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Things to do this weekend (April 25-27)

Time is flying by this month, because it’s already almost the weekend. Or at least close enough. This weekend enjoy some classic opera, a baseball game or maybe a good show. Don’t forget to share photos of you enjoying these events with the hashtag #SL5 and follow @Scottsdaleliving on Instagram!

And Miss Reardon Drinks a Little @ Theatre Artists Studio, April 11-27
Looking for a laugh, but also some drama? And Miss Reardon Drinks a Little is just the play you’re looking for. Written by Pulitzer prize-winning playwright Paul Zindel this play will surely entertain you as the all-star cast makes a great performance for all audiences.

Students 25 and younger $10 and General admission is $20.

Don Pasquale @ Arizona Opera, April 25
Come downtown and enjoy the classic Italian opera, Don Pasquale. You’ll laugh, be cultured and much more from this classic opera. It’s a tale of a man who’s disinherited from his family and who’s uncle is a silly fool trying to get married in his old age. It’s a classic tale everyone should see at least once, so why not now?

Tickets range from $27-$102.

Zombie Night @ Arizona Diamondbacks, April 25
The Diamondbacks may not be playing very well this season, but that’s no excuse to not come down for Zombie Night. Dress-up or watch others dress-up as the famous undead. The creative costumes of the fans will surely be spectacular as the Diamondbacks face off against the Phillies. And maybe, just this once, the Diamondbacks will win.

Tickets range from $30-$55 in the areas designated for the game. http://mlb.mlb.com/ari/ticketing/special_events.jsp?mlbkw=ma-s-7Z0k2604#zombie

April Pools Day @ Eldorado Aquatic and Fitness Center, April 27
Bring the kids and the whole family for an educational day by the pool. This whole event is geared towards preventing child drowning’s at the pool. Make sure your kids listen at this informative event that could save their lives. There will also be raffles and prizes to keep you there and plenty of safety demonstrations.


Arizona’s Ultimate Women’s Expo @ Phoenix Convention Center, April 26-27
This weekend indulge in everything YOU love. There will be inspirational keynote speakers, booths filled with holiday gift ideas and much more. Try out the best food, see the greatest fashion and cosmetics at the Phoenix Convention center. This event will sure to leave YOU happy and content.

$10 per person at Expo.

We have Easter brunches and egg hunts on the brain.

Things to Do This Weekend

It’s Easter weekend and with that there is plenty of fun to be had all around the Valley and the state. Enjoy egg hunts and brunch, everyone’s favorite national holiday record store day and more. Don’t forget to share photos of you enjoying these events with the hashtag #SL5 and follow us @scottsdaleliving on Instagram!

Record Store Day @ Stinkweeds, April 19
Everyone’s favorite local record store is opening up early this Saturday at 9 a.m. to kick of the celebration of Record Store Day. Vinyl isn’t dead and neither are great local record stores. Be sure to pick up record store day exclusives and have a lot of fun as food trucks and live bands rock out this event.
Free (except the records)

Old Town Farmer’s Market @ Old Town, April 19
Gather amongst your friends and get that old town feel at the Old Town Farmer’s Market. Shop for the best in organic produce, freshly baked breads, fancy local cheeses and jams as you gather amongst your neighbors at the good old farmer’s market.

Amazing Animals @ Wilde Meyer Gallery, April 10 to May 3
Everyone’s favorite furry companions, be it a cat, dog, rabbit or anything else, have been immortalized onto paintings. Be sure to come down to the Wilde Meyer Gallery this weekend and take a look at the paintings and you might even like one so much that you’ll come home with one. Take a look at the lighter side of art as you see dogs try and catch tennis balls, on easels.
Free (except the paintings)

Dino Egg Hunt @ Arizona Museum of Natural History, April 18, 5:30 to 8 p.m.
Have a chance to learn about natural history and have a blast as your kids search high and low for Dino eggs. The entire museum will be open and eggs will be continually hidden until 7:45 p.m. Along with the searching fun, there craft activities for the kids to get their art on. Be sure to go to this event and have a blast at it too.
Adults: $7, Kids: $4

