Phoenix Events Calendar for September

Things to Do in Greater Phoenix in September

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••• First Friday in Phoenix. © Judy Hedding

September starts to back off the triple-digit temperatures, and outdoor events in metro Phoenix begin to pop up. Even some Halloween events and harvest festivals make their appearance in September. Check out Halloween Central later in the month! Thankfully, the warm weather doesn't stop the summer bands from including Phoenix on their tour schedules.

These are many of the community 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 activities in this event calendar are appropriate for families unless otherwise indicated. If the event is free, I'll mention that, too.

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

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Phoenix Event Calendar - September

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 2016: 2nd Friday of the month

9/11 Memorial Events
Observances around Phoenix to honor the victims and heroes of the terrorist attacks on America on September 11, 2001.
In 2016: Various dates in September

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

Arizona Diamondbacks Baseball
The Arizona Diamondbacks play professional Baseball at Chase Field.
In 2017: Various dates in September

Arizona Restaurant Week
About 100 fine dining establishments in the Greater Phoenix area offer a prix fixe three course meal.
In 2016: September 16 - 25

Arizona Rookie League Baseball
Minor League Baseball has 14 Rookie League teams in the Phoenix area. 
In 2016: September 3 (Championship Game)

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: September 22

AZ Nonprofit Expo
Service organizations, volunteer opportunities, educational tools and workshops. Admission to exhibitors is free, fee to attend workshops and hear speakers.
In 2016: September 24

Ballet Under the Stars
Free performances at various parks in the Greater Phoenix area.
In 2016: September 22, 23, 24, 29, 30

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 an enlightening and lively presentation on Arizona nature. Nina Mason Pulliam Rio Salado Audubon Center in Phoenix. RSVP requested 602-468-6470.
In 2016: September 15

Brazilian Day Arizona Festival
The largest celebration of Brazilian art and culture in Arizona, bringing together Arizona's Brazilian community in honor of Brazilian Independence Day to share a rich and diverse cultural and artistic heritage. Scottsdale.
In 2016: September 24

Chandler Symphony Orchestra
Indoors. Family-friendly. Free, donations accepted.
In 2016: September 9

City Lights Movie Night
Free movie at CityScape in Downtown Phoenix. Giveaways, contests, prizes. Bring a chair.
In 2016: September 9

Crossroads of the West Gun Show
At the Arizona State Fairgrounds ( Sep. 9, 10)in Phoenix and Mesa Convention Center (Sep. 23, 24). The shows offer hundreds of tables of interest to both the once a year hunter and the avid collector.
In 2017: September 9, 10, 23, 24

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

Discount Tire Free Family Sundays
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. See a map.
In 2016: September 11

Downtown Chandler Art Walk
Visit more than 70 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

Dragonfly & Butterfly Bash
A family-friendly event celebrating dragonflies, damselflies and Monarch butterflies. Guided nature walks and presentations. Children’s activities. Free. Environmental Education Center, Chandler.
In 2016: September 24

Dragons and Vines: Inlaid Guitar Masterpieces
an exhibition featuring more than thirty instruments with incredible inlay by North America's finest artists and luthiers. Guitars, banjos, and one ukulele, featuring inlaid artwork created from materials including abalone shell, mother-of-pearl, coral, gold, copper, wood, and others. MIM, North Phoenix.
In 2017: now through Sep. 4, 2017

El Zaribah Shrine Circus
Indoor performances at WestWorld in Scottsdale.
In 2017: September 9 - 11

Embracing Your Journey Expo
A holistic, wellness and metaphysical event designed to enlighten and inform allowing people to explore alternative health and lifestyle products and services. Phoenix.
In 2017: September 24

Experience India
A celebration of East Indian music and culture. Musical and dance performances, hands-on activities, exhibit talks, temporary henna body art. Included with museum admission. More about MIM.
In 2017: September 2, 3

Fall Concerts at Eastmark
Live musical performances featuring popular local acts. Free, family-friendly and open to the public. No pets. Blankets, low-back chairs, picnic baskets and coolers are welcome. Eastmark Great Park, Mesa.
In 2016: September 2

Fall Concerts at Scottsdale Quarter
Live musical performances featuring popular local acts. Free. The Quad at Scottsdale Quarter.
In 2016: September 10, 17, 24

