Temperatures may not have fallen that much, but it’s enough for us. It’s time to get outside.
From great ethnic food to colorful cultural experiences, we are eager to sample everything the crafters, chefs, musicians and diverse Valley culture have to offer.
Here’s your guide to 28 festivals and fairs to check out this September in the metro Phoenix area.
9/29-10/1: A Taste of Greece
Fun, music and authentic Greek food make up the festival that will have guests saying “Opa!” Eat homemade dishes such as dolmathes, spanakopita, pastichio and lamb while listening to live music and watching performances by Greek folk dancers. There will be indoor and outdoor dining, raffles, Greek imports and a kids’ fun zone. Free shuttle parking is available at Seton High School.
Details: 5-10 p.m. Friday, Sept. 29; 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 30-Oct. 1. St. Katherine Greek Orthodox Church, 2716 N. Dobson Road, Chandler. $3; free for ages 12 and under; get a buy-one-get-one-free admission coupon on event website. 480-899-3330, atasteofgreeceaz.com.
9/30-10/1: Garlic Festival
Garlic is the star of Queen Creek Olive Mill’s festival highlighting the aromatic bulbs’ importance. The farm grew 7,000 bulbs of organic garlic last year and plans to make use of it during this two-day festival, which includes food, cooking demos, garlic gelato, and shops with garlic-derived goods. There will also be live music, food trucks, a beer and wine garden, farm tours, and games. Fear not; breath mints are provided.
Details: 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 30, and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 1. Queen Creek Olive Mill, 25062 S. Meridian Road, Queen Creek. queencreekolivemill.com.
10/2-11/5: Vertuccio Farms Corn Maze & Fall Festival
For more than a month, head to Vertuccio Farms for a variety of fall activities. Admission to this Mesa festival includes a 7-acre corn maze, mini golf, mule-drawn covered wagon rides (weekends only), a mini zip line, a barrel train ride and pumpkin bowling. Certain weekends also have special events, such as a pumpkin-painting event on Oct. 14, 21, and 28 and magic shows each weekend. The farm is also selling pumpkins, hay bales, and corn stalks throughout the month.
Details: From Oct. 2 to Nov. 5: Monday-Thursday 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Sunday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Vertuccio Farms, 4011 S. Power Road, Mesa. $9 per person Monday-Thursday, $10 Friday-Sunday. Kids 2 and under always free. Season passes are $25. 480-882-1482, vertucciofarms.com.
10/5-29: Schnepf Farms Pumpkin & Chili Party
Fall for autumn while enjoying the fresh farm air during the annual Pumpkin and Chili Party. Every Thursday through Sunday, families can enjoy hayrides, a petting zoo, corn mazes and dog shows. Gypsy Time Travelers, a storytelling husband and wife duo, will be performing at the festival again after their appearance last year. The party also includes amusement rides, a rock-climbing wall and marshmallow roasting. Train and pony rides, food and pumpkins are available for an extra cost.
Details: Oct. 5-29: Thursdays, 10 a.m.-9 p.m.; Fridays and Saturdays, 10 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sundays, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Schnepf Farms, 24810 S. Rittenhouse Road, Queen Creek. $19 at the gate or $15 at Fry’s locations starting Sept. 14. Kids 2 and under are free. Free admission for military members Oct. 5-8 and 12-15. 480-987-3100, schnepffarms.com.
10/5-7: Phoenix Fashion Week
Phoenix Fashion Week is the top event in the Southwest that focuses on the fashion industry. The popular multi-day event has one key goal in mind: to help Arizona’s fashion industry to get worldwide exposure. This year’s event will feature a number of established designers, as well as emerging and accessory designers presenting ready to wear, resort, evening and other collections.
Details: Thursday, Oct. 5, through Saturday, Oct. 7; times and ticket prices to be posted soon, check website for updates. Talking Stick Resort, 9800 E. Talking Stick Way, Scottsdale. phoenixfashionweek.com.
10/6-8: St. George Antiochian Orthodox Church Food Festival
Fuel your appetite while tasting authentic Middle Eastern food during this weekend-long feast. The annual event features favorites such as hummus, kabobs, gyros and falafel. Make sure to visit the signature 50-foot long dessert table featuring baklava, mamoul and other treats. Live music and entertainment along with face painting and inflatables will also be part of the day’s events.
