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Concerts and festivals you need to catch this weekend

McDowell Mountain Music Festival
Arizona’s only nonprofit music festival returns this weekend. Performers for this year’s show include Passion Pit, Portugal. The Man, Thievery Corporation, Widespread Panic and more. The profits from the show go on to benefit Phoenix Children’s Hospital and UMOM New Day Centers. In addition to diverse music on the main and local stages, the three-day festival will offer food and beverage via food trucks. Festival attendees also have the option of upgrading to VIP experiences as well as purchasing camping spaces. Tickets for the event can be purchased by visiting mmmf.com.
Margaret T. Hance Park, 1202 N. Third St., Phoenix, March 27-29, $60+

Phoenix Bike Festival
The 2015 Phoenix Bike Fest will take over Westgate for three days. Event attendees will have the chance to try out a variety of bikes from Yamaha, Suzuki and Kawasaki. The event will also hold performances by Dead or Alive and TNT. There will also be MMA fights. More than 50 bike related vendors will be on hand for the event.  This event welcomes spectators and bike enthusiasts alike.
Westgate Entertainment District, 6770 N. Sunrise Blvd., March 26-28, Free

Phoenix Film Festival
Arizona’s largest film returns for it’s 15th year. The festival screens over 150 films on 7 screens in the theatre. The event initially began as an opportunity for independent films to be showcased. Categories include Horror, Sci-Fi, Shorts, and more. The festival will also host events and seminars for filmmakers of any level. Fans will have the chance to participate in Q&A sessions with producers, talent, and directors as well. Movie attendees have the option to purchase single tickets or bulk packages.
Harkins Scottsdale 101, 7000 E. Mayo Blvd., Phoenix, March 26- April 2, $13+

Romeo and Juliet
Romeo, Romeo, wherefore art thou Romeo? The classic Shakespearean tragedy comes to the Herberger Theater in downtown Phoenix. Presented by the Arizona Theatre Company, this story of betrayal features the famous feud of the Capulets and Montagues. Director Kirsten Brandt and designer David Lee Cuthbert offer a fresh taste on an old favorite.
Herberger Theater Center, 222 E. Monroe St., Phoenix, March 26-April 12, $36+

Tempe Spring Festival of the Arts
Almost 400 artists will take over Mill Avenue to showcase their work in 16 different mediums. The spring festival attracts close to 225,000 visitors to the three-day event. The committee for the event awards cash prizes to the overall top artist as well as the top artist in each category. Sunshine Art Magazine ranks the festival in their Top 200 art festivals. The event will feature live entertainment, street performers. The Tempe Festival of Arts gives a portion of the proceeds to local Tempe charities that assist with the event.
Mill Avenue District, 281 S. Mill Ave., Tempe, March 27-29, Free

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Five things to do before summer in Arizona

While Phoenix natives enjoy beautiful weather in the fall and winter, it’s tough for anyone to stand outside for more than a couple minutes during the hot summer months. So, here are five outdoor activities to do with family and friends before triple-digit temperatures hit the Valley.

Lost Dutchman Trail

Lost Dutchman Trail


Arizona is home to some of the most spectacular hikes in the country.  From Camelback Mountain to the Superstitions, there is no shortage of gorgeous trails that are close to home for many.  If you haven’t checked out these hikes yet, then there’s still time.

●    Hieroglyphic Trail –  Gold Canyon, AZ 85118
●    The Lost Dutchman State Park
●    First Water Trailhead – Srv Road 78, Arizona 85219

Have a picnic at Tempe Town Lake

Close to Mill Avenue and Arizona State University, Tempe Town Lake is a great place to jog, walk your dog, play Frisbee or enjoy a good old-fashioned picnic.  Set up camp right up next to the bank on a beautiful Friday afternoon after a long week.

Spring Training

One of the best times of the year is getting the chance to watch one of the 15 Cactus League teams playing at the 10 spring training venues around the Valley. Even if you are not a huge fan of baseball, Chicago Cubs’ Sloan Park is worth checking out.  Plus, Mesa Riverview shopping mall and recreational area is nearby.

HorseRidingGo horseback riding

Horse lovers and outdoor enthusiasts alike can enjoy beautiful guided rides at the Ponderosa Livery Stable at South Mountain Park.  There are more than 50 miles of trails through 18,000 acres of the beautiful Sonoran Desert.  There is nowhere else you can get the same taste of the western life and the “Cowboy Way” while enjoying beautiful scenery with family and friends.

Hot air ballooning

Want an unforgettable bird’s eye view of the desert?  Let Hot Air Expeditions take you up in the clouds, while a guide points out the McDowell, White Tank and Mazatzal mountains, Lake Pleasant, Weavers Needle and downtown Phoenix.  The San Francisco Peaks may also been seen on a clear day.  Hot Air Expeditions also offers a post-flight gourmet meal after every hot air balloon excursion.

"Napoli." Photo credit: Alexander Iziliaev

5 things to do this weekend: Feb. 9-16, 2015

1. “Napoli” premieres in US

Ballet Arizona will be the first American ballet company to present “Napoli.” This performance tells the love story of the poor fisherman Gennaro and his beloved Teresina. Teresina is swept away in a great storm. Sea nymphs rescue her, but Gennaro is nowhere to be found. Their love must overcome obstacles in a dark vs. light story. This classic Danish ballet is perfect for Valentine’s Day weekend.

Symphony Hall, 75 N. 2nd St., Phoenix, February 12-15, $45+

2. Cooking at the Scottsdale Civic Center Library

Just in time for Valentine’s Day, come to the Scottsdale Civic Center Library to learn how to cook a meal just for the special day of romance. Chef Jon-Paul Hutchins, Lead instructor of the LeCordon Bleau College of Culinary Arts in Scottsdale, leads the cooking demonstration. He will teach a variety of dishes that you can cook at home for that special someone. The cooking lesson begins at 6:30.

