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Dec. 23, 2016

January 2017 Events in Phoenix Arizona

January Events

2nd Friday Night Out in Mesa
Live music, entertainment, art walk, prizes. Each month has a theme. Family friendly. Free admission. On Main Street in Downtown Mesa.
In 2017: 2nd Friday of the month

6th Street Market
Original arts and crafts, live music, shopping. Family-friendly. Free admission. Downtown Tempe.
In 2017: every Sunday in January

Arabian Horse Farm Tour
Scottsdale's prominent Arabian horse farms open their doors, welcoming the public to enjoy National Champion horses, meet top trainers, and learn more about this breed.
In 2017: January 1, 2017

Arizona Bach Festival
Bach lovers attend concerts at various venues in Phoenix.
In 2017: January 14 - 29

Arizona Balloon Classic
Hot air balloons, family entertainment, vendors and more.
In 2017: January 20 - 22

Arizona Cardinals Football
The Arizona Cardinals play professional football at University of Phoenix Stadium.
In 2017: January 1

Arizona Concours d’Elegance
Rare and exceptional automobiles on display. Ticketed event. Arizona Biltmore Hotel, Phoenix.
In 2017: January 14

Arizona Coyotes Hockey
Our professional NHL hockey team hopes to howl its way to the Stanley Cup. They play at the Gila River Arena.
In 2017: Various dates in January

Arizona Derby Dames
All-girl roller derby since 2006. Now playing on a banked track. Phoenix.
In 2017: January 7, 28

Arizona Fine Art Expo
A 10 week event in north Scottsdale. See designers, painters, sketchers and sculptors at work. Demonstrations and workshops, fine wines and cuisine.
In 2017: January 13 - March 26

Arizona Musicfest
A winter music festival covering many genres, held at various locations in Scottsdale.
In 2017: January 27 - March 10

Arizona National Livestock Show
Arizona's largest livestock show. Exhibits and competitions. Cowboy Classics Western Art & Gear Show. Held at the ?Arizona State Fairgrounds in Central Phoenix.
In 2017: December 27, 2016 - January 1, 2017

Arizona Vegetarian Food Festival
Vegetarian food companies, restaurants, and health and wellness vendors. Scottsdale Civic Center Amphitheater.
In 2017: January 28, 29

Art After Work
A painting party for couples, friends, anyone. Learn how to paint your own take on classic masterpieces and local landscapes. Instructor and art supplies provided. Online registration required. Tempe Center for the Arts.
In 2017: January ?

Art Walk - Centennial Circle
Docent led tours of the Fountain Hills public art collection. Tours are in the morning, take approximately one hour and begin in the Community Center Sculpture Garden. There is a charge for the tour. Reservations required.
In 2017: January 14, 28

Astronomy Evenings
A talk (novice level) explaining facts about the solar system and the galaxy around the planet earth followed by observing the moon, several planets, star systems through a celestron telescope. Weather permitting. Registration required. Ages 8+. Pinnacle Peak Park, Scottsdale.
In 2017: January 28

Aviation Day at the Capitol
Information about Arizona's aviation industry and the businesses that it enables. Festivities will include actual aircraft and displays. Aircraft owners and pilots, airport managers, aviation manufacturers and educators and members of the Arizona’s military community will discuss the importance of aviation in Arizona with state legislators.
In 2017: January 17

Barrett-Jackson Classic Car Auction
Every January at WestWorld in North Scottsdale people, including the rich and famous, flock to the Barrett-Jackson Classic Car Auction. It is billed as the world's most valuable classic car auction.
In 2017: January 14 - 22

Beyond the Bricks
Live music, beer, wine, food. Free admission. Bring a blanket. Hayden Square Amphitheatre in Downtown Tempe. Take light rail!
In 2017: January 5, 12, 19, 26

Birds 'n' Beer
Birds 'n Beer offers local professionals a fun and refreshing way to learn about Arizona birds and other wildlife while networking with fellow nature-lovers. Have a cold brew while enjoying an enlightening and lively presentation on Arizona nature. Nina Mason Pulliam Rio Salado Audubon Center in Phoenix. RSVP requested 602-468-6470.
In 2017: January 19

Breaking Ground Festival
Contemporary dance and film presented by national and local dancers, choreographers, digital artists. Tempe Center for the Arts.
In 2017: January 27, 28

Carefree Fine Art & Wine Festival
Arts, crafts, entertainment, wine. Over 150 artists will have displays. This is one of Arizona's largest wine tasting events, featuring wines from Arizona, California, Australia, Germany, Austria, France and Italy. Sponsored by Thunderbird Artists.
In 2017: January 20 - 22

Cave Creek Indian Market
Arts and crafts, Native American dancers, musicians and storytellers, traditional southwest cuisine. Stagecoach Village, Cave Creek.
In 2017: January 20 - 22

Celebration of Fine Art
Scottsdale hosts over 100 artists from Arizona and elsewhere in its big white tents.
In 2017: January 14 - March 26

Chandler Symphony Orchestra
Indoors. Family-friendly. Free, donations accepted.
In 2017: January 29

Chandler Multicultural Festival
Food, music, dance, displays, storytellers and more at the Chandler Fashion Center mall.
In 2017: January 14

Chocolate and Wine Experience
Hosted by the Scottsdale League for the Arts. Chocolate to eat, play with and drink. The Saguaro Scottsdale.
In 2017: January 27

Crossroads of the West Gun Show
The shows offer hundreds of tables of interest to both the once a year hunter and the avid collector. Mesa Centennial Hall.
In 2017: January 14, 15

Desert Ridge Marketplace Concerts
Free concerts on two stages in North Phoenix at Desert Ridge Marketplace.
In 2017: Every Friday and Saturday night

Desperado GLBT Film Festival
Featuring films from the gay and lesbian community. Paradise Valley Community College Center for the Performing Arts.
In 2017: January 27 - 29

Discount Tire Free Family Weekend
Free admission for everyone at Phoenix Art Museum on the second Sunday of the month. Includes a special hands-on, educational programming and/or entertainment designed to appeal to visitors of all ages. Special exhibitions may have a reduced charge. More about Phoenix Art Museum. See directions and map.
In 2017: January 7, 8

Downtown Chandler Art Walk
Visit more than 50 artisans set up along the streets in front of the unique shops and cafes of Historic Downtown Chandler. Free.
In 2017: January 20

Embracing Your Journey Expo
A holistic, wellness and metaphysical event designed to enlighten and inform allowing people to explore alternative health and lifestyle products and services. Phoenix.
In 2017: January 8 

First Day Hikes
Many Arizona State Parks host hikes to celebrate the new year outside in a healthy activity.
In 2017: January 1

First Friday
Visit more than 60 downtown Phoenix art galleries, studios and art spaces. Free.
In 2017: first Friday in January

