Top Free Valley Events

Just because our economy is in a slump doesn’t mean our social lives need to take a dip with it. Now’s the time to get outside and enjoy some great Valley events without ever breaking open your wallet. Peruse some of the best free events and be sure to bring a friend!


Tempe Festival of the Arts
March 27-29, 10 a.m. – dusk. FREE
Mill Avenue and University Drive
Consistently ranked as one of the top 20 art festivals and has received the Pinnacle Award from the International Festival and Events Association, the Tempe Festival of the Arts attracts nearly 250,000 visitors to the Mill Avenue District over the course of a three-day weekend. More than 400 artist booths line Mill Avenue and the surrounding streets presenting unique, and hand-made artwork in hopes to win top artisan in their category as well as offer a distinctive shopping experience for spectators.

Paris in the Spring French Market and Sidewalk Café
March 28, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. FREE
Catlin Court District
Spend spring in Paris without ever leaving town. Tomorrow, shops within the Catlin Court District in Glendale are decking their stores out French-style and are offering delicious Parisian attractions and bites. Guests can experience a French déjeuner (lunch), have their fortune read with French tarot cards and watch the silent jester perform throughout the court. Bon appetite!

Spring Wine and Jazz Festival
April 5, 1 – 4 p.m. FREE
el Pedregal
Enjoy an evening of great weather, great food, great wine and great music. On April 5, el Pedregal amphitheatre will come alive with jazz musician Nancy Gee and guests will take pleasure in only the best of wines and delectable eats.

Tempe Symphony Orchestra Performance
April 6, 7:30 p.m. FREE
It’s your last chance to hear first-hand the Tempe Symphony Orchestra as this is their last performance of the season. The event is free but you are still required to pick up a ticket in the box office.

Jazz on the Promenade
April 17, 7 – 9 p.m. FREE
Grab your loved one and relax with amazing wine, dessert and jazz by musical artist Khani Cole and Marion Meadows. All the fun is located in the amphitheatre just south of Capital Grille and Maggiano’s.

Saturday Cooking Demonstrations
April 18, 12:30 – 4:30 p.m. FREE with Great Arizona Picnic Admission
If you are planning on going to the Great Arizona Picnic, take part in the free Saturday Cooking Demos and learn how to make an excellent meal on the grill as three top quality chefs show you their secrets.

  1. Perfect! I have stopped myself from going to a few of the festivals going on lately because of the cost. These sound just as fun!

  2. The Jazz Festival at the Promenade sounds like a lot of fun! Count me in!!! Thank you for all of these fun events. I didn’t know these were all going on!

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