Certified Local Fall Festival
Local First Arizona’s annual festival gathers up talent and creativity for one big celebration of local food, shopping and music. Get some early holiday shopping done at booths from boutiques, stores and arts and crafts, or just chow down on restaurant offerings and Arizona-made beer, wine and spirits. The family-friendly festivities also feature musical acts and activities for kids. Check out Local First Arizona’s 10 ways to enjoy the festival here for more details.
Hance Park, 1134 N Central Ave, Phoenix 85004
If you haven’t seen Japanese taiko drumming, Arathi Indian dance, aerial silks or a mini cabaret, this festival is your chance. The entirely free performance schedule is a sampler of styles from local groups on the festival’s indoor and outdoor stages. In addition to the day-long demonstrations, the festival also features visual arts, kid-friendly fun, film shorts, craft beer and a food court. (Don’t worry, there is a full 5 hours to enjoy as much as you can.)
222 E. Monroe St., Phoenix 85004
azcentral.com Food & Wine Experience
Participants of the Food & Wine Experience can pick and choose their own path from a menu selection of weekend dining events. Saturday and Sunday’s Grand Tasting is the main course, offering tastings from more than 60 restaurants, wineries and breweries plus chef demos. Throughout the weekend, individual “dining experiences” can also be purchased to see popular chefs prepare and pair their own meals for attendees. In short, you’ll want to come hungry this weekend.
Grand Tasting: Salt River Fields at Talking Stick, 7555 N Pima Rd, Scottsdale 85258
November 5-September 4, 2017
Mother-of-pearl and gold glimmer from fretboards and guitar bodies in the Musical Instrument Museum’s newest exhibit, opening this Saturday. See masterful inlay design work up-close on the bold collection of instruments from the personal collection of Pearl Works’ owner Larry Sifel.
4725 E. Mayo Blvd., Phoenix 85050
The Arizona Harvest Festival welcomes the season of changing leaves and chilly air with autumn-themed games such as pumpkin toss and corn shucking, and a food court and beer garden (hello, pumpkin ales!). Enjoy live music throughout the event including a performance from reggae-band Tribal Seeds.
DR AJ Chandler Park, 178 E Commonwealth Ave, Chandler 85225