With the holidays coming up, everyone's a little short on cash. This week, you can browse light-infused aart installations at Scottsdazzle, stay fresh at Old Town Farmers Market, or harvest ingredients for pecan pie at Pecan Harvest at the Farm – all for free. For more things to do, visit Phoenix New Times’ calendar.
Scottsdale has a new holiday tradition called Scottsdazzle, comprising a fun assortment of events and decorations around Old Town. Head to Soleri Plaza, on the southwest corner of Scottsdale and Camelback Roads in Scottsdale, if you want to take it all in during the free, self-guided Scottsdazzle Art Walk between 7 and 9 p.m. on Thursday, December 13. You’ll find light-infused public art installations that make great photo backdrops, both along the Arizona Canal and throughout the nearby arts district. And you can also enjoy strolling carolers, Santa time, and holiday refreshments. Check the online map before you head out, so you’ll know where to find area galleries and museums. Visit scottsdazzle.com. Lynn Trimble
The feats of strength! The airing of grievances! Yes, it’s once again time for Festivus, the fake alternative holiday invented by Seinfeld’s Frank Costanza that Christmas-averse people around the globe have embraced as real. Of course, Phoenicians can get in on the fun at the ninth annual edition of Phoestivus, happening from 5 to 10 p.m. on Thursday, December 13 (and again on the 20th) at 721 North Central Avenue. The free event, inspired by both Seinfeld and the German tradition of Christmas markets, the event will feature over 150 local vendors, as well as Festivus “traditions” such as the raising of the Festivus pole, the brewing of the Phoestivus Ale (Beer from Phoenix Ale Brewery) and the petting of the Phoestivus Reindeer (goats. They’re just goats with antlers attached). Visit phoestivus.com. Douglas Markowitz
Old Town Farmers Market
Moderation is an important thing, even during the hectic holiday season. Perhaps you’ll indulge in a few spiced lattes or baked goods, but don’t forget the fabulous feeling that comes from eating fresh foods. The Old Town Farmers Market can help you with that. You’ll find them on the corner of North Brown Avenue and East First Street in Scottsdale from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, December 16. Typically, the free event includes dozens of vendors, selling not only fresh produce, but also other fare such as teas, tamales, bread, brats, hummus, soup, cheese, shrimp, beef, and nuts. Check out John Randall Nelson’s giant rabbit sculpture while you’re in Old Town, but don’t expect it to nibble on your carrots. Visit arizonafarmersmarkets.com. Lynn Trimble
Pecan Harvest at the Farm
Never seen a pecan in its shell? Starting to think nuts grow in aisle six at your local grocery store? You need to up your food game, especially as pecan pie season rolls around. Head to The Farm at South Mountain, 6106 South 32nd Street, from 9 to 11 a.m. on Sunday, December 16, and you can join Trees Matter for a free Pecan Harvest at the Farm. First you’ll learn a bit about The Farm’s history, and explore various trees around the property. Then you can harvest pecan trees with fellow nature lovers. Even pets can come along, but only with a leash. Visit thefarmatsouthmontain.com. Lynn Trimble
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