Arizona Matsuri
Arizona Matsuri

By Tuesday Mahrle

Featured event: The 2018 Arizona Matsuri: Festival of Japan

The Arizona Matsuri: Festival of Japan will feature Japanese exhibits, demonstrations, arts and crafts, children’s activities, bonsai displays, Japanese food, Japanese beer and sake garden, games and contests, and live entertainment on 4 stages throughout Heritage & Science Park in downtown Phoenix.​

Merchandise vendors will offer Kimono & clothing, fine arts and decor, fabric and notions, gardens and flora, gift items and more.

Admission is free into the 2018 Arizona Matsuri. For additional information, visit their Arizona Matsuri website.


Not into sake? That’s ok! We’ve got plenty of other amazing events going on this weekend.


Cavalia Odysseo

February 22-March 18

Presented under a massive white big top, this colossal production featuring over 65 horses and 50 artists will take your breath away! Blending awe-inspiring equestrian arts with imaginative stagecraft, amazing acrobatic feats and cutting-edge technical effects, this multi-million dollar extravaganza expands the definition of performance into an epic yet soulful theatrical experience.

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Peach Blossom Celebration

February 22-February 25

The Peach Blossom Celebration was created so that you, your family and friends could enjoy the beauty of the farm while hundreds of trees are dotted with pink and white blossoms. Once a year, over 80 acres of fruit trees start blooming at various times and Schnepf Farms opens the area to celebrate that beauty. When visiting, you can take a train ride, hay ride or walking train to see the orchards. Some orchards are smaller than others and some may be in full bloom, while others are just starting.

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Canal Convergence 2018

February 23-February 26

Scottsdale Public Art’s free, signature public art event Canal Convergence Water + Art + Light returns to the Scottsdale Waterfront.

Visitors will experience cutting-edge public art installations suspended above and placed throughout the Arizona Canal. There will be a range of educational activities and engaging events including: Screen-printing workshops, outdoor dance performances, community bike rides, a series of artist talks and more.

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February 23-March 25

It was the dawning of the Age of Aquarius. Experience the sixties counter-culture in all its psychedelic and bell-bottomed glory! As relevant today as when it opened on Broadway in the tumultuous spring of 1968, Hair is the original rock musical that defined a generation’s struggles with community, war, peace and resistance. Sit back and be intoxicated by songs like “Easy to Be Hard,” “Good Morning Starshine” and the everlasting anthem “Let the Sun Shine In.”

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Margaret Cho: Fresh Off the Bloat

Friday, February 23

Beginning with her early days on the scene in SoCal, comedian Margaret Cho has always been the agent provocateur of stand-up. Never one to shy away from a difficult, or even ‘taboo’ topic, there is no subject off limits. Her socially aware brand of comedy has made her both a thought leader as well as a teacher to those with open minds and open hearts.

She visits Stand Up Live for one night.

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4th annual DogFest Walk ‘n Roll Phoenix

Saturday, February 24

Grab your friends, family and dogs for the 4th annual DogFest Phoenix benefiting Canine Companions for Independence. Furry friends and families are invited to join us for a day of fun, festivities, graduate speakers, dog demonstrations, music, food and more! Registration is free.

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Phoenix Vegan Food Festival

Saturday, February 24

The Phoenix Vegan Food Festival hosts over 100 of Arizona’s top vegan restaurants, food trucks, artisans and vendors!

The outdoor, family-friendly festival will include vegan food trucks & restaurants, food purveyors, an artisan market featuring vegan-friendly food and products, chef demo presentations, three stages of music and entertainment, plus a kids activity area.

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Bill Maher

Saturday, February 24

Bill Maher is a comedian, political commentator and television host. He is well known for his HBO political talk show Real Time with Bill Maher. 

Maher is known for his sarcastic attitude and political satire targeting topics including religion, bureaucracy, same-sex marriage and legalization of cannabis.

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2018 Coronado Home Tour

Sunday, February 25

The Coronado Neighborhood Association welcomes you to the 2018 Coronado Home Tour. Once again, they will gather at Coronado Park and enjoy food surrounded by music, a lively street fair and historically modern homes open to tour.

This year’s tour will highlight both homes with a preserved history and ones that are fully renovated. Coronado is home to many types of architecture including Craftsman and California bungalows, Spanish and Pueblo revival, Tudor-style homes and Early/Transitional Ranch-style homes, among others.

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