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Outdoor Events this Weekend - November 30

Tempe Festival of the Arts

When: Friday - Sunday, November 30 – December 2

Where: Mill Avenue, Tempe

The Tempe Festival of the Arts consistently ranks among the Top 100 Classic & Contemporary Craft Shows in the nation by Sunshine Artist magazine and has received the prestigious Pinnacle Award from the International Festival and Events Association. The spring and fall events each attract nearly 225,000 visitors to the Downtown Tempe over the course of a 3-day weekend.

Quality independent artists are fundamental to the success of the event. Each Festival receives more than 500 applications from throughout North America, in 17 different visual arts categories that range from wood to photography to ceramics, wearable art, jewelry and other categories. From these applicants, a jury comprised of members of the local art community ranks the top artisans in each category to participate in the Festival, and the highest ranking artists receive invitations to participate. During the Festival, a new jury selects the best overall artist and the top artist in each category and these winners receive cash honoraria awards.

As many as 375 artist booths line Mill Avenue and the surrounding streets presenting unique, and hand-made artwork that offers visitors a distinctive shopping experience.

PJ’s in the Park

When: Saturday, December 1

Where: Civic Space Park, Downtown Phoenix

Downtown Phoenix Inc.’s signature holiday event, PJs in the Park, returns to Civic Space Park on Saturday, Dec. 1, from 5-10 p.m.

Now in its seventh year, PJ’s in the Park invites the community to share in the splendor that is our evolving downtown neighborhood.

This year’s feature presentations are “The Muppet Christmas Carol” and “Love Actually,” which means there’s free entertainment for little ones and date night seekers alike. The evening’s biggest star attraction, Santa himself, will be available for photos (and to hear wishes from those on his “Nice” list) from 5-8 p.m. There will not be photographers onsite, so be sure to bring your own camera.

Here’s the best part: PJs in the Park is 100 percent free to attend.

Hungry? We’ve got that covered. Hidden Track Cafe will be on hand selling snacks and adult beverages to those 21 and older, and Serafina Coffee Roasters will be pouring hot cocoa and specialty coffee drinks.

APS Electric Light Parade

When: Saturday, December 1

Where: Uptown Plaza, Phoenix

For more than three decades, the APS Electric Light Parade has been an event where families, neighborhood groups and businesses from across the city come together to celebrate the joy of the holiday season. 



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