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With the days starting to get longer again it’s time to start looking for things to do. If you are looking for fun things to do for a date or for the whole family, the good news is that we have you covered! We’ve compiled a whole list of events coming up and fun things to explore all next month!
Arizona Renaissance Festival
Through April 2
When the weekend hits, I don’t know about you, but I want to go back in time to wear royals ruled the city by sword, and everything was forged by hand. Strap on your boots, bring a date and get ready to feast on meat on a stick while watching a jousting tournament. The Arizona Renaissance Festival has been going strong since 1989. Take a trip back in time through this 50-acre festival village, complete with storybook shops, a multitude of costumed characters, hearty snacks and 16 stages full of music, dance jousting and more. Saturdays-Sundays, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. 12601 E. Hwy. 60, Gold Canyon, 520-463-2600, renfestinfo.com
If you love music then here is your chance to celebrate right in the heart of Downtown Phoenix! The McDowell Mountain Music Festival ( or M3F for short) features two whole days of music outside and the good news is that this nonprofit festival donates any proceeds to charities. Last year this important cultural event helped to raise $1.2 million for Phoenix-area groups including the Music Therapy Program from Phoenix Children’s Hospital, Habitat for Humanity, Backline, Artist Advocacy Foundation, United Way, Arizona Helping Hands, and Saving Amy! Expect another year of amazing acts such as Maggie Rogers, Polo & Pan, Quinn XCII, Jamie XX, and others, all the while knowing that by enjoying the music and collective experience you are also helping support so many charities which need your help.
Margaret T. Hance Park, 67 W Culver St, Phoenix, 602-534-2406, m3ffest.com
Indian Fair & Market
Right here in Phoenix we boast the largest American Indian art markets in the world, drawing nearly 15,000 visitors and more than 600 of the Nation’s most American Indian artists. Visit this festival with the whole family and know that any purchase you are making including baskets, beadwork, quilts, jewelry, paintings, weavings, sculpture and pottery, directly goes the artists who often have knowledge passed down across multiple generations All proceeds from ticket sales support the Heard Museum’s mission of advancing American Indian art.
Heard Museum, 2301 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, 602-252-8848, heard.org/fair
PHOENIX magazine Dish Fest
What a better way to go on an adventurous date night out than having a chance to sample everything in culinary delights that Phoenix has to offer all in one place. Eat and drink your heart out at this special night of food and fun, featuring restaurant dishes showcased in the annual January/February dining issue of PHOENIX magazine. What sets this year’s festival aside is that it features dishes from all 50 states!
The Clayton House, Scottsdale, 3719 N. 75th St., phoenixmag.com/dishfest
St. Patrick’s Day Parade & Irish Faire
Get ready to wear green and who knows—maybe you’ll spot a leprechaun, or better yet just find the gold. Known as the “Greenest Day in the Desert,” join the fun for the annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Faire celebrating everything Irish in AZ. Come for the corned beef and cabbage—stay for the bagpipes and dancing!
10 a.m.-5 p.m. Irish Cultural Center, 1106 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, stpatricksdayphoenix.org
Arizona Bike Week
March 29-April 2
For those who love the roar of the road as the wind whips past your hair (under your helmet) come out for the 26th annual festival celebrating motorcycles and its culture, including five whole days of bands, bikes, vendors and more.
Westworld of Scottsdale, 16601 N. Pima Rd., Scottsdale, azbikeweek.com
When you are out in the sun, even in March, it’s already getting hot. Even if the sun is not out, the sun can be devastating on your skin, causing premature aging and even skin cancer. Make sure you wear plenty of sunscreen even on a cloudy day while out enjoying everything that Phoenix has to offer all month long. Once you get home, rest assured that your home and your patio is covered from the sun. Our sunscreens block out 90 percent of harmful UV rays which cause skin aging and cancer. To find out more if CC Sunscreens are right for you and your home, contact us today to set up a free consultation.