Easter Champagne Brunch @ McCormick Ranch Golf Club, April 20, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Head on down to the golf club for the bubbly stuff and a brunch that is sure to leave you satisfied. Fresh-baked muffins, platters of fresh fruit and seasonal melons, scrambled eggs and of course waffles will be served at this great meal. Enjoy the sights of the course and the delicious brunch this Easter.
Adults: 44.95 Kids 6-12: $22

The Westin La Paloma Resort & Spa’s lavish Easter brunch and egg hunt @ Westin La Paloma, April 20
If you don’t mind the drive to Tucson, then this brunch and egg hunt is for you. Executive Chef Russell Michel of the AZuL Restaurant will be serving a delicious Southwestern meal as you look out at the wonderful sights and views of the beautiful resort. While you enjoy the sights and food your kids will get to embark on a great Easter Egg Hut led none other than the hider himself, the Easter Bunny. Get out a little and enjoy a drive to Tucson for a top notch meal.
Admission: Adults: $49, Children 5 to 12: $19 and under 5 eat free.


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



5 Things to Do This Weekend

Spring has finally arrived, and March is coming to an end with a bang! Enjoy the weekend on your motorcycle, at AZ Big Media’s Scottsdale Home and Garden Show or a food festival that’s sure to leave you stuffed (with local pride!). Don’t forget to share photos of you enjoying these events with the hashtag #SL5 and follow us @scottsdaleliving on Instagram!



Scottsdale Home & Garden Show @ WestWorld of Scottsdale, March 29 and 30

If you’re looking to revamp your home in a variety of ways or you’re just a lookyloo that loves looking at home products and services for great ideas, be sure to head to the Scottsdale Home & Garden Show. At the show there will be a wide range of exhibitors offering their services at deals so that you can make your home a true home.


Tempe Festival of the Arts @ Mill Ave., March 28 to 30

The sun is shining and spring is officially here, which means it’s time for the Tempe Festival of the Arts. More than 400 artists line the Mill Avenue District for all to enjoy. Shop the booths, shop the district, then end your day with a stroll around Tempe Town Lake or A Mountain.


Fiesta Days Rodeo @ Cave Creek Memorial Arena, March 28 to 30

Feel the thrill of the rodeo this weekend as you watch bulls get lassoed in the arena. You live in the West, it’s almost your obligation to connect to our culture’s roots every now and again.


Arizona Bike Week: Pre-Rally Days @ Downtown Mesa, March 28 to April 1

This year’s pre-rally events will give your Harley something to rev about. Check out the Miss Arizona Bike Week contest, a festival worth of live music, a garage party and the company of other hardened leather-donning cyclists. All this is just pre-gaming for the actual Bike Week next weekend!


Eight’s Check, Please! Arizona Festival @ CityScape, March 30

Enjoy all the food, wine and everything else from the popular show, Check, Please! This weekend, there will be dozens of restaurants and an opportunity to be on the show and review a restaurant of your choice. Also get to meet the show’s host, Robert McGrath! As he would say, “Cheers!”

Irish Girls

5 Things to Do This Weekend

It’s the second week of March, and that means Spring Training and St. Patrick’s Day in the same weekend. We wish your liver good luck as you navigate through all of the great community events going on in the Valley. Don’t forget to share photos of you enjoying these events with the hashtag #sl5 and follow us @scottsdaleliving on Instagram!

Chicago Fest

Little Chicago, better known as Mesa when it’s not Spring Training time, is hosting an homage to the Windy City this weekend. Grab your Cubs gear, mingle with fellow Chicagoans and nosh on delicious dogs and pizza. Friday, March 14, noon to 10 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, March 15 and 16, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Mesa Riverview, $10 adv, $15 dos, chicagofestaz.com


Liquid Sol Music Festival

This inaugural music festival is a ’90s fan’s dream team — from Blind Melon to Everclear, the Gin Blossoms, All American Rejects and Train.Saturday, March 15, 10 a.m. to 11 p.m., Sportsman’s Park, University of Phoenix Stadium, $59 to $189, liquidsolfest.com


Kiss Me I’m Irish Run

Unless you plan to river dance off those calories from corned beef and cabbage stew washed down with a few pints of green beer, we recommend you register for this 1k, 4k, 8k or 17k fun run. Saturday, March 15, 7 a.m. to noon, Westgate Entertainment District, $10 to $45, irishrunaz.com


