Experience the sights and sounds of the Orient in downtown Phoenix, during the annual Arizona Matsuri: A Festival of Japan every February. Celebrate the Japanese culture with a parade, food, art, crafts and music, all at the Heritage & Science Park.
Take a paws from your regular activities at Barktoberfest, where you and your best friend can enjoy an afternoon of unique crafts, pet games, a costume contest and a dog wash. All proceeds from the festival benefit the Friends For Life Animal Rescue Shelter, voted Arizona's best animal shelter.
Spice things up at the annual Chile & Chocolate Festival each November at the Desert Botanical Garden. Gourmet chocolates and zesty salsas with layers of flavor come together. More than a dozen vendors are on hand with samples and cooking demonstrations.
Chile Pepper Festival is free offering chile roasting, cooking demos, live music, salsa dancing, activities for kids, a talent show, a beer garden, and a gourmet margarita stationin the Roosevelt Row Arts District. Come taste some of the best chili pepper cuisine from local restaurants.
Celebrate the anniversary of the paving of Gilbert Road at the annual Gilbert Days festival, a 3-day hoopla every November that features a rodeo, parade and carnival. Just 1/2-hour drive from Phoenix.
Get your fill of everyone's favorite Mexican specialty food at the annual Somerton Tamale Festival, featured in Phoenix Magazine as one of the Top 52 Weekend Adventures in the state. There are usually more than 40 type of tamales available, along with live music and crafts. The event takes place in the heart of downtown on Main Street every December.
Finish up the summer with the Summer Ends Music Festival a 3 day event along the Tempe Beach Waterfront. Featuring some of the hottest recording artists with a wide variety of local food vendors, alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, arts & crafts and more.
Ride 'em and rope 'em at the World's Oldest Rodeo, part of the annual Prescott Frontier Days every June. Watch bull riding, calf roping, and barrel racing by the world's best athletes. Trick riders and rodeo clowns keep things moving throughout the event.