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By Tuesday Mahrle

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Featured event: Scottsdale Culinary Festival

Arizona’s tastiest fundraiser, the Scottsdale Culinary Festival, is celebrating its 40th anniversary! Hosted by the Scottsdale League for the Arts, this year’s celebration will be the biggest and best yet with a robust array of 40 local restaurants and 20 national and local bands across four stages.

Other top highlights include VIP quarters, a teen cooking challenge, chef demos, family zone, Four Peaks beer garden, Tito’s Handmade Vodka Stardust Lounge and Hensley’s Liquid Arizona – a lounge packed with local beer, wine, spirits and entertainment.

Check out our quick guide to the festival.

Can’t make it to Scottsdale? We have plenty of other events all around the Valley for you to choose from.

 

Maricopa County Fair

April 12-April 15

The Maricopa County Fair is held annually at the Arizona State Fairgrounds. The Fair features the largest county fair carnival in Phoenix with over 35 rides.

Foodies will appreciate the wide selection of fair food. Food offerings include unique items like Steve’s Flaming Hot Turkey Legs, Deep Fried Coffee, the Mac Doggie Dog and so much more.

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Beer N Bones

Friday, April 13

Arizona Museum of Natural History Foundation is once again hosting Beer N Bones, a unique 21+ event featuring local craft beers and specialty food trucks. Plan for a boozy blend of science-related fun, food and brew! Where else can you drink craft beer, local cider, speed date a scientist and hang out with dinosaurs? Nowhere but AzMNH!

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Trevor Noah

Friday, April 13

Since September 2015, Trevor Noah has taken over the job as host of The Daily Show on Comedy Central. Prior to his current role, Noah was the creator and host of Tonight with Trevor Noah in South Africa.

Noah is visiting for one evening at Comerica Theatre. For tickets, visit LiveNation.

 

My Nana’s Salsa Challenge

April 14-April 15

The annual My Nana’s Best Tasting Salsa Challenge is a two-day festival featuring the #1 condiment in the U.S. – salsa!  This annual culinary competition features over 100 hundred freshly made salsas and professional chefs will compete for the judge’s vote while attendees enjoy all the chips and salsa they can eat.

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15th Annual Polish Festival

April 14-April 15

The culture! The dance! The cuisine! Arizona’s Polish Festival is back, featuring traditional Polish food, brews, music and activities for the entire family. With free admission and free parking, you can spend your money on where it really matters: at the imported Polish beer tent.

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Chandler Craft Spirits Festival

Saturday, April 14

This event features a variety of distilleries from Arizona and beyond. Do you love cocktails? This is the event for you. Sip on premium spirits that include whiskey, vodka, gin, rum and carefully crafted cocktails plus some craft beer and a little wine thrown in the mix.

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“Party for the Planet” Earth Day Celebration

Saturday, April 14

Join the one and only Phoenix Zoo for a wild Earth Day celebration. In addition to the zoo’s usual motley crew of mammals, admission includes a touch-and-feel booth with worms, hourly animal encounters, a recycled fashion show, a hug-a-tree station and complementary face painting.

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Celebrate Mesa!

Saturday, April 14

Celebrate Mesa and all it has to offer at this free family festival! Games, music, Earth Day displays and activities, bounce houses, carnival rides, food trucks and more!

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Ahwatukee Foothills Festival of Lights Wine and Beer Tasting Festival

Saturday, April 14

Join over 500 of your fellow neighbors for an evening of fun! The Festival of Lights Wine tasting Festival has become Ahwatukee’s signature event for adults held each spring.

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