Scottsdale and Baseball
Scottsdale has been home to Baseball since the 1920’s and the Scottsdale Library is out to prove it. Scottsdale’s leading historian will present the evolution of the favorite past time through a photo presentation. After the presentation, attendants are encouraged to head to Scottsdale Stadium to enjoy a game between the San Francisco Giants and Milwaukee Brewers.
Scottsdale Library, 3839 N. Drinkwater Blvd., Scottsdale, March 11, Free
Pot of Gold Music Festival
Outdoor music festival season is back now that the weather is starting to warm up. This four-day music festival will host almost 30 bands. Each day’s lineup features a different genre of music. Headlining bands include Bastille, Kendrick Lamar, Fall Out Boy, and KORN. The event will feature local food vendors and artist merchandise.
Tempe Beach Park, 54 W. Rio Salado Pwky., Tempe, March 13-15 and 17, $49 per day
Dog Day at the Park
Man’s best friend meets man’s favorite sport. Baseball fans are encouraged to bring their four legged friends to the Peoria Sports Complex for a day of Bark in the Park. The San Diego Padres will host the Texas Rangers that day. Fans will sit in a reserved “PAW-tio” section. If you don’t already have a companion, the Waggin’ Wheels Mobile Adoption Vehicle will be at the event for fans to check out the adoptable pups. Proceeds from the event will go to benefit the Arizona Humane Society.
Peoria Sports Complex, 16101 N. 83rd Ave., Peoria, March 14, $5 for dogs, $8 for humans
This 5k gives participants two options between a day and night run. Color tosses are scheduled to off every hour. The event uses over 10,000 pound of vibrant foo-grade cornstarch to douse runner with as they make their way through the course. After the race, stick around for the Color Fun Fest where black lights are turned on and the powder glows. The money raised from the race goes to benefit Just Care More, a non-profit organization that gives underprivileged youth the chance to get involved with fitness related activities.
Ak-Chin Pavilion, 2121 N. 83rd Ave., Phoenix, March 14, $50
Dating back to 1989, the Chandler Ostrich Festival has grown to be one of the premiere events in the southwest. Although the headlining animal is the ostrich, other animals such as tigers, exotic birds, and a petting zoo will be at the event too. The event will also have a midway with over 50 carnival rides. Ostrich races will take place at 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. Friday and noon, 2 p.m, and 5 p.m Saturday and Sunday. Local community bands will make appearances throughout the weekend, including CO-OP whose lead singer is the son of Alice Cooper.
Tumbleweed Park, 2250 S. McQueen Rd., Chandler, March 13-15, $10
9/24: James Joyce’s Dubliners: Still Engaging Readers and Writers 100 Years After Publication
The Irish Cultural Center’s McClelland Irish Library is hosting a series of events from Sept. 24 to Nov. 8 to celebrate the 100th anniversary of James Joyce’s novel “Dubliners.” The celebration of the groundbreaking collection of short stories and its long-lasting success will be talked about by Irish-born poet Adrienne Leavy.
Irish Cultural Center, 1106 N Central Avenue, Phoenix, Wednesday, Sept. 24, 7 p.m., $5 for nonmembers, free for members
Drake and Lil Wayne are bringing their “Drake vs. Lil Wayne” tour to Phoenix. Both rappers have topped the Billboard charts with their singles in past years and now are bring their individual hits and a rap battle to their co-headlining tour. Who’s ready for a similie-off?
Ak-Chin Pavilion, 2121 N. 83rd Ave., Phoenix, Thursday, Sept. 25, 7 p.m., $35-$125.50
9/25: Katy Perry
Known for her catchy outfits and pop songs, Katy Perry has topped the charts to become one of the best-selling artists in history. Her latest album, Prism, debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart and features the hit single “Roar.”
Gila River Arena, 9400 W. Maryland Ave., Glendale, Thursday, Sept. 25, 7 p.m., $41.25 to $121.50
9/26-28: Damon Wayans
The comedian and actor, best known for his role on the sitcom “My Wife and Kids,” is bringing his stand-up to Tempe Improv. Wayans has been touring and doing stand-up since 1982.
