Fall Into Phoenix And Enjoy The Festivals

Fall Into Phoenix And Enjoy The Festivals

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The fall-festival season has finally arrived, and none too soon. Here’s our list of celebrations that should appeal to a wide range of interests.


11/6-8: Carefree Fine Art and Wine Festival

Art and wine lovers won’t want to miss the annual festival that takes over the streets of downtown Carefree. More than 165 artists come together for the event, which features approximately 5,000 original pieces of art. Visitors can sip wine while viewing sculptures, pottery, jewelry and photography.

Details: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday-Sunday, Nov. 6-8. Downtown Carefree, 101 Easy St. $3; $10 for wine-tasting ticket and souvenir glass. 480-837-5637, thunderbirdartists.com.

11/6-8: Wild West Days 

Celebrate life in the Old West with an authentic cattle drive to lead the annual Wild West Days Parade through downtown Cave Creek, a mutton-bustin’ competition for youngsters, pig races, vendors and a kids zone.

Details: Nov. 6-8. Rodeo 6 p.m. Friday and 1 p.m. Sunday; parade 9 a.m. Saturday; festival 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m-5 p.m. Sunday. Various venues in Cave Creek. Free admission to festival; $13 rodeo tickets. wildwestdayscavecreek.com.

11/6-8: Chiles and Chocolate 

Have a sweet and spicy time among the cactuses, sampling gourmet chocolates, salsas and other delights from local vendors. DJ Seduce will spin tunes and dancers from Stilo Dance Company and Axe Folklorico will showcase Latin, Brazilian and Spanish dance styles.

Details: 10 a.m. -5 p.m. Friday-Sunday, Nov. 6-8. Desert Botanical Garden, 1201 N. Galvin Parkway, Phoenix. $22; $20 for age 60 or older; $12 for ages 13-18; $10 for age 3-12; free for museum members. 480-941-1225, dbg.org.

11/5-9: Scottsdale International Film Festival 

Now in its 15th year, this celluloid celebration will showcase 50 films, ranging from animated shorts to full-length features, from around the globe. The festival kicks off with a VIP reception, followed by four days of screenings. The lineup hasn’t been finalized, but will be announced when tickets go on sale Oct. 5.

Details: Opening reception: 6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 5. Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 E. Second St. Screenings: Friday-Monday, Nov. 6-9. Harkins Shea 14, 7354 E. Shea Blvd., Scottsdale. Tickets and full schedule TBA. scottsdalefilmfestival.com.

11/7: Phoenix Pagan Pride Day

Promote tolerance and understanding of pagans. Guests can participate in workshops such as “Intro to Tarot,” “History of the Druids” and “Hidden History of Humanity.” Energy workers along with tarot readings will be on hand.

Details: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 7. Steele School Indian Park, 300 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix. Free. 602-475-2262, paganpridephoenix.wix.com/phoenixpaganprideday.

11/7: Herberger Festival of the Arts

Come celebrate the arts with food, dance, live music and more. The afternoon event features children’s activities, film shorts, art and pet adoptions. Proceeds from the festival benefit the Herberger Theater’s youth-outreach programs.

Details: 11:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 7. Herberger Theater Center, 222 E. Monroe, Phoenix. $5 for age 13 or older; free for age 12 or younger. 602-254-7399, ext. 105, herbergertheater.org.

11/7: Chandler Chuckwagon Cook-Off

Experience Western history at the free event that showcases grub prepared by authentic 1880s chuck wagons from around the Southwest. Visitors can experience live music, cooking presentations, art, group tours and more. Chuck-wagon meals will be sold.

Details: 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 7. Tumbleweed Ranch at Tumbleweed Park, 2250 S. McQueen, Chandler. Free. 480-782-2751, chandleraz.gov.

11/7: Tamale Dinner and Festival

Spice up your Saturday with a day full of food, family, culture and fun. Presented by APS and organized by Friendly House, the Tamale Dinner and Festival includes a children’s craft zone, vendors, live entertainment and battle of the tamales. Browse the food pavilion where 15 restaurants will be serving some of the tastiest tamales in the state. Social-service organization Friendly House has served local families since 1920.

Details: Noon-7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 7. Arizona Center, 400 E. Van Buren St. $10; $15 for admission and three food/drink tickets; $20 for admission and six food/drink tickets. 602-416-7209, tamaledinner.com.

11/7-8: Litchfield Park Festival of the Arts

The two-day event kicks off the fall-festival and holiday-shopping season. Walk the streets and view more than 250 juried fine artists and craftsman along with dozens of eateries. The festival includes a wine garden, live musical performances and original works of art and crafts. This year’s event features winery Arizona Stronghold and artist Olga Krasovska.

