Events

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  • Central

    1. High Desert Creations — Hidden in the Hills Studio Tour and Sale : Scottsdale

      November 17 to November 26

      775-304-6756 highdesertcreations.com

      Artist Kathi Turner, mixed media jewelry designer, follows her free spirit in constructing original neckpieces and bracelets in Western, Southwestern and contemporary designs. Event is November 17-19 and 24-26.

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    2. Suzanne Brown Jewelry — Hidden in the Hills Studio Tour and Sale : Scottsdale

      November 17 to November 26

      480-255-0930 www.suzannebrownjewelry.com

      A guest at Beth Zink Studio, this jewelry artist's design vision focuses on the natural organic shapes of stunning stones set in clean lines utilizing gold, silver, copper, brass and cold rolled steel. Event is November 17-19 and 24-26.

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    3. Desert Jewel Studio — Hidden in the Hills Studio Tour and Sale : Scottsdale

      November 17 to November 26

      480-585-7655 www.patriciashepherddesigns.com

      Patricia Shepherd’s creativity covers many styles, genres and mediums. She has mastered the art of combining metal, glass and gemstones to create her signature pieces of jewelry and home décor. Event is November 17-19 and 24-26.

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    4. Carefree Fine Art Studio - Hidden in the Hills Studio Tour and Sale : Carefree

      November 17 to November 26

      480-912-3366 www.carefreefineartstudio.com

      Colleen Taylor mixes bright vibrant colors in paintings of nature, wildlife and whimsical vignettes. Tom Taylor’s photographs capture the details of scenery at the right place at the right time. Event is November 17-19 and 24-26.

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    5. "Fearlessly Turbulent" at Fearless Art Works : Carefree

      November 10 to December 7

      www.fearlesslyturbulent.com

      The arts center (7211 East Ho Road) hosts this neo-expressionist show featuring artists Joe Holdren, Ken Kaminski, Dennis Kleidon and Michelle Micalizzi. Public artists' reception November 10 from 6 to 9 p.m.

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    6. Northern Arizona Suns Home Games : Prescott Valley

      November 4 to March 24

      www.nazsuns.com

      The Northern Arizona Suns take on a variety of opponents (see website for complete schedule). Tickets start at $9, and all home games are played at the Prescott Valley Event Center (3201 Main Street).

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    7. Art Quilts XXII - As Near to the Edge as I Can Go : Chandler

      November 17 to January 5

      480-782-2695 www.chandlercenter.org

      For 22 years, the Chandler Center for the Arts Art Quilts exhibition has showcased one of the finest collections of textile art on display in the regional Southwest from established and emerging artists from around the nation and Canada. Free.

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    8. 14th Annual Southwest Regional YMCA Thanksgiving Day Youth & Adult Sprint Triathlon & Duathlon : Goodyear

      November 23

      trifamilyracing.com/index.html

      Southwest Valley Regional YMCA hosts an adult triathlon (2-mile run, 12-mile bike, 400-yard pool swim), an adult duathlon (2-mile run, 12-mile bike, 1/2-mile run) and a youth triathlon (1/2-mile run, 4-mile bike, 100-yard swim) and relays.

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    9. Fantasy of Lights Opening Night Parade at Mill Avenue District : Tempe

      November 24

      480-894-8158 www.downtowntempe.com/explore/our-events/fantasy-of-lights

      Kick off the holidays with a parade of floats, marching bands and novelty units, plus Mill Avenue’s trees shining with thousands of lights. After the parade, enjoy the annual tree-lighting ceremony at Centerpoint Plaza, plus a visit by Santa. Free.

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    10. 39th Annual Las Noches de las Luminarias at Desert Botanical Garden : Phoenix

      November 24 to November 25

      480-481-8188 www.dbg.org

      Starting at 5:30 p.m., experience the beauty of more than 8,000 hand-lit luminarias and thousands of white twinkle lights along the Desert Botanical Garden paths. Listen to musical entertainment each night and pre-register for a buffet dinner.

