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Through November 19
Fall Butterfly Exhibit
Visitors stroll among hundreds of delicate and colorful monarch butterflies as they take a closer look at the insects that care for and protect our desert environment. 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. daily. Call for ticket prices. Desert Botanical Garden, 1201 N. Galvin Pkwy., Phoenix, dbg.org, 480-941-1225.
Through April 30
Dinosaurs in the Desert
Twenty-three state-of-the-art prehistoric creatures have descended onto the zoo’s Desert Lives Trail. The self-guided tour includes the animatronic dinosaur structures, which move and make various sounds including the infamous roar of a Tyrannosaurus rex, as well as a fossil dig and photo opportunities with a pachyrhino. Call for times and ticket prices. Phoenix Zoo, 455 N. Galvin Pkwy., Phoenix, phoenixzoo.org, 602-286-3800.
Through May 13
Jun Kaneko Exhibit
The garden’s desert flora provides a rich backdrop for approximately 20 monumental sculptures by the Japanese-American artist, who specializes in large-scale, hand-built ceramic sculptures. Call for times and ticket prices. Desert Botanical Garden, 1201 N. Galvin Pkwy., Phoenix, dbg.org, 480-941-1225.
Find Your Kind
Using humor and storytelling, Jeannette Maré, founder and executive director of Ben’s Bells, explores the power of intentional kindness to transform our communities. 7 p.m. $10. Changing Hands, 300 W. Camelback Rd., Phoenix, bensbells.org/find-your-kind, 520-622-1379.
Driving Out Domestic Violence
Spend the day golfing with current and retired MLB, NFL, NBA, PGA and other professional athletes, followed by an evening of mixing and mingling that includes live entertainment, a silent auction and tasting stations featuring local cuisine and cocktails. Proceeds benefit Chrysalis and victims of domestic violence. Th, 10:30 a.m. shotgun start, $1,000, Talking Stick Golf Club, 9998 E. Talking Stick Way, Scottsdale; F, 7 p.m., $175 or two for $300, Hangar One, 15220 N. 78th Way, Scottsdale, dodvaz.org, 602-955-9059.
First Fridays Art Walk (FREE)
More than 70 Downtown art galleries and art spaces are featured. 6-10 p.m. Maps, parking and shuttle service available at Phoenix Art Museum, 1625 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, artlinkphoenix.com, 602-256-7539.
Camelback Studio Tour (FREE)
This self-guided tour showcases 20 local artists in six different home studios, featuring paintings, sculpture, fused glass, metalwork, gourd art, pottery, jewelry, batiks, tableware and mixed-media works. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sherwood Heights, between Thomas Road and Oak Street, and 54th and 60th streets, Scottsdale, camelbackstudios.com, 480-215-5975.
Carefree Art & Wine Fest
Thunderbird Artists hosts this annual festival featuring live entertainment, wine tasting and works by more than 150 juried fine artists, including paintings, drawings, sculpture, photography and jewelry, plus works in wood, clay, metal and glass. Sculptor and painter Jacinthe Dugal-Lacroix is the featured artist. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. $3, adults; free, children 17 and younger. 101 Easy St., Carefree, thunderbirdartists.com, 480-837-5637.
High Desert Helpers presents its 41st annual gem and mineral show, which features more than 30 vendors offering a variety of rock-related wares, including fossils, meteorites, rough rocks, minerals, precut cabs and jewelry. F-Sa, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; Su, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. High Desert Park, 19001 E. Jacie Lane, Black Canyon City, highdeserthelpers.org, 719-229-7396.
November 3-5, 24-26
Art Markets (FREE)
Magic Bird Festivals hosts this gift and art market series, which showcases local artists and vendors exhibiting a range of boutique designs, apparel, handcrafted goods, jewelry and gourmet packaged edibles. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Cave Creek Roadhouse, 6900 E. Cave Creek Rd., Cave Creek, magicbirdfestivals.com, 480-488-2014.
Arizona Fall Fest (FREE)
More than 200 local vendors are showcased as Local First Arizona hosts this family-friendly event. Food samples from top restaurants, chefs and food trucks are offered, along with Arizona-produced wine, beer and spirits, plus live entertainment, games and children’s activities. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Margaret T. Hance Park, 67 W. Culver St., Phoenix, localfirstaz.com, 602-956-0909.
