Best Things to Do in the Phoenix Area This March in Museums, Theater, Movies, the Arts


Art and Culture Centers in the Phoenix area are working hard to deliver exciting new art exhibits and performances in the safest way possible despite the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Theaters, including the Herberger Theater Center, have set up their stages outside. The Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts will host an outdoor film series that includes the classic concert film, “Stop Making Sense.”

Meanwhile, museums such as the Phoenix Art Museum, Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, and the Mesa Arts Center have new exhibits with security considerations due to the ongoing pandemic.

Here are just a few of the many March art events taking place in the Phoenix Metro in person or online.

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IGNiGHT: The Art of Burning Man in Arizona

AZ Burners hosted a three-day virtual and in-person nod at the annual Nevada Burning Man Festival from March 19-21. While this weekend event is over, the gallery’s exhibition at Alwun House remains until April 16.

Details: Alwun House, 1204 E. Roosevelt St. Phoenix.,

RomeroFest at Arizona Theater Company

RomeroFest celebrates the work of Arizona Theater Company playwright in residence, Elaine Romero. Throughout the month, theater companies from across the country will perform Romero’s plays and monologues, most of them virtual.

Five theaters in Arizona will participate, including the Arizona Theater Company, the Winding Road Theater Ensemble in Tucson, the Scoundrel & Scamp Theater in Tucson, the Tempe Childsplay Theater Company and the Phoenix Bridge Initiative Theater Company.

Details: 602-256-6995, for dates and times of shows, visit

Films in the Garden at the Phoenix Art Museum

The Phoenix Art Museum and the downtown FilmBar have teamed up to show films in the museum’s garden. March’s star film is “Touki Bouki” which follows two young lovers who aspire to leave Africa for the glamor and comfort of France, but their journey comes up against a series of complications.

The show begins at 7 p.m. on March 26. Tickets are $ 12 for members, $ 15 for the general public.

Details: 1625 N. Central Ave., Phoenix. 602-257-1880,

Artistic detour

The annual art walk featured several art activities throughout the month. The event continues until March 31. Hosted by Artlink Inc., Art Detour includes virtual options, in-person art exhibitions, and live artist talks and demonstrations.

Art exhibits include the “Color Theory” exhibition at the Bentley Gallery, the 21st Annual Jury Exhibition at FOUND: RE Contemporary and the “Exotic Art Show” is presented at Alwun House.

Details: For a full 2021 schedule,

Outdoor concerts at the Herberger Theater Center

The concert series is underway at the Herberger Theater open-air theater. The Stakes will play on March 25, the Phoenix Afrobeat Orchestra will perform on March 26, and one woman’s orchestra, HÄANA, will perform on March 27. Masks are mandatory.

The series was extended by adding longtime Phoenix singer Alice Tatum with Brian Page on April 16.

Details: Herberger Theater, 222 E. Monroe St. Phoenix. $ 25 to $ 27. 602-254-7399,

The Phoenix Afrobeat Orchestra captivates the crowd during Phoenix Unknown: World Food & Night Market at Van Buren on September 13, 2019.

Video installations at the ASU Art Museum

British artists Vicky Isley and Paul Smith have collaborated with scientific institutions over the past decade to create video installations that explore how large-scale environmental changes have altered the transmission of disease.

The exhibition “Restless Balance: boredomresearch” is also the US premiere of the video “In Search of Chemozoa”, as well as three earlier works which include animated robots navigating the polluted canals of Venice, flight patterns of mosquitoes carrying the malaria and intertidal snails adapting to altered coastal conditions. Exhibition until April 24.

Details: ASU Art Museum, 51 E. 10th St., Tempe. 480-965-2787,

New series at FOUND: RE Contemporary

The art gallery at FOUND: RE Phoenix Hotel will host the second installation in a series of four exhibitions from March 27 to April 17.

Entitled “Contemporary Voices Section 2”, the show features artists Leah Albert, Andrea Cook, Estevan Curiel, Ash Dahlke, Bandhu Dunham, Sarah Hansegard, Stacy Neasham, SoSco and Christy Wittmer. The musical duo SoSco will perform live at the gallery from 7:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. on April 2.

“Contemporary Voices Section 1” is currently on display until March 20.

