May 11-14, times vary
Al Balanchine is a beautiful culmination of works by the father of American ballet, George Balanchine. Ballet Arizona’s artistic director, Ib Anderson, is one of a handful of artists worldwide authorized by The Balanchine Trust to stage Balanchine’s masterpieces, including Western Symphony and Square Dance. Do not miss out on one of the most striking developments in modern ballet performed by the exquisite ballerinas of Ballet Arizona at Symphony Hall. $25-$159. www.balletaz.org.
May 13, Noon-6 p.m.
Celebrate the canned crafted beer revolution at the Ameri-CAN Canned Craft Beer Festival, which will feature more than 250 canned craft beers from over 100 local and national breweries across 40 states. The event’s new location at Margaret T. Hance Park will transform into a beer and food lover’s utopia and will also include live entertainment, a beer science garden and games. General admission, $35-$45; VIP, $100 (must purchse in advance). www.cannedcraftbeerfest.com.
May 18-28, times vary
The New York Times deems The Book of Mormon as “the best musical of the century,” while The Washington Post says, “it is the kind of evening that restores your faith in musicals.” See what all the critics are raving about and experience the nine-time Tony Award-winning musical – which follows the misadventures of a mismatched pair of missionaries sent halfway across the world to spread the Good Word – at ASU Gammage. $30-$470+. www.asugammage.com.
May 20, 2-4:30 p.m.
This annual celebration features 40 exceptional wines of value, all rated and selected by AJ’s cellar masters. Guests will get an opportunity to discover new wines, receive food and wine pairing recommendations from the experts, and enjoy artisan treats with their vino. The afternoon also includes live entertainment and a silent auction. $35-$50.
May 27, 5:30-10:30 p.m.
The eighth annual Cave Creek Balloon Festival takes full flight this month on the driving range of the Rancho Mañana Golf Course, where hot air balloons will glow with brilliant colors that light up the evening sky. Great for families with kids, the evening also includes live entertainment, craft stations, food vendors and a fireworks show in honor of Memorial Day weekend. VIP admission includes a gourmet buffet from Tonto Bar & Grill. General admission, $7-$15; VIP, $35-$75. www.cavecreekfestivals.com.
June 3, 6-10 p.m.
Bite Nite raises funds and awareness for the ALS Association Arizona Chapter while showcasing signature dishes from top chefs across the Valley. Get your nosh on at The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa, where you’ll enjoy signature bites, cocktails and live entertainment. This year’s Bite Nite features exclusive mystery boxes, silent and live auctions, and much more. Individual, $150, table of 10, $1,500. www.bitenite.org.