Phoenix Events Calendar for November

Things to Do in Greater Phoenix in November

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Hardly a day goes by without something to do in Phoenix during the month of November. Organizations in Phoenix, Peoria, Scottsdale, Tempe, Mesa, Chandler, Gilbert, Glendale and other communities present many opportunities for fun and entertainment during the month.

These are events that you can count on year in and year out. All dates, prices, and activities mentioned are subject to change without notice.

Check the website or call to confirm information. The items listed here are appropriate for families unless otherwise indicated.

Looking for big name concerts, shows or theatre? Check this calendar for November performances.

Christmas Holiday tree lightings, festivals and events typically begin in mid-November and continue through the end of December and even into January. You can find extensive listings of those activities and events in the Greater Phoenix Christmas Holiday Guide.

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November Event Calendar

¡Artes Vivas!
Many of the Southwest's best Hispanic artists will show and sell their work at this annual event, formerly known as Mercado de las Artes. Artwork includes an array of santos, furniture, jewelry, tilework, glitter art, tinwork, paintings, carvings, pottery and more. Admission is free. Does not include museum admission. Heard Museum, Phoenix.
In 2017: November 11

2nd Friday Night Out in Mesa
Live music, entertainment, art walk, prizes. Each month has a theme. Family friendly. Free admission. On Main Street in Downtown Mesa.
In 2017: 2nd Friday of the month

A.S.U. Concerts at the Center
The ASU School of Music presents concerts at the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts.
In 2017: November 19

American Heritage Festival
A fun and educational family-friendly trip through American history with reenactments, demonstrations, historical characters. Queen Creek.
In 2017: November 16 - 18

American Indian Art & Artifacts Appraisal Day
Native-art traders will examine baskets, textiles, pottery, jewelry, carvings, paintings, sculptures, and other Native art pieces. Get detailed information on materials, dates, artists and the traditions of the Native art pieces. Heard Museum, Phoenix.
In 2016: November 19

Archaeology for Kids
Children ages 7 to 12 discover the science of archaeology by doing a simulated excavation of a Hohokam pit house. Identify artifacts in the field, and discover how archaeologists use these artifacts to learn more about past cultures. Advanced registration is required. Pueblo Grande Museum, Phoenix.
In 2016: November 5

Arizona Antique Market
Primitives, ephemera, eclectic, glassware, pottery, collectibles, toys, advertising, military items, coins, early American linens, fine selections of vintage costume jewelry and fine estate jewelry. Mesa.
In 2016: November 18 - 20

Arizona Cardinals Football
The Arizona Cardinals play professional football at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona.
In 2017: Various dates in November

Arizona Coyotes Hockey
Our professional NHL hockey team hopes to howl its way to the Stanley Cup. Gila River Arena, Glendale.
In 2017: Various dates in November

Arizona Fall League Baseball
After the regular baseball season is over, there are six more weeks of baseball in October and November when each of the 30 Major League Baseball teams select 6 prospects to play in the AFL. At stadiums around the Valley.
In 2017: Various dates in October and November

Arizona Harvest Festival
Celebrate the cooler weather with live musical entertainment, contests, games, activities for kids, food, vendors, beer garden. Downtown Chandler.
In 2016: November 5

Arizona International Auto Show
Hundreds of the newest cars, trucks, minivans and sport utility vehicles. Entertainment and celebrity appearances. Phoenix Convention Center.
In 2017: November 23 - 26

Art After Work
A painting party for couples, friends, anyone. Learn how to paint your own take on classic masterpieces and local landscapes. Instructor and art supplies provided. Online registration required. Tempe Center for the Arts.
In 2016: November 4

ArtFest of Scottsdale
Fine art, live music, international foods, and an interactive family area featuring hands-on art activities and creative challenges for children. Over 200 select contemporary artists and crafts people from across the nation will show and sell one-of-a-kind artwork. Scottsdale Civic Center Plaza. Free admission.
In 2016: November 19, 20