Fiesta Peoria
National and local music performances, traditional foods, arts and crafts, softball and soccer tournaments, and other family activities in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month. Peoria Sports Complex.
In 2016: September 24

Fiesta Septiembre 
Mariachi groups, folklorico dancers, salsa, guacamole, and margarita contests, outdoor mercado, kids zone, food and beverage cantina, historic photo exhibits. Wickenburg.
In 2016: September 3

First Friday
Visit more than 80 downtown Phoenix art galleries, studios and art spaces. Free.
In 2017: first Friday in September

First Saturdays for Families
Families with kids ages 4 – 12 are invited to the ASU Art Museum to participate in artistic projects. Free drop-in program. Tempe.
In 2016: September 3

Fitness in the District
Certified instructors will lead one-hour classes 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 2016: Tuesdays, September 13 - October 25

Flashlight Tours at Desert Botanical Garden
See, hear and feel the desert night's plants and animals on the Discovery Trail. Bring a flashlight and wear comfortable shoes. Self-paced tours begin at 7 p.m. Recommended for families and children of all ages. Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix.
In 2016: September 3

Free Art Friday
Preschoolers and their parents participate in an activity involving art and/or music. The theme varies from month to month. No registration required. Free. Tempe.
In 2016: September 23

Garlic Festival
Garlic eats and treats, live music, cooking demos. Free admission. Queen Creek Olive Mill, 25062 S. Meridian Road. More about Queen Creek Olive Mill.
In 2016: September 24, 25

Halloween Haunted Houses
Haunted houses, scary attractions and zombie shootouts start in September. Various locations.
In 2016: Various dates in September and October

Halloween, Pumpkin Patches, Haunted Houses, Halloween Festivals and Events
Many harvest festivals and Halloween activities start in September!
In 2016: Various dates in September (not yet updated)

Hispanic Heritage Month Festivals and Events
Music, dance, literature, art, and more at events across the Valley celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month, September 15 though October 15.
In 2016: Various dates in September

Indie Lens Pop-Up
Presented by City of Mesa Office of Diversity, screenings and discussions around the Emmy Award-winning PBS documentary series Independent Lens. Mesa Main Library. Free.
In 2016: September 24

JBF Phoenix Taste America
The James Beard Foundation’s Taste America national epicurean tour stops in Phoenix this year. Dining events, demos, book signings tastings. Phoenix and Scottsdale.
In 2016: September 22 - 24

Labor Day Weekend
Specials and weekend getaways to celebrate the fact that fall is just around the corner.
In 2016: September  3-5

Life Time Tri Tempe
Two different races in downtown Tempe, with the swim at Tempe Town Lake.
In 2016: September 18

Live at the Quarter
Local bands perform at free concerts in The Quad at Scottsdale Quarter.
In 2016: September 10, 17, 24

Mad Decent Block Party
The national tour stops in Arizona at Rawhide, Chandler. 18+ only.
In 2016: September 17

Maricopa County Home and Garden Show
Hundreds of exhibitors. Seminars, demonstrations, and displays at the Arizona State Fairgrounds.
In 2016: September 23 - 25

Meet Me Downtown
A casual, social self-guided 3.3 mile walk around downtown Phoenix. Evening, rain or shine. Free. Starts at CityScape, Downtown Phoenix.
In 2016: Every Monday in September

Mesa Arts Center Season Kickoff: Between the Lines
Mesa Arts Center debuts its fall exhibitions, live entertainment, artist demonstrations, shopping, food and performances. Bring the family. Free. Mesa Arts Center.
In 2016: September 9

Messy Fest
Kids will have fun with cluttered, chaotic and untidy activities; expect clothes to get dirty, stained and/or torn! A benefit for Phoenix Children's Hospital. Schnepf Farms, Queen Creek.
In 2016: September 17

Mitzvahs & More Event Planning Expo
A special event planning expo created for the Phoenix Jewish Community with entertainment choices, décor options, photography, videography, specialty caterers, unique venues and more. Scottsdale.
In 2017: September 24

Monarch Butterfly Exhibit / Mariposa Monarca
Marshall Butterfly Pavilion at the Desert Botanical Garden, Phoenix. Watch a video about Desert Botanical Garden.
In 2016: butterfly exhibit closed for renovation, will reopen in 2017

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 2016: September 2

Movie in the Park
Family-friendly film, free admission. Bring lawn chairs/ blankets. Florence Aquatic Center fields.
In 2016: September 17

