To kick off the beautiful fall weather season, the annual outdoor Kierland POP festival will take place November 15 and 16 in North Scottsdale. The two-day festival will include a series of interactive, pop-up experiences – featuring wine from Arizona winemakers, art in unexpected places, live music and entertainment, a vintage market, a night run, and more.
The Kierland POP celebration begins at The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa in the evening on Friday, November 15, with a ticketed event that’s open to the public. Held from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. and hosted in partnership with the Arizona Wine Growers Association, the evening begins with an “Academy Awards” celebration of Arizona wines, recognizing winners from azcentral’s 2019 Arizona Wine Competition. Guests will have an opportunity to interact directly with the winemakers and learn firsthand about the family traditions and stories behind the wines that are poured at the event. Attendees can also expect to encounter lively art experiences, culinary samples from local chefs, and live, vibrant music and entertainment. Those 21 and older can purchase tickets at kierlandpop.com for $55 each. All proceeds from the evening will benefit SAACA’s Veterans Art Therapy Program.
On Saturday, November 16, from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., Kierland POP continues at Kierland Commons with an outdoor wine tasting festival at the outdoor shopping center’s Main Street Center Plaza. Hosted by the Arizona Wine Growers Association, the ticketed event will feature wine tasting and sales from more than 30 Arizona wineries pouring more than 200 wines – making it the state’s largest celebration of Arizona wine. Those 21 and older can purchase wine-tasting tickets at http://bit.ly/2KMoQlx for $30 each or designated-driver tickets for $15 each. Visitors to the shopping center on Saturday can also expect to enjoy a series of fun, interactive activities, including an art walk; live, interactive music and arts performances; and vintage market shopping. A 5K night run benefitting local breast cancer nonprofit “Don’t Be a Chump! Check for a Lump!” will also take place in the evening. To register for the run, visit runsignup.com/Race/AZ/Scottsdale/BrewSkies5k