9 Fun Things to Do in Phoenix and Scottsdale This Month
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Come Out and Play
April 2 and 4
The subversive “Bad Guy” singer has brightened her hair color and outlook. It shows on her sublime second album, “Happier Than Ever.” She’s finally able to perform her masterpiece, which she co-wrote with her brother, Finneas, on the road for a kinetic live show. 7:30 p.m. $36-$146. Gila River Arena, 29400 W. Maryland Ave., Glendale, gilariverarena.com, (623) 772-3200.
Thanks to Kids in Focus, students from Children First Leadership Academy, Esperanza Community School, and the Boys and Girls Club IG Homes branch snapped pictures of their journeys through Phoenix with their mentors. Not only did they discover the world around them, but they also found their self-confidence along the way. The 40 children who participated will introduce their photos at this event. 5:30-7:30 p.m., free, Park Central Mall Arts Pavilion, 3121 N. 3rd Ave., Phoenix, kidsinfocus.org, (602) 753-6339.
We Speak French (Fries)
FRIED French Fry & Music Festival
Whether crunchy or chewy, curled into snackable spirals or flattened into a waffle shape, one thing is clear: French fries are a near-perfect food, delightful on their own and an ideal vessel for all manner of condiments. FRIED honors the almighty fry by inviting restaurants and food trucks to serve up sample-sized iterations. $12 admission. Food and drink extra cost. Hance Park, 1202 N. Third St., Phoenix, friedfestival.com.
Pop That Trunk
Junk in the Trunk Vintage Market
You’re sure to find something you will love when this legendary semi-annual vintage market returns to Scottsdale. Over 130 small businesses and artists from across the country will be selling your new favorite outfit or that special something to tie the room together. Fri., 4-9 p.m. (VIP only); Sat.-Sun., 10 a.m.-3 p.m. $8-$10 general admission, $50-$60 VIP admission, WestWorld, 16601 N. Pima Road, Scottsdale, junkinthetrunkvintagemarket.com.
Four Two Run
The popular 4.2-mile walk/run, which honors Arizona football legend and Army Ranger Pat Tillman and is the largest source of fundraising for the foundation that bears his name, returns to Tempe for its 18th year. There is also a virtual option. Check website for more details, race fees and course information. patsrun.org.
Run for the Roses
The 5th Annual Bulleit Bourbon Derby DayClub
If you can’t make it to Churchill Downs for the Kentucky Derby, head to north Phoenix for the next best thing. Put on your Derby best, lay some money down on the big race, then kick back and sip a mint julep and enjoy some of the best food trucks in the Valley. Doors open at 10:45 a.m., $35-$1,250, Turf Paradise, 1501 W. Bell Road, Phoenix, thepoloparty.com/derby, (480) 423-1414.
Grape Times Ahead
Verde Valley Wine Festival
After a two-year absence, now is the time to travel to northern Arizona to celebrate all things vino. Enjoy wine and food pairings from more than 20 wineries, breweries and distilleries from all over the state. Check website for ticket prices. VIP events begin on Friday. General admission is Saturday, 12-5 p.m., Old Town Activity Park, 187 E. Pima St., Cottonwood, verdevalleywinefestival.com.
He’s a Rainbow
The viral YouTube satirist is leaping from the internet to the stage with his hilarious parodies and political spoofs. You’re going to want to post this concert to your timeline. 8 p.m., $40-$60, Ikeda Theater at Mesa Arts Center, One E. Main St., Mesa, mesaartscenter.com, (480) 644.6500.
How You Doin’?
“Friends: The Experience”
Through May 8
The hit ’90s sitcom is arguably more popular now than it has ever been. If you want to experience Central Perk on a whole new level, the set has been painstakingly recreated, even down to Ugly Naked Guy. Entry is timed for safety. Check website for details. $31. 10845 N. Tatum Blvd., Unit M1, Phoenix, friendstheexperience.com.
Chris Martin, the lead singer of the British rock quartet, says the band’s latest album, “Music of the Spheres,” was inspired by the Star Wars franchise. Does this mean that audiences will be transported to a galaxy far, far away? There’s only one way to find out. 7 p.m. $93-$425, State Farm Stadium, 1 Cardinals Drive, Glendale, statefarmstadium.com.
Now Read This
The humorist, who rose to fame sharing his essays on the public radio show This American Life, has two books coming out in 2022, meaning he has plenty of stories to share about life, love and middle age. 7 p.m., $29-$69, Orpheum Theatre, 203 W. Adams St., Phoenix, scottsdaleperformingarts.org, (480) 499-8587.