Living in one of the largest metro areas in the country offers plenty of perks and residents of the metro Phoenix valley area are seriously lucky when it comes to events and festivals. Although summers are sweltering hot, the climate still offers mild weather and sunshine in late fall, winter, and spring. The sheer diversity of the inhabitants gives rise to myriad festival and event themes coming from cultures that are rooted in far off and near places. Due to our locality in the southwest, of course many of those cultural themes target Hispanic heritage.
Here are details on some of the most interesting festivals and events that happen around the Phoenix valley. If you find yourself mentioned here or plan on organizing a local Phoenix area festival please consider our local t-shirt printing services for event swag or uniforms for your staff. Design your t-shirt with our clip art and text tools or upload your ready made graphic and order all online!
Tacolandia– It might sound like a television show but rest assured this taco fest is about a different subculture which is love of the taco. Hosted annually by Phoenix New Times and a bevy of beer and alcohol sponsors, it’s held at Hance Park and is a 21 and over event. Besides sampling delicious street style tacos from local chefs, you’re likely to experience traditional Hispanic music and dancing.
Arizona Balloon Classic– Going 7 years strong, this event gets more lift every year with 2018’s event featuring over 20 hot air balloon pilots and the event’s first ever StreetFood Fest.
Strong Beer Festival– The whole craft beer movement has definitely made its mark in Phoenix with this event going strong for 18 years. Drawing literally hundreds of craft brewers from around the country, in turn large crowds of Phoenicians come to sample pours. The event features food and music in addition to beverages.
Chandler Ostrich Festival– This event is a Chandler, AZ staple and has been for over 30 years. Beyond the normal festival offerings like music and food, you can see floats, classic cars, horses, dancing, and of course the feathered stars of the show, ostriches.
Greek Festival– Going 30 years strong, this Peoria, AZ tradition is eagerly awaited every year. Hosted by St. Haralambos Greek Orthodox Church, visitors are treated to authentic Greek food, music, and culture. If you’re hankering for meat on a stick, or spinach in a pie, this is your venue.
Great Canadian Picnic– Since the winter barely shows itself in the Phoenix area, for more than 66 years Canadians have been creating it at South Mountain. Enjoy picnicking and outdoor games like calf roping and ball hockey plus a snow slide!
Downtown Mesa Brewfest– One of more affordable beer fests, you can get 12oz pours for just $5! Plus dogs are welcome, what’s not to like? Because of its inclusivity expect to see large, animated crowds enjoying beer, food, art, and live music plus special opportunities for free event swag!
Lost Dutchman Days– Keeping western heritage alive in Apache Junction, AZ, this event offers an annual rodeo, festival, and parade featuring arts and crafts, a charity golf tournament, and a bratwurst and beer party.
Arizona Aloha Festival– Every year this is a free festival held to celebrate the rich culture of the South Pacific. If you like to eat, this event is for you. Enjoy Hawaiian culinary favorites like Lau Lau, Kalua Pig, and Pastele. Enjoy the dance of the Polynesians, lean how to make a lie, and the sweet aloha of the keiki.
Waste Management Phoenix Open– Probably the biggest event on this list, it’s a PGA tournament that last an entire week early in the year at Scottsdale’s TPC. Organized by The Thunderbirds to benefit Arizona charities, attendees can observe competitive golf games while enjoying drinks, food, and entertainment.
The Great American BBQ and Beer Festival– There’s nothing more American than a BBQ with lots of quality beer to sample. Held in downtown Chandler, this event continues to pick up momentum as they book top notch BBQ vendors from around the nation and keep the crowds around with great entertainers featured on two stages. They even feature a farmer’s market so you can take fresh produce home.
Scottsdale Culinary Festival– This is your ticket to explore some of the best offerings from local chefs in an outdoor park venue. Experience different food samplings from cuisine themes such as Asian, Food Truck style, Latin, and American. VIP packages will provide an elevated atmosphere with catered food inside a private tent.
Ace Comic Con– A new venture by brothers Gareb Shamus and Stephen Shamus, founders of Wizard magazine, they hope to reinvent what it is to experience comic con by hosting the events in arenas. They bring big league Hollywood talent and keep the environment family-friendly. Vendors feature everything from props to collectibles.
Chandler Craft Spirits Festival– While most people are familiar with craft beer, there’s also as significant movement in the crafting and refinement of spirits. It’s on its 5th year and will feature artisanal rum, tequila, vodka, and more along with educational seminars.
Arizona Rock n’ Roll Half Marathon Weekend– Runners sign up for 1 mile, 5K, or 10K and get to run through a scenic course with the option of getting sponsors for your run with proceeds going to St. Jude’s Children Research Hospital. Get a free commemorative t-shirt for participating.
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