Phoenix Comicon 2017 will be bigger than ever in downtown Phoenix.
We’re officially getting close to summer, so start planning some indoor and outdoor adventures for your May 2017 festivals.
So get out there in metro Phoenix and Arizona, and find something new to do, from Phoenix Comicon to food festivals and events for kids.
5/6: Kentucky Derby Party at Turf Paradise
Come celebrate the country’s most famous horse race at Turf Paradise in Phoenix. Choose from a variety of Kentucky Derby packages, including the Top of the Park Directors’ Suite and Patio Buffet, a Hat Contest featuring colorfully beautiful bonnets and dresses and the Party on the Rail.
Details: Times vary, depending on package. Saturday, May 6. Turf Paradise, 1501 W. Bell Road, Phoenix. Costs vary. turfparadise.com.
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5/6: Phoenix Urban Wine & Jazz Walk
If wine, hors d’oeuvres and jazz are your “things,” the Urban Wine & Jazz Walk will be right up your alley. The self-guided tour allows people to check out local bars and restaurants while sampling tasty wines and enjoying some great music. All locations are along the light rail corridor.
Details: 1-6 p.m. Saturday, May 6. Phoenix locations will be posted on website, check back for details. $2 or $3 per wine sample, includes an hors d’oeuvre. dtphx.org/things-to-do/winewalk.
5/7: Cinco De Mayo Festival
Commemorate the Battle of the Puebla with 100,000 other revelers in downtown Phoenix. The festival has unlimited tacos, thousands of giveaways, traditional dance, games and more. Live music will include Tierra, Brenton Wood, and WAR.
Details: Noon-10 p.m. Sunday, May 7. 200 W. Washington Street, downtown Phoenix. $5; $10 after 5 p.m.; Children 10 and under are free. 602-279-4669, cincophx.com.
5/12-14, 5/20-21: Schnepf Farms Peach Festival
Kids and adults of all ages are sure to have a…wait for it…peachy time at the popular Peach Festival. Enjoy a peachy pancake breakfast, free hayrides to peach picking, amusement rides, a tasting pavilion and more.
Details: 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday, May 12-Sunday, May 14 and Saturday, May 20-Sunday, May 21. Schnepf Farms, 24610 S. Rittenhouse Road, Queen Creek. $5, free for ages 12 and younger. Rides are $3 each or $15 for a wristband. schnepffarms.com.
5/13: AmeriCAN Canned Craft Beer Festival
San Tan Brewing Co. presents this celebration of beer in aluminum, where there will be craft food, VIP quarters and over 250 local and national beers.
Details: Saturday, May 13. Noon-6 p.m. $20-$100. Margaret T. Hance Park, 67 W. Culver St., Phoenix. 602-276-2499, cannedcraftbeerfest.com.
5/19: Downtown Chandler Art Walk
Browse many different types of art from local artists and musicians at the free Downtown Chandler Art Walk. Local establishments will also be open during the monthly event. To be accepted in the Art Walk, artists must go through a jury process. Only fine arts and crafts will be accepted.
Details: 6-9:30 p.m. Friday, May 19. Downtown Chandler, Dr. A. J. Chandler Park, 3 S. Arizona Ave., Chandler. Free. 480-855-3539, downtownchandler.org
5/20: Queen Creek Lemonade Days
This family-friendly event features entertainment, inflatables for the kiddos and, of course, plenty of ice-cold lemonade.
Details: Saturday, May 20; check website for updates. Founders Park, 22407 S. Ellsworth Road, Queen Creek. lemonadedaysaz.com.
5/20: Experience Polynesia
Celebrate the music and culture of the Pacific Islands. The day includes musical performances, a Polynesian-themed menu at the café, dancing and the chance to give the ukulele a try.
Details: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, May 20. Musical Instrument Museum, 4725 E. Mayo Blvd., Phoenix. Included with admission. 480-478-6000, mim.org.
5/25-28: Phoenix Comicon
The four-day extravaganza in downtown will take place Memorial Day weekend at the Phoenix Convention Center, and feature vast programming that touches on everything from comic books to sci-fi, anime to steampunk, and horror to fantasy. The 16th annual Phoenix Comicon was held in June, and brought out a record attendance of 106,000.
Details: Thursday-Sunday, May 25-28. Phoenix Convention Center, 100 N. Third St. $55 for full event, $20 for Thursday only, $25 for Friday only, $45 for Saturday only, $30 for Sunday only, $249 for Fast Pass, $10 ages 3-12), free for children younger than 2. phoenixcomicon.com.
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5/27: Cave Creek Balloon Festival
Head to Cave Creek and see colorful hot-air balloons on display on the ground during the eighth annual festival. The event also includes live music, a balloon glow, fireworks, a Kids Zone, and food and beverage vendors.
Details: 5:30-10 p.m. Saturday, May 27. Rancho Mañana Golf Course, 5734 E. Rancho Mañana Blvd., Cave Creek. Pre-paid tickets are $12 for adults, $7 for age 12 and under, free for 2 and under. cavecreekfestivals.com.
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Alison Stanton contributed to this article.
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