The weather has started to cool down… nights are refreshing and mornings crisp again! That also means various fall events & festivals are back around Phoenix and throughout Arizona.
Here are some coming up to be aware of, thanks to visitphoenix.com:
Fans of polka music, German food and craft beer will don their lederhosen and dirndls and gather in Downtown Chandler to celebrate SanTan Brewing’s 10th annual Oktoberfest. Leading the entertainment lineup includes: Roger Clyne & the Peacemakers, Reel Big Fish and other local acts. This year’s event will highlight beer games, Von Hanson’s brat eating contest, a stein holding contest, and weiner dog races for Oktoberfest’s 10th Anniversary.
178 E Commonwealth Ave, Chandler
Chile Pepper Festival is a local food, music and talent event hosted by Roosevelt Row Community Development Corporation (CDC). Onsite chile roasting, cooking demos, live music, salsa dancing, activities for kids, a talent show hosted by PEP Rally, a beer garden presented by Deschutes Brewery and a gourmet margarita station will all be on the menu.
922 N 2nd St, Phoenix
October 2-November 5
Celebrate the season at Vertuccio Farms with this family-friendly festival. A seven-acre corn maze, pumpkin patch, barrel train rides, farm animals and lots more are part of the festivities. Pick up a perfect pumpkin for your Halloween jack-o-lantern while you’re there
4011 S. Power Road, Mesa
October 1-November 5: Tuesday and Friday-Sunday in October, and Thursday-Sunday in November
A great big pumpkin patch, six-acre family corn maze (search for pieces of your map as you walk through), mini corn maze, and a haunted corn maze highlight the seasonal offerings at Tolmachoff Farms. Other activities include a petting zoo, train ride, hay pyramid, corn box, pedal cart track, jumping pillow and more.
5726 N 75th Ave, Glendale
Friday-Sunday, Septermber 29- October 29, Open Columbus Day
This huge festival’s centerpiece is a 15-acre pumpkin patch and 25-acre corn maze. Younger guests can join in on pig races, farm animal petting zoo, and bounce playhouse farmland, while the whole family can enjoy the antique tractor show and pull, hay rides, live music and entertainment, barn dance, craft vendors, and “a-maize-ing” farm food.
12907 AZ-169, Dewey
Thursdays-Sundays through October
Throughout October, Schnepf Farms offers fun fall activities like hay rides, a 4-acre corn maze, a pumpkin patch, pig races and, of course, chili. Grab party food like a burger, chili dinner or succotash, and take a spin on exciting rides or the farm’s train. Fireworks light up the sky Friday and Saturday nights.
24610 S Rittenhouse Rd, Queen Creek
Come out and enjoy three full days of activities at Four Peaks Oktoberfest at Tempe Town Lake, including a variety of German beer and food, kid’s zone, a 5k fun run, and musical performances.
80 E Rio Salado Pkwy, Tempe
October 14-15, 21-22 and 28-29
Harvest Fest is a family-friendly experience featuring a pumpkin patch, hay rides, gold panning, pumpkin bowling and more games, food and live music and much more. Check out the calendar and activities page on their website for a comprehensive list of events.
3901 W. Pioneer Road, Phoenix
Friday-Saturday, October 6-28, and Monday October 31
PoeFest, produced by Arizona Curriculum Theater, is not a reading. The actors perform Edgar Allan Poe’s stories in character as inmates from a 19th Century asylum for the criminally insane. Poe’s stories rotate nightly and are presented inside the Ghost Lounge at the historic Hotel San Carlos, frequently listed among the top ten most haunted hotels in America. PoeFest ends on Halloween night at Rosson House Museum with performances of The Raven every twenty minutes.
202 N Central Ave Phoenix
October 1-October 31
MacDonald’s pumpkin patch has more than just the perfect pumpkin. Visit the petting zoo, gold panning, hay maze, Western-themed games, hayride, pony rides and Blazin’ BBQ available for purchase.
26540 N Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale
Wednesday-Sunday, October 6-29
The state fair returns for another year of classic carnivals rides and cuisine, motor racing, a petting zoo, musical guests and more family-friendly activities. This year’s concert lineup features Snoop Dog, Gin Blossoms, Billy Currington, and more.
1826 W. McDowell Road Phoenix
This festival is an opportunity to share in the rich history, culture, and culinary delights of Greece, including dance performances and family-friendly activities.
1973 E. Maryland Ave Phoenix
This annual parade features nearly 100 entries and shares the rich cultural exchange through the vibrancy of Native American art, music, and dance in heart of downtown Phoenix.
4520 N. Central Avenue Phoenix, AZ
More than 50 teams take up the taco-making challenge as fans sample and savor their creations. Taco competitors are judged by officials of the National Taco Association. The stakes are higher than ever with the $10,000 cash prize for the winning taco team. The event is filled with music, food, and fun including, lucha libre wrestling,a taco eating contest, more than 100 types of tequila and more.
7555 N. Pima Road Scottsdale
The annual Rainbows Festival and Street Fair is a celebration of the diversity of the LGBTQ community. The event is located in historic Heritage Square Park in downtown Phoenix and is free and open to the public. There will be two stages of entertainment and nearly 150 exhibitors and sponsors throughout the two-day event.
