Phoenix Events, Activities and Festivals - April

Things to Do in Greater Phoenix in April

AZ Wine & Dine
••• AZ Wine & Dine. Judy Hedding

Typically the weather is still good in April, with warm temperatures but usually not yet in the triple digits. We'll still see several Phoenix-area events in April that take place outdoors.

These are many of the community events that you can count on year in and year out in April. All dates, prices, and activities mentioned are subject to change without notice. Check the website or call to confirm information.

The activities in this event calendar are appropriate for families unless otherwise indicated. If the event is free, I'll mention that, too.

Looking for big name concerts, shows or theatre? Check this calendar for April performances.

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Phoenix Event Calendar - April

2nd Friday Night Out in Mesa
Live music, entertainment, art walk, prizes. Each month has a theme. Family friendly. Free admission. On Main Street in Downtown Mesa.
In 2017: 2nd Friday of the month

6th Street Market
Original arts and crafts, live music, shopping. Family-friendly. Free admission. Downtown Tempe.
In 2017: every Sunday in April

A.S.U. Concerts at the Center
The ASU School of Music presents concerts at the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts on select Monday evenings.
In 2017: April 10

A.S.U. Sun Devil Baseball
Arizona State University's PAC12 baseball team plays at Phoenix Municipal Stadium.
In 2017: various dates in April

Ahwatukee Family Dog Show
Categories include Best Dressed, Most Talkative, Best Kisser/Licker, Best Tail Wag, Cutest Dog, Cutest Senior, Cutest Rescue Dog, Best High-five, and Most Unusual. Free admission, charge to participate. No experience needed, registration form online. Ahwatukee Community Swim & Tennis Center.
In 2017: April 2

Arizona Bike Week
Bands, rallies, exhibits, competitions, charity rides, auctions, raffles--everything for the motorcycle enthusiast. WestWorld, Scottsdale.
In 2017: April 5 - 9

Arizona Derby Dames
All-girl roller derby since 2006. Phoenix.
In 2017: April 1, playoffs April 22

Arizona Diamondbacks Baseball
The Arizona Diamondbacks play professional baseball at Chase Field.
In 2017: Various dates in April

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.
In 2017: February 11 - April 2

Arizona Winds Concert Band Presents "Broadway Showstoppers"
Featuring memorable tunes from Broadway musicals by composers Stephen Sondheim, Jule Styne, Lerner and Loewe, Irving Berlin, Leonard Bernstein, Cole Porter and George Gershwin. Free admission, donations accepted. Glendale.
In 2017: April 2

Arizona Touch of Class Miniature Horse Show
At WestWorld in North Scottsdale. Registered miniature horses in performances and competition. Free admission, free parking.
In 2017: March 30 - April 2

Phoenix Rising FC
Professional soccer, USL League.
In 2017: April 8, 23

Arizona's Ultimate Women's Expo
Thousands of women gather to see demonstrations, attend workshops and check out products and services for women at one of the largest trade shows in Arizona. Phoenix Convention Center.
In 2017: April 22, 23

Art After Work
A painting party for couples, friends, anyone. Learn how to paint your own take on classic masterpieces and local landscapes. Instructor and art supplies provided. Online registration required. Tempe Center for the Arts.
In 2017: April 28

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.
In 2017: April 21

AZ Wine & Dine
Food and wine samplings provided by more than 20 of the Valley's finest local restaurants, resort kitchens and national wineries. The event will include live musical entertainment. 21 and older only. Scottsdale Quarter.
In 2017: April 13

Bird City Comedy Festival
Standup, improv, sketch and more at various venues in Downtown Phoenix.
In 2017: April 6 - 9

Birds in the Garden
Join expert birders for a morning bird walk along the Garden trails. Everyone, including first-time birders, is welcome. Wear a hat, sunscreen and comfortable walking shoes. Bring binoculars if available. Desert Botanical Garden, Phoenix at 8 a.m. This activity is included in the regular admission fee.
In 2017: Every Monday in April

