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Things to do in Arizona

Things To Do In Arizona – March 2017

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There are some really interesting things to do in March in Arizona – I think there is something for everyone – from arts and crafts fairs to Ostrich Festivals to amazing music and art exhibits!  I hope that you will find something that is perfect for you.  I love getting feedback, so please let me know if you enjoyed any of these activities or if there are others that you think I should include.  Have a great March!!


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I love getting feedback, so please let me know if you enjoyed any of these activities or if there are others that you think I should include.  Have a great April!!

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.


Weekends through April 2nd –  (every Saturday and Sunday)  The Arizona Renaissance Festival  – features jousting tournaments, ongoing entertainment on the 12 theater stages, rides, arts and crafts and plenty of food.  Located 7 miles east of Apache Junction on U.S. Highway 60. $  http://www.royalfaires.com/arizona/


Ongoing through March 26th  – 27th Annual Celebration of Fine Art  – Scottsdale – Located in the big white tents on Hayden Rd and Loop 101 Freeway, (exit 35) this 2 month long show is billed as one of the “premiere arts events of the west” !  You can watch over 100+ juried artists create & sell their original works.  Note: your Celebration of Fine Art ™ ticket is an all-event pass, good for all 10 weeks of the show and sale  $10 – $8, 10 am – 6 pm, 480-443-7695 or http://www.celebrateart.com/



Ongoing through March 26th – 13th Annual Arizona Fine Art Expo – Scottsdale – Southwest corner of Jomax & Scottsdale Rd  Visit over 100 nationally acclaimed fine artisans working in a studio environment as they give hands-on art demonstrations and workshops.  Weekends feature musical entertainment,  $10.00 or $8 (seniors)  – you may return as often as you like with your pass!  10 am – 6 pm, 480-837-7163 or http://www.ArizonaFineArtExpo.com



Mar 1st – Mar 31st  – 34th Annual Archaeology and Heritage Awareness Month  – Phoenix –  Special events are scheduled throughout the month in towns, state parks, museums, etc. all across Arizona.  The focus of these events is to look at current efforts to preserve our past by protecting our fragile and non-renewable cultural resources.  Events include hikes, site tours, lectures, demos and more. 602-542-4174 or http://www.azstateparks.com


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February 22nd –  April 1st – Cactus League Spring Training – The Phoenix area is the Cactus League’s Spring Training Home.  Visit 10 unique stadiums throughout the valley to see the 15 Cactus League baseball teams training games.  See the complete 2017 schedule here.


See our slide show about Spring Training here.



March 1st, 2nd and 4th – Field to Feast Agriculture Tours – Yuma – University of Arizona Research Farm – These half day tours led by local growers give you a hands-on agricultural experience.  You start your morning by learning the ropes of how to pick the produce and then you fill the chef’s “order”. You can pick some fresh Yuma produce to take home at the end of your day.  While you are touring the rest of the farm, culinary students from the Arizona Western College are turning the vegetables that you picked into a feast for you to enjoy!   Reservations are necessary $50.00pp– Plan ahead as these tours sell out quickly.  Closed toed shoes are required. 8am – 1pm –  800 293-0071 or http://www.visityuma.com/visit-yuma-tours.html



March 3rd – First Friday Art Walk – Flagstaff – Historic Downtown Flagstaff.  Enjoy live music and refreshments while you  meet local artists and shop for original artwork.  Free, 6-9 pm, 928-773-2300 or www.FlagstaffArtWalk.com



March 3rd – March 4th –  59th Annual Cactus Antique Airplane Fly-In –  Casa Grande – Casa Grande Airport –This event is hosted by the Arizona Antique Aircraft Association.  You will have a chance to see and learn about some great antique planes. $10pp or $20/car, 8 am – 5 pm, 480-987-5516 or www.cactusflyin.org



March 3rd – March 5th – 6th Annual Arizona Balloon Classic – Phoenix – Phoenix Events and Sports Complex – Arizona’s premier hot air balloon race and festival, morning liftoffs, evening glows, live entertainment onstage, fireworks (Saturday only), family fun area with kid’s activities, exhibits, sampling and other attractions, $15, http://www.abcfest.com/



March 3rd – March 5th-  9th Annual Bluegrass at the Beach – Lake Havasu City – Havasu State Park –  A dozen world class bluegrass bands from throughout the U.S come to perform American roots music.  There will be jamming both on and off the stage as well as arts & crafts, food, band workshops, and camping.  10am – Dusk daily.  209-785-4693 or www.golakehavasu.com