Bacon, Blues & Brews
This family-friendly celebration features plenty of swine-worthy snacks and drinks, from bacon churros, tacos and lobster tots to bacon flights and even a signature bacon craft beer selection. Live blues performances, a bacon-eating contest, cornhole tournament and children’s activities are included. A portion of proceeds benefits East Valley Firefighters Charities. Noon-9 p.m. $8 in advance; $12 at the gate. Founders Park, 22407 S. Ellsworth Rd., Queen Creek, baconbluesandbrewsaz.com.
Big Bad Barn Bash
Horses Help, a horse therapy facility serving the special needs population, presents this fundraising dinner with dance music by the Bill Dutcher Band. Proceeds help to provide scholarships for participants and care for the herd. 5-10 p.m. $100. Horses Help, 2601 E. Rose Garden Lane, Phoenix, horseshelp.org, 602-569-6056.
Canyon Lake Cruise
The Historical League hosts a dinner cruise on Dolly Steamboat, featuring music, libations and a return trip under a full moon. 4-9 p.m., with bus departing at 2 p.m. from the Heritage Center at Papago Park, 1300 N. College Ave., Tempe, $80, historicalleague.org, 602-430-8840.
Caregiver Open House (FREE)
Family caregivers can put themselves first for the afternoon as they enjoy massages, demonstrations, door prizes and educational seminars, and learn about community resources to simplify their daily lives. 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. FSL Caregiver House, 1201 E. Thomas Rd., Phoenix, fsl.org, 602-285-0505.
Cars & Coffee (FREE)
The spotlight is on pre-1975 sports cars and a Ferrari Daytona reunion as Scuderia Scottsdale hosts its monthly Scottsdale Motorsports Gathering. The event typically features 400 to 600 or more high-performance and exotic vehicles ranging from multimillion-dollar Ferraris on down, as well as a variety of motorcycles. 7-10 a.m. Scottsdale 101 shopping center, northwest corner of Scottsdale Road and Mayo Boulevard, Scottsdale, scuderiasouthwest.com.
Cottonwood Home Tour
The city of Cottonwood and Cottonwood Historic Preservation Committee present a self-guided home and building tour featuring eight to 10 historic homes and buildings. Participants can walk or drive to each stop, with docents on-site to provide a history of each dwelling and its inhabitants. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. $20; free, children 11 and younger. Cottonwood area, cottonwoodhometour.org, 928-202-7694.
Festival of the Arts (FREE)
This annual event features theater and dance performances by local arts groups, as well as visual art, live music, wine and craft beer tastings, food vendors, pet adoptions and children’s activities. 11:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Herberger Theater Center, 222 E. Monroe St., Phoenix, herbergertheater.org, 602-254-7399.
Jerome Art Walk (FREE)
Meet the artists as 20-plus galleries and studios participate in this monthly night of art, music and gallery-hopping. 5-8 p.m. Jerome, jeromeartwalk.com, 928-634-0774.
Pet Adopt-a-thon (FREE)
Forty-five rescue groups are on-site, with all pets spayed, neutered and vaccinated. Food vendors and animal blessings are included. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Adoption fees vary. All Saints’ Episcopal Church, 6300 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, pacc911.org.
Relay for Life
Teams of walkers take turns on a quarter-mile course at this American Cancer Society fundraiser. Live music, games, raffle drawings, a survivor luncheon and a luminaria ceremony to honor and remember those who have fought cancer are included. 2-6 p.m. Donations. Mountain Vista Club at Vistancia, 29701 N. Sunrise Point, Peoria, relayforlife.org/vistanciaaz, 800-227-2345.
Run the Raceway
Participants enjoy a one-of-a-kind experience as the green flag drops and they run a 5K, 1-mile and kids’ dash on a NASCAR track. Proceeds benefit Playworks Arizona. 7 a.m. $15-$60. Phoenix International Raceway, 7602 S. Avondale Blvd., Avondale, azruntheraceway.com.
Local instructors lead blacklight yoga sessions that are designed for newbies to yoga pros. Participants receive a yoga mat, towel, bracelet and confetti as part of registration, with a pre-session block party to decorate themselves and their mats with body paint. 9 a.m. and noon. $19.99. WestWorld, 16601 N. Pima Rd., Scottsdale, soulpose.com.
