Watch Water, Art and Light Collide in Scottsdale
Innovative displays that combine water, art and light are in the spotlight as Scottsdale Public Art presents Canal Convergence, Nov. 5-14. The free annual event takes place in the water, on the banks and soaring above the Arizona Canal. Focusing on the theme Art and Technology, the large-scale art installments are complemented by hands-on activities and workshops, artist talks, live music, dance performances, and a beer and wine garden. Scottsdale Waterfront, 7135 E. Camelback Rd., Scottsdale, canalconvergence.com.
Savor Some Shrimp in Gila Bend
Seafood in the desert? It’s a thing thanks to Arizona Desert Shrimp, a high-tech farming operation located in Gila Bend. The farm’s success led to the annual Gila Bend Shrimp Festival, Nov. 6. The free event boasts a smorgasbord of shrimp dishes, live music, a beer garden, contests and children’s activities. 2-10 p.m. Gila Bend Elementary School baseball field, 225 N. Scott Ave., Gila Bend, 520-909-4784, arizonadesertshrimp.com.
Celebrate Tempe’s Sesquicentennial
The city of Tempe celebrates its past, present and future at the Tempe 150 Festival, Nov. 7. The free sesquicentennial celebration is a once-in-150-years event that features two stages of entertainment, including Tempe favorites The Meat Puppets and other local performers. Interactive art projects, a beer and wine garden, arts and craft vendors with “made in Tempe” items, community and history displays, and children’s activities are included. Noon-6 p.m. Tempe Beach Park, 80 W. Rio Salado Pkwy., Tempe, 480-350-5100, tempe.gov/tempe150.
Bring Your Appetite to Bao & Dumpling Fest
Explore the different varieties of baos and dumplings, from traditional to creative interpretations at the Bao and Dumpling Festival, Nov. 6. Most vendors will have at least one bao or dumpling on their menu that is $5 or under at the tasty fest. A curated marketplace with local artists, desserts and other Asian dishes are included. 10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. $5-$14.99. Dr. AJ Chandler Park, 3 S. Arizona Ave., Chandler, visitchandler.com/event.
Experience the Good Life at Schnepf Farms
Classic rock talents America, The Guess Who and Don Felder, formerly of the Eagles, headline the Good Life Festival, Nov. 6. The event also welcomes regional favorite Nate Nathan and the MacDaddy-O’s to the stage. Revelers also enjoy wine, craft beer and bourbon tastings and a local food and boutique marketplace. 2-8 p.m. Tickets start at $50. Schnepf Farms, 24610 S. Rittenhouse Rd., Queen Creek, thegoodlifefest.com.