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Group Free

Through December 31

Easter Rising Exhibit

Rare photos, papers and other objects are on display in Remembering the Easter Rising: Historical Context and Cultural Legacy. The exhibit marks the 100th anniversary of this historic period in 1916, which ultimately led to Irish independence. Call for times. $10, adults; $5, children. McClelland Irish Library, Irish Cultural Center, 1106 N. Central Ave., Phoenix,, 602-864-2351.


Through January 2 

Nature Connects 

Guests enjoy 27 larger-than-life animal and flora sculptures created with more than 1 million Lego bricks in Nature Connects: Art with Lego Bricks. The exhibit includes endangered species and exotic animals, ranging from a jeweled chameleon to a peacock. Call for times and ticket prices. The Phoenix Zoo, 455 N. Galvin Pkwy., Phoenix,, 602-286-3800. 


November 2-6

Wild West Days 

Celebrate Cave Creek’s historic heritage at this festival, which includes a Western parade, horseback poker ride, cornhole tournament, bull riding competition, bathtub races, pig races, Old West re-enactments, mutton bustin’ and live music. Call for times, prices and Cave Creek locations,, 480-437-1110. 


November 4

Caregiver Retreat

Foundation for Senior Living hosts a Resource and Relaxation Retreat, providing caregivers with resources to simplify their lives, as well as massages, manicures, door prizes and demonstrations. 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. FSL Caregiver House, 1201 E. Thomas Rd., Phoenix,, 602-285-0505, ext. 327.


November 4

Cooks’ Tour

A home tour, luncheon, silent auction and craft boutique highlight this annual fundraiser, which benefits mission and charity work. 9 a.m.-3 p.m.; white elephant sale opens at 8 a.m. $25, home tour; $20, luncheon. Valley Presbyterian Church, 6947 E. McDonald Dr., Paradise Valley,, 480-991-6424.


November 4

First Fridays Art Walk      

More than 70 art galleries and art spaces are featured. 6-10 p.m. Free. Maps, parking and shuttle service available at Phoenix Art Museum, 1625 N. Central Ave., Phoenix,, 602-256-7539.      


November 4

Motorcycles on Main    

Roads are closed for this monthly bike night, which features live music, beer gardens and food. F, 6-10 p.m. Free. Main Street, between Robson and Center streets, Mesa, 480-890-2613.   


November 4-5

Vintage Market

Antiques enthusiasts and vintage junkies unite while perusing a variety of antique goods and collectibles, handmade and retro furniture, bonsai trees, artwork and more at the Front Porch Pickins Vintage & Handmade Market. F, 11 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sa, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. $6 ($20 for 9 a.m. entry). University of Phoenix Stadium, 1 Cardinals Dr., Glendale,, 623-298-5002.


November 4-6

Camelback Studio Tour 

This self-guided tour showcases 25 local artists in six different home studios, featuring paintings, sculpture, fused glass, pottery, jewelry, batiks, quilts, metal art and mixed-media works. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Sherwood Heights, between Thomas Road and Oak Street, and 54th and 60th streets, Scottsdale,, 480-215-5975. 


November 4-6

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. Oil painter Darrell Thomas is the featured artist. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. $3, adults; free, children 17 and younger. 101 Easy St., Carefree,, 480-837-5637. 


November  4-6

Food & Wine Experience 

Bring your appetite to this culinary extravaganza, which features chef demonstrations, seated dining experiences, seminars and a Grand Tasting featuring dozens of restaurants and samples of food, wine, craft beer and spirits. Call for times and ticket prices. Salt River Fields at Talking Stick, 7555 N. Pima Rd., Scottsdale,, 480-270-5000. 


November 4-6

Wild West Treasure Fest

This Magic Bird Festivals event showcases 70 local artists and vendors exhibiting a range of boutique designs, apparel, handcrafted goods, jewelry and gourmet packaged edibles. F-Sa, 10 a.m.-10 p.m.; Su, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Cave Creek Roadhouse, 6900 E. Cave Creek Rd., Cave Creek,, 480-488-2014.


November 5

Authors Luncheon 

The Arizona Women’s Board continues the legacy of Erma Bombeck by raising funds for local kidney patients with this annual event, which features best-selling authors. 10:30 a.m. $175. Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa, 2400 E. Missouri Ave., Phoenix,, 480-951-2950. 


