Spring Festivals in the Valley

It may be frigid and snowy on the East Coast, but here in Arizona, we’re enjoying clear skies, a lot of sunshine, and temperatures in the 70s. It cannot get any better than that, right?

It can! Spring also marks the continuation of events season here in the Valley with nearly 100 food and drink, music and art festivals planned between January and April. Not to forget, Spring Training, the Waste Management Phoenix Open and Luke Days! Check out some of the top festivals, events and concerts happening around the Valley over the next few months.

January

Jan. 12 – 14 | Arizona Rock n’ Roll Half Marathon weekend 

Thousands of runners will make their way through the Valley’s streets, running distances of 5K, 10K, half-marathon and full marathon. For those not running, prepare for streets to be closed during the morning hours. More information.

Jan. 13 | Chandler Multicultural Festival and Chandler International Film Festival

The festival celebrates the various cultures in the Valley through art, dance, and music. This year, short films entered into the Chandler International Film Festival will be screened on the front lawn. More information.

Jan. 13 – 14 | Litchfield Park Native American Fine Art Festival

More than 100 Native American and Southwestern artists will showcase their artwork at this cultural showcase. There will also be musical performances and demonstrations. More information.

Jan. 13 – 15 | ACE Comic Con 

A new arena-style comic convention set to make its debut at Gila River Arena in Glendale. Chris Evans (Captain America), Tom Holland (Spider-Man), Sebastian Stan (Winter Soldier) and Stan Lee are scheduled to attend, among others. More information.

Jan. 20 | Brunch Bash AZ

A new festival in 2018 focused on brunch. Benefiting Phoenix’s One n Ten organization, local restaurants and chefs will create sample-sized brunch items at CityScape in downtown Phoenix. Admission gets you into the music performances and festival. Samples will start at $2 each. More information.

Jan. 28 | Tacolandia

An outdoor food festival to sample tacos from local taco restaurants. More information.

 

February

Feb 3 | The 66th annual Great Canadian Picnic

A free community festival at the South Mountain Activity Complex that celebrates Canadian heritage with poutine, rock climbing, classic cars, live music, a snow slide, and petting zoo. More information.

Feb. 8 – 18 | Arizona Beer Week 

Breweries and restaurants across the state will host special beer tappings and pairings, and brewery tours. The signature event of the week is the Arizona Strong Beer Festival on Feb. 10. More information.

Feb. 10 – 12 | Street Eats Food Truck Festival

More than 50 food trucks will serve $2 samples of their menus at Salt River Fields. There will also be live music, eating contests and kids entertainment. More information.

Feb. 15 – 25 | Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show

More than 2,000 horses and their trainers and breeders will compete for a share of more than $1 million over 10 days at WestWorld of Scottsdale. There will also be barn tours, opportunities to meet an Arabian horse, and crafts. More information.

Feb. 16 – 18 | 28th annual Chinese Culture & Cuisine Festival 

A three-day festival celebrating Chinese culture. There will be traditional dragon and lion dances, martial arts shows, food and art. More information.

Feb. 23 | Spring Training starts

Grab the mitt and head over to one of the Valley’s 10 stadiums to watch Major League Baseball teams practice and prep for the upcoming season. More information.

 

March

March 2 – 4 | McDowell Mountain Music Festival

The not-for-profit music festival celebrates 15 years in 2018. Nick Murphy, Big Gigantic, Griz and Father John Misty are the top-billed acts on the lineup. More information.

March 2 | Rockin’ Taco Rumble

A spin-off of Chandler’s Rockin’ Taco Street Fest, 15 restaurants and chefs will compete to create the best taco and win the People’s Choice award. This is the first year for this event.

March 9 – 11 | 2018 Scottsdale Arts Festival

An arts festival and fundraiser for the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art and Scottsdale Public Center. Last year, more than 150 artists from across the country showcased their work. There is also food and live music. More information.

March 10 – 11 | 2018 Arizona Aloha Festival

A two-day festival that celebrates Hawaiian and South Pacific culture through food, art, and dance. More information.

March 23 – 25 | Innings Festival

The inaugural three-day music festival will take place during Spring Training at Tempe Beach Park. It will be headlined by Queens of the Stoneage, The Avett Brothers, and Chris Stapleton. Young the Giant, Cold War Kids, Counting Crows and Luke Combs are also scheduled to perform. It is produced by C3 Presents, the same group behind Chicago’s Lollapalooza and Austin City Limits. More information.

 

View original article here on ABC15 to see even more festivals and events coming to the valley.