Things To Do In Arizona, October 2021

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Here is the newsletter: Things to Do in Arizona – November, 2021!

This is a wonderful time of the year with the beginning of the holiday season!

Here are some more fun things to do in November – I think there is something for everyone – there are plenty of festivals, parades and holiday events!

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++ Event dates, times and locations are subject to change. Some events require tickets or may charge fees for attendance. Please check with event organizers before attending.++

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Ongoing to November 14  – Fall Butterfly Exhibit – Phoenix – Desert Botanical Gardens – Butterflies are back and better than ever at the  3,200 square foot Butterfly Pavilion located near the Harriet K. Maxwell Desert Wildflower Loop Trail. This exhibit features hundreds of live, fluttering butterflies among the desert landscapes and stunning views of the Papago Butte, as well as a caterpillar nursery and emergence chamber. It promises to be delightful, magical and educational for children and adults.   Included with paid admission.  9:30 am – 5:00 pm daily. https://www.dbg.org/events/mighty-monarchs-and-plant-protectors

 

November 3rd, 6th, 10th, 17th and 20th – Dog’s Day in the Garden – Desert Botanical Gardens – Phoenix.  Take advantage of this special opportunity to bring the whole family, dogs included, to the Garden. Go for a walk on Garden trails, meet other dog lovers, and heel for photo opportunities. Don’t miss this tail-wagging good time! Garden admission rates. – This is from 8am – 11am only  https://www.dbg.org/events/dogs-day-garden

 

 November 4th – November 7th  –  18th Annual Page Lake Powell Hot Air Balloon Regatta -Page – Each year thousands of people come to watch 70 beautiful balloons lift off and  float over the Lake Powell area with its amazing red rock vistas.  Plan to stay to watch the Balloon Glow and stroll through the Street Fair, 928-645-2741 or http://www.pagechamber.com

 

November 4th – November 7th –  32nd Annual Arizona Classic Jazz Festival Chandler –  Historic downtown Chandler comes alive for this the 30th annual festival. An all event badge is $130.00 and the prices vary for each day.  Badges can be bought at the door. 480-620-3941 or http://www.azclassicjazz.org

 

November 5th – First Friday Artwalk – Flagstaff- Downtown Flagstaff.  This is one of Northern Arizona’s premier arts events.  On the first Friday of each month the art galleries and businesses of downtown Flagstaff stay open from 4-8pm.  There are special arts exhibits, live music and more.  https://www.artwalkflg.org/about

 

November 5th – November 7th28th Annual Carefree Fine Art & Wine Festival – Downtown Carefree – This is one of the area’s premier fine arts festivals featuring more than 165 artists.  There are paintings in all mediums, bronzes, photography, pottery, glass, wood and mixed media.   Live musical entertainment is provided throughout the day as well as wine & micro-brew tastings.   $3, 10 am – 5 pm, 480-837-5637 or http://www.thunderbirdartists.com

 

November 5th – November 7th-  33rd Annual Tucson Celtic Festival and Scottish Highland Games – Tucson – Rillito Raceway Park – Come to enjoy a weekend of Celtic fun including Kilted bagpipe bands, live music, athletic competitions, dancing and great  food and drink,  $, 520-807-9509 or http://tucsoncelticfestival.org/

 

November 5th – November 7th  – 32nd Annual All Soul’s Procession – Tucson – This is a grassroots event for anyone who wants to participate in celebrating  and mourning the lives of loved ones who have passed. There is a two-mile procession that ends in the finalizing action of burning a large urn filled with prayers, offerings and wishes for those who have passed. 520-770-1533 or http://www.allsoulsprocession.org or http://www.visitTucson.org

 

November 5th – November 14th –  Annual Canal Convergence Art + Technology – Scottsdale Waterfront – Throughout all 10 days of Canal Convergence, Scottsdale Public Art will present a range of educational activities, hands-on workshops and family-friendly events at the Scottsdale Waterfront and various locations around Scottsdale. – Free – 4- 10pm – https://canalconvergence.com/

 

