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: November 13th - January 12th, 2020; 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)
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Cotton-Headed Ninnymuggins!
Based on the 2003 film starring Will Ferrell, Elf The Musical is the hilarious tale of Buddy, who, as a baby, mistakenly crawls into Santa’s bag of gifts and is transported to the North Pole. When his enormous size and poor toy-making abilities cause him to face the truth, Buddy embarks on a journey to New York City to find The World’s Greatest Dad and discover his true identity. Buddy is determined to win over his new family and help New York remember There Is a Santa Claus. This modern-day holiday classic is sure to make everyone embrace their inner elf.
When: November 22nd - 24th, 26th - 27th, 29th - December 1st, 3rd - 8th, 10th - 15th, 17th - 22nd, 24th, 26th - 29th
Where: Arizona Broadway Theatre; 7701 W. Paradise Ln., Peoria
Hours: 12pm
More Info: (623) 776-8400 or

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

Lights of the World is back for a third year, with completely new, and better light displays. Combining the age-old tradition of paper lanterns with cutting-edge technology, the Lights of the World lantern displays extend from 18 to 60 feet, amounting to over 10 million colorful lights, and showcase features of different cultures and civilizations around the globe.
With over 65 stunning displays, Lights of the World promises an unforgettable exploration of global cultures and cuisine. Lights of the World also possesses a litany of other entertainment features: as visitors walk through, they’ll encounter a world of surprises, including friendly, life-like dinosaurs, free carnival rides, and a daily free performance showcasing acrobatics or a sea lion show. Artisans will also be on site, creating unique, handmade art to commemorate the celebration.
When: November 21st - January 12th, 2020; recurring weekly on Thursday through Sunday
Where: Arizona State Fairgrounds; 1826 W. McDowell Rd., Phoenix
Hours: 5:30pm - 10pm
Cost: TBD
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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monthly events

fun events around the valley

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
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The Mesa Music Festival is a music and arts festival that celebrates the culture of downtown Mesa. With performances by over 300 artists from around the world, the Mesa Music Festival is the premier emerging artist festival in Arizona.
Participating venues include Mesa Amphitheatre, Mesa Arts Center, Milano Music, Arizona Music & Entertainment Hall of Fame Stage and Desert Eagle Brewing Company, Jarrod's Coffee, Tea & Gallery, Queen's Pizzeria, Smooth-O-Lator Cookie Shop, Phoenix Motor Leathers and Cloud Club Smoke Shop.
Admission is free. Parking is free in downtown Mesa.
When: November 14th - 16th; recurring daily
Where: Downtown Mesa; Main Street Mesa
Hours: See website for schedule of events.
Cost: Free
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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
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Santa’s Wonderland is the ultimate free family Christmas event. The magic returns to Bass Pro Shops and Phoenix-area families are invited to enjoy this enchanting Christmas village offering free 4x6 studio-quality photos with Santa and free family holiday activities including fun crafts and games.
Features include rustic Christmas cabins, holiday characters and live elves set amongst a dazzling backdrop of snow-covered hills and illuminated Christmas trees. The Santa’s Wonderland Christmas village offers remote control trucks, laser/ foam toy arcade, Lincoln Logs building area and much more. Kids can also enjoy free crafts, coloring stations and write a letter to Santa.
When: November 16th - December 24th; recurring daily
Where: Bass Pro Shops; 1133 North Dobson Mesa
Hours: 10am
Cost: Free
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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
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See millions of twinkling and dancing lights, a three-story-high holiday tree, live reindeer, a 200-foot long polar slide, photos with Santa, hundreds of glimmering light displays and lakeside music-in-motion shows.
New this year to the holiday display is the Wildlife Lantern Safari, featuring more than 60 creatures – all aglow.
When: November 27th - January 19th, 2020; recurring daily
Where: Phoenix Zoo/Arizona Center for Nature Conservation; 455 N. Galvin Parkway Papago Park Phoenix
Hours: 5:30pm - 10:30pm
Cost: $14.95+
More Info: (602) 286-3800 or

Year-round events

Over 35 million people on our blue planet have experienced the exciting and spectacular show that is BLUE MAN GROUP. And now, the Blue Men return with a new touring show — Blue Man Group Speechless Tour.
Speechless will feature new and original compositions, acts, and instruments alongside iconic Blue Man Group moments based in joy, art, music, comedy, social commentary, and profound absurdity.
We see fun in your future. If you like normal, think again — ‘cause Blue Man Group is a rollicking rave of a good time. Join us in your city and experience a new blue.
When: November 15th - 17th; recurring daily
Where: ASU Gammage; 1200 S. Forest Ave. Arizona State University Tempe
Hours: Showtimes vary by date
Cost: Price: $30-$99+
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Glendale Glitters is Arizona’s largest free holiday light display and a beloved family tradition, as charming downtown Glendale is illuminated by more than 1.6 million twinkling lights across 16 blocks.
When: November 29th - January 11th, 2020; recurring daily
Where: Downtown Glendale; 58th and Glendale Ave., Glendale
Hours: 5pm - 10pm
Cost: Free
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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.

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 for monthly theme.

We’re sliding into the winter season with a new pop-up exhibit, Sock Skating. 
Museum members will experience a special preview during Members-Only Extended Play on Friday, November 15th from 4pm-7pm. Come join the fun.
When: November 16th - January 5th, 2020; recurring daily
Where: Children's Museum of Phoenix; 215 N 7th St., Phoenix
Hours: 9am - 4pm
Cost: Free with Museum Admission
More Info: (602) 253-0501 or

Christmas at Schnepf Farms is a new kind of holiday magic for the entire family. Featuring the World of Illumination train ride, ice skating, cookie decorating with Mrs. Claus, reindeer hayrides, pictures with Santa, glow mini golf, a 4D animated show, marshmallow roasting and the world’s largest inflatable Christmas-themed obstacle course.
When: November 27th - December 30th; recurring daily
Where: Schnepf Farms; 24810 E Rittenhouse Rd., Queen Creek
Hours: 6pm - 10pm
Cost: $20-$35
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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
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Experience the weird and wonderful world of Tacotopia. A hybrid amusement park and taco festival, all rolled up into an immersive, tacotastic Experience. Ride the Mechanical Taco, beat the best time and claim your "I Rode the Taco" T-shirt. Dive into a larger-than-lime Bowl of Guac. Ride a Taco Teeter-Totter. Swing on the famed Lime Wedge in the Senorita Needs a Margarita room. Share your love of tacos while swinging on your favorite emoji in the Tacos Make Me Happy room. Taco bout a fiesta.
Over 30 interactive taco Installments. Every ticket includes one free taco, complimentary chips, and salsa bar, Jarritos soda, and a free exit gift bag.
When: November 14th - 24th; recurring weekly Thursday through Tuesday
Where: Tempe Marketplace; 2000 E Rio Salado Pkwy., Tempe
Hours: 11am - 7:30pm
Cost: $25 adults; $20 students; $15 kids; free for kids 3 and under
More Info: (310) 920-9000 or

Join us for a day filled with holiday entertainment at the North Pole Express (between Children’s Place & Polo) Penguin Peaks (Tot Lot area) and Holiday Village (Pavilion One near the Big Tree). Family fun will include face painters, holiday crafts, meet and greets with the Grinch, Elsa and Anna and Olaf, a petting zoo and Santa! We will also feature an interactive music show for our littlest shoppers as well as holiday vendors selling unique holiday merchandise and crafts.
When: November 16th
Where: Outlets at Anthem; 4250 W Anthem Way Phoenix
Hours: 12pm - 5pm
Cost: Free
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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