November 5

Bobs Biker Blast

Participants rev it up for Phoenix Children’s Hospital patients at this fundraiser, which includes lunch and a self-guided ride that concludes with a concert by Montgomery Gentry, Craig Morgan and Kellie Pickler at Harley-Davidson of Scottsdale, 15600 N. Hayden Rd., Scottsdale. Registration at 11 a.m.; kickstands up by 1:30 p.m. $20. Phoenix Children’s Hospital, 1919 E. Thomas Rd., Phoenix,, 602-933-2669.


November 5

Casino Night

A silent auction, wine pull, dinner and casino games highlight this 11th annual Children’s Fight for Life event, which benefits Phoenix Children’s Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders. 6:30-11 p.m. $125. JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa, 5350 E. Marriott Dr., Phoenix,, 602-933-2669.


November 5

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,, 480-941-1225.


November 5

Festival of the Arts

This annual event features theater and dance performances by local arts groups, as well as visual art, live music, film festival shorts, craft beer tasting, food, pet adoptions and children’s activities. 11:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Herberger Theater Center, 222 E. Monroe St., Phoenix,, 602-254-7399.


November 5

Jerome Art Walk      

Meet the artists as 20-plus galleries and studios participate in this monthly night of art, music and gallery-hopping. 5-8 p.m. Free. Jerome,, 928-634-0774. 


November 5

Midtown Urban Living Tour

The Midtown Museum District Neighborhood Association hosts this high-rise urban living tour, which showcases selected homes in seven communities: Artisan Lofts on Central, Villa del Coronado, Chateau de Ville, Regency on Central, Phoenix Towers, Tapestry on Central and One Lexington. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. $18 advance; $20 day of tour. Downtown Phoenix area,, 602-758-3129.


November 5

Relay for Life

Teams of walkers take turns on a quarter-mile course at this American Cancer Society fundraiser. Educational stations for children, live music, games, raffle drawings and a luminaria ceremony to honor and remember those who have fought cancer are included, along with a presentation by Michelle Whitlock, a cancer survivor and author of How I Lost My Uterus and Found My Voice. Noon-7 p.m. Donations. Mountain Vista Club at Vistancia, 29701 N. Sunrise Point, Peoria,, 623-215-8646.


November 5 

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 and previews of the Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction and Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tickets start at $20. WestWorld, 16601 N. Pima Rd., Scottsdale,, 480-423-1414.


November 5

Slam Dunk

Suns Charities 88 hosts this progressive dinner and street party, which tips off with a cocktail reception at Talking Stick Resort Arena; then moves across the street for a sit-down dinner. The event culminates back at the arena with dancing, dessert and live entertainment under the stars. 6 p.m. $188. Talking Stick Resort Arena, 201 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix,, 602-379-7767.


November 5

Tour de Bird

Presented by Desert Rivers Audubon Society, this self-guided tour includes 10 public and private gardens where bird lovers will share their habitats with nature lovers who want to learn about attracting birds to their gardens. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. $10 advance; $15 day of tour. Southeast Valley,, 480-227-8332. Tickets are available online and at Wild Birds Unlimited, 2110 E. Baseline Rd., Mesa.


November 5

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,, 480-984-0032.


November 5


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,, 602-274-3323.


November 5

Walk to Save Animals

Arizona Animal Welfare League presents this family- and dog-friendly fundraiser, which includes 2K and 5K pet walks, a pet agility course and pet photos with Santa. Proceeds benefit Arizona Animal Welfare League. 8-11 a.m. $35, adults; $25, children 17 and younger. Tempe Beach Park, 80 W. Rio Salado Pkwy., Tempe,, 480-273-6852.


November 5

Wickenburg Home Tour 

Visitors enjoy a self-guided tour of several unique homes and admission to Desert Caballeros Western Museum, as well as a holiday market featuring arts, crafts and gourmet foods. 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,, 928-684-2272. 


November 5-6

Armenia Fest

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.


November 5-6

Artists’ Studio Tour 

Guests enjoy a glimpse into the artistic process as the Artists of the Superstitions Studio Tour gets under way, showcasing paintings, photography, sculpture, jewelry, gourds and works in clay, glass and wood. The self-guided tour features 59 artists at 20 studio locations. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Gold Canyon and Apache Junction, 


November 5-6

Church Mouse Boutique 

Blessed Sacrament Women’s Club presents this 40th 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. Free. Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church, 11300 N. 64th St., Scottsdale, 480-948-8370. 


November 5-26

Food Truck Caravan

A variety of food trucks rolls into downtown Scottsdale for a weekly celebration featuring gourmet street foods complemented by top local musicians. Sa, 6:30-10:30 p.m. Free. Fifth Avenue and Goldwater Boulevard, Scottsdale,, 480-251-1769.


