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Fall Festivals & Holiday Events

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.

Lura Turner Homes’ 33rd Annual Boutique Craft Fair
9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 4
Crossroads United Methodist Church
7901 N. Central Ave.
Local vendors feature unique treasures, holiday decorations, craft items, candles, eats & treats, and more. Free admission and parking. A portion of the proceeds benefits Lura Turner Homes, which supports adults with developmental disabilities.

Scandinavian Jul Bazaar
10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 4
Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church
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.

Fellowship Square’s Fall Festival
10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 4
Fellowship Square Phoenix
2002 W. Sunnyside Drive
Attendees can enjoy live music, food (available for purchase), children’s activities, vendors, and more. Admission is free and the event is open to the community.

Herberger Theater Festival of the Arts
11:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 4
Herberger Theater Plaza
222 E. Monroe
Enjoy performances, dance, visual art, live music, children’s activities, food, pet adoptions, craft beer and wine tasting, and more. Admission is free. Proceeds raised benefit the Herberger Theater’s Arts Education & Outreach Programs and reach youth ages 3-19 through Wolf Trap, Arizona Young Artists’ Competition and Theater Camp. For more information, visit

Arizona Fall Fest: Certified Local
10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 4
Hance Park
1202 N. 3rd St.
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 (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 http://www.

Nov. 4-5
St. Sava Serbian Orthodox Church
4436 E. McKinley St.
This 15th-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. Admission is $3, children age 12 and younger get in for free. Hours are 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday, and 12-8 p.m. Sunday. Visit for more information.

Blues, Brews & Arts Fest
11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 5
North Mountain Brewing
522 E. Dunlap Ave.
Offering some of the Valley’s best musical talent plus merchandise from local artists, 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. To purchase tickets and see a line-up of performers, visit

Holiday Crafts Sale
9 a.m.-2 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 8
Devonshire Senior Center
2802 E Devonshire Ave.
This well-attended annual event will include handmade items, holiday crafts, and baked goods. Other items consist of cosmetics, lotions, candles, artwork, hair accessories, and jewelry. 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.

Aloha Crafts ‘N’ Creations Fair
9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 11
Crossroads UMC
7901 N. Central Ave.
Hawaiian handcrafted gifts and other special items, just in time to kick off the holiday shopping season. Lunch specials with a Hawaiian twist will be offered, and there is free entertainment. Held in the parking lot. All proceeds benefit the Lau Kanaka No Hawai’i Hawaiian Civic Club of Arizona.

Magic Moments Boutique
Nov. 10-11
Beatitudes United Church of Christ
555 W. Glendale Ave.
Shop handcrafted, reasonably priced products including home décor, apparel, jewelry, accessories, pet items, children’s items, pottery and edibles. Items are individually tagged and displayed/sold collectively, so you pay only once, upon checkout. There is no admission charge; however, a donation of a non-perishable food item is requested. Hours are 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday. Held in the Fellowship Hall.

Desert Song Art Festival
10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 11
Desert Song Healing Arts Center
3232 N. 20th St.
Featuring 26 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.

Calico Boutique Craft Fair
9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 18
North Phoenix Baptist Church
5757 N. Central Ave.
Find 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.

Southwest VegFest
10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 19
Steele Indian School Park
300 E. Indian School Road
The event features vegan food from local restaurants, expert speakers, an activity area, fitness zone, and lively entertainment to create a fun and welcoming environment. Admission is free. Visit

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