As the temperatures cool off, the Phoenix festival scene heats up. Raise a stein at Oktoberfest, head to a pumpkin patch, learn about a new culture, or unleash your inner foodie this weekend. Get all of the details below:


Chile Pepper Festival

September 30

Start training your taste buds now: The hottest festival of the season hits the streets of Roosevelt Row this Saturday. Local restaurateurs, chefs, and food trucks showcase the best chile pepper cuisine Phoenix has to offer. Get your tickets for on-site chile roasting, live performances, and cooking demonstrations.

128 E Roosevelt St, Phoenix
(602) 885-6267

Chile Pepper Festival
Photo via Chile Pepper Festival


Garlic Festival

September 30 and October 1

Just in time to scare away the vampires, the fourth annual garlic festival returns to Queen Creek Olive Mill. To celebrate their 7,000 bulbs of organically grown garlic, the Mill hosts a two day festival with everything from garlic olive oil to garlic gelato. 

25062 S. Meridian Road, Queen Creek
(480) 888-9290

Garlic Festival
Photo via Queen Creek Olive Mill


SanTan Brewing Oktoberfest

September 30

Throw on your lederhosen and lace up your dirndls for a taste of Germany this Saturday. Dance to polka music, enter a brat eating contest or stein holding competition, and witness a weiner dog race all at SanTan Brewing's 10th Annual Oktoberfest. Roger Clyne & the Peacemakers and Reel Big Fish even return to the rock the main stage before the night is over. Purchase discounted tickets online now. 

178 E Commonwealth Ave, Chandler
(602) 276-2499

SanTan Oktoberfest
Photo via SanTan Brewing Oktoberfest


A Taste of Greece: Greek Festival of Chandler

September 29-October 1

Head to Downtown Chandler this weekend for a Greek festival fit for the Gods. A Taste of Greece puts a modern spin on ancient culture, with traditional Greek foods, imports, dancers, and more. Visit the event website now for a complete schedule of the weekend's events and buy one get one free admission. 

2716 N. Dobson Rd., Chandler
(480) 570-253

Taste of Greece
Photo via A Taste of Greece


Visit a Pumpkin Patch

Welcome October by kicking off the fall season this weekend at a Phoenix pumpkin patch. Mortimer Farms Pumpkin Festival opens Friday with pig races, a petting zoo, a bubble run, and more.  Navigate your way through a hay maze or pan for gold at  MacDonald's Ranch Pumpkin Patch, opening Sunday.


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