In The ‘Hood: March 2016

In The ‘Hood: March 2016

Posted 02/25/2016

hot air balloon

With warm temperatures knocking on our doors early this year, it’s hard to believe spring is still weeks away. Fortunately for residents of Phoenix and Tucson, March brings more great weather and plenty of alfresco arts and entertainment events, to boot. So, why wait for the calendar to catch up to enjoy the beautiful outdoors?

Check out these exciting events happening this month near our Maracay Homes neighborhoods:

Out West Balloon Fest
Friday, March 4, 5:30 – 11 a.m., 4 – 9 p.m.; Saturday, March 5, 5:30 – 11 a.m., 4 – 9 p.m.; Sunday, March 6, 5:30 – 11 a.m.
For the second year in a row, University of Phoenix Stadium will host the Out West Balloon Fest! The three-day event will showcase multiple giant hot air balloons as they float above Glendale. Attendees can enjoy a tethered ride each evening of the festival or take a full flight Friday, Saturday or Sunday morning. Featured at the festival will be food, vendors, a Kidszone, music, as well as the Gigablast Fun Run on Saturday. For more info, visit

Glendale Folk & Heritage Festival
March 19-20, Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Brought together at Glendale’s Sahuaro Ranch Historic Area, the Folk & Heritage Festival features more than 250 performers, showcasing everything from folk and bluegrass music to cowboy poetry and storytelling. A fun event for all generations, the festival will also include historic house tours, demonstrations and hands-on workshops led by accomplished entertainers. This year’s entire event and workshop schedule can be found here!

2nd Annual Downtown Mesa Brew Fest
Saturday, March 5, 2 – 6 p.m.
Get your friends together for downtown Mesa’s Brew Fest, featuring breweries from all over the state lining up on Macdonald Street during this fun-filled afternoon of sunshine, cold beer, live and local music, contests, games and plenty of Brewfest swag. The festival is free to enter and dog friendly, with beer tickets available for purchase at the event.

MAC Fest Mesa
Saturday, March 5, and Saturday, March 19, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
The Mesa Arts & Crafts Festival (MACFest) continues through spring on two Saturday nights right in downtown Mesa on Main Street. The free event features unique and mainly local artist creations, music, and fun for the whole family. For more information, visit

28th Annual Chandler Chamber Ostrich Festival
March 11-13, Friday, 2 p.m. – midnight.; Saturday, 10 a.m. – midnight.; Sunday, 10 a.m. – 11 p.m.
This year’s Ostrich Festival gets bigger and better with national and local entertainment, new attractions and rides, food, beverages and, of course, ostriches! A week earlier, in conjunction with the Ostrich Festival is the Mayor’s Fun Run and Ostrich Festival Parade, both on Saturday, Mar. 5, in downtown Chandler. Tickets and more information for all of the festivities can be found here!

Pot of Gold Music Festival
March 17 and 19, Thursday, 1 p.m. – midnight.; Saturday, noon – 12:30 a.m.
After spending the last few years at Tempe Town Lake, the Pot of Gold Music Festival has found a new home at Rawhide! Returning acts this year include Slightly Stoopid and Dirty Heads, and new acts such as Future, Atmosphere, Big Sean, Rebelution, and Katastro! For tickets and more information, visit

7th Annual Great American BBQ & Beer Festival
Saturday, Mar. 19, noon – 10 p.m.
A full day of craft beer, barbeque and music returns to the streets of downtown Chandler for the 7th Annual Great American BBQ & Beer Festival. This year’s highlights include more than 60 barbeque pit masters, a lineup of country music acts, March Madness Lounge, Jack Daniel’s Experience, an eating competition area (ribs, pie, wings and bratwursts), and more than 100 exhibitors serving up the best barbeque in the Valley. Grab your tickets from the event website.

Queen Creek
The Good Life Festival at Encanterra
Saturday, March 5, noon – 7:30 p.m.
The Good Life Festival is an all-ages experience featuring gourmet food and cooking demonstrations, specialty shopping, fine wine and beer tastings, as well as spa and golf demonstrations. Enjoy beautiful weather and live music, all at the same time with this year’s performer, The Band Perry. A limited amount of tickets are available at

Roots ‘N Boots Queen Creek
March 11-13, Friday-Sunday, see specific times here
A rodeo where family-fun is the main focus, the Roots ‘N Boots Rodeo offers plenty of free activities for all ages to enjoy during the three-day event, featuring a petting zoo, family-friendly competitions, a pig chase, live entertainment and much more. Tickets for the PRCA Rodeo and the Carnival are available here:

Outdoor Day at the International Wildlife Museum
Saturday, March 5, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Bring the entire family for this celebration of everything outdoors at the International Wildlife Museum! The event features live animal demonstrations, hands-on educational experiences with horses, solar viewing with astronomers, and presentations from the U.S. Forest Service, Marine Awareness and Conversation Society, Girl Scouts, Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics and many more! Local food trucks will be on site. Admission is only $4 per person! Visit to learn more.

Arizona Jazz Week
March 6-11, recurring daily at 7:30 p.m.
The University of Arizona Fred Fox School of Music will bring six concerts on six consecutive nights to Crowder Hall for the 38th Annual Arizona Jazz Week. Each concert is priced between $5-10, and will feature a variety of performers from various jazz genres, including salsa and Latin. For tickets and more information, please visit the school’s event calendar page

St. Patrick’s Day Parade & Festival
Sunday, March 13, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Downtown Tucson will come alive with Irish spirit and live Irish music, dancers, entertainment, children’s game area, food and shopping vendors, and a one-hour parade that begins at 11 a.m. The 29-year-old parade and festival is open to the public and great for the whole family! Visit for more info.