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Noche para los Niños at the Arizona Heritage Center in Tempe.

 

THURSDAY 11/4

Noche para los Niños

6-10 p.m. at the Arizona Heritage Center, 1300 N. College Ave., Tempe. The third annual Night for the Children is here! Guests can enjoy live music from various artists, including Nate Nathan and the MacDaddy-O’s, contortionists, jugglers, tarot card readers, plus food and beverage stations from local restaurants. There will be two auctions and a display of photographs created by at-risk kids from the Kids in Focus program, the beneficiary of the evening. Tickets start at $200. 

kidsinfocus.org

FRIDAY 11/5

Dusk Market

6-10 p.m. at The McKinley Club, 734 W. Polk St., Phoenix. This marketplace features everything a small shop market might need: live music from RecordBar Radio, wine from Sauvage, aura photos from Cosmic Hour, food trucks and shopping from featured vendors such as Local Nomad, Pantano Clothing and Valley + Co. This event is free, but donations are welcomed. Proceeds go to Rooted Doula Collective. 

themckinleyclub.com

Coco in Concert

7:30 p.m. at the Phoenix Symphony Hall, on 1st St. in downtown Phoenix. The Phoenix Symphony presents Coco from the screen to the stage. Guests will be able to watch the film while the symphony provides the soundtrack. Coco is about a boy named Miguel who dreams of becoming a musician like his idol. He sets off on a journey and unravels the story behind his family history. Watch the film and fall for the music all over again! Tickets start at $34-$102. 

phoenixsymphony.org

FRIDAY 11/5 – SUNDAY 11/7

POP Festival

Times vary, at Kierland Commons, 15205 N. Kierland Blvd., Scottsdale. Three days of live music, art exhibits and activities that the whole family can enjoy. There will be snacks and beverages from local restaurants, a 5K fun walk/run on Saturday, a vendor marketplace, and performances by artists from the Southern Arizona Arts & Cultural Alliance. The event will benefit the SAFE Action Project, a program of the Arizona Anti-Trafficking Network. Ticket prices range from $25-$55 depending on activity. Some events are free. 

kierlandpop.com

SATURDAY 11/6

Cooks’ Tour Marketplace

8 a.m.-2 p.m. at Valley Presbyterian Church, 6947 E. McDonald Dr., Paradise Valley. The 50th annual Cooks’ Tour is a one-day event that benefits worldwide missions and local charities. Guests can enjoy a prepared lunch, a rummage sale, silent auction, costume jewelry sale and a craft boutique. The event is free; lunch is $20. 

vpc.church/cooks

saturday 11/6 – Sunday 11/7

Shemer Arizona Art Festival

10 a.m.-4 p.m. at Shemer Art Center, 5005 E. Camelback Road. Each year, this festival boasts two days of holiday shopping with over 40 artists selected from across Arizona who will showcase their one-of-a-kind works. There will also be hourly artist demonstrations, children’s activities, live music, food and beverage vendors and an art raffle. Admission is free and all ages are welcome. 

shemerartcenter.org

WEDNESDAY 11/10

Dog Days at the Garden

8-11 a.m. at Desert Botanical Garden, 1201 N. Galvin Pkwy., Phoenix. Enjoy the cooler morning temperatures and head to DBG for Dog Days at the Garden. Guests can bring their four-legged friends, stroll through various trails, listen to light music, and have brunch at Patio Café. Admission is $25 for humans; dogs are free. 

dbg.org

THURSDAY 11/11

Veterans Drive-Thru Parade

9:30-10 a.m. at Christ Lutheran School, 3901 E. Indian School Road. Christ Lutheran School is holding its second annual Veteran’s Day Drive-Thru Parade to honor and thank those who have served or are currently serving in the U.S. Military. Veterans are encouraged to decorate their cars and drive through the school to the cheers and love from CLS students, staff, church members and area residents. 

clsphx.org

Phoenix Veterans Day Parade

11 a.m. in downtown Phoenix, starting at Montebello and Central Ave. This event has been going on for over 25 years – and it’s all about honoring the veterans. Guests are encouraged to arrive early to find parking. The parade will last for two hours and will feature over 80 participants. This year’s theme has yet to be announced but promises to be as full of honor and courage as years past. 

honoringamericasveterans.org

FRIDAY 11/12

PUPART Experience

6-9 p.m. at Art One Gallery, 4130 N. Marshall Way, Scottsdale. The first annual PUPART Experience is here. Guests will be able to enjoy live painting and music, a silent auction and snacks and beverages. This event is hosted by the Art One Foundation and Two Pups Wellness Fund; proceeds will go to both of these organizations for student artists and animal rescue. This event is free to the public. 

