By Tuesday Mahrle
Wow, May has flown by! As we dive into summer, the events don’t seem to be slowing down. This week, mermaids visit the OdySea Aquarium, the famous David Blaine shows us what he has up his sleeve and the biggest event in Cave Creek flies into the sky. Check out the worthwhile places to show your face on this long holiday weekend.
Phoenix Comic Fest 2018
May 24-May 27
Phoenix Comic Fest is an independent, local, pop culture and comic convention. They present the chance for fans to meet their favorite creators, actors and authors, get their autograph and have their photo taken with them! Phoenix Comic Fest also hosts mini-events within the weekend to meet people just like you.
Arizona Caribbean Carnival
May 25-May 27
The Caribbean American Phoenix Carnival Cultural Association of Arizona (CAPAZ) presents Arizona Caribbean Carnival, a three-day Trinidad and Tobago style party. Each day has a unique party culminating to the huge costume street parade. Enjoy live entertainment, face painters, balloon artists, bouncy houses, snow cones, food vendors and more.
Phoenix Amplified Jazz Experience
Friday, May 25
Flat 9 Entertainment presents Phoenix Amplified Jazz Experience. A great evening of smooth jazz, soul and funk music.
Bold, yet simultaneously charming, edgy, yet at the same time beautiful. These seemingly opposing adjectives might well-describe the music of Willie Bradley, a nationally acclaimed recording artist and urban/contemporary jazz trumpeter.
Flashlight Tours at Desert Botanical Garden
May 26-September 1
Flashlight Tours are sensory adventures through the sights, sounds and mysteries of the desert night. Guests beam their own flashlights along the self-paced trails to capture night-blooming plants and animals that chirp, whirr and flutter in the desert after dark.
Mermaid Magic at OdySea Aquarium
May 26-May 28
The popular Mermaid Magic experience returns to OdySea Aquarium.
Enjoy a breakfast in the Deep Ocean Theater. Then, at Mermaid Magic Cover, mermaids swim in the water with the sharks, rays and more, showing off their tails, blowing kisses and performing.
2018 Phoenix Pet Expo
May 26-May 27
The Phoenix Pet Expo is a woofing, chirping and meowing good time for the whole family! Four-legged friends can receive “spa treatments” from local groomers, sample delicious treats and try on the latest in furry fashions. Their humans will enjoy interacting with top trainers and learning pet-care tips from animal welfare organizations.
Cave Creek Balloon Festival
Saturday, May 26
This Memorial Day weekend celebration is the biggest annual single-day event in Cave Creek. The festival has something for everyone, including a Civil Air Patrol color guard presentation, a flyover by the Deer Valley Composite Squadron and glowing hot air balloons. The night concludes with live music from Western Fusion and a patriotic fireworks show.
Desert Ridge Plein Air Festival
Saturday, May 26
The Desert Ridge Plein Air Festival will provide a unique opportunity for artists to produce original painted artworks live and in the open air. A Plein Air Festival allows artists the opportunity to share their creativity with the public in a highly visited area.
This art form is an invitation into the creative process: the sight, sound, and even the texture of the artists’ world. Up to 20 artists will participate with easels and painting live onsite at the shopping center.
The Devon Allman Project with Duane Betts
Sunday, May 27
When you are part of a musical dynasty, it is only natural that the personal and professional aspects of your life should intersect. It was no different for Devon Allman, whose late father Gregg Allman helped helm one of the most important and influential American bands of the past fifty years. It is also little wonder that the younger Allman, an accomplished singer, songwriter, and guitarist in his own right, should feel the tug of family responsibility and the desire to honor his father’s fabled legacy.
In March, his new six-piece band, the Devon Allman Project, launched a world tour with special guest Duane Betts, the son of Allman Brothers cofounder Dickey Betts.
Sunday, May 27
How many magicians can say they’ve spent a week buried alive in New York City, stood atop a 100-foot tall pillar and continuously shocked themselves for 72 hours? Well, David Blaine can. He brings his interactive, shocking and awesome experience to Mesa for one night.