With average temperatures in the upper 80s, April is stacked with outdoor events in the Valley! Expect clear blue skies and opportunities to get outside and do something fun, with everything from jazz music to french fry tasting, It’s a good time to be in Arizona!
Fried: French Fry & Music Festival at Margaret T. Hance Park
Calling all French fry lovers! For just $12, you can attend FRIED, the French Fry & Music Festival on April 9th, at Margaret T. Hance Park in Phoenix. This festival is the ultimate experience for fry lovers, so come hungry! You will get to try every type of French fry imaginable in a small stackable portion or entree-sized serving. We guarantee you will find a new favorite fry in the process!
If you are feeling thirsty, pair your French fry tastings with craft beers like Huss Brewing or Bogle Wines, which will also be available at the festival. While you sample your French fries, listen to the awesome line-up of local performers, starting at 11:30 am and running until 6:30 pm.
If you needed another reason to attend, the event is supporting Downtown Phoenix Inc., a community organization that promotes the revitalization of downtown Phoenix.
Arizona Bike Week
After being on hiatus in 2021, Arizona Bike Week is coming back to the Valley on Wednesday April 6th through Sunday April 10th! This is the 25th anniversary celebration of Arizona Bike Week, hosted at WestWorld. If Arizona Bike Week is new to you, we’ve got all the inside information on this special event.
Arizona Bike Week is a combination of a motorcycle rally and a music festival. This event has continued to evolve over the years, and this year you have the opportunity to buy a ticket specifically for the activities you are most interested in attending!
You have the option to purchase the PowerYard wristband for $102, which grants you access to all five days of events, including stunt shows, bike shows, and all the concerts. If you are more interested in checking out the music scene than observing the bike-related activities, you can purchase a concert pass for a specific performance. The headlining performance takes place on Saturday night with a Lynyrd Skynyrd concert! With a unique blend of biking events and live performances, this is an April event you will want to add to your calendar.
Scottsdale Jazz Festival
If you can’t make it to JazzFest in New Orleans, we’ve got the next best thing happening in Scottsdale this year. The best part is that you don’t even have to leave your hometown to hear some fantastic jazz tunes. Experience the 2022 Scottsdale Jazz Festival, taking place at the Scottsdale Civic Center on the northeast lawn on Saturday, April 30th. The Scottsdale Jazz Festival is a UNESCO celebration that is intended to “celebrate Jazz Day and the role jazz plays in uniting people all over the world.”
The festival runs from 3 pm to 10 pm, so this is the perfect weekend activity if you are looking for an opportunity to enjoy live music around town. This would be a great event to attend if you have visiting friends or family in town, as you could show them the Old Town Scottsdale area as well.
There will be a beer and wine garden on the premises, in addition to food trucks where you can find snacks! Tickets range in price depending on what kind of listening experience you would prefer. General admission tickets for the lawn are $25, and premium seats cost $75. The artist lineup includes an eclectic mix of everything from a youth jazz orchestra, to a Latin band, to the headliners Rick Braun & Richard Elliot.
Earth Day Party at the Phoenix Zoo
The weekend before Earth Day, the Phoenix Zoo is having a party for the planet! Hosted by SRP, this is an awesome event taking place on April 16th, from 9 am to 1 pm. If you are already a zoo member, the event is included in your membership, and all the Earth Day activities are included in the price of a general admission ticket when you visit on April 16th, so plan a visit to the zoo to take advantage of all the extra fun activities!
There will be themed stations with activities where you and your family can connect with nature, learn about being good stewards of our environment, and discuss new habits we can implement to help our Earth. There will be creative hands-on activities for kids, bird watching, and two special live action animal shows hosted throughout the day.
Country Thunder Arizona
April is also the month for Country Thunder Arizona! This is a country music festival that goes on tour across the US, and makes a stop every year in Florence, Arizona. The town of Florence is only about sixty miles to the southeast of Phoenix, but it feels far enough out of the city that you get to enjoy a rustic desert experience, making it the perfect backdrop for a country music festival.
This year Country Thunder takes place the weekend of April 7th-April 10th, with an incredible lineup of country music stars. You can see all the big names in country music like Blake Shelton, Morgan Wallen, Florida Georgia Line, and Chase Rice take the stage.
If you opt to not camp on the premises, there will be Uber and shuttle options to take you to and from the festival grounds each day. While the weekend general admission passes are sold out, you can still purchase single day tickets for each of the days to ensure you see the performers you love! Something to know before you go is that kids under ten get in free with the purchase of an adult ticket as well.
Spring Training Baseball Games
Much to everyone’s delight, there is an opportunity this year to catch some spring training games in Scottsdale the first week of April before MLB Opening Day! The Cactus League has quite the stacked lineup with games every day until April 5th, giving you an opportunity to see the Diamondbacks and many of your other favorite teams play.
The Cactus League schedule is set up so that fans can visit several ballparks within a close vicinity, as the stadiums are concentrated throughout the greater Phoenix area. Salt River Fields at Talking Stick is the spring training home of the Arizona Diamondbacks and Colorado Rockies, while out in Glendale at Camelback Ranch you’ll find the spring training home of the LA Dodgers and Chicago White Sox.
Tickets to the spring training games really range in price depending on how close to the action you want to be sitting! The prices range from as low as $20 to sit on the lawn, to as high as $62 to sit in the front row. Either way, it is still a much more affordable way to see your favorite teams play and enjoy spending time outside in the beautiful Arizona spring weather.