March 4, Talking Stick Resort Arena
Two of the hottest performers in pop and rap join forces in this show, blending contemporary chart topping tunes and dazzling performances. DJ Khaled was one of the hottest talents of 2017 and now the ubiquitous DJ will accompany superstar Demi Lovato on her 20-city tour supporting her Tell Me You Love Me album. The two performers, famous for their musical talents and open snapchat accounts, are sure to thrill fans and music lovers alike. 7:30 pm. Starting at $25. www.ticketmaster.com.
March 8-11, Talking Stick Resort Arena
The world-famous Cirque du Soleil presents its newest rendition, Cirque du Soleil Crystal, the the company’s very first on-ice experience. This new and innovative show promises to push the boundaries of dance, redefining the artistic possibilities of ice. Audience members can expect to see world-class ice skaters and acrobats perform death-defying acrobatics, transforming the everyday world into something extraordinary. The show follows lead character, Crystal on a tale of self-discovery as she dives into a world of her own imagination. Times and prices vary. www.talkingstickarena.com.
March 8, Arizona Biltmore
The Ryan House presents its 10th annual Community Breakfast. Hosting over 1,200 business and philanthropic leaders, this event raises vital funds for children with life-limiting or end of life diagnoses and their families. Attendees will learn about Ryan House and hear stories about the inspiring work done by the organization for children to provide care and comfort. 7 a.m. Prices vary. www.ryanhouse.org.
March 9-11, Symphony Hall
Considered Gioachino Rossini’s greatest masterpiece, Arizona Opera presents the story of Count Almaviva as he falls in love with the beautiful Rosina. He solicits Figaro, the town’s barber, to help win her favor. Audiences members can expect dazzling music and a masterful plot filled with the twists and turns of young love. Times and prices vary. www.azopera.org.
March 16, Xavier College Preparatory
A day of fun and education, this event is for middle school girls to become engaged about science, technology, engineering, art and math (STEAM). A guest speaker will kick off the day, followed by hands-on activities. The day will employ a conference model, with 25-minute sessions sponsored by different groups, allowing participants to spend time with high school mentors and doing more activities. 1-4 p.m. Free. www.ghitday.org.
March 17, Irish Cultural Center
There may not be a rainbow but there sure will be a pot of gold at the end of this parade. With a cast of performers, entertainers and a myriad of floats, this crossover of faire and parade is sure to please. The parade starts at the intersection of 3rd and Sheridan streets and heads south through the roads of Downtown Phoenix. Come enjoy three stages of Irish music, Irish step dancing, bagpipers, food and beverages, Irish crafts and merchandise, genealogy, Irish clubs, a children’s area, and a VIP lounge hosting the AZ Irish Red Craft Beer competition. 10 a.m.- 5 p.m. $12 adults; $10 seniors 55+; 12 and under, free. www.stpatricksdayphoenix.org.
March 17, The Phoenician Resort
Experience the event of the year and support the HonorHealth Virginia G. Piper Cancer Center. Over the years, this annual ball has raised more than $14 million to benefit HonorHealth and support its leadership role in bringing stellar medical care to the people in the Phoenix community. Guests can expect dancing, dinner, cocktails and more at this spectacular event with proceeds supporting research, programs, and services of the HonorHealth Virginia G. Piper Cancer Center. 6:30 p.m. Individual tickets, $750. give.honorhealth.com.
March 22, J.W. Marriott Camelback Inn Resort & Spa
Sixteen years later, Florence Crittenton’s Teaming Up for Girls event is only getting stronger. This annual luncheon brings more than 800 business leaders and community members together to support the healing of at-risk and disadvantaged girls. The fun-filled yet inspiring afternoon will feature Golden Globe and Emmy-nominated actress (you may know her from the critically acclaimed TV series, This Is Us) Chrissy Metz for an engaging keynote speech followed by a Q&A. Proceeds from the luncheon provide significant funding to aid safety, hope, and opportunity to every girl whose life they touch. 10:30 a.m. $275. www.flocrit.org.
