This cultural arts masquerade event celebrates all types of masterpieces—with a bit of spunk. Enjoy an evening of art, fashion, graffiti, glass blowing, music, masks break dancers and cars. Local breweries and food trucks will supply bites and brews throughout the evening.
Unexpected Art Gallery, 734 W. Polk Street, Phoenix, 602.638.1313, maskedaz.com, 6 p.m., $10-$50.
Wickenburg Tour of Homes
Make a day trip to Wickenburg for a one-of-a-kind, self-guided tour of four unique Southwestern homes. This annual peek into the “Wickenburg way” of life is a 37-year-old tradition. Ticket price includes the tour, entrance to the Desert Caballeros Western Museum and a chance to shop at the community center’s holiday market.
Wickenburg Community Center, 150 N. Valentine Street, Wickenburg, 928.684.2272, westernmuseum.org, 9 a.m., $25.
Bob’s Biker Blast
Bob’s Biker Blast celebrates motorcyclists and cagers alike with a full day of music, drinks and food to benefit the Phoenix Children’s Hospital. You might recognize this year’s headliner, 3 Doors Down, for hit songs like “Kryptonite” and “Here Without You,” but pucker up for the opening act: Mini Kiss, fresh off its appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live!
Harley-Davidson of Scottsdale, 15656 N. Hayden Road, Scottsdale, 480.905.1903, hdofscottsdale.com, 11 a.m., $20-$150.
Tempe Book Festival
It’s all about books, writing and reading at the Tempe Public Library’s annual book festival. Local authors, publishers, booksellers and readers unite for youth storytime, book sales and panel presentations and discussions. This year’s featured authors are journalist Jana Bommersbach and author Jenn McKinlay.
Tempe Public Library, 3500 S. Rural Road, Tempe, 480.350.5569, tempe.gov, 10 a.m., free.
Let out a collective “Om.” Soul Pose brings the happiest yoga on the planet with three indoor sessions inspired by The Color Run. All experience levels are welcome to participate in the black light yoga party, featuring body paint and confetti. Led by Kristin Henry, who trained 200 hours in India, registration includes an embroidered towel, bracelet and yoga mat.
WestWorld of Scottsdale, 16601 N. Pima Road, Scottsdale, 480.312.6815, soulpose.com/location/scottsdale-az, 9 a.m., noon and 6 p.m., $19.99.
To Tell Our Stories
Tucson’s Holocaust survivors share excerpts from their published book, To Tell Our Stories: Holocaust Survivors of Southern Arizona, at Tucson’s Jewish History Museum. The authors will share bits of their first-hand accounts, and copies of the book will be available for purchase. Proceeds will benefit direct services for Holocaust survivors in southern Arizona.
Jewish History Museum, 564 S. Stone Avenue, Tucson, 520.670.9073, jewishhistorymuseum.org, noon, free.
Mesa Music Festival
NOVEMBER 9 TO NOVEMBER 11
Industry professionals, music lovers and performers unite for Mesa’s emerging artist music festival, highlighting more than 100 acts from around the world. This year’s lineup features a performance by P.O.D. (pictured above), and a visit by Randy Jackson. The festival has free parking and admission. Visitors can take advantage of the unique and lively offerings from downtown Mesa’s restaurants and bars.
Downtown Mesa, mesamusicfest.com, times vary, free.
Tommy Wiseau’s 2003 film is simultaneously a masterpiece and a disaster. The film doesn’t pay any attention to Hollywood’s traditional acting or narrative style as it follows a melodramatic love triangle between a man, his wife and his best friend. While some call it the worst film ever made, others are obsessed and its cult following is a testament to the power of midnight movies.
FilmBar, 815 N. Second Street, Phoenix, 602.595.9187, thefilmbarphx.com, 10 p.m., $9.
NOVEMBER 10 TO NOVEMBER 12
Volkstock freshens up the car show concept and turns its display of Volkswagens into more of a festival. This year’s Volkstock line up is set to feature more than 400 cars, six bands and all kinds of barbecue and festival games. You won’t want to miss this weekend of fun up in Lake Pleasant—but you might want to avoid playing the punch buggy car game for a few days.
