You may have the entire Thanksgiving feast prepared, but the best Turkey Day recipe can’t be found in a cookbook—it’s right here in your local Phoenix communities! Rather than settling for an L-Tryptophan overdose (and nap), break out of your traditional holiday funk by heading out to any of these Thanksgiving events around Phoenix.

2017 Thanksgiving Parade: Winter in the Southwest

Skip the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, and head to your local spectacle just north of Phoenix instead! Officially known as Arizona’s only Thanksgiving Day parade, “Winter in the Southwest” will feature dozens of hand-made floats, marching bands, horses, and classic cars. Enjoy the 90-minute showcase in downtown Fountain Hills, AZ, starting at 9:00 am, then get ready for your Thanksgiving feast.

For more details or to register as a parade entrant, visit

Phoenix Turkey Trot


Phoenix Turkey Trot

Face those shin splints head-on at the 2017 Turkey Trot in downtown Phoenix! Soar to great heights as you race through the scenic routes around Wesley Bolin Plaza. Both 5K and 10K races are open to the public (with registration), as is a 1-mile “Gobble Dash” and toddler-friendly “Tot Trot.” And if you get sore or need a little Thanksgiving Pick-Me-Up, hit the Pumpkin Pie and Cranberry Course aid station for a dose of dessert.

Registrants will receive a race shirt, photos, and Turkey Day food once the finish line has been crossed. More details and registration information can be found at

Florence Jr. Parada Rodeo

Over Thanksgiving weekend (November 25-26), the 2017 Florence Jr. Parade Rodeo will kick off its 85th anniversary, which makes it the oldest junior rodeo in all of the country. Over 70 youth competitors will lasso, barrel race, and ride bulls for a chance at the gold. The weekend’s festivities begin with a parade down Main Street in Florence, AZ, followed by the rodeo competition itself. On Saturday afternoon, take part in the Cornhole Tournament, or simply nibble away at fried steak, street food, and beer before the live music starts.

This Thanksgiving weekend event near Phoenix should be exciting for everyone. Get more event details at the Florence Jr. Parada Rodeo website.

Arizona Thanksgiving Hockey Shootout


Arizona Hockey Clubs Thanksgiving Shootout

We may not be close to Hockeyland (aka. Canada), but that doesn’t mean we don’t love the puck! This year’s Thanksgiving Shootout will bring youth hockey teams from all over the world to compete on the rink—there are actually five ice rinks playing host in 2017, including locations in Phoenix, Gilbert, Tempe, Chandler, and Glendale—for top tournament honors. Team registration is now open, so you’d better sign up and start training.

Find out more about this Thanksgiving Shootout at

Fiesta Dog Show

Held in beautiful Chandler, AZ, this year’s Fiesta Dog Show is expected to host dozens of vendors and over 1000 canines from all over the country. Watch the dog obedience competitions, shop at the Pet Expo Pavilion, and grab a bite to eat in between the shows. This free four-day event begins on Friday, November 24th, but be sure and register your dog early if you want him to be the Next Big Thing.

More information about this Chandler Thanksgiving weekend event can be found at the Fiesta Dog Show site.

Chandler AZ Holiday Fest


Winter Wonderfest 2017

The North Pole is making its way to Chandler, AZ, and we promise it won’t melt. Held at the Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park, Winter Wonderfest opens its doors on Black Friday and features a whole bunch of holiday activities and sights. Head to Santa’s Workshop to create toys and snap a picture with Old Saint Nick. Skip through Gingerbread Lane and drool over the gigantic Gum Drop Trees and Candy Cane fences. Roast marshmallows at S’mores Land, ride the Merry-Go-Round, roll around inside an enormous hamster ball, and speed down the 300-foot zip line—there’s a lot to do!

Just $20 and a trip to Chandler separates you from your post-Thanksgiving holiday celebration! Buy tickets online at

Arizona International Auto Show

Another Phoenix staple over Thanksgiving is the International Auto Show. Hosted at the Phoenix Convention Center, this car show will offer giveaways, raffles, test drives, and hands-on looks at over 500 new models from automakers large and small, luxurious and practical. Sunday, November 27th is “Family Day,” meaning kids under the age of 12 get in for free with an adult (paid).

This Phoenix car show will run from Thanksgiving to Sunday (Nov 27th). Buy tickets early at and receive a free one-year subscription to Motor Trend magazine! And don’t forget to visit your local Valley Honda Dealers location to test drive and fall in love with any of our new Honda models, including the all-new Honda HR-V or award-winning Ridgeline. With seasonal Honda deals on the latest cars, vans, SUVs, and trucks, our Phoenix car dealerships will have you saving sweet amounts of cash on your next new vehicle.

Find and contact your nearest Valley Honda Dealers location to browse our 2018 Honda models and take a test drive. We have dealerships throughout the greater Phoenix area, including Mesa, Avondale, and Tempe.

Happy Thanksgiving!


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