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Posted: Saturday, October 30, 2010 10:15 am | Updated: 4:15 pm, Mon Oct 29, 2012.

Life in the East Valley moves according to the seasons: hot and not. Options for getting out and about definitely dwindle in the summertime, but there are still plenty of events — from down-on-the-farm fruit festivals to giant community dog walks — to keep you entertained throughout the year. Call the phone numbers given or check city websites for updates to these events.

November

  • Mesa Veteran’s Day Parade, 11 a.m. Nov. 11, downtown Mesa. (480) 644-4003.
  • Chandler Chuck Wagon Cook-Off, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 13, Tumbleweed Ranch at Tumbleweed Park, 2250 S. McQueen Road. (480) 782-2669.
  • Little Buck-a-Roos Round-up, Nov. 13, Apache Junction. Costume contests, gold-panning, a petting zoo and horseback rides for kids. (480) 983-2181.
  • 26th annual Gilbert Days Parade, Rodeo, 5K and 1-mile Fun Run and Softball Tournament, Nov. 13-21, locations throughout Gilbert. (480) 503-6200.
  • Woofstock: The Great Chandler Dog Walk, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 20, Tumbleweed Park, 2250 S. McQueen Road. (480) 782-2735.
  • Chandler’s Home for the Holidays, dates TBA. Family friendly holiday festivities and attractions. (480) 782-2735.
  • Mesa Old West Days, Nov. 20-21, downtown Mesa. Outdoor costumed celebration of Arizona’s bygone frontier era. (480) 307-5649.
  • Ironman Arizona Triathlon, Nov. 21, Tempe Beach Park, 80 W. Rio Salado Parkway. (888) 280-9097.
  • Mesa Mi Amigo’s Turkey Trot, Nov. 25, Red Mountain Park, 7745 E. Brown Road. Fitness run/walk. (602) 234-3460.
  • Holiday Light Display at the Mesa Temple, Nov. 26-Dec. 31, Arizona Mormon Temple, 525 E. Main St. (480) 964-7164.
  • Tempe Fantasy of Lights (holiday) Parade, 6 p.m. Nov. 27, Mill Avenue in downtown Tempe. (480) 355-6060.

December

  • Queen Creek Hometown Christmas, 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Dec. 3, Queen Creek Library, 21802 S. Ellsworth Road. Family friendly holiday festival. (480) 358-3700.
  • 42nd annual Fall Tempe Festival of the Arts, Dec. 3-5, on Mill Avenue in downtown Tempe. Massive outdoor art and entertainment fair. (480) 355-6069.
  • Let It Snow Holiday Program & Light Parade, Dec. 4, Apache Junction. (480) 983-2181.
  • Chandler’s Parade of Lights and Tumbleweed Tree Lighting Ceremony, 4:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Dec. 4, Dr. A.J. Chandler Park, 3 S. Arizona Ave. (480) 782-2735.
  • Gilbert’s Holiday Nights of Lights, Dec. 2.-Jan.2, Gilbert Civic Center North Campus, 50 E. Civic Center Drive. (480) 503-6200.
  • Queen Creek Holiday Festival and Parade, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 4, Queen Creek Library, 21802 S. Ellsworth Road. (480) 586-5837.
  • Tempe Fantasy of Lights Boat Parade, 6 p.m. Dec. 11, Tempe Beach Park, 80 W. Rio Salado Parkway. (480) 355-6060.
  • 12Ks of Christmas, 10 a.m. Dec. 11, Freestone Park, 1045 E. Juniper Road. Fitness walks/runs with carolers at each kilometer, a pet village and a Christmas bazaar. (480) 609-3978.
  • Mesa Arts Festival, Dec. 11-12, Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St. More than 100 artist booths, live entertainment, kids’ activities and food vendors. (480) 644-6500.
  • Insight Bowl, Dec. 28, Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe. American college football bowl game. (480) 350-0911.
  • Fiesta Bowl Block Party, Dec. 31, Mill Avenue District in downtown Tempe. The Valley’s largest New Year’s Eve party. (480) 350-0900.

