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Spring festivals & family events

The weather is heating up and so are the outdoor events around Phoenix. Check out these events coming up:

St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Irish Faire
10 a.m. Saturday, March 11
Margaret T. Hance Park
1202 N. 3rd St.
602-280-9221
The parade will feature Irish dancers, dignitaries, bagpipers, floats, police and fire vehicles and the 2017 Arizona Irish Colleen/Arizona Rose with her Court. The fair includes three stages of Irish rock, traditional and mixed music, dancers, a kids area, food, crafters and tours of the McClelland Irish Library. The fair starts at 9 a.m. and the parade at 10 a.m. Fair admission is $10 for adults, 13 and older, $8 for seniors and military, and free for children 12 and younger. The parade starts at 3rd Street and Virginia and concludes at McDowell Road. Visit https://stpatricksdayphoenix.org/.

Music in the Park
4-7 p.m. Saturday, March 18
Los Olivos Park
2802 E. Devonshire
602-256-3130
This annual free family event offers children loads of fun with bouncers, disc golf, and face painting and many information tables for adults. There will be food and beverages for sale. Entertainment will be a little bit country and a little bit rock and roll. Bring your blankets and chairs and meet your neighbors. For more information, e-mail tracy.myers@phoenix.gov.

Friends Of Mexican Art Mercado
10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, March 19
95 Biltmore Estate (road)
602-334-6585
Vendors will sell regional Mexican folk art, Talavera, ceramics, jewelry, paintings, wood carvings, sculptures, decorative clothing and a variety of accessories including hand-painted handbags. Food will be available for purchase. Admission is free. For more information, go to friendsofmexicanart.org.

My Nana’s Salsa Challenge
10 a.m.-6 p.m. March 25-26
Steele Indian School Park
300 E. Indian School Road
602-955-3947
A fundraiser for the Hemophilia Association. Features 90-plus competitors preparing fresh salsa on-site. Visitors can vote for their favorite. Enjoy margaritas, live bands, a food court, KidsZone and more. Hours are 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday. General admission is $15 at the gate, children 12 and under are free. Find discount tickets ($12 until March 24) and more information at www.salsachallenge.com.

North Mountain Blues, Brews & Arts Fest
11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, April 2
North Mountain Brewing
522 E. Dunlap Ave.
Offering some of the Valley’s best musical talent plus lots of great merchandise from local artists, along with great food and craft beers from North Mountain Brewing Company. Advance tickets are $12.50, day of tickets are $15. Children ages 12 and younger admitted free. For tickets and music lineup, visit www.nmbluesbrewsandartsfest.com.

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