artonegalleryinc.com

SATURDAY 11/13

Prince of Peace Art

and Craft Sale

8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, 3641 N. 56th St. Prince of Peace will be holding their annual craft sale today, where folks can come out and maybe find that perfect gift for the upcoming holiday. There will be various local vendors on-site, along with snacks and drinks available for purchase. 

popphoenix.org

Arizona Children’s Business Fair

10 a.m.-1 p.m. at Arcadia Park, 3402 N. 56th St., Phoenix. The Acton Academy of Phoenix presents the annual Children’s Business Fair, an opportunity for kids to experience what it takes to start their own business. Kindergarteners-eighth graders will develop a brand, create a product and then sell their products to the public at an open marketplace. There will be 125 booths to browse in support of the youth of Phoenix. Admission is free. 

childrensbusinessfair.org

FRIDAY 11/12 – SATURDAY 11/13

Arizona Pinners Conference

10 a.m.-8 p.m. on Friday, 9 a.m.-7 p.m. on Sunday at WestWorld of Scottsdale, 16601 N. Pima Road. If Pinterest is your favorite go-to app, then you won’t want to miss this! Here is where guests will find beauty and makeup, food, arts and crafts and DIY classes, all based on boards from the popular app. There will be more than 200 businesses, 100 classes, plus food and drinks available for purchase. General admission is $10; classes and materials are a separate fee. 

az.pinnersconference.com

SATURDAY 11/13 – SUNDAY 11/14

Phoenix Pizza Festival

11 a.m.-4 p.m. at Margaret T. Hance Park, 1202 N. 3rd St., Phoenix. Head downtown for all the slices your belly can handle at the Phoenix Pizza Festival. Guests can enjoy more than 20 pizza vendors, dessert trucks (with a particular area designated for donuts only) and other food vendors plus beer stations, lawn games, live music and a kid zone. Tickets are $12 per person, with slices from $2-$4. 

phoenix.pizza 

Camelback Studio Tour

10 a.m.-5 p.m. on Saturday, 4 p.m. on Sunday. Locations vary. The Camelback Studio Tour will boast over 25 artists on this self-guided, residential art “show.” Guests will visit nine stops, explore personal art studios and meet the artists. Studios are located in Phoenix and Scottsdale and are within walking distance; while most studios are outdoors, masks are required for indoor spaces. This event is free. 

camelbackstudiotour.com

THURSDAY 11/18

Roars and Pours

5:30-8:30 p.m. at the Phoenix Zoo, 455 N. Galvin Pkwy., Phoenix. It’s time to get wild for Happy Hour! Roars and Pours is a 21 and over event that boasts craft brews, wine and snacks, all while walking the trails at the Phoenix Zoo. Attendees can also visit special exhibits, play lawn games and enjoy live musical entertainment – plus, get a sneak peek at the upcoming Zoolight display! Tickets are $10. 

phoenixzoo.org

FRIDAY 11/19

Holiday Light Experience

6-9 p.m. at Salt River Fields, 7555 N. Pima Road, Scottsdale. The drive-through holiday light show is back in 2021! Folks can drive along the 1.2 mile Diamondbacks spring training field and see five million lights and displays, all set to holiday tunes on their FM radios. There will also be a holiday light theatre, a vendor village with holiday shopping and, of course, Santa’s Village, where the man in red will be waiting to hang out with guests. Tickets are $40 on weekdays and $45 on weekends, with special packages available. 

holidaylightexperience.com

SATURDAY 11/20 – SUNDAY 11/21

The Lost Negatives of Rock & Roll 

10 a.m.-8 p.m. on Saturday, 6 p.m. on Sunday at the FOUND:RE Hotel, 1100 N. Central Ave., Phoenix. An exhibit of behind-the-scenes negatives shot by music manager and producer Michael Friedman is now being brought to life. This exhibit will include photos of artists from the 1960s such as The Rolling Stones, Janis Joplin, The Band and Kris Kristofferson. The display is free to the public, and the photos will also be available for purchase. 

mensartscouncil.com

WEDNESDAY 11/24

ZooLights

5:30-10:30 p.m. at the Phoenix Zoo, 455 N. Galvin Pkwy. ZooLights is back for its 30th year! Head to the zoo to see millions of lights and hundreds of holiday displays. This year, an all-new Wildlife Lantern Safari and Endangered Species Light Boxes will be available. Tickets are $20 for the general public and $16 for members. Guests can also choose the cruise-through option on select nights for $75 per vehicle for general admission and $60 for members. 