TroonFit Run Series
Runners take to the cart path of a top Valley golf course as this series concludes with a 5K event benefiting Phoenix Children’s Hospital. 8 a.m. $35. Lookout Mountain Golf Club, Pointe Hilton Tapatio Cliffs Resort, 11111 N. Seventh St., Phoenix, troonfitrunseries.com, 480-912-7878.
Tour de Bird
Presented by Desert Rivers Audubon Society, this self-guided tour includes 10 public and private gardens where bird lovers share their habitats with nature lovers who want to learn about attracting birds to their gardens. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. $15, advance; $20, day of event. Southeast Valley, desertriversaudubon.org, 480-227-8332. Tickets are available online and at Wild Birds Unlimited, Mesa.
Wag & Walk
Take a hike with adoptable dogs from Maricopa County Animal Care & Control. Participants are encouraged to “test drive” the dogs to see how they behave on leash and get along with other dogs on the family-friendly 1-mile trek. Each lovable pet is accompanied by a shelter volunteer who can answer questions about the dog’s personality, activity level and history. Bring a leash as all dogs are spayed or neutered, vaccinated and ready to go home on the spot. 9 a.m. $6 per vehicle park entry fee. Usery Mountain Regional Park, 3939 N. Usery Pass Way, Mesa, maricopa.gov/parks/usery, 480-984-0032.
Participants follow a 2- or 4-mile course as they walk toward a world free of multiple sclerosis and raise funds to find a cure and provide services and programs for Arizonans with MS. 6:30 a.m. Donations. Papago Park, 1600 N. Priest Dr., Tempe, walkms.org, 855-372-1331.
Walk to Save Animals
Arizona Animal Welfare League presents this fundraiser, which includes 2K and 5K pet walks, a pet agility course and pet marketplace. Proceeds benefit Arizona Animal Welfare League. 7-11:30 a.m. $35, adults; $25, children 17 and younger. Tempe Beach Park, 80 W. Rio Salado Pkwy., Tempe, walktosaveanimals.org, 480-273-6852.
Wickenburg Tour of Homes
Visitors enjoy a self-guided tour of four unique homes and admission to Desert Caballeros Western Museum, as well as a holiday market featuring arts, crafts, quilts, book signings and food trucks. The tour is sponsored annually by Las Señoras de Socorro to benefit the museum. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. $25. Wickenburg Community Center, 160 N. Valentine St., Wickenburg, lassenoras.org, 928-684-2272.
Armenian culinary delights, wine and beer are in the spotlight, complemented by music, dance, children’s activities and an art exhibit. Sa, 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Su, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. $2, adults; free, children 12 and younger. St. Apkar Armenian Church, 8849 E. Cholla St., Scottsdale, 480-451-8171.
Artists’ Studio Tour (FREE)
Guests enjoy a glimpse into the artistic process as the Artists of the Superstitions Studio Tour gets underway, showcasing paintings, photography, sculpture, jewelry, gourds and works in clay, glass, fiber and wood. The self-guided tour features 76 artists at 21 studio locations. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Gold Canyon and Apache Junction, artistsofthesuperstitions.com.
Church Mouse Boutique (FREE)
Blessed Sacrament Women’s Club presents this 41st annual boutique, which offers handmade craft items, baked goods, a silent auction, raffle and lunch café. Proceeds support church projects. Sa, 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m.; Su, 7:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church, 11300 N. 64th St., Scottsdale, 480-948-8370.
Dia de los Muertos
Celebrate the Mexican holiday through song, dance, storytelling, arts and crafts and a traditional procession. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Call for admission prices. Desert Botanical Garden, 1201 N. Galvin Pkwy., Phoenix, dbg.org, 480-941-1225.
Family Campout Program
Participants learn the ropes of camping, including how to set up a tent, prepare food outside and build a fire. Designed for those new to camping, the weekend event includes such activities as archery, fishing, mountain biking, hiking, birding and service projects. Children ages 5 and younger and pets are not allowed. Call for times. $90 per family of four; $5, each additional family member. Picacho Peak State Park, 15520 Picacho Peak Rd., Eloy, azstateparks.com, 877-MY-PARKS.
Food & Wine Experience
Bring your appetite to this culinary extravaganza, which features gourmet bites from more than 60 restaurants and samples of wine, craft beer and spirits. Chef demonstrations, private dining experiences and wine seminars are highlights. 1-4 p.m.; VIP begins at noon. Call for ticket prices. Salt River Fields at Talking Stick, 7555 N. Pima Rd., Scottsdale, foodandwine.azcentral.com, 480-270-5000.