St. Patrick’s Day Parade & Faire

Hear the sound of bagpipers in the distance? Then you’re near this annual celebration of Irish culture. The shenanigans include floats, step dancers, crafts, music, a kids area and most likely a lot of green! Saturday, March 15, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Margaret T. Hance Park, $8 to $10 (kids under 12 get in free), phxirish.org


The Great Bridal Expo

So he liked it and wants to put a ring on it? Join hundreds of to-be brides at this touring expo of everything you need (or didn’t know you needed) for the big day. It’s basically a one-stop shop for couples who want to check as many things off their to-do list with one go. Don’t miss the fashion show! Sunday, March 16, noon, Phoenix Convention Center, free (must RSVP online), greatbridalexpo.com

Classic Car, WEB

Five Things to Do This Weekend

Mid-January is filled invigorating events, from the rocking P.F. Chang’s marathon and the high-speed Russo and Steele Collector Automobile Auction. Don’t forget to share photos of you enjoying these events with the hashtag #SL5 and follow us @scottsdaleliving on Instagram!


“Fiddler on the Roof” @ Mesa Palms Theatre

Catch dinner and a show at the Mesa Palms Theatre and see the Tony award-winning Broadway show “Fiddler on the Roof,” the musical story set in 1905 Russia of a Jewish dairyman who tries to preserve his culture amongst his daughters during the changing times. Lunch and matinee performances or evening showtimes are also available.

5247 E Brown Rd, Mesa, broadwaypalmwest.com, January 9 to 31, 11:45 a.m., 5:30 p.m., 7 p.m., $30 to $54


P.F. Chang’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon

Running or not, head out and rock out to the P.F. Chang’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon this Sunday. In addition to bands performing along at each mile marker along the 26-mile course, headliners Ra Ra Riot will put on a show at the finish line. Don’t forget to check out the KiDS Rock Arizona, Arizona Health and Fitness Expo and the Bike Tour.

Sunday, January 19, Finish line: Tempe Town Lake, 80 W. Rio Salado Parkway, Tempe, runrocknroll.competitor.com/arizona


21st Annual Carefree Art and Wine Festival

Find out the true meaning of Carefree by attending the Art and Wine Festival this weekend and taste wine from around the world. Get to enjoy the art and the atmospheric music at the festival with a backdrop of the beautiful Sonoran Desert.

E. Ho Road and N. Hum Road, January 17 to 19. Wine tasting ticket: $10 with souvenir glass; General admission $3 

Russo and Steele Collector Automobile Auction Scottsdale

Classic cars, from Maseratis to Yenko Camaro coups, are coming to Scottsdale. Watch the auction or take a hand in the bidding and buying for classic cars. Just look for the big white tents and enter the world of classic cars beneath them.

18398 N. Hayden Rd., Scottsdale, russoandsteele.com, January 15 to 19 bidding tickets are $150 and general admission starts at $20


Native Trails

Get immersed in the vibrant culture of the Southwest through native’s stories, music and performance at the Scottsdale Civic Mall. See the Southwest Horse Dance and check out artisans’ selling Native American gems at this free event.

7380 E. Second Street, Scottsdale, experiencescottsdale.com/event/native-trails/, January 16 to April 5, free

Pie Social, Photos Dot Com

Five Things to Do This Weekend: Nov. 13 to 19

The annual Pie Social and a unique outdoor photo exhibit keep the weekend interesting in the Valley — plus some other must-try/see events for this week and weekend. Don’t forget to share with us your photos of you enjoying these events with the hashtag #SL5 and follow us @scottsdaleliving on Instagram!

