Things to do in Arizona

April 2014
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Hi Friends,

I hope that this e-mail finds you well and that you will be able to enjoy some of these great activities.

Here are some more fun things to do in April in Arizona – I think there is something for everyone – from a large number of food related activities to music festivals to great ways to get out and about and enjoy nature. 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 April!!


  • 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.

    Chihuly Ongoing through May 18th
      – Chihuly in the Garden – Desert Botanical Gardens, Phoenix
    If you have not had a chance to go you really need to put this on your MUST – DO list. There are installations of Dale Chihuly’s awe-inspiring glass sculptures throughout the garden. They are amazing to see at any time but the people at the gardens suggest visiting in the early morning and then at twilight/night. Reservations are recommended.

    April 3rd – April 10th
      – 14th Annual Phoenix Film Festival – Scottsdale – Harkins 101 -
    Named as one of the Top 25 Coolest Film Festivals by MovieMaker Magazine, this is Arizona’s largest film festival. Over 150 films will be screened over this eight day event and there will be Q and A sessions, educational programs and parties galore!

    April 4th – April 5th
      – 15th Annual Chandler Jazz Festival -
    Come to downtown Chandler to listen to more than 120 musicians! There are performances on the Main Stage and also performances at local merchants. Enjoy the arts and crafts and Beer & Wine Garden as wellJ All performances are free, Fri 5-9:30 pm, Sat noon-9:30 pm,

    April 5th
      - Nature Festival – Wickenburg – Hassayampa River Preserve.
    Enjoy a day in the outdoors, touch a non-venomous snake, go eye-to-eye with a live bird of prey and other wildlife, get ideas on recycling and water conservation, take a guided hike along the Hassayampa River, and enjoy hands-on activities, $5 adults, kids are free, 8 am – 2 pm, 928-684-2772 or

    April 5th
      - The Good Life Festival – Queen Creek – Encanterra Trilogy Country Club -
    Throughout the day (starting at noon) there are vendors, shopping , wine tastings and a variety of activities as well as live music. This year they will be featuring The Doobie Brothers and The Guess Who! 480-677-8000 or

    April 5th
      - 13th Annual Feathered Friends Festival – Gilbert Riparian Preserve -
    Come out to the preserve to enjoy more than 60 activities and exhibits centering on amphibians, reptiles, insects, wildlife, birds, and more. There will be interactive exhibits, educational activities, crafts, games, hands-on learning and nature walks. Free. 9 am – 1 pm, 480-503-6744 or

    Calling all Foodies

      - – The 2014 Scottsdale Culinary Festival will be taking place April 8th through April 13th. This celebration of food features 19 events including:

    Chocolate & Wine Experience – 4/9 – Musical Instrument Museum – 7:00 – 10:00pm – $50.00pp

    Hamburger> Burger Battle – 4/10 - Scottsdale Stadium – 6:30pm – 9:30pm – Taste 16 burgers and vote for your favorite! – $60.00pp

    Eat, Drink & Be Pretty – 4/11 – 7:00 pm – Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts – Dress up to attend this event that features a fashion show & food and wine – $75.00pp

    Best of the Fest – 4/13 – Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort & Spa – the Valley’s top chefs prepare a five course meal with wine pairings – $175.00pp

  • Prices vary for each event from $10/pp to $200.00pp! All of the proceeds (after expenses) go to support local organizations such as Free Arts of Arizona and local culinary schools. 480-945-7193 or

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    Country Thunder
    April 10th – 13th
      - Country Thunder – 2014 –
    Located in Florence, AZ this very popular event consists of 4 days of great country music. The 2014 acts include Jason Aldean, Miranda Lambert, The Band Perry, Thompson Square and other national and local country acts, 866-802-6418 or

    Curling - Bonspiel April 10th through April 13th
      - 11th Annual Desert Ice Bonspiel – Tempe – Coyote’s Curling Club –
    This is the first year in the new dedicated curling club! Cool off as you watch 24 curling teams from Canada and the U.S. participating in the tournament.

    April 11th – April 12
      – Arizona Reggae Fest – Lake Havasu –
    Grab your lawn chairs and chill to the music of The Expanders, Pato Banton and the Now Generation Band, Tribal Theory and more. There will be great food and more to enjoy!

    April 11th – April 13th
      - 2014 Rose Tree Festival -Tombstone -
    Come out to celebrate the 129th blooming of the world’s largest rose tree! Enjoy the events including the Rose Tree Parade, the Rose Queen Coronation, pet parade, folklorico dancers and the Nogales Arizona Mariachi Apache Band and more – free, 1 pm, 520-457-3326 or

    April 11th – April 13th
      – 1st Annual Carefree Days – Carefree – Sundial Circle –
    At this, what is expected to become an annual event, there will be a vetted arts and crafts festival, food trucks and live entertainment. The Easter Bunny will be there on Sunday from 1-3pm. 10am – 5pm all days – Free!

