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Phoenix festivals: 40 food, drink, music and art festivals you don't want to miss in November

Posted at 5:10 PM, Oct 31, 2017

Holidays aside, November is a busy month for the Valley!

Between temperatures nearly perfect for a morning hike or evening meal on the patio, there are at least 40 food and drink, music and art festivals going on across the Valley.

If you have visitors in town or simply need a reason to get out of house, scroll through our list to find your next adventure! Did we miss one? Send an email to Josh.Frigerio@abc15.com.

1-5 | Cave Creek Wild West Days -  one of Cave Creek’s signature Western events with re-enacted gunfights, a parade, sheep-riding (think bull riding) and a pie-eating contest.

2-6 | Scottsdale International Film Festival - Five days of film screenings from award-winning and independent filmmakers, local and international.

3 | First Friday ArtWalk - a monthly art walk along Roosevelt Row in downtown Phoenix. Local artists, musicians, and vendors will have their work on display and for sale

3-5 | Carefree Fine Art & Wine Festival - Attendees can taste domestic and imported wines while looking at artworks from more than 160 selected artists.

4 | Queen Creek Bacon, Blues & Brews - A food and music festival with beer, blues music and bacon.

4 | Arizona Fall Fest - A local food and art festival that showcases Arizona businesses, restaurants and bars.

4 | Sriracha Festival - the second annual festival all about Sriracha. Local chefs will have Sriracha-inspired food samples for sale along with live music, games, and specialty cocktails.

4 | Olivepalooza - Queen Creek Olive Mill's annual celebration of their olive harvest. There is no cost for admission, but mill tours, olive oil and products available to purchase.

4 | Herberger Theatre Centers' Festival of the Arts - a free arts festival in downtown Phoenix with two stages and performances by more than 25 theater groups and dance troupes.

4 |Litchfield Park Festival of the Arts - More than 250 fine-art artists will showcase their works.

4-5 | Dia de Los Muertos celebration at Desert Botanical Garden - Traditional Mexican celebration honoring those who’ve passed with performances, music, a community altar, and an evening procession.

4-5 | Food & Wine Experience - a food, drink and wine showcase at Salt River Fields that brings together chefs, mixologists, distilleries, and vineyards.

4-5 | SerbFest - A cultural festival that celebrates Serbian cuisine, music and art.

5 | Grand Prix of Scottsdale - A free 1920s themed event with vintage box car races, themed cocktail events and Jazz music.

5 | Dia de Los Muertos - also known as "Day of the Dead," it is a Mexican celebration to honor loved ones who have passed away.

6 | Desert Gathering Jewish Music Fest - A free Jewish music festival.

9-12 | Gilbert Days Rodeo - Gilbert Days celebrates the city’s heritage and history. The rodeo is part of the celebration.

10-11 | Mesa Music Festival - A free music festival in Mesa showcasing emerging bands and solo artists. **While the festival is advertised as Nov. 9-11, the public portion of the festival is on the 10th and 11th only.

10-11 | Chandler Chuck Wagon Cook-Off - A free Western food festival in Chandler where food is cooked in 1880s chuck wagons. Don’t forget your cowboy hat.

10 | Wickenburg Bluegrass Festival - A weekend music festival with bluegrass bands and fiddlers in Wickenburg.

10-12 | Fountain Hills Festival of Fine Arts and Crafts - More than 500 selected artists will showcase their works in photography, sculpture, jewelry, and painting.

10-12 | Chiles & Chocolate Festival at Desert Botanical Garden - Sample chocolates, sauces and spices from businesses throughout the garden.

11 | Grand Avenue Festival - A unique arts festival along Phoenix’s historic Grand Avenue.

11 | Discover India - a free community event celebrating Indian culture and cuisine.

11-12 | Phoenix Fan Fest - A sister convention to Phoenix ComicCon, Fan Fest focuses on comic book characters, creators and collectors.

11-12 | Bentley Scottsdale Polo Championships - Club polo teams from around the world come to Scottsdale to compete for the title.

11-12 | Romanian Festival - a festival celebrating Romanian culture, music and food.

11-12 | Festival of the Superstitions - A three-day festival celebrating Arizona's veterans and Apache Junction's history and local food scene. 

12 | Arizona Harvest Fest & Open Air Market - A fall-themed festival in downtown Chandler with pumpkin-themed activities, seasonal beers and treats, and a market.

12 | West Valley Island Cultural Festival - A multi-cultural festival with dance performances, hula demonstrations, live music and food.

16 | Lights of the World Lantern Festival - A large light show with 75 larger-than-life displays featuring iconic landmarks across the world, including the Eiffel Tower, London Bridge, and a Chinese temple.

17-18 | Main Street Prototyping Festival - 20 temporary prototypes made by artists, students and designers will be put on display along Mesa's Main Street during this free event.

18 | American Heritage Festival - Actors re-enact colonial American life with battle demonstrations from the American Revolution and Civil War.

18 | Phoenix Pizza Festival - A food festival all about America's favorite food, pizza!

18 | WoofStock 2017 - A free dog-friendly festival in Chandler with dog-themed activities, games and demonstrations.

18 | Gilbert Days Parade - A community parade through downtown Gilbert that celebrates the town’s history.

18-19 | Goldrush Music Festival - A Relentless Beats music festival at Rawhide Western Town.

18-19 | ArtFest of Scottsdale - A two-day fine art festival at Scottsdale’s Civic Center with 175 artists with their work on display and for sale.

23-26 | Arizona International Auto Show - See and step inside the latest models and vehicle concepts from the automakers.

24 - Dec. 24 | Winter WonderFest- A Christmas-themed event with visits to Santa's home, his workshop, the ice palace and S'moresland.