Details: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 7-8. Downtown Litchfield Park, 101 W. Wigwam Blvd. Free. 623-734-6526, vermillionpromotions.com.

11/7-8: MIMFest

The two-day festival brings together local, national and international musical acts, street performers, dancers and kids activities. Local food trucks will sell cuisine from around the world.

Details: 10:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 7-8. Musical Instrument Museum, 4725 E. Mayo Blvd., Phoenix. $35; $20 for ages 13-19; $15 for ages 4-12; free for age 3 or younger. 480-478-6000, mim.org.

11/7-8: azcentral.com Food & Wine Experience

The event will bring together a megawatt collection of local and national food talent to the Scottsdale Fashion Square Event Park. The one-of-a-kind food extravaganza will offer a buffet of experiences for a variety of tastes and interests, from the wine connoisseur to the home cook, from the adventuresome diner and the food novice.

Details: Varying times, Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 7-8. Check out the guide for full details.

11/7-8: Festival of the Superstitions 

Party AJ-style at this community celebration in the shadow of the Superstition Mountains. There will be plenty of fun, including a car show, local vendors and activities for all ages. On Saturday, there will be an outdoor movie screening starting at 7 p.m. (title to be announced).

Details: 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 7-8. Apache Junction Chamber of Commerce, 567 W. Apache Trail. Free. 480-982-3141, festivalofthesuperstitions.com.

11/13-15: Fountain Festival of Arts and Crafts

Hundreds of booths full of original artwork, sculptures, paintings and more make up the annual outdoor festival. Listen to live music while having a bite to eat and visiting the beer garden. Guests can browse clothing, jewelry, food items and more. The event is held rain or shine.

Details: Nov. 13-15. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday-Sunday. Downtown Fountain Hills, Avenue of the Fountains. Free. 480-837-1654, fountainhillschamber.com.

11/13-15: Wickenburg Bluegrass Festival 

Celebrate 36 years of pickin’ and grinnin’ with some of the finest players in the Southwest. Featured performers include This Just In, Bluegrass Patriots and Becky Buller, and there will be championship competitions for players on instruments including fiddle, banjo and mandolin. There will likely be plenty of impromptu jam sessions in the parking lot as well. Additionally, head over early on Saturday and Sunday for a pancake breakfast.

Details: Nov. 13-15. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday; 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday; pancake breakfast 7 a.m. Saturday and Sunday. Everett Bowman Rodeo Grounds, 935 Constellation Road, Wickenburg. Ticket prices to be announced. 928-684-5479, wickenburgchamber.com.

11/14: Certified Local Fall Festival

The family-friendly event celebrates all things local to Arizona. Guests can browse more than 100 vendors, listen to live music, try food samples from local restaurants and more. Adults can partake in the Arizona beverage garden along with a silent auction as kids join in a variety of activities.

Details: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 14. Portland Parkway, 10 W. Portland St., Phoenix. Free. 602-956-0909, ext. 1, localfirstaz.com.

11/14: Rock the Block 

Downtown Chandler will be rockin’ at this annual block party cum rock festival. Over 100 local vendors will be plying their wares to the sounds of classic rock from multiple stages. Local residents will also showcase their talents at the annual “Chandler’s Got Talent” show. And if you’re feeling a bit peckish, there will be food trucks aplenty for whatever suits your appetite.

Details: Noon-10 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 14. Arizona Avenue between Chandler Boulevard and Frye Road. Free. 480-855-3539, chandlerblockparty.com.

11/14-15: El Mercado de las Artes

View artwork by Hispanic artists from Arizona and New Mexico while listening to mariachi bands. The family-friendly marketplace is the largest of its kind in Arizona. Guests can meet more than 65 artists selling items such as pottery, embroidery, painting, tinwork and more. The event highlights local artists Gennaro and Luciano Garcia and honors the spirit of 20th-century Mexican artist Frida Kahlo.

Details: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 14-15. Heard Museum, 2301 N. Central Ave., Phoenix. Free; $10 suggested donation. 602-252-8840, heard.org.

11/15: Earth and Space Exploration Day

Did the stunning photos of Pluto spark your interest in space? Perhaps you read Andy Weir’s “The Martian” and want to learn the truth about the possibility of survival on Mars. Either way, ASU’s School of Earth and Space Exploration will satisfy your curiosity with demonstrations and family-friendly lectures, plus a replica of the Curiosity Mars Rover.

