Street Food Saturdays & Caravan Café
Enjoy up to 15 of the Valley's top gourmet food trucks in one location. Picnic seating available or lounge in our comfy Caravan Tent. Guaranteed private tables are available for rental (seat 6 for just $20 a night). Cool misters in the summer, heated in the winter. After dinner, join us for dessert at the NEW Caravan Cafe. Sweet after dinner treats and NEW "action" food stations. Healthcentric options available every Saturday night. Please check in with concierge.
When: Every Saturday night
Where: 5th Ave. and Goldwater, Scottsdale
Hours: 6:30pm - 10:30pm for Street Food, 7:30pm - 10:30pm for Caravan Café
Cost: FREE
More Info:
FoodTruckCaravan.com

Meet Me Downtown Phoenix Social Walk/Run

Meet Me Downtown Phoenix is a weekly evening get-together designed to build healthy bodies, healthy businesses and a healthy Downtown. Every Monday join the community for a social walk/run through the heart of our city and, in the process, get fit, win prizes, shop local and make friends. Check in at Copper Blues from 5:15 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., then run/walk 3-5 miles or as far as you'd like. A route guide will be provided. After the walk/run, join them for closing ceremonies, incentive awards and prizes. Participants will get a stamp to receive discounts that night at select local restaurants.
When: Recurring weekly on Monday
Where: The Park Street Food Bar, 3 S 2nd St., Phoenix
Hours: 5:15pm
More Info: 
MeetMeDowntownPhx.com

First Friday at DeSoto Central Market

Come celebrate Roosevelt Row's monthly Art Walk on First Fridays at DeSoto Central Market with tons of delicious food options, great drinks, a pop-up market, DJ tunes and local artwork! 
When: Recurring monthly on the 1st Friday
Where: Desoto Central Market, 915 N. Central Ave., Phoenix
Hours: 5pm - 9:30pm
Cost: FREE
More Info: (602) 680-7747 or 
DesotoCentralMarket.com

Melrose Third Thursday

Merchants along 7th Avenue in uptown Phoenix, between Camelback and Indian School Rd, invite patrons the 3rd Thursday of every month to a celebration running during the day and into the evening hours. Featured attractions are food trucks posted along 7th Ave, local businesses with extended operating hours, music, vendors, crafts, and family-friendly fun.
Specific businesses open only on the third Thursday of the month sell inventory at deep discounts, and other businesses feature sales and specials dedicated to the day. Find a map and more information on the website.

When: Recurring monthly on the 3rd Thursday

Where: Merchants in the Melrose area between Camelback and Indian School Rd along 7th Ave., Phoenix
Hours: 12pm - 8pm

Cost: FREE
More Info:
Melrose3rdThursday.com

fun events around the valley

AMERICAN GIRL LIVE
Experience American Girl in an all-new musical, coming to a city near you!  Inspired by American Girl’s most iconic characters and their stories, American Girl Live is a premiere stage production, featuring all-original songs and unforgettable experiences. Come along for a fun-filled adventure, where exciting tales of bravery and friendship come to life, LIVE and in-person!  Join your favorite American Girl characters, and some brand-new friends, as they follow their hearts and share their dreams, in a journey across time.

When: thru April 20th; recurring daily

Where: Mesa Arts Center; 1 E. Main St. ,Mesa
Hours: Show times vary, see website for details.
Cost: $35-$55
More Info: 
MesaArtsCenter.com

First Fridays
Enjoy the spirit and culture of Greater Downtown Phoenix as you mingle with thousands of other residents and visitors. Tour more than 70 art galleries, venues, and related spaces. Get from place-to-place on a free shuttle, starting at the Phoenix Art Museum, or at major stops on each route. Print a map online and guide yourself or maps are also available at the Phoenix Art Museum.
When: Every first Friday of the month
Where: Downtown Phoenix
Hours: 6pm - 10pm
Cost: FREE
More Info:
ArtLinkPhoenix.com

Creature Feature And Wonders Of Wildlife Show At Out Of Africa Wildlife Park
Experience an interactive animal encounter, learn fun facts and about animal behavior in our ‘Creature Feature’ show. See a variety of unique and exotic animals playing and just being themselves in our ‘Wonders of Wildlife’ show.
When: Ongoing
Where: Out of Africa Wildlife Park, 3505 W. State Route 260, Camp Verde
Hours: See website for various dates and times
Cost: Included in admission
More Info:
OutOfAfricaPark.com

