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Weekender: March 21-23

Though we've been soaking up warm rays for a few weeks, we're just now heading into the first official weekend of spring. Get out there and enjoy the beautiful weather at these top things to do in Phoenix this weekend:

JTBC Founders Cup: March 20-23
Defending champion Stacy Lewis, world no.1 Inbee Park, Paula Creamer, and more of the LPGA's top golfers will hit the links at this weekend's JTBC Founders Cup. See the best in the world show off their skills while at the scenic Wildfire Golf Club at the JW Marriott Desert Ridge.

LPGA JTBP Founders Cup

JTBP Founders Cup


The Great American Beer and Barbecue Festival: March 22
Kick off the start of BBQ season with one the area's biggest annual events of its kind. Nearly 20,000 pounds of tasty meat will be served up by more than 60 pit masters from across the country. Show off your consumption skills at a variety of eating competitions, kick back in the SanTan Brewing tailgater's lawn, let the little ones enjoy the kid zone and more throughout the day. Blues Traveler highlights the music stage at 8 p.m.

Haru in the Garden: March 22
Celebrate the official arrival of spring Saturday night at the Japanese Friendship Garden of Phoenix. Enjoy a relaxing evening in the urban oasis with traditional Japanese music, art and displays, plus a Japanese beer garden and Asian food.

Japanese Friendship Garden

Japanese Friendship Garden


Folk and Heritage Festival: March 22-23
More than 150 performers will be strumming away to folk and bluegrass music, cowboy poetry and more at Glendale's Sahuaro Ranch Park this weekend. In addition to performances by artists such as Arizona's official state historian, Marshall Trimble, there will be how-to workshops for beginners, blacksmith demonstrations and craft-making for the kids.

Arizona Dragon Boat Festival: March 22-23
Grab a spot along the banks of Tempe Town Lake for this weekend's Dragon Boat Festival. A number of competitive and recreational teams will speed through the lake on their dragons in a race for the trophies. The free event will also have activities for kids, food vendors and more.

Arizona Dragon Boat festival

Arizona Dragon Boat Festival


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Where to see wildflowers in Phoenix

Saguaro with wildflowers

The desert is in bloom! Put on your hiking shoes and get ready for a beautiful display of color from the desert this spring. Here are the best places in Phoenix to see the desert wildflowers.

South Mountain Park/Preserve
Areas in the preserve with wildflower displays usually include the Bajada, Las Lomitas, Ranger Kiwanic accessible from the Central Avenue entrance. The roadway leading to the Gila Valley overlook (Central Avenue entrance) also offers wildflower growth. Also, look for wildflowers on the north facing slopes in the Pima Canyon and Beverly Canyon (Javalina Trail) entrances of the park.

Sonoran Preserve
Check the north-facing slopes on trails from the Desert Vista Trail trailhead parking area, including areas along the Desert Tortoise and Verde trails, both accessible from the trailhead parking area.

Piestewa Peak Area
Trail 8, the Quartz Ridge Trail – the trailhead is at 40th street south of Shea Boulevard. Several trails with north-facing slopes around Piestewa Peak that are accessible from the Phoenix Mountains Park and Recreation area are also good spots for wildflower viewing.

Dreamy Draw
Hillsides and washes surrounding Trail 100 out of the Dreamy Draw trailhead at Northern Avenue and Highway 51 often are covered in a wide variety of wildflower blooms.

For more up-to-date information about wildflower blooms around Phoenix visit the Desert Botanical Gardens Wildflower Info site

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Baseball City Experience

Baseball City AZ


As the Wall Street Journal declared this week, Phoenix is "the epicenter of baseball in March." As if all the Cactus League action wasn't enough, fans of America's pastime can revel in this weekend's Baseball City experience.

Adults and little leaguers alike can live out their big league fantasies with activities such as speed pitch competitions, a home run derby field, and a lil' sluggers field for the tykes. The newest baseball products and gear from companies such as Lids and Zinger Bat Company will be on display, and the MLB Network will broadcasting their signature radio show, MLB Tonight, live on site.

The experience will also allow fans to meet stars of the diamond from the past and present. Fan favorites such as Aaron Hill of the Diamondbacks, Pablo "Kung Fu Panda" Sandoval of the Giants, and slugger Adam Dunn of the White Sox are just a few of the All-Stars that will be on hand. Fans also won't want to miss the chance to meet Hall of Famers Gaylord Perry, Ferguson Jenkins, Orlando Cepeda and Andre "The Hawk" Dawson.

Baseball City will be at downtown's Phoenix Convention Center from 9 a.m. - 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, so there's time to enjoy the festivities either before or after soaking in the sun at a Cactus League game. Get full ticket info here.

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Weekender: March 14-16

If you can't stay out on a Monday night for St. Patrick's Day, fret not, because plenty of places will kick off their green beer festivities a few days early. Those St. Paddy's events are just a few of our top things to do in Phoenix this weekend:

Chicago Fest: March 14-16
All things Windy City will be celebrated at this weekend's festival, adjacent to the new Cubs Park at Mesa Riverview. Chow down on Chicago cuisine from places such as Mike Ditka's Restaurant while listening to live music from blues, polka and Irish bands. Admission is FREE with a ticket from a Cubbies spring training game.