November 6

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. 7-10 a.m. $25, minimum donation, adults; $5 minimum, students 13-17; free, children 12 and younger. Phoenix Zoo, 455 N. Galvin Pkwy., Phoenix,, 602-955-3947.


November 6

Phoenix 10K

Runners and walkers of all ages and abilities hit the pavement as this 41st 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. Washington Street between Central and First avenues, Phoenix,


November 6

Signature Chefs Auction 

More than a dozen of the Valley’s top 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. Call for ticket prices. Westin Kierland Resort & Spa, 6902 E. Greenway Pkwy., Scottsdale,, 602-287-9925.


November 6

Sunday at Shemer

Dozens of local artists demonstrate, display and sell their work at this family art festival, which includes entertainment, children’s activities and a silent auction. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. $7, adults; free, children 11 and younger; maximum of $20 per family. Shemer Art Center, 5005 E. Camelback Rd., Phoenix,, 602-262-4727.


November 6

Swing Fore Kids

This family-friendly event includes a silent auction, raffle, exotic cars, food and drink, entertainment for the kids and a Pro Shoot-out with Jim “Bones” Mackay, professional PGA Tour caddie for Phil Mickelson. Proceeds benefit children with cancer and their families. 2-5 p.m. $100; free admission, children. Grayhawk Golf Club, 8620 E. Thompson Peak Pkwy., Scottsdale,, 480-350-7055.


November 7

Symphony Score

This unique golf tournament pits players against The Phoenix Symphony’s own musicians for a host of musically themed prizes. The event includes a continental breakfast and awards luncheon featuring a symphony quartet. Shotgun start at 8 a.m. $400. Arizona Biltmore Golf Club, 2400 E. Missouri Ave., Phoenix,, 602-495-1999.


November 7

Veterans Day Tribute 

Veterans groups, color guards, performers and speakers gather for a sunset tribute to all those who have worn America’s uniform in the nation’s armed services. 5 p.m. Free. Heard Museum, 2301 N. Central Ave., Phoenix,, 602-252-8848. 


November 10

Goldy’s Bowling Bash

Team up with Valley sports celebrities, D-backs players, sports fans, bowlers and those just wanting to make a difference as Paul and Amy Goldschmidt host an evening of bowling, food and fun. Proceeds support Goldy’s Fund 4 Kids benefiting Phoenix Children’s Hospital Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders. 5:30 p.m. with a 9 p.m. after-party. Call for ticket prices. Lucky Strike at CityScape, 50 W. Jefferson St., Phoenix,, 602-524-8557.


November 10

Scottsdale ArtWalk

Demonstrate is the theme as Scottsdale Gallery Association hosts the first major ArtWalk of the season, featuring artist demonstrations and gallery show openings. 6-9:30 p.m. Free. Downtown Scottsdale,


November 11

City Lights Movie Nights

Bring a chair or blanket and enjoy a screening of Hook as this monthly outdoor movie series continues. Those with an adventurous side can fly like Rufio with a zip line that crosses Central Avenue. 6:30-9:30 p.m. Free. CityScape Phoenix, Central Avenue between Washington and Jefferson streets, Phoenix,


November 11

Gourd Dance & Potluck 

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. Free. Pueblo Grande Museum, 4619 E. Washington St., Phoenix,, 602-495-0901.


November 11

Holiday Dinner

Jingle and Mingle is the theme as the Mothers’ Guild of Xavier College Preparatory presents this 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,, 602-240-3147.


November 11

Legacy Celebration

Junior League of Phoenix hosts this fundraising dinner with silent auction and entertainment. 6-10 p.m. $250. Arizona Science Center, 600 E. Washington St., Phoenix,, 602-234-3388.


November 11

Veterans’ Art Exhibit

 Paintings, drawings, collages, sculpture, photography and mixed-media works by veterans participating in Arizona Artists Guild’s art program for veterans are on display. 6-8 p.m. Free. Arizona Artists Guild, 18411 N. Seventh Ave., Phoenix,, 602-826-4713.


November 11-12

Chuck Wagon Cook-off 

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, hands-on activities and historic home tours add to the fun. F, 9 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sa, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Free; $15 for five-course meal. Tumbleweed Ranch, 2250 S. McQueen Rd., Chandler,, 480-782-2751. 


