30 Must-Attend Spring Events in Metro Phoenix

30 Must-Attend Spring Events in Metro Phoenix
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Tourists and locals agree, spring is Arizona's time to shine between the sports, shows, conventions, and exhibitions. With so much going on in just one season, it's time to get off the couch and get planning.

Here are Jackalope Ranch's top 30 events to attend this spring.

See also: 21 Winter and Spring Festivals in Metro Phoenix

Spring Training Various locations Now through March 29

Spring training continues through the final week of March as the Cactus League brings 15 Major League Baseball teams to 10 stadiums across the Valley, including Camelback Ranch, Goodyear Ballpark, Maryvale Baseball Park, Cubs Park, Peoria Sports Complex, Phoenix Municipal Stadium, Scottsdale Stadium, Surprise Stadium, Tempe Diablo Stadium, and Salt River Fields at Talking Stick. Prices and times vary. For tickets and the full schedule, visit cactusleague.com.

"The Science of Ripley's Believe It or Not" Arizona Science Center Now through May 4

Expand your mind and your imagination at the Arizona Science Center's "The Science of Ripley's Believe It or Not." In addition to special weekend events, this exhibit includes: Extreme Biology, The Wonderful World of Ripley, Weird World - Past and Present, Cultural Practices, Gallery of the Unexpected, and Perceptions and Illusions. Tickets range $11.95 to $16.95. Visit www.azscience.org or call 602-716-2000.

West Side Story Orpheum Theatre March 21 through 23

The tragic and romantic tale of West Side Story comes to Orpheum Theatre for one weekend only. Showtimes are 8 p.m. Friday, March 21, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, March 22, and 2 and 7 p.m. Sunday, March 23. Tickets range from $70 to $281. For details, visit www.orpheum-theater.com or call the box office at 602-534-5600.

Haru in the Garden Japanese Friendship Garden March 22

Celebrate the arrival of spring in traditional Japanese style with "Haru in the Garden" at the Japanese Friendship Garden. This evening event runs 5 to 9 p.m. on Saturday, March 22, and features live traditional Japanese music performances, art displays, a spring stroll through the garden, and a beer garden. Tickets are $10 for members and $15 for non-members. Visit japanesefriendshipgarden.org or call 602-274-8700.

Chelsea Handler Comerica Theatre March 22

Author, actress, comedian, and host of Chelsea Lately , Handler is bringing her newest tour, "Uganda Be Kidding Me," to Comerica on Saturday, March 22. The show starts at 8 p.m. with ticket prices ranging from $71.50 to $103.50. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.comericatheater.com or call 602-379-2800.

Handler will also be signing her book, Uganda Be Kidding Me, at Changing Hands Bookstore that same day at 2 p.m. Single tickets are included with each book purchase. Visit www.changinghands.com or call 480-730-0205.

Arizona Scottish Highland Games Steele Indian School Park March 22 and 23

The Caledonian Society of Arizona invites locals to put on their finest kilts as they celebrate the 50th Annual Arizona Scottish Gathering Highland Games. There will be highland games, bag pipes, plus traditional Scottish dancing and food. Festivities run 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, May 22, and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, May 23. Tickets range from $5 to $15. Visit www.arizonascots.com.

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