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Things To Do This Weekend in Phoenix

Community Events, Workshops, Community Theater, Activities for Kids and More

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If you can't find something to do in and around Phoenix on any given weekend then you just aren't trying. Even in the awful heat of the summer, there are indoor and evening activities to keep you from going stir crazy. In the fall and spring, when the weather is, for the most part, wonderful, you could run from event to festival to workshop to hike to activity and never get to them all.

Each month there are events that repeat every year. Those are typically the larger festivals, sporting events and holiday celebrations.

Check the main February events calendar for:

Arizona Renaissance Festival, Arizona Coyotes Hockey, art festivals/shows/walks, Fitness in the District, Arizona Railway Day, Aviation Day, Canal Convergence, Car & Hot Rod Show, Music in the Garden, Dog Show, Lego Kids Fest, Lost Dutchman Days, Native Trails, Native Now Festival, Peach Blossom Festival, Sunday A'Fair, Parada del Sol Rodeo, Phoenix Boys Choir, Phoenix Suns Basketball, Hot Rod Night, Winter Range.

The February concert/show calendar includes big name bands, comedians, touring theatre productions and other major performances at larger venues taking place in the Valley of the Sun.

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What: "All Things Senior" Expo
When: Wednesday, February 25, 2015 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Where: Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts
How much: free
Scottsdale Senior Services brings together an extensive collection of exhibitors who provide products, resources and valuable services to the 50+ community, including healthcare, senior housing, municipal services, recreation, technology, transportation or entertainment

What: Anything Goes!
When: February 25 through March 22, 2015
Where: Phoenix Theatre, Phoenix
How much: Tickets start at $30
This toe-tapping musical theatre classic has been reimagined to capture the swing and swank of the art deco ‘30s while keeping its comically charming story, sparkling dance numbers, and timeless Cole Porter songbook.

What: Theater Works presents One of These Nights / Eagles Tribute
When: Thursday, February 26, 2015 at 7 p.m.
Where: Peoria Center for the Performing Arts
How much: tickets start at $18
This concert showcases the music of one of the most successful rock acts of all time. Hits like "Hotel California," "Desperado," "Lyin' Eyes," "Life in the Fast Lane" and others earned this extraordinary band seven number-one singles, six Grammys, five American Music Awards, and six number-one albums.

What: Arizona Musicfest presents Beethoven, Bach & The Blue Danube
When: Thursday, February 26, 2015 at 7:30 p.m.
Where: Pinnacle Presbyterian Church, 25150 N. Pima Road, Scottsdale
How Much: Tickets start at $49
Part of the Arizona Musicfest lineup of concerts, presenting top artists of classical, chamber, jazz, rock and roll, country, bluegrass and pop to venues in Scottsdale and Phoenix.

What: The Phoenix College Fine and Performing Arts Department/ Theatre & Film presents The Mineola Twins
When: February 26 through March 7, 2015
Where: John Paul Theatre at Phoenix College, 1202 W. Thomas Road, Phoenix
How much: General Admission $10; Alumni $7; Student $5
A comedy in six scenes, four dreams and seven wigs. Paula Vogel's The Mineola Twins is a satirical and entertaining story following the lives of twin sisters and spanning over thirty years. Myrna, the good sister, is wholesome and virtuous, set in her conservative ways. Myra, the bad sister, is exactly the opposite- rebellious and much too liberal for her time. Following the lives of the twins, their romantic partners and, later, their children. Recommended for adult audiences. Matinee and evening performances. Tickets are available online or can be purchased at the box office starting one hour before the show.

What: Wedding Tour and Culinary Tasting
When: Friday, February 27, 2015 at 6:30 p.m.
Where: Glendale Civic Center
How much: Tasting: $2.50 per person
Guests will get to see the entire 40,000-square-foot facility including ballrooms, gardens and patios, and try Arizona Catering's sampling of an assorted buffet, hors d'oeuvres, salads and entrees. Wedding vendors will be available to showcase services including tuxes, invitations, photography services, make up, wedding cakes and DJ entertainment. A reservation is required by calling 480-898-8848.

What: Arizona Musicfest presents Storm Large with the Arizona Musicfest Orchestra
When: Friday, February 27, 2015 at 7:30 p.m.
Where: Highlands Church, 9050 E. Pinnacle Peak Road, Scottsdale
How Much: Tickets start at $23
Part of the Arizona Musicfest lineup of concerts, presenting top artists of classical, chamber, jazz, rock and roll, country, bluegrass and pop to venues in Scottsdale and Phoenix.

What: Last Friday Late Night Jam
When: Friday, February 27, 2015 from 10:30 p.m. to 1 a.m.
Where: The Nash, 110 E Roosevelt St., Phoenix
How Much: $10 general admission, $5 students, performers no charge
Musicians drop in to spontaneously perform with the band. Serious up-and-coming jazz musicians get the chance to play with more experienced players and mentors. By holding these jams after-hours on Friday nights, working musicians can offer patrons spontaneous high-level jazz. Check onine for BYOB policy.

