Wondering what's going on in the Valley this weekend?

Mardi Gras Festival
Get out your beads, masks and costumes for the Second Annual Mardi Gras Festival. The night kicks off with a cocktail reception at 6 p.m. The main event begins at 7:30 p.m. with a traditional Cajun cuisine buffet, costume contest, jazz music and casino activities. Proceeds from the event support the Downtown Chandler Community Foundation, a non-profit organization that provides grants to qualifying, non-profit organizations supporting community needs within the Historic Downtown Chandler area.
Crowne Plaza San Marcos Resort
1 San Marcos Place Chandler, AZ, 85225
PHONE: 480-812-0900
February 19, 2011

Blues Blast 2011
Hosted by the Phoenix Blues Society, this annual festival features local and national blues artists. This year's festival includes performances by Tommy Castro Band, Deanna Bogart, Trampled Under Foot, Krimson Chord and Cold Shott & the Hurricane Horns.
Mesa Amphitheatre
263 N. Center St. Mesa, AZ, 85201
PHONE: 480-644-2560
February 19, 2011
Saturday, 11:00 AM

"Wheels of Italy" Car Show
Celebrate the beautiful vehicles of Italy at this show, from Alfa Romeo to Zagato. Dozens of Italian cars, motorcycles and bicycles are features, including a rare Ferrari 599 GTO, Lamborghinis, Maseratis, Panteras, Fiats, Lancias and Alfa Romeos. There are also motorcycles, scooters and bicycles by Ducati, Piaggio and Colnago. The new Fiat 500 is featured. The event is open to any Italian car, and the registration price benefits Arizona Camp Sunrise, a Northern Arizona camp for children with cancer and their siblings operated by the American Cancer Society.
Scottsdale 101
7000 E. Mayo Blvd. Phoenix, AZ, 85054
PHONE: 602-953-6412
February 19, 2011
Saturday, 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Strong Beer Festival
More than 50 breweries are featured at this beer tasting. Although strong beers are featured, there is a variety of other types and styles available for sampling. VIP ticket holders can enter at noon.
Steele Indian School Park
300 E. Indian School Road Phoenix, AZ, 85012
PHONE: 602-262-6412
February 19, 2011
Saturday, 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
PRICE: $10 - $40 ($40 VIP in advance or at gate, $30 advance, $10 designated driver)

Play Ball: The Cactus League Experience With Howard Bryant
ESPN magazine writer Howard Bryant signs "The Last Hero: A Life of Henry Aaron." Bryant's book chronicles the social changes that occurred during Aaron's baseball-playing years. Hosted by Changing Hands Bookstore. Books can be purchased at the signing.
Arizona Historical Society Museum at Papago Park
1300 N. College Ave. Tempe, AZ, 85281
PHONE: 480-929-0292
February 19, 2011
Saturday, 12:00 PM
PRICE: $29.95 book purchase, free admission

Southwest Legends Gunfighters Perform at the Buffalo Chip Saloon
Get a glimpse of the Wild West with the Southwest Legends Gunfighters performing fistfights, gunfights and action routines in two exhibition shows. They are the top headlining theatrical-stunt-performance team in the nation.
Buffalo Chip Saloon and Steakhouse
6811 E. Cave Creek Road Cave Creek, AZ, 85331
PHONE: 480-488-9118
February 19, 2011
Saturday, 7:00 PM

Twilight Camp
Families with children 5 and older can visit the zoo after hours. Activities include a guided trail hike, a private train tour, animal encounters and a late-night snack. Participants receive a souvenir. Children younger than 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
Phoenix Zoo
455 N. Galvin Parkway Phoenix, AZ, 85008
PHONE: 602-914-4333
February 19, 2011
Saturday, 6:15 PM - 10:00 PM
PRICE: $35 - $40 ($40, $35 zoo members)