13th Annual Arizona Fall Festival

AZ Fall Fest

13th Annual Arizona Fall Festival
Saturday, November 4, 2017, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Margaret T. Hance Park in Phoenix, Arizona

SFIS is a proud Activity Sponsor of this year’s 13th Annual Arizona Fall Festival! 

Be sure to stop by the SFIS tent and bring your own monster to life with a family friendly Scribble Bot, or peer into the Future of the American Dream with a Tarot reading designed to help us imagine alternative futures.


  1. ScribbleBots. Celebrating the Bicentennial of Margaret Shelly’s Frankenstein, this activity invites people to explore the effects of scientific and technological change on society. Using simple materials, participants bring to life their own “monster” and set it free on paper to “create its own art” via vibrations from an activated toothbrush causing the felt pen legs to scribble.  Follow-up questions inspire discussion of ownership and responsibility for the resulting art that speaks directly to the role of humans and their technological creations.  We are planning to have enough supplies where people can make their monsters and then take them home with them, toothbrush purchase required. See attached photos.

  2. American Dream Tarot Reading - A central challenge in crafting new futures for the American Dream is dislodging ourselves from our own entrenched and value-encumbered conceptualizations of the American Dream. This game is designed to help participants step outside themselves and create the a new space to imagine alternative futures. These are not traditional Tarot in that they contain no images on the front and do not reflect either the major or minor arcana of other Tarot. The primary Tarot deck consists of 25 cards each with keywords commonly used to describe the American Dream “e.g. Opportunity, Liberty, White Picket Fence).  Participants are asked to select three cards and tell a plausible story about how the American Dream may change in the future using all three cards. After telling their story, the participant then selects a “disruptor card” with words that may challenge traditional American Dream narratives (e.g. Artificial Intelligence, Oppression, World War) and is asked to assimilate the disruptor into the story they just told.  

The Arizona Fall Fest, a free and family-friendly celebration of all things uniquely Arizona, will be hosted at Margaret T. Hance Park in Phoenix, Arizona, on Saturday, November 4, 2017, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Formerly known as the Certified Local Fall Festival, this will be the 13th annual festival hosted by Local First Arizona.

While the name of this beloved local festival is changing, the event will still offer the same great local offerings and entertainment but with an even broader statewide representation. “We’re expecting a few dozen businesses and organizations from outside of the Phoenix area to join us for this year’s festival, more than what we’ve had in the past,” said Kimber Lanning, Founder and Executive Director of Local First Arizona. “We realized that our annual festival has grown into a true representation of some of the best things that the entire state of Arizona has to offer, and so we wanted the name to reflect that evolution.”

The Arizona Fall Fest is the only large-scale festival to feature exclusively Arizona-owned businesses and organizations. The Arizona Fall Fest will highlight the best of Arizona, including:

  • More than 200 vendors representing Arizona’s favorite local businesses;

  • Food samples from some of the best Arizona restaurants, local chefs, and food trucks;

  • The Hensley Beverage Garden featuring Arizona-produced wine, beer, and spirits;

  • Live entertainment on multiple stages showcasing exclusively Arizona talent including cultural groups from across the state;

  • Games and entertainment in the Sports Zone with several of Arizona’s professional sports teams.

  • New This Year: The official ‘Kid Zone’ made possible by Sprouts, featuring crafts, games and activities for kids and families;

  • Plus much more.

“The Arizona Fall Fest is all about celebration, connection, and discovery,” said Lanning. “We want Localists of all ages to join us to connect with their favorite local businesses and find new favorites as well. We want Arizonans to feel connected to the local businesses in their communities, and we want local businesses to feel supported by their neighbors. Because when local businesses prosper, communities thrive.”

The 2017 Arizona Fall Fest is made possible through support from SRP and Pride Group. The event is both family-friendly and dog-friendly. More information can be found at http://localfirstaz.com/fall-festival/. The official event hashtag is #AZFallFest.

Margaret T. Hance Park, Phoenix (Near Moreland Street between 1st and 3rd Streets).