Scottsdale Civic Center Library, 3839 N. Drinkwater Blvd., Scottsdale, February 11, Free

3. VNSA Book Sale

The 59thAnnual Volunteer Nonprofit Service Association (VNSA) Book Sale happens this weekend.  The annual book sale benefits VNSA charities. All books are marked at discounted prices. The book sale offers books for all tastes―children’s, biography, textbooks, classics, and many more. On Sunday, all books, except for rare and unusual books, are half off. Admission to the event is free, but the fairgrounds charge parking. Shoppers should bring their own bags or small wheel around carts as VNSA is going green and will not have bags.

Exhibit Hall at Arizona State Fairgrounds, 1826 W. McDowell Rd., Phoenix, February 14-15, Free

Phoenix Comicon Brings In Over 23,000 Attendees, Photo: Jonathan, LightningOctopus.com

Photo: Jonathan, LightningOctopus.com

4. Amazing Arizona ComicCon

Over 150 exhibitors are expected to be present at this year’s Amazing Arizona ComicCon. Friday will feature special Friday the 13thprogramming. There will be a costume contest on Saturday. The event will also feature special guests such as Kevin Eastman, the creator of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and artists from “Guardians of the Galaxy.”

Phoenix Convention Center, 100 N. 3rd St., Phoenix, February 13-15, $25-$35, $60 for a weekend pass

5. Coyotes, Sharks, and Rangers, oh my!

The Arizona Coyotes will face off against the San Jose Sharks and the New York Rangers this weekend. The Sharks were last here in January and managed to take a 3-2 win over the Coyotes. As for the Rangers, the Coyotes’ have yet to face off against the New York team. The puck drops at 7 p.m.  both nights at the arena.

Gila River Arena, 9400 W. Maryland Ave., Glendale, February 13-14, $35+


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BONUS: Do you still need to find a place to take that special someone to dinner this weekend? Check out our two-part series on Valentine’s Day Deals in Arizona.

Part 1

Part 2

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Things to do this week: Feb. 2 to 9

Here are some things to do around Arizona this weekend, including Harlem Globetrotters performances, a Firehouse cookoff and a citywide scavenger hunt.

Harlem Globetrotters
The Harlem Globetrotters are known for traveling the country to showcase their spectacular basketball talents while performing a comedic act. The troupe is back in the Valley this weekend with shows at both U.S. Airways and Gila River Arena.  Head to downtown or out to Glendale to witness their showcase of shots, humor, and fun. The team will appear at both venues at 2p.m. on their respectful days with an additional appearance at 7p.m. at U.S. Airways on February 7.
US Airways, 201 E. Jefferson St., February 7, Phoenix, $18-$135
Gila River Arena, 9400 W. Maryland Ave., February 8, Glendale, $21-$123

Blockbuster Broadway
Composer Stephen Schwartz will join conductor John Clanton and the Phoenix Symphony for a night of performances of Broadway pieces. Schwartz is the mind behind shows such as Wicked, Pippin, and Godspell. Schwartz is also known for his collaboration for songs in movies such as Pocahontas and The Hunchback of Notre Dame. This rare treat is sure to leave you in awe.
Orpheum Theatre, 203 W, Adams St., February 6-7, Phoenix, $29-$89

Alumni Game with ASU Baseball
Before the season starts, Arizona State University’s baseball team holds an alumni game to kick off the season. This is the first season the team will be playing in their new venue, Phoenix Muni. The alumni game is at 11 a.m. with an intrasquad scrimmage at 1:30 p.m. New head coach Tracy Smith will be available for a Q&A session at 1 p.m. Players will be signing autographs following the intrasquad scrimmage on the concourse.
Phoenix Municipal Stadium, 5999 E. Van Buren St., Feb. 7, Phoenix, Free admission and parking

CityScape Scavenger Hunt
The CityScape scavenger hunt comes to Scottsdale Saturday. Instead of spending your Saturday afternoon sitting around the house, get up and head to Scottsdale to put your brain to the test to solve clues. This urban adventure is similar to the Amazing Race. Teams of up to six people are only allowed to travel via foot or public transportation. The winning team receives a cash prize. Check in begins at 11 a.m. and racers take off at noon.
Bottled Blonde, 7340 E. Indian Plaza, Feb. 7, Scottsdale, $50 per person pre-registration, $70 day of

Gatekeepers Six-Alarm Firehouse Cookoff Showdown
Firehouse cooks and chefs alike will work together in a cook off to raise money for the 100 Club of Arizona. Each firefighter is paired with chefs from restaurants such as Culinary Dropout at Scottsdale Waterfront and The Henry. This tasty fundraiser showcases sizzling dishes. There will also be a silent auction with items such as dinner at a firehouse, tastings, and many more options.
Allstate Appliance Showroom, 15250 N. Hayden Rd., Feb. 7, Scottsdale, $45


Things to do this week: Jan. 26 to Feb. 2

Last chance to ice-skate

Arizona’s only outdoor ice-skating rink comes down after Super Bowl weekend. The 5,442-square-foot rink has been in place on Central Avenue between Washington and Jefferson streets since late November. CitySkate offers a variety of special events throughout the rink, including theme days on Tuesdays. This week’s theme is Football Jerseys. In addition, the rink hosts Adult Skate this Saturday from 9 p.m. to 12 a.m.

