May 4, El Chorro
This heartwarming event will feature a tribute to graceful mothers and their inspirational work with a Champagne brunch, shopping and a guest speaker, further showcasing their support of families enduring life tragedies. Reception, 9 a.m.; seated program, 11 a.m. Free. www.mothers-grace.org.
May 5, Social Tap Eatery
Downtown Scottsdale’s contemporary eatery and upscale sports bar, Social Tap Eatery, is celebrating one year in conjunction with Cinco de Mayo. The expansive 2,000-square-foot patio will have interactive yard-style games like giant Jenga and corn hole, and food offerings will include Cinco De Mayo-appropriate fare such as carnitas, chicken and fish tacos for $2.50 each and $2 taquitos. Plus, enjoy drink specials, including $6 frozen cocktails, $5 tequila shots, $4 pints of Dos Equis and more. Live music provided by a DJ will be ongoing throughout the evening. 4 p.m.-2 a.m. Free. www.socialtapeatery.com.
May 6, Thirsty Lion at Scottsdale Fashion Square
Join ActivStars Outreach at a Kentucky Derby party, where all profits will go directly to helping children participate in extracurricular fitness programs. The party will include fun activities, such as coverage of the Kentucky Derby, contests, photos, caricatures, silent auctions, and much more. 2-5 p.m. Advance, $75; at the door, $90. www.az.activstars.com.
May 6, Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art
Choose your boldest and brightest cyber-chic attire to wear to Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art’s annual fundraiser, SMoCA Mix 2017: TECH Sublime. The evening will provide interactive technology and media with an artistic perspective from various artists, and it will honor Valley philanthropist Dorothy Lincoln-Smith, who has contributed to the local arts community and is part of the generation that created SMoCA in 1999. General, $175; VIP, $250. www.smoca.org.
May 6, Multiple locations
Urban Wine Walk is a self-guided tasting tour that encourages participants to explore Downtown Phoenix, socialize, experience local bars and restaurants, and sample fabulous wines. Participating locations are conveniently located along the light rail corridor stretching from uptown to downtown. This pedestrian-friendly tour is truly your ticket aboard an urban food and wine expedition. 1-6 p.m. Wine samples (includes hors d’oeuvres), $2-$3. www.dtphx.org.
May 6-Sept. 24, Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art
One of the museum’s newest exhibits was created by Squidsoup, an artist collective based in the United Kingdom. Ocean of Light: Submergence is an LED structure that envelops viewers in light while they explore the idea of interactivity. This live data ecosystem responds to internal and external stimuli in real time, allowing visitors to contemplate the immensity of data in today’s world. An opening celebration will be held Friday, May 19, from 7 to 9 p.m. Admission is free, and guests will have the opportunity to meet and mingle with artists and curators. Museum hours vary. Exhibit included as part of museum admission. www.smoca.org.
May 11, Desert Mountain Chiricahua Course
This unique pro-am concept will give participants the opportunity to interact and play golf with Champions Tour pros and local pros at Desert Mountain, a private master-planned community. Golfers will enjoy the breathtaking views while golfing on the Chiricahua Course, one of six Jack Nicklaus signature golf courses. Following the tournament will be lunch, a raffle drawing and an awards ceremony. Registration and raffle, 7 a.m.; tournament, 9 a.m. Individual, $750; foursome, $3,500. www.rmhcphoenix.com.
May 12, Desert Botanical Garden
Directed by Brazilian native Poranguí, this percussion-driven group melds Latin and Caribbean rhythms with lively traditional and contemporary Brazilian music, resulting in an energetic, unforgettable and uplifting performance. Advance purchase recommended.
7 p.m. $25-$30. www.dbg.org.
May 12-14 and 20-21, Schnepf Farms
Enjoy sweet peach treats at the annual Queen Creek Peach Festival. The event will include a peachy pancake breakfast daily at 7:30 a.m. and a sampling pavilion with the likes of peach salsa, preserve, syrup, granola, licorice and more. New this year is Vintage Market Days, a national vintage market coming to Arizona for the first time during the festival. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Prices vary. www.schnepffarms.com.
May 13, The Parsons Center for Health & Wellness
Night for Life is an annual fundraising event to support the services offered by the Southwest Center for HIV/AIDS. Night for Life’s SpeakEasy event aims to show love, remove stigma and raise money to support free and low-cost programs for people living with and touched by HIV/AIDS throughout the Phoenix community. There will be hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar as well as entertainment by the four-piece jazz band Sans Pagaie. A VIP experience will include complimentary cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, a celebration of awardees and entertainment. Attire is cocktail or flapper dresses and zoot suits or a tuxedo. 6:30-8:30 p.m. VIP begins at 5:30 p.m. General admission, $100; VIP $250. www.swhiv.org.
