Celebrate and Remember at Diá de los Muertos PHX

September 23, 2016 7:00 am

A cool, one-of-a-kind festival with roots in the local community, Diá de los Muertos PHX celebrates the Mexican holiday of Diá de los Muertos. Diá de los Muertos (or Day of the Dead) is a time to honor ancestors and celebrate life. Entertainers and musicians will share their heritage with the public through drama, music, and dance. There will be mask-making workshops, sugar skull decorating stations, and more great activities to participate in.

Artisans will be selling traditional handmade crafts, and there will be plenty of authentic Latin cuisine on hand too. Be sure to be in attendance at 5:30 p.m. for the Candlelight Procesión, a participatory parade when the audience will join entertainers in a joyous, musical procession, followed by a moment of silence to remember the dearly departed as the sun goes down. A can’t-miss free event, Diá de los Muertos PHX will be held at the Steele Indian School Park, six minutes from Citi on Camelback.

Diá de los Muertos PHX
When: 12 – 6 p.m., Sunday Oct. 23
Where: Steele Indian School Park, 300 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix, AZ 85012

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Arizona State Fair: From Funnel Cake to Thrill Rides

September 19, 2016 6:01 am

It's been more than a century since the first Arizona Territorial Fair, which happened in 1884 before Arizona was even a state. Obviously, a lot has changed since then, but the Arizona State Fair continues to delight local families each fall. From October 7th to 30th this year, the fair returns to Phoenix.

There's something for everyone at the Arizona State Fair, whether you're looking for fried food or live music. Start at Rock U, an interactive exhibit dedicated to Rock and Roll. Then grab a turkey leg or funnel cake and head over to see a magic show or watch monster trucks race. You can also enjoy the thrill rides or take in a concert at the Arizona State Fair. Admission fees vary based on the day and the age of the visitor.

Arizona State Fair
When: Wednesdays – Sundays, Oct. 7 – 30
Where: 1826 W. McDowell Road, Phoenix, AZ 85007
Cost: $25+

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Sriracha Festival 2016: Spicy Food, Cocktails, and More

September 12, 2016 12:15 pm

If you love spicy food, then Sriracha is probably a staple in your fridge. This year, the entire city of Phoenix will celebrate the fiery food at the first ever Sriracha Festival. Held in Heritage Square on September 24th, the Sriracha Festival showcases the many ways this hot sauce can be used with help from local chefs and bartenders.

Many Phoenix eateries will send representatives to the fest, including Fuzzy's Taco Shop, Tuck Shop Kitchen and Bar, and Fort Collins Brewery and Tavern. The culinary experts from each kitchen will dish out their own Sriracha-infused versions of signature dishes, and when you pay for admission, you get unlimited tastings of whatever you want to try. That includes locally brewed beers and even Sriracha-infused cocktails (in fact, there's an entire competition devoted to Sriracha cocktails). There will also be live entertainment and games to help keep the night going.

Sriracha Festival 2016
When: 6 – 11 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 24
Where: Heritage Square, 113 N. 6th Street, Phoenix, AZ 85004
Cost: $35+

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