November 11-13

Chiles & Chocolate Festival 

Spicy and sweet flavors are in the spotlight as guests sample gourmet chocolates, zesty salsas 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,, 480-941-1225.


November 11-13

Flair Art Show

More than a dozen artists from the Flair Painting Group share original works in oils, acrylics and watercolors, as well as prints, giclées and greeting cards. F, noon-9 p.m.; Sa, 9 a.m.-9 p.m.; Su, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Anthem Golf & Country Club, 2708 W. Anthem Club Dr., Anthem, 224-678-6611.


November 11-13

Fountain Hills Festival 

More than 500 artisans from across the nation share paintings, sculpture, photography, clothing, jewelry and one-of-a-kind crafts at the Fountain Festival of Arts and Crafts. Live music is included. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Avenue of the Fountains, Fountain Hills,, 480-837-1654. 


November 11-13

Holiday Pop-up Gallery 

Artists Sandy Blain, Esmeralda DeLaney, Sandra Luehrsen, Clare Verstegen and Joan Waters share fine art, jewelry and handmade gifts in ceramic, steel, textiles and mixed media. F, 5-9 p.m.; Sa, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; and Su, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Waters Studio, 2141 E. Cedar St., Tempe,, 602-565-1358. 


November 12

Beaux Arts

Scottsdale Artists’ School hosts this annual benefit, which features a silent auction of original artwork and other treasures, as well as an opportunity to mingle with the artists and enjoy piano music, food and spirits. 6-9 p.m. $125. Scottsdale Artists’ School, 3720 N. Marshall Way, Scottsdale,, 480-990-1422.


November 12

Grand Avenue Festival

Art exhibits, building tours, live music, an after-party, recycled fashion show and trashy hat promenade 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. Free. Historic Grand Avenue from 15th and Grand avenues to Van Buren Street, Phoenix,, 602-391-4016.


November 12

Healthy Brain Expo

HonorHealth, Barrow Neurological Institute, Foothills Community Foundation and the Desert Foothills YMCA host this event, which explores how to keep your brain engaged, creative and strong through workshops, speakers and exhibits on nutrition, neurosciences, mental exercises and mind/body awareness. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. $20, adults; $5, students. Holland Community Center, 34250 N. 60th St., Scottsdale,, 480-488-1090.


November 12

Heritage Award Gala

Arizona Jewish Historical Society hosts this celebration, which honors Derrick Hall, president and CEO of the Arizona Diamondbacks. A cocktail reception, dinner, awards program and performance by Phoenix Theatre are included. 6 p.m. $180. Musical Instrument Museum, 4725 E. Mayo Blvd., Phoenix,, 602-241-7870.


November 12

Knuckle Ball Gala

The Joe Niekro Foundation hosts the fundraising Knuckle Ball... A Pitch for Life, which honors Dr. Robert Spetzler and Nancy Hanley. The dinner gala includes silent and live auctions, dancing and a tribute video to Niekro. Proceeds benefit Barrow Neurological Institute. 6 p.m. $436. Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa, 2400 E. Missouri Ave., Phoenix,, 602-524-8557.


November 12

Night of Hope

Make a difference in the lives of children in Haiti as Chances for Children presents this fundraising dinner with cocktails, dancing and Caribbean entertainment. 5:45 p.m. $150, adults; $50, children 11 and younger. Fairmont Scottsdale Princess, 7575 E. Princess Dr., Scottsdale,, 480-513-3373.


November 12

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,, 480-558-2080.


November 12-13

El Mercado de las Artes

Mariachi music and artwork by more than 65 Hispanic artists highlight this festive marketplace, which features santos, pottery, furniture, paintings, prints, and works in silver, tin and embroidery. 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Free; suggested donation of $10 includes museum admission. Heard Museum, 2301 N. Central Ave., Phoenix,, 602-252-8848.


November 13

Home Tour

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. Proceeds benefit local charities. Noon-4:30 p.m. (VIP begins at 10 a.m.) $75-$160. Scottsdale/Paradise Valley area,, 480-664-3960.


November 13

Pitch 4 Kidz Dinner Gala

Rub elbows with celebrities, athletes and entertainers while joining the fight for addiction awareness. Proceeds from this third annual event benefit the nonprofit Pitch 4 Kidz, which supports at-risk children who are profoundly affected by chronic childhood stressors associated with trauma and parental substance abuse. 6-9 p.m. Tickets start at $200. JW Marriott Scottsdale Camelback Inn Resort & Spa, 5402 E. Lincoln Dr., Scottsdale,, 480-286-2411.