Shemer Art Festival (FREE)
Artists from across Arizona share one-of-a-kind works and demonstrate their talents in glass blowing, blacksmithing, pottery throwing and raku at this inaugural event. Live music, children’s art activities, a silent auction and food and beverage vendors add to the festivities. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Kids Zone: $5, includes a T-shirt. Shemer Art Center, 5005 E. Camelback Rd., Phoenix, shemerartcenter.org, 602-262-4727. Guests can meet the artists at a reception 5-7 p.m., Sa.
Arizona Hemophilia Walk
Family, friends and community and corporate teams walk in honor and memory of those whose lives have been affected by bleeding disorders at this 5K noncompetitive walk. Registration includes all-day zoo admittance. 8-10 a.m. $25, minimum donation, adults; $5 minimum, students 13-17; free, children 12 and younger. Phoenix Zoo, 455 N. Galvin Pkwy., Phoenix, arizonahemophilia.org, 602-955-3947.
Black & Bling
In celebration of its 10th anniversary, Defenders of Children presents an evening of fine dining, wine, a silent auction, raffle prizes and entertainment by legendary jazz pianist Charles Lewis. 6 p.m. $100. Avanti, 2728 E. Thomas Rd., Phoenix, defendersofchildren.org, 602-710-1903.
Grand Prix of Scottsdale (FREE)
Enjoy a trip back to the roaring 1920s as this event features vintage-looking cycle-cart racecars as they weave through the landmarks and retail venues of downtown Scottsdale. Gatsby garden parties and a nighttime gala benefiting Southwest Human Development add to the fun, Nov. 3-4, as well as a race day kids zone with crafts, games and activities. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Marshall Way Bridge at Scottsdale Waterfront, 7135 E. Camelback Rd., Scottsdale, grandprixscottsdale.com, 480-527-9779.
Runners and walkers of all ages and abilities hit the pavement as this 42nd annual event aims to fight childhood obesity by encouraging kids to live active and healthy lifestyles. A half-marathon, 5K and 10K runs/walks and a kids’ dash are included. 6 a.m. Check website for race fees. Jefferson Street just west of First Avenue, Phoenix, phoenix10k.com.
Veterans Day Tribute (FREE)
Veterans groups, color guards, performers and speakers gather to salute all those who have worn America’s uniform in the nation’s armed services, with a special sunset tribute and commemorative reception. 9:30 a.m.-8 p.m. Heard Museum, 2301 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, heard.org, 602-252-8848.
Yoga in the Rainforest
Guests enjoy the beauty of butterflies while being guided through a series of yoga poses that help build strength and flexibility. 5:30-6:30 p.m. $20. Butterfly Wonderland, 9500 E. Via de Ventura, Scottsdale, butterflywonderland.com, 480-800-3000.
All That Glitters is the theme as the Mothers’ Guild of Xavier College Preparatory presents this 45th annual fundraising dinner, which includes live and silent auctions. Proceeds benefit the school’s Legacy of Leadership capital campaign. 6 p.m. $125. Xavier College Preparatory, 4710 N. Fifth St., Phoenix, xcpmg.org, 602-240-3147.
Guests are encouraged to dress in 1940s attire for this hangar party, which features a “chow” line, cocktails, big band music and a display of World War II military aircrafts, vehicles and 1940s-era cars. Proceeds benefit the Thunderbird Field II Veterans Memorial and DreamCatchers, a charity using high school and college volunteers from across the U.S. to fulfill the final dreams of hospice patients. 6-11 p.m. $100; $150 per couple, with reduced rates for veterans. Ross Aviation Hangar, 15000 N. Airport Dr., Scottsdale, tbird2.org.
Wreaths for Life
Custom-themed wreaths embellished by some of Arizona’s finest interior designers, artists and florists are on display and featured in a silent auction. Bidding runs Nov. 1-10, concluding with a cocktail reception with additional auction items, a raffle, wine, hors d’oeuvres and desserts. Proceeds benefit Ronald McDonald House Charities. 5-8 p.m. $25. The Shops on Camelback, 835 E. Camelback Rd., Phoenix, theshopsoncamelback.com, 602-277-1030.
