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:
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
Photo via Chile Pepper 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
Photo via Queen Creek Olive Mill
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
Photo via SanTan Brewing Oktoberfest
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
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.
Photo via MacDonald's Ranch