Top 10 ways to enjoy the Certified Local Fall Festival

The 12th annual Certified Local Fall Festival presented by Local First Arizona is a free family-friendly event for all ages and an annual celebration of all things local to Arizona. The Festival highlights everything that Arizona has to offer, from one-of-a-kind local shops, boutiques, and restaurants to Arizona-made wine, beer, and spirits. 

This year's event is moving to Hance Park, and will be the largest celebration of everything local to Arizona that we've ever seen. So we've put together a guide for you to get the most out of the 2016 Certified Local Fall Festival. Here are the top 10 ways to enjoy the Festival:

Photo: D'Elia Photographic

Photo: D'Elia Photographic

1. Bring the Whole Family

Bring the whole family, well-behaved dogs included! Entrance to the festival is free, and there will be tons of activities going on throughout the festival for kids, adults, and everyone in between. 

2. Avoid Parking by Taking Public Transit

Don't worry about parking, ride the light rail! If you do need to drive, though, we've got a handy parking map to help you out. 

3. Arrive Early

Arrive early, as the first 500 attendees get a gift bag stuffed to the brim with goodies from over 50 local businesses! 

4. Kickstart Your Holiday Shopping

Get your holiday shopping started early, as vendors from all over the state will be selling unique items you won't find anywhere else. You're also sure to get some great deals at this year's silent auction. 

5. Find Your New Favorite Local Restaurant

Sample delicious morsels from some of the best restaurants and food trucks in Arizona. Samples are available for just $1!  

6. Hit the Hensley Beverage Garden for Local Beverages

Taste Arizona-made wines, beers, and spirits in the Hensley Beverage Garden; samples are just $2. Must be 21+ to enter.  

7. Enjoy Live Entertainment at Two Entertainment Stages

Enjoy live entertainment all day long from some of the best local acts at the TWO entertainment stages! The Acoustic Stage, presented by The Listening Room, will feature local musicians and a more relaxing set list, or you can visit the main stage to rock out with some of Arizona's favorite local bands. See the full set list at the Fall Festival website. 

8. Enter to Win Prizes Every Hour

Test your luck with this year's raffle, tickets will be $3 a piece or 2 tickets for $5. We're giving away 20 prizes an hour, including restaurant gift cards, free oil changes, museum memberships, and more! 

9. Declare Yourself A Localist

Declare yourself a Localist: stop by the Local First Arizona booth to become invested in our state and become a Localist member! Plus, pick up an exclusive Localist passport for your chance to win prizes! You can also sign up to be a Localist online for just $20/year.

10. Connect and Engage with Your Community

Connect and engage with your community. This event is all about bringing the community together to celebrate all things local to Arizona.