Things to Do Around Greater Phoenix

A list of monthly things to do around the Phoenix Area provided for you by Ron and Kristina Wilczek

Phoenix Area Events – May 2017

Interested in April 2017

2nd Friday Night Out in Mesa
Live music, entertainment, art walk, prizes. Each month has a theme. Family friendly. Free admission. On Main Street in Downtown Mesa.
In 2017: 2nd Friday of the month

6th Street Market
Original arts and crafts, live music, shopping. Family-friendly. Free admission. Downtown Tempe.
In 2017: every Sunday in May

A.S.U. Sun Devil Baseball
Arizona State University’s PAC12 baseball team plays at Phoenix Municipal Stadium.
In 2017: various dates in May

The AmeriCAN Canned Craft Beer Festival
Celebrating the craft beer movement. Live entertainment, food, VIP, beer science garden, seminars, beer Olympics, and over 100 local and national breweries celebrating the canned craft beer revolution. 21+ only. Margaret T. Hance Park, Phoenix.
In 2017: May 13

Arizona Coyotes Open House
Locker room tours, mascot appearances, merchandise sale, etc. Gila River Arena, Glendale.
In 2016: May 14

Arizona Derby Dames
All-girl roller derby since 2006, now playing on a banked track. Phoenix.
In 2016: May 14

Arizona Diamondbacks Baseball
The Arizona Diamondbacks play professional baseball at Chase Field in Downtown Phoenix.
In 2017: Various dates in May.

Arizona Restaurant Week
Sample prix fixe menus at participating restaurants in the Phoenix area.
In 2016: May 20-29

Arizona Special Olympics Summer Games
2,000 athletes compete in track and field, powerlifting, gymnastics, softball skills, tennis and other events. Glendale.
In 2017: May 4-6

Phoenix Rising FC
Professional soccer, USL League. South Scottsdale.
In 2017: May 6, 13

Arizona Winds Concert Band
The Arizona Winds perform their season finale concert each May. Family-friendly, afternoon performance. Free admission.
In 2016: May 22

Art After Work
A painting party for couples, friends, anyone. Learn how to paint your own take on classic masterpieces and local landscapes. Instructor and art supplies provided. Online registration required. Tempe Center for the Arts.
In 2016: May 11

Astronomy Evenings
A talk (novice level) explaining facts about the solar system and the galaxy around the planet earth followed by observing the moon, several planets, star systems through a celestron telescope. Weather permitting. Registration required. Ages 8+. Pinnacle Peak Park, Scottsdale.
In 2017: May 16

Birds in the Garden
Join expert birders for a morning bird walk along the Garden trails. Everyone, including first-time birders, is welcome. Wear a hat, sunscreen and comfortable walking shoes. Bring binoculars if available. Desert Botanical Garden, Phoenix at 7 a.m. This activity is included in the regular admission fee.
In 2016: Every Monday in May

Birds ‘n’ Beer
Birds ‘n Beer offers local professionals a fun and refreshing way to learn about Arizona birds and other wildlife while networking with fellow nature-lovers. Have a cold brew while enjoying an enlightening and lively presentation on Arizona nature. Nina Mason Pulliam Rio Salado Audubon Center in Phoenix. RSVP requested 602-468-6470.
In 2016: May 19

Bubble Bash
Bubble fun with nteractive discovery stations, bubble wand making, experiment with different kinds of bubble solutions and more. Live entertainment, giveaways, contests. Westgate Entertainment District, Glendale.
In 2016: May 21

Bruce Munro: Sonoran Light at Desert Botanical Garden
A special exhibition of art art and light installations interpreting the beauty of the Sonoran Desert. Best enjoyed at night. Desert Botanical Garden, Phoenix.
In 2016: November 22, 2015 – May 8, 2016

Caleb Reese Festival of New Plays and Musicals
The works may include stage and screen plays, musicals, children’s theatre and performance pieces. The Festival also includes educational components such as works-related discussions, workshops and internships. Phoenix Theatre.
In 2016: May 6 – 22

Cave Creek Balloon Festival
Hot air balloons aglow, live music and family entertainment.
In 2016: May 28

Chandler Symphony Orchestra
Indoor concert. Family-friendly. Free, donations accepted.
In 2016: May 1

Cinco de Mayo Celebrations
Neighborhood and community Cinco de Mayo celebrations are free or very reasonably priced. You’ll find lots of Latino music, dance, Mexican food, games–it’s fiesta time!
In 2016: First week in May

City Lights Movie Nights
Bring a chair or blankt to watch a free, family-friendly out door movie at CityScape Phoenix. Come early to grab a spot. Prizes, giveaways.
In 2016: May 13

CinePark Outdoor Movies
Favorite family films on a big, outdoor screen at Tumbleweed Park in Chandler. Bring a picnic and a blanket or purchase snacks. Activites and games for kids begin and then movie at dusk.
In 2016: May 6, 13, 20

