21 Winter and Spring Festivals in Metro Phoenix

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Almost Famous Film Festival AMC Arizona Center 24 February 14 to 16, 27

Almost Famous Film Festival is in its 10th year. The festival challenges local creatives to make their own one- to five-minute movie in just 48 hours. Filming dates for interested participants are February 14 through 16, and registration is $50. Special film guidelines will be revealed February 14 at 7 p.m. during the festival launch party at Majerle's 9 Lounge. A public screening of the top 20 films will be held February 27 at AMC Arizona Center 24. For more information, visit

Erotic Poetry and Music Festivus February 21 Alwun House

The Alwun House showcases local performing artists including poets, musicians, and comics. All share one common theme in their work: serious adult content. The NSFW event, which features over 30 acts on two stages, will run from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m., with doors opening at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door. Visit or check out the event on Facebook.

Matsuri Festival February 22 to 23 Heritage and Science Park

This weekend celebration of Japanese arts and culture offers a Matsuri Parade, Japanese folk singing, drum performances, a Kimono fashion show, tea ceremony, arts, crafts, food, and shopping. Festival hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Admission is free. For more details, visit or call 602-262-5029.

Hormel New Works Festival March 2 to 16 Phoenix Theatre

Phoenix Theatre brings new works and emerging playwrights to the stage with the return of the Hormel New Works Festival. The week-long event will deliver four new plays chosen from more than 150 submissions as well as An Evening of Short Plays, A Composer/Lyricist Cabaret, and the 24-Hour Theatre Project. Prices and showtimes vary. For a look at this year's festival selections and to buy tickets, visit or call the box office at 602-254-2151.

Ostrich Festival March 7 to 9 Tumbleweed Park

The Ostrich Festival returns to Chandler with plenty of food, fun, and entertainment like Ostrich and pig races, camel rides, the Axe Women Loggers of Maine, and a bungee trampoline. Admission is $10 for adults, $7 for kids and seniors. Festival hours are 2 p.m. to midnight Friday, 10 a.m. to midnight Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sunday. Visit or call 866-993-2477 for more information.

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