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McDonald's Rock'n'Roll Car Show at the Pavilions
Celebrating over 20 years as the longest consistently run car show! This Rock'n'Roll McDonald's in Scottsdale is the perfect destination to see classic cars and motorcycles in a free, open-air event, complete with 50's era music provided by Party Time DJ's. An average night showcases anywhere from 250 to 500 cars and up to 150 motorcycles.
When: Ongoing weekly on Saturdays
Where: The Pavilions at Talking Stick Shopping Center, Talking Stick Way & Indian Bend Rd., Scottsdale
Hours: 4pm - 8pm
Cost: FREE
More Info:
ThePavilionsAtTalkingStick.com
 or (480) 443-0080

SCHOLASTIC STORYTIME FESTIVAL
Guests are invited to OdySea in the Desert for their first ever Storytime Festival. There will be hundreds of classic books to browse while children’s favorite fairytale and storybook characters will be available for meet and greets including Elsa, Snow White, Rapunzel, Belle and more!
Throughout the event, different characters will lead story activities reading, acting out a story, creating a story, and drawing covers for guests’ own stories. There will be opportunities to take pictures with the characters after each activity. The Rally Crew will also be onsite offering craft activities including scratch art and origami bookmarks while a prize wheel will be available for very cool giveaways.
When: November 18th
Where: 9500 East Via de Ventura, Scottsdale
Hours: 10am - 4pm
Cost: FREE
More Info: (480) 951-2100 or 
OdyseaInTheDesert.com

Melrose Third Thursday

Merchants along 7th Avenue in uptown Phoenix, between Camelback and Indian School Rd, invite patrons the 3rd Thursday of every month to a celebration running during the day and into the evening hours. Featured attractions are food trucks posted along 7th Ave, local businesses with extended operating hours, music, vendors, crafts, and family-friendly fun.
Specific businesses open only on the third Thursday of the month sell inventory at deep discounts, and other businesses feature sales and specials dedicated to the day. Find a map and more information on the website.

When: Recurring monthly on the 3rd Thursday

Where: Merchants in the Melrose area between Camelback and Indian School Rd along 7th Ave., Phoenix
Hours: 12pm - 8pm

Cost: FREE
More Info:
Melrose3rdThursday.com

monthly events

First Fridays
Enjoy the spirit and culture of Greater Downtown Phoenix as you mingle with thousands of other residents and visitors. Tour more than 70 art galleries, venues, and related spaces. Get from place-to-place on a free shuttle, starting at the Phoenix Art Museum, or at major stops on each route. Print a map online and guide yourself or maps are also available at the Phoenix Art Museum.
When: Every first Friday of the month
Where: Downtown Phoenix
Hours: 6pm - 10pm
Cost: FREE
More Info:
ArtLinkPhoenix.com

Movies at the Museum
Independent and classic cinema and documentaries relating to art, artists, and works on view in the Museum, typically followed by a discussion. First come, first seated.
When: Various dates, see website for more details.
Where: Phoenix Art Museum, 1625 N. Central Ave., Phoenix
Hours: Vary, see website for more details.
Cost: FREE with museum admission
More Info:
PhxArt.org

fun events around the valley

Gilbert Farmers Market
Located in the Heritage District of Downtown Gilbert, next to the historic water tower, this Farmers Market is full of local, one-of-a-kind growers, farmers and artisans. Pets are welcome and plenty of shade is available. Their multitude of vendors can be found on their website listed below.
When: Every Saturday morning
Where: 222 N. Ash St., Gilbert
Summer Hours: 8am - 12pm
Cost: FREE
More Info:
GilbertFarmersMarket.com

A CHRISTMAS CAROL
This spectacular Broadway musical adaptation of Charles Dickens’ novel, A Christmas Carol, follows Ebenezer Scrooge as he takes a ghost-guided, eye-opening journey through his past, present and future to learn the importance of family & friendship. Filled with lively song and dance, stunning sets and costumes, it will leave you and yours wrapped in the joy of the season. You don’t want to miss this holiday classic of hope, love and redemption.

When: December 6th - December 23rd; recurring weekly Thursday - Sunday
Where: Tempe Center for the Arts; 700 W. Rio Salado Pkwy., Tempe
Hours: 7:30pm
Cost: $42 - $58 Adults / $25 Children
More Info: 
TempeCenterForTheArts.com

CITYSKATE GRAND OPENING AND TREE LIGHTING CEREMONY
The official CitySkate Grand Opening and Tree Lighting Ceremony will kick-off all of the holiday merriments and skating season on Friday, Nov. 23 (Black Friday). The event will showcase a professional figure-skating routine, Santa Claus arriving via the Polar Express, a light show and the official tree lighting ceremony.
Prior to the event from 12:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., those still in search of the perfect holiday gift can shop more than 30 local makers, curators and businesses specializing in high-end vintage clothing, jewelry and furniture at CityScape’s Alternative Black Friday Vintage Market.

