The town's biggest event each is Gilbert Days, the celebration of all things Gilbert. That weekend has arrived. Here are the scheduled events.

Nov. 22-24

Rodeo and Lil Dudes Rodeo

This rodeo has been a staple of the Gilbert Days celebration. It includes the Lil Dudes Mutton Bustin’ event for children ages 4-7 weighing less than 55 pounds, in which kids will ride a sheep bareback. Those interested can sign up for the Lil Dudes Rodeo on Friday at 4 p.m., Saturday at 2 p.m., and Sunday at 11 a.m.; competitions will start one hour after signups begin on all three days. $20 (per ride). Gilbert Days Rodeo: Free (military with ID), $12 (children 7-15 and seniors 55-plus), $18 (adults 16-55). Fri. 7 p.m., Sat. 5 p.m., Sun. 2 p.m. John Volken Academy Ranch, 26601 S. Val Vista Drive, Gilbert.

Nov. 23

Half-Marathon and 10K

Shun the Sun Foundation puts on this event as part of the Arizona Half and Full Marathon Series. The half-marathon starts at 7:30 a.m. at Higley High School, with the 10K runners joining them at 9 a.m. at Nichols Park. The participants will end their run alongside the Gilbert Days Parade down Gilbert Road. This year, a race expo with 30 health and fitness vendors has been added to the finish line. $95 (half-marathon). Higley High School, 4068 E. Pecos Road, Gilbert. $50 (10K). Nichols Park,

700 N. Higley Road, Gilbert.

Nov. 23


The parade down Gilbert Road through the Heritage District features floats and marchers from local schools, nonprofits, businesses and interest groups. 8:30 a.m. Free. 480-503-6200.