It's Happening! Your Favorite Events are Around the Corner
Here is your first look at Downtown Tempe events this fall and winter 2021.
The Valley’s favorite and most well-attended events, plus a new event series, are making a return this fall and winter in Downtown Tempe. Are you ready? Because we are.
After an 18-month hiatus from events (do we even need to say why?), Downtown Tempe Authority bring back signature events but with some modifications and changes. We evaluated and modified our events, where possible, to incorporate safety measures that help reduce the transmission of COVID-19. We are also incorporating educational awareness into our marketing campaign to encourage safe participation.
Downtown Tempe has been recognized as a destination for unique experiences and events throughout the year. The return of the signature events this fall provides the opportunity for more shared experiences and helps support small businesses, artists, and vendors.
Events Making a Return in fall 2021:
Halloween Stroll: October 24, 2021
The first event to return is the family-friendly Halloween Stroll, on October 24, from 2 p.m. – 5 p.m. This event occurs at 6th Street Park (next to 6th Street Park) and includes games, crafts, and trick-or-treating at local merchants around the Downtown area. Also included, is a Costume Contest, presented by Air1 Radio. The event is free to participate in, suitable for all ages, and a community favorite.
Visit the Halloween Stroll Event Page
Fantasy of Lights Street Parade & Tree Lighting: November 26, 2021
The Fantasy of Lights Street Parade & Tree Lighting kicks off the holiday season on November 26, the day after Thanksgiving. This community favorite includes a street parade downtown, holiday market, holiday eats & treats, and a tree lighting ceremony. There’s plenty of fun for everyone, between 4:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Visit the Fantasy of Lights Street Parade & Tree Lighting Event Page
The Tempe Festival of Arts Festival: December 3-5, 2021
The Tempe Festival of Arts Festival returns on December 3-5, 2021. This well-loved community event will showcase over 350 artists from around the country. Explore art, enjoy tasty treats and eats from local vendors, street performances, and more.
Visit the Tempe Festival of Arts Website
Fantasy of Lights Boat Parade: December 11, 2021
Join us on December 11, 2021, at Tempe Town Lake for a festive boat parade and fireworks show. This is a community tradition not to be missed. See over 20+ boats dressed up in their festive lights, cruise around the lake. Enjoy delicious holiday treats and drinks, and then finish the evening with a fireworks show over the lake. This is one you don't want to miss!
Visit the Boat Parade webpage
Second Sundays on Mill- Monthly Series (NEW THIS YEAR)
The popular 6th Street Market has grown into a new monthly event series, Second Sundays on Mill. After five seasons at 6th Street Park, we are taking the market to the street starting in fall 2021.
Second Sundays on Mill, which kicks off on Sunday, November 14, 2021, offers a local market featuring artisans, handmade crafts, baked goods, unique gifts, and more. Plus – pop-up street performances, live music from local musicians, community programming, fitness classes, and outdoor games can be enjoyed by all ages.
This event is family-friendly, surrounded by delicious eats and treats from local restaurants- and a great way to mill around on a Sunday afternoon. The event takes place between November 2021 and April 2022. Come to one or all of these events.
- November 14, 2021
- December 12, 2021 (Special Holiday Market)
- January 9, 2022
- February 13, 2022
- March 13, 2022
- April 10, 2022
Visit the Second Sundays on Mill Webpage
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