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Top 5: Art & Food Festivals, Experience AZ, Fall-Winter 2012

Get outside with this week’s top events

St. Patrick’s Day Block Party

The next Tempe block party is here. El Hefe, Fat Tuesday, and Handlebar are joining forces to put on the St. Patrick’s Day Block Party in Tempe. This all day block party features four stages and six bars along Mill Avenue. Once the sun goes down, a Live DJ will provide entertainment until close. This event is 21 and over. The event benefits the Navy League of America.

Mill Avenue, 680 S. Mill Ave., Tempe, March 17, $10 adv, $20 dos

Haru in the Garden

Haru is the Japanese word for spring. This spring festival is the Japanese Friendship Garden’s largest event of the year. It celebrates the beginning of spring in colorful and cultural fashion. The event features artists working in a number of mediums such as clay, sculptures, fabric and water painting, and others. In addition, there will be Japanese bamboo flutes, fire dancers, ensemble groups, and more to entertain the crowd. Asian food will be available via food trucks alongside sake, beer and wine.

Japanese Friendship Garden, 1125 N. Third Ave., Phoenix, March 20, $20 adv, $25 dos

Kathy Griffin

The bubbly Kathy Griffin brings her comedic talents to Chandler this weekend. Most recognized for her annual New Years Eve show with CNN’s Anderson Cooper, this quick-witted celebrity’s standup has crowds laughing from coast to coast.

Wild Horse Pass Hotel and Casino, 5040 Wild Horse Pass Blvd., Chandler, March 20-21, $65+

NOH8 Campaign Photo Shoot

The NOH8 campaign is an organization that promotes marriage, gender and humane equality through silent photographic protests. Their campaign is coming to phoenix to give people the chance to participate in the campaign. Photographer and Co-Founder Adam Bouska will take about 5-10 frames for each person. Participants must wear a white t-shirt. Photos will be ready in approximately eight weeks. The photo shoot lasts from 5p.m.-8p.m., but as long as participants are in line by 8 p.m., they should be guaranteed a chance to pose.

W Scottsdale Hotel, 7277 E. Camelback Rd., Scottsdale, March 20, $40 for single photos; $25 per person for couple/ group shots

Arizona Renaissance Festival

Take a step back in time and experience the annual festivities of the Arizona Renaissance Festival. This event sprawls across 30 acres and offers an assortment of entertainment, arts and crafts, and other spectacles. Over 2,000 actors work throughout the festival as dancers, acrobats, musicians, and other performers. Shows take place throughout the day on 13 stages. One of the largest events at the festival is live jousting, which takes place three times a day. In addition to the hefty entertainment, the festival offers medieval eats as well.

Arizona Renaissance Festival, 12601 E. Highway 60, Gold Canyon, March 21-22 and March 28-29, $20 adv at Fry’s, $22 dos


Phoenix Festival de España

The second annual Phoenix Festival de España will take place this weekend. The two-day festival features Spanish food, culinary demonstrations, presentations about Spanish culture, live performances and more. Children and adults will have the opportunity to learn to dance the Flamenco during workshops. Sunday will feature a screening of “Flamenco Flamenco” as well as a performance by internationally acclaimed guitarist Misael Barraza Diaz in “Luz De Dia.” These two events require tickets ($10 for “Flamenco Flamenco, and $15 for “Luz De Dia”), but those seeking to attend both can purchase a combo ticket for $20.

Phoenix Center for the Arts, 1202 N. 3rd St., Phoenix, March 21-22, Free



Things to do this week: Jan. 12 to 18

Yoga in the Garden
Stick to those New Year’s resolutions to stay fit and healthy by grabbing a friend and heading to the Japanese Friendship Garden for yoga in the garden. Relax while building strength, alignment, balance and flexibility in the garden. Participants are encouraged to bring a towel, water and yoga mat. This event is open to all ages.
Japanese Friendship Garden, 1125 N. Third Ave., Phoenix, Wednesday Jan. 14, 10 a.m., $15

