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EVENTS AND ACTIVITIES IN METROPOLITAN PHOENIX


With such a large and varied population, all with a wide array of interests, and in such a spread out area, Metropolitan Phoenix is constantly and continuously hopping with events and activities. Go to this page for a calendar of regularly scheduled fun events throughout the year.

This page provides links to upcoming and/or regular events and activities that occur in the Phoenix Metropolitan area. For events and activities around the State of Arizona, outside of the Phoenix area, please go to the Events and Activities Around Arizona page.

Visit this webpage regularly for additions and updates.




WEEKLY


ROCK N ROLL MCDONALDS CAR SHOW

In and around the Rock-and-Roll McDonalds (1950s themed) at the Scottsdale Pavilions between Pima and the 101 on Indian Bend Road.

Don't miss this Classic Car Show... The Best Cruise on a Saturday Night.

Antique Cars, Classic Cars, Custom Cars, even Electric Cars and Motorcycles.

If there are only 300 Cars on display, then it is considered a slow night.

Every Saturday, 4:00pm to 8:30pm

ROCK N ROLL MCDONALDS CAR SHOW


SCOTTSDALE ARTWALK

Every Thursday Night, 7pm – 9pm

Located along Main Street and Marshall Way in Scottsdale, Downtown, between Fifth Avenue on the north and Main Street on the south, and between Scottsdale Civic Center on the east, and Goldwater Boulevard on the west.

Be sure to visit the website for updated information and announcements of special events and activities, and the more noteworthy events:

SCOTTSDALE ARTWALK




MONTHLY


PHOENIX FIRST FRIDAY ARTWALK

First Friday of Each Month, 6pm – 10pm

Indian School Road to Buchanan Street, 12th Street to 17th Avenue

A coalition of Phoenix's most innovative artists and galleries throws a monthly arts and music celebration. Once a month, the downtown gallery district draws swarms of art lovers into the streets for a full-contact artistic experience. More than a dozen galleries display their latest and most innovative works--each more original than the last. DJs spin on lawns and street corners and musicians play and cruise around like strolling minstrels. The mingling crowd is diverse with academics, activists, aficionados and couples craving a date that beats dinner and a movie.

Specific Event Details probably can be found in the AZ Republic Newspaper the first Friday of the month.

Or possibly check out this website:

PHOENIX FIRST FRIDAY ARTWALK




JANUARY


BARRETT-JACKSON COLLECTOR CAR EVENT

For nearly four decades, this week-long event presented by Barrett-Jackson Classic Car Auction Co. has featured collector automobiles and memorabilia as well as fashion shows, cooking demonstrations and wine and liquor tastings. More than 200,000 people attend the auction and accompanying activities. Check Web site for complete schedule.

WestWorld of Scottsdale, 16601 N. Pima Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85260, PHONE: 480-421-6694

BARRETT-JACKSON COLLECTOR CAR EVENT




FEBRUARY


THE ARIZONA RENAISSANCE FESTIVAL

Weekends only from the beginning of February to the end of March, on the U.S. 60 east past Gold Canyon. On I-60 east of Apache Junction. If you have never been, this is really fun and different. The Arizona Renaissance Festival is a 30-acre village with the King & His Court, castles & cottages, kitchens, pubs, and artisans hawking their wares. It's hijinks meets history with costumed characters, comedy, music, the Fairhaven Feast Hall and jousting knights. Do be sure to visit the Website for all the extensive details, including varying costs, special events, etc.

THE ARIZONA RENAISSANCE FESTIVAL


VNSA BOOK SALE

The second weekend in February sees one of the biggest annual events in the Valley, the VNSA Book Sale is a huge event with well over 600,000 used books and magazines. It is the largest used book sale in Arizona. The VNSA donates all of its proceeds to several charitable organizations. People have been known to begin lining up at 3:00am and the line is nearly a mile long by the time the door opens at 8:00am. When the crowds die down by Saturday afternoon and Sunday, the VNSA just brings out a ton of more books. On Sunday, everything left is usually half off the marked price after noon. This is a great place to go to obtain a bunch of books related to medicine and many, many various other interests at incredibly cheap prices. Great place for children’s books very cheap. It is held at the Arizona State Fairgrounds, 19th Ave & McDowell, in Phoenix. Admission Free. There is a Parking fee.

