Spring Fun in and around Desert Ridge

In and around the Desert Ridge area, we have many lifestyles that are attracted, supported and influenced by the incredible resources of our community. Sometimes, in our busy lives, we move so quickly that we tend to overlook the treasures that surround us, or simply don’t get the time to discover them. We’d like to share some of our personal favorites here in Desert Ridge and the surrounding community.

“Lifestyle is a term that describes how we live. It reflects our attitudes and behaviors that forge a sense of self and cultural climate.”



On Central Downtown Phoenix Fashion & Art Weekend

MARCH 16-18
1 East Washington Street
Phoenix, Arizona 85004

The high energy Downtown Phoenix Fashion and Art Event known as “On Central” will be held on Saturday, March 16, 2018 through March 18, 2018. The three-day event will be filled with Fashion and Art activities scheduled throughout the day. Beginning in the mornings, the day’s event will conclude in the evenings with networking after event hostings. Art and Photography exhibits, glam interaction talent display, Forums, live musicians, pop up shops, silent auctions, and state of the art “Chill Lounge.”


35th Annual
St. Patrick’s Day Parade & Irish
Family Faire
March 17
Steele Indian School Park
300 E. Indian School Road
Phoenix, Arizona 85012
www. stpatricksdayphoenix.org

The Parade starts at 10 a.m. at 3rd Street and Sheridan and heads south through the streets of Downtown Phoenix. The Parade features a variety of performers, entertainers and floats including marching bands, Irish dancers, and bagpipers.
Following the parade, the 2018 Phoenix St Patrick’s Day Faire begins at the Irish Cultural Center at Hance Park. Come enjoy Irish music, Irish step dancing, bagpipers, food & beverages, Irish crafts & merchandise, genealogy, Irish clubs, and children’s area.


Phoenix Film Festival
April 5 – 15
recurring daily
Harkins Scottsdale/101 Theatre
7000 E. Mayo Blvd.
Phoenix , Arizona

The Phoenix Film Festival will screen more than 175 feature films and shorts. Attendees will be a part of screenings; Q&A sessions with producers, director and talent; enjoy world-class entertainment; an impressive silent auction and more. Different films will be presented each day.


Scottsdale Culinary Festival 2018
April 14 & 15
Civic Center Plaza
3939 N. Drinkwater Blvd.
Scottsdale, Arizona  85251

All net proceeds raised will support the non-profit Scottsdale League for the Arts in its effort to promote the arts and arts education organizations in the Phoenix metropolitan area, via annual fundraisers such as the Scottsdale Culinary Festival and Cooks & Corks. Since 2002, the League has contributed more than $4.4 million to numerous organizations such as Ballet Arizona, Childsplay, and Free Arts of Arizona.


Cinco De Mayo Celebration
200 W Washington Street

Cinco Phoenix is one of the largest multicultural celebrations in Arizona. Celebrate with live music, award winning food, kids activities & more.

JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge Resort
& Spa
5350 E. Marriott Drive
Phoenix, Arizona 85054

The four-acre pool complex at JW Marriott Desert Ridge has been voted the “Number 1 Pool” in Phoenix by Phoenix Magazine for its meandering 1,600-linear-foot lazy river and 89-foot waterslide. The resort’s Wildfire pool is topped by a glowing fire at night, and the Sidewinder pool takes inspiration from some of Arizona’s scaly residents.

Fairmont Scottsdale Princess
7575 E Princess Dr,
Scottsdale, Arizona 85255

Escape to the good life and enjoy the best of Arizona indoor and outdoor living at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess. From the lush grounds offering intimate outdoor settings to our six sparkling pools and hangouts just for kids, there are countless things to do.

Top 10 Arizona Hikes
By Tim Davis

When you think of hiking in Arizona, I bet most of you picture tumbleweeds blowing and hiking in 100°F+ temperatures through the desert in search of water. You might be surprised that Arizona isn’t a barren landscape where you’re sure to discover the secret location of Jimmy Hoffa’s body – okay, or more likely a dead cow. As an avid hiker who hiked over 2,000 miles on 200+ hikes while we lived in Arizona, Jen would definitely say I’m an expert on the best ones. So here is my list of the top 10 Arizona hikes that will have you heading to REI and planning your next trip to Arizona.
1. Camelback Mountain
2. Flat Iron
3. Browns Peak
4. Bright Angel Trail
5. Havasu Falls
6. Mount Wrightson
7. Mount Kimball
8. Mount Humphrey’s
9. Kendrick Peak
10. West Fork of Oak Creek

Arizona Game & Fish Department Outdoor Expo
MARCH 23-25
Ben Avery Shooting Facility
4044 W. Black Canyon Blvd.
Phoenix, Arizona 85086

The largest hands-on outdoor expo in Arizona at the Ben Avery Shooting Facility in Phoenix. The Expo is held on the last weekend of March, as it has been for the last 11 years. Admission and parking are free!
There are always plenty of hands-on fun for all ages. There are huge family fishing tanks. See all sorts of live wildlife. Learn target archery and try other shooting sports in a safe, supervised, controlled environment on the range.
Get a feel for specialty shooting disciplines like clay target, cowboy action, practical pistol, black powder, and air gun. Check out the many firearms manufacturers.

There is an always popular cowboy mounted shooting competition, as well as OHV, ATV, RV and boating exhibits. You can give kayaking a try at the “Lake Paddlemore” kayaking pond. Hike a field course and learn cool camping tips. Learn about boating and how to stay safe on the water. Talk to experts about Arizona’s wildlife, fishing, hunting and more. Visit with more than 150 exhibitors, including outdoor recreation and conservation groups, government agencies, and commercial vendors of outdoor products and services.

An Evening at Desert Botanical Garden
May 15 – June 2
Desert Botanical Garden
1201 N. Galvin Pkwy.
Phoenix, Arizona 85008

“Ballet Arizona’s repertory… strikes me as one of the most enterprising companies anywhere.”
– Alastair Macaulay,
The New York Times

Ib Andersen’s vision for dance in the desert continues to evolve, take chances and challenge our emotional boundaries. Expect the unexpected as Ballet Arizona returns to Desert Botanical Garden, presenting an all-new sensory experience choreographed by Artistic Director Ib Andersen. A presentation of movement and sound on a stage that embraces the desert, the Garden provides a stunning backdrop for Andersen’s enchanting choreography.