Thursday, April 24, 2014 / by Natasha Tomlinson
April 2014: Things, Places & Peeps
Things To Do In April!
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.
Sundays in Paradise
Live music outdoors at Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain in Paradise Valley. Bring a blanket. Gourmet a la carte treats are available for purchase. Guests may opt to purchase a Gourmet Picnic Package which includes a blanket to borrow, a bottle of wine, and a selection of appetizers. Call 480-607-2300 to reserve a space for up to four people. No outside food or drink, no pets.
Goodyear Spring Concert Series
Bring lawn chairs, blankets, food, beverages (no glass) or purchase from our on-site food vendor. Goodyear Community Park. Free.
Crossroads of the West Gun Show
At the Arizona State Fairgrounds. The shows offer hundreds of tables of interest to both the once a year hunter and the avid collector. http://crossroadsgunshows.com/calendar.php
Out To Lunch Concert Series
Lunchtime concerts feature local artists playing a variety of music including folk, country, jazz, Dixieland, oldies, and world music. Chairs and lawn seating are available. Bring stadium cushions/blankets. Brown bags and picnic baskets are welcome. 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Free. Mesa Arts Center.
AZ Wine & Dine
Food and wine samplings provided by more than 20 of the Valley's finest local restaurants, resort kitchens and national wineries. The event will include live musical entertainment. 21 and older only. Scottsdale Quarter http://azwineanddine.com/
Family Friday Sunset Series
Visitors connect to the natural and cultural resources of the Preserve through the use of their senses, allowing kids of all ages to see, smell, touch, hear and even taste their surroundings. McDowell Sonoran Preserve, Scottsdale
Chandler Jazz Festival
Jazz in a variety of outdoor and indoor venues. All performances are free. Visit the galleries, restaurants and shops. Free parking. Bring a blanket or lawn chair to enjoy the outdoor performances. Downtown Chandler. http://www.chandleraz.gov/default.aspx?pageid=160
Cave Creek Spring Classic & Collector Car Auction
Classic and collector cars. Stagecoach Village, Cave Creek.
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. http://www.scottsdaleaz.gov/parks/pinnacle/toursevents
Arizona Bike Week
Bands, rallies, exhibits, competitions, charity rides, auctions, raffles--everything for the motorcycle enthusiast. http://azbikeweek.com/
Great Arizona Bicycle Festival
Celebrating the return of the El Tour de Mesa to Downtown Mesa. Downtown Historic Bicycle Tour, Great Arizona Bike Swap and more. https://www.facebook.com/TheGreatArizonaBicycleFestival/events
Phoenix Symphony Stroll
Take a stroll through downtown Phoenix and drop into various venues to experience a variety of music, food and drink.
Phoenix Pet Expo
Vendors, demonstrations, adoptions, low-cost vaccinations and services, contests. University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale. http://www.phoenixpetexpo.com/home.html
Lake Pleasant Paddle Fest
Watercraft to try out. Contests, demos, and free instruction. Lake Pleasant, west of the 10-lane boat launch. http://www.maricopa.gov/parks/lake_pleasant/EventsDetailPublishers.aspx?EventID=19588
Arizona Special Olympics Summer Games
2,000 athletes compete in track and field, powerlifting, gymnastics, softball skills, tennis and other events at Mesa Community College. http://www.specialolympicsarizona.org/2013-summer-games
Phoenix Improv Festival
Showcasing both Phoenix improvisational troupes and those from improvisational theatres across the country. Seminars. Herberger Theater. http://phoeniximprovfestival.com/