Dia de los Muertos celebrations, the Herberger Theater Festival of the Arts and more highlight our top things to do in Phoenix this weekend.

Dia de los Muertos celebrations, the Herberger Theater Festival of the Arts and more highlight our top things to do in Phoenix this weekend.

 

Halloween in Phoenix

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Desert Botanical Garden's Strange Gardens, Salt River Fields Balloon Spooktacular, and many more spooky events are happening this weekend. See them all here.

 

Dia de los Muertos in Phoenix

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Steele Indian School Park and Mesa Arts Center are both holding their annual Dia de los Muertos festivals this weekend. Get the details here. 

 

World Gay Rodeo Finals

October 24-27

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Buckle up, buckaroo. The 33rd World Gay Rodeo Finals are coming to Phoenix, which has a strong history in the gay rodeo scene. The the top 20 men and women contestants will compete in 11 traditional rodeo events, but don't worry - there's going to be plenty of camp too. 

WestWorld of Scottsdale
16601 N. Pima Road, Scottsdale

 

Arizona Premier of The Burn

Starting October 25

BLK BOX PHX premieres its 2019-2020 season with this play by Philip Dawkins, which tackles the issue of social media and how it impacts our conversations and our identities. 

The Phoenix Theatre Company
1825 N. Central Avenue, Phoenix

 

Herberger Theater Festival of the Arts

October 26

The ninth annual Festival of the Arts celebrates the arts in our community with performances by more than 25 arts organizations, live music and performances on two outdoor stages, children’s activities, food, pet adoptions, aerial performances, craft beer and wine tasting, vendor booths and more! 

Herberger Theater Center
222 E. Monroe St., Phoenix

 

Scottsdale 50th Annual Fall Festival

October 26

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Scottsdale is celebrating 50 years of its own mini-carnival, full of games, rides, food, and performances. 

Eldorado Park
2311 N. Miller Road, Scottsdale

 

Celebrate! 90 Years at the Heard Museum

Starting October 26

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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In honor of its 90th anniversary, the Heard Museum will be showcasing signature works from its permanent collection, including Hopi katsina dolls, classic Pueblo pottery, and Navajo textiles.

Heard Museum
2301 N. Central Avenue, Phoenix

 

AZDroneFest: Expo and Film Festival

October 26

This inaugural festival features drone racing, flight simulations, freestyle competitions and more. 

Grand Canyon University
3300 W Camelback Rd Phoenix

 

Counter-Landscapes at SMoCA

Starting October 26

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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This exhibition examines how artists have used the idea of place to shed light on conflicts of power through social, environmental, and personal lenses, from the 1970s to today.

Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art
7374 E. 2nd Street, Scottsdale

 

Experience the Andes

October 26-27

Experience the sights and sounds of South America's longest mountain range, with music from Bolivia, Peru, and more. 

Musical Instrument Museum
4725 E. Mayo Boulevard, Phoenix

 

Arizona State Fair Closing Weekend

Through October 27

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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If you have yet to experience deep fried pumpkin pie or the view from the 150 foot ferris wheel, head to the Arizona State Fair for their final weekend. The third largest fair in the country is packed with dozens of rides, vendors, and performances from local and national headliners. Tip: Go Saturday and Sunday before 2 p.m. for $5 admission

Arizona State Fair
1826 W. McDowell Road, Phoenix

 

Concerts

MC Hammer at Arizona State Fair, Friday

Joe Bonamossa at Comerica Theatre, Friday

DREAMERS at The Van Buren, Friday

Valentino Khan at Track Club, Friday

Andrew Bird at The Van Buren, Saturday

Gwar at Marquee Theatre, Sunday

Devendra Banhart at Crescent Ballroom, Sunday