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Oktoberfest Around the Valley

Oktoberfest celebrations are already underway around the valley. Here’s whats on schedule in the next few weeks.   Old World Oktoberfest Peoria, October 5 – 6 Peoria is hosting it’s Oktoberfest celebration in true German style, with live music straight from Germany and loads of German food, including brats, pretzels beer and more. There will also be fun competitions including stein holding and dancing.   Downtown Phoenix Oktoberfest Phoenix, October 6 Phoenix is hosting its first Oktoberfest celebration on October 6th, complete with traditional food, beer and music, including a Bavarian dance floor and live polka music!   Oktoberfest at

Four Peaks Oktoberfest

Next weekend the Four Peaks Oktoberfest returns to the Tempe Town Lake for the 46th year. This is one of Tempe’s signature annual events, and the largest Oktoberfest celebration in Arizona! This fun celebration benefits the Tempe Sister Cities, a student exchange, global culture and humanitarian works program. Here’s everything you can find at this crazy 3-day celebration: Beer and wine gardens Opening parade and keg tapping Races Beer Tasting Great Food Live Music Polka dances Carnival and much more! Admission for the festival is free, and is always a great time for the whole family! Learn more and busy

Where to Celebrate Cinco de Mayo in the Valley

Cinco de Mayo celebrations this year will be amped up because the holiday falls on a Saturday. There are a ton of festivals and events happening this weekend, check some of them out below! Cinco de Mayo Fiesta El Mirage, May 4th El Mirage will hold its annual Cinco de Mayo Fiesta at Gentry Park, 4010 N El Mirage Rd, on Friday, May 4. The festival will have mariachi and other musical performances, traditional dances, a kids area with pony rides and games, and a community market. There will also be food trucks and a beer garden serving beer and

ASU Pop-Up Event on AI

ASU will host a pop up-up event on April 6 to feature short talks on the implications of artificial intelligence in health. According to the director of Health Innovation Programs at Arizona State University’s College of Nursing and Health Innovation, the integration of artificial intelligence into health care is inevitable. “AI has been around for quite a while, but its ability to be effective in the health care arena is just beginning,” said Rick Hall, who also serves as a clinical professor and director of the recently established health- and wellness-centric entrepreneurial HEALab. Chris Yoo, HEALab advisory board member and founder

Opening Day 2018

The day we’ve all been waiting for is finally here – opening day of 2018 major league baseball! Our Arizona Diamondbacks are hosting the Colorado Rockies in their first regular-season game on March 29th, and the game and celebration will be a great one. The D-backs announced their full list of scheduled festivities, ceremonies and giveaways before the game, including: An Opening Day Street Festival beginning at 4pm in front of the Gila River Casinos Plaza along Fourth Street and Jackson Street. Food trucks, D-backs inflatables and live music will be a part of the festival. Rally towels and a

St. Patrick’s Day Celebrations Across the Valley

St. Patrick’s day is this Saturday, March 17th, and there is no shortage of festivals and celebrations to attend. Here are just a few to check out. Pot of Gold Music Festival March 16 – 18, Chandler This three day music festival starts March 16th and features the Dirty Heads, Rebelution and over 30 more musical acts over three days. In between acts check out the regional and local art festival or visit Arcade Alley and put your pinball skills to the test. And don’t forget to stop by Vendor Village to refuel with tasty snacks and drinks. Visit the

Hayden’s Ferry Days, March 2 – 4

Hayden’s Ferry Days is what it has come to be called — honoring one of our community’s first businesses. Introduced in 1971 for Tempe’s centennial year, it proved to be a wildly popular six-month celebration of our city’s heritage and history. In 2016, Peggy Bryant, Tempe Historical Society member and former Tempe Daily News reporter and editor who worked on the 100th birthday event, suggested reviving the spirit of ’71 and turn it into annual tradition. So March 2-4, the Tempe Historical Society, along with numerous community partners, hosts the 3rd Annual Hayden’s Ferry Days – a lively, family-friendly, citywide festival paying homage

Girl Scout Cookie Dessert Challenge

They are as much of an American tradition as apple pie – Samoas, Thin Mints and the chocolate-coated, peanut butter-filled Tagalongs. Girl Scout cookies, around over 100 years, have become the must-have dessert this season. In Arizona, chefs are reimagining the traditional Girl Scout cookies – and whipping up their own versions of the timeless classics. #DessertChallenge was started by the Arizona Cactus-Pine Council troop five years ago and as part of the competition, chefs are turning the famous cookies into shakes, cakes and even pops, with an added twist. At least 25 local restaurants in the state are participating in the

Spring Training Soon to Begin

Athletes and coaches are already making their way to Arizona to get a head start on spring training. Games officially begin February 23rd across different stadiums in the Valley, so there is no shortage of baseball for the next few weeks. Members of the Cactus League include: Arizona Diamondbacks Chicago Cubs Chicago White Sox Cincinnati Reds Cleveland Indians Colorado Rockies Kansas City Royals Los Angeles Angels Los Angeles Dodgers Milwaukee Breweres Oakland Athletics San Diego Padres San Francisco Giants Seattle Mariners Texas Rangers   See schedules, games and buy tickets at the official spring training site here.

Arizona Beer Week Starts February 8

Today is the first day of Arizona Beer Week, a statewide celebration of local beer culture. Arizona Beer “Week” consists of 11 days of events focused mostly around the local craft brew scene. This year’s festivities will last from February 8 to 18. There will be more than 200 events, so no matter where you live or what you like to drink, there will probably be something to suit your needs. Breweries will be hosting events. They will be collaborating with other breweries and getting their beers in front of us drinkers. Breweries from near and far will be pouring

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