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Phoenix Event Calendar - December

December Festivals & Events in the Phoenix Area

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Phoenix Event Calendar - December

Tempe Festival of the Arts

© Judy Hedding

In December it won't be a shock to you that many of the events taking place in Greater Phoenix are related to the winter holidays -- but not all of them! These are many of the community events that you can count on year in and year out. All dates, prices, and activities mentioned are subject to change without notice. Check the website or call to confirm information. The activities in this event calendar are appropriate for families unless otherwise indicated. If the event is free, I'll mention that, too.

Looking for big name concerts, shows or theatre? Check this calendar for December performances. 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.

 

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Phoenix Event Calendar for December

2nd Friday Night Out in Mesa
Live music, entertainment, art walk, prizes. Each month has a theme. Family friendly. Free admission. On Main Street in Downtown Mesa.
In 2014: 2nd Friday of the month

A.S.U. Concerts at the Center
The ASU School of Music presents concerts at the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts on select Monday evenings.
In 2014: December 1

All Breed Cat Show
Professional exhibitors, vendors and cat-loving spectators. Hosted by the Phoenix Feline Fanciers. American Royal Palace, Phoenix.
In 2013: December 14, 15

Arabian Horse Farm Tour
Scottsdale's prominent Arabian horse farms open their doors, welcoming the public to enjoy National Champion horses, meet top trainers, and learn more about this breed. Free admission.
In 2013: December 28 - January 1, 2014

Arizona Antique Market
Indoors. Admission and parking is free. Scottsdale.
In 2013: December 13 - 15

Arizona Cardinals Football
The Arizona Cardinals play professional football at University of Phoenix Stadium.
In 2013: Various dates in December

Arizona Balloon Classic
Hot air balloons, family entertainment, vendors and more. Gilbert.
In 2013: December 13 - 15

Arizona National Livestock Show
Arizona's largest livestock show. Exhibits and competitions. Held at the Fairgrounds in Central Phoenix.
In 2013: December 27 - 31

Art After Work
A laid-back class that requires no art experience. Participants relax during a friendly night of art-making with enough guidance to ensure everyone leaves with a lovely painting. Tempe Center for the Arts. Registration required.
In 2013: December 18

ArtBridge Thursdays
Artists, crafters and jewelers exhibit and sell items in a family-friendly, festive environment. SouthBridge, Downtown Scottsdale. Free admission.
In 2013: Every Thursday in December

Chanukah/Hanukkah Holiday Events and Activities
Several local Jewish organizations sponsor events and activities in celebration of Chanukah.
In 2013: Various dates in December

Christmas Concerts and Shows
A vast selection of music, dance and theatre events celebrating the Christmas season.
In 2013: Various dates in December

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: December 6, 20

Craft Beer Festival
21+ only, held at the Phoenix Heritage & Science Park.
In 2013: December 7

Crossroads of the West Gun Show
At the Arizona State Fairgrounds. The shows offer hundreds of tables of interest to both the once a year hunter and the avid collector.
In 2013: December 6 - 8

Desert Botanical Garden Las Noches de las Luminarias
The Desert Botanical Garden glows in the evenings with thousands of luminarias lining the paths.
In 2013: various nights in December

Desert Ridge Marketplace Concerts
Free concerts on two stages in North Phoenix at Desert Ridge Marketplace.
In 2014: Every Friday and Saturday night

Discovery Zone
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

Downtown Chandler Art Walk
Visit more than 70 artisans set up along the streets in front of the unique shops and cafes of Historic Downtown Chandler. Free.
In 2013: third Friday of the month

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: December 6

Fiesta Bowl ArtWalk
Features special receptions, art demonstrations, music. A special version of the regular Scottsdale ArtWalk. Downtown Scottsdale.
In 2013: December 28

Fiesta Bowl Parade
Floats, marching bands, horses and more in the parade. Phoenix.
In 2013: December 28

First Friday
Visit more than 80 downtown Phoenix art galleries, studios and art spaces. Free. Watch the video.
In 2013: first Friday of the month

Friday Night Franks
A unique outdoor cookout experience in the Sonoran desert. Live entertainment, Native American storytelling, horseshoes, wagon rides, and an old fashioned wiener roast featuring a full BBQ menu. Free admission, charge for food and beverages.
In 2013: every Friday night in December

Friday Night Unwind
The Musical Instrument Museum in North Phoenix opens on the first Friday of the month for themed entertainment, lectures and workshops. Food and beverage available for purchase. Map to MIM.
In 2013: December 6

Fridays in the Park
Visual arts, performances on the outdoor stage, spoken word, movies in the park's A.E. England Building. Civic Space Park, 424 N. Central Ave. Call for info 602-262-7490.
In 2013: first and third Friday of the month

Gilbert Art Walk
Local artists set up booths to display their work. Community booths and children's activities. Free admission. Downtown Gilbert.
In 2013: December 7, 14, 21

Glendale's Live at the Library
Musical entertainment at the Main Library. Concerts are free. No registration required. Call 623-930-3573 for more details.
In 2013: December 5

Hidden in the Hills Artist Studio Tour and Sale
A free, self-guided tour of nearly 50 studios with more than 150 participating artists throughout Cave Creek, Carefree, and North Scottsdale. Observe artists at work in their private studios. Most studios include guest artists also demonstrating their talents. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.
In 2013: December 1

Holiday Concerts and Shows
A huge selection of music, dance and theatre events celebrating the holiday season.
In 2013: Various dates in December

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