Things to do

Arizona's April Signature Events

Experience spring in full swing with local Arizona special events and festivals. We’ve rounded up a list of things to do statewide during the month of April.

Arizona's April Signature Events
(Credit: Tucson Agave Heritage Festival)

TUCSON: Fourth Avenue Spring Street Fair

Join in the fun at this 50-year-old tradition, which attracts more than 600,000 guests each year to Tucson's eclectic downtown and historic 4th Avenue. In addition to 300-plus international artisans, enjoy live entertainment, children's activities and treats from more than 40 food concessionaires.
(520) 624-5004,,

SCOTTSDALE: Bell Lexus Copperstate 1000

More than 80 of the finest vintage motor cars drive 1000 miles of popular Arizona terrain over four days. The event celebrates the automotive cultural legacy by featuring some of the finest working examples of vintage, sports, racing, classic and grand touring automobiles manufactured before the 1974 model year.
(602) 307-2060,

SCOTTSDALE: Culinary Festival

Celebrate your senses with the tastes, sights and sounds of Scottsdale. The festival features multiple districts for food exploration, such as BBQ Country, European Plaza, Sweet Street, American Square, Latin Hill, Asian Village and the Grub Lot from the Phoenix Metropolitan Area's most notable restaurants and chef personalities. For the 21+ crowd, there is a beer garden featuring 200 specialty beers, a wine garden and the Liquid Arizona lounge with local wineries, spirits and craft beer. Notable events include the Best of the Fest, Chef Demos, a family zone and a Teen Cook-Off.
(480) 945-7193,

MESA: Jesus the Christ Easter Pageant

The world's largest Easter pageant presents a drama, dance and musical story about the birth, life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. English and Spanish performances are given.
(480) 964-7164,,

LAKE HAVASU CITY: Desert Storm Poker Run and Shootout

A world-class collection of the most prestigious performance boats from across the nation will hit speeds of more than 160 MPH in this display of some of the fastest, most impressive boats to grace the waves. The Desert Storm Shootout features racers running a two-mile course competing in 30 different classes, with more than 67 runs! The weekend kicks off with the Desert Storm Street Party on Thursday, which attracts more than 10,000 people, followed by a boat parade through the Bridgewater Channel on Friday.
(602) 739-4739,,

TUCSON: La Frontera's Tucson International Mariachi Conference

Celebrating over 25 years of success as one of the most influential mariachi and baile folklórico events in the world, this conference is a permanent fixture on the Tucson cultural calendar and beckons mariachi and baile folklórico aficionados from across the country and Mexico. It is a celebration of folklórico and mariachi music, starting with student workshops and competitions, and then culminating with the Fiesta de Garibaldi, an all-day party in the park.
(520) 838-3908,,

COTTONWOOD: Verde Valley Nature & Birding Festival

Birding enthusiasts will enjoy this event, which features field trips, guided tours, workshops and seminars, exhibits, vendors and entertainment. Families can bring the little ones to the Family Nature Fair, featuring special activities for the children.
(928) 641-6013,,

TUCSON: Agave Heritage Festival

Tucson is the premier destination for all things agave, and this festival explores and celebrates the cultural, commercial, environmental and culinary significance of this heritage plant over 10 days with more than 25 events throughout Tucson. Join the festival and take part in agave spirit tastings, seminars, art exhibits, concerts, garden tours and world-class culinary experiences.
(520) 622-8848,,

Please check each event's website or social media pages before venturing out to confirm any restrictions or changes that might impact your visit.

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