10 Best Things to Do in Phoenix in March

Phoenix, from South Mountain, Arizona

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March is one of the busiest months of the year for Phoenix events, with baseball spring training, art festivals, and garden parties ramping up around this southwest metropolis. Additionally, 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, and theaters in the area if you're looking for more traditional entertainment.

Some events in 2021 may be canceled or postponed, so be sure to check the official organizer's website for the latest details.

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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 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, also check out the Arizona State University Sun Devil Baseball games at the Phoenix Municipal Stadium on various dates during the month. 

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Walk Around an Art District

Scottsdale Art Walk

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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. It's a great chance to sample the city's art scene, and the surrounding area gives you even more chances to check out local art.

In downtown Gilbert, on both March 6 and 20 in 2021, 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 Artwalk.

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Watch Live Sports

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 play at the Talking Stick Resort Arena in downtown Phoenix.

If you've always wanted to see what roller derby is about, you can check out the all-girl Arizona Derby Dames any weekend in March. The team has been playing in downtown Phoenix since 2006. For a little bit of Chinese culture with your sports, you can normally head to the Arizona Dragon Boat Festival at Tempe Town Lake for races, craft booths, and live entertainment.

From March 17 to 21, 2021, 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. Rodeo Scottsdale is another Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) sanctioned rodeo that also takes place at WestWorld from March 4 to 7, 2021.

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Visit Local Museums

Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art in Scottsdale, AZ

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At the Indian Fair & Market, the Heard Museum hosts artist demonstrations, cultural performances, exhibitions of Native American art, and a huge vendor market. In 2021, this event will be a hybrid of live and virtual events.

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. In 2021, the event has not been rescheduled.

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 typically begin at the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts and are free of charge.

The Tempe History Museum usually 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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Chow Down at a Food and Drink Event

Cacti in the Desert Botanical Garden

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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. In 2021, this event has not been rescheduled.

Although the event has not been rescheduled for 2021, you can usually 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. From March 6 to 7, 2021, you can attend the free fine arts festival and food tasting event in Litchfield Park at their annual Spring Art & Culinary Festival.

For a celebration of savory meats, the Great American BBQ & Beer Festival, a family festival in the streets of downtown Chandler on March 27, 2021, where you can listen to music, have fun, and enjoy great food and beer.

Usually, the Maricopa Salsa Festival allows attendees to try more than 50 different salsas, bean dips, and guacamole in the Western United States, but the event has not been rescheduled for 2021.

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Enjoy a Cultural Festival

Aloha Festival Crowd


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Participate in the music, dance, song, and rhythms of Hawaii and Polynesia at the Arizona Aloha Festival, usually held at Tempe Beach Park. On March 13, 2021, the festival will still happen but it will be streamed online.

Step back into medieval times at the Arizona Renaissance Festival at Apache Junction. Each weekend in March, rain or shine, you can enjoy music, theater, comedy, food, drink, crafts, games, and knights jousting at this celebration. The fair has been canceled for 2021.

Haru in the Garden featured music, art, food, and traditional Japanese displays at the Japanese Friendship Garden in Phoenix on March 21, 2021.

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Listen to Live Music

Chandler Symphony Orchestra

Chandler Center for the Arts 

The Chandler Symphony Orchestra usually holds its annual spring performance in March, but the 2021 season is being streamed online only.

The Goodyear Spring Concert Series takes place at the Goodyear Community Park in Phoenix. Attendees can bring lawn chairs, blankets, food, and beverages for the weekend concert series. However, the series was not rescheduled for 2021.

The Good Life Festival, which in 2021 was postponed to November, 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 takes place 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. These concerts have not been rescheduled in 2021.

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. These concerts will be held in person and are available to stream virtually throughout March 2021.

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See a Movie

Scottsdale Center For The Performing Arts

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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. The Talk Cinema series has not been rescheduled for 2021.

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-served 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, games, and prizes at Murphy Park in Glendale. There are no screenings scheduled for March 2021.

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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. This event was not rescheduled for 2021.

The annual Pinal County Fair in Casa Grande offers entertainment, shopping, food, exhibits, carnival rides, and youth livestock shows. However, the fair was postponed for 2021. 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. A date has not been set for 2021.

Bravo Peoria celebrates the city at the Sunrise Mountain Library on March 6, 2021, 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. This festival was postponed to the fall of 2021.

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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, 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.

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