What: Seed Swap
When: Saturday, February 28, 2015 from 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Where: Chandler Sunset Library
How much: free
Local gardeners and the general public exchange growing tips and share excess seeds they don't plan to use. Many gardeners share seeds from previous bountiful yields that are most likely to produce a successful future harvest. Many of the seeds that are swapped are also seasonal garden crops specifically chosen to grow in this region and climate. You do not have to bring your own seeds to participate, and envelopes and markers will be provided for guests to collect and identify various seeds. Sunset Library staff invites anyone with an interest in gardening to stop by to learn from other gardeners' experiences and discover new seeds to try growing at home.

What: Family Fun Night
When: Saturday, February 28, 2015 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Where: Horizon Park, Scottsdale
How much: free admission
Movie in the Park: Big Hero 6. Group games and activities will end when the move starts. Movie will start shortly after sunset. Food available to purchase.

What: Lakeshore Music presents The Billy Childs Jazz Chamber Ensemble
When: Saturday, February 28, 2015 at 7:30 p.m.
Where: Tempe Center for the Arts
How much: Tickets start at $25
Renee Rosnes and Bill Charlap. Two highly acclaimed virtuoso jazz pianists on one stage with a pair of grand pianos.

What: Arizona Musicfest presents Tchiakovsky and Jancek
When: Saturday, March 1, 2015 at 3 p.m.
Where: Pinnacle Presbyterian Church, 25150 N. Pima Road, Scottsdale
How Much: Tickets start at $49
Part of the Arizona Musicfest lineup of concerts, presenting top artists of classical, chamber, jazz, rock and roll, country, bluegrass and pop to venues in Scottsdale and Phoenix.

What: MIM Wedding Showcase
When: Thursday, March 5, 2015 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Where: Musical Instrument Museum, Phoenix
How Much: free
Brides-to-be and engaged couples are invited to join MIM for a fun evening of live music, dancing, complimentary cocktails, hors d'oeuvres and giveaways. Tour the museum's stunning and unique wedding and reception spaces and meet its award-winning vendors. RSVP by March 1 to events@MIM.org.

Plan Ahead

What: Run to Fight Children's Cancer
When: Saturday, March 7, 2015. 10K start time 7 a.m.; 5K start time 7:45 a.m.; Cancer Survivors' Walk 9 a.m.
Where: Grand Canyon University, Phoenix
How much: for 10k: $40 February 1 - 28, $45 March 1 - Race Day; for 5k: $30 February 1 - 28, $35 March 1 - Race Day
An inspirational event that raises money and awareness for childhood cancer, one of the most overlooked and underfunded areas of cancer. Hosted by Grand Canyon University Foundation, the event benefits Phoenix Children's Hospital and the Children's Cancer Network. The race is held on a flat, fast course around Grand Canyon University and the surrounding neighborhood. The two-loop 10k is a running race only. The one-loop 5K is for walkers and runners. The quarter-mile Cancer Survivors' Walk is held after both races are completed. All 5K and 10K runners are encouraged to cheer on the survivors during their walk to the finish line. The Run also offers family-friendly fun for racers and spectators at GCU's campus, including jump castles, arts and crafts, music, professional sports team mascots and other entertainment. Registration includes official race Dri-FIT shirt, commemorative medal for all participants and goodie bag. Online registration closes at midnight on March 5.

What: Homeschool Day: Feel-the-Music Cart Tour
When: Wednesday, March 11, 2015 at 9:30 a.m.
Where: Musical Instrument Museum, Phoenix
How Much: $8 per student, $8 per chaperone above the 1:5 ratio
This tour offers the freedom of self-directed learning along with six special hands-on opportunities within the structure of a semi-guided tour experience. Each gallery will include a "cart stop" focusing on an instrument, an outfit and/or other materials that help to bring the MIM world life. Tours are offered at 9:30 and 11 a.m. To register, contact MIM's School and Group Tour Coordinator at 480.245.6919 or grouptours@MIM.org at least two weeks in advance of the tour. Advance reservations are required.

What: STEM + Music Professional Development Session for Educators
When: Saturday, March 14, 2015 from10 a.m. to noon
Where: Musical Instrument Museum, Phoenix
How Much: free
Through audience participation and guided discussion, educators will explore the properties of sound, how different materials used in the construction of musical instruments contribute to their sound and how these themes can be incorporated into programs for students in grades 3-8. Educators will learn how to let students take the lead in their own musical science projects. Participants will receive a resource packet and several examples of hands-on activities that can be incorporated into the classroom. Upon completion, participants will receive a certificate for tracking professional development hours. This session supports the learning objectives of MIM's STEM Tour for grades 3-8. After the session, teachers are welcome to tour the museum and continue developing lesson plan ideas. To register and ensure receipt of a resource packet and certificate of completion, please e-mail Programs@MIM.org or call 480.245.6962.

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