Details: Oct. 6-8. 5-9 p.m. on Friday; 11 a.m.-10 p.m. on Saturday; 11 a.m.-7 p.m. on Sunday. St. George Antiochian Orthodox Church, 4350 E. Gold Dust Ave., Phoenix. stgeorgefoodfestival.org.
10/6-29: Arizona State Fair
Carnival rides. Fried treats. Petting zoos and concerts aplenty. These are just a sampling of the many highlights of the Arizona State Fair. Enjoy checking out the livestock and other exhibits, ride the roller coasters, take part in a pie-eating contest and much more.
Details: Friday, Oct. 6, through Sunday, Oct. 29, times vary by day, check website for details. 1826 W. McDowell Road, Phoenix. $10, $5 for ages 5-13 and seniors 55 and up. 602-252-6771, azstatefair.com.
The Arizona State Fair gives you plenty of options to save money, making your experience fun and affordable. Photos by Ben Moffat, Michael Chow/The Republic
10/7: 11th Annual Puerto Rican Festival
Celebrate Puerto Rican culture at this family-friendly event. Five musicians will perform throughout the day, including Luisito Rosario, Carlos Rivas and Vinny Rivera. The indoor/outdoor event also features food and information vendors and a kids court.
Details: Noon. Saturday, Oct. 7. Stratus Event Center, 2102 N. 23rd Ave., Phoenix. $15 presale, $20 at the door, free for age 12 and under. facebook.com/azpuerto.ricanfestivals.
10/7: Mac & Cheese Fest AZ
It’s exactly what it sounds like: macaroni and cheese heaven. But don’t fear, there will also be side dishes and craft beers to compliment the cheesy goodness. The festival also includes games like ping pong and giant Jenga for those who need to work up an appetite. Chefs will share their recipes and techniques to craft the perfect mac and cheese as well as creative spins on the dish like mac and cheese pizza.
Details: Noon-7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 7. Scottsdale Waterfront, 7135 E. Camelback Road, Scottsdale. General admission $15, VIP tickets $75. For general admission attendees, tasting and drink tickets are sold separately. 480-666-5545, macandcheesefestaz.com.
10/7: Tour de Fat
Party on in Tempe with the annual Tour de Fat, offering circus performers, magicians, comedians and so much more. Michael Franti & Spearhead will be the musical guests for the evening, plus attendees can enjoy a collection of New Belgium beers, including Fat Tire, Citradelic and Voodoo Ranger 8 Hop. Admission is free for children 12 and under.
Details: 4-9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 7. Tempe Beach Park, 80 W. Rio Salado Parkway, Tempe. $25. newbelgium.com/events/tour-de-fat/tempe.
10/7-4/21: Downtown Mesa Festival of the Arts
From jewelry to candles, the Downtown Mesa Festival of the Arts offers a variety of artist creations. Lining the streets of downtown Mesa, the family-friendly festival will also feature live music. Formerly known as MACFest, this event will be held on the first and third Saturdays of each month (with a few exceptions).
Details: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on Oct. 7 and 21, Nov. 4 and 18, Jan. 6 and 20, Feb. 3 and 17, Mar. 3 and 17, and Apr. 7 and 21. 2-8 p.m. on Dec. 2 and 16. 2-8 p.m. on Nov. 11 in conjunction with Mesa Music Festival. Downtown Mesa on N. Macdonald between Main Street and Pepper Place. dtmesafest.com.
10/13-14: Vintage and Vino Festival
Those who love vintage items and antiques along with tasty wine are sure to have a great time at the Vintage and Vino Festival. Over 100 vintage, antique and handmade goods vendors will be on hand, along with lots of wine tasting, food, a wine lounge, games, music and a craft area for kids.
Details: 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 13 and 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 14. Horseshoe Park & Equestrian Centre, 20464 E. Riggs Road, Queen Creek. $5, free for kids 12 and under. $20 includes admission and 6 wine tasting tickets. vintageandvinoaz.com.
