Phoenix Area Major Annual Events & Festivals

There is always something happening in the Phoenix area. Traditional annual events or festivals are going on all year in all Valley of the Sun Metro Phoenix communities. The following are just a sampling of the major events. Schedules and dates are subject to change without notice, so check the event websites for the latest information. For even more fun, see Phoenix Attractions and Things To Do. So whether you’re a resident or visiting Phoenix, grab your friends and family and enjoy it.

January Events

Arizona National Boat ShowPower 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!

Barrett-Jackson Antique Auto AuctionSix days of car auctions selling collector cars from all vintages including celebrity-owned cars and motorcycles. All with the excitement of a rock concert.

WM Phoenix OpenAnnually sporting the largest crowds on the PGA TOUR, the WM Open has gained legendary status on TOUR for being unlike any other golf tournament.

Fiesta BowlTostitos 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.

Indian Artists of AmericaImpressive, audience-interactive programs are hugely popular, showcasing HawkQuest’s eagles, falcons and hawks at close range.

PF Chang’s Rock n’ Roll ArizonaStaged 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 perfect running weather and live music.

February Events

Arabian Horse Show

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

Arizona Renaissance FestivalA 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!

Arizona Travel ShowLocal, national and international travel industry representatives offer travel information’s, packages and services for families. Food and live music add to the enjoyment of the day.

Fountain Hills Great FairThis three day juried art fair features nearly 450 artists and artisans from across the United States and around the globe, and attracts 200,000+ visitors.

Lost Dutchman’s DaysCarnival, Rodeo, BLM Wild Horse and Burro Adoption, Vendor Marketplace, Live Entertainment. Held at the Apache Junction Rodeo Park at Lost Dutchman and Tomahawk.

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

Sportsmen’s Vacation & RV ShowThe Arizona RV Show is a one-stop marketplace for every kind of outdoor recreational vehicle. You’ll see motor homes, tent trailers, custom vans, 5th wheels, campers and SUVs.

World’s Championship Hoop Dance ContestThe World Champion Hoop Dancer title draws together top Native hoop dancers from North America to compete for the world title in one spectacular weekend.

March Events

Arizona Aloha FestivalMarketplace 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.

Cactus League BaseballSpring 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.

Carefree Fine Arts & Wine FestivalThis 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 pieces of art.

Festival of the WestFamily was important in the old west and that focus is carried on at The National Festival of the West. Friday is kids day and there are plenty of great children’s activities held every day at the Festival.

Ostrich FestivalThe 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 services in a festive environment.

Parada del Sol Parade & Rodeoa full month of 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.

Safeway LPGA TournamentThis annual LPGA event is held at Superstition Mountain Golf and Country Club — Prospector Course featuring many of the biggest names in ladies professional golf.

Tempe Music FestivalThis 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.

West of Western Culinary FestivalWest 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

Arizona Asian FestivalThis 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.

Country Thunder Music FestivalThis four-day, outdoor country music festival brings together top country entertainers for music and dancing southeast of Phoenix in Florence.

Desert Caballeros Horse RideThe 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.

Gay Pride Parade & FestivalAnnual gathering of the gay community for a parade and festival.

McDowell Mountain Music FestivalHeld at the Westworld Polo Grounds in Scottsdale, this festival brings together musicians who perform at this event which benefits local charities.

NASCAR Subway Fresh 500Held at Phoenix International Raceway this NASCAR event becomes a city in the desert west of Phoenix for a week or more.

Phoenix Home Improvement & Garden ShowFind everything you ever wanted to fix up the indoors or outdoors. You’ll probably find many things you never dreamed of before.

Scottsdale Culinary FestivalAs 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

Arizona Special Olympics Summer Games

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

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.

June Events

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

July Events

Downtown Phoenix Fourth of July CelebrationPhoenix Parks and Recreation is proud to offer free family events. Come out and enjoy kids’ activities, entertainment, refreshments and fireworks.

Lori Piestewa National Native American GamesSporting events held throughout the Valley of the Sun include basketball, softball, track and field, volleyball, cross country and more.

Mighty Mud ManiaMighty 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

Arizona Home & Building ExpoArizona’s premier home show in downtown Phoenix, the Home & Building Expo celebrates its 16th year and features more than 700 home-related products and services.

Fiesta Glendale Hispanic HeritageThis event brings the Hispanic community together for live music, dancing and traditional Latin American Foods and much more.

Mid-Autumn Moon FestivalHeld at the Chinese Cultural Center, this annual event features dancing, singing, exhibitions and Chinese calligraphy plus food and beverages including traditional mooncakes.

September Events

Fiesta De La FamiliaRawhide celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month with special events, food specials, performances and music.

October Events

Arizona State FairHundreds of thousands of residents from across the state flock to the fair each year to enjoy its new foods, exhibits, and entertainment offerings.

Kokopelli KrushKool Jamz Dinners 5:00pm to 10:00pm with live music every Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

Mesa Storytelling FestivalThe 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.

Rainbows FestivalThe 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.

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

November Events

Arizona International Auto ShowDisplay of new year model cars held at the Phoenix Convention Center.

Fantasy of LightsThe 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

Nautical Parade of Lights at Canyon LakeSee the 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.

Fiesta Bowl ParadeCap off the Arizona holiday season with a delightful pageantry of magnificent floats, glorious helium balloons, harmonious marching bands and spirited specialty and equestrian units.

Insight BowlThe annual Insight Bowl is held in Sun Devil Stadium at Arizona State University in Tempe.

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

Chandler Parade of LightsJoin with your friends 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!

Las Noches de las LuminariasExperience 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.

Fiesta Bowl Block PartyCrazed 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.

Santa’s-A Christmas Theme ParkRide all the rides, see all the live shows, enjoy all the beautiful Christmas displays, lights, and attractions at Firebird Raceway.

Tempe Town Lake Boat ParadeThe boat parade features as many as 50 decorated watercraft lighting up the night with thousands of holiday lights.

ZooLightsZooLights 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!