The Best Things to Do in Metro Phoenix This Spring

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Congratulations, you’re in Arizona during our prime season and there’s so much to do right at your fingertips.

Whether you’re visiting Phoenix for spring break or you’re a local looking for something to do over the weekend, there are plenty of places to visit, from wildflower-strewn hikes to food and music festivals. by the panoramic restaurants on the roofs. Ready for a weekend road trip? Find your new favorite bottle of wine in Arizona’s new official wine region or explore a brewery in Flagstaff.

Here’s our guide to what you can do in the Phoenix metro area and throughout Arizona this spring.

Put on your boots and get started: Flower season and hiking season coincide in Metro Phoenix and we love it. These five easy hikes are doable for most people (one has a climb to challenge you a bit) and you’re likely to spot flowers, water, and maybe even wild burros , depending on the trek you choose.

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Refresh your spirit in a botanical garden: When you need to disconnect from your devices for a while, the Phoenix Metro has plenty of public gardens where you can escape the sights and sounds of the urban environment, even when you’re in the heart of it. this. This roundup of favorite botanical gardens in and around Phoenix will help you plan a getaway during the height of the spring bloom season.

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Chihuly in the desert: Dale Chihuly’s colorful glass sculptures are displayed outdoors at the Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix and at Taliesin West, Frank Lloyd Wright’s winter home in Scottsdale. You can see them in both locations until June 19. Advance reservations are required at both sites. The exhibit at the Desert Botanical Garden is self-guided. Taliesin West offers a 90-minute guided tour called “In a New Light: Chihuly in the Desert”. Here’s how to see Chihuly’s glass art.

All the arts: First Fridays, murals, plays

Enjoy a new mural from Sentrock: Joseph “Sentrock” Perez’s newest Phoenix mural is on 13th Street and Camelback Road, behind Just Blaze, a graffiti arts supply store and smokehouse. In a street-art style, it features two cartoon characters, a man and a woman, standing side by side holding hands. The man wears a bird mask, an artistic stamp signed Sentrock. Check out Sentrock’s new Phoenix mural.

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Spring is prime time for First Fridays: Art lovers and those looking for a fun night out in Phoenix can stroll down Roosevelt Row, listen to street music all over downtown, or pop into a gallery or museum of their choice. Some museums, including the Phoenix Art Museum, Phoenix Children’s Museum, and Heard Museum, offer free admission on first Fridays. Here’s your ultimate guide to First Fridays in downtown Phoenix.

Find a new favorite museum or art gallery: Art lovers have plenty of choice this time of year. Highlights include “Treasures” at the Musical Instrument Museum, “Legacy of Ceylon: Art and Photography of Sri Lanka” at the Phoenix Art Museum, and “Beverly McIver: Full Circle” at the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art. Be Here are the best art exhibits in the Phoenix metro this spring.

The game is the thing: Metro Phoenix stages offer a variety of options for theatergoers this spring. The Southwest Shakespeare Company presents “The Tempest” in March while the Phoenix Theater Company presents “Singin’ in the Rain”. In Peoria, TheaterWorks offers “The Superhero Ultraferno: After Dark”. Those looking for something a little different can check out “Sheepdog” at the Straycat Theater. In April, look for “The Other Mozart” at the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts. Here are some of the best plays and musicals in Phoenix this spring.

Musical and gastronomic festivals

The spring food festivals are back: From fries to pizza, from craft beer to seltzer water, all kinds of food and drink celebrations are returning to Metro Phoenix this spring. Here’s your guide to all the spring festivities.

Go wild at a music festival: Festival season is in full swing in early March, when the M3F (formerly known as the McDowell Mountain Music Festival) returns to Hance Park in downtown Phoenix. Other spring festivals include Crush Arizona, Body Language and, of course, Country Thunder. Our guide to music festivals in Arizona in 2022.

