See our daily events listings for bars and clubs in the Phoenix area at the link below, followed by an editor's pick of events throughout the year.
May 5-8, 2016, at Phoenix Symphony Hall, 75 N 2nd St, Three ballets by the genius choreographer, George Balanchine, including a work never before performed by Ballet Arizona: Symphony in Three Movements, Apollo, and Walpurgisnacht.
May 17 - June 4, 2016, Tuesdays through Saturdays at Desert Botanical Garden, 1201 N Galvin Pkwy. Themes explore man’s connection to nature, promising an enchanting performance that embraces the backdrop of the Sonoran Desert. Immersed in the artistry, the audience is seated around the circular stage, amid ramps the dancers use as part of the choreography to enter the stage.
May 20-22, 2016, at John Paul Theatre/ Phoenix College, 1202 W Thomas Rd. The Silver Anniversary! The Phoenix Metropolitan Men’s Chorus turns 25 this year. Through song, dance, video and drama, exploring the future of our LGBT community. Classics to current hits theatrical presentation on a journey of future challenges. Prepare to roll in the aisles laughing and crying.
May 28, 2016, noon-8pm. Wyndham Garden Phoenix Midtown, 3600 N 2nd Ave. Sexy poolside fun in the sun. DJ Urban plays your favorite tunes by the pool. Two-person Exhibition games from Arizona Gay Volleyball at the Wyndham sand courts. Rock Climbing Wall, Bungee Jump Trampoline! ION Arizona's Ice Luge. Complimentary admission 12-1pm. $10 after 1pm to benefit Phoenix Pride LGBT Center.
June 2, 2016, 8pm at Symphony Hall. Acclaimed/ unforgettable music of your favorite films. Settle the decades long fan battle over which camp reigns supreme. Audience members vote live/ text to decide the final number --will the Force take over or will the Trekkies prosper for the encore? Come dressed in costume and experience John Williams' unforgettable Star Wars favorites.
June 3, 2016, 9pm-2am, at The Rock, 4129 North 7th Avenue. PARKING LOT PARTY! for bears, cubs + friends, 100's of furry guys from all over Arizona!. Tasty snacks, chunky visuals. DJs RYAN JONES (LA) + FRANK TERRY. $6 before 10pm, $8 after.
June 11, 2016, 10am at Hilton Scottsdale Resort & Spa. Phoenix Pride hosts its annual Awards Brunch every June, following the Phoenix Pride Festival and Parade. This event focuses on recognizing and awarding individuals and organizations from the metropolitan Phoenix area who have made a significant and positive impact in the LGBTQ community.
June 17-19, 2016 in Bisbee AZ. Past years have included: Hot Ass Happy Hour, Ghost Tour, Midnight Street Dance, Grand Cabaret, Hardways at Stock Exchange, Artisan/Vendor Street Fair, City Park Beer Garden/ Day Stage, Artwalk, Psychic Fair, Pride Parade, Pride Welcome/Rally, Pool Party/ BBQ, Midnight MAGIC IN THE MOUNTAINS, See website:
Jun 25, 2016, 6-9pm at Phoenix Pride LGBT Center, 801 N 2nd Ave. When his elderly , dying father tells him he's gay, a shy artist grapples with the news...and his own love life. The film is based on the true-life coming out of Mills's father at the age of 75, just five years before his death. Popcorn and refreshments available.
Mid-October, 2016 (TBC),10am-6pm in Heritage Square Park, Downtown Phoenix. Annual celebration of the diversity of the LGBTQ community draws a crowd of over 22,000 friends, families and allies -- the 2nd largest LGBTQ event in the state of Arizona - a free event open to the public. Nearly 150 exhibitors and sponsors plus 2 stages of entertainment throughout the weekend.
January 13-16, 2017 (TBC), Martin Luther King weekend, in Tucson, AZ. Supper, banquet, BBQ, beer bust; frisky, mirthful bears from across the USA, Canada, Mexico, Europe, & beyond relaxing poolside or in the hot tub together for good times in the desert sunshine. See website for notie of host hotel and more details closer to the date.
February 3-5, 2017 at Arizona Opera, 1636 N Central Ave. A lifetime of hope and anticipation, betrayal and despair. Set in the idyllic village of Nagasaki, Japan, an innocent geisha's love for an American naval officer leads to heartbreak and tragedy. Considered Puccini's greatest masterpiece, Madama Butterfly takes audiences to both the pinnacles and the depths of human emotion.
Mid-February, 2017 (TBC), The 32nd annual event, past year at Corona Ranch and Rodeo Grounds, 7611 S 29th Ave, Laveen AZ. Official Hotel: Hotel 502, 502 W. Camelback Rd, pool party. Rodeo events, vendors, Fr/Sa/Su dancing and entertainment + Sunday awards. See 2017 updates.
March/April, 2017, SAT Parade, step off: 10am from 3rd St at Thomas to 3rd St at Indian School. SAT/SUN Festival, noon to 9pm at Steele Indian School Park, 300 E Indian School Road. Festival attracts over 30,000; features 150+ performances on 5 stages, over 300 food, retail and exhibit vendors, Arts Expo, Health/Wellness Pavilion, KidSpace, YouthZone, VIP Experience + Dance Pavilions.
April 6-13, 2017. Annual film festival, at Harkins Scottsdale/101 Theatre (7000 E Mayo Blvd), includes feature films, live action shorts, animated shorts, home grown shorts, Arizona shorts and short documentaries, plus the International Horror & Sci-Fi Film Festival. See website for screenings listings.
April or May 2017 (TBC), Bears of the West fun in the sun, new friends + everything Phoenix has to offer. Past year featured: man-hunt party for bears and admirers, buffet banquet, casino day, pool parties. Past year host hotel: Embassy Suites Airport.