phoenixzoo.org

SATURDAY 11/27

Scottsdazzle Sing-Along & Tree Lighting Ceremony

7 p.m. at the Scottsdale Waterfront, 7135 E. Camelback Road. The kickoff to more than a month of holiday festivities, Scottsdazzle, has begun! Guests can walk along the Scottsdale Waterfront and view lit holiday décor while listening to classic Christmas tunes led by MusicaNova Orchestra and other local celebrities. There will be hot coffee or cocoa, plus small bites, available for purchase. 

scottsdazzle.com


Mark your calendars for the Arcadia G.A.I.N. Picnic on November 6 at Hopi Elementary from 2-5 p.m. The Phoenix Police and Fire squads will be there, plus the Dino Crew, a balloon animal twister, an ice cream truck, and a lizard exhibit from Deb’s Dragon’s Wildlife Encounters. The Dusty Tuffet band will provide live music. Meet the neighbors, grab some snacks and have a good time! 

acmna.org

Feeding Students USA is holding a Thanksgiving Feast donation drive starting November 8-19. The organization is looking for donations of turkeys and the fixings, like mashed potatoes, gravy, stuffing and cranberry sauce. Those who wish to help can donate to the pantry at 3313 N. 40th St., Phoenix. Monetary donations can be made to the website or mailed to 5322 E. Mitchell Dr., Phoenix. Volunteers are also needed. 

feedingstudentsusa.org

Registration is now open for the upcoming season of Arcadia Little League. Boys and girls ages 4-12 can sign up for baseball, softball or tee-ball as long as they are within the boundaries. Practices will begin in February, and the season runs from March until May. Early bird pricing for registration is $165, and siblings are $150 until November 30. 

arcadialittleleague.com

Tavan Elementary is looking for vendors for its upcoming Tavan Twinkles holiday boutique on December 11 from 4-8 p.m. at the campus, 4610 E. Osborn Road. They are looking for young entrepreneurs and local establishments to showcase and sell products for an evening of holiday shopping. Adult vendors will have a $25 fee to rent a table. 

VP@tavanpto.com for more

Firecreek Coffee Company opened its fourth location (the first in Phoenix) on 46th Street and Thomas Road. Firecreek offers small-batch coffee drinks, and guests can even take home their own bags to brew. Along with drinks, Firecreek also offers light bites such as granola, avocado toast and quiche. 

firecreekcoffee.com

Zensken Medical Aesthetics (4626 E. Indian School Road, across from Arcadia High) will host its grand opening party on Saturday, November 6 at 1 p.m. Guests are welcome to come out, have a drink or handcrafted cocktail and learn more about the company. Zensken will be giving away treatments as well as offering special promotional pricing on everything in the spa. 

zensken.com

There’s a new chicken spot in town. Mr. C’s Wings and Waffles, located on 2319 E. Indian School Road, opened in September. The eatery’s wings come in flavors like lemon pepper, alfredo, Mr. C’s secret sauce and Cajun dry rub. Other dishes include catfish, chicken tenders, salad and loaded French fries, plus four different flavored waffles. 

mrcswingsandwaffles.com

In October, Junk in the Trunk Vintage Market opened their updated pop-up storefront at Scottsdale Quarter (15059 N. Scottsdale Road). Guests can shop from a collection of vintage, artisan-made and handcrafted goods from 20 small business vendors. Junk in the Trunk also has an online marketplace so people can shop from home. 

junkinthetrunkvintagemarket.com

St. Mary’s Food Bank is looking for volunteers to help with the fall/holiday season and put emergency food boxes together. Multiple volunteer shifts are available on Tuesday-Friday from 9-11 a.m. and 1-3 p.m. Saturdays are open from 8-10 a.m., and 12-2 p.m. Masks are required. 

firstfoodbank.org

On Nov. 11, 12, and 24, Arizona Sunrays Gymnastics (3923 E. Indian School Road) will host “Supercamp” for ages 4 to 13 from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Campers can enjoy gymnastics circuits, dancing, NinjaZone, special guest demonstrations, trampoline jumping, group activities and more. The cost is $89 per day. Registration is required. 

arizonasunrays.com

PACC911 is holding a Pet Adoptathon on November 13 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at All Saints Episcopal Church, on the southwest corner of Maryland Ave. north of Bethany Home Road (6300 N. Central Ave., Phoenix). Folks who are in the market to add a special pet to the family can head over to All Saints where lots of furry friends will be waiting. All pets will be spayed, neutered and immunized beforehand. There will also be a food truck on-site in case guests get hungry! 

pacc911.org

The Southwest Autism Research & Resource Center recently announced plans to expand to Scottsdale in the Paiute Neighborhood Center in late summer 2022. SARRC will initially feature two comprehensive intervention programs, including the Comprehensive Behavioral Program and the Community School – an inclusive preschool for children with autism spectrum disorder ages 18 months to five years old. 

autismcenter.org