The time is near when wildflowers blossom, crops ripen and delectable food festivals fill our calendar. Here are the details on this year's spring food and beverage festivals in Phoenix.
February 9: Taste in Tempe
Sweeping panoramic views greet guests as they enjoy an adventure in food and wine, plus musical entertainment all at Tempe Center for the Arts Amphitheater. Guests experience a variety of popular dishes from 30 restaurants, 30 wineries and 30 craft breweries. The perfect prelude to Valentine's Day, what better way to celebrate and enjoy up-close-and-personal celebrity chef demonstrations, plus romance-themed vendors offering flowers, chocolates, jewelry and more. CBS Radio delivers LIVE music to set the mood.
To celebrate Phoenix's cocktail culture, seven "Startenders" go head-to-head in the Fifth Annual Devour Phoenix Bartending Competition! Using locally distilled Arizona Distilling Company Gin and Copper City Bourbon, local favorites come together to mix their drink of choice. Judges will rate each handcrafted concoction and, after considering votes from the audience, crown the "Devour Phoenix Best Cocktail of the Valley 2014!" The event features three live acoustic music sets, two energy-infused rounds of high-stakes mixology, and seven cocktail samples per attendee--one from each contestant!
February 14-16: Chocolate Lovers' Festival
During the Verde Canyon Railroad's Chocolate Lovers' Festival a decadent platter for two is served at your seat and a chocolate fountain invites you to create your own sweet temptations. Hot, fresh specialty coffees are included as are Verde Canyon Railroad’s first-class appetizers. Private label champagne may be chilled on ice right at your seat, a perfect way to toast the end of winter in the remarkable canyon through which we travel. Regular first-class and coach seats are also available.
February 14-21: Arizona Cocktail Week
More than 30 events from whiskey seminars for professionals to cocktail-pairing dinners open to the public are scheduled during this second-annual celebration. See their website for locations and times of events.
February 15: Arizona Strong Beer Festival
Arizona Beer Week kicks off with the Arizona Strong Beer Festival, held at Steele Indian School Park in Phoenix. Although strong beers (those with high alcohol content) are the focus at the festival, a huge variety of craft beers, as well as specialty styles and unique, just-for-this-event brews are made available to festival-goers, who will receive a commemorative four-ounce tasting glass and 15 tasting tickets for the price of admission. VIP admission includes 20 tickets. And because food and beer just naturally go together, there will be plenty of top-notch food vendors on hand, serving up tasty eats that wash down well with frosty suds. Live music will keep the atmosphere rockin.'
With the Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction zooming into town auction fever has caught on in Phoenix. We've rounded up the car auctions and the auto themed attractions where you can get your auto kicks in Phoenix.
Auctions and Events
The Barrett-Jackson car auctions have been selling collector cars in Scottsdale since the 1970s. The auction fun kicks off Jan. 12 and ends Jan. 19.
Looking for something spooky to do this Halloween in Phoenix? We've got the lowdown on haunted houses, trick-or-treat events, ghost tours, zombie walks and more things to do in Phoenix for Halloween!
13th Floor Haunted House (Through November 9)
The world famous 13th Floor Haunted House has come to Phoenix! Created by nationally-recognized and award-winning haunted house designers, the 13th Floor will transport you to new levels of horror. Prepare to be terrified by two epic haunted attraction walkthroughs for one all-inclusive price. The 13th Floor is an intense, graphic, theatrical show that will take you on a gut-wrenching ride of visceral thrills and psychological horror. 60,000 square feet of shocking twists and horrifying turns.
Chambers of Fear Haunted House (Through November 2, closed October 21)
Chambers of Fear has been featured on national and local TV, newspapers, and is regarded as one of the top haunted houses in the United States. This year’s haunted house features more than 25,000 square feet of screams, with three spine-chilling attractions; Chambers of Fear, Den of Darkness and the all new Scary Tales-themed attraction Twisted.
Howl-O-Ween at the Phoenix Zoo (October 26- October 27) Haunted attractions include zombies, witches, vampires and other frightening characters hiding around every corner. Sneak through the Fields of Fear and be careful not to awaken what is lurking inside. Test your luck against the creepy clowns of the Monster Midway and dare to enter the Vampire Manor. Enjoy other haunted activities, DJ music and much more. This event is recommended for ages 8 and up.
On Saturday, October 19, the Musical Instrument Museum (MIM) in Phoenix opens “Women Who Rock: Vision, Passion, Power,” created by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum. The exhibition features stage outfits, original handwritten lyrics, instruments, concert posters and videos from artists including Billie Holiday, Maybelle Carter, Aretha Franklin, Janis Joplin, Patti Smith, Madonna, Cyndi Lauper and more.
The MIM will celebrate the opening of the exhibition with a variety of activities for the entire family on Saturday, October 19, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Guests can learn to play a chord on an electric guitar, receive a “rock star” makeover and learn about the female musicians featured in the exhibit. MIM Music Theater will also host performances by Phoenix female musicians, including Pick and Holler, French Girls and Catfish Mustache. All activities are included with paid museum admission.
Pick out the perfect pumpkin (or just enjoy a hayride), treat yourself to some of the best tacos in Phoenix, explore a local arts community plus more. Here are our top picks for things to do this weekend in Phoenix.
Great Pumpkin Festival at the Desert Botanical Garden (October 17-20)
Fall season activities come to the Desert Botanical Garden this weekend for the annual Great Pumpkin Festival. Take a hayride out to the pumpkin patch where children 12 and under can pick out a free pumpkin, visit the petting zoo, try your luck at carnival games and enjoy plenty fall family fun.
Arizona Taco Festival (October 19-20)
With so many places for great tacos here in Phoenix, it could take many nights out to try them all. Or you could head to the Arizona Taco Festival this weekend where more than 50 teams will put their taco skills on display for a chance at winning a $10,ooo cash prize. The judges aren't the only ones who'll get to enjoy the goods as the teams will also be selling tacos for $2 a pop.
The festival will also feature lucha libre wrestling, a tequila expo with more than 100 types of tequila, hot chili pepper eating contests, music and more.
Fall has arrived and the seasonal festivals that come with it are kicking into full swing this weekend in Phoenix. Here are our top picks for things to do this weekend in Phoenix:
The whole family will enjoy Tolmachoff Farms' great big pumpkin patch, six-acre family corn maze, mini corn maze, and a haunted corn maze. Other activities include a petting zoo, train ride, hay pyramid, corn box, jumping pillow and much more.
The month-long CALA Alliance Festival continues with the Tradiciones Dance Company Residency at the Peoria Center for the Performing Arts. More than 40 dancers in an array of colorful costumes will perform joyful, kinetic dances from South America, the Dominican Republic, and Mexico.
Head to the shores of Tempe Beach Park for this free and family-friendly Oktoberfest celebration that features 15 kinds of German beer, authentic German food, wine gardens, Daschund racing, Kinderfest KidsZone, music and much more.
The Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral hosts this opportunity to share in the rich history, culture, and culinary delights of Greece. In addition to the authentically prepared Greek cuisine, please sample some imported Greek wine, beer and, of course, ouzo and the Greek classic Metaxa. Additionally, our nationally recognized community dancers, in traditional costumes from the various regions of Greece – and the Greek world – will be performing throughout the weekend.
The Phoenix New Times Best Arts Festival of 2012 returns with more than 130 artists showing and selling their original work ranging from fine art painting and ceramics to jewelry and more. There will also be live music, a kids zone and family-friendly raffle prizes.