11 November Events Celebrating Fall in Downtown Phoenix
October 19, 2018 by Fara Illich
Your November is about to get booked up real quick.
Whether you’re looking for beer and food festivals or something to bring the kids to, Downtown Phoenix has the very best events of the season.
Fall Fest is a free and family-friendly celebration of everything Arizona, featuring samples from local restaurants, a beer and wine garden, awesome vendors from all over the state, and live entertainment Saturday, Nov. 3 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free to attend, food and drink tasting tickets sold separately.
Dia De Los Muertos celebrates life, faith, and the remembrance of loved ones who have passed on. Attendees are encouraged to bring photos of loved ones for community altars, which will be blessed. There will be kids activities, food trucks, face painting, balloon animals, live music and dance, as well as a traditional procession. The festival is Sunday, Nov. 4 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and is free to attend.
Sample a smorgasbord of pies from local pastry chefs, including Chris Bianco, while enjoying live jazz music, art, storytelling and merriment at Hance Park (on the west lawn). Pie Social is from 2-5 p.m. and pie tasting tickets are $15 for 5 tickets.
Bring a blanket, chairs and the whole family for a fun movie night under the stars. “The Greatest Showman” will be presented on Friday, Nov. 9 at 6:30 p.m. on the CityScape splash pad. Admission is free.
Taste beers from dozens of local and national breweries while enjoying great food and live entertainment Saturday Nov. 10 from 1-5 p.m. General admission ticket prices to NovemBEER start at $25, which includes up to 30 samples and a commemorative tasting mug. Must be 21 years and older.
This year, Arizona Hip-Hop Festival is a family friendly affair (free for kids 5 years and under) and features more than 300 DJs, rappers and artists across multiple outdoor stages. The festival starts at 12 p.m. daily with lots of vendors, food trucks, live painters and more. Tickets start at $25.
To celebrate the farmers who make a market like ours possible, Phoenix Public Market will hold its first PHX Pheast, a farm-to-fork experience on Sunday, Nov. 11 from 5-9 p.m. Moving from booth to booth, local food lovers from around the Valley are invited to enjoy an evening of gourmet bites, music and community. Tickets are $75 and include food samples and two drink tickets.
The Grand Avenue Festival is fun for the whole family featuring indoor and outdoor art installations, historic building tours, music, food trucks and more. The festival is from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and free to attend. There is also plenty of free on-street parking, temporary bike racks, free pedi-cabs from 5-10 p.m., and a free Jam Tram running from 11 a.m. to 11 pm.
More than a dozen local pizza makers come together for a day of cheesy celebration Saturday, Nov. 17 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Slices are $2-$4. Pizza Festival general admission tickets are $10 (babies and toddlers are free).
Devour delicious donuts from more than 15 local purveyors while enjoying craft beer, mimosas, coffee, music and activities for the little ones. The Downtown Donut Festival is Sunday, Nov. 18 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., and admission is $8 (babies and toddlers are free). Food and drink tickets are additional.
You can expect Santa, figure skaters, and a tree lighting ceremony hosted by Mayor Thelda Williams. But this year, Walter Productions is taking over the center of the CitySkate rink with a brand new Phoenix-inspired art installation. In the morning, enjoy dozens of local vendors at Alternative Black Friday starting at 10 a.m. — featuring handmade jewelry, crafts, vintage finds, décor and clothing. Then Santa arrives at 3 p.m. and the official Tree Lighting Ceremony kicks off at 6 p.m. Festivities last all day so be sure to check the schedule for details. Admission is free (ice skating tickets additional).