Artists of the Superstitions Annual Studio Tour
Meet with local artists and view their artistic talents in studio settings, all located in either Apache Junction or Gold Canyon. This is a free, self-guided tour. All ages. You may purchase art directly from the artist.
In 2016: November 5, 6

Astronomy Evenings
A talk (novice level) explaining facts about the solar system and the galaxy around the planet earth followed by observing the moon, several planets, star systems through a celestron telescope. Weather permitting. Registration required. Ages 8+. Pinnacle Peak Park, Scottsdale.
In 2017: November 18

azcentral.com Food & Wine Experience
Arizona chefs, visiting chefs and cookbook authors. Features the Grand Tasting Experience, Farmers' Market, Technology Expo, Kitchen Gadget Expo, classes, seminars. Salt River Fields, Scottsdale.
In 2017: November 4, 5

Bacon, Brews and Blues Festival
Food, beer and R&B. Queen Creek.
In 2016: November 5

Bentley Scottsdale Polo Championships
Polo matches, fashion, art, parties. WestWorld, Scottsdale.
In 2016: November 5

Birds 'n' Beer
Birds 'n Beer offers local professionals a fun and refreshing way to learn about Arizona birds and other wildlife while networking with fellow nature-lovers. Have a cold brew while enjoying a presentation on Arizona nature. Nina Mason Pulliam Rio Salado Audubon Center in Phoenix. RSVP requested 602-468-6470.
In 2017: third Thursday of the month

Bluegrass Festival
Wickenburg Rodeo Grounds. Three days of bluegrass bands on stage, along with competitive contests for awards and cash. Arts/crafts & food booths, kids zone, special Saturday night concert.
In 2017: November 10 - 12

Carefree Fine Arts and Wine Festival
Arts, crafts, entertainment, wine. Over 160 artists will have displays. This is one of Arizona's largest wine tasting events, featuring wines from Arizona, California, Australia, Germany, Austria, France and Italy. Sponsored by Thunderbird Artists.
In 2017: November 3 - 5

Cave Creek Wild West Days
Artists, vendors, roadhouse attractions.
In 2017: November 3 - 5

Certified Local Fall Festival
A family-friendly street festival featuring members of Local First Arizona. Local restaurants and vendors on hand with entertainment provided by Arizona musicians, bands and performers. Beer & Wine Garden, raffle and silent auction raise funds for Local First, activities for young kids. Free admission, tickets sold for food samples. Hance Park, Phoenix.
In 2017: November 4

Chandler Chuck Wagon Cook-Off
Authentic, old fashioned chuck wagon teams compete. The family friendly event will also feature live musical entertainment, Western history, gunfight reenactments, evening campfire glows and cooking demonstrations. Admission, parking and many activities are free. Charge for the hay and horse rides and food/beverages. Tumbleweed Park.
In 2017: November 10, 11

Chandler Symphony Orchestra
Indoors. Family-friendly. Free, donations accepted.
In 2017: November 12

Charles Schwab Cup Championship
Professional male golfers on the senior tour compete in North Scottsdale.
In 2017: November 6 - 12

Chiles and Chocolate Festival
Desert Botanical Garden, Phoenix. Chili and chocolate products from local vendors, unique Southwest gifts, cooking demonstrations, live music. Desert Botanical Garden, Phoenix.
In 2016: November 11 - 13

City Lights Movie Night
Free movie at CityScape in Downtown Phoenix. Giveaways, contests, prizes. Bring a chair.
In 2016: November 11

Cooks & Corks
An exclusive culinary event where guests (21+) sample creations of local chefs. A fundraiser for The Scottsdale League for the Arts. North Scottsdale.
In 2016: November 11

Crossroads of the West Gun Show
Hundreds of tables to meet the needs of everyone, from the once a year hunter to the avid collector. Mesa Convention Center.
In 2017: November 11, 12

Day of The Dead
Day of the Dead exhibitions, festivals, parties, and celebrations in the Phoenix area.
In 2017: Late October - Early November

Desert Ridge Marketplace Concerts
Free concerts on two stages in North Phoenix at Desert Ridge Marketplace.
In 2017: every Friday and Saturday night

