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It’s starting to seriously cool off in the metro Phoenix area, and there are plenty of events, Halloween or otherwise, to keep you occupied. Check out our list of October festivals to find something for the kids, foodies, out-of-town visitors and more.
9/30-10/1: Just Cruisin’ Car Show
This the time of year when residents of a certain Arizona town are thankful the Eagles didn’t sing, “Standin’ with a loner in Winslow, Arizona,” since that would have made for a creepy park as well as an annual festival. Instead, Winslow celebrates the 22nd annual Standin’ on the Corner Just Cruisin’ Car Show, in and around Standin’ on the Corner Park. Enjoy a burnout contest, sock hop and poker run as well as classic cars from all over the country.
Details: 2-8 p.m. Friday, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 30-Oct. 1. Standin’ on the Corner Park, Second Street and Kinsley Avenue, Winslow. Free. 928-289-2434, www.winslowarizona.org.
9/30-10/2: Rex Allen Days
Willcox celebrates its native son with an annual event that includes a large dose of country music (and a fair amount of Rex Allen tunes). There’s plenty to do as well, from a carnival to country fair and rodeo. You won’t want to miss the General Willcox International Turtle Race, often called sport’s slowest two minutes. Or hours. Or however long it takes turtles to finish a race.
Details: Times vary, Friday-Sunday, Sept. 30-Oct. 2. Keiller Park, 500 N. Bisbee Ave., Willcox. Free (rodeo admission $5-$12). 520-384-2272, 800-200-2772, www.rexallendays.org.
9/29-10/31: Nightfall at Old Tucson
The Old West goes beast and cowboys give way to cow-ghouls in this annual celebration of Halloween. Old Tucson becomes a ghost of itself during Nightfall, where frightening creatures emerge once the sun goes down. Attractions include a haunted mine and a zombie-infested saloon where DUI stands for “Dead Under the Influence.”
Details: 6-10 p.m. Thursdays, Sundays and Halloween, 6 p.m.-midnight Fridays and Saturdays, Sept. 29-Oct. 31. Old Tucson, 201 S. Kinney Road. $28, $21 ages 9-11. Inappropriate for ages 8 and younger. 520-883-0100, www.nightfallaz.com.
10/1: Tukee Fest Rockin’ in the Park
Spend an evening in the park while enjoying a live performance by Swain’s World, whose set ranges from classic rock to 80’s New Wave, Motown, funk, dance music, blues and just a touch of country. There’s also a pie-eating contest and a kids’ area with bouncy houses and a rock wall.
Details: 5-9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 1. Ahwatukee Park, 4700 E. Warner Road, Phoenix. $5 adult admission. ahwatukeehoa.com.
Through October: Rocker 7 Farm Patch Festival
Experience the ultimate fun in fall-time family farm activities at Rocker 7 Farm. Help the kiddos pick out the perfect Jack O’ Lantern in the pumpkin patch and see how fast you can get through the challenging-but-fun corn maze. Take amazing pics in the sunflower field and enjoy a relaxing hay wagon ride.
Details: 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Fridays-Saturday; 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sundays through October, starting Friday, Oct. 7. Rocker 7 Farm, 19601 W. Broadway Road, Buckeye. $10, free for children in diapers. 623-208-8676, rocker7farmpatch.com.
10/1: Arizona Baby and Kidz Expo
This family-centric event promises two experiences under one roof. Parents will appreciate visiting with vendors who focus on important topics like school and vacations, fitness and wellness and college planning. The kiddos are sure to enjoy plenty of fun activities including face painting, balloon artists, kid-friendly vendors and hands-on activities—as well as train rides, obstacle courses and more.
Details: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 1. Mesa Convention Center, 263 N. Center St., Mesa. Free admission, $10 for children’s unlimited activity ticket. babyandkidzexpo.com.
10/1: Chile Pepper Festival
This festival, presented by Roosevelt Row Community Development Corp., highlights restaurateurs offering chile pepper-based cuisine. There is also music, cooking demonstrations, kids’ activities and a talent show.
Details: 5-10 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 1. Second and Roosevelt streets, Phoenix. Free admission (online registration encouraged to guarantee admission). Tasting tickets: $2 or 12 for $20; beer and margarita tokens $5 or 5 for $20. chilepepperfest.com.
10/1-2: Art is Alive Arts and Cultural Festival
WHAM is pleased to present the fifth annual Art is Alive Arts and Cultural Festival in Goodyear. The event features a wide variety of artist booths, entertainment, tasty food and drinks, and a Corvette and classic car show. Popular attractions include the Tohono O’odham Basket Weaver dancers, Folklorica dancers and teen skateboard painting.
