Chandler is entering one of the more activity-packed seasons of the year. The extraordinary lineup of family-friendly events will occur through the end of the year and are produced by the City or local organizations.
Oct. 3, Chandler’s 16th Annual Mariachi & Folklorico Festival:Presented by C.A.L.L.E. de Arizona, this 7 p.m. festival will be at Chandler’s Center for the Arts, 250 N. Arizona Ave., and combines music and traditional dances of Mexico featuring folkloric dancers and popular Mariachi ensembles. Live entertainment and a Garibaldi Mercado showcasing local artists, vendors and businesses will begin at 5:30 p.m. Tickets can be purchased by calling the Chandler Center for the Arts Box Office at 480-782-2680.
Oct. 10-11, Indian Art Market: The free, two-day Indian Art Market will be held from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 10, and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 11, at Dr. A.J. Chandler Park, 3 South Arizona Ave. There will be entertainment and food, plus authentic Native American art including jewelry, photography, pottery, paintings, Katsina carvings, sculptures, and tribal arts and crafts. For more information, visit chandleraz.gov/indianaz or call 480-782-2214.
Oct. 15, Sonoran Sunset Series: Held the third Thursday of every month now through March, this free lakeside entertainment series begins at 7 p.m. in Veterans Oasis Park, located on the northeast corner of Lindsay and Chandler Heights roads. Bring blankets, folding chairs and food while enjoying great music. Snacks and beverages are available for a small fee. For more information, visit chandleraz.gov/veterans-oasis.
Oct. 24, Chandler Mayor’s Day of Play: Celebrate Chandler’s ninth Playful City USA designation at this free annual event held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Tumbleweed Park, located on the southwest corner of McQueen and Germann roads. Activities include health, safety, and fitness informational booths, games and activities such as jump rope, Teen Fitness Challenge, Foam Fun Run, and other field sports for children and parents alike. Visit chandleraz.gov/dayofplay for details.
Oct. 30, Halloween Spooktacular: Dress up in your favorite costume and enjoy activities for all ages, including carnival games, arts and crafts, costume contest, and scary haunted house. The free event will be held from 5:30-8:30 p.m. in the plaza in front of the downtown Chandler Community Center, 125 E. Commonwealth Ave. Visit chandleraz.gov/spooktacular for more information.
Oct. 31, Nov. 21, Nov. 28, Downtown Chandler Concert Series:Chandler’s new Downtown Stage will come alive with live musical entertainment from 5-10 p.m. with an accompanying beer garden and food vendors. For more information, visit downtownchandler.org.
Nov. 1, Dia de los Muertos Festival: Enjoy art, culture, cuisine and entertainment during this free celebration presented by the Si Se Puede Foundation from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. in Dr. A.J. Chandler Park. There will be costume contests, live musical entertainment, food, craft activities, art vendors, community alters, and assorted merchandise vendors. For details, visit sisepuedefoundation.com.
Nov. 7, Chandler Chuck Wagon Cook-off: Experience the sights, sounds, smells and tastes of 1880s authentic chuck wagons as teams from across the West compete using slow-cook wood-fire methods from the time period. Enjoy live music, storytelling and cooking demonstrations from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Tumbleweed Ranch in Tumbleweed Park, 2250 S. McQueen Rd. Visit chandleraz.gov/chuckwagon for more information.
Nov. 14, Rock The Block: Bring the whole family to this free annual block party being held from noon to 10 p.m. in downtown Chandler featuring live entertainment on the new Downtown Stage, a Kids Zone, plus interactive games, rides, face painting, inflatables, a zipline and more than 100 retail, arts and crafts vendors, food trucks and a beer and wine garden. Visit chandlerblockparty.com for more information.
Nov. 21, Woofstock: This free event takes place from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., at Tumbleweed Park. Bring your leashed, well-mannered dog out to enjoy a day of fun with other dog lovers and their K-9 friends. Visit chandleraz.gov/woofstock for more information.
Dec. 5. Tumbleweed Tree Lighting and Parade of Lights: Join us in downtown Chandler from 4:30-9 p.m. to celebrate a unique southwestern tradition that draws visitors from far and wide during the holidays. This community festival includes the beautiful Parade of Lights and marks the 59th Tumbleweed Tree built in Downtown Chandler. Details can be found at chandleraz.gov/tumbleweedtree.
A complete list of upcoming special events in Chandler is available online at chandleraz.gov/special-events or call the City’s Special Event Hotline at 480-782-2735.