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    11. 84th Annual Florence Junior Parada at Charles Whitlow Rodeo Arena : Florence

      November 25

      www.florencejrparadarodeo.com/

      Enjoy the world's oldest junior rodeo featuring cowboys and cowgirls ages 5-18, competing in calf roping, bull dogging, barrel and pole racing, breakaway roping and goat tying, plus a rodeo parade, vendors and entertainment on Main Street.

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    12. Illumination Light Show : Phoenix

      November 15 to January 7

      602-567-3618 illuminationaz.com

      This 1-mile-long driving attraction, located near Interstate 17 and Jomax Road, is Arizona's largest holiday drive-through light show, featuring millions of holiday lights synchronized to holiday music. Per-vehicle admission fee required.

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    13. Josiah Copley: Creature a Day : Chandler

      November 9 to January 5

      www.visiongallery.org

      Vision Gallery (10 E. Chicago Street) hosts this exhibition, which is inspired by Japanese kaiju toys, cartoons and video games. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays. Free admission.

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    14. Winter Wonderfest at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park : Chandler

      November 24 to December 25

      winterwonderfestaz.com

      From 2 to 10 p.m. Fridays through Sundays, Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park (20000 S. Maricopa Road) hosts rides, food and drink vendors, light displays, visits with Santa and more. Tickets are $20-69.

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    15. One Trader's Legacy: Steve Getzwiller Collects the West : Wickenburg

      November 18 to June 3

      928-684-2272 westernmuseum.org

      Desert Caballeros Western Museum hosts this special showing of the personal collection of Steve Getzwiller, a seventh-generation Arizona rancher who began collecting Southwestern and Native American artifacts nearly 50 years ago.

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    16. CitySkate at CityScape Phoenix : Phoenix

      November 25 to January 2

      www.cityskatephx.com

      Enjoy the Valley's largest and most-visited outdoor holiday ice rink. Themes, hours and prices vary by day; check website for details.

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    17. Light Up the Mountain Celebration : Jerome

      November 25

      jeromechamber.com

      This holiday celebration begins at 5 p.m. and includes luminarias, a tree lighting, holiday music, shopping, an appearance by Santa Claus and more. Free parking and shuttle.

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    18. Santa's Wonderland at Bass Pro Shops : Mesa

      November 11 to December 24

      basspro.com/santa

      Bass Pro Shops (1133 N. Dobson Road) hosts a magical Christmas village offering free photos with Santa and free family holiday activities, including fun crafts and games. See website for hours and details.

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    19. Alternative Black Friday Vintage Market at CityScape : Phoenix

      November 24

      602-772-3901 cityscapephoenix.com

      Patriots Park at CityScape Phoenix hosts nearly 25 local makers, curators and businesses, specializing in high-end vintage and handmade jewelry, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. CitySkate, along Central Avenue, will be open from 3 to 11 p.m.

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    20. Special Events at Rick Bronson's House of Comedy : Phoenix

      November 14 to December 3

      480-420-3553 az.houseofcomedy.net

      Rick Bronson's House of Comedy (5350 E. High Street) hosts highly talented comedians, plus food and drinks. Ticket prices and show times vary; see website for details.

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    21. Holiday Events at Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Montelucia : Scottsdale

      November 28 to January 1

      480-627-3200 omnimontelucia.com

      The hotel celebrates the holiday season with an exciting lineup of events, dinners and ways to celebrate for all ages. Highlights include a tree-lighting ceremony, nightly fireside cocktails and breakfasts with Santa. See website for schedule.

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  • Northern

    1. Polar Express - Grand Canyon Railway : Williams

      November 10 to January 6

      800-843-8724 www.thetrain.com

      During a one-hour evening train journey, guests enjoy treats and a reading of the classic Christmas story on the way to the North Pole, where Santa boards the train and presents young passengers with bells representing the spirit of Christmas.

