What's happening this weekend

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by Marcy Mcmacken

azfamily.com

Posted on April 5, 2013 at 9:35 AM

Updated Friday, Apr 5 at 9:41 AM

There are plenty of things to do this weekend.

MUSIC IN THE GARDENS
The Desert Botanical Gardens is celebrating it's 75th anniversary. As part of its celebrations, the garden is holding its Spring Music in the Garden concert series. The gardens will feature some local musicians, including Grupo Liberdade, which performs brazilian-inspired music. Ticket sales and times can be found at www.dbg.org.
 
PHOENIX FILM FEST
The annual Phoenix Film Fest is taking place all week. It started on April 4 and continues until April 11. Movie enthusiasts will be able to pick from a variety of 100 movie screenings. Some of them will be from a major studio and some will be independent films. Besides viewing, participants can participate in seminars, workshops and parties. For all the event details, go to www.phoenixfilmfestival.com.
 
TEMPE SPRING FESTIVAL OF THE ARTS
Tempe's annual Spring Festival of the arts starts Friday, April 5, and goes on all weekend from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free. It takes place on Mill Avenue, between Third Street and University Drive. Visitors will be able to view and buy original artwork and other items. Different food booths will also be available. Event organizers expect more than 250,000 visitors to the event. For more information, visit www.tempefestivalofthearts.com.
 
GLENDALE SIDEWALK PORCH SALE
Downtown Glendale is holding its annual Sidewalk & Porch Sale on Saturday, April 6. Participating stores in downtown Glendale will offer up to 75 percent off on some items. Shoppers can enjoy refreshments from lemonade stands and ice cream carts. There will also be a cake walk and for a small fee of $15, folks can get antique items appraised by ABD Antique Appraisers. For all the details, go to www.visitglendale.com.
 
GREAT ARIZONA BIKE FESTIVAL
The Great Arizona Bike Festival returns. It starts on Friday, April 5, from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m and continues on Saturday. Festivities will take place at Mesa's Convention Center, located at 263 N. Center St. The El Tour de Mesa bike ride is on Saturday morning. The ride is 70 miles and starts at Center and First streets in Mesa. There's also a 28-mile ride and Fun Rides to participate in. Other activities include live music, a kid's zone and food. Visit www.azbikefest.org for more information.
 
CABELA'S LADIES DAY
It's Ladies Day Out at Cabela's in Glendale. Women who visit the store from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. can try out the latest outdoor apparel, camping gear, personal firearms and other supplies. Classes in archery shooting, bass fishing, personal firearms use and other activities will be available. The event is free and women attending will get the chance to win a $1,500 gift card for Cabela's.
 
PHOENIX PRIDE PARADE & CELEBRATIONS
Phoenix's Pride Festival and Pride is going on all weekend. The celebrations start Saturday at 10 a.m. with a parade, which begins at Third Street and Thomas Road. The parade will head north on Third Street and ends at Steele Indian School Park, off Third Street and Indian School Road. The festival goes on all day Saturday until 9 p.m. and continues on Sunday, April 7, from noon to 9 p.m. All event details can be found at www.phoenixpride.org.
 
SCOTTSDALE ART AUCTION
If you're in the market for some really nice art, you'll want to check out the Scottsdale Art Auction taking place Saturday, April 6. The auction takes place at the Legacy Gallery located at 7178 Main St. in Scottsdale. Registration and previewing starts at 8:30 a.m. and bidding starts at 9:30 a.m. For a look at items up for auction, go to www.scottsdaleartauction.com.
 

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