Chuck Wagon Cook-off (FREE)
Experience the sights, sounds, tastes and smells of authentic 1880s chuck wagons as teams from across the West compete using slow-cook, wood-fire methods from the time period. Live music, cooking demonstrations and hands-on activities add to the fun. F, 9 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sa, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. $15 for five-course meal. Tumbleweed Ranch, 2250 S. McQueen Rd., Chandler, chandleraz.gov/chuckwagon, 480-782-2717.
Chiles & Chocolate Festival
Spicy and sweet flavors are in the spotlight as guests indulge in gourmet chocolates, zesty salsas, fresh fire-roasted chiles and other unique Southwestern treats. Latin, Brazilian and Spanish music and dance add to the festivities. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Call for ticket prices. Desert Botanical Garden, 1201 N. Galvin Pkwy., Phoenix, dbg.org, 480-941-1225.
Fountain Hills Festival (FREE)
Nearly 500 artisans from across the nation share paintings, sculpture, photography, clothing, jewelry, holiday ornaments and one-of-a-kind crafts at the Fountain Festival of Fine Arts and Crafts. Live music is included. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Avenue of the Fountains, Fountain Hills, fountainhillschamber.com, 480-837-1654.
Open Studios Tour
Sedona Visual Artists’ Guild hosts this self-guided tour, which features 66 artists working in more than 40 studios in Sedona, the Village of Oak Creek, Cornville, Cottonwood and Clarkdale. 10 a.m.-5 p.m., sedonaartistscoalition.org, 503-789-4437.
Artes Vivas! (FREE)
Artwork by more than 40 Hispanic and Latino(a) artists highlight this festive marketplace. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Heard Museum, 2301 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, heard.org, 602-252-8848.
Corks and Collars
Market Street Kitchen provides culinary delights for this fundraiser, which includes wine and beer tastings, live music and a silent auction. Proceeds offset medical expenses incurred by the nonprofit Desert Labrador Retriever Rescue. 3-6 p.m. $40. Market Street at DC Ranch, 20555 N. Pima Rd., Scottsdale, corksandcollars.org, 480-899-5227.
Gourd Dance & Potluck (FREE)
Bring your favorite potluck dish to share as this event honors the memory of all veterans who have served our nation. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Pueblo Grande Museum, 4619 E. Washington St., Phoenix, pueblogrande.com, 602-495-0901.
Grand Avenue Festival (FREE)
Art exhibits, building tours, live music, make-and-take crafts, a recycled fashion show, trashy hat promenade and an after-party highlight this neighborhood celebration, which joins forces with the annual Parade of the Arts. 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; parade at 6 p.m. Historic Grand Avenue from 15th and Grand avenues to Van Buren Street, Phoenix, grandavenueartsandpreservation.org, 602-391-4016.
Promise Ball Gala
Don’t Stop Believing is the theme of this black-tie fundraiser, which includes live and silent auctions, dinner and entertainment. Proceeds benefit the JDRF Arizona chapter and its efforts to find a cure for Type 1 diabetes. 6 p.m. $600. The Phoenician, 6000 E. Camelback Rd., Scottsdale, jdrfpromiseballphoenix.org, 602-224-1800.
Tour Time in Tubac
Visitors are invited to step inside some of the town’s oldest historic buildings dating back to 1767, with docents providing guided tours and sharing history of the buildings and their occupants. Proceeds from this Old Town Tubac Historic Adobe Building Tour benefit the Tubac Historical Society and Lowe House Project Artist in Residency Program. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. $40. Tubac area, ths-tubac.org, 520-398-2020.
Vistancia Tour of Homes (FREE)
Visitors enjoy holiday boutique shopping, children’s activities and refreshments while touring luxury model residences by David Weekley Homes and Toll Brothers. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Vistancia Information Center, 12026 W. Lone Mountain Pkwy., Peoria, vistancia.com/events, 623-933-6233.
Guests enjoy new and current releases from more than 15 vineyards at the annual St. Martin’s Sonoita AVA New Release Festival. A barrel tasting with Sonoita Vineyards, a discussion with the winemakers and vineyard tours are included. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. $35. Sonoita Vineyards, 290 Elgin-Canelo Rd., Elgin, sonoitavineyards.com, 520-455-5893.
