March might just be one of our favorite months in the Valley. The weather is great, spring training is in full swing (pun-intended) and there seems to be a festival every weekend. There is so much to do during the third month of the year, and we’re here to help you start planning it!
Friday, March 1
– The “Rockin’ Taco Rumble” is taking place at the Unexpected Art Gallery from 6-9 p.m. Enjoy samplings from several local taco makers, live music and much more. Tickets start at $45, which includes unlimited taco sampling and six drinks!
– Crescent Ballroom is transforming into a scene from the 1940s for a night of Big Band Swing Jazz and dancing featuring The New Guard Big Band – Phoenix’s premiere jazz orchestra. Swanky dress is encouraged. Tickets start at $15 for GA.
Saturday, March 2
– The Japanese Friendship Garden is hosting an “Inspirational Ikebana” class, which is the art of Japanese flower arrangement. The process is meditative and sophisticated, and the $35 fee includes garden admission. This event starts at 10 a.m.
– Enjoy the second day of the M3F music festival, which is a 100% nonprofit music festival that has become a must-attend event in the Phoenix area. The festival kicks off at 2 p.m. and tickets start at $70 for single-day admission (ticket packages are available). The day’s lineup includes names such as Kurt Vile and Empire of the Sun.
Sunday, March 3
– The Arizona Russian Festival takes place from 11 a.m.-7 p.m. and features live performances, an art gallery, ethnic food and beer and much more! Tickets are $15 for general admission.
– The Sunday A’Fair at the Scottsdale Civic Center Mall started more than 30 years ago and is still going strong – offering a space to enjoy the great weather and live music. Bring a blanket and sit on the lawn to enjoy a free concert with various artists. There will be food for sale, including beer and wine. You can also bring your own picnic! This event is from 12-4 p.m.
Monday, March 4
– Enjoy “Mural Monday” – a community paint event at the Unexpected Venue in Phoenix. The night features all types of painting, DJs playing music and even drop-in lessons from local artists. The event is free and runs from 7-11 p.m.
– Adia Victoria is performing at Valley Bar at 8 p.m. and $12 gets you a ticket to see the singer best known for her “gothic blues” style of singing. She writes her own songs, often about struggles in the Deep South.
Tuesday, March 5
– Head over to Hot n’ Juicy Crawfish in Tempe to celebrate Mardi Gras with a variety of drink specials and a Crawfish eating contest! You can register to participate and get a chance to win a gift card. Of course, you can just go to enjoy great deals on drinks and the fun atmosphere. This event is from 12-10 p.m. with the contest beginning at 6:30 p.m.
– Power pop band Jukebox the Ghost is touring with alternative rock band The Mowgli’s for a show as a part of their Making Friends Tour at Crescent Ballroom starting at 7 p.m. Tickets are $23.
Wednesday, March 6
– The Churchill is hosting a night of flower arranging where you’ll be working with the best spring flowers to create a beautiful bouquet. All the materials are provided and you get to take home your work of art at the end of the event. Tickets are $65 and it starts at 6:30 p.m.
– Enjoy the best up and coming comedians in Arizona as part of a showcase taking place at Stand Up Live at 6:30 p.m.! The showcase allows them the chance to get paid spots at the venue. Tickets are just $10 (with a 2-drink minimum).
Thursday, March 7
– Talk with other literary enthusiasts over a drink or two with “Get Lit” – a night of conversation. Cocktails and literary culture combine as people come together to share ideas. The event is free and starts at 7 p.m.
– Enjoy the latest in Phoenix Jazz as a part of the Crescent Jazz Society. Each week a different artist in residency is featured at Crescent Ballroom from 11 p.m.-1 a.m. This night in particular features the Geibral Elisha Movement.
Friday, March 8
– Enjoy the kickoff of the Scottsdale Arts Festival that takes place all weekend long! From 10 a.m.- 6 p.m., enjoy 170+ artists that will have their work on display, as well as live music, gourmet food trucks and much more. Tickets are just $12!
– From 9:30 p.m.- close, enjoy a night of bowling at Lucky Strike with music spun by VJ Mixing. The bowling alley features great food options, a full-service bar with specialty cocktails and much more.
Saturday, March 9
– It’s the 25th Anniversary of the Arizona Aloha Festival taking place from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. at Tempe Beach Park. The event features tasty Hawaiian food as well as a variety of performances and other vendors. The event is free to attend!
– Crescent Ballroom is hosting the Flying Burrito Music and Food Festival that will feature over 50 burritos and samples from local vendors, beers and cocktails for sale as well as 25 bands playing across four stages. The shows begin at 4 p.m. and tickets are $14.
Sunday, March 10
– It’s time for the 31st annual Chandler Chamber Ostrich Festival. Among the ostrich themed events and exhibits there will be a variety of rides and attractions to enjoy. Adult tickets start at $15 and the event runs from 10 a.m.- 11.p.m.
