Chiles and Chocolate Festival
Celebrate fall with the sweet and spicy flavors of the Southwest at the Desert Botanical Garden. Chile and chocolate vendors will sell and serve up samples of fire-roasted chiles, gourmet chocolates and more decadent Arizona-made treats. Attendees can also enjoy vibrant Latin, Brazilian and Spanish dance and musical performances in the garden’s courtyard. The festival is included with garden admission, so don’t miss exploring the trails.
1201 N. Galvin Parkway, Phoenix 85008
Get a jump on holiday shopping (or just find a cool gift for yourself) at this annual arts and crafts event, featuring the work of 500 artists setting up shop in the scenic Avenue of the Fountains. Browse jewelry, paintings, metalwork, ornaments, pottery and much more, and dig into breakfast and lunch from food vendors.
One entry ticket, 30 samples, more than 100 beer options. How do you choose? It’s the only difficult choice at NovemBEER, because the rest of the festival involves kicking back to live music, grabbing food and sampling plenty of craft brews with friends on a sunny outdoor lawn. Check out the website to scout the lineup of 50 breweries.
The fast-paced action at Phoenix International Raceway kicks off Friday with the Lucas Oil 150. Saturday’s evening race is the NASCAR XFINITY Series Ticket Galaxy 200, while the main event, the Can-Am 500, hits the track Sunday afternoon. Fan entertainment includes daily musical acts such as Metalhead, Hinder and The Offspring, and food, drinks and fun available for RV guests in the Busch Garage.
7602 S Avondale Blvd, Avondale 85323
Grand Avenue Festival and Phoenix Annual Parade of the Arts
Join the community for a festival and parade that are a bit offbeat. The eclectic, grassroots events celebrate the community, history and local arts of Grand Avenue with a colorful spread of pop-up galleries, kid’s activities, street art and installations, wandering performers and music from local acts. The participatory parade begins at 6 p.m. invites anyone to join in and express their creative side (you might see taiko dummers, hula dancers, stilt walkers and some crafty costumes).
Festival: Multiple locations along Grand Avenue
Parade Procession: 1501 Grand Ave, Phoenix 85007