This time of year the sun over the Sonoran desert cuts our days short, and I can’t help but succumb to the psychological rush of the holidays. This season I am stopping to smell the cinnamon pine cones – Who doesn’t love that burn, lol? First up is 3rd Thursday Hangs at Boondocks in Old Town Scottsdale. Then, with only 40ish days until Christmas I plan to multitask like a mutha, by shopping small and socializing at the same time. Tempe Festival of the Arts, The Camelback Market and Phoestivus are some of my favorite places to start.
3rd Thursday Hangs
Thursday, November 16
The next unofficial meeting of Local Lily (No Agenda) Social Club will adjourn at Boondocks in Old Town Scottsdale. No networking, no politics, nothing to buy or sell, no blood oaths, or particular affiliation needed. We won’t make you read books, ask for dues, or volunteer your time. The only requirement is that you be cool, honey bunny.
4341 N. 75th St., Scottsdale
Sunday, November 19
Being vegan has never been so trendy – and the rad thing about this fest is not only can you talk about being vegan without catching serious side-eye, there will be tons of vegan eats to try all in one place. This fest also offers stand-up acts and live music, and ethical vendors of all sorts.
Steele Indian School Park
300 E. Indian School Rd., Phoenix
Alternative Black Friday at CityScape
Friday, November 24
20+ local, vintage and handmade vendors set up in the heart of downtown Phoenix for a local event that drew over 4,000 shoppers last year.
1 E Washington St, Phoenix
Call before you go, but if you’re in the area, die-hard vintage lovers will always find treasure inside Zinnias at Melrose.
Tempe Festival of the Arts
Friday, December 1 – Sunday, December 3
Over 350 artists from around the country gather at this annual urban fine art festival. Perfect weather is the backdrop for two stages with live music all three days, a kids interactive area, a wine tasting event and unique gift shopping for the everyone.
Mill Avenue, Downtown Tempe
SMALL TOWN HOLIDAYS:
Downtown Tempe Fantasy of Lights, Opening Night Parade
Friday, November 24
A community kick-off to the holiday season. Gather to watch a procession of festively decorated parade units of all shapes and sizes. It’s gonna be lit.
Payson Electric Light Parade
Saturday, December 2 6:00pm
Main Street, Payson
Prescott Parade & Historic Courthouse Lighting
A time honored tradition, the parade will begin at 1:00pm followed by the Lighting Ceremony at 6pm.
Thursday, December 14
Locally grown market with more than 130 of Arizona’s best local vendors. Event organizers promise the 2017 event will be more fun, creative, local and diverse than ever. The Phoenix event boasts traditions like the Phoestivus Pole, Pheats of Strength, and the Airing of Grievances as well as Phoestivus Ale (brewed by Phoenix Ale Brewery), Yeti Sightings, Phoestivus Reindeer (baby goats dolled up for the occasion) and a Hipster Santa.
Phoenix Public Market
721 N. Central Ave., Phoenix
The Camelback Market
Saturdays through April
Bring cash, arrive early for a good table, leave time to linger. Vincent’s European style market is easily one of my favorite things October – April. Bring your dog and take your time wandering fresh and specialty produce, warm, crusty breads, buttery croissants, homemade jams, and exotic mustards. Go home with a pound of paella or perhaps imported cheeses and fresh pasta are your preference.
Share champagne with friends under private shaded tales, and have your pick of made-to-order omelets and crepes, grilled panini sandwiches, grilled options like shrimp skewers and lamb chops, plus thin-crust wood-fired pizzas.
Vincent’s on Camelback
3930 E. Camelback Rd., Phoenix