Families and Kids

Tempe Fall Festivals You Won’t Want to Miss

With 330 days of sunshine each year and a vibrant downtown community, Tempe is the perfect festival location. Fall through spring, you will find a variety of fun festival events in our city. In Tempe for a meeting? Don’t forget to check the calendar and make it a point to mix in a little entertainment as you take a break from a busy day of meetings.

Halloween Stroll | Downtown Tempe

Ghosts, goblins, and princesses of all ages come to Downtown Tempe for some not-so-spooky Halloween fun at the Halloween Stroll on Sunday, October 25, 2020. Join us for socially-distant trick-or-treating in an outdoor, open-air environment with downtown merchants, and don’t forget to participate in our virtual costume contest for the chance to win some awesome prizes. While you’re downtown check out Hayden Station for our Halloween themed self-serve photo booth. Don’t forget your trick-or-treat bag and mask!

Downtown Tempe Halloween Stroll

6th Street Market | Downtown Tempe

Find handmade gifts and treats at 6th Street Market. The Market is held on Sundays from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., starting on October 4 through November 29, 2020 and in the spring, February 14 through April 25, 2021. The event takes place at the popular 6th Street Park near Tempe City Hall. There are a total of 18 Sundays in the season. Note: The market will NOT operate December 6 through February 7 and March 28 through April 4. The Market will be following all health and governmental authority recommendations. Read the full COVID-19 Notice for more information.

6th Street Market - masks

Wild Rising by Cracking Art | Desert Botanical Garden

Fall brings cooler days to Tempe and it is the perfect time to enjoy the beauty of the Sonoran desert at the Desert Botanical Garden. Through November 8, explore Desert Botanical Garden’s art exhibition Wild Rising by Cracking Art, traveling straight from Milan—an installation of more than 1,000 animal sculptures made from colorful and recyclable plastic. 

Wild Rising at Desert Botanical Garden

Tempe Festival of the Arts | Downtown Tempe

On December 4-6, 2020, Downtown Tempe will host a modified version of the 52nd Annual Fall Tempe Festival of the Arts. This festival will look different from previous years but the focus will remain on providing a variety of quality art and food in a socially distant environment.

As the event takes over the entirety of downtown Tempe, there is an abundance of room for social distancing in our 10 block footprint. Learn more about the safety protocol for this event.

Tempe Festival of the Arts

Las Noches de las Luminarias | Desert Botanical Garden

Continue your holiday celebrations at the Desert Botanical Garden at the popular Las Noches de las Luminarias. The Garden lights up with 8,000 glowing luminarias and thousands of twinkle lights on November 27 and 28, December 4-6, 11-13, 17-23 and 26-31 from 5:30 – 10:30 p.m. Come and stroll the glowing paths and enjoy live music and delicious food along the way. This is one event you don’t want to miss!

Desert Botanical Garden luminarias

This is just a small sample of the events and festival that delight our community throughout the year.  Make sure to schedule some fun next time you visit! For a full list of our upcoming happenings, check out our calendar of events:  www.tempetourism.com/events.

Written Amy Griglak

Originally from California, Amy loves to travel, go for runs, read all kinds of books, enjoy all things Disney, drink caramel macchiatos and explore new places and old favorites with her husband and two kiddos.