Second annual Rock Lottery at Crescent Ballroom
On the morning of January 17, twenty-five musicians from bands around the state will be thrown into the Phoenix Rock Lottery. The lottery will determine five new bands out of the participants. Musicians will not know who their fellow band members are until the morning of the event. The new bands will have the entire day to write three new songs and learn a cover to perform that night. Participants include members from bands such as Jimmy Eat World, Playboy Manbaby and Dead Eyes of London. This event is 21 and older.
Crescent Ballroom, 308 N. 2nd Ave., Phoenix, Saturday January 17, 7 p.m., $10

“42nd Street” opens at Desert Stages Theatre
The Tony-winning Broadway hit “42nd Street” opens this Friday at Desert Stages Theatre. Following the story of an understudy chorus girl, the musical exposes the obstacles she faces with taking over the spot of the leading lady of a Broadway production. The production includes hit numbers such as “We’re in the Money,” “Lullaby of Broadway,” and the titular number. Reservations are recommended.
Desert Stages Theatre, 4720 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale, Friday, Jan. 16, to Sunday, Feb. 8, $22 to $25

Coconino Center for the Arts’ Art Sale
Looking for some new wall décor? The Coconino Center for the Arts begins its 10×10 Exhibition and Sale this weekend. One hundred artists have showcased their work within a frame of 10 by 10 inches. Some artists include Connie Townsend, Sky Black, and Shonto Begay. Prices for paintings start at $100 or will be bid on at silent auction. The viewing opens to the public on Saturday.
Coconino Center for the Arts, 2300 N. Fort Valley Rd., Flagstaff, Friday Jan. 16, to Saturday, Feb. 14, free

Suns host Timberwolves
In this Western Conference matchup, the Phoenix Suns will take on the Minnesota Timberwolves. This Friday night’s game is also the Phoenix Suns Star Wars Night and Orange Friday. Purchase a special ticket to receive a commemorative Death Star basketball in honor of the annual Star Wars night. In addition, the first 5,000 fans will receive a rally towel. For ticket information, visit http://www.suns.com/tickets.
US Airways Center, 201 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix, Friday, Jan. 16, $31+

Certified Local Fall Festival

Local First Arizona Hosts Certified Local Fall Festival

Bring your family and friends to Portland Parkway on Nov. 10 for Local First Arizona’s 8th Annual Certified Local Fall Festival.

Voted “Best Free Festival” in 2011’s New Times Best Of Phoenix awards, the Certified Local Fall Festival is free to attend, and the first 500 attendees will receive gift bags. The event aims to bring attention to and celebrate Phoenix’s many esteemed, locally owned businesses and everything that Downtown Phoenix has to offer. Last year, more than 6,000 people attended this popular local event.

Participating vendors include:

  • Practical Art
  • Community Tire
  • Zia Records
  • Frances Boutique
  • Kidstop Toys
  • Across Arizona Tours
  • Pink House Boutique
  • Desert Song Yoga
  • Noble Beast Pet Boutique
  • Nina Mason Pulliam Rio Salado Audubon Center
  • Samurai Comics, and more.

In addition to having the opportunity to explore Downtown Phoenix, the festival is also the perfect opportunity to get an early start on holiday shopping. Various booths will be set up throughout the festival and there will even be a Kids Craft Booth.

Looking for some live entertainment? Some of Arizona’s best musicians and local favorites will also be in attendance and will perform on the Music Stage, sponsored by Bookmans.

And for the foodies out there, the Certified Local Fall Festival will also give attendees a chance to sample local cuisine and food-truck grub, including:

  • Postino
  • Bruce Brown Catering
  • Urban Cookies
  • America’s Taco Shop
  • green/nami
  • Belinda’s Pickles
  • Short Leash Hot Dogs
  • Carte Blanche Gourmet Tacos
  • Sandra Dee’s Catering, and more.

But that’s not it. Roosevelt Row, a popular downtown area filled with local businesses, is just within walking distance from Portland Parkway. Attendees can visit the Irish Cultural Center and the Japanese Friendship Garden or even get a bite to eat.

Attendees can purchase a $10 ticket for admittance to the Beer and Wine Garden to sample an array of Arizona beers and wines. Tickets for food samples and select activities are just $1 dollar.

For more information about the Certified Local Fall Festival, visit localfirstaz.com/fall-festival.


If You Go: Certified Local Fall Festival

10 W. Portland St. (btw Third & Central avenues),
Phoenix, AZ 85003
Saturday, Nov. 10th
10 a.m. – 4 p.m.