Live Entertainment on Two Stages

Festival Main Stage
(sponsored by Earnhardt Ford, located near tennis courts by Tavern)

12pm-8pm: Live bands all day in order as listed
The OCD Band
Stevie D and the XRay Vision Band


Candy Lane Pavilion Stage Schedule
(sponsored by Vision Property Management, located on the basketball courts)

1:00pm: Kyrene Sierra Singers
1:30pm: Kyrene Sierra Strikers
2:00pm: Pretty Little Princesses
2:15pm: Pet Parade Begins
2:30pm: Akala Polynesia Dancers
3:15pm: Pet Parade Winners announced
3:30pm: Desert Sound Drum Corp.
4:00pm: Kimberly Lewis Singers
5:00pm: Kyrene Estrella/Esperanza Marimba Band
6:00pm: Lighted Motorcycle Parade
6:20pm: Santa visits
7:00pm: Ahwatukee Foothills Nutcracker Ballet


*All times subject to change

Lighted Motorcycle Parade Sat. 11/25 6pm

ridenowThis long day of fun, food and festivities winds down with the annual Lighted Motorcycle Parade sponsored by RideNow Powersports. Nearly 100 motorcycle riders parade through the hills on decorated bikes and into the park igniting the million white lights along Chandler Boulevard.  If you would like to ride your bike in the parade, meet at the Foothills Baptist Church on Chandler and 21st St. at 5:15pm. No registration necessary. You will be led down Chandler and into the park by police escort. Bikes will arrive in the park at approximately 6pm. The event ends at 8pm, so you’ll have time to enjoy live music and dinner!

Marketplace Street Fair FAQs

When is the event?
It is always the Saturday after Thanksgiving, and this year that date is November 25, 2017.

Where is the event held?
The event is held at Desert Foothills Park, which is located just SW of the corner of Desert Foothills Parkway and Chandler Blvd. in the Ahwatukee Foothills of Phoenix, Arizona.

What happened to “Crafters Row”?
Marketplace Street Fair is the same thing that we’ve historically referred to as “Crafters Row”. Over the years it’s grown to include all types of vendors – not just those who hand-craft items. In addition to the many traditional crafters, we have all types of franchise consultants (ie. Arbonne, Discovery Toys, Creative Memories, etc.) as well as local shops selling from their stocked inventories. It really is a variety street fair, and the fact that it’s literally on Marketplace Street…well, it’s doesn’t get any easier for us to rename it!

How many people do you expect?
Based upon past attendance, we anticipate about 8,000 will attend the event at some time during the day.

What time is the event?
The official time is 12pm to 8pm, however vendors are required to check in by 8:30am. Access to the street for set-up is 7:30am-10:30am. No cars allowed on street after 11am.

Why do we have to be set up so early when the event doesn’t even start until Noon?
Marketplace Street becomes a mall in a matter of two hours. There are approximately 100 cars that have to unload. Because there is a hard street closure by the City of Phoenix beginning at 9am, we require that you arrive for unloading no later than 8:30am.

How much are booth spaces this year?
When reserved and paid by October 31, a standard interior 10×10 booth is $110, a corner booth is $135 . November 1 and later, interior booths increase to $135, and corner booths increase to $160. Booth sales will close entirely on November 15th, if not already sold out prior to that date. In the event of a sellout, we will start a wait list.

How big are the spaces?
Each space is a 10’ by 10’ area on Marketplace Street which is closed to through traffic on the day of the event.

What comes with the space?
Only the space and electricity to power lights and a radio if desired. The Festival of Lights does not provide tables, chairs, umbrella shade, or any other amenities – each vendor is responsible for providing their own booth amenities. The Festival of Lights does provide generator operated overhead lighting along the street to insure safety in the early morning and early evening hours of the event. This lighting is sufficient to allow attendees to safely walk the Crafters Row area before sunrise and after sunset. Vendors may not bring their own portable generators.

Do I need a business/tax license from the State of Arizona and/or City of Phoenix to participate as a vendor?
We do not require that you provide us a copy but The Festival of Lights is required to report a list of all vendor business names and phone numbers to the State of Arizona.
To apply for a business tax license:
City of Phoenix –
State of Arizona –

Does The Festival of Lights require photos of our display booth and/or the items we are selling?
No, however you are required to have a neat and clean display.

