Are you looking for something fun to do with the kids? Why not attend an annual festival? Arizona residents attend these events each year because they’re exceptional opportunities to entertain everyone in the family. Join your friends and neighbors in our diverse community for some fun. Stick around and browse our picks of the best events to attend around Goodyear.
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Celebrate Independence Day at the Goodyear Ballpark on South Ballpark Way. You’ll enjoy endless entertainment, like live music, kids’ activities, wet and dry bounce houses, and slides. Sail over the park on a zip line, and be sure to stay until 9 p.m. for the area’s tallest, biggest 20-minute firework spectacular.
If you prefer, you can also tailgate in the parking lot. Just remember to review the park’s authorized list of what’s allowed inside the park. Concessions and restrooms are also available. Gates open at 6 p.m., and the event ends at 10 p.m. Parking and admission are free.
Goodyear Ballpark hosts another outstanding annual event: The Roundup. If you love food trucks, this is the place for you. This foodie event of epic proportions happens each September. Some of the area’s best cooks take over the field to bring you the best eats in the West Valley. There’s live local music, a fireworks display, beer, wine, cocktails, and a kids zone play area for your preschoolers.
Bring your family and friends to this tasty, free festival and know that some of the money you spend goes to support local charities. Gates open around 4 p.m., and the party wraps at 10 p.m. This is an event you won’t want to miss. Every year it gets better and better with improvements like:
- Better traffic control.
- Upgraded beverage services.
- Extra shade umbrellas.
- More food trucks.
Celebrate Halloween at the Goodyear Ballpark. This annual haunt and harvest festival includes everything you dream of this spooky time of year, including:
- Bounce houses.
- Live entertainment.
- Petting zoo.
- Trackless train rides.
- Pumpkin patch.
Make sure the kiddos don their costumes so they can compete for the grand prize, then trick or treat in the Fall Festival’s village on the field. Hosts put on the Fall Festival on the Saturday before Halloween from 5 to 9 p.m., so bring a tote for your loot and hit up this safe, fun, and free kid-focused event. Do you want to get involved behind the scenes? Officials are always looking for sponsors to lend a hand.
Chalk Art in the Park
Is your child a budding artist? Then head to Goodyear Community Park on North Litchfield Road every November for Chalk Art in the Park. This colorful event is the perfect chance for your kiddos to join fellow creatives and express themselves through art.
This free event typically runs from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., and professional artisans will sell their wares from booths set up throughout the park. There’s no need to run out a buy a box of chalk. Goodyear’s Arts and Culture division provides all the supplies you and your children will need for this sidewalk painting extravaganza. Also at this event, you’ll find:
- Live entertainment.
- Face painting.
- Goodyear Mobile Museum.
- Food vendors.
Celebrate the winter holiday in style at the Goodyear Recreation Campus on South Estrella Parkway. Goodyear Glows takes place each December and offers residents a spectacular way to spend this cherished season with loved ones. Your kiddos can experience the joy of real snow at this event, and they can visit with Jolly Saint Nick himself. Join your neighbors from 5 to 9 p.m. for a tree lighting ceremony, inflatable activities, and live entertainment.
Arizona Balloon Classic
The annual Arizona Balloon Classic is an outstanding January event for the entire Goodyear community. Climb aboard a tethered hot air balloon and sail up to 75 feet above the ground. Feel free to stroll around the balloons and visit with the pilots and crew. Parking costs $5, and organizers make event tickets available for advanced purchase online. This three-day exhibition also boasts:
- Family fun zone.
- Free kid’s breakfast (Saturday).
- Fireworks show (Saturday).
- Food truck vendors.
- Beer garden.
- Live musical performances.
Hop and Hops Easter Event
What says Easter more than eggs, bunnies, and beer? Skip the candy basket and take the family to the Goodyear Ballpark each April for the Hop and Hops Event. This “eggluminating” drive-thru display runs four days from 6 to 10 p.m. and features loads of colorful, glowing springtime and Easter scenes.
This unusual blending of traditional and not-so-traditional Easter activities offers everyone something special, from Easter totes filled with eggs to selfies with the Easter Bunny himself. Don’t forget to grab a pair of glowing bunny ears while supplies last.
Kids to Parks Day
West Valley families have celebrated Kids to Parks Day for more than a decade. This popular activity takes place each May. This well-planned outdoor exploration encourages families all over the country to visit your local, state, and national parks.
While at the festival, your family will discover and explore the city’s scenic parks, learn about park stewardship, apply STEM principles to an outdoor setting, and discover our country’s amazing national treasures. Hosted each year by National Park Trust, this terrific event aims to:
- Engage kids in memorable outdoor experiences.
- Develop the next generation of park stewards.
- Foster future outdoor enthusiasts.
While the 2022 location is still pending, last year’s celebration took place at Goodyear Community Park on North Litchfield Road. Staff will be on-site with giveaways to enhance your family’s Kids to Park Day experience.There it is! Crème de la Crème of Goodyear, Arizona, just shared the city’s best annual festivals with you. Which ones will your family add to your calendar? Did we miss a favorite event of yours — one that other West Valley residents would love? Let us know! Drop us a line so we can add it to our growing list.