Cowboy Artists of America Exhibition
A special six-month exhibition of western art at Western Spirit: Scottsdale’s Museum of the West. (directions)
In 2016: November 7, 2015 – May 31, 2016

Date Night at Scottsdale Stadium
Stadium tours, food trucks, beer, wine and a movie. 21+ only. Scottsdale Stadium.
In 2016: May 7

Desert Botanical Garden Butterfly Pavilion
Walk among the beautiful butterflies at this special springtime event located at the Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix.
In 2017: March 4 – May 14

Desert Ridge Marketplace Concerts
Free concerts on two stages in North Phoenix at Desert Ridge Marketplace.
In 2017: Every Friday and Saturday night

Downtown Chandler Art Walk
Visit more than 70 artisans set up along the streets in front of the unique shops and cafes of Historic Downtown Chandler. Free.
In 2016: May 20

Experience Polynesia
An annual celebration of Pacific Island music and culture with musical performances, dancing demonstrations and more. Included with museum admission. Musical Instrument Museum, Phoenix.
In 2016: May 14, 15

Farmers Markets
Vegetables, fruits, herbs, flowers, breads, jams, cheeses, juices, local specialty foods and crafts. Several locations.
In 2016: various dates in May

First Friday
Visit more than 100 downtown Phoenix art galleries, studios and art spaces. Free.
In 2016: First Friday of the month

First Saturdays for Families
Families with kids ages 4 – 12 are invited to the ASU Art Museum to participate in artistic projects. Free drop-in program. Tempe.
In 2016: first Saturday in May

Flashlight Tours at Desert Botanical Garden
See, hear and feel the desert night’s plants and animals on the Discovery Trail. Bring a flashlight and wear comfortable shoes. Self-paced tours begin at 7 p.m. Recommended for families and children of all ages. Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix.
In 2016: Thursday and Saturday evenings starting May 28

Free Art Friday
Preschoolers and their parents participate in an activity involving art and/or music. The theme varies from month to month. No registration required. Free. Tempe.
In 2016: May 20

Friday Night Drags
Local bring their own vehicles and race at Wildhorse Pass Motorsports Park, Chandler. Drivers and spectators welcome.
In 2017: May 12

Gilbert Downtown Concerts
Free concerts take place in the evening at Water Tower Plaza in the heart of Gilbert’s Heritage District. Bring a picnic basket, blanket or lawn chair.
In 2016: May 12, 26

Glendale’s Live at the Library
Musical entertainment at 6:30 p.m. at the Glendale Main Library. Concerts are free. Call 623-930-3573 for more details.
In 2016: May 26

International Museum Day
May 18 is International Museum Day. Participating museums offer free admissions or special entrance fees on Museum Day.
In 2016: on or around May 18

Kentucky Derby Events
Can’t get to Kentucky for the annual Run for the Roses? You can find a viewing party, brunch or a mint julep right here in Arizona.
In 2016: May 7

Lemonade Days
Water play, live entertainment, vendors, beer and wine garden activities, games. Family-friendly. Queen Creek.
In 2016: May 21

Maricopa County Home and Garden Show
Hundreds of vendors, seminars, workshops, contests. Arizona State Fairgrounds, Phoenix.
In 2016: April 29 – May 1

McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park Free Concerts
Scottsdale. Bring a blanket or a lawn chair and enjoy a variety of music from 7:30 to 9 p.m. Train and carousel rides are available during all concerts for a small charge.
In 2016: Sunday nights in May

Meet Me Downtown
A casual, social self-guided 3.3 mile walk around downtown Phoenix. Evening, rain or shine. Free. Starts at CityScape, Downtown Phoenix.
In 2016: Every Monday in May

Memorial Day Observances and Events
There are community events, concerts, and observances on Memorial Day weekend.
In 2016: Memorial Day weekend

Mother’s Day Events
Each year there are a variety of events, activities and dining specials to celebrate that special Mom in your life.
In 2016: Various dates in May

Motorcycles on Main
The streets of downtown Mesa are closed to all but bikers and people who love motorcycles. Music, food, beer garden. Free admission.
In 2016: First Friday of the month

Movies at the Museum
Phoenix Art Museum. Independent and classic cinema and documentaries relating to art, artists, and works on view in the Museum, usually followed by discussion. Free with paid museum admission. First come, first seated.
In 2016: Various dates in May

Movies in the Park
Free admission. Bring a blanket, snacks, and water. Movies begin at dusk (approximately 7 p.m.). Movies are shown by the fire pit on the west side of Kiwanis Lake at Kiwanis Park, Tempe.
In 2016: May 6, 13, 20, 27

Movies in the Park
Family friendly movies will be shown at Copper Sky Amphitheater in Maricopa. Bring your lawn chair or a blanket and enjoy the show. Snacks available to purchase. All movies are free and begin at dusk.
In 2016: May 7, 21

