This year, make a resolution to discover some of Chandler’s best events, attractions, and things to do. Here are 20 things you won’t want to miss in 2020.
Explore the iconic Chandler Museum.
Offering engaging, community-focused programs as well as renowned traveling exhibits, the Chandler Museum is a unique, cultural destination. Admission is free.
Attend the 102.5 KNIX Barbeque and Beer Festival
Celebrating 11 years of delicious fun, the annual event returns to Chandler with a new name and new location for the very best in BBQ, beer and country music on two stages.
Golf on Arizona’s first grass course.
Opened in 1913, the San Marcos Golf Course was the first grass (instead of sand) fairways in Arizona and is still a popular course with its open, tamarisk-lined fairways and easy access to Downtown Chandler restaurants and bars. Rental clubs are available.
Run with your girlfriends.
Designed to empower women, Arizona’s largest all-female running event, the SHE Power Half Marathon & 5K starts and finishes in Downtown Chandler on Sunday, January 26th.
Hear the best live music.
A hotbed for live music, Downtown Chandler features more than a dozen stages featuring live music at the various restaurants and bars that envelop the historic square for dinner with music, cocktails or late night jam sessions. Additional live entertainment is held the third Friday of every month as part of the free concert series, Friday Night Live, happening October – May from 6 – 9 p.m.
Tour Arizona’s largest brewery and distillery.
Located in Uptown Chandler, tour highlights include tours of the craft beer and spirits labs, tasting samples, a peek into the science and similarities behind the brewing and distilling process, and an intimate education about the history and future of SanTan Brewing Company. Tours are offered on Saturdays and Sundays.
Discover Western American art.
One of Chandler’s hidden gems, the Zelma Basha Gallery of Western American and American Indian Art showcases more than 3,000 pieces of Western and native art from woven baskets and kachinas to oil paintings and stone carvings. The gallery is located in the corporate headquarters of the Bashas’ grocery store chain.
Celebrate 32 years of the Ostrich Festival.
One of the nation’s most unique festivals, the Ostrich Festival, turns 32 this year. Come out March 13-15 to celebrate the iconic ostrich, take a whirl on carnival rides, or
catch a concert on the main stage at the Chandler Chamber of Commerce’s largest event of the year.
Take a desert hike.
The 113-acre Veterans Oasis Park offers 4.5 miles of varied trail experiences, including easy trails through Sonoran Desert landscape and a paved Solar System Walk with a scale representation of the sun and planets. Veterans Oasis is also one of the Valley’s premier birding destinations.
Raise a pint of craft beer.
Chandler brewers take their passion for brewing seriously and the community is home to some of the state’s best brews offering a great taste of Arizona.
Shop until you drop.
Chandler Fashion Center is the second largest mall in the state with storefronts ranging from Macy’s to Apple and Michael Kors. For trendy, local boutiques head to The Shoppes at Casa Paloma or to Downtown Chandler for the perfect Arizona souvenir at Sibley’s West: The Chandler and Arizona Gift Shop.
Experience a day of hands-on family fun.
Find colorful family fun with 19 one-of-a-kind attractions at Crayola Experience, located at Chandler Fashion Center mall.
Board a vintage train.
The Arizona Railway Museum displays four rows of vintage trains, including a steam locomotive engine and a Santa Fe caboose. Admission of $5 per adult, $2 for children aged 2-12 ($15 per family) includes a self-guided tour, access to at least four passenger cars and the caboose, and artifact displays. Comfortable walking shoes are highly recommended.
Sip your way through Chandler’s thriving craft cocktail scene.
Chandler is home to some of the best cocktail bars in metro Phoenix and the community is bustling with places sourcing local ingredients, modern renditions and classic cocktails with a twist.
Horseback ride through the Sonoran Desert.
Koli Equestrian Center isn’t your typical stable. You’re free to ride side-by-side (no nose-to-tail here), and guides are members of the Gila River Indian Reservation who share stories of their people as you ride through their native lands. Watch for wild horses along the way.
Enjoy performing arts, concerts and more.
The Chandler Center for the Arts entertains with engaging concerts to the vibrant and heart-pounding beat of Bollywood. It’s also the place to catch nationally-acclaimed acts like The Texas Tenors (January 25), Jonny Lang (February 14) and Bernadette Peters (March 7).
Drive a race car.
Bondurant School of Racing satisfies your need for speed with courses ranging from advanced teen driving to Formula Mazda racing and high performance driving in a Dodge Challenger Hellcat. You can also kart race here and take a hot lap.
Savor globally inspired good eats.
From boozy brunch spots to classic hole in the wall eats, Chandler’s diverse and lively culinary scene offers a tasty array of eats.
Must-see murals in Chandler.
Commemorate your Chandler trip with a selfie or family photo in front of one of the many murals that dot the community providing a more personal look at Chandler’s unique civic identity.
Watch the Tumbleweed Tree lighting.
Chandler has one of the most unique holiday trees in the nation: a framework of 1,000 spray-painted tumbleweeds covered in 65 pounds of glitter and 1,200 lights. Be there the first night to see it in all its glory. The lighting takes place in Dr. A.J. Chandler Park the first Saturday in December.