Photo courtesy the Arizona Renaissance Festival.
The Renaissance Fair is back
Arizona Renaissance Festival & Artisan Marketplace (Sat-Sun through March 31). 10am-6pm. $28 adults, $18 ages 5-12, under 5 free (discount tickets available online and at Fry’s Food Stores). Medieval amusement park featuring a 13-stage theater, 30-acre festival village, arts & crafts fair, jousting tournament and food. East of Apache Junction on U.S. Hwy 60. 520-463-2600 or arizona.renfestinfo.com.
Happy Birthday DBG
The Garden Celebrates 80 Years (Sat. Feb. 16). 8am-2pm. $8 admission. To celebrate its 80th anniversary, the Garden will offer $8 admission and host a celebration for the community. Festivities will include cake for all, hands-on activities, geocaching activity and much more! Desert Botanical Garden, 1201 N. Galvin Pkwy, Phoenix. dbg.org
Hands-on fun for the whole family
Southwest Maker Fest (Sat. Feb. 16). 10am-4pm. Free. A collaborative one-day festival and community of makers seeking to achieve the vision of a connected community, empowered by creativity. Downtown Mesa. southwestmakerfest.com
ASU Open Door @ West (Sat. Feb. 16). 1-5pm. Free. Offers events and interactive activities in mathematical and natural sciences, humanities, arts and cultural studies, education and business, along with dozens of hands-on activities that excite curiosity for teachers, kids, lifelong learners and parents. opendoor.asu.edu/west
Fun Fair in Scottsdale
FunFair featuring The BirdMan (Sat.-Mon. Feb. 16-18). 10am-5pm. $5 in advance; $7 at the door. Enjoy unlimited carnival rides, games, inflatables and performances from The Birdman and his “free flight show.” OdySea in the Desert, 9500 E. Vía de Ventura, Scottsdale. odyseainthedesert.com
Art, Film & Food Festivals
Wigwam Festival of Fine Art (Fri.-Sun. Feb. 15-17). 10am-5pm. Free. Discover the incredible works of more than 100 of the Southwest’s most accomplished fine artists and craftsmen, all displayed in this stunning outdoor gallery. Lively musical performances, alfresco dining, and refreshing beverages all compliment your festival experience. The Wigwam Resort, 300 E. Wigwam Blvd., Litchfield Park. vermillionpromotions.com
White Tank Arts & Crafts Fair (Sat.-Sun. Feb. 16 & 17). 10am-3pm. Park fee waived for art show visitors. Dozens of local artists will be exhibiting their works against the scenic backdrop of the White Tank mountains. A variety of works including jewelry, paintings, sculpture, carvings, fabric arts, and photographs will be available for viewing and purchase. Food vendors will also be on-site. White Tank Mountain Regional Park, 20304 W. White Tank Mountain Road, Waddell. maricopacountyparks.net
Greater Phoenix Jewish Film Festival (Through Feb. 24). Times vary. $11. The longest-running film festival in the area with more than 20 films in this year’s lineup. Harkins Theaters in Peoria, Scottsdale and Tempe. gpjff.org
Street Eats Food Festival (Sat.-Sun. Feb. 16-17). 11am-6pm. $15 plus $2 sample food tickets; $12 adance purchase, ages 12 & under free admission. More than 55 food trucks will sell all types of food, with every menu including a $2 sample. Once inside the festival, you can use cash or credit cards at all bars and food trucks (assuming the trucks takes credit card, most do). The event will include live bands, lawn games, eating contests, local vendor marketplace, kid’s zone, cooking classes, and more. Salt River Fields at Talking Stick, 7555 N. Pima Road, Scottsdale. streeteatsaz.com