5 Must See – Festivals/ Events

Arizona’s attractive climate and hospitality has made it home to some of the nations best festivals and activities. Being that Arizona is such a mix demographically there is sure to be a festival that is geared towards your interests and your age group. Here are just a few of the many premiere festivals the state puts on every year to get people out of their house, and into the beautiful weather Arizona has offer.

tempe arts festival

Tempe Festival of the arts – One of the most well known art festivals in the Valley, Tempe Festival of the arts is a great event for whole family. Whether or not your an art enthusiasts, Tempe Festival of the arts has great attractions, and art that will impress even the most untrained eye. With art from around the world, and artists from diverse backgrounds and trades, there is sure to be something their for all tastes. The festival is held on Tempe’s famous Mill Ave allowing guests to enjoy anyone of the great restaurants and bars that lines the street. Additionally the festival includes a beer garden and a variety of food and drinks throughout the festival. The event is put on twice a year, both in the fall (December) and spring (April-March) for three days, so there are many opportunities to enjoy this wonderful Arizona festival.

Octoberfest at tempe town lake

October Fest at Tempe Town Lake – Though there are many notable October Fest’s that take place in AZ, October Fest at Tempe Town Lake is rated as one of the best here in the Valley. Over looking Tempe Town Lake, and amongst all the activity that Tempe has to offer, there is no better place to spend this beer drinking holiday than in Tempe. Hosted by Tempe’s local Four Peaks Brewery, the event is a hub of beer drinking and fun activities. With carnival rides, Weiner dog races, brat eating contests and plethora of attractions and entertainment, Octoberfest on the lake is one event you must see.



Renaissance festival – There is no other festival that quite compares to the magic and adventure of the Arizona renaissance festival. With a myriad medieval characters and attractions, the renaissance festival is your ticket to fun filled family excursion into the past. With joisting, rock climbing, axe throwing, arts & crafts and much more, there is something fun for all ages. Kids can enjoy having their face painted and the variety of medieval toys and attractions, while adults can enjoy comedy shows, medieval entertainment and drinks. Whether or not your fond of medieval role playing, there is surely something that you will come to love about the Arizona renaissance festival.


Scottsdale Culinary Festival – Every April Scottsdale puts on one of the most well known culinary festivals in the nation. With over 40,000 yearly attendees, the scottsdale culinary festival is a must see event here in the valley of the sun. With food vendors from around the country, your palate will be in heaven as you sample horderves from some Arizona’s best restaurants, and chefs. Also showcasing premiere wines and boutique beers to pair with the decadent food, there is sure to be something for everyones tastes.


Barrett-Jackson Car Auction – Held annually in Scottsdale Arizona, the Barrett-Jackson Car auction is a famous classic car auction that  attracts thousands of visitors to Scottsdale every year. Showcasing a variety of classic cars and highly sought after automobiles including motorcycles, trucks and other collectable vehicles, the auction is one of the most popular of its kind. Aired now on the Discovery Channel, the event is a global attraction and commonly referred to as The World’s Greatest Collector Car Auction. Even if cars are not your thing, you will be mesmerized by the classic cars on the premise, and possibly urged to place a bet yourself.

In Conclusion.

Arizona is a hub of activity and annually puts on some of the most sought after events in the country. If your in town or a resident looking for something new to check out, don’t go without checking out one of our 5 must see festivals/ events. There is more to see, checkout what else we are covering here at Arizona Frontier.