Happy Friday friends! This morning our house was c h i l l y y y y. We had left some windows open.

I bundled our tiny human up and turned on Elf for her. I took note of the gloomy sky and took a sip of some coffee and BAM.

It happened.

My first official tinge of excitement for the holidays!

I can not wait until next week.  We have some family coming into town, and I took the day before Thanksgiving off to bake and spend time with loved ones.

With that being said, I’m going to try to fully maximize this weekend: enjoy the weather, get some bike rides in, stop at a local farmers market, and check out holiday events.  One of them being a Friendsgiving celebration.  How fun is that?

Want to join me in exploring all of the local fun this weekend?  Here’s a round up of events that I think (or know) will be awesome.

Friday, November 17th

Tree Lighting & Live Music at Coach House Tavern Scottsdale: 

We’re excited about this one, because it’s in our back yard! Come and kick-off the holidays with the lighting of the Coach House Tavern rooftop tree and live music from The Walkens. 21+ and No Cover!

Speakeasy Night at Desoto:

Not even Prohibition can stop the fun at DeSoto Central Market’s Speakeasy Night! The Roaring 20’s are alive again from 7pm to midnight with a live big band, a 20’s style dance lesson and FREE dancing all night! NO COVER so grab some giggle water with special vintage drink menu at the bar! The party never stops at Speakeasy Night at DeSoto Central Market! You’ll also get to check out the NEW late night menu.

Arizona Night Market at Peoria Sports Complex:

Go for a nightlife filled with cultural experiences from around the world through unique products, foods and drinks with interactive entertainment and music. Visit www.aznightmarket.com for more info.

Saturday, November 18th

Arizona Brewer’s Ball:

Hosted by the Arizona Craft Brewers Guild at Warehouse 215 @ Bentley Projects from 6 – 10 pm.  “Swing into our Prohibition Party where the 18th amendment is in full effect. Dance, eat and drink Arizona craft beers at the Arizona Craft Brewers Guild’s second annual Brewers Ball. Spend a night with the state’s most accomplished brewers as you are transported back to the 1920s. A mystery or two may even be in store for you.”

Bike-in-Beer Festival:

Happening on Saturday & Sunday. Free event. Proceeds go to Ingleside Middle School.“Our annual Bike-in-Beer Festival at O.H.S.O. in Arcadia. Come drink local craft beer and spirits, play games, win prizes, eat food and listen to music. We will be featuring local craft beer from our neighborhood breweries.

First ever Battle of the PTO Brews between Ingleside, Hopi, Prince of Peace, and Echo Canyon. Each PTO brewed their own beer for a competition at the festival. The most popular beer wins a cash prize for their school!”

Uptown Farmers Market:

Located 5757 N Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85013 on Central and Bethany Home Rd. One of my personal favs! Uptown is open every Saturday 8am-12pm, rain or shine, and the market is back outside (part of the year it’s inside) with plenty of dining tables and coloring pages for the kids.

Phoenix Open Air Market:

Located at Phoenix Public Market downtown, this farmers market is every Saturday 8 am – 1 pm year round.  This is a great market!

Artfest of Scottsdale 2017 :

Happening on Saturday & Sunday. I’m pretty sure we’ll be hopping on our bikes to check this one out. “Get outside and find that perfect piece of art at the 24th annual ArtFest of Scottsdale the weekend of November 18 & 19, 2017, at the Scottsdale Civic Center Plaza in historical Old Town. This free, two-day event features local musicians, authors, food vendors, and children’s activities along with the artists’ work.

There will be over 150 booths and 180 artists selling paintings, sculptures, jewelry, metal art, ceramics, and glass art. The show will present authors, as well as visual artists. And there will be plenty of food vendors to choose from, too!”

Sweet to the Soul Fall 2017 Market at Peoria Sports Complex:

Open 9-4 and admission is free! Shop close to 250 vendors and check off items on your Christmas Lists! Enjoy lunch from some of Arizona’s best food trucks and let your kids play on Peoria Sports Complex’s new pirate playground. You can view a list of vendors here.

Earth and Space Exploration Day:

Earth and Space Exploration day is a FREE annual fall event hosted by the School of Earth and Space Exploration (SESE) on ASU’s Tempe campus inside/outside ISTB 4. The SESE community offers special science-related activities from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. for students age five and up, families, educators and anyone interested in exploring Earth and space. More than 40 exhibitors will participate in the annual Earth and Space Exploration Day. One of the biggest attractions is ISTB 4 with its Gallery of Scientific Exploration offering a variety of interactive exhibits and the Marston Exploration Theater, which will be running 3-D astronomy shows.

Movies At The Meadows- Beauty and the Beast:

Tempe Meadows, formerly known as Singh Meadows, will be hosting a series of movie nights on their beautiful property.  This one of a kind event features the largest inflatable, outdoor movie screen in Arizona, along with top end production elements including theater quality projection and sound. Guests are invited to bring their lowback chairs, or purchase VIP tickets and sit in our plush, jumbo beanbags with reserved upfront seating! Movies At The Meadows also features fresh food, live bands, a bar, games and an unforgettable experience in the lush, Tempe Meadows!

Sunday, November 19th

Farmers Market on High Street:

One of the Valley’s largest farmers markets is back! There will be over 50 vendors offering food and products to enjoy on the spot or take home The Market on High Street continues. It happens on the Third Sunday of every month October – April, and this market runs from 10 am – 1 pm.

6th Street Market in Tempe:

I’ve yet to check this one out, but I plan on it soon! I love that it’s on a Sunday. The 6th Street Market is a weekly event highlighting the uniquely fantastic selection of Arizona-made goods in Downtown Tempe. These local makers + musicians showcase the incredible array of talent present in our city and the growing entrepreneurial spirit of artists and makers in the Phoenix area. We jury upwards of 100 vendors to participate in the market, featuring 30-40 makers and local musicians at each weekly market.

7th Annual Wine Festival:

$25 for tickets. Located at My Wine Cellar. Head to the wine festival for some live music, great food, and of course, amazing wine! 20 varietals will be poured from 12 pm – 3 pm.  Call to purchase your ticket 480-598-9463.

The Roosevelt Historic Home Tour:

10 am – 3 pm. Presale $13, Day of Event $16. Once a year, a few selected gracious Roosevelt homeowners open their doors to the public for the annual home tour. The Roosevelt Historic Home Tour is a chance to step inside homes from the turn of the (last!) century and learn more about the history of the neighborhood and this early Phoenix community. The tour is a self-guided, pedestrian experience. There will be food trucks and street vendors… come enjoy Phoenix’s mixed use and close-to-everything community.

8th Annual Pie Social:

2 – 5 pm, Free admission however pie tasting tickets are $15 for 5 tickets, or bake and bring 2 pies to exchange for 5 tickets. Live music from Hi-Dreams DJ Collective, Tobie Milford and The Foster Family Band. Also on the menu: Collaging with Cut Paste PHXFour Chambers Presspoets live writing poems; jewelry-making activities from Phoenix Center For The Arts; an artisan market and more.

Also related to this event: Downtown Pedal Around- Pie Social Edition. **Special start time for November is 1 p.m.** Pedal your way to Hance Park to eat pies and enjoy an afternoon of music, art and merriment

Hopefully you’ll be able to get out and enjoy this weather this weekend.  Whether it’s buying fresh produce at a market for your Thanksgiving recipes, trying local craft beer and wine, or supporting a local artist at the Art Fest, support small business when you can!

Sending Sunshine,

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