Liquid Sol Music Festival: March 15
Another festival packed with bag-name bands rolls through Phoenix this weekend. The Liquid Sol Music Festival features Train, The All-American Rejects and '90s alt-rock favorites such as Everclear, Buckcherry, Tonic and the Arizona-bred Gin Blossoms.

St. Patrick's Day Parade and Faire: March 15
Don your favorite green garb and head to downtown's Irish Cultural Center for the 31st annual St. Patrick's Day Parade and Faire. Marching bands, floats and - of course - bagpipes will be in the parade, which heads down 3rd Street from Sheridan south to McDowell at 10 a.m. The all-things Irish faire will have three stages of entertainment with music and dancers,  plus plenty of Irish food to chow down on.

St. Patrick's Day Parade and Faire

St. Patrick's Day Parade and Faire


Experience Ireland at MIM: March 15-16
For a family-fun Irish celebration, head to the Musical Instrument Museum Saturday or Sunday for their Experience Ireland festivities. Gather for traditional Irish stories, play with the bodhráns (Irish drums), and take in Irish musical and dance performances. The festivities are included with general admission, so be sure to check out everything else in the one-of-a-kind museum.

Experience Ireland MIM

Experience Ireland at the Musical Instrument Museum


Baseball City: March 15-16
Before or after you go to the ballpark to enjoy a Spring Training game this weekend, head downtown to the Phoenix Convention Center for Baseball City. The two-day fan fest will features activities such as a home run derby field, speed pitch competitions, a lil' sluggers field for kids and more. Fans can also meet players players such as Hall of Famers Andre Dawson, Orlando Cepeda, Fergie Jenkins and more.

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The Weekender: March 7-9

Like music? We've got two events for you. Like art? We've got another two. Throw in dueling salsas and you've got our top things to do in Phoenix this weekend:

Paint PHX: March 6-9
Where one may see a plain ol' wall on a building or alleyway, Phoenix's talented mural artists see a blank canvas. Over four days this week, graffiti artists and muralists will be be working their craft at locations all across Phoenix. Check the event's website for specific locations where artists will be working.

Phoenix mural by Amanda Adkins

Mural painted by Amanda Adkins with the help of various other artists on the side of Westwind Studios.


Viva Phx Music Festival: March 7
One of the biggest musical events to ever hit downtown Phoenix is going down Friday night. Seventy bands will be rocking out across 14 stages throughout downtown Phoenix. See a number of local and national acts plus headliners such as The Neighbourhood, Pinback, Sir Mix-A-Lot and Kitten. See the full schedule here.

Artlink's Art Detour: March 8-9
A night after enjoying downtown's music scene, head back to explore the the area's bustling art scene. More than 100 artists, studios, galleries and spaces will open their doors to visitors for free for two days. Explore by foot, bike or a double-decker bus that will be circulating throughout the spaces.

artlink art detour

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Blues Blast Music Festival: March 8
Enjoy a sunny spring day jamming out to the blues at downtown's Margaret T. Hance Park. Get there early for the Generation Next Music Clinics at 10 a.m. before the first band hit the stage at 11 a.m.

My Nana's Best Tasting Salsa Challenge: March 8
Who doesn't love a good salsa? More than 100 types of the country's top condiment will be competing for the crown at the 30th annual My Nana's Best Tasting Salsa Challenge. The attendees are the real winners as everyone gets unlimited chips and salsa! Wash it down with a cold margarita or beer while enjoying the live music, too.

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St. Patrick’s Day in Phoenix 2014

St. Patrick's Day Phoenix


Clean and press your finest green garb and get your Guinness mugs polished: St. Patrick's Day is on the way! The holiday falls on a Monday this year but don’t fret, as there are plenty of festivities the preceding weekend. Check out these events celebrating St. Patrick's Day in Phoenix:

Saint Patrick’s Weekend Festival at Thirsty Lion Pub and Grill: March 14-17
Thirsty Lion’s will be serving green beer and featuring a hand-crafted Irish menu during their weekend festival. The Irish pub will also be serving 52 beers on tap and Irish cocktails. Enjoy live music and get involved with the Annual St. Baldrick’s head shaving event on Saturday and Sunday! Come out for a great cause and help raise money for childhood cancer research.
Details: Thirsty Lion, 2000 East Salado Pkwy, Tempe

31st Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Faire: March 15, 10 a.m.
The annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade embraces the heritage and traditions of the Irish culture by giving its guests an event to remember. The parade includes bagpipers, Irish step dancers, marching bands, police and fire vehicles, floats, and more. The Irish Family Faire begins after the parade and features three stages of Irish music and dancers, food and beverages, and crafts. There’s even a kid’s area for the wee lassies and lads!
Details: Margaret T. Hance Park, 1134 N. Central Avenue, Phoenix.
Admission (Faire): $10 for ages 13 and older

Kiss Me I’m Irish Run: March 15, 7:17 a.m.
Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with a 17K or 8K run along the Arizona Cardinals Stadium and through the Westgate Entertainment District. Bringing the kids along? No problem! The event also has a 4K that’s perfect for the family, even pets. Everyone will receive a Hershey Kiss at the end of the run, and participants that are 21 and over will receive green beer. Spend the rest of the day showing off your moves and partying to live Irish music.
Details: Westgate Entertainment District, 6770 N. Sunrise Blvd, Glendale
Admission: $35- $50. Saturday, March 15th 7:17 a.m.

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