Scottsdale Polo Championships
Horses and horsepower are in the spotlight at this high-energy polo party and car extravaganza, which features several polo matches, entertainment, a catwalk fashion show, canine couture event, Phoenix Opera performances and previews of the Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction and Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show. Gates open at 10 a.m. Sa; 10:45 a.m. Su. Tickets start at $20. WestWorld of Scottsdale, 16601 N. Pima Rd., Scottsdale, thepoloparty.com, 480-423-1414.
Arts & Crafts Show (FREE)
Phoenix Home & Garden presents its premier luxury home tour. The self-guided event features five homes, plus a VIP experience that includes brunch and an additional exclusive residence. Tickets must be purchased online, with a portion of proceeds benefiting the Arizona Humane Society. Noon-5 p.m. (VIP brunch begins at 10 a.m.) $75-$160. Scottsdale, Phoenix and Paradise Valley, phgmag.com/hometour, 480-664-3960.
Live & Local
Celebrate the best in Arizona food, music and spirits with an extensive culinary and entertainment lineup, including local restaurant and beverage partners, celebrity mixologists, entertainers and more. Proceeds benefit the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale. 6-9 p.m. $65-$150. The District at Desert Ridge, 21001 N. Tatum Blvd., Phoenix, bgcs.org, 480-860-5520.
Night of Hope
Make a difference in the lives of children in Haiti as Chances for Children presents this fundraising dinner. 5:30 p.m. $150, adults; $50, children 11 and younger. Fairmont Scottsdale Princess, 7575 E. Princess Dr., Scottsdale, chances4children.org, 480-659-7625.
Signature Chefs Auction
Some of the Valley’s finest chefs offer samplings of signature dishes while raising funds and increasing awareness of March of Dimes’ mission to give all babies the healthiest start to life. Silent and live auctions are included. PHOENIX magazine is among the sponsors. 4 p.m. $275. Talking Stick Resort, 9800 E. Talking Stick Way, Scottsdale, signaturechefs.marchofdimes.org, 602-287-9925.
Local food trucks serve up their tastiest and most creative sliders as they compete for the title of Best Slider. Entertainment by Rock Lobster is included. Proceeds benefit the Arizona Friends of Foster Children Foundation. Noon-3 p.m. $30, includes samples of all sliders. Kierland Commons, 15205 N. Kierland Blvd., Scottsdale, affcf.org, 602-252-9445.
The Larry Fitzgerald Football 101 Women’s Clinic provides the ultimate fan experience as guests learn football basics from the Arizona Cardinals wide receiver. Various stations specializing in fundamental football skills, touch football games and an interactive question-and-answer session are included, along with a cocktail hour, exclusive T-shirt, souvenir autograph, group photo, makeovers and Covergirl samples. 6-9 p.m. $199. Salt River Fields at Talking Stick, 7555 N. Pima Rd., Scottsdale, larryfitzgerald101.com.
Birds ’n’ Beer (FREE)
Sip on a Four Peaks brew while enjoying an entertaining presentation on wildlife. 5:30-7:30 p.m. Nina Mason Pulliam Rio Salado Audubon Center, 3131 S. Central Ave., Phoenix, az.audubon.org, 602-468-6470.
Demonstrate ArtWalk (FREE)
Scottsdale Gallery Association kicks off its Gold Palette ArtWalk series with this event, which features artist demonstrations, receptions, refreshments and live music. 6:30-9 p.m. Downtown Scottsdale, scottsdalegalleries.com.
Participants enjoy tastings of four tequilas by a leading luxury tequila producer, along with complimentary light bites, live music, raffle prizes and a sample of spa services. 6-7:30 p.m. Agave, The Arizona Spa, Westin Kierland Resort & Spa, 6902 E. Greenway Pkwy., Scottsdale, kierlandresort.com, 480-624-1501.
Join golfers of all skill levels for fun, or play competitively for the opportunity to advance to the NKF Golf Classic Championship at Pebble Beach Golf Links in California at this National Kidney Foundation event. An awards reception follows, with live entertainment, a silent auction, food and beverages. 9 a.m. shotgun start. $1,600 per foursome. Whirlwind Golf Club, 5692 W. North Loop Rd., Chandler, nkfgolfclassic.com.
Arts & Crafts Fair (FREE)
A silent auction and more than 50 tables of handcrafted items are showcased, including quilts. Coffee and a light lunch are available. Proceeds benefit Hospice of the Valley and various mission projects in the West Valley. 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Congregational Church of Sun City, 18401 N. 99th Ave., Sun City, congregationalchurchofsuncityaz.com, 623-977-4241.
