Scottsdale’s Best Festivals

By local contributor
Lauren Topor

Scottsdale has it all. From lively cultural festivals that celebrate the diversity of the Southwest to culinary fests that put the local food community in the spotlight, there’s no shortage of world-class events to experience. 

 


Fall


ARIZONA TACO FESTIVAL
Oct. 12-13, 2019

The region’s reigning taco fest will commemorate its decade-long run at a new venue this fall. WestWorld of Scottsdale will experience a true taco takeover when the Arizona Taco Festival sets up shop for two days filled with tacos, tequila, live music, food demos, eating contests, and even a chihuahua beauty pageant. 

SCOTTSDALE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 

Nov. 1-10, 2019

The Scottsdale International Film Festival delivers award-winning cinema from around the world to the Southwest. The 10-day destination event showcases a range of films ranging from undiscovered indie films to hit commercial flicks all plucked from a diverse mix of genres. The film festival has delivered more than 600 films since it was founded in 2001. 

ARIZONA ASIAN FESTIVAL 

Nov. 16-17, 2019

Many of Asia’s diverse cultures are celebrated at the Arizona Asian Festival. This two-day event features an abundance of delicious Asian cuisines, an arts and crafts marketplace, plus a parade of cultural traditions ranging from performances to classic culture exhibits. 

 


Winter


ARIZONA INDIAN FESTIVAL

Feb. 8-9, 2020

The Arizona Indian Festival serves as a celebration of Native American culture and traditions. The region’s tribes come together for this two-day festival to share their stories, music, and cultural traditions. Guests can sample tasty foods like fry bread or browse the artisan market, which features demonstrations and a selection of unique works available to take home. 

BIRDS NEST MUSIC FESTIVAL

Jan. 29 – Feb. 1, 2020

The Waste Management Phoenix Open is widely considered the biggest party in golf. But the party doesn’t stop when the greens clear. The Birds Nest Music Fest is the official after-party of the annual golf tournament where some of music’s biggest acts take the stage for three nights of live music and entertainment. 

ITALIAN FESTIVAL OF ARIZONA

Dates To Be Determined

The Italian Festival comes alive with cultural performances and entertainment, music, and cooking demos. There’s plenty of signature Italian fare to enjoy, including gourmet wood-fired pizzas and fresh pastas as well as a selection of specialty wines, decadent sorbettos and gelato, and espresso.  

 


Spring


NIRVANA FOOD & WINE FESTIVAL

April 16-19, 2020

Paradise Valley’s posh Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain hosts this star-studded culinary extravaganza each spring. The multi-day showcase of all things food and wine includes a series of unique experiences ranging from intimate seated dinners to lively themed events featuring the hottest culinary trends. 

SCOTTSDALE ARTS FESTIVAL 

March 13-15, 2020

Held at Civic Center Park, this festival brings world-class art, live music, family fun, and gourmet food to the heart of Scottsdale. Festival goers of all ages can discover artworks from more than 170 jury-selected artists or explore their own creativity with unique hands-on activities and workshops. The Scottsdale Arts Festival will celebrate its 50th anniversary in 2020. 

 

For information on these and other Scottsdale events, visit EventsInScottsdale.com.