Kick back with tequila, take in a local parade, or pick up one-of-a-kind holiday gifts with our top things to do in Phoenix this weekend:
Arizona Antique Market: November 22-24
Get a jump start on your holiday shopping or find that one-of-a-kind antique for yourself at the Arizona Antique Show. Vendors from across the country will be on hand selling antiques from a variety of eras and styles.
Gilbert Days Parade: November 23
Celebrate the town of Gilbert's heritage with the annual Red, White & Blue Parade, the premiere event of the Gilbert Days festival.
Let’s face it, sometimes the time gets away from us and before you know it, it’s ten o’clock and all of your favorite restaurants are closed. So where does one go to get a late night meal in Phoenix? Here’s a list of places where you can dine late into the night.
Open until 1:30 a.m. seven nights a week, Hanny’s serves food like appetizers, pizzas, sandwiches and dessert until 1 a.m.
Copper Blues may be known for its more than 60 taps and live music, but they also serve a tasty bites late-night menu midnight to 2 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.
Enjoy Irish fare like Shepherd’s Pie, corned beef and cabbage or one of their salads or sandwiches until midnight. Stay and enjoy a Guinness to wash it all down until 2 a.m. seven days a week.
Another downtown Phoenix Irish pub, Turf serves their regular menu until 10 p.m. and appetizers until 12 a.m., Sunday – Thursday, then Friday and Saturday you can enjoy the regular menu until 11 p.m. and appetizers until 1 a.m. The bar serves drinks until 2 a.m daily.
The food and fashion in Phoenix are nearly as plentiful as our sunshine. Get whisked away on this visual tour of just a few of our many spots for shopping and dining in Phoenix.
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Whether you’re looking for home cooked comfort food to-go, a luxurious dinner out on the town, a day of family fun or a healthy way to burn off those extra holiday calories, Phoenix has it all for your turkey-day weekend.
Thanksgiving Day brunches and dinners
Thanksgiving Day Harvest Feast
Celebrate Thanksgiving at the Heard Museum with a menu that incorporates American Indian culture and indigenous ingredients.
Thanksgiving Day at Capital Grille
The Capital Grille in Phoenix will be featuring handcrafted traditional Thanksgiving fare as well as a a la carte dinner menu.
Thanksgiving Brunch at bistro 24
Dig in to a feast at the Ritz-Carlton Phoenix's bistro 24 with a Thanksgiving prix fixe brunch.
Thanksgiving Brunch Buffet at The Scottsdale Plaza Resort
The resort's Garden Court Restaurant brunch will feature carving station serving roasted turkey with giblet gravy and orange peel cranberry sauce, blackened prime rib with rosemary au jus, and pit ham with pecan cane syrup. Traditional sides and desserts will also be available.
Thanksgiving Dinner at Remington's
Remington's at The Scottsdale Plaza Resort will be offering a three-course dinner with selections of traditional holiday entrees, delicious apple, pumpkin, and pecan pie and live jazz entertainment.
Thanksgiving Brunch at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess
Four dynamic restaurants and five talented chefs come together to present a Thanksgiving feast. Chefs from BOURBON STEAK, La Hacienda, The Grill at the TPC and Ironwood American Kitchen will each bring their own special culinary talents and themed menus to the table.
Christmas festivities are already kicking off and wine and pie are on the menu in our top things to do in Phoenix this weekend:
Arizona Wine Growers Association Festival at the Farm: November 15-16
The beautiful Farm at South Mountain is the setting for this festival featuring 30 of Arizona's top wine producers and grape growers showcasing their goods. Guests will get to meet with the wine producers, sample their vino, and learn about the state's wine production through interactive seminars.
Christmas Tree Lighting at the Outlets at Anthem: November 15-17
Do you know where you can see the country's tallest fresh-cut Christmas tree? It's right here in Phoenix! In addition to the the lighting of the tree on Saturday evening, family-friendly holiday celebrations will take place all weekend with live music, giveaways and more.
Greater Phoenix is an outdoor adventurer's dream. We have year-round sunshine and blue skies, a seemingly endless array of mountain trails, desert terrain adorned with iconic saguaro cactuses, and six lakes and a flowing river within a 75-minute drive of the city. With all these options, where does someone start their exploration?
The guides at Arizona Outback Adventures are here to help. Over the coming weeks we'll be featuring tips from AOA guides about everything from paddling to hiking to mountain biking in Phoenix and the surrounding region. They'll show us where to go, what to do, and maybe divulge a few of their insider secrets, too.
This week we feature Chris Jolley, an expert outdoor guide with over 20 years of experience. Chris is now an independent business owner in the Phoenix area, but he still makes time to guide with AOA as much as his schedule allows. Chris has worked as a river rafting guide for many years on some of the most famous waterways in the West. He has worked as a hiking, backpacking and biking guide across Arizona and is an avid hiker in the Phoenix area in his free time.
What's the best way to explore the desert around Phoenix?
It varies by season, but from about October through April I’d say hiking the Superstition Mountains – Flat Iron and Siphon Draw Trail – or mountain biking out at McDowell Mountain Regional Park.
What's the best family-friendly outdoor adventure in Phoenix?
Again, it depends on the season. In summer, I think the best way to spend a day is kayaking the Salt River in the morning, enjoying a resort in the afternoon by playing in the pool or lazy river - then hitting up a Diamondbacks game that night. In the spring, enjoy a sunrise hike up Camelback Mountain, a spring training game in the afternoon, and end the day with happy hour at Los Sombreros for some margaritas and Mexican food.
What's one spot around Phoenix that’s a good representation of the Sonoran Desert?
Hiking the Superstition Mountains or rafting on the lower Salt River. Depending on the time of year, there is the opportunity to really see a little bit of everything. Rafting is the best way to see the desert - especially in the summer - because so many plants and animals live right at the water’s edge.
Just get out and explore. The desert is not dangerous. Be smart and pick an activity where you can keep cool. There’s so much to see, just get out there and do it!