Help Keep Phoenix Beautiful
Celebrate Earth Day with exhibitors, mini eco-classes and more! This is a zero-waste event meaning all waste will be recyclable or compostable. There will be limited parking at Steele Indian School Park, so alternative modes of transportation such as light rail or biking are recommended. 11 a.m-4 p.m. Saturday, April 23. PHX Renews, 4221 N. Central Ave., Phoenix. Free. earthdayphoenix.org.
Learn to reduce, reuse and recycle with conservation stations, a dinosaur experience, lady-bug releases and creature features. Also, bring your used clothing, bedding, shoes, and books to the front curb to help raise money for the zoo. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, April 23. Phoenix Zoo, 455 N. Galvin Parkway, Phoenix. 602-286-3800, phoenixzoo.org/event-items/earth-day.
Celebrate Earth Day with Peoria at Planetpalooza by getting educated on ways to protect the planet. There will be prizes, food trucks and appearances by Peoria’s Planetary Superheroes Desert Defenders. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, April 23. Centennial Plaza, 9875 N. 85th Ave., Peoria. Free. 623-773-7137, www.peoriaaz.gov/planetpalooza.
Fiesta Bowl Rugby & Balloon Classic
One of United States’ largest rugby events is returning to nationally-renowned Scottsdale Stadium in an all-new format. The Fiesta Bowl Rugby & Balloon Classic promises a day of top-notch competition, including a match between the Arizona State University Men’s Rugby Team and the Mexican National Rugby Union Team. Other highlights will include the Arizona High School Rugby Championships, where four of the state’s top high school teams compete for the title. As evening sets in, an array of uniquely-designed hot air balloons will take to the sky, including several based on “Star Wars” characters. This year’s event will also include a one-night-only nightclub experience where guests can relax and revel in the day’s festivities. Saturday, April 23. 10 a.m.-10 p.m.Scottsdale Stadium, 7408 E. Osborn Rd., Scottsdale. $12-$45 advance, $16-$55 day of event; $8 students with ID (general admission); free for children 12 and under. 480-423-1414,therugbybowl.com.
Great Southwest Cajun Fest
Celebrating Cajun culture and handcrafted beer, the Great Southwest Cajun Fest “Boil and Brew” will showcase the heart and soul of New Orleans along with Arizona fusion and flavor. The event will also feature live jazz, blues and contemporary swing bands like The Urban Renewal Project that will make attendees feel like they have traveled to southeastern Louisiana. 1-9 p.m. Saturday, April 23. Dr. AJ Chandler Park, 125 E. Commonwealth Ave., Chandler. $10-$65. southwestcajunfest.com.
Pat’s Run This year’s Pat’s Run marks the 12th anniversary of the fundraising event founded in memory of former football player and Army Ranger, Pat Tillman. The Arizona State University and Arizona Cardinals standout died while serving in Afghanistan in 2004. The 4.2 mile run/walk raises money for the Pat Tillman Foundation which invests in military veterans and their spouses through academic scholarships. Kids 12 and under can participate in the .42 mile kid’s run and you can always partner up and run as a team this year. 7:05 a.m. Saturday, April 23. Sun Devil Stadium, 219 Packard Dr., Tempe. $47-$50. 480-727-5382, pattillmanfoundation.org.
Saturday nights in April: Scottsdale Promenade Night at the Movies
April is Moonlit Drive-In Movie month at the Scottsdale Promenade. Every Saturday night for the entire month, you’ll be able to watch free movies under the stars on a giant 30-foot screen. Remaining family-friendly features “Inside Out” and “Alvin and the Chipmunks” will be screened in front of Old Navy. Trader Joes is providing the popcorn, just bring a lawn chair and if you like, a donation for the Arizona Friends of Foster Children Foundation. 7:30 p.m. Saturday nights in April. Scottsdale Promenade, Frank Lloyd Wright and N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale. Free. 480-385-2820,scottsdalepromenade.com/events.