Things to Do in Phoenix in March

Phoenix, from South Mountain, Arizona
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If you can't find something to do in the Phoenix area, you probably aren't looking very hard. March is one of the busiest months of the year for Phoenix events, with baseball, art festivals, and garden activities — this is truly the place to be in the springtime. Additionally, Phoenix, Peoria, Scottsdale, Tempe, Mesa, Chandler, Gilbert, Glendale and many other communities have plenty of recurring and monthly events. There are also plenty of big-name concerts, shows, or theatre in the area.

These are many of the March events in Greater Phoenix that you can count on to take place 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.

Activities in this event calendar are appropriate for families unless otherwise indicated. 

  • 01 of 11

    Cheer on Cactus League Baseball

    Cactus League Spring Training

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    Each March, the 15 Major League Baseball teams that make up the Cactus League come to Arizona for exhibition baseball and spring training. The 10 baseball stadiums around Phoenix hosts teams from all across the western United States and you can get cheap tickets to watch the pre-season action.

    If you're a big fan of college sports, you can also check out the Arizona State University Sun Devil Baseball games at the Phoenix Municipal Stadium on various dates in March.

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    Walk Around the Art District

    Oldtown Scottsdale

    Scottsdale ArtWalk

    In downtown Phoenix, check out First Friday, where you can visit more than 80 art galleries, studios and art spaces for free on the first Friday of the month.

    In downtown Gilbert, on both March 3 and 17 in 2018, the Gilbert Art Walk invited guests to browse the local artists' booths and enjoy children's activities.

    Every Thursday evening, the Scottsdale Art District invites guests to spend a casual evening walking downtown and enjoying free fine art, snacks, and even some wine at select galleries during the weekly Scottsdale ArtWalk. Meanwhile, every Sunday in March, Downtown Tempe invites guests to enjoy original arts and crafts, live music, and shopping at the family-friendly 6th Street Market.

    On the second Friday in March, 2nd Friday Night Out in Mesa features live music, entertainment, an art walk, and prizes. Each month has a theme for this family-friendly, free-admission event on Main Street in Downtown Mesa. On the third Friday of the month, you can also visit more than 40 artisans set up along the streets in front of the unique shops and cafes of ​Historic Downtown Chandler during the free Downtown Chandler Art Walk.

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    Cheer on Hockey or Roller Derby

    St Louis Blues v Arizona Coyotes

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    The professional Phoenix National Hockey League team, the Arizona Coyotes, plays on various dates in March at the Gila River Arena in Glendale while the basketball team, the Phoenix Suns plays at the Talking Stick Resort Arena in downtown Phoenix.

    Since 2006, the all-girl ​Arizona Derby Dames have played roller derby in downtown Phoenix every weekend in March, and if you're looking for an incredibly exciting sport that's pretty hard to come by around the world, it's definitely worth it to stop in for a game.

    For a bit of cultural entertainment in sports, head to the Arizona Dragon Boat Festival at Tempe Town Lake where you can watch the races, browse craft booths, and even catch some live entertainment.

    Four hundred of America's top horses and riders compete in the annual Cactus Reining Classic at WestWorld in Scottsdale. Judged on athletic ability while executing an assigned pattern, these horse and rider combinations are required to demonstrate circles, spins, and sliding stops.

    Both Parada del Sol Rodeo and the Roots N' Boots family rodeo at PRCA sanctioned rodeos that take place in the month of March. Parada del Sol takes place at the WestWorld in Scottsdale while the Roots N' Boots takes place at the Queen Creek stadium.

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    Visit Local Museums

    Heard Museum
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    The Heard Museum invites guests to witness artist demonstrations, enjoy cultural performances, walk through the exhibitions of Native American art, and shop at the huge vendor market at the 60th Heard Museum Guild Indian Fair & Market on March 3 and 4, 2018.

    On the second Saturday in March, the Pueblo Grande Museum hosts hands-on demonstrations, craft activities, and games to practice using ancient and historic technology as part of their annual Ancient Technology Day event.

    On March 10 and 11, the Discount Tire Free Family Weekends allow all guests free admission to the ​Phoenix Art Museum and includes a special hands-on, educational program designed to appeal to visitors of all ages.

