Gourmet meal

If you love food and drink, this could be your favorite weekend. Gourmet food, wine, Sake and other delights are waiting for you. Monster lovers, nature lovers and shoppers will also find something exciting to do. Read on for more.

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1. Stop and smell the flowers

Thursday, May 18 to Sunday, May 21
A popular monthly vintage market returns with the spring-like theme “Magnolia Fields.” Shop flowery wares from more than 40 local designers and artisans. *Free Event!
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2. Experience a timeless love story

Thursday, May 18 to July 1
Catch a high-quality local production of the Broadway hit “Aida.” It features dazzling sets and costumes, and spectacular songs by Sirs Elton John and Tim Rice, including “Written in the Stars.”
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3. Savor top-notch cuisine

Friday, May 19 to Sunday, May 28
The twice-yearly Arizona Restaurant Week allows you to enjoy prix-fixe, three-course meals at more than 100 of the Valley’s top restaurants. Revisit your favorites or find a new one.
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4. Sample Sake in the garden

Friday, May 19
Celebrate the 40th anniversary of Phoenix becoming sister cities with Himeji, Japan. Sample a range of Sake as you stroll a beautiful Japanese garden.
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5. Party like a monster

Friday, May 19 to Sunday, May 21
Enjoy an early Halloween at a monster-themed weekend that includes “Scaraoke,” panels, movie screenings and costume contests. What monster will you be?
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6. Beat the heat

Friday, May 19
Spend a hot summer night enjoying cool classic cars and motorcycles, live music, food trucks, a sidewalk sale and more for the whole family. *Free Event!
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7. Drink a cool glass of lemonade

Saturday, May 20
Witness Arizona’s largest lemon squeeze and drink the resulting fresh, cool lemonade. Plus, try your luck in eating contests, hear live music, let the kids enjoy their own zone and plenty more.
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8. Run for wine

Saturday, May 20
Join a 5K run that ends in a celebratory drink of wine, the 1K walk that offers four wine-tasting stations on the way, or both. Then attend a rocking after party with music, food and other fun.
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9. Feel the rhythm

Saturday, May 20
Try your hand at Afro-Brazilian drumming and dancing, enjoy barbecue and Brazilian food, check out custom lowriders and see live performances. *Free Event!
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10. Become lord of the ‘flies

Sunday, May 21
Caper among lovely wild butterflies, dragonflies and damselflies in their natural habitat. Expert guides will teach you how to identify the local varieties. *Free Event!
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Out Of The Valley

Willcox Spring Wine Festival

Saturday, May 20 and Sunday, May 21
Spend the weekend at Arizona’s officially recognized wine-growing area sampling the local vintages, eating gourmet food, listening to live music and more relaxing fun.
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If You Missed It…

Pick fresh peaches

Saturday, May 20 and Sunday, May 21
There’s one more weekend to pick peaches right from the orchard, enjoy homemade peach products – including peach cinnamon buns – and a lot more fresh fruit fun.
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More Events This Weekend

A major musical, fun science, and concerts galore

All Weekend
The options above only scratch the surface of what you can do this weekend. You might also attend the major musical “The Book of Mormon,” a free symphony concert, fun science parties, an anti-bullying fashion show, and a range of other events.
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