Happy Easter weekend! In addition to the holiday's festivities, we've got movies, music and more on our top things to do in Phoenix this weekend:
Movies in the Park: April 18
Bring a lawn chair, a cozy blanket, your favorite snacks and join the community for a free movie on Biltmore Fashion Park's lawn. This week's complimentary flick is the classic The Maltese Falcon. Next week is the season's final movie night of the season, with The Sting being shown.
Artichoke Day: April 19
Enjoy a beautiful spring day down on the farm with Artichoke Day at Crooked Sky Farms. Bring your own bottle of wine to enjoy with the artichoke cooking demos and take a tour of the farm. Admission includes your own artichoke plant start, too.
Four Peaks Local Fest: April 19
It's Four Peaks Brewing Company's birthday, but they're throwing the party for us! Four Peaks Local Fest will be a full day of family fun featuring live music, food trucks, kids entertainment, and of course - beer. In addition to local favorites, the brewer will also be pouring barrel-aged brews and specialty beers.
Women Who Rock: Vision, Passion Power: Through April 20
This is your last weekend to catch the Musical Instrument Museum's Women Who Rock exhibition. The special exhibition celebrates more than 70 female artists with iconic costumes, instruments and more. Check out Lady Gaga's infamous meat dress, costumes from The Supremes, Madonna, and lots more.
Our communications intern Tayllor recently visited the new Hollywood Costume exhibit at Phoenix Art Museum . She offered to provide her insider’s perspective of this exclusive exhibit. Enjoy!
Imagine yourself inches away from Dorothy’s ruby red slippers or Darth Vader’s menacing black suit and cape. How about staring down Indiana Jones’ leather jacket or Marilyn Monroe’s billowing white dress from The Seven Year Itch?
Well, now you can see these, and many more, iconic pieces of American cinema. A slice of Hollywood has parked itself in downtown Phoenix with the arrival of Phoenix Art Museum’s much-anticipated Hollywood Costume exhibition.
Arriving from the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, the glittering and glamorous showcase brings together more than 100 of the world’s most iconic costumers from a century of filmmaking. Phoenix Art Museum is the final scheduled stop and one of only two U.S. museums to host the exhibit.
Foodies, art fans, music lovers, kids and families all have great events to look forward to this weekend. Check out our top picks for things to do in Phoenix this weekend:
Scottsdale Culinary Festival featuring the Great Arizona Picnic: Through April 13 (Picnic: April 12-13)
One of Greater Phoenix's spring traditions has returned for its 36th year, and foodies are as excited as ever. The Scottsdale Culinary Festival has grown into a celebration of more than 20 events, with more than 100 participating restaurants and 40,000 guests clamoring for delectable fare and drink. The festival is highlights each year by the weekend's Great Arizona Picnic. Patrons of the picnic wine and dine on tasty bites and beverages from more than 50 restaurants as they stroll through 25 acres of Scottsdale's picturesque Civic Mall.
Big Band Saturday at The Farm at South Mountain: April 12
Strap on your dancin' shoes and head to the green acres of The Farm at South Mountain's pecan grove for a day of free live music. Swing orchestra Upper East Side Big Band will be getting feet moving with vintage jazz, early blues and be-bop. After cutting a rug and working up a hunger, stick around for lunch at The Farm Kitchen or fuel up beforehand at Morning Glory Cafe.
Sunnyslope Art Walk: April 12
Enjoy a Saturday evening stroll while admiring the variety of works from more than 100 artists at the Sunnyslope Art Walk.
Chalk Art Festivals at Desert Ridge Marketplace and Westgate Entertainment Center: April 12
The walkways of Desert Ridge Marketplace and Westgate Entertainment Center will come alive with color this weekend at the inaugural Chalk Art Festival. Bring out the family to watch as six professional artists at Desert Ridge and seven at Westgate will each create a unique sidewalk mural. Little Picassos will also get to create their own art with their contribution to the community mural at each location's KidZone area. The professional murals will stay on display through April 30.
Dia del Nino at the Phoenix Zoo: April 13
Families will get extra bang for their buck at the Phoenix Zoo this Sunday. Little ones will get to enjoy Dia del Nino activities such as pinata bashing and face painting while the whole family is entertained by musicians and folkloric dancers throughout the day. Even some of the animals will get a crack at their own pinata!
There are lots of great Easter events in Phoenix to enjoy this year! From easter egg hunts, to scrumptious brunches and more, we've got you covered:
Easter Egg Hunts and Easter Bunny Photos
Free Easter Bunny Photos at Westgate
Capture this year’s Easter memories with a photo op at Westgate Entertainment District. Bring the kids to meet the Easter bunny starting April 4th and receive a free downloadable photo and gift!
