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?
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.
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.
The outdoor amphitheater at the Scottsdale Civic Center Mall comes alive with Native American music, dance and art. January through April.
Local, regional and national entertainment in Historic Downtown Glendale. Spring.
Several stages of live entertainment, including music, dance, and lectures of Hawaii and Polynesia. The Island Marketplace is for shopping and eating. Spring.
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.