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14 Things You Must Do in Phoenix This Spring

Published On 04/06/2015 Published On 04/06/2015
Dan Gentile/Thrillist

Unlike the rest of the country, Phoenix doesn't have to worry about April showers, May flowers or, like, anything resembling normal spring weather, so thankfully there's no lack of fantastic festivals & events taking place over the coming season. Here are the ones you shouldn't miss...

Scottsdale Culinary Festival

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Apr 7-12

Scottsdale Culinary Festival Dubbed “Arizona’s Tastiest Fundraiser,” the SCF is a great opportunity to eat the best food The Valley has to offer  from over 100 local restos) while supporting the Scottsdale League for the Arts. 

Various locations

Scottsdale Culinary Festival Various locations Dubbed “Arizona’s Tastiest Fundraiser,” the SCF is a great opportunity to eat the best food The Valley has to offer  from over 100 local restos) while supporting the Scottsdale League for the Arts. 

Flickr/Kevin Dooley

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Apr 8 Wed

Maricopa County Fair If you like fried food, live music, fried food, carnival rides, petting zoos, and other fantastic carnival activities, the Maricopa County Fair is for you. It’s back for its 40th year, and it still has deep-fried Twinkies.

Maricopa County Fair Grounds

Maricopa County Fair Maricopa County Fair Grounds If you like fried food, live music, fried food, carnival rides, petting zoos, and other fantastic carnival activities, the Maricopa County Fair is for you. It’s back for its 40th year, and it still has deep-fried Twinkies.

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Apr 9 Thu

Country Thunder Put on your cowboy boots because you’re not a true country music-loving Arizonan until you experience the three-day beer-drinking marathon known as Country Thunder. Wild campground parties and the biggest names in country music make this an unforgettable event, even for those who don’t love country.

Florence, AZ

Country Thunder Florence, AZ Put on your cowboy boots because you’re not a true country music-loving Arizonan until you experience the three-day beer-drinking marathon known as Country Thunder. Wild campground parties and the biggest names in country music make this an unforgettable event, even for those who don’t love country.

Flickr/Devon Christopher Adams

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Apr 11 Sat

Phoenix Pride Festival The 35th Annual Phoenix Pride Festival most importantly raises funds for Phoenix Pride Community Programs and brings attention to civil rights issues facing the LGBTQ community. It’s also a killer party with live music acts (like Betty Who), food stalls, and pop-up shops.

Steele Indian School Park

Phoenix Pride Festival Steele Indian School Park The 35th Annual Phoenix Pride Festival most importantly raises funds for Phoenix Pride Community Programs and brings attention to civil rights issues facing the LGBTQ community. It’s also a killer party with live music acts (like Betty Who), food stalls, and pop-up shops.

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Apr 18 Sat

The Great Arizona Beer Festival Beer lovers rejoice. This festival offers 200 (!) different craft brews to try from 60 different Arizona breweries. The best part is all proceeds benefit Sun Sounds of Arizona, a local service for the blind and print disabled.

Sloan Park

The Great Arizona Beer Festival Sloan Park Beer lovers rejoice. This festival offers 200 (!) different craft brews to try from 60 different Arizona breweries. The best part is all proceeds benefit Sun Sounds of Arizona, a local service for the blind and print disabled.

Flickr/Phil Darnell

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Apr 18 Sat

Great Southwest Cajun Fest This fest brings some New Orleans craziness to Phoenix with tons of Cajun food, craft beer, crawfish-eating competitions, and even a pup parade for all the dogs decked out in New Orleans-style outfits.

Margaret T. Hance Park

Great Southwest Cajun Fest Margaret T. Hance Park This fest brings some New Orleans craziness to Phoenix with tons of Cajun food, craft beer, crawfish-eating competitions, and even a pup parade for all the dogs decked out in New Orleans-style outfits.

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Apr 18 Sat

12th Annual Polish Festival Get back to your Polish roots (or whatever, just enjoy the food) at the 12th Annual Polish Festival! This is as traditional as it gets with imported Polish beer, folk dancing, music, traditional costumes and cuisine.

Our Lady of CzÄ™stochowa Parish

12th Annual Polish Festival Our Lady of CzÄ™stochowa Parish Get back to your Polish roots (or whatever, just enjoy the food) at the 12th Annual Polish Festival! This is as traditional as it gets with imported Polish beer, folk dancing, music, traditional costumes and cuisine.

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Apr 25 Sat

Bite of Arizona Score great food from local vendors & food trucks, sample a variety of beers and wines, listen to live music, and enjoy a street fair and farmers market at Bite of Arizona, the festival that truly has it all. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Every Kid Counts, a nonprofit organization that allows kids to participate in education, athletics, and philanthropic programs, too.

