Through Jan. 13, 2019, Arizona Science Center
As new exhibit, Cosmic Playground will inspire and delight space-lovers with the likes of a tunnel of stars and a Milky Way ball pit. Guests can explore the galaxy in a unique, all-ages play space made almost entirely of household packing tape as well as participate in space-themed activities while immersed in cosmic light, sound and motion. There will also be daily spaced-themed activities. 10 a.m.- 5 p.m. $3.95-$4.95 plus cost of admission. www.azscience.org.
AZCENTRAL WINE & FOOD EXPERIENCE
Nov. 3 -4, Monterra at WestWorld of Scottsdale
Join local foodies and wine aficionados for a savory culinary exploration showcasing food from local and national chefs and winemakers. Plus, guests can explore The Martha Stewart Experience featuring the lifestyle leader’s newest products. A new addition this year is The Grateful House, where guests can make their own goods while learning dessert-decorating techniques. 1-4 p.m. $65-$180. www.wineandfood.azcentral.com.
GRACE RENEE GALLERY TRUNK SHOW
Nov. 8-10, Grace Renee Gallery
Grace Renee Gallery, a new contemporary fine art gallery locatd in Carefree’s historic Spanish Village Plaza, will celebrate its grand opening with exclusive trunk shows. The gallery will welcome renowned jewelry designer Laura Bicego, the owner of Nanis Italian Jewels, for a special showing of her newest collection of elegant, handmade jewelry. VIP reception, Nov. 8, 6-10 p.m.; trunk shows Nov. 9-10, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. www.gracereneegallery.com.
PINNERS CONFERENCE + EXPO
Nov. 9-10, WestWorld of Scottsdale
Pinterest will come to life at the Pinners Conference + Expo, the only Pinterest-based conference connecting consumers, brands and influencers. The conference will include 100 classes and shopping with more than 300 local and national brands. Top bloggers and teachers will present creative classes on topics such as beauty and fashion, DIY and crafts, lifestyle and learning, food arts, home and decor, quilting and sewing, party planning, photography, and health and fitness. The “V.I.Pinner” pass will include a VIP and blogger party, swag and prizes, a two-day class pass, early shopping, and an in-show VIP room. Times vary. Tickets start at $8; VIP, $129. www.az.pinnersconference.com.
CHILES & CHOCOLATE FESTIVAL
Nov. 9-11, Desert Botanical Garden
For a sweet and spicy weekend, look no further than the Chiles & Chocolate Festival. Sample and shop your way through Arizona’s top chile and chocolate vendors offering gourmet chocolates, zesty sauces, fire-roasted chiles, and other delights. There will also be live performances, including Latin, Brazilian and Spanish dance in the courtyard. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Included with garden admission or membership. www.dbg.org.
A MCNIGHT TO REMEMBER – BEAUTY AND THE BEAST GALA
Nov. 10, JW Marriott Scottsdale Camelback Inn Resort & Spa
Get ready to waltz through an enchanted evening as you savor a gourmet dinner, bid on silent and live auction packages, and vie at the chance to win a fabulous vacation. The party will continue at The Enchanted After Party hosted by the Red Shoe Society, where guests can enjoy music, dancing, entertainment and late-night desserts. The evening will benefit Ronald McDonald House’s mission of helping families in need. 6-9 p.m. $300. www.rmhccnaz.org.
BENTLEY SCOTTSDALE POLO CHAMPIONSHIPS
Nov. 10-11, WestWorld of Scottsdale
This year, The Polo Party will host six polo matches with a first-time appearance by world-famous polo player and Ralph Lauren model Ignacio “Nacho” Figueras, who will represent the reigning Aspen Valley Polo Team as they battle the Centtrip Wales Polo Team. Plus, see model Ashley Busch and other fan favorites including Work to Ride, the first all African-American high school polo champions in U.S. history featured on 60 Minutes, HBO and ESPN. The Polo Party will also include new performances from The Phoenix Symphony, Phoenix Theatre, Phoenix Opera, and Phoenix Boys Choir; the World’s Farthest Rugby Sevens Match (an event first); a new pop-up sports bar; The World’s “Longest” Fashion Show; and a preview of the 2019 Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction. In addition, guests can round out the festivities with a Sunday brunch by M Culinary. Doors open at 10 a.m. on Saturday and 10:45 a.m. on Sunday. Ticket prices vary. www.thepoloparty.com.
