Weekend events for April 5-7

Photo: OdySea Aquarium is hosting a special event for families impacted by autism.


Free jazz in Chandler

Chandler Jazz Festival (Fri-Sat April 5-6). Performances start at 5 pm. Free. Jazz performances. Galleries, restaurants and shops open during festival. Dr. AJ Chandler Park, 178 E. Commonwealth Ave., Chandler. chandleaz.gov.


Special event at OdySea

Autism Awareness Weekend (Fri-Sun April 5-7). 9 am-7 pm Fri-Sat, 9 am-6 pm Sun. OdySea has partnered with Pal Experiences to create a safe environment for families and individuals impacted by autism and related developmental differences. All Pal families will receive a $10 discount per ticket. OdySea Aquarium, 9500 E. Via de Ventura, Scottsdale. odyseaaquarium.com


Events for the little ones

Avondale KidFest (Sat April 6). 10am-1pm. Free. The focus of this event is on literacy, education, healthy lifestyles, water safety, interactive activities and entertainment. Friendship Park, 12325 W. McDowell Road, Avondale. avondalekidfest.com

Exclusively Little Expo (Sat April 6). 8 am-1 pm. Free; $2 train and carousel rides. Provides a one-stop-shop for families to find information about summer camps, school and education options, youth sports and recreation programs, indoor and outdoor activity opportunities and a wide range of programs and services provided by the city of Scottsdale. McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park, 7301 E. Indian Bend Road, Scottsdale. therailroadpark.com


Travel the world in Gilbert

Gilbert’s Global Village Festival (Sat April 6). 9 am-3 pm. Free. Highlights traditional and contemporary forms of music, dance, children’s activities, hands on displays from all over the world, and ethnic foods from multiple countries abroad. Gilbert North Civic Center, 50 E Civic Center Dr. Gilbert. gilbertaz.gov


Spend all day at Lake Pleasant

Paddlefest (Sat April 6). 8 am-5 pm. $7/vehicle. Try out different forms of paddle craft from paddle boards to canoes. Live music and activities. Lake Pleasant Regional Park, 41835 N Castle Hot Springs Rd, Peoria. maricopa.gov/parks.

Lanterns at the Lake (Sat April 6). 4-9:30 pm $30 per lantern; $10 parking. Features live music, food trucks and thousands of lanterns launching simultaneously. Pleasant Harbor, 8708 W. Harbor Blvd., Peoria. pleasantharbor.com


Flower Show and Sale

Orchid Show (Sat-Sun April 6-7). 9 am-5 pm Sat, 10 am-4 pm Sun. Free. Orchids for sale and on display. Learn to grow orchids, repot them and bloom them at one of the daily classes held at noon and 2 pm. Berridge Nurseries, 4647 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix. dvos-az.com


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