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Weekender: April 25-27

Head outdoors and enjoy the cool weather headed our way with these top things to do in Phoenix this weekend:

Fridays in the Park: April 25
Downtown's Civic Space Park is the site where the community comes together for live music, games, art, food trucks and more the second and fourth Friday of the month. This week's festivities - which are always free - include a special concert by local favorites Wooden Indian.

Civic Space Park

Civic Space Park


The Inaugural Pinewood Classic: April 26
The pinewood derbies of days gone by return to downtown Phoenix this weekend. Racers have been hard at work constructing and decorating their kits and they'll unleash their racers on Roosevelt Row outside of Short Leash's Sit...Stay this Saturday. Root on your favorite racers as they compete for prizes such as fastest time, best team spirit, best creativity, and more. And don't forget to enjoy a Short Leash dog while you're down there (we recommend the Igby).

Chandler Craft Spirits Festival: April 26
Are you a bourbon connoisseur? Do you scoff at well drinks in favor of carefully crafted cocktails? Then the Chandler Craft Spirits Festival is just the place for you. Head to Dr. A.J. Chandler Park Saturday night for an evening of celebrating - and tasting, of course - craft cocktails of all kinds from across the state.

Pat's Run: April 26
Join thousands of other runners on this 4.2-mile run that celebrate the life of former ASU football star and Army Ranger Pat Tillman. The course takes runners through the streets of Tempe and ends inside Sun Devil Stadium at the the 42-yard line. Online registration has closed, but walk-up registration info can be found here.

Pat's Run

Pat's Run


Tour Frank Lloyd Wright's Taliesin West
Frank Lloyd Wright's architectural masterpiece in the desert, Taliesin West, is open for tours year round, but best enjoyed when the weather is right for an outdoors tour. The National Historic Landmark, located in the scenic foothills of the McDowell Mountains, offers a variety of tours ranging from 60 minutes to three hours. Get the details on the tours and pick the right one for you here.

Taliesin West

Taliesin West


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Margarita Recipes

Salty, sweet, hot and spicy. Enjoy these margarita recipes from some of our favorite watering holes.

El Chorro Margarita

El Chorro Margarita

El Chorro Margarita

1 ½ ounces Monte Alban Reposado Tequila
¾ ounces fresh lime juice
¾ ounces triple sec and sprite

Shake and serve in an 8-ounce bucket glass. Garnish with lemon wedge.

Farmers' Market Margarita by Bink's Scottsdale

Farmers' Market Margarita by Bink's Scottsdale

Farmer's Market Margarita by Bink's Scottsdale

1 ½ ounces Sauza Tequila
4 slices of cucumber
1 slice of jalapeno
3 grams of cilantro
2 oz sweet and sour
Cucumber Garnish

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Weekender: April 18-20

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.

Biltmore Fashion Park Movies in the Park


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.

Four Peaks Brewing Company

Four Peaks Brewing Company


Easter festivities: April 19-20
Happy Easter! There will be festivities all across greater Phoenix this weekend. We've got you covered with the details on brunches, Easter egg hunts and more here.

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.

Women Who Rock exhibit


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Hollywood Costume exhibit at Phoenix Art Museum

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.

 Hollywood Costume Phoenix Art Museum


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.

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Weekender: April 11-13

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.

Scottsdale Culinary Festival

Scottsdale Culinary Festival


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.

Sunnyslope Art Walk

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!

Dia del Nino at Phoenix Zoo

Dia del Nino at the Phoenix Zoo


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Easter Events in Phoenix 2014

Easter in Phoenix

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.

Easter at the Wigwam Resort

Easter at the Wigwam Resort


Chandler Eggstravaganza
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.

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