• The West Select Exhibit October 21 – November 20
Paintings, drawings and sculptures of the American West. Phoenix Art Museum, Phoenix.
• Fall Concerts in the Park November 3
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.
• Glendale's Live at the Library November 3
Musical entertainment at the Main Library. Concerts are free. Call 623-930-3573 623-930-3573 for more details.
• Arizona Classic Jazz Festival November 3 - 6
Jazz, and lots of it! San Marcos Golf Resort in Downtown Chandler.
• Wild West Days November 3 - 6
A golf tournament followed by two days of family entertainment, mutton bustin’, a dance, musical performers, an all western parade, bathtub races, a bull fest, Miss Wild West Days and various horse-related activities in Cave Creek.
• Out to Lunch Concerts November 3, 10, 17
Lunchtime concerts feature local artists playing a variety of music including folk, country, jazz, Dixieland, oldies, and world music. Chairs and lawn seating are available, but guests are encouraged to bring stadium cushions and blankets. Brown bags and picnic baskets are welcome. Free admission. Wells Fargo Garden at Mesa Arts Center. 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.
• ArtBridge Thursdays November 3, 10, 17,24
Artists, crafters and jewelers exhibit and sell items in a family-friendly, festive environment. SouthBridge, Downtown Scottsdale. Free admission.
• Thursdays on Mill november 3, 10, 17, 24
Local musicians performing on the streets for Music on Mill. Market on Mill involves an eclectic mix of area businesses, growers, artisans, restaurants and chefs and local musicians. MADCAP Theaters hosts musical entertainment and films. Mill Avenue District, Tempe from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.
• Scottsdale ArtWalk November 3, 10, 17, 24
Every Thursday evening the Scottsdale Art District invites you to spend a casual evening walking downtown and enjoying fine art galleries. Free.
• First Friday November 4th
Visit more than 80 downtown Phoenix art galleries, studios and art spaces. Free.
• Native American Heritage Celebration November 4
Singing, dancing, drumming, arts and crafts and traditional games. Renaissance Square, 2 N. Central, Phoenix.
• Carefree Fine Arts and Wine Festival November 4 - 6
Arts, crafts, entertainment, wine. Over 160 artists will have displays. This is Arizona's largest wine tasting event, featuring wines from Arizona, California, Australia, Germany, Austria, France and Italy. Sponsored by Thunderbird Artists.
• Motorcycles on Main November 4th
The streets of downtown Mesa are closed to all but bikers and people who love motorcycles. Music, food, beer garden. Free admission.
• Music in the Garden November 4, 11, 18
The Desert Botanical Garden concert series featuring an array of musical styles including Salsa, Blues, Rockabilly, Latin and Motown. Outdoors on Friday nights at 7 p.m. Ticketed event. 21+.
• AZ Urbanathlon November 5
A three mile running event with 10 challenging obstacles that participants must run, jump, climb or traverse across. The course will test the strength, speed and fitness of every participant. Post race festival with music, entertainment, spirits & refreshments plus a Kids Adventure Zone. Salt River Fields, Scottsdale.
• BillingTree Rock Block November 5
Live bands at CityScape in Downtown Phoenix. All event proceeds will go to benefit Season for Sharing. All ages event.
• Dance the Night Away at Tempe Center for the Arts November 5
Feel good, dance it out, be seen, shake, move, slide and slip into the rhythm of dance mixes by several popular DJs set alongside unique, intriguing and celebratory arts-related live performances. Tempe Center for the Arts.
• Vistancia Music & Wine Festival November 5
boutique wine and beer tasting, food and top local performers. Visit a lifestyle marketplace featuring vendors and artists from throughout the Valley. The Mountain Vista Club at Vistancia, Peoria.
• Earth and Space Exploration Day November 5
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. Free teacher resources will be available such as hand-outs, supplies, and posters. School of Earth and Space Exploration at Arizona State University, Tempe.
• Gathering of Weavers: Navajo Weavers Marketplace November 5
More than 50 Navajo weavers demonstrate the dyeing, carding, spinning and weaving processes that combine with inspiration to create woven masterpieces. Lectures, book signings, live music. Free admission with paid museum admission. Heard Museum, Phoenix.
• Bug Brunch November 5th or 6th
Enojoy a delicious catered breakfast by fabulous food fine catering and events along with children’s entertainment, crafty and activities.
• La Gran Fiesta: A Celebration of Hispanic Heritage and Culture Nov 5, 6
Latin music, dance, food and fun. A free community event with performances by Arizona’s top Latin bands, activities for children and families, a mercado with handmade gifts and Latin-inspired food and drinks. Scottsdale Civic Plaza.
• Centerline Artwerks | First Saturdays November 5, 27
Features live performing artists, local painters, sculptors, dancers and musicians. Just east of Murphy Park at 58th Avenue north of Glendale Avenue, event goers will have the opportunity to watch artists at work as well as tour the historic area. Free to attend. In December, it isn't just First Saturday!
