It’s that time of year again! Everything is pumpkin flavored and there’s a festival going on every weekend in Phoenix. Here’s our roundup of festivals in Phoenix this fall.
7th Annual Phoenix Old World Oktoberfest (October 5 — 6)
The Arizona Center for Germanic Cultures expands its traditional Old World Phoenix Oktoberfest to two days. Both days the festival features live musical entertainment, dancing, a variety of competitions for all ages, vendors, German cooking and other demonstrations, traditional German food, beer, wine, schnapps, and much more. Saturday also features a free “Kinder Village” children’s area with inflatable’s, games, contests, and interactive kids’ activities.
Rainbows Festival (October 6-7)
The annual Rainbows Festival and Street Fair is a celebration of the diversity of the LGBT community. The event is located in historic Heritage Square Park in downtown Phoenix. Each year, the Rainbows Festival draws a crowd in excess of 25,000 gay and lesbians, family members and friends. This is one of the largest LGBT events in the state of Arizona.
Each year, the Festival Stage at the annual Rainbows Festival is the center of excitement. The stage features local entertainment from noon until 6pm on both Saturday and Sunday.
Herberger Theatre of the Arts Festival (October 6)
The third annual Herberger Theater Festival of the Arts celebrates the arts in downtown Phoenix with a day featuring performances, dance, food vendors, visual art, live music, children’s activities, film shorts, pet adoptions, wine tasting, Lunch Time Theater excerpts and more.
Scottsdale Street Fair (October 7)
Come out to the grand re-opening of the 2012-2013 season of the Scottsdale Street Fair. Special appearances for the grand opening include the 2012 Arena Football Champions, the Arizona Rattlers, and Emmy award winning television and radio personality, Pat McMahon.
Live entertainment from local bands will be featured all day as well as a performance from the Baton Boosters. The ALS Association of Arizona is also hosting a registration booth for their upcoming “Walk to Defeat ALS” on October 20th. Local and visiting artists will be showcasing their unique products, art, jewelry and plenty of delicious food.
For Mom and Dad, the fair features a new and improved kid’s entertainment zone featuring four bounce houses, hamster balls, a swing ride and zip line.
Arizona State Fair (October 12- November 4)
There will be new and exciting attractions for the 2012 Arizona State Fair and many of the fun attractions will be returning as well. Like the United States Arm-wrestling Championships, Arizona Lottery Backyard, Arizona State Fair 5k and Fun Run/Walk, Figure 8 Racing and so much more. There will be something for everyone in the family. Numerous food booths will be there to get your carnival cravings.
Way Out West Oktoberfest (October 12-14)
Come out and enjoy Oktoberfest at Tempe Town Lake this year. There will be 15 kinds of German beer, authentic German food, wine gardens, Daschund racing, Kinderfest KidsZone, music and much more.
Greater Phoenix Greek Festival (October 12-14)
Visiting Greece is an affordable stay-cation at the Greater Phoenix Greek Festival with Greek food, music, dancing, jewelry, art, grocery items and activities.
A Wild Western Festival (October 19-21)
Come experience 17 acres of fully restored property, showcasing historic buildings from the famous Bartlett Ranch built in 1886. The perfect setting for Arizona’s biggest western family fun event.
There will be gunfights, stunt shows, American Indian dancers, trick horses, magic shows, live music, a kids korral, and much more.
Grand Avenue Festival (October 20 – 21)
The festival will be a celebration of the vibrant culture, music, fashion, art, history and adaptive re-use of the Lower Grand Avenue Arts and Small Business District and adjoining neighborhoods. The free Historic Commercial Building and Adaptive Reuse Tours, begin at 8 am and continue hourly until 11 am, courtesy of the Phoenix Revitalization Corporation (PRC). Free screenings of “The Greenest Building,” shown at the conclusion of the tour are courtesy of Steve Weiss and No Festival Required.
3rd Annual Arizona Taco Festival (October 20-21)
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 $10,000 prizes. The event is filled with music, food and fun including, Lucha Libre Wrestling, Boutique Tequila Expo with more than 100 types of tequila, Hot Chili Pepper Eating Contests, Chihuahua Beauty Pageant, Surf Band Music Showcase, Mariachi Contest and more.
