Arizona Vacation

Phoenix Annual Events and Festivals

By AZ Leisure Staff Writers

The Greater Phoenix area hosts hundreds of annual festivals, celebrations, traditions and other events. They include fairs, Native American events, rodeos, parades, culinary festivals, antique auto auctions and major annual sporting events.

January Events

Phoenix Events - Arizona National Boat Show

Arizona National Boat Show

Power Boats, Bass Boats, Pontoons, Fishing Boats, Find the boat of your dreams. Tour Luxurious Houseboats and find the latest in Marine Accessories, Water Skis, Scuba Gear and more!

Phoenix Events - Barrett-Jackson Antique Auto Auction

Barrett-Jackson Antique Auto Auction

Six days of antique car auctions selling collector cars from all vintages including celebrity-owned cars and motorcycles. All with the excitement of a world-class rock concert.

Phoenix Events - FBR Phoenix Open

FBR Phoenix Open

Played in North Scottsdale and annually sporting the largest crowds on the PGA TOUR, the FBR Open has gained legendary status on TOUR for being unlike any other golf tournament.

Phoenix Events - Fiesta Bowl

Fiesta Bowl

Tostitos Fiesta Bowl has the opportunity to host the champion of the Big 12 Conference and another of the nation’s top college football teams at University of Phoenix Stadium.

Phoenix Events - Indian Artists of America

Indian Artists of America

Impressive, audience-interactive programs are hugely popular, showcasing HawkQuest's eagles, falcons and hawks at close range. A must see event.

Phoenix Events - PF Chang's Rock n' Roll Arizona

PF Chang's Rock n' Roll Arizona

Staged in the Valley of the Sun, the P.F. Chang's® Rock 'n' Roll Arizona Marathon & 1/2 Marathon tours through three of Arizona's most vibrant cities with ideal running weather and live music.

Phoenix Events - World of Wheels

World of Wheels

Sanctioned by the International Show Car Association(ISCA), exhibitors’ vehicles are assigned categories and professionally judged based on ISCA rules.

February Events

Phoenix Events - Arabian Horse Show

Arabian Horse Show

Held annually at Westworld, it showcases nearly 2000 fabulous horses bringing top owners, trainers and breeders from around the world to compete in a variety of events.

Phoenix Events - Arizona Renaissance Festival

Arizona Renaissance Festival

Fun for all. A medieval amusement park, a 12-stage theater, a 30-acre circus, an arts and crafts fair, a jousting tournament and a feast -- all rolled into one non-stop, day-long family adventure!

Phoenix Events - Fountain Hills Great Fair

Fountain Hills Great Fair

This three-day juried art fair features nearly 450 artists and artisans from across the United States and around the globe, and attracts over 200,000 visitors.

Phoenix Events - Lost Dutchman's Days

Lost Dutchman's Days

Superstition Mountain Views, Carnival, Rodeo, BLM Wild Horse and Burro Adoption, Marketplace, Live Entertainment. Held at the Apache Junction Rodeo Park at Lost Dutchman and Tomahawk.

Phoenix Events - Scottsdale Fine Art & Chocolate Festival

Scottsdale Fine Art & Chocolate Festival

Liesurely stroll through the Scottsdale Fine Art & Chocolate Festival at the Scottsdale Pavilions and instantly enjoy the sweet scent of chocolate as it fills the desert air.

Phoenix Events - Sportsmen's Vacation & RV Show

Sportsmen's Vacation & RV Show

The Arizona RV Show is a fun-filled, one-stop marketplace for every kind of outdoor recreational vehicle. You'll see motor homes, tent trailers, custom vans, 5th wheels, campers and SUVs.

Phoenix Events - World's Championship Hoop Dance Contest

World's Championship Hoop Dance Contest

The World Champion Hoop Dancer title draws together top Native hoop dancers from across North America to compete for the world title in one spectacular weekend.

March Events

Phoenix Events - Arizona Aloha Festival

Arizona Aloha Festival

Marketplace and Lath House stages are filled with performing groups from Arizona and surrounding states. Guest artist groups have joined us from Hawaii, New Zealand, and the Cook Islands.

Phoenix Events - Cactus League Baseball

Cactus League Baseball

Spring training games held in the Phoenix and Tucson area include the Angels, Diamondbacks, Cubs, White Sox, Rockies, Royals, Brewers, Athletics, Giants, Padres, Mariners and Rangers.

Phoenix Events - Carefree Fine Arts & Wine Festival

Carefree Fine Arts & Wine Festival

This must-see event, presented by Thunderbird Artists and the Fountain Hills Downtown Business Community, will be the setting for a world-class gathering of juried artists displaying original art.

