Shop local, attend a mini music festival or get a taste of the upcoming holiday season with these top things to do in Phoenix this weekend:
Certified Local Fall Festival: November 14
Connect with the community at this showcase of made-in-Arizona cuisine and talent. The festival features unique shopping from more than 100 vendors, a full day of live entertainment and family-friendly activities, and auctions and raffles for event tickets and local services. Entry is free, but bring some cash to enjoy $1 food samples and $2 drink samples.
Portland Parkway, 10 W. Portland Street, Phoenix 85003
Fountain Hills Festival of Arts and Crafts: November 13-15
Stroll the streets of downtown Fountain Hills for one of the southwest’s largest arts and crafts events. Hundreds of juried artists will showcase original art, jewelry, sculpture and clothing, perfect for early holiday shopping. Make it a day and enjoy live entertainment and breakfast, lunch and beverage garden offerings from local vendors.
12925 N. Saguaro Blvd, Fountain Hills 85268
Christmas Tree Lighting at Outlets at Anthem: November 13-14
There’s a hint of the holidays coming to Phoenix—and it’s the length of two and a half city blocks. Outlets at Anthem has bedecked the nation’s tallest fresh-cut Christmas tree in 6,000 ornaments for their annual festivities, featuring family fun on Friday, and live performances and tree-lighting ceremony on Saturday.
4250 W. Anthem Way, Phoenix 85086
Tune into a festival launch party: November 14
Two mini music festivals will kick off their 2016 spring counterparts with live music, food and much-anticipated lineup announcements. Country fans can swing over to the Country Thunder Music Festival Launchfest at Salt River Fields to catch performances and the big reveal of April’s Country Thunder artists. You can also be the first to know the lineup for the multi-genre McDowell Mountain Music Festival and enjoy local acts at The Yard during the YardStock Music Festival.
Bruce Munro at Lisa Sette Gallery: November 13-14
Acclaimed artist Bruce Munro, best known for his outdoor light-based installations, is illuminating several Phoenix spaces this month with a series of diverse pieces entitled “Desert Radiance.” You can see his very first exhibition scaled for a gallery at the Lisa Sette, open Tuesday through Saturday.
210 E Catalina Dr., Phoenix 85012