10/13-15: Phoenix Greek Festival
This festival has been transporting attendees to Greece for nearly 60 years through music, dancing and food such as gyros, pastitsio, roasted lamb and pastries baked by yiayias (grandmothers). Jewelry, art, wines, beer, cheeses and other Greek items will be sold, and there will be kids activities, dance lessons and church tours. Park at the church for $5 or at Charles Schwab at 24th Street and Lincoln Drive for free. A free shuttle runs every 15 minutes.
Details: Oct. 13-15: 5-10 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Sunday. Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral, 1973 E. Maryland Ave., Phoenix. $3 for ages 13 and up. Kids 12 and under free. Seniors over 60 free from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. on Saturday. 602-264-2791, phoenixgreekfestival.org.
10/14-15: Arizona Taco Festival
Now in its 8th year, the Arizona Taco Festival has to date served over 500,000 tacos, and it’s not stopping now. The festival includes tacos, guacamole, tequila, margaritas, and more. The event also features live bands playing everything from surf rock to mariachi music. There are also eating contests and chile pepper-eating challenges. When you’re not eating, enjoy lucha libre wrestling and a chihuahua beauty pageant.
Details: 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 14 and 15. Salt River Fields at Talking Stick, 7555 N. Pima Road, Scottsdale. $12-$15 general admission, $18 Mucho Margarita Package with souvenir cup, additional $20 for Tequila Expo (Saturday only) or Margarita Expo (Sunday only), $100 VIP. 480-270-5000, aztacofestival.com.
10/18-19: Taste of Cave Creek
Taste the flavors of fall while sampling the cuisine of more than 25 local restaurants, including Cartwright’s, Buffalo Chip, Horny Toad Restaurant and Tonto Bar & Grill. Guests can quench their thirst with samples of tequila, wine and beer. Bands will entertain attendees in the gazebo and beer garden.
Details: 5-10 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, Oct. 18-19. Stagecoach Village, 7100 E. Cave Creek Road, Cave Creek. Park on Schoolhouse Road and take advantage of a free shuttle. $10 entry, free for children 12 and under. Food tickets between $2 and $5. tasteofcavecreek.com.
10/21: 23rd Annual Front Porch Festival & Old Towne Marketplace
A wide variety of Downtown Glendale shops and restaurants will have special activities planned for this day, including make-and-take crafts, demonstrations, and scrumptious goodies to sample. Enjoy cooler fall weather, a lovely historic setting and the relaxed atmosphere at the annual celebration. Start at the Glendale Visitor Center to pick up a downtown walking map.
Details: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 21. Visitor Center is located at 5800 W. Glenn Drive, Suite 140, Glendale. 623-930-4500, visitglendale.com.
10/21: Fall Festival at Goodyear Ballpark
Goodyear Ballpark will be packed with fun for families just in time for Halloween. There will be a costume contest, trick-or-treating, trackless train rides, a pumpkin patch, rock wall, bounce houses, corn hole and crafts. Dance and martial arts groups will perform, and a book sale will be held to benefit the library.
Details: 5-9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 21. 1933 S. Ballpark Way, Goodyear. Free admission, with small fees for some activities. 623-882-3120, goodyearbp.com.
10/21: Autumnfest Arts & Crafts Fair
It’s all about fall at Anthem Community Council’s annual festival. Start with a visit to the pumpkin patch, then decorate your pumpkin. There are also carnival rides and live entertainment. Head over to the kids’ zone for free hayrides and family photos. Vendors will sell food, arts and crafts.
Details: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 21. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 22. Anthem Community Park, 41703 N. Gavilan Peak Parkway. Free. $5 for a pumpkin. 623-742-6050, onlineatanthem.com.
10/21-22: Rainbows Festival
Put on by Phoenix Pride, the festival celebrating the diversity of the LGBTQ community features more than 150 exhibitors. With an expected crowd above 25,000 people and two stages of live entertainment, there should be plenty to see over the course of the weekend.
Details: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 21-22. Heritage Square Park, 115 N. Sixth St., Phoenix. Free. 602-277-7433, phoenixpride.org.
