Autumn is in the air, pumpkins are in our lattes (and most everything else) and fun festivals are happening all across the region. Here’s our roundup of Phoenix fall festivals:
Corn Maze and Fall Festival at Vertuccio Farms
Daily through November 6
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.
Pumpkin Days and Corn Maze at Tolmachoff Farms
Select days through November 6
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.
Mortimer Family Farms Pumpkin Fest and Corn Maze
Friday-Sunday through October, including Columbus Day Oct. 10
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.
MacDonald’s Ranch Pumpkin Patch
Every day except Tuesdays throughout October
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.
Schnepf Farms Pumpkin and Chili Party
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.
Chile Pepper Festival
October 1 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 Lawn Gnome Publishing, a beer garden presented by Deschutes Brewery and a gourmet margarita station by 3 Amigos Tequila will all be on the menu.
SanTan Brewing Oktoberfest
October 1 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 9th 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, and family zone all in celebration of SanTan Brewing’s 9th anniversary.
Bites ‘n Brews Craft Beer Festival
October 1 20+ breweries will serve up samples of the best local and national craft beers. Indulge in over 27 different food truck options and test your skills in corn hole and giant life-sized beer pong tournaments.
HarvestFest at the Pioneer Living History Museum
Saturdays and Sundays through October HarvestFest 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.
Oktoberfest at Tempe Town Lake
October 7-9 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, and musical performances from acts such as Lil Jon.
Pumpkin Patch Train
Saturday-Sunday, October 8-30 The Grand Canyon Railway will depart Williams to a secret pumpkin patch, where children can select their very own Halloween pumpkins. Decorate the pumpkins in the harvest room, scream on a haunted train car and wander through the hay bale maze.
Friday-Saturday, October 7-29, 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.
Arizona State Fair
Wednesday-Sunday, October 7-30 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 Big & Rich, Cheap Trick, Iggy Azalea, Cash Cash, The Flaming Lips, Slayer and more.
Phoenix Greek Festival
October 7-9 This festival is an opportunity to share in the rich history, culture, and culinary delights of Greece, including dance performances and family-friendly activities.
Native American Connections Parade
October 8 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.
Arizona Taco Festival
October 15-16 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, boutique tequila expo, more than 100 types of tequila and more.
Rainbows Festival and Street Fair
October 15-16 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.
Great Pumpkin Festival at the Desert Botanical Garden
October 21-23 Celebrate a fall tradition with Desert Botanical Garden. Take a hayride out to the Pumpkin Patch, where children 12 and under can find a perfect pumpkin! Attempt the hay bale maze, decorate your pumpkin and visit the Community Garden to see how pumpkins and vegetables grow. Test your skills on carnival-style games, dance to folk, country and bluegrass music, and meet adorable farm animals.
Salt River Fields Balloon Spooktacular
October 28-29 Bring the entire family to experience Halloween in a fun and safe environment. The Balloon Spooktacular features over 20 hot air balloons on display and 4,000 pounds of candy for trick-or-treaters, live music, food and beverage, a Kids Zone, vendor market, tethered balloon rides, a haunted house, fireworks and much more.
Fall Festival at Goodyear Ballpark
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.
Autumnfest Arts & Crafts Fair
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.
Dia de los Muertos Festival
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 food, a mercado featuring an assortment of Dia de los Muertos merchandise, jewelry, arts and crafts, a family activity area and more.
Scottsdale Fall Festival
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.
Dia de Los Muertos Celebration
Celebrate Día de los Muertos at the Desert Botanical Garden at this two-day family-oriented festival that uses music, dance and storytelling to explore the beauty and meaning of this special holiday. Children will love the crafts and face painting and the whole family will enjoy the entertainment and browsing the Mercado filled with art, jewelry and other wares. Each day ends with La Procesión. Based on an ancient tradition, guests and performers will march as a community through the Garden to honor the departed.
Arizona Harvest Festival
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.
Litchfield Park Festival of Arts
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.
St. Sava’s Serbfest
The Annual SerbFest celebrates Serbian culture with two days of authentic cuisine, music, dance, and more. This outdoor event is held on the grounds of the St. Sava Serbian Orthodox Church.
Certified Local Fall Festival
The Certified Local Fall Festival is an all day, family- friendly event featuring 100+ local business vendors. Sample Arizona-made food, a beverage garden with wine, beer, and spirits, live entertainment, crafts and activities for kids and families, a raffle and silent auction, and much more.
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Festival of the Superstitions
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.
Fountain Hills Festival of Arts and Crafts
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.
ArtFest of Scottsdale
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.
Tempe Fall Festival of the Arts
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.
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