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Arizona Events

Arizona hosts a wide range of annual events that draw crowds from all over the region and beyond. From cultural festivals to sporting events, there is always something happening in this vibrant part of the Southwest.

In the spring, Arizona comes alive with a variety of outdoor events like the Phoenix Open, Spring Training, and more! The Arizona Renaissance Festival is a popular attraction where visitors can step back in time and experience life during the Renaissance period.

As summer approaches, the Phoenix metro area heats up with a range of music festivals and sporting events. The Phoenix Lights Festival brings electronic dance music to the desert, while the Country Thunder Festival showcases some of the biggest names in country music. The Arizona Diamondbacks baseball team also takes to the field during summer, drawing fans from across the state.

In the fall, the Phoenix metro area is a hub of cultural activity. The Arizona State Fair is a longstanding tradition featuring rides, food, and entertainment for the whole family. The Dia de los Muertos Festival is another popular event, celebrating the Mexican holiday with music, art, and food. The Phoenix Film Festival also takes place in the fall, showcasing the latest independent and international films.

As winter arrives, the Phoenix metro area celebrates the holiday season with a range of festive events. The Phoenix Zoo lights up with holiday lights while the Phoenix Symphony performs classic holiday tunes. The Fiesta Bowl takes place in late December, drawing college football fans from across the country.

Whether you’re a resident of the Phoenix metro area or just visiting, there’s always something to see and do in this vibrant part of the Southwest. There’s an event for everyone throughout the year, from music festivals to cultural celebrations.

Christmas at The Princess

Celebrate the holiday season with an evening at Christmas at the Princess! Boasting 5 million LED lights, festive décor, ice skating, and even Santa Claus himself, this is the perfect destination for families to celebrate the holidays.

Country Thunder Arizona

Check out the lively Country Thunder Arizona music festival in Florence, AZ! There's a fantastic lineup of amazing artists for each day of the festival. Slip on your boots, grab a cowboy hat, and be ready to rock out all weekend long!


Head to the Barret-Jackson collector car auction at the WestWorld of Scottsdale venue! Admire the classic and collectible automobiles, shop in the Exhibitor Marketplace, and take part in the excitement once the bidding starts. The event that turns North Scottsdale into a Hot Rod Mecca every year!

Guaranteed Rate Bowl

Featuring teams from the Big 10 and Big 12 conferences, the Guaranteed Rate Bowl is a staple in college football. Played on a gridiron field, this bowl game has been held in Arizona since 1989. One of the nation's most unique and exciting college bowl games!

Playstation Fiesta Bowl

Hosted in Glendale's State Farm Stadium, the Fiesta Bowl is a college football face-off and one of the nation's premier college bowl games! Grab tickets to cheer on your team and enjoy the excitement in the stadium.

Waste Management Phoenix Open

The Waste Management Phoenix Open, or “the Greatest Show on Grass,” offers a front-row seat to the excitement of the PGA Tour. The Phoenix Open sports the largest crowds on the PGA tour and is a favorite of Phoenix locals and tourists alike.

Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show

A renowned competition featuring over 2,000 horses, the Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show is an exciting event for any equestrian enthusiast. The 2021 Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show and shopping expo will be closed to the public.

Scottsdale Arts Festival

A three-day long festival filled with food trucks, live music, and art from 180+ artists from the United States and Canada, the Scottsdale Art Festival is a lively event for the whole family. Kids can get a hands-on experience at the Community Art Studio and a festival pass also grants you access to the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art! Enjoy art of all kinds, from music and sculpture to glass and jewelry, as well as photography and painting.

Spring Training

With 15 teams making use of 10 stadiums in the greater Phoenix area, you’re sure to be able to find a team to root for! Take yourself out to the ball game and watch a game or two during Arizona's Spring Training season, a tradition for devoted baseball fans since 1947. Catch the Giants, Rockies, Diamondbacks, and more.

Taco Festival

Munch on tacos and sip on margaritas at the Arizona Taco Festival! With an array of delicious dishes, tequilas, and live entertainment, this festival is fun for the whole family and a must-do for taco enthusiasts. Enjoy $3 tacos from 30 different vendors!

Phoenix Pride Festival

A festival complete with live performances, art exhibitions, and a parade, the Phoenix Pride Festival is an event with a purpose to promote unity, positivity, and education in the Valley of the Sun. Stroll down the Rainbows Festival in Heritage Square Park, attend the Pride Pageant, and learn about community resources in the area! The Phoenix Pride Festival features over 300 exhibitors with a variety of food options, shopping, performances, and more.

Scottsdale Fall Festival

Get into the spirit of the season with the Scottsdale Fall Festival! Watch the parade go by, admire classic cars at the car show, take part in the chalk contest, or bring little ones to the children activities area!

Annual Wild Western Festival

The Annual Wild Western Festival is a weekend of fun complete with live music, petting zoos, pony rides, historic demonstrations, competitions, and more! Stroll through to shop and admire the artisan items and western goods in the vendor encampment or grab a bite to eat or cold drink from the food festival! This is a unique event with western fun for the whole family!

Arizona Renaissance Festival

A Renaissance or Medieval fair is an outdoor gathering that aims to recreate a historical setting—most often the English Renaissance—for the amusement of its guests.

Arizona Bike Week

Biker Rally Arizona is the biggest and best bike week in the nation. Get ready to be part of an incredible motorcycle rally and music festival at WestWorld of Scottsdale.

NASCAR Cup Series Championship

The NASCAR Cup Series Championship Race is a NASCAR Cup Series stock car race held at Phoenix Raceway in Avondale, Arizona. It is one of five NASCAR races run with a length measured in kilometers; the Ruoff Mortgage 500 and three of the Cup Series' road course events are the others.

M3f Music Festival

M3F Festival is a recurring event held annually in Phoenix, Arizona, USA.

Chandler Chamber Ostrich Festival

The Annual Ostrich Festival returns. Experience rides, live music, attractions, food, and much more in Chandler, Arizona.

Maricopa County Fair

The Maricopa County Fair is held annually at the Arizona State Fairgrounds. The Fair features the largest county fair carnival in Phoenix, with over 35 rides.

Arizona State Fair

The Arizona State Fair is an annual state fair held at Arizona State Fairgrounds
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