THINGS TO DO IN CHANDLER AZ
You might wonder what there is to do in such a small town, like Chandler AZ. There’s lots to do here and this list proves it:
THE ICONIC CHANDLER MUSEUM.
Admission is free. The Chandler Museum has engaging, community-focused programs as well as renowned traveling exhibits. It is a unique, cultural destination that many tourists flock to each year.
THE 102.5 KNIX BARBEQUE AND BEER FESTIVAL
After 11 years of operation, 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.
FIRST GRASS GOLF COURSE
Opened in 1913, the San Marcos Golf Course was the first grass fairways in Arizona and is still a popular course.
SHE POWER HALF MARATHON
The SHE Power Half Marathon & 5K starts and finishes in Downtown Chandler on Sunday, January 26th. This marathon is Arizona’s largest all-female running event.
THE BEST LIVE MUSIC.
Downtown Chandler features several stages holding live music presentations 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.
Tours are offered on Saturdays and Sundays. Chandler’s tour highlights located in Uptown Chandler include tours highlighting craft beer and spirits labs, tasting samples, a peek into the science and similarities behind the brewing and distilling process, and an education about the history and future of SanTan Brewing Company.
DISCOVER WESTERN AMERICAN ART.
The gallery is situated in the corporate headquarters of the Bashas’ grocery store chain. 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.
CELEBRATE 32 YEARS OF THE OSTRICH FESTIVAL.
The Ostrich Festival, Chandler Chamber of Commerce’s largest event of the year, has been around for 32 years. Come out March 13-15 to celebrate the iconic ostrich, take a whirl on carnival rides, or catch an amazing concert on the main stage.
TAKE A DESERT HIKE.
The 113-acre Veterans Oasis Park, one of the Valley’s premier birding destinations, offers 4.5 miles of diverse trail experiences, including easy trails through Sonoran Desert landscape and a paved Solar System Walk with a scale representation of the sun and planets.
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.
Located at Chandler Fashion Center mall, discover colorful family fun with 19 one-of-a-kind attractions at Crayola Experience
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.
SIP YOUR WAY THROUGH CHANDLER’S THRIVING CRAFT COCKTAIL SCENE.
Chandler has some of the best cocktail bars in metro Phoenix and the small town is bustling with places obtaining local ingredients, modern renditions and classic cocktails you won’t forget!
HORSEBACK RIDE THROUGH THE SONORAN DESERT.
Koli Equestrian Center isn’t just any stable. You can to ride side-by-side, and guides are members of the Gila River Indian Reservation who share interesting stories of their people as you ride through their native lands.
ENJOY PERFORMING ARTS, CONCERTS AND MORE.
The Chandler Center for the Arts entertains with concerts to the beat of Bollywood. It’s also the place to catch nationally-acclaimed acts.
DRIVE A RACE CAR.
Bondurant School of Racing is awesome for any daredevil that likes an adrenaline rush from time to time. Bondurant School of Racing has courses ranging from advanced teen driving to Formula Mazda racing and high-performance driving in a Dodge Challenger Hellcat. You’re also welcome to kart race.
WATCH THE TUMBLEWEED TREE LIGHTING.
If you’re looking for a unique holiday tree with 1,000 spray-painted tumbleweeds covered in 65 pounds of glitter and 1,200 lights look no further. 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.
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