Enjoy cuisine, culture and the city’s sunny weather at these top festivals and more things to do in Phoenix this weekend:
ALAC Que Viva la Vida: Dia de los Muertos Festival: November 6
The Arizona Latino Arts and Cultural Center (ALAC) prefaces this celebration of the dead with the phrase “que viva la vida:” Long live life! The Dia de los Muertos festival will feature vibrant performances, music, a marketplace and altars to commemorate family and cultural icons. ALAC artists will also be on hand for traditional skull face painting.
147 E Adams St, Phoenix 85004
Chiles and Chocolate Festival: November 6-8
It’s a weekend for sweets, spice and everything nice at the Desert Botanical Garden. Sample and bring home your favorite salsas, chocolates and more delectables from local vendors. This isn’t just a festival for your taste buds—you can also catch daily performances of flamenco, salsa and other lively Latin dance.
1201 N. Galvin Parkway, Phoenix 85008
MIMFest Global Music Festival: November 7-8
Three stages, 20 performing groups, two days of festivities and 12 delicious food trucks are coming together at The Musical Instrument Museum for MIMFest, now in its second year of celebrating global music and culture. Enjoy a lineup of national and international musical acts, as well as family-friendly crafts and instrument demonstrations.
4725 E. Mayo Blvd, Phoenix 85050
Herberger Theater Festival of the Arts: November 7
The Herberger Theater Center is celebrating the community with a festival of local arts. For just $5, you can experience a full day of performances from more than 20 arts and film companies—belly dancing, Korean drums, ballet, and Mexican folk dance are on the schedule, to name just a few. The festival also features crafts for kids and more live entertainment on an outdoor stage.
222 E. Monroe Street, Phoenix 85004
azcentral.com’s Food and Wine Experience: November 7-8
Foodies, it’s your weekend to wine, dine and brush up your cooking skills with top chefs. The Food and Wine Experience is part tastings, part talents: You can customize your weekend to include celebrity chef demos, a smorgasbord of sampling from 100 local restaurants, and more special events.
Scottsdale Fashion Square, 7014 East Camelback Road, Scottsdale 85251