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FUN! 26 things to do this weekend around Phoenix

Posted at 7:51 AM, Feb 25, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-25 09:51:14-05

It's a jam-packed weekend in Phoenix.

There's the PHX Vegan Food Festival, the Arizona Matsuri Festival (Festival of Japan), and the Bites 'N Brew Craft Beer Festival in downtown Phoenix; and the Craft Bastards Brew Fest at Ak-Chin Pavilion.

Head out to Sloan Park for Mesa's "A Day at the Diamond" event. There will be inflatables, food and the Cubs' team shop will be open.

Actor and activist Viola Davis ("How To Get Away With Murder") is the 2016 distinguished lecturer, part of the Delivering Democracy Lecture. She will share her story Saturday at Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church.

View details on these events and more below.

Have an event you'd like to add? Send me an email with all the details for consideration. Follow @JoshFrigerio on Twitter for more event announcements.

Friday, Feb. 26:

TobyMac hits Deep Tour
Where: Talking Stick Resort Arena
Time: 7 p.m.
Admission: $15 - $69.50

Banda La Arrolladora
Where: Celebrity Theatre
Time: 8:30 p.m.
Admission: $40 - $120

Music in the garden: Quetzal Guerrero Qvln (21+ only)
Where: Desert Botanical Garden
Time: Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Concert, 7 - 9 p.m.
Admission: $25 - general public, $20 - members

Tom Segura
Where: Stand Up Live
Time: 7:30 p.m. & 10 p.m.
Admission: $22

Canal Convergence: BLOOMS, Light Origami, MICRO Double Helix
Where: Scottsdale Waterfront (Camelback Road and Scottsdale Road)
Time: All weekend: Friday, 5 p.m. – 10 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Admission: FREE

Fountain Hills Great Fair
Where: Avenue of the Fountains, 16455 E Avenue of the Fountains
Time: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Admission: FREE

Iliza Shlesinger
Where: Tempe Improv
Time: 7:30 p.m. & 10 p.m.
Admission: $22

Saturday, Feb. 27:

Prix View Inaugural Testing Event
Where: Phoenix International Raceway, 7602 S. Avondale Blvd., Avondale
Time: Gates open at 11:30 a.m.
Test sessions: 12 p.m. – 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Autograph session: 3:45 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Admission: FREE (parking, too)

Arizona Matsuri Festival: 32nd annual Festival of Japan
Where: Heritage and Science Park in Phoenix
Time: Saturday & Sunday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Admission: FREE

PHX Vegan Food Festival
Where: The Phoenix Theatre & Phoenix Art Museum, 100 E. McDowell Road, Phoenix
Time: noon – 5 p.m.
Admission: $25 – general admission, $60 – VIP

Bites ‘N Brew Craft Beer Festival
Where: CityScape in downtown Phoenix
Time: 3 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Admission: $30 for 10 tastings

Crafty Bastards Brew Fest
Where: Ak-Chin Pavilion, 2121 N. 83rd Avenue
Time: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m. (VIP access at noon, general opens at 1 p.m.)
Admission: General admission - $22.50, VIP - $37.50

Street Pianos Mesa: Play Me, I’m Yours (public launch of art installation)
Where: Downtown Mesa
Time: 2 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Admission: FREE

Clown Town Healing Fest
Where: Arizona Center
Time: 10:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Admission: Free, but please register online

Phoenix Suns vs Memphis Grizzlies
Where: Talking Stick Resort Arena
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Admission: $15+

Megaeth, Suicidal Tendencies, Children of Bodom, Havok
Where: Comerica Theatre
Time: 7 p.m.
Admission: $49.50

A Day at The Diamond (Sloan Park)
Where: Sloan Park, 2330 W. Rio Salado Parkway, Mesa
Time: 12:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Admission: FREE

Viola Davis: Delivering Democracy Lecture
Where: Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church – Sanctuary, 1401 E. Jefferson Street
Time: 4:30 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Admission: FREE. Tickets required.

The Music of Whitney Houston: Phoenix Symphony, Rashidra Scott
Where: Mesa Arts Center
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Admission: $54 - $84

Ben Vereen & Trio: Steppin’ Out LIVE
Where: Chandler Center for the Arts
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Admission: $38 - $58

Rock & Worship Roadshow: Newsboys, Jeremy Camp, Mandisa, Phil Wickham, Danny Gokey
Family Force 5, Audio Adrenaline, Citizen Way, Shaun Groves

Where: Grand Canyon University, 3300 W. Camelback Road
Time: 7 p.m.
Admission: $10

Sunday, Feb. 28:

Devoured Culinary Classic: Bartending Competition
Where: DeSoto Central Market, 915 N. Central Avenue
Time: 2 p.m.
Admission: $40

Vir Das
Where: Tempe Improv
Time: 7 p.m.
Admission: $22

Dapper Docktown (with Dick Gregory)
Where: Stand Up Live
Time: 7 p.m.
Admission: $22

Party Safari at Phoenix Zoo
Where: Phoenix Zoo
Time: 4 p.m. – 7:40 p.m.
Admission: General admission - $30 (adult), $20 (child); VIP - $70 (adult), $40 (child)

Parada Del Sol’s 63rd annual rodeo: Champions Challenge
Where: WestWorld of Scottsdale, 16601 N. Pima Road
Time: 6 p.m.
Tickets can be purchased at box office or phone, 480-648-4369