• Litchfield Park Festival of Arts November 5, 6
Fine arts & crafts, live musical performances, festival fare and wine tasting. Located next in the heart of the historic Wigwam Resort, this unique outdoor festival features an Artisan's Village filled with over 250 Fine Arts and Crafts booths. Artist demonstrations, International food court, children's activities.
• Westgate Tailgate Party November 6
Before every Arizona Cardinals home game there will be burgers, brats, adult beverages and entertainment for the entire family, plus about a dozen bars and restaurants. Each tailgate party starts roughly three hours before the game and lasts until kickoff. Free admission, food and beverages for purchase. Westgate City Center, Glendale.
• Target 3 for Free Performance Series November 6
Target and Mesa Arts Center sponsor free concerts on the first Sunday of the month at 1 p.m. Courtyard. Bring a snack and enjoy live music in a great setting.
• El Pedregal Fall Wine & Jazz Concert November 6, 13, 20
Free jazz concert at the Courtyard Stage amphitheater at el Pedregal in north Scottsdale. Admission is free, wine and food available for purchase, no outside food or drink permitted, no pets. Performance begins at 1 p.m.
• SouthBridge Sundays November 6,13,20,27
Crafters, jewelers, and artists display their work at a casual artisan market. SouthBridge, Downtown Scottsdale. Free admission.
• Sundays in Paradise November 6, 20, 27
Free concerts on Paradise Views lawn at Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m., with live music beginning at 3 p.m. There is no cover charge to attend and locals may bring their own blanket, or may arrange for a special Gourmet Picnic Package for $50, which includes a blanket to borrow, bottle of wine, and choice of appetizers.
• Talk Cinema November 8
Audience members are the critics at a sneak-preview film. This film series screens award-winning indie and foreign films before their theatrical release. The films are selected from leading festivals by critic Harlan Jacobson. Screenings include moderated conversations hosted by guest speakers. Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts.
Gilbert Days November 10 - 20
A celebration of Gilbert’s rich western heritage. Re-enactments, food, entertainment, and more family-friendly activities.
• Chandler Chuck Wagon Cook-Off November 11, 12
Authentic, old fashioned chuck wagon teams compete. The family friendly event will also feature live musical entertainment, a petting zoo, historic home tours, hay rides, horse rides, and hands-on activities for kids. Admission, parking and many activities are free. Charge for the hay and horse rides and food and beverages. Tumbleweed Park.
• Mesa Old West Days November 11, 12
The event showcases the rich pioneer and territorial history of Mesa, Arizona. Old west activities, costumes, music and dance, reenactments, shootouts.
• Bluegrass Festival November 11 - 13
Wickenburg. Three days of bluegrass bands on stage, along with competitive contests for awards and cash. Arts/crafts & food booths, kids zone, special Saturday night concert.
• Fountain Festival of Arts and Crafts November 11 - 13
Arts, crafts, food, music, entertainment. Fountain Hills Park.
• Chiles and Chocolate Festival November 11 - 13
Desert Botanical Garden, Phoenix. Chili and chocolate products from local vendors, unique Southwest gifts, cooking demonstrations, Spanish Flamenco dance and Latin jazz. Desert Botanical Garden, Phoenix
• NASCAR November 11-14
Kobalt Tools 500 Weekend. Phoenix International Raceway.
• Arizona Kidstock November 12
Music, art, food, entertainment, activity zones and vendors with child-related products and services. Special appearances. Proceeds benefit Homeless Youth Connection and Phoenix Children’s Hospital. Goodyear Ballpark
• Ahwatukee Car and Motorcycle Show November 12
Vehicles of all different makes, models and years. A judged event with trophies being awarded in various classes. Live entertainment. Food and spirits available. Raises money, food and toys for various organizations. Fee to show your car or have a booth. Admission to attend is non-perishable food items and new unwrapped toys. Ahwatukee Community Swim & Tennis Center.
• Certified Local Fall Festival November 12
A family-friendly street festival featuring members of Local First Arizona. Local restaurants and vendors on hand with entertainment provided by Arizona musicians, bands and performers. Beer & Wine Garden, raffle and silent auction raise funds for Local First, activities for young kids. Phoenix.
• MACFest November 12
MACFest (Mesa Arts and Culture Festival) is a free family-friendly event featuring artist creations, music and entertainment. Downtown Mesa on Main Street between Macdonald and Center Streets.
• Hidden Gems Luxury Home Tour November 12
the Mesa Arts Center Foundation showcases four exceptional Mesa homes. Participants will experience the extensive art collections, superb architecture, luxury interior design, and wonderful landscaping. Each home will host a unique sampling of performing or visual arts from Mesa Arts Center. Proceeds support community arts programs offered by Mesa Arts Center and free community events. Tickets are $75 each. Buy two and get one free. Proceeds support community arts programs offered by Mesa Arts Center.
• Wag & Tag November 12
K9 and obedience demos, raffles, adoption and rescue organizations, dog related vendors. Roscoe Dog Park, Goodyear.
• Heard Museum Spanish Market November 12, 13
More than 70 of the Southwest's best Hispanic artists will show and sell their work at the annual Heard Museum Spanish Market. Artwork includes an array of santos, furniture, jewelry, tilework, glitter art, tinwork, paintings, carvings, pottery and more. Admission is free. Does not include museum admission. Heard Museum, Phoenix.