What is the deadline for applying to be a vendor?
Payment is due in full by November 15, 2017. No exceptions. Space often fills up prior to deadline as well.

Are non-profit organizations provided booth space for free?
As a rule, the answer to this question is no.

Can we purchase more than one booth?
Yes you may, but there is no price break to do so.

Can we share a booth?
Yes you may, the price is the same and you and your partner decide how you want to split the cost. We also have a list of vendors that would like to share a booth, so email if you would like to see if there is anyone interested at that time.

How will I know what booth space I am assigned?
Approximately one week before the event you will be emailed your booth space number. When you arrive to set up your booth you will be given directions to the space.

Can I request a specific booth space?
No, however, if you want to be located next to a specific vendor, such a request will be honored if possible.

Will there be specific instructions given to vendors on how they will access their booth space to set-up and tear down their booth?
Yes, along with your booth number a map will be sent to you showing your booth space location.

Do we have to stay for the entire event?
You may not tear down while the event is still going on (12pm-8pm). No cars will be allowed into the vendor area until after 8pm.

Is there an assigned parking area for vendors?
No, vendors need to park in the same public area as attendees. You are there early in the day to setup and chances are you’ll get a pretty good spot in the dirt lot.

Is there Handicap Accessibility parking?
Yes, we have a limited number of handicap spaces available on the south end of the street near Desert Foothills Pkwy. We encourage you to leave those spaces for the attendees of the event and park in the dirt lot near the Chandler Blvd. intersection.

Are you a juried event?
No, however we do screen what is sold and typically do not allow duplication of items, meaning if you are selling an item that another vendor is already registered to sell we will ask that you do not sell that particular item in your booth. There will be no offensive or sexually explicit items allowed (this is a family oriented event attended by a large number of children). We also closely screen novelty items.

Why do you limit jewelry vendors?
Jewelry seems to be a very popular craft and in order to make this event enjoyable for both the shoppers and the vendors, we limit the number of jewelry booths. Shoppers don’t want to be inundated with nothing but jewelry booths and the jewelry vendors don’t need excessive competition. If there is too much jewelry to choose from, shoppers have a hard time making a decision and end up not buying anything from anyone. Jewelry spots in this event are usually filled up in September.

Will I be allowed to sell food?
You can sell packaged food that is intended to be taken home. This can be in a basket, or stand alone. You will be required to have a “temporary food service establishment” permit which can be obtained at the Maricopa County website.

What do we do if it rains?
You may get wet. You may melt. Bring an umbrella. Unless The Festival of Lights cancels the event due to completely unbearable conditions, the event will go on rain or shine. Booth fees are non-refundable.

What if I have a question that is not addressed on this FAQ sheet?
Submit your question via email to

FOL Partners with Three Local Charities for 2017

The Festival of Lights, has chosen Y OPAS, the KIWANIS and STARBRIGHT FOUNDATION as charity partners to support for 2017. Since 2000 FOL has partnered with local charities that assist us with our events, and are selected by a process held in January that is based on both the charity’s purpose and their contribution to the community.

Y OPAS – (Outreach Program for Ahwatukee Seniors), a program of the Ahwatukee Foothills Family YMCA, is a community effort offering free support services for the seniors of Ahwatukee and their caregivers. Services are provided by community volunteers, with the goal of assisting seniors in maintaining independent living in their homes.

KIWANIS – helps kids around the world. Local clubs look out for our communities and the international organization takes on large-scale challenges, such as fighting disease and poverty. We are generous with our time. We are creative with our ideas. We are passionate about making a difference. And we have fun along the way.

STARBRIGHT FOUNDATION – provides services to child victims of abusive situations such as neglect, abuse, sex trafficking and child pornography.  Starbright also works with law enforcement and other governing agencies on protecting children through education in Public Schools, Churches and Community events on internet safety, cell phone and video game dangers.  Starbright partners with local child welfare agencies and churches to provide life skill classes for foster children, foster family support groups, foster family events, equine therapy and more. Starbright is a voice for children who have suffered alone with little or no hope offering avenues for restoration and healing in a safe environment.