Pleasant Harbor, 40202 N. 87th Avenue, Lake Pleasant, 623.980.5262, volkstock.com, times vary, $20-$150.
Chiles and Chocolate Festival
NOVEMBER 10 TO NOVEMBER 12
Chiles and chocolates—for some reason the spectrum of spicy and sweet works so well. This weekend-long festival celebrates Arizona’s top chile and chocolate vendors with gourmet samples of both. The entertainment is just as flavorful with live Brazilian, Caribbean and Latin dance performers hitting the stage throughout the day.
Desert Botanical Garden, 1201 N. Galvin Parkway, Phoenix, 480.941.1225, dbg.org, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., free with Garden admission $24.95.
Sedona Open Studios Tour
NOVEMBER 10 TO NOVEMBER 12
Working artists in the Verde Valley area open their private studios for a weekend artwork tour. Follow the Sedona Visual Artists’ Coalition’s self-guided map to see some of the state’s greatest mixed-media, textile, watercolor, jewelry and photography pros. With more than 40 studios and 66 participating artists, the tour allows visitors to experience the creative process in a different way.
First stop Fran McNamara’s Studio, 86 Country Lane, Sedona, 516.528.1124, sedonaartistscoalition.org, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., free.
Palette to Palate
NOVEMBER 10 TO NOVEMBER 12
You don’t have to be a guest to participate in The Hermosa Inn’s three-day art retreat. Visitors can create artwork by painting or mosaics, or learn how to cook with some of Arizona’s culinary experts. The artistic spirit is in this hotel’s blood; it was originally built as Lon Megargee’s home and art studio.
The Hermosa Inn, 5532 Palo Christi Road, Paradise Valley, 602.955.8614, hermosainn.com, times vary, $75 per class.
Arizona Hip-Hop Festival
Hip-hop music takes over downtown Phoenix for a day with eight stages and 250 different performers. Some of the most talented independent artists will take the stages to celebrate the beats and spirit that define the genre. The festival will also house a car show, vendors, a producer/DJ expo and food trucks.
Comerica Theatre, 400 W. Washington Street, Phoenix, 602.379.2800, azhiphopfestival.com, 10 a.m., $25.
Craft beer, country music and barbecue—what more do you need? Kip Moore, Chris Janson, Jerrod Niemann and Raelynn are some of the big-name country acts performing during the day-long celebration. The afternoon kicks off with craft beer tasting until 4 p.m., with more than 100 craft beers on the table.
University of Phoenix Stadium, 1 Cardinals Drive, Glendale, 623.433.7101, driftwoodfest.com/phoenix, noon, $39-$99.
The Promise Ball Gala
The JDRF Arizona Chapter’s annual black-tie gala is always a hit, raising more than $1.7 million last year toward finding a cure for type 1 diabetes. With a theme of “Don’t Stop Believing,” the night features dinner, entertainment and a silent auction, all hosted by 3TV anchor, Olivia Fierro.
The Phoenician Resort and Spa, 6000 E. Camelback Road, Scottsdale, 602.224.1800, jdrfpromiseballphoenix.org, 6 p.m., $600.
Phoenix Fan Fest
NOVEMBER 11 TO 12
Comics, creators and collectibles, oh my! The Phoenix Fan Fest whets your convention appetite with a packed schedule of panels and an impressive guest list. This year brings together the original child cast—all grown up—from Gene Wilder’s Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory as well as Mara Wilson and AJ Michalka.
Phoenix Convention Center, 100 N. Third Street, Phoenix, 602.635.4306, myfanfest.com/phoenix, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., $15-$30.
West Valley Island Cultural Festival
This annual island party celebrates its fifth year with another packed festival. The West Valley Island Cultural Festival features dance and music workshops like Hawaiian hula and belly dance. Take part in the ice cream-eating contest to refuel from the day and to cool down.