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.
In 2017: April 20

Bites and Brews
Sample Arizona and nationally known craft brews, and enjoy tastes from Westgate restaurants.  DJ, outdoor games. 21+ only. Westgate Entertainment District, Glendale.
In 2017: April 22

Celebrate Mesa
Carnival rides, bounce houses, entertainment, vehicle displays. Free admission. Hohokam Stadium.
In 2017: April 22

Chalk Art Festival
Thousands of attendees and mural artists will draw masterpieces in chalk. Free admission. Westgate Entertainment District in Glendale, Desert Ridge Marketplace in  North Phoenix and Tempe Marketplace.
In 2017: April 29

Chandler Chamber Music Series
Indoors. Family-friendly. Free, donations accepted.
In 2018: April 14

Chandler Craft Spirits Festival
Taste and sip at a celebration of of craft, small batch, artisanal, boutique and premium spirits and cocktails. Chandler.
In 2017: April 29

Chandler Jazz Festival
Outdoor concerts in the evening at the Downtown Chandler Stage in Downtown Chandler. Free.
In 2017: March 31, April 1

Chandler’s Family Bike Ride
Held in conjunction with Valley Bike Month. A 7.4 mile ride provides families with an opportunity to get exercise and celebrate bicycling for recreation and as a way to replace automobile trips for short trips. Helmets required.
In 2017: April 1

Copperstate 1000
Attracts hundreds of cars from local car enthusiasts: classics, muscle cars, exotics, street rods and more. Tempe Diablo Stadium. Free admission.
In 2017: April 1 - 5

Country Thunder
Four days of camping, big name country music stars perform, arts and crafts vendors, and food in Florence, Arizona.
In 2017: April 6 - 9

Crossroads of the West Gun Show
At the Arizona State Fairgrounds. The shows offer hundreds of tables of interest to both the once a year hunter and the avid collector.
In 2017: April 22, 23

CycloMesa
Formerly known as The Great Arizona Bicycle Festival. Bike ride, Great Arizona Bike Swap, activities, entertainment. Mesa.
In 2017: April 1

Desert Botanical Garden Butterfly Pavilion
Walk among the beautiful butterflies at this special springtime event located at the Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix.
In 2017: March 4 - May 14

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Desert Ridge Marketplace Concerts
Free concerts on two stages in North Phoenix at Desert Ridge Marketplace.
In 2017: Every Friday and Saturday night

Discount Tire Free Family Weekends
Free admission for everyone at Phoenix Art Museum on the second weekend of the month. Includes a special hands-on, educational programming and/or entertainment designed to appeal to visitors of all ages. Special exhibitions may have a reduced charge. More about Phoenix Art Museum. See a map.
In 2017: April 8, 9

Dog Days
Activities, pet wellness information, Glendale Police K-9 demonstration, vendors, adoptions, pet photos. Free admission. Murphy Park, Glendale.
In 2017: April 8

Downtown Chandler Art Walk
Visit more than 50 artisans set up along the streets in front of the unique shops and cafes of Historic Downtown Chandler. Free admission.
In 2018: third Friday of the month

Earth Day
Earth Day has been designated to occur every year on April 22nd in the United States. Here are some ways in which you can learn about and participate in environmentally friendly activities and events.
In 2017: various dates in April, usually toward the end of the month

Easter Festivals, Events and Dining
Celebrate the holiday with egg hunts, petting zoos, brunches, photos with the Easter Bunny and more. Locations all over the Greater Phoenix area.
In 2017: various dates in April

El Dia de los Ninos
Booths with interactive games, hands-on art activities, storytelling, live entertainment. Sponsored by the Latino Institute. Hance Park, Phoenix. Free admission.
In 2017: April 28

El Tour de Mesa
All age and experience levels participate in bicycle rides routed throughout Mesa.
In 2017: April 1

Embracing Your Journey Expo
A holistic, wellness and metaphysical event designed to enlighten and inform allowing people to explore alternative health and lifestyle products and services. Phoenix.
In 2017: April 9

