Car enthusiasts, movie buffs, and people who like to shop local have a lot to look forward to in April in Arizona.
Live shows, family events and markets featuring small businesses will take place in Metro Phoenix throughout the month. Select annual events including the Phoenix Film Festival, the Maricopa County Fairgrounds and the Copperstate 1000 Road Rally will return in April.
Additionally, Phoenix Pride’s first Rainbows Festival since the pandemic began is set to make a triumphant return to downtown Phoenix this month.
Here are 17 things to do in and around Phoenix in April.
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Phoenix Film Festival
The 2022 Phoenix Film Festival will showcase over 260 films over the course of 11 days at the Harkins Scottsdale 101. Among the films to be screened are Nicolas Cage’s film ‘The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent’ and ‘Cha Cha Real Smooth , ” with Dakota Johnson.
Details: March 31-April 10. Harkins Scottsdale 101, 7000 E. Mayo Blvd., Phoenix. From $15 for a day ticket. 480-513-3195, https://www.phoenixfilmfestival.com.
Circus of Venardos
Venardos Circus will perform 15 Broadway-style animal-free circus shows under its red and white striped tent in Tempe between March 31 and April 10. Arrive an hour early to see pre-show entertainment.
Details: March 31-April 10. Singh Meadows, 1490 E. Weber Drive, Tempe. $27, $16.50 for children 12 and under, free for infants on laps 2 or under per adult ticket. https://www.venardoscircus.com.
“The Color Purple” by the Phoenix Theater Company
The Phoenix Theater Company’s production of “The Color Purple,” based on Alice Walker’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel about a woman named Celie overcoming adversity and gaining her own power, will run throughout the month.
Details: Until May 1. 1825 N. Central Ave., Phoenix. Starting at $44. 602-254-2151, https://phoenixtheatre.com/the-season/color-purple.
Highline Autos Cars and Coffee
More than 400 exotic, classic and luxury cars will be on display along the High Street in North Phoenix. Public parking is on the street and in a garage between 53rd and 54th streets on Park Place.
Details: 7:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. Saturday April 2. High Street and 54th Street in Phoenix. Free. https://www.highstreetaz.com.
Bell Lexus North Scottsdale Copperstate 1000
Ninety vintage cars and drivers from around the world will arrive in style on the Phoenix metro before embarking on a 1,000-mile journey through Arizona in the Bell Lexus North Scottsdale Copperstate 1000 car rally.
Check out the cars at the Roadrunner event on Sunday, April 3 in Tempe. The public can browse the automobiles from 7:30 a.m. and dispatch the drivers at 10 a.m.
Details: 7:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. Sunday, April 3. Tempe Diablo Stadium, 2200 W. Alameda Drive. Free. 602-307-2007, https://mensartscouncil.com/copperstate-1000.
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“The Other Mozart”
“The Other Mozart” will have five performances at the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts this month. The play centers on the “forgotten story” of Maria Anna Walburga Ignatia Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s older sister.
Details: April 6-10. Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 E. Second St. $35. 480-499-8587, https://scottsdaleperformingarts.org.
Maricopa County Fair
The annual Maricopa County Fair will return to the Phoenix Fairgrounds April 6-10. In addition to the rides, there will be performers such as hypnotists and belly dancers, monster trucks, food fairs, and livestock shows.
Details: April 6-10. Arizona State Fairgrounds, 1826 W. McDowell Road, Phoenix. From $9; free for children 8 and under. 602-252-0717, https://maricopacountyfair.org.
“Così Fan Tutte” from the Arizona Opera
E. Loren Meeker will conduct Mozart’s “Così Fan Tutte” at Symphony Hall in downtown Phoenix. The show, whose storyline involves two sisters whose lovers cheated on them in a loyalty test, will be in Italian with English subtitles.
Details: April 8-10. 75 N. Second St., Phoenix. Starting at $25. 602-266-7464, https://azopera.org.
