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Through May 12, Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art
As a part of SMoCA’s 20th anniversary celebration, this exhibit showcases video art sampled from the last two decades. Featuring 11 international artists, the exhibit covers a range of social and political topics. Included with museum admission. www.smoca.org.
U-PICK PEACH FESTIVAL
Through May 12, Schnepf Farms
With the largest peach grower in the state celebrating over 50 years, join the U-Pick craze with a festival that includes hay rides, live music and an array of peach-themed dishes. Guests can grab their own basket and pick from a variety of organic produce including green beans, beets and, of course, peaches. 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m. $5. www.schnepffarms.com.
Through May 25, Old Town Scottsdale
Every Saturday, stop by this lively market for a variety of organic, pesticide-free produce from local growers and specialty food producers. Now in its fifth year, the farm is home to seasonal specialties, flowers, cheese, tamales, natural meats, and artisan breads. 7-11 a.m. Free. www.arizonacommunityfarmersmarkets.com.
SUMMER CONCERT SERIES
Through May 26, McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park
Enjoy the warm weather while relaxing on your favorite blanket or chair as the railroad park fills with the sound of music on Sunday evenings. With food – as well as train and carousel rides – available for purchase, each family-friendly event covers a variety of genres throughout the month, from ’80s rock to Top 40 hits. 7:30-9 p.m. Free. www.therailroadpark.com.
Through May 30, Downtown Scottsdale
On Thursday evenings, this artistic endeavor takes place primarily along Main Street and Marshall Way, showcasing galleries from the members of the Scottsdale Gallery Association. Wander at your own pace while enjoying the beautiful statues and fountains dotting the area at this art walk. 7-9 p.m. Free. www.scottsdalegalleries.com.
May 4 and 18, The Phoenician
This bubbly night out on the town showcases a gourmet menu of starters, cold and warm canapes, and desserts. Standout items include a cheese board, mini beef Wellington and coconut-breaded lobster, all of which pair perfectly with the three choices of Champagne. Reservations required. 7-8:30 p.m. $89-$199. www.thephoenician.com.
BULLEIT FRONTEIR WHISKEY DERBY DAYCLUB
May 4, Turf Paradise
Place your bets at the Valley’s only live racing track, complete with an air-cooled lounge, private betting terminals, a DJ and TVs to watch local races and the Kentucky Derby broadcast live. Tables include eight tickets and a complimentary bottle of Champagne. Gates, 7:15 a.m.; DayClub, 10:30 a.m.; live racing, 11:30 a.m. General admission, $30; reserved seating, $60; tables, $500-$1,000. www.thepoloparty.com.
CINCO DE MAYO PHOENIX FESTIVAL
May 5, Downton Phoenix
The 26th year of this festival will take over the streets of Downtown Phoenix with games, giveaways and music. Upgrade your ticket to VIP for exclusive stage access and private restrooms. Plus, the new indoor Exclusivo Lounge provides an air-conditioned space with free food, two alcoholic beverages and unlimited nonalcoholic beverages. Noon-10 p.m. General admission, $10; VIP Classic, $35; Exclusivo Lounge, $75. www.cincophx.com.
PARTIES OF NOTE
May 7, The Farm at South Mountain
This unique program, now in its eighth year, offers guests the chance to experience gourmet meals while listening to a live orchestra and mingling with some of the Phoenix Symphony’s talented musicians. This month marks the season’s final event, which is hosted by The Farm at South Mountain, with proceeds going toward helping the symphony sustain their education and community engagement programs. 6 p.m. $200. www.phoenixsymphony.com.
SCOTTSDALE HISTORY HALL OF FAME
May 9, The Scottsdale Resort at McCormick Ranch
The Scottsdale Area Chamber of Commerce and the Past Presidents Council will welcome both guests and members to a celebration of those that have contributed to the city of Scottsdale. This 26th annual event will include a cocktail reception followed by dinner as attendees honor the 2019 inductees into the Scottsdale History Hall of Fame. 6 p.m. $90. www.scottsdalechamber.com.
May 10-26, Fountain Hills Theater
This retelling of classic fairytales takes an all-new adult approach to the narratives of well-known princesses. The comedy brings the characters to life in a way that hilariously varies from the familiar stories of Disney and the Brothers Grimm. Times vary. Adults, $30; students, $12. www.fhtaz.org.
