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Celebrate the three day weekend with movies music food fun and more Nov 9 to 11

Downtown Mesa will host The Mesa Music Festival. Multiple stages will feature nearly 300 rising artists from all over the U.S. Guest speakers include actor and musician Henry Rollins. Headlining performances by the L.A trio Dreamers, who were selected to open for Stone Temple Pilots on their US tour. Dreamers will close the main stage Saturday with a performance kicking off at 8:30 p.m. Best yet, it’s FREE! Friday, November 9th, 1 p.m until just past midnight, and Saturday, November 10th, Noon until Midnight at various venues. All the info you need is at

The Chiles and Chocolate Festival is the ideal recipe for a sweet and spicy fall. Sample and shop your way through the top chile and chocolate vendors Arizona has to offer. Indulge in gourmet chocolates, zesty sauces, fresh fire-roasted chiles and other mouthwatering delights. Listen to catchy musical mixes and enjoy fiery live performances of Latin, Brazilian, and Spanish dance on Boppart Courtyard. All products featured are available for purchase throughout the weekend. Desert Botanical Garden hosts the three day event from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, November 9th through Sunday, November 11th. The festival is included with paid admission to Desert Botanical Garden. You could also get a culture pass from your local library which will give you FREE admission.

The Chandler Chuck Wagon Cook-Off is a rare, up-close look at Western history. This Saturday, November 10th is a free, family-friendly culinary event. Authentic 1880s chuck wagon teams around the West use historic cooking methods creating the best meals fit for the trail. Wagon teams win prizes in various food categories and the public can purchase these unique chuck wagon meals. Enjoy Western history, cooking demonstrations, unique vendors and live music. The fun kicks off at 9 a.m. Meal tickets can be purchased for $15 but sell out quickly beginning at 10 a.m. The winners are announced around 2:30 p.m. It all goes down at Tumbleweed Park in Chandler until 4 p.m.

The Arizona Honeybee Festival is a “buzzworthy” event that encourages you to taste, shop, and learn! The FREE, family-friendly event will feature local beekeepers, live music, delicious food, kids’ activities and more. Many of us have allergies and locally sourced honey can help! It’s a sweet time for everyone this Saturday, November 10th from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m at North Phoenix Baptist Church.

The 10th annual Grand Avenue Festival offers attendees music, art, performances, tours, food trucks, and more! The House of Cirque will delight young and old alike with their exotic costumes. Their entourage includes strolling musicians, jugglers, dancing skeletons, 10-foot-high stilt walkers and interactive hula hoopers. Free children’s activities include face painting, creative hat-making, a puppet-making workshop, and other activities. The “Untrashed Recycled Fashion Show and Trashy Hat Promenade” will walk the stage at Unexpected Gallery, 734 W. Polk Street, at 2:30 p.m., then promenade to ThirdSpace (1028 Grand) for jurying and prizes at 3:30p.m. An old fashioned talent show, “Trolley Follies”, will take place at 4 p.m. at the Phoenix Trolley Museum. Kicking off After Hours at 8pm, Marshall Shore (Arizona’s “Hip Historian”), WEARizona and Hamati Designs, present “Decades of Decadence,” highlighting local designers, stylists and makeup artists. Show starts at Unexpected Gallery at 8p.m.; doors open at 7p.m. Taiko and African drumming, and Chinese dance will activate the stage all day. The festival is FREE for all! The entire event runs from 11 a.m until 10 p.m. More details at

Romanians are recognized as being some of the most beautiful people in the world. They are friendly and outgoing. This weekend is your chance to catch up with your Romanian friends
and neighbors at the annual Romanian Festival. Saint John Romanian Orthodox Church in Glendale will be transformed into a fun and festive environment. Traditional Romanian foods like
mititei, sarmale (cabbage rolls), tripe soup, and crepes, along with sweets will be served. Live performances and music will be heard throughout the day. FREE parking and only $3 to get
in. Join the festivities Saturday from 10 a.m to 8 p.m and Sunday, Noon until 8 p.m. More info at

Are you at pet lover? Maybe you just love watching those funny cat and dog videos on YouTube. Filmbar in downtown Phoenix has dedicated an entire two days to our furry friends!
Saturday November 10th and Sunday November 11th is The Cat and Dog Festival. Indulge in doggy documentaries and kitty cartooons. Ok, that second one I made up. There will be docs
and shorts like Nobody Owns A Cat, Outdoor Adventure, and Who Rescued Whom? Follow the catnip to for more details.

Get your holiday shopping done early this year! Arizona Harvest Festival is a farmers market and more! It’s set for this Sunday November 11th from 9 a.m to 4 p.m in Chandler. Over 100
merchants will offer a huge selection of products and services. Some include artisan gourmet foods, holiday items, home décor and furnishings, jewelry, clothing, art, home improvements,
and much more. Featuring live entertainment, Arizona Harvest Fest will offer a cornucopia of recreational fun for all ages. Activities include: pumpkin toss, pumpkin pageant, cornhole, pie
eating contest, corn shucking, cake walk and a kid’s zone. For the adults, enjoy the flavors of the season in the beer garden featuring local pumpkin ales and seasonal brews. It all takes
place at Dr. AJ Chandler Park in downtown Chandler.

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Jeff Kode

Jeff Kode has previously written articles for The Arizona Republic, 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, 6-9 am on The Morning Beat with Steve and Jeff, and can now be heard during the afternoon drive 3 to 5 pm at 88.7 The Pulse.
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