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.
In 2017: no rodeo in 2017

First Friday
Visit more than 100 downtown Phoenix art galleries, studios and art spaces. Free.
In 2017: First Friday of the month

Flavors of the West
Local restaurants in the West Valley serve up samples. Music, kids activities. Litchfield Park.
In 2017: April 8

Fountain Hills Music Fest
Family-friendly music festival, various genres. Outdoors at Fountain Park. Free admission.
In 2017: April 1

Free Art Friday
Preschoolers and their parents participate in an activity involving art and/or music. The theme varies from month to month. No registration required. Free. Tempe.
In 2017: April 21

Friday Night Drags
Local bring their own vehicles and race at Wildhorse Pass Motorsports Park, Chandler. Drivers and spectators welcome.
In 2017: April 7, 21

Friday Night Lights
Golf games, SNAG® golf for kids, a nine-hole glow putt course, music. Driving range, putting and chipping clinics for adults. Westin Kierland Golf Club, Scottsdale.
In 2017: Fridays from February 17 - April 25

Front Porch Pickins Vintage & Handmade Market
Hundreds of vendors offering rare and unique vintage items and gifts. Activities for the kids. Tumbleweed park, Chandler. 
In 2017: April 21, 22

Gathering of Carvers: Katsina Doll Marketplace
The nation’s largest gathering of Hopi katsina doll carvers takes place at the Heard Museum, as more than 100 artists gather to show and sell their unique creations. Enjoy musical performances, book signings, carving demonstrations and drawings. Free admission. Museum admission not included.
In 2017: April 8

Gilbert Global Village Festival
a community celebration of ethnic traditions from countries around the globe. Music, dance performances, visual arts, hands-on multi-cultural children's activities, crafts, food. Free admission.
In 2017: April 8

Gilbert Downtown Concerts
Free concerts take place in the evening at Water Tower Plaza in the heart of Gilbert’s Heritage District. Bring a picnic basket, blanket or lawn chair.
In 2017: April 13, 27

Girls on the Run
A 5k run and 1-mile Fun Run/Walk. Girls on the Run serves Maricopa and Pinal Counties to inspire girls to be joyful, healthy and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum which creatively integrates running. Wesley Bolin Plaza, Phoenix.
In 2017: April 30

Glendale Family Bike Ride
This is a ride for all ages and levels of riders, from kids to adults. Three routes, 6, 15 or 23 miles, take cyclists on a leisurely ride through Glendale. Helmets required, may be purchased onsite. This is a free ride. Registration online. Sahuaro Ranch Park.
In 2017: April 2

Good Life Festival
An outdoor concert series featuring national and local acts and a variety of activities, including specialty shopping, wine tasting, food for purchase. Encanterra, a Trilogy Country Club, San Tan Valley.
In 2017: April 8

Goodyear Spring Concert Series
Bring lawn chairs, blankets, food, beverages (no glass) or purchase from on-site food vendors. Goodyear Community Park. Free.
In 2017: April 1, 15

Goodyear Lakeside Music Fest at Estrella
Live music and dance performances, kids’ zone, beer and wine garden, arts and crafts, and food vendors. Free admission. Estrella Lakeside Amphitheater.
In 2017: April 8

Great Southwest Cajun Fest
You'll feel like you're in Louisiana with Cajun food and live music. Downtown Chandler.
In 2017: April 22

International Jazz Day Festival
Celebrating jazz and the role it plays in uniting people around the world, with musical performances. Mesa Arts Center. Free admission.
In 2017: April 30 

International Jazz Day Phoenix
Phoenix joins nearly 200 global “International Jazz Day” celebrations, the date officially designated by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) to celebrate jazz and the role it plays in uniting people in all corners of the world. CityScape, Downtown Phoenix.
In 2017: April 30

Jazz Concert Series at CityScape
Local jazz and blues artists perform at Patriots Park at lunchtime. Free. CityScape, Downtown Phoenix.
In 2017: April 4, 6, 11, 13, 18, 20, 25, 27

