11 Best Things to Do in Phoenix in March

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If you can't find something to do in the Phoenix area in March, 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.

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 theater in the area.

Cheer on Cactus League Baseball

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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 host teams from all across the western United States, and it's easy to get cheap tickets and watch the pre-season action.

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

Walk Around an Art District

Scottsdale ArtWalk in Scottsdale, Arizona
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In downtown Phoenix, First Friday is a monthly art event where you can visit more than 80 galleries, studios, and workspaces for free on the first Friday of the month.

In downtown Gilbert, on both March 2 and 16 in 2019, the Gilbert Art Walk is a great evening activity to walk and browse the local artists' booths and enjoy children's activities.

Every Thursday evening, the Scottsdale Art District invites guests to spend a casual night strolling through downtown and enjoying fine art, snacks, and even some wine at select galleries during the weekly Scottsdale ArtWalk. 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.

The 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.

Watch Live Sports

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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 play at the Talking Stick Resort Arena in downtown Phoenix.

For an unusual sporting activity to watch, try roller derby. Since 2006, the all-girl Arizona Derby Dames have played roller derby in downtown Phoenix every weekend in March.

For a bit of cultural entertainment in sports, head to the Arizona Dragon Boat Festival at Tempe Town Lake for races, craft booths, and live entertainment.

Around 400 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 are PRCA sanctioned rodeos that take place in March. Parada del Sol is at the WestWorld in Scottsdale, while the Roots N' Boots is held at the Queen Creek stadium.

Visit Local Museums

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At the Indian Fair & Market on March 2 and 3, 2019, the Heard Museum hosts artist demonstrations, cultural performances, exhibitions of Native American art, and a huge vendor market. 

On the second Saturday in March, the Pueblo Grande Museum is open for hands-on demonstrations, craft activities, and games that utilize historic gear as part of their annual Ancient Technology Day event.

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.

Chow Down at a Food and Drink Event

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Celebrate Sonoran roots with gourmet cuisines prepared by renowned Valley restaurants and caterers, plus music and margaritas at the Agave on the Rocks event at the Desert Botanical Garden. The Phoenix event is on March 29, and although a little on the pricey side at $75 per ticket, the party is sure to delight your taste buds.

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 16. 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.

March 8 to 10, the Ahwatukee Park in Phoenix welcomes guests to the 15th Annual Chili Cook-Off Festival featuring live music, chili sampling, beer, wine, crafts, and a fun & jump carnival. For even more American meats, try the Great American BBQ & Beer Festival, a family festival in the streets of downtown Chandler on March 30, where you can listen to music, have fun, and enjoy great food and beer.

On March 23, the Maricopa Salsa Festival allows attendees to try more than 50 different salsas, bean dips, and guacamole in the Western United States.

Enjoy a Cultural Festival

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Participate in the music, dance, song, and rhythms of Hawaii and Polynesia at the Arizona Aloha Festival at Tempe Beach Park on March 9 and 10, 2019. 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 9 and March 31. Each weekend, rain or shine, you can enjoy music, theater, comedy, food, drink, crafts, games, and knights jousting at this celebration.

Haru in the Garden featured music, art, food, and traditional Japanese displays at the Japanese Friendship Garden in Phoenix on March 23, 2019.

Listen to Live Music

Chandler Symphony Orchestra
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As Spring arrives, the city of Chandler hosts the Chandler Jazz Festival, an outdoor concert in April at the Downtown Chandler Stage, and the Chandler Symphony Orchestra's annual spring performance on March 24—both are free to the public.

The Goodyear Spring Concert Series takes place at the Goodyear Community Park in Phoenix, and where attends can bring lawn chairs, blankets, food, and beverages (no glass) for the weekend concert series. 

The Good Life Festival on March 23, 2019, is an outdoor concert series featuring national and local acts and a variety of activities, including specialty shopping, wine tasting, and food for purchase. The Festival is located at 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.

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

See an Indie Movie

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At Talk Cinema, audience members become the critics of a sneak-preview film. The 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.

On March 29, 2019, 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, games, and prizes at Murphy Park in Glendale.

On the second Friday of the month, City Lights Movie Night offers free film screenings at CityScape in Downtown Phoenix as well as giveaways, contests, and prizes.

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. 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.

Bravo Peoria celebrates the city at the Sunrise Mountain Library on March 2, 2019, 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.

Explore the Science Center After Dark

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Join in a statewide celebration of science, technology, engineering, and math with more than 200 expos, workshops, conversations, exhibitions, and tours at the Arizona SciTech Festival, held in diverse neighborhoods 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. After the talk, you can observe the moon, several planets, and star systems through a Celestron telescope.

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

Go Stargazing

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Have fun while supporting a great cause at the Blake's Miracle Swim-Kid-Athon on March 2, 2019, 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. 

Take a guided tour of the night sky with professional Stargazers Tony and Carole La Conte at the Stargazing for Everyone event at the Usery Mountain Park in Mesa on March 30, 2019. Learn how to use a sky map, study the names and meanings of the stars, see the constellations, and listen to stories of the night sky.

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