November 13

Slider Throwdown 

Local food trucks serve up their tastiest and most creative sliders as they compete for the title of Best Slider. A beer garden with cash bar is included. Proceeds benefit the Arizona Friends of Foster Children Foundation. Noon-3 p.m. $25, includes one slider from each participating food truck. Kierland Commons, 15205 N. Kierland Blvd., Scottsdale,, 602-252-9445. 


November 14-15

Nina McLemore

The New York fashion designer who advises female clients on how to dress for success and has made a name for herself with her softly tailored jackets is in town for personal consultations. Fifteen percent of proceeds from sales Nov. 14-20 benefit the American Red Cross. 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Free; appointments recommended. Nina McLemore Boutique, 8787 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale,, 480-607-7700. McLemore speaks on “The Art of Philanthropy” at 6 p.m. Nov. 14.


November 15

A Miner’s Dinner

Guests are transported back in time as they dine outside by the historic Golden Reef Stamp Mill, which dates back to 1880. The event includes silent and live auctions, entertainment by Down Home Arizona and a chance to see the fully operational stamp mill in action, as well as blacksmith demonstrations. 4-8:30 p.m. $55. Cave Creek Museum, 6140 Skyline Dr., Cave Creek,, 480-488-2764.


November 17

Birds ’n’ Beer      

Sip on a Four Peaks brew while enjoying an entertaining presentation on wildlife. 5:30-7:30 p.m. Free admission. Nina Mason Pulliam Rio Salado Audubon Center, 3131 S. Central Ave., Phoenix,, 602-468-6470.  


November 18-19

Arts & Crafts Fair

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. Free. Congregational Church of Sun City, 18401 N. 99th Ave., Sun City,, 623-977-4241.


November 18-20

The Big Heap

Handmade and repurposed goods are featured as independent artists and entrepreneurs showcase vintage, modern, retro, industrial and salvaged goods. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. $7, adults; free, children 12 and younger. 3841 N. Schoolhouse Road, Cave Creek,, 480-329-6118.


November 18, 25

Rock ’n’ Roll Dances      

Guests enjoy rock ’n’ roll hits from the ’70s and ’80s, Nov. 18; and ’50s and ’60s, Nov. 25, with DJ Kort Kurdi. 6:30-9:30 p.m. $8. Palm Ridge Summit Hall, 13800 W. Deer Valley Rd., Sun City West,, 602-679-4220.


November 18-27

Hidden in the Hills 

Sonoran Arts League presents this annual self-guided artist studio tour. The event showcases 188 artists who exhibit and sell their work at dozens of studio locations, with artist demonstrations included at many of the stops. Pictured is a wood-turned vessel with precious stones by Morrie Elmer, and Wishing and Hoping, a mixed-media sculpture by Linda Kostad. F-Su, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Cave Creek, Carefree and North Scottsdale,, 480-575-6624. 


November 19

Art & Artifacts Appraisal Day

Leading Native American art traders are on hand to examine personal treasures and provide information about materials, dates, artists and traditions. The event is hosted by the Heard Museum Council. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. $20-$30 per item; limit of 10 items. Heard Museum, 2301 N. Central Ave., Phoenix,, 602-252-8848.


November 19

Pizza Festival 

It’s a pizza paradise as slices and full pies of all types are available to pair with craft beer and wine at this tasty festival. Lawn games, dessert vendors and live bands add to the festivities. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. $10; online purchase only. Margaret T. Hance Park, 1202 N. Third St., Phoenix,, 480-442-9176.


November 19

Roosevelt Row Pie Social

Your sweet tooth is sure to go home happy as celebrity chefs and community members share their culinary masterpieces at this event, which includes live music and children’s activities. Proceeds benefit the Bioscience High School arts program. 2-5 p.m. $12 for five tasting tickets; or bake and bring two pies to exchange for five tickets. Bioscience High School, 512 E. Pierce St., Phoenix,, 602-764-5600.


November 19

Vistancia Tour of Homes

Visitors enjoy holiday boutique shopping, children’s activities and refreshments while touring the community’s newest selection of model homes. A photo booth and appearances by Santa add to the fun. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. Vistancia Information Center, 12026 W. Lone Mountain Pkwy., Peoria,, 623-933-6233.


November 19-20

Uncommon Markets 

Original and uncommon goods are in the spotlight, from fine art to original and quirky works by young artists to items that are sustainable and support social change. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. $10. Salt River Fields at Talking Stick, 7555 N. Pima Rd., Scottsdale,, 855-238-6999.


