These monthly calendars include festivals, events and activities that you can pretty much count on to take place every single year. Typically, they are the bigger happenings attracting broad segments of the populations. Some are for families, some are geared toward adults, some have tickets that must be purchased, some are free admission events.
When you visit the calendar pages, you might see a date shown is from last year. That means that I either haven't updated the page yet, or I haven't received the current information from the event promoter yet. The link to the website is included for every event, so you can usually click through to see if the event website has been updated yet with a current date.
Please note that all dates, times, locations, prices, activities and offerings are subject to change without notice. An event that indicates free admission may have some activities for which they charge a fee. You may click through to the website to get details of the event, like times, ticket prices and other specifics and restrictions.
I do not include big name bands, plays at our major venues or other major touring shows in this calendar. You can find those ticketed performances in the monthly concert/show listings.
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January is one of the high season months in the Valley of the Sun. Our winter visitors are here and there are several large events that attract people from all over the country to Phoenix, Scottsdale and other local area cities and town.
Almost Always in January: Art Shows, Collector Car Auctions, Waste Management Phoenix Open, Native Trails, Sunday A'Fair.
February is also a high season month, when our part-time residents are still enjoying not having to shovel snow from the driveway, and all the locals have had a parade of relatives and old friends come to visit to enjoy the sunshine. After all, there aren't many bargains at resorts here in February.
Almost Always in February: Arizona Renaissance Festival, Arabian Horse Show, Art Shows, Art Walks, Mardi Gras, NHRA Drag Racing, Parada del Sol Parade and Rodeo, Valentine's Day.
Springtime should start to arrive and so many activities will be outdoors in March.
Almost Always in March: Aloha Festival, Jazz Festival, Spring Training Baseball, Arizona Renaissance Festival, Food & Wine Festivals, Butterfly Pavilion, Indian Fair and Market, LPGA Founders Cup Tournament.
April is a month of transition as far as festivals and events are concerned. The winter visitors start to leave, but the kids are still in school.
Almost Always in April: Arizona Diamondbacks Baseball, Tattoo Expo, Women's Expo, Wine, Beer & Food Festivals, Jazz Festival, Country Thunder, Earth Day, Easter.
In May people here start to sweat. The half-year residents pack up their homes and head out of town.
Almost Always in May: Arizona Diamondbacks Baseball, Cinco de Mayo celebrations, Butterfly Pavilion and Flashlight Tours at Desert Botanical Garden, farmers' markets, Mother's Day events, Memorial Day observances.
June definitely slows down. Not too many outdoor activities are scheduled in June.
Almost Always in June: Arizona Diamondbacks Baseball, Arizona Rookie League Baseball, Father's Day, Juneteenth, evening concerts in parks and at malls, Might Mud Mania, Music in the Garden, Phoenix Mercury basketball.
Many activities revolve around pools, splash pads and water parks in July.
Almost Always in July: 4th of July, Arizona Diamondbacks Baseball, Arizona Cardinals Training Camp, Arizona Rookie League Baseball, evening concerts in parks and at malls, Music in the Garden, Phoenix Mercury basketball.
August is still hot in the desert. many kids go back to school in August.
Almost Always in August: Arizona Cardinals football, Arizona Diamondbacks Baseball, Arizona Rookie League Baseball, evening concerts in parks and at malls, Hell City Tattoo Festival, Music in the Garden, National Parks Free Admission Day, Phoenix Mercury basketball, Sun Devil football.
September marks a return to double digit temperatures from the triple digits of the last three months.
Almost Always in September: 9/11 memorial events, Arizona Cardinals football, Arizona Diamondbacks Baseball, Arizona Restaurant Week, Ballet Under the Stars, Fiesta Peoria, Fiesta Septiembre, haunted houses, Smithsonian Museum Day.
Finally! Fall! The winter visitors have arrived and the outdoor activities are in full swing.
Almost Always in October: ASU Concerts, Arizona Cardinals football, Arizona Coyotes hockey, Arizona Fall League Baseball, Arizona State Fair, Breast Cancer Awareness events and runs, Carefree Fine Arts and Wine Festival, Chandler Indian Market, Halloween pumpkin patches, festivals, haunted houses, Day of the Dead, Greek Festival, Oktoberfest, Phoenix Suns basketball, Rainbows Festival, Sun Devil Football, various food and culinary events.
The holiday season begins in earnest in November.
Almost Always in November: ASU Concerts, Arizona Cardinals football, Arizona Coyotes hockey, Arizona Fall League Baseball, Arizona State Fair, Phoenix Suns basketball, International Auto Show, Sun Devil Football, ASU Homecoming, Bluegrass Festival, Festival of the Superstitions, Ironman Triathlon, Litchfield Park Festival of Arts, NASCAR, Phoenix Parade of the Arts, Thanksgiving, Veterans Day events, various food and culinary events, Black Friday, Christmas events.
It's been a busy year, but December kicks into high gear for the holidays.
Almost Always in December: Cat Show, ASU Concerts, Arizona Cardinals football, Arizona Coyotes hockey, AZ National Livestock Show, Hanukkah, Christmas festivities, holiday lights, holiday concerts and shows, Pueblo Grande Museum Indian Market, Tempe Fall Festival of the Arts, New Year's Eve.