Fitness in the District
Certified instructors will lead one-hour classes to DJ beats, while fitness motivators work the group and assist attendees with moves. Free, bring your own mat. All ages. Refreshments and giveaways (while supplies last). WaterDance Plaza at Westgate Entertainment District, Glendale.
In 2017: every Tuesday in January

Flagg Gem and Mineral Show
Rocks, minerals, geology, and science. Activities for children. Mesa Community College. Free admission.
In 2017: January 6 - 8

Fountain Hills Indian Market & Southwest Art Festival
Artists display traditional and contemporary jewelry, sculpture, artwork, and handcrafts. Fountain Hills.
In 2017: January 28, 29

Friday Night Drags
Local bring their own vehicles and race at Wildhorse Pass Motorsports Park, Chandler. Drivers and spectators welcome.
In 2017: January 13, 20

Gilbert Art Walk
Local artists set up booths to display their work. Community booths and children's activities. Free admission. Downtown Gilbert.
In 2017: January 7, 21

Gold Canyon Arts Festival
More than 100 artists will participate. Musical entertainment and food booths. Free admission. Gold Canyon United Methodist Church, 6640 S. King’s Ranch Road, Gold Canyon
In 2017: January 28

Gooding & Company Car Auction
View rare and classic vehicles that will be auctioned on the final day of the event. Held adjacent to Scottsdale Fashion Square.
In 2017: January 18 - 21

Health & Wellness Expo
All ages. Health-related activities for kids and adults. Programs include Medication Interactions, Immunizations, Senior Scams, Life Alert, Bike Safety, Brain Function and more.  Raffle, prizes. Free. Scottsdale.
In 2017: January 28

Posted in Featured Stories
Dec. 23, 2016

Monthly Market Minute December 2016

 

 

Listings Under Contract Up 2.6%

Monthly Closed Sales Up 19%

For Buyers:

Theres both good and bad news for first-time home buyers this month. The good news is that theres been a 22% increase in single family active listings asking between $175,000- $200,000 over the last 10 weeks, going from 1,065 to 1,295. Current inventory is 10% higher than where it was in week 49 of last year, adding some much needed choice to a high demand price range. The added supply is not universal across the valley; increases have been marked specifically in Buckeye, Surprise, Sun City, Peoria and Mesa.

The bad news for home buyers is that supply overall is down 3.7% while the level of com- peting buyers is remaining seasonally consistent. The Southeast Valley specifically has not seen the typical increase in supply that happens this time of year. This indicates that the area will kick off 2017 with low supply just before the expected increase in buyer activity come February. In this case, the cost of waiting to purchase will be a lack of choice and possibly having to compromise on the condition or location of the property they choose to buy.

For Sellers:

Bad news for buyers usually translates into good news for sellers, especially after positive news reports of Realtor.com ranking Phoenix as the #1 projected real estate market in the country for 2017. However, its still not a market to be overpriced regardless of the strong de- mand for homes. Some price ranges have more competing listings than others, especially in areas such as North Phoenix, Mesa, Gilbert and Peoria where there is competition from new home subdivisions. Permits for single family homes have been on the rise to accommodate the demand. This provides more choice for buyers in those areas, balances out the market and keeps annual appreciation in check. The areas projected to have the highest appreciation rates are those where there is a high level of fix and flip activity along with a more affordable price range under $175,000.

Commentary written by Tina Tamboer, Senior Real Estate Analyst with The Cromford Report ©2016 Cromford Associates LLC and Tamboer Consulting LLC 

Posted in Market Update
Nov. 25, 2016

December Events in Phoenix 2016

Phoenix Event Calendar for December

2nd Friday Night Out in Mesa
Live music, entertainment, art walk, prizes. Each month has a theme. Family friendly. Free admission. On Main Street in Downtown Mesa.
In 2016: 2nd Friday of the month

6th Street Market
Original arts and crafts, live music, shopping. Family-friendly. Free admission. Downtown Tempe.
In 2016: every Sunday in December

All Breed Cat Show
Professional exhibitors, vendors and cat-loving spectators. Hosted by the Phoenix Feline Fanciers. Mesa Convention Center.
In 2016: December 10, 11

Arabian Horse Farm Tour
Scottsdale's prominent Arabian horse farms open their doors, welcoming the public to enjoy National Champion horses, meet top trainers, and learn more about this breed. Free admission.
In 2016: December 29 - January 1, 2017

Arizona Antique Market
Indoors. Admission and parking is free. Scottsdale.
In 2015: December 11 - 13

Arizona Asian Festival
A free festival featuring ethnic cuisine, arts and crafts, and entertainment such as martial arts demonstrations, cultural dances and music from nearly a dozen Asian countries. Scottsdale Civic Center Mall.
In 2015: December 5, 6

Arizona Balloon Classic
Hot air balloons, family entertainment, vendors and more.
In 2015: December 18 - 20

Arizona Cardinals Football
The Arizona Cardinals play professional football at University of Phoenix Stadium.
In 2015: Various dates in December

Arizona Coyotes Hockey
Our professional NHL hockey team hopes to howl its way to the Stanley Cup. They play at the Gila River Arena.
In 2015: Various dates in December

Arizona National Livestock Show
Arizona's largest livestock show. Exhibits and competitions. Held at the Fairgrounds in Central Phoenix.
In 2015: December 27 - January 1, 2016

Beyond the Bricks
Live music, beer, wine, food. Free admission. Bring a blanket. Hayden Square Amphitheatre in Downtown Tempe. Take light rail!
In 2016: December 1, 8, 15, 22

Chanukah/Hanukkah Holiday Events and Activities
Several local Jewish organizations sponsor events and activities in celebration of Chanukah.
In 2015: Various dates in December

Christmas Concerts and Shows
A vast selection of music, dance and theatre events celebrating the Christmas season.
In 2016: Various dates in December

City Lights Movie Night
Free movie at CityScape in Downtown Phoenix. Giveaways, contests, prizes. Bring a chair.
In 2016: December 9

Crossroads of the West Gun Show
At the Arizona State Fairgrounds. The shows offer hundreds of tables of interest to both the once a year hunter and the avid collector.
In 2016: December 2 - 4

Desert Botanical Garden Las Noches de las Luminarias
The Desert Botanical Garden glows in the evenings with thousands of luminarias lining the paths.
In 2016: various nights in December

Desert Ridge Marketplace Concerts
Free concerts on two stages in North Phoenix at Desert Ridge Marketplace.
In 2016: Every Friday and Saturday night

Discount Tire Free Family Sundays
Free admission for everyone at Phoenix Art Museum on the second Sunday of the month. Includes a special hands-on, educational programming and/or entertainment designed to appeal to visitors of all ages. Special exhibitions may have a reduced charge. More about Phoenix Art Museum. See a map.
In 2016: December 11

Downtown Chandler Art Walk
Visit more than 70 artisans set up along the streets in front of the unique shops and cafes of Historic Downtown Chandler. Free.
In 2016: third Friday of the month

Experience Scandinavia
A celebration of Norway, Sweden, Denmark, and Finland. Musical performances, traditional dances, hands-on crafts. Included with regular admission. MIM, Phoenix.
In 2016: december 3, 4

First Friday
Visit more than 80 downtown Phoenix art galleries, studios and art spaces. Free.
In 2016: first Friday of the month

First Saturdays for Families
Families with kids ages 4 – 12 are invited to the ASU Art Museum to participate in artistic projects. Free drop-in program. Tempe.
In 2016: December ?