Glendale Adult Center, 5970 W. Brown Street, Glendale, 623.255.8491, wvislandculturalfest.com, noon to 5 p.m., $15-$30.
NOVEMBER 15 TO DECEMBER 31
Phoenix Theatre takes on the Tony Award-winning classic, Newsies, based on the 1992 film. The musical follows Jack Kelly and his rag-tag newspaper delivery friends as they take on the biggest names in publishing. With high-energy songs and choreography, this show will have the whole family dancing.
Phoenix Theatre, 100 E. McDowell Road, Phoenix, 602.254.2151, phoenixtheatre.com, times vary, $35-$85.
Front Porch Pickins Vintage and Handmade Market
NOVEMBER 17 AND NOVEMBER 18
Crafters and auto enthusiasts converge for this two-day vintage market and classic car show. Whether you’re a sucker for an old engine or an antique armchair, you’re sure to find something to tickle your fancy with more than 100 vendors. On Saturday, shoppers will get an up-close look at a collection of well-maintained classic cars as they shop.
Turf Paradise, 1501 W. Bell Road, Phoenix, 623.298.5002, frontporchpickins.com, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., $10.
Sweet to the Soul Boutique
This free family boutique brings 235 local shops, bakeries, small businesses and food trucks to one convenient location for a day devoted to shopping local. The biannual boutique has pulled together the best of the best since its debut in 2015. The first 100 shoppers will receive a free swag bag.
Peoria Sports Complex, 16101 N. 83rd Avenue, Peoria, 623.773.8700, sweettothesoulboutique.com, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., free.
Rugged Maniac 5K Obstacle
You have to be a little bit crazy to tackle Rugged Maniac’s 3-mile adult obstacle course, featuring fire jumps, water slides, trampolines and tunnels. The reward is worth the risk, however, as racers will receive a T-shirt, medal and a beer upon finishing.
Camelback Ranch, 10710 W. Camelback Road, Phoenix, 623.302.5000, ruggedmaniac.com, 10 a.m., $69-$79.
Fall Out Boy
Sugar, we’re going downtown to see Fall Out Boy! The boys are back on the road touring their upcoming album, M a n i a, to be released in 2018. The pop-punk rock group, known for songs like “Centuries,” is still going strong after reforming in 2013. Rapper-actor Jaden Smith and hip-hop artist blackbear are set to open.
Talking Stick Resort Arena, 201 E. Jefferson Street, Phoenix, 602.379.2000, talkingstickresortarena.com, 7 p.m., $25-$146.
ArtFest of Scottsdale
NOVEMBER 18 AND 19
This annual contemporary art festival is a holiday staple for downtown Scottsdale. Featuring 150 artists from across the country, visitors can check out the best in crafts, art, authors and music. Downtown Scottsdale’s unique shops, restaurants and contemporary art museum will be open as well. Bring the kids and Fido—the festival is free and dog friendly!
Scottsdale Civic Center Plaza, 7380 E. Second Street, Scottsdale, 480.968.5353, 888artfest.com, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., free.
Arizona State Sun Devils vs. Arizona Wildcats Football
Whether you’re dedicated to Tempe, a true fan of Tucson or live in a house divided, you’ve got some stake in the Territorial Cup. ASU and U of A’s long-standing rivalry culminates each year with the annual Thanksgiving weekend football game. The Wildcats took the cup last year, but they’ll have to fight hard to fend off the Sun Devils, who are coming in hot on their home turf.
Sun Devil Stadium, 500 E. Veterans Way, Tempe, 480.727.0000, thesundevils.com, time TBD, tickets TBA.
Everything changed for 19-year-old Khalid when he rose to fame with R&B hits like “Young Dumb & Broke” and “Location.” Arizonans might be interested to know the Texas-born singer-songwriter planned to attend ASU before making it big time. He plays downtown’s The Van Buren as part of LIVE 1015’s Jingle Bash.
The Van Buren, 401 W. Van Buren Street, Phoenix, 480.659.1641, thevanburenphx.com, 8 p.m., $59.99.