November 21

Scott Pelley

The award-winning anchor and managing editor of the CBS Evening News receives the Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Journalism as ASU hosts a celebratory luncheon. 11:30 a.m. $200. Sheraton Grand Phoenix, 340 N. Third St., Phoenix, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 480-496-4539.


November 21-28

Festival of Trees

Benefiting Phoenix Children’s Hospital, this auction showcases eight one-of-a-kind 9-foot-tall Christmas trees professionally decorated by local interior designers. Bidding closes Nov. 28; trees will be delivered to the winning bidders or can be donated to the hospital. M-Sa, 10 a.m.-9 p.m.; Su, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Scottsdale Fashion Square (near Dillard’s and Neiman Marcus), 7014 E. Camelback Rd., Scottsdale,, 602-933-2641.


November 23-January 8


Celebrating 25 years, this grand holiday lighting event glows with millions of lights, including a three-story-tall Christmas tree, lakeside music-in-motion shows and 3-D light sculptures of flamingos, an alligator, dragonfly and more. 5:30-10:30 p.m. Call for ticket prices. Phoenix Zoo, 455 N. Galvin Pkwy., Phoenix,, 602-286-3800. 


November 24-27

Auto Show

Sit behind the wheel, inspect the engines, kick the tires and even take a spin at the Arizona International Auto Show. The event features more than 100 new cars, trucks and crossovers, from high-end exotics to electric rides. Th and Su, 9 a.m.-7 p.m.; F-Sa, 9 a.m.-9 p.m. $11, adults; $7, seniors, military and children 7-12; free, children 6 and younger. Phoenix Convention Center, 100 N. Third St., Phoenix,, 602-262-6225.


November 25

Tree Lighting

Guests enjoy hot chocolate, a snow slide and outdoor ice skating rink, plus the lighting of a 40-foot Christmas tree adorned with 8,000 LED lights. 5:30-9 p.m. Free. Wigwam Arizona, 300 E. Wigwam Blvd., Litchfield Park,, 623-935-3811.


November 25-27

Ornament Marketplace  

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. Free. Heard Museum, 2301 N. Central Ave., Phoenix,, 602-252-8848. 


November 25-December 31

Luminaria Festival 

Thousands of traditional luminarias line garden trails, buildings and courtyards, casting a soft glow on the garden’s world-renowned plant collection as Las Noches de las Luminarias gets under way. A variety of musical groups performs each night. Nov. 25-26, Dec. 9-11, 16-18, 20-23 and 26-31. 5:30-9:30 p.m. $30, adults; $12.50, children 3-12. Desert Botanical Garden, 1201 N. Galvin Pkwy., Phoenix,, 480-481-1225. 


November 25-January 7

Glendale Glitters 

More than 1.5 million lights highlight this hometown holiday celebration, which illuminates 16 blocks of the historic downtown area. An opening celebration, from 5 to 10 p.m. Nov. 25-26, 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. 25. Light display continues nightly, with special events F-Sa through Dec. 17. 5-11 p.m. Free. 58th and Glendale avenues, Glendale,, 623-930-2299. 


November 26

Artists Market

Jewelry, ceramics, textiles, limited-edition prints, wearable art and handcrafted gifts are in the spotlight as shoppers meet the artists and enjoy a free raffle. Noon-8 p.m. Free. Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 E. Second St., Scottsdale,, 480-499-TKTS.


November 26-27

Jackalope Market

This indie artisan market showcases works by more than 150 local artisans, crafters and do-it-yourself enthusiasts, including original fashion and jewelry designs, ceramics, paper goods, home décor, art and photography. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Westworld of Scottsdale, 16601 N. Pima Rd., Scottsdale,


November 26-27 

Nativities of the World 

Foothills Food Bank and Resource Center presents this exhibit of more than 150 nativity sets from around the world. The sets are made from materials ranging from fine porcelain to crafts sticks, rocks, gourds and even banana skins. Some are huge, requiring a table to themselves, while others would easily fit in the palm of one’s hand. Sa, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Su, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Free; nonperishable food donations appreciated. Desert Foothills Library, 38443 N. Schoolhouse Rd., Cave Creek, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 480-488-1145. 


November 27

Fine-Art Holiday Show 

Artists of the Superstitions members share a variety of works, including paintings, photography, jewelry, pottery, and pieces in wood and glass. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. Gold Canyon Golf Resort, 6100 S. Kings Ranch Rd., Gold Canyon,