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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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