Gilbert Art Walk
Local artists set up booths to display their work. Community booths and children's activities. Free admission. Water Tower Plaza in Gilbert’s Heritage District.
In 2016: December 3, 10, 17

Glendale Community College Performances
Musical performances by students and faculty. Free admission, free parking.
In 2016: various dates in December

Downtown Gilbert Concert Series
Free. Food and beverages are available to purchase. Water Tower Plaza (across from Hale Theater) in Gilbert’s Heritage District.
In 2016: December 8

Holiday Concerts and Shows
A huge selection of music, dance and theatre events celebrating the holiday season.
In 2016: Various dates in December

MACFest
MACFest (Mesa Arts and Culture Festival) is a free family-friendly event featuring artist creations, music and entertainment. Downtown Mesa North Macdonald, from Main St. to Pepper Pl.
In 2016: December 3, 17

Meet Me Downtown
A casual, social self-guided 3.3 mile walk around downtown Phoenix. Evening, rain or shine. Starts at CityScape, Downtown Phoenix.
In 2016: Every Monday in December

Mesa Arts Festival
Features original works of art for sale by local and national artists; live entertainment; artist demonstrations in glassblowing, metals, and ceramics; children’s activities. Food from local restaurants available for purchase. Free admission. Mesa Arts Center.
In 2016: December 10, 11

Motorcycles on Main
The streets of downtown Mesa are closed to all but bikers and people who love motorcycles. Music, food, beer garden. Free admission.
In 2016: First Friday of the month

Movies at the Museum
Independent and classic cinema and documentaries relating to art, artists, and works on view in the Museum, usually followed by discussion. Free with paid museum admission. First come, first seated. Phoenix Art Museum.
In 2016: Various dates in December

New Year's Eve Events
Here are some ideas for some different things you can do on New Year's Eve in the Greater Phoenix area.
In 2016: December 31 (not yet updated)

Out to Lunch Concerts
Lunchtime concerts feature local artists playing a variety of music including folk, country, jazz, Dixieland, oldies, and world music. Chairs and lawn seating are available, but guests are encouraged to bring stadium cushions and blankets. Brown bags and picnic baskets are welcome. Free admission. Wells Fargo Garden at Mesa Arts Center. 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.
In 2016: December 1, 8, 15

Performances at the Museum
Performances from the East Valley community. Each performance is different. Includes children’s plays, kid and adult film series, classical music (check schedule). Tempe History Museum. Free admission.
In 2016: December 2, 16

Phoenix Festival of the Arts
Artists, crafts, entertainment for all ages. Free admission. Margaret T. Hance Park, Phoenix.
In 2016: December 9 - 11

Phoenix Suns Basketball
Our professional basketball team plays hoops at the Talking Stick Resort Arena (formerly US Airways Center).
In 2016: Various dates in December

Pueblo Grande Museum Indian Market
The Pueblo Grande Museum hosts this event with hundreds of Native American artisans representing more than 50 tribes displaying and selling their arts and crafts. Phoenix.
In 2016: December 10, 11

Sahuaro Ranch Historic Site Tour
Learn about the various buildings, barnyard, trees and groves at this ranch site, now a public park. The Sahuaro Ranch Park Historic Area is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Free, all ages. Sahuaro Ranch, Glendale.
In 2016: December 2, 3

Science Saturdays
Youth and teen programs focused on topics such as robotics, meteorology, physics, geology and biology. ?Tumbleweed Ranch in Tumbleweed Park?, Chandler.
In 2010: December 10

Science With a Twist
The Arizona Science Center in Downtown Phoenix opens it doors one evening per month for an adults-only experience (21+), with lectures, music and scientific fun. Ticketed event.
In 2016: December 16

Scottsdale ArtWalk
The Scottsdale Art District invites you to spend a casual evening walking downtown and enjoying fine art. Free.
In 2016: Every Thursday evening

Second Sunday in the Park
Live music and entertainment. Family event. Free. Surprise Community Park.
In 2016: December 11

Sonoran Sunset Series
Outdoor, evening family-friendly concerts in Chandler at the Environmental Education Center. Free admission.
In 2016: December 15

spark! After Dark
A grown-up night out with live art, live music, food, adult drinks. Free admission. Mesa Arts Center.
In 2016: December 17

Sweets Con and Desserts Expo
Desserts, treats, candies, and foodie delights. Family-friendly. Samples, Kid's Fun Zone, decorating competitions, VIP option. Peoria Sports Complex.
In 2016: December 17

Talk Cinema
Audience members are the critics at a sneak-preview film. This film series screens award-winning indie and foreign films before their theatrical release. Screenings include moderated conversations hosted by guest speakers. Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts.
In 2016: December 20

Tempe Fall Festival of the Arts
If you didn't go in the Spring (or even if you did) you don't want to miss this wonderful street fair in downtown Tempe. The annual arts and crafts festival is held on Mill Avenue. More than 500 artists exhibit wonderful works of wood, pottery, jewelry, oil paintings and more. Live entertainment also fills the street. Watch the video.
In 2016: December 2 - 4

Touchdown Tailgate
?Several hours before Arizona Cardinals football kickoff you can attend a free tailgate party at Westgate Entertainment District's WaterDance Plaza. Beer garden, games, giveaways. Tickets to the game not required.
In 2016: December 18

Winter Solstice
Celebrate the ancient festival of Solstice. Solstice, now as in ancient times, marks the longest night of the year, whereby the Sun will go to its lowest elevation in the sky, before returning to start a new cycle with nature. The occasion is marked with music, poetry, fun and food. Irish Cultural Center, Phoenix.
In 2016: December 21

Posted in Blog
Nov. 25, 2016

Monthly Market Minute November 2016

 

 

New Listings Under $300,000 Down 10% in October Average

Sales Price per Square Foot Up 8%

 

For Buyers:

October was a disappointing month for new active listings under $300,000. Nor- mally October is a good month to buy as there is a boost of new listings without an increase in competing buyers. This rang true for new listings between $300,000 and $1,000,000 (up nearly 7%). New listings over $1,000,000 were down by nearly 14%, however this price point has been suffering from oversupply most of the year and the drop only equated to 57 fewer new listings in the past month. More importantly, new listings under $300,000 were down by nearly 10% with 669 fewer new listings than this time last year. For a price range that is already undersupplied for the current demand, this was not good news for buyers. The fact that sales under $300,000 comprised 72% of all sales in the past month tells us to expect prices to continue rising with the current lack of new supply hitting the market.

