FRIDAY 4/1 – SATURDAY 4/2
AZ Poppy Fest
2-8 p.m. on Friday, 7 a.m.-7 p.m. on Saturday, locations vary. Downtown Globe is proud to present Poppy Fest – dedicated to those golden flowers. Guests can enjoy First Friday with live music, karaoke and a Broad Street cruise. On Saturday, there will be a two-mile hike, pancake breakfast, pop-up bar, tours, vendors and, if you’re into it, haunted ghost tours. This event is free for all ages.
SATURDAY 4/2 – SUNDAY 4/3
Fourth Avenue Spring Street Fair
10 a.m. at 255 W. Alameda St., Tucson. This family-friendly event is over 50 years old and brings over 300,000 people to the Old Pueblo every year. The fair will host artists from around the world, various food options and local entertainment. Funds from the event are used to support local neighborhoods and nonprofits and produce events that promote arts, culture and community. Admission is free for all ages.
Arizona Renaissance Festival
10 a.m.-6 p.m. at the festival grounds, 12601 E. US-60, Gold Canyon. It’s the last two days of Ren Fest! Guests can enjoy entertainment, music, jousting tournaments, games, activities, mermaids, acrobats and food fit for a king. Dress up in your best 16th-century costume and head to Gold Canyon to eat, drink and be merry. Tickets are $29 for adults; $19 for kids.
Blessing of the Vineyards
10 a.m.-5 p.m. at the Sonoita Vineyards, 290 Elgin-Canelo Road, Elgin. It’s the 44th annual Blessing of the Sonoita Vineyards. Guests will enjoy wine tastings, a souvenir giveaway, wine and food pairings, and factory and vineyard tours. Guests will also receive a souvenir wine glass to bring home. Tickets are $25.
10 a.m.-2 p.m. at Pioneer Park, 526 E. Main St. Come one, come all to this free family festival! Celebrate Mesa will have bounce houses and games for kids, live entertainment and various food trucks with snacks like mini donuts, cereal shakes and roasted corn. There will also be carnival rides available for a $5 wristband.
Mimosas & Palomas Brunch
9 a.m.-1 p.m. at Mesa Arts Center, One E. Main St. If Saturday morning mimosas sound enticing, this one’s for you. The fourth annual Mimosas & Palomas Brunch is sponsored by Mesa Arts Center’s Creative Catalysts. It will feature live music performances, including House of Stairs, art-making activities, live painting by Miguel Angel Godoy, artist vendors, food, and of course, mimosas and palomas. This event is free.
Track Laps for Charity
9 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Phoenix Raceway, 7602 Jimmie Johnson Blvd., Avondale. Racing fans that want to fulfill their need for speed on NASCAR Championship Weekend can do so with the Track Laps for Charity event. For a donation of $30 per vehicle to Arizona Accelerator Charities, fans get the opportunity to drive five laps around Phoenix Raceway following the official pace car. Drivers must be 18+ and registration is required.
Tucson Taste of Chocolate
2-4 p.m. at the DoubleTree Hilton Hotel 445 S. Alvernon Way. Local chefs will showcase their favorite chocolate creations, and attendees get to vote for their favorites. There will also be a raffle and wine and beer tastings. All proceeds benefit Rotary Local, a Rincon Rotary Foundation program that supports teachers through service and financial assistance for their classroom needs. Tickets are $15.
Easter Bunny Express
11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Verde Canyon Railroad, 300 N. Broadway, Clarkdale. Make Easter an adventure with the Easter Bunny Express. Guests will enjoy face-painting and photo ops with Peter Cottontail before boarding the train and experiencing spectacular views. There will also be plenty of candy to be had, along with a jelly bean counting contest. Registration is $109 per person.
8:30 a.m.- 2 p.m. at Vertuccio Farms, 4011
S. Power Road, Mesa. Enjoy the springtime air and celebrate Easter with Vertuccio Farms. This event includes an egg hunt, craft time, pictures with the Easter Bunny (bring your camera!), a petting zoo, and unlimited play on the farm. There will be food, drinks and a pancake breakfast. Tickets are $13.
8 a.m.-12 p.m. at Peoria Sports Complex, 16101 N. 83rd Ave. Come out and enjoy the 46th annual Dolly Sanchez Easter Celebration. Cottontail Lane lets children pass through with their Easter baskets to collect goodie-filled eggs, toys, trinkets and crafts. Attendees can also enjoy live music by Brock Pro Entertainment, playing hits from the 50s and 60s, and there will also be a variety of food trucks if you’re looking for a snack that’s not jelly beans. This event is free.
Verde Valley Wine Festival
12 p.m. at the Old Town Activity Park, 187 E. Pima St., Cottonwood. Vino-lovers, this one is for you. Guests can peruse Cottonwood’s wineries, breweries, distilleries and restaurants “committed to creating homegrown products.” General admission gets guests a commemorative wine glass, eight tasting tickets, food samples, music, art and live entertainment. There are VIP packages available. Tickets start at $35.