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. 

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Holiday Events

 

Ice skating in the middle of downtown, entire blocks decked out in holiday lights, and more await you for the holidays in Phoenix. 

 

Food & Drink Events

Arizona Fried Chicken and Beer: Chimac Festival

December 15

 

Arizona is getting its first festival to celebrate the famous Korean tradition of pairing fried chicken and beer. Sample bites from over 12 local spots, ranging from Korean fried chicken to Nashville-style hot chicken. 

 

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. 

 

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. 

 

 

Cultural Events

 

World Bazaar PHX

December 7

 

Phoenix can show you the world in one day at this special event. 60-plus vendors, performers, and musicians from Asia, Africa, and Latin America converge to showcase their heritage. Grab a Syrian soap, some Mexican leather, and African art all in one spot. 

 

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. 

 

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. 

 

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. 

 

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. 

 

Community Events

 

Tempe Fall Festival of the Arts

December 6-8

 

Downtown Tempe gets filled to the brim with more than 300 artists from across the country, showing off their handmade works on the street, as well as live entertainment and food offerings. 

 

35th F.Q. Story Historic Home Tour and Street Fair

December 7-8

 

Get a tour of historic homes in one of downtown Phoenix's best neighborhoods, with the streets decorated in holiday lights and luminarias, as well as a handful of food and vendors to peruse. 

 

Phoenix Festival of the Arts

December 13-15

 

Downtown Phoenix's Hance Park gets the arts treatment, with 150 art vendors and live entertainment throughout the weekend. 

 

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. 

 

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. 

 

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. 

 

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.