When: November 23rd
Where: CityScape Phoenix; 1 E Washington St., Phoenix
Hours: 3pm - 11pm
Cost: $15 for adults; $10 for military, seniors, and children 8 and under; $10 for students on Sundays; free for children under 3.
More Info: (602) 772-3900 or 
PhxIceRink.com

ILLUMINATION: SYMPHONY OF LIGHT
Back for its second year, the 25-minute spectacular drive-thru attraction will showcase unforgettable holiday icons and a breathtaking illuminated drive-thru tunnel set to festive music.
The North Phoenix’s location will introduce a new 100-foot-wide nativity scene, along with an expanded Holiday Boulevard Marketplace. This spacious area is a winter wonderland designed for shopping the latest artisanal gifts from local vendors, sipping hot cocoa, and snacking on funnel cakes, candy apples, brick-oven pizzas and other tasty treats.
This year, the Holiday Boulevard Marketplace will continue to offer free parking and free admission, and will now be open to the public without a ticket. An immersive winter wonderland for all ages, it will include impressive walk-thru ornaments, Elfie-selfie stations and a post office to write letters to our troops. It will also include paid experiences like Christmas-themed bounce houses for the kids, ornament and gingerbread decorating stations, and photos with Santa. A walk down Holiday Boulevard will be sure to put the entire family in a festive spirit and will create the perfect backdrop for holiday photos, cards and of course, a cherished social media post.
When: thru January 5th; recurring daily
Where: I-17 and Jomax Rd.; 27701 N. Black Canyon, Phoenix
Hours: 6pm - 10pm
Cost: $29 in advance
More Info: (480) 945-2229 or 
WorldOfIllumination.com

SKATE WESTGATE
Children and adults are invited to skate into the holiday spirit on the Westgate Entertainment District's outdoor rink featuring real ice!
Attendees of all skill levels can glide over 3,300 square feet of ice in the heart of Westgate at Fountain Park. Registration is not required and skating sessions are on a first-come, first-served basis. Tickets and skate rentals will be available at the ticket booth located near the ice rink, including single-use and season passes.
When: thru January 13th; recurring daily
Where: Westgate Entertainment District; 6751 N. Sunset Blvd., Glendale
Hours: 11am
Cost: $15 (includes skate rental); $12 (bring your own skates); Toddlers $12 (includes double-blade skate rental); Military $12 (with proper ID); Season Pass $99 (includes admission + skate rental)
More Info: For more information and a daily schedule of operating hours, visit
WestgateAZ.com.​

Creature Feature And Wonders Of Wildlife Show At Out Of Africa Wildlife Park
Experience an interactive animal encounter, learn fun facts and about animal behavior in our ‘Creature Feature’ show. See a variety of unique and exotic animals playing and just being themselves in our ‘Wonders of Wildlife’ show.
When: Ongoing
Where: Out of Africa Wildlife Park, 3505 W. State Route 260, Camp Verde
Hours: See website for various dates and times
Cost: Included in admission
More Info:
OutOfAfricaPark.com

Scottsdale ArtWalk

Scottsdale ArtWalk is much like a large, easy-going open house for the Scottsdale Arts District located primarily along Main Street and Marshall Way in Scottsdale Downtown. "America’s Original ArtWalk", this weekly gathering takes place every Thursday evening (year-round, except Thanksgiving) when all member galleries belonging to the Scottsdale Gallery Association (SGA) open their doors to the public and show off the work of the Southwest’s outstanding artists. A 30-year tradition, the ArtWalk process is simple; proceed at your own pace, wander into galleries that capture your fancy, stroll around a delightful area punctuated by dramatic statues, bubbling fountains, tree-covered courtyards, famed restaurants and more. Horse-drawn carriage rides and trolley rides are often available from plentiful free parking areas nearby.
When: Recurring weekly on Thursday
Where: Various Galleries, 7100 East Main St., Scottsdale
Hours: 7pm - 9pm

