Recently, I had the opportunity to hear Kimber Lanning of Local First AZ speak as a part of a Sustainability Speaker Series put on by my company. She spoke of the importance of supporting local within our communities, and how dollars reach farther within our local economy when we support small. She discussed the concept of “shifting 10,” meaning, shifting 10 percent of your purchases to locally sourced goods and services.

I can get on board with that.

I left that discussion feeling energized and thrilled that something I am personally passionate about got attention at my place of employment.  I even went up and introduced myself to Kimber, and left with an invitation to submit content for their blog.  I think I am a little too nervous for that at this point, however, it did get me thinking about how I could leverage this for my own personal blog platform.

Something that I would love to start doing is sharing ways that you can support local as we head into the weekend! The weather is nice which means more festivals and farmers markets, and down right awesome collaborations between local creatives, makers, and vendors.

Not to mention, the holidays are coming up and it’s never too early to start getting some unique shopping done for that special someone.  If you ever know of something that you would like me to share, please feel free to reach out.  I LOVE recommendations and discovering new things.

Without further ado, here’s some ways  you can have some fun & support our local community this weekend:

Market on Palm Artisan Marketplace @ 360 E Palm Lane: 5 pm – 9pm (Friday)
This pop up artisan market benefits Cancer Support Community Arizona. A fall event with food trucks, live performances, artisan vendors selling handmade goods, drum circles, sound healing, and live art. I happen to know my dear friend Love and Soder will be there selling her amazing handmade jewelry. Support small and cancer support community with this market.

Sutra Studios Yoga at the Market @ Phoenix Open Air Market: FREE! Starts 9 am (Saturday)
Bring your mat & good vibes to the Phoenix Open Air Market at Phoenix Public Market located in Downtown Phoenix. Get your savasana on with a cool breeze and some sunshine, shop local, and sip and nom on delicious local food after your yoga sesh.

AZCentral’s Food & Wine Experience @ Salt River Talking Stick ft Martha Stewart: Ticket Prices Vary (Saturday & Sunday)
Savor the tastes of local chefs, distillers, restaurateurs and food enthusiasts in this culinary experience.  If you’re willing to pay for it, you even get a chance to meet Martha Stewart!

Good Food Finder’s Arizona Fall Festival @ Margeret T Hance Park: FREE!  10 am – 4 pm (Saturday)
Presented by Local First AZ , formerly known as Certified Local Fall Festival.  This family-friendly (and dog-friendly!) festival has more than 200 vendors representing local businesses, with games and entertainment from several of Arizona’s professional sports teams like the Diamondbacks, Phoenix Suns, Arizona Coyotes, And Cardinals. Sample food from some of the best restaurants Arizona has to offer while sipping on some of AZ’s finest wine, beer, and spirits.

Festival of the Arts @ Herberger Theater Center: FREE!  11:30 am – 5 pm (Saturday)
Celebrate the arts in our community with Herberger’s 8th annual Festival of the Arts with performances by more than 25 arts organizations, live music & performances on 2 outdoor stages, children’s activities, food, aerial performances, craft beer & wine tasting, and vendor booths.

Pineapple Triangle Market @ The Duce: $8 entrance, Kids 12 & Under FREE. 10 am – 4 pm (Saturday)
Come shop this hip, urban market exclusively featuring local artisans. We’ll have live music, delicious food, community engagement, all the while supporting a local charity. I happen to know you’ll be able to grab a one of a kind Madalyn Nault Accessories desert clutch or Stephanie Nault Strong Beautiful Women Campaign gear or candles there!

Bacon, Blues, and Brews Fest @ Founders Park, Queek Creek: $12 at the door – cash only- Kids 12 & Under are FREE. 12 pm – 9 pm (Saturday)
This one is for the bacon lovers out there. Bacon, Blues, and Brews is back! Get ready to drink ice-cold brews, dance to lively tunes and enjoy bacon, bacon and more bacon. Fun for the whole family. You will have a variety of bacon foods from salty to sweet.

There you have it, a round up of ways to get out and enjoy the weather while doing some good for our community.  I hope you get to visit one of these events and if you do, please let me know how it was! Another post you can look forward to is a round up of all of the local farmer’s markets…stay tuned for that!

Sending sunshine & local love,

Audria

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