– You can still snag some tickets to see STOMP, the famous stage show combining dance, music and theatrical performance. Tickets range from $46-66 and the show starts at 6:30 p.m. sharp!
Monday, March 11
– Enjoy a showing of cult classic “Teen Wolf” starring Michael J. Fox over at FilmBar as a part of their Zia Nights series. You can get discounted tickets if you’re a Zia cardholder, and the night features giveaways as well. Tickets without a discount are $9.95. The show starts at 7:30 p.m.
Tuesday, March 12
– The Desert Botanical Garden allows you to enjoy the exhibits and beauty of the desert for free with their Community Day. Head over from 10 a.m.- 6 p.m. to enjoy the weather and surroundings.
– Enjoy an intimate concert at Valley Bar featuring Choker, a self-produced artist that released his debut album in 2017 combining a variety of styles. From raps to meditative soul sounds, he’s an artist that you won’t want to miss. Tickets are $15.
Wednesday, March 13
– Chandler Center for the Arts is hosting a historic evening with Anne Frank’s stepsister, Eva Schloss. The night will feature discussion around the life of Anne Frank as well as Eva’s experiences during the Holocaust. General seating is $25 at the door.
– Enjoy a free concert over at Tempe Marketplace featuring American Rock band Bad Suns and Allhumans. The show starts at 7 p.m. on the District Stage.
Thursday, March 14
– Enjoy pie and beer with a Pie Social taking place at Oh-So Brewery in celebration of 3.14 (Pi day). Starting at 11 a.m. there will be 13 different pie inspired beers paired with homemade pies from The Pie Snob.
– Celebrate the start of Art Detour with a showcase of local artists and performances as a part of the “Art D’Core Gala”. Creative cocktail attire is encouraged. There are various ticket packages with prices starting at $20 per person or $35 a pair. VIP passes are available for $75 include complimentary drinks and early access for a special preview of the exhibition.
Friday, March 15
– Four Peaks Brewing Company is getting the St. Patrick’s Day celebration started early at 11 a.m. Enjoy $4 stout pints, $7 car bombs and additional shot and cocktail specials.
– Eight-piece American Rock band The Revivalists are heading to the Marquee for their “take good care” tour. They’re best known for radio hit “Wish I Knew You,” but all their songs will have you rocking out. Tickets start at $45 and doors open at 6:30 p.m.
Saturday, March 16
– Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with a parade and faire taking place from 10 a.m.- 5 p.m. The faire will include three stages of music, bagpipers, food, beverages and much more. There is free parking for the event and $8 admission (or a $25 VIP option).
– The Oak Street Alley Mural Festival, a celebration of art, is taking place from 12- 8 p.m. The event will feature everything from live music to live mural painting and food and drinks for purchase. Enjoy your time in the community with this free event!
Sunday, March 17
– It’s the third day of the Pot of Gold Music Festival, so get out there and enjoy the day! The headliner for the day is Post Malone and other performances include Young Thug, Ski Mask the Slump God and Lil’Pump. Tickets range in price, with single day starting at $130 or passes for all days for around $288.
– Star Wars enthusiasts will enjoy a performance at the Phoenix Symphony Hall, where the score from “A New Hope” will be performed live. Not only will all of the music be played live, but the feature film will also be projected. Tickets range from $33 to $118.80. The showing will begin at 2 p.m.
Monday, March 18
– Test your knowledge with some trivia taking place at Rott n’ Grapes RORO at 7 p.m.
– British Indie Rock band Catfish and the Bottlemen are heading to the Van Buren for a show starting at 8 p.m. Tickets are $32.
Tuesday, March 19
– Grammy-winning Phoenix Chorale has been a resident ensemble of Trinity Cathedral for over 20 years. You can attend a lecture for a look into their 60-year history with alumni stories, musical examples, and more for free.
– Step into history with a presentation on Midcentury Arizona from 7- 9 p.m. at For the People. You’ll see photos from the 50s through the 70s showing a midcentury portrait of Arizona, with presenters to walk you through. This is a free event.
Wednesday, March 20
– Wanting to meet someone new? Head over to Two Brothers for a Speed Dating event presented by yours truly (PHX Fray)! Each date is four minutes, with two rounds of multiple dates and a break in between. The event squad staff will be guiding you the whole way and you can even enjoy an extended happy hour and a chance to win raffle prizes. Tickets are $25 and the event runs from 7-10 p.m.
Thursday, March 21
– It’s time to “Devour the World” with a variety of cuisines to celebrate the international flavors of Phoenix. The event takes place in the peaceful Japanese Friendship Garden from 6- 9 p.m. and allows you to taste a variety of food while enjoying live entertainment. Tickets are $75.
– The Crescent Community Bike Ride allows you to meet up with others in the community for one of two rides: “Caliente” – for those who want to go fast and far, and “Fresca” – for those who want to chill and keep it casual. Meet at 7 p.m. for “Caliente” and 8 p.m. for “Fresca,” then enjoy discounts when you return to the venue.
