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Things to do in Arizona

November 2014

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Hi Friends,


Here is the Newsletter “Things to Do in Arizona – November, 2014!”


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!


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!!


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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


October 29th – November 2nd - 12th Annual 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



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October 30th – November 2nd –  12th Annual Page Lake Powell Hot Air Balloon Regatta -Page -

Each year thousands of people come to watch 50 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



October 31st – November 2nd – 21st 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



October 31st – November 2nd – 28th 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 1st – 2nd – Arizona Dressage Association Fall Fiesta – Scottsdale – WestWorld - Any breed can compete in this equestrian dressage show for competitors of all ages. There will be a Progressive Barn Party, a costume party and dog races. Free, 602-942-6062 or http://www.azdressage.org or http:// www.scottsdaleaz.gov/westworld/events.asp



Chandler Jazz FestivalNovember 6th – November 9th - 25th Annual Arizona Classic Jazz Festival – Chandler - The San Marcos Resort in the beautifully redone historic downtown Chandler area is home to this festival featuring jazz, seing and ragtime bands from Europe & the USA. $35-95, 480-620-3941 or http://www.azclassicjazz.org



November 7th – November 9th – 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



Chandler ChuckwagonNovember 7th – November 9th – 5th 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 1880s Old West lifestyle. This year eleven wagon teams from across the western United States, prepares 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) will be available for the public to purchase. There will also be stage entertainment, family activities and shopping opportunities. Friday 9 am – 8 pm, Saturday and Sunday 9am – 5pm.   http://www.chandleraz.gov



November 8th – 10th 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



November 8th – 6th 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 8th –   The 9th Phoenix Annual Parade of the Arts – Phoenix – 15th Avenue and Roosevelt- This event grows bigger every year. Come and join in the World’s Only Parading Arts Fair. This year’s theme is “Grand PAPA”.   Let your self- expression and creativity shine through in this community based festival and procession. For more info: http://www.facebook.com/artparade.



November 8th – November 9th – 13th Annual 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. 10 am – 5 pm, 602-252-8848 or http://www.heard.org/SpanishMarket



November 8th – November 9th - 25th Annual All Soul’s Procession – Tucson - This is a grass roots event for anyone who wants to All Souls Processionparticipate 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 8th – November 9th – 20th Annual Arizona Asian Festival Mesa Arts Center, features ethnic cuisine, arts and crafts, and entertainment, martial arts demonstrations, cultural dances and music from more than 14 Asian countries. There will be an Avenue of Cultures & Poem and Poster contests.   Free, 10am-10pm Saturday and Sunday 10 am – 6 pm. http://www.aaaa-az.org.



November 8th – November 9th– 44th 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 crafts people 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



Old Town Scottsdale Sign2November 8th – November 13th - Third Annual Scottsdale Fall for the Arts – Old Town Scottsdale – This is the third year for this event that highlights Scottsdale as a world class cultural hub. This year the event has grown to a week long event including an art walk, a street chalk event, lights on the canal shows, fundraisers and much more.   http://www.ScottsdaleFallfortheArts.com.


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November 14th – November 16th –   40th 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 14th – November 16th – 35th 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


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November 15th – 13th 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, 5:30 -8:30 pm, http://www.outletsanthem.com


November 15th & 16th - 7th Annual La Encantada Fine Art Festival – Tucson - La Encantada Shopping Center, 45 of the region’s finest artists showcase and sell their work, also free children’s art activities and live entertainment, Free, Saturday 10 am – 5 pm, Sunday 11 am – 4 pm, 520-797-3959 or http://www.laencantadafestival.org


November 22nd – 68th 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



November 22nd – November 23rd - 21st Annual ArtFest of Scottsdale – Scottsdale - Civic Center Plaza – You can do your holiday shopping at this fair featuring more than 200 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 22nd – November 23rd - 12th Annual American Heritage Festival – Schnepf Farms, Queen Creek – For the 12th 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



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zoo lightsNovember 24th – January 11, 2015 – 22nd Annual Zoolights – Phoenix Zoo – This is an Arizona tradition not to be missed! This year there will be two new Music in Motion shows in and around the lake. 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 27th – 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 28th -29th - 13th 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 28th – 29th – Glendale 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 28 – 29th – Patagonia’s 15th 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 11am – 4pm http://www.patagoniaaz.com


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November 29th –   16th Annual Holiday Lighted Boat Parade – Parker - 16th 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 or http://www.bluewaterfun.com






November 29th – 20th Annual Fantasy of Lights Opening Night Parade – Tempe - Mill Avenue District – Start celebrating the holiday season with this opening night parade, this year’s theme is Winter Wonderland. 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 29th – December 31st- 22nd 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



That’s it folks, however, remember to go to my page Things to do in Arizona where I will be posting more fun events as they become available.   You can comment, add your own findings, review other people’s discoveries and most importantly don’t forget to click the “LIKE” button at the top of the page.


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