Rawhide Western Town and Steakhouse

Bite of Arizona Rawhide Western Town and Steakhouse Score great food from local vendors & food trucks, sample a variety of beers and wines, listen to live music, and enjoy a street fair and farmers market at Bite of Arizona, the festival that truly has it all. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Every Kid Counts, a nonprofit organization that allows kids to participate in education, athletics, and philanthropic programs, too.

Flickr/raelb

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May 2 Sat

Arizona BBQ Festival This is a festival for all the rednecks out there, and you can expect “redneck games,” a Daisy Duke beauty pageant, live country music, a gourmet road kill cooking class, and lots and lots of barbecue. Before you go, make sure to enter the redneck selfie contest for a chance to win VIP tickets and prepare your best redneck attire for the occasion (overalls, camo, and mullets all encouraged)!

Salt River Fields

Arizona BBQ Festival Salt River Fields This is a festival for all the rednecks out there, and you can expect “redneck games,” a Daisy Duke beauty pageant, live country music, a gourmet road kill cooking class, and lots and lots of barbecue. Before you go, make sure to enter the redneck selfie contest for a chance to win VIP tickets and prepare your best redneck attire for the occasion (overalls, camo, and mullets all encouraged)!

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May 2 Sat

Cinco de Mayo Phoenix Festival Celebrate Cinco at one of the largest celebrations in the Southwest. Sir Mix-A-Lot himself will even be there to get the party started in the heart of Downtown Phoenix. The festival, which has raised over $500k for scholarships, will also have traditional food, rides, and games.

Downtown Phoenix

Cinco de Mayo Phoenix Festival Downtown Phoenix Celebrate Cinco at one of the largest celebrations in the Southwest. Sir Mix-A-Lot himself will even be there to get the party started in the heart of Downtown Phoenix. The festival, which has raised over $500k for scholarships, will also have traditional food, rides, and games.

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May 9 Sat

Peach Festival…Paint the Town Peach The largest peach grower in the state, Schnepf Farms, is holding its 20th annual peach festival to celebrate the delicious fruit we all know and love. At the event you can enjoy hayrides, live music, train rides, and of course lots of peach-laden foods, from peach pancakes to peach cinnamon rolls.

Schnepf Farms

Peach Festival…Paint the Town Peach Schnepf Farms The largest peach grower in the state, Schnepf Farms, is holding its 20th annual peach festival to celebrate the delicious fruit we all know and love. At the event you can enjoy hayrides, live music, train rides, and of course lots of peach-laden foods, from peach pancakes to peach cinnamon rolls.

Flickr/Ian Westcott (edited)

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May 16 Sat

AmeriCAN Canned Craft Beer Festival The 5th Annual AmeriCAN Canned Craft Beer Festival is appropriately taking place during American Craft Beer Week, and bringing event goers over 250 different beers from 80 breweries across 40 states. Admission includes a whopping 20 different beer samples and a collectible can to ensure you have some memory of the occasion. You can also look forward to live music, food trucks, and a beer garden.

Scottsdale Civic Center Mall

AmeriCAN Canned Craft Beer Festival Scottsdale Civic Center Mall The 5th Annual AmeriCAN Canned Craft Beer Festival is appropriately taking place during American Craft Beer Week, and bringing event goers over 250 different beers from 80 breweries across 40 states. Admission includes a whopping 20 different beer samples and a collectible can to ensure you have some memory of the occasion. You can also look forward to live music, food trucks, and a beer garden.

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May 30 Sat

AJ’s Summer Wine Spectacular Tasting Event It’s wino heaven at this tasting event, which offers tastings of over 40 different kinds of wines along with breads cheeses, sweets, and sushi. The event also offers live music and a silent auction, all of which benefit the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art (SMoCA).

Dayton Fowler Grafman Atrium

AJ’s Summer Wine Spectacular Tasting Event Dayton Fowler Grafman Atrium It’s wino heaven at this tasting event, which offers tastings of over 40 different kinds of wines along with breads cheeses, sweets, and sushi. The event also offers live music and a silent auction, all of which benefit the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art (SMoCA).

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Jun 14 Sun

West Valley Island Cultural Festival Celebrate island music and dance while enjoying great local food at the West Valley Island Cultural Festival. There will be island dances from all over the world and attendees will even have the opportunity to attend educational workshops from some of the state’s best instructors.

Windmill Suites Hotel

West Valley Island Cultural Festival Windmill Suites Hotel Celebrate island music and dance while enjoying great local food at the West Valley Island Cultural Festival. There will be island dances from all over the world and attendees will even have the opportunity to attend educational workshops from some of the state’s best instructors.

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