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Top things to do this weekend

This weekend is sure to bring some excitement to your life as we approach the middle of April. The temperatures are starting to rise and the fun is too! See a yee-hawing festival, see a blooming rose tree and see the action of an exciting sport. Don’t forget to share photos of you enjoying these events with the hashtag #SL5 and follow @Scottsdaleliving on Instagram!



Country Thunder @ Florence AZ, April 10-13


Get your cowboy gear ready for the biggest country event in the state. Country Thunder starts this weekend for another great festival. Be ready to hear country music’s best stars like Jason Aldean, The Band Perry and Miranda Lambert as they perform for you.

General Admission: $190 to $220


2014 Tombstone Arizona Rose Tree Festival and Parade @ Tombstone April 11-13

Parade Saturday at 1 p.m.

“Rosebud,” will be no more after this weekend. Kick off the 129th blooming of the world’s largest rose tree this weekend at Tombstone. There will be a parade, breakfast and much more this weekend as you step into the past of Tombstone and celebrate the blooming of the 9,000 square foot rose tree. Definitely remember to stop and smell the roses.

Free admission


Roller Derby @ Arizona State Fairgrounds, April 12

One of the most brutal showdowns will be hosted this Saturday at the coliseum and it’s roller derby. The Bombshells will go up against the Draggers in a fast past and ferocious showdown for points and positions. Who will win? Find out this Saturday!

General Admission $12

1st Annual Carefree Days Festival @ Carefree Town Garden Center at Sundial Circle , April 11-13

A casual festival filled with arts, crafts, and gifts and of course food is being hosted in the cute town of Carefree. Relax around as you stroll through the festival and be sure to check out their live entertainment inside of the Sanderson Lincoln Pavilion.

Free admission


Maricopa County Fair @ State Fairgrounds, April 9-13

There’s rides, motocross, monster trucks and of course an endless supply of fried foods this weekend at the Maricopa County Fair. Come on out and enjoy the county fair while the weather is still nice. Just be sure to brush your teeth after gorging on deep fried twinies and Oreos after this great weekend.

General Admission $9


Top 5 Arizona Music Festivals (Spring-Summer 2012)

Top 5: Arizona Music Festivals (Spring-Summer 2012)

The Top 5 Arizona Music Festivals — as voted on by Experience AZ readers:

Country Thunder

20585 E. Price Station Rd.,
Florence, AZ 85132
Dierks Bentley, Big & Rich, Blake Shelton and Alan Jackson headline the 2012 Country Thunder, which runs April 12-15.

McDowell Mountain Music Festival

N. 68th St. and E. Mayo Blvd.,
Phoenix, AZ 85054
Winner of Phoenix New Times Best Music Festival in Arizona, the festival brings together a number of bands from a wide variety of genres from all over the world to Arizona. The Festival takes place April 13-15, 2012. Bring your kids. Make some friends. There is a drum circle, acoustic stage, Kid’s Zone and more.

Glendale Jazz & Blues Festival

7010 N. 59th Ave.,
Glendale, AZ 85301
The Glendale Jazz & Blues Festival at Murphy Park in Historic Downtown Glendale features a tremendous lineup of local, regional and national entertainment takes place April 14-15, 2012.

Sedona Jazz On The Rocks

2155 W. State Route 89A, #115,
Sedona, AZ 86339
Red rocks, blue skies and hot, hip jazz — Sedona Jazz on the Rocks is a non-profit arts organization dedicated to preserving jazz for the Next Generation. It produces a jazz festival each year in September. It also sponsors instrument workshops, jazz master classes, a summer youth band and scholarship programs.

Red Rocks Music Festival

P.O. Box 34, Sedona, AZ 86339
877-RED-RCKS (733-7257)
The Red Rocks Music Festival — which takes places from August 24 – September 2, 2012 — educates, engages and challenges audiences through a unique collaboration of musicians from leading Arizona performing arts organizations and world acclaimed artists.

Experience AZ Spring-Summer 2012


Country Thunder USA Returns To Arizona

Country Thunder USA will be back in Arizona from April 12 to 15. The music festival will be held in Florence, Ariz. – just outside of the Phoenix metro area. Country Thunder will feature many popular artists, including Dierks Bentley, Big & Rich, Blake Shelton, Craig Morgan, Jake Owen, Neil McCoy, Eli Young Band, Alan Jackson, the Band Perry, and Kellie Pickler.

In addition to the main stage performances, Country Thunder USA will provide nightly entertainment at Moonshine Willy’s, where people will be able to enjoy live musical performances, bucking bulls and bronco riding. Visitors can also bring their glow sticks and check out the Electronic Thunder Tent where they can dance the night away with some of the best DJs from Phoenix and Tucson.

Country Thunder USA will provide six different campgrounds for attendees who wish to stay overnight at the music festival. Each campsite is 19’ by 40’, and prices range from $89 to $150 for a four-day pass. Campers will need to bring their own supplies. For those people who do not wish to camp, Country Thunder also provides hotel stay packages and shuttle routes.

A four -ay weekend pass costs $140; however, single-day tickets are on sale. Children 12-years-old and under get in free with the purchase of an adult ticket. General admission tickets will allow concert goers access into the festival and lawn seating at the concert bowl. Those attendees wishing to camp at Country Thunder must purchase a four-day pass.

Visitors looking for a more thunderous music festival experience will be able to purchase a V.I.P. ticket at the cost of $500. The V.I.P. ticket will provide access to front row seating, the V.I.P. lounge, catered lunches/dinners, discounted beverages and premium parking.

For more information, visit countrythunderusa.com.