CitySkate at CityScape, 1 E. Washington St., Phoenix, through February 2, $12

Super Bowl takes over downtown

Even if you do not have tickets to the big game on Sunday, there are still a number of events happening downtown that lead up to the big game. Starting Wednesday, Super Bowl Central will hold over thirty events. One of the largest attractions includes an 18-foot high rock-climbing wall that is a replica of the Grand Canyon. There is a concert series downtown every night beginning Wednesday that features bands such as Walk the Moon and The Roots.

Verizon Super Bowl Central, 5th Street to 1st Avenue and Jefferson to Monroe, January 28-February 1, Phoenix, free 

Super Music Series at Westgate

In addition to the Super Bowl activities in Downtown Phoenix, there are concerts all week long at Westgate. The Super Music Series is a five-day concert event that features bands from rock, pop, country, and other genres of music. Headlining bands include Los Lobos, The Chainsmokers, Eli Young Band, and Naked Eyes. The concert is hosted on the WaterDance Plaza at Westgate.

Westgate, 6770 N. Sunrise Blvd., Glendale, January 28-February 1, free

Valor and Victors 5K

The NFL Valor and Victors 5K is part of the Super Bowl Run Series. The proceeds from the race benefit the Pat Tillman Foundation and the NFL Alumni Association. The top three overall finishers for men and women will receive awards as well as the top three from multiple age categories. Packet pick-up begins at 6:30 a.m. and the race starts at 8:30 a.m. After the race, there will be a post-race “tailgate” that all runners are welcome to take part in.

Arizona Canal Trail, 5th avenue & Goldwater Road, Scottsdale, January 31, $50 before January 28 or $60 after and same day

Glendale Chocolate Affaire

If you have a sweet tooth, this event is definitely for you. Over forty chocolate makers will be present in downtown Glendale for an ultimate sugar rush. There will be a variety of choices including chocolate dipped fruit, Twinkies, nuts, and more. This two-day event even has a Super Street area and Team Zones in honor of Super Bowl weekend. The Chocolate Affaire is open Friday noon-10p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m.-10p.m.

Murphy Park, 7010 N. 58th Ave., Glendale, January 30-31, free admission and parking

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11/21: Global Dance Festival
The global dance festival has spread to several cities after originating in Colorado in 1999. The EDM, electronic, and dubstep music dance fest will feature musicians from all over the world, coming together to provide music for the outdoor dance party.
Tempe Beach Park, 54 W. Rio Salado Parkway, Tempe, Friday, Nov. 21, begins at 5 p.m., $45-$75

11/20: Birds ‘n’ Beer
This event actually occurs on the third Thursday of every month, and this Thursday is no exception. The series of events, hosted by Audubon Arizona, gathers those who love drinking beer and watching birds to drink Four Peaks and talk about birds and other wildlife.
Nina Mason Pulliam Rio Salado Audubon Center, 3131 S. Central Ave., Phoenix, Thursday, Nov. 20, 5:30-7:30 p.m., free

11/19-23: Walking with Dinosaurs
This exhibition brings the dinosaurs of the past to life. Well, it shows visitors what dinosaurs could have looked like. With life-size models walking the audience through the evolution of dinosaurs, the show Walking with Dinosaurs the Arena Spectacular is educational and must-see for dinosaur lovers.
US Airways Center, 201 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix, Wednesday to Sunday, Nov. 19 to 23, various times, $32 to $72

11/22: The 1975
The indie rock band from England that has found success in the U.S. with songs “Chocolate” and “Sex” are making a tour stop in Phoenix. The 1975’s self-titled debut album found huge success on U.K. charts.
Comerica Theatre, 400 W. Washington St., Phoenix, Saturday, Nov. 22, 8 p.m., $30 to $170

11/22: Epic Maker Instrument Challenge
For anyone who likes music, art or a just a good challenge, the Epic Maker Instrument Challenge is the place to be. Competitors will spend their Saturdays with Oh My Ears music organization creating, improving or repurposing an instrument they will then present for judging.
TechShop Chandler, 249 E. Chicago St., Chandler, Saturday, Nov. 22, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. (time to work 10 a.m. to  4 p.m., presentation of creation 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.), $12 for contestants, $5 for spectators

Tegan and Sara

In the Mix: Tegan and Sara, Say Anything, KC and the Sunshine Band

KC and the Sunshine Band @ The Salt River Ballroom at the Talking Stick Resort

Formed in the 1970s, KC and the Sunshine Band’s music has survived the test of time as their music is still played around the world. Harry Wayne Casey (KC) started the band by being backed up by studio musicians form TK records and a local band in Florida. Their second self-titled album debuted in 1975 and went triple platinum with “Get Down Tonight” and “That’s the Way (I Like It)” topping the charts and appearing at No. 1. KC and the Sunshine Band’s electric funk, R&B, and disco music gained a large following and their popularity flourished into the 1990s in the revival of disco music. KC and the Sunshine Band released “I’ll Be There For You” in 2001, after a 10-year break. With 13 albums released over 40 years, KC and the Sunshine Band’s music has been featured in 200 motion picture film soundtracks and heard at every major sporting event around the world. They have sold over a 100 million records and their legacy continues. Get down with KC and the Sunshine Band at the Talking Stick Resort to relive the disco days.

Talking Stick Resort, 9800 E. Indian Bend Rd., Sunday, Nov. 16, 8 p.m., $30-$150, Buy tickets here


Say Anything/Saves the Day @ The Marquee

Say Anything is an American rock band from Los Angeles, that was formed in 2000 by the direction of Max Bemis recruiting four of his close friends. They caught the attention of Doghouse Records after they self-released two EPs, “Junior Varsity” and “In Your Dreams”, and their first album “Baseball: An Album by Say Anything.” “…Is A Real Boy” was their only album released under Dog House Records, but received positive reviews from the music industry. They signed with J Records and completed their first headlining tour in 2006, with Piebald and mewithoutYou. Say Anything introduced “Hebrews,” released on January, 10, 2014, that was the first album self-produced by Bemis and lead to a headlining tour with Saves the Day. Don’t miss the theatrical night as Say Anything and Saves the Day perform together at The Marquee.