Arab-American Festival (October 20 – 21)
The annual festival brings together thousands of Arab and Americans to enjoy the Arab culture and entertainment. More than 35 international singers, dancers and musicians from all over the Arab World perform 20 Hours of live entertainment on stage.
Activities include folklore shows, an international food court, hookah lounge, kid’s rides and booth vendors.
Autumnfest 2012 (October 27-28)
Celebrate everything fall while getting an early start on your holiday shopping at this annual event, now in its fifth year. Activities include fine arts and crafts vendors, live entertainment and music, a pumpkin patch, pony, hay and barrel rides, inflatable jump houses, a food court with Rotary beer and wine garden, and carnival rides and games by Frazier Shows Carnival.
St. Sava Serbfest 2012 (November 3 – 4)
Come out and celebrate The Tenth Annual SerbFest. Your admission becomes your passport to experience all of the traditions of Serbia. Be sure to bring your appetite and try delicious homemade Serbian cuisine and pastries. There is also live Serbian music and traditional folk dancing, church tours of a Byzantine style church, a shopping bazaar which includes religious, cultural and ethnic items, and a Kids Zone where kids can play all day. All proceeds will benefit the Child Crisis Center.
Cook Phoenix (November 4)
Cook is a chance to sample culinary creations from many of Phoenix’s finest restaurants, and vote on your favorite restaurant while enjoying live entertainment, a festive atmosphere and live cooking demonstrations by celebrity chefs. Cook raises funds to help fund HRC’s efforts to ensure a nation where every citizen is treated equally, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity.
Fountain Hills Festival of Arts and Crafts (November 9-11)
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.
Many of the artists in this fair offer unique holiday themed ornaments that have become family tradition. Enjoy live music, abundant breakfast and lunch selections in shaded seating areas make this a great way to spend the day in Fountain Hills.
Veterans Tribute Ride and Family Festival 2012 (November 10)
The Veterans Tribute Ride honors our armed services and veterans. Funds from the ride will benefit the Arizona National Guard and USO Arizona. The free family festival brings our community together in a day of remembrance and celebration for their service
8th Annual Certified Local Fall Festival (November 10)
Voted Best Free Festival in 2011’s New Times Best of Phoenix awards, this family-friendly festival has a street fair atmosphere and has drawn upwards of 5,000 attendees in past years. The event is open to the public and will offer a variety of local businesses, restaurants, food trucks, live music and children’s activities. The event historically has been a great place to get a jump start on holiday shopping, while attendees can enjoy some of the valley’s best restaurants, breweries and wineries.
Artfest of Scottsdale (November 17-18)
The annual ArtFest of Scottsdale is one of the valley’s most popular holiday traditions. Downtown Scottsdale features 200 artists from across the country where you can find that one of a kind gift just in time for the holidays. Visitors will enjoy fine art, fine crafts, local authors (located in the “Book Street” section), live music throughout the festival, taste tempting foods in a beautiful sculpture garden setting. Other amenities include hands on kids activities, Scottsdale art museum, great restaurants, plenty of close parking and unique shops.
The Festival at the Farm (November 17)
This fall visit The Farm at South Mountain to meet Arizona’s local grape farmers and wine producers while learning wine production and tasting various wines. Over 20 of Arizona’s top wine growers will be featuring their finest wines and creations. Participate in the educational wine seminars to get the full experience.
American Indian Heritage Festival (November 17)
Experience the music, art, culture, food, traditions, and innovations of Arizona’s American Indians. Enjoy activities for the whole family such as live music, entertainment, traditional foods, art demonstrations, crafts, guided hikes and more.
Tempe Fall Festival of the Arts (November 30- Dec 2)
The Tempe Festival of the Arts consistently ranks among the Top 20 art festivals in the nation by Sunshine Artist and has received the Pinnacle Award from the International Festival and Events Association. The fall event attracts nearly 250,000 visitors to the Mill Avenue District over the course of a 3-day weekend.
While the 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.