VNSA BOOK SALE


GLENDALE CHOCOLATE AFFAIRE

This free award-winning, family friendly festival, held the weekend before Valentine's Day, includes a variety of chocolate goodies, a tour of Cerreta's Candy Co., a symposium of romance authors, games and horse-drawn carriage rides. Indulge in such treats as truffles, deep-fried chocolate bars and sweet-potato fries. Romance writers talk about their genre and offer fans free writing workshops. Children can enjoy face paintings and rock wall climbing.

GLENDALE
GLENDALE PARKS AND RECREATION


PARADA DEL SOL PARADE & RODEO

A major Scottsdale event famous not only for the Parade and Rodeo, but also for the only United States Post Office officially recognized Pony Express Ride and Mail Delivery from Holbrook to Scottsdale. The Hashknife Pony Express makes its ride every January traveling 200 miles from Holbrook to Scottsdale, Arizona, and delivering 20,000 first-class letters by horseback. The ride is led by the Navajo County Hashknife Sheriff's Posse. More than two dozen riders in authentic cowboy clothing carry the mail, relaying the bags along the route. The arrival of the Hashknife Pony Express in Scottsdale kicks off a month of activities of the annual Parada del Sol. This event consists of the world's largest horse-drawn parade which makes its way along Scottsdale Road from Oak to Indian School in historic downtown Scottsdale. The Trails End Celebration follows the parade in Old Town Scottsdale featuring a kid's area with games, pony rides and food, and much more. The Parada del Sol Rodeo is usually the last weekend in February. It is followed by the Parada del Sol Rodeo, a PRCA Sanctioned Rodeo that consists of five action-packed performances. Fun and excitement for the whole family at WestWorld of Scottsdale, 16601 N Pima Rd, Scottsdale, 85260.

PARADA DEL SOL PARADE & RODEO
HASHKNIFE PONY EXPRESS




MARCH


CACTUS LEAGUE : MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL

Spring Training for 12 Major League Baseball Teams comes to the "Valley of the Sun" every March.

CACTUS LEAGUE : MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL


THE ARIZONA RENAISSANCE FESTIVAL

Weekends only from the beginning of February to the end of March, on the U.S. 60 east past Gold Canyon. On I-60 east of Apache Junction. If you have never been, this is really fun and different. The Arizona Renaissance Festival is a 30-acre village with the King & His Court, castles & cottages, kitchens, pubs, and artisans hawking their wares. It's hijinks meets history with costumed characters, comedy, music, the Fairhaven Feast Hall and jousting knights. Do be sure to visit the Website for all the extensive details, including varying costs, special events, etc.

THE ARIZONA RENAISSANCE FESTIVAL


CHANDLER OSTRICH FESTIVAL

This annual festival features ostrich races, an exotic petting zoo, pig races, and the Marvelous Mutts showcase. Comedy and music performances are also featured, along with rodeo and circus styled acts and carnival attractions, as well as all kinds of food. A Parade event is usually in downtown Chandler the first Saturday in March, with the Festival occurring the second weekend beginning Friday afternoon at Tumbleweed Park on the corner of McQueen and Germann, just south of the Loop 202 Sant Tan Freeway. Tickets can be purchased at all local Fry’s grocery stores or at the gate. Parking is $5.

CHANDLER OSTRICH FESTIVAL


ARIZONA ALOHA FESTIVAL

This annual Polynesian-themed event celebrates island flair and fare. Visit more than 100 vendor booths offering items that include jewelry and crafts. Island food is celebrated at multiple stands that give guests a chance to taste the regional cuisine. See dance and music performances and engage in interactive activities. Festivities include a marketplace, an island-food court and themed activity centers. Performances include storytellers, Tahitian drummers, ukulele players and hula dancers. Make sure to bring cash for the food (try a plate lunch: such as island barbecued chicken and sides of rice and macaroni salad) and trinkets at Island Marketplace, where vendors sell woven baskets, carved-bone necklaces and Hawaiian coffee. 2013: 10am-5pm Saturday and Sunday March 9-10. Tempe Beach Park, Mill Avenue and Rio Salado Parkway. Free. 602-697-1824.

