Jan 11, 2024 - News

MLK Day celebrations and more across the Valley this weekend

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Illustration: Maura Losch/Axios

Looking for something fun to do this weekend? Want to commemorate Martin Luther King Jr. Day?

We've got some suggestions:

MLK Day weekend in Phoenix

  • When and where: Sunday-Monday, times vary | Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church and Margaret T. Hance Park
  • Details: Pilgrim Rest hosts a candlelight service Sunday night and an interfaith service and commemorative march Monday morning, while Hance Park hosts a festival Monday morning through the afternoon.
  • Cost: Free

MLK Day of Service

  • When and where: Saturday, 8am-noon | 19055 N. 57th Ave. and 5675 W. Utopia Rd. in Glendale
  • Details: Celebrate King's legacy and improve your community with a park cleanup and food bank donations.
  • Cost: Free

MLK Parade and Festival

  • When and where: Monday, 11am-4pm | Downtown Mesa at the intersection of MLK Way and Center Street
  • Details: The parade includes marching bands, dance troupes, the Buffalo Soldiers and more, followed by a community festival at the Plaza at Mesa City Center.
  • Cost: Free

Maricopa County Home and Garden Show

  • When and where: Friday through Sunday, 10am | Veterans Memorial Coliseum
  • Details: Over 1,000 vendors, food and drink, gardening seminars, workshops, a kids corner and more.
  • Cost: $5

Asian Festival

  • Details: Enjoy Asian cuisine, vendors, workshops, music and more.
  • Cost: Free

Disney On Ice presents "Frozen" & "Encanto"

  • When and where: Friday through Sunday, varying times | Footprint Center
  • Details: Bring the kids for a magical adventure on ice with the characters from "Frozen" and "Encanto."
  • Cost: Tickets start at $25

Copper State Beer Festival

  • When and where: Saturday, noon-5pm | Riverview Park in Mesa
  • Details: Enjoy craft beer, wine, cider and other potent potables, along with food and live entertainment.
  • Cost: $20-$65

Whiskey 101 Tasting and History Class

  • When and where: Sunday, 4pm | Phoenix City Grille
  • Details: Sample five unique pours and learn about whiskey with the renowned John Christie from Lux Row.
  • Cost: $38
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