November 6th –  Annual Daisy Mountain Veterans Day Parade Anthem – Billed as Arizona’s largest Veterans Day Parade!  There will be a parachute jump at 9am to start the parade.  http://www.daisymtnvets.org

 


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November 6th – November 7th– Annual Litchfield Park Festival of the Arts  – Downtown Litchfield Park – This festival is one of the oldest in Arizona and its popularity continues in part because of the high quality and variety of artisans and craftspeople featured at this fair as well as the excellent entertainment including Hawaiian music and Native American hoop dancers.  With abundant food offerings and wine tastings it is an event not to be missed.  Free admission and parking.  9am – 5pm.   http://www.vermillionpromotions.com.

 

November 10th, 17th and 20th – Dog’s Day in the Garden – Desert Botanical Gardens – Phoenix.  Take advantage of this special opportunity to bring the whole family, dogs included, to the Garden. Go for a walk on Garden trails, meet other dog lovers, and heel for photo opportunities. Don’t miss this tail-wagging good time! Garden admission rates. – This is from 8am – 11am only  https://www.dbg.org/events/dogs-day-garden

 

November 12th – November 14th –    Annual Fountain Festival of Arts & Crafts – Fountain Hills – This is one of the largest arts and crafts festivals in the Southwest.  Fountain Hills with its lovely lake and fountain is the home to this competitive, juried  arts & crafts fair featuring over 500 artisans, live music, food vendors and a beer garden.  Free, 10 am – 5 pm, 480-837-1654 or http://www.fountainhillschamber.com

 

November 12th – November 14th– 42nd Annual Bluegrass Festival & Fiddle Championship – Wickenburg – Bowman Rodeo Grounds – Kick back and tap your toes while these musicians compete in 13 categories for $6500 in prize money.  Daily $, Friday 1-5:30 pm, Saturday and Sunday 7am for the Pancake Breakfast and entertainment from  9 am – 4:30 pm, 928-684-5479 or 800-942-5242 or http://www.outwickenburgway.com

 

November 12th – January 2nd – World of Illumination – Glendale – This is said to be the Southwest’s largest drive-through holiday attraction. Illumination’s “Candy Rush” is Arizona’s newest holiday tradition and destination where visitors immerse themselves in a universe filled with millions of LED and RGB lights paired with the latest in computer technology and synchronized to your family’s favorite holiday music. It opens at 6:00 pm every night  – Daily 6-10pm. Tickets are per vehicle  – buy your tickets online ahead of time as they are more expensive at the gate. http://illuminationaz.com/

 

November 13th –  Annual Chandler Chuck Wagon Cook-Off Chandler – Tumbleweed Ranch – Named by American Cowboy magazine as one of the best Chuck Wagon Cook-offs in the nation this event demonstrates the 1880s Old West lifestyle.  This year thirteen wagon teams from across the western United States,  prepare a five course meal from their authentic chuck wagons using cooking methods and utensils in the style of those used in 1880s cattle drives.  They will be judged on each of their courses as well as best overall meal. The meals will be available for the public to purchase online ahead of time. There will  also be stage entertainment, family activities and shopping opportunities.  Saturday 10am – 1:00 pm.  https://www.pardnersoftumbleweedranch.org/index-771470-774900-460210.html

 

November 13th – Arizona Barrels, Bottles and Brews – Scottsdale – Salt River Fields at Talking Stick – The AZ Barrels, Bottles & Brews highlights the state’s biggest and best craft breweries, distillers, and vintners and will feature samples and products produced exclusively in Arizona. Over 30 breweries, wineries, and distilleries will take over the Center Field concourse area and will be serving up tastes of their award-winning creations. Walk the concourse, play lawn games, and sip and savor a true taste of Arizona this November!  1-5pm – general admission $50, VIP- $65, designated driver- $19 – https://azbottlesandbrews.com/

 