ARIZONA ALOHA FESTIVAL


SCOTTSDALE ARTS FESTIVAL

Usually the second or third weekend in March, this annual arts event features 200 jury-selected artists from all over North America. Attendees enjoy food and beverages, including a wine tasting and a beer garden, and kids and families have fun at Imagine Nation. It is held at the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 E 2nd St, Scottsdale, AZ, 85251

SCOTTSDALE ARTS FESTIVAL
SCOTTSDALE CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS


ANNUAL ST. PATRICK'S DAY PARADE AND FAIRE

St. Patrick's Day Parade purpose is to preserve and enhance the heritage and traditions of the Irish Culture and share the culture. The parade includes marching bands, Irish step dancers, bagpipers, police and fire vehicles, government dignitaries, floats and the 2013 Arizona Irish Colleen with her court. The parade starts on Third Street traveling south from Thomas Road to Virginia Avenue to Margaret T. Hance Park (1134 N Central Ave, Phoenix) and the Irish Cultural Center where a St. Patrick's Day Gathering and Faire takes place with Irish music and dancers, a kids area, food and beverages, and crafts.

ANNUAL ST. PATRICK'S DAY PARADE AND FAIRE


PICACHO PEAK CIVIL WAR BATTLE RE-ENACTMENT

Arizona's Civil War Battle: On April 15, 1862, an advance Union military detachment commanded by Lieutenant Barrett accidentally stumbled upon a unit of Confederate soldiers near Picacho Peak between Phoenix and Tucson. The ensuing skirmish lasted for an hour and a half until both sides withdrew from the battle. Two of the Union soldiers and Lieutenant Barrett were killed. Join hundreds of spectators and watch the Civil War Battle Re-enactment at Picacho Peak State Park. Additional military re-enactments at the event include the Civil War battles of Val Verde and Glorieta Pass, New Mexico.

Picacho Peak is a beautiful Arizona State Park with picnic areas, camping & RV setups, hiking trails, and more. It is an eroded volcanic peak, surrounded by a desert floor most famous for its beautiful wildflowers. This special event is a re-enactment of three different Civil War battles, which were fought in Arizona and New Mexico. Since many people only know of the battles that were fought in the eastern states, this desert battle becomes an exciting history lesson. Included are Civil War memorabilia & food booths, living history demonstrations of 1860s laundering, candle making, sewing and cooking, and even musical entertainment. Picacho Peak State Park, is along I-10 about half-way between Casa Grande & Tucson.

PICACHO PEAK STATE PARK
CIVIL WAR BATTLE RE-ENACTMENT FLYER


ARIZONA EASTER PAGEANT

Usually the two weeks leading up to Easter, this one-hour outdoor production features a presentation of the life of Jesus Christ with music, dance and drama. The show has 450-member cast and nearly as many crew members. Performances in Spanish are available. Arrive one hour prior to the show for parking and seating. This Free event is produced by Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and held outdoors at the Mesa Temple Location, 525 E. Main St. Mesa, AZ, 85203. Visit the website for details, dates and times.

ARIZONA EASTER PAGEANT


ANNUAL ARIZONA DRAGON BOAT FESTIVAL

Usually the last weekend in March, this fun family event features 50 racing teams, performances by marital arts and dance groups, music and vendors, all enhancing the opportunity to learn about Asian culture. Held at the Tempe Town Lake and Beach Park.

ANNUAL ARIZONA DRAGON BOAT FESTIVAL




APRIL


ANNUAL TEMPE SPRING FESTIVAL OF THE ARTS

Tempe Festival of the Arts, AKA Mill Ave District Street Fair, is ranked one of the top 20 festivals in the country. More than 250,000 people come to find a unique gift, a bizarre garden troll or a freshly popped bag of kettle corn. Local and traveling musicians perform on a stage or right on the street. With food, entertainment, and rows and rows of booths with interesting items and art, there's something for everyone. Located on Mill Avenue in Historic Downtown Tempe.

