12 things to do in metro Phoenix: March 18-20

Spark!, a creativity festival in Mesa or KA-POW, a comic book festival in Gilbert are just two of the events around the Valley this weekend. March 18, 2016.

PHOENIX - Are you looking for things to do this weekend? Check out these 12 events and send us pictures tagged #BeOn12 if you go.

You can go Amazing Arizona Comicon, Food Truck Friday or go to a festival or two! If you have anything to add this week or in the future, follow and tweet @_anareynolds.

Friday, March 18

Arizona Renaissance Festival

The Arizona Renaissance Festival is a medieval amusement park full of adventure. Folks can see a variety of shows and performances on the 13-stage theater, visit the arts and crafts fair, see knights joust it out in a jousting tournament and of course, feast on all of the delicious food. Be sure to also check out the newest attraction: Sea Fairies. Go see live mermaids swimming around! For tickets and more information go to royalfaires.com/arizona.

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West Valley Fair and Music Festival

Do you wish the Arizona State Fair was year-round? Well, go to this mini-state fair in the West Valley! It will be full of carnival rides, family attractions, games, fair foods, live music, exhibits and more. Tickets are $10, youth and senior admission is $7 and you can get a ride wristband for $25. Discounted tickets are also available at Food City. It will be open from noon to 9 p.m. For more information go to westvalleyfair.com.

Food Truck Friday

Do you love food trucks? Then you should experience Food Truck Friday! This event showcases the wonderful food trucks in metro Phoenix. It's held at Phoenix Public Market in downtown Phoenix and occurs every week. It goes from 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. For more information visit Phoenix Public Market website.

Saturday, March 19

Spark! Mesa's Festival of Creativity

If you're creative this is definitely a festival that you will want to attend. The festival, which goes on for two days, will feature musical performances, food, fun and creative activities and more. It runs from noon to 10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday at the Mesa Arts Center on One East Main Street. Admission is free and for more information visit mesaartscenter.com/spark.

KA-POW! Superhero Adventure Run

Get your capes on this weekend for the KA-POW! Superhero Adventure Run. The event, hosted by Banner Health Center, is a costumed run fit for the whole family with fun and challenging obstacles. The family-friendly course has 20 playful obstacles with a distance under two miles. It's a free event and goes from 8 a.m. until noon at Freestone Park, 1045 E. Juniper Avenue. For more information go to gilbertaz.gov.

2016 Great American BBQ and Beer Festival

If you love barbeque and beer then head to downtown Chandler this weekend. There will be more than 60 pit masters from across the nation dishing out great barbeque. There will also be more than 20 kegs of craft beer from SanTan Brewing Company. Doors open at noon and close at 10 p.m. The festival will span from AJ Chandler Park East and West as well as connecting Arizona Avenue. Tickets are $12 for general admission. For more information go chandlerbbq.com.

Glenmorangie Scottish Gathering and Highland Games

The Arizona Scottish community will gather at Steele Indian School Park this weekend to celebrate the Scottish culture. The Glenmorangie Scottish Highland Games will feature world-class athletic competitions, Highland dance, reenactment presentations, educational seminars, clans, food, live music and more. Tickets are $17 and the event goes from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information go to the Facebook page.

ASU Archaeology Festival

Join the Center for Archeology and Society at their annual Archeology Festival. The festival celebrates Arizona Archeology Month and Southwest archeology with exhibits from sites and organizations across the state. The event will be held at the Deer Valley Petroglyph Preserve at 3711 W. Deer Valley Rd. in Phoenix. The event is free and for more information visit asuevents.asu.edu.

Pot of Gold Music Festival

Don't miss this two-day music festival at Tempe Beach Park. Slightly Stoopid, Dirty Heads, Big Sean and others will be at the music festival on Saturday to celebrate St. Paddy's Day! The event will be filled with music, vendors and food along with lots of fun. Tickets are $50. For more information visit potofgoldmusicfestival.com.

Sunday, March 20

Glendale Folk and Heritage Festival

Head to Glendale this weekend to experience more than 40 performers at this folk and bluegrass music festival. You can also enjoy cowboy poetry and storytelling, historic home tours, demonstrations and hands-on workshops. It goes from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and is free. For more information go to glendaleaz.com.

Check, Please! Arizona Festival

Margaret T. Hance Park in downtown Phoenix will host the Check, Please! Arizona Festival this weekend. Signature dishes from local restaurants from some of your favorite episodes of the show Check! Please will be featured in the festival. There will also be beer pairing from local wineries and breweries, along with cooking demonstrations. Tickets are $59 each, which includes the price of food and drink. The festival foes from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information go to azpbs.org/checkplease/festival.

Phoenix Festival de Espana 2016

Phoenix Center for the Arts and Flamenco Por La Vida are proud to present the third annual Phoenix Festival de Espana, a celebration of Spanish Arts and Culture. The event goes from noon to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday and is free. For more information go to their Facebook page.

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