November 13th – November 14th –  Annual Phoenix Pizza Festival – Phoenix, Margaret T. Hance Park – This wonderful festival in Arizona is dedicated to pizza! This event brings together great pizza makers and local businesses for a day of cheesy awesomeness.  The fest features live local bands, lawn games, local craft breweries, wine, dessert vendors, and a kid’s craft zone. A portion of event proceeds benefit the Downtown Phoenix Inc., an organization dedicated to the creation of a thriving downtown.   11am – 5pm Saturday, 11am – 4pm Sunday – Admission is $12.00 online.  Children 5 and under are free.  Food and beverages are sold separately. https://www.phoenix.pizza/

 

November 13th – December 30th – Polar Express – Williams – Grand Canyon Railroad – Anyone with children will want to put this on their holiday bucket list.  On select days during November and December you will board the Polar Express and enjoy a train ride to the “North Pole” where Santa and his reindeer are waiting to give a gift to those who “believe”.  Enjoy hot cocoa and cookies while listening to the timeless story and sing carols on the return trip.  Select days throughout November, December and January.  $38.00-95.00,  5:30 & 7:30 pm, 800-843-8724 or http://www.thetrain.com


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November 17th and 20th – Dog’s Day in the Garden – Desert Botanical Gardens – Phoenix.  Take advantage of this special opportunity to bring the whole family, dogs included, to the Garden. Go for a walk on Garden trails, meet other dog lovers, and heel for photo opportunities. Don’t miss this tail-wagging good time! Garden admission rates. – This is from 8am – 11am only  https://www.dbg.org/events/dogs-day-garden

 

November 20th –  20th Annual Lighting of the Tallest Holiday Tree in the Nation – Anthem – Outlets at Anthem – Santa will lead the countdown to the lighting of this tree that is taller  than 80 feet and decorated with more than 20,000 lights and ornaments. Enjoy holiday-themed entertainment throughout the evening.  Free, 5:00 -6:00 pm, http://www.outletsanthem.com

 

November 20th – January 5th – World of Illumination – Tempe – Reindeer Roundup – This is said to be the Southwest’s largest drive-through holiday attraction. Illumination is one of Arizona’s newest holiday traditions. It is a destination where visitors immerse themselves in a universe filled with millions of LED and RGB lights paired with the latest in computer technology and synchronized to your family’s favorite holiday music. It opens at 6:00 pm every night  –  6-10pm daily Tickets are per vehicle  – buy your tickets online ahead of time as they are more expensive at the gate.  http://illuminationaz.com/

 

November 19th – 21st & November 26th – 28th – Hidden in the Hills – 25th Annual Artist Studio Tour & Sale – Various locations throughout Cave Creek, Carefree & North Scottsdale – During this self-guided tour you have the opportunity to visit 174 artists and 44 studios belonging to members of the Sonoran Arts League.  This is your opportunity to talk with the artists, find out about their creative processes and purchase fine art from the artists themselves.  You can use the interactive website to preview the art and design your own custom tour map!! Open daily from 10am – 5pm.  www.HiddenintheHills.org.

 

November 19th – January 2 – Lights at the Farm Vertuccio Farms, Mesa .  Lights at the Farm at Vertuccio Farms is Arizona’s largest walk-through synchronized Christmas light show. Ten acres of festive light displays keep time with popular Christmas songs, guaranteed to spread Christmas cheer. Enjoy delicious food, music, skating, and other family-friendly entertainment.  5:30-9:30 p.m. Sunday-Thursday, 5:30-10 p.m. Friday-Saturday $10 – $15pp  https://www.lightsatthefarm.com/

 

November 20th –  November 21st –  Annual ArtFest of Scottsdale – Scottsdale – Civic Center Plaza – You can do your holiday shopping at this fair featuring more than 150 juried artists & craftspeople from across the nation while enjoying the continuous live music and  international foods.  Admission is  free, 10 am – 5 pm, 480-968-5353 or 888-278-3378 or http://www.888artfest.com

 

November 24th – January 15th– 30th Annual Zoolights – Phoenix Zoo – This is an Arizona tradition not to be missed!.  With over 3.7 million lights and 700 lighted sculptures throughout the zoo this is truly a wonderful way to spend the evening.  This year there are 2 different ways to experience the Zoo Lights – ;there is the walk- thru experience and the cruise through option each occurring on different nights