    April 12th – April 13th
      - 5th Annual Copper City Classic Vintage Baseball Tournament – Bisbee – Warren Ball Park -
    Come out to Bisbee to enjoy some good “old fashioned” fun! Watch baseball being played using the 1860 rules and wearing “old-style” uniforms. During this two day event eight Arizona Territory Vintage Baseball League teams will play each other. $10/one-day, $15/both days, under 12 free with adult, gate opens at 9:30am, 520-432-3813 or

    April 12th & 13th
      - Great Arizona Picnic (part of the Scottsdale Culinary Festival)
    is an enormous outdoor event held at The Civic Center in Scottsdale. There are food samples from 50+ of the finest restaurants in the Valley as well as continuous musical entertainment. $10 entry, & $1 tasting coupons, Sat noon – 9 pm, Sun noon – 6 pm, 480-945-7193 or

    April 12th
      - 9th Annual Tempe Town Lake Outrigger Canoe Association Regatta – Tempe – Tempe Town Lake -
    Bring your lawn chairs, blankets and sunscreen to the lake to watch canoe racing and enjoy the Hula dancers, Hawaiian Music and Food!- Free! 8am – 5pm

    April 12th
      - Chandler Symphony Orchestra Chamber Concert –
    “Students and Their Mentors” featuring Mozart, Hummel, Vaughtn Williams & Finzi. – Chandler Center for the Arts, Families can discover exquisite music of exceptional quality, free, 2 pm,

    April 12th
      – Taco Festival and Centennial Music Festival – Yuma – Desert Sun Stadium –
    Help Yuma celebrate its 100th Birthday with this huge music festival including performances by Creedance Clearwater Revisited, Lonestar, Bobby McClendon, Checker’d Past and more. At the same time enjoy all of the delicious food that the Taco Festival (one of Arizona Highways top 25 festivals) has to offer! 11am – 11pm.

    April 17th
      - Downtown Chandler Art Walk – Historic Downtown Chandler –
    5-9 pm

    April 17th – 19
      - 13th Annual Phoenix Improv Festival Phoenix –
    Herberger Theater Center here is your chance to be entertaines by comedy teams from around the country as well as local improvisational troupes. $10-15. 602-252-8497 or 480-251-3697 or

    April 18th – April 20th
      - 28th Annual ASU Spring Competion Pow Wow – Tempe -
    ASU Band Practice Field Dancing in 23 categories, Native American arts & crafts, Indian fry bread, intertribal dancing, $5-8, Fri 5:30 pm, Sat 11:30 am, Sun 11:30 am, 480-965-5224 or

    April 19th
      - Flagstaff Earth Day 2013- Flagstaff -
    City Hall South Lawn Live bands, local food, free bike valet, vendors and exhibitors, free, 11:30 am – 4 pm, 928-213-3612 or

    April 24th
      - Phoenix Boys Choir Mini-Concert Phoenix -
    Phoenix -Steele Indian School Park Memorial Hall. This exceptional boys choir will perform new pieces as well as audience favorites, $10, 5:30 pm, 264-5328 or

    Sedona April 25th – April 27th
      - 11th Annual Sedona Open Studios -
    This weekend event is a self-guided tour allowing visitors the opportunity to meet and talk with artists in their private work spaces, working in a variety of mediums, styles and techniques, free, Sedona Visual Artists Coalition – 10 am – 5 pm,

    April 26th
      – 10th Annual Pat’s Run – Tempe – Sun Devil Stadium -
    4.2 miles run, 4.2 miles walk, .42 free kids fun run/walk, all events finish on the 42 yard line of the Sun Devil Stadium ( symbolic of the #42 jersey Pat Tillman wore while he was a Sun Devil) Includes free entertainment, live local music, food, drinks and a carnival-like kid’s area, $30-35, 7 am, 480-507-6754 or

    Vineyards April 26th
      - 36th Annual Blessing of the Sonoita Vineyards Festival – Elgin -
    Sonoita Vineyards Ministers and priests bless the grape vines at noon to foster a bountiful crop at harvest time, admission includes winte tasting with souvenir glass, food and wine pairings, winery tours with the winemaker and vineyard tours, $15, 10 am – 4 pm, 520-455-5893 or

    April 30th through May 3rd
      - The 32nd Annual La Frontera International Mariachi Conference – Tucson – Casino del Sol Resort -
    Tucson’s largest cultural event with educational workshops in mariachi & folklorico dancing, Participant Showcase, Espectacular Concert, and Garibaldi Fiesta, $, 520-838-3908 or

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