The Marriage of Figaro
April 5-7, Phoenix Symphony Hall
Figaro has fallen in love but even love can get complicated. On the day of his marriage to Susanna, Figaro’s master, the Count Almaviva, has set his wandering eye on the bride-to-be. Soon, everyone in Seville is scheming to achieve their own happy ending. Ultimately, only forgiveness can untangle this knot of love, loyalty, and misunderstanding. Overflowing with joyous music, the Arizona Opera does an amazing job showcasing Mozart’s witty and timeless tale reminding us what it means to be flawed and what it means to be human. 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 2:30 p.m. Sunday. $30-$135. www.azopera.org.
My Favorite Murder Live
April 5, Comerica Theatre
Interested in crime podcasts? Ready yourself for a true murder adventure at Phoenix’s own Comerica Theatre. Hosted by Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark, two lifelong fans of true crime stories, each episode tells a unique tale of murder. Packed with hometown crime stories and mischievous never-do-wells, murder mystery lovers will need to leave their preconceived notions at the door, because Karen and Georgia are dying to discuss death. 8 p.m. $39-$59. www.comericatheatre.com.
The Phoenix Lights Festival
April 5-6, The Park at Wild Horse Pass
Lights, camera, action. It’s time to light up the night with Phoenix’s most heart-pounding and feet-stomping concert of the year. Relentless Beats presents the Phoenix Lights Festival featuring artists such as Arty, A$AP Ferg, Claude VonStroke, Decadon, Excision, Griz and many more. The event will be stocked with delicious food vendors and select alcoholic offerings for sale. Souvenirs and and apparel will also be available for music lovers and fans alike. 5 p.m.-2 a.m. $149-$699. www.phoenixlightsfest.com.
The Original Taste
April 6, The Scottsdale Waterfront
Executive Council 70 and Executive Council Charities present the 46th Annual Original Taste, raising funds to support local youth programs for organizations such as Phoenix Children’s Hospital, Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale, Ryan House and the Ronald McDonald House Charities. Expect a wide variety of food and beverage tastings, live music, as well as entertainment throughout the night. 7-10 p.m. $125. www.ec70phx.com.
2019 Banner Children’s Charity Golf Open
April 12, JW Marriott Desert Ridge Wildfire Golf Club
Get ready to tee up for one of Phoenix’s most charitable golf tournaments of the year. Proceeds from the Banner Children’s Open go to benefit programs at the three Banner Children’s facilities in Arizona. In addition to participating as part of a foursome, there are ways to support the Banner Children’s Open through sponsorships starting at $3,000 or your organization can choose positive exposure through underwriting opportunities. 8 a.m. $1,000. www.bannerhealthfoundation.org.
Disney on Ice Presents Worlds of Enchantment
April 12-13, Talking Stick Resort Arena
Rev up for non-stop family fun with four of your favorite stories collide.This action-packed ice spectacular showcases beloved characters from Disney’s Cars, Toy Story 3, Disney’s The Little Mermaid plus the enchanting Academy Award-winning Frozen. It’s a high octane romp that is the perfect getaway for the whole family. Times vary. $20. www.disneyonice.com.
Piazzolla’s Four Seasons
April 12-13, Phoenix Symphony Hall
Experience an adventurous impression of the Argentinian Capital brought to life guest violinist Giora Schmidt performs Astor Piazzolla’s four-tango composition, Four Seasons of Buenos Aires, alongside the Phoenix Symphony. Discover Florence Price’s acclaimed early American First Symphony, with melodies and rhythms inspired from African-American folk music, spiritual music and characteristic ante-bellum dance rhythms. 7:30 p.m. Ticket prices vary. www.phoenixsymphony.org.
Liver Life Walk
April 13, Steele Indian School Park
Join the Phoenix chapter of the American Liver Foundation as they walk, run and fundraise to bring awareness to the face of liver disease. Proceeds go to support liver disease awareness and to provide financial support for educational programs and patient services. Expect a festival-type atmosphere that includes food vendors, kids activities, live entertainment and information about the foundation. Activities start at 8 a.m. and walk begins at 10 a.m. Adults, $20; 17 and under, free. www.liverlifewalk.org.
Romeo & Juliet and Porgy & Bess
April 20, Phoenix Symphony Hall
Two worlds collide in this unique compilation by the Phoenix Symphony. Offering unique insight into the brilliance and juxtaposition of suites from George Gershwin and Sergei Prokofiev, Romeo & Juliet fuses with Gershwin’s Porgy & Bess Suite to create an evening of sweeping emotion and dramatic elegance. Showcasing the towering Montague and Capulet families, as well as the beloved classic Summertime, you’ll fall in love with this tragic, heart-wrenching tale of passion and desire. 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Ticket prices vary. www.phoenixsymphony.org.
