Clear Blue Skies, Warm Weather and a Parade of Culinary Festivals
April is one of the best times of the year to visit Phoenix and Scottsdale. The month traditionally marks the end of “Snowbird Season,” with temperatures in the 70s and 80s before rising into the 90s in May. Pools, golf courses and hiking trails are all busy, while a number of outdoor culinary events and fun festivals welcome guests under clear blue skies.
April Event Calendar
Pheonix Lights Festival
The 6th annual Phoenix Lights event is an electrifying experience that you won’t want to miss! This huge 3-day electronic dance festival gets bigger and better each year with mesmerizing light displays, impressive stage productions, and an awesome lineup of performances across four different stages. Although EDM is the fest’s focused genre, diverse artists from the techno, dubstep, and hip-hop genres will be performing as well. Tickets can be purchased here; general admission weekend passes are $129 plus fees, VIP weekend passes are plus fees, and platinum weekend passes are $649 plus fees
Phoenix Pride Festival
Gay rights and diversity will be celebrated over two days during Phoenix Pride. Steele Indian School Park is welcoming 150 performances on six stages, including headliners Jo Jo and Taylor Dayne. Guest will also enjoy an arts expo, dance pavilion, culinary stations and much more.
My Nana’s Best Tasting Salsa Challenge
Lovers of Mexican food will appreciate having more than a hundred different salsas in one place. My Nana’s Best Tasting Salsa Challenge has been running strong for 35 years now as the largest annual fundraiser for the Arizona Hemophilia Association. Chefs bring their best recipes while guests enjoy endless chips and salsa, as well as drinks featured in the Jose Cuervo Margarita Mix-Up.
FRIED: French Fry and Music Festival
Is there anything better than an entire festival dedicated to french fries? America’s favorite side dish is being celebrated at FRIED: French Fry and Music Festival. Guests will flock to downtown Phoenix for music, art and French Fry-focused dishes from more than 20 chefs. Each one is just $2 or $3. Admission is $10.
Scottsdale Culinary Festival
One of the biggest culinary events of the season mixes together two days of food, drinks and entertainment at the Scottsdale Civic Center Mall. Enjoy a Grand Tasting Tour, featuring 35 restaurants and vendors, plus food demonstrations, a Family Fun Zone and more than 200 brews to sample in the Four Peaks Beer Garden. Headliners include Terri Nunn and Berlin. Tickets are $12 online and $15 at the door. VIP and Beer Garden tickets are also available.
International Jazz Festival
Celebrate International Jazz Day in the best way possible! Enjoy live music at this annual, free event. For the past 8 years, the International Jazz Festival has brought an amazing lineup to the Mesa Arts Center. This year’s lineup includes Bernard Wright, keyboard artist and son of American singer Roberta Flack, as well as Jessica Kotu, Neamen Lyles, Ted Belledin, Mario Abney, and Eloni Yawn.
Things to Do in Phoenix in April
Hike Camelback Mountain
Named due to its appearance, resembling a camel’s hump, this famous hiking spot is convenient for nature lovers in all corners of Scottsdale. The views after reaching the top are worth the trek.
Catch a Diamondbacks Game
Now that Cactus League’s spring training schedule has wrapped up, it’s time to catch a game where it counts: at Chase Field. The Diamondbacks are ready to take the field in one of the most modern and comfortable baseball stadiums in the country.