Thursday, December 5, 2013

Pete Dijkstra - RE/MAX Infinity list of December things to do in Phoenix East Valley, Chandler, Gilbert, Mesa, Tempe ideas for activites in December

Arizona Cardinals Football
The Arizona Cardinals play professional football at the 
University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona.
Various dates in December



Sun Devil Football
Arizona State University's football team competes for PAC-12 glory at 
Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe, AZ. 

Pac-12 Championship Game December 7


Phoenix Coyotes Hockey

The Phoenix Coyotes play professional hockey at Arena in Glendale, AZ.

Various Dates in December



All Breed Cat ShowProfessional exhibitors, vendors and cat-loving spectators. Hosted by the Phoenix Feline Fanciers. American Royal Palace, Phoenix.
December 14 & 15, times vary



Arabian Horse Farm TourScottsdale'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.
December 28 - January 1, various times and locations



Arizona Antique Market
A wide variety of antiques including: primitives, ephemera, eclectic, glassware, pottery, collectibles, toys, advertising, military items, coins, early American linens, fine selections of vintage costume jewelry and fine estate jewelry. Scottsdale.
December 13 - 15, times vary



Arizona Balloon ClassicHot air balloons, family entertainment, vendors and more. Gilbert.
December 13 - 15, times vary


Arizona International Auto Show
Hundreds of the newest cars, trucks, minivans and sport utility vehicles. Entertainment and celebrity appearances. Phoenix Convention Center.
December 1, 9 a.m. - 7 p.m.  Children under 12 free with paid adult



Arizona National Livestock ShowArizona's largest livestock show. Exhibits and competitions. Held at the Fairgrounds in Central Phoenix.
December 27 - 31, times and events vary



Artisan Market Thursdays Artists, crafters and jewelers exhibit and sell items in a family-friendly, festive environment.  Marshall Way Bridge, Downtown Scottsdale. Free admission.
Every Thursday in December, 5 - 10 p.m.


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.
December 19, 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.



Chanukah/Hanukkah Holiday Events and ActivitiesSeveral local Jewish organizations sponsor events and activities in celebration of Chanukah.
Various dates and locations in December



Civic Space Fridays in the Park
Visual arts, performances on the outdoor stage, spoken word, movies in the A.E. England Building, and ArtLink gallery openings. Food trucks on site during the event. Starts at 5 p.m. Free admission. Civic Space Park, 424 N Central, Phoenix.
December 6 & 20, 5 - 10 p.m.






Cowboy Poetry GatheringIn Wickenburg. Join cowboy poets the first weekend in December for offerings of poems, songs and ideas with a western theme.
December 6 - 8; admission price, times, and events vary



Desert Botanical Garden Las Noches de las LuminariasThe Desert Botanical Garden glows in the evenings with thousands of luminarias lining the paths.
Various nights in December



Discovery Zone
Children ages 10 and older can enjoy some fun and creativity as they use different types of materials to create their unique art projects. Free. Red Mountain Library, Mesa.
Third Wednesday of each month, 3:30 - 4:30 p.m.



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 every 3rd Friday of the month. Free. 

December 20, 6 - 10 p.m.



Family Friday Sunset SeriesVisitors connect to the natural and cultural resources of the Preserve through the use of their senses, allowing kids of all ages to see, smell, touch, hear and even taste their surroundings. Gateway Access Area Amphitheater, McDowell Sonoran Preserve, Scottsdale.
December 6, 4:30 p.m.



Fiesta Bowl ArtWalkFeatures special receptions, art demonstrations, music. A special version of the regular Scottsdale ArtWalk. Downtown Scottsdale.
December 28, 12 - 4 p.m.




Fiesta Bowl ParadeNow in its 43rd year, the Parade will feature a wide variety of brightly-colored floats, magnificent helium balloons, equestrian units, specialty groups, charitable organizations and local celebrities. This event will also showcase the participants and winners of various Fiesta Bowl events, including participants in the Fiesta Bowl Band Championship, winners of the Fiesta Bowl Twirl-Pom-Cheer & Flag Championship and the Fiesta Bowl Queen & Court.  Phoenix.
December 28, Parade starts at 11 a.m.



First Friday
Enjoy the spirit and culture of Downtown Phoenix as you mingle with thousands of other residents and visitors. Tour art galleries, venues, and related spaces.
December 2, 6 - 10 p.m.



Friday Night Franks
Live entertainment, wagon rides, horseshoes and corn hole. A full cash bar is available. Wiener roast hot dogs, brats, and S’Mores. Free admission, charge for food and beverages. Fort McDowell.
Every Friday between Labor Day and Memorial Day, 5 - 9 p.m.