10/27-29: 9th Annual Stagecoach Village Fine Art & Wine Festival
Wine and fine art lovers are sure to enjoy this event, which features plenty of artwork including stone and bronze sculptures, paintings done in a number of mediums, handmade furniture, jewelry and more.
Details: Oct. 27-29. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday-Sunday. Stagecoach Village, 7100 E. Cave Creek Road, Cave Creek. Free. carefreecavecreek.org/venue/stagecoach-village.
10/27-28: Gilbert Off the Street Festival
It’s the first year for the Gilbert Off the Street Art Festival, which is set to fill the streets of the Heritage District in downtown Gilbert with live music, street performers and artisan craft vendors. Other event offerings include food, kids activities and a chalk mural competition.
Details: Oct. 27-28. 4-9 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday. Downtown Gilbert Heritage District. Free. 480-503-6200, gilbertaz.gov.
10/27-28: Salt River Fields Spooktacular Balloon Festival
Satisfy your sweet tooth with more than 4,000 pounds of candy while you watch the more than 20 hot air balloons that will be on display at this Scottsdale festival. Get a fright at the haunted house or take a ride in a tethered balloon. Catch live music and see a fireworks display to close the evening.
Details: Oct. 27-28. 5-10 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Salt River Fields, Loop 101 and Indian Bend Road, Salt River Reservation. $15, $10 ages 3-12, free for ages 2 and under. 480-270-5000, saltriverfields.com.
10/28-29: Dìa de los Muertos Festival
The Day of the Dead festival will feature a scrumptious selection of food, a lively Mercado with a variety of Dìa de los Muertos items, arts and crafts and jewelry. Enjoy live entertainment by local and regional musical performers.
Details: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 28 and noon-5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 29. Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., Mesa. Free. mesaartscenter.com.
11/2-6: Scottsdale International Film Festival
Every year, thousands of film fans head to Scottsdale to see a variety of award-winning movies from around the world. The event has presented 500-plus films since it was founded in 2001.
Details: Thursday-Monday, Nov. 2-6. Various times, check website in early October for updates as well as film titles and ticket prices. Harkins Shea 14 Theatres, 7354 E. Shea Blvd., Scottsdale. scottsdalefilmfestival.com.
11/3-5: Carefree Fine Art & Wine Festival
The 24th annual Thunderbird Artists’ Carefree Fine Art & Wine Festival features more than 165 artists and more than 5,000 original works of art, including pottery, photography, sculpture, and paintings from various cultures. Festivalgoers can enjoy wine tastings from both domestic and international wineries, matched with chocolate and ambient music.
Details: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday to Sunday, Nov. 3 to 5. Downtown Carefree, 101 Easy Street, Carefree. $3 admission; $10 for wine tasting ticket that includes a souvenir wine glass and six tastings. Free parking. 480-837-5637, thunderbirdartists.com.
11/4: Arizona Fall Fest
Come celebrate local Arizona foods, beverages, vendors and musicians at the Arizona Fall Fest. The family-friendly event features 100-plus local businesses, food trucks and restaurants, live music and fun activities for the kids.
Details: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 4. Hance Park, 200 E. Moreland St., Phoenix. Free. localfirstaz.com.
11/4-5: azcentral Food & Wine Experience
Savor rich and colorful moments exploring the American culinary scene, local gastronomic trends and regional gourmet traditions. At the azcentral Food & Wine Experience, you can see local and celebrity chefs and mingle with renowned culinary leaders. Martha Stewart, a pioneer in the lifestyle industry, will meet and greet attendees, lead cooking demonstrations, and share some of her favorite recipes and techniques. She’ll also observe other chefs at the festival. At last year’s event, over 6,000 visitors enjoyed more than 6,500 glasses of wine and 110,000 sampling plates.
Details: 1-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 4 and 5. Salt River Fields at Talking Stick, 7555 N. Pima Road, Scottsdale. Tickets start at $85; VIP tickets cost $120 and include one hour early entry and other perks; $180 Chef’s Package ticket includes a meet-and-greet with a celebrity chef including autographed memorabilia, plus all VIP perks. Martha Stewart will attend the event on Saturday. 602-444-4993, foodandwine.azcentral.com.