Discover India Festival
Festival Highlights include cultural show, parade, food fair, Clothes and Jewelry Bazaar, cooking and cultural demos, children's fair. Free admission. Scottsdale.
In 2017: November 11

Discount Tire Free Family Weekends
Free admission for everyone at Phoenix Art Museum on the second Sunday of the month. Includes a special hands-on, educational programming and/or entertainment designed to appeal to visitors of all ages. Special exhibitions may have a reduced charge. More about Phoenix Art Museum. Get directions.
In 2017: November 11, 12

Downtown Chandler Art Walk
Visit more than 50 artisans set up along the streets in front of the unique shops and cafes of Historic Downtown Chandler. Free.
In 2017: Third Friday of the month

Downtown Gilbert Concert Series
Free. Food and beverages are available to purchase. Water Tower Plaza (across from Hale Theater) in Gilbert’s Heritage District.
In 2017: November 9, 30

Earth and Space Exploration Day
Arizona State University invites the public to the School of Earth and Space Exploration for science and engineering activities. For students age five and up, families, educators and anyone interested in exploring Earth and space. 3-D astronomy shows, interactive meteorite displays, tour The Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera Science Operations Center, guided walks through of the Visitors Gallery. Free, but registration required. ASU, Tempe Campus.
In 2017: November 18

El Puente Theatre Festival & Mask Procession
Music, performances, art activities for families sponsored by Childsplay. Free. Tempe Center for the Arts.
In 2017: November 12

Fall Fishing Clinic & Outdoor Safety Event​
Basic fishing tips and guidance. Bait is provided and a limited number of fishing rods for loan are available (first come, first served). Outdoor safety demonstrations. All ages. Free admission. Veteran’s Oasis Park, Chandler.
In 2016: November 5

Fiesta Dog Show
Conformation, Obedience, Rally & Dock Diving. Rawhide, Chandler.
In 2016: November 25-27

First Friday
Visit more than 80 downtown Phoenix art galleries, studios and art spaces. Free. Free admission to several downtown Phoenix attractions.
In 2017: first Friday of the month.

Fitness in the District
Certified instructors will lead to DJ beats, while fitness motivators work the group and assist attendees with moves. Free, bring your own mat. All ages. Refreshments (while supplies last). WaterDance Plaza at Westgate Entertainment District, Glendale.
In 2017: Tuesdays, September 5 - November 7

Florence Junior Parada Rodeo
The oldest continuous junior rodeo competition in the U.S. Free admission, small charge to park. Charles Whitlow Rodeo Grounds, Florence.
In 2016: November 25 - 27

Fountain Festival of Arts and Crafts
Arts, crafts, food, music, entertainment. Fountain Hills Park.
In 2016: November 11 - 13

Friday Night Drags
Local bring their own vehicles and race at Wildhorse Pass Motorsports Park, Chandler. Drivers and spectators welcome.
In 2016: November 11

Front Porch Pickins Vintage and Handmade Market
Everything vintage, rustic, shabby, retro and handmade in the West Valley. Antiques, handmade treasures and unique, local talent. University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale.
In 2016: November 4, 5

Gilbert Art Walk
Local artists set up booths to display their work. Community booths and children's activities. Free admission. Downtown Gilbert.
In 2017: November 4, 11, 25

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Gilbert Days
A celebration of Gilbert’s rich western heritage. Parade and more family-friendly activities.
In 2016: November 10 - 19

Gilbert Downtown Concerts
Bring a blanket or lawn chair. Free admission. Food and beverages are available to purchase. Water Tower Plaza, across from Hale Theatre.
In 2016: November 3, 17

Glendale Municipal Airport Open House
Flight simulators, static displays, safety demonstrations, classic cars, antique tractors, Airstrip 5k & 1 Mile Kids Dash. Free admission. Extra charge for helicopter and plane rides. Glendale Airport.
In 2016: November 5