The Marquee, 730 N. Mill Ave., Sunday, Nov. 16, 7 p.m., $29, Buy tickets here


Tegan and Sara @ The Marquee

Identical twins, Teagan and Sara Quin, are a mainstream duo who are mostly recognized for their song “Closer” released in 2012. Teagan and Sara are singers, songwriters, and can play the guitar and keyboard. They started in the halls of their high school recording two demo albums and got the chance to record a professional demo after winning a local competition. The duo signed to Neil Young’s Vapor label and recorded numerous albums in their Canadian indie genre. Tegan and Sara have been touring with Katy Perry on her Prismatic World Tour, but are heading to Arizona this Monday for an intimate performance at The Marquee.

The Marquee, 730 N. Mill Ave., Monday, Nov. 17, 7:30 p.m., $48.50, Buy tickets here

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Linkin Park, Steve-O, a taco fest + more to do

9/10: Linkin Park and Thirty Seconds to Mars

The Carnivores Tour is stopping by US Airways Center with Linkin Park, Thirty Seconds to Mars and AFI for a show that’ll take many a Phoenician back to the height of emo and male eyeliner. The tour is meant to support Linkin Park’s sixth album and Thirty Seconds to Mars’ fourth album, with a dynamic Davey Havok-fronted AFI opening for the two bands. The crowd should be pretty rabid, given the hometown cred Linkin Park front man Chester Bennington’s current residential status.

US Airways Center, 201 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix, Wednesday, Sept. 10, doors open 5:30 p.m., show starts 6:30 p.m., $95 to $332


9/11-14: Steve-O

Taking a break from his usual stunts and pranks, Steve-O of “Jackass” fame is coming back through Phoenix for some stand-up. Clean, sober and vegan since 2008, Steve-O’s jokes and stories about his life vary widely from the stunt-loving skateboarder that most people are familiar with.

Tempe Improv, 930 E. University Dr., Tempe, Thursday 8 p.m., Friday 7:30 and 10 p.m., Saturday 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. and Sunday at 7 p.m., 18 & older, two-drink minimum, $22  


9/12: 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony

In honor of 9/11, a remembrance ceremony will be held the day after the 13th anniversary of the tragedy. Events will include an opening ceremony by State Veterans of Foreign Wars, an illuminated walk, folding of the flag and Honors Guard Taps. First responders and veterans will be honored during the event as well.

San Tan Mountain Regional Park, 6533 W. Phillips Road, Queen Creek, Friday, Sept. 12, 7:30 p.m., $6 per vehicle park entrance fee


9/13: El Palacio’s Rockin’ Taco Street Fest

The third annual Rockin’ Taco Street Fest is taking over Chandler with margaritas, tacos, a salsa competition, live entertainment and more. With chances to win a vacation get away in a raffle, play beach games, and more family fun, the street fest is a good time for the whole family and all your taste buds.

El Palacio Restaurant & Cantina of Chandler, 2950 E. Germann Rd., Chandler, Saturday, Sept. 13, 4-10 p.m., $5 general, 12 & under free, food and drink sold separately


9/12-19: The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

This Tony-winning improv sketch that was turned into a musical gives a glimpse into the competitive and overachieving world of spelling bees. With some audience participation, this show is bound to captivate audiences with its witty portrayal of over-achieving competitive spellers.

Tempe Center for the Arts, 700 W. Rio Salado Pkwy., Tempe, Sept. 12 to19, Fridays and Saturdays, 7 p.m., $20

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Arizona Open, Tony Bennett + more things to do

8/21-8/23: 2014 Arizona Open
Pull up those argyle socks, Tide-wash your white britches on an extra hot water setting and get ready for some serious golf! Did you know the second-oldest professional tournament in the state is the Arizona Open? The 54-hole stroke play event offers prize money for professionals and gift certificates to amateurs.
Troon Country Club, 10320 E. Dynamite Blvd., Scottsdale, Thursday to Saturday, August 21 to 23, times and prices vary

8/22-24: FANtasm (CopperCon 34)
The Central Arizona Speculative Fiction Society is full of sci-fi and fantasy fans who have been promoting their shared interests in an annual convention called CopperCon for 33 years. This year, CopperCon 34 gets a new name — FANtasm — but will be filled with all the usual fantastical booths, programming and like-minded folks.
Hilton Garden Inn, 11460 W. Hilton Way, Avondale., Friday to Sunday, August 22 to 24, Friday: 5 p.m.-midnight; Saturday: 10 a.m.-midnight;Sunday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., $30 to $45


8/23: Tony Bennett
Tony Bennett’s voice — as an entertainer as well as an activist — has touched many during his six-decades-spanning tenure in the biz. The 88-year-old’s daughter, Antonia, will open this show with a collection of jazz and pop standards. The concert includes a pre-show dinner option for $35 at 6:30 p.m. in the Nesbitt-Elliott Playhouse Stage.
Ikeda Theater, Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., Mesa, Ariz., Saturday, Aug. 23, 8 p.m., $60 to $155

8/23: Sedona Bike & Brew
Red rocks, green grass and fresh mountain air. It sounds like a sweet setting for a bike ride to us! Fortunately, it’s time to gear up for the inaugural mountain bike race along 18 holes of the Sedona Golf Resort. This event is six-miles long with race categories that include, pro and the less competitive “sport” designations. There are also tiers in which children of different ages may compete. Even if you don’t want to feel the wind whip around your helmet hair, you can join the post-race party with food, beer and a silent auction to benefit the Verde Valley Cycling Coalition.
Sedona Golf Resort, 35 Ridge Trail Drive, Sedona, Saturday, Aug. 23, times vary, $75 to $150