May 16, Ak-Chin Pavilion
Train’s Play That Song Tour is coming to the Valley, bringing Natasha Bedingfield and O.A.R. as opening acts. Showcasing their 10th studio album, Train will bring the Heart and Soul and Marry Me train through Ak-Chin Pavillion. 7 p.m. $18-$254+. www.livenation.com.
May 19, Views Modern Grove Restaurant
The Pearce Family Foundation has partnered with local stylist The Foxy Kat for the third annual Runway of Hope Fashion Show. The evening will take place at Views Modern Grove Restaurant within the OdySea of the Desert complex and consist of drinks and appetizers as well as a special performance from the local residents of the Dolphinarius exhibit at OdySea Aquarium. 7-10 p.m. $75+. www.pearcefamilyfoundation.com.
May 19-28, Valley-wide
The Arizona Restaurant Association’s Arizona Restaurant Week (ARW) is celebrating a decade of delicious this year with its 10th annual ARW this spring. What began as a yearly week-long celebration has now grown into a bi-annual, 10-day foodie extravaganza. Spring Arizona Restaurant Week will include more than 150 participating restaurants showcasing three- or four-course, fixed-price meals at eateries across the Valley. $33 or $44. www.arizonarestaurantweek.com.
May 20, Scottsdale Resort & Spa at McCormick Ranch
This 15th annual awards dinner will honor corporate and community leaders and celebrate their contributions to improving the lives of Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, Pacific Islanders and emerging communities in Arizona. This dinner will feature a silent auction and talent showcase, as well as Asian hors d’oeuvres. 5 p.m. Individual, $100; table of 10, $1,250. www.apcaaz.org.
May 21, Stonecreek Golf Club
Putts for Mutts is a charity golf tournament that helps raise funds for Arizona Small Dog Rescue, a no-kill shelter and rescue. Funds raised from this tournament are used to help hundreds of dogs receive medical care, vaccinations, spays/neuters and to help offset shelter expenses. Registration begins at 6:30 a.m. Individual, $110; foursome, $420.
May 24, Comerica Theatre
John Legend brings his soulful sounds to Phoenix on his Darkness and Light Tour with favorite songs like All of Me and Love Me Now. Legend has won 10 Grammy Awards, one Golden Globe Award, and one Academy Award and is well-known for his collaborations with other artists. 7:30 p.m. $52-$480+. www.comericatheatre.com.
May 25, Shake Shack Scottsdale
Shack Sounds is pairing burgers and specially-priced draft pours of Huss Brewing Co.’s signature Scottsdale Blonde with live performances by top local bands – curated by the McDowell Mountain Music Festival – for one tasty monthly concert series. Hosted on the outdoor patio of Shake Shack’s Scottsdale Fashion Square location, the May event will spotlight the band Huckleberry.
7 p.m. Free. www.shakeshack.com.
May 25-28, Phoenix Convention Center
This signature pop culture event in the Southwest focuses on comic books, anime, sci-fi and film. Attendees will have the opportunity to interact with comic book creators, anime voice actors, and movie and TV actors as well as enjoy panels, workshops, an art auction, a zombie beauty pageant, a Japanese fashion show, a masquerade and live music. Times and prices vary. www.phoenixcomicon.com.
May 26, Talking Stick Resort Arena
New Kids on the Block (NKOTB) and Grammy Award-winning tour mates Paula Abdul and Boyz II Men will serenade the Valley with beloved favorites this month on their Total Package Tour. NKOTB will perform No. 1 hits such as Step By Step, the iconic Abdul will perform her legendary catalogue of pop sensations, and Boyz II Men will sing the smooth jams that garnered them the distinction of being the best-selling R&B group of all time. 7:30 p.m. $25-$369+. www.talkingstickresortarena.com.
May 27-June 4, OdySea Aquarium
OdySea Aquarium celebrates a new addition, Mermaid Magic, with activities revolving around one of the world’s most awe-inspiring mythical creatures – mermaids! Guests can watch live “mermaids” swim with the animals in the Deep Ocean exhibit and even meet these majestic beauties. 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Free with admission. www.odyseaaquarium.com.
June 2, Ak-Chin Pavilion
The summer concert season at Ak-Chin Pavilion is in full swing when country trio Lady Antebellum hits the stage. The Lady Antebellum: You Look Good World Tour comes in advance of their fifth studio album. Up-and-coming country stars Kelsea Ballerini and Brett Young will join along for the ride as opening acts for the band. 7:30 p.m. $33-$297+. www.livenation.com.