Nov. 14 to 24: Red Bull Illume
Sports photography can capture moments of human ability in beautiful ways, and Red Bull — the brand that “gives you wings” — has taken it upon itself to find the finest displays of such artwork. Fifty of the top action and adventure sports images selected from a pool of 28,257 submissions will be on display along the Scottsdale Waterfront in illuminated 7×7-foot lightboxes.
Scottsdale Waterfront, redbullillume.com, Nov. 14 to 24, 6 to 10 p.m., free

Nov. 15 and 16: Chiles and Chocolate Festival
Ah, the savory battle between sweet and spicy comes to a delicious compromise at this festival. Gourmet chocolates and tongue-tingling salsas await you, but, really, you can’t leave until you stop by the roasting station for freshly fire-roasted green chiles.
Desert Botanical Garden, dbg.org, Nov. 15 and 16, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., general admission applies

Nov. 15 to 17: Big Heap Festival
The Big Heap Festival is a gathering of vendors with vintage, up cycled, recycled, industrial, salvaged and handmade goods. The event is juried, so you know you’re getting some of the best buys as possible.
38410 N. School House Rd., Cave Creek, thebigheap.com, Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., $5

Nov. 16: The Pie Social
This is by far one of Phoenix’s sweetest events. Bring your own fork and an empty stomach to this gathering of culinary prowess. Don’t stuff your face with too much filling, though — there’s a square dance, too!
Roosevelt Row, 1005 N. 2nd St., more info, Nov. 16, 2 to 5 p.m., $10 or two home-baked pies

Nov. 16: Balé Folclórico da Bahia
This 38-person dance, singing and musical troupe will put on a performance inspired by various elements of Brazilian showmanship. From the feathery, sparkly costumes you’d see at carnival to the sharp and fluid movements of capoeira martial arts.
Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, scottsdaleperformingarts.org, Nov. 16, 8 p.m., $29 to $59

Paint Pots

Five Things to Do This Week: Nov. 6 to Nov. 12

November kicks off with a traditional western cook-off and the annual Scottsdale Fall for the Arts festival. Don’t forget to share with us your photos of you enjoying these events with the hashtag #SL5 and follow us @scottsdaleliving on Instagram!


Nov. 7th-10th: 2nd Annual Scottsdale Fall for the Arts

Experience the artistic culture of Scottsdale and explore nearly 100 art galleries, world-class performances and museums this weekend. Located in the Scottsdale Arts District, this four-day celebration includes an art walk, Diavolo Dance Theater, West Select sale, Canal Convergence, Paint Out Quick Draw Auction, Conversations with Artists, street chalk event and a Beaux Arts fundraiser. Prices vary upon event.

Events Ticket Prices:

  • West Select Sale: $35-$125
  • Diavolo Dance Theater: $29
  • Beaux Arts Fundraiser: $125
  • Artwalk, Paint Out Quick Draw Auction, Canal Convergence, conversations with artists, street chalk event: Free admission

For more information, visit www.ScottsdaleFallfortheArts.com


Nov. 7th-10th: 24th Annual Arizona Classic Jazz Festival

Get jazzy this weekend at the San Marcos Resort (One N. San Marcos Place) in Chandler. Experience the musical styling’s of jazz bands from across Europe and the US. This swinging event celebrates the evolution of the jazz genre, featuring swing and ragtime, gospel and traditional jazz. Tickets start $15 and go up to $90.

For more information: www.azclassicjazz.org


Nov. 8th & 9th: Holiday-Themed Musical Comedy

The holidays are just around the corner and there’s no better way to get into the yuletide spirit than through your funny bone! Come join the Phoenix based comedy troupe The [SIC] Sense for a few holiday laughs in their annual holiday show ‘Tis the SICness. This comical event will begin at 9:30pm in the Basement Theatre at Phoenix Center for the Arts; located at 1202 N. 3rd St. Tickets are $15 online and $20 at the door. This is a 21+ event.

For more information: www.tisthesicness.brownpapertickets.com


Nov. 8th-10th: Chandler Chuck Wagon Cook-Off

Take a journey back to the Old West and witness a culinary showdown as teams from across the US battle it out in authentic 1880s chuck wagons using only historic cooking methods. Enjoy live music and taste the flavors of the wild, wild, west. Tumbleweed Ranch will be hosting this free event, located at 2250 S. McQueen Rd.

For more information: www.chandleraz.gov/default.aspx?pageid=289


Nov. 9th: Greater Phoenix Light the Night Walk

Grab your walking shoes, bring your friends and family, and come to Tempe Arts Park this Saturday to celebrate the lives of those affected by cancer. Hosted by the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, this event will touch your heart as supporters light up the sky to celebrate survivors and honor the lives lost. There will be a one-mile walk, food and live entertainment. Tempe Arts Park is located at 700 W. Rio Salado Parkway.

