Christmas Holiday tree lightings, festivals and events typically begin in mid-November and continue through the end of December and even into January. You can find extensive listings of those activities and events in the Greater Phoenix Christmas Holiday Guide.
Chiles and Chocolate Festival
Desert Botanical Garden, Phoenix. Chili and chocolate products from local vendors, unique Southwest gifts, cooking demonstrations, live music. Desert Botanical Garden, Phoenix.
In 2013: November 15 - 17
Civic Space Fridays in the Park
Visual arts, performances on the outdoor stage, spoken word, movies in the A.E. England Building, ArtLink gallery openings. Food trucks. Starts at 5 p.m. Free admission. Civic Space Park, 424 N Central, Phoenix.
In 2013: November 1, 15
Crossroads of the West Gun Show
Hundreds of tables to meet the needs of everyone, from the once a year hunter to the avid collector. University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale and Mesa Convention Center.
In 2013: November 2, 3 (Glendale); November 9, 10 (Mesa)
Day of the Cowboy
Music, games, gunfighters, rides, entertainment, fireworks, community picnic. Wear your western attire. Free admission. Gold Canyon.
In 2013: November 2, 3
Day of The Dead
Day of the Dead exhibitions, festivals, parties, and celebrations in the Phoenix area.
In 2013: Late October - Early November
Desert Gathering Jewish Music Fest
Musical entertainment, activities for kids, Jewish food. Free general admission, VIP tickets available.
In 2013: November 17
Discover India Festival
Festival Highlights include cultural show, parade, food fair, Clothes and Jewelry Bazaar, cooking and cultural demos, children's fair. Free admission. Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts.
In 2013: November 17
Children ages 10 and older can enjoy some fun and creativity as they use different types of materials to create their unique art projects. Free. Red Mountain Library, Mesa.
In 2013: Third Wednesday of the month
Earth and Space Exploration Day
Special science-related activities for students age 5 and up, teachers, and anyone interested in exploring Earth and space alongside real scientists. This free family event provides hands-on educational activities related to current research, as well as public lectures, a visit from an astronaut and a guided field trip to Tempe Butte. Arizona State University, Tempe.
In 2013: November 2
Eight’s Great GrillFest
A foodie exploration, with a focus on grilling. Patrons will see cooking-in-action and meet chefs who share tips and techniques. Ticket includes all food and drink samples. Blackstone Country Club at Vistancia, Peoria.
In 2013: November 3
Fall Concerts in the Park
At Gilbert's Freestone Park Amphitheater, located by the lake in Freestone Park. Bring a blanket or lawn chair. Free. Food and beverages are available to purchase.
In 2013: November 7
Fall for the Arts ArtWalk
Part of Scottsdale’s Fall for the Arts weekend. Live entertainment, food sampling and more along Main Street, Marshall Way and throughout downtown Scottsdale. More than 100 galleries will participate.
In 2013: November 7
Family Friday Sunset Series
Visitors connect to the natural and cultural resources of the Preserve through the use of their senses, allowing kids of all ages to see, smell, touch, hear and even taste their surroundings. Gateway Access Area Amphitheater, McDowell Sonoran Preserve, Scottsdale.
In 2013: November 1
Festival of the Superstitions
Carnival, musical entertainment, food vendors, car show, merchandise vendors, business booths, children’s activities. Apache Junction.
In 2013: November 9, 10
Visit more than 80 downtown Phoenix art galleries, studios and art spaces. Free.
In 2013: First Friday of the month.
Ford Ironman Triathlon and Expo
Arizona's Ironman triathlon features a 2.4-mile swim, a 112-mile bike and a complete marathon (26.2 miles) on the last day. Many vantage points for spectators to view the races. The sports expo takes place on the first three days. Tempe.
In 2013: November 14 - 18
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