The weather is beautiful, which means it's time to experience everything going on around town. Forget your parkas and Uggs and enjoy winter in Phoenix at these festivals. 

Jump to:

 

 

Food & Drink Events

 

Arizona Nom Nom Noodles Festival

January 18

The first-ever Arizona Nom Nom Noodles Festival, a celebration of all varieties of noodles, will feature local noodle and pasta businesses, different varieties of noodles and pastas from all parts of the world for purchase, marketplace vendors and local artists, cold beer and cocktails, Boba and desserts, and free games for the entire family.

 

Tacolandia

January 25

Head downtown to Margaret T. Hance Park for a taco festival will feature the city's best taquerias, serving up authentic cuisine, live entertainment that highlights Mexican culture, beverages, and awards presented in various categories.

 

Arizona Wine Festival

January 25-26

As the largest gathering of Arizona wineries, the Arizona Wine Festival will feature more 25 Arizona Wineries pouring over 200 different wines, as well as five to seven food trucks, a vintage village, numerous other non-winery vendors and live entertainment throughout the festival.

 

Arizona Strong Beer Festival

February 8

Though the focus of this festival is to highlight brews with high alcohol content, there will be more than 150 breweries - both local and national - with a bevy of offerings. You can go get one of your favorite craft beers, try a local brew, or sample some beers created specifically for this event. This is the main event for Arizona Beer Week, which runs between February 6-15. 

 

Arizona Cocktail Weekend

February 15

Despite the old adage, "Beer before liquor, never sicker", Arizona follows its beer week with a cocktail weekend. Enjoy three signature events, where the state's best mixologists go ham and create all sorts of unique concoctions. 

 

Sweets Festival

February 15

A sugar lover's dream come true, featuring cotton candy tacos, fudge, cupcakes and more paired with music, crafts, and all the festival extras. 

 

Tequila Fest Phoenix

February 22

Tequila Fest returns for a second year in Mesa, with over 50 different tequilas to showcase. A general admission ticket gets you 14 samples, and you can balance out all those shots with taco specials. If you're looking to go for gold, there's a $200 sombrero contest as well. 

 

Brunch Bash

February 22

Big on bloodies, bennies and other brunch classics? Then make plans now, because Brunch Bash, the Valley’s annual ode to breakfast, lunch and all the good stuff that comes between, is back.

 

Devour Culinary Classic

February 22-23

One of the biggest food events in the Southwest, the Devour Culinary Classic hosts some of Arizona's top chefs and restaurants, making amazing bites in the Desert Botanical Garden. For those who are looking to go all out, there are several opportunities to cook alongside chefs and learn some tips. 

 

PHX Vegan Food Festival

February 29

Join 6,000 of your closest friends at the fifth annual PHX Vegan Food Festival, which brings more than 100 of Arizona's top vegan restaurants, food trucks, artisans and vendors; more than 25 live musicians, presenters and cooking-demo chefs for an outdoor, family-friendly event at the Margaret T. Hance Park.

 

Cave Creek Craft Beer Festival

February 29

The Western town of Cave Creek is throwing its first craft beer fest, with top breweries around the country mixed in with some cider, kombucha and meads. 

 

Cultural Events

 

Pueblo Grande Museum Auxiliary Indian Market

December 14-15

Over 100 Native vendors come together to show off their wares, ranging from handmade jewelry and pottery to fry bread and cactus chili, paired with live performances from musicians and hoop dancers.

 

Art of the Cowgirl

January 25-26

Watch the World's Greatest Horsewoman competition - in which horse and rider compete for the title based on skills and versatility - and check out fine artists and gear makers who continue the legacy of the cowgirl life today. 

 

Phoenix Chinese Week Culture and Cuisine Festival

February 7-9 

This three-day event has loads of delicious food, beautiful art, and special performances from musicians, dancers, and more, all celebrating Chinese culture. 

 

Heard Museum World Championship Hoop Dance Contest

February 8-9

The Heard Museum's beautiful courtyard is the stage for dozens of hoop dancers, who interweave as many as 50 hoops on their bodies to perform unique intertribal dances. 

 

Arizona Indian Festival

February 8-9

This free two-day family-friendly event in Scottsdale Civic Plaza serves as a celebration of the region’s Native American roots in culture and ancestral traditions.

 

Motoring Through Time & Heritage Festival

February 8

An impressive collection of antique, classic and custom cars will be on display in Phoenix's original townsite, Heritage Square, accompanied by food trucks and live music. 