Cost: FREE
More Info: 
ScottsdaleGalleries.com

Meet Me Downtown Phoenix Social Walk/Run

Meet Me Downtown Phoenix is a weekly evening get-together designed to build healthy bodies, healthy businesses and a healthy Downtown. Every Monday join the community for a social walk/run through the heart of our city and, in the process, get fit, win prizes, shop local and make friends. Check in at Copper Blues from 5:15 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., then run/walk 3-5 miles or as far as you'd like. A route guide will be provided. After the walk/run, join them for closing ceremonies, incentive awards and prizes. Participants will get a stamp to receive discounts that night at select local restaurants.
When: Recurring weekly on Monday
Where: The Park Street Food Bar, 3 S 2nd St., Phoenix
Hours: 5:15pm
More Info: 
MeetMeDowntownPhx.com

City Lights Movie Nights at CityScape Phoenix

On the second Friday of every month, guests are encouraged to bring their blankets and chairs to watch a feature film on the big screen at the outdoor movie theater in Patriots Park. More than 1,200 guests attend each of these free, family friendly events that include giveaways, special-themed contests and prizes.

When: Recurring monthly on the 2nd Friday

Where: CityScape Phoenix, One East Washington St., Phoenix
Hours: 6:30pm - 9pm

Cost: FREE
More Info: Check their
Facebook for upcoming movies.

Street Food Saturdays & Caravan Café
Enjoy up to 15 of the Valley's top gourmet food trucks in one location. Picnic seating available or lounge in our comfy Caravan Tent. Guaranteed private tables are available for rental (seat 6 for just $20 a night). Cool misters in the summer, heated in the winter. After dinner, join us for dessert at the NEW Caravan Cafe. Sweet after dinner treats and NEW "action" food stations. Healthcentric options available every Saturday night. Please check in with concierge.
When: Every Saturday night
Where: 5th Ave. and Goldwater, Scottsdale
Hours: 6:30pm - 10:30pm for Street Food, 7:30pm - 10:30pm for Caravan Café
Cost: FREE
More Info:
FoodTruckCaravan.com

Downtown Chandler Art Walk

The Downtown Chandler Art Walk is held on the third Friday of the month, year-round, from 6 to 10 p.m. Dozens of talented artists in a variety of media showcase their art along the sidewalks of Boston and San Marcos Streets. Live music in the park, free kids activities and free parking. A map can be printed from the website.
When: Recurring monthly on the 3rd Friday

Where: Historic Downtown Chandler, 3 S. Arizona Ave., Chandler
Hours: 6pm - 10pm

Cost: FREE
More Info: (480) 855-3539 or 
ChandlerArtWalk.com

DINO EXPLORER
This Jurassic-sized adventure is sure to put a smile on the face of any dino fans. The brand new exhibit features a wide range of dino activities and playful learning. Head to their Jurassic build tables to construct your own LEGO dinosaur. Follow the instructions to build a Tyrannosaurus Rex or let your creativity run will and make your own LEGO creation!
Before you leave, don’t forget to get your picture taken with a huge LEGO T-Rex! Get ready to build, learn, laugh, and become a true dino explorer at LEGOLAND Discovery Center Arizona.

When: thru December 31st; recurring daily
Where: Legoland Discovery Center; 5000 S. Arizona Mills Circle Ste. 135, Tempe
Hours: See website for hours
Cost: Starting at $14.95 (online saver ticket)
More Info: (877) 526-3960 or 
Arizona.LegolandDiscoveryCenter.com

WESTGATE ENTERTAINMENT DISTRICT'S HOLIDAY TREE LIGHTING
Decorated in its holiday best, Westgate Entertainment District will host the annual lighting of its 36-foot tree on Tuesday, November 20.
Presenting the first snowfall of the season, Westgate patrons can enjoy ice skating, classic carols, the lighting of the tree and Santa’s official arrival. The festivities will kick off at 6:30 p.m. and run through 9 p.m. with Santa available for photos from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

When: November 20th
Where: Westgate Entertainment District; 6751 N. Sunset Blvd., Glendale
Hours: 6:30pm - 9pm
Cost: FREE
More Info:
WestgateAZ.com

Live Entertainment at Desert Ridge
A different set of performers entertains every week at the District Stage and the AMC Fountain Stage! There is seating, but you may bring your own chairs. There are plenty of both sit-down and fast food restaurants where you can get all kinds of good eats while you listen to the music.
When: Every Friday and Saturday, year-round
Where: Desert Ridge Marketplace, Loop 101 and Tatum Blvd.
Hours: 7pm, see website for weekly performers
Cost: FREE
More Info:
ShopDesertRidge.com

STORYTIME WITH MRS. CLAUS AT THE FARM AT SOUTH MOUNTAIN
Join The Farm at South Mountain for an evening of magic and family fun in our pecan grove! Mrs. Claus will be making an appearance at The Farm for story time, a memory that your kiddos won’t want to miss! Bring a blanket to snuggle up in, grab some delicious dinner from Farm Kitchen, and enjoy an evening under the stars with Mrs. Claus.
6:00 pm: Arrive and enter the family dance party! There will be face painting and The Farm Kitchen will be open for dinner! Hot chocolate and cookies will also be available for purchase.
7:00 pm: Gather your blankets and grab a seat! The magic of Storytime with Mrs. Claus will begin! Mrs. Claus will stay for a short period after storytime for pictures.
8:00 pm: Thank you for coming!

