Your Things Do in AZ Update for The Week of 17th through 24th
Get fully engulfed in the holiday spirit with Arizona’s largest holiday drive-thru light show, Illumination Symphony of Light at I17 and Jomax. Using the most advanced lighting technology in the world enables them to have the ability to be customized to sixteen million different shades of color per bulb.
The approximately 25-minute spectacular drive through Illumination will showcase beloved holiday icons and culminate at the Holiday Boulevard, a winter playland that includes an impressive walk-thru ornament, giant snowman, Santa’s village, post office to write letters to our troops, five children’s bounce-houses, interactive light attractions, a variety of delicious food
trucks, selfie-stations and other merry memory-making experiences.
Admission to the attraction is just $29.50++ per car
and access to the festive Holiday Boulevard is included with each admission.
The attraction will run nightly beginning at 6 p.m. from November 15, 2017 through January 14, 2018, and a portion of each admission will benefit Phoenix Children’s Hospital. Illumination also plans to provide additional fundraising opportunities to several non-profit and school
Purchase advance tickets at www.illuminationaz.com or at the gate at a cost of $32.00++ per car.
Head to the kitschy antiques district on 7th Ave between Indian School and Camelback Rd to check out Sweet Salvage, a monthly themed market.
Sweet Salvage is excited to announce November’s show, “Comfort and Joy.” Their designers will bring you over the top, incredible and whimsical holiday displays! The vintage and antique home décor boutique and warehouse holds monthly events every third Thursday-Sunday with a fresh new theme and merchandise displayed brilliantly by talented designers.
Market dates will be November 16th- 19th, 2017 at 10AM, bringing you a 4-day shopping experience to the valley!
Flowers for Food
Get your home in holiday shape with fall florals from my favorite local flowershop! Arizona Flower Market in partnership with local family owned flower farm Arango Green Growers is raising food donations for the Society of St. Vincent de Paul. They will be giving away 10,000 stems of sunflowers in exchange for collecting 10,000 food items by Thanksgiving. As an effort to pay it forward any customer who donates food will receive up to two free bunches of beautiful California grown sunflowers. Each person donating five non-perishable food items will receive a five-stem bunch of sunflowers, compliments of Arizona Flower Market.
The event starts Wednesday November 15th, and runs through 6 pm Wednesday, November 22nd 2017
Closed Thanksgiving Day
2050 S 16th Street, Suite 105 Phoenix, AZ 85034
Not even Prohibition can stop the fun at DeSoto Central Market’s Speakeasy Night! The Roaring 20’s are alive again from 7pm to midnight with a live big band, a 20’s style dance lesson and FREE dancing all night! NO COVER so grab some giggle water with special vintage drink menu at the bar! The party never stops at Speakeasy Night at DeSoto Central Market!
Check out the NEW late night menu available at the DeSoto Central Market.Parking is available on the south side of the building or just south east in the lot behind the church.
915 N Central Ave, Phoenix, Arizona 85004
Rugged Maniac powered by Men’s Health obstacle course race
This is their second Phoenix event of the year. Phoenix is the only city they visit twice per year! Entrance fee is $100 and you get to bring unlimited spectators to cheer you through the 25 + obstacles and help motivate you to the finish line! Additionally, you receive a tee, medal, photos and a stein of beer!
Picture this: You arrive at Camelback Ranch on November 18th with a carload of your most adventurous friends. As you step out you notice the people around you admiring your group’s coordinated “Avengers-in-bathing-suits” costumes and your on-point Hulk-green body paint. In the festival, people are already riding the mechanical bull and playing beach volleyball (Rugged Maniac is definitely more than just a mud run), but you’re more interested in the stein-hoisting contest on the main stage. You make a note to sign up for that and the pie-eating contest after you run. You see obstacles in the distance – mud-covered people jumping over fire, bouncing on trampolines, rocketing down a huge water slide – and your surging excitement confirms what you already knew: Today is going to be awesome!
Hance Park will become a cheesy, pizza paradise from 11a.m.-5p.m. for approximately 3,500 attendees who will have access to approximately 15 pizza vendors, dessert food trucks, related food vendors, and a full, park-filled festival with lawn games, live bands, and a kid’s craft zone. Pizza makers will serve $2-$4 slices, full pies, and everything in between. Some of this year’s participants include: Saffron JAK, La Piazza Al Forno PHX, Dough Broughs Fireside, Into The Fire, Nicastro, Flying Saucer, Kono Pizza, Dough Mama, Smoothie Run, The Spot, Freak Brothers, andRoad Runnning Pizza from Tucson. Many of these vendors are private caterers with wood-fired ovens, so the Phoenix Pizza Festival is the best way to try them before booking them. Craft beer stations will be operated by Mother Bunch Brewing, O.H.S.O., Wren House, and THAT Brewery. Wine will also be available.
The Phoenix Pizza Festival has again partnered with Downtown Phoenix Inc. as a charity beneficiary. This community development group promotes the revitalization of downtown by supporting events and local businesses.
According to David Tyda, the last 2 years, the event has sold out, meaning no tickets were available at the gate. He anticipates it happening again, so they encourage everyone to go online and purchase their tickets to avoid having their pizza dreams shattered!
The 9th Annual Phoenix Reptile Expo is Arizona’s finest reptile expo about education, conservation and responsible pet keeping.. This exciting Expo hosts a variety of quality reptiles, books, products, services and anything reptile related for purchase. The expo is great for amateurs and hobbyists alike. From beginners to breeders and conservationists, the expo has anything and everything reptile enthusiasts ever dreamed.
Tickets can be purchased at the door the day of the show.
Adults ages 17+ $12 each
children ages 6-16 $5
children ages 5 and under are free with paid adult admission
Parking is free.
$2 off adult admission coupon can be printed from their website or show your smartphone
A free, family-friendly 100% non-profit event located at SW VegFest celebrates health, environment, and animal welfare with a focus on food, retail, entertainment, education and inspiration from the SW region. Be sure to arrive hungry! There will be over 30 of my favorite local vegan friendly restaurants!
All profits from SW VegFest 2017 will go to Farm Sanctuary, the nation’s largest and most effective farm animal rescue and protection organization.
Breakout Sessions for festival attendees with topics including:
Raising vegan kids in a non-vegan world
Being an effective advocate
Vegans of color
Just Start Here
What about Protein?
Steele Indian School Park
Your Things to Do in AZ Specialist Sam Franklin
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