November In Scottsdale Is Fabulous

Aaaaah, November in Scottsdale.  Whether you live in Scottsdale year-round, a snowbird just settling in for a pleasant winter or you will be visiting Scottsdale in November, there are a ton of things to do! In fact, November is such a busy month, if you’re planning on visiting, book ahead. 

DIG Scottsdale Fairmont Princess Area 51
Nightmare On Princess: Area 51 At The Fairmont Scottsdale

One More Weekend Of Halloween

Since Halloween falls on a Thursday this year, many places couldn’t decide whether to celebrate the weekend before or the weekend after. In true Scottsdale party fashion, many places decided on both. A great place to get your Halloween fix in is at the Fairmont Princess for their annual Nightmare On Princess event. This year the theme is Area:51 and the party is November 2nd starting at 9pm.

How’s The Weather In Scottsdale In November?

In a word: Perfect.  The average temperature last November (2018) was….. SIXTY-ONE DEGREES.  Yes, that’s Fahrenheit.  The highs were high 80s and the low were in the low 40s.   There was one day of rain which allowed us to wear some cute winter gear. If you’re coming to visit, bring a jacket, or don’t.  We got you!  It’s gorgeous here. 

DIG Scottsdale Bentley Polo Championships Horse & Horsepower


POLO! The 9th Annual Bentley Polo Championships Horse & Horsepower takes place and is presented by Talking Stick Casino & Resort.   It’s held at West World on November 2nd. The World’s Longest Catwalk Fashion Show is part of the Polo Championships. The catwalk is over 200 yards long with more than 100 models. Dress to impress this is the events to be seen at and a primer for the 16th Hole come WMPO time.

DIG Scottsdale Polo Championship Canine Couture

Dog Fashion Show

That’s right, the 5th Annual Canine Couture fashion show is on Saturday, November 10th on the first day of the polo event.  Register for your dog to wear their best outfit or just go to watch the festivities. This year, trophies, as well as cash prizes, will be awarded to the top dog in three categories; Bow Tie Stud (boys), Fancy FiFi (girls), and Best Costume.

Kid Friendly Fun in Scottsdale

There are plenty of kid-friendly things to do in Scottsdale year around but in November there are even more choices.  Check out some of the great events highlighted here and take the little ones out around town.

Family Fun AZ Presents Harvest Festival

The 3rd Annual Family Fun Harvest Festival on November 16th inside Odysea in the Desert. Live music, pumpkins to decorate, bounce houses, face painting and more. Special character guests will appear and there’s plenty for the adults to do too.

Foodies Love November

There are so many food and alcohol festivals in Scottsdale it’s nearly impossible to mention them all.  There are a few we would like to highlight, however, and once they’ve passed be sure to come back for a full review.

Beer Festivals in Scottsdale

The AZ Barrels, Bottles & Brew inaugural event went so well last year, they’re doing it again. It’s all happening at Salt River Fields on November 23rd.

DIG Scottsdale beer, wine and food festivals in November.

Wine & Culinary Festivals In Scottsdale

Wine & Food Experience presented by Martha Stewart at West World November 2nd and 3rd. Find additional info on Experience Scottsdale’s site.

Just Say Yes To Mac & Cheese

Do NOT miss the Mac and Cheese Festival November 16th and 17th. This is the an amazing event that’s been going on for years and just keeps getting better.  Don’t believe us? Check out their Insta.


The Arizona Fall Festival is in Phoenix but it celebrates local businesses and is put on by Local First Arizona.  #AZFALLFEST is November 3rd.

Chill Out In Scottsdale

Ready for Christmas?  You have two options for awesome tree lighting in Scottsdale.  The first one is in Old Town Scottsdale, called Scottsdazzle . This is a month long celebration with the lighting on November 30th at the Scottsdale Waterfront.  The second one is at the Fairmont Princess and is quite the sight to behold. The lighting is on November 26th and should definitely be on your list.

DIG Scottsdale Dobermans At Play. Hi, Handsome!

Petapalooza Scottsdale Edition

We love our dogs.  No question about it.  Celebration your furry friend during the DAY OF THE DOG on November 23rd and 24th in Old Town.  It’s been said that Arizona is the state with the highest percentage of dog ownership, a woofing 47.9%! Come to this day to watch the puppy stampede, weiner dog races, the running of the bulls (dogs) and watch the fun!

DIG Scottsdale Philharmonic Free Concerts
DIG Scottsdale Philharmonic Free Concerts

Music For Your Ears

The entirely volunteer Scottsdale Philharmonic plays monthly at the La Casa de Cristo Luthern Church.  Don’t miss their event on November 24th.  The concert is FREE, but they sure appreciate donations. 

DIG Scottsdale Canal Convergence Flotus at Sunset
DIG Scottsdale Canal Convergence Flotus at Sunset

Lights, Music, Art: Converge!

One of the most fun things you can do in November is Canal Convergence on the Waterfront.  This happens every year and is put on by Scottsdale Public Arts.   Instagram worth pictures and fun for the whole family.  November 8th-17th. Go early enough to watch the sunset and stay late enough to see the lights. When you’re finished, head over to Ocean 44 for some amazing seafood.  

Fun Things To Do In November

This list is only a small sampling of some of the things to do in Scottsdale.  If you’re visiting the area but want to see other parts of the Phoenix Metro area know there are almost unlimited options.  Check out the towns like Cave Creek, Chandler, Tempe, Downtown Phoenix and Fountain Hills for some great events. Whatever you do, don’t stay home!