Things to Do in Phoenix, Arizona: Events Calendar for November

Downtown Phoenix Skyline
Judy Hedding

Hardly a day goes by without something to do in Phoenix during the month of November. The start of the winter high season brings cooler temperatures—a good thing in the desert southwest. But you still find plenty of sunshine and increasing crowds as the snowbirds start to arrive.

Christmas tree lightings, holiday festivals, and seasonal events typically begin in mid-November and continue through the end of December and even into January.

  • 01 of 20

    Many of the Southwest's best Latino artists show and sell their work at this annual event, formerly known as Mercado de las Artes. Artwork includes an array of santos, furniture, jewelry, tile work, glitter art, tin work, paintings, carvings, pottery, and more at the Heard Museum in Phoenix.

    In 2017: November 11

  • 02 of 20

    Take an educational family-friendly trip through American history with reenactments, demonstrations, historical characters, and more at Queen Creek.

    In 2017: November 16 to 18

  • 03 of 20

    Celebrate the coming of cooler weather with live music, contests, games, activities for kids, food, vendors, and a beer garden in downtown Chandler.

    In 2018: November 11

  • 04 of 20

    Come see and test drive hundreds of the newest cars, trucks, minivans, and sport utility vehicles on display at the Phoenix Convention Center, with live entertainment and celebrity appearances at this Thanksgiving weekend mainstay. 

    In 2017: November 23 to 26

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  • 05 of 20

    Fine art, live music, international foods, and an interactive family area featuring hands-on art activities and creative challenges for children make this annual event worth a slot on your itinerary. More than 200 select contemporary artists and craftspeople from across the nation show and sell one-of-a-kind artwork at the Scottsdale Civic Center Plaza.

    In 2017: November 18, 19

  • 06 of 20

    Join Arizona chefs, visiting chefs, and cookbook authors for the Grand Tasting Experience, a farmers market, technology expo, kitchen gadget expo, and seminars at Salt River Fields in Scottsdale.

    In 2017: November 4, 5

  • 07 of 20

    Enjoy three days of bluegrass bands on stage at the Wickenburg Rodeo Grounds, along with contests for awards and cash. Don't miss the arts and crafts, and food booths, the kids' zone, or the special Saturday night concert.

    In 2018: November 9 to 11

  • 08 of 20

    Come check out one of Arizona's largest Western festivals, with artists, vendors, roadhouse attractions, a parade, pig races, and other family-friendly diversions.

    In 2017: November 3 to 5

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  • 09 of 20

    This family-friendly street festival at Hance Park in Phoenix features members of Local First Arizona, with restaurants and vendors on hand and entertainment provided by Arizona musicians, bands, and performers. A raffle and a silent auction raise funds for Local First.

    In 2017: November 4

  • 10 of 20

    Authentic, old-fashioned chuck wagon teams compete at this family-friendly event that also features live music, Western history, gunfight reenactments, evening campfire glows, and cooking demonstrations at Tumbleweed Park.

    In 2017: November 10, 11

  • 11 of 20

    This show at the Mesa Convention Center includes hundreds of tables of interest to both the once-a-year hunter and the avid collector.

    In 2017: November 11, 12

  • 12 of 20

    Arizona State University invites the public to the School of Earth and Space Exploration for science and engineering activities designed for students ages 5 and up, families, educators, and anyone interested in exploring earth and space. The event includes 3-D astronomy shows, interactive meteorite displays, tours of The Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera Science Operations Center, and guided walks through the Visitors Gallery. Free admission, though registration is required, at the Tempe Campus of Arizona State University.

    In 2017: November 18

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  • 13 of 20

    Come to the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale to search out everything vintage, rustic, shabby, retro, and handmade in the West Valley.

    In 2016: November 4, 5

  • 14 of 20

    More than 2,500 rods, customs, classics, trick trucks, and muscle cars park at this swap meet and sale at WestWorld in Scottsdale.

    In 2018: November 16 to 18

  • 15 of 20

    Located in the heart of the historic Wigwam Resort, this outdoor festival features an artisan's village filled with more than 250 fine arts and crafts booths, plus artist demonstrations and an International food court.

    In 2017: November 4, 5

  • 16 of 20

    The Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation hosts this celebration with a powwow, rodeo, and other outdoor activities plus Yavapai song and dance, sporting events, concerts, and a carnival.

    In 2017: November 17 to 19

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  • 17 of 20

    One of the longest running 10K races in the United States, this route travels through downtown Phoenix, with music, exhibitor booths, a health fair, and festivities.

    In 2018: November 4

  • 18 of 20

    Dealers, demonstrators, minerals, gemstones, jewelry, fossils, crystals, tools, equipment, books, lapidary supplies, gold panning, beading, wire-wrapping, faceting, stone carving, gem setting, raffle, rock identification—you can find pretty much anything rock related at this annual show. Enjoy free admission to the Black Canyon City event, but bring money so you can add to your collection.

    In 2017: November 3 to 5

  • 19 of 20

    A rodeo, mutton bustin’, a dance, musical performers, an all-Western parade, bathtub races, a bull fest, Miss Wild West Days, and various horse-related activities turn Cave Creek into the epitome of an Old West town during the aptly named Wild West Days.

    In 2017: November 3 to 5

  • 20 of 20

    Enchanted Island’s Harvest Festival welcomes kids 2 to 10 years of age and their families with games and activities, pony rides, a petting zoo, a barrel wagon, hay rides, bounce houses, and a rock wall at the Enchanted Island Amusement Park.

    In 2018: November 17, 18