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Outdoor festivals abound in Phoenix

The Valley of the Sun’s beautiful winter weather brings a bevy of outdoor events each year, highlighting different cultures from around the globe, as well as tempting the taste buds of local foodies and beer aficionados. Check out what’s coming up:

Dancers performing in traditional Chinese apparel are a visually stunning attraction during the annual Chinese Week Culture & Cuisine Festival, which takes place Feb. 10-12 Margaret T. Hance Park (photo by P. Weaver).

Motoring Thru Time & Heritage Festival

The free event, which takes place 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 4 at Heritage & Science Park, 6th St. & Monroe, will feature more than 100 classic and antique cars, trucks, travel trailers, motorcycles and more dating from the early 1900s to the mid-1980s.

This year’s displayed vehicles include everything from a 1909 Delage Voiturette to a 1983 Camero Z28, as well as a 1935 Coors Delivery Truck and a 1970 VéloSoleX motor assisted bicycle.

There also will be cultural crafts and demonstrations, including a blacksmith, a calligrapher, lace makers, origami making, candle dipping, and rope making. Enjoy music from Territorial Brass, and lawn games for adults and children. The park is within walking distance of light rail stations. For more information, call 602-262-5071.

Arizona Strong Beer Festival

Designed for the true craft beer lover who enjoys a strong beer and discovering new boutique breweries, the festival takes place 1-5 p.m. Feb. 11 at Steele Indian School Park 300 E. Indian School Road.

Although strong beers (those with high alcohol content) are the focus at the festival, a huge variety of craft beers—as well as specialty styles and unique, just-for-this-event brews—are made available to festival-goers, who will receive a commemorative 4-ounce tasting glass and 15 tasting tickets for the price of admission.

And because food and beer just naturally go together, there will be plenty of top-notch food vendors on hand, serving up tasty eats that wash down well with frosty suds. Live music will keep the atmosphere rockin’.

Tickets are $45 presale (by Feb. 18), plus online fees; you receive 40 tasting tickets, with 1 ticket purchasing one beer tasting. Designated drivers pay only $10. For more information, visit http://arizonabeerweek.com.

Chinese Week Culture & Cuisine Festival

Presented by the Phoenix Sister Cities Commission, this year’s celebration honoring the Year of the Rooster is a series of cultural, social and educational events highlighting the diverse culture of China. It takes place Feb. 10-12 in the east end of Margaret T. Hance Park, 1202 N. 3rd St. Admission is free.

Enjoy continuous entertainment including the famous dragon and lion dances, martial arts demonstrations, folk and traditional dances, musical performances, Children’s Pavilion activities, Chinese Culture and History Booth, and more. Shop at souvenir and arts and crafts booths, experience cultural performances, and taste authentic Chinese cuisines.

Admission is free. Hours are 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. For a full schedule of events and activities, visit http://phoenixchineseweek.org.

Matsuri: A Festival of Japan

This event highlights Japanese culture with entertainment, authentic crafts, food and fine arts. It takes place Feb. 25-26 at Heritage & Science Park, 115 N. 5th St.

Visitors will enjoy martial arts demos, Taiko drums, Bonsai displays, entertainment on four stages, and audience participation in traditional Japanese folk dances. There also will be arts and crafts, games, and children’s activities.

The Asahi Beer Garden will serve Asahi beer and three different premium sakes.

Admission to the festival is free. Festival hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days. The beer garden opens at 11 a.m. Call 602-262-5029 or www.azmatsuri.org for additional details.

14th Annual Polish Festival

Delicious Polish cuisine and imported Polish beer will complement traditional folk dances, Polish music, and fun family activities at this festival set for Feb. 25-26 at Our Lady of Czestochowa Parish, 2828 W. Country Gables Drive.

There will be a souvenir boutique filled with a variety of traditional Polish jewelry, crafts, national ornaments, T-shirts, hats, and more. After you work up an appetite browsing the craft booths, enjoy hot pierogis, grilled Polish sausages, potato pancakes, Polish crepes, stuffed cabbage rolls and more. All food and beverages can be purchased with tickets; you can buy tickets using all major debit and credit cards, as well as cash.

Admission and parking are free. Hours are 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. For more information, call 480-442-9765 or visit: www.polishfestivalaz.org.

McDowell Mountain Music Festival

This 14th-annual eclectic music festival, set for noon-11 p.m. March 3-5 at Margaret T. Hance Park, 1202 N. 3rd St., features a unique mixture of musical acts including bluegrass, reggae, jazz and rock, as well as local band representation. There also will be food trucks, a Kid’s Zone, vendor marketplace and beer garden. Tickets range from $55 for a single day and $95 for a three-day pass, to $535 for a three-day, VIP pass. All of the proceeds are donated to the Phoenix Children’s Hospital Foundation and UMOM New Day Center. For more information, call 602-343-0453 or visit www.mmmf.net.

Melrose Street Fair

The 2017 Melrose on 7th Avenue Street Fair is a one-day event set for 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, March 4, that spans over a half-mile in the heart of Phoenix’s Melrose District, from Indian School Road north to approximately Campbell Avenue.

It is a unique, local-focused, free event to the public, featuring more than 200 local and independent artisans, food from local food vendors, live music, a craft beer/margarita garden, and the ever-popular Chester’s Classic Car Show, which welcomes more than 200 classic, antique and vintage cars, trucks and hotrods. Hosted by the Seventh Avenue Merchants Association.

For more information, including the schedule of entertainment, visit www.m7streetfair.com.

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