By Tuesday Mahrle
Thanksgiving is around the corner but that hasn’t slowed down the food festivals! It’s almost like they’re prepping us for the big day. Up at Salt River Fields, the Mac n Cheese Fest is celebrating your favorite comfort food with two fun-filled days of eating. At Margaret T. Hance Park, the Phoenix Pizza Festival offers you dozens of cheesy options while the inaugural Downtown Donut Festival gives you a sweet finish to your weekend. Check out the rest of our top things to do this weekend.
Illumination: Symphony of Light
November 15-January 5
Back for its second year, the 25-minute spectacular drive-thru attraction will showcase unforgettable holiday icons and a breathtaking illuminated drive-thru tunnel set to festive music.
There is a second, unique experience opening in Tempe this year too at Diablo Stadium.
Elf: The Musical
November 15-December 30
Raised by Christmas elves, Buddy always felt a little…different. When Santa reveals to him that he’s actually a human being, Buddy goes on an adventure to the magical realm of New York City to find his father and learn what it means to be a human. This jolly musical is a must for any fan of Buddy the Elf, Santa Claus and all things Christmas!
Theresa Caputo Live! The Experience
Friday, November 16
Theresa Caputo, from TLC’s hit show Long Island Medium, will be appearing live at Comerica Theatre. Theresa will share personal stories about her life and explain how her gift works. She will deliver healing messages to audience members and give people comfort knowing that their loved ones who passed are still with them, just in a different way.
The Day of the Dog
The Day of the Dog is the most fun you’ll have with your pet all year long. With over 75 exhibitors, events including running of the bulls (French and English Bulldog races), weiner dog races, a puppy stampede and adding a Scottsdale exclusive – Chihuahua races, dock diving and puppy yoga in the middle of the city, this is the event you don’t want to miss.
Mac and Cheese Fest
Ditch the boxed macaroni and cheese, this festival is devoted to the innovative styles of the comfort food. It features a Coachella-worthy lineup of food from local restaurants. Catch options from Cold Beers and Cheeseburgers, Whiskey Row, Cici’s, The Duce, Backyards and High and Rye and top it off with craft beer, a festival atmosphere and a little bit of bacon.
ArtFest of Scottsdale
The annual ArtFest of Scottsdale is one of the valley’s most popular traditions. Downtown Scottsdale features 150 artists from across the country where you can find one-of-a-kind art. Visitors will enjoy fine art, fine crafts, live music throughout the festival, and taste tempting foods in a beautiful sculpture garden setting. Other amenities include hands on kids activities, Scottsdale art museum, great restaurants, plenty of close parking and unique shops.
Phoenix Pizza Festival
Saturday, November 17
Top pizza makers will come together for a beautiful day out in the November sunshine. All vendors will offer $2-$4 sample items as well as half and whole pies for you, your family and friends to enjoy. There will be live music, lots of local businesses to meet and an interactive kid’s craft zone.
5th Annual Red White and Brew Beer Festival
Saturday, November 17
Whether you are just learning about craft beer or already a beer geek, the 5th Annual Red White and Brew Beer Festival has something for you! Talk with experts and mingle with other patrons who appreciate a nice cold one. This event truly has something to make everyone happy.
Spark! After Dark
Saturday, November 17
Spark! After Dark stars a new artist monthly and is curated around a different theme, inspiring its enticing selection of live art, music, tasty eats and menu of delectable drinks.
This month, enjoy Carnival of Light, curated by James Reid. The night will feature hula and fire performances, stilt walking, glow juggling, fire juggling, light-based carnival games, an LED dance floor and more.
Downtown Donut Festival
Sunday, November 18
This is the first ever Downtown Donut Festival! Festivalgoers can purchase and devour delicious donuts from over 15 of the best local donut shops. Every vendor will offer a $1 donut or donut sample option off their menu.