Details: Westgate Entertainment District, 6751 N. Sunset Blvd., Glendale. Free admission, Friday, April 4 - Saturday, April 19, 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Daisy the Bunny Photos
Daisy the Bunny will be making a special appearance at the Outlets at Anthem! Kids will receive a gift bag and an activity book and get to have their photo taken with Daisy the bunny.
Details: Outlets at Anthem, 4250 W. Anthem Way, Anthem. Free admission, Saturday, April 19, 1:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Dolly Sanchez Memorial Easter Egg Hunt
Hang out with Mr. and Mrs. Bunny themselves! Kids will have the chance to hunt for candy, ride ponies and hop around on some fun inflatables. There will also be a petting zoo, face painting and carnival games for the whole family to enjoy.
Details: Peoria Sports Complex, 16101 N. 83rd Ave., Peoria. Free admission with a canned food donation. Saturday, April 19, 8 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Maricopa Easter Egg Hunt
Maricopa is celebrating Easter with one of Maricopa’s biggest Easter egg hunts. There will be games, an Easter egg hunt, the Easter Bunny and so much more!
Details: UltraStar Multi-tainment Center at Ak-Chin, 16000 Maricopa Rd, Maricopa. Free admission, Saturday, April 19, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
4th Annual Governor’s Easter Egg Roll and Festival
Kids and families will be delighted at this year’s festival, with live entertainment, an Easter egg hunt, animal encounters, and crafts. And of course, a special appearance from the Easter Bunny!
Details: The Wigwam, 300 E. Wigwam Blvd, Litchfield Park. Free admission, Saturday, April 19, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
An Easter egg hunt with more than 6,000 eggs will be the topic of conversation for your child for weeks to come! Hope Covenant Church will be giving out prizes, free breakfast and an outdoor worship service at 10 a.m.
Details: Tumbleweed Park, 745 E. Germann Rd, Chandler. Free admission, Sunday, April 20, 9 a.m.
The first weekend of April is quite similar to the last weekend of March: Perfect spring weather and lots of outdoor events across greater Phoenix with which to enjoy it! Check out our top picks for things to do in Phoenix this weekend:
Guided hikes at Maricopa Country Regional Parks: April 5
Get out and explore the region's desert parks with the people that know the areas best. The county's regional parks host guided tours throughout the year and this Saturday will be a perfect day for partaking in one! This weekend's guided hikes include:
- An early-morning bird walk with an expert birder from the Sonoran Audobon Society at the White Tank Mountain Regional Park.
- A wildflower walk in Spur Cross Ranch Conservation Area.
- Learn entry-level tips for photographing wildlife and landscape at Cave Creek Regional Park.
See the full schedule here.
Arizona BBQ Festival featuring the 2014 Redneck Games: April 5
The tons of mouth-watering BBQ that will be served up by over 20 Arizona pitmasters is just the beginning of this festival. After filling up on meat, don your best/worst overalls and go for the gold in competitions such as bobbing for pigs feet and hub cap hurling. Live bands, wrestling performances, and an appearance by Duck Dynasty stars are just a few more of the day's festivities.
Phoenix Pride Festival: April 5-6
The 34th annual Phoenix Pride Festival returns to Steele Indian School Park for a weekend of entertainment and camaraderie with the LGBTQ and allied communities. There'll be more than 150 entertaining performances across five stages, plus an arts expo, kids zone, and much more.
Superstitions Fine Art Show at Queen Creek Olive Mill: April 6
Set among the scenic Queen Creek Olive Mill is this juried art show featuring glassworks, paintings, pottery and more. After perusing the art, sip on complimentary wine tastings and enjoy some live tunes. The Mill will also be offering their Olive Oil 101 tours for just $5.
Phoenix Film Festival: Through April 10
More than 150 films and shorts will be shown throughout the week at the festival MovieMaker named one of the 25 Coolest Film Festivals. Check out the full schedule of movies being shown at the Harkins Scottsdale 101 theater and buy tickets here.
Resorts in greater Phoenix are known for having some spectacular pools. But it's not just the resorts that get to have all the fun when it comes to two of Phoenix's famous traditions. These hotels have created ideal spots for swimming and sunning upon their rooftops (or close to the roof, at least). Here are our picks for the best rooftop pools in Phoenix:
Westin Phoenix Downtown: 333 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, 85004
This urban oasis on the second level of the Westin Phoenix Downtown offers views of the surrounding city skyline and nearby mountain ranges. You can even take a dip in cooler months, as you'll find the pool heated to a cozy 85 degrees.
Hotel Palomar Phoenix: 2 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix, 85004
The Hotel Palomar's third-floor pool is not only a great place to swim, but is also home to LUSTRE Rooftop Garden, one of downtown's hottest spots. Complement your day by the pool with LUSTRE's "$6 before 6 p.m." happy hour menu, which won the Phoenix New Times' Best Poolside Happy Hour in Phoenix in 2013. Happy hour is available Monday - Friday.