David Thomas, Realtor


Things to do in Arizona

March 2015

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Hi Friends,


I hope that this e-mail finds you well and that you have been able to enjoy some of the fun things that there are to do this wonderful time of year in Arizona.


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 and Rodeos!  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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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.

Renaissance festival

Weekends through March 29th –  (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 29th  – 25th 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 29th – 11th 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  – 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  – 32nd 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





Feb. 26th  – March 1st –  62nd Annual Parada Del Sol Rodeo – Scottsdale – WestWorld of Scottsdale.  Events for the weekend include rodeos, dances, concerts, live country western music and children’s activities.  $, Friday & Saturday 1 & 7 pm, Sunday 2 pm, 480-990-3179 or http://www.paradadelsol.org








Feb. 27th – March 1st –  20th Annual Carefree Fine Art & Wine Festival -  Downtown Carefree –  Peruse the wonderful juried art and indulge in fine wine tasting featuring first class wines from all over the world.  Throughout the weekend there will be  live musical entertainment.  Admission $3. 10 am – 5 pm, 480-837-5637 or www.thunderbirdartists.com




Alvarado Historic District

March 1st – 28th  Annual Carnival de Coronado –  Coronado Historic Neighborhood Home Tour & Spring Festival – Phoenix – Coronado Park.  This tour features restored historic homes, classic cars, gardens, arts, music, food trucks and cultural experiences, $15, 10 am – 4 pm, www.gcna.info




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March 6th – 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 6th – March 7th –  57th 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. $5 or $10/car, 8 am – 5 pm, 480-987-5516 or www.cactusflyin.org



Kite Festival

March 7th – 13th 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.  http://www.fh.az.gov/kite-festival-2015-03-07.aspx




March 7th  –  10th Annual Desert Sprints Regatta – Tempe Town Lake – the 8th Annual Desert Sprints Regatta is a lovely spectacle on the lake – Tempe Town Lake. www.tempe.gov/boating/



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March 6th – March 8th-  7th 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




Native American Art

March 7th – March 8th  –  Heard Museum Guild 57th 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 7th  & 8th – 17th 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 7th & 8th  – 21st 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




phoenix cooks

March 7th – March 8th –  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 40 participants.  Includes seminars, talks by national nutrition experts and eclectic music from jazz to opera, 866-977-6849 or http://www.devouredphoenix.com





March 7th – March 8th31st 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 13th – March 15th – 27th 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.



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March 13th – March 15th – 11th 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 13th – 15th – 27th  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




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March 13th – 15th –  45th 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, 480-994-2787 or www.scottsdaleartsfestival.org



St. Patrick's Day Man

March 14th –  32nd  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 14th & 15th – 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 15th2015 Fountain Hills St. Patrick’s Festival – Fountain Park, Fountain Hills.  Enjoy live entertainment, face painting, traditional Irish eats, beer, wine and kids play area.  Make sure that you arrive before 1:00pm to see the fountain turn green in a tradition that dates back to the 1980’s!  10am – 6pm  21 and older $5.00 – under 21 Free   www.fh.az.gov/special-events.aspx



March 20th – March 22nd14th Annual Sonoran Arts League Festival of Fine Arts – Carefree.  Enjoy 3 days of live music and delicious foods while viewing very high quality art works in a variety of mediums.  Free Admission.  10am – 5pm  www.carefree.org




March 21st – 6th Annual Carnaval do Brazil –  The Pressroom, 441 W. Madison Street, Phoenix – Brazil comes to Downtown Phoenix for this, Arizona’s most authentic “Carnaval” experience.  Come and enjoy the Brazilian dancers, perfomers, bands, musicians, food and drink!  Discount tickets online before the event or full price only on the day of the event.  Ages 21+ only.  8PM - www.carnavalevent.com




March 21st –  Annual Welcome Back Buzzards –  Superior – Boyce Thompson Arboretum – Welcome the local flock of Turkey Vultures back to their roosts in the Eucalyptus grove.  A bird watching tour follows buzzard viewing, $4.50-9.00, 7 am – 2 pm, 520-689-2811 or http://arboretum.ag.arizona.edu




Civil War Picacho Peak

March 21st & 22nd – 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 27th – March 29th – 38th 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




March 27th – March 29th – McDowell Mountain Music Festival – Hance Park in downtown Phoenix – This three day music festival features great musicians/bands with the lineup including Widespread Panic, Passion Pit, Thievery Corporation, Phantogram and more!!  The earlier you buy your tickets the better!  And all of the profits go to local non-profits  http://www.mmf.com




March 27th – March 29th – Fiesta Days Rodeo – Cave Creek – Cave Creek Memorial Arena – Over the three days there will be a golf tournament, pro rodeo, a Mutton Bustin competition, a parade and a Rodeo Dance.  http://cavecreekprorodeo.com/main/



Dragon Boats

March 28th  – March 29th – 12th 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, 9 am – 4 pm,  www.azdba.com




March 29th – Bug-O-Rama – Chandler – Wildhorse Pass Motorsports Park – Calling all Volkswagon 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






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