Good Guys Southwest Nationals
More than 2,500 Rods, Customs, Classics, Trick Trucks and Muscle Cars; Vendor & Manufacturer Exhibits; Swap Meet & Cars 4 Sale Corral; Model & Pedal Car Show; Hot Rod Cruise. WestWorld, Scottsdale.
In 2016: November 18 - 20

Goodyear Fall Concerts
Bring a lawn chair or blanket, pack a picnic for a free evening concert. Goodyear Community Park.
In 2016: November 12, 19

Grand Prix of Scottsdale
Locally made ‘Vintage Mini Racer’ replica automobiles take over downtown Scottsdale as drivers, dressed in appropriate era attire, celebrate racing of the Roaring 1920s. Free for spectators.
In 2016: November 4 - 6

Harvest Festival
Enchanted Island’s Harvest Festival is an event for kids 2-10 years of age and their families. Games and activities, pony rides, a petting zoo, barrel wagon, hay rides, bounces, rock wall. Enchanted Island Amusement Park, Phoenix.
In 2016: November 19, 20

Herberger Theater Festival of the Arts
Indoor and outdoor activities at the Herberger Theater in downtown Phoenix. Performances, live music, art, music, children's activities, food, wine and film festival shorts.
In 2016: November 5

Hidden in the Hills Artist Studio Tour and Sale
A free, self-guided tour of studios with many participating artists throughout Cave Creek, Carefree, and North Scottsdale. Observe artists at work in their private studios. Most studios include guest artists also demonstrating their talents. Free admission.10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.
In 2016: November 18 - 20, November 27 - 27

Ironman Triathlon and Expo
Arizona's Ironman triathlon features a 2.4-mile swim, a 112-mile bike and a complete marathon (26.2 miles) on the last day. Many vantage points for spectators to view the races. The sports expo begins the previous Thursday. Tempe.
In 2016: November 20

Litchfield Park Festival of Arts
Fine arts & crafts, live musical performances, festival fare and wine tasting. Located next in the heart of the historic Wigwam Resort, this unique outdoor festival features an Artisan's Village filled with over 250 Fine Arts and Crafts booths. Artist demonstrations, International food court.
In 2016: November 5, 6

Live and Local
A culinary and music event. Local chefs create unique tastes, wine beer and spirits tastings. Music, wine lounge, beer garden, VIP party. A benefit for Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale. Desert Ridge Marketplace.
In 2017: November 12

Lucas Oil World Finals Drag Boat Race
The world’s fastest boats and most daring drivers take to the waters at speeds approaching nearly 250 mph at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park, Chandler.
In 2016: November 4 - 6

Lung Force Walk - Phoenix
A 5k walk, team photos, kid zone, pre-walk activities, lung health information, sponsor booths, prizes. Mesa Riverview Park.
In 2016: November 19

MACFest
MACFest (Mesa Arts and Crafts Festival) is a free family-friendly event featuring artist creations, music and entertainment. Downtown Mesa.
In 2016: November 5, 19

Meet Me Downtown
A casual, social self-guided 3.3 mile walk around downtown Phoenix. Evening, rain or shine. Starts at CityScape, Downtown Phoenix.
In 2017: Every Monday in November

Mercado de las Artes
The largest art market of its kind in Arizona, featuring a wide selection of objects for show and sale from different Hispanic and Latino traditions, including Santos, pottery, embroidery, furniture making, painting, printmaking, and silver and tinwork. Heard Museum, Phoenix.
In 2016: November 12, 13

Mesa Music Festival
More than 200 bands from across the country perform at Mesa downtown businesses and outdoor stages. Fireworks. Downtown Mesa.
In 2016: November 10-12

Midtown Urban Living Tour
Showcasing homes and residential buildings in several Midtown Phoenix neighborhoods. Tour attendees travel to select properties by light rail, trolley and bicycle.
In 2016: November 5

Monarch Butterfly Exhibit / Mariposa Monarca
Marshall Butterfly Pavilion at the Desert Botanical Garden, Phoenix. 
In 2017: September 30 - November 19

