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This weekend in Arizona March 9 through 11 offers many exciting things to do

With temperatures expected to be in the low 80s, this weekend is a wonderful time to experience the outdoors!

There are three diverse festivals being put on in Chandler, Scottsdale, and Tempe kicking off Friday, March 9th with The Ostrich Festival and Scottsdale Arts Festival, and Saturday, March 10th with the Arizona Aloha Festival.

The Beach Boys were announced as the headliner for the 30th Annual Ostrich Festival in Chandler. The festival takes place from March 9-11 but the Beach Boys will only be performing on that Sunday.

The critically-acclaimed Beach Boys, known for vocal harmonies, have sold over 100 million records worldwide and have released 29 studio albums. Despite their large catalog of songs to select from, the group will likely play a number of their hit songs like “Good Vibrations”, “Wouldn’t It Be Nice” and “I Get Around.”

Country singer John Michael Montgomery will take over music duties on that Saturday.

The music act for Friday will be Kool and the Gang.

The festival will take place over a three-day period, March 9-11. It is located at Germann and McQueen roads in Chandler. Tickets start at $6. There will be a number of rides and attractions at the event including a Ferris wheel, roller coasters and slides. Rides cost extra.

The Scottsdale Arts Festival will feature over 170 artists at the Scottsdale Center for Performing Arts, March 9-11 from 10am to 6pm. Live music, food, fun, and family activites are offered throughout the day. The event has long been recognized as one of the top art fairs in America.

The 24th Annual Arizona Aloha Festival is a free family event coming to Tempe Sat March 10 and Sunday March 11, from 10am – 5pm at Tempe Beach Park.

Whether you love learning how to play the ukulele, handling shark’s tooth weapons, dancing, stringing a lei, or joining in a sing-a-long, there will be something for everyone!

And how can you forget the Island food? Most people flock to the festival favorite kalua pig, though options range from teriyaki chicken to Hawaiian manapua.

Naturally, what would an Aloha Festival be without a marketplace? Featured items include carved bone necklaces, drums, wood carvings, kava bowls, even tikis! The Arizona Aloha Festival, this weekend, at Tempe Beach Park.

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Jeff Kode

Jeff Kode has previously written articles for The Arizona Republic ALT section, as well as other publications including Echo Magazine and IONAZ Magazine. He is an enthusiastic movie lover, and enjoys discovering new music. He was previously on air middays with his own show The Sugar Rush, and can now be heard 6-9am on The Morning Beat with Steve and Jeff at 88.7 The Pulse.




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