Through March 27, various locations
This month, spring training continues from its start in late February. The Cactus League is comprised of 15 MLB teams at 10 ballparks, including two in Scottsdale: Salt River Fields at Talking Stick (Arizona Diamondbacks and Colorado Rockies) and Scottsdale Stadium (San Francisco Giants). Times and prices vary. www.cactusleague.com.
March 3-11, WestWorld of Scottsdale
Saddle up the troops to watch 1,500 of the country’s best quarter horses compete for $200,000 in prizes at this annual show. Horses and riders come from around the world to ride and to compete in this five ring event. As one of the top 10 American quarter horse shows in the nation, this circuit will have six shows including three that feature youth. While there, be sure to shop more than 100 vendors featuring Southwestern furniture, clothing, jewelry, and, of couse, horse items. Food vendors will also be on site. Times vary. Free. www.suncircuit.com.
March 4, Chaparral Park
Presented by Arizona Oncology, Teal Trek is the signature fundraising event for the Ovarian Cancer Alliance of Arizona, raising funds to provide support, advocacy and awareness to the community. The trek helps support the alliance’s commitment to informing Arizona women about the symptoms of ovarian cancer in order to diagnose the disease earlier. 8:30-11:30 a.m. Prices vary, but ovarian cancer survivors are free. www.ocaz.org/teal-trek-walk.
March 8, Arizona Biltmore
This 10th annual event provides guests with the opportunity to learn more about Ryan House and hear stories about the inspiring work done by the organization for children with life-limiting medical conditions. During the breakfast, guests will have the chance to contribute mission-critical funding that will provide care, comfort and community to 300 children and families at Ryan House in the coming year. Registration, 7 a.m.; breakfast, 8 a.m. Prices vary. www.ryanhouse.org.
March 8-11, WestWorld of Scottsdale
The 65th annual Parada Del Sol Rodeo is a is PRCA Sanctioned Rodeo with four action-packed performances. As one of the oldest officially sanctioned rodeos in the country, the Parada del Sol Rodeo includes bull riding, wrestling, calf roping, and barrel racing, along with other family fun. Thursday to Saturday, 7 p.m.; Sunday, 2 p.m. $5-$45. www.paradadelsol.org.
March 9-11, Civic Center Mall
This celebration of visual, performing and culinary arts has 200 jury-selected artists from the U.S. and Canada showcasing their work. There will be live music and entertainment on two stages, food trucks, creative activities for kids, and an interactive art installation by Scottsdale Public Art. Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Two-day pass, $20; one-day pass, $12. www.scottsdaleartsfestival.org.
March 9-11, Symphony Hall
Gioachino Rossini’s greatest masterpiece, The Barber of Seville, is brought to life at Arizona Opera. When the handsome Count Alaviva falls in love with the beautiful Rosina, he solicits Figaro, the town’s crafty barber, to help win her favor and make a fool of her guardian. Audiences will delight in this plot, which is full of twists and turns, mistaken identities, and the triumph of young love, all wrapped up in Rossini’s masterful music. Friday and Saturday, 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, 2 p.m. $25-$135. www.azopera.org.
March 10, Children’s Museum of Phoenix
Celebrate the museum’s 10th birthday, marking a decade of bringing joyful learning to children and families. Festivities will begin with a cocktail party offering hors d’oeuvres prepared by Valley restaurants. Guests will take a seat under the stars for a sumptuous sit-down dinner, followed by entertainment, a live auction, and a celebration of the Kids at Heart Award recipients. The evening will culminate in after-dinner drinks and dancing. 6-11 p.m. Individual, $275; table of 10, $2,500. www.childrensmuseumgala.org.
March 10, The Phoenician
Guests of the 22nd annual Fresh Start Gala will enjoy a cocktail reception, a gourmet dinner, incredible live entertainment, dancing, and an inspirational Founders’ Award presentation, recognizing Jacquie Dorrance and the philanthropic work she has contributed to the community. The evening will honor more than two decades of support for Fresh Start Women’s Foundation and is chaired by Erin Essert and Sally Odegard. 6 p.m. Tickets start at $600. www.freshstartwomen.org.
March 13 and 27, Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts
Mixing Hollywood flair with the element of surprise, Talk Cinema offers sneak previews of new independent and foreign films. Audiences will arrive at the theater not knowing what will be screened and will be among the first to see a new movie and then engage in a critical discussion led by film scholars and special guests. Films span many genres and are selected by Talk Cinema founder Harlan Jacobson, a nationally recognized film critic. 7 p.m. $14. www.scottsdaleperformingarts.org.
March 17, The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa
The Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Phoenix (BGCMP) will recognize 13 outstanding teens representing different clubs – one will be named the Youth of the Year – and will celebrate Derrick Hall, CEO of the Arizona Diamondbacks. The D-backs have donated more than $55 million to local charities, including BGCMP. The event will include a dinner with programming, plus live and silent auctions. 5 p.m. $800. www.bgcmpstars.org.
March 22, Arizona Biltmore
Since 1981, more than 200 Arizona artists, arts organizations, businesses, educators, and individuals have been recognized for their passion, creativity and devotion to the excellence and diversity of Arizona’s arts and cultural community. The 37th annual Governor’s Arts Awards, presented by Billie Jo and Judd Herberger, continues the tradition, with honorees across eight different categories. The evening will include a cocktail reception, dinner, an awards presentation, and a silent auction. 5 p.m. Individual tickets, $250. www.azcitizenforthearts.org.
March 23, Celebrity Theatre
Celebrating his 62nd year in the music industry, legendary singer Johnny Mathis is Columbia Records’ longest-running artist and is taking the nation by storm with his Voice of Romance Tour. Club doors, 5 p.m.; theater doors, 6 p.m.; show, 7 p.m. $40-$132. www.celebritytheatre.com.
March 23-25, Downtown Tempe
Head to the 41st annual Tempe Spring Festival of the Arts, which is among the top 20 art festivals in the nation with more than 400 national artists and craftspeople. Enjoy food, entertainment on multiple stages, street performers and hands-on activities for children. 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Free. www.tempefestivalofthearts.com.
March 24, Japanese Friendship Garden of Phoenix
Presented by the Japanese Friendship Garden of Phoenix, this cultural event celebrates the sights and sounds of spring among the garden’s lit pathways. There will be music, a variety of Asian dishes and food trucks, and, of course, a Japanese bar serving wine, beer, plum wine and sake. 6 p.m. Advance tickets, $5-$25; at the gate, $5-$30. www.japanesefriendshipgarden.org.
April 5, Scottsdale Quarter
AZ Wine & Dine will showcase Arizona’s culinary scene with premier chefs, resorts, restaurants, fine wines and craft beer. While sipping and sampling, guests can listen to music by Nate Nathan and The MacDaddy-O’s. A portion of proceeds will benefit the educational and scholarship efforts of the Arizona Lodging & Tourism Association. 6-9 p.m. Individual tickets, $79; two tickets, $150 (prices increase March 15). www.azwineanddine.com.
April 7, JW Marriott Scottsdale Camelback Inn
The Board of Visitors Annual Charity Ball is the longest-running philanthropic event in Arizona, with 2018 marking its 103rd year. The soiree will help support nonprofits in the greater Phoenix community that serve the healthcare needs of women, children and the elderly. At the gala, guests will be greeted with an outdoor cocktail reception, followed by a presentation of this year’s Flower Girls. The evening will continue with dinner and dancing. 6 p.m. $600+. www.boardofvisitors.org