Haunted houses, outdoor parties, a festival just for tacos—yeah, we love October in town. Get details on top things to do in Phoenix this weekend below.

Arizona Taco Festival

October 15-16

Grab your crew, cash and a healthy appetite for the annual Arizona Taco Festival. Local restaurant teams are cranking out their best taco recipes in hopes of snagging a cash prize, and attendees can taste their creations for just $2 each. The festival also features a tequila expo, live music, eating contests and wrestling shows.

Salt River Fields at Talking Stick, 7555 N. Pima Road, Scottsdale 85258
(480) 270-500

Photo credit: Arizona Taco Festival via Facebook

Arizona Taco Festival via Facebook

Rainbows Festival

October 15-16

The Rainbows Festival & Street Fair celebrates members and allies of the LGBTQ community with two days of entertainment, exhibitors, craft beer garden and new Pet Pride experience. The festival is free and takes place in downtown’s historic Heritage Square Park.

801 N. 2nd Ave, Phoenix 85004

Otsukimi Moonviewing Festival

October 14-15

Stroll the serene Japanese Friendship Garden of Phoenix by the twinkling light of luminaries, candles and the full moon. The traditional event features musicians as well as Japanese food, bar and a tea ceremony demonstration for additional costs.

1125 N 3rd Avenue, Phoenix 85003
(602) 262-6412

japanese friendship garden moon via fb

Moonviewing Festival via Facebook

Spook yourself at a haunted house

Or farm, or graveyard—There are plenty of frightening options in Phoenix to get you in the spirit of Halloween. Enter if your dare, for instance, the 13th Floor‘s two horrific walkthroughs, or the 30-acre Fear Farm with five themed indoor/outdoor attractions and a new haunted hayride. See more in the “haunted houses” section on our Halloween events blog post.

See fall colors

It’s a great weekend to see shimmering golden leaves around the state. Take a day trip to Clarkdale for the Verde Canyon Railroad’s Ales on Rails trip, an onboard German-style food and drink fest featuring craft brews, flavorful foods and spectacular fall colors in the lush canyon valley. You can also take a driving tour with our guide to where to see fall leaves (and be back in time for dinner).

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