Come learn about the diverse traditions of the Armenian culture at ArmeniaFEST. The annual two-day event features two stages with traditional Armenian dancing and music. Enjoy activities for the kids, authentic tasty cuisine and more.
Details: Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 4-5. Armenian Apostolic Church of Arizona and Cultural Center. 8849 W. Cholla St., Scottsdale. 480-451-8171, saintapkar.com.
11/4-5: 47th Annual Litchfield Park Festival of Arts
This juried event features a wide variety of art exhibitors from a number of artistic mediums. Check out art demonstrations, enjoy wine tasting, take part in family-friendly activities and more.
Details: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 4-5. Downtown Litchfield Park, 101 W. Wigwam Blvd., Litchfield Park. vermillionpromotions.com.
11/4: Herberger Theater Festival of the Arts
Celebrate the arts with food, performances and live music. The afternoon event features children’s activities, film shorts and pet adoptions. You can also view a collection of visual art or enjoy a craft beer tasting. Proceeds benefit the Herberger Theater’s youth outreach programs.
Details: 11:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 4. Herberger Theater Center, 222 E. Monroe St., Phoenix. Free. 602-254-7399, herbergertheater.org.
11/9-11: Mesa Music Festival
Come celebrate the culture of downtown Mesa at the free Mesa Music Festival. The event features performances by 200-plus artists from around the globe as well as an appearance by special guest Randy Jackson of “American Idol” fame. Performances will be indoors and out, and there will also be a car show, vendors and live art installations.
Details: Thursday-Saturday, Nov. 9-11. Various locations, times in downtown Mesa. Free. 732-203-7787, mesamusicfest.com.
11/10-12: Fountain Festival of Arts and Crafts
Browse booths full of original artwork, sculptures and paintings from more than 500 artists at this annual outdoor festival, which more than 200,000 people attend each year. Listen to live music while having a bite to eat and visiting the beer garden. Guests can browse clothing, jewelry and more. The event is held rain or shine.
Details: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday-Sunday, Nov. 10-12. Outdoors in downtown Fountain Hills along Avenue of the Fountains. Free. 480-837-1654, fountainhillschamber.com.
11/10-12: Wickenburg Bluegrass Festival
The Wickenburg Chamber of Commerce says this 38th annual bluegrass music festival is one of the oldest in the Southwest. The event includes three featured bands, food and drink concessions, arts and crafts, and a kids zone. Musicians will compete in 11 categories for awards and cash prizes. The event is outdoors and organizers recommend bringing lawn chairs, though some bleacher seating is available.
Details: Friday-Saturday, Nov. 10-12. 1-5 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. Kids zone open 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Everett Bowman Rodeo Arena, 935 Constellation Road, Wickenburg. Presale prices: $15 per day for adults, $12 for seniors, $8 for ages 6 to 13, free for ages 5 and under. Three-day passes for $40, $35, and $20, respectively. $40 for three nights of camping. Prices increase on October 1 to $18 per day for adults, $15 for senior, $10 for children. Three-day passes will be $45, $40, and $25, respectively, and three nights of camping will cost $50. 928-684-5479, wickenburgchamber.com.
11/11-12: Festival of the Superstitions
This Veteran’s Day weekend, party Apache Junction-style at this community celebration in the shadow of the Superstition Mountains. There will be plenty of fun, including live music, an obstacle course, bounce houses, face painting and local vendors. The festival opens after the Apache Junction Veterans Day Parade on Saturday with a veterans tribute. There will also be a beer garden and vendors, and a car show on Sunday.
Details: Nov. 11-12. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday. 567 W. Apache Trail, Apache Junction. Free. 480-982-3141, festivalofthesuperstitions.com.
11/11: Arizona Society of Homebrewers Fall Homebrew Festival
The Arizona Society of Homebrewers is hosting a homebrew potluck in Tempe. The organization, which preserves and promotes the tradition of homebrewing, was founded in 1995. More details will be available soon; check website for more info.
Details: Noon-6 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 11. Kiwanis Park, 6111 S. All-America Way, Tempe. azhomebrewers.org.
11/12: West Valley Island Cultural Festival
This festival celebrates island dance and music, with instructors and artists from Arizona and elsewhere. There are workshops for beginners, amateurs, and professionals, allowing all to perform. With food vendors and authentic dress, the festival also commemorates island culture.