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    2. North Pole Experience : Flagstaff

      November 17 to December 28

      www.northpoleexperience.com

      Little America hosts a holiday event that takes visitors on a behind-the-scenes adventure at Santa’s workshop, where children and their parents build toys with Santa and the elves. Meet Santa and read stories and craft with Mrs. Claus.

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    3. 3rd Annual Flagstaff Festival of Trees : Flagstaff

      November 24 to November 30

      www.thearb.org

      The Arboretum at Flagstaff showcases donated and decorated trees, lights, wreaths and other displays created by the local Flagstaff community inside the historic Walter Reichart House. Enjoy choir performances and photos with Santa each weekend.

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  • Southern

    1. 35th Annual Historic Home Tour - Historic District : Bisbee

      November 24 to November 25

      520-432-3554 www.bisbeehometour.com

      Bisbee residents open their doors, giving visitors a glimpse into the town’s architectural history. Turn-of-the-century splendor comes to life with docents — some in period costume — leading house tours and answering questions about the homes.

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    2. Thanksgiving Fiesta of Books – Singing Wind Book Shop : Benson

      November 26

      520-586-2425 www.bensonvisitorcenter.com

      Celebrate regional books with readings by regional authors of history, fiction, natural history and more. Enjoy munchies and take advantage of valet parking. Free.

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    3. Tonemah at Sea of Glass Center for the Arts : Tucson

      November 25

      520-398-2542 theseaofglass.org

      The arts center (330 E. Seventh Street) hosts this 7:30 p.m. show by Darryl Tonemah, an award-winning musician of Kiowa, Comanche and Tuscarora descent, performing "Native Americana" with his three-piece band. Tickets $15 in advance, $20 day of show.

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    4. Festival of Trees : Sierra Vista

      November 18 to November 29

      520-417-6960 www.sierravistaaz.gov

      The Mall at Sierra Vista (2200 El Mercado Loop) hosts exquisitely decorated Christmas trees, wreaths, centerpieces and gingerbread displays from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily. The items are judged and then auctioned; proceeds benefit local charities.

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    5. Thanksgiving Dinner at Maynards Market & Kitchen : Tucson

      November 23

      520-545-0577 maynardstucson.com/events/thanksgiving/

      Maynards Market & Kitchen (400 N. Toole Avenue) hosts Tucson's very best Thanksgiving dinner, an exquisite prix fixe four-course menu that includes a main course of turkey breast, prime rib, salmon or stuffed squash, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. $55.

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    6. Big Puppets on the Border : Nogales

      November 24 to November 25

      www.puppetsattheborder.com

      This event celebrates the unique culture of the borderlands and Ambos Nogales with 15-foot-tall puppets, an art exhibit, a block party and a concert, in venues in both Nogales, Arizona, and Nogales, Sonora. The aim is to unite the communities.

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  • Western

    1. 9th Annual Kingman Turkey Trot – Kingman Powerhouse 5K Run/ Walk : Kingman

      November 23

      937-304-9357 www.gokingman.com/

      Start at 8 a.m. and finish at the visitors center located at 120 W. Andy Devine Avenue. After the race, enjoy an awards ceremony with post-race prize drawings and refreshments.

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    2. Ice Skating at the London Bridge - London Bridge Resort : Lake Havasu City

      November 24 to January 7

      928-855-0888 golakehavasu.com/event/ice-skating-at-the-london-bridge/

      Experience a traditional winter favorite in the heart of the desert at Lake Havasu City. Enjoy real ice skating under twinkling lights and a backdrop of pine trees at the London Bridge Resort.

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    3. Dirty Turkey Run – SARA Park : Lake Havasu City

      November 25

      928-716-9538 www.golakehavasu.com/events/details/796/

      Take part in a 4.5-mile trail run to Tabletop and down through the canyon, or a 5-mile Funk Hike down through SARA's Crack and back.

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    4. 31st Annual Ken & Betty Borland Holiday Pageant & Friendship Tower Lighting : Yuma

      November 25

      Desert Sun Stadium presents a holiday extravaganza with a pageant and tower-lighting ceremony with dance performances, special guests, holiday cheer, carols and more.

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