Radar: To Do in PHX 3.16-3.22

Photos Captured by Peter Speyer | Speyer Photography

Each week, PHX Fray rounds up some of the coolest events going on around the Valley of the Sun.

It’s a party in Arizona this week. Whether you’re getting green for St. Patrick’s Day, the Shrek-themed rave or the plant sale at the Desert Botanical Garden, there’s something for everyone. Carnival games, fair rides, circus performances, concerts, bar crawls and music festivals are just some of the things you could be doing this week, Phoenix. Whatever your tastes are, feel certain that Phoenix is your place for active living. Note: Some descriptions courtesy of event hosts and edited for clarity.


Circus Americana at Bell Bank Park
Travel back in time with the Taylor Family Circus as they take on death-defying acrobatics. This all-human circus is full of comedic flair, spectacle and old-world charm. $25. 5 p.m. 6321 S. Ellsworth Rd. Mesa, AZ; bellbankpark.com // @bellbank

Sydney Swanson at Water Tower Plaza
Come see this incredible 16-year-old as she takes to the stage with her piano and guitar with her indie pop and classic rock sound. Free. 11:30 a.m. 45 W Page Ave. Gilbert, AZ; gilbert.gov // @gilbertyourtown

3.16 – 3.19 

Ostrich Festival at Tumbleweed Park
Celebrate Chandler’s early history of ostrich ranching with activities that are anything but. This four-day festival features all your favorite fair rides, carnival games, food trucks, stunt shows, interactive activities, and live performances from Mackenzie Porter, Train, The Commodores, Sublime with Rome and more. $35+. Various times. 2250 S McQueen Rd., Chandler, AZ; ostrichfestival.com // @ostrichfestival

Spring Plant Sale at Desert Botanical Garden
Plant parents rejoice. This event is for the horticulturalists. Come select from an extensive collection of desert plants and take a succulent success class if you could use a little extra support in your green thumb. $25. 7 a.m. 1201 N Galvin Pwky. Phoenix, AZ; dbg.org // @dbgphx


Shrek Rave at The Marquee Theatre
Most people in the valley will be getting green this weekend for St. Paddy’s Day, but a select few will be getting green for the Shrek Rave. Cool is dead, it’s dumb — just come have fun. $27. 9 p.m. 730 N Mill Ave., Tempe, AZ; marqueetheatreaz.com // @marqueetheatre

Whiskey Myers at Arizona Financial Theatre
This genre-bending band is redefining the country music sound. You might recognize their soulful sound from TV with features in “Yellowstone,” “What/If” and “SEAL Team.” $49. 7:30 p.m. 400 W Washington St. Phoenix, AZ; @arizonafinancialtheatre

3.17 + 3.18

Taylor Swift at State Farm Stadium
Taylor will be taking to the stage for her Eras Tour for two nights in the valley of the sun. Catch her performing with special guests Paramore and GAYLE. Sold out. 6:30 p.m. 1 Cardinals Dr. Glendale, AZ; statefarmstadium.com // @statefarmstadium

Lucky’s St. Patrick’s Day Crawl at Boondocks Patio & Grill
This two-day bar crawl will have you living on a diet of greens — green beer and green jello shots that is. Can you believe they’ve been doing this for six years? $24. 4 p.m. 4341 N 75th St. Scottsdale, AZ; boondocksaz.com // @boondockspatio


Boots in the Park at Gilbert Regional Park
Y’all ready to tear it up? Come see Chris Young, Trace Adkins, Dylan Scott, Frank Ray, Ella Langley and Joe Peters at this country music party in the park. $79. 1 p.m. 3005 E Queen Creek Rd. Gilbert, AZ; bootsinthepark.com // @bootsinthepark

Adult Twilight Camp at The Phoenix Zoo
Why should kids have all the fun? This event is just like the kids’ zoo camp, only better. Tickets include two craft cocktails, Lou Malnati’s pizza dinner, photos with some of the animals, Q&A with the animal ambassadors and guided hikes throughout the park after dark. $75+. 6 p.m. 455 N Galvin Pkwy. Phoenix, AZ; phoenixzoo.org // @phoenixzoo


Music and Murals Art Festival at Desert Ridge Marketplace
Watch as seven local artists bring massive murals to life. Enjoy live musical performances, kids activities, craft food, cocktails and shopping. Free. 5 p.m. 21001 N Tatum Blvd. Phoenix, AZ; shopdesertridge.com // @desertridge

Phoenix Police Foundation Honor Run/Walk
This self-guided run/walk event honors the 41 Phoenix police officers who lost their lives in the line of duty. Proceeds will be used to construct a wall of honor in the newly planned Phoenix Police Headquarters. $40. Various times + locations, phoenixhonorrun.org.


Trivia Night at 12 West Brewing
The Geeks Who Drink are back. Bring your five smartest friends or come solo to join a team, test your smarts and win prizes. Free. 6:30 p.m. 3000 E Ray Rd. Bldg. 6, Ste. 110, Gilbert, AZ; 12westbrewing.com // @12westbrewing

Protomartyr at The Rebel Lounge
Come check out this Detroit post-punk quartet. I mean, what else do you have to do on a Monday night anyway? $18. 7 p.m. 2303 E Indian School Rd. Phoenix, AZ; therebellounge.com // @therebelphx


David Cross at The Van Buren
If a show or movie made you laugh sometime in the last 20 years, there’s a good chance David Cross had something to do with it. With touchpoints in “Arrested Development,” “Rick and Morty” and “Archer” — you know you can’t miss his standup. $28. 8 p.m. 401 W Van Buren St. Phoenix, AZ; thevanburenphx.com // @thevanburenphx

Yoga at Taliesin West
Stretch and connect with your body in this beautiful setting as part of Taliesin West’s wellness series. $25. 5:30 p.m. 12621 N Frank Lloyd Wright Blvd. Scottsdale, AZ; franklloydwright.org // @wrighttaliesin


Star Trek Trivia at Valley Bar
Captain Picard says, “It is possible to commit no mistakes and still lose. That is not weakness. That is life.” And that is also trivia. Free. 6 p.m. 130 N Central Ave. Phoenix, AZ; valleybarphx.com // @valleybarphx

Hot Rod Nights at Westgate
You don’t have to be a gearhead to enjoy classic cars and hot rods. Enjoy a classic car show, live music and special discounts throughout the entertainment district. Free. 5 p.m. 6770 N Sunset Blvd. Glendale, AZ; westgateaz.com // @westgateaz

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