For Sellers:

Undersupply for listings under $300,000 has had a positive effect on sellers. The Monthly Average Sales Price per Square Foot in this price point went up 8.4% from $110.42 last November to $119.72 this November. The $300,000 - $500,000 price range saw this measure go from $146.03 to $151.50, up 3.7%. The $500,000 -$1,000,000 price range increased 1.2% from $196.65 to $199.03; the Over $1,000,000 price range increased by 12.3% from $308.73 to $346.68 (with only 108 sales in this price point, average price measures will fluctuate dramatically from month to month).

Average Days on Market is still very good for sellers under $300,000 at 61 days. The measure increases to 91 days within $300,000-$500,000; 142 days within $500,000-$1,000,000; and 191 days Over $1,000,000.

Commentary written by Tina Tamboer, Senior Real Estate Analyst with The Cromford Report ©2016 Cromford Associates LLC and Tamboer Consulting LLC 

Posted in Market Update
Nov. 3, 2016

November Events in Phoenix 2016

November Event Calendar

2nd Friday Night Out in Mesa
Live music, entertainment, art walk, prizes. Each month has a theme. Family friendly. Free admission. On Main Street in Downtown Mesa.
In 2016: 2nd Friday of the month

6th Street Market
Original arts and crafts, live music, shopping. Family-friendly. Free admission. Downtown Tempe.
In 2016: every Sunday in November

AAA Travel Show
Plan your next vacation, within Arizona or to destinations far and wide. Talk to vendors about planning your next tour, cruise or visit to an Arizona local treasure. Glendale.
In 2016: no travel show in 2016. Check back in 2017

A.S.U. Concerts at the Center
The ASU School of Music presents concerts at the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts on select Monday evenings.
In 2016: November 14

Adobe Mountain Wildlife Center Open House
Learn about wildlife rehabilitation and the native animals that benefit from the center’s care. Live wildlife education programs, activites for all ages. Free. North Phoenix.
In 2016: November ?

Ahwatukee Car and Truck Show
Vehicles of all different makes, models and years. A judged event with trophies being awarded in various classes. Live entertainment. Food and spirits available. Fee to show your car or have a booth.  Ahwatukee Park.
In 2016: November 12

American Diabetes Association Step Out Walk and 5K Diabetes Dash
One and three-mile walks, 5K Diabetes Dash. Live music, kids’ activities, local entertainment, health information in honor of American Diabetes Month. North Phoenix Baptist Church, Phoenix.
In 2016: November 5

American Girl Fashion Show
A fundraiser for The Emily Center at Phoenix Children’s Hospital. Not recommended for children under the age of six. JW Marriott Desert Ridge in North Phoenix.
In 2016: November 5, 6

American Heritage Festival
A fun and educational family-friendly trip through American history with reenactments, demonstrations, historical characters. Queen Creek.
In 2016: November 17 - 19

Archaeology for Kids
Children ages 7 to 12 discover the science of archaeology by doing a simulated excavation of a Hohokam pit house. Identify artifacts in the field, and discover how archaeologists use these artifacts to learn more about past cultures. Advanced registration is required. Pueblo Grande Museum, Phoenix.
In 2016: November 5

Arizona Antique Market
Primitives, ephemera, eclectic, glassware, pottery, collectibles, toys, advertising, military items, coins, early American linens, fine selections of vintage costume jewelry and fine estate jewelry. Mesa.
In 2016: November 18 - 20

Arizona Business Council: Increase the Value of Your Company
Learn how business valuations are made, find areas in your business to increase value, improve your cash flow, and more. Guest speaker and expert panel session. Networking social follows conference. Free admission, registration required, limited seating. Downtown Phoenix.
In 2016: November 14

Arizona Cardinals Football
The Arizona Cardinals play professional football at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona.
In 2016: Various dates in November

Arizona Classic Jazz Festival
Jazz, and lots of it! San Marcos Golf Resort in Downtown Chandler.
In 2016: November 3 - 6

Arizona Coyotes Hockey
Our professional NHL hockey team hopes to howl its way to the Stanley Cup. Gila River Arena, Glendale.
In 2016: Various dates in November

Arizona Fall League Baseball
After the regular baseball season is over, there are six more weeks of baseball in October and November when each of the 30 Major League Baseball teams select 6 prospects to play in the AFL. At stadiums around the Valley.
In 2016: Various dates in October and November

Arizona Harvest Festival
Celebrate the cooler weather with live musical entertainment, contests, games, activities for kids, food, vendors, beer garden. Downtown Chandler.
In 2016: November 5

Arizona International Auto Show
Hundreds of the newest cars, trucks, minivans and sport utility vehicles. Entertainment and celebrity appearances. Phoenix Convention Center.
In 2016: November 24 - 27

Arizona State Fair
Rides, food, competitions, concerts, exhibits -- two weeks of fun. Held at the Fairgrounds in Central Phoenix. Video.
In 2016: October 7 - 30 (except Mondays and Tuesdays)

Art After Work
A painting party for couples, friends, anyone. Learn how to paint your own take on classic masterpieces and local landscapes. Instructor and art supplies provided. Online registration required. Tempe Center for the Arts.
In 2016: November 4

ArtFest of Scottsdale
Fine art, live music, international foods, and an interactive family area featuring hands-on art activities and creative challenges for children. Over 200 select contemporary artists and crafts people from across the nation will show and sell one-of-a-kind artwork. Scottsdale Civic Center Plaza. Free admission.
In 2016: November 19, 20

Artists of the Superstitions Annual Studio Tour
Meet with local artists and view their artistic talents in studio settings, all located in either Apache Junction or Gold Canyon. This is a free, self-guided tour. All ages. You may purchase art directly from the artist.
In 2016: November 5, 6

azcentral.com Food & Wine Experience
Arizona chefs, visiting chefs and cookbook authors. Features the Grand Tasting Experience, Farmers' Market, Technoloy Expo, Kitchen Gadget Expo, classes, seminars.
In 2016: November 4 - 6

Bacon, Brews and Blues Festival
Food, beer and R&B. Queen Creek.
In 2016: November 5

Bentley Scottsdale Polo Championships
Polo matches, fashion, art, parties. WestWorld, Scottsdale.
In 2016: November 5