Tempe Improv, 930 University Dr., Tempe, Friday Sept. 26, 7 & 10:15 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 27, 7 & 10 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 28, 7 p.m., $35
9/26-27: Fountain Hills Oktoberfest
The family-friendly Oktoberfest celebration features German music, food, contests and, of course, plenty of beer. The celebration is held in Fountain Park, and visitors are encouraged to come in German costumes and features events such as a beer stein holding competition.
Fountain Park, 12925 N. Saguaro Blvd., Fountain Hills, Friday and Saturday, Sept. 26 and 27, 5 to 10 p.m., $5, kids 12 & under free
This weekend, there is something for everyone to do all day and all night. You can rock out at a music festival or pool party and keep the party going all night at the grand opening of a new club. If you want to spend your evenings doing something a little more low key visit the botanical garden’s flashlight tour or hit the links for a special night of golf.
ROCKSTAR ENERGY MAYHEM FESTIVAL:
Rockstar Energy Mayhem Festival, a six-week long tour featuring headliners Avenged Sevenfold, Korn, Asking Alexandria and Trivium, will be making a stop in Phoenix this Friday. This year, for the first time, the festival will feature four stages of metal with the Rockstar Energy Drink Main Stage, Coldcock American Herbal Whiskey Stage, The Headbang For The Highway/Sumerian Stage and the Victory Records Stage. The festival also features a freestyle motocross and motorsports exhibition area and other surprise attractions.
Ak-Chin Pavilion, 2121 N. 83rd Ave. Phoenix, Friday July 11, tickets
GARDEN FLASHLIGHT TOURS:
The Phoenix’s Desert Botanical Garden offers an opportunity for patrons to spend their evening do something a little out of the ordinary and see some of the Valley’s animals and creepy crawlers that only come out at night. Valley residents can check out discovery stations that show them what the goes on in the dark. A flashlight tour is offered Saturday, July 12, between 7 and 9 p.m. Admission varies from $10 to $22.
Desert Botanical Garden, 1201 N. Galvin Parkway Phoenix, www.dbg.org, Saturday July 12 7-9 p.m.
CHROME NIGHTCLUB GRAND OPENING:
Wild House Pass Casino and Hotel will be debuting their Chrome Nightclub in grand form this weekend. As the sun sets in the Valley this weekend Chrome Nightclub will be just getting started with performances by the world renowned video DJ artist and three-time winner of Las Vegas’ Club World Best VJ, DJ Roonie G. Roonie G’s has developed a local fan following from his popular shows at The Bird’s Nest, the nighttime party venue adjacent to the Waste Management Phoenix Open. His show will be projected onto an expanded Chrome dance floor and video displays will be pulsating throughout the club. Chromes grand opening will be two special high-energy nights of partying.
Chrome Nightclub at Wild Horse Casino and Hotel, 5040 Wild Horse Pass Blvd., Chandler, July 11 and 12, 11 p.m.
NIGHT OF GOLF:
When the sun goes down this Saturday golfers can tee up. The Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department is offering golfers a unique way to golf in summer and escape the with a night golf at the city’s Palo Verde 9-hole course. The course will be lined with glow lights and players will receive a glow necklace and glow ball. Each foursome will receive a flashlight to wave up the next foursome. The event will be run in a tournament format as a four-person scramble and include fun prizes and a goodie bag for each player. Pre-registration is required by calling 602-249-9930 or by visiting the Palo Verde Golf Course.
Palo Verde Golf Course, 6215 N. 15th Ave Phoenix , Saturday July 12, 7 p.m., $100/foursome, tickets
SWAY SUMMER POOL PARTY:
Pool party season is in full swing and Sway’s third annual Summer Pool Party, featuring a full day of music from DJ CrashAttack and DJ Cullen Daniel, is one party you do not want to miss. So lather up your sunscreen and relax poolside at the beautiful OH Pool, visit various pop-up shops, and enjoy free samples from the event’s cocktail sponsors.
The Hotel Valley Ho Pool, 6850 East Main Street in Scottsdale , Sunday, July 13, noon-6 p.m., tickets
Don’t let these hot days get in the way of all the fun to be had all around the Valley this weekend. From concerts and comedy shows to the Phoenix Pet Expo, a peach festival and the fourth annual Ameri-CAN Canned Craft Beer Festival, there’s something for everyone (A/C included). Don’t forget to share photos of you enjoying these events with the hashtag #SL5 and follow us at @scottsdaleliving on Instagram!