801 N. 2nd Ave. Phoenix
Celebrate fall with free and fun family activities at the ballpark, including train rides, a pumpkin patch, rock wall, inflatables, costume contest, trick-or-treating, photo station and arts and crafts activities.
1933 S. Ballpark Way, Goodyear
This family-friendly event celebrates the season with fall-flavored festivities including arts and crafts vendors, carnival rides, pumpkin picking, an apple pie baking contest, and live entertainment.
41703 N. Gavilan Peak Parkway, Phoenix
Kids of all ages will love this spectacularly spooky festival featuring nightly firework shows, live music, a pumpkin patch and a free KidsZone. More than 20 majestic hot air balloons illuminate the sky as they participate in the world’s longest continuous glow at over 3 hours, as well as offering tethered balloon rides and balloon candy stations serving up more than 4,000 pounds of candy.
Spirits will connect at the Mesa Arts Center’s annual Dia de los Muertos Festival – a community celebration complete with a community altar, live music and performances. The Day of The Dead festival will also feature delicious foods and a colorful mercado featuring a wide assortment of jewelry and crafts.
1 E. Main St. Mesa
Scottsdale’s annual Fall Festival invites you to win candy at the game booths, jump around in one of the many bounce houses, view live entertainment and more. End the evening with a bang by staying for the fireworks show.
2301 N. Miller Road Scottsdale
Grab a blanket and a chair and head out to Steele Indian School Park to celebrate Dia de los Muerots. This unique Arizonan festival includes childrens activities, art mercado, food booths, and performers.
300 E. Indian School Rd Phoenix
A new fall festival is creeping into the Desert Botanical Garden this year. Wear your best costume to carve pumpkins and dance at the monster bash with live music. Look out for Mad Botanists as they inform you about spooky desert plants.
1201 N. Galvin Parkway, Phoenix
The Halloween Spirit invades Carefree this October in the form of whimsical pumpkin carvings like you have never seen before. Visit once or come back for more as this four-acre festival changes daily with new carvings you won’t want to miss.
101 Easy St, Carefree
The Arizona Fall Fest, a free and family-friendly celebration of all things uniquely Arizona, features exclusively Arizona-owned businesses and organizations. Attendees can expect more than 200 vendors, food samples from some of the best Arizona restaurants, local chefs, and food trucks; Arizona-produced wine, beer, and spirits; live entertainment and activities for kids.
Hance Park, 200E Moreland St, Phoenix
Celebrate Dia de los Muertos surrounded by the beautiful Arizona desert this year at the Botanical Garden. This two day festival explores music, dance, and storytelling honor the departed. Children can participate in arts and crafts or face painting, or the whole family can enjoy live entertainment and browsing the Mercado.
201 N. Galvin Parkway Phoenix
Enjoy live music, beer garden, petting zoo, over 80 vendors, bounce houses, food vendors, car show, veteran’s tribute, movie on the back lot at night, and much more.
567 W. Apache Trail Apache Junction
For two days this historic resort community of Litchfield Park is transformed into a vibrant street scene filled with colorful art, lively music and irresistible aromas. The festival features over 250 fine artists and craftsmen exhibiting a wide selection of original arts and crafts, ranging from functional to decorative, and contemporary to Native American.
Downtown Litchfield Park, Litchfield Park 85340
The Fountain Hills Festival of Arts and Crafts features nearly 500 artists, artisans and gourmet food provisioners. Over 200,000 visitors are attracted to this event to do their holiday shopping, purchase art and enjoy good food and live entertainment.
12925 N. Saguaro Blvd. Fountain Hills
The Desert Botanical Garden invites you to the Chiles and Chocolates Festival, where you’ll get the chance to sample and shop your way through the top sweets Arizona has to offer. Watch live performances of Latin, Brazilian, and Spanish dance while indulging in gourmet chocolate, zesty sauces, and fire-roasted chiles.
1201 N. Galvin Parkway Phoenix
Activities include live entertainment, a pumpkin toss, pumpkin pageant, cornhole, pie eating contest, corn shucking, cake walk, hay maze, and a kid’s zone. Food and craft vendors will offer seasonal eats, treats, trinkets and gear. Enjoy the flavors of fall in the seasonal beer garden featuring local pumpkin ales and other brews.
178 E Commonwealth Ave Chandler
Visitors to Downtown Scottsdale’s ArtFest can browse the fine art and crafts of over 150 vendors, meet local authors, enjoy live music throughout the festival, and taste tempting foods in a beautiful sculpture garden setting.
7380 E. 2nd Street Scottsdale
While the award-winning Tempe Festival of the Arts primarily focuses on art and the artists that create it, there are also a wide variety of other activities for guests to enjoy. Live entertainment stages provide musical entertainment for festival-goers. Performances by a number of well-known local musicians keep audiences in high spirits throughout the day. In addition to the scheduled entertainment, street performers, vendors, sponsor exhibits and entertainment booths are set up for the amusement of festival visitors.
Mill Ave. and University Dr., Tempe