Beyond the Bricks
Live music, beer, wine, food. Free admission. Bring a blanket. Hayden Square Amphitheatre in Downtown Tempe. Take light rail!
In 2016: November 3, 10, 17

Big Heap Vintage and Handmade Festival
Indie, vintage, modern, industrial and salvaged goods. “Bring a truck. You’re gonna need it.” Music, dancers, gourmet food trucks. Cave Creek.
In 2016: November 18 - 20

Birds 'n' Beer
Birds 'n Beer offers local professionals a fun and refreshing way to learn about Arizona birds and other wildlife while networking with fellow nature-lovers. Have a cold brew while enjoying a presentation on Arizona nature. Nina Mason Pulliam Rio Salado Audubon Center in Phoenix. RSVP requested 602-468-6470.
In 2016: third Thursday of the month

Bluegrass Festival
Wickenburg Rodeo Grounds. Three days of bluegrass bands on stage, along with competitive contests for awards and cash. Arts/crafts & food booths, kids zone, special Saturday night concert.
In 2016: November 11 - 13

Bob's Biker Blast
Bike ride, food, entertainment, music. A benefit for Phoenix Children's Hospital.
In 2016: November 5

Breast Cancer Awareness Events
Walks, runs and other events and activities to raise money to fight breast cancer.
In 2016: Various dates in November

Camelback Studio Tours and Art Sale
Local artists in home studios will be showcased during this art sale and free, self-guided tour. See printable map online.
In 2016: November 4, 5, 6

Carefree Fine Arts and Wine Festival
Arts, crafts, entertainment, wine. Over 160 artists will have displays. This is one of Arizona's largest wine tasting events, featuring wines from Arizona, California, Australia, Germany, Austria, France and Italy. Sponsored by Thunderbird Artists.
In 2016: November 4 - 6

Carefree Southwest Art & Indian Market
More than 100 fine arts exhibits and live entertainment. Free admission. Carefree Desert Gardens in downtown Carefree.
In 2016: November 25 - 27

Certified Local Fall Festival
A family-friendly street festival featuring members of Local First Arizona. Local restaurants and vendors on hand with entertainment provided by Arizona musicians, bands and performers. Beer & Wine Garden, raffle and silent auction raise funds for Local First, activities for young kids. Free admission, tickets sold for food samples. Hance Park, Phoenix.
In 2016: November 5

Chandler Chuck Wagon Cook-Off
Authentic, old fashioned chuck wagon teams compete. The family friendly event will also feature live musical entertainment, Western history, gunfight reenactments, evening campfire glows and cooking demonstrations. Admission, parking and many activities are free. Charge for the hay and horse rides and food/beverages. Tumbleweed Park.
In 2016: November 11, 12

Chandler Symphony Orchestra
Indoors. Family-friendly. Free, donations accepted.
In 2016: November 6

Charles Schwab Cup Championship
Professional male golfers on the senior tour compete in North Scottsdale.
In 2016: November 7 - 13

Chiles and Chocolate Festival
Desert Botanical Garden, Phoenix. Chili and chocolate products from local vendors, unique Southwest gifts, cooking demonstrations, live music. Desert Botanical Garden, Phoenix.
In 2016: November 11 - 13

City Lights Movie Night
Free movie at CityScape in Downtown Phoenix. Giveaways, contests, prizes. Bring a chair.
In 2016: November 11

Circus Vargas
Classic circus entertainment with acrobats, clowns and death-defying feats. No animals at this circus. Several locations, check schedule.
In 2016: November ?

Indie Lens Pop-Up
Formerly known as Community Cinema. Free movie and post-show discussion, presented by City of Mesa Office of Diversity. Dobson Ranch Library, Mesa. 
In 2016: November ?

Cooks & Corks
An exclusive culinary event where guests (21+) sample creations of local chefs. A fundraiser for The Scottsdale League for the Arts. North Scottsdale.
In 2016: November 11

CopperWynd Women’s Pro Challenge
A USTA Pro Circuit event, typically featuring players ranked from #100 to #500 in the world.  The event is typically a stepping-stone for participants to WTA Tour events and Grand Slam tennis tournaments. Clinics and activities for kids. Fountain Hills.
In 2016: October 30 - November 6

Crossroads of the West Gun Show
Hundreds of tables to meet the needs of everyone, from the once a year hunter to the avid collector. Mesa Convention Center.

Cynosport World Games - Dog Agility World Championships
Hundreds of dogs from around the world compete in dock diving, lure coursing, herding, rally obedience and a basic agility course. WestWorld, Scottsdale.
In 2016: November 9 - 13
In 2016: November 19,20

Day of The Dead
Day of the Dead exhibitions, festivals, parties, and celebrations in the Phoenix area.
In 2016: Late October - Early November

Desert Ridge Marketplace Concerts
Free concerts on two stages in North Phoenix at Desert Ridge Marketplace.
In 2016: Every Friday and Saturday night

Discover India Festival
Festival Highlights include cultural show, parade, food fair, Clothes and Jewelry Bazaar, cooking and cultural demos, children's fair. Free admission. Scottsdale.
In 2016: November 12

Discount Tire Free Family Sundays
Free admission for everyone at Phoenix Art Museum on the second Sunday of the month. Includes a special hands-on, educational programming and/or entertainment designed to appeal to visitors of all ages. Special exhibitions may have a reduced charge. More about Phoenix Art Museum. Get directions.
In 2016: November 13

Downtown Chandler Art Walk
Visit more than 50 artisans set up along the streets in front of the unique shops and cafes of Historic Downtown Chandler. Free.
In 2016: Third Friday of the month

Downtown Gilbert Concert Series
Free. Food and beverages are available to purchase. Water Tower Plaza (across from Hale Theater) in Gilbert’s Heritage District.
In 2016: November 3, 17

Earth and Space Exploration Day
Arizona State University invites the public to the School of Earth and Space Exploration for science and engineering activities. For students age five and up, families, educators and anyone interested in exploring Earth and space. 3-D astronomy shows, interactive meteorite displays, tour The Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera Science Operations Center, guided walks through of the Visitors Gallery. Free, but registration required. ASU, Tempe Campus.
In 2016: November 5

El Mercado de Las Artes
Many of the Southwest's best Hispanic artists will show and sell their work at this annual event, formerly known as Heard Museum Spanish Market. Artwork includes an array of santos, furniture, jewelry, tilework, glitter art, tinwork, paintings, carvings, pottery and more. Admission is free. Does not include museum admission. Heard Museum, Phoenix.
In 2016: November 12, 13

Fall Concerts at Eastmark
Live musical performances featuring popular local acts. Free, family-friendly and open to the public. No pets. Blankets, low-back chairs, picnic baskets and coolers are welcome. Eastmark Great Park, Mesa.
In 2016: September 2

Fall Fishing Clinic & Outdoor Safety Event?
Basic fishing tips and guidance. Bait is provided and a limited number of fishing rods for loan are available (first come, first served). Outdoor safety demonstrations. All ages. Free admission. Veteran’s Oasis Park, Chandler.
In 2016: November 5

Festival of the Superstitions
Carnival, musical entertainment, food vendors, car show, merchandise vendors, business booths, children’s activities. Apache Junction.
In 2016: November 11, 12

Fiesta Bowl Hole-in-One
Purchase bags of golf balls and try to qualify for the $1 million hole-in-one prize. A fundraiser for Fiesta Bowl charities.
In 2016: October 28 - November 13

First Friday
Visit more than 80 downtown Phoenix art galleries, studios and art spaces. Free. Free admission to several downtown Phoenix attractions.
In 2016: First Friday of the month.