ANNUAL TEMPE SPRING FESTIVAL OF THE ARTS


MUSIC ON THE PROMENADE SERIES

Featuring different performers each week, this series runs every Friday from about the middle of April through the last Friday before Memorial Weekend. Past performances include Cold Schott & the Hurricane Horns, Raul Yanez’s Chicano Power Revival and Armand Boatman and Margo Reed, the Judy Robert’s Quartet and Dennis Rowland. Some of the bands scheduled to perform during the upcoming series include Urban Electra, Alice Tatum & Brian Page, Affinity, Marmalade Skies and much more. Every Friday 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM at the Promenade Shopping Center, 16427 N Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85254. This event is completely Free.

MUSIC ON THE PROMENADE SERIES


MARICOPA COUNTY FAIR

This annual event is complete with livestock shows and competitive exhibits that feature such areas as food production and scrapbook-making. The fair also features live music, attractions, food and activities for kids. Arizona Exposition and State Fair Park 1826 W. McDowell Road Phoenix, AZ, 85013 PHONE: 602-258-6711

MARICOPA COUNTY FAIR
ARIZONA STATE FAIR PARK


COUNTRY THUNDER

The largest country music festival annually held in the Southwest. Campsites are available for the four-day festival, and some proceeds from the event benefit the 100 Club of Arizona.

Canyon Moon Ranch Grounds, 20585 Price Station Road Florence, AZ, 85232

COUNTRY THUNDER


SCOTTSDALE CULINARY FESTIVAL

See some of the best chefs in the nation at the longest running culinary festival of its kind in the U.S. Enjoy food, fun and festivities. Kick off the festival with the James Beard Benefit Dinner and enjoy a week of wine and dinners all over the Scottsdale area. Make sure to head to the Scottsdale Civic Center Plaza on April 18th for the featured event, the Great Arizona Picnic. Sample vodka-inspired drinks and enjoy live entertainment and food at this picnic. The big event culminates with the Best of the Fest dinner where your food is prepared table side by one of ten top Arizona chefs. Check the Web site for a full schedule including times, locations and prices. Various Locations in Scottsdale

SCOTTSDALE CULINARY FESTIVAL


MY NANA'S SALSA CHALLENGE

During the last weekend in April, sample a variety of salsa at this annual competition and day-long festival featuring the #1 condiment in the United States. Enjoy live music by local bands. Proceeds benefit Arizona Hemophilia Association for children affected by bleeding disorders. Tempe Town Lake Beach Park, 80 W. Rio Salado Parkway Tempe, AZ, 85281. Visit the websites for event details and admission fees, etc.

MY NANA'S SALSA CHALLENGE
TEMPE TOWN LAKE
ARIZONA HEMOPHILIA ASSOCIATION




MAY


FREE CONCERT SERIES: MCCORMICK-STILLMAN RAILROAD PARK – SCOTTSDALE

Free Concert Series every May through July Sunday nights from 7:30 – 9:00pm beginning the first Sunday in May running through and ending the first Sunday in July; about 10 concerts from a variety of local Phoenix area noted bands. Bring a blanket or chair to hear a variety of favorite local bands. Train and carousel rides are available throughout all concerts. Train and Carousel rides are $2 and children under the age of three ride free with a paying adult. Food will also be available for purchase.

FREE CONCERT SERIES: MCCORMICK-STILLMAN RAILROAD PARK – SCOTTSDALE


SCHNEPF FARMS QUEEN CREEK PEACH FESTIVAL

From the middle of May through Memorial Day weekend, celebrate all things peach at this annual festival. Activities include a peach-pit toss, a peach-pie-eating contest, peachy gunny-sack races and a celebrity chef demonstration. Peruse and purchase different food items at the farmers market. FREE Saturday & Sundays only, 7:30 AM - 4:00 PM, Schnepf Farms, 24810 Rittenhouse Road Queen Creek, AZ, 85242; 480-987-3100.

