Festivals in Florence

Up to 51% Off at Rawhide

Chandler

$29.90 $17

See a live-action cowboy show, pan for fool's gold, or give the mechanical bull a spin at this Wild West–themed town

Up to 50% Off Entry to the Pub n Grub Block Party

Tempe Diablo Stadium

$20 $11

This full-day affair brings visitors and the area's top beer and food providers into one space for a fun party that benefits Arc of Tempe

Up to 32% Off Electronic Dance Music Party

Multiple Locations

$147 $100

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Dash Berlin and Morgan Page headline a two-day festival that blends waterpark thrills with electronic dance music

Up to 58% Off Taste of Arizona & Spring Training Festival

Arizona Mills

$48 $20

Food trucks, music, and local artisans converge in one place for a long weekend of eats and contributing to charity

Up to 52% Off Arizona Seafood Festival

Salt River Fields

$159.98 $79

All-you-can-eat crab headlines a seafood celebration with live DJs, a special Wine Row, and kid-friendly attractions

Up to 54% Off at Scottsdale Arts Festival

Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts

$16 $8

Festival showcases 181 artists with pieces ranging from ceramics to photography, 22 bands, 12 food trucks, and a kid-friendly activity area

Up to 55% Off Gay Days Arizona Events

Arizona Grand Resort

$40 $20

Five-day celebration of LGBT community gathers folks for golf, pool parties, and night-club events

Up to 55% Off Rock Star Beer Festival

Monarch Theater

$50 $25

Enjoy unlimited tastings from nearly 20 craft breweries while dancing to live music from Never Let This Go and Ending Ali

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Specially extended into November for Groupon customers, Schnepf Farms' popularPumpkin and Chili Party elicits smiles from children and adults with fall-themed activities including a hayride, 4- and 10-acre corn mazes, and bonfires for roasting marshmallows. Energetic animals greet guests in the petting zoo, and prized swine vie for the praises of spectators during pig races, and a roller coaster and flying-farmer ride sling adventure-seekers and hapless scarecrows into the air. After exploring an expanse of gourds in the pumpkin patch and U-pick garden, twosomes and foursomes can dive into chicken and chili dinners (not included with today's Groupon) or rearrange faces into jack-o-lantern–shaped poses.

24810 E Rittenhouse Rd
Queen Creek,
AZ
US

At the 12k's of Christmas, a peloton of Santas and seasonally-dressed runners race through the Gilbert's Freestone District Park. All participants receive a Santa hat to wear, and are encouraged to dress up further with colorful socks, an elf costume, or felt reindeer horns. Both 6K and 12K races feature a flat, mainly packed-gravel trail with carolers set up at every kilometer. Chronotrack chips track progress, and race organizers issue awards for the top finishers in each age bracket as well as best costumes. The race also offers a 1.2 K Santa "Sled" run, where racers are encouraged to walk a stroller or enter a souped-up wagon pulled by their pets. By partnering with adoption groups and shelters, the event operates Santa's Pet Village, which helps connects stray pets with new families.

1045 East Juniper Avenue
Gilbert,
AZ
US

It begins with a flurry of activity. Balloon operators prepare for lift-off, checking equipment and tossing ropes as spectators wander the grounds, observing the action. And then it reaches a new level: dozens of balloons take flight at once, filling the crisp December dawn sky with brilliant blues, purples, oranges, and reds that rival the colors around them. The Arizona Balloon Classic's orbs then set off on an aerial hare-and-hound race, drawing cheers from below as onlookers snap pictures.

For one weekend each year, visitors gather on the grounds to snap pictures and watch the balloons inflate and lift-off outside the Gilbert Civic Center for the Classic––a three-day festival celebrating hot-air balloon flight and culture. But the fun doesn't end with the descent to earth. After sunset the tethered balloons begin to glow, lighting up for the DESERT GLOWS portion of the festivities. Attendees browse exhibits and feast on treats from a variety of vendors, and children play in the Family Fun Zone. Last, on Saturday evening, sparks give balloons a run for their money, springing through the sky in a stunning fireworks display.

48th St. and N Loop Rd.
Chandler,
AZ
US

In the award-winning one-woman show Golda's Balcony, four-time Tony-nominee Tovah Feldshuh portrays former Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir and the endless struggle for peace in the Middle east. For Dancing on Ice, winter sport enthusiasts can get an intimate view of skating celebs as tango, swing, waltz, and solve algebra equations on the center ice. A recent $6.7 million renovation equipped the Chandler Center with refurbished seating, increased accessibility, a stage makeover, and an unmistakable new theater smell. See the Chandler Center's online calendar for more information about each show.

250 N Arizona Ave
Chandler,
AZ
US

Come mid-march, thousands will pounce upon Tumbleweed Park for three rampaging days of long-necked frolicking and a flock of family-oriented thrills. Celebrating nature’s most irascible flightless bird, the Ostrich Festival showcases a smorgasbord of food, music, and events to entertain every abounding lil’ critter and bigfoot.

2250 South McQueen Road
Chandler,
AZ
US

A Town Pass at Rawhide lets weekend cow-wranglers saunter up to many of the Old West–themed attractions as many times as they like for a single day. Teach tots important human-donkey mind-melding techniques at the petting zoo, or let greenhorn lone-guns take a tottering ride atop a stout burro. More advanced cowpokes can attempt to drink a milkshake atop the Widowmaker mechanical bull, clamber up the Deadman's Drop rock climbing wall, or relax and leave the high-flying stunts to the daredevils at the Six Gun Theater, or by perusing the rambling thoroughfare's stretch of shops.

5700 W North Loop Rd.
Chandler,
AZ
US