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.

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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:
 or (480) 443-0080


​Over 200 classic cars will cruise into Westgate for an incredible car show planned in partnership with Nancy Perry Productions. Guests strolling around will get the opportunity to see a variety of makes and models, live music and enjoy great happy hour deals from surrounding bars and restaurants.

When: February 21st - May 2nd; recurring weekly on Wednesday

Where: WaterDance Plaza, 6751 N. Sunset Blvd., Glendale

Hours: 5pm - 9pm

Cost: Free

More Info: Westgateaz.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
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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
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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

monthly events

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
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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
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fun events around the valley

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
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Grab your friends, family, and dogs for a day of fun, festivities, dog demonstrations, music, food and more! An expanded Fun Zone includes new games and activities for the whole family. Win over 30 raffle prizes including tickets to sporting events, gift cards to restaurants, gift baskets for your furry friend, and more.

When: February 24th
Where: Scottsdale Civic Center Mall, 3939 N. Drinkwater Blvd., Scottsdale
Hours: 9am - 12pm
Cost: Free
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​Now in its 32nd year, this three day juried art fair features nearly 500 artists and artisans from across the United States and around the globe, and attracts 200,000+ visitors. Food booths, beer garden and seating areas abound throughout the venue, with great breakfast, lunch and rest stops situated at locations in the middle and at both ends of the festival area, plus live musical entertainment.

When: February 23rd - 25th; recurring daily
Where: Avenue of the Fountains, 16455 E Avenue Of The Fountains, Fountain Hills
Hours: 10am - 5pm
Cost: Free
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​A bold and unflinching portrait of the man behind the legend, Walt Disney. Walt is going to read you a screenplay he wrote. It’s about his last days on earth. It’s about a city he’s going to build that’s going to change the world. And it’s about his brother. It’s about everyone who loves him so much, and it’s about how sad they’re going to be when he’s gone. After all, how can they live without him? How can anyone live without him?

When: February 24th - 25th, March 1st - 4th, March 8th - 10th
Where: Herberger Theater Center, 222 E. Monroe St., Phoenix
Hours: Times vary by day.
Cost: $11-$27.50
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​Guests are invited to OdySea in the Desert as their monthly Artisan Festival continues on Sunday, February 25th and every fourth Sunday through April. The event will be held in the outdoor courtyard and will feature free family yoga, live music, and a marketplace featuring some of the finest AZ crafts, artists, and designers. February’s event theme is “Passion” and will showcase several hands on talks and workshops in addition to a Kids Art Zone featuring a collaborative quilted mural.

When: February 25th
Where: OdySea in the Desert, 9500 E. Via de Ventura, Scottsdale
Hours: 12pm - 4pm
Cost: Free
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​Metropolitan Youth Symphony ~ Season 36. The season opens with our Winter Concert Performance. Join us for an evening of great music and talented young musicians. Ensembles include the String Orchestra Divisions, Symphonic Wind Ensemble, and our Full Symphony Orchestra.

When: February 28th
Where: Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St. P.O. Box 1466, Mesa
Hours: 6:30pm
Cost: Mezzanine $10, Orchestra and balcony $8.50
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Presented under a massive white big top, this colossal production featuring over 65 horses and 50 artists will take your breath away! Blending awe-inspiring equestrian arts with imaginative stagecraft, amazing acrobatic feats and cutting-edge technical effects, this multi-million dollar extravaganza expands the definition of performance into an epic yet soulful theatrical experience.
Odysseo’s exceptional white big top is a mix of art, technology and advanced engineering. This allowed the creative team to design an immense stage with a three-story high mountain and gave the 65 horses and the 50 artists the space they need to play together and perform breathtaking numbers. The tent can support 80 tons of equipment allowing for mind-blogging theatrical effects, including a majestic life-sized merry-go round.