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monthly events

TUCK EVERLASTING, THE MUSICAL
What would you do if you had all eternity? Eleven-year-old Winnie Foster yearns for a life of adventure beyond her white picket fence, but not until she becomes unexpectedly entwined with the Tuck Family does she get more than she could have imagined. When Winnie learns of the magic behind the Tuck’s unending youth, she must fight to protect their secret from those who would do anything for a chance at eternal life. As her adventure unfolds, Winnie faces an extraordinary choice: return to her life or continue with the Tucks on their infinite journey.
Based on best-selling children’s classic by Natalie Babbitt and adapted for the stage by Claudia Shear and Tim Federle, Tuck Everlasting features a soaring score from Chris Miller and Nathan Tysen.
When: April 20th - 21st
Where: Valley Youth Theatre; 525 N First St., Phoenix
Hours: Times vary by day
Cost: $20
More Info: (602) 253-8188 or 
VYT.com

Live Entertainment at Desert Ridge
A different set of performers entertains every week at the District Stage and the AMC Fountain Stage! There is seating, but you may bring your own chairs. There are plenty of both sit-down and fast food restaurants where you can get all kinds of good eats while you listen to the music.
When: Every Friday and Saturday, year-round
Where: Desert Ridge Marketplace, Loop 101 and Tatum Blvd.
Hours: 7pm, see website for weekly performers
Cost: FREE
More Info:
ShopDesertRidge.com

WICKED
Wicked, the Broadway sensation, looks at what happened in the Land of Oz…but from a different angle.  Long before Dorothy arrives, there is another young woman, born with emerald-green skin-smart, fiery, misunderstood, and possessing an extraordinary talent. When she meets a bubbly blonde who is exceptionally popular, their initial rivalry turns into the unlikeliest of friendships…until the world decides to call one "good," and the other one "wicked." 
When: thru May 5th; recurring weekly Tuesday thru Sunday
Where: ASU Gammage; 1200 S. Forest Ave. Arizona State University Tempe
More Info: 
ASUGammage.com

Year-round events

Scottsdale ArtWalk

Scottsdale ArtWalk is much like a large, easy-going open house for the Scottsdale Arts District located primarily along Main Street and Marshall Way in Scottsdale Downtown. "America’s Original ArtWalk", this weekly gathering takes place every Thursday evening (year-round, except Thanksgiving) when all member galleries belonging to the Scottsdale Gallery Association (SGA) open their doors to the public and show off the work of the Southwest’s outstanding artists. A 30-year tradition, the ArtWalk process is simple; proceed at your own pace, wander into galleries that capture your fancy, stroll around a delightful area punctuated by dramatic statues, bubbling fountains, tree-covered courtyards, famed restaurants and more. Horse-drawn carriage rides and trolley rides are often available from plentiful free parking areas nearby.
When: Recurring weekly on Thursday
Where: Various Galleries, 7100 East Main St., Scottsdale
Hours: 7pm - 9pm

Cost: FREE
More Info: 
ScottsdaleGalleries.com

HARRY POTTER AND THE GOBLET OF FIRE IN CONCERT
Get ready to fight a dragon, swim with merpeople, and find out just who put Harry’s name in the Goblet of Fire™! For the first time ever, audiences can rediscover the magic of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire while your Phoenix Symphony performs Patrick Doyle’s unforgettable score.

When: April 26th - 28th; recurring daily
Where: Phoenix Symphony Hall; 1 N. 1st St Suite 200 Phoenix
Hours: Show times vary, see website for details.
Cost: Ticket prices vary, check website for details
More Info: (602) 495-1999 or 
Tickets.PhoenixSymphony.org

City Lights Movie Nights at CityScape Phoenix

On the second Friday of every month, guests are encouraged to bring their blankets and chairs to watch a feature film on the big screen at the outdoor movie theater in Patriots Park. More than 1,200 guests attend each of these free, family friendly events that include giveaways, special-themed contests and prizes.

When: Recurring monthly on the 2nd Friday

Where: CityScape Phoenix, One East Washington St., Phoenix
Hours: 6:30pm - 9pm

Cost: FREE
More Info: Check their
Facebook for upcoming movies.