Fried: French Fry and Music Festival
April 20, Margaret T. Hance Park
Feast your eyes and your ears on Fried, an inaugural food and music festival celebrating America’s favorite side dish – fries. Here, hot and crispy potatoes go from side dish to center stage as local culinary talents showcase their gourmet takes on French fries for $2-$3 each alongside local bands and DJs. French fry makers include The Dressing Room, Ginger Monkey Tavern, Trapp Haus BBQ and more. Alcoholic and nonalcoholic beverages will also be available for purchase. 2-10 p.m. Purchase GA tickets online, $15. www.friedfestival.com.
April 20-21, Arizona Biltmore
The Arizona Biltmore has a variety of Easter activities on the docket. The fun begins on Saturday with a 5K Bunny Hop at 6 a.m. Attendees with run and walk with the Easter Bunny, with proceeds benefiting a local animal shelter (Adults, $20; children $10). On Easter Sunday, children ages 1-12 can begin the day with the resort’s annual Easter egg hunt at 8:30 as over 10,000 candy- and treat-filled eggs will fill the Squaw Peak Lawn. At 9 a.m., the Easter Celebration begins with a petting zoo, princess face painting, balloon art, a DJ and a photo booth with the Easter Bunny. There will also be a YoYo entertainer, lawn games and snacks like shaved ice, popcorn and cotton candy. $25 per child
April 23, Orpheum Theatre
Red Green is back and ready to tell all. The classic American comedian heads out on the road to hold Lodge Meetings all over North America. This one-man show features some brand-new handyman projects, advice to married guys and teenage boys, tips on getting old, an apology to the world on behalf of all baby boomers, special contributions from Harold and a couple of other cast members, talking animals, and a final wish from Red to all of his loyal fans. 7 p.m. $55.50. www.phoenixconventioncenter.com.
PMCF’s Third Annual Golf Tournament
April 26, Stonecreek Golf Club
The sun is out and the chamber is ready to hit the links for a great cause! The Phoenix Metro Chamber of Commerce hosts its 3rd annual golf tournament benefiting the Harvest Compassion Center, as well as other charities in the Valley. The day includes 18 holes of golf, breakfast and lunch, on-course entertainment, an auction, a raffle and awards. 7:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Single golfer, $125; foursome, $500; luncheon only, $25. www.phxmcf.org.
Jeff Dunham: Passively Aggressive
April 27, Talking Stick Resort Arena
International comedy sensation and talented ventriloquist Jeff Dunham has performed in front of audiences worldwide showcasing the undeniable power of uncontrollable laughter. Dunham now takes to the stage alongside his cast of hilarious characters, friends and, of course, puppets. From side-splitting moments of hilarity to heart-wrenching tales of sadness, this fantastic show will be packed with new surprises and old favorites. 5 p.m. $46.50. www.talkingstickresortarena.com.
World Bazaar Phoenix
April 27, 19th Ave and Camelback Park and Ride
It’s a small world after all! The incredible World Bazaar PHX returns with more culture, cuisine, and community than ever. Experience over 60 different vendors selling food, art, and handmade goods from around the world at this family-friendly event. Enjoy live music and dance performances from Africa, Asia and Latin America, with both new and returning acts. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. www.rescue.org.
May 4, Orpheum Theatre
With sardonic wit and incisive social critiques, David Sedaris has become one of America’s preeminent humor writers. Sedaris’ latest book, Calypso (published May 29, 2018), is his darkest and warmest book yet, in which the writer sets his formidable powers of observation toward middle age and mortality. Join Sedaris as he regales you with stories filled with wit, enthusiasm and stark realism. It’s an amazing evening with the master of storytelling, David Sedaris. 8 p.m. Ticket prices vary. www.phoenixconventioncenter.com.
Derby Day Club
May 4, Turf Paradise
The Bulleit Bourbon Derby DayClub, Arizona’s only Kentucky Derby party with live racing and betting, debuts in May. Enjoy the racing action in the exclusive track-side polo party-like tents with trackside betting terminals, renowned Fried & Fizzy food truck, and a no host bar. Doors open at 10:30 a.m. with live racing starting at 11:30 a.m. Tables start at $1,000 and include a complimentary bottle of champagne. 10:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Tickets start at $30. www.thepoloparty.com.