Autumn is in the air, pumpkins are in our lattes (and most everything else) and fun festivals are happening all across the region.
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
Sept. 30-Nov. 3
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
Take a swig of some German beer while watching the area's iconic fountain. If you wear dirndl or lederhosen, you get in free.
12925 N Saguaro Blvd, Fountain Hills
Get 24 beer tastings from multiple breweries for this Oktoberfest event.
7295 E. Stetson Drive, Scottsdale
Head to Schnepf Farms throughout October for hay rides, a 4-acre corn maze, a pumpkin patch, pig races, exciting rides including the farm's train and, of course, chili. Fireworks light up the sky Friday and Saturday nights. Don't forget to pick out your Halloween pumpkin during your visit.
24810 S. Rittenhouse Road, Queen Creek
Prizes await for those wearing the best German outfits. Beer, music, and food for all.
300 E. Wigwam Blvd., Litchfield Park
Enjoy some Samuel Adams beer and bratwurst, as well as German performer Melina, at this inaugural Oktoberfest event.
Scottsdale Fashion Square
4700 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale
Whip out your lederhosen and try your hand at a stein holding competition and sausage eating contest at Pedal Haus Brewery's Oktoberfest.
Pedal Haus Brewery
730 S. Mill Ave. #102, Tempe, AZ
Celebrate German-style with three days of live music, brats, and beer and extra fun like dachshund races, keg tappings, karaoke, carnival rides and more.
Tempe Beach Park
80 W. Rio Salado Parkway, Tempe
Each year, Desperado showcases quality films that are related to the experiences of the LGBT community with the goal of creating an event that is educational, enlightening, entertaining and enjoyable. In addition to the screening of films, local artisans, painters and photographers are featured throughout this event.
Paradise Valley Community College
18401 N. 32nd St., Phoenix
Experience the food, apparel, music and dances of Bulgaria at this cultural festival. If you're feeling adventurous, you can even learn some of the dances yourself.
Phoenix Center for the Arts
1202 N 3rd Street, Phoenix
PHX Zine Fest is an annual gathering for DIY small press enthusiasts who create and enjoy zines, indie comics, photography books, perzines, political pamphlets and the like. Share your self-published work, browse self-published work, connect with the growing community and attend related panels.
734 W. Polk St., Phoenix
Spirits collide during the annual Day of the Dead celebration at Mesa Arts Center. This community celebration of Latin American art, food and culture will feature a colorful market of arts, crafts, jewelry; artist demos; a variety of live performances; engaging family activities; food vendors; and the opportunity to share memories of the deceased at the giant community altar. Free entry and parking.
Mesa Arts Center
1 E. Main St., Mesa
The Mikiztli Dia De Los Muertos Festival will feature music, dance, masked performances, kids art activities, an artist mercado and candlelight closing procession with ceremony and celebration. In its eighth year, this festival continues to keep families connected to their loved ones, their cultural heritage and their traditions.
Steele Indian School Park
300 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix
Día de los Muertos Celebration at Desert Botanical Garden
Celebrate the tradition of Día de los Muertos, or the Day of the Dead, with a two-day festival filled with music, dance and storytelling. La Procesión takes place from 5 to 6 p.m. each day; El Mercado, featuring local and international artists and vendors, takes place from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. each day; and the Ofrenda Exhibit, will feature altars specifically created for this celebration by local artists, will be open throughout the weekend.
Experience mariachi, ballet folklorico, local artisan, free kid’s activities, a car show with trunk altars, food trucks, live entertainment, and visit the ofrenda (altar) to honor our loved ones.
St. Mary's Basilica
231 N. Third St., Phoenix
The annual American Lebanese Festival features authentic Lebanese cuisine, music and entertainment. Come experience Lebanese culture, folk life, traditional Dabke Dance and more.
St. Joseph Maronite Catholic Church Festival Grounds
5406 E. Virginia Ave, Phoenix
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.
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
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.
Scottsdale Civic Center Plaza
7380 E. Second St., 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 Drive, Tempe
At this family-friendly event, enjoy game booths, live entertainment, a haunted forest, food vendors, face painting, a fireworks show and more.
2311 N. Miller Road, Scottsdale
Carnival rides, concerts, games, greasy delicious food and more await you at the Arizona State Fair, which is just about as old as the state itself.
Arizona State Fair & Coliseum
1826 W. McDowell Road, Phoenix
Join thousand of LGBTQ+ community members and allies in celebrating our culture and the traditions of the Latino community at the second annual Latino Pride Festival, which coincides with Hispanic Heritage Month (Sept. 15 to Oct. 15), a month-long observance that aims to inspire, educate, commemorate and celebrate our diverse community, and empower our voices for respect, justice and dignity!
Corona Ranch & Rodeo Grounds
7611 S. 29th Ave., Laveen Village
Dubbed “Arizona’s Greatest Street Fair," this annual event is a celebration of the diversity of the LGBTQ+ community and draws a crowd of more than 25,000 community members, friends, families and allies. Historic Heritage Square in downtown Phoenix plays host to more than 150 exhibitors and sponsors throughout the two-day event and two stages offer a variety of entertainment throughout the weekend.
113 N. Sixth St., Phoenix
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.
Margaret T. Hance Park
1202 N. Third St., Phoenix
Arizona's premiere fine art & wine festival showcases 165 juried, fine artists displaying paintings, bronzes, stone, clay, wood, metal and glass sculptures, one-of-a-kind jewelry, photography, intricate gourd sculptures, batiks and much more. This event also features live musical entertainment and a wine tasting program.
101 Easy Street, Carefree
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.
Flatiron Community Park
567 W. Apache Trail, Apache Junction
Arizona Harvest Fest and Farmers Market
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.
A.J. Chandler Park
178 E Commonwealth Ave, Chandler