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Plenty going on this weekend in Arizona for November 16 to November 18

Now through November 18 is Canal Convergence. It’s a 10-day exhibit which features a confluence of water, art, and light. Large scale interactive artworks, hands-on workshops, live music, and dance performances are all part of the awe. The events are FREE! Canal Convergence is located at Scottsdale Waterfront, on Camelback road. 4-8 p.m weekdays and 4-10 p.m weekends. canalconvergence.com for more info.

Few musicians have traveled to 24 different countries. Having earned a Record of the Year in Hong Kong was quite an accomplishment for the Russian String Orchestra. The young players known for creating high energy performances are coming to Arizona this Friday, November 16th. The concert at Gold Canyon United Methodist Church begins at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are only $5 for students! More details at goldcanyonarts.org

You may be excited about the turkey, stuffing and mashed potatoes coming around the corner, but first, pizza. Downtown Phoenix Inc. will hold the Phoenix Pizza Festival. It takes place on Saturday, November 17th from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m at Margaret T. Hance Park in Phoenix. Organizers urge pizza lovers to buy the $10 tickets (which only cover admission, not pizza) online, as they expect to sell out. There’s also an option to sign up for a volunteer slot, with jobs including ticketing, kid’s crafts and wine pouring, for free admission. There are at least 20 pizza makers participating in the festival, offering $2-4 slices as well as whole pies. For washing down the pizza, five craft beer and wine bars will be open. Besides stuffing your face, other activities include local music, lawn games and a kid’s zone. Did you know there’s a dot pizza? Yes! In fact, the website is phoenix.pizza. Ready for dessert? Come back to the park the next day between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. for the Downtown Donut Festival.

The inaugural Downtown Donut Festival will take place at Hance Park from 11am-3pm Sunday, November 18th. 20 Donut Vendors will offer $1 samples and donuts as well as specialty items. The event also benefits Downtown Phoenix, Inc. Tickets are $8 and available online in advance only. downtowndonutfest.com

Can’t wait for your Thanksgiving feast? Mac & Cheese Fest AZ has you covered. For an entire weekend, the festival will be offering $2 tasting cups of the beloved pasta as well as craft beer, cooking demonstrations and games. The event will be held Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Salt River Fields in Scottsdale. General admission tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for children ages 4 to 12. Food and beverages from more than 20 vendors will be sold separately. Another way into the festival is by signing up for a four-hour volunteer shift, which comes with free admission and a free t-shirt. For another $20, mac and cheese lovers can gain access to the Beer Garden, which includes ten 6-ounce samples of regional craft beer. For the $75 VIP package, pasta aficionados get four drink tickets, five mac and cheese sample tokens, one free water or soda and access to the private entrance, lounge and bathrooms. macandcheesefestaz.com

Pet-A-Palooza Day of the Dog Festival is Saturday and Sunday, November 16 and 17th in Old Town Scottsdale. It is the west coast’s largest outdoor pet festival! The cute and cuddly event kicks off at 10 a.m and goes until 4 p.m. It’s FREE and obviously very pet friendly. Bring your loved ones! Enjoy yoga, wiener dog and chihauhua races, the running of the bulls featuring english and french bulldogs, and more! 70 pet-inspired exhibitors await you. petapaloozawest.com/scottsdale

The annual ArtFest of Scottsdale is one of the valley’s most popular holiday traditions. Downtown Scottsdale features 150 artists from across the country. You can find that one of a kind gift just in time for the holidays. Enjoy fine arts & crafts, local authors, live music throughout the festival, tempting foods in a beautiful sculpture garden setting. Other fun includes hands on kids activities, Scottsdale art museum, great restaurants, plenty of close parking and unique shops. Artfest offers FREE parking and admission! 10 a.m to 5 p.m Saturday and Sunday, November 17th and 18th at Scotssdale Civic Center Plaza. Need to know more? 888artfest.com

From Graffiti Workshops to Beat Battles, the Urban Sol festival puts hip-hop culture front and center in Tempe. Some think hip-hop is nothing more than Lil Yachty or Young Money, but promoters hope to change that perspective. A lot of people get the idea that hip-hop is nothing but misogyny and wealth chasing, but there are artists like Killer Mike with Run the Jewels and Nas who use hip-hop to make a positive impact in the community. The event includes beat battles, graffiti battles, an emcee competition and a dance competition. Urban Sol is FREE and goin’ down at Galvin Playhouse. The time to be there is between 3-9 p.m, Sunday November 18th. 411 at facebook.com/pg/UrbanSolAZ/events

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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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