Mile High Brew Fest + things to do this week

Mercury welcome Brittney Griner8/16: Phoenix Mercury vs. Los Angeles Sparks
The Phoenix Mercury have had a hell of a season. It celebrated the second-longest winning streak (16 games) in WNBA history and will go head-to-head with the team that still holds the record (18 games in 2001) in their last home game before the WNBA playoffs begin on Aug. 21.
US Airways Center, 201 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix, Saturday, August 16, 7 p.m., $12


8/16: Southern Arizona Salsa & Tequila Challenge
Live mariachi music, salsa dancing and 40 different red, green, hot, mild or fruity salsas at your fingertips. There will also be a tequila-based mixed drinks and menu pairing competition featuring 50 established and emerging chefs beneath at least 20 pinatas designed by Viva Piñata! Visit the festival website for a full list of participants, including salsa and tequila challengers as well as participating tequila makers.
La Encantada Shopping Center, 2905 E. Skyline Dr., Tucson, Ariz., Saturday, Aug. 16, 6 p.m., $45-$55

8/16: Mile High Brew Festival
More than 65 craft beers (and a handful of local wineries) brewed in the Southwest at your mercy. You get to take home a Brewfest Tasting Glass. All proceeds benefit the Boys & Girls Club of Central Arizona. Visit the event website for a full list of participants.
Montezuma Street, Prescott, Ariz., milehighbrewfest.com, Saturday, Aug. 16, 1 to 7 p.m., $20 (additional tasting tickets are 10 for $10)

8/17: John Legend
The All of Me Tour is hitting Phoenix with a warm snuggly feeling as velvety and buttery as John Legend’s voice. The nine-time Grammy Award winning songwriter has been all over the airwaves with his No. 1 single “All of Me,” which we can only imagine sounds just that much better live — and with thousands of other people singing along. And, as if Legend’s music was swoon-worthy enough for the guys and gals out there, he’s also an outspoken feminist married to supermodel Chrissy Teigen. He was once quoted on CNN.com as saying “All men should be feminists. If men care about women’s rights, the world would be a better place.”
Comerica Theatre, 400 W. Washington St., Phoenix, livenation.com, Sunday, Aug. 17, 7:30 p.m., prices vary

8/19: WWE Smackdown
Just because it’s all fake, heavily choreographed and greased up fighting by men who are wearing less clothes than their female counterparts doesn’t mean it won’t be a good time! The story is melodramatic, the actors are buff beyond belief and the fans are equally entertaining. Welcome to the world of the WWE Smackdown.
US Airways Center, 201 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix, Tuesday, August 19, 4:45 p.m., usairwayscenter.com/events/detail/wwe-smackdown, $25 to $100

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Timberlake and McCartney in one week + more things to do

It’s gonna be a hot week — and we’re not just talking about global warming’s effects on our sweltering desert. Two of our biggest musical heartthrobs are in town this week: Justin Timberlake and Paul McCartney. Plus, there will be some serious grape stomping and theatrical Tombstone shenanigans to get in on!

8/9: Justin Timberlake
Whether you loved him when he had those tight, frosted curls or are more partial to his current dapper style, the ever versatile performer Justin Timberlake is landing in the Phoenix Metro this weekend. Everyone who can fit into Jobing.com Arena will be there for the “20/20 Experience” of Mr. Timberlake. Hello, the awards and nominations he’s received has its own Wikipedia page. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_awards_and_nominations_received_by_Justin_Timberlake
Jobing.com Arena, 9400 W. Maryland Ave., Glendale, Saturday, August 9, 8 p.m., $65 to $205

8/9: Rage in the Cage
Mixed-martial arts (MMA) has always had a special place in Phoenix — and worlds collide when the second-longest running MMA Promotion in the world, Rage in the Cage, hits Celebrity Theatre. Two guys enter, only one exits (as a winner). Plus: Rage babes.
Celebrity Theatre, 440 N. 32nd St., Phoenix, Saturday, August 9, 7:30 p.m., $30 to $93

8/10-11: 8th annual Grape Stomp
We think Lucille Ball tells this story better than us (see above video). Stomp to your toes’ content at Coronado Vineyards, taste some wine stomped by others before you and take home a $15 wine glass.
Coronado Vineyards, 2909 E. Country Club Dr., Willcox, Sunday and Monday, August 10 and 11, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., $15

8/12: Paul McCartney’s “Out There” Tour
Let good ol’ P-Mac do what he does best — be it as a Beatle, a Wing or his solo work. He’s one of the most loved and celebrated musicians “Out There.” He even plays some mean air guitar! (see below)
US Airways Center, 201 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix, Tuesday, August 12, $36 to $267

8/8-10: 66th annual Vigilante Days
The Wild West is always alive and well in Tombstone, Ariz. After all, it is “the town too tough to die.” However, this weekend will feature a few extra events — namely an 1800s fashion show, 10K, shoot-outs (maybe more than usual), hangings, a chili cook-off and saloon girls. Lots and lots of saloon girls.
Friday to Sunday, August 8 to 10, times vary, free
While you’re in southern Arizona:
Check out the Old Bisbee Brewing Company’s 4th annual Pirates of the High Desert event.

Things to do this weekend

The Valley is not resting this Independence Day weekend and neither should you! From a music festival, firework displays at the zoo and Tempe Town Lake, a movie festival and a beer pong tournament, there is no excuse for being bored this holiday weekend.