    The Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art (SMoCA) offers a free tour every Sunday in March as part of the January through April Sunday A'Fair. These outdoor sculpture tours begin at the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts and are free of charge.

    The Tempe History Museum hosts an event called Third Thursday at the Museum, which offers a series of performances by artists and musicians as well as a brief history lesson and a community forum. Free every third Thursday, this event also offers coffee and light snacks.

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  • 05 of 11

    Food and Drink Events

    Cacti in the Desert Botanical Garden

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    Celebrate Sonoran roots with gourmet cuisines prepared by renowned Valley restaurants and caterers as well as music and margaritas at the 21-and-over Agave on the Rocks event at the Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix on March 30. Although a little on the pricey side at $75 per ticket, this event is sure to delight your taste buds.

    Alternatively, you can attend the ​Devoured Culinary Classic February 24 through March 5, which features food and wine tastings from local artisans, farms, restaurateurs, food producers, and vintners at the sculpture garden at the Phoenix Art Museum.

    Learn about local bird species and enjoy some local brews at the Birds 'n' Beer night at the Nina Mason Pulliam Rio Salado Audubon Center in Phoenix on March 14 and 15. On March 3, you can also attend the free fine arts festival and food tasting event in Litchfield Park at their annual ​Spring Art & Culinary Festival.

    A food event highlighting Arizona’s independent restaurant scene, Check, Please! Arizona Festival showcases cuisine from restaurants featured on the locally produced TV show Check, Please! Arizona at the Margaret T. Hance Park in Phoenix.

    March 9 through 11, the Ahwatukee Park in Phoenix welcomes guests to the 14th Annual Chili Cook-Off Festival featuring live music, chili sampling, beer, wine, crafts, and a fun & jump carnival. For even more American meats, check out the Great American BBQ & Beer Festival, a family festival in the streets of downtown Chandler where you can listen to music, have fun, and enjoy great food and beer.

    Sample more than 200 specialty and micro-brewed beers from all over the Southwest and beyond at the ​Great Arizona Beer Festival at Civic Space Park in Phoenix. The festival also features live music, food, and fun for people ages 21 and over.

    On March 24, the Maricopa Salsa Festival invites guests to try more than 50 different salsas and decide which are the tastiest salsas, bean dips, and guacamole in the Western United States.

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    Enjoy a Cultural Festival

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    Learn about and participate in the music, dance, song, and rhythms of Hawaii and Polynesia at the Arizona Aloha Festival at Tempe Beach Park on March 10 and 11, 2018. You can also sample island foods and shop for traditional arts and crafts.

    Step back into medieval times at the Arizona Renaissance Festival at Apache Junction On Saturdays and Sundays between February 10 and April 1. Each weekend, rain or shine, you can enjoy music, theater, comedy, food, drink, crafts, games, and knights jousting at this celebration.

    On March 24 and 25, 2018, the Italian Festival of Arizona celebrated Italian culture, music, food, and commerce and invites guests to enjoy authentic Italian cuisine, live music, and handcrafted items from a variety of vendors at the South Bridge Scottsdale.

    Native Trails celebrates Native American society and focuses on the individual cultures of these Southwest tribes. Native American performers present musical performances using traditional instruments while booths present Native foods, arts, crafts, and jewelry at the Scottsdale Civic Center Mall on selected Thursdays and Saturdays, January through April.

    Haru in the Garden featured music, art, food, and traditional Japanese displays at the Japanese Friendship Garden in Phoenix on March 24, 2018.

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    Listen to Live Music

    Chandler Symphony Orchestra

    Chandler Center for the Arts 

    The city of Chandler hosts both the Chandler Jazz Fe​stival, an outdoor concert in the evening at the Downtown Chandler Stage, and the Chandler Symphony Orchestra's annual spring performance, both of which are free to the public.

    The Gilbert Downtown Concerts take place in Downtown Gilbert by the Water Tower while the Goodyear Spring Concert Series takes place at the Goodyear Community Park in Phoenix, and both invite guests to bring lawn chairs, blankets, food, and beverages (no glass) for these weekend concert series. Loud VI at the Tempe History Museum is another great family-friendly concert that takes place this month.