Details: 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 15. Interdisciplinary Science and Technology Building IV, 781 E. Terrace Road, ASU Tempe campus. Free admission, pre-registration recommended. 480-965-5081, eseday.asu.edu.

11/21: Woofstock

It’s a day of peace, love and puppies at Chandler’s annual canine celebration. Bring Fido down for the annual Walk of Honor, sponsored by the American Service Animal Society. And play “Spot the Service Animal.” Keep track of all the service animals you can find for a prize. Proceeds help provide guide dogs for returning veterans.

Details: 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 21. Tumbleweed Park, 745 E. Germann Road. Free. 480-782-2000, chandleraz.gov/default.aspx?pageid=284.

11/20-21: Gilbert Days

The kid-friendly festival celebrates Gilbert’s heritage. A 5K and 1-mile run at Freestone District Park kick off the event Friday with a parade in downtown Gilbert on Saturday.

Details: 4:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 20; 8:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 21. Freestone District Park, 1045 E. Juniper Road. Gilbert Heritage District, downtown. Free for spectators. 480-503-6200, gilbertaz.gov.

11/21: American Heritage Festival

History buffs can get a hands-on experience at the annual family-friendly festival. Known as the largest living-history event in the Southwest, it includes battle re-enactments, live historical music and a historical fashion show. Actors will portray characters from colonial times, the Old West and the world wars. Merchants will sell historical-themed goods.

Details: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 21. Schnepf Farms, 24810 S. Rittenhouse Road, Queen Creek. $15; free for age 3 younger. 480-777-1776, americanheritagefestival.com.

11/21: Phoenix Pizza Festival

Kids and adults alike will rejoice in this tasty new festival, created by Affordable Food Festivals. About 15 pizza makers will be tossing, saucing and topping pies, and festivalgoers can choose from slices or half or whole pizzas. The list so far includes Grand Avenue Pizza Company, Saffron Jak, Rosati’s and Fabio on Fire. The event will also feature craft-beer- and wine-tasting stations, dessert vendors, lawn games and live bands.

Details: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 21. Civic Space Park, 424 N. Central Ave., Phoenix. $10 admission, pizza costs extra. phoenix.pizza.

11/20-22: The Big Heap

If you love spending your weekends junking at estate sales or in Phoenix’s Melrose neighborhood, this huge flea market and vintage and handmade festival might be for you. Whether Midcentury Modern, shabby chic or just plain weird, join the hipsters and bargain hunters at this “Vintage Woodstock” festival.

Details: Nov. 20-22. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday. Salt River Fields at Talking Stick, Loop 101 and Indian Bend Road, Salt River Reservation. $7. thebigheap.com.

11/21-22: Artfest of Scottsdale

Celebrate fine arts and do some early Christmas shopping. More than 100 artists and dozens of local authors ) will display their works, all to the sound of regional musicians. Sample delicious food from Valley restaurants or just enjoy the beautiful weather in downtown Scottsdale.

Details: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 21-22. Scottsdale Civic Center Plaza, 7380 E. Second St. Free admission. 480-968-5353, 888artfest.com.

11/27-12-31: Las Noches de Las Luminarias 

Enjoy the beauty of the Valley in winter at the Desert Botanical Garden. The park will glow from the candelight of 1000s of luminarias as you walk among the cactuses under the desert night. Along the way enjoy a cup of hot cider and listen to the holiday sounds of carolers, handbell choirs and mariachi bands.

Details: 5:30-9:30 p.m. Nov. 27-28; Dec. 3-6 (members only); Dec. 10-13; Dec. 16-23; Dec. 26-31. Desert Botanical Garden, 1201 N. Galvin Parkway, Phoenix. $30; $12.50 for ages 3-12. Members: $25; $10 for age 3-12. 480-941-1225, dbg.org.

11/27-29: Ornament Marketplace 

After stuffing yourself celebrating the generosity of Native Americans towards the Pilgrims, add Native American flavor to your Christmas tree at the Heard Marketplace. Choose from among the hundreds of ornaments handmade by Native American artists, celebrating the Christmas spirit through a variety of styles and tribal traditions.

Details: Nov. 27-29. 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. Museum admission $18; $13.50 for age 65 or older; $7.50 for students and ages 6-12; free for Native Americans. Heard Museum, 2301 N. Central Ave., Phoenix. 602-252-8848, heard.org.

11/28-30: Carefree Fine Art of the Southwest Festival 

Burn off some of those Thanksgiving pounds and get some unique gift ideas. Over 100 exhibitors will show off their work at this juried festival featuring Southwestern and Native American arts and crafts. Enjoy live music while browsing the art, and, if you haven’t had your fill from leftovers, there will be plenty of local food available as well.