SCHNEPF FARMS QUEEN CREEK PEACH FESTIVAL


PHOENIX COMICON

Every last weekend in May, top authors, artists, gamers and actors are featured during the annual Phoenix Comicon event. Festivities in the past included things like film competition, a Japanese street-fashion show, a zombie beauty contest, comic-book trivia contests and lectures on a variety of topics. Appearances have been made by "Star Trek" alums such as Jonathan Frakes, LeVar Burton and Wil Wheaton, the original "Hulk," Lou Ferrigno, and "Smallville's" John Schneider. Authors Raven Gregory ("Grim Fairy Tales Presents: Return to Wonderland") and local sci-fi writer James A. Owen have also greeted fans. Visit the Web site for complete information and guest lists, film-contest entry forms and host hotel information for the next Phoenix Comicon.

Phoenix Convention Center, 100 N Third St, Phoenix, AZ 85004, PHONE: 602-635-1711, Ext. 02

PHOENIX COMICON
PHOENIX CONVENTION CENTER


MEMORIAL DAY COMMEMORATION

Annual Memorial Day Observance at Phoenix Pioneer Cemetery

Pioneers' Cemetery Association and the City of Phoenix Parks Department invite you, your family and friends, to a traditional historic Memorial Day Observance at the historic cemeteries in downtown Phoenix. Memorial Day has been celebrated in these cemeteries since 1885. In the early years, Memorial Day was an important event with a parade, soldiers marching, and decoration of the graves. Celebrations are held annually at the cemeteries on Jefferson Street between 15th and 13th Avenues at 9:00am. There will be an honor guard to raise the flag, a military salute, and people in period dress and uniform. Refreshments will be provided by the City of Phoenix. The cemeteries will be open to the public both before and after the ceremonies. These historic early Phoenix cemeteries--now combined into one--have many famous and not so famous early Valley Pioneers, including: the English traveler Darrel Duppa, who finally settled in the Valley and is credited with coming up with the names for the cities of Phoenix and Tempe; Jacob Waltz, the famous "Lost Dutchman" whose fabled gold mine is still being sought somewhere in the Superstition Mountains; Benjamin Franklin, a Confederate Veteran from Virginia who died in office as one of the early Territorial Governors of Arizona, and many other such early officials, legislatures, judges, sheriffs, etc., of Phoenix, Maricopa County, and the Territory and State of Arizona. Also buried in these cemeteries are many veterans from early American Wars, such as the War with Mexico, the Civil War (both Union and Confederate), the Indian wars, and the Spanish-American Wars. Therefore, this commemoration does have a military emphasis, with both Union and Confederate Civil War re-enactors who will serve as the honor guard, firing salutes with their rifles and a canon or two. Also, the Southwest Association of Buffalo Soldiers will be making one of their rare but traditional appearances as they honor three known Buffalo Soldiers buried there.

This will be your rare chance to visit the historic cemetery, which is closed most of the year and is visited normally by appointment only. It is close to the State Capital and Wesley Bolin Plaza, where you can see other monuments to Arizona servicemen, Law enforcement officials who died on duty, pioneers, and the anchor and mast of the U.S.S. Arizona encircled by a wall bearing the names of the sailors who died on board on that fateful Sunday December 7, 1941.

I would suggest getting there early because parking will be limited, and this will give you a chance to walk around and tour the cemetery before it gets too hot. The ceremonies start at 9:30 a.m. The event should be over in 2 hours at the most, which is not a long time, compared to a long three day weekend of nothing-to-do … right.

For further information visit the website or contact them: 602-534-1262 (voice mail)

Pioneers' Cemetery Association E-mail
Smurthwaite House E-mail
PIONEERS' CEMETERY ASSOCIATION Website




JUNE








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OCTOBER


TEMPE OKTOBERFEST

The Way Out West Oktoberfest celebrates the traditional beer festival held in Germany and features an international beer garden. The Kinderfest area for children includes free arts and crafts, bouncy rides and carnival games and rides. Live entertainment includes clowns, dance troupes, children’s choruses, comedians and dance lessons with additional performances featured on the Main Stage and Polka Stage. Tempe Town Lake, 80 W Rio Salado Prkwy Tempe, AZ, 85281, PHONE: 480-350-8625

TEMPE OKTOBERFEST
TEMPE TOWN LAKE


ANNUAL GREATER PHOENIX GREEK FESTIVAL

This annual October festival features Greek food, wines, pastries, a village market, art, music, jewelry and Greek dancing.

