Parents night out: November date-night options

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Chiles & Chocolate Festival at the Desert Botanical Garden is a fun date-night option. Photo courtesy of Desert Botanical Garden.

It is always a treat to carve out time to relax with your significant other. Cooler weather means there are opportunities around town to experience a fabulous date night with your loved one indoors or out. Here are 10 date-night options around metro Phoenix this month:

Wednesday, Nov. 3, 10, 17: Out to Lunch Concert Series. Wouldn’t it be fun to meet for a day date during lunch? Pack a picnic and meet your significant other on the lawn to listen to live music. 12:30-1:30 p.m. Free. Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., Mesa. 480-644-6500 or

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Mesa Arts Center. Photo: Art Center

Nov. 4-6: Food & Wine Experience. Celebrate with food and drink with more than 60 vendors, including restaurants, chefs and distillers. Times vary. $35-$150. Salt River Fields at Talking Stick, 7555 N. Pima Road, Scottsdale.

Saturday, Nov. 5: Bentley Scottsdale Polo Championship. Experience a taste of Europe in suburbia. Watch horses, mingle with the crowd and enjoy a refreshing drink. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. $10-$30. WestWorld, 16601 N. Pima Road, Scottsdale.

Saturday, Nov. 5: A Concert with Guitar Virtuoso Laurence Juber. Hear the lead guitarist for Paul McCartney’s Wings. Juber is a highly sought after session player and virtuoso soloist who is featured in MIM’s newest exhibit “Dragons and Vines: Inlaid Guitar Masterpieces.” 7:30 p.m. $23.50-$35.50. Musical Instrument Museum, 4725 E. Mayo Blvd., Phoenix. 480-478-6000 or

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Chilies and Chocolate Festival. Photo courtesy of Desert Botanical Garden.

Nov. 11 -13: Chiles & Chocolate Festival. Combine two distinct tastes for unforgettable flavor. Who can resist spicy chocolate with a glass of wine? 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. $22. Desert Botanical Garden, 1201 N. Galvin Parkway, Phoenix. 480-941-1225 or

Saturday, Nov. 12: NovemBEER Festival. Sip beers from more than 50 breweries including local Phoenix favorites. 1-5 p.m. $25-$45. Arizona Center, 400 E. Van Buren St., Phoenix. 877-987-6487 or

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Tuesday, Nov. 15: Talk Cinema. Craving a sophisticated date night featuring Indie films? Audience members get a sneak preview of a film and have a chance to be critics. 7 p.m. $17. Scottsdale Center for Performing Arts, 7380 E. Second St., Scottsdale. 480-994-2787 or

Nov. 16-20: Cirque du Soleil: Toruk, The First Flight. Acrobatics, beautiful music and stunning performers will be a special way to celebrate date night. 7:30 p.m. $25-$115. Talking Stick Resort Arena, 201 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix.

Saturday, Nov. 18: Journey. Enjoy some nostalgic tunes with one of America’s most popular rock bands. 8 p.m. $45-$250. Salt River Fields at Talking Stick, 7555 N. Pima Road, Scottsdale.

Saturday, Nov. 19: spark! AFTER DARK. Engage in a cultural experience after hours and immerse yourself in the sounds and sights of Spain — wine, music and more — at this unique date night. 8-11 p.m. Free. Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., Mesa. 480-644-6500 or