If you're not the type who gets a thrill from camping outside of Best Buy for hours or fighting the crowds at the mall for a parking spot, check out some of these out-of-the-ordinary Black Friday deals. Many local Valley retailers will open their doors with special bargains for Black Friday and Small Business Saturday — and we have rounded up the ultimate guide to local discounts and events.
Heard Museum Ornament Marketplace
Enhance your holidays with unique Native-themed ornaments hand-crafted by American Indian artists from the Heard Museum Shops during this annual event. Beginning on Black Friday, choose from hundreds of various ornaments for yourself or for unique holiday gifts. This event will run from Friday, November 27 to Sunday, November 29. Hours are Friday and Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission to the Heard Museum Shop is always free (museum admission costs extra). For more, visit heard.org/event/ornament-marketplace.
Alternative Black Friday Vintage Market
If strolling through a Parisian flea market appeals to you, try CityScape in downtown Phoenix's fourth annual Alternative Black Friday Vintage Market. From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., more than 20 local vendors will be selling vintage clothes, antiques, jewelry, coffee, crafts, home goods, and décor. Admission is free, and the first 300 shoppers will get an exclusive gift bag with goodies and coupons from CityScape merchants. While you browse, enjoy the Mimosa Bar as well as local beers and wine and listen to local musicians in Patriots Square. Shoppers can enter to win a prize package by using hashtag #MyABF on their Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook photos of their Alternative Black Friday experience. Find out more at cityscapephoenix.com/events/alternative-black-friday-vintage-market/.
Downtown Tempe "Shop Small Selfies"
Several downtown Tempe businesses will be celebrating Small Business Saturday with "Shop Small Selfies." Stores and restaurants will create a unique selfie opportunity for their customers and offer other in-store events, savings, and incentives. Participating businesses include Critical Threat Comics, Earl of Sandwich, Ncounter, Tempe Center for the Arts, Delice Bistro, The Handlebar Tempe, La Bocca Pizzaria + Wine Bar, Yoga to the People, Pedal Haus, and Candy Addict. Guests are also encouraged to tag #DowntownTempe and to take selfies with the way-finding/directory map kiosks sprinkled around downtown for a chance to win a shopping spree. For details, visit downtowntempe.com/do/small-business-saturday.
Black Friday at Phoenix Art Museum
Give the gift of art this year. Beginning at 8 a.m., the first 50 people in line will receive a free year-long membership to the museum (you can also make this a gift membership if you're feeling generous). Items in the store are 10 percent off for the general public and 20 percent for members. Also, from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m., enjoy free coffee and donuts (while they last) and free admission to special exhibitions "The White Shirt According to Me: Gianfranco Ferré" and "Ai WeiWei: Circle of Animals/ Zodiac Heads." For more, visit phxart.org.
ASU Art Museum
For the artist in your life, the ASU Art Museum Store and the Ceramics Center at the Brickyard in Tempe will offer their annual holiday sale from November 24 to December 12. Although the stores will be closed on Black Friday, they will reopen on Small Business Saturday with 20 percent off all regularly-priced merchandise, and museum members will receive an additional 10 percent off. For more information, visit asuartmuseum.asu.edu.
For the bookworms on your shopping list, the beloved Tempe bookstore (and its location in Phoenix) will offer the same great deal they do every year: 10 percent off Changing Hands gift cards offered online. Look out for more information at changinghands.com.
Starting on Black Friday and continuing through Sunday, this beacon of quirky local ware — located across the street from Phoenix Art Museum and attached to Giant Coffee — is hosting an event called Thanks-giveaways. All weekend, prizes will be given away every hour on the hour, and customers will enjoy 20 percent off apparel and 10 percent off jewelry. Check out their selection at bunkyboutique.com. (We love their brand new T-shirts that let you rep your Phoenix neighborhood pride.)
