May is a transitional month in the Phoenix area. The weather is typically already hot and there are fewer outdoor events. Our winter visitors leave during this time, heading off to cooler parts. At the same time, most schools close for summer vacation during May, so more events are kid-oriented. You can atill find activities, both outside and indoors, to entertain you, your friends and your family.
These are many of the community events that you can count on year in and year out. All dates, prices, and activities mentioned are subject to change without notice. Check the web site or call to confirm information. The activities in this event calendar are appropriate for families unless otherwise indicated. If the event is free, I'll mention that, too.
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Event Calendar - May
The Ameri”CAN” Canned Craft Beer Festival
Celebrating the craft beer movement. Award Ceremony, live entertainment, food, VIP, beer science garden, beer Olympics and over 40 local and national breweries celebrating the canned craft beer revolution. Scottsdale Civic Center Amphitheater.
In 2014: May 17
A talk (novice level) explaining facts about the solar system and the galaxy around the planet earth followed by observing the moon, several planets, star systems through a celestron telescope. Weather permitting. Registration required. Ages 8+. Pinnacle Peak Park, Scottsdale.
In 2014: May 18
Birds in the Garden
Join expert birders for a morning bird walk along the Garden trails. Everyone, including first-time birders, is welcome. Wear a hat, sunscreen and comfortable walking shoes. Bring binoculars if available. Desert Botanical Garden, Phoenix at 7 a.m. This activity is included in the regular admission fee.
In 2014: Every Monday in May
Birds 'n' Beer
Birds 'n Beer offers local professionals a fun and refreshing way to learn about Arizona birds and other wildlife while networking with fellow nature-lovers. Have a cold brew while enjoying an enlightening and lively presentation on Arizona nature. Nina Mason Pulliam Rio Salado Audubon Center in Phoenix. RSVP requested 602-468-6470.
In 2014: May 15
Chandler Center for the Arts Free Concert Series
Family-friendly, free to the pubic concerts. Seating will be on a first-come, first-served basis. Foyer doors will open one hour prior to show-time. Chandler Center for the Arts.
In 2014: May 4
Chandler Chill Out
Live music, water inflatables, games, raffles, food, drinks, cool treats, and local art and craft vendors. Free admission, charge for some activities.
In 2014: May 31
Cinco de Mayo Celebrations
Neighborhood and community Cinco de Mayo celebrations are free or very reasonably priced. You'll find lots of Latino music, dance, Mexican food, games--it's fiesta time!
In 2014: First week in May
Civic Space Fridays in the Park
Visual arts, performances on the outdoor stage, spoken word, movies in the A.E. England Building, ArtLink gallery openings. Food trucks. Starts at 5 p.m. Free admission. Civic Space Park, 424 N Central, Phoenix.
In 2014: May 3, 17
Vegetables, fruits, herbs, flowers, breads, jams, cheeses, juices, local specialty foods and crafts. Several locations.
In 2014: Various dates in May
Festival of Light's Annual Wine and Beer Tasting Festival
Over 50 varieties of wine and beer to taste, appetizer tasting from several local restaurants and live entertainment. Ahwatukee.
In 2014: May 31
Visit more than 100 downtown Phoenix art galleries, studios and art spaces. Free.
In 2014: First Friday of the month
Flashlight Tours at Desert Botanical Garden
See, hear and feel the desert night including, nighthawks, tortoises, insects and night-blooming flowers. Bring a flashlight and wear comfortable shoes. Tours begin at 7 p.m. Recommended for families and children of all ages. Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix.
In 2014: Thursday and Saturday evenings starting May 24
Free Art Friday
Preschoolers and their parents participate in an activity involving art and/or music. The theme varies from month to month. No registration required. Free. Tempe.
In 2014: May 16
Friday Night Franks
A unique outdoor cookout experience in the Sonoran desert. Live entertainment, Native American storytelling, horseshoes, wagon rides, and an old fashioned wiener roast. Free admission, charge for food and beverages. Fort McDowell Adventures.
In 2014: every Friday night in May until Memorial Day
Fridays in the Park
Entertainment, DJ music, food trucks starting at 6 p.m. Civic Space Park, Phoenix.
In 2014: May 23
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