May 14, Talking Stick Resort Arena
A three-time American Music Awards winner, Ariana Grande has a voice with an infamously impressive range of four octaves. This powerhouse vocalist will grace the Valley with her pop hits during her much-anticipated Sweetener World Tour. 8 p.m. $217+. www.talkingstickresortarena.com.
May 14-June 1, Desert Botanical Garden
Ballet Arizona Artistic Director Ib Anderson brings dance into the desert with this second annual performance. The show explores the intersection of artistic craft with the beauty of the surrounding landscape. Tuesday through Saturday, 8 p.m. Prices vary. www.balletaz.org.
JA GOLFER’S DREAM DAY
May 17, McCormick Ranch Golf Club
Junior Achievement of Arizona will host the ideal outing for golf lovers at this 23rd annual event. The festivities will include unlimited golf throughout the day as well as access to The Oasis, a party tent on the course with an open bar, games, and unlimited food and cigars. Discounted packages are available for groups of three, five and 10. 11:30 a.m.-6 p.m. $150. www.jaaz.org.
May 17, Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts
With a powerful voice, Lea Salonga is a singer and actress known for her Tony Award-winning role in Miss Saigon as well as being the voice of Princess Jasmine from Aladdin and Fa Mulan in Mulan and Mulan II. The Broadway veteran brings her talent to the local stage in this performance. 8 p.m. $35-$85. www.scottsdaleperformingarts.org.
ARIZONA RESTAURANT WEEK
May 17-26, various locations
Foodies from across the state unite biannually for this week of epicurean delights. Participating restaurants throughout the Valley will offer diverse three-course, fixed-price dinners – in addition to their regular menus – with the goal of increasing awareness about Arizona’s culinary offerings. Restaurants include J&G Steakhouse, Hearth ’61 and Citizen Public House. Reservations are recommended as restaurants will fill up quickly, and pricing does not include tax, alcohol or gratuity. $33-$44. www.arizonarestaurantweek.com.
AJ’s Art of Wine and Tastes of Summer
May 18, Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts
If you love a good cheese board and a glass of wine, this wine and food tasting is your kind of event. More than 40 exceptional wines rated by AJ’s cellar masters will be available for tasting and pairing with the perfect accompaniment, such as a decadent dessert or artisanal bread. Guests will also enjoy live music and a silent auction featuring wines and other goodies from AJ’s. This fun-filled annual event benefits the programs and arts education initiatives at Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts. 2-4:30 p.m. $35-$45. www.scottsdaleperformingarts.org.
May 19, Mountain Shadows
Find serenity on a yoga mat at this transformative experience led by a renowned wellness mentor and yoga instructor. Held on the scenic rooftop deck, this evening under the stars will conclude with a glass of red or white wine, included with each ticket, to sip after the renewing session. 7:30 p.m. $25. www.mountainshadows.com.
SCOTTSDALE PHILHARMONIC CONCERT
May 19, Scottsdale Bible Church
Experience the sounds of a professional symphony orchestra at this performance of classical music. The program will include compositions by Bach, Gershwin, Strauss and Faure. 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. General admission is free. www.scottsdalephilharmonic.com.
NEW KIDS ON THE BLOCK
May 22, Talking Stick Resort Arena
A staple of the ’80s and ’90s, this band is back on the block and ready to perform some nostalgic hits and all-new jams. Continuing a decades-long career with the Mixtape Tour, the multiplatinum group will be joined by Salt-N-Pepa and other pop and hip-hop icons. 7:30 p.m. $25+. www.talkingstickresortarena.com.
PHOENIX FAN FUSION
May 23-26, Phoenix Convention Center
This fan event (formerly called Comic Fest) will feature autographs, photo ops and celebrity panels. This year’s star guests include author Adam Savage, actor George Takei and actor Jeff Goldblum, among many others. Purchase a VIP membership for access to the VIP lounge, express photo op and autograph lines, and exclusive merchandise. Times vary. 4-day pass, $75; VIP, $350.
CHELSEA HANDLER’S SIT-DOWN COMEDY TOUR
May 31, Comerica Theatre
This comedian, producer, actress and TV host will stop by the Valley on a comedy tour in support of her new memoir, Life Will Be the Death of Me. Known for her brash sense of humor, the show will include relatable anecdotes from her book, a copy of which is included with the purchase of each ticket. 8 p.m. $68.50-$88.50. www.comericatheatre.com.