Events in April




2 & 3

Head to the Repticon Phoenix Reptile & Exotic Animal Show featuring vendors offering reptile pets, supplies, feeders, cages, and merchandise, in addition to live animal seminars. This is an educational, family-oriented event for everyone. Doors open at 10 a.m. $10. Arizona State Fairground Wesley Bolin Building, 1826 W. McDowell Rd.



Ladies don your tea attire and your hats for the 2016 Fairytale Tea hosted by The Happily Ever After League. This unique fundraiser includes tables that are theme decorated according to the fairy tale of your choice. In any given year, you might encounter Pinocchio, A Secret Garden, or Cruella DeVille. Groups get together, purchase a table and decorate it. Each year, décor becomes more festive and competitive. $60 per person. $600 per table. Camby Hotel, 2401 E. Camelback Rd., Phoenix.



The Phoenix Film Festival, named one of The 25 Coolest Film Festivals by MovieMaker Magazine, is back for its 16th year. The festival annually screens over 150 films, holds amazing parties, and provides filmmaking seminars. Check website for ticket prices and hours. Harkins Theatres Scottsdale 101, 7000 E. Mayo Blvd., Phoenix.




Celebrate spring at the 3rd Annual Carefree Days Festival, presented by Magic Bird Festivals. This free weeklong festival features over 75 prestigious arts and craft exhibitors whose handcrafted designs are woven throughout the town’s exotic botanical gardens with Carefree’s world-famous sundial at its center. Additional entertainment includes Rockette-style dance acts from the Desert Cactus Kickers, and colorful juggling and stilt acts from circus and fire theatre group Flam Chen. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Carefree Desert Gardens, 101 Easy St., Carefree.



The 2016 Spring Tempe Festival of the Arts is gearing up to fill the streets of downtown Tempe with rows of merchants, art, edibles, and entertainment. One of the leading fine arts festivals and one of the oldest of its kind, it draws attendees from across the nation. Free. 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. daily. Mill Avenue between 3rd Street and University Drive in downtown Tempe.



Art-in-the-Garden offers local artists a unique outdoor setting to display their artwork. From paintings, to pottery, to jewelry, attendees are invited to explore, shop, and appreciate the craftsmanship of local artists in their community. Free. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Berridge Nurseries, 4647 E. Camelback Rd., Phoenix.


12, 19, 26

The popular Concert Series at el Pedregal is back in time for spring. Enjoy beautiful Arizona weather, live music, and an art show through April 16. Among the featured concert acts: Cold Shott and the Hurricane Horns, The Herndon Brothers, and Alice Tatum. $8. El Pedregal, 34505 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale.



Head to The Shops at Norterra for their final car show of the season, the Super-Charged Spring Car Show. It includes classic and modern cars on display on Main Street, free photo-ops with various superheroes, a kids dance party with music, games, and prizes, live music from the band Lane Change, plus giveaways, prizes, and more. Free. 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. the Shops at Norterra, 2460 W. Happy Valley Rd., Phoenix.



Guests will enjoy a cocktail reception, visits with costumed riders and horses in the Los Cedros stables, and the opportunity to purchase mystery bags of fabulous items during the Desert Foothills Land Trust’s Sonoran Stars fundraiser. A gourmet dinner will also be served in the courtyard set to the jazz music of the Jerry Donato Trio. $250 per person. 5 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Los Cedros USA, 8700 E. Black Mountain Rd., Scottsdale.


29, 30, & May 1


The 13th Annual Sedona Artists’ Open Studios Tour is back. This celebration of the arts and artists in the greater Verde Valley offers visitors a unique opportunity to meet the artists in their private studios to enjoy an up close look at their creative processes. There will be over 50 artists. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.



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