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October

Pumpkin Days and Corn Maze (October 1 – November 10)

Have an unforgettable fall season at Tolmachoff Farms and experience the ultimate holiday outing where there is something for the whole family: 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. Other activities include a petting zoo, train ride, hay pyramid, corn box, pedal cart track, jumping pillow and much more.

Schnepf Farms Pumpkin and Chili Party (Thursdays-Sundays through November 3)

Fun for the whole family on the farm! For the entire month of October (Thursdays-Sundays) Schnepf Farms offers fun fall activities like hay rides, a corn maze, a pumpkin patch, pig races and, of course, chili.

CALA Alliance Festival (October 6 – November 5)

The month-long valley-wide celebration allows audiences and participants to  enjoy the artistic, musical and culinary offerings of the regional Latino community through various exhibits, concerts, street fairs and more. Audiences can look forward to a cornucopia of exhibits, performances and cultural activities showcasing the work of top-notch Latino and Latin American artists.

Arizona State Fair (October 11 – November 3)

There will be something for everyone in the family at the Arizona State Fair this year. Numerous food booths will be there to get your carnival cravings. Musical guests Alabama Shakes, Billy Currington, The Wanted, Trace Adkins, ZZ Top and more will be performing. With Native Spirit Dancers, the Great American Petting Zoo, and the Great American Duck Race, there will always be attractions for the family.

Arizona State Fair

Arizona State Fair


Way Out West Oktoberfest (October 11-13)

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.

PoeFest at Hotel San Carlos (October 11, 12, 18, 19, 25)

Produced by Arizona Curriculum Theater, PoeFest 2013 marks the fifth year of presenting a month-long festival celebrating the works of Edgar Allan Poe. PoeFest 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. Stories include Annabel Lee, The Raven, The Cask of Amontillado, The Black Cat, The Tell-Tale Heart, and more.

Greater Phoenix Greek Festival (October 11-13)

This festival is an opportunity to share in the rich history, culture, and culinary delights of Greece. In addition to the authentically-prepared Greek cuisine, you can sample some imported Greek wine, beer and, of course, ouzo and the Greek classic Metaxa. Additionally, the nationally-recognized community dancers, in traditional costumes from the various regions of Greece, will be performing throughout the weekend.

Octoberfest at Salt River Fields (October 12)

Octoberfest returns to Salt River Fields for another great year. Enjoy one of the Valley’s biggest celebrations of beer with activities for the whole family, great food, live music, kids zone, interactive games and more.

31st Annual Native American Connections Parade (October 12)

The parade is produced by Native American Connections and features nearly 100 entries every year and shares the rich cultural exchange through the vibrancies of Native American art, music, and dance in heart of Downtown Phoenix. This year’s parade theme is “Native American Pride: Celebration of Culture through Art, Music, and Dance.”

Great Pumpkin Festival (October 17-20)

Every autumn the Desert Botanical Garden’s Great Pumpkin Festival is one of the Valley’s favorite places to find that special pumpkin. Take an authentic hayride out to the Garden’s pumpkin patch, where each day children 12 and under can choose their own free pumpkin. Get lost in the Amazing Hay Bale Maze, visit with adorable farm animals in the petting zoo, enjoy lively country and western entertainment, carnival style games and much more!

St. Rose 2013 Oktoberfest (October 18-19)

This two-day event means authentic German and American food, live entertainment and lots of fun for the whole family!
Bratwurst, soft pretzels, apple strudel and other German favorites put the Oom-Pah in Oktoberfest 2013.

Arizona Taco Festival (October 19-20)

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 that taco teams are battling for. The event is filled with music, food, and fun including, lucha libre wrestling, boutique tequila expo,  more than 100 types of tequila and more.

Arizona Taco Festival

Arizona Taco Festival

Rainbows Festival and Street Fair (October 19-20)

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. Each year, the Rainbows Festival draws a crowd in excess of 12,000 friends, families and allies. Rainbows Festival is the second largest LGBTQ event in the state of Arizona, only second to the Phoenix Pride Festival.

