Phoenix will celebrate some of its cultural heritage by hosting two international festivals during the next few weeks. It’s a great time to get outside and enjoy the beautiful weather that the valley is famous for.
The Moonviewing Festival will be held on Saturday, October 19th, from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm at the Japanese Friendship Garden which is located five minutes from downtown Phoenix. This is an ancient ceremony that celebrates the hospitality and tranquility of the Japanese culture. Bring friends and family for an evening of relaxation and entertainment and enjoy this traditional ritual. Admission is $5 at the door. Public tea ceremonies are also offered on the second Saturday of each month, so be sure to call for reservations. If taking light rail, exit the Central and Roosevelt station. Address is 1125 N. 3rd Avenue (602-274-8700).
Arizona Russian Festival will be held Saturday and Sunday, November 16th and 17th, in the Heritage Square and Science Park located in the heart of downtown. Festivities will include traditional performances by musicians and dancers dressed in authentic costumes from Russia and Eastern European countries. There will also be activities and games for the whole family, and lots of delicious ethnic cuisine. If you’ve ever wanted to taste authentic sweet pierogi pastries, hearty borsht, or the beloved Russian malt beverage, this is the opportunity. Tickets are $10 general admission and can be purchased here. Hours will run from 10:00 am to 8:00 pm. Address for the event is 115 N. 6th Avenue.