Pull on those cowgirl boots and hold onto your stetsons! The Dancehall Doctor himself is swooping down on Phoenix for his “Sundown Heaven Town” Tour this weekend. His new album of the same name isn’t due for release until September, but he may just sneak in a few newbies for the diehard fans. If not, the well-awarded country artist can always play one of his many, many hit songs from albums past.
Ak-Chin Pavilion, 2121 N. 83rd Ave., Phoenix, Friday, May 16, 7 p.m., $40 to $308
Your kids may know George Lopez as Grouchy Smurf, but you probably know him as the raucous stand-up comedian or his work on TV shows “George Lopez” and “Lopez Tonight.” No seat in Celebrity Theatre will be immune to Lopez’s observational humor, but that’s half the fun!
Celebrity Theatre, 440 N. 32nd St., Phoenix, celebritytheatre.com, Friday and Saturday, May 16 and 17, 8 p.m., $51 to $96
“Life is Peachy” Peach Festival
Walk the orchards of Schnepf Farms and dig into all kinds of peachy events, from pie-eating and pit-throwing contests to honeybee rides, live entertainment and other free attractions.
Schnepf Farms, 24810 S. Rittenhouse Rd., Queen Creek, schnepffarms.com, Saturday and Sunday, May 17 and 18, 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., free
Phoenix Pet Expo
Want to know the best place to commission a painting of your prized pup? What about vet care, accessories and hundreds of other services and goods that could improve the life of your furry family member? More than 200 exhibitors are scheduled to attend the Phoenix Pet Expo, including discount vaccinations, microchipping, a pet costume and talent contest, agility demonstrations and a doxie derby. Plus, you can meet Shorty and Hercules from Animal Planet’s TV show “Pit Boss.”
WestWorld of Scottsdale, 16601 N. Pima Rd., Scottsdale, phoenixpetexpo.com, Saturday, May 17, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., free
Ameri-Can Canned Craft Beer Festival
SanTan Brewing Company has rallied more than 250 locally and nationally produced canned brews for its fourth annual Ameri-CAN Cannred Craft Beer Festival during American Craft Beer Week. Bring your liver and an appetite ready to take on the food vendors, beer Olympics, an interactive nano beer garden and loads of aluminum vessels filled with your soon-to-be-new-favorite brewski.
If you can’t make it out, you can watch the event live from the event’s website.
Scottsdale Civic Center, 3939 N. Drinkwater Blvd., Scottsdale, cannedcraftbeerfest.com, Saturday, May 17, 1 to 6 p.m., $35 adv, $35 dos, $100 VIP
Live Nation announced a partnership agreement with the Ak-Chin Indian Community that includes the naming rights for Desert Sky Pavilion in Phoenix. The building will now be called Ak-Chin Pavilion. The venue will be host to an all-star lineup of performers this year including Pitbull & Ke$ha tomorrow night, Big Time Rush & Victoria Justice (6/25), Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival (7/5), Kid Rock (7/24), Luke Bryan (7/27), Train (8/7), Rascal Flatts (9/12), Keith Urban (9/29), John Mayer (10/2), Depeche Mode (10/8), Jason Aldean (10/17) and more to be announced in the coming weeks.
“The Ak-Chin Indian Community has long standing roots in Arizona and have always believed that investing in our community is the right thing to do,” said Ak-Chin Tribal Chairman Louis J. Manuel, Jr. “We are excited about this partnership with Live Nation and working together to bring quality live entertainment to the Valley.”
“We couldn’t be happier to enter into this marketing relationship with the Ak-Chin Indian Community at our premier live entertainment venue in Phoenix,” said Maureen Ford, president of Live Nation’s Venue Network. “Their community and entrepreneurial spirit makes this sponsorship alliance a great fit, enabling them to reach, engage and connect with live music fans at our venue.”
Desert Sky Pavilion, which is operated by Live Nation, first opened in November of 1990 with a concert by Billy Joel. The 20,000-seat amphitheatre is used mainly for concerts but is also available for other functions and has hosted events such as graduations, seminars, speaking engagements & company outings. It also recently served as additional parking for the NASCAR race fans. The Pavilion is also the only Phoenix Point of Pride in Maryvale.