Shopper at Arizona Fall Fest; Photo courtesy Local First AZ

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Written by Jenna Ortiz Category: Lifestyle Issue: November 2018
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Plan your seasonal frivolity with our fall and winter festival preview.

Arizona Fall Fest  
November 3
10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Local First Arizona hosts its 14th fall festival celebrating Arizona makers, artisans and entrepreneurs. The free, family-friendly event showcases more than 200 local vendors, from Changing Hands Bookstore to Cactus Corn, at Margaret T. Hance Park in Phoenix. There are also live entertainment and a beer and wine garden with local brews and vino.
localfirstaz.com/fall-festival

Mesa Music Festival
November 8-10
Interested in expanding your musical taste? Listen to more than 300 up-and-coming artists from all over the world, like In Memory Of, The Blue Goats and Undecided Youth, in both indoor and outdoor venues around Main Street in Mesa. The festival is free to the public.
mesamusicfest.com

Phoenix Pizza Festival
November 17
11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Don’t be afraid to be cheesy. Arizona’s first festival dedicated to pizza is back to bring you the best local slices for $2-$4 each. Vendors include Kono Pizza, Saffron Jak and more. The ultimate pizza party takes place at Margaret T. Hance Park. Tickets can be purchased online for $10.
phoenix.pizza

Fantasy of Lights
November 23 (opening night parade): 6 p.m.
December 8 (boat parade): 7 p.m.
Kick off the holiday season with a tree-lighting ceremony and local shopping in downtown Tempe. The 20th annual boat parade on Tempe Town Lake features a fireworks display, live music, a holiday market and pictures with Santa Claus. Admission is free.
downtowntempe.com

Tempe Festival of the Arts; Photo courtesy Tempe Festival of the ArtsTempe Festival of the Arts
November 30- December 2
10 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
This fall marks the 50th anniversary of this event, which includes artists from around the country, wine tastings, a kids’ exhibition, live music and more. The free community event gives visitors a chance to explore Mill Avenue and its surrounding streets as they are filled with colorful exhibits.
tempefestivalofthearts.com

Kung Food Fest
December 1
Noon-6 p.m.
Arizona’s first Asian street food festival features 20 local restaurants and food trucks that offer an array of Asian cuisine. Head to Heritage Square to eat pho, stir fry, dumplings, noodles, sushi, fusion tacos, pad Thai and more. Advance tickets cost $10, $15 at the gate.
arizonafoodservicenetwork.com

Arizona Asian Festival
December 1-2
10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Jointly produced by 17 cultural directors, this event from the Arizona Asian American Association promises to celebrate “all things Asia,” from Pakistan to Japan. Activities include traditional songs and dances, arts and crafts, games, food tastings and more. This festival is free to the public.
arizonaasianfestival.com

AZ Vegan Festival
December 22-23
10 a.m.-10 p.m.
Join thousands of vegans, vegetarians and the veg-curious for a day of plant-based fun at Centennial Plaza in Peoria. Besides trying delicious vegan food from local eateries like Freak Brothers Pizza and Foxy Fruit Bowls & Smoothies, you can adopt a pet from a local shelter, listen to speeches from vegan activists and take free yoga classes offered in the morning. Admission is free.
azveganfest.com

Tequila Fest Phoenix 2019; Photo courtesy stock.adobe.comTequila Fest Phoenix 2019
February 23
3-7 p.m.
Phoenix’s premier tequila event is home to more than 50 types of tequila (drink it straight up or get it mixed into a frosty marg), tacos and live music at The Monastery neighborhood pub in Mesa. Once you have a little liquid courage, pound some sand at the on-site volleyball court.
Admission ranges from $35-$125.
tequilafestusa.com