Easter Activities and Celebrations in Phoenix

Phoenix, the capital of Arizona, is nestled in what's called the Valley of the Sun, a metropolitan area known for year-round warm weather, great outdoor events, and a vibrant nightlife. On Easter weekend each year communities across this desert city host a number of holiday festivals, parades, egg hunts, and pageants while local restaurants offer special Easter suppers and brunches.

If you're planning a vacation to the Phoenix area this Easter, there's plenty of fun to discover. From the Eggstravaganza in Fountain Hills to the Easter Egg-Citment event at Schnepf Farms in Queens Creek, the Valley of the Sun is full of holiday cheer.

Easter falls on April 1, 2018, but many events and activities take place over the entire weekend, from Good Friday on March 30 through Easter Monday on April 2. Remember to book reservations for brunch, dinner, and certain ticketed events ahead of time to ensure you and your family can enjoy your holiday vacation.

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    A Happy Easter Egg Hunter
    Courtesy City of Chandler

    If you want to enjoy the lighter side of Easter, communities around Phoenix host a number of family-friendly events including parades, Easter egg hunts, puppet shows, and carnivals. Many of the performances and festivals take place before Easter Sunday, so you can celebrate and enjoy throughout the month of March. Egg hunts typically take place on the Saturday before Easter, but you should make sure to check the community websites and social media pages for up-to-date information on scheduling and rain contingency plans.

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    Easter pagent
    © Judy Hedding

    If you want to introduce (or remind) your family to the "reason for the season," the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Mesa hosts an annual Easter pageant all about the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Performances last about 65 minutes and begin at 8 p.m. from March 21 to 23 and 27 to 31, 2018. Admission to these outdoor performances at the Mesa Arizona Temple Visitors’ Center is free, and no reservations or tickets are required to attend.

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    Original Breakfast House
    Original Breakfast House

    Whether you're just in town for Easter Sunday or you're sticking around for the whole weekend, many of the restaurants in Scottsdale and Phoenix offer special Easter brunches and dinners each year. While some are elegant and expensive, featuring champagne and three-course meals, others are more casual, featuring visits from the Easter Bunny and buffet-style selections of Easter dinner favorites.

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    Chocolate bunnies
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    One of the best parts of the Easter holiday season is the overabundance of chocolatey confections. If you're in town for the holiday and want to get your special someone, your children, or yourself an Easter treat, Phoenix and Scottsdale have a number of great chocolate makers, providers, and stores. Of course, you can also find holiday candy displays at all local grocery stores and drug store chains, but this list includes premium quality and locally made chocolates.

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    Roses and other flowers
    © Judy Hedding

    Sure, you can pick up flowers at all the grocery stores and big box stores, but if you want an extra-special floral arrangement for your holiday party, consider ordering your Easter flowers from a local Phoenix florist. These flower shops in Phoenix deliver vibrant flowers at reasonable prices for every occasion, but on Easter, they oftentimes have special deals on pastel arrangements, perfect for your dining room centerpiece.