Phoenix Events Calendar for May

Things to Do in Greater Phoenix in May

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May is a transitional month in the Phoenix area. The weather is typically already hot and there are fewer outdoor events. Our winter visitors leave during this time, heading off to cooler parts. At the same time, most schools close for summer vacation during May, so more events are kid-oriented. You can still find Phoenix area events in May, both outside and indoors, to entertain you, your friends and your family.

These are many of the community events that you can count on year in and year out. 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.

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

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Event Calendar - May

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 May

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

The AmeriCAN Canned Craft Beer Festival
Celebrating the craft beer movement. Live entertainment, food, VIP, beer science garden, seminars, beer Olympics, and over 100 local and national breweries celebrating the canned craft beer revolution. 21+ only. Margaret T. Hance Park, Phoenix.
In 2017: May 13

Arizona Coyotes Open House
Locker room tours, activities for kids, seat selection for ticket packages.
In 2017: May 13

Arizona Derby Dames
All-girl roller derby since 2006, now playing on a banked track. Phoenix.
In 2017: May 13

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

Arizona Restaurant Week
Sample prix fixe menus at participating restaurants in the Phoenix area.
In 2017: May 19 - 28

Arizona Special Olympics Summer Games
2,000 athletes compete in track and field, powerlifting, gymnastics, softball skills, tennis and other events. Glendale.
In 2017: May 4-6

Phoenix Rising FC
Professional soccer, USL League. South Scottsdale.
In 2017: May 6, 13

Arizona Winds Concert Band
The Arizona Winds perform their season finale concert each May in recognition of Armed Forces Week. Patriotic theme. Family-friendly, afternoon performance. Free admission, donations accepted.
In 2017: May 21

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: May ??

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: May 16

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 7 a.m. This activity is included in the regular admission fee.
In 2017: Every Monday in May

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: May 18

Bubble Bash
Bubble fun with interactive discovery stations, bubble wand making, experiment with different kinds of bubble solutions and more. Live entertainment, giveaways, contests. Westgate Entertainment District, Glendale.
In 2017: May 6

Bubble Bash
Bubble fun with interactive discovery stations, bubble wand making, experiment with different kinds of bubble solutions and more. Live entertainment, giveaways, contests. Tempe Marketplace.
In 2017: May 13

Bubble Bash
Bubble fun with interactive discovery stations, bubble wand making, experiment with different kinds of bubble solutions and more. Live entertainment, giveaways, contests. Desert Ridge Marketplace, Phoenix.
In 2017: May 20

Caleb Reese Festival of New Plays and Musicals
The works may include stage and screen plays, musicals, children's theatre, and performance pieces. The Festival also includes educational components such as works-related discussions, workshops and internships. Phoenix Theatre.
In 2017: May 5 - 13

Cave Creek Balloon Festival
Hot air balloons aglow, live music and family entertainment.
In 2017: May 27

Chandler Symphony Orchestra
Indoor concert. Family-friendly. Free, donations accepted.
In 2018: May 6

Chill Studio SK8
Indoor pop-up skating experience with synthetic ice-like surface, skate rentals, music and lights, cabana rentals. Special events such as skate-in movies, teens-only nights, tot sessions. Shops at Norterra, North Phoenix.
In 2017: May 25 - August 4

Cinco de Mayo Celebrations
Neighborhood and community Cinco de Mayo celebrations are free or very reasonably priced. You'll find lots of Latino music, dance, Mexican food, games — it's fiesta time!
In 2017: First week in May

City Lights Movie Nights
Bring a chair or blanket to watch a free, family-friendly out door movie at CityScape Phoenix. Come early to grab a spot. Prizes, giveaways.
In 2017: May 12

CinePark Outdoor Movies
Favorite family films on a big, outdoor screen at Tumbleweed Park in Chandler. Bring a picnic and a blanket or purchase snacks. Activities and games for kids begin and then movie after it gets dark.
In 2017: May 5, 12, 19

Date Night at Scottsdale Stadium
Stadium tours, food trucks, beer, wine and a movie. 21+ only. Scottsdale Stadium.
In 2017: May 13

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

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

Downtown Chandler Art Walk
Visit more than 70 artisans set up along the streets in front of the unique shops and cafes of Historic Downtown Chandler. Free.
In 2017: May 19

Dragons and Vines: Inlaid Guitar Masterpieces
an exhibition featuring more than thirty instruments with incredible inlay by North America's finest artists and luthiers. Guitars, banjos, and one ukulele, featuring inlaid artwork created from materials including abalone shell, mother-of-pearl, coral, gold, copper, wood, and others. MIM, North Phoenix.
In 2017: now through Sep. 4, 2017