MONSTER FISH: IN SEARCH OF THE LAST RIVER GIANTS
Nov. 10-May 5,2019, OdySea Aquarium
Dive beneath the surface of the world’s rivers in this new exhibit, which takes visitors on a trip around the world with Zeb Hogan, host of the Nat Geo Wild Series Monster Fish, in search of bizarre species of freshwater fish. The interactive exhibit will include five life-size sculptures of monster fish as well as videos and hands-on activities for audiences of all ages. Included with admission. www.odyseaaquarium.com.
THE ART OF FEARLESSLY DOING BUSINESS IV
Nov. 15, Carstens Fine Art Studio & Gallery
As the fourth installment of a yearly series, this special evening will showcase artist Michelle Micalizzi’s multimedia paintings inspired by her conversations with business leaders on how they have overcome their fears to take the leap into entrepreneurship. The original work and sketches will be on view, and select proceeds will benefit Phoenix Art Museum. 6-9 p.m. Free. www.cyndycarstens.com.
Nov. 16, Embassy Suites by Hilton Scottsdale Resort
For 33 years, the Sterling Awards has embodied the spirit of the Scottsdale Area Chamber of Commerce by celebrating those who have demonstrated excellence, innovation and community stewardship. The awards span four categories – microbusiness, small business, big business and nonprofit – and will be announced at the luncheon. 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Member, $95; nonmember, $115. www.scottsdalechamber.com.
PHOENIX PIZZA FESTIVAL
Nov. 17, Margaret T. Hance Park
Pizza lovers will unite at this festival dedicated to all things pizza. Approximately 15 pizzamakers will offer slices for $2-$4 as well as whole and half pizzas. There will also be craft beer and wine vendors for an additional cost (cash only) and live music. The event will benefit Downtown Phoenix, Inc., a group dedicated to the continued revitalization of Downtown Phoenix. Advance, $10; at the gate, $12; ages 5 and under, free. 11 a.m.- 5 p.m. www.phoenix.pizza.
MAC AND CHEESE FEST
Nov. 17-18, Salt River Fields at Talking Stick
This festival has expanded to two days and a bigger location, featuring $2 tastes of creative mac and cheese from 35 of Valley restaurants along with local brews at the beer garden. There will also be yard games. VIP tickets include a private entrance and area as well as four drink tickets and five tokens for mac and cheese samples. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. General admission, $15; beer garden, $20; VIP, $75. www.macandcheesefestaz.com.
PET-A-PALOOZA DAY OF THE DOG
Nov. 17-18, Old Town Scottsdale
The Day of the Dog is taking over Old Town Scottsdale at this festival’s first-ever stop in the U.S. Bring your dog to sample treats, food, accessories and toys. Other activities include Scottsdale’s first omelet bar for dogs and on-site rescue organizations with adoptable dogs. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. www.petapaloozawest.com.
DOWNTOWN DONUT FESTIVAL
Nov. 18, Margaret T. Hance Park
Devour $1 doughnuts from more than 15 local doughnut shops at this new festival. Mimosa bars, craft beer, wine-tasting stations, live music, a shopping marketplace, and yard games will be the icing on the doughnuts. The event will benefit Downtown Phoenix, Inc. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. General admission, $8; ages 5 and under, free. www.downtowndonutfest.com.
Nov. 24-Jan. 1, 2019, Downtown Scottsdale
This holiday celebration kicks off Nov. 24 with a tree lighting and singalong at Soleri Bridge (7-9 p.m.). Signature events will include a Feliz Navidad Fiesta (Dec. 1, noon-4 p.m.); a Santa Wine Around and Ale Trail (Dec. 15, 6-9 p.m.); and a Java Jingle Crawl with tastings at coffee shops (Dec. 22, 8-11 a.m.). Most events are free. Times vary. www.scottsdazzle.com.
2018 WOMEN’S EMPOWERMENT LUNCHEON
Nov. 27, Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Montelucia
Join the YWCA at this luncheon featuring a presentation from Lindsay Wagner, an award-winning actress, author and advocate. Through this dynamic series, the YWCA seeks to inspire women and empower them to pursue their personal and career dreams. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Member, $65; nonmember, $75. www.ywcaaz.org.
DANCING FOR ARIZONA’S CHILDREN
Dec. 1, JW Marriott Scottsdale Camelback Inn Resort & Spa
Community leaders will perform with a professional dancer to raise funds for children living in out-of-home care. All funds will go toward Arizona’s Children Association’s “Strengthening Families” Fund, which supports foster care, adoption, kinship, and family education and support services. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Adults, $125; youth, $75. www.arizonaschildren.org.