March 23, The JW Marriott Scottsdale Camelback Inn
The Wish Ball is one of the Valley’s most heart-wrenching and inspiring events of the spring. Attendees of this “A Wish Come True” themed evening can expect an incredible evening of wish kid stories, entertainment, silent and live auctions and more. The contributions from the evenings event benefit Make-A-Wish Arizona, helping the organization to grant the wishes of the more than 427 Arizona children currently waiting on their one true wish. 6 p.m. www.arizona.wish.org.
March 23, Talking Stick Resort Arena
One of the early 2000s’ biggest rock stars leaps to the stage to rock the house with his new album, Sweet Southern Sugar, which he released last November. The singer-songwriter, wrapper, producer, activist, and self-taught multi-instrumentalist has a career spanning over 20 years, with music encompassing rock, hip hop and country. In his 11th album, Kid Rock once again transforms his sound, increasing the country influence in his music. He will perform soon-to-be hits like Po-Dunk and Tennessee Mountain Top, along with some iconic tunes such as Picture, All Summer Long and Cowboy. 7:30 pm. Starting at $35. www.talkingstickresortarena.
March 24, Central High School
Every year, thousands of families face uncertainty when their loved ones experience seizures and epilepsy-associated challenges. Join community members for this Epilepsy Arizona event intended to raise awareness about living with epilepsy. Whether you’re walking, jogging or running, this Saturday event is one you don’t want to miss. Highlights include music, dancing, entertainment and family fun. $35 before the event; $40 day of. www.epilepsy5k.org.
March 24, Phoenix Zoo
Head to the Phoenix Zoo for an evening dedicated to raising funds to support the mission of the Phoenix Children’s Chorus (PCC). The “wild” evening will, which will have an outdoor reception and indoor dinner, includes a gourmet dinner and silent and live auction featuring fabulous prizes and experiences. The annual spring party will continue with entertainment by PCC’s 400 singers as well as dessert to close out the memorable evening. 6 p.m. $175. www.phoenixchildrenschorus.org.
March 25, Tempe Mill Avenue
One of the Valley’s largest art shows, The Tempe Festival of the Arts showcases over 350 artists from around the country. Art lovers are invited to stroll through the more traditional art section featuring old world items such as handmade seasonings, soaps, candles and sauces. With two stages playing live music all three days, an interactive area for children, and a wine tasting space, this event is perfect for couples and families alike. 10 a.m.- 5:30 pm. Free. www.tempefestivalofthearts.com.
March 31, Desoto Central Market
Founded by three artists based in Washington, D.C., Cultural Crawl is an art exhibit for the public to drink, eat and explore. Experience the rich culture of local phoenix based businesses and the street art and murals that live around them. The “Get up, get out & crawl” initiative is focused on exposing patrons to new neighborhoods and to get locals out, about and walking or biking to multiple locations. 2-10 p.m. $15. www.culturecrawl.com.
April 3, Lucky Strike Lane
It’s a strike for charity – the good kind! Pins for Jim is a fun evening where bowlers of all skill levels team up for a worthy cause. Participants will try their hand at bowling their best game. The evening will also include a silent auction and drawing. The Jim Smith foundation helps individuals and families around the Phoenix area to maximize their potential. The funds will benefit charitable organizations whose programs and activities focus on helping children and families such as Gabriel’s Angels, the Treasure House, Future for Kids and many more. 6 p.m. $80-$100. www.jimsmithfoundation.org.
April 5-22, Herberger Theatre
A talented group of veteran blues musicians join together for an after-hours jam session to swap stories and share their favorite lowdown dirty tunes. Celebrating the great hits of Muddy Waters, Mae West, Ma Rainey, Sophie Tucker, Howlin’ Wolf, Pearl Bailey, and many others, this show is sure to get your feet tapping and your head swaying. Featuring nearly two dozen songs filled with soul, and a love of life, jazz lights up the stage and will keep you craving for more. Times and prices vary. www.herbergertheater.org.
April 9, Chase Field
Presented by University of Arizona Cancer Center at Dignity Health St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center, this event will benefit the Arizona Diamondbacks Foundation and various cancer-focused nonprofits. The 5K/1-mile walk will wind through the streets of Downtown Phoenix, ending with a victory lap around the outfield wall at Chase Field. 5K, 7:15 a.m.; 1-mile Banana Boat Family Fun Walk, 8:30 a.m. Prices vary. www.dbacks.com.