Lake Pleasant Paddlefest
Paddling programs and activities. Paddle craft displays, learn new skills, explore the lake, join in the fun activities in a festive camping atmosphere. Lake Pleasant, Fireman's Cove.
In 2017: April 8

The Lantern Fest
Live music, entertainment, and thousands of lanterns floating into the sky. Family Friendly. Schnepf Farms, Queen Creek.
In 2017: April 8

Larry Fitzgerald Celebrity Softball Game 
Watch celebrities hit home runs and catch pop-flies. The game benefits Larry Fitzgerald First Down Fund, which supports non-profit organizations assisting children and families. 
In 2017: April 22

Laura's Run
10K and 5K runs, a 1 mile run/walk, kids’ dash and doggie trot. Live entertainment, silent auction, runners’ brunch and more. A benefit to fight lung disease by supporting Norton Thoracic Institute at Dignity Health St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center. Kiwanis Park, Tempe.
In 2017: April 8

Libcon
12 - 18 year olds who are fans of sci-fi, comic books and manga participate in story-telling, all day video gaming, card and table top gaming, panels for role playing games and cosplay. Costumes encouraged. Free admission, registration required. Chandler.
In 2017: April 22

Litchfield Park Arts in the Park Concert Series
A free concert on the lawn at the Wigwam Resort in downtown Litchfield Park.
In 2017: April 7

Luke Days
Air shows, food, games, and attractions at Luke Air Force Base in the West Valley. Free admission.
In 2017: Check back in 2018

MACFest
Mesa Arts and Crafts Festival is a family-friendly event featuring artist creations, music and entertainment. Downtown Mesa on North Macdonald, from Main St. to Pepper Pl. Free admission.
In 2017: April 1, 15

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Maricopa County Fair
Join in fun carnival games, exhibits and activities at the Arizona State Fairgrounds in Central Phoenix.
In 2017: April 12 - 16

Maricopa County Home and Garden Show
Hundreds of vendors, seminars, workshops, contests. Arizona State Fairgrounds, Phoenix.
In 2017: April 28 - 30

Meet Me Downtown
A casual, social self-guided 3.3 mile walk around downtown Phoenix. Evening, rain or shine. Free. Starts at CityScape, Downtown Phoenix.
In 2017: Every Monday in April

Mesa Arizona Easter Pageant
Since 1928 the Mesa Arizona Temple has been producing the annual Arizona Easter Pageant, proclaimed as the world's largest annual outdoor Easter pageant.
In 2017: April 5 - 15

Modern Phoenix Expo & Home Tours
Organized by the Modern Phoenix Neighborhood Network. Exhibits, discussions, seminars and tours of mid-century domestic architectural in Phoenix. Several events/seminars are free.
In 2017: March 24 - April 2

Moonlit Drive-In Movie
Family-friendly films shown on inflatable screen at The Promenade in North Scottsdale. Activities for kids before the movie. Bring chairs or watch from your car.
In 2017: April 1, 8, 15, 22, 29

Motorcycles on Main
The streets of downtown Mesa are closed to all but bikers and people who love motorcycles. Music, food, beer garden. Free admission.
In 2017: First Friday of the month

Movies by Moonlight
Family-favorite box office hits, preceded by fun activities with themes to go along with the films. Activities may include make-and-take crafts, inflatables and/or games and prizes. Murphy Park, Glendale.
In 2017: April 7, 21

Movies Under the Stars
Family friendly movies will be shown at UltraStar Multi-tainment Center in Maricopa. Bring your lawn chair or a blanket and enjoy the show. Snacks available to purchase. All movies are free and begin at dusk. 
In 2017: April 22 (note location change)

Music in the Garden
From 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Ullman Terrace. Ticketed event. Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix.
In 2017: April 7, 14, 28

NCAA Final Four Games and Events
College basketball to determine the NCAA men's champs, concerts, expo and other activities.
In 2017: March 31 - April 2