Phoenix Events - Festival of the West

Festival of the West

Family was important in the old west and that focus is carried on at this festival. Friday is kids day and there are plenty of great children's activities held every day at the Festival.

Phoenix Events - Ostrich Festival

Ostrich Festival

The festival is a three-day family event which includes ostrich events and more than 150 exhibitors selling a fantastic array of arts, crafts, goods, and food in a festive environment.

Phoenix Events - Parada del Sol Parade & Rodeo

Parada del Sol Parade & Rodeo

Month-long, western-themed events including the Parada del Sol Parade, Trail’s End Celebration in Old Town Scottsdale, the Kid's Corral Art Show, art unveiling, 5 rodeos and 2 rodeo dances.

Phoenix Events - Safeway LPGA Tournament

Safeway LPGA Tournament

This annual LPGA event is held at Superstition Mountain Golf and Country Club, on the Prospector Course. The event features many of the top-ranked players in ladies professional golf.

Phoenix Events - Tempe Music Festival

Tempe Music Festival

Music, food and fun. This annual event features local and nationally acclaimed bands together for two days of live music with food vendors and more on the shores of Tempe Town Lake.

Phoenix Events - West of Western Culinary Festival

West of Western Culinary Festival

West of Western Culinary Festival was founded to celebrate Arizona's Chefs and culinary culture. Come sample excellent dishes from the top chefs in the southwest.

April Events

Phoenix Events - Arizona Asian Festival

Arizona Asian Festival

This annual, free festival features ethnic cuisine, arts and crafts, and such diverse entertainment as martial arts demonstrations, cultural dances and music from nearly a dozen Asian countries.

Phoenix Events - Country Thunder Music Festival

Country Thunder Music Festival

A country music party. This four-day, outdoor, country music festival brings together top country entertainers for music and dancing southeast of Phoenix in Florence.

Phoenix Events - Desert Caballeros Horse Ride

Desert Caballeros Horse Ride

The Desert Caballeros week-long horse ride attracts men from all over the world and all walks of life. This scenic and memorable adventure has been a Wickenburg tradition for 57 years.

Phoenix Events - Gay Pride Parade & Festival

Gay Pride Parade & Festival

Annual gathering of the gay community for a parade and festival.

Phoenix Events - McDowell Mountain Music Festival

McDowell Mountain Music Festival

For lovers of music and food. Held at the Westworld Polo Grounds in Scottsdale, this festival brings together musicians who perform at this event which benefits local charities.

Phoenix Events - NASCAR Subway Fresh 500


For all NASCAR lovers. Held at Phoenix International Raceway this NASCAR event becomes a city in the desert west of Phoenix for a week or more.

Phoenix Events - Phoenix Home Improvement & Garden Show

Phoenix Home Improvement Show

The latest in home improvement. Find everything you ever wanted to fix up the indoors or outdoors. You'll probably find many things you never dreamed of before.

Phoenix Events - Scottsdale Culinary Festival

Scottsdale Culinary Festival

As the longest running festival of its kind in the United States, the Festival draws more than 40,000 visitors looking to enjoy fabulous food, fun, festivities and ideal weather!

May Events

Phoenix Events - Arizona Special Olympics Summer Games

Arizona Special Olympics Summer Games

An inspiring annual event that features persons with intellectual disabilities and closely-related developmental disabilities in sporting events to inspire and enhance their lives.

Phoenix Events - Queen Creek Peach Festival

Queen Creek Peach Festival

This annual event is open to the public for a nominal fee on Saturday and Sunday throughout the month of May. Pick your own peaches.

June Events

Phoenix Events - Grand Canyon State Games

Grand Canyon State Games

The Grand Canyon State Games is a multi-sport Olympic Festival for Arizona amateur athletes of all ages and abilities.

July Events

Phoenix Events - Downtown Phoenix Fourth of July Celebration

Downtown Phoenix 4th of July Celebration

Phoenix Parks and Recreation is proud to offer free events for the entire family. Come out and enjoy kids' activities, entertainment, refreshments and fireworks.

Phoenix Events - Lori Piestewa National Native American Games

Lori Piestewa Native American Games

Sporting events held throughout the Valley of the Sun include basketball, softball, track and field, volleyball, cross country and more.

Phoenix Events - Mighty Mud Mania

Mighty Mud Mania

Fun in the mud. Mighty Mud Mania is the activity held as the culminating activity of all the Scottsdale Parks and Recreation summer programs. Mud pools and courses for all ages.