For more information: www.lightthenight.org/az


Top 5 Things to Do This Week in Scottsdale

With fall in the air, we can’t wait to get out of the office and start enjoying this beautiful weather! Here are some must-try/see events for this week and weekend. Don’t forget to share with us your photos of you enjoying these events with the hashtag #SL5 and follow us @scottsdaleliving on Instagram!

Oct. 11th – Help celebrate the W Scottsdale’s birthday at their ‘Romance in Rio’ party!
W Scottsdale will transform into a vivacious Brazilian carnival complete with standing mask pillars and vibrant decorations. Attendees will make their way up the grand staircase and step into a night filled with dancing, music and multiple performances that represent the heart and soul of Rio de Janeiro. Guests can enjoy performances by Samba dancers, themed stilt walkers that will tower over the party and Capoeira Brazilian martial arts dancers, which incorporates theatrical and acrobatic movements well known to the Brazilian culture.

Address: 7277 E. Camelback Rd.
21+ Event
Doors open at 8 p.m.
For VIP table reservations, please call 602.405.0099  or contact vip@triyar.com

Oct. 12th – Amenzone Fitness Grand Opening!
The new 2,200 sq. ft. facility owned and operated by brothers Rich Coolen and Clint Currie will be the first fitness center ever to operate in the Biltmore Fashion Park. The grand opening event is complimentary for all and will be a fun-filled, action packed morning of classes showcasing the primal workouts, boxing, personal training and the Amenzone philosophy of true self-care. There will be a professional DJ for the kick-off as well as a number of fitness-oriented vendors.

Address: 2502 E. Camelback Rd. Suite 160 in Phoenix
All Ages
Doors open at 9:30 a.m. and classes are from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.
For more information, visit www.amenzone.com

Oct. 12th – Dust off your Das Boot and start drinking at Oktoberfest!
Come celebrate Oktoberfest at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick and where you’ll find more than 20 beers and experience a full day of fun entertainment! Participate in the Bags Tournament or the WarFit Challenge Obstacle Race, learn some new tips at the cooking demonstration stage, and let the kiddos have fun at the Kid Zone. Not only can you taste all different kinds of beer, but there will be 15 kinds of sausage to try, too!

Address: 7555 N. Pima Rd. Scottsdale, AZ 85285
$10; Kids 12 and under are free
9 a.m. to 11 p.m.


Oct. 13th – Get “Outta Your Mind” and take “Shots” of Don Julio Tequila with Lil Jon at Maya Day + Nightclub!
Guests will have the opportunity to dance, swim and enjoy plenty of Don Julio Tequila poolside. Don Julio has always been Lil Jon’s drink of choice and he will join the Don Julio crew in Scottsdale for an amped up, high-energy pool party. Maya will also offer specialty cocktails featuring Don Julio Tequila throughout the day. Grammy Award winning artist, DJ, TV star and entrepreneur – Lil Jon – is best known for his songs “Get Low,” “Yeah!,” with Usher and Ludacris (which hit the No. 1 spot worldwide and platinum in the U.S., Germany, Canada and Australia) “Shots” with LMFAO and “Get Outta Your Mind” which was featured on So You Think You Can Dance. 

Address: 7333 E. Indian Plaza, Scottsdale
21+ Event
Doors open at 11 a.m.
To purchase tickets, please visit www.mayaclubaz.com. For VIP table reservations, contact Nolan at 602.810.0736  or Nolan@MayaClubAZ.com .

Oct. 14th – Slow your weekend down with “An Evening with the Winemaker: Slo Down Wines”
After a non-stop weekend of fun, spend your Monday night enjoying great wine and food! Twisted Rose Winery & eatery is hosting an evening of fine food and wine featuring the wine and winemaker of Slo Down Wines. A four-course meal and variety of wine pairings will be offered.

Address: 15040 N. Northsight Blvd.
$45, 21+ Event
For more information, call 480-398-7700 or visit http://www.twistedrosewinery.com/; Reservations required.