The annual Rainbows Festival is a free event open to the public. There will be nearly 150 exhibitors and sponsors throughout the two-day event. Rainbows Festival is the new home of OUTdayPHX, a celebration of National Coming OUT Day.

Halloween Balloon Spooktacular (October 25-26)

This fourth year of Halloween fun for the whole family returns to Salt River Fields. Featuring more than 20 colorful hot air balloons to light up the sky, 1700 pounds of candy for Trick-or-Treaters, tethered hot-air balloon rides, live music, food, drinks, kids zone, a haunted house fit for all, fireworks and more.

Wild Western Festival (October 25-27)

One of the biggest and best Western events in America features gunfights, stunt shows, American Indian dancers, trick horses, magic shows, live music, a kids korral and much more.

Dia de los Muertos Festival (October 26-27)

Spirits will connect at the Mesa Arts Center’s annual Dìa 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 food, a mercado featuring an assortment of Dìa de los Muertos merchandise, jewelry, arts & crafts, the Bookmans family activity area and more.

Autumnfest 2013 (October 26-27)

Celebrate all things fall as the Anthem Community Council hosts its sixth-annual Autumnfest. This family-friendly event celebrates the season with fall-flavored festivities including arts & crafts vendors, carnival rides, pumpkin picking and an apple pie baking contest.

Scottsdale’s 44th Annual Fall Festival (October 26)

Kids and families can enjoy a live magician, haunted house, 25 carnival games of different skill levels, inflatables, and costume contests. There will even be a play area for the real little monsters in the TOT’s area. Be sure to grab some tasty treats from a variety of food vendors during the event, and especially before Scottsdale’s best up-close firework show goes off.

November

CALA PHX! Fest (November 1-2)

CALA Alliance has engaged in a significant partnership with Downtown Phoenix Inc., to create CALA Phx Fest!, to serve as the apex of the CALA 2013 International Festival. The downtown two-day festival will feature a children’s plaza, an artists’ mercado, an area dedicated to Latin American music and various performances and exhibits.

ALAC 2nd Annual: Viva La Vida Dia de los Muertos Festival (November 1-2)

No one celebrates the dead like ALAC’s Dia de los Muertos Festival. Come enjoy ALAC’s biggest annual event with live artists painting on the street, music, food, children’s activities and live performances by local artists. The event features a community alter where people can pay homage to their loved ones.

Litchfield Park Art Festival (November 2-3)

The award winning Litchfield Park Festival of Arts, now in its 43rd year, rates as one of the oldest and most popular festivals in the Southwest. For two glorious days this historic resort community 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.

St. Sava Serbfest (November 2-3)

Delicious Serbian cuisine, pastries, and refreshments available all day, live music and dancing, folklore performances, church tours,  religious, cultural and ethnic items for sale, Kids’ Zone, silent auction, and much more.

Fountain Hills Festival of Arts and Crafts (November 8-10)

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.

Fountain Hills Festival of Arts

Fountain Hills Festival of Arts & Crafts

Certified Local Fall Festival (November 9)

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 has historically been a great place to get a jump start on holiday shopping, while attendees can enjoy some of the Valleys best restaurants, breweries and wineries.

5th Annual Festival at the Farm (November 15-16)

Shake hands and drink the wine of Arizona’s own grape farmers and wine producers in the picturesque setting of Phoenix’s historic The Farm at South Mountain this fall. There will be 30 of the state’s top wine growers who will gather to showcase their finest wines at this interactive event.

ArtFest of Scottsdale (November 23-24)

Visitors will enjoy fine art, fine crafts, local authors, 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.

December

Tempe Fall Festival of the Arts (December 6-8)

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. 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.

ALAC 2nd Annual: Christmas Celebration and Mercado (December 6)

ALAC Celebrates with Christmas traditions including Las Posadas, honoring La Virgin de Guadalupe and celebrating on Adams Street with live entertainment, food booths, vendor booths and live painting.