Details: Oct. 1-2. 1-9 p.m. Saturday; 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. Goodyear Ballpark, 1933 S. Ballpark Way, Goodyear. 623-640-5229, artisalivefestival.com.
10/1-2: Arizona Dragon Boat Festival
The 13th annual Arizona Dragon Boat Festival will celebrate Asian culture in Tempe with two days of dragon boat races, vendor and food booths and performances by martial artists, musicians and dancers. The beautifully decorated dragon boats are manned by teams of up to 20 paddlers. One team member pounds a drum to keep the paddlers’ oars in sync; the drum represents the heart of the dragon.
Details: 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Oct. 1-2. Tempe Town Lake Marina, north side, 80 W. Rio Salado Pkwy., Tempe. Free for spectators. azdba.com.
10/1: Tequila, Taco, & Cerveza Fest
This “wildly infamous” event, as it’s billed on its Facebook event page, was designed to showcase diverse Mexican beers, worldwide tequilas and local taco recipes. Ten .25-oz. tequila samples in a branded #TTCFest shot glass are included with admission. And there’s more to do than eat and drink. They’ll also have live music, DJs, mariachis, water pong, cornhole games, Chihuahua racing, Tequila Olympics, an El Jefe Taco Champ vote, margaritas (which, admittedly, is just more drinking), Mexican candies and more.
Details: 2-8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 1. Rawhide Western Town and Event Center, 5700 W. North Loop Road, Chandler. $30-$40. tequilatacocervezafest.com.
10/1: SanTan Brewing Oktoberfest
Fans of polka music, German food and craft beer are hereby encouraged to don their festive lederhosen and dirndls to gather in downtown Chandler for SanTan Brewing’s 9th annual Oktoberfest. Headlining artists include Roger Clyne & the Peacemakers, Reel Big Fish and other local artists. This year’s fest will also feature beer games, Von Hanson’s brat eating contest and a family zone, which we’re assuming is not where the beer games will be held.
Details: 3-11 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 1. AJ Chandler Park, 3 S. Arizona Ave. $10 presale at Bashas’; $12 presale online; $15 day of event. 602-276-2499,santanoktoberfest.com.
10/1: Children’s Learning and Play Festival
Who said festivals are just for grownups? Thanks to the Scottsdale Public Library, Scottsdale Parks and Recreation and the city of Scottsdale, kids have their very own expansive indoor event to call their own. The festival is geared toward providing a nurturing and fun environment for the whole family. Children and their parents will have a chance to participate in a range of learning activities, meet children’s book authors and illustrators, and create arts and crafts. A host of vendors and music and other live performers will also be featured.
Details: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 1. WestWorld of Scottsdale, 16601 N. Pima Rd., Scottsdale. Free. 480-226-2719, www.azchildrensfestival.com.
10/1-30: Pioneer Harvest Festival
This family-friendly festival takes people back in time to Arizona’s territorial days on 90 acres of Pioneer’s Western town. Gunslingers, tea parties, hayrides, pony rides, gun shows, an archery range, gold panning and pumpkin painting will help you celebrate the season. Every family gets a free pumpkin with entry.
Details: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Every Saturday and Sunday starting Oct. 1. Pioneer Living History Museum, 3901 W. Pioneer Road, Phoenix. $10 adults, $8 children, free for children under 2 years. Discounts online. 623-465-1052. pioneeraz.org.
10/1: Tour de Fat
New Belgium Brewery celebrates fat tires (both bikes and beer) in this festive bicycle parade through downtown Tempe. Riders start the day with a bike parade, then gather at Tempe Beach Park for live music, a fashion showdown, a game show and other performances, and of course, plenty of New Belgium beers. This year, Dr. Dog will headline the festival. Proceeds benefit local biking charities.
Details: 11 a.m.- 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 1. Tempe Beach Park, Mill Avenue and Rio Salado Parkway. $10. 480-350-4311, newbelgium.com/events/tour-de-fat/tempe2016.
10/1: C.A.L.L.E. de Arizona Mariachi & Folklorico Festival
This year’s event will feature the 12-piece band Mariachi Los Camperos de Nati Cano, one of the biggest names in Mariachi. Arrive at 5 p.m. for a pre-show art exhibit and silent auction. The Deshilado art form (fine needlework) and the making of rebozos (Mexican scarves), will be demonstrated and models will show the ways you can wear them. Proceeds will help fund scholarships for students pursuing a college education.
Details: 7-9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 1. $25 starting ticket price. Chandler Center for the Arts, 250 N. Arizona Ave., Chandler. 480-782-2680, calle-az.org.