Details: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday-Sunday, Nov. 28-30. Carefree Town Center, 101 Easy St. Free. 480-488-2014, magicbirdfestivals.com.


12/4-6: Tempe Festival of the Arts 

Downtown Tempe turns into a giant art show as hundreds of artists and craftsmen line Mill Avenue and adjacent streets with their work. Now in its 47th year, this year’s festival’s guest of honor is Geoffrey Aaron Harris, a digital artist inspired by antique toys and robots. In addition, there will be plenty of live music, street performers, craft stations for the kids and beer and wine tasting for the adults.

Details: 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Friday-Sunday, Dec. 4-6. Downtown Tempe. Free. tempefestivalofthearts.com.

12/5: Holiday Pet Festival 

Tranquility Trail Animal Sanctuary presents this holiday shopping extravaganza for you and your furry friends. Find the perfect gift for Fido, have him chipped in case he gets out and get his picture taken with Santa. And if you don’t have the perfect furbaby in your life, there will be local adoption organizations on site so you can give a pet its fur-ever home.

Details: 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 5. WestWorld of Scottsdale, 16601 N. Pima Road. Free. 480-406-7301, holidaypetfestival.com.

12/5-6: Experience Scandinavia

Celebrate the music and culture of Norway, Sweden, Denmark and Finland with musical performances, crafts, traditional dances and a special menu at the cafe.

Details: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 5-6. Musical Instrument Museum, 4725 E. Mayo Blvd., Phoenix. $20; $15 for ages 13-19; $10 for ages 4-12; free for age 3 or younger. 480-478-6000, mim.org.

12/5-6: Asian Treasures: Arizona Asian Festival

The free festival celebrates its 20th anniversary with food, arts and crafts, cultural performances and an Asian marketplace. Presented by the Arizona Asian American Association, the day includes dance and poetry contests along with souvenir booths and vendors.

Details: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 5-6. Scottsdale Civic Center Mall, 3939 N. Drinkwater, Blvd. Free. 602-451-6574, aaaa-az.org.

12/11-13: Phoenix Festival of the Arts

Art, entertainment and more than 125 vendor booths make up the outdoor, family-friendly event. The free festival includes a hands-on community art project organized by local muralist Hugo Medina. Families can spend time in the Family Zone, and everyone can buy food from local food trucks.

Details: Dec. 11-13. Noon-6 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Margaret T. Hance Park, 1202 N. Third St., Phoenix. Free. 602-254-3100, phoenixfestivalofthearts.org.

12/11-13: Carefree Christmas Festival 

Santa is taking a break from list-making and doublechecking to visit the northeast Valley. Visitors can frolic in 32 tons of snow, get their pictures taken with the jolly old elf, and shop for seasonal gift items. The Electric Light Parade starts at at 6 p.m. Saturday, followed by a fireworks display. The holiday pet parade is at 10 a.m. Sunday; if Fido enjoys dressing up, this is the perfect time for him to show off his cute costumes.

Details: Dec. 11-13. 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. Carefree Town Center, 101 Easy St. Free. 480-488-2051, carefreechristmasfestival.com.

12/12-13: Mesa Arts Festival

The community event features original works from local, regional and national artists in a variety of mediums. Guests will find live entertainment on two stages, live artist demonstrations, a family activity area and a wide selection of food.

Details: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 12-13. Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St. Free. 480-644-6500, mesaartscenter.com.

12/12-13: Pueblo Grande Indian Market

Shop ’til you drop at more than 100 artist booths at the Pueblo Grande Indian Market. Visitors will be entertained by the Jones Benally Family, Aaron White, Gabriel Ayala and others. The market features fine and contemporary art, pottery, jewelry, basketry and native foods including fry bread.

Details: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 12-13. Pueblo Grande Museum, 4619 E. Washington St., Phoenix. $10 per day; $15 for two-day ticket; $7 for American Indians, military members and veterans; $5 for museum members; free for age 12 or younger. 602-495-0901, pueblogrande.org.

12/12-13: All Breed Cat Show

The indoor show is the purr-fect way for feline lovers to spend the weekend. Come watch the largest Cat Fanciers’ Association (CFA) all-breed cat show in the Valley, with more than 350 pedigree cats and kittens participating in the judged show. Visitors will have the opportunity to view decorated cages and purchase feline-related merchandise.

Details: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 12-13. Mesa Convention Center, 263 N. Center St. $8; $6 for seniors and military members; $19 for family four pack (two adults, two children); free for age 3 or younger. 623-217-4205, phxfeline.com.

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