Independence Day Music Festival with Phillip Phillips
The American Idol will start off this long weekend right, headlining the fourth annual Independence Day Music Festival at Salt River fields.  Phillips won “American Idol” back in 2012 and has been busy ever since. He released a platinum debut, “The World From the Side of the Moon.” He first saw success with his inaugural five-times-platinum breakthrough of his “Idol” single, “Home” and his second single, “Gone, Gone, Gone,” also went platinum.  The opening acts are set to start performing at about 5:30 p.m. and the Independence Music Festival promises the “largest fireworks show in Metro Phoenix,” which is set to start after the show, at about 9:55 p.m.
Salt River Fields at Talking Stick, 7555 N. Pima Road Scottsdale, ticketmaster.com, Thursday July 3. 5:30 p.m. $20 to $40

4th of Zoo-Ly
The Phoenix Zoo celebrates Independence Day with a special 4th of Zoo-Ly! There will be plenty of family fun and exclusive evening access to the zoo with fun activities for everyone. The event features a classic summer BBQ, carousel rides, face painting, bounce houses and special animal guests. The evening will close with a bang with a special view of the Tempe Town Lake Fireworks Spectacular at a “VIP” seating area in the back of the zoo.
Phoenix Zoo, 455 N. Galvin Pkwy., Phoenix, tickets here , Friday, July 4, 7 to 10 p.m., SOLD OUT

July 4th Tempe Town Lake Festival
The Tempe Town Lake Festival, featuring Tempe’s 63rd annual fireworks display over Tempe Town Lake, is always a major hit on July fourth. The festival features many attractions, including live music, splash park,  a climbing wall, and numerous culinary delights.  People will line the lakeshore and kick back on the grassy “beach” for a fireworks show that cannot be beat in terms of location in the valley.  The fireworks are shot from the Mill Street Bridge and nearby buildings and bridges are strung with colorful lights reflecting in the water. Also, lit-up and decorated boats float on the lake to add more color.
Tempe Beach Park, 54 W. Rio Salado Parkway Tempe, http://www.tempe4th.com/ , Friday July 4. 5 p.m., $ 5 general admission, $30 children’s VIP garden tickets, and  $60 adult VIP garden tickets

Dawn to Dusk Film Festival
Escape the heat this weekend at the Phoenix Art Museum as it says goodbye to its Hollywood Costume exhibit with an all-day film festival! All-day screenings will highlight films from classic to contemporary. Enjoy an entire day of art, cinema, and surprises at the Museum and FilmBar. The schedule: “The Searchers” at 9 a.m., “The Birds” at 11:30 a.m. and “Taxi Driver” at 5 p.m. “Animal House” will also be shown at FilmBar, 815 N. Second St., Phoenix, at 2 and 7 p.m. as part of the festival.
Phoenix Art Museum, 1625 N. Central Ave Phoenix, tickets here, Sunday July 6, $20 and $10 for museum members.


Beer Pong Tournament
Fire House in Tempe will be racking up red cups in the classic pyramid formation, so perfect your arch for a beer pong tournament that comes with series prizes.  The second place prize is complimentary bottle service and the first place winners get a cash prize of $150 cash. Even if you do not sink that winning shot, you can still have beer as a consolation prize.
Firehouse Tempe, 4 East University Drive Tempe, Sunday July 6. 2 p.m.

Things to do this weekend

Are you looking to break away from your daily routine? From the Vans Warped Tour rocking the desert, learning about women’s issues through LUNAFEST, engaging in side-splitting laughter with a former Saturday Night Live Weekend Update anchor Dennis Miller, experiencing the “Rocky Horror Picture Show” in a new way to ending your weekend with a serenade by an “American Idol” winner, the rest of your week is bound to be anything but ordinary!

Icon for Hire, via Vans Warped Tour flickr.

Icon for Hire, via Vans Warped Tour flickr.

Vans Warped Tour
Lather on that sunscreen and stay hydrated, but most importantly unleash your inner punk rocker because the Vans Warped Tour is taking over the desert! Featured bands include Anthony Raneri, Anberlin, Bad Rabbits, Bayside, Born of Osiris, Bowling for Soup, Breathe Carolina, Chelsea Grin, Cute is What We Aim For and many more.
Quail Run Park, 4155 E. Virginia, Mesa. vanswarpedtour.com. Wednesday, June 18. 11 a.m. $23.50 to $45

Join the LUNAFEST film festival to raise awareness about women’s issues. The festival will illustrate women serving as leaders in society through nine short films. Each film will focus on topics ranging from women’s health, motherhood, body image, aging, cultural diversity and breaking barriers. All proceeds will help fund the Breast Cancer Fund and Fresh Start Women’s Foundation.
AE England Building at Civic Space Park. 424 N. Central Ave., Phoenix. http://lunafest.org/phoenix. Friday, June 20, Reception: 6 p.m., Festival Opening Remarks, 7 p.m. General Admission: $20; Filmmakers: $15; Students: $8

Dennis Miller

Dennis Miller

Dennis Miller
Former Saturday Night Live Weekend Update anchor and Monday Night Football commentator, Dennis Miller known for his pop culture references and right-winged comedy is set to fill Talking Stick Resort with laughter. Miller is a five-time Emmy award winning comedian best known for his live talk show, Dennis Miller Live.
Talking Stick Resort, 9800 E. Indian Bend Road, Salt River Reservation. talkingstickresort.com.  Saturday, June 21, 8 p.m. $30 to $150

Rocky Horror Picture Show with Shadow Cast
Get ready to experience the songs, dances and flashy costumes that make the Rocky Horror Picture Show unforgettable. Watch as the cult-classic comes to life through performances by Frankie’s Fishnets alongside the actual film. A costume is not required, but you may purchase a prop bag at the show or wear your own Rocky Horror Picture Show inspired attire.
Arizona Event Center, 1300 S. Country Club Drive, Mesa. arizonaeventcenter.com. Saturday, June 21, Doors open 9 p.m. $10 adv, $15 dos

Scotty McCreery
End your weekend with “American Idol” winner and country singer, Scotty McCreery! The “See You Tonight Singer” and “I Love You This Big” singer has three successful albums under his belt along with numerous hit singles. McCreery is the second country singer to win “American Idol” since past winner, Carrie Underwood in 2005.
Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino. 5040 W. Wild Horse Pass Blvd., Gila River Reservation.  wingilariver.com. Sunday, June 22, 7:30 p.m. $38 to $58

Tim McGraw

Things to do this weekend

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!