Prototyping Festival (FREE)
Guests are invited to explore temporary projects that activate public spaces and engage the community – from gathering spots and virtual-reality experiences to places to play and share in art making – created by artists, architects, designers, students, urban planners and others. F, 5-10 p.m.; Sa, noon-10 p.m. Main Street, downtown Mesa, mesaartscenter.com, 480-644-6500.
Scottsdale Artists League Show
Nearly 40 members share paintings, prints, photography, jewelry, gourds and works in wood, metal and ink. A portion of proceeds benefits the restoration of the Old Adobe Mission, the oldest church in Scottsdale. F, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sa, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Su, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Old Adobe Mission, 3821 N. Brown Ave., Scottsdale, scottsdaleartistsleague.com.
Hidden in the Hills (FREE)
Sonoran Arts League presents this annual self-guided artist studio tour. The event showcases 174 artists who exhibit and sell their work at dozens of studio locations, with artist demonstrations included at many of the stops. Pictured is Beth Zink of Cave Creek, who is known for her vibrant contemporary botanical paintings. F-Su, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Cave Creek, Carefree and North Scottsdale, hiddeninthehills.org, 480-575-6624.
Dogs’ Day in the Garden
Visitors and their leashed dogs can go for a walk on garden trails and enjoy family photos and canine-themed activities. Vendors of human and dog treats also provide items to sample and purchase. Proceeds benefit the Arizona Humane Society. 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Call for ticket prices. Desert Botanical Garden, 1201 N. Galvin Pkwy., Phoenix, dbg.org, 480-941-1225.
Nutcracker Sweet Tea
Guests explore the Land of Sweets as they enjoy a light luncheon buffet, cookie decorating, storytelling, a performance by Ballet Etudes and photo opportunities with characters from The Nutcracker. 10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. $15. Wright House Reception Center, 636 W. University Dr., Mesa, balletetudes.net, 480-558-2080.
Out Race Cancer
Arizona Myeloma Network hosts this 5K and 1-mile walk/run to benefit all cancer caregivers, patients and survivors. Local vendors, face painting, chair massages, giveaways and raffle prizes are included. 8 a.m. $20-$25; free, children 12 and younger. Bondurant Racing School, 20000 S. Maricopa Rd., Chandler, azmyelomanetwork.org, 623-466-6246.
Phoenix Pizza Festival
It’s a pizza paradise as slices and full pies of all types are available to pair with craft beer at this tasty festival. Lawn games, dessert vendors, live bands and a children’s craft zone add to the festivities. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. $10; online purchase only. Margaret T. Hance Park, 1202 N. Third St., Phoenix, phoenix.pizza, 480-442-9176.
Spark! After Dark (FREE)
A grownup’s playground, this monthly event features live music, art, food and drinks. 8-11 p.m. Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., Mesa, mesaartscenter.com, 480-644-6500.
Walkers and those in wheelchairs enjoy a day of exercise, food and entertainment as they raise funds and support children and adults affected by spina bifida. The route follows an easy path around the park. 9 a.m.-1 p.m.; walk begins at 10 a.m. Donations; advance registration encouraged. Steele Indian School Park, 300 E. Indian School Rd., Phoenix, sbaazwalknroll.org, 602-274-3323.
ArtFest of Scottsdale (FREE)
More than 180 artists showcase their works, with local musicians, interactive children’s activities and a nonprofit book sale adding to the fun. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Scottsdale Civic Center Mall, 3939 N. Drinkwater Blvd., Scottsdale, 888artfest.com, 480-968-5353.
November 18-January 7
Lace up your skates and glide a few laps as this outdoor ice rink returns to the heart of Downtown Phoenix. Call for times and ticket prices. CityScape Phoenix, Central Avenue between Washington and Jefferson streets, Phoenix, cityskatephx.com, 602-772-3900.
Roosevelt Historic Homes
The welcome mat is out as more than 10 homes built in the early 1900s are open for viewing during the annual Roosevelt Historic District Home Tour. Food trucks and a craft fair add to the festivities. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. $16, with $13 online presale. Third Avenue and Portland Street, Phoenix, rooseveltneighborhood.org.