August Events

Phoenix Events - Arizona Home & Building Expo

Arizona Home & Building Expo

Arizona’s premier home show in downtown Phoenix, the Expo is an annual event and features more than 700 home-related ideas, products and services.

Phoenix Events - Fiesta Glendale Hispanic Heritage

Fiesta Glendale Hispanic Heritage

This annual event brings the Hispanic community together for live music, dancing and traditional Latin-American foods and much more.

Phoenix Events - Mid-Autumn Moon Festival

Mid-Autumn Moon Festival

Held at the Chinese Cultural Center, this annual event features dancing, singing, exhibitions and Chinese calligraphy plus food and beverages including traditional mooncakes.

September Events

Phoenix Events - Fiesta De La Familia

Fiesta De La Familia

Rawhide at its new location, celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month with special events, food specials, performances and music.

October Events

Phoenix Events - Arizona State Fair

Arizona State Fair

Family fun for all. Hundreds of thousands of residents from across the state flock to the fair each year to enjoy its new foods, exhibits, and entertainment offerings.

Phoenix Events - Mesa Storytelling Festival

Mesa Storytelling Festival

The Valley’s largest storytelling event presents national, regional and youth talent to share a wide array of stories: folk tales, tall tales, myths, humor, great legends from all over the globe.

Phoenix Events - Rainbows Festival

Rainbows Festival

The Festival is an urban street fair and festival to celebrate the great diversity of Phoenix. This celebration is held each year in downtown Phoenix in Heritage Square Park.

Phoenix Events - Tour de Scottsdale Bike Ride

Tour de Scottsdale Bike Ride

An extraordinary cycling adventure that will circumnavigate the beautiful McDowell Mountains in North Scottsdale. The 70-mile race benefits The McDowell Sonoran Conservancy.

November Events

Phoenix Events - Arizona International Auto Show

Arizona International Auto Show

See what's new for next year. Display of new year model cars held at the Phoenix Convention Center.

Phoenix Events - Fantasy of Lights

Fantasy of Lights

The APS Fantasy of Lights kicks off with a parade and Tempe's festively decorated 60' holiday tree lighting. Festivities include street entertainers, Santa Claus and a spectacular fireworks finale.

December Events

Phoenix Events - Nautical Parade of Lights at Canyon Lake

Nautical Parade of Lights at Canyon Lake

See the spectacular Nautical Parade of Lights with approximately 30 boats decorated with Christmas lights. Enjoy the parade while you indulge in dinner aboard the Dolly steamboat on Canyon Lake.

Phoenix Events - Fiesta Bowl Parade

Fiesta Bowl Parade

Bring the family and cap off the Arizona holiday season with a delightful pageantry of floats, glorious helium balloons, marching bands and spirited specialty and equestrian units.

Phoenix Events - Insight Bowl

Insight Bowl

A major college-football bowl, the annual Insight Bowl is held in Sun Devil Stadium at Arizona State University in Tempe.

Phoenix Events - Arizona National Livestock Show

Arizona National Livestock Show

The Arizona National Livestock Show is the largest show of its kind in the Southwest, an annual Phoenix tradition since 1948 with a reputation as a prestigious Show with warm hospitality.

Phoenix Events - Chandler Parade of Lights

Chandler Parade of Lights

Join with your friends, family and neighbors to enjoy a cool nighttime parade where every entry is decorated with colorful holiday lights and official lighting of the annual Tumbleweed Tree!

Phoenix Events - Las Noches de las Luminarias

Las Noches de las Luminarias

See the Desert Botanical Garden in a new light with unique and exciting entertainment, undiscovered trails and intimate destinations that evoke the spirit and warmth of the holiday season.

Phoenix Events - Fiesta Bowl Block Party

Fiesta Bowl Block Party

Crazed sports fanatics gear-up for the big game while enjoying pep rallies, marching bands, cheerleaders, Jumbotrons to watch the bowl games, interactive games, food and beverage.

Phoenix Events - Santa's-A Christmas Theme Park

Santa's-A Christmas Theme Park

Bring the family and ride all the rides, see all the live shows, enjoy all the beautiful Christmas displays, lights, and attractions at Firebird Raceway.

Phoenix Events - Tempe Town Lake Boat Parade

Tempe Town Lake Boat Parade

The whole family will enjoy this boat parade which features as many as 50 decorated watercraft lighting up the night with thousands of holiday lights. Fireworks also enhance the event.

Phoenix Events - ZooLights

ZooLights at the Phoenix Zoo

ZooLights is one of the largest holiday light shows in the southwest with 2.5 million lights, hundreds of custom lighted animal displays, carousel rides, camel rides, wagon rides and more!

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