With near-perfect weather and great events to get you on the move…it’s the perfect time to celebrate the great outdoors! From ostriches to shamrocks to finger-licking barbecue and jazz – Chandler’s festivals and events have you covered. And with sunny days and warm weather, now is the time to explore the outdoors with leisurely park strolls, desert hikes, by bike throughout our bike-friendly community or with some great patio dining.
Chandler International Film Festival
The Chandler International Film Festival (CIFF) is a non-profit, diverse and pioneering film festival that screens nearly 200 films and attracts more than 200 filmmakers, from all over the world. The festival focuses on unique, creative and diverse films from passionate, independent global filmmakers bringing novel ideas and varied art forms to filmmaking. The star-studded festival includes red carpet experiences, world premieres, film screenings, awards ceremonies, educational workshops and exciting after parties for filmmakers, celebrities, and event attendees. The Chandler International Film Festival is a dynamic film festival offering event attendees with the opportunity to connect with filmmakers and film executives, networks, and most importantly, too enjoy a selection of incredible films! The event is held each year over the Martin Luther King Holiday weekend in January.
SHE Power 5K & Half Marathon
In January, Arizona's largest, all-female running event starts and finishes in Downtown Chandler - a downtown district brimming with local eateries, boutique shops, entertainment and art. The event is designed to empower women of all ages and abilities with race finishers receiving a fabulous race medal/locket with the coveted SHE Power Finisher Bag and long-stem rose at the conclusion of their run.
Chandler Innovation Fair
This celebration of science has been a 100 years in the making as Chandler celebrates community innovators at the Arizona SciTech Signature event. The FREE, one-day event is held each February in Downtown Chandler.
Southwest Cajun Fest
Showcasing the heart and soul of New Orleans, the Southwest Cajun Fest is a festive celebration of Cajun culture, handcrafted beer and plenty of entertainment at this festive, outdoor festival.
Cactus League Spring Training
In addition to great events, did you know that Arizona is home to 15 Major League Baseball teams each spring? Chandler’s award-winning hotels are located minutes away from the Cactus League Spring Training stadiums, making Chandler, Arizona your personal “dugout “for all the action.
102.5 KNIX Barbeque and Beer Festival
Get your BBQ on at Arizona's largest barbeque festival, where country music and the tantalizing aroma of barbeque comes to Chandler each March for the award-winning, one-day event at its new, larger location at Tumbleweed Park. Featuring delicious, family fun, mouth-watering BBQ and array of craft brews, you’re sure to have a finger-lickin’ good time!
Chandler Chamber Ostrich Festival
Celebrating Chandler’s early ostrich-ranching days, the annual Chandler Chamber Ostrich Festival features national and regional entertainment, carnival rides, upscale crafts, food and beverage vendors, and of course ostriches!
Chandler Jazz Festival
Bourbon Street comes to Downtown Chandler with this jazz-filled weekend highlighting local and national jazz groups and musicians at a variety of indoor and outdoor venues.