20 things to do this weekend in the Valley


PHOENIX, AZ – Festivals, comedy shows, Cinco de Mayo celebrations, new restaurants and Children’s Day – there’s plenty to keep Arizonans busy this weekend!

Here’s our roundup of things to do on the weekend.

Arizona Women’s Expo
Special guests at the event include Savannah Chrisley, Loni Love, Garcelle Beauvais and Caroline Rhea.
When: April 30 to May 1, 2022
Time: Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. & Sunday 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Location: Phoenix Convention Center [100 N 3rd St]
Cost: $10

A night of peace, love and funk!
What it is: The indie music festival will feature the following artists: Chrisol, The Brown Boyz, The Voxes, Secret Attraction and DJ Awdre.
When: Saturday April 30; doors open at 8 p.m.
Venue: Crescent Ballroom [308 N. 2nd Ave Phoenix AZ 85003]
Cost: General admission $20, VIP $50.

“Golden Hour with the Goldens”
What it is: According to a press release, this is an event focused on “rescuing displaced Golden Retrievers and finding them loving homes.”
When: Saturday, April 30
Time: 4-7 p.m.
Location: The Spire Bar at the Arizona Biltmore [2400 E Missouri Avenue]

Rainbow Festival 2022
What it is: The event is a “celebration of the diversity of the LGBTQ+ community.” According to event officials, each year the festival attracts a crowd of over 25,000 people.
When: April 30 to May 1
Time: 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Location: Heritage Square Park [113 N. Sixth St.]
Cost FREE entry

Scottsdale Jazz Festival
When: Saturday, April 30
Time: 3 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Location: Scottsdale Civic Center Park, Northeast Lawn: 3939 N Drinkwater Blvd.
Cost: General admission $25

Guerra de Chistes
What is it: A comedy event based on a Mexican TV show.
When: Saturday, April 30
Time: 8:00 p.m.
Venue: Orpheum Theater [203 West Adams]
Cost: Ticket prices start at $30

Chris D’Elia
When: Saturday, April 30
Two sessions: 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.
Venue: Theater of Celebrities [440 North 32nd Street]
Cost: Tickets start at $40.50

Cinco De Mayo May 1st
Family event at Enchanted Island amusement park this weekend. Enjoy live entertainment at the park with “authentic” Mexican cuisine.
When: May 1
Time: 12 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Location: 1202 W Encanto Blvd in Phoenix
Cost: $23.75 (plus tax) Unlimited travel wristbands, but there are FREE activities.

Street fair and car show
What it is: The Cinco de Mayo Street Fair & Car Show takes place in South Phoenix and promises entertainment, food and Lowriders.
When: Sunday, May 1, 2022
Time: 4 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Location: Old School Town [6062 South Central Avenue]
No cost

Salt River Tubing opens Saturday
Get your floats ready – Salt River Tubing season begins April 30! Salt River Tubing will be open daily from 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., “weather and water flow conditions permitting.”
Cost: $21 + tax per person.
Location: 9200 N Bush Highway Mesa, AZ 85215

Día del Niño at the Phoenix Zoo
What it is: Celebrate Children’s Day at the Zoo with mariachi bands, folk dancers, Dora & Diego Meet & Greet, Bubble Station and more.
When: Saturday April 30
Time: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Location: Phoenix Zoo [455 N. Galvin Parkway]
Cost: All event activities included with general admission.

Día De Los Niños – Movie in the Park
What’s Happening: End the special day with Disney’s “Encanto” movie at the park.
When: April 30
Time: 7 p.m.-9 p.m.
Location: Civic Space Park in downtown Phoenix [424 N Central Ave]
No cost

Arizona Coyotes vs. Nashville Predators
When: Friday, April 29
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Venue: Gila River Arena [9400 W Maryland Ave]
Cost: Tickets start at $26

Spring Butterfly Exhibit at the Desert Botanical Garden
Time: 9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Cost: Free with general admission.
Location: Desert Botanical Garden [1201 N. Galvin Parkway]

Ski North at the Arizona Snowbowl (until May 1) Where: 9300 North Snowbowl Road – Flagstaff, AZ 86001. Cost: Tickets start at $29 and kids 12 and under ski FREE.

Immersive Klimt Revolution (open daily) Where: ArtSpace Phoenix Lighthouse [4301 N. Scottsdale Road]. Cost: Ticket prices start at $34.99; tickets for children ages 6-16 are $29.99.

Verde Valley Wine Festival
Tired of the heat? Take a trip to Cottonwood for this wine festival that will feature 20 wineries, live music and culinary delights.
When: Saturday, April 30 from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Location: Old Town Business Park, 187 E Pima St. in the town of Cottonwood.
Cost: General Admission – $35 online, $45 day of event.

NEW RESTAURANTS TO DISCOVER
Call her Martina in Scottsdale
The restaurant is owned by the Moreno family, whose goal is to share “traditional recipes” with a “twist” so that the East Valley gets a fresh take on what Mexican food “is these days.”

  • 7135 E. Camelback Rd #165 [Scottsdale, Arizona 85251]
  • Hours: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Call her Martina, Mexican restaurant, opens in Scottsdale

Phoenix Coqui
If you’ve never tried Phoenix Coqui – or never tried Puerto Rican cuisine – you’re in for a treat! The menu includes empanadillas, mofongo, papas locas, alcapurria and parsha juice.

  • Location: 4041 N 15th Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85015
  • Tuesday to Saturday from 11 a.m. to 6.45 p.m.

Huss Brewing Co. in downtown Phoenix
The taproom is “housed inside an indoor-outdoor space carved into the north facade of Monroe Street between 2n/a and 3rd Streets.”

  • The new Huss Brewpub spot inside the convention center is a “full-service restaurant and dedicated take-out counter.”
  • Location: 225 E Monroe in Phoenix, Arizona.
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