FAQs

What is the Festival of Lights (FOL)?
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What are the two fundraisers organized by the FOL?
The Beer and Wine Tasting Festival in April and the Kick Off Party always on the Saturday after Thanksgiving.

When do the lights turn on and off on the medians of Chandler Blvd.?
The lights will be illuminated the Monday before Thanksgiving and turned off in early January.

Is there an admission charge to see the lights?
No, it’s simply a mile long drive down Chandler Blvd. between 24th St. and Desert Foothills Pkwy. in Phoenix.

What is the “Kick Off Party”?
The “Kick Off Party” occurs on the Saturday after Thanksgiving, from noon to 8pm and is a large, family-friendly festival in Desert Foothills Park. There is no admission fee. There will be 16 restaurants, a large beer & wine tavern, live music on 2 stages, 100+ Marketplace vendors, visits with Santa, cornhole tournament, inflatables and rides (there is a cost for these).

How many people typically attend?
Up to 15,000.

How can someone apply to be a vendor on Marketplace during the Kick Off Party?
Spaces begin selling in late August each year. Check during the summer for information.

How can someone apply to be a food vendor?
Typically, these spots are filled from year to year by local restaurants. However, an email can be sent any time to introduce a new food vendor.

What is the parking situation?
There is street parking surrounding the park, however limited. We do provide shuttle buses from Altadena Middle School to the park all day.

Is there handicapped parking?
There is handicapped parking on Marketplace (entrance off of Desert Foothills Pkwy.) just before the vendors’ tents.

Is there a rain date?
Unless the FOL cancels the event due to unbearable conditions, the event goes on rain or shine. All fees are nonrefundable.

How can someone apply to be a charitable beneficiary for next year?
The application will appear as a tab sometime after the Kick Off event in January.

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