Best Festivals in Phoenix

The Phoenix area would probably surprise many who haven’t visited before. It seems unlikely that there could be much excitement in a desert valley known for golf and snowbirds (elderly folk who head south during winter months). But Phoenix ALWAYS has something going on. In addition to Arizona’s local pride and various casinos and resorts, it’s a hot spot for festivals and fun of all sorts.

These festivals occur year-round and all of them are worth a visit if you’re in town, but there are a some that stand out from the crowd.

Arts Festival

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Scottsdale Arts Festival

Scottsdale is known for its galleries and Thursday night Art Walks, and this festival is a fun way for the whole family to see what it’s all about. Held annually in March, the festival features beautiful art, food, music, and even fun stuff for kids.

The Great American BBQ & Beer Festival

Held in March each year, this festival boasts a great lineup of music, food, and drinks. And, really, who can resist a little BBQ?

Ostrich Race

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Chandler Chamber Ostrich Festival

Of all of the festivals that made the list, this one is probably the most unusual and unexpected. However, a wide assortment of activities, shows, and vendors make it an unforgettable experience. Where else can you watch an ostrich race? Check it out every March.

Arizona Polish Festival

Coming to you every April, the Arizona Polish Festival is a fun way to experience authentic (and delicious) elements of a different culture.

Oktoberfest at Tempe Town Lake

Get your fix of Germany for the month of October with this beer-filled event. Although there is plenty of fun for adults, the carnival and kids zone offer tons of fun for the kiddos, too.

Arizona Taco Festival


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With a fun twist on the traditional concept of food festivals, this is the largest celebration of tacos on earth, and it happens every October. Although the festival isn’t the most kid-friendly, the Chihuahua Pageant is fun for the whole family.