First Saturdays for Families
Families with kids ages 4 – 12 are invited to the ASU Art Museum to participate in artistic projects. Free drop-in program. Tempe.
In 2016: November 5

Florence Junior Parada Rodeo
The oldest continuous junior rodeo competition in the U.S. Free admission, small charge to park. Charles Whitlow Rodeo Grounds, Florence.
In 2016: November 25 - 27

Fountain Festival of Arts and Crafts
Arts, crafts, food, music, entertainment. Fountain Hills Park.
In 2016: November 11 - 13

Friday Night Drags
Local bring their own vehicles and race at Wildhorse Pass Motorsports Park, Chandler. Drivers and spectators welcome.
In 2016: November 11

Front Porch Pickins Vintage and Handmade Market
Everything vintage, rustic, shabby, retro and handmade in the West Valley. Antiques, handmade treasures and unique, local talent. University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale.
In 2016: November 4, 5

Gilbert Art Walk
Local artists set up booths to display their work. Community booths and children's activities. Free admission. Downtown Gilbert.
In 2016: November 5, 12, 26

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Oct. 31, 2016

Monthly Market Minute October 2016

 

 

Listings Under Contract up 13.2% over Last October!

For Buyers:

Supply has not been growing as much in the first week of October as it has in past years, this is disappointing for some buyers who would appre- ciate more choice in the marketplace. Weekly new listings are in line with last year so far, however listings under contract are up 13% over last year, which is causing overall supply growth to be sluggish. The biggest increase in demand is within the $200,000-$300,000 price range, which had a 35% increase in listings under contract heading into October and only a 4.2% increase in supply. Sales in this price range represent nearly 32% of all sales thus far this year and listings under $200,000 represent 41% of all sales. Not surprisingly, the higher a buyer can go in price, the more choice and negotiating advantage they have.

For Sellers:

Sellers in some cities are experiencing more competition from new home subdivisions. New construction permits are on the rise this year, which provides relief to buyers and headaches for the surrounding
sellers. Builders have been focusing a decent portion of their resources on the $200,000
-$500,000 price range, the increase in competition is es- pecially felt by sellers in North Phoenix, South Phoenix, East Mesa, Gil- bert, and Peoria. As a result, annual appreciation has been maintained at 3-4% for the $200,000-$350,000 range and 1-2% for the $350,000- $500,000 range. Builders are not focusing on the under $200,000 mar- ket, which is contributing to appreciation rates as high as 9% as demand remains strong. The luxury market is still seeing flat or slightly declining prices compared to last year.

Commentary written by Tina Tamboer, Senior Real Estate Analyst with The Cromford Report ©2016 Cromford Associates LLC and Tamboer Consulting LLC 

Posted in Market Update
Sept. 30, 2016

October Events in Phoenix 2016

Phoenix Event Calendar for October

2nd Friday Night Out in Mesa
Live music, entertainment, art walk, prizes. Each month has a theme. Family friendly. Free admission. On Main Street in Downtown Mesa.
In 2016: 2nd Friday of the month

6th Street Market
Original arts and crafts, live music, shopping. Family-friendly. Free admission. Downtown Tempe.
In 2016: every Sunday in October

A Race for Maggie's Place
Family friendly running events: 15K Run, 10K Run, 9K Run, 5K Run, Walk, and Stroller Push, Kids’ Dash and Diaper Dash. A fundraiser for a shelter for pregnant women and those with infants. Tempe Town Lake.
In 2016: October 2

AIDS Walk Arizona & 5K Run Phoenix
All funds raised are distributed equally to 16 member agencies, that provide programs to prevent HIV/AIDS, or assist those living with the disease. Chip-timed. Local bands. Kids walk, dog walk. Downtown Phoenix.
In 2016: October 23

A.S.U. Concerts at the Center
The ASU School of Music presents concerts at the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts on select Monday evenings.
In 2016: October 3

Arizona Cardinals Football
The Arizona Cardinals play professional football at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona.
In 2016: Various dates in October

Arizona Coyotes Hockey
Our professional NHL hockey team hopes to howl its way to the Stanley Cup. Gila River Arena, Glendale.
In 2016: Various dates in October

Arizona Dance Festival
Showcase different dance artists, including emerging artists as well as professionals from all genres and styles of dance. Tempe Center for the Arts.
In 2016: October 7, 8

Arizona Dragon Boat Festival
Dragon Boat Races at Tempe Town Lake. Craft booths and entertainment.
In 2016: October 1, 2

Arizona Fall League Baseball
After the regular baseball season is over, there are six more weeks of baseball in October and November when each of the 30 Major League Baseball teams select 6 prospects to play in the AFL. At stadiums around the Valley.
In 2016: Various dates in October and November

Arizona State Fair
Rides, food, competitions, concerts, exhibits -- two weeks of fun. Held at the Fairgrounds in Central Phoenix.
In 2016: October 7 - 30 (except Mondays and Tuesdays)

Arizona Taco Festival
Competitors will cook Tacos and related dishes. Vendors. Admission charge plus tickets charge for samples. Salt River Fields, Scottsdale.
In 2016: October 15, 16

Arizona's Ultimate Women's Expo
Hundreds of exhibits of products and services including fashion, beauty, health, fitness, home, careers, financial planning, education. A full schedule of speakers on four stages, book signings, celebrity appearances, and cooking and design demonstrations, including design experts providing tips on preparing your home for the holidays. Phoenix Convention Center.
In 2016: October 8, 9

Art After Work
A painting party for couples, friends, anyone. Learn how to paint your own take on classic masterpieces and local landscapes. Instructor and art supplies provided. Online registration required. Tempe Center for the Arts.
In 2016: October 14

Art in the Olive Grove
Art show, wine tasting. Artists represents all types of art media, including Painting, Photography, Wood, Jewelry, Pottery, Glass and more. The Olive Mill has a restaurant and coffee bar as well as tours of the Olive Mill facility (fee). Queen Creek Olive Mill, 35062 S. Meridian Rd., Queen Creek.
In 2016: October 16