Tim McGraw
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

George Lopez
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

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Things to do this weekend

Lou Grubb Friends Fore Golf @ Scottsdale Plaza Resort and McCormick Ranch Golf Resort, May 1-2
Have a good meal, play a round of the ageless game and help support St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center all in one go. Starting Thursday this all-inclusive golf tournament starts off with a diner and a raffle and goes into the next day with a golf tournament that is sure to be a good time. In the past the tournament has raised nearly $5 million so help raise that number for a good cause.
Contact 602-406-3041

2nd Annual Arizona Improv Festival with Paul Brittain @ Outliars Comedy Club Mesa, May 2-3
Paul Brittain of Saturday Night Live fame is in town to give an improv show with a similar rhythm of the famous show. Brittain and Jet Eveleth will be working together on the stage to bring you hilarious scenes and characters that are sure to split your sides.
Admission is $24

Cinco De Mayo Phoenix Festival @ 2nd St. and Van Buren, Downtown Phoenix, May 3-4
Help celebrate Mexico’s victory over France with this two-day festival that the whole family and you are sure to enjoy. There will be music, food, and fun for the whole family that will make your celebration a great time! The performers are Grammy award winning national acts so make sure you don’t miss out on this event.
Admission: $5 before 5 p.m. and $10 after 5 p.m.

Arizona Derby Dames Double Header @ The Hall of Dames, May 3 at 7 p.m.
Hear the thundering roll of skates in the arena this weekend as Brutal Beauties verse of against the Schoolyard Scrappers and then the Pink Ladies roll against the Black Dollyas. Watch a double header of the increasingly popular and hardcore game of Roller Derby this weekend. There will be food trucks at this event so be sure to bring an empty stomach as you watch these intense games.
Price is $7-$15

Relay for Life of Central Phoenix @ Camelback High School, May 3, 6 p.m.
Help the “Finish the Fight” once again this year by attending Relay for Life. There will be raffles, one of which is for two tickets donated by Southwest Airlines. There are 54 teams participating this year that have already raised $38,531.25 so come on down and help raise that number even higher.
Admission: $10 suggested donation


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.

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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


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Top Things to Do This Weekend

Can’t believe it’s already April? Can’t believe it’s already not the weekend? At least you have these great events to go to. From a Legend being in town, a fast paced bicycle race, another BBQ festival and much more will leave you feeling tired after a weekend of fun. Don’t forget to share photos of you enjoying these events with the hashtag #SL5 and follow @scottsdaleliving on Instagram!

Cave Creek Spring Classic Car Auction @ 7100 E. Cave Creek Rd., April 3-5 at 11 a.m.
Head on up to Cave Creek to get a peak at the classic and collectible cars that are being auctioned off. Whether you’re looking to buy a classic automobile yourself or just want to see all the action, make sure this event is at the top of your list.

First Friday @ Roosevelt Row Roosevelt and 1st Streets, April 4
As always First Friday, the ultimate art block party, kicks off for another night. Be sure to check out the debut of “Inspired Soles” at 6th Avenue Gallery, a show of fancy stilettos that will later be sold to the highest bidder. So bring your wallets!
(Free, except for the shoes.)

CycloMesa @ Downtown Mesa Event starts at Mesa Arts Center 1 E Main St., April 4-6
It’s a party, it’s a race and it’s a ride. Head down to Mesa for one of the biggest cycling events Arizona has to offer. There will be a fast paced Criterium to watch, a beer garden and of course food trucks. Also Saturday there are more events and beer to enjoy, just be sure to bring your bike for this great event.

John Legend in Concert @ Ikeda Theater, One E. Main St., Mesa April 4
Grammy Award winner John Legend is blessing Arizona with a soon to be legendary concert for the first time in five years, so don’t miss out. You’ll hear many of the contemporary artists hit songs like: “All of Me,” and “Ordinary People.” His voice will soothe you so be ready to be enticed by the one and only, John Legend.
Tickets: $57-$87

Phoenix Bikefest @ Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino, 5040 Wild Horse Pass Blvd, Chandler AZ, April 4-6
Sammy Hagar, The Cult and much more are coming to kick off the Phoenix Bikefest. Tour Arizona, demo a ride or enjoy one of the many vendors this weekend at the Wild Horse Pass Casino. Just try not to get too rowdy so they can host the event next year too!
Event is free, but concerts are $20-$74

5th Annual Arizona BBQ Festival @ Salt River Fields
7555 N. Pima Rd, Scottsdale AZ, April 5

Food porn, Redneck Games, spiked lemonade shack and live wrestling. What more would you want? This event has a little bit for everyone, especially the food. And all attendees are encouraged to dress as their favorite celebrity redneck. Have fun at this rip roaring and good tasting event!
$12 General Admission, $60 VIP, free for kids 12 & Under

Phoenix Pride Festival @ Indian Steel Park, Central Ave. and Indian School
April 5-6 Parade: April 5 Begins 3rd St. & Thomas, ends 3rd St. and Indian School
This year is the 34th Annual Phoenix Pride festival that attracts attendees from all over the valley to celebrate the LGBTQ community. The festival raises funds for the Phoenix Pride Community foundation and its programs. Don’t miss out on the parade, pageant, gala and more this weekend!
Tickets: $15 for 1 day, $30 for 2 day


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!”