National Parks Free Admission Days
Many national parks in Arizona waive their entrance fee and have special programs.
In 2017: April 15, 16, 22, 23

Olive Blossom Bash
Cooking demos, tours, music, wine and beer garden.
In 2017: April 1, 2

One World, Many Voices: The Artistry of Canyon Records
A comprehensive photographic, musical, and historical exhibit of a unique record company that produces and distributes Native American music. Exhibit runs through May 2017 but on certain dates performances of Native American music and dance are also presented. Pueblo Grande Museum, Phoenix.
In 2017: April 23

Original Taste
Food, beer and wine sampling. Entertainment. Scottsdale Waterfront. 21+ only.
In 2017: April 22

Outdoor Sculpture Tour
Hosted by the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art (SMoCA) on same dates as Sunday A'Fair. Tour meets at Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts. Free. No reservations required. Downtown Scottsdale.
In 2017: April 2

Passover
Seders, treats, vacation stays, recipes.
In 2017: Various dates in April

Pat's Run
Walk or run 4.2 miles in memory of Pat Tillman. Entertainment and activities at end of race. Kids run, too.
In 2017: April 22

Peoria Arts & Cultural Festival
Students exhibit their artwork and perform dance routines, theater acts, and choir and band concerts. Workshops, 5K run, kid's zone.
In 2017: April 1

Performances at the Museum
Performances from the East Valley community. Each performance is different. Includes children’s plays, kid and adult film series, classical music (check schedule). Tempe History Museum. Free admission.
In 2018: April 13, 22

Phoenix Bikefest
Explore the world of motorcycles, clothing, gear, design and more. Live music. Peoria Sports Complex.
In 2017: April 6 - 9

Phoenix Coyotes Hockey
Our professional NHL hockey team hopes to howl its way to the Stanley Cup. Gila River Arena, Glendale.
In 2017: Various dates in April

Phoenix Film Festival
A festival showing feature length and short films from local, national and international filmmakers. Scottsdale.
In 2017: April 6 - 13

Phoenix Gay Pride Parade and Festival
Parade, music, dancing, food, Arts Expo, Health & Wellness Pavilion, KidSpace, Erotic World. Steele Indian School Park.
In 2017: April 1, 2

Phoenix Lights Festival
A music and arts festival in downtown Phoenix. 18+ only. Margaret T. Hance Park, Phoenix. (RELOCATED TO RAWHIDE)
In 2017: April 8, 9

Phoenix Improv Festival
Showcasing both Phoenix improvisational troupes and those from improvisational theatres across the country. Seminars. Herberger Theater.
In 2017: April 20 - 22

Phoenix Pet Expo
Vendors, demonstrations, adoptions, low-cost vaccinations and services, contests. Free admission. WestWorld, Scottsdale.
In 2017: April 14, 15

Phoenix Rising FC
USL Soccer.
In 2017: various dates in April

Phoenix Suns Basketball
Our professional basketball team shoots hoops at the US Airways Center.
In 2017: Various dates in April

Redneck Run
Git yer day started with good ole country music, put on yer best runnin boots. There’s a 5k, 10k and a two-person “plunger” relay. Event for kids, dogs welcome. Prizes for decorated plungers. Benefit for Dogs on Deployment. Westgate Entertainment District​, Glendale.
In 2017: April 9

RELEASE Pool Parties
International and national artists take over the pool stage at Talking Stick Resort in Scottsdale. 21+ only.
In 2017: April 1, 2, 8, 9, 15, 16

Ride-in-Movies at the Park
Walk or ride your bicycle to the park for a free, outdoor family-friendly movie. Locations vary, at Mesa parks.
In 2017: April 22

Road to Country Thunder
A free concert and a pre-festival event for the Country Thunder Music Festival. Downtown Florence.
In 2017: April 1

Run the Runway
A family-friendly 5K/10K event also features a kids' 1-mile Mascot Dash. The run benefits Playworks Arizona, a nonprofit organization that helps transform recess and play into positive experiences in low-income schools. Scottsdale Airport.
In 2017: April 8

