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Things to do in Arizona

Things to Do in Arizona – April 2015

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Here are some more fun things to do in April in Arizona – I think there is something for everyone – there are a large number of food related activities, music festivals and great ways to get out and about and enjoy nature.  I hope that you will find something that is perfect for you.


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Event dates, times and locations are subject to change. Some events require tickets or may charge fees for attendance. Please check with event organizers before attending.



March 26th  – April 2nd – 15th Annual Phoenix Film Festival – Scottsdale – Harkins 101 –  Named as one of the Top 25 Coolest Film Festivals by MovieMaker Magazine,  this is Arizona’s largest film festival.  Over 150 films will be screened over this eight day event and there will be Q and A sessions, educational programs and parties galore!  www.phoenixfilmfestival.com



CardinalApril 4th  – Nature Festival - Wickenburg – Hassayampa River Preserve.  Enjoy a day in the outdoors, touch a non-venomous snake, go eye-to-eye with a live bird of prey and other wildlife, get ideas on recycling and water conservation, take a guided hike along the Hassayampa River, and enjoy hands-on activities, $5 adults, kids are free, 8 am – 2 pm, 928-684-2772 or http://www.nature.org/arizona/preserves





April 4th – 10th Annual Tempe Town Lake Outrigger Canoe Association Regatta – Tempe – Tempe Town Lake – Bring your lawn chairs, blankets and sunscreen to the lake to watch canoe racing and enjoy the Hula dancers, Hawaiian Music and Food!- Free!  8am – 5pm  www.outriggeraz.com



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– – The 2015 Scottsdale Culinary Festival will be taking place April 7th through April 12th.  This celebration of food features 19 events including:


Chocolate & Wine Experience – April 8 – Musical Instrument Museum – 7:00 – 10:00pm – $55.00 – $65.00pp




 Burger Battle – April 9 – Hotel Valley Ho- 6:30pm – 9:30pm –  Taste the best burgers in the valley  and vote for your favorite! – $60.00 – $70.00pp



Eat, Drink & Be Pretty – April 10 – 7:00 pm –  Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts – Dress up to attend this event that features a fashion show & food and wine – $85.00pp


Best of the Fest – April 12 – Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort & Spa –  the Valley’s top chefs prepare a five course meal with wine pairings – $175.00pp


Prices vary for each event from $10/pp to $200.00pp!  All of the proceeds (after expenses) go to support local organizations such as Free Arts of Arizona and local culinary schools.  480-945-7193 or  www.scottsdalefest.org


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MariachiApril 8th through April 11th  – The 33rd Annual La Frontera International Mariachi Conference – Tucson – Casino del Sol Resort –  Tucson’s largest cultural event with educational workshops in mariachi & folklorico dancing, Participant Showcase, Espectacular Concert, and Garibaldi Fiesta, $, 520-838-3908 or www.tucsonmariachi.org



April 9th – 12th –  Country Thunder – 2015- Located in  Florence, AZ this very popular event consists of 4 days of great country music. The 2015 acts include Blake Shelton, Luke Bryan, Big & Rich, Brett Eldredge, Dustin Lynch and other national and local country acts, 866-802-6418 or www.countrythunder.com



April 9th through April 12th – 12th Annual Desert Ice Bonspiel – Tempe – Coyote’s Curling Club –  Cool off as you watch 24 curling teams from Canada and the U.S. participating in the tournament.  www.deserticebonspiel.com



April 10th – 11th – 5th Annual Tunes & Tacos Festival – Yuma – Desert Sun Stadium – This is Yuma’s largest event with more than 30,000 people attending.  This two day event kicks off with the People’s Choice Salsa Queen Competition and Kick-off Party from 6-9pm at the Yuma Civic Center.  Saturday the event moves to the Desert Sun Stadium/ Ray Kroc Baseball Complex for the Salsa Queen Competition with tastings and local chef’s competing for the title of Yuma’s Taco King.  There will also be live entertainment, eating contests, and a KidZone. Entrance to the Taco Festival is free but the concerts are ticketed events.  Enjoy all of the delicious food that the Taco Festival (one of Arizona Highways top 25 festivals) has to offer!  Saturday 11am – 11pm.  http://www.yuma100.com/music-fest.html