More than 100 small businesses will sell their wares at Phoenix Flea on Saturday, April 9, in downtown Phoenix. Bring cash for admission – admission is $5 at the door.
Details: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, April 9. Heritage Square and Science Park, 115 N. Sixth St., Phoenix. $5. https://www.facebook.com/PhoenixFlea.
Peoria’s Second Saturdays
The second Saturday returns to Old Town Peoria with outdoor games, art installations, live music, vendors, and food and drink on April 9. The family event is on 83rd Avenue between Washington and Jefferson streets.
Details: 5-9 p.m. Saturday April 9. Old Town Peoria, 83rd Avenue between Washington and Jefferson streets. Free. 623-773-7133, https://www.facebook.com/Peorias2ndSaturdays.
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Heather McDonald at Tempe Improv
After spilling onto the stage at Tempe Improv in February, comedian Heather McDonald will return to the venue on April 9 to catch up on her previous missed performances.
Details: 9:45 p.m. Saturday, April 9. Tempe Improv, 930 E. University Drive. Starting at $29. 480-921-9877, https://www.tempeimprov.com.
Mangia Ganja by Trap Culture
A food festival “celebrating cannabis, art and our community” will feature 25 food trucks and more than 100 cannabis vendor booths on April 10. Activities include dabbing contests, a watermelon eating contest, art exhibits, ax throwing, and a beer garden.
Details: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, April 10. 2209 N. 99th Ave., Phoenix. Starting at $30. https://trapcultureaz.com/foodfestival.
‘Hadestown’ at ASU Gammage
The Tony and Grammy-winning musical will finally come to ASU Gammage after delays due to the pandemic. The touring show will feature eight shows between April 19 and April 24.
According to Gammage’s website, “‘Hadestown’ interweaves two mythical tales – that of dreamy young Orpheus and Eurydice, and that of King Hades and his wife Persephone – as it invites you on a hellish journey to the underworld and back.”
Details: April 19-24. 1200 S. Forest Ave., Tempe. 480-965-3434, https://www.asugammage.com/hadestown.
Junk in the Trunk Vintage Market
More than 130 vintage curators and artisans will be selling their wares April 22-24 at WestWorld in Scottsdale. Avid shoppers can browse the selection in front of the crowds from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday during the VIP shopping event ($50 in advance, $60 at the door; admission includes admission throughout of the weekend).
Details: April 22-24. 16601 N. Pima Road, Scottsdale. From $8; free for children 12 and under. https://junkinthetrunkvintagemarket.com.
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Andrew Bachelor at Stand Up Live
Andrew Bachelor, better known as YouTube and Vine sensation King Bach who starred in films such as “Holidate” and “Coffee and Kareem,” will take the stage at Stand Up Live in downtown Phoenix.
It will have five shows between April 29 and May 1. Late Friday and Sunday shows are for ages 18 and up; other times only admit 21 and over.
Details: April 29-May 1. Stand Up Live, 50 W. Jefferson St., Phoenix. $25. 480-719-6100, https://phoenix.standuplive.com.
19th Annual Rainbow Festival
Phoenix Pride’s first Rainbows Festival since 2019 will take place April 30-May 1 in downtown Phoenix. The family- and pet-friendly festival — a “celebration of the diversity of the LGBTQ+ community,” according to its website — will have a full roster of performers on two stages and food and drink vendors.
Details: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. from April 30 to May 1. Historic Heritage Square, 115 N. Sixth St., Phoenix. Free. https://phoenixpride.org/events/rainbows-festival.
Scottsdale Jazz Festival
The Scottsdale Jazz Festival will bring together Carlos Rivas Y Su Orquesta Mex-Sal, The Nayo Jones Experience, Rick Braun and Richard Elliot and other artists at Scottsdale Civic Center Park on Saturday, April 30.
Details: 3-10 p.m. Saturday April 30. Scottsdale Civic Center Park Northeast Lawn, 3939 N. Drinkwater Blvd. Starting at $25. https://www.scottsdalejazzfest.org.
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