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Best Free Festivals in Phoenix

These Annual Events are Fun and Free


They only happen once each year, but they are fun and they are free. These are my favorite free festivals/events in the metro Phoenix area. I have noted when they usually take place, and they are listed in order of when they typically occur, starting with January. If course, you'll have to pay for food you might want or any shopping that you might do, but admission is free. Have you been to one or all of these?

Fiesta Bowl Parade

Best Free Events in Phoenix
© Fiesta Bowl
Of the many Fiesta Bowl events that take place in the Valley of the sun in the weeks preceding the Fiesta Bowl football game, the Fiesta Bowl Parade is one of the most popular. Thousands of people will line the streets of central Phoenix to enjoy the bands and floats. January.

Arizona Diamondbacks Fan Fest

Best Free Festivals in Phoenix
© Judy Hedding
Each year the Arizona Diamondbacks invite local Phoenix area fans to a fan appreciation day. There are ballpark tours, radio panel Q&A sessions, giveaways, clinics for the kids and more. Winter.

Native Trails

Native Trails
© Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts
The outdoor amphitheater at the Scottsdale Civic Center Mall comes alive with Native American music, dance and art. January through April.

Glendale Chocolate Affaire

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The Glendale Chocolate Affaire features is a celebration of chocolate. Sure, there are lots of vendors trying to sell their products, but there are also samples, carriage rides, activities for the kids. Cerreta Candy Company gives free tours! February.

Glendale Jazz & Blues Festival

Best Free Festivals in Phoenix
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Local, regional and national entertainment in Historic Downtown Glendale. Spring.

Katsina Doll Marketplace: Gathering of Carvers

Best Free Festivals in Phoenix
© Judy Hedding
The nation’s largest gathering of Hopi katsina doll carvers takes place at the Heard Museum, as more than 100 artists gather to show and sell their unique creations. Enjoy musical performances, book signings, carving demonstrations and drawings. Spring.

Arizona Aloha Festival

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© Judy Hedding
Several stages of live entertainment, including music, dance, and lectures of Hawaii and Polynesia. The Island Marketplace is for shopping and eating. Spring.

Mighty Mud Mania

Mighty Mud Mania
© City of Scottsdale
Evey year gets bigger than the last -- it's the only place where not only are you allowed to get dirty, but it is encouraged and expected! Most participants are ages 1 - 17, but there is an opportunity for adults to get muddy for a fee. Early summer.

4th of July

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Communities all over town have free 4th of July events, but the ones in Phoenix is considered the biggest and the best. July.

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