January

  • Chandler’s Celebration of Unity, dates and location TBA. Events celebrating the spirit and ideals of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the civil rights movement. (480) 782-2735.
  • Chandler Multicultural Festival, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Jan. 15, Downtown Chandler Library Plaza, 22 S. Delaware St. (480) 782-2735.
  • P.F. Chang’s Rock ’n’ Roll Marathon & Half Marathon, Jan. 16, routed through Phoenix and Scottsdale with a Finish Line Festival at Sun Devil Stadium, 219 Packard Drive, Tempe. (800) 311-1255.
  • Seventh annual Walk ’n’ Roll Dog Walk, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Jan. 29, Tempe Beach Park, 80 W. Rio Salado Parkway, Tempe. 5K walk and wheelchair roll for people and pets, plus performances by canine fly ball and drill teams, to benefit local guide dog training organization. (480) 945-0754.

February

  • Arizona Renaissance Festival, Feb. 12-April 3, 12601 E. U.S. Highway 60, Apache Junction. Medieval village teeming with costumed characters, live shows, rides, shops and other attractions. (520) 463-2700.
  • Classic Car & Hot Rod Show, dates TBA, Historic Downtown Chandler. (480) 389-7709.
  • Lost Dutchman Marathon, Feb. 20, Apache Junction Rodeo Park, 1590 E. Lost Dutchman Blvd. (480) 983-1500.
  • Lost Dutchman Days, Feb. 25-27, Apache Junction Rodeo Park, 1590 E. Lost Dutchman Blvd. Events celebrating town’s Western heritage. (480) 982-3141.
  • Peach Blossom Festival, dates TBA, Schnepf Farms, 24810 S. Rittenhouse Road, Queen Creek. (480) 987-3100

March

  • Chandler Ostrich Festival, March 11-13, Tumbleweed Park, 2250 S. McQueen Road. Celebrates ostriches in Chandler’s history with ostrich races and other attractions. (480) 963-4571.
  • Antique Tractor Show, second week of March, Apache Junction Rodeo Park, 1590 E. Lost Dutchman Blvd. (480) 895-7316.
  • Arizona Aloha Festival, March 12-13, Tempe Beach Park, 80 W. Rio Salado Parkway. Celebration of Polynesian cultures. (602) 697-1824.
  • 34th annual Tempe Spring Festival of the Arts, March 25-27, on Mill Avenue in downtown Tempe. Massive outdoor art and entertainment fair. (602) 997-2581.
  • Queen Creek Roots ’n’ Boots, March 25-27, Horseshoe Park & Equestrian Centre, 20464 E. Riggs Road. A pro rodeo and interactive Western festival for families. (480) 358-3700.

April

  • Chandler Jazz Festival, April 1-2, Historic Downtown Chandler. (480) 782-2735.
  • Country Thunder Music Festival, April 7-10, 20585 E. Price (Station) Road, Florence. (866) 802-6418.
  • Global Village Festival, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 9, Gilbert Civic Center North Campus, 50 E. Civic Center Drive. Interactive celebration of world’s cultures. (480) 503-6224.
  • My Nana’s Best Tasting Salsa Challenge, April 9, Tempe Beach Park, 80 W. Rio Salado Parkway. Giant salsa-tasting party and competition with live entertainment. (602) 955-3947.
  • Passport to Discovery, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 16, Desert Mountain Park, 22201 S. Hawes Road, Queen Creek. Family festival focusing on art, culture and science. (480) 358-3700.
  • Pat’s Run, April 16, Sun Devil Stadium, 219 Packard Drive, Tempe. Fitness race honoring late Army Ranger, Arizona Cardinal and Arizona State University Sun Devil Pat Tillman. (480) 621-4074.
  • Chandler’s Family Easter Celebration, 9 a.m. to noon April 23, Snedigar Sportsplex, 4500 S. Alma School Road. Egg hunt and activities for families. (480) 782-2735.
  • Easter Egg-citement, dates TBA, Schnepf Farms, 24810 S. Rittenhouse Road, Queen Creek. Egg hunt and farm activities. (480) 987-3100.
  • Hershey Track & Field Games, dates TBA, Chandler High School, 350 N. Arizona Ave. A meet for local boys and girls ages 7-14.(480) 782-2704.
  • El Tour de Phoenix, April 2, Red Mountain Park, 7745 E. Brown Road, Mesa. Competitive and just-for-fun bicycle rides. (520) 745-2033.
  • Jesus the Christ Easter Pageant, April 15-23, Arizona Mormon Temple, 525 E. Main St., Mesa. Lavishly staged outdoor theater production for all religions, cultures and ages. (480) 654-1077.
  • Arizona Tattoo Expo, dates TBA, Mesa Convention Center, 201 N. Center St. (480) 644-2178.