April 10th – April 12th – 2015 Rose Tree Festival -Tombstone – Come out to celebrate the 130th blooming of the world’s largest rose tree!  Enjoy the events including the Rose Tree Parade, the Rose Queen Coronation, pet parade, folklorico dancers and the Nogales Arizona Mariachi Apache Band and more – free,1 pm, 520-457-3326 or  http://www.tombstonechamber.com



CarefreeApril 10th – April 12th – 2nd Annual Carefree Days – Carefree – Sundial Circle – At this, event you can wander through the garden paths perusing the beautiful creations that are for sale and check out the food trucks and live entertainment.   10am – 5pm all days – Free!  http://bit.ly/1jtwixg




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April 11th11th Annual Global Village Festival – Gilbert – Gilbert Civic Center – This event brings the world into our backyard.  Learn about the rich and diverse arts and traditions of cultures throughout the world.  There will be an International Bazaar, an open marketplace with crafts, clothing and jewelry from a variety of countries.  Enjoy the live demonstrations and performances as well as hands on activities.  Celebrate the world at this wonderful family event.  Free entry    http://www.gilbertaz.gov/departments/parks-and-recreation/special-events/gilbert-global-village-festival


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April 11th33rd Annual Festival of the Sun, Solar Potluck and Exhibition – Catalina State Park – Started 33 years ago by “hippies” intrigued by the concept of solar cooking this is the world’s oldest continuously running solar event.  Throughout the day there will be exhibits of various solar appliances (ovens, coolers, lights, etc.) and demonstrations as well.  There will be speakers & musicians to entertain & inform.  People will be setting up and cooking on their own solar ovens  – including one that can cook ten pounds of chicken in one hour (better stay clear of that oneJ)  The potluck will begin at 5:00pm.  Everyone can join in the feast – if you didn’t cook you can bring a salad, watermelon, side dish, ice, etc. Enter the raffle and you could even win your own solar oven!  10am – Sunset – The event & potluck are free – $7.00/car for admission to the park.  http://www.solarguild.org/2015-solar-potluck.html



April 11th – April 12th – 6th Annual Copper City Classic Vintage Baseball Tournament – Bisbee – Warren Ball Park – Come out to Bisbee to enjoy some good “old fashioned” fun!  Watch baseball being played using the 1860 rules and wearing “old-style” uniforms.  During this two day event eight Arizona Territory Vintage Baseball League teams will play each other.  $10/one-day, $15/both days, under 12 free with adult, gate opens at 9:30am, 520-432-3813 or http://www.friendsofwarrenballpark.com



April 11th & 12th –  Great Arizona Picnic (part of the Scottsdale Culinary Festival)  is an  enormous outdoor event held at The Civic Center in Scottsdale.  There are food samples from 50+ of the finest restaurants in the Valley as well as continuous musical entertainment.   $8 -$10 entry, & $1 tasting coupons, Sat – Noon – 9 pm, Sun Noon – 6 pm, 480-945-7193 or www.scottsdaleculinaryfestival.org



April 16th – 18th - 14th Annual Phoenix Improv Festival  – Phoenix – Herberger Theater Center here is your chance to be entertained by comedy teams from around the country as well as local improvisational troupes.  $10-20pp. 602-252-8497 or 480-251-3697 or www.phoeniximprovfestival.com




April 17th – Downtown Chandler Art Walk – Historic Downtown Chandler –  5-9 pm http://www.ChandlerArtWalk.com




April 17th – April 19th – 29th Annual ASU Spring Competion Pow Wow – Tempe – ASU Band Practice Field  Dancing in 23 categories, Native American arts & crafts, Indian fry bread, intertribal dancing, $6-8, Fri 5:30 pm, Sat 11:30 am, Sun 11:30 am, 480-965-5224 or http://powwow.asu.edu



