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15 Spring Festivals Coming to Metro Phoenix

Lighting up the night at the annual Lantern Fest.
Lighting up the night at the annual Lantern Fest. Courtesy of Lantern Fest
Spring is right around the corner. To help you plan out your days accordingly, we've compiled a list of spring festivals everyone can enjoy. If you're looking to indulge in art, culture, film, or just looking for a good time, we've got you covered.

Lighting up the night at the annual Lantern Fest. - COURTESY OF LANTERN FEST
Lighting up the night at the annual Lantern Fest.
Courtesy of Lantern Fest
The Lantern Fest
February 10
Schnepf Farms

Get ready to watch thousands of lanterns light up the night sky. Besides the spectacular view, you can enjoy live music, food, stage performances, face painting, and s'mores. Even though the lanterns won't be released until sundown, the festival is an all-day affair, with gates opening at 2 p.m. Tickets are $7 to $60 for adults, and free for children 3 and younger. See details on the Eventbrite website.

Arizona Matsuri
February 24 to 25
Heritage and Science Park


Celebrate Japanese culture at the 34th annual Arizona Matsuri Festival. The free, two-day event will begin with an opening ceremony and parade, and will feature art, food, live dance, music, and a shaded beer garden. Visit the Arizona Matsuri website for more details.


click to enlarge People enjoy Melrose on 7th Avenue Street Fair. - ALEXANDRA GASPAR
People enjoy Melrose on 7th Avenue Street Fair.
Alexandra Gaspar

Melrose on 7th Avenue Street Fair
March 3
Seventh Avenue between Indian School and Campbell roads


Want a full day to appreciate art, music, and cars? The 16th annual Melrose on 7th Avenue Street Fair featuring Chester's Classic Car Show can help. The event will feature live music performances, 200 classic, antique, and vintage cars and trucks, and local art and indie crafts vendors. With multiple food trucks and a beer garden, you can indulge in a wide range of food and booze — an event the whole family can enjoy. For more details about the free event, visit the Melrose Street Fair website.

click to enlarge American Indian art displayed at the Heard Museum Guild Indian Fair and Market in 2014. - JESSICA OBERT
American Indian art displayed at the Heard Museum Guild Indian Fair and Market in 2014.
Jessica Obert
Heard Museum Guild Indian Fair and Market
March 3 to 4
The Heard Museum


The Heard Museum Guild Indian Fair and Market invites attendees to take a deep dive into indigenous art and culture. From sculptures to jewelry and paintings to pottery, the art of more than 600 American Indian artists will be showcased. And attendees will have the chance to meet with the creatives and talk with them about their work. Admission is $20 for a single-day ticket. See more details at the Heard Museum Guild Indian Fair and Market website.

click to enlarge Dancers perform at the annual Arizona Aloha Festival at Tempe Beach Park in 2014. - NATALIE MIRANDA
Dancers perform at the annual Arizona Aloha Festival at Tempe Beach Park in 2014.
Natalie Miranda
Arizona Aloha Festival
March 10 to 11
Tempe Beach Park


If hula skirts, coconut bras, and leis sound like your idea of fun, the Arizona Aloha Festival is for you. This cultural festival will feature more than 100 vendors, Hawaiian-inspired food, and live performances representing the dance and music of the state. Kids can learn how to play the ukulele, dance hula, and make their own lei. For more details on the free event, visit the Arizona Aloha Festival website.

click to enlarge Work exhibited by Yuko Yabuki during Art Detour 2017. - YUKO YABUKI/PHOTO BY LYNN TRIMBLE
Work exhibited by Yuko Yabuki during Art Detour 2017.
Yuko Yabuki/Photo by Lynn Trimble
Art Detour
March 15 to 20
Downtown Phoenix


Art Detour is now in its 30th year of highlighting local artists and their work through open studios, pop-up galleries, and exhibitions. This year's event will feature self-guided trolley tours, hands-on activities, and live performances. To learn more about the free event, visit Art Detour's website.

click to enlarge Convert your druids at the St. Patrick’s Day Parade & Faire. - COURTESY OF ST. PATRICK'S DAY PARADE AND FAIRE
Convert your druids at the St. Patrick’s Day Parade & Faire.
Courtesy of St. Patrick's Day Parade and Faire
St. Patrick's Day Parade & Faire
March 17
Irish Cultural Center at Margaret T. Hance Park


Feel the luck of the Irish during the annual St. Partrick's Day Parade & Faire. The parade features float performances, marching bands, traditional music, step dancing, and crafts, as well as a craft beer competition. Tickets are $10 to $12, and children 12 and younger get in for free. For more information, you can visit the St. Patrick's Day Parade & Faire website.

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