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Things to do in Arizona

Things to Do in Arizona – November 2016

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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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I hope that you will find something to do that is perfect for you.  I love getting feedback, so please let me know if you enjoyed any of these activities or if there are others that you think I should include.  Have a great November and a very Happy Thanksgiving!!


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.


rodeoNovember 2nd – November 6th –  Cave Creek Wild West DaysCave Creek – Billed as Arizona’s largest Western celebration – Come out to enjoy four days of fun with live entertainment, gunfighters, cowboy poets, bath tub races, parades, a rodeo, pig races, & plenty of kid’s activities.  Free.  http://www.wildwestdayscavecreek.com  or www.cavecreekchamber.org





November 3rd –  November 6th  –   14th 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 3rd – November 6th –  27th Annual Arizona Classic Jazz Festival Chandler –  Historic downtown Chandler comes alive for this the 27th annual festival. An all event badge is $100.00 and the prices vary for each day.  Badges can be bought at the door. 480-620-3941 or http://www.azclassicjazz.org



November 4th – November 6th – 23rd 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 4th –  November 6th –  30th 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 competions, dancing and great  food and drink,  $, 520-807-9509 or http://www.tucsoncelticfestival.org





November 5th –

12th Annual Daisy Mountain Veterans Day Parade Anthem – Billed as Arizona’s largest Veteran’s Day Parade!  A cannon will be fired at 10am to start the parade.  There will be donation boxes set up along the route to collect donations for “Toys for Tots”.   http://www.daisymtnvets.org



Best Friends (1 of 1)November 5th – 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. Learn about local dog-related nonprofits, shop and enjoy samples with your pup, and experience hands-on, canine-themed activities. Don’t miss this tail-wagging good time! Garden admission rates plus $4.00/dog benefiting the Arizona Humane Society – This is from 8am – 2pm only  https://www.dbg.org/events/dogs-day-garden





November 5th –  November 6th  – 27th Annual All Soul’s Procession – Tucson – This is a grass roots 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 6th– 46th 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.




Grand Canyon Rail Road

November 11th – January 6th –

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.  $25.00-47.00, 3:30, 5:30 & 7:30 pm, 800-843-8724 or http://www.thetrain.com





November 11th –  November 13th –  Chiles & Chocolate Festival – Phoenix – Desert Botanical Garden – In this beautiful setting you can  meander through a breezy open air market while sampling savory treats such as gourmet chocolates and zesty salsas.  There will  also be cooking demonstrations and entertainment and you can pick up some fresh fire roasted green chiles!   Included with paid admission to the gardens.   9 am – 5 pm, 480-941-1225 or http://www.dbg.org



the fountain in Fountain Hills

November 11th – November 13th –   42nd Annual Fountain Festival of Arts & Crafts – 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 11th –  November 13th – 37th 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 – 5:00 pm, 928-684-5479 or 800-942-5242 or http://www.outwickenburgway.com




Chandler Chuckwagon

November 12th –

7th 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 (that will sell out quickly – they go on sale at 10am but the lines form earlier) will be available for the public to purchase. There will  also be stage entertainment, family activities and shopping opportunities.  Saturday 9am – 2 pm.   http://www.chandleraz.gov


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November 12th –  14th 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 -8:00 pm, http://www.outletsanthem.com



November 12th –  8th Annual Pecan Festival – Sahuarita – The Green Valley Pecan Company – In this “The Nuttiest  in Southern Arizona” festival there will be a cooking competition for the best Pecan appetizer and dessert as well as live entertainment, family-friendly activities, harvest demonstrations, dancing,  hayrides and games, regional food and pecan-related dishes and a  local arts and crafts market.  A Pecan Pie Contest and a Facebook Photo Scavenger Contest are new this year!  9 am – 5 pm, http://www.sahuaritapecanfestival.com