10/1-12/20: MAC Fest
From jewelry to candles, Mesa’s Arts & Crafts Festival offers a variety of artist creations. Lining the streets of downtown Mesa, the family-friendly festival will also feature live music. The MAC Fest will be held on the first and third Saturdays of each month.
Details: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturdays, Oct. 4 and 18; Nov. 1 and 15; Dec. 6 and 20. Downtown Mesa, N. MacDonald Street between West Main Street and West Pepper Place. Free. 480-981-2122, macfestmesa.com.
10/1-11/6: Vertuccio Farms Corn Maze and Fall Festival
Admission to this Mesa festival includes a 7-acre corn maze, mini hay maze, one barrel train ride and one tractor train ride. Families can also enjoy the petting zoo, duck races and a giant jump pad. Marked pumpkins for sale are priced by size and variety. Hay bales and corn stalks are also available to buy.
Details: 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday -Thursday; 9 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday-Saturday; 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday. Oct. 1-Nov. 6. Vertuccio Farms, 4011 S. Power Road, Mesa.vertucciofarms.com.
10/1: Bites ‘N Brews Craft Beer Festival
Twenty-plus breweries will be on hand for this year’s Bites ‘N Brews Craft Beer Festival at the Peoria Sports Complex. Enjoy samples of some of the tastiest local and national craft beers and satisfy your appetite with eats from 27-plus food trucks. Games like cornhole and life-sized beer pong and music will round out the evening.
Details: 4-10 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 1. Peoria Sports Complex, 16101 N. 83rd Ave., Peoria. $30-$60. bitesbrews.com.
10/1-31: Schnepf Farms Pumpkin and Chili Party
Fall for autumn while enjoying the fresh farm air during the annual Pumpkin and Chili Party. Every Thursday through Sunday, families can enjoy hayrides, a petting zoo, corn mazes and dog shows. Gypsy Time Travelers, a storytelling husband and wife duo, will be performing at the the festival for the first time this season. The party also includes amusement rides, a rock-climbing wall and marshmallow roasting. Train and pony rides, food and pumpkins are available for an extra cost.
Details: Oct. 1-30.10 a.m.-9 p.m. Thursdays and Sundays; 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. Schnepf Farms, 24810 S. Rittenhouse Road, Queen Creek. $18; $15 at Fry’s Food Stores. 480-987-3100, schnepffarms.com.
The calendar lined up perfectly this year to allow for the annual tribute to food, fall and beer (not necessarily in that order) to begin on the first day of October. Clarkdale’s street fest provides all that as well as live music, children’s activities, shopping and more.
Details: 2-9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 1. Main Street, downtown Clarkdale. Free. 928-639-2500, www.Clarkdale.AZ.gov.
10/1: Flagstaff Oktoberfest
If you enjoy quirky contests as much as, say, tuba-enhanced music, head north for Flagstaff’s version of Oktoberfest. In addition to the usual accoutrements (beer, polka and lederhosen), watch as people prove who can eat the most brats, hold the most steins, yodel the best yodel and stuff the most people in a Volkswagen.
Details: 11 a.m.-8 p.m., Wheeler Park, 211 W. Aspen Ave., Flagstaff. $7 (cash only), 12 and younger free. 928-606-7600, flagstaffoktoberfest.com.
10/2: Oddball Comedy Fest
The “Show of the Century” is coming to town with Funny or Die’s Oddball Comedy and Curiosity Festival. The lineup varies by city, but each night features a murderers’ row of comedians. When the tour hits Ak-Chin Pavilion in Phoenix, funny folks Dane Cook, Sebastian Maniscalco, Jim Jefferies, Jeff Ross, Tom Segura, Iliza Shlesinger, Kumail Nanjiani, Bridget Everett, Matthew Broussard, and Big Jay Oakerson will take the stage.
Details: 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 2. Ak-Chin Pavilion, 2121 N. 83rd Ave., Phoenix. $29.95-$125. 602-254-7200, concerts.livenation.com.
10/2: El Puente Theatre Festival and Mask Procession
This fun and one-of-a-kind family-friendly celebration features an afternoon filled with art, music, free performances and tasty food. Presented by Cultural Coalition and Childsplay Theatre, the free event offers the chance to create colorful masks, as well as wear the creations during a masked procession of people and performers on the bridge across Tempe Town Lake.
