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Things To Do In Arizona – November 2017

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Here is the newsletter: Things to Do in Arizona – November, 2017!



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.


Ongoing to November 19th  – Fall Butterfly Exhibit – Mighty Monarchs and the Plant Protectors – Phoenix – Desert Botanical Gardens – Butterflies are back and better than ever at the new 3,200 square foot Butterfly Pavilion located near the Harriet K. Maxwell Desert Wildflower Loop Trail. The new 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.  Every Saturday from Oct. 7 to Nov. 18, there will be family activities from 1 to 3 p.m. Activities change weekly and include Meet the Caterpillars, Garden Walks with a butterfly expert or learning about milkweed and the Great Milkweed Grow Out.   Included with paid admission.  9:30 am – 5:00 pm daily. https://www.dbg.org/events/mighty-monarchs-and-plant-protectors



November 2nd –  November 5th  –  15th 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 2nd – November 5th –  28th Annual Arizona Classic Jazz Festival Chandler –  Historic downtown Chandler comes alive for this the 28th 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 3rd – 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.  http://flagartscouncil.org/artwalk/



November 3rd  – Artlink First Friday Phoenix – Downtown Phoenix – Enjoy the spirit and culture of downtown Phoenix as you mingle with thousands of other residents and visitors. Tour art galleries, venues, and related spaces from 6:00 to 10:00 p.m. every First Friday of the month. (Note: each art space has their own hours.) There is even a First Friday Trolley to help you get around!   Free. https://artlinkphx.org/first-fridays/  



November 3rd – November 5th –  Cave Creek Wild West Days Cave 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 5th – 24th 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 3rd –  November 5th –  31st 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://www.tucsoncelticfestival.org



November 3rd –  November 5th  – 28th 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 4th – 13th 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.  This years parade will honor women veterans.   http://www.daisymtnvets.org



November 4th – November 5th– 47th 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.



Desert Botanical gardens

November 4th – November 5th – Dia de los Muertos – Desert Botanical Gardens – Phoenix – Explore the beauty and meaning of Día de los Muertos through music, dance, and storytelling at the Garden.  The Día de los Muertos festivities conclude with La Procesión or Procession. La Procesión represents the ancient tradition of marching as a community to burial sites in order to honor those who have passed on. La Procesion takes place between 5-6pm both days.  Included with paid garden entry.  https://www.dbg.org/events/dia-de-los-muertos-celebration-0


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November 10th –  November 12th –  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

November 10th – November 12th –   43rd Annual Fountain Festival of Arts & Crafts – 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 10th –  November 12th – 38th 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


November 11th – 8th 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 11th –  15th 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 11th –  9th 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.   9 am – 5 pm, http://www.sahuaritapecanfestival.com



November 11th –  The 12th 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.   Let your self- expression and creativity shine through in this community based festival and procession.  This year’s theme is Undersea Madness. For more info: http://phoenixannualparadeofthearts.com/?page_id=6



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.  $31.00-74.00, 3:30, 5:30 & 7:30 pm, 800-843-8724 or http://www.thetrain.com


If there is an event that you think that we should know about email me at David@OnlineArizonaHomes.com or visit our Facebook page and post a comment.


November 15th – January 14th – Illumination – Phoenix – This is said to be the Southwest’s largest drive-through holiday attraction. Illumination and the “Holiday Boulevard” are 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 6:00pm every night  –  Sunday – Thursday’s they will allow cars to drive in up until 10:30pm and on Friday, Saturday and Holidays until 11:30pm.  Tickets are per vehicle  http://illuminationaz.com/



​November 17th – 19th & November 24th – 26th – Hidden in the Hills – 21st 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 18th – 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 18th –  70th Annual Christmas Parade – Come to  Winslow the home of  AZ’s largest Christmas parade.  There will  also be arts & crafts booths & food.  Free, 12:30 pm, 928-289-2434 or http://www.winslowarizona.org


November 18th –  November 19th –  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



Willo home in Phoenix

Home in the Willo Historic District

November 19th – 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 Rooseveltt 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  $13.00 – $16.00 http://www.rooseveltneighborhood.org/

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November 22nd – January 14, 2018 – 26th 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 23rd –  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 24th –  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 24th -25th – 16th Annual “Chairs of Bisbee” Art Chair Auction – Turquoise Valley Golf, Naco – Chairs, painted and decorated, in a variety of mediums, by local artists will be available for silent auction bids both days.   Friday 9am – Sat. 4 pm, 520-432-3554 or 888-224-7233 or http://www.discoverbisbee.com



November 24th – 25thGlendale 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



​November 24th – 26th – Hidden in the Hills – 21st 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 24th – December 31st –  Christmas Lights on the Mesa Arizona Temple Grounds – Mesa –The event attracts about one million visitors every year, and features hundreds of thousands of colorful lights, a large nativity display, and holiday dioramas that blanket the garden area of the Mesa Arizona Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The Mesa Arizona Temple Gardens Christmas Lights and Concert Series features free half-hour concerts, featuring a variety of groups and musical styles, presented at 7 p.m. each evening through December 25. A complete schedule of performances can be seen online. Concerts take place on the north side of the Mesa Temple Visitors’ Center. http://www.mesachristmaslights.com/


November 25th –   The 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, 5:30 – 7:00 pm, 928 669-2174 or http://parkerareatourism.com



November 25th – 22nd 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  12pm – 8pm  http://www.folaz.org/kick-off-party/



November 25th – January 1st, 2017- 25th  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!






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