Parade Grand Marshall is Arizona local Tony Duncan!  The 5-Time World Champion Hoop Dancer and 2013 Native American Music Awards “Artist of the Year” exemplifies this year’s parade theme: “Native American Pride: Celebration of Culture through Art, Music, and Dance.” Tony Duncan (Apache, Arikara and Hidatsa) has performed for audiences… Read More →

Golf Tournament Funds Will Help Train Canine Companions for Independence

golf tournament
August 23, 2013 by in Events | Play

The largest single fund raiser of the year for Canine Companions for Independence (CCI), a nonprofit organization providing highly trained assistance dogs to children, adults with disabilities and veterans for free, will bring together golfers and dog lovers at the Dog Days of Summer Golf Classic on Friday, September 20 at Troon North Golf Club… Read More →

Touchstone Gallery to Host California Lapidary Artist Ed Rigel During Scottsdale ArtWalk

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August 22, 2013 by in Events | Play

In keeping with the 39-year tradition of featuring the world’s most renowned artists during the weekly ArtWalks in downtown Scottsdale, Touchstone Gallery is excited to be hosting an evening with 3rd generation lapidary artist Ed Rigel from 6 – 9 p.m. on Thursday, October 3. Ed’s primary medium is the collecting, cutting and polishing of… Read More →

Māyā Day + Nightclub Announces Above & Beyond to Perform Labor Day Weekend

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August 21, 2013 by in Events | Play

  Māyā Day + Nightclub, Steve LeVine Entertainment & Public Relations and Disco Donnie Presents (DDP) add Above &Beyond to their star-studded lineup at Māyā Day + Nightclub on Saturday, August 31. The three members of Above & Beyond came together not as DJs, but as producers and songwriters and refer to themselves as “a band first… Read More →

Updates on the Hottest Spots in Scottsdale

August 21, 2013 by in Eat | Play | Stay

75 Never Looked So Good Next time it’s your birthday, invite the world famous Dale Chihuly to come. That’s exactly what the Desert Botanical Garden is doing to commemorate its 75th anniversary. Credited with revolutionizing the Studio Glass movement and elevating the perception of the glass medium from the realm of craft to fine art, Chihuly has… Read More →