ANNUAL GREATER PHOENIX GREEK FESTIVAL


ARIZONA STATE FAIR

Annually from the end of October into the beginning of November

From live rock to livestock; deep fried candy bars to bumper cars; pie-eating and grandstand seating, there is something for the whole family to enjoy. The fair also includes home arts, booth games, rides and amazing food. Arizona Exposition and State Fair Park 1826 W. McDowell Road Phoenix, AZ, 85013

ARIZONA STATE FAIR


THE ARIZONA IRISH FESTIVAL

Annually the last weekend in October

The Arizona Irish Festival brings Ireland across seas to the desert. The festival features authentic Irish music, dance performances, food and live entertainment. In honor of Halloween, guests are encouraged to come in their best and scariest Halloween costumes.

Irish Cultural Center, 1106 N Central Ave Phoenix, AZ, 85004, PHONE: 602-258-0109

THE ARIZONA IRISH FESTIVAL
IRISH CULTURAL CENTER


MESA POW WOW

Annually the last weekend in October

The Mesa Powwow is an intertribal Native American gathering and features a dance competition.

When: Oct. 26-28, 2012. 6-10 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday

Where: Pioneer Park, 525 E. Main St

Admission: Free

Details: 602-799-0260, mesapowwow@gmail.com

MESA POW WOW


PHOENIX HARVEST FESTIVAL: ORIGINAL ART & CRAFT SHOW

Indulge in the ultimate shopping and entertainment experience as the Harvest Festival® Original Art & Craft Show celebrates its 40th anniversary with a return to the Phoenix Convention Center Friday through Sunday, October 26-28th. The West Coast's largest and finest indoor craft showcase boasts 24,000 handcrafted, “made in America” originals at affordable prices.

Where: Phoenix Convention Center, 100 North 3rd Street, Phoenix, AZ 85004

When: Friday Oct. 26th and Saturday Oct. 27th: 10:00am to 6:00pm Sunday Oct. 28th: 10:00am to 5:00pm

Tickets: Adults: $9, Seniors (62+) $7, Youths (13-17) $4, Kids 12 and under - FREE

PHOENIX HARVEST FESTIVAL




NOVEMBER


TEMPE FANTASY OF LIGHTS OPENING NIGHT PARADE

The APS Fantasy of Lights Opening Night Parade, usually the day after Thanksgiving, includes a tree lighting, fireworks and live entertainment. The parade begins at 6:00 p.m. at Third Street and Mill Avenue and includes floats, marching bands, and equestrian units. Santa Claus arrives at 7 p.m. to highlight the festivities.

Where: Mill Avenue District, Mill Avenue & University Dr, Tempe, AZ, 85281

When: Friday, November 29, 2013, 6:00 PM

Cost: FREE

FANTASY OF LIGHTS OPENING NIGHT PARADE




DECEMBER


PHOENIX ZOOLIGHTS

Experience 2.5 million lights and 500 custom-made sculptures at the Phoenix Zoo. Activities include two "Music in Motion" shows, Stingray Bay, the Polar Slide, carousel and camel rides and horse-drawn wagon rides.

Where: Phoenix Zoo, 455 N Galvin Parkway Phoenix, AZ, 85008

When: Daily, November 28, 2013 - January 12, 2014, 6:00 to 10:00 PM

Cost: $9-$14; free for children 2 and under

PHOENIX ZOOLIGHTS


LAS NOCHES DE LAS LUMINARIAS

Each night of Luminaria, the Desert Botanical Garden will come to life with the soft glow from more than 8,000 hand lit Luminaria bags, thousands of white twinkle lights and Chihuly’s vibrant works of art. As you walk the paths with a warm cup of cider, the sounds of hand bells ringing and Dickens Carolers singing remind you of what the season is all about. Make plans with family and friends to attend this year’s very special Las Noches de las Luminarias.