Motorcycles on Main
The streets of downtown Mesa are closed to all but bikers and people who love motorcycles. Music, food, beer garden. Free admission.
In 2017: first Friday of the month

Movies at the Museum
National Theater Live is a simulcast from the London National Theatre (not a live performance). Phoenix Art Museum.
In 2016: November 20

Movies by Moonlight
Family-friendly movies in various Glendale parks. Evenings, outdoors. Bring a blanket or chair. Free.
In 2016: November 4, 18

Music in the Garden
The Desert Botanical Garden concert series featuring an array of musical styles including Salsa, Blues, Rockabilly, Latin and Motown. Outdoors at 7 p.m. Ticketed event. 21+ only.
In 2016: November 4, 11, 18

NASCAR
Can-Am 500 Weekend. Phoenix International Raceway.
In 2016: November 11 - 13

Navajo Rug and American Indian Art Auction
See the various types of Native art and Navajo rugs that are produced and learn about and how to collect Native art. Pueblo Grande Museum, Phoenix.
In 2016: November 5

NovemBEER Festival
Beer sampling, entertainment, vendor village. 21+ only. Arizona Center, Downtown Phoenix.
In 2016: November 12

Orme Dam Victory Days
The Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation hosts a celebration with a Pow Wow, rodeo and other outdoor activities. Yavapai song and dance, sporting events, concerts and a carnival.
In 2016: November 18 - 20

Out to Lunch Concerts
Lunchtime concerts feature local artists playing a variety of music including folk, country, jazz, Dixieland, oldies, and world music. Chairs and lawn seating are available, but guests are encouraged to bring stadium cushions and blankets. Brown bags and picnic baskets are welcome. Free admission. Wells Fargo Garden at Mesa Arts Center. 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.
In 2016: November 3, 10, 17

Park of Four Waters Tour
Walk through undeveloped, natural desert to the ruins of prehistoric Hohokam canal systems. The Hohokam were an agricultural society that constructed miles of canals directing water from the Salt River to their fields. Pueblo Grande Museum, Phoenix.
In 2016: November 25

Performances at the Museum
Performances from the East Valley community. Each performance is different. Includes children’s plays, kid and adult film series, classical music (check schedule). Tempe History Museum. Free admission.
In 2017: November 4, 18

Phoenix 10K and Half-Marathon
One of the longest running 10K races in the United States.  Music, exhibitor booths, health fair, and festivities. Downtown Phoenix. 
In 2016: November 6

Phoenix Comicon Fan Fest
Actors, comic artists, costumes, celebrities. Phoenix Convention Center.
In 2017: November 11, 12

Phoenix Parade of the Arts
A festival celebrating the uniqueness and creativity of Greater Phoenix. Live music, street performances, visual arts, and the public procession of the Parade of the Arts with unique floats and costumes. Family appropriate with activities for children. Part of the Grand Avenue Festival in Downtown Phoenix.
In 2016: November ?

Phoenix Suns Basketball
Our professional basketball team plays hoops at the Talking Stick Resort Arena, Phoenix.
In 2017: Various dates in November

Rock-a-Rama Gem & Mineral Show/Sale
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. Free admission. Black Canyon City.
In 2016: November 4 - 6

Science With a Twist
The Arizona Science Center in Downtown Phoenix opens it doors one evening per month for an adults-only experience (21+), with lectures, music and scientific fun. Ticketed event.
In 2017: November 10

Scottsdale ArtWalk
Every Thursday evening the Scottsdale Art District invites you to spend a casual evening walking downtown and enjoying fine art galleries. Free.
In 2017: Every Thursday evening

Scottsdale Bridal Expo
From Disc Jockeys to hall rentals, honeymoon destinations to the perfect wedding cake, luxury transportation to insurance teams to meet your new needs, and everything in between, the exhibitors will assist you to make your special day perfect. Free admission, registration requested. Scottsdale Stadium.
In 2017: November 5

Scottsdale International Film Festival 
A curated selection of comedies, dramas, documentaries, thrillers and more. Harkins Shea 14 Theatre, Scottsdale.
In 2017: November 2 - 6

