Fall seems to be the best time to get out of the house. It is just about the perfect temperature to be enjoying the outdoors with your family. Now comes the dilemma of finding something to do. There are so many things to do in and around Phoenix, there is sure to be something for everyone. Here is our list of favorite things to do as a family in the fall.
Cost: Free with membership or Garden admission
Location: Desert Botanical Gardens
Description: The Chilies and Chocolate Festival puts Arizona’s top chocolate and chile vendors all in one place for you to sample and buy from. While you shop and sample all of what these amazing vendors have to offer, you can enjoy live music from many different musical styles plus, you can enjoy live cooking demos.
Location: Downtown Chandler
Description: Harvest Fest and Open Air Market offers about 100 different vendors to shop. You will find anything from your typical farmers market items like local produce to artisan gourmet items. You can also find jewelry, home decor, health and wellness items/services, furnishings and much more. If you feel like you’re falling behind on your holiday shopping, catch up here.
Along with all of the vendors, you and your family can enjoy a wide variety of things to do for the kids, like a pie-eating contest, pumpkin toss, and a kids’ zone plus much more. For the adults, you can enjoy seasonal flavors in the beer garden.
Cost: Ages 3 and Under: FREE, Ages 4 and Up: $15 at the gate
Location: Schnepf Farms, Queen Creek, Arizona
Time: 10:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Description: American Heritage Festival provides an interactive and educational presentation of historic American life from starting in the Colonial Days and continuing all the way until the present days. Experienced actors come from across the country to bring you the best reenactments in the Western United States.
You can experience anything from everyday life to amazing reenactments of the American Revolution, Civil War, Old West and Vietnam era among many other dramatic reenactments as well. You can also enjoy an 18th Century style church service and a fashion show.
Location: Margaret T. Hance Park: 1201 N 3rd St
Date: December 14 and 15
Time: 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Description: If pizza is a go-to food in your house like it is in ours, this is the place to be. There are somewhere around 15 different vendors serving up tons of different pizza options. Each slice will run you from $2 and up depending on the vendor. Some will be offering slices only, others will be offering slices, half pies, and whole pies. Again, this is up to the vendor and their selections. Not much can top a festival based around pizza but, when you add in wine and beer vendors as well (who will also be offering water, soda, lemonade, and a few other things) plus live music, you have it made.
Cost: FREE parking and admission (Dogs welcome too!)
Location: Scottsdale Civic Center Plaza
Date: November 18, 2017 – November 19, 2017
Time: 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Description: Hosting around 150 different artists, authors, and crafters, this is one of the more popular festivals in the area. A much-anticipated event where many people start their holiday shopping. During your shopping adventures, you will hear live music, be able to sample foods, and enjoy the other nearby shops and museums. If and when your kids need a break from all of the shopping, there are activities offered just for them too.
Location: Phoenix Zoo
Date: November 22, 2017 – January 14, 2017
Time: 5:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m. daily
Description: Come to the Phoenix Zoo to enjoy the large light display, three story tall lit tree, shows from Music-in-Motion plus many more things to do. There are a few options available at an additional cost: food and drinks, pictures with Santa, Dinosaurs in the Desert – just to name a few. When you buy your tickets, you can buy general admission tickets or you can buy tickets that include other parts that would cost above and beyond the admission otherwise.
These are just a few of the options you have in and around Phoenix available this fall. There are so many more options out there. Get out and make those memories with your family.