Food and drink events happening around Phoenix this weekend: March 16-19

Don’t have plans for the weekend? Well now you do, and they are full of food and drink. Soak up the sunshine with a craft beer in hand at a Spring Training game, celebrate Black-owned businesses during the start of Black Restaurant Week, or try your hand at making homemade tamales with some help from the pros. Here are four food-filled festivals to pack into your weekend in metro Phoenix.

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Young Chicago Cubs fans at Sloan Park in Mesa.

Elias Weiss

spring training game

Thursday, March 16 to Sunday, March 19
multiple locations

Sure, some go to spring training games for baseball. But taking a trip to one of the many stadiums around town is also the perfect opportunity to try some of the new restaurants in the area. If you’re headed to a game, check out our comprehensive guide to finding the best food and drink near all 10 ballparks.

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Enjoy traditional Irish food at Miracle Mile Deli.

Miracle Mile Deli

St. Patrick’s Day Special

Friday, March 17 to Sunday, March 19
multiple locations

Satisfy that St. Patrick’s Day craving all week long with special dining at restaurants throughout the valley. Stop at Miracle Mile Deli for a traditional meal of corned beef, Irish potatoes, cabbage, and bread and butter. Take the party up a notch with a green beer at Peddle Haus Brewery, or start the morning with an Irish Coffee at US Egg. Find our full list of Fortune-filled events here.

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Ocho Rios is one of several Black-owned restaurants participating in Black Restaurant Week from March 17 to 26.

Eight Rivers Jerk Spot

Black Restaurant Week

Friday, March 17 to Sunday, March 26
multiple locations

A national celebration of Black-owned restaurants returns to Phoenix for a third year starting Friday. Across the Valley, 24 participating restaurants and bars including Boom Boom Room, Ocho Rios Jerk Spot and Kingpin BBQ will offer specials and deals during 2023 Black Restaurant Week.

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Macayo is known for its red beef and green corn tamales, which are usually served with refried beans and rice.


Macao’s National Tamale Day Celebration

Sunday, March 19 to Saturday, March 25
multiple locations

Macayo is known for its red beef and green corn tamales, which are usually served with refried beans and rice. This March, customers can make Macayo’s famous tamales at home to mark National Tamale Day on March 23. The $15 take-home kit comes with instructions and ingredients to make six red beef or green corn tamales. Kits can be purchased at any Macao’s restaurant around the valley except for the Mesa Gateway Airport location.