Movie Night at the Ballpark
Park concessions will be open. No alcohol, glass containers or chairs may be brought into the event. Factory sealed, pre-packaged single serving snack items permitted. One factory sealed plastic water bottle not more than 1 liter in size per person. Free. Goodyear Ballpark.
In 2017: September 22

Oktoberfest Celebrations
There are several places around town where you can get that Oktoberfest spirit, even though it's still only September. Dress up in your Bavarian best, eat bratwurst and dance to the polka all day long, if you'd like.
In 2016: Various dates in September

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 2016: September 17, 30

Phoenix Cooks!
Attend Phoenix Cooks! classes, culinary demonstrations, sample Chef creations and spirits, marketplace. North Scottsdale.
In 2016: September 3

Phoenix Rising FC
USL Soccer.
In 2017: various dates in September

Queen Creek Founders' Day Festival
Competitions, food, music, entertainment. Family-friendly, outdoors, free admission.
In 2016: September 24

Ride-in-Movies at the Park
Walk or ride your bicycle to the park for a free, outdoor family-friendly movie. Locations vary, at Mesa parks.
In 2016: September 24

Rockin' Taco Street Fest
Kid’s zone with water play activities, a taco eating contest, live entertainment including steel drums, reggae, ballet folklorico dancers, and a DJ. Downtown Chandler.
In 2016: September 17

Sahuaro Ranch Historic Site Tour
Learn about the various buildings, barnyard, trees and groves at this ranch site, now a public park. The Sahuaro Ranch Park Historic Area is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Free, all ages. Sahuaro Ranch, Glendale.
In 2016: September 30, October 1

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 2016: September 16

Scottsdale ArtWalk
Every Thursday evening the Scottsdale Art District invites you to spend a casual evening walking downtown and enjoying fine art. Free.
In 2016: Every Thursday evening

Scottsdale Cinematheque
New independent, foreign and art films. Guest appearances and live video conversations with filmmakers. An extension of the Scottsdale Film Festival. Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts.
In 2016: September 9 - 11, 16 - 18

Scottsdale Spice Culinary Event
Chefs prepare dishes in various degrees of hot! You ticket includes unlimited sampling. Scottsdale.
In 2016: September ?

Serene Summer Yoga Series
Poolside (and in the pool) morning yoga sessions. Fee, reservations recommended. Hotel Valley Ho, Downtown Scottsdale​.
In 2016: Fridays and Sundays in September

Siracha Festival
Valley chefs convene to create dishes made with this popular, pisycy sauce. 21+ only. Heritage Square, Phoenix.
In 2016: September 24

Slide the City
Wet sliding fun. Fountain Hills. 
In 2016: September 24 - CANCELED

Smithsonian Museum Day
See which Arizona museums offer free admission on this annual recognition of affiliates of the Smithsonian Institution.
In 2016: September 24

Summer Saturday at Deer Valley Petroglyph Preserve
Docent-guided tours, summer stories for little ones, ancient skills workshops. Free admission. More about Deer Valley Petroglyph Preserve.
In 2016: September 17

Sun Devil Football
Arizona State University's football team competes for PAC-12 glory at Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe, AZ.
In 2016: Various dates in September

Taste of Greece
A three-day celebration of Greek food and dance.  St. Katherine Greek Orthodox Church, Chandler.
In 2016: September 30 - October 2

Teddy Bear Day
Celebrate National Teddy Bear Day with make-and-take arts and crafts, treats and deals in Historic Downtown Glendale. Begin at the Glendale Visitor Center. The Visitor Center will be accepting new and gently hugged teddy bears for donation. Downtown Glendale.
In 2016: September 10

Touchdown Tailgate
​Several hours before Arizona Cardinals football kickoff you can attend a free tailgate party at Westgate Entertainment District's WaterDance Plaza. Beer garden, games, giveaways. Tickets to the game not required.
In 2016: September 11, 18

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 2016: Wednesdays in September

Westgate Bike Night
Thousands of bikes line Coyotes Boulevard. Live music. Family friendly. Restaurant specials. Thursday evenings. Westgate Entertainment District, Glendale.
In 2016: September 8 - November 17

Westgate Hot Rod Night
Cool hot rods on display. Live music. Family friendly. Restaurant specials. Wednesday evenings. Westgate Entertainment District, Glendale.
In 2016: September 7 - November 16

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