FUN! 26 things to do this weekend in Phoenix

Posted at 7:26 AM, Mar 10, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-12 16:17:54-05

It's another weekend of festivals and concerts in Phoenix.

The Chandler Ostrich Festival is this week! Families can enjoy new rides, ostrich races and a concert from Parmalee, Kalin & Miles and The English Beat and Ozomatli.

Beck, Kid Cudi and The Avett Brothers take the stage at the McDowell Mountain Music Festival.

Viva PHX is this weekend. Seventy bands will play between 17 venues in downtown Phoenix.

This weekend is also the St. Patrick's Day parade and fair at Margaret T. Hance Park. The parade starts at 10 a.m. There are a lot more events below. Scroll down for more information.

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Friday, March 11: 

28th annual Chandler Ostrich Festival
Where: Tumbleweed Park
Time: Friday, 2 p.m. - midnight; Saturday, 10 a.m. - midnight; Sunday, 10 a.m. - 11 p.m.
Click here for full schedule
Admission: $10 - adult, $7 - children (5-12), $50 - VIP

Chandler Ostrich Festival concerts:

Friday - Parmalee
Saturday - Kalin & Myles and The English Beat
Sunday - Ozomatli

McDowell Mountain Music Festival: Beck
Where: Margaret T. Hance Park
Time: Friday, 3 p.m. - 11 p.m.; Saturday, noon to 11 p.m.; Sunday, 11:30 a.m. - 9:30 p.m.
Admission: Varies. Daily passes, 3-day passes, “After-Hours” passes available.

Good Sam 500 Race Weekend at PIR
Where: Phoenix International Raceway
Time: Races scheduled all weekend. Check website for schedule.
Admission: Starts at $25

Arizona Wild West Festival
Where: Cave Creek
Time: Generally, 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. Events, venues, times vary each day. Check website for details.

Queen Creek Roots N’ Boots Rodeo
Where: Horseshow Park & Equestrian Centre, 20464 E. Riggs Road
Time: Varies by day, event
Admission: It’s free to get into park, but admission required to get into PRCA Pro Rodeo ($16 – general admission, $7 kids, $24 – box seats).

Movie night at CityScape: Pitch Perfect
Where: Central Avenue at CityScape
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Admission: Free

Bruce Bruce
Where: Stand Up Live
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Admission: $25 - general; $35 – VIP

Bob Marley
Where: Tempe Improv
Time: 8 p.m.
Admission: $20

Scottsdale Arts Festival
Where: Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts and Civic Center Park
Time: Friday & Saturday, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Admission: $10 - adults, $5 - students, free for members

Where: ASU Gammage
Time: 8 p.m.
Admission: $45 - 130

The Gershin Experience: Here to Stay
Lisa Ironman, Ryan VanDemBoom, Phoenix Symphony
Where: Phoenix Symphony
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Admission: $18 - $83

Conservation Science Night at the Phoenix Zoo
Where: Phoenix Zoo
Time: 6-8 p.m.
Admission: Free (advanced registration required, space is limited)


Saturday, March 12:

Phoenix St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Faire
Parade: 10 a.m. on Third Street from Sheridan to McDowell
Faire: 10 a.m. at Hance Park
Admission to faire: $10 – adults (13+), $8 – military, seniors, Free (kids 12 and under)

Southwest Maker Fest
Where: Main Street, downtown Mesa.
Time: 12 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Admission: Free

Ahwatukee Chili Cook-Off & Carnival
Where: Ahwatukee Park 4700 E. Warner Road
Time: Friday, 5 p.m. - 9 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. - 9 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Chili tasting: Saturday, 12 p.m. - 3 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Arizona Aloha Festival
Where: Tempe Beach Park
Time: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m
Admission: Free

Viva PHX music festival: 70 bands, 17 venues, 1 night
Where: Various locations in downtown Phoenix
Time: Most bands start at 7 p.m.
Admission: $25

Michael Flatley’s Lord of the Dance – Dangerous Games
Where: Comerica Theatre
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Admission: $29 - $99

Bloomin’ Zoo
Where: Phoenix Zoo
Time: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Admission: Included with general zoo admission

Kiwanis Park Batting Range Party
Where: 6005 S. All-America Way, Tempe
Time: 12 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Admission: Free

Weiner Dog races at Turf Paradise
Where: Turf Paradise, 19th Avenue and Bell Road
Time: 2 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Admission: $2

Anthem Days
Where: Anthem Community Park, 41703 N. Gavilan Peak Parkway
Time: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday)
Admission: FREE

Los Traviezoz de la Zierra
Where: Celebrity Theatre
Time: 8:30 p.m.
Admission: $25 - $70


Sunday, March 13:

BRUNCH RUNNING – Sunday morning run + brunch
Where: Southern Rail, 300 W. Camelback
Time: 9:15
Admission: $25

POPnology: Disney Dream It, Do It lecture with Bob Gurr and David Bossert (18+)
Where: Arizona Science Center
Time: 6 p.m.
Admission: $40