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Monday, March 27, 2017

Arizona’s family-friendly fall festivals

"The Great Pumpkin Festival" is coming soon to Desert Botanical Garden. Photo: Desert Botanical Garden.

“The Great Pumpkin Festival” is coming soon to Desert Botanical Garden. Photo: Desert Botanical Garden.

Bring on the pumpkins, food trucks and live music! It’s the season of fall festivals and we’ve found all sorts of fun choices for families who like to get outdoors and try new things this time of year.

Fun with fall holidays

Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix presents “The Great Pumpkin Festival” Thursday, Oct. 23 to Monday, Oct. 26: hay bale maze, petting zoo, and arts and crafts activities. Celebrate “Day of the Dead” at the garden Saturday, Nov. 1 and Sunday, Nov. 2.

Mesa Arts Center presents its “Día de los Muertos Festival” Saturday, Oct. 25 and Sunday, Oct. 26: altar display, arts and crafts activities and a mercado (Spanish for “market”) featuring works by local artisans.

Cultural Coalition presents the “Day of the Dead Phx Festival” Sunday, Oct. 26 at Margaret T. Hance Park in Phoenix: a Katrina/Katrin costume contest, mercado with local artists, mariachi music and children’s activities.

Fun with arts and culture

Arizona Consortium for the Arts presents “Fall Festival of the Arts” Sunday, Oct. 26 at the Arizona Historical Society Museum at Papago Park in Tempe: live painting and jewelry-making, music and dance performance, artisan market and children’s activities.

Herberger Theater Center in Phoenix presents “Herberger Theater Festival of the Arts” Saturday, Nov. 1:  children’s activities, live performances, film shorts, pet adoptions and ’80s theme costume contests for kids and adults.

Shemer Art Center in Phoenix presents its “Sunday at Shemer” festival Sunday, Nov. 2: artist demonstrations, silent auction, art exhibit, children’s activities.

Fun with face painting at a  "Dia de los Muertos Festival." Photo: Mesa Arts Center.

Fun with face painting at a “Día de los Muertos Festival” in Mesa. Photo: Mesa Arts Center.

Tempe Festival of the Arts presents its annual fall arts festival Friday, Dec. 5 to Sunday, Dec. 7 in the Mill Avenue District: chalk artists drawing street murals, artist booths, live music and children’s activities.

Phoenix Center for the Arts presents “Phoenix Festival of the Arts” Friday, Dec. 12 to Sunday, Dec. 14 at Margaret T. Hance Park: artist booths, food trucks, live music and children’s activities.

More festival fun

Grand Avenue Arts & Small Business District presents the “Grand Avenue Festival/Phoenix Annual Parade of the Arts” Saturday, Nov. 8 in downtown Phoenix: walking tours, recycled fashion show, live music, and arts and crafts.

Local First Arizona presents its “Certified Local Fall Festival” Saturday, Nov. 8 in Phoenix: live music, local vendors and children’s activities.

Find more family-friendly events on the calendar.

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Lynn Trimble

Lynn Trimble of Scottsdale is an award-winning arts writer and mother of three grown children whose work has appeared in Raising Arizona Kids and Phoenix New Times.

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