Details: 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. FOUND: RE Contemporary, 1100 N. Central Ave., Phoenix. To free. 602-875-8000,

Music by Neil Diamond at the Fountain Hills Theater

Listen to music from Neil Diamond on the outdoor stage of the Fountain Hills Theater. “A Beautiful Noise – The Music of Neil Diamond” is playing until April 11. From “I’m a Believer”, “Sweet Caroline” to “You Don’t Bring Me Flowers”, performances include artists Elizabeth Bridgewater, Lacey Dixon, Brianne Gobeski, Alex Gonzalez… Masks are mandatory.

Details: 7:30 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, 2 p.m. on Sundays. Fountain Hills Theater, 11445 N. Saguaro Blvd., Fountain Hills. $ 18 to $ 35. 480-837-9661,

(Left to right) Brianne Gobeski, Alex Gonzalez, Elizabeth Bridgewater, Adam Quinn and Lacey Dixon will perform music by Neil Diamond from March 12 to April 11 on the outdoor stage at the Fountain Hills Theater.

GPEC hosts a virtual exhibition

A new virtual art exhibit is online hosted by the Greater Phoenix Economic Council. Entitled “Greater Phoenix Revival,” the gallery features 77 artists from across the state and 139 works of art.

“As we all take a collective deep breath to refocus for the start of a new year, our ‘Greater Phoenix Revival’ virtual art exhibit showcases just that. Images of renewal, rebirth, renewal; of life, spirit, growth and energy, ”Josh Reed, senior communications director, said in a press release.

“From the birth of new life, to the fresh bloom of desert flora, to representations of our community rising together, let us re-energize each other as we decide to make 2021 a year of ascension. “.

Explore the selection of local artwork at your own pace or by playing the guided tour on the council’s website.


Work by Leon Polk Smith at the Heard Museum

New to the downtown Phoenix Heard Museum is the “Hiding in Plain Sight” exhibit featuring works by painter Leon Polk Smith. The show features over 80 works of art and runs until May 31.

Details: Heard Museum, 2301 N. Central Ave., Phoenix. 602-252-8840,

Pyrography at the Mesa Arts Center

Arizona artist Alexandra Bowers is known for her intricate nature-inspired pyrography (burnt wood), watercolors and colorful wax drawings. His latest installation “A Murmuration of Found Feathers in Flight” will be on display at the Mesa Arts Center until April 4.

See Arizona printmaker Harold Lohner’s solo exhibition until April 18. Lohner creates life-size images of human figures and faces in a series of monoprints and artist books.

Details: Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., Mesa. 480-644-6500,

Congo Masks and Music at MIM

The Musical Instruments Museum is extending its exhibition “Masks and Music from the Congo: Masterpieces from Central Africa” until September. The 170-piece collection features instruments such as whistles, harps and xylophones as well as ceremonial masks, shown both on their own and with mannequins in full costume that date from the late 1800s to early 1900s .

Details: Musical Instrument Museum, 4725 E. Mayo Blvd., Phoenix. 480-478-6000,

Movies Under the Stars in Scottsdale

Watch movies under the stars during this film series at the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts. Screenings take place at Civic Center Park, the green space outside the center. Tickets cost $ 25 for a four-person lawn pod and $ 30 for a two-person chair pod.

The film screenings of “H is for Happiness” and “Pinocchio” will take place inside the Virginia G. Piper Theater, with corporate headquarters out of the way. Tickets for these family movies cost $ 8.

The series programming includes:

  • “Stop Making Sense” at 8:00 p.m. on April 1.
  • “Echo in the Canyon” at 8pm on April 8th.
  • “Pinocchio” 3pm on April 24th.
  • “It’s for happiness” 3pm on May 8th.

Details: Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 E. 2nd St., Scottsdale. 480-499-8587.

‘Arch of rushes’ at SMOCA

Enjoy “Ark of Bulrushes” featuring works by Texan artist, Diedrick Brackens. Best known for his vibrant woven tapestries that tell the stories of being black and gay, Brackens’ works will be on display at SMoCA until August 22.

Diedrick Brackens making basket boats.

London-based artist Zineb Sedira created a new iteration for SMoCA of “Standing Here Wondering Which Way to Go”, an installation premiered at Jeu de Paume in Paris in 2019. Sedira is known for her photographs and video installations that will also be featured in Sedira’s solo exhibition “VOICE-OVER”. The show runs until September 5.

Details: Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, 7374 E. 2nd St., Scottsdale. 480-874-4666.

Elizabeth Montgomery is an arts and culture reporter for The Arizona Republic, Contact her at [email protected] or 602-444-8764. Follow her on Twitter @emontnews.

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