Everything You Must Do in Phoenix This Spring

Updated On 03/06/2017 at 01:52PM EST Updated On 03/06/2017 at 01:52PM EST
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The Great American BBQ & Beer Festival
The Great American BBQ & Beer Festival | HDE Agency
Tuesday - Friday
Mar 7-31
Sloan Park, Mesa
Hot off their World Series win, the Cubs are back in Mesa for Cactus League spring training, now through March 31. Roll out your blanket on the lawn, lather yourself in sunscreen, and cheer on the Cubbies, beer in hand. The team takes the field at Sloan Park, a ballpark that's appropriately called the Wrigleyville of the West. Tickets to all spring training games across The Valley can be purchased online.
Mar 23
Westin Kierland, Scottsdale
Join James Beard Award-winning chefs from across the nation at Scottsdale's Westin Kierland for an unforgettable night of food. The eight-course meal will be accompanied by a wine pairing from Chateau Ste. Michelle. Top Chef contestant John Tesar of Knife, Los Angeles' Nancy Silverton, and Ming Tsai of Blue Dragon will all be in attendance. All proceeds benefit local arts and education programs.
Mar 25
Downtown Chandler
One word: barbecue. We're talking 20,000lb of it. Pork ribs, pulled pork, chicken, brisket -- you name it. Let everyone know that you're canceling all of your plans this Saturday because you'll be busy stuffing your face at Chandler's Great American Barbeque & Beer Festival. This year there will be 60 pitmasters from across the nation slinging the good stuff.
Scottsdale Culinary Festival
Scottsdale Culinary Festival
Saturday - Monday
Apr 1-3
University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale
Get your brackets ready for March Madness because Phoenix is hosting the 2017 NCAA Final Four. If you're headed out to Glendale for the games be sure to check out the Tip-Off Tailgate with your game-day ticket at the University of Phoenix Stadium Great Lawn for pre-game festivities. Yay, sports!
Saturday - Sunday
Apr 1-2
Steele Indian School Park, Phoenix
Held at Steele Indian School Park, the Phoenix Pride Festival is The Valley’s largest celebration of the LGBTQ community. The two-day celebration will bring the diverse LGBTQ and allied communities together for a weekend of camaraderie. There will be 150 performances across five stages and over 300 exhibitors at the festival.
Apr 2
Chase Field, Downtown Phoenix
Didn't get enough baseball during spring training? Catch the Diamondbacks' home opener at Chase Field on April 2 when they take the field against the San Francisco Giants. The ballpark is the only place in The Valley where you can order a "churro dog," an infamous creation featuring a cinnamon churro inside a Long John chocolate-drizzled donut. It's topped with frozen yogurt, because ice cream would be unhealthy. Come for the game, stay for the food.
Thursday - Sunday
Apr 6-9
Sing your heart out to your favorite country tunes and raise your red cups at Country Thunder. The festival will feature headliners including Arizona's own Dierks Bentley, Nashville recording artist Chris Young, Blake Shelton, and Platinum-selling singer/songwriter Thomas Rhett. Are you ready for some boot-scootin' boogie?
Saturday - Sunday
Apr 8-9
Scottsdale Civic Center Mall
Presented by the Scottsdale League for the Arts, the Scottsdale Culinary Festival is celebrating its 39th year with food from Shake Shack, Aioli Gourmet Burgers, Roka Akor, and North Italia. Tito's will also have its own two-story vodka deck. And in case you feel guilty about indulging in all those mini-sliders -- your $12 GA ticket supports the Arizona arts and culinary scene.
Thursday - Sunday
Apr 27-30
Sanctuary Camelback Mountain Resort, Scottsdale
Join celebrity chefs Robert Irvine, Todd English, Scott Conant, winemaker Chuck Wagner, and more at the inaugural Nirvana Food & Wine culinary festival. The four-day festival will feature six separate events including a poolside mixology competition and a New Orleans-style jazz brunch with plenty of bourbon.
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May 6
Pull out your seersucker and pastel slacks from the back of your closet and party Derby-style at Southern Rail. The Kentucky Derby is happening May 6, but you don't have to fly out to the Bluegrass State to take part in the merriment. Chef Justin Beckett's Southern Rail is your No. 1 spot to eat and drink like a Southerner.
May 7
Downtown Phoenix
Two words: unlimited tacos. The Downtown Phoenix event will showcase tacos, lucha libre, live music, traditional ballet folklorico, and more. Be advised: Too much tequila and too many tacos may lead to some seriously questionable decisions.
Saturday - Sunday
May 13-14
Queen Creek
Spend a day at Queen Creek's Schnepf Farms where you can pick peaches, ride a beach cruiser, and devour a peach cinnamon roll or a bowl of peach salsa. This year's weekend peach festival will be celebrating 50 years of growing the fruit in Arizona. The organic and pesticide-free peaches are said to be some of the best in the country.
Friday - Sunday
May 19-28
Arizona Restaurant Week lets foodies eat their way through prix fixe menus at an easy-to-digest price ($33 or $44, specifically). There are dozens of restaurants taking part in the week-long affair, including Tempe's House of Tricks, Sam Fox's Little Cleo's Seafood Legend, Durant's, Joshua Hebert's Posh Restaurant, and Barrio Urbano.
first friday phoenix
First Friday | Flickr/Devon Christopher Adams
Jun 2
Downtown Phoenix
Presented by Artlink Phoenix, First Friday is a monthly event that draws in thousands of visitors and residents for its gallery tours, live music, art walks, and local exhibitors. Check the map to see all participating locations and happenings.
Jun 5
Scottsdale, Phoenix
Beer flights and whiskey flights? Nah -- let's talk about moonshine flights. June 5 is National Moonshine Day and we can't possibly imagine a better way to celebrate than with some flights at Bootleggers. The smokehouse offers a selection of house 'shines, with flavors including apple pie, and, for the serious moonshiner, white lightning. If you're not into guzzling rubbing alcohol, er, 'shine, order yourself a moonshine Old Fashioned -- smooth.