• Phoenix Parade of the Arts November 13
A festival celebrating the uniqueness and creativity of Greater Phoenix. Live music, street performances, visual arts, and the public procession of the Parade of the Arts with unique floats and costumes. Family appropriate with activities for children. Downtown Phoenix.
• Discover India Festival November 13
Festival Highlights include cultural show, parade, food fair, Clothes and Jewelry Bazaar, cooking and cultural Demos, children's fair. Free admission. Heritage Square, Phoenix.
• Great Bridal Expo November 13
Displays for the wedding, honeymoon and home. Brides and grooms can meet potential wedding providers. Bridal fashion show, live orchestra and DJ, honeymoon show. Prizes. Phoenix Convention Center, Phoenix.
• Community Cinema November 17
Free movie and post-show discussion, presented by City of Mesa Office of Diversity, City of Mesa Human Relations Advisory Board, Mesa Arts Center, ITVS Community Cinema and Eight Arizona PBS. Dobson Lecture Hall at Mesa Arts Center. Free.
• Ford Ironman Triathlon and Expo November 17 - 20
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.
• NAPA Auto Parts Lucas Oil World Finals November 17 - 20
Drag boat racing. Firebird Lake at Firebird International Raceway
• Downtown Chandler Art Walk November 18th
Visit more than 40 artisans set up along the streets in front of the unique shops and cafes of Historic Downtown Chandler. Free.
• Hidden in the Hills Artist Studio Tour and Sale November 18-20, 25-27
A free, self-guided tour of nearly 50 studios with more than 150 participating artists throughout Cave Creek, Carefree, and North Scottsdale. It is a unique opportunity to 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.
• Arizona Antique Market November 18, 19, 20
Primitives, ephemera, eclectic, glassware, pottery, collectibles, toys, advertising, military items, coins, early American linens, fine selections of vintage costume jewelry and fine estate jewelry. Scottsdale.
• Good Guys Southwest Nationals November 18, 19, 20
More than 2,000 Rods, Customs, Classics, Trick Trucks and Muscle Cars; Vendor & Manufacturer Exhibits; Swap Meet & Cars 4 Sale Corral; Model & Pedal Car Show; Hot Rod Cruise. WestWorld, Scottsdale.
• Arizona Wine Growers Festival at the Farm November 19
The state's top wine makers showcase their finest wines at an interactive event where guests learn about Arizona wine production, walk through exhibits of the state's grape growing regions, and taste dozens of wines.
• Downtown Chandler Block Party November 19
"Mini events" that will showcase the festivals and special events offered year round downtown, including a farmers market, classic car show and art walk. Food vendors, live entertainment, Dickens carolers and activities for children including pictures with Santa, skating rink, bouncy houses, face painting and rock climbing wall.
• Harvest Festival November 19, 20
Enchanted Island’s Harvest Festival is an event for kids 2-10 years of age and their families. Games and activities, pony rides, a petting zoo, barrel wagon, hay rides, bounces, rock wall. Enchanted Island Amusement Park, Phoenix.
• ArtFest of Scottsdale November 19, 20
Fine art, live music, international foods, and an interactive family area featuring hands-on art activities and creative challenges for children. Over 200 select contemporary artists and crafts people from across the nation will show and sell one-of-a-kind artwork. Scottsdale Civic Center Plaza. Free admission.
• American Heritage Festival November 19, 20
A fun and educational family-friendly trip through American history with reenactments, demonstrations, historical characters. Queen Creek.
• SunDust Arts and Crafts Festival November 19, 20
A sea of tents, music, and artsy activities. The festival is expected to draw over 200 local artists and thousands of visitors. The focus of the festival will be to showcase local Arizona artists and crafters. Downtown Mesa.
• Old Town Avondale Art Walk November 19
Artwork by local artists, food, entertainment and special events. 5 p.m. to 9 p.m
• Orme Dam Victory Days November 19 - 21
The Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation hosts a celebration with a Pow Wow, rodeo, BMX, golf tournament and other outdoor activities. Yavapai song and dance, sporting events, concerts and a fine arts show.
• West Valley Senior Games November 19
A variety of athletic events for all participant 50+ young. Avondale.
• Woofstock November 19
Walks, contests, demonstrations, entertainment for you and your dog. Free admission, entry fee for events. Tumbleweed Park, Chandler.
• Rock the Block November 19
Chandler's annual block party features live bands from Arizona's local scene and other local performances, synthetic ice rink, rock wall, vendors. Free admission. Downtown Chandler.
• Litchfield Park Arts in the Park November 20
Free outdoor concerts at the Wigwam Resort Front Lawn, 3 p.m. – 5
• PodcampAZ November 20, 21
An "unconference" covering blogging, video blogging, podcasting, screencasting, social networking and any other media. Recommended for geeks, people who want to be geeks, and people who want to meet and talk with the digital innovators of the Valley. Free. Registration required.
• Miss Black Arizona Scholarship Pageant November 22
Promotes culture, social status and leadership within the African American community.