If you’re in the market for some fun activities to enjoy during the beautiful month of March, consider checking out one of the many festivals and events around the valley. For example, from 4 pm-midnight on March 17th, St. Patrick’s Day, there will be a Shamrock Fest for adults, at Dr. AJ Chandler Park located at 178 E. Commonwealth Place in Chandler. This festival will include Irish dancers, bagpipes, live entertainment, traditional Irish food, themed activities and a beer garden. Several contests including stein-holding and eating contests will occur in the Kiss Me I’m Irish zone.
The 2017 spring plant sale at the Desert Botanical Garden is happening March 18-19 from 7 am to 5 pm Saturday and 7 am to 3 pm Sunday at 1201 N. Galvin Parkway, in the Events Plaza Parking Lot. (Members of the DBG have access to the sale on March 17). Free admission, and you will discover over 30,000 plants for sale, including trees, succulents, cacti, perennials, shrubs and herbs. There will also be a large selection of bare root cactus, as well as garden-related pottery and art for sale.
Also happening the weekend of March 18-19 is the Glendale Folk and Heritage Festival, from 10 am to 5 pm at Sahuaro Ranch Park Historic Area, 9802 N. 59th Avenue. This festival will feature a celebration of the culture and history of folk music. With more than 400 performers on stage, you’ll hear bluegrass and folk music, along with cowboy poetry and storytelling. Vendors and a hands-on workshop will also be a part of the festival.
If you’re willing to travel south a few miles, consider visiting Pinal county to check out the 61st Annual Pinal County Fair, occurring March 22-26. The fair will feature vendors, a carnival, exhibits, food, entertainment, 4-H corner and a lot more. Pinal Fairgrounds and Event Center, 512 S. Eleven Mile Corner Road in Casa Grande.
If you’re looking for something a little more outdoorsy, venture over to the Scottsdale International Sportsmen’s Expo from March 23-26 at WestWorld of Scottsdale, located at 16601 N. Pima Road. This event is in its 18th year and features boats, RVs, exhibits on gear, guides and services for campers, boaters, hunters and fishers. Hands-on activities including a Watersports Pond with kayak, SUP and wakeboarding demos make this a fun event. From 10 am to 7 pm Thursday-Saturday, and 10 am to 5 pm on Sunday.