Friday, March 22
– Phx Fray is turning two!!! We want to celebrate with you by throwing a birthday party, and you can register for FREE!! When you register, you’ll receive two drink tickets and access to an appetizer buffet with birthday cake! There will also be a photographer on site and a champagne toast at 10 p.m. The party starts at 7 p.m. at Three Wisemen.
Saturday, March 23
– Interested in learning more about different types of coffee (and tasting some)? Blue House Coffee is hosting a cupping event at Phoenix Public Market from 9- 10 a.m. where you can taste a variety of coffees from around the world and also learn techniques to make specialty drinks.
– Head over to the Van Buren for a hilarious take on the botched “Fyre” festival that went viral and was turned into a documentary on Netflix. The “PHyre” festival is a transformative night poking fun at the original fest that will include plenty of photo opportunities and tropical drink specials. For only $8 you can enjoy all of this and music tracks from the artists who would have played the festival!
Sunday, March 24
– Satisfy your bao cravings at the Unexpected Venue with the Arizona Bao Festival from 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Don’t know what a bao is? It’s a steamed bun that can be filled with a variety of tasty things and over 10 local businesses will be serving their take on the dish to give you endless option! Tickets are $12 and there are different times you can arrive (to reduce lines).
– Head over to Hance Park for a relaxing “Sunday at the Park” with other members of the community. Enjoy the weather, food and beverages for sale and music from 1 p.m.- sunset with free entry!
Monday, March 25
– For the fourth year in a row, ASU is hosting a TEDx conference that is self-organized by the students. For this year, the theme is “NextGen” and will explore life in the 22nd century and how society will build it. The speakers will cover a variety of talk topics from 6- 9:30 p.m. with tickets starting at $20.
Tuesday, March 26
– The Van Buren is hosting pop-punk band State Champs for their Living Proof tour. Tickets are $25 and the show starts at 6:45 p.m. (featuring openers The Dangerous Summer and Grayscale).
– Comedian Aziz Ansari is taking his talents to the Comerica Theatre with his Road to Nowhere tour. Tickets range in price starting at $68.50. The show starts at 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, March 27
– Desert Ridge Marketplace is hosting yoga with a twist. “Yoga + Beer” is a free one-hour yoga class that includes a complimentary root beer. There will be happy hour specials after the class at CB Live and alcoholic beer available for purchase. Grab your mat and find your zen at 6:30 p.m.
– Contemporary worship music band Elevation Worship is headed to the Marquee Theatre for a night of music for $25 (with discounts on a four-pack of tickets). Doors open at 6 p.m.
Thursday, March 28
– Experience guided mediation in the atmosphere of the Phoenix Art Museum to create a deeper understanding of the pieces. The meditation starts at 12 p.m. and goes for 45 minutes. The $23 fee includes museum admission.
– Hidden Track Bottle Shop is hosting a free wine tasting beginning at 4:30 p.m. that allows you to taste 4-5 high quality selections while learning a bit about them.
Friday, March 29
– Celebrate all things tequila and enjoy food and music at “Agave on the Rocks” taking place at the Desert Botanical Gardens. You’ll enjoy margaritas in glowing glasses and be able to taste food from some of the Valley’s best restaurants. The event runs from 6- 10 p.m. and tickets are $80.
– Rapper A Boogie Wit da Hoodie is performing at the Van Buren starting at 8 p.m. sharp. General admission tickets are $27.50, but VIP packages are also available. Best known for his single “Drowning,” it’s sure to be a great show.
Saturday, March 30
– The Uncorked AZ Wine Festival is taking place at Salt River Fields where you can enjoy over 100 wines from around the world. There will be live music, food trucks and more. General admission is $55 and VIP admission are $65, with VIP allowing you to get in to the event an hour early at 6 p.m. Tickets include unlimited wine tasting, but food is sold separately. The event runs until 10 p.m.
– The Sun City Festival Food Truck Picnic will take place in Buckeye from 4- 7 p.m. You can enjoy live music, a great selection of food trucks and a full bar.
Sunday, March 31
– Join the Arizona Diamondbacks Foundation for their 2019 Race Against Cancer 5K and 1 Mile Family Fun Walk to help raise money for Cancer research and awareness. Registration for the 5k is $40 and includes a shirt and voucher to a select D-backs home game. The 1-mile registration fee is $20, including the same shirt and voucher. The 5k starts at 7:15 a.m. and the 1-mile starts at 8:30 a.m.
– The Tempe Festival of the Arts is ranked as one of the Top 100 Classic & Contemporary Craft Shows in the nation, so head out to Downtown Tempe to enjoy over 350 artists showcasing their work. You’ll also enjoy live music, beer and wine gardens, food and much more. Admission is free and the event lasts from 10 a.m.- 5:30 p.m.
What’s another good thing to add to your March to do list? Convince your office to build a corporate PHX Fray Team so you can add a weekly night of fun to every month this Spring!
March is full of great events… so what’s on your calendar as a “must-do”? Share with us on social media using #PHXFray and #FrayLife!
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