November 12th –   The 11th Phoenix Annual Parade of the Arts – Phoenix – Grand Avenue and Polk- This event grows bigger every year.  Come and join in the World’s Only Parading Arts Fair. Members of the community do not need to register to march, however, participants who choose to compete for prizes must check in by 5pm at PAPA Headquarters in front of Unexpected Gallery, 734 W Polk Street, Phoenix, AZ  85007. Contest categories are broken into 5 “Avenging Leagues”: The Colossal Costume Clan (costume contest), The Flock of Fabulous Floats (float contest), The Brilliant Bike Brigade (decorative bicycle contest), Splendiferous Sidekicks (kids and pets contest) and the all encompassing Society of Gathering Multitudes of Droves (best group effort contest). Keeping with PAPA’s policy to promote an ecologically friendly event, participants must be non-motorized..   Let your self- expression and creativity shine through in this community based festival and procession.  For more info: http://phoenixannualparadeofthearts.com/?page_id=6



November 12th – November 13th – “El Mercado de Las Artes” – formerly known as the Spanish Market Phoenix – Heard Museum – Artwork by top Hispanic artists from Arizona and New Mexico will be available while you enjoy the music & dance performances including strolling mariachis at this festival & marketplace. Free with museum admission.  9:30 am – 5 pm, 602-252-8848 or http://heard.org/event/spanish-market/  


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Alvarado Historic District

Home in Alvarado

November 13th – Historic Roosevelt District Home Tour – Phoenix – If you love history and beautiful old homes you will not want to miss this chance to tour homes in the Roosevlet District one of Phoenix’s oldest districts.  This district features turn of the century architecture such a  Period Revival, Tudor, Bungalows, Neoclassical and more.  There will be food trucks and a crafts fair as well.  Go online to sign up for a guided tour – space is limited.  11am – 4pm  $12.00 – $15.00 http://www.rooseveltneighborhood.org/



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November 17th – November 19th – 14th Annual American Heritage Festival – Schnepf Farms, Queen Creek – For the 13th year Schnepf Farms celebrates our American Heritage from the Colonial era through the American Revolution.  Learn about the mountain men, pioneers, the Civil War, Westward Expansion and more.  There will be craftsmen, musicians, actors, battle reenactments, living history demonstrations, food & shopping, $15, 9 am – 5 pm, http://www.americanheritagefestival.com



November 19th – January 1st, 2017- 24th  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



November 19th –  November 20th –   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 21st –  69th Annual Christmas Parade – Come to  Winslow the home of  AZ’s largest Christmas parade.  There will  also be arts & crafts booths & food.  Free, 1 pm, 928-289-2434 or http://www.winslowarizona.org



Zoo lights

November 23rd – January 8, 2017 – 25th 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.  5:30 – 10:30 nightly.  You can purchase tickets online. 602-273-1341 or  http://www.phoenixzoo.org.



November 24th –  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 25th – 21st Annual Festival of Lights Kick-off Party – Desert Foothills Park, Phoenix.   Enjoy a day filled with Carnival rides, community entertainment, a Beer Garden, Marketplace Street Fair and the Harley Parade with nearly 100 riders! Free admission  11am – 9pm  http://www.folaz.org/kick-off-party/



November 25th -26th – 15th Annual “Chairs of Bisbee” Art Chair Auction – Bisbee – Chairs, painted and decorated, in a variety of mediums, by local artists will be available for silent auction bids both days in the Community Hall at the Historic St. John’s Episcopal Church, Friday 9am – Sat. 4 pm, 520-432-3554 or 888-224-7233 or http://www.discoverbisbee.com



November 25th – 26thGlendale Glitters Spectacular Weekend  – Glendale Historic District – This festival has won 3 Gold awards and is consistently one of the best holiday events in the valley.  This is the kick-off weekend.  Glendale Glitters is not only the home of Arizona’s largest display of holiday lights but it also features music, traditional carriage rides (for a fee), visits from Santa and more!  Entry is free.  5-10pm.  http://www.glendaleaz.com


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November 25th – 26thPatagonia’s 16th Annual Holiday Art Walk – Downtown Patagonia – Meet local artists and partake in the “moveable feast” at this town wide event where almost all of the local shops, studios, galleries and restaurants feature local artists and provide refreshments.  Free  10am – 4pm http://www.patagoniaaz.com



Lighted Boat ParadeNovember 26th –   18th Annual Holiday Lighted Boat Parade Parker –  17th Annual Holiday Lighted Boat Parade -Watch the boats parade on the Colorado River as they make their way to the Blue Water Marina to visit with Santa Claus.  Free, 6 pm, 928 669-2174 or http://parkerareatourism.com




November 26th –  24th  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


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



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