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You will love what we have in store for you this weekend November 2 to 4

With the weather in the 80s and lows in the 50s, we are looking forward to a great weekend! There is plenty going on around the Valley. Here are some of the highlights.

— Friday, November 2nd and beyond —

Your Phoenix Suns will be in action against the 7-1 Toronto Raptors Friday night, November 2nd at 7 p.m. Devin Booker and Isaiah Canaan are likely to play according to AZCentral.com. Tip-off is 7 p.m. If you can’t make the game at Talking Stick Arena, it will be televised on FoxSports Arizona. GO SUNS!

Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Kicking off Friday, November 2nd and continuing Saturday, November 3rd is the Gilbert Off the Street Festival. Over 50 restaurants are serving up their best bites. Street performers, artisan and craft vendors will entice shoppers. Art and music will also be featured. Head to Gilbert Heritage District for the fun! It is located off Gilbert Road, between Guadalupe and Elliot Roads. The sights and sounds start Friday from 4 p.m until 9 p.m. and the vibrant energy flows into Saturday, from 9 a.m to 7 p.m.

If you have seen the movie, “Coco,” then you know a bit about the culture behind Dia De Los Muertos. A celebration of the tradition will take place at Old Adobe Mission in Scottsdale, this Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. This fun, free community event will bring art, dance and culture to life through ancient Aztec ritual, art installations and Folklorico waltz demonstrations. The grand opening festival will be from 4 to 10 p.m. Friday, Nov. 2. Other activities take place from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3, and Sunday, Nov. 4. Scottsdaleaz.gov for more info.

Experience authentic Lebanese cuisine, music and dance at the 17th annual American Lebanese Festival. Dabke dancers will entertain to live bands and singers. Kids can enjoy an outdoor play center and games in the free kids area. Located in Phoenix at St Joseph Maronite Church. A mere $3 will get you in. Experience the culture all weekend. Friday, November 2nd launches the event from 5 p.m to 10 p.m. It continues Saturday, November 3rd for 12 hours, 10 a.m to 10 p.m. The event concludes Sunday, November 4th from Noon until 7 p.m. americanlebanesefestivalaz.com has everything you need to know.

Since 2001, the annual Scottsdale International Film Festival has brought award-winning cinema to Arizona from around the globe. More than 90,000 attendees, flock to Harkins Shea where the festival features a variety of themes. A total of 45 unique films from Africa, Europe, Asia, The Middle East, and Latin America are shown. The festival takes place Friday, November 2nd through Sunday, November 11th. It’s a 10 day film lovers fantasy as works highlighting women, Jewish, LGBT, and more are premiered. Everything from movies based on books to documentaries, and even children’s animated shorts. There’s something for everyone to enjoy! scottsdalefilmfestival.com has more details.

— Saturday, November 3rd and beyond —

Downtown Tempe’s 6th Street Market has returned to 6th Street Park. This year more than 100 vendors are juried to participate. And, new this season, the market will welcome Food in Root which will feature 30-40 Arizona food producers. 6th Street Market happens each Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. It’s just off Mill Avenue on 6th st.

Local First Arizona presents their Fall Festival this Saturday, November 3rd. The fun begins at 10 a.m and lasts through 4 p.m at Margaret T. Hance Park. A FREE, family and pet friendly celebration of all things uniquely Arizona. Boasting 200 vendors featuring food + drink, live entertainment, and games. Get the 411 at localfirstaz.com/events.

Your ASU Sun Devils are coming off a big win at USC. This weekend is homecoming as we host the Utah Utes at Sun Devil Stadium, Saturday, November 3rd at 1 p.m. Can our home team pose a challenge for 16th-ranked Utah? It could be the opportunity our quarterback Manny Wilkins and his team are looking for. One thing is for sure, it will be a physical game!

Do you love all things bacon? You’ll want to check out the Bacon, Blues, and Brews Festival this Saturday, November 3rd in Queen Creek! It all goes down Noon to 9 p.m. From ice-cold brews to lively tunes, Bacon, Blues and Brews offers something for all appetites. The family-friendly celebration of craft beer, blues music and everyone’s favorite pork product will feature an array of inventive bacon-based dishes from chefs from around Phoenix, as well as an assortment of additional offerings for those looking beyond bacon and beer (if such individuals exist). From slices of bacon, a “bacon flight”, bacon tacos, bacon lobster rolls to bacon kettle corn, bacon ice cream and bacon cupcakes. Everything you desire is there! Discount tickets at all Basha’s stores valleywide for only $8.

Join friends and neighbors for an afternoon of pie, storytelling, art, music and merriment at the beautiful Hance Park. (Event will be on the west lawn — west of Central Avenue!) The 9th Annual Pie Social is FREE to attend. Sample a variety of pies for only $15, or just come for the fun! Sure to be the sweetest event in November. Satisfy your sweet tooth from 2 until 5 p.m. More info at facebook.com/PieSocialPhx.

Learn about the rich history, culture, music, dancing, and culinary specialities of Serbia. It’s the 16th Annual Serb Fest! Delicious homemade Serbian cuisine and pastries will be offered. Live music and folklore performances are on display. Shop for cultural and ethnic items. Take a tour of the beautiful host venue. Serbfest.com has a buy 1 get 1 free ticket waiting for you! Enjoy quality time with your family, friends, and neighbors from 11 a.m to 10 p.m Saturday, November 3rd and Noon to 8 p.m Sunday. Directions to the festival at serbfest.com. It’s located near 44th st and the 202 freeway in Phoenix. Only $4 to get in.

— Sunday, November 4th —

Southwest Vegfest is a 100% FREE AND 100% nonprofit festival with a focus on food, retail, entertainment, education and inspiration from the southwest region. It’s the 2nd annual SW VegFest in downtown Phoenix at the beautiful Steele Indian School Park. Come enjoy fantastic food, awesome vendors, live music, local and national sponsors, community outreach groups, youth (and adult) activities…oh and more fantastic food! Southwest VegFest celebrates health, environment, and animal welfare. Plan on visiting this Sunday, November 4th from 10 a.m until 4 p.m. Need to know more? swvegfest.com

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Jeff Kode

Jeff Kode has previously written articles for The Arizona Republic ALT section, as well as other publications including Echo Magazine and IONAZ Magazine. He is an enthusiastic movie lover, and enjoys discovering new music. He was previously on air middays with his own show The Sugar Rush, and can now be heard 6-9am on The Morning Beat with Steve and Jeff at 88.7 The Pulse.




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