Spring Events

With near-perfect weather and great events to get you on the move…it’s the perfect time to plan your trip, book your Chandler hotel and celebrate the great outdoors!

From ostriches to shamrocks to finger-licking barbecue and jazz – Chandler’s festivals and events have you covered. And with sunny days and warm weather, now is the time to explore the outdoors with leisurely park strolls, desert hikes, by bike throughout our bike-friendly community or with some great patio dining you'll find fun things to do in Chandler this spring!

Chandler International Film Festival Red Carpet

Chandler International Film Festival

The Chandler International Film Festival is a non-profit, diverse and pioneering film festival that focuses on unique, creative and diverse films from passionate, independent global filmmakers bringing novel ideas and varied art forms to filmmaking. The star-studded festival includes red carpet experiences, world premieres, film screenings, awards ceremonies, educational workshops and exciting after parties for filmmakers, celebrities, and event attendees. Held in January, the Chandler International Film Festival is a dynamic film festival screening more than 150 films and offering event attendees with the opportunity to connect with filmmakers, film executives, networks, and most importantly, too enjoy a selection of incredible films!  Save the date for the 2024 Chandler International Film Festival, January 19-28, 2024. More details to come!

SHE Power 5K & Half Marathon

SHE Power 5K & Half Marathon

In January, Arizona's largest, all-female running event starts and finishes in Downtown Chandler - a downtown district brimming with local more than 40 eateries, boutique shops, entertainment and art. The event is designed to empower women of all ages and abilities with race finishers receiving a fabulous race medal/locket with the coveted SHE Power Finisher Bag and long-stem rose at the conclusion of their run.  

Grab your girlfriends and make it a race-cation, staying at one of Chandler's hotels and enjoy the local attractionsshopping, and fantastic dining opportunities. 

Great Southwest Cajun Fest

Southwest Cajun Fest

Showcasing the heart and soul of New Orleans, the Southwest Cajun Fest is a festive celebration of Cajun culture, handcrafted beer and plenty of entertainment at this festive, outdoor festival in Downtown Chandler. Did we mention the alligator petting zoo?

Chandler Science Spectacular

Chandler Innovation Fair

This celebration of science has been a 100 years in the making as Chandler celebrates community innovators in and around Chandler at this Arizona SciTech Signature event. The FREE, one-day event is held each February in Downtown Chandler.

Spring Training

Cactus League Spring Training

In addition to great events, did you know that Arizona is home to 15 Major League Baseball teams each spring? Chandler’s award-winning hotels are located minutes away from the Cactus League Spring Training stadiums, making Chandler, Arizona your personal “dugout “for all the action. Find all the details on  when your favorite team plays on the 2023 Cactus League Spring Training schedule.

The Great American Barbeque & Beer Festival

102.5 KNIX Barbeque and Beer Festival

Get your BBQ on at Arizona's largest barbeque festival, where country music and the tantalizing aroma of barbeque comes to Chandler each March for the award-winning, one-day event at its new, larger location at Tumbleweed Park. Featuring delicious, family fun, mouth-watering BBQ and array of craft brews, you’re sure to have a finger-lickin’ good time! Join us on March 25, 2023.

Ostrich Festival

Chandler Chamber Ostrich Festival

Celebrating Chandler’s early ostrich-ranching days, the annual Chandler Chamber Ostrich Festival features national and regional entertainment, carnival rides, upscale crafts, food and beverage vendors, and of course ostriches! In 2023, the event will be held for four days, March 16-19,2023 offering an amazing line-up of headliner concerts from award-winning artists including TRAIN and The Commodores.

Chandler Jazz Festival

Chandler Jazz Festival

Bourbon Street comes to Downtown Chandler with this jazz-filled weekend highlighting local and national jazz groups and musicians at a variety of venues. The 2023 festival runs March 31 - April 1, 2023.