March in Phoenix: Weather, What to Pack, and What to See

Phoenix, Arizona

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For travelers going to the Phoenix area in March, the weather can be difficult to predict, with days ranging from nice and sunny to cool and rainy. However, true to its name, the Valley of the Sun is usually warm (but not too hot) in March, so it should be a good time for not only sunbathing but exploring. Due to the nice weather, visitors can expect some bigger crowds and higher prices on accommodations and flights, so planning in advance always helps.

Many different local events in Phoenix take advantage of the favorable climate by entertaining visitors in the spring of 2020. Look for everything a tequila tasting bash at the Desert Botanical Garden to the Litchfield Park Art & Wine Festival which features numerous art vendors and drinks to enjoy. There are also cultural events honoring Hawaiian and other South Pacific Islander groups and an Italian festival that is fun for the whole family, featuring everything from acrobats to spaghetti-eating contests.

Phoenix Weather in March

The average high temperature in March is 77 degrees Fahrenheit (25 degrees Celsius) and the average low is 52 degrees Fahrenheit (11 degrees Celsius). Visitors can expect up to 11 hours of sun a day, about 14 days with mostly clear skies, and about three or four rainy days in March, cooling things down in the afternoons. Humidity is usually at about 29% and this month is somewhat windier than other months.

What to Pack

If you are going to Phoenix in March it is a good idea to bring typical items for warm weather such as shorts, T-shirts, sunglasses, sunscreen, a hat, and swimwear. In case it gets wet, pack a rain jacket and comfortable, closed-toed shoes for walking around. Bring a jacket and long pants for when the weather cools down in the evenings or for air-conditioned buildings you may encounter.

March Events in Phoenix

There are a variety of events in Phoenix to enjoy in March. Travelers and locals can check out festivities ranging from Italian and Aloha festivals to tequila and classic movie events.

  • Arizona Aloha Festival: Held on March 14–15, 2020, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., this 26th annual free, family-friendly event at Tempe Beach Park (an approximately 15-minute drive from Phoenix) honors Hawaiian and other South Pacific Islander cultures through music, food, arts, and more.
  • Haru in the Garden: Celebrate spring at the Japanese Friendship Garden of Phoenix on March 22, 2020, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Visitors will enjoy a family-friendly experience with art, live music, Japanese fusion foods, drinks, and an internationally-known puppet group from Japan.
  • Agave on the Rocks: Taking place at the Desert Botanical Garden from 6-10 p.m. on March 27, 2020, this Phoenix event for ages 21 and up features a tequila tasting from 6:30-8:30 p.m. and includes food and music with your $75 ticket.
  • Sound + Cinema: On the first Saturdays from March through May from 7-10 p.m., the Mesa Arts Center (about a 25-minute drive from Phoenix) will host a free event with classic and cult films shown on a giant outdoor screen, music, food vendors, and a costume contest.
  • 7th Annual Italian Festival of Arizona: On March 14–15, this event in downtown Phoenix features live entertainment such as acrobats and musicians, cooking demonstrations, a spaghetti-eating contest, and plenty of food for sale to enjoy.
  • McDowell Mountain Music Festival (M3F Fest): Head to Margaret T. Hance Park above the Papago Freeway Tunnel to hear everything from electronic to indie to bluegrass music on March 6–8, 2020. All proceeds go to local charities.
  • Litchfield Park Art & Wine Festival: The 22nd annual outdoor event at Litchfield Park from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on March 7–8, 2020, is sure to be fun, with live music, more than 200 artists featuring their work, great wines, and craft brews—all about a 40-minute drive from Phoenix.

March Travel Tips

  • Flights and hotels increase in price during March due to spring break, the Major League Baseball teams in the Cactus League spending about a month in Arizona for spring training, and the high season. Reserve accommodations and flights a few months in advance to avoid the highest prices.
  • With the nice weather, March can be a more crowded time in Phoenix, so plan ahead for the time at the airport, and when attending events or heading out.
  • The state of Arizona (other than the Navajo Nation) does not set the clocks one hour forward in the spring for daylight savings time, so take note on March 8, 2020, when the time changes elsewhere in the country.
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