Tuesday, March 4, 2014

March events

Almost every day in March 
Cactus League Baseball
Each March the 15 Major League Baseball teams that make up the Cactus League come to Arizona for exhibition baseball. Map of all the Spring Training Stadiums.

February 27, 28, March 1, 2 
Parada del Sol Rodeo
By the Scottsdale Jaycees. The Parada del Sol Rodeo is a PRCA sanctioned rodeo and consists of 5 sessions over a period of three days at WestWorld in Scottsdale.

March 1 
Wine, Women and Horses
Learn to play the ponies, hat contest, horse races, prizes, raffle, luncheon. Turf Paradise, Phoenix.

March 1 
Great Arizona Beer Festival
Sample more than 200 specialty and micro-brewed beers from all over the Southwest and beyond. The festival also features live music, food, and fun for people ages 21 and over. Tempe Beach Park.

March 1 
Exclusively Little
This free admission event for children six years and younger features game booths, moonwalks, face painting, a petting zoo, health demonstrations and other entertainment. Train and carousel rides (small charge).

March 1, 2 
Devoured Food + Wine Classic
Features food and wine tastings from local artisans, farms, restaurateurs, food producers and vintners. Phoenix Art Museum. 

February 8 - March 30 
Arizona Renaissance Festival
Each year you can enjoy music, theater, comedy, food and drink, crafts, games and knights jousting at the Arizona Renaissance Festival. Apache Junction.

March 5 - 9 
Cactus Reining Classic
400 of America’s top horses and riders compete. Judged on athletic ability while executing an assigned pattern, these horse and rider combinations are required to demonstrate circles, spins and sliding stops. Free to spectators. WestWorld, Scottsdale.

March 7 - 9 
Good Guys Spring Nationals
More than 2,000 Rods, Customs, Classics, Trick Trucks and Muscle Cars; Vendor & Manufacturer Exhibits; Swap Meet & Cars 4 Sale Corral; Model & Pedal Car Show; Hot Rod Cruise. WestWorld, Scottsdale.

March 7, 8, 9 
Maricopa County Home and Garden Show
Hundreds of vendors, seminars, workshops, contests. University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale.

March 8 
Anthem at Merrill Ranch Community Spring Festival
Hot air balloon rides, skateboard exhibition, train ride, petting zoo, pony rides, dog agility demonstrations, entertainment, inflatable attractions, food vendors, business vendors. Florence.

March 8, 9
Arizona Aloha Festival
Music, dance, song, and rhythms of Hawaii and Polynesia. Also enjoy island foods and shop for crafts and products. Tempe Beach Park.

March 15, 16 
Luke Days
Air shows, food, games, and attractions at Luke Air Force Base in the West Valley. Free admission.

March 14, 15 
Checkered Flag Run
Two days of activities for motorcycle enthusiasts. Meet & greets, bike show, ride to NASCAR event. Various locations.

March 14 - 16 
Chicago Fest
Celebrate all things Chicago. Food, history, music, baseball. Mesa Riverview.

March 14 - 16 
Fountain Hills Fine Art and Wine Affaire
Arts, crafts, entertainment, wine. Sponsored by Thunderbird Artists. Fountain Hills.

March 15th
31st Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Faire
The Phoenix St. Patrick’s Day Parade began in 1984. It’s purpose is to preserve and enhance the heritage and traditions of the Irish Culture as well as share that culture with the citizens of Arizona. The Parade has marching bands, Irish step dancers, bagpipers, police and fire vehicles, government dignitaries, floats, the 2014 Arizona Irish Colleen / Arizona Rose with her Court and a whole lot more.

March 20 
Birds ‘n’ Beer
Birds ‘n Beer offers local professionals a fun and refreshing way to learn about Arizona birds and other wildlife while networking with fellow nature-lovers. Have a cold brew while enjoying an enlightening and lively presentation on Arizona nature. Nina Mason Pulliam Rio Salado Audubon Center in Phoenix. RSVP requested 602-468-6470. 

March 22, 23 
Arizona Dragon Boat Festival
Dragon Boat Races at Tempe Town Lake. Craft booths and entertainment.

March 22 
Archaeology Festival
Activities highlighting the archaeology, rock art, and desert ecology of Arizona. Activities include archaeology demonstrations, guest exhibitors, guided hikes on the petroglyph trail, mock archaeology dig for kids, rock art and archaeology themed children’s art exhibit, live Sonoran Desert wildlife, music. Free admission. Deer Valley Rock Art Center, Phoenix.

March 22 
Beer for Brains Epicuriad
Chefs create beer and wine parings with gourmet dishes in friendly competition. Raffle and live music in a cocktail party setting. Proceeds the Beer for Brains Foundation to find a cure for brain cancer. Phoenix.

March 22
American Indian Art & Artifacts Appraisal Day
Get an expert opinion on your American Indian artwork as leading art traders offer information about materials, dates, artists and traditions. Appraisals are not for insurance purposes, but solely for educational information. Appraisal fees apply. Heard Museum. 

March 22 
Astronomy Evenings
A talk (novice level) explaining facts about the solar system and the galaxy around the planet earth followed by observing the moon, several planets, star systems through a celestron telescope. Weather permitting. Registration required. Ages 8+. Pinnacle Peak Park, Scottsdale.

March 22, 23 
Arizona Touch of Class Miniature Horse Show
At WestWorld in North Scottsdale. Registered miniature horses in performances and competition. Free admission, free parking.

March 22 
Just for Kids Fishing Festival
Anglers United organizes a free fishing event for hundreds of kids at Kiwanis Park in Tempe.

March 22 
Great American BBQ & Beer Festival
A family festival in the streets of downtown Chandler where you can listen to music, have fun and enjoy great food and beer. Downtown Chandler.

March 28
Agave on the Rocks
Celebrate Sonoran roots with gourmet cuisine prepared by renowned Valley restaurants and caterers, music and margaritas. 21+ only. Desert Botanical Garden, Phoenix.

March 28 - 30 
Fiesta Days Rodeo in Cave Creek
Golf tournament, dance, parade, three-performance PRCA rodeo and related events. Entertainment for cowboys and cowgirls of all ages.

March 29, 30 
Anthem Days
Arts, crafts and business fair, live musical entertainment, carnival rides and games, food court and beer garden, bounce houses and egg hunt. Anthem Community Park.

March 29, 30 
Arizona Game and Fish Expo
Activities, demonstrations and exhibits in the areas of hunting, fishing, recreational shooting, archery, off-highway vehicle (OHV) and watercraft recreation, conservation and wildlife education, camping and other outdoor elements.

March 30 
Bon Vivant - A Celebration of Fine Food & Drink
Hundreds of varieties of wines, beers, and non-alcoholic beverages will be sampled and cuisine from the valley’s hottest restaurants. Live entertainment. Tickets start at $65. 21+ only. Tempe Marketplace.

March 30 
Eight’s Check, Please! Arizona Festival
A food event highlighting Arizona’s independent restaurant scene, the event showcases cuisine from restaurants featured on the locally produced TV show Check, Please! Arizona. Seminars, cooking demonstrations. CityScape, Downtown Phoenix.