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5 Things To Do and See in Glendale, AZ

Things to Do — By P. Escarcega on March 3, 2011 at 11:22 pm
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One of the most bustling suburbs in the Greater Phoenix area is Glendale in the West Valley, home to professional sports action (the NFL Arizona Cardinals and Phoenix Coyotes play on this side of town), major shopping and dining hubs, year-round festivals and special events, and a historic downtown district. If you plan on being on this side of the Valley of the Sun during your next visit, check out these great Glendale attractions.

Historic downtown Glendale. With around 100 specialty shops, including many fine antiques stores, downtown is a goldmine for antique hounds. Stores like A Mad Hatter’s Antiques sell gently used furniture, vintage clothes, jewelry, household knick knacks, and more. Specialty shops like The Astrology Store and The Pink House offer fun browsing and unique gift items that you definitely won’t find at any big-box store. Caitlin Court, a historic block of houses converted into a boutique shopping district, features specialty items and gifts that revel in country cottage charm and shabby chicness. Just down the street on Glendale Avenue, tour a real-life chocolate factory, Arizona’s own Cerreta Candy Company. For a complete store directory, visit goglendaleaz.com.

Caitlin Court in downtown Glendale offers specialty shopping and dining in one of the Valley's oldest neighborhoods. Photo: Glendale Convention & Visitors Bureau/visitglendale.com

City of Glendale festivals and events. Downtown Glendale is home to one of the Valley’s most active special events calendars. Popular downtown festivals include February’s A Chocolate Affaire, the Glendale Culinary Festival in March, the Glendale Jazz and Blues Festival in April, the Summer Concert Series, and the massively popular Glendale Glitter and Glow Festival, a month-long celebration of the holiday season. Visit glendaleaz.com/events to see what’s happening during your visit.

Downtown Glendale is decorated with thousands of twinkling lights for the month-long holiday celebration, Glendale Glitter & Glow. Photo: Sweet Evie/flickr

Westgate City Center. Located at the western edge of the city at Glendale Avenue and the Loop 101 Freeway, Westgate is a major shopping and entertainment hub featuring shops, restaurants, an AMC movie theater, parks, and more. Westgate is also home to University of Phoenix Stadium and Jobbing.com Arena, home to the Arizona Cardinals and Phoenix Coyotes, respectively. See what’s happening at westgatecitycenter.com.

Westgate City Center in Glendale hosted the Superbowl--and huge crowds--in 2008. Photo: Glendale Convention & Visitors Bureau/visitglendale.com

Arrowhead Entertainment District. One of the biggest shopping malls in the city is Arrowhead Towne Center, located near the Loop 101 Freeway and Bell Road. This busy shopping district areas is on the border between the cities of Glendale and Peoria and features numerous restaurants, stores, the Peoria Sports Complex+, and Polar Ice Peoria, a popular ice skating rink.

Citadelle Plaza. This posh shopping and entertainment village in North Glendale features fine dining, entertainment, shopping, nightlife action, several day spas, and a farmers market on Wednesday nights. For dancing and drinks, check out Sangria Luxe Lounge, which features Latin music and free dance lessons on Thursday nights. Learn more about this Glendale hot spot at citadelleplaza.com

For more information on the City of Glendale, visit the city’s official website at glendaleaz.com.

Tags: AZ Cardinals, festivals, glendale, Phoenix Coyotes, shopping

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