Details: 2-6:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 2. Tempe Center for the Arts, 700 W. Rio Salado Pkwy., Tempe. Free. childsplayaz.org
10/6-10: Scottsdale International Film Festival
Now in its 16th year, this celluloid celebration will showcase more than 50 films, ranging from animated shorts to full-length features from around the globe. The festival kicks off with an opening night celebration and a screening of “Denial” starring Academy Award winner Rachel Weisz. A Skype session will follow, featuring the film’s true-life heroine Deborah E. Lipstadt. The remaining four days of screenings will take place at Harkins Shea 14.
Details: Opening reception: 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 6. Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 E. Second St. Screenings: Friday-Monday, Oct. 7-10. Harkins Shea 14, 7354 E. Shea Blvd., Scottsdale. Tickets and full schedule TBA at scottsdalefilmfestival.com.
10/7-9: Greater Phoenix Greek Festival
This fest has been transporting festivalgoers to Greece for more than 50 years through music, dancing and food such as gyros, pastitsio, roasted lamb and pastries baked by yiayias (grandmothers). Jewelry, art, wines, beer, feta cheese, phyllo dough and other Greek items will be sold, and there will be kids activities, dance lessons and church tours. Park at the church or at Charles Schwab at 24th Street and Lincoln Drive; a free shuttle runs every 15 minutes.
Details: Oct. 7-9. 5-10 p.m. Friday; 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday; 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Sunday. Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Community Center, 1973 E. Maryland Ave., Phoenix. $3, free for age 11 or younger and 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday for age 60 or older; $5 church parking; free at Charles Schwab. 602-264-2791,phoenixgreekfestival.org, holytrinityphx.org/festival.
10/7-9: Four Peaks Oktoberfest at Tempe Town Lake
Bratwurst, beer and lederhosen still make up the annual Oktoberfest, but there are changes to note. This year, an admission will be charged and Uber is available – pre-paid or on-site. It’s still $6 per beer whether you choose a German-style option or a Four Peaks variety. VIPs get three beverages, a meal and lounge access. Mogollon, Jared and the Mill and Grammy award-winning DJ Lil Jon are among the entertainers. There also will be games and activities for kids.
Details: Oct. 7-9. 5 p.m-midnight Friday; noon-midnight Saturday; noon-6 p.m. Sunday. Tempe Town Lake, corner of Mill Avenue and Rio Salado Parkway. $10; $12 three-day presale; $7 single-day presale; free for 12 or younger; $40 VIP; $80 three-day VIP; $32 single-day VIP. fourpeaksoktoberfest.com and facebook.com/tempeoktoberfest.
10/7-8: Pinners Conference & Expo
Fans of Pinterest – this may be your Holy Grail of events. Described as “where Pinterest comes to life,” Pinners features a conference with 90-plus Pinterest-based classes and an expo with almost 200 businesses representing crafts, cooking, DIY projects, photography, holiday ideas and much more.
Details: October 7-8. 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Friday; 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday. WestWorld of Scottsdale, 16601 N. Pima Road, Scottsdale. $7-$99; free for age12 and younger. az.pinnersconference.com.
10/7-30: Arizona State Fair
The Arizona State Fair first appeared in 1884 (yes, before we were even a state). It has grown to become an annual bash that features big-name concerts, amusement-park rides, livestock, shopping, and, of course, more fried food than your arteries care to taste.
Details: Oct. 7-30. Noon-9 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays; noon-10 p.m. Fridays; 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturdays;,10 a.m.-9 p.m. Sundays. 1826 W. McDowell Road, Phoenix. $10; $5 children ages 5-13 and seniors. 602-252-6771, azstatefair.com.
The Fangoria FearCon film festival and convention returns to the Valley to put a spotlight on independent horror film makers. Along with honoring some of the horror entertainment industry’s brightest stars, this year’s 3-day event will also feature panel discussions, special effects demonstrations, film screenings and special guests Eugene Clark, J. LaRose, Lynn Lowry, Robert Mukes, Monique Parent and Tiffany Shepis.
Details: 12 to 9 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 7-9. Sun Studios of Arizona, 1425 W. 14th St., Tempe. $30-$50. 602-399-9500, phoenixfearcon.com.
10/8: Old World Oktoberfest
The Old World Oktoberfest in Peoria has a full slate of Germanic-focused activities planned for their 11th annual event. Festivities begin with an official opening ceremony that features the tapping of the Warsteiner keg and music by original German Oktoberfest band Die echten Waldbuam, and continues throughout the day with authentic German garb, foods, competitions, and of course beer.
Details: 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 8. Peoria Centennial Plaza, 9875 N. 85th Ave., Peoria. $5; 20 years and under are Free. 480-947-7490, peoriaoktoberfest.com.
