Any Phoenician will tell you that spring in Arizona is extra special.

It’s a unique time of year where the average high temperature is a sunny 71 degrees and you just can’t get enough of the outdoors. A time when we forget the impending doom of summer and fully enjoy spring in the desert! In celebration of spring (which officially began last Tuesday, March 20th), we’ve rounded up a list of our top 10 favorite activities to get you outdoors this spring. Read on for the full list and then make sure you leave your favorite activity in the comments!

  1. If you haven’t been to a First Friday event, you’re missing out! Enjoy a night out in Central Phoenix at one of the country’s largest art walks, available via self-guided tour on foot or by trolley. Tour 70+ galleries, venues, and art-related spaces, plus local food, music, and entertainment on the first Friday of every month. Next event is Friday, April 6, details here:
  2. Downtown Chandler is home to a variety of fantastic galleries, restaurants, and shops, all of which come alive with the sound of jazz on April 6th and 7th for the 19th Annual Chandler Jazz Festival. The free event promises plenty of stages, great jazz, and loads of family fun! Event details here:
  3. Enjoy the movies a little differently this spring with Desert Night Cinema at the Desert Botanical Garden, a truly unique movie-going experience in an unbeatable outdoor garden setting. Each month features a new theme (BONUS: follow DBG on Facebook to vote on movie selection!) plus plenty of live entertainment, activities, food trucks, and more! April’s theme is Space Cadets and movie date is Thursday, April 12. Info and tickets here:
  4. Let your inner foodie fly free at the Scottsdale Culinary Festival April 14-15. Multiple districts like BBQ Country, The Grub Lot (food trucks), Sweet Street, American Square, European Plaza, Latin Hill, Asian Village, and more – there’s sure to be a delicious treat for everyone! Event info and tickets here:
  5. Wanderlust 108 returns to the valley Sunday, May 6th for a full day of celebration in support of mindful movement. This unique triathlon features a 5k run, an outdoor yoga flow class, and guided meditation plus additional activities such as acroyoga, hooping, dancing and more. Event information and Registration here:
  6. Schnepf Farms is celebrating over 50 years of growing peaches in Arizona with their annual Peach Festival May 11-13. The day trip to Queen Creek is worth it for the best peaches in the country (according to Wine Spectator magazine), plus enjoy festival sampling pavilions, hayrides, vendors and more! Event information here:
  7. Walk the Arizona Canal, which stretches roughly 39 miles from east of Scottsdale, through Phoenix, and into Peoria. Most canal banks throughout Greater Phoenix are paved and provide excellent access to the Arizona Falls, local food and drinks like O.H.S.O. Brewery + Distillery and Chelsea’s Kitchen, and even the infamous bat cave. More on canal recreation here:
  8. The Museum of Walking is an artist-led educational resource center committed to the advancement of walking as an art practice; their work fosters relationships between people, land, action, and site. The group hosts a variety of unique walking events across the Phoenix area all throughout the year. Walk details and additional information here:
  9. Phoenix Rising Football Club, a relative newbie to the Phoenix-area, currently plays in the United Soccer League (USL) but has high hopes of joining first-tier Major League Soccer (MLS) by the end of 2018. Catch them at their pop-up stadium this season at the NW corner of the 101 and 202 freeways near the Scottsdale/Tempe border. Club info, game schedule, and more here:
  10. The list just wouldn’t be complete without a little hiking and we’re recommending South Mountain Park & Preserve! Not only does this 16,000-acre park offer trails for horseback riding, hiking, and mountain biking, but the park’s foothills are also home to the Mystery Castle, a truly unique property hand-built in the 1930s from found or inexpensive materials. The Castle operates tours every Thursday-Sunday from October through May. Castle information here:; South Mountain details here:

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