March 3rd – March 5th – McDowell Mountain Music Festival – Hance Park in downtown Phoenix – This three day music festival features great musicians/bands with the lineup including Flume, The Shins, Chromeo, Grouplove and more!!  The earlier you buy your tickets the better!  And all of the profits go to local non-profits!  http://mmmf.com/



March 4th – March 5th  –  Heard Museum Guild 59th Annual Indian Fair & Market – Phoenix – Features more than 600 of the nation’s top Native American artists.  Be awed by the lively music and dance performances and then treat yourself to a variety of Native foods including posole, Hopi piki bread and frybread.  $20.00, 9:30 am – 4:30 pm, 602-252-8840 or www.heard.org/fair



March 4th – March 5th – 53rd Annual Arizona Scottish Highland Games – Phoenix – Steele Indian School Park, competition, demonstrations, Highland dancers, ancient athletic events, children’s games, clan booths, food, artifact & clothing vendors & reenactment groups, massed pipes & drums, $5-15, 7:30 am – 5 pm, 602-431-0095 or http://www.arizonascots.com  



March 4th  & 5th – 19th Annual Spring Art & Culinary Festival –  Litchfield Park – Featuring original works of art by over 200 artists,  musical performances,  first class wine tastings and culinary demonstrations by top Valley chefs.  Free, 10 am – 5 pm, 602-316-4491 or 623-935-9040 or http://www.litchfield-park.org/



March 4th – March 5th –  Devoured Culinary Classic –  Phoenix Art Museum –  Seeking to promote Phoenix as an international dining  destination this 2 day event showcases Arizona producers and purveyors of fine food and drink,  local artisans, farms, restaurateurs, food producers and vintners from more than 100 participants.  Includes seminars, talks by national nutrition experts and eclectic music from jazz to opera, $$ 866-977-6849 or http://www.devouredphoenix.com


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March 9th – 6th Annual Burger Battle – Scottsdale Waterfront at Southbridge –  12+ of the best chefs and restaurants will compete for the coveted title of Best Burger in the Valley, taste and vote for the burger with the best bite, a panel of chefs and culinary experts will select the Judge’s Choice Award, ages 21+, $65-85, 6:30 pm, 480-945-7193 or http://www.scottsdalefest.org/



March 9th – March 12th – 5th Annual Sedona Yoga Festival – Sedona – Choose from more than 50 yoga classes, healing arts workshops and master panel talks, featuring venues and activities all over town.  The Sedona Yoga Festival is inspired by Light, Love and Community and offers a venue for sharing the gifts of local and regional yoga instructors, practitioners, artists and creators, all dedicated to bringing consciousness and expansion to humanity through yoga, meditation and other healing arts,  http://SedonaYogaFestival.com



March 10th – March 12th – 29th Annual Ostrich Festival  – Chandler – Tumbleweed Regional Park – Includes Ostrich races, Rhinestone Roper Show, Reptile Adventures Show, an Exotic Petting Zoo, Water Balls, a live stingray exhibit and multiple stages of live entertainment as well as carnival rides.   Fri. 2pm – midnight, Sat 10 am – midnight, Sun 10am – 11 pm 866-99-FAIRS  or http://www.ostrichfestival.com   Discounted tickets are available at Fry’s Supermarkets.



March 10th – 12th –  47th Annual Scottsdale Arts Festival  – Scottsdale – Civic Center Mall – Scottsdale is known for its arts as well as its fairs and this festival is rated among the top in the country!  With more than 175 juried artists, 22 bands and entertainers and 12 gourmet food trucks the Civic Center is going to be hopping! Tickets  $10, under 12 free, Fri-Sat 10 am – 6 pm,  Sun 10 am – 5 pm.  No pets allowed!!   480-994-2787 or www.scottsdaleartsfestival.org



March 11th –  34th  Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade & Irish Family Faire –  Phoenix  – Parade at 10 am  –  3rd St. South from Sheridan to Moreland with pipe bands, marching bands, floats, Irish step dancers.  The Faire follows immediately after the parade at Margaret T. Hance Park. N. Central Ave and W. Culver St., next to the Irish Cultural Center until 6 pm, $10 with 2 stages of Irish music and dancers, crafts, genealogy, Irish clubs and a kids area, 602-280-9221 or www.stpatricksdayphoenix.org



March 11th – 15th Annual Kite Flying Festival (‘Basant Mela’) – Fountain Hills Lake – Presented by the Pakistani Information and Cultural Organization, this seasonal celebration of the end of winter and the welcoming of spring features kite flying, traditional Pakistani food, music and activities.  https://www.facebook.com/events/267395293676404/



March 11th & 12th – Tucson Festival of Books – Tucson – UofA campus –  A celebration of reading and literacy this festival brings together authors, publishers and readers.  There are 15 stage areas and visits by an estimated 350 authors and 200 exhibitors, 520-621-2426 or www.tucsonfestivalofbooks.org