Arts in the Park Concert Series
A free concert on the lawn at the Wigwam Resort in downtown Litchfield Park from 3-5 p.m.
In 2016: October 16

Astronomy Evenings
A talk (novice level) explaining facts about the solar system and the galaxy around the planet earth followed by observing the moon, several planets, star systems through a celestron telescope. Weather permitting. Registration required. Ages 8+. Pinnacle Peak Park, Scottsdale.
In 2016: October 29

Autumnfest
Carnival; live entertainment; fine arts and crafts; a pumpkin patch, train rides; inflatables; hay rides, and a food court with beer and wine garden. Anthem Community Park.
In 2016: October 22, 23

Best of Italy
The Italian Association of Arizona features Valley Italian chefs and Italian wineries. Scottsdale.
In 2015: October 16

Best of Phoenix A'fare
Food, beer and wine sampling. 21+ only. Westin Kierland Resort & Spa, Scottsdale.
In 2016: October 7

Beyond the Bricks
Live music, beer, wine, food. Free admission. Bring a blanket. Hayden Square Amphitheatre in Downtown Tempe. Take light rail!
In 2016: October 6, 13, 20, 27

Billy Moore Days
Resident appreciation fair, a parade and a carnival. Free admission, charge for rides. Avondale.
In 2016: October 21 - 23

Birds 'n' Beer
Birds 'n Beer offers local professionals a fun and refreshing way to learn about Arizona birds and other wildlife while networking with fellow nature-lovers. Have a cold brew while enjoying an enlightening and lively presentation on Arizona nature. Nina Mason Pulliam Rio Salado Audubon Center in Phoenix. RSVP requested 602-468-6470.
In 2016: October 20

BMX Bike Event
Bike riders and enthusiasts participate in demonstrations and clinics. Entertainment, bike vendors, raffles. Espee Park, Chandler.
In 2016: October 15

Breast Cancer Awareness Events
Activities and events to raise money to fight breast cancer.
In 2016: various dates in October (not yet updated)

Celebrate Mesa
Entertainment, live music, games, rides, outdoor movie, giveaways. Free admission, nominal charge for rides. Red Mountain Park, Mesa.
In 2016: October 15

Chandler Indian Art Market
Native American art from artists all over the Southwest. Authentic art will include jewelry, photography, pottery, paintings, Katsina carvings, sculptures, weavings, clothing, and tribal arts and crafts. Entertainment. Free admission, food available to purchase. AJ Chandler Park, Chandler.
In 2016: October 8, 9

Chandler Symphony Orchestra
Indoors. Family-friendly. Free, donations accepted.
In 2016: October 9, 22

Chandler's Day of Play
An event to promote heath, wellness, and fitness for kids of all ages. Free activities will get the kids playing and their minds active, while parents can explore the various booths on health, wellness, and fitness. Free admission. Tumbleweed Park.
In 2016: October 22

Children's Learning and Play Festival
Speakers, vendors, play areas. Indoors. Free admission, free parking. WestWorld, Scottsdale.
In 2016: October 1

Chile Pepper Festival
Local restaurateurs, chefs and gourmet food trucks present chile pepper-inspired cuisine. Chile roasting, live music, beer garden and margarita station. Free admission. Phoenix.
In 2016: October 1

City Lights Movie Night
Free movie at CityScape in Downtown Phoenix. Giveaways, contests, prizes. Bring a chair.
In 2016: October 14

Comic & Media Expo
Panels, workshops, interactive events, artist alley, cosplay contest. Mesa Convention Center.
In 2016: October ?

Corks & Collars
Wine and beer tasting, food samples, live entertainment, raffle. A benefit for the Desert Labrador Retriever Rescue, an all-volunteer nonprofit. Scottsdale.
In 2016: October 29

Day of the Dead
Day of the Dead exhibitions, festivals, parties, and celebrations in the Phoenix area.
In 2016: Various dates in October, early November

Desert Ridge Marketplace Concerts
Free concerts on two stages in North Phoenix at Desert Ridge Marketplace.
In 2016: Every Friday and Saturday night

Discount Tire Free Family Sundays
Free admission for everyone at Phoenix Art Museum on the second Sunday of the month. Includes a special hands-on, educational programming and/or entertainment designed to appeal to visitors of all ages. Special exhibitions may have a reduced charge. More about Phoenix Art Museum. Directions to Phoenix Art Museum.
In 2016: October 9

Dish It Out
Local chefs offer up samples and compete in this benefit for Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Phoenix. High Street in North Phoenix.
In 2016: October 23

Diwali Mela
A festival celebrating India. Cultural program, live entertainment, kids activities. Kiwanis Park, Tempe.
In 2016: October 22

Distance for the Difference
A 3.5-mile run/walk through CityScape in Downtown Phoenix?. Benefit for Phoenix Children's Hospital.?
In 2016: October 1

Docomomo Tour
A Modern Phoenix event to bring awareness to the technical, historic and aesthetic value buildings of the 20th century and the impact they have in today's culture. Docomomo is an international organization DOcumenting and COnserving the MOdern MOvement. Limited space.
In 2016: October ?

Downtown Chandler Art Walk
Visit more than 40 artisans set up along the streets in front of the unique shops and cafes of Historic Downtown Chandler. Free.
In 2016: Third Friday of the month

El Puente Theatre Festival & Mask Procession
Music, performances, art activities for families sponsored by Childplay. Free. Tempe Center for the Arts.
In 2016: October 2

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Sept. 27, 2016

Monthly Market Minute September 2016

 

 

 

 

Monthly Median Sales Price Up 9.1% Monthly Sales Up 3.7%

 

For Buyers:

Buyers looking for larger single family homes under $200K may want to consider the Southwest Valley with 50% of all sales occurring under $185K and an average size of 1,929 square feet. Pinal County provides the largest single family home for the money with an average sale at 2,057 square feet and a median sales price of $154K. The Southwest Valley (which includes Southwest Phoenix, Buckeye, Good- year, Litchfield Park, Avondale, Tolleson and Laveen) has seen the sales price per square foot for single family homes rise 9.4% since this time last year. Pinal County (which includes Apache Junction, Gold Canyon, San Tan Valley, Florence, Casa Grande and Maricopa) has only seen a 2.6% increase due to more competition from new home subdivisions. Life is easier for buyers who are looking for homes over $200K, but not by that much. Theres more supply, but demand is still high in relation to it until the budget gets over $500K where the market is more bal- anced.

 

For Sellers:

For those who own a condominium or townhome, the shortage of single family supply under $200K is good news. Sales of condos and townhomes are up 6.1% and the median sale price is up 12.5% from $137,750 last year to $155,000 as of September 7th. The average sale price per square foot is up 5.3% from $131.85 to $138.87 with the average sized unit purchased at 1,267 square feet.