When: December 7th
Where: The Farm at South Mountain; 6106 S. 32nd St., Phoenix
Hours: 6pm - 8pm
Cost: $4 for kids, $5 for adults
More Info: (602) 276-6360 or 
TheFarmAtSouthMountain.com

First Friday at DeSoto Central Market

Come celebrate Roosevelt Row's monthly Art Walk on First Fridays at DeSoto Central Market with tons of delicious food options, great drinks, a pop-up market, DJ tunes and local artwork! 
When: Recurring monthly on the 1st Friday
Where: Desoto Central Market, 915 N. Central Ave., Phoenix
Hours: 5pm - 9:30pm
Cost: FREE
More Info: (602) 680-7747 or 
DesotoCentralMarket.com

QUEEN CREEK HOLIDAY FESTIVAL AND PARADE
Join us for the 36th annual Queen Creek Festival and Parade. The parade will take place on Ellsworth Road starting near Sierra Park and concluding just past the Queen Creek Library. Queen Creek Festival and Parade will feature carnival rides, live entertainment, food and beverage stations, commercial vendors, free photos with Santa and a tree lighting ceremony and of course the community parade.

When: December 1st
Where: Queen Creek Library; 21802 S. Ellsworth Rd., Queen Creek
Hours: 12pm - 7pm
Cost: FREE
More Info:
QueenCreekParade.org

Year-round events

TEMPE FALL FESTIVAL OF THE ARTS
The Tempe Festival of the Arts is a well-loved community event that showcases art, live entertainment, food and beverage. More than 300 artist booths will fill the streets of Downtown Tempe over a course of a 3-day weekend. Hundreds of artists from across North America will present unique, hand-made artwork that offers visitors a distinctive shopping experience. The Tempe Festival of the Arts is consistently ranked among the Top 20 art festivals in the nation by Sunshine Artists and has received the prestigious Pinnacle Award from the International Festival and Events Association. Join us this fall as we celebrate the festival’s 50th Anniversary.
When: November 30th - December 2nd; recurring daily
Where: Mill Avenue District; Mill Ave. and University Dr., Tempe
Cost: FREE
More Info: (602) 331-9016 or
TempeFestivalOfTheArts.com

GLENDALE GLITTERS
Glendale’s award-winning holiday lighting event has become a family tradition across the Greater Phoenix region and state. The stunning display of 1.5 million lights illuminates 16 blocks of Historic Downtown Glendale, making it the largest free holiday light display in Arizona.

When: November 23rd - January 12th; recurring daily
Where: Downtown Glendale; 58th and Glendale Ave., Glendale
Hours: 6pm - 10pm
Cost: FREE
More Info: 
GlendaleAZ.com

2nd Friday Night Out in Mesa
Bring the family to downtown Mesa for 2nd Friday Night Out featuring 60 or more artists showcasing original artwork, food vendors, and downtown Mesa shops that stay open late. You can also expect to hear live music and find activities geared towards the kids. It's a monthly block party with a different theme each month.
When: Second Friday of every month
Where: Along Main Street, between Center and Country Club in downtown Mesa. The information booth is located on Main and MacDonald.
Hours: 6pm - 10pm
Cost: FREE
More Info: See
2ndFridayNightOut.com for monthly theme.

FANTASY OF LIGHTS BOAT PARADE
Everyone loves a parade, right? A parade that floats…even better! We invite the community to take part in our holiday tradition at Tempe Town Lake by joining us for the 20th Annual Fantasy of Lights Boat Parade.
Watch as 50+ festively-decorated boats float on the lake. Enjoy food from our on-site food trucks, get your holiday shopping done at the Holiday Market, and enjoy a glass of beer or wine while watching live entertainment on the main stage.
The festivities begin at 4 p.m. and the parade kicks off at 7 p.m.

When: December 8th
Where: Downtown Tempe - Mill Avenue & Lake Districts; 310 S. Mill Ave. A-201, Tempe
Hours: 4pm - 9pm
Cost: FREE
More Info: (480) 355-6060 or 
DowntownTempe.com