When: February 23th - 25th, February 27th - March 4th, March 6th - 11th, March 13th - 18th
Where: 1475 N. McClintock Rd., Scottsdale
Hours: Show times vary. See website for details.
Cost: Demand-based pricing; see website.
More Info: 1-866-999-8111 or 


Hamilton is the story of America's Founding Father Alexander Hamilton, an immigrant from the West Indies who became George Washington's right-hand man during the Revolutionary War and was the new nation's first Treasury Secretary. Featuring a score that blends hip-hop, jazz, blues, rap, R&B, and Broadway, Hamilton is the story of America then, as told by America now. 

When: January 30th - February 25th
Where: ASU Gammage, 1200 S. Forest Ave., Arizona State University, Tempe
Cost: Check website for details.
More Info: (480) 965-3434 or 

​The Arizona Matsuri is an annual festival which celebrates Japanese culture and heritage, traditional and modern. The two-day event held at Heritage & Science Park in downtown Phoenix features the sights and sounds of Japan, art, crafts, music, dance and much more. The family friendly Matsuri is free to all. Japanese food and goods from over 60 vendors are available for purchase and the beer and sake garden is a great place to relax.

When: February 24th - 25th; recurring daily
Where: Heritage and Science Park, 115 N 6th St., Phoenix
Hours: 10am - 5pm
Cost: Free
More Info: (602) 262-5029 or 

​Full of humor and emotional depth, this adaptation is “goofy, joyous and deeply moving.” According to The Daily News, NY. The story centers on sisters, Elinor and Marianne Dashwood, whose lives are turned upside down when their father dies, leaving them penniless and with reputations at stake.  Together the women must learn to mix sense with sensibility to find happiness in a society where love is ruled by money.

When: February 23rd - 25th, March 1st - 4th, March 9th - 10th
Where: Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St. P.O. Box 1466, Mesa
Hours: Times vary by day
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The Peach Blossom Celebration was created so that you could enjoy the beauty of the farm while hundreds of trees are dotted with pink and white blossoms. Once a year over 80 acres of fruit trees start blooming at all different times and once a year, Schnepf Farms opens up to celebrate that beauty. When visiting you can take a train ride, hay ride, walking train to see the orchards. Some orchards are smaller than others some may be in full bloom, while others are just starting. Enjoy trolley rides, a walking trail, train rides and hayrides through the orchards. 

When: February 22nd - 25th; recurring weekly on Sunday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday

Where: Schnepf Farms, 24810 South Rittenhouse Rd., Queen Creek

Hours: 9am - 4pm

Cost: $3

More Info: (480) 987-3100 or SchnepfFarms.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
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The PHX Vegan Food Festival will showcase nearly 100 of the state’s most beloved vegan and vegan-friendly restaurants, food trucks and vendors, as well as some out of town favorites. Restaurants, bakeries, food trucks and food and beverage artisans will be selling their delicious creations. In addition, area vendors will be showcasing and selling their vegan-friendly offerings, including household products, body care items, clothing and accessories, to name a few. 
Event highlights include vegan and vegan-friendly food trucks, restaurants and food and non-food products, plus demonstrations and presentations by chefs and vegan experts. Event activities include a kids’ zone spearheaded by Free Arts of Arizona, plus The Listening Room Phoenix will showcase a full day of live and local music on three entertainment stages. Additionally, several no-host bars will be located throughout the event. 

When: February 24th
Where: Margaret T. Hance Park, 67 West Culver St., Phoenix
Hours: 11am - 5pm
Cost: $25; VIP $50. Kids 12 and under are free.
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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
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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
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Fans will have the opportunity to interact with their favorite drivers as they’re granted an exclusive pit pass to the most powerful and sensory-filled motorsports attraction on the planet. This unique opportunity in motorsports gives fans direct access to the teams, allowing them to see firsthand the highly-skilled mechanics service their hot rods between rounds, and get autographs from their favorite NHRA drivers.
Fans also will want to visit NHRA’s popular Nitro Alley and Manufacturers Midway, where sponsors and race vendors create a carnival atmosphere, with interactive displays, simulated competitions, merchandise, food and fun for the entire family. 

When: February 23rd - 25th; recurring daily
Where: Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park, 20000 S Maricopa Rd., Chandler
Hours: 10am
Cost: $45 - $70
More Info: (520) 796-5601 or 

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
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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.

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