Science with a Twist
Werewolves, muggles, witches and aspiring wizards 21 and older are invited to experience the ultimate Harry Potter party. Guests search every inch of the center to find all seven Horcruxes while enjoying such highlights as the 3 Broomsticks Bar, Potions Class Drinking Game and the Owlry, which features live owls, rats, snakes and spiders. 6-10 p.m. $12. Arizona Science Center, 600 E. Washington St., Phoenix, azscience.org, 602-716-2000.
Christmas Tree Lighting
Usher in the holidays as the switch is flipped, transforming the resort into a winter wonderland with 4.5 million lights and a four-story musical tree. An ice-skating rink, Christmas carousel, Ferris wheel, ice slide, train rides and visits with Santa in his secret headquarters round out the festivities. Proceeds go to Cox Charities to benefit the #LoveUp Foundation for foster children. 6 p.m. $25 per vehicle. Fairmont Scottsdale Princess, 7575 E. Princess Dr., Scottsdale, 480-585-4848.
November 22-January 14
This grand holiday event glows with millions of LED lights and includes a three-story-tall Christmas tree, lakeside music-in-motion shows and 3-D light sculptures of flamingos, an alligator, dragonfly and other critters, as well as a new Utah raptor dinosaur to complement the Dinosaurs in the Desert exhibit. 5:30-10:30 p.m. Call for ticket prices. Phoenix Zoo, 455 N. Galvin Pkwy., Phoenix, phoenixzoo.org, 602-286-3800.
Black Friday Market (FREE)
More than 20 vendors showcase local, vintage and handmade items. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Cityscape, 1 E. Washington St., Phoenix, cityscapephoenix.com, 602-772-3901.
November 24-December 24
With a setting reminiscent of the North Pole, this holiday extravaganza features visits to Santa’s house and toy workshop, a life-size gingerbread house, ice princess castle, zipline, Ferris wheel, bounce houses, obstacle courses, marshmallow roasts, holiday vendors and photos with St. Nick. F-Su, 2-10 p.m. $15. Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park, 20000 Maricopa Rd., Chandler, winterwonderfestaz.com.
Arts & Crafts Festival (FREE)
Artists from more than 40 Sun City clubs offer fine-art paintings, pottery, jewelry and works in metal, wood and leather. F, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.; Sa, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Sundial Recreation Center, 14801 N. 103rd Ave., Sun City, 815-674-6040.
Ornament Marketplace (FREE)
Distinctive holiday gifts and unique handmade ornaments created by American Indian artists are in the spotlight. F-Sa, 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m.; and Su, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Heard Museum, 2301 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, heard.org, 602-252-8848.
November 24-January 6
Glendale Glitters (FREE)
This hometown holiday celebration illuminates 16 blocks of the historic downtown area with nearly 1.6 million lights. An opening celebration, from 5 to 10 p.m. Nov. 24-25, features holiday entertainment, a children’s winter wonderland, petting zoo and visits with St. Nick, plus a countdown to the lighting ceremony at 5:30 p.m. Nov. 24. Light display continues 5-10 p.m. nightly, with special events F-Sa, Dec. 1-16. 58th and Glendale avenues, Glendale, glendaleaz.com/events, 623-930-2299.
Mayor Jim Lane and members of the Scottsdale City Council are on hand to light a one-of-a-kind tree and lead carolers in a sing-along event that launches the city’s annual holiday celebration, which includes ongoing events through Jan. 1. Sweet treats and cocoa add to the festivities. 6 p.m. Soleri Bridge Plaza, 4420 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale, scottsdazzle.com, 480-874-4629.
Nativities of the World (FREE)
November 25-December 30
Las Noches de las Luminarias
Thousands of traditional luminarias line garden trails, buildings and courtyards, casting an elegant glow on the garden’s world-renowned plant collection. A variety of musical groups performs each night. Nov. 25-26, Dec. 9-11, 16-18, 20-23 and 26-30. 5:30-9:30 p.m. $30, adults; $12.50, children 3-12. Desert Botanical Garden, 1201 N. Galvin Pkwy., Phoenix, dbg.org, 480-481-1225.
Luxury Designer Showhouse
Top Valley interior designers and rising stars have transformed this nearly 6,000-square-foot custom family home into an elegant exhibition of furnishings, accessories, art and technology. Guests are invited to tour the residence and meet the designers, with proceeds benefiting Free Arts of Arizona. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. $40. Arcadia area, Phoenix, luxepros.com.