ARIZONA SUN CIRCUIT QUARTER HORSE SHOW
March 2-10, WestWorld of Scottsdale
Saddle up and watch top quarter horses compete at this annual event. Guests can enjoy a variety of shows and classes as well as shopping for Southwest jewelry, boots, home furnishings and more. Times vary. Free. www.suncircuit.com.
March 3, 17, 24 and 31, Scottsdale Civic Center Mall
Break out your blankets and lawn chairs for Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts’ outdoor concert series. Now in its 32nd year, music and art lovers alike can enjoy live entertainment and a pop-up arts market at this family-friendly event. Noon-4 p.m. Free. www.scottsdaleperformingarts.org.
March 6, Musical Instrument Museum
Welsh singer-songwriter Ali Lacey, known as Novo Amor, possesses a flowing folk voice that will strike audience members with its atmospheric sound. Experience an intimate concert showcasing the touching, emotive melodies of this musical master. 7 p.m. $28.50-$38.50. www.mim.org.
PARADA DEL SOL RODEO
March 7-10, WestWorld of Scottsdale
This historic, PRCA-sanctioned rodeo is celebrating its 66th year with four dynamic and action-filled performances. Events will include calf roping, barrel racing, and bull riding, as well as vendors who will display their wares for attendees to peruse and purchase. Thursday to Saturday, 7 p.m.; Sunday, 2 p.m. $10-$45. www.paradadelsol.org.
2019 ANNUAL FUNDRAISER
March 9, Pinnacle Peak Village
The fourth annual fundraising event hosted by the Rotary Club of Scottsdale North will include a night of appetizers, live music, and silent and live auctions. Proceeds will benefit the Arizona Cancer Foundation for Children as guests gather to help fight pediatric cancer. 5:30-8:30 p.m. $40. www.rotaryscottsdalenorth.org.
FRESH START GALA
March 9, The Phoenician
For more than two decades, Fresh Start has supported women through education and resources. This year’s Fresh Start Gala will commemorate the transformative work done by the organization since its inception. Attendees will be treated to a cocktail reception, a gourmet dinner, live entertainment, dancing, and fun surprises throughout the night. Cindy Watts will be honored with the Founders’ Award for her tireless philanthropic efforts and volunteerism throughout the Valley community. 6 p.m. $700. www.freshstartwomen.org.
CAVE CREEK MUSEUM ANNUAL HOME TOUR
March 10, various locations
Some of the most unique, eccentric, and historical homes in the Desert Foothills region will open their doors for Cave Creek Museum’s biggest fundraiser. Peep inside the private residences you’ve always admired in this self-guided tour while raising money for an institution that preserves the history of the region. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. $45. www.carefreecavecreek.org.
ART DETOUR 31
March 14-18, Downtown Phoenix
The longest-running arts festival in Downtown Phoenix returns for its 31st year with a five-day exploration of arts and culture. Produced by the nonprofit Artlink Inc., the weekend will include self-guided tours of more than 100 artist studios, pop-ups and galleries. The festival kicks off on March 14 with the Art d’Core Gala, held at Warehouse215 @ Bentley Projects. Times vary. Free. www.artlinkphx.org.
2019 GALA LUNCHEON
March 16, Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Montelucia
The Spanish carnival theme of this year’s annual gala pays homage to Arizona Opera’s spring production of The Marriage of Figaro. Guests will enjoy flamenco and feria performances, cocktails, a delicious lunch, and silent and live auctions. Proceeds from the event will support Arizona Opera’s mainstage and community activities. 11 a.m. $150. www.azopera.org.
FOUNTAIN O’GREEN ARTISAN MARKET
March 16-18, Avenue of the Fountains
Celebrate the beginning of spring at this family-friendly St. Patrick’s Day festival with live music, dance performances, and art exhibits. Stop by the on-site food trucks to enjoy a bite while admiring the greening of the Fountain Hills fountain. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. www.carefreeazfestivals.com.
VIOLINS OF HOPE TRIBUTE CONCERT
March 19, Virginia P. Piper Theater
The Jewish Federation of Greater Phoenix will dedicate a touching evening to Holocaust survivors and their families. This tribute concert will combine songs and stories to provide a new outlook on the role of music in Jewish life, sharing the themes of resistance, resilience and hope. In attendance will be special guest, violinmaker Amnon Weinstein. 7:30 p.m. $39-$59. www.scottsdaleperformingarts.org.