10/8-24: Stagecoach Days
Celebrate the city of Maricopa’s founding and its history during two weeks of Stagecoach Days. A 24-hour Shutter Shots photo contest, to help preserve a snapshot of the city, is set for Saturday, Oct. 15. As a nod to the rich history of farming in the community, the Pecan Pride Celebration starts Monday, Oct. 10. Get limited-edition pecan dishes at participating restaurants; see the list atwww.maricopa-az.gov/web/pecan-pride-celebration.
Details: Various events Saturday, Oct. 8-Monday, Oct. 24. 520-316-6833,www.maricopa-az.gov/web/events.
10/8-9: Arizona’s Ultimate Women’s Expo
During the expo, you’ll see fashion shows, demonstrations on cooking, cocktail-making and holiday-decorating. There will be complimentary haircuts, makeovers, manicures, facials, massages, beauty-product samples, a martini and nail bar, and shopping at more than 550 booths. Seminars by experts will cover such topics as healthcare, personal growth, finance, style and career development.
Details: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 8; 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 9. Phoenix Convention Center, 100 N. Third St. $10; $8 with online coupon. 866-618-3434,azwomensexpo.com.
10/8-9: Chandler Indian Art Market
The weekend-long event features authentic Native American art along with food and entertainment. From jewelry to photography to tribal arts, the market showcases work from artists all over the Southwest.
Details: Oct. 8-9. 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday; 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday. AJ Chandler Park, 3 S. Arizona Ave. Free. 480-782-2214, chandleraz.gov/indianaz.
Enjoy the Phoenix Zoo in a whole new way during Sunset on the Serengeti, an evening of conservation and cuisine. It’s a “culinary safari” when local restaurants pair up with the Valley’s center for nature conservation to provide a lakeside dinner, music, and nighttime dancing. The evening begins with cocktails, hor d’oeuvres, and a silent auction. It’s sure to be a rendez-zoo to remember.
Details: 6-10:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 8. Phoenix Zoo, 455 N. Galvin Pkwy., Phoenix. $500. 602-914-4362, phoenixzoo.org/event-items/rendez-zoo.
10/8: Oktoberfest for Parkinson’s
Tasty brats and other yummy food, plenty of live music, fun games and a fine assortment of wines and ales combine for the Oktoberfest for Parkinson’s on High Street. The proceeds from the 12th annual event and block party go to help fund research to find treatments and a cure for Parkinson’s.
Details: 5-9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 8. 5310 E. High St., Phoenix. $20 in advance until Oct. 1, $30 after, $40 at the event; people with Parkinson’s and their care partner are $20 per person. baehrchallenge.org/oktoberfest.
10/8-9: Sedona Arts Festival
With beautiful red rocks as a backdrop, 125 juried artists from the United States and Mexico will present their works in ceramics, wood, painting, photography, glass and more. Local artists will show their creations in the Sedona Sacred Arts Tent, where tarot readings, aromatherapy and other services will be offered. There also will be music, food and activities for kids.
Details: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 8. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 9. Red Rock High School, 990 Upper Red Rock Loop Road, Sedona. $12 at the gate, $10 online in advance, free for age 12 and younger. 928-204-9456, www.sedonaartsfestival.org.
10/8: Fall Festival at Slide Rock State Park
Celebrate autumn in beautiful Oak Creek Canyon and learn about Sedona’s history. There will be demonstrations of blacksmithing and apple-cider pressing; the Arizona Flywheelers will display tractors and old engines; and there will be quilt displays, a kids tractor pull and more. From 9 a.m. to noon artists will create plein-air paintings that will be for sale. Buy some local apples to take home. The purchase benefits the Friends of Slide Rock State Park.
Details: 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 8. Slide Rock State Park, 7 miles north of Sedona on State Route 89A. $10 per vehicle. 928-282-3034, AZStateParks.com/parks/SLRO.
10/13-15: Phoenix Fashion Week
Known as the leading fashion industry event in the Southwest, Phoenix Fashion Week is host to fashionistas, VIPs, fashion retailers, bloggers and more, all showcasing 30-plus emerging and established designers in a runway marketplace at Talking Stick Resort. The event also includes educational fashion seminars and workshops.
Details: 5 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, Oct. 13-15. Talking Stick Resort, 9800 E. Indian Bend Road, Scottsdale. $50-$225. phoenixfashionweek.com.
10/14-15, 10/21-22: Haus Murphy’s Oktoberfest
People who have a hankering to be in an Alpenhorn blowing contest are in luck—Haus Murphy’s Oktoberfest will feature the unique musical competition. The event also includes a special menu of German classic fare, giant pretzels, brats, beer and more. Die Guggenbach Buam in from Heidelberg, Germany is scheduled to perform.
