As the thermostat continues to drop and we are all reminded of why we live here, outdoor festivals begin to dot the calendar, whether celebrating food, art, culture, or the upcoming holiday season.
American Lebanese Festival
St. Joseph Maronite Catholic Church
5406 E. Virginia Ave.
The festival is a celebration of Lebanese history and heritage. Festival goers can enjoy authentic Lebanese dishes like tabbouleh and baklava, folk music, traditional dabke dance, a kids zone (fenced and supervised), and more. Hours are 5-10 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday, and 12-7 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $3. Visit www.AmericanLebaneseFestivalAZ.com.
Lura Turner Homes’ 34th Annual Boutique Craft Fair
9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3
Crossroads United Methodist Church
7901 N. Central Ave.
Local vendors kick off the holiday shopping season, featuring unique treasures, holiday decorations, craft items, candles, eats & treats, and more. Free admission and parking. All proceeds benefits Lura Turner Homes, which supports adults with developmental disabilities.
Arizona Fall Fest: Certified Local
10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3
1242 N. Central Ave.
A free family friendly event and an annual celebration of all things local to Arizona. The festival features more than 200 local vendors, live music, food samples from local restaurants and food trucks (pre-purchase tasting tickets for $1 each), the Hensley Beverage Garden (21 and older), kids activities, a silent auction and raffle, and much more. Admission is free. Visit https://localfirstaz.com/events/arizona-fall-festival.
St. Sava Serbian Orthodox Church
4436 E. McKinley St.
This 16th-annual food and cultural festival offers authentic Serbian cuisine and pastries, live folk music and dancing, a shopping bazaar, guided tour of the Serbian Byzantine-style church, a KidsZone ($10 for all-day pass), and more. Hours are 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday, and 12-8 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $4, children age 12 and younger get in for free. Sign up for the e-mail and receive a buy-one, get-one free admission coupon. Visit http://serbfest.com/tickets/for more information.
Shemer Arizona Arts Festival
10 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 3-4
Shemer Art Center
5005 E. Camelback Road
Artists from all across Arizona will feature one-of-a-kind works of art, plus there will be demonstrating artists (glass blowing, blacksmithing, pottery wheel-throwing, etc.), live entertainment, a children’s interactive Kids Zone with arts activities ($5 admission), live music, food and beverage vendors, a silent auction and more. Admission is free. Find more information under the Events tab at https://shemerartcenter.org.
Blues, Brews & Arts Fest
11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 4
North Mountain Brewing
522 E. Dunlap Ave.
Offering some of the Valley’s best musical talent plus lots of fabulous merchandise from local artists along with great food and craft beers. Advance tickets are $12.50, at the door $15. Children ages 12 and younger get in for free. Camping chairs welcome, WiFi available. Gates open at 11 a.m., National Anthem presented at 11:25 a.m. To purchase tickets and see a line-up of performers, visit www.nmbluesbrewsandartsfest.com.
8 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 4
2230 E. Indian School Road
Held in the parking lot. The antique mall will be open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on that day and will have special sales. Flea Market shoppers are asked to park west of the mall in the lot between Heidelberg Bakery and Global Home. Parking at Audio Express is allowed until 11:30 a.m. only.
Magic Moments Boutique
Crossroads United Methodist Church
7901 N. Central Ave.
Products for sale represent a variety of mediums and include creative apparel and accessories, holiday home décor, a variety of items for pets and pet lovers, children’s items (including clothing, doll clothes & toys), pottery, woodworking, and delectable homemade baked goods and dip mixes for the holidays. Your donation of a non-perishable food item for the Desert Mission Food Bank accepted at the door. Hours are 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday.
Scandinavian Jul Bazaar
10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10
Shepherd of the Valley
1500 W. Maryland Ave.
Free admission. The Nordic countries of Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden invite you to their annual Jul Bazaar. Antiques and vintage treasures, collectibles, rosemaling, handcrafted arts, books, music and movies are among your shopping choices. And while you shop, enjoy the many Scandinavian food booths offering yellow pea soup and rye bread, homemade frikadeller, lapskaus, lefse, waffles, cookies, pastries and more.
Desert Song Art Festival
10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10
Desert Song Healing Arts Center
3232 N. 20th St.
Featuring more than two dozen Arizona artists offering everything from jewelry, mixed-media angels, hand-sewn fabric art, ceramics, fused glass, hand-made soaps, hand-knits, painting and photography, to henna tattoos, wood-burning, candles and aromatherapy products. Food can be purchased from the What’s Fresh food truck and complimentary chair massages will be available, along with door prizes featuring some of the artists’ works. Admission is free.
Holiday Crafts Sale
9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10
Devonshire Senior Center
2802 E Devonshire Ave.
This well-attended annual event will offer all handmade items, including holiday crafts, artwork, jewelry, baked goods, jams and more. For those crafters who would like to be part of the sale, 6-foot tables are available for only $10 per table. Call 602-256-3130 for more information.
Camelback Community Market
9 a.m.-12 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17
Goodwill Parking lot,
1625 W. Camelback Road
Get a jump on your holiday shopping and find unique gift ideas during this special seasonal mini market featuring Camelback Corridor gardeners, artists, business owners, handmade crafts from internationally relocated residents, and more. Admission is free.
Arts, Crafts, Small Business & Foodie Affaire
9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17
Memorial Presbyterian Church
4141 E. Thomas Road
Enjoy holiday shopping with local artists, crafters, and small business owners offering holiday and home decor, handmade crafts, clothing, jewelry, unique gifts, cooking products, housewares and more! Hourly raffles of vendor donated products with proceeds benefitting mission projects. Admission is free.
Calico Boutique Craft Fair
9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17
North Phoenix Baptist Church
5757 N. Central Ave.
Find wonderful one-of-a-kind Christmas gifts from local artisans. From handmade jewelry to hand made gifts and décor, you’re sure to find something for everyone on your shopping list. Free admission.
Heard Museum Shop
2301 N. Central Ave.
Enhance your holidays with wonderful Native-themed ornaments handcrafted by American Indian artists. Choose from hundreds of various ornaments in different art forms for yourself or for unique holiday gifts. Several Native artists will be offering ornaments featuring carved wood, miniature baskets, pottery and beads. Prices vary. Hours are 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission to the Heard Museum Shop is always free.
Civitan Holiday Market
2-8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 29
12635 N. 42nd St.
Showcasing products created by members of Civitan Foundation who are children and adults with intellectual disabilities. Items for sale include paintings and jewelry, baked goods and flavored butter, jams, fresh pasta, crafts created in art classes, as well as “treasures” from Civitan’s thrift stores, Flerish Design + Resale and Civitan on 66 in Williams. All proceeds benefit the programs and services of Civitan Foundation. Civitan Holiday Market is free admission. In addition to items being sold in the market, food is available from Civitan’s Cook-er-y, a catering service where members learn job skills in a professional kitchen while earning an income. Visit www.civitanfoundationaz.org.