October’s here, and with it comes a harvest of fall festivals. Get details on the pick of the crop in our top things to do in Phoenix this weekend.

Chile Pepper Festival

October 1

Prepare your tastebuds. Local restaurants participating in this annual chile pepper challenge cook-off are serving their cuisine to festival-goers. And if the spice gets too hot, cool off with a beer garden, margarita station and activities such as salsa dancing, live music and cooking demos. Admission is free with food and drink available for purchase.

Roosevelt Row Arts District, 128 E Roosevelt St, Phoenix 85004
(602) 885-6267

chile fest

Have you tried a chocolate-covered chile? Photo via the Chile Pepper Festival.

San Tan Brewing Oktoberfest

October 1

San Tan Brewing kicks off the month with German-style brews, brats and performances from local acts (yes, there will be polka).  For the kids, there’s a family zone; for the kids at heart, there’s cornhole competitions, trike races and more beer games. Wearing lederhosen is, of course, encouraged.

Downtown Chandler, 3 S Arizona Ave, Chandler 85225
(602) 276-2499

Tour de Fat

October 1

Roll in for a massive, costumed bike parade around Downtown Tempe, then kick back in the park for beer and eclectic entertainment including a fashion show, musical acts, circus-style performances and bike-centric festivities.

80 W Rio Salado Pkwy, Tempe 85281

New Belgium Brewing's Tour de Fat in Tempe

New Belgium Brewing’s Tour de Fat in Tempe

Tequila, Taco & Cerveza Fest

October 1

It’s all in the name. This festival is for indulging in Mexican beers, international tequila styles (1o samples are included with your ticket) and taco truck offerings. Work it off by dancing to Spanish music, DJs, mariachi and live bands.

Rawhide Western Town, 5700 W North Loop Rd, Chandler 85226

Farm Festivals

Starting October 1, families can get lost in a corn maze, pick pumpkins and play down on the farm at festivals throughout Greater Phoenix. Check each event listing below for dates and hours.

  • Corn Maze and Fall Festival at Vertuccio Farms
  • Schnepf Farms Pumpkin and Chili Party
  • Mortimer Family Farms Pumpkin Fest
  • Pumpkin Days and Corn Maze at Tolmachoff Farms

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