Details: 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Oct. 14-15, and Oct. 21-22. Haus Murphy, 5739 W. Glendale Ave., Glendale. 623-939-2480, hausmurphys.com.
10/14-15: Japanese Moonviewing Festival
All the peace and serenity granted by the full moon light is celebrated during the annual Japanese Moonviewing Festival at the Japanese Friendship Garden of Phoenix. The traditional celebration, also known as Otsukimi, is a Valley favorite event that is intimate and unique. Candles, luminarias and kimono-dressed tea-servers provide an authentic experience for attendees looking to get a taste of the Land of the Rising Sun. This year’s festival has been expanded to two nights to accommodate the event’s growing popularity.
Details: Oct. 14-15. 6:30-9 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Japanese Friendship Garden of Phoenix, 1125 N. 3rd Ave., Phoenix. $5-$25. 602-274-8700, brownpapertickets.com/event/2567734.
10/14-15: Vintage and Vino, Too
This market heads to Queen Creek in the fall. About 200 vendors are expected, offering all things handmade, vintage, rusty and chippy. Adults can sip wines from around the region during the show. Parking is free.
Details: Early entry at 9 a.m. both days; 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 14-15. Horseshoe Park and Equestrian Center, 20464 E. Riggs Rd., Queen Creek. $3; $7 for 9 a.m. entry; $20-$25 for entry, a mimosa or glass of champagne, and eight wine-tasting tickets. vintageandvinoaz.com.
10/14-15: Rim Country Quilt Roundup
Come admire the work of skilled quilters or join a class or lecture and learn how to take up the art yourself. Quilts, fabric art and clothing will be on display. Vote for your favorites in the Viewers Choice categories. Special rates at Mazatzal Hotel are available.
Detail: 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Oct. 14-15. Mazatzal Hotel and Casino, just south of Payson on State Route 87. $5, free for age 12 and younger. 928-978-3464, www.quiltroundup.com.
10/14: Star Night Party near Winslow
On a clear Phoenix night, it’s pretty easy to look skyward and spot Orion’s belt. Yet the constellation becomes lost amid a star-filled sky that comes into view when light pollution is not a hindrance. See the sky the way it was meant to be at the Star Night Party. Lie on your back for a stunning overall view, or focus on specific planets or galaxies through the telescopes provided by local astronomers.
Details: 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 14. Homolovi State Park, five miles northeast of Winslow. $7 per car with up to four adults. 928-289-4106, www.azstateparks.com/parks/HORU.
10/15: Turf Paradise live racing season opens
Turf Paradise made history when it first opened its doors in 1956, becoming Arizona’s first organized sports franchise. Over the years the racetrack has become a staple in the state’s sports world, hosting one of the longest seasons of thoroughbred horse racing in the country. Live racing returns on Saturday, October 15, and will run through Sunday, May 7, 2017.
Details: 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 15. Turf Paradise, 1501 W. Bell Rd., Phoenix. $2-$5 . 602-942-1101, turfparadise.com.
10/15: San Fermin Tempe Running of the Bulls
The second annual San Fermin de Tempe promises a fun and bull-themed run for folks 21 and over. The event, which honors the running of the bulls in Spain with a side serving of the Big Easy, features hundreds of runners covering a 1.2K course while “rollerbulls” — roller derby girls wearing horns and wielding plastic bats — keep things interesting.
Details: 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 15. 730 S. Mill Ave., Tempe. $30. azbulls.com.
10/15: Front Porch Festival and Old Towne Marketplace
For the 22nd year, the shops in Catlin Court and historic downtown Glendale will feature holiday items perfect for the gift-giving season. There will be make-and-take craft demonstrations, activities, food and music, and you can vote for your favorite decorated scarecrow. Plan your day by picking up a walking map at the Glendale Visitor Center, 5800 W. Glenn Drive.
Details: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 15. Between Glendale and Myrtle avenues, from 54th to 59th avenues. Free. 623-930-4500, visitglendale.com.
10/15-16: Arizona Taco Festival
More than 50 restaurants and food trucks will serve $2 tacos (sold separately) featuring some unique recipe. The event also features live bands playing everything from surf and rock to mariachi and Latin music, along with Lucha Libre wrestling shows. Enjoy eating contests, chile pepper-eating challenges, and a chihuahua beauty pageant.
Details: 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Oct. 15-16. Salt River Fields at Talking Stick, 7555 N. Pima Road, Scottsdale. $15. 480-270-5000, aztacofestival.com.
10/15-16: Rainbows Festival and Street Fair
Put on by Phoenix Pride, the festival celebrating the diversity of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community features more than 150 exhibitors and live entertainment.
