Annual Festivals/Fairs » Phoenix, AZ

Annual Festivals/Fairs in Phoenix, AZ

One of the best things about being in the desert is that the Valley of the Sun is home to a variety of outdoor festivals. With the dry arid climate, the Phoenix area rarely has any events "rained out." Sick of making plans depending on the weather? These Phoenix events are nearly a sure thing each year!
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Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show

As Winston Churchill is credited with saying “There’s something about the outside of a horse that is good for the inside of a man,” we couldn’t agree more – except me would add those two little letters “wo” to the beginning! Whether you are a horse enthusiast or simply love to have a day out in the beautiful February Scottsdale weather, the Arabian Horse Show is one of the most highly anticipated events of the year. Many of the local equestrians head to West World each year in addition to the top trainers and riders who travel in from all over the country. This is one event not to miss!

Scottsdale Culinary Festival

The Scottsdale Culinary Festival is one of the Valley’s hottest gatherings for people of all ages. There are the super posh cocktail events in the evenings, best burger battles, family picnics, beer tasting – you name it there is likely an event for it! Whether you are looking for a good event to take the whole family to or are in need of a fabulous girl’s-night-out locale, you will want to take advantage of this event every year! Come with an appetite! You will get the opportunity to endulge in some of the best meals around. Be prepared to go all out when it comes to fashion, this is one of the best places to try out those new pieces in your wardrobe that seem ‘too special’ for everyday wear and tear!

My Nana's Best Tasting Salsa Challenge

‘Some like it hot’ and boy will they be impressed with the salsa options at this crows pleasing favorite competition! Arizona’s finest come together to benefit the Hemophilia Association while showcasing their original salsa creations. Each year the Tempe Beach Park becomes home to this salsa showdown. A bowl of chips and salsa samples sit on each table and as you walk from booth to booth you can vote for your own personal favorite. Of course you will need to cool your mouth down after all that tasting and of course you will find plenty of margaritas and icy beer on tap. There are also live, family-friendly bands and a great area to sit and relax in the sun. This is one food challenge you will not want to miss.  

Waste Management Phoenix Open

Think all golf tournaments are stuffy affairs? One trip to the Waste Management Phoenix Open and you will see enough debauchery to last a life time! Not that it isn’t a serious competition however, many of the nation’s top golfers are there to complete and most everyone else is there to have a good time and party! You can count on seeing a wide variety of people at the event ranging from families and diehard golf enthusiasts to college students and 9-to-5-ers cutting loose like Monday will never come!  When the sun goes down, the golf may stop for the night but the partying continues at the Valley’s hot spot the Coors Light Bird’s Nest! Here you will enjoy headlining bands and great DJs just be sure you will still be able to get up bright and early in the morning to start it all over again!

Fiesta Bowl Block Party

New Year’s Eve is a great time to head to Mill Avenue for the nationally celebrated Fiesta Bowl Block Party. If you are looking for a laid back quiet way to ring in the New Year, this is not it! Expect people everywhere you look confetti, the sound of party horns and lots of live music – in a nutshell, it is one of the most traditionally festive atmospheres that you can imagine! The entire length of Mill Ave. shuts down to traffic and college kids, families and adults alike are able to stroll up and down the streets and secure a great spot to ring in the New Year. If you are looking to head out for a night with friends (or are ready to make some new ones) the Fiesta Bowl Block Party won’t disappoint.