Gilbert Art Walk Local artists set up booths to display their work. Community booths and children's activities. Free admission. Downtown Gilbert.
December 7, 14, & 21, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.



Glendale's Live at the Library
Musical entertainment at the Main Library, Glendale. Concerts are free.

December 5, 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.



Hidden in the Hills Artist Studio Tour and SaleA free, self-guided tour of nearly 50 studios with more than 150 participating artists throughout Cave Creek, Carefree, and North Scottsdale. Observe artists at work in their private studios. Most studios include guest artists also demonstrating their talents.
December 1, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.



Holiday Concerts and ShowsA huge selection of music, dance and theatre events celebrating the holiday season.
Various events throughout December



Live Music at the Union

Come enjoy live music from various local artists and DJs on the Union patio every weekend! The Union patio is located on the east side of Biltmore Fashion Park near Stingray Sushi.

Every Thursday, Friday, and Sunday; Times vary



Lunch Time Pop-up Park at Arizona Center

Want to enjoy the Phoenix weather but can't fit a Frisbee into your briefcase or backpack? Head over to the Arizona Center where the Downtown Phoenix Ambassadors are hosting a lunch time "Pop Up Park". Come join the lunch-time fun!

Thursdays in December; 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.



MACFest (Mesa Arts and Crafts Festival) is a free family-friendly event featuring artist creations, music and entertainment. Downtown Mesa on North Macdonald, from Main St. to Pepper Pl. 
December 7 & 21, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.



Mesa Block Party

Live music, entertainment, art walk, prizes. Each month has a theme. Family friendly. Free admission. Dogs welcome. Mesa.

Second Friday of the month



Mesa Arts FestivalFeatures 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.
December 14 & 15, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.




Mesa Old West DaysThe event showcases the rich pioneer and territorial history of Mesa, Arizona. Old west activities, costumes, music and dance, reenactments, shootouts. Free admission. Downtown Mesa.
In 2013: December 7, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.



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. 

First Friday of the month, 6 - 10 p.m.


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. 

Various dates in December.



New Year's Eve EventsHere are some ideas for some different things you can do on New Year's Eve in the Greater Phoenix area.
December 31



Out to Lunch ConcertsLunchtime 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.
December 5, 12, & 19, 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.



Phoenix Boys Choir Thursday Concert
The world-renowned Tour Choir will perform new works, sneak peeks at special repertoire and audience favorites. Tickets sold at the gate, $10 each and free for kids 12 and under. 
Steele Indian School Park Memorial Hall, Phoenix.
December 12, 5:30 p.m.



Pueblo Grande Museum Indian MarketThe 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.
December 14 & 15, opens at 9 a.m.



Scottsdale Art Walk
Every Thursday evening the Scottsdale Art District invites you to spend a casual evening walking downtown Scottsdale and enjoying fine art. Free.
Every Thursday evening, 7 - 9 p.m.



Scottsdale Bridal ExpoFrom Disc Jockeys to hall rentals, honeymoon destinations to the perfect wedding cake, luxury transportation to insurance teams to meet your new needs, and everything in between, the exhibitors will assist you to make your special day perfect. Free admission, registration requested. Scottsdale Stadium.
December 8, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.



Sips and Sounds
A monthly evening concert series featuring live music, drinks and food. Free admission, purchase food and beverages, 15% discount at featured restaurants. Shops at Gainey Village, Scottsdale.
December 5, 6 - 8:30 p.m.



SouthBridge Sundays
Crafters, jewelers, and artists display their work at a casual artisan market. SouthBridge, Downtown Scottsdale. Free admission.
Every Sunday in December, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.



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. The films are selected from leading festivals by critic Harlan Jacobson. Screenings include moderated conversations hosted by guest speakers. Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts.
December 10, 7 p.m.



Target 3 for Free Performance Series
Target and Mesa Arts Center sponsor free concerts on the first Sunday of the month. Bring a snack and enjoy live music in a great setting.
December 1, 1 - 4 p.m.



Tempe Fall Festival of the ArtsIf 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.
December 6 - 8, 10 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.


The West Select Exhibit

Paintings, drawings and sculptures of the American West. 
Phoenix Art Museum, Phoenix.
Exhibit open through December 31 during regular Museum business hours.



Winter SolsticeCelebrate 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.
December 21, 4 - 7 p.m.



Lights, animated displays, and carousel rides at the Phoenix ZooNew this year! Enjoy TWO different Music in Motion shows in and around the lake – a dazzling light show like no other in the Valley!
November 28 - January 12, 2014

6 - 10 p.m. Sunday-Thursday, 6 p.m. - Midnight Friday & Saturday

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