Science Saturdays
Youth and teen programs focused on topics such as robotics, meteorology, physics, geology and biology. ​Tumbleweed Ranch in Tumbleweed Park​, Chandler.
In 2017: April 8

Science With a Twist
The Arizona Science Center in Downtown Phoenix opens it doors one evening per month for an adults-only experience (21+), with lectures, music and scientific fun. Ticketed event.
In 2017: April 21

Scottsdale ArtWalk
Every Thursday evening the Scottsdale Art District invites you to spend a casual evening walking downtown and enjoying fine art. Free.
In 2017: Every Thursday evening

Scottsdale Culinary Festival Weekend
Formerly known as the Great Arizona Picnic. Food sampling, musical entertainment, interactive Kids Zone, cooking demonstrations. Scottsdale Civic Plaza/Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts. .
In 2017: April 8, 9

spark! After Dark
A grown-up night out with live art, live music, food, adult drinks. Free admission. Mesa Arts Center.
In 2017: April 15

Spring Butterfly Exhibit
Visitors to the Marshall Butterfly Pavilion can expect to see hundreds of butterflies housed in a spacious 36-by-80-foot flight enclosed garden that recreates a habitat that is most appealing to butterflies. Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix.
In 2017: every day in April

Step Up 4 Kids Walkathon
Encouraging children and adults to be healthy and active by walking the most steps for one consecutive week. Funds raised will be used to help combat childhood obesity by supporting the Healthy LifeStars program.
In 2017: April 17-23

Sunday A'Fair
Musical mini-festival that takes place outdoors on the Scottsdale Civic Center Mall. Free admission.
In 2017: April 2

Sweets Con and Desserts Expo
Desserts, treats, candies, and foodie delights. Family-friendly. Samples, Kid's Fun Zone, decorating competitions, VIP option. Peoria Sports Complex.
In 2017: April 29

Talk Cinema
Audience members are the critics at a sneak-preview film. This film series screens award-winning indie and foreign films before their theatrical release. Screenings include moderated conversations hosted by guest speakers. Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts.
In 2017: April 25

Tempe Spring Festival of the Arts
The annual arts and crafts festival is held in downtown Tempe on Mill Avenue. More than 400 artists exhibit wonderful works of wood, pottery, jewelry, oil paintings and more. Live entertainment also fills the street. Watch the video!
In 2017: March 31 - April 2

Third Thursday at the Museum
"Part coffeehouse, part artist and performing venue, part history lesson and community forum." Free admission. Tempe History Museum.
In 2017: April 20

Vintage and Vino
More than 100 booths of artisan-made products and gifts, kids crafts, wine. Indoors. Horseshoe Park, Queen Creek.
In 2017: March 31, April 1

Walk-In Wednesdays
Local musicians perform at a free open mic night from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Tempe Center for the Arts in Downtown Tempe.
In 2017: Every Wednesday in April

Westgate Bike Night
Thousands of bikes line Coyotes Boulevard. Live music. Family friendly. Restaurant specials. Westgate Entertainment District, Glendale.
In 2017: every Thursday, March 30 - June 1

Westgate Hot Rod Night
Cool and classic car show at Westgate Entertainment District in Glendale, AZ.
In 2017: every Wednesday in April

Wet Electric
An electronic music festival and pool party at Big Surf Waterpark. Tempe.
In 2017: April 29

Wine, Women and Horses
Learn to play the ponies, hat contest, horse races, prizes, raffle, luncheon. A benefit for Child Crisis Arizona. Turf Paradise, Phoenix.
In 2017: April 8

Wine and Beer Tasting Festival
Wine, beer, music. A fundraiser for the non-profit Festival of Lights holiday event in Ahwatukee. Rawhide.
In 2017: April 29

ZapCon
Arcade and pinball convention. Mesa Convention Center.
In 2017: April 29, 30

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