Siracha Festival
Valley chefs convene to create dishes made with this popular, pisycy sauce. 21+ only. Heritage Square, Phoenix.
In 2017: November 4

Slider Throwdown
Gourmet food trucks battle for boasting rights for best slider. A Fundraiser for Arizona Friends of Foster Care Children. Kierland Commons, Scottsdale.
In 2016: November 13

Small Business Saturday
Each year we set aside one day to support our locally owned and operated small businesses. 
In 2016: November 26

Sonoran Sunset Series
Outdoor, evening family-friendly concerts in Chandler at the Environmental Education Center. Free admission.
In 2017: third Thursday of the month

spark! After Dark
A grown-up night out with live art, live music, food, adult drinks. Free admission. Mesa Arts Center.
In 2016: November 19

Sun Devil Football
Arizona State University's football team competes for PAC-10 glory at Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe, AZ.
In 2017: Various dates in November

Talk Cinema
Audience members are the critics at a sneak-preview film. This film series screens award-winning indie and foreign films before their theatrical release. Screenings include moderated conversations hosted by guest speakers. Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts.
In 2016: November 15

Take a Hike Day
Day-use park entry fee is waived at Maricopa County Parks.
In 2016: November 17

Tellabration™: A Celebration of the Art of Storytelling
Tellers and audiences of all ages are welcome at this free community event. Workshops, stories, crafts. Glendale Main Library. 
In 2016: November 12

Tempe Book Festival
A celebration of reading. Author readings, panel discussions, book signings, childrens activities. Tempe Public Library.
In 2017: November 4

Thanksgiving Day Activities
These attractions and events in Greatre Phoenix communities are open on Thanksgiving Day.
In 2016: November 24

Thanksgiving Day Parade
Thanksgiving Day Parade in Fountain Hills. Free. Starts at 9 a.m. Floats, horses and marching bands.
In 2017: November 23

Undy Run/Walk
Wear silly boxers, briefs or costumes during the family-friendly run/walk. Benefits the Arizona Department of Health Services’ FIT at Fifty HealthCheck program, and national prevention, research and patient support initiatives of the Colon Cancer Alliance.
In 2017: November 4

Veterans Day Celebrations
Many of the cities in Greater Phoenix have special ceremonies, parades, luncheons and other community activities to honor our veterans.
In 2016: various dates in November

Volkstock
Volkswagons and live music, swap meet for parts and services, Kids Zone, blood drive, raffles and more. Free admission. Peoria.
In 2016: November 12

Wag & Tag
K9 and obedience demos, raffles, adoption and rescue organizations, dog related vendors. Roscoe Dog Park, Goodyear.
In 2016: November 19

Walk to Save Animals
The Arizona Animal Welfare League’s largest annual fundraiser to help care for the more than 4,000 homeless animals that come through the shelter every year. Tempe Beach Park.
In 2016: November 5

Walk to End Alzheimer's
A fundraiser in support of the Alzheimer’s Association. Wesley Bolin Plaza, Phoenix.
In 2017: November 11

Walk-In Wednesdays
Local musicians perform at a free open mic night from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Tempe Center for the Arts in Downtown Tempe.
In 2017: every Wednesday in November

Westgate Bike Night
Thousands of bikes line Coyotes Boulevard. Live music. Family friendly. Restaurant specials. Select Thursday and Friday evenings. Westgate Entertainment District, Glendale.
In 2017: September 8 - November 16

Westgate Hot Rod Night
Cool hot rods on display. Live music. Family friendly. Restaurant specials. Wednesday evenings. Westgate Entertainment District, Glendale.
In 2017: September 6 - November 15

Wild West Days
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 in Cave Creek.
In 2016: November 2 - 6

Woofstock
Walks, contests, demonstrations, entertainment for you and your dog. Free admission, entry fee for events. Tumbleweed Park, Chandler.
In 2016: November 19

World Barbecue Festival
Food, music, vendors, activities just for kids. Peoria Centennial Plaza.
In 2016: November 4, 5

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