72% of all purchases over the past month have been under $300K, which is why this price point dominates Phoenix Metro overall statistics and projections. Sales between $300K and $500K are up 27.8% over last year, up 8.5% between $500K and $1M and are exactly the same for sales over $1M. Appreciation rates are not as strong in these price points because supply grew alongside demand, keeping the market in a balanced state.

 

Commentary written by Tina Tamboer, Senior Real Estate Analyst with The Cromford Report ©2016 Cromford Associates LLC and Tamboer Consulting LLC 

Posted in Market Update
Aug. 31, 2016

Things to do in Phoenix - September 2016

2nd Friday Night Out in Mesa
Live music, entertainment, art walk, prizes. Each month has a theme. Family friendly. Free admission. On Main Street in Downtown Mesa.
In 2016: 2nd Friday of the month

9/11 Memorial Events
Observances around Phoenix to honor the victims and heroes of the terrorist attacks on America on September 11, 2001.
In 2016: Various dates in September

Arizona Cardinals Football
The Arizona Cardinals play professional football at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona.
In 2016: Various dates in September

Arizona Diamondbacks Baseball
The Arizona Diamondbacks play professional Baseball at Chase Field.
In 2016: Various dates in September

Arizona Restaurant Week
About 100 fine dining establishments in the Greater Phoenix area offer a prix fixethree course meal.
In 2016: September 16 - 25

Arizona Rookie League Baseball
Minor League Baseball has 14 Rookie League teams in the Phoenix area. 
In 2016: September 3 (Championship Game)

Arizona United SC
Professional soccer, USL League. Peoria Stadium.
In 2016: September 13, 17

Astronomy Evenings
A talk (novice level) explaining facts about the solar system and the galaxy around the planet earth followed by observing the moon, several planets, star systems through a celestron telescope. Weather permitting. Registration required. Ages 8+. Pinnacle Peak Park, Scottsdale.
In 2016: September 30

Ballet Under the Stars
Free performances at various parks in the Greater Phoenix area.
In 2016: September 22, 23, 24, 29, 30

Birds 'n' Beer
Birds 'n Beer offers local professionals a fun and refreshing way to learn about Arizona birds and other wildlife while networking with fellow nature-lovers. Have a cold brew while enjoying an enlightening and lively presentation on Arizona nature. Nina Mason Pulliam Rio Salado Audubon Center in Phoenix. RSVP requested 602-468-6470.
In 2016: September 15

Brazilian Day Arizona Festival
The largest celebration of Brazilian art and culture in Arizona, bringing together Arizona's Brazilian community in honor of Brazilian Independence Day to share a rich and diverse cultural and artistic heritage. Scottsdale.
In 2016: September 24

Chandler Symphony Orchestra
Indoors. Family-friendly. Free, donations accepted.
In 2016: September 9

City Lights Movie Night
Free movie at CityScape in Downtown Phoenix. Giveaways, contests, prizes. Bring a chair.
In 2016: September 9

Crossroads of the West Gun Show
At the Arizona State Fairgrounds (9-10, 11)in Phoenix and Mesa Convention Center(9-24, 25). The shows offer hundreds of tables of interest to both the once a year hunter and the avid collector.
In 2016: September 10, 11, 24, 25

Desert Ridge Marketplace Concerts
Free concerts on two stages in North Phoenix at Desert Ridge Marketplace.
In 2016: Every Friday and Saturday night

Discount Tire Free Family Sundays
Free admission for everyone at Phoenix Art Museum on the second Sunday of the month. Includes a special hands-on, educational programming and/or entertainment designed to appeal to visitors of all ages. Special exhibitions may have a reduced charge. More about Phoenix Art Museum. See a map.
In 2016: September 11

Downtown Chandler Art Walk
Visit more than 70 artisans set up along the streets in front of the unique shops and cafes of Historic Downtown Chandler. Free.
In 2016: Third Friday of the month

Dragonfly & Butterfly Bash
A family-friendly event celebrating dragonflies, damselflies and Monarch butterflies. Guided nature walks and presentations. Children’s activities. Free. Environmental Education Center, Chandler.
In 2016: September 24

El Zaribah Shrine Circus
Indoor performances at WestWorld in Scottsdale.
In 2016: September 9 - 11

Fall Concerts at Scottsdale Quarter
Live musical performances featuring popular local acts. Free. The Quad at Scottsdale Quarter.
In 2016: September 10, 17, 24

Fiesta Peoria
National and local music performances, traditional foods, arts and crafts, softball and soccer tournaments, and other family activities in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month. Peoria Sports Complex.
In 2016: September 24

Fiesta Septiembre 
Mariachi groups, folklorico dancers, salsa, guacamole, and margarita contests, outdoor mercado, kids zone, food and beverage cantina, historic photo exhibits. Wickenburg.
In 2016: September 3

First Friday
Visit more than 80 downtown Phoenix art galleries, studios and art spaces. Free.
In 2016: first Friday in September

First Saturdays for Families
Families with kids ages 4 – 12 are invited to the ASU Art Museum to participate in artistic projects. Free drop-in program. Tempe.
In 2016: September 3

Fitness in the District
Certified instructors will lead one-hour classes to DJ beats, while fitness motivators work the group and assist attendees with moves. Free, bring your own mat. All ages. Refreshments (while supplies last). WaterDance Plaza at Westgate Entertainment District, Glendale.
In 2016: Tuesdays, September 13 - October 25

Flashlight Tours at Desert Botanical Garden
See, hear and feel the desert night's plants and animals on the Discovery Trail. Bring a flashlight and wear comfortable shoes. Self-paced tours begin at 7 p.m. Recommended for families and children of all ages. Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix.
In 2016: September 3

Free Art Friday
Preschoolers and their parents participate in an activity involving art and/or music. The theme varies from month to month. No registration required. Free. Tempe.
In 2016: September 23

Garlic Festival
Garlic eats and treats, live music, cooking demos. Free admission. Queen Creek Olive Mill, 25062 S. Meridian Road. More about Queen Creek Olive Mill.
In 2016: September 24, 25

Halloween, Pumpkin Patches, Haunted Houses, Halloween Festivals and Events
Many harvest festivals and Halloween activities start in September!
In 2016: Various dates in September (not yet updated)

Hispanic Heritage Month Festivals and Events
Music, dance, literature, art, and more at events across the Valley celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month, September 15 though October 15.
In 2016: Various dates in September

JBF Phoenix Taste America
The James Beard Foundation’s Taste America national epicurean tour stops in Phoenix this year. Dining events, demos, book signings tastings. Phoenix and Scottsdale.
In 2016: September 22 - 24

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