Restaurants, bars and farmers markets

Eating and drinking outdoors: Sit under the stars, in the shade or somewhere in between at a host of terrace bars and restaurants across the valley where you can enjoy the balmy weather and fresh air. Here are 15 great restaurant and bar terraces for outdoor dining around Metro Phoenix.

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At the roof ! Make the most of balmy spring evenings with a stiff drink and the kind of views you’ll only find at rooftop bars. From draft beer bars to creative cocktail lounges, there’s a rooftop bar for every vibe in the Valley. Here are some of our favorites for having a drink with a bird’s eye view.

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Take a Taco Tour: With its colorful murals and eclectic selection of Mexican restaurants and raspado shops, the urban strip known as Calle 16 – a 2-mile stretch on 16th Street roughly between Thomas Road and Van Buren Street – is one of the most diverse and pedestrian neighborhoods in the Quartier Phénix. Here’s a guide to smoky carne asada, Yucatan-style slow-roasted pork, and unique puffy tacos you should try along the way.

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Seasonal purchases: It’s your last chance to get farm-fresh produce and a local fix before summer. Most farmers’ markets in the Phoenix metro area are open weekly or monthly from fall through spring, so enjoy the last weekends of artisan shopping, food trucks, and activities. Here’s your guide to all the farmers markets in Metro Phoenix, from Uptown to Old Town.

6 easy day trips and weekend getaways

Go see the desert bloom: Taking a hike or a scenic drive through Arizona wildflowers is a beloved springtime tradition. It doesn’t matter if it’s a super bloom year with poppies galore or a more laid back display of perennials such as brittlebush and desert marigold, spending a day looking at the flowers will make you happy. . Here’s where to see Arizona’s best wildflowers this spring.

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Take a trip to the Wild West: For an easy day trip from Phoenix, take the Apache Trail to Tortilla Flat. This former historic stagecoach stop offers a quaint escape from the city and an authentic taste of the Wild West. With food, live music, period buildings, and of course the famous prickly pear ice cream, it’s easy to see why Tortilla Flat is such a fun place to spend an afternoon. Here are the best things to do in Tortilla Flat.

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Take advantage of the changing seasons with a Flagstaff Brewery Tour: Melting snow and spring wildflowers beginning to take over the hills and meadows are one of the reasons to make the trip north, but the local craft beer scene is just as fascinating. Most of Flagstaff’s breweries can be found on quaint streets in historic downtown, within walking distance of each other. We have tried them all. Here’s a guide to all the breweries in downtown Flagstaff.

Spend a weekend in Tucson: Our Best of Tucson guide will take you to the best Mexican restaurants, cool historic neighborhoods and lots of ways to enjoy the scenic drive up Mount Lemmon. Plus, learn about Ranger Freddy, Saguaro National Park’s Instagram star, and why he wants people to love the Sonoran Desert as much as he does.

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Explore one of Arizona’s oldest communities: Enjoy a history lesson, a gentle hike, shop till you drop, and a lesson in art appreciation, all in a scenic road trip when you go to the small hamlet of Tubac in southern Arizona. Here’s a roundup of shopping, dining, and things to do in Tubac.

Explore Arizona’s New Wine Region: In November 2021, the Verde Valley officially joined Willcox and Sonoita as a recognized U.S. wine-growing area. The 700 square mile area shows the geographic extent of Arizona from the Verde River to the Black Hills. The volcanic soil and diversity of elevations make it an ideal place to grow wine grapes, and the enterprising vineyards of the Verde Valley go beyond Old World techniques to create distinctive bottles. Winegrowers are not the only ones to move the region. Small-scale agri-food producers also settle there. Here’s your culinary travel guide to what to eat and drink on your next trip to the Verde Valley.

Contact the Entertainment Editor at weldon.johnson@arizonarepublic.com. Or follow him on Twitter at @weldonjohnson.

Contact the Food, Dining & Nightlife Editor at felicia.campbell@azcentral.com. Follow her on @hungryfi Twitter and Instagram.

Contact Arizona’s travel and events editor at jill.cassidy@arizonarepublic.com or follow her on Twitter @JillHikes.

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