Scottsdale Artisan Market
Spend Small Business Saturday on the Scottsdale Waterfront. From noon to 9 p.m., downtown Scottsdale’s SouthBridge and 5th Avenue shops will feature live music, art demonstrations, hot apple cider, holiday carolers, sidewalk sales, and a visit from a very special North Pole resident. For more details, visit artisanmarketsaz.com.
Looking for something truly unique? Check out the Phoenix Flea on Saturday, November 28, where local artists and craftsman and a handful of traveling shops will offer curated collections of handcrafted goods, vintage clothing and collectibles, original paintings and prints, industrial decor, fashion, artisan food, and more. The event will take place in Heritage Square in Phoenix from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.. Entry is $5 for adults, and children 12 and under get in free. For more, visit phx-flea.com.
Black Friday Vintage Pod Sale
Beginning on Friday, November 27, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., join Zinnias at Melrose for some cookies, hot coffee, a 20-foot pod full of vintage and antique treasure, and another 10,000 square feet of goods from vendors. No need to get up at the crack of dawn, so enjoy your Thanksgiving dinner, get a good night’s sleep, and head there on Friday for a fun day of vintage shopping. If you don’t make it out on Friday, don't worry. The sale will last through Monday November 30. Just remember — the early bird gets the worm. For questions, call 602-264-4166.
Black Friday with the Arizona Coyotes
Any hockey fans in your house? Spend Black Friday with the Arizona Coyotes on Friday, November 27. From noon to 1 p.m., you can skate with the Arizona Coyotes’ Howler and Paw Patrol during a special appearance on the Westgate holiday rink at Fountain Park in Glendale. In addition, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., attendees can enter to win 12 suite tickets to the Arizona Coyotes-Minnesota Wild game on December 11 at Gila River Arena. Free holiday skating continues all weekend at Fountain Park. Hours on Friday and Saturday are from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., 11 and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday. For more, visit www.westgateaz.com/holiday.
Mesa Arts Center
Not quite ready to leave your cozy pajamas on Black Friday? Mesa Arts Center is offering a $24 for 24-hour event online. For deals on performances starting at $24, use the promo code BLACKFRIDAY at mesaartscenter.com on November 27 until 11:59 p.m. Upcoming shows include Under the Streetlamp, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical, Mannheim Steamroller Christmas by Chip Davis, Disney's Beauty and the Beast, Rain: A Tribute to the Beatles, and Milk Carton Kids. among others. The offer is only for select shows, and seating is limited. In other words, once they are sold out, they're gone. So jump on this deal early.
Mesa Indie Fest
Downtown Mesa is celebrating Small Business Saturday with Indie Fest from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., which will include over 100 local businesses, artisans and crafters, live music, and business specials. For every $35 spent, you will receive $5 back in Downtown Dollars. These passports are available at all businesses and will be turned into the Information Booth for this day only. While you’re there, hashtag #MyDowntownMesa when posting to social media for chances to win Downtown gift cards and prizes. Find out more at downtownmesa.com.
Merry Main Street in Mesa
After a decade hiatus, Merry Main Street is back — bigger and better than ever. The popular winter event, which was once the largest holiday celebration in the East Valley, will kick off Friday, November 27, and expects to bring thousands of holiday revelers to downtown Mesa to enjoy music, an ice-skating rink, a food truck forest, a tree-lighting ceremony, and good food. For details, visit merrymainst.com.
Gilbert Farmers Market and Fourth Annual Gilbert Art Walk
Nothing goes together better than art and food. On Saturday morning from 8 a.m. to noon, swing by the Gilbert Farmer's Market located just west of the Gilbert Water Tower and enjoy produce from Abby Lee Farms, Desert Roots Farm, Flower Fly Farms, The Farm at Agritopia, and more. Then, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in downtown Gilbert. peruse the fourth annual Gilbert Art Walk, featuring art in a wide variety of media including painting, sculpture, collage, photography, and jewelry. For more, visit gilbertartwalk.com and gilbertmarket.com.
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