This week is a celebration of the super-fine metro Phoenix weather.

Families can choose to attend the Chandler Chuck Wagon Cook Off, the Gilbert Days Rodeo Rodeo, the Festival of the Superstitions or the Chiles & Chocolate Festival — all held outdoors. 

Our full line-up of November events can be found at You’ll find our November free family and kids event listings there too. 

11/11-12: 39th Annual Gilbert Days Rodeo


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Rodeo fans will enjoy plenty of exciting and fast-paced events at the annual Gilbert Days Rodeo. Presented by the Gilbert Promotional Corporation, the rodeo features family-friendly rodeo action.

Details: Gates open 5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 10; 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 11; and noon Sunday, Nov. 12. 26601 S. Val Vista Drive, Gilbert. $12 and $18; free for military with ID and children ages 6 and younger.

11/11-12: Chiles & Chocolate Festival


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Guests can taste their way through top local chile and chocolate vendors. Try gourmet chocolates, zesty sauces, fire-roasted chiles and other fresh culinary delights. Enjoy live performances of Brazilian, Caribbean and Latin dance; and watch live cooking demonstrations.

Details: 10 a.m.- 5 p.m. Friday-Sunday, Nov. 10-12. Desert Botanical Garden, 1201 N. Galvin Parkway, Phoenix. Free with paid garden admission, $24.95; $12.95 ages 3-17. 480-941-1225,

11/11: Veterans Day Celebration at AZ Air Time

AZ Air Time invites all veterans and active-duty service members to jump, play and have fun with their family all day at no charge. Immediate family members receive $3 off admission. 

Details: 10 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 11. Admission is $9 for the first hour for ages 6 and younger; $6 per extra hour. $14 for first hour for ages 7 and older; $9 per extra hour. Jump socks required. AZ Air Time, 13802 N. Scottsdale Road, Suite 145, Scottsdale. 480-427-2000 or

11/11: 8th Annual Chandler Chuck Wagon Cook-Off

Feel like you have traveled back in time to the late 1880s at the Chandler Chuck Wagon Cook-Off. A number of chuck wagons will be on hand competing to see who can create the tastiest and most authentic vittles from the time period. In addition to the grub, enjoy cooking demos, live music, storytelling and vendors.

Details: Activities start at 9 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 11. Tumbleweed Ranch, 2250 S. McQueen Road, Chandler. Free.

11/11-12: Festival of the Superstitions

This Veteran’s Day weekend, party Apache Junction-style in the shadow of the Superstition Mountains. Visitors can enjoy live music, an obstacle course, bounce houses, local vendors, face painting, a beer garden and a car show on Sunday.

Details: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 11 and 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 12. 567 W. Apache Trail, Apache Junction. Free. 480-982-3141,

11/11-12: 7th annual Bentley Scottsdale Polo Championships: Horses and Horsepower


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This year’s polo championships feature matches such as Santa Barbara vs. Polo Azteca and reigning champions Aspen Valley Polo Club vs. the Monte Carlo Polo Team. Guests can also take a sneak peek at the 2018 Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show and Barrett-Jackson 2018 Collector Car Auction, along with local Ferrari and Lamborghini car clubs. Be sure to also check out the dog fashion show and live performances.

Details: Gates open 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 11, and 10:45 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 12. WestWorld of Scottsdale’s Polo Field, 16601 N. Pima Road. Tickets start at $25; free general admission for ages 12 and younger.

11/11-12/24: Santa’s Wonderland at Bass Pro Shops

A magical Christmas village offers free photos with Santa and no-charge crafts and games. Visitors will find rustic Christmas cabins, holiday characters, a laser/ foam toy arcade, a Lincoln Logs building area and more. Kids can also write a letter to Santa.

Details: Hours vary, check website for details. Saturday, Nov.11-Dec. 24. 1133 N. Dobson Road, Mesa. Free. 602-606-5600.

11/12: Arizona Harvest Fest

Arizona Harvest Fest and Open Air Market will fill downtown Chandler with 100 merchants offering local produce, artisan gourmet foods, holiday items, home decor and furnishings, jewelry, clothing, art and more. Live music, a pumpkin toss, pumpkin pageant, pie-eating contest, corn shucking, a cake walk and a kids’ zone are also part of the fun.

Details: 9 a.m.- 6 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 12. Chandler Park, 178 E. Commonwealth Ave., Chandler. Free. 602-276-2499,

11/15-19: Great Arizona Puppet Theater: ‘Imagine This! 2017’

Come to the Great Arizona Puppet Theater for a giant puppet extravaganza of original stories written by students. Professional puppeteers will perform a multitude of plays written for the event by Kenilworth Elementary students. 

Details: Nov. 15-19. 10 a.m. Wednesdays-Fridays, 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays. $10; $7 for children 12 and younger. The Great Arizona Puppet Theater, 302 W. Latham St., Phoenix. 602-262-2050,

11/16 and 30: Fall Out to Lunch Concerts

Families can enjoy free afternoon concerts in the Wells Fargo Garden performance area at the Mesa Arts Center. Feel free to bring your own seating and brown-bag lunch. Food and drink will be available for purchase.

Details: 12:30 p.m. Thursdays in November (except Thanksgiving). Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St. Free.

Contributing: Sophie Blaylock and Alison Stanton.

Reach the reporter at [email protected]. Follow on Twitter at @sonjahaller.


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