CARRIE UNDERWOOD
Carrie Underwood performs at Talking Stick Resort Arena with special guests Maddie and Tae.
When: May 9th
Where: Talking Stick Resort Arena; 201 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix
Hours: 7pm
Cost: Ticket prices vary, check website for details
More Info: (602) 379-2000 or 
TalkingStickResortArena.com

Gilbert Farmers Market
Located in the Heritage District of Downtown Gilbert, next to the historic water tower, this Farmers Market is full of local, one-of-a-kind growers, farmers and artisans. Pets are welcome and plenty of shade is available. Their multitude of vendors can be found on their website listed below.
When: Every Saturday morning
Where: 222 N. Ash St., Gilbert
Summer Hours: 8am - 12pm
Cost: FREE
More Info:
GilbertFarmersMarket.com

2nd Friday Night Out in Mesa
Bring the family to downtown Mesa for 2nd Friday Night Out featuring 60 or more artists showcasing original artwork, food vendors, and downtown Mesa shops that stay open late. You can also expect to hear live music and find activities geared towards the kids. It's a monthly block party with a different theme each month.
When: Second Friday of every month
Where: Along Main Street, between Center and Country Club in downtown Mesa. The information booth is located on Main and MacDonald.
Hours: 6pm - 10pm
Cost: FREE
More Info: See
2ndFridayNightOut.com for monthly theme.

Movies at the Museum
Independent and classic cinema and documentaries relating to art, artists, and works on view in the Museum, typically followed by a discussion. First come, first seated.
When: Various dates, see website for more details.
Where: Phoenix Art Museum, 1625 N. Central Ave., Phoenix
Hours: Vary, see website for more details.
Cost: FREE with museum admission
More Info:
PhxArt.org

WATER LANTERN FESTIVAL
Water Lantern Festival is an incredible experience. As the sun begins to set on the evening sky, the Water Lantern Festival begins to shine as the lanterns are launched and we light the water together. Watch your unique lantern drift out into the water as it joins other lanterns carrying hope, love, happiness, healing, peace, and connection.

When: April 27th - 28th; recurring daily
Where: Kiwanis Park; 5500 S Mill Ave., Tempe
Hours: 4pm - 9pm
Cost: $25 for adults / Kids are free
More Info: (435) 554-0134 or 
WaterLanternFestival.com

MUMMIES OF THE WORLD: THE EXHIBITION
Mummies of the World: The Exhibition features 40 real human and animal mummies and 85 rare artifacts from across the globe. This blockbuster exhibition, arriving in Phoenix straight from Budapest, Hungary, provides a window into the lives of ancient people from every region of the world including Europe, South America and Ancient Egypt, offering unprecedented insights into past cultures and civilizations.
The exhibition will enthrall guests with dramatic displays of the mummies and their personal stories, as well as state-of-the-art multimedia stations that will take guests on a 4,500-year journey to explore the mummies’ history and origins as well as how they were created.
When: thru September 2nd; recurring daily
Where: Arizona Science Center; 600 E. Washington St., Phoenix
Hours: 10am - 5pm
Cost: See website for details
More Info: 
AZScience.org

CHILDSPLAY PRESENTS: THE VERY HUNGRY CATERPILLAR SHOW
Eric Carle’s iconic stories and illustrations come to life on stage! From A Very Hungry Caterpillar who undergoes a magical transformation to The Very Lonely Firefly who learns to shine his light by finding friends, you won’t want to miss this fantastical puppet experience.
Backstage tours: Saturdays, March 30 and April 13, 2019 -- following the 4 p.m. performances
ASL performance: Sunday, April 14 at 1 p.m.
When: April 20th - 21st
Where: The Herberger Theater Center; 222 E. Monroe St., Phoenix
Hours: 1pm - 5pm
Cost: $12 - $30
More Info: (602) 252-8497 or 
ChildsplayAZ.org

McDonald's Rock'n'Roll Car Show at the Pavilions
Celebrating over 20 years as the longest consistently run car show! This Rock'n'Roll McDonald's in Scottsdale is the perfect destination to see classic cars and motorcycles in a free, open-air event, complete with 50's era music provided by Party Time DJ's. An average night showcases anywhere from 250 to 500 cars and up to 150 motorcycles.
When: Ongoing weekly on Saturdays
Where: The Pavilions at Talking Stick Shopping Center, Talking Stick Way & Indian Bend Rd., Scottsdale
Hours: 4pm - 8pm
Cost: FREE
More Info:
ThePavilionsAtTalkingStick.com
 or (480) 443-0080