Multicultural Music Festival
Presented by The Northwest Black History Committee. Vendors, car show, local and national acts perform in Peoria.
In 2016: May 16

Music in the Garden
From 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Ullman Terrace. Ticketed event. Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix.
In 2016: May 6, 13, 20, 27

Music in May
Free concerts at Anthem Community Park amphitheater at 7 p.m. Bring your picnic and your blanket or lawn chairs. Concerts are about two hours long. Free admission.
In 2016: Every Friday in May

One World, Many Voices: The Artistry of Canyon Records
A comprehensive photographic, musical, and historical exhibit of a unique record company that produces and distributes Native American music. Exhibit runs through May 2017 but on certain dates performances of Native American music and dance are also presented. Pueblo Grande Museum, Phoenix.
In 2017: May 28

Peaches ‘n’ Play
Farm fun during peach-picking season. Vertucchio Farms, Mesa.
In 2016: May 21, 22, 28, 29

Phoenix Boys Choir Concert Series
The world-renowned choir performs a concert in tribute to Arizona’s veterans. Free. Steele Indian School Park Memorial Hall, Phoenix.
In 2016: May 19

Phoenix Comican
A pop culture and comic convention highlighting comics, actors, costuming, families and kid events. Phoenix Convention Center.
In 2017: May 25 – 28

Phoenix Mercury WNBA Basketball
The women of the Phoenix Mercury play professional basketball at Talking Stick Resort Arena.
In 2016: Various dates in May

Phoenix Rising FC
USL Soccer.
In 2017: various dates in May

Queen Creek Peach Festival
Enjoy peach picking, recipes, sampling, and entertainment at Schnepf Farms.
In 2016: May 14 – 22

RELEASE Pool Parties
Enjoy hot DJs poolside from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Talking Stick Resort in Scottsdale. Ticket prices vary, 21+only.
In 2016: various dates in May

Ride-in-Movies at the Park
Walk or ride your bicycle to the park for a free, outdoor family-friendly movie. Locations vary, at Mesa parks.
In 2017: May 6

Science Saturdays
Youth and teen programs focused on topics such as robotics, meteorology, physics, geology and biology. ​Tumbleweed Ranch in Tumbleweed Park​, Chandler.
In 2016: May 14

Science With a Twist
The Arizona Science Center in Downtown Phoenix opens it doors one evening per month for an adults-only experience (21+), with lectures, music and scientific fun. Ticketed event.
In 2017: May 19

Scottsdale ArtWalk
Every Thursday evening the Scottsdale Art District invites you to spend a casual evening walking downtown and enjoying fine art. Free.
In 2016: Every Thursday evening

Scottsdale Cinematheque
New independent, foreign and art films. Guest appearances and live video conversations with filmmakers. An extension of the Scottsdale Film Festival. Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts.
In 2016: May 13, 14, 15, 20, 21, 22

Slide the City
Wet sliding fun. Downtown Phoenix.
In 2016: May 21

spark! After Dark
A grown-up night out with live art, live music, food, adult drinks. Free admission. Mesa Arts Center.
In 2017: May 20

Spring Butterfly Exhibit
Visitors to the Marshall Butterfly Pavilion can expect to see hundreds of butterflies housed in a spacious 36-by-80-foot flight enclosed garden that recreates a habitat that is most appealing to butterflies. Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix.
In 2016: under renovation, check back in 2017

Summer Saturday at Deer Valley Petroglyph Preserve
Docent-guides tours, summer stories for little ones, ancient skills workshops. Free admission. More about Deer Valley Petroglyph Preserve.
In 2016: May 21

Sundays in Paradise
Musical entertainment at Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain. Cover charge. Paradise Valley.
In 2016: every Sunday in May

TNT Tattoo Expo
Tattoos, piercings, contests. San Marcos Hotel, Chandler.
In 2016: May 6 – 8

Talk Cinema
Audience members are the critics at a sneak-preview film. This film series screens award-winning indie and foreign films before their theatrical release. Screenings include moderated conversations hosted by guest speakers. Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts.
In 2017: May 9

Tempe International Triathlon
Sprints and relays. Expo and packet pickup on Saturday. Tempe Town Lake.
In 2016: May 22

Third Thursday at the Museum
“Part coffeehouse, part artist and performing venue, part history lesson and community forum.” Free admission. Tempe History Museum.
In 2016: May 19

Urban Wine Walk
A self-guided tour in downtown Phoenix. Wine-centric tour of restaurants on light rail offering wine samples for a few bucks.
In 2016: May 14

Walk-In Wednesdays
Local musicians perform at a free open mic night from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Tempe Center for the Arts in Downtown Tempe.
In 2016: Every Wednesday in May

Westgate Bike Night
Thousands of bikes line Coyotes Boulevard. Live music. Family friendly. Restaurant specials. Westgate Entertainment District, Glendale.
In 2017: every Thursday, March 30 – June 1

Interested in April 2017

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