From sporting events and live music festivals to celebrations honoring the rich cultural heritage of Phoenix residents, you'll never be at a lost for things to do in Phoenix. Consult the list of annual events below to find out what's happening in Phoenix each month. ___________________________
Monthly Events and Things to Do in Downtown Phoenix
Sun Devil Baseball: From January until June, the Arizona State Sun Devils slug it out on the diamond against other NCAA teams.
Fiesta Bowl: One of the premier college gridiron battles of the year takes place at University of Phoenix stadium in Glendale.
World of Wheels: Are you a gearhead? Then the annual World of Wheels Festival is the event for you. Hot rods, custom cars, and custom two-wheelers all go on display at Phoenix Civic Plaza.
Phoenix Theatre New Works Festival: Actors bring a script to life, but without playwrights they wouldn't have new scripts to perform. The Phoenix Theatre New Works Festival puts the spotlight on up-and-coming Phoenix playwrights.
West of Western Culinary Festival: Celebrating the cuisine of the Southwest, this festival brings together the best chefs in the region for a festival of tastes, smells, and sights.
Carefree Fine Arts & Wine Festival: Artists and wine makers gather in the desert town of Carefree, right outside of Scottsdale, to celebrate fine wine and fine art.
Phoenix Jazz & Blues Festival: A Phoenix institution after many successful years, local musicians and world renowned artists come together for an entire day of great music.
NASCAR: Subway Fresh 500: NASCAR comes to Phoenix with the Subway Fresh 500. Grab a cooler and head to the track to watch racing legends battle it out on the track.
Grape Train Escape: The Grape Train Escape combines the wonder of riding on an old train with fantastic wine. Sample libations from local wineries as you take a scenic train ride to the Grand Canyon.
Sun Devil Football: College football season kicks into high gear in September. Cheer on the Arizona State Sun Devils as they tackle their rivals on the gridiron.
Phoenix Coyotes Hockey: Hockey? In the desert? Our Phoenix Coyotes aren't the oldest team in the NHL, but they give even the best teams in the league a run for their money.
Festival of Fear: Halloween brings out all manner of haunted house attractions, but Festival of Fear is consistently rated the best of the bunch. Bring your costume - and your brave face.
Oktoberfest: The Arizona Center for Germanic Cultures doesn't have a dedicated home yet, but they do have one of the more popular festivals in the Valley - and for good reason. Those who can't make the trip to Germany for the real thing can enjoy a taste of Deutschland in Phoenix.
ZooLights: A delight for children, ZooLights brings Christmas to the animals - and affords kids a chance to catch a glimpse of the animals that are a little more lively at night.
Arizona International Auto Show: Grander than World of Wheels, the Arizona International Auto Show brings car enthusiasts - and their eye-catching antiques - to Phoenix for the largest auto show in the Valley.
Lantern Lore: The Arizona Historical Society Museum at Papago Park hosts a fireside storytelling event every December. Kids can enjoy hot chocolate, spiced cider, and tales concerning Arizona's native cultures.
Scottsdale Fantasy of Lights: Scottsdale comes alive with the spirit of Christmas each December. You can drive, but to get a full appreciation for the light displays in historic downtown Scottsdale, plan on walking a bit.
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