March 11th & 12th  – 23rd Annual Aloha Festival – Tempe Town Lake –  This free family event is a celebration of Hawaiian culture featuring music, entertainment, island crafts and games for the entire family.  Hawaiian food will be available.  10 am – 5 pm, 602-697-1824  or www.azalohafest.org


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March 11th – March 12th – Arizona Wild West Festival – Cave Creek – Western/music festival, family-friendly including activities such as western, country western and southern rock bands battle, top gunfighter performers from around the U.S., a western play zone for young and teen children, a western motorcycle contest, a western/Indian art show, showcase of period correct wardrobe, single action shooters, period vendors and other western entertainment, http://cavecreeklive.com



March 17th – Shamrock Fest – Downtown Chandler – Dr. AJ Chandler Park – This St. Patrick’s Day Celebration will include live entertainment, Irish Dancers, bagpipe players festive games including jumbo lawn games, cabbage bowling and stein holding contests, the Four Leaf Clover Food Court and the Bagpipes and Brews craft beer lounge.  This is a 21+ only event.  4-midnight.  Tickets are $8.00 online or $10.00 at the door.  http://holyshamrocks.com/



March 17th – 19th – 29th  Annual Apache Leap Mining Festival – “Celebrating Mining in the Copper Communities” – Learn about the history of mining and enjoy the local entertainment, mining competition, salsa contest, horseshoe tournament, Chihuahua dog races, demonstrations, carnival and food.  There is a parade on Sat. at 10 am,  520-689-0200 or www.superiorarizonachamber.org



March 17th – March 19th – 22nd Annual Carefree Fine Art and Wine Festival – Downtown Carefree  Over 165 acclaimed juried artists present their remarkable works at this event.  This is also Arizona’s largest wine tasting event featuring fine wines from all over the world.  $3.00pp entry  10am – 5pm  480 837-5637



March 18th & 19th – Civil War in the Southwest – Picacho Peak – Picacho Peak State Park  – During this, the 153rd Anniversary  of the battles, there will be  Civil War re-enactments of  3 different battles, artillery demonstrations, encampments & civilian demonstration.  520-466-3183 or http://www.azstateparks.com



March 19th – Bug-O-Rama – Chandler – Wildhorse Pass Motorsports Park – Calling all Volkswagen lovers!  Open to all Volkswagens there will be drag racing, show & shine, car show, vendor row, swap meet, 800-929-0077 or 602-268-0200 or www.bugorama.com



March 24th – March 26th – 13th Annual Fountain Hills Fine Art & Wine Affaire – Fountain Hills – Avenue of the Fountains.  Features more than 125 artists displaying  paintings, bronzes, stone, clay, copper, wood and mixed media sculptures, pottery, photography, jewelry and more.  Live musical entertainment, wine tastings, gourmet food and chocolates, $3 admission, $10 for 6 wine sampling tickets, 10 am – 5 pm, www.thunderbirdartists.com



March 25th – March 26th33rd Annual My Nana’s Best Tasting Salsa Challenge – Steele Indian School Park, Phoenix.  This 2 day event features over one hundred fresh, delicious salsas!  While the “chefs” compete for the judges’ votes, the attendees get to chow down on all of the chips and salsas that they can eat!  There will be plenty of live music, margaritas and beer as well.  $  www.salsachallenge.com



March 25th  – March 26th – 14th Annual Arizona Dragon Boat Festival –  Tempe – Tempe Town Lake  – 50 dragon boat racing teams from all over the world are expected to participate in racing these 40-foot-long rowing canoes with 20 paddlers, one steersperson & a drummer in a 500-meter race.  The festival also features music, food, vendors and performances by martial arts and dance groups.  Free, 8 am – 4 pm, www.azdba.com




March 25th – 8th Annual Great American BBQ & Beer Festival –Downtown Chandler, one of Arizona’s largest BBQs featuring more than 20,000 lbs of finger licking BBQ from nearly 50 BBQ vendors, with 200 kegs of ice cold craft beer, more than a dozen bands including national acts and family friendly entertainment on two stages, kids zone, eating competitions, a farmer’s market, a March Madness lounge and more, $20, noon-8 pm, http://www.chandlerbbq.com



March 31st – April 2nd  – 40th Annual Tempe Spring Festival of the Arts  – Tempe – Mill Avenue – This is ranked as one of the top 20 art festivals in the nation and with over 400 artists and craftspeople, all kinds of foods and continuous entertainment it is easy to see why!  Free, 10am – 6pm, 480-921-2300 or http://www.tempefestivalofthearts.com


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