BODIES REVEALED
The overwhelmingly popular “Bodies Revealed” exhibit explores the human body in an intimate and informative way, giving visitors an unprecedented way to view “what lies beneath” the surface of the skin. 
Developed by Premier Exhibitions, Inc., “Bodies Revealed” provides an in-depth view of the beautifully complex and intricate network of internal organs and systems in a very up-close and personal way. The exhibition displays more than 200 whole and partial human body specimens that have been preserved by a revolutionary technique called “Polymer Preservation,” which can take more than a year to prepare and intricately showcases the complexity of the body’s bones, muscles, nerves, blood vessels and organs. “Bodies Revealed” leads guests through nine self-guided galleries, each one a precise and detailed look into a specific part of the body, its functions and its importance to the rest of the body. The galleries include: The Skeletal System; Muscles and the Nervous System; Respiratory, Digestive, Urinary, Reproductive, Endocrine and Circulatory Systems; Fetal Development; and Treated Body. The bodies on display are poised in athletic positions, giving guests a relatable view of the body in action. Some exhibits display the full body, while others showcase just one intricate piece, such as the lungs or intestines.

When: thru April 21st; recurring daily
Where: OdySea in the Desert; 9500 E. Via de Ventura, Scottsdale
Hours: 9am - 7pm
Cost: $19.95 per person

More Info: (480) 291-5082 or 
BodiesAZ.com

Downtown Chandler Art Walk

The Downtown Chandler Art Walk is held on the third Friday of the month, year-round, from 6 to 10 p.m. Dozens of talented artists in a variety of media showcase their art along the sidewalks of Boston and San Marcos Streets. Live music in the park, free kids activities and free parking. A map can be printed from the website.
When: Recurring monthly on the 3rd Friday

Where: Historic Downtown Chandler, 3 S. Arizona Ave., Chandler
Hours: 6pm - 10pm

Cost: FREE
More Info: (480) 855-3539 or 
ChandlerArtWalk.com

LARRY FITZGERALD DOUBLE PLAY CELEBRITY SOFTBALL GAME
He’s back! Larry Fitzgerald is back for another season with the Arizona Cardinals and is once again bringing his softball skills to the diamond at Salt River Fields. 
Fans will enjoy watching their favorite athletes and celebrities showcase their softball skills while the little ones take part in the free Kids Zone that will feature face painting, balloon art and temporary tattoos.
In an effort to fight against hunger in the Valley, the First Down Fund has partnered with St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance and is asking each attendee to bring a minimum of 2 non-perishable items. Each person that donates to the food drive will receive a raffle ticket good for a chance to win prizes.

When: April 27th
Where: Salt River Fields at Talking Stick; 7555 N. Pima Rd., Scottsdale
Hours: 6pm - 8:30pm
Cost: $20
More Info: 
SaltRiverFields.com

NIGHTLIFE AT ODYSEA AQUARIUM
Ready for an adults-only night at the Aquarium? Grab your friends or that special someone and come out for a 21+ adults-only night of adventure and wonder.
Enjoy live music presented by Elite Event Entertainment, cocktails, animal ambassador appearances, behind-the-scenes tours and a full strolling dinner.

NightLife festivities include:
• Full beverage service for purchase at multiple bars located throughout the Aquarium. Please note, some bars accept cash only
• Live musical entertainment offered in 3D Theater, which is transformed into a relaxing lounge area
• Animal ambassador appearances
• Sneak peeks through select exhibits & back-of-house areas otherwise closed to public
• Special NightLife decor and ambiance
After NightLife, the party continues at Polar Play Ice Bar! Get free admission plus half off your first drink. From the lights to the music, the ambiance is ready to give you a frozen 23-degree experience like no other.

NightLife dates and themes:
May 16 - BBQ & Brew Summer Kick-off

When: May 16th
Where: OdySea Aquarium; 9500 East Via de Ventura Scottsdale
Hours: 6pm - 9pm
Cost: See website for details
More Info: (480) 291-8000 or 
OdyseaAquarium.com