 

Indie Film Festival

February 7-9

Indie Film Fest is the ultimate inclusive gathering of creative storytellers and audiences eager for new voices and fresh perspectives. This visual three-day extravaganza in downtown Phoenix includes dramatic and documentary features, short films and multimedia installations. 

 

35th Annual Arizona Gay Rodeo

February 14-16

Arizona's gay rodeo is one of the biggest in the country, complete with the standard bull and steer riding, as well as some crowd-pleasers like goat dressing and a wild drag race.

 

Greater Phoenix Jewish Film Festival

February 9-23

Now in its 24th year, the Greater Phoenix Jewish Film Festival will have a wide selection of Jewish themed films from all over the world, showing at various venues over the course of two weeks. 

 

Arizona Matsuri: Festival of Japan

February 22-23

Japanese exhibits, demonstrations, arts and crafts, children's activities, bonsai displays, Japanese food, Japanese beer and sake garden, games and contests, and live entertainment on four stages.

 

Community Events

 

Phoenix Festival of the Arts

December 13-15

Downtown Phoenix's Margaret T. Hance Park gets the arts treatment, with 150 art vendors and live entertainment throughout the weekend. 

 

Carefree Fine Art & Wine Festival

January 17-19

More than 155 artists feature their works for sale, ranging from handcrafted jewelry to life-sized sculptures. For $10, patrons can enjoy six tastings of domestic and imported wines. 

 

9th Annual Arizona Balloon Classic

January 24-26

More than 20,000 people come to the city of Goodyear to see dozens of hot air balloons participate in various activities. 

 

Cave Creek Indian Market

January 25

Get a taste of the Old West with more than 100 fine artists whose works focus on Western and Native American art and music. 

 

Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show

February 13-23

Arizona's Western spirit comes to life at this event. Since 1955, horse owners and fans alike converge to see some of the best in equestrian training. What started out with only 50 horses now has more than 2,000 to compete for a chance at winning. 

 

Southwest Maker Fest

February 15

Get your crafting and DIY vibes out to the max at the Southwest Maker Fest with your family and friends, a free one-day event at the Mesa Arts Center. 

 

Art in the Olive Grove

February 16

The gorgeous Queen Creek Olive Mill gets a little extra beauty as the Artists of the Superstitions bring their wares to the area. 

 

2020 Fountain Festival of Fine Arts & Crafts

February 21-23

Now in its 35th year, this three-day juried art fair features nearly 500 artists and artisans from across the United States and around the globe and attracts 200,000+ visitors. 

 

2020 Coronado Home Tour

February 23

A street fair, beer garden, and home tour return for the 33rd time in one of central Phoenix's hippest neighborhoods. 

 

Tres Rios Nature Festival

February 29 - March 1

This free outdoor festival showcases the rich diversity of wildlife habitat, history and culture of the Gila River drainage, which is made up of the Gila, Salt and Agua Fria Rivers. 

 

Must-See Events

 

Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction

January 11-19

One of the most well-known car shows returns to Scottsdale. See hundreds of classics, limited edition, and celebrity-owned cars all in one spot - and if you're feeling lucky, take a hand at bidding for one to take home. 

 

Waste Management Phoenix Open

January 31 - February 3

One of Greater Phoenix's most well-known events, the Phoenix Open is just as much about golf as it is about a party. The event has continually been the largest attended of the PGA Tour. If you can make it through the festivities, make a stop at hole 16 - the most popular area in the tournament. 

 

Arizona Renaissance Festival

February 8 - March 29

Huzzah! Travel back in time to the Renaissance and see falconry, jousting tournaments, and more on these 30 acres in the East Valley. Pro tip: you've got to get a turkey leg for a truly immersive experience. 

 

Cactus League Spring Training

February 22 - March 22

An annual rite of passage during spring in Phoenix, the Cactus League hosts 15 MLB teams with affordable tickets and beautiful weather at 10 stadiums across Greater Phoenix. 

 

Arizona Roots Music and Arts Festival

February 22-23

If you've ever had a Bob Marley or Sublime poster hanging on your wall, this festival is for you. For the second year, Arizona Roots returns to Phoenix, with Damian "Jr Gong" Marley, Rebelution, and more. 

 

Innings Festival

February 29 - March 1

This music festival pairs professional baseball players and fandom with live performances all weekend. This weekend you can channel your inner '90s kid, with Weezer and Dave Matthews Band headlining.