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.

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

2018 Thanksgiving Day Parade – Songs of the Season  
Downtown Fountain Hills
Celebrate Thanksgiving at the only Thanksgiving Day Parade West of the Mississippi.
November 22nd, 2018 | 9:00 AM MST

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

Phoenix Symphony: Harry Potter and The Prisoner of Azkaban in Concert  
Symphony Hall
November 23rd, 2018 | 7:30 PM

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

Jingle Hike 
Pinnacle Peak Park
Enjoy a ho-ho-ho hike and trail side visit with Santa himself.
December 1st, 2018

Annual Family Fun Holiday Fair & Marketplace
OdySea in the Desert
Enjoy family fun, shop local and visit Santa!
December 9th, 2018 | 1:00 – 4:00 PM

Aspenglow: A John Denver Winter Wonderland Concert
Library – Civic Center
Cottonwood Stone performs John Denver’s holiday songs to bring in the joy of the season and the warmth of the heart.
December 15th, 2018 | 1:00 – 2:00 PM

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

New Years Eve Masquerade Party 2019
The Hidden Palace
Masks required, Dress to Impress, Dance the way into 2019
December 31st, 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