Experience Polynesia
An annual celebration of Pacific Island music and culture with musical performances, dancing demonstrations and more. Included with museum admission. Musical Instrument Museum, Phoenix.
In 2017: May 20, 21

Farmers Markets
Vegetables, fruits, herbs, flowers, breads, jams, cheeses, juices, local specialty foods and crafts. Several locations.
In 2017: various dates in May

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

Flashlight Tours at Desert Botanical Garden
See, hear and feel the desert night's plants and animals on the Discovery Trail. Bring a flashlight and wear comfortable shoes. Self-paced tours begin at 7 p.m. Recommended for families and children of all ages. Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix.
In 2017: Thursday and Saturday evenings starting May 27

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: May 19

Friday Night Drags
Local bring their own vehicles and race at Wildhorse Pass Motorsports Park, Chandler. Drivers and spectators welcome.
In 2017: May 12

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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: May 11, 25

Glendale's Live at the Library
Musical entertainment at 6:30 p.m. at the Glendale Main Library. Concerts are free. Call 623-930-3573 for more details.
In 2017: May 27

International Museum Day
May 18 is International Museum Day. Participating museums offer free admissions or special entrance fees on Museum Day.
In 2017: on or around May 18 

Kentucky Derby Events
Can't get to Kentucky for the annual Run for the Roses? You can find a viewing party, brunch or a mint julep right here in Arizona.
In 2017: May 6

Lemonade Days
Water play, live entertainment, vendors, beer and wine garden activities, games. Family-friendly. Queen Creek.
In 2017: May 20

Mad Monster Arizona
A horror, sci-fi and fantasy-themed convention. Celebrities, merchandise, screenings, signings, costumes. 
In 2017: May 19 - 21

McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park Free Concerts
Scottsdale. Bring a blanket or a lawn chair and enjoy a variety of music from 7:30 to 9 p.m. Train and carousel rides are available during all concerts for a small charge.
In 2017: Sunday nights in May

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

Memorial Day Observances and Events
There are community events, concerts, and observances on Memorial Day weekend.
In 2017: Memorial Day weekend

Mother's Day Events
Each year there are a variety of events, activities and dining specials to celebrate that special Mom in your life.
In 2017: Various dates in May

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 at the Museum
Phoenix Art Museum. Independent and classic cinema and documentaries relating to art, artists, and works on view in the Museum, usually followed by discussion. Free with paid museum admission. First come, first seated.
In 2017: May ??

Movies in the Park
Free admission. Bring a blanket, snacks, and water. Movies begin at dusk (approximately 7 p.m.). Movies are shown by the fire pit on the west side of Kiwanis Lake at Kiwanis Park, Tempe.
In 2017: May 5, 12, 19, 26

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: May 20

Multicultural Music Festival
Presented by The Northwest Black History Committee. Vendors, car show, local and national acts perform in Peoria.
In 2017: May ??

Music in the Garden
From 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Ullman Terrace. Ticketed event. Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix.
In 2017: Every Friday in May

Music in May
Free concerts at Anthem Community Park amphitheater at 7 p.m. Bring your picnic and your blanket or lawn chairs. Concerts are about two hours long. Free admission.
In 2017: Every Friday in May

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: May 5, 25

Phoenix Comicon
Presenting guests and programming for hobbyists by attracting the top segments of the comics, anime, sci-fi, film, tv, and gaming industries. Phoenix Convention Center and Hyatt Regency, downtown Phoenix.
In 2018: May 24 - 27

Phoenix Mercury WNBA Basketball
The women of the Phoenix Mercury play professional basketball at Talking Stick Resort Arena.
In 2018: Various dates in May

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

Queen Creek Peach Festival
Enjoy peach picking, recipes, sampling, and entertainment at Schnepf Farms.
In 2017: May 12 - 21

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: May 6

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: May 19

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

spark! After Dark
A grown-up night out with live art, live music, food, adult drinks. Free admission. Mesa Arts Center.
In 2017: May 20

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: through May 14

Summer Concerts
Free concerts at the Amphitheater at Arrowhead Towne Center in Glendale.
In 2017: May 13, 20, 27

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: May 9

Tempe International Triathlon
Sprints and relays. Expo and packet pickup on Saturday. Tempe Town Lake.
In 2017: May 21

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: May 18

Urban Wine Walk
A self-guided tour in downtown Phoenix. Wine-centric tour of restaurants on light rail offering wine samples for a few bucks.
In 2017: May 6

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 2018: Every Wednesday in May

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

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