Details: Noon-6 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 12. Glendale Adult Center, 5970 W. Brown St. $25 per person presale, $35 at the door. Free for ages 3 and under. 623-255-8491, wvislandculturalfest.com.
11/16-18: American Heritage Festival
History buffs can get a hands-on experience at the annual family-friendly festival. Known as the largest living-history event in the Southwest, the educational festival covers historical American life from colonial days to modern times. It includes battle re-enactments, live historical music and a fashion show. Actors will portray characters from times like the Old West and the world wars. Merchants will sell food, beverages, and souvenirs. For security reasons, historical attire is not allowed aside from pre-registered re-enactors.
Details: 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 18. Open to preregistered school groups only on Nov. 16 and 17. Schnepf Farms, 24810 S. Rittenhouse Road, Queen Creek. $15 admission, free for ages 3 and under. 480-777-1776, americanheritagefestival.com.
11/18: 3rd Annual Phoenix Pizza Festival
Come celebrate the popular and scrumptious food at the annual Phoenix Pizza Festival. Around 15 pizza vendors will be selling slices and pies. You’ll also find dessert food trucks, lawn games, live music and arts and crafts for the kids.
Details: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 18. Margaret T. Hance Park, 1202 N. Third St., Phoenix. $10, online purchase only. 480-442-9176, phoenix.pizza.
11/18-19: ArtFest of Scottsdale
Celebrate the arts and do some early Christmas shopping. More than 150 artists and dozens of local authors will display their works, all to the sound of regional musicians. Sample delicious food from Valley restaurants or just enjoy the beautiful weather in downtown Scottsdale. Kids can enjoy hands-on activities, and dogs are welcome.
Details: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 18-19. Scottsdale Civic Center Plaza, 7380 E. Second St. Free. 480-968-5353, 888artfest.com.
11/18-19: Enchanted Island Harvest Festival
Take a hayride or pony ride around the park while enjoying the cooler temperatures. Guests can visit animals at the petting zoo, climb a rock wall, get their faces painted, or enjoy amusement park rides.
Details: 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 18-19. Enchanted Island Amusement Park, 1202 W. Encanto Blvd., Phoenix. $7 for Harvest Festival only; $20 for festival and amusement rides for visitors under 54 inches; $12 for festival and amusement rides for visitors over 54 inches. $1 off for each canned food donation, up to $5 off per person. 602-254-1200, enchantedisland.com.
12/2-3: Experience Scandinavia
Celebrate the music and culture of Norway, Sweden, Denmark and Finland with musical performances, crafts, traditional dances and a special menu at the cafe.
Details: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 2-3. Musical Instrument Museum, 4725 E. Mayo Blvd., Phoenix. $20; $15 for ages 13-19; $10 for ages 4-12; free for ages 3 or younger and members. 480-478-6000, mim.org.
12/2-3: Arizona Asian Festival
This free festival features food, arts and crafts, cultural performances and an Asian marketplace. Learn about calligraphy and origami or watch a tea ceremony take place. Presented by the Arizona Asian American Association, the day includes a traditional fashion show along with booths and vendors.
Details: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 2-3. Scottsdale Civic Center Mall, 3939 N. 75th St. Free. aaaa-az.org.
12/8-10: Phoenix Festival of the Arts
Art, entertainment and more than 100 vendor booths make up this outdoor, family-friendly event. The free festival includes a hands-on community art project organized by local muralist Hugo Medina. There will also be a kids zone, music performances, a beer and wine garden and local food trucks.
Details: Dec. 8-10. Noon-5 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Margaret T. Hance Park, 1202 N. Third St., Phoenix. Free. 602-254-3100, phoenixfestivalofthearts.org.
12/9-10: Mesa Arts Festival
This community event features original works from local, regional and national artists in a variety of media. Guests will find live entertainment on two stages, live artist demonstrations, a family activity area and a wide selection of food.
Details: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 9-10. Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St. Free. 480-644-6500, mesaartscenter.com.
James Tyner, Alison Stanton, and Jennifer McClellan contributed to this article.
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