It’s officially fall, which means festivals in Phoenix are in full swing. See where to celebrate the season with live music, great food and a good old-fashioned corn maze on our top things to do in Phoenix this weekend:
Summer Ends Music Festival: September 24-27
This four-day festival brings big names—most notably, Kanye West—to two outdoor stages on the Tempe Beach Park waterfront. Indie and alternative rock are on the bill for the festival’s first two days; from 5 p.m to 10 p.m. on Thursday and midnight Friday, you can catch acts such as Hozier, Brand New and Mesa-bred Jimmy Eat World jammin’ through the sunset. Reggae and hip-hop artists J.Cole, Slightly Stoopid and more join the lineup Saturday and Sunday before Kanye closes out the weekend.
Chile Pepper Festival: September 26
The Downtown Phoenix Public Market is the site for a festival dedicated to the culinary prowess of the chile pepper. Local chefs and restaurants participating in the cook-off will serve up chile-based cuisine to attendees voting for their favorite dishes. Cool off from the spiciness with a cold beer or margarita, and enjoy live entertainment and salsa dancing.
Los Dias de la Crescent–A Celebration of Arizona Music: September 26
Local musical acts take the stage inside Crescent Ballroom—and outside on Second Avenue—for this celebration of the state’s music scene. A $10 ticket gets you an evening with 10 bands, including Phoenix Afrobeat Orchestra, Chicha Dust and DJ Sean Watson.
Corn Maze and Fall Festival at Vertuccio Farms: September 26 through November 1
For family fun, head to Vertuccio Farms’ festival, opening Saturday for the season’s first corn maze explorers, petting zoo patrons and pumpkin pickers. Admission includes train and tractor rides and access to the seven-acre corn maze, as well as equipment such as a tube slide and giant jump pad for clambering kids.
Fountain Hills Oktoberfest: September 26
Kick off the Oktoberfest celebrations early in Fountain Hills. The town takes the spirit and culture of Germany’s popular folk festival to heart: Festival-goers can enjoy the sounds of a German band and sample premium German beer brewed under the country’s purity laws. Brats, homemade sauerkrat, pretzels and strudel will be available for purchase—and wearing Lederhosen is, of course, encouraged.