WALK-THRU OVERVIEW

  • Experience millions of twinkling lights, dazzling animal sculptures and two Music-in-Motion Light Shows on our main lake.
  • Enjoy the Holiday Safari Animal Presentation nightly at 8 p.m. &
    9 p.m. in the Doornbos Discovery Amphitheater.
  • On select nights, experience community performances at 7 p.m. in the Doornbos Discovery Amphitheater. More details coming soon!
  • Enjoy an international traveling art exhibition created by artist, Russell Ronat, focused on wildlife conservation. More than 13 beautiful art pieces light up the Zoo’s famous residents.
    Learn more!
  • ZooLights has been a community tradition for 30 years. Stop by the Wall of Traditions, at the Doornbos Discovery Amphitheater to learn more about how traditions are celebrated around the world.   
  • Celebrate the season with a visit to our three-story Christmas Tree located at Crossroads Cafe. 
  • Explore the Outer Tropics Trail with more sparkling lights than ever before! Take a walk through Zooville, where you are sure to spot the who’s-who of the Zoo!

CRUISE OVERVIEW

  • From the comfort of your car, experience millions of twinkling lights, dazzling animal sculptures and two Music-in-Motion Light Shows on our main lake.
  • Enjoy an international traveling art exhibition created by artist, Russel Ronat, focused on wildlife conservation. More than 13 beautiful art pieces light up the Zoo’s famous residents. Learn more!
  • Celebrate the season as you cruise past our three-story Christmas Tree located at Crossroads Cafe. 
  • Drive through the Outer Tropics Trail with more sparkling lights than ever before! Spot the whos-who of the Zoo as you cruise past Zooville!
  • Indulge in your favorite holiday treats including kettle corn and hot cocoa.*
  • Take home a memento from your special evening.*
  • All Cruise ZooLights ticket are subject to availability and are date specific.

  5:30 – 10:30 nightly.  You can purchase tickets online. 602-273-1341 or  http://www.phoenixzoo.org.

 

November 24th – December 31 – Christmas at Schnepf Farms – Queen Creek – Experience the wonder of Christmas at Schnepf Farms, a special kind of holiday magic for the entire family. Featuring the Illumination Express train ride, a Christmas carousel, cookie decorating with Mrs. Claus, hayrides to reindeer, pictures with Santa, snow globe mini golf, a beer and wine garden, and the world’s largest inflatable Christmas-themed obstacle course. This all-in-one holiday attraction opens November 24 and runs through December 31 from 5:30-10:00 PM.   Ticket prices range from $10-$17 – online reservations strongly encouraged.  https://schnepfchristmas.com/

 

November 25th –  Thanksgiving Day Parade – Fountain Hills – Saguaro Blvd -Why watch a parade on TV when you could be attending the state’s only Thanksgiving Day parade with up to 75 units including bands, floats & marching units!  Free, 9 am, 480-837-1654 or http://www.fountainhillschamber.com

 

November 26th –  The Annual Fantasy of Lights Opening Night Parade Tempe – Mill Avenue District – Start celebrating the holiday season with this opening night parade.  Tempe will be all decked out with thousands of sparkling lights and lighted displays.  Free.  6 pm. 480-894-8158 or http://www.downtowntempe.com

 

November 26th – November 28th – Hidden in the Hills – 25th Annual Artist Studio Tour & Sale – Various locations throughout Cave Creek, Carefree & North Scottsdale – During this self-guided tour you have the opportunity to visit 174 artists and 44 studios belonging to members of the Sonoran Arts League.  This is your opportunity to talk with the artists, find out about their creative processes and purchase fine art from the artists themselves.  You can use the interactive website to preview the art and design your own custom tour map!! Open daily from 10am – 5pm.  www.HiddenInTheHills.org.

 

November 28th – January 1st – 29th  Annual Arizona’s Largest Gingerbread Village Prescott – Prescott Resort & Conference Center – View over 100+ edible & enchanting castles, estates, houses in a winter wonderland. Free, 928-776-1666 or http://www.prescottresort.com

 


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Have a great November and we wish you a very Happy Thanksgiving!

Cheers!

David

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