5-9:30 p.m. at Fountain Park, 12925 N. Saguaro Blvd. From blues to classic rock, this music festival may have a tune for everyone. Attendees should bring blankets and chairs to hear music from nationally touring acts The Black Hole, We Are Hologram and Los Straitjackets. Food trucks and an “adult beverage garden” will be hosted by Bone Haus Brewing and Grapeables Wine Bar. Admission is free.
9 a.m.-2 p.m. at The Plaza at Mesa City Center, 56 E. Main St. In the spirit of bike riding comes CycloMesa, an event with loads of family-friendly activities: bike rodeo, scavenger hunt, live painting, storytime, historical bike tours, zip line, rock wall, photo booths, vendor booths, a BMX stunt show, roller derby demos – and that’s not even the full list! There will be food trucks and a beer garden for the adults. This event is free.
Glendale Family Bike Ride
8 a.m., starting at Sahuaro Ranch Park, 9802 59th Ave., Glendale. Grab your wheels and head to Sahuaro Park, where families can ride for seven, 15 or 23 miles and enjoy the weather before heading to the park to enjoy a helmet swap, food and beverage trucks, bike check-up stations, inflatables and activities, bicycle and traffic safety information, health and wellness booths and music. This event is free.
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, unlimited play with mega slides, ping pong, mini golf and more. There will be food and drinks available for purchase. Tickets are $18 – adults in free with children’s paid tickets.
10 a.m. at Schnepf Farms, 24810 S. Rittenhouse Road, Queen Creek. A bit further down the road is even more Easter fun at Schnepf Farms. Kids can enjoy an Easter egg hunt and, after, participate in cookie decorating, unlimited rides, the jumping pillow and ropes course, and visits with the Easter Bunny. Tickets are $25 per child, $5 for adults.
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 the Happy Hare 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 $119 per person.
8 a.m.-12 p.m. at Peoria Sports Complex, 16101 N. 83rd Ave. Come out and enjoy the 47th 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, food trucks (if you’re looking for a snack that’s not jelly beans) and photos with the Easter Bunny. This event is free.
9 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Desert Willow Conference Center, 4340 E. Cotton Center Blvd., Phoenix. The Arizona Autism Coalition is hosting the 7th annual Autism Expo, where attendees can access over 70 resource exhibitors. Various workshops with topics like managing IEPs, empowering caregivers and support groups will also be available. Guests will receive a free tote bag and be entered to win prizes raffled off throughout the day. Admission is free, registration is required.
SATURDAY 4/15 – SUNDAY 4/16
Olive Blossom Festival
8 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday, until 5 p.m. Sunday at Queen Creek Olive Mill, 25062 S. Meridian Road. The Queen Creek Olive Mill invites guests to enjoy spring with their annual Olive Blossom Festival. There will be live music, vendors, and guests can enjoy the groves in full bloom. The Mill will launch their Master Blenders bottle, a limited-edition late harvest EVOO, handcrafted by sommelier Perry Rea.
Muddy Princess 5K
8 a.m. at Bell Bank Park, 1 Legacy Dr., Mesa. Ladies aged seven and up can participate in this year’s Muddy Princess, a 5K race with over 18 obstacles like tire walls, floats and a mud hole – which means racers should be prepared to get dirty. After the race, participants will receive a medal and finisher’s gift and can head to the food trucks to grab a bite to eat. Registration starts at $49.
Drinking Local Exhibit Reveal
5:30 p.m. at the Arizona History Museum, 949 E. 2ndSt., Tucson. Presented by the Arizona Historical Society, this event allows guests to enjoy live entertainment and admission to the Arizona History Museum – plus, over 20 wineries, breweries, distilleries and eateries will be on-site, including Dragoon Brewing, Sonoita Vineyards, Hi Fi Kitchen, Gentle Ben’s and many more. Proceeds from the event support the museum. Tickets are $65 per person.
Movies by Moonlight
5 p.m. at Foothills Park, 5708 W. Union Hills Dr., Glendale. Bring blankets and chairs for a movie in the moonlight. This family-friendly evening starts with activities for the kids and a screening of Disney’s Luca – plus, there will be food trucks and drinks, so don’t worry about the popcorn! This event is free.
FRIDAY 4/28 – SUNDAY 4/30
Spring Open Studios Tour
10 a.m.-5 p.m. Locations vary. This free, self-guided tour will feature 48 artists across the Verde Valley who will open their private studios to allow attendees to visit artists, watch the creative process and purchase works of art. Participating artists specialize in glass, ceramics, sculpture, jewelry, painting, photography and more. Attendees can enter a drawing for a $250 gift certificate to be used at a studio of their choice.