Details: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Oct. 15-16. Heritage Square Park, 115 N. Sixth St., Phoenix. Free. 602-277-7433, phoenixpride.org.
10/15-16: Europa Games Get Fit & Sports Expo
What is billed as one of the world’s biggest health, fitness and sports trade shows is coming to Phoenix in October. The expo features over 600,000 square feet of activities, including vendors selling a wide variety of health-related products. The event will also feature live sporting events including karate, wresting, bodybuilding and more. A Kids Zone will keep young ones happy and occupied and features prizes for the kiddos.
Details: 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 15-16. Phoenix Convention Center, 100 N. 3rd St., Phoenix. Prices vary, check website for details. europaexpo.com.
10/15-16: Garden of Quilts Show and Boutique
The fabric of life threads through this quilt show and boutique. Explore nearly 300 quilts offering layered looks at the craft. There also will be demonstrations, a vendor aisle and many quilts and quilt-related items on sale. As you can see, this well-planned show has hardly been stitched together. It is, however, BYOP (bring your own puns).
Details: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 15-16. Del Rio Elementary School, 1036 N. Road 1 W., Chino Valley. $4, $2 for 12 and younger. www.ChinoValleyQuilters.com.
10/15: Great Stair Climb
As happens each year at this time, a converging of events offers what is arguably Bisbee’s busiest and best weekend. Take part in, or simply watch, the 4.5-mile Great Stair Climb (more than 1,000 steps in all). You may also try, or watch, the Ironman Ice competition, a race involving the hefting of 10-pound ice blocks. Finally, the Best in the West Craft Beer Festival allows all to imbibe, or watch (if that’s your thing), many brews made locally and nationally.
Details: 7 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 15. Central Bisbee. Prices vary by event. www.bisbee1000.org.
10/15: Juan Bautista de Anza Day
History tells of turbulent times when Native Americans encountered Mexican and Spanish colonials. This event tends to stay on the bright side of things, celebrating the culture and traditions of peoples who shaped the area. The music, dances and costumes reflect the state’s diversity. There also will be living history demonstrations as well as the firing of muskets (far from the children’s activities).
10/15: Arizona Earthdog Fun Day
You know how you release your small children into a maze of plastic tubes, hoping they’ll return to the table before their fries get cold? An Earthdog trial is sort of the same thing, only without ball pits (but with better odds the participant returns in a timley manner). Small dogs race through tunnels in search of (fake) rats. You may watch or bring your own dog for introductory events.
Details: 8:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 15. Dead Horse Ranch State Park, 675 Dead Horse Ranch Road, Cottonwood. Free to watch, $5 per dog per event. www.arizonaearthdogclub.com.
10/19-20: Taste of Cave Creek
Taste the flavors of fall while sampling the cuisine of more than 25 local restaurants, including Cartwrights, Buffalo Chip, Horny Toad Restaurant and Tonto Bar & Grill. For the 25th year, guests can quench their thirst with samples of tequila, wine and beer. Bands will entertain attendees in the gazebo and beer garden.
Details: 5-10 p.m. Wednesday-Thursday, Oct. 19-20. Stagecoach Village, 7100 E. Cave Creek Road, Cave Creek. $10; free for ages 12 or younger; $2 and $5 food sampling tickets. 480-488-6636, tasteofcavecreek.com.
10/22-23: Dia de los Muertos Festival
Mesa Arts Center will again celebrate the Latin-American holiday that honors those who have died. There will be performances from regional folklorico groups, mariachi bands and dance troupes. Other attractions include food, a market where you can shop for arts and crafts, and a community altar.
Details: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 22; noon-5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 23. 1 E. Main St., Mesa. Free admission and parking. 480-644-6500, mesaartscenter.com.
10/22: Fall Festival at Goodyear Ballpark
Goodyear Ballpark will be packed with fun for families just in time for Halloween. There will be a costume contest, trick-or-treating, trackless train rides, a pumpkin patch, rock wall, bounce houses, corn hole, and crafts. Dance and martial arts groups will perform, and a book sale will be held.
Details: 5-9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 22. 1933 S. Ballpark Way, Goodyear. Free admission; nominal fees apply for activities. 623-882-3120, goodyearbp.com/events/fall-festival.
It’s all about fall at Anthem Community Council’s annual festival. Start with a visit to the pumpkin patch, then decorate your pumpkin. There will also be carnival rides and live entertainment. Head over to the kids’ zone for free hayrides and family photos. Vendors will sell food, arts and crafts.