Beer FestivalApril 18th27th Annual Great Arizona Beer Festival – Mesa – Sloan Park (formerly Cubs Stadium).    Beer lovers from all over will be loving this event.  There will be 200 brews from over 50 breweries both local, national and international to sample.  There will be exhibitors and live music to enjoy as well.  21 years of age+ only – General admission 5pm – 9pm $45.00pp VIP admission 4pm – 9pm $85.00pp.  http://www.azbeer.com/





April 18th - Flagstaff Earth Day 2015- Flagstaff – City Hall South Lawn Live bands, local food, free bike valet, vendors and exhibitors, free, 11:30 am – 4 pm,  928-213-3612 or http://www.flagstaff.az.gov/index.aspx?nid=1439



April 18th – The Good Life Festival  – Queen Creek – Encanterra Trilogy Country Club – Throughout the day (starting at noon) there are vendors, shopping , wine tastings and a variety of activities as well as live music.  This year they will be featuring Foreigner! 480-677-8000 or http://www.thegoodlifefest.com



April 18th Planet Celebration:  Earth Day 2015 – Phoenix – Desert Botanical Gardens.  New this year – There will be behind the scenes tours, exhibits and hands-on activities.  Enjoy the live music and nature inspired performances.  Meet and talk with plant experts.  10am – 2pm.  Free with paid regular admission.  Admission to the Butterfly exhibit is an additional $3.50.  http://www.dbg.org/events-exhibitions/planet-celebration-earth-day-2015



April 18th  – April 19th12th Annual Polish Festival – Phoenix –  Our Lady of Czestochowa Parish – The wonderful Culture and traditions of Poland will be celebrated at this festival.  There will be plenty of Polish food including Polish Crepes, Pierogi, Polish Sausage. Stuffed Cabbage, Sernik (cheesecake) & more.  There will be a Folk Fashion Show of Polish Regional Costumes, Pierogi and Paczki Eating Challenges, a Can You Polka Dance Competition and a Kids Zone.  The highlight of this festival will be the live entertainment featuring traditional songs and dancing.  10am – 9pm Saturday, 10am – 6pm Sunday.  Free Admission & Parking!  http://www.polishfestivalaz.org/



April 18th – April 19thNational Parks – Fee Free Days   – April 18th – 26th is National Park Week and they are kicking off their celebration with a fee free weekend!  The National Parks in Arizona that are participating are:


Casa Grande Ruins National Monument
Glen Canyon National Recreation Area
Grand Canyon National Park
Lake Mead National Recreation Area
Montezuma Castle National Monument
Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument
Petrified Forest National Park
Pipe Spring National Monument
Saguaro National Park
Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument
Tonto National Monument
Tumacácori National Historical Park
Tuzigoot National Monument
Walnut Canyon National Monument
Wupatki National Monument


For more information – http://www.nps.gov/findapark/feefreeparksbystate.htm



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April 24th – April 26th – 12th Annual Sedona Open Studios –  This  weekend event is a self-guided tour allowing visitors the opportunity to meet and talk with artists in their private work spaces, working in a variety of mediums, styles and techniques, free, Sedona Visual Artists Coalition – 10 am – 5 pm, http://sedonaartistscoalition.org/





April 25th – 11th Annual Pat’s Run – Tempe – Sun Devil Stadium – 4.2 miles run, 4.2 miles walk, .42 free kids fun run/walk, all events finish on the 42 yard line of  the Sun Devil Stadium ( symbolic of the #42 jersey Pat Tillman wore while he was a Sun Devil)  Includes free entertainment, live local music, food, drinks and a carnival-like kid’s area, $50.00 registration to run, 7 am, 480-507-6754 or www.patsrun.com


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April 25th – April 26thExperience MIM - MIM’s 5th Anniversary Celebration – Scottsdale – The MIM.  Join the celebration at MIM, the 1st and largest Global Musical Instrument Museum, as they celebrate their 5th anniversary.  There will be special activities and performances throughout the weekend including hands-on activities, music and dance performances, a Speed “date” a curator session and more.  This special programming is included with the paid admission fee.  9am – 5pm.  http://mim.org/events/mims-5th-anniversary-celebration/



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