Check Out the Original Food Truck
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 to create the best five-course meals fit for the trails at the Chuck Wagon Cook-off, Nov. 13. It’s a tasty homage to the Old West, outdoor cooking and America’s first food truck. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. $15 meal tickets are limited and sell out fast. Tumbleweed Ranch, 2250 S. McQueen Rd., Chandler, 480-782-2717, pardnersoftumbleweedranch.org.
Get a Pizza the Action at Hance Park
It’s a pizza paradise as pies of all types – wood-fired, deep dish, New York and more – are available to pair with wine and craft beer at the Phoenix Pizza Festival. For dessert, head to the Donut Hole, a curated area of local donut shops serving up their specialties. Live bands, a children’s craft zone and local vendor marketplace round out the festivities at the tasty fest. Nov. 13, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; and Nov. 14, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. $12 advance purchase only; slices, $2-$4. Margaret T. Hance Park, 67 W. Culver St., Phoenix, 480-442-9176, phoenix.pizza.
Enjoy an Artsy Day in Fountain Hills
Nearly 500 artisans from across the nation share paintings, sculpture, photography, jewelry, clothing, holiday ornaments and one-of-a-kind crafts at the Fountain Festival of Fine Arts and Crafts. Live music is included. Nov. 12-13, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; and Nov. 14, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Avenue of the Fountains and Saguaro Boulevard, Fountain Hills, 480-837-1654, fountainhillsartfairs.com.
Bring Your Taste Buds to High Street
Local food trucks serve up their tastiest and most creative sliders – in a variety of interpretations including beef, chicken, veggie and more – as they compete for bragging rights at the Slider Throwdown, Nov. 14. A silent auction and live entertainment by the Josh West Trio is included. Proceeds benefit the Arizona Friends of Foster Children Foundation. Noon-3 p.m. $40, includes samples of all sliders, lemonade and dessert. High Street, 5415 E. High St., Phoenix, 602-252-9445, affcf.org/sliderthrowdown.
Enjoy a Time Warp Back to the 1970s
Grab your fishnets, lace up your corset and pelvic thrust your way to the theater for The Rocky Horror Picture Show. The beautifully twisted cult classic offers a delightful spoof of Hollywood horror movies and Old Dark House melodramas. Nov. 11-12, 8 p.m.; Nov. 13, 3 p.m. and 8 p.m.; Nov. 14, 3 p.m., with shows continuing through Dec. 5, call for times and ticket prices. The Phoenix Theatre Company, 1825 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, 602-254-2151, phoenixtheatre.com.