Details: Hours TBA. Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 22-23. ACC Community Park, 41703 N. Gavilan Peak Parkway. Free admission and parking; $5 to decorate a pumpkin. 623-742-6050, onlineatanthem.com/autumnfest.
10/22-23: Phoenix Comicon Fan Fest
This special event is created by the same people behind Phoenix Comicon. So, naturally, the festival will be a pop culture paradise with actors, comic book writers and artists, programs, exhibitions vendors and costumes. The festivities are expected to be bigger than ever because the Phoenix Fan Fest is moving to the Phoenix Convention Center.
Details: Registration begins 8 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday. Oct. 22-23. Phoenix Convention Center, 100 N. Third St., Phoenix. $30 full-event membership; $25 Saturday; $15 Sunday; $5 children 3-12; Free for ages 2 and younger. phoenixcomicon.com.
10/22: Chandler Mayor’s Day of Play
Set aside some time to celebrate a fun and important activity: playtime. Chandler Mayor Jay Tibshraeny and the city are hosting the popular Chandler Mayor’s Day of Play, an event that gives families the opportunity to learn about health and fitness while enjoying some fun activities. The kids can take part in free activities that will get their minds and bodies moving, while parents can check out the info booths on wellness and more.
Details: 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 22. Tumbleweed Park, 745 E. Germann Road, Chandler. Free. 480-782-2727, chandleraz.gov.
10/23: Aunt Rita Foundation’s AIDS Walk
In an effort to end HIV, join other participants at this family-friendly and dog-friendly walk to celebrate life. Whether you have been directly impacted by HIV or not, this will be a uniting experience for all involved.
Details: Walk and 5K run will start at 9 a.m., festival starts at 9:30 a.m. Oct. 23. Downtown Phoenix. Prices vary based on event; free for ages 12 and younger. auntritas.org/aidswalk.
10/28-29: Salt River Fields Balloon Spooktacular Festival
Satisfy your sweet tooth when more than 20 hot-air balloons will hand out more than 4,000 pounds of candy to trick-or-treaters in Scottsdale. Get a fright at the haunted house or take a ride in a tethered balloon. Catch live music and see a fireworks display to close the evening. Written waiver required for balloon rides.
Details: 5-10 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Oct. 28-29. Loop 101 and Indian Bend Road, Salt River Reservation. $10 adults; $5 children; balloon rides $25 for adults, $5 for ages 10 and under. 480-270-5000, saltriverfields.com.
10/28-30: Stagecoach Village Fine Art and Wine Festival
This Cave Creek festival is an outdoor event at quite possibly the best time of year. Festivalgoers will be rewarded with mountain views. Furniture, jewelry and art — including sculpture, acrylics, watercolor, oil and mixed media work — will be for sale. Fine wine will be provided by southern Arizona’s Stronghold Vineyards.
Details: Friday-Sunday, Oct. 28-30.Stagecoach Village, 7100 E. Cave Creek Road, Cave Creek. Free admission and parking. 623-734-6526, vermillionpromotions.com.
10/29: Downtown Phoenix Zombie Walk
It’s back, with the help of a new charitable and production partner, the Arizona Hemophilia Association. This year’s event will be shorter than in years past, and without the larger festival portion. There will still be a “zombification station” on-site, free with five-10 canned-food donations. The walk will begin at 5:30 p.m., with the horde heading west to First Avenue, making its way south to Lincoln Avenue, and then back to the Second Street starting point. The costume contest will take place at 7:30 p.m., and the event ends at 8 p.m. After the walk, the 21 and older crowd is welcomed to join in on the “Blood Crawl” bar crawl at various downtown Phoenix locations.
Details: 4-8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29. Meet at Second and Jackson Streets in downtown Phoenix. Free. Suggested donation of $5. Canned-food donations welcome. 602-254-8696, dtphx.org.
10/29: Gilbert Off the Street Art Festival
It’s the first year for the Gilbert Off the Street Art Festival, which is set to fill the streets of the Heritage District in Downtown Gilbert with live music, street performers and artisan craft vendors. Other event offerings include food, kids activities and a chalk mural competition.
Details: 10 a.m.-7 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 29. Heritage District – Downtown Gilbert. Admission is free. 480-503-6200, gilbertaz.gov.
Wingstock is a festival that combines restaurants, music, contests and beer in one event. Chefs can show off their chicken wing recipes to compete for the title “Wingstock King of Wings.” Diamond’s Sports Grille, ATL Wings, On the Green Sports Grill and The Monastery Mesa are some of the restaurants that will be competing in the wing competition.
Details: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 29. Mesa Amphitheatre, 263 N. Center Street, Mesa. $8 advance; $12 day of event. wingstockaz.com.