This annual event features more than 8,000 hand-lit luminarias along each of the garden's trails. Other highlights are entertainers perform at each of 11 stops, food and drinks. Be sure to check the website for entertainment details.

Where: Desert Botanical Garden, 1201 N. Galvin Parkway, Phoenix

When: Daily, November 29 - December 31, 2013, 5:30 to 9:30 PM

Cost: $12:50 for children; $30 for adults

LAS NOCHES DE LAS LUMINARIAS


MESA TEMPLE GARDEN CHRISTMAS LIGHTS

The Christmas lights display on the Mesa Temple Grounds features hundreds of thousands of colorful lights with uniquely illuminated palm trees and flower gardens. See an international nativity scene and nightly stage performances by local choirs and groups. Opening ceremony at 7 p.m. Nov. 29.

Where: Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Temple, 525 E Main St, Mesa, 85203

When: Daily, November 29 - December 31, 2013, 5:00 to 10:00 PM

Cost: FREE

MESA TEMPLE GARDEN CHRISTMAS LIGHTS


GLENDALE GLITTERS

Glendale’s award-winning holiday lighting event has become a family tradition across the Valley and state, and 2013 marks the city’s 20th year of this joyous holiday celebration. 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. Free admission makes Glendale Glitters one of the best-loved festivals for Arizona families year after year. In fact, the event was named azcentral.com’s Critics’ Choice for the Best Kid Event in the state in 2012.

Where: Historic Downtown Glendale, 58th Ave. and Glendale Ave., Glendale, AZ

When: December 1, 2013 through January 11, 2014, 4:00 to 10:00 PM; additional special events on Friday and Saturday

Cost: FREE

GLENDALE GLITTERS


CHANDLER PARADE OF LIGHTS AND TUMBLEWEED TREE LIGHTING

Chandler is the only city in the country to celebrate the holidays with a Tumbleweed Tree. Celebrate the holiday season by gathering with neighbors and visitors to watch a parade filled with marching bands and dance troupes. Each entry is decorated with colorful holiday lights. After the parade, see the official lighting of the annual Tumbleweed Tree.

Where: Historic Downtown Chandler, Arizona Ave. and Chandler Blvd. Chandler, AZ, 85225

When: Saturday, December 7, 2013, 4:30 to 9:00 PM

Cost: FREE

CHANDLER PARADE OF LIGHTS AND TUMBLEWEED TREE LIGHTING
CHANDLER PARADE OF LIGHTS AND TUMBLEWEED TREE LIGHTING


MCCORMICK-STILLMAN RAILROAD PARK HOLIDAY LIGHTS

Guests take a train ride through more than 10,000 lights and a wide array of holiday displays. Opening night festivities include a tree-lighting ceremony and a visit from Santa. Santa makes appearances at the park through Dec. 23. No Holiday Lights event on Dec. 24, 25 and 31.

Where: McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park, 7301 E Indian Bend Road Scottsdale, AZ, 85250

When: Daily, December 13, 2013 - January 4, 2014, 6:30 to 9:00 PM (excluding Dec. 24, 25 and 31)

Cost: Train rides are $3.00 and carousel rides are $2.00 each with children under three riding free with a paying adult.

MCCORMICK-STILLMAN RAILROAD PARK HOLIDAY LIGHTS


TEMPE FANTASY OF LIGHTS BOAT PARADE

The boat parade features nearly 50 decorated watercraft that are adorned with thousands of holiday lights. 1000 luminaria will light up the paths of Tempe Beach Park. Holiday entertainment begins at 5 p.m. Santa will arrive at 6 p.m. and the Boat parade begins at 7 p.m. After the parade, awards are given to the best boats. The night concludes with Fireworks.

Where: Tempe Beach Park & Tempe Town Lake

When: Saturday, December 14, 2013, 5:00 PM

Cost: FREE

FANTASY OF LIGHTS BOAT PARADE




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