Cacti Calendar


Sunshine isn’t the only thing in abundance in Scottsdale. The city’s calendar is packed with events and exhibits as vast as the Valley’s vistas. Here’s just a sampling of the year ahead.

Grand Ole Fashioned Picnic  -Eldorado Park
Free to attend! There will be games, inflatables, food vendors, City informational booths and live music by ‘People Who Could Fly’;  an indie pop band.
September 22nd, 2018

Arizona Fall Restaurant Week
See website for all locations | This statewide affair offers foodies a wealth of dining opportunities and the chance to get outside their neighborhood and try something new.
September 21st – 30th 2018

The Rennard Strickland Collection of Western Film History
Western Spirit: Scottsdale’s Museum of the West
Thru September 30, 2018

Arizona State Fair
Arizona Fair Grounds | 1826 W McDowell Rd, Phoenix
Featuring incredible food, live music and family fun!
October 5th – 28th 2018

Tempe Oktoberfest
Tempe Beach Park
Free Admission! Tempe Beach Park will transform into a traditional Bavarian Beer festival during the day and concert venue at night! The largest Oktoberfest in the state of Arizona.
October 13th -15th 2018

Arizona Taco Festival – Taco Lovers Unite! 
Salt River Fields
Experience a taco-topia of epic proportions. Over 50 restaurants and food trucks will serve $2 tacos with some of the most unique recipes ever created. Watch live bands all weekend long!  Don’t miss the chile pepper eating challenges and the chihuahua beauty pageant.
October 13th & 14th,  2018

2018 Azcentral Wine & Experience
This savory culinary exploration showcases the best food, wine, beer and spirits from local and national chefs and mixologists.
November 3rd & 4th 2018

Grand Prix of Scottsdale
Old Town Scottsdale
Vintage mini racers roaring through the Scottsdale Waterfront District.
November 4th, 2018

Bentley Scottsdale Polo Championships 
The best polo event in the world!
November 10th -11th 2018

Phoenix Zoo Lights
Phoenix Zoo
November 23rd, 2018 – Early January 2019

Tempe Festival of the Arts
Downtown Tempe
The Tempe Festival of the Arts consistently ranks among the Top 100 Classic & Contemporary Craft Shows in the nation by Sunshine Artist magazine.
November 30th – December 2nd 2018

Old Town Scottsdale
See website for details.
November thru December 2018

Las Noches de las Luminarias
Desert Botanical Garden
Features more than 8,000 hand lit luminaria bags, thousands of white twinkle lights and the sights and sounds of 10 unique entertainment ensembles.
November thru December 2018

Illumination Symphony of Light
27701 N. Black Canyon Highway Phoenix, AZ 85085
Experience the country’s largest animated Holiday light show!
November thru December 2018

Scottsdale ArtWalk
ArtWalks are free to the public every Thursday evening.
See website for details
Thru 12/ 27/18

Canvas of Clay: Hopi Pottery Masterworks
Western Spirit: Scottsdale’s Museum of the West
Features more than 65 of the finest examples of Hopi pottery, on exhibit for the first time.
Thru 12/29/19

Motel 6 Cactus Bowl 
Chase Field
An NCAA FBS college football game that has been played in the state of Arizona since 1989.
December 26th, 2018

PlayStation Fiesta Bowl Championship Game
University of Phoenix Stadium
Experience the American college football bowl game played annually in the Phoenix area.
January 1st, 2019

Russo and Steele Sport and Muscle Auto Auction
University of Phoenix Stadium
The collector car epicenter for those who come to buy or sell the very best.
January 16th – 20th, 2019

Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction
The World’s Greatest Collector Car Auction!
January 12th – 20th, 2019

Rock n’ Roll Arizona Marathon & 1/2 Marathon
See website for full details.
Features live bands & cheer teams as you run through Phoenix, Scottsdale & Tempe.
January 19th – 20th, 2019

Waste Management Phoenix Open
TPC Scottsdale
The Greatest Show on the Grass
January 28th – February 3rd, 2019

Arizona Renaissance Festival & Artisan Marketplace
Experience Raucous Revelry!
Saturday’s, Sunday’s and President’s Day
February 9th – March 31st, 2019

Country Thunder Music Festival
20585 E. Price Station Road, Florence, AZ 85132
April 11th – 14th, 2019