Mark you calendars for some fall fun in the Valley.
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1. The Big Sting
Country and camping are the ultimate combo at this weekendlong festival. The Big Sting is partnering with the Shadows Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to financially assisting those affected by life-threatening diseases, to put on three days of exquisite live country music. Whether you’re enjoying music by day or spending the night on a campsite, you won’t want to miss this concert for a cause. Oct. 14-16, Watson Lake, Prescott, thebigsting.com
2. Carefree Fine Art & Wine Festival
Sip on fine wines while strolling through the artwork of 165 award-winning artists at this two-day festival. A wide range of cultures and mediums are represented, so any festivalgoer will be sure to find something they fancy. Snuggled in the middle of Carefree’s town center, the festival is central to an abundance of restaurants, cafes and shops to keep you entertained for the whole weekend. Nov. 5-7, 10am-5pm, 101 Easy St., thunderbirdartists.com
3 .Fall Fountain Festival
With 500 featured artists this year, the Fall Fountain Festival is an arts and crafts spectacle to remember. Artists compete for their spot in this prestigious festival, so buyers will know they are getting Fountain Hills’ most renowned pieces. All mediums are represented, making it a great place to find a gift for any art lover. The vibrancy of the event is enhanced by live music performances and some of the best culinary vendors in the country. Nov. 12-14, 10am-5pm, Avenue of the Fountains and Saguaro Boulevard, fountainhillsartfairs.com
4. Uncorked: AZ Wine Festival
Be transported around the world from right here in Arizona with the tastings of over 100 wines and Champagnes paired perfectly with gourmet food trucks. VIP wine connoisseurs can enjoy an extra hour of wine tastings with the luxury of shorter lines and exclusive pours from a variety of wineries. Nov. 20, 7-10pm, Arizona Science Center, 600 E. Washington St., Phoenix, uncorkedwinefestivals.com
5. ArtFest of Scottsdale
One of Scottsdale’s most cherished traditions, ArtFest brings in 150 artists nationwide to display their one-of-a-kind art for Scottsdale’s art mavens. Known for its groundbreaking contemporary art and stunning sculpture garden, the pet-friendly event includes activities for kids. Nov. 20-21, 10am-5pm, Scottsdale Civic Center Plaza, 7380 E. Second St., 888artfest.com