By Tuesday Mahrle

When the weather cools in Phoenix, events around town come out of hiding and the weekends fill with a variety of festivals, concerts and parades. Not only do we have the opportunity to honor veterans over the next few days, but multiple conferences and races are visiting to enjoy the weather with us. Don’t worry, there are still plenty of beer festivals and bar crawls as well.

 

Mesa Music Festival

November 8-November 10

The Mesa Music Festival is a free admission music and arts festival that celebrates the culture of Downtown Mesa. With performances by over 300 artists from around the world, the Mesa Music Festival is the premier emerging artist festival in Arizona.

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Orange is the New Black’s Big Boo: Lea DeLaria Live in Concert

Friday, October 9

Best known as Big Boo on Orange is the New Black, Lea DeLaria brings her raunchy, raw and outrageous live show for one night only. DeLaria holds the distinction of being the first openly gay comic on American television with a multi-faceted career as a comedian, actress, and jazz musician.

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Chiles & Chocolate Festival

November 9-November 11

Sample and shop your way through Arizona’s top chile and chocolate vendors. Indulge in gourmet chocolates, zesty sauces, fresh fire-roasted chiles and other delights. Listen to catchy musical mixes and enjoy fiery live performances of Latin, Brazilian and Spanish dance.

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Arizona Pinners Conference

November 9-November 10

Pinterest addicts unite to find the perfect “pin-spiration” for new projects at this weekend full of classes, presentations and retail shopping. In its third year, the Pinners Conference features more than 300 local and national brands, connecting crafters with DIY demos, décor galore and an abundance of creative exuberance.

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The Eighth Annual Bentley Scottsdale Polo Championships

November 10-November 11

The best polo event in the world, The Bentley Scottsdale Polo Championships, returns for it’s eighth year and includes many new elements and old favorites. Special this year is a  first-time appearance by Ralph Lauren model and world-famous polo player Nacho Figueras thanks to defending champs, the Aspen Valley Polo Club.

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Grand Avenue Festival 2018

Saturday, November 10

The Grand Avenue Festival, produced by Grand Avenue Arts & Preservation (GAP), is a non-traditional ‘walking’ and ‘discovery’ arts and preservation festival. GAP, as well as area businesses, host art exhibits, performances, tours, arts and craft making sites, vendors, food trucks, music, demonstrations and much more.

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The Color Run 5k Phoenix

Saturday, November 10

Founded in 2011, their mission is to bring people together and make the world a happier, healthier place. By creating an experience that’s more about the memories you make than your mile per minute, they made running feel accessible to a broader demographic.

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New Times’ NovemBEER Festival

Saturday, November 10

Attendees can expect nearly 60 breweries serving up over 120 beer options, including some brand new brews you haven’t seen at other festivals yet. True beer lovers want to try as many beers as possible, so they’re giving you up to 30 samples (2-oz. pour) with each General Admission ticket. No matter what your taste, you can expect plenty of frosty brews to imbibe.

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Mustache Crawl

Saturday, November 10

Crawl from bar to bar with other fun-loving people while sporting a sweet ‘stache. Whether you’re wearing fake facial hair or plan on growing your own, you’re not going to want to miss The Mustache Crawl, starting at Old Town Gringos in Scottsdale.

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Mystery Puppet Slam

Saturday, November 10

This 18-and-up puppet slam takes skits and your favorite felt-covered friends to a whole new level. The theme is so wild the Great Arizona Puppet Theater is keeping it a secret. The Great Arizona Puppet Theater’s adult engagements are a risible, R-rated ride you have to see to believe.

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Avondale Veterans Day Ceremony, Fun Run & Hero’s Breakfast

Sunday, November 11

Help honor our veterans and their families with a fitness challenge and Hero’s Breakfast at Estrella Mountain Community College. Net proceeds support the new Southwest Valley Veterans Center at Luke Airforce Base. The day will kick off with a Fun Run at 8:30 a.m., Hero’s Breakfast at 9:00 a.m. and Ceremony at 9:30 a.m.  Hero’s Breakfast is free to all veterans, their families and all race participants.

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Paula Abdul: Straight Up Paula!

Sunday, November 11

Grammy Award-winning pop legend and dance superstar Paula Abdul is on her North American tour Straight Up Paula!, her first solo outing in over 25 years.

The singer/dancer/choreographer will be performing her most memorable hit songs including Straight UpForever Your Girl, Opposites Attract, Rush Rush and Cold Hearted – just to name a few.  In her three-decade career, Paula has sold over 60 million records, had six number one songs, earned seven MTV Awards, a Grammy Award and two Emmy Awards.

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GET OUT OF TOWN

AZ Farm & Food Festival

The inaugural event is a fresh, new culinary affair in Southern Arizona, with the casino’s Executive Chef, Ryan Clark, leading the vision. The Arizona Farm & Food Festival is a family-friendly event that partners a regional purveyor with a local chef, and tasks them with creating a unique menu to share with attendees.

Event highlights will include live cooking demonstrations, food samplings, Heirloom Farmer’s Market “Taste the Market” tent, children’s activities, cultural entertainment and opportunities to meet and interact with the chefs and producers.

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