TEAMING UP FOR GIRLS LUNCHEON
March 21, The Phoenician
The 17th annual luncheon hosted by nonprofit organization Florence Crittenton will bring together more than 800 community members and business leaders in support of disadvantaged and at-risk girls. A VIP reception and silent auction are followed by awards presentations and a program from keynote speaker Cheryl Burke, an Emmy-nominated dancer. 10:30 a.m.-1:15 p.m. $275. www.flocrit.org.
CELEBRITY FIGHT NIGHT
March 23, JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge Resort & Spa
The 25th annual Celebrity Fight Night, one of the country’s most renowned charity events, will be headlined by Barry Manilow and emceed by Reba McEntire. Celebrities and professional athletes from around the world will gather for an exciting night full of red carpet festivities. Attendees can revel in a cocktail reception before enjoying musical performances, a gourmet dinner, and extravagant auctions. Proceeds from this star-studded event will benefit the Alzheimer’s and Memory Disorders Program at Barrow Neurological Institute. 5:30 p.m. $1,500+. www.celebrityfightnight.org.
SCOTTSDALE PHILHARMONIC CONCERT
March 24, Scottsdale Bible Church
Experience the magic of a professional symphony orchestra live at this performance of classical music. The program will include compositions by Johannes Brahms and Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, as well as a medley from Lerner and Loewe plus Rodgers and Hammerstein. VIP seating is available for a $15 donation, which supports Scottsdale Philharmonic in its effort to provide free classical music concerts to the public. 4 p.m. Free. www.scottsdalephilharmonic.com.
2019 AWARDS LUNCHEON
March 25, The Phoenician
This annual event in support of the Arizona Foundation for Women honors leaders who are changing the status of women in Arizona and around the world. This year’s honorees are journalist, speaker, author and philanthropist Soledad O’Brien; director and producer Tom Donahue; and current board chair of the Arizona Foundation for Women Kim Hartmann. Reception, 10:30 a.m.; program, 11:45 a.m. $250. www.azfw.org.
March 26, Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts
At this screening of a surprise movie, audience members will get a preview at an upcoming independent or foreign film, followed by a discussion led by film scholars and other special guests. Films span many genres and are selected by nationally recognized film critic Harlan Jacobson. 7 p.m. $14. www.scottsdaleperformingarts.org.
March 29, Talking Stick Resort Arena
Four-time Grammy Award-winner Michael Bublé is coming to the Valley in celebration of his 10th studio album, Love. Known for his jazzy pop hits, this crooner is renowned worldwide for his smooth vocals and charming performances. 7 p.m. $85-$139+. www.talkingstickresortarena.com.
RYAN HOUSE COMMUNITY BREAKFAST
March 29, JW Marriott Scottsdale Camelback Inn
This 11th annual event will provide guests with the opportunity to learn more about the inspiring work done by Ryan House for children with life-limiting diseases. Breakfast-goers will have the opportunity to donate critical funding for an organization that provides care, comfort and community to hundreds of children and families each year. Registration, 7 a.m.; breakfast, 8 a.m. Prices vary. www.ryanhouse.org.
TEMPE FESTIVAL OF THE ARTS
March 29-31, Downtown Tempe
The Tempe Festival of the Arts, now in its 42nd year, will welcome more than 350 jury-selected visual artists to display their crafts along Mill Avenue. Enjoy more than two dozen street performers, live music, food trucks and vendors, beer and wine gardens featuring local makers, and hands-on activities for children at this award-winning
festival. 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Free.
TRIVIA NIGHT @ SMOCA: FILM BUFF EDITION
March 29, SMoCA Lounge
Put your movie mastery to the test with this evening of film-themed trivia, hosted by comedian Anwar Newton. Compete for prizes and team up with fellow cinephiles to become the film trivia champions of the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art. Each ticket purchase includes one drink. 7 p.m. $10. www.smoca.org.
WHITNEY HOUSTON TRIBUTE
April 6, Celebrity Theatre
Timeless hits like I Wanna Dance with Somebody and How Will I Know left the world singing. Now, spend an evening paying tribute to Whitney Houston, who is the most awarded female artist of all time, and remember the legendary icon that wowed millions with her flawless vibrato and enchanting five-octave range. 8 p.m. $25-$40. www.celebritytheatre.com.