Mar. 3, 2017
By Karli Ragan
As many valley locals know, March is a busy season in Phoenix. The weather and the many visitors coming for spring training games makes the month of March a popular month for events. So much so, we have something going on every weekend in March here in downtown Chandler. Here's the roundup on the events you shouldn't miss.
March 4, 2017 - Tomorrow!
Kicking things off are 4 (yes, four) events on Saturday, March 4. The Ostrich Festival Parade & Mayor's Fun Run will run (pun intended) from 8 a.m.-12 p.m. and Chandler Police Safety Fair & Classic Car Show from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. For those curious, the Classic Car Show is the Classic Car Show that in year's past was a stand alone event. This year they teamed up with the Chandler Police Safety Fair to give guests even more to see and do. More information for the events found here.
March 11 + 12, 2017
For the first time ever, The 'Best of' Thieves Flea Market will take place in downtown Chandler. This event is run by the same group that puts together the monthly Thieves Flea Market in Tempe's Big Sur Parking lot. What makes this event the 'best of'? The vendors will be displaying their best items since they've had the event on their calendars for a few months. This event is funky, with unique and one-of-a-kind pieces for sale. Entry is $5. Event runs 9 a.m.-3 p.m. both Saturday, March 11 and Sunday, March 12. Check out the Facebook event for more information.
St. Patty's Day lands on a Friday so you bet your Irish ancestry that downtown Chandler is prepared to celebrate right. In fact, we'll have two events going on during the night of the 17th. First up is the Shamrockin' Art Walk, the theme of March's Chandler Art Walk. This free-to-attend event will feature over 30 local artisans displaying and selling their wares. Mediums vary from painting, jewelry, illustrations, wood-working and more. Some artists will have special Irish pieces for sale. Each month new artists join the event, so you're bound to see something new, even if you've been to past shows. Entertainment for the night is Kilted Spirit, who will play Irish tunes from 6:30-9:30 p.m. Find out more on the Facebook event listing.
The other event going on for the night is the first annual ShamRockFest by local Irish Pub, Murphy's Law Irish Pub. The festivities for this event kick-off at 4 p.m. and go until 12 a.m. They'll have local musicians to rock the night away, a beer garden, Irish dances, bagpipes, festive games and traditional Irish food. Tickets are on sale now, the earlier you get them, the less expensive the price so don't sleep on this event! Check out their website for more information.
March 25, 2017
The community favorite, The Great American BBQ & Beer Festival, returns to downtown Chandler Saturday, March 25. Country singer, Easton Corbin will headline the event. The event features a kid zone, a full day of country music, a March Madness lounge, grilling demonstrations, eating competition zone, a local band stage, mechanical bull riding, jumbo lawn games, a farmers market and over 100 exhibitors. Over 60 BBQ pitmasters from across the nation serving up over 20,000 lbs. of mouth-watering pork ribs, pulled pork, brisket and chicken, all paired with 200 kegs of the state's finest craft beer from SanTan Brewing Company. Tickets on sale now.
March 31 + April 1, 2017
The 18th Annual Chandler Jazz Festival begins Friday, March 31, at 5 p.m. This free-to-attend event is beloved by the community and features various jazz artists from Arizona and beyond, as well as vendors to shop food and retail. The event is a two-day fest, going 5-10 p.m. both Friday, March 31 and Saturday, April 1. Both nights local various local businesses will also feature jazz talent in their businesses. Saturday will also feature street bands along the downtown historic square from 2-4:30 p.m. Schedule of performances can be found here. Guests are welcome to bring lawn chairs and blankets to sit on the grass in front of Downtown Stage. A large beer and wine garden will be at the event for the 21 and older crowd. Stay updated on the event through the Facebook event listing.