May

  • Chandler Chihuahua Races and Cinco de Mayo Festival, dates TBA, Historic Downtown Chandler. (480) 782-2735.
  • Queen Creek Peach Festival, dates TBA, Schnepf Farms, 24810 S. Rittenhouse Road, Queen Creek. (480) 987-3100.

June

  • Chandler Summer Splash Festival, date TBA, Dr. A.J. Chandler Park, 3 S. Arizona Ave. Water attractions and activities for families. (480) 855–3539.

July

  • Apache Junction Fourth of July Celebration, July 4, Apache Junction High School Football Stadium, 2525 S. Ironwood Drive. (480) 983-2181.
  • Chandler’s Fourth of July 7-Up Fireworks Spectacular, date TBA, Tumbleweed Park, 2250 S. McQueen Road. (480) 782-2735.
  • Gilbert’s Old-Fashioned Fourth of July Fireworks Celebration, date and location TBA. (480) 503-6200.
  • The Southwest Ambulance Arizona Celebration of Freedom, July 1-2, downtown Mesa. (480) 644-2069.
  • Queen Creek Fourth of July Celebration, dates TBA, Schnepf Farms, 24810 S. Rittenhouse Road, Queen Creek. (480) 987-3100.
  • CBS 5 July 4th Tempe Town Lake Festival, July 4, Tempe Beach Park, 80 W. Rio Salado Parkway. (480) 350-5189.
  • Monsoon Madness, date TBA, Founder’s Park, 22407 S. Ellsworth Road, Queen Creek. Seriously dirty mud play for youngsters and a mud volleyball tournament for adults. (480) 358-3700.

September

  • Arizona Restaurant Week, dates and locations TBA. Discounted prix-fixe meals at dozens of high-end eateries across the Valley. (602) 307-9134, extension 116.
  • Hispanic Heritage Month in Chandler, dates and locations TBA. (480) 782-2735.
  • Fall Frenzy Music Festival, dates TBA, Tempe Beach Park, 80 W. Rio Salado Parkway. (480) 829-0607.
  • Healing Field, dates TBA, Tempe Beach Park, 80 W. Rio Salado Parkway. Nearly 3,000 American flags fly in the park amid a walk of remembrance, reading of names and candlelight vigil for the victims of the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. (480) 967-2001.

October

  • Tempe Oktoberfest, date TBA, Tempe Beach Park, 80 W. Rio Salado Parkway. Sprawling celebration of Bavarian food and music. (480) 350-8181.
  • Fall Rhythm Fest, date TBA, Tumbleweed Park, 2250 S. McQueen Road, Chandler. A dozen live bands, activities for kids and fireworks. (480) 782-2735.
  • Gilbert Family Halloween Carnival, date TBA, Freestone Park Ballfield Complex, 1045 E. Juniper Road. (480) 503-6200.
  • Howlin’ Halloween Spooktacular, date TBA, Chandler Community Center, 125 E. Commonwealth Ave. (480) 782-2735.
  • Tempe’s Family Halloween Carnival, date TBA, Kiwanis Park, 6111 S. All America Way, Tempe. (480) 350-5200.
  • Trunk or Treat, date TBA, Desert Mountain Park, 22201 S. Hawes Road, Queen Creek. (480) 358-3700.

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