    The Good Life Festival is an outdoor concert series featuring national and local acts and a variety of activities, including specialty shopping, wine tasting, and food for purchase located Encanterra, a Trilogy Country Club, in San Tan Valley.

    Lunchtime concerts at the Out to Lunch Concert Series feature local artists playing a variety of music including folk, country, jazz, Dixieland, oldies, and world music at the Mesa Arts Center on select days throughout the month.

    Peoria Music Series, Performances at the Tempe History Museum,  and the Phoenix Boys Choir Concert Series are also available this month free of charge at various venues throughout the Phoenix area.

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    See an Indie Movie

    Scottsdale Center For The Performing Arts
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    At Talk Cinema, audience members become the critics of 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 at the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts.

    Movies at the Museum at the Phoenix Art Museum screens independent and classic cinema and documentaries relating to art, artists, and works on view in the Museum, usually followed by discussion. It's free with paid museum admission, but seating is available on a first come, first seated basis.

    Movies by Moonlight offers 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 at Murphy Park in Glendale.

    City Lights Movie Night offers a free movie at CityScape in Downtown Phoenix as well as giveaways, contests, and prizes.

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  • 09 of 11

    Attend a Block Party

    Unique and Colorful Art at the Arizona Fine Art Expo
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    Scottsdale hosts the Arizona Fine Art Expo from mid-January through the end of March, a 10-week event where designers, painters, sketchers, and sculptors teach demonstrations and workshops while guests enjoy fine wine and cuisine.

    The annual Pinal County Fair in Casa Grande offers entertainment, shopping, food, exhibits, carnival rides, and youth livestock shows, while the Scottsdale Arts Festival is held on the grounds of the Scottsdale Center for the Arts, where guests can enjoy more than 175 nationally-acclaimed artists' exhibits, continuous live entertainment, food, and a kids area.

    Queen Creek's Extreme Block Party is a family-friendly themed annual event with music, entertainment, and a kids zone. While Bravo Peoria celebrated the city at the ​Sunrise Mountain Library with children's activities, performing arts, visual arts, a flea market, and a book sale.

    The East Valley has gained national attention for its ostrich races, carnival, arts and crafts, entertainment, and food offered each year in March at the Ostrich Festival & Parade.

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    Explore the Science Center After Dark

    Arizona SciTech Festival banner
    Arizona SciTech Festival

    Join in a statewide celebration of science, technology, engineering, an math with more than 200 expos, workshops, conversations, exhibitions, and tours at the Arizona SciTech Festival, held in diverse neighborhoods throughout the area on various dates in February and March. 

    You can also take place in Astronomy Evenings at Pinnacle Peak Park in Scottsdale for a conversation explaining facts about the solar system and the galaxy around the planet earth followed by observing the moon, several planets, and star systems through a Celestron telescope.

    "Geeks’ Night Out – the Science of Fun" is an event that celebrates the worlds of science fiction and business-science with music, games, business lectures, book sales, a job fair, and a gadget exhibit in downtown Tempe.

    Meanwhile, Science With a Twist at the Arizona Science Center in Downtown Phoenix opens its doors one evening per month for an adult-only experience (21+), with lectures, music, and scientific fun.

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    Go Stargazing

    Civic Center Library, Scottsdale, Arizona
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    Have fun while supporting a great cause at the Blake's Miracle Swim-Kid-Athon, which also features its silent auction, business expo, bounce house, face painting, and a raffle at SWIMkids USA in Mesa.

    The Phoenix Children's Festival is a family-friendly event filled with fun and entertainment that also provides parents with vital information regarding the health, welfare, and education of their children. Meanwhile, the Ultimate Play Date invites younger kids to gather and play, express themselves, create, and explore at the Scottsdale Civic Center Library.

    Take a guided tour of the night sky with professional Stargazers Tony and Carole La Conte at the Stargazing for Everyone event at the Skyline Regional Park in Buckeye. Learn how to use a sky map, the names, and meanings of the stars, see the constellations and listen to stories of the night sky.