5 Things to Do This Weekend

After the long work week, gear up for a fun filled weekend where you get to enjoy nothing but talent. Get ready to feel Scottish, grab a few laughs or listen to the lovely music of Cher as Arizona offers fun, fun, fun. Don’t forget to share photos of you enjoying these events with the hashtag #SL5 and follow us @scottsdaleliving on Instagram!



Cher @ US Airways Center, March 22

Sonny and Cher may be a thing of the past, but Cher is still the goddess of pop. Cher will be coming to US Airways this Saturday to give the crowd a truly mystical and wonderful show that will leave you wondering, “If I could Turn Back Time.” Cher will leave the crowd pleased, so go and enjoy.


Highland Games @ Steele Indian School Park, March 22 and 23

It’s the 50th Annual Arizona Scottish Gathering & Highland Games and a great time to get together and enjoy everything the Gaelic culture has to offer. Hear the pipes, enjoy the food or track your family’s Scottish heritage at the genealogy tent this Saturday and Sunday for nothing but a day full of fun.


Great American BBQ & Beer Festival @ Downtown Chandler, March 22

Enjoy the greater things in life, good BBQ and Beer. Here there will be pie eating contests, a battle of the bands, rib eating contest, brat eating contest and a wing eating contest. Gorge on all of the food that relates to our American heritage and enjoy a great day during festival season.


Arizona Dragon Boat Festival @ Tempe Town Lake Marina (North Side), March 22 and 23

Feel the rush of the sea as you watch dragon boat races, and are entertained by Asian and Pacific talent and enjoy the food and other services the many vendors will have to offer at the 11th Annual Arizona Dragon Boat Festival. There will be heated competition between men, women, high school, collegiate and corporate teams this year, so be sure to catch all of the fun this Saturday.


Chelsea Handler @ Comerica Theatre, March 23

The hilarious comic and late-night talk show host, Chelsea Handler, is coming to Phoenix this Saturday to give everyone a good witty, and honest show that will be sure to leave you laughing. Handler is going on this tour to help support the release of her new book, Uganda Be Kidding Me. So head out to Handler’s show and support her and her new book, you won’t regret it after all the laughs.

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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

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One of the Biggest Festivals of Books Comes to Tucson

Calling all book worms and aspiring home librarians. This weekend, Tucson is hosting the sixth annual Tucson Festival of Books (TFOB) on the University of Arizona Mall.

The festival, held March 15 and 16 in Tucson, Ariz., has more than doubled since its debut in 2009 from 50,000 visitors to more than 100,000 visitors in 2013, making it one of the top book festivals in the U.S.

This year’s festival will host nearly 450 authors and presenters including some of the biggest names in adult, teen and children’s literature. Authors, illustrators, literary agents and scientists will present from every type of genre including nonfiction, science fiction, biography, graphic novel and even paranormal romance. There will also be book signings at the Author’s Pavilion throughout the weekend.

Some exciting events at this year’s festival include two children’s events: Children’s Storytime Character Breakfast and Tea Time with An American Girl Author. Some noted authors include former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, best-selling writer Scott Turow and Pulitzer Prize-winner Richard Russo. Many Arizona authors also will be in attendance for readings and presentations such as Arizona’s and Tucson’s poet laureates, Alberto Rios and Rebecca Seiferle, fifth-generation Arizonan and journalist Tom Zoellner, who wrote about the Gabrielle Giffords shooting in Tucson, and J. A. Jance, an award-winning mystery author.

This year, TFOB is also providing an author grid, which lists locations, times, topics and presenters/authors. Visitors can create personalized agendas by starring their favorite events and make their ideal schedule. Holly Schaffer from the University of Arizona Press explains that in previous years many panels were so full that they had to turn people away; however, with the author grid this year, visitors will be able to see alternative panels and create back-up plans so they do not miss a minute of the action.

This year will also be the second year that TFOB sponsored a writing competition. Submissions were received from all over the world and increased significantly from the 310 entries in 2013 to 552 entries in 2014. Steering Committee Chairman, John Humenik, states, “Like the book festival itself, the writing competition has obviously caught on in a big way. To see the number of entries, and the quality of submissions, is pretty amazing.”

Along with the more literary aspects of the Festival, the University of Arizona’s College of Science and BIO5 Institute are partnering with the Arizona SciTech Festival to host Science City, which will be sponsored by Helios Education Foundation. Science City will include hands-on activities, lab tours, science talks, demonstrations and performances. Schaffer states, “Science City is like a world within a world. They are taking it outside of the science books to hands-on activities that are interesting to all ages. It has grown a lot and they really stepped it up a notch this year.”

TFOB also focuses on Arizona topics, businesses, and exhibitions. There will be mariachi bands and a showcase of local youth groups as well as an exhibition of low-riders, local organizations such as Friends of Western Art, Southern Arizona Arts and Cultural Alliance and the local news and media outlets. There will also be panels about the borderlands and social justice issues.

To round off this exciting event, TFOB also supports literacy services in Tucson and southern Arizona. The Festival has donated $900,000 since its launch in 2009 to literacy programs such as Literacy Connects, Reading Seed Children’s Literacy Program and the University of Arizona. Co-founder and President of TFOB, Bill Viner, states, “Giving back to promote literacy is the real success of the festival. Literacy is the foundation of building a strong, vibrant community, and the Tucson Festival of Books is proud to play a role in ensuring vital literacy programs are available.

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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