MXSW Weekend Guide for March 31-April 2

BY Jess Harter Friday, March 31, 2017

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Tempe Spring Festival of the Arts

From 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. today through Sunday, the 40th annual Tempe Spring Festival of the Arts will draw thousands of people to downtown Tempe. Besides the work of 300-plus artists, attractions will include food vendors, a $10-$15 Arizona wine tasting and three wine and beer gardens, including one that will be extended until 8 p.m. Saturday with live music at Hayden Square. Festival admission is free.

Vintage & Vino Market in Queen Creek

From 10 a.m.-7 p.m. today and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Queen Creek’s twice-a-year indoor vintage/handmade market and wine tasting returns to Horseshoe Park’s arena. Food and other drinks, including craft beer, also will be available. General admission is $5. General admission and eight wine tasting tickets is $25.

Autism fundraiser kickoff at The Brass Tap

From 1-6 p.m. Saturday, The Brass Tap at Mesa Riverview will host the launch party for a month-long fundraiser for children’s autism research. It will donate $1 to three different charities for every pint sold of Sleepy Dog Blue Heeler blueberry wheat, Uncle Bear’s Short Leash blueberry saison, and Dragoon Saison De Blue.

April Fool Your Palate at SunUp Brewing

From 6-10 p.m. Saturday, SunUp Brewing in Phoenix will be experimenting with miracle berries, an African fruit that makes sour things taste sweet and vice-versa. Attendees will get a variety of SunUp beers and small bites to try for $12. Berry quantities are limited, so reservations are required.

Backyard BBQ at The Hungry Monk

From 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Sunday, The Hungry Monk in Chandler will throw a Backyard BBQ featuring a special menu of house-smoked ribs, pork, chicken, and tri-tip. There also will be beer specials from Mike Hess, The Perch, and Figueroa Mountain.

Barrel-aged stout battle at The Casual Pint

From noon-1 p.m Sunday, five barrel-aged stouts – Founders Kentucky Breakfast Stout, Lagunitas High Westified, Epic Double Barrel Big Bad Baptist, Firestone Walker Parabajava, and Almanac Cold Brew Coffee Barrel Noir – will face off at The Casual Pint in south Chandler. Get 5-ounce pours of all five for $25 and cast your vote.

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