On any given day in Arizona, there are hundreds of events, festivals, and other things to keep everyone entertained. From art walks to farmers’ markets, Native American festivals to a booming music scene, Arizona is positively overflowing with culture and adventure.
Winter in Arizona draws in crowds by the thousands, not only for our unbeatable weather and outdoor adventures, but also for our unique and exciting winter activities. Whether you’re an Arizona native or a just visiting us between November and March, you will never be short on ways have fun and explore the culture and creativity of the people of the Grand Canyon state.
Many Mouths, One Stomach All Souls Procession – Tucson, Nov 5 – 6
Since 1990, visitors have been flocking to Tucson every year to witness and take part in the annual All Souls Procession. The annual festival and walk is a local tradition to honor those we have lost and the magic of life itself.
As Tucson’s Dia de los Muertos, the All Souls Procession is a living and breathing public ceremony which includes installations, extravagant costumes, and stunning performances, and draws more than 150,000 visitors and participants annually. Whether you’re walking or just witnessing this event, bring your camera and capture some of the most gorgeous sights around.
American Heritage Festival – Queen Creek, Nov 17 – 19
The annual American Heritage Festival celebrates the diverse and unique history of military enterprise in America, and this interactive festival is one of the largest living history events in the U.S. The aim of the festival and presentations is to educate and connect everyone young and old to our storied past.
The American Heritage Festival uses reenactments, dramatic presentations, and demonstrations to share the history of civilian and military life from Colonial times through the Revolutionary War, the Civil War, the emerging Old West, two world wars and Vietnam to recreate the events, people, and battles that helped form American life.
Goodguys Southwest Nationals Car Show – Scottsdale, Nov 18 – 20
This November, Goodguys will be hosting the 19th Annual Southwest Nationals Car Show, and it is guaranteed to make any and every gearhead smile. Loaded with over 3,000 custom, classic, and muscle cars, this can’t-miss event is a must for anyone who loves everything about cars.
Presented by Meguiar’s, the Southwest Nationals is the who’s who of car enthusiasts, and you are guaranteed to be impressed by the best of the best in cars and tricked-out trucks anywhere in these United States.
El Tour de Tucson – Tucson, Nov 19
Arizona is one of the most bike-friendly cities in the U.S., and our El Tour de Tucson pay homage to bicycle riders everywhere with this annual event. El Tour is for people of any age and ability who want to partake in the largest perimeter bicycling event in America.
El Tour has the honor of hosting nearly 10,000 cyclists annually, and has been named “best cycling in November” by Bicycling Magazine. If you are ready to gear up and hit the winding roads through dozens of local neighborhoods, join El Tour. Participants can choose between 106, 76, 54, 37, or 28-mile trip distances, or take part in the family Fun Ride for 11, 5, or ¼ miles.
Phoenix Festival of the Arts – Phoenix, Dec 9 – 11
If you are on the lookout for a large arts festival that brings together painting, muralists, poets, singers, dancers, performers, and all forms of art exhibition, you need to check out the Phoenix Festival of the Arts. Hundreds of vendors hit Phoenix for this community-based art event that is the perfect place to find your inner artist, gather inspiration, and get your creative juices flowing.
Many would argue that cooking is an art unto itself, and the Festival of the Arts agrees! Each year, the very best in food trucks and chefs gather share their passion and food with visitors who come from all around the world to experience this beautiful arts festival.
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