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Autumn is in the air, pumpkins are in our lattes (and most everything else) and fun festivals are happening all across the region. Here's all the festivals happening this fall in Greater Phoenix. 

Looking to explore some pumpkin patches and corn mazes? Find our favorites here. And find more fall activities here

September Festivals

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September Festivals


 

Eat See AZ

Sept. 11, 18, 25

Enjoy an outdoor cinema experience for everyone that features food trucks, live music, and a film under the stars. This three-night event series takes place on the lawn at the scenic Scottsdale Civic Center Park. 

Scottsdale Civic Center Park
3939 N. Drinkwater Blvd., Scottsdale

 

Ales on Rails

Sept. 14 - Oct. 31

Ales on Rails is Verde Canyon Railroad’s way of toasting the German tradition of Oktoberfest, providing a rollicking farewell to summer. Sample a wide range of local Arizona breweries,  richly crafted beers ranging from the lightest pilsners to the hoppiest IPAs to the deepest stouts the Copper State has to offer. Now in its 19th year, the very popular Ales on Rails season always sells out in advance and may be reserved to include a Verde Canyon Railroad logo beer glass with four beer-tasting tickets, a made-to-order lunch from the Copper Spike Cafe and a large selection of tasty Arizona-brewed craft beers for only $125 per person. The party begins on the depot patio with beer on tap prior to the train’s 1:00 p.m. departure. The fun continues onboard as highlighted beers of the day are available for purchase during the ride.

Verde Canyon Railroad
300 N. Broadway, Clarkdale

 

Junk in the Trunk Vintage Market

Sept. 17-19

In its 10th year of business, the Market continues to provide Valley residents with the opportunity to shop all things vintage, local and handmade. The September Market will host over 130 vintage curators and handmade artisans from across the country. With a reputation for featuring quality vendors selling one-of-a-kind items and inspiring design, Junk in the Trunk Vintage Market continues to be a popular attraction for vintage enthusiasts across the Southwest.

WestWorld of Scottsdale
16601 N. Pima Road, Scottsdale
 

Mask Alive Festival

Sept. 19

A free festival showcasing local vibrant arts and culture organizations to the families and communities of Arizona. Each year, Mask Alive presents a variety of entertainment that spans the diverse cultures of the Valley, with dance, music, puppets and more, all presented by colorful masked performers. Attendees can enjoy the powerful beats of Japanese Taiko drums with Ken Koshio, the colors and costumes of the Quetzalli Ballet Folklórico dancers, the exciting rhythms of the Sankofa African music and dancers, and many more cultural performances throughout the day.

Pioneer Park
526 E. Main St., Mesa

 

2021 Oktoberfest at the Fountain

Sept. 24-25

The first Oktoberfest was organized in celebration of the marriage of the Bavarian King Ludwig I in Munich, Germany in 1810. This “volksfest” and has continued on to this day, and is brought to Fountain Hills each year. No authentic detail has been overlooked, including long tables papered in blue and white where attendees can chat with neighbors and meet new friends. Sing along with old-time German drinking songs and dance a jig on the dance floor while enjoying the music of a live German band.

Fountain Park
12925 N. Saguaro Blvd., Fountain Hills

 

Goldrush Music Festival

Sept. 24-26

Expanding to three days, the immersive event is their first full-scale music festival since 2019 and picks up on its theme, inviting electronic dance music fans from across the country to take a journey into the Wild, Wild West. Saddle up and get ready to back to the Wild West of Goldrush. 

Rawhide Western Town
5700 W. North Loop Road, Chandler

 

Rockin' Taco Street Fest

Sept. 25

The 10th annual Rockin’ Taco Street Fest returns to downtown Chandler. The taco party of the season features more than 20 local restaurants and food trucks including Tapas AL Gusto, Los Sombreros and Salsa Bites. In addition to some incredible eats, people will enjoy live music, eating competitions, mechanical Rockin’ Taco ride, Luche Libre wrestling matches, and much more. 

Dr. AJ Chandler Park
178 E. Commonwealth Ave., Chandler

 

October Festivals

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October Festivals


Arizona State Fair

Oct. 1-30

For more than a century, the Arizona State Fair has been a gathering place for residents from the far corners of the state. Filled with cute animals, blue ribbons, fried food, and all the fun carnival rides you can imagine.

Arizona State Fair & Coliseum
1826 W. McDowell Road, Phoenix

 

Phoenix Greek Festival

Oct. 8-10

This festival is an opportunity to share in the rich history, culture, and culinary delights of Greece. In addition to the authentically prepared Greek cuisine, you can indulge in a shopper’s paradise includes booths selling a variety of items including Greek jewerly, artwork, and food. Additionally, the nationally recognized community dancers, in traditional costumes from the various regions of Greece will be performing throughout the weekend.

Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral
1973 E. Maryland Ave., Phoenix

 

Peoria Country Fest

Oct. 9

Pleasant Harbor at Lake Pleasant and the city of Peoria will host the Peoria Country Fest, featuring live country music. The event also features food trucks, a beer garden and live bull riding. Headlining this year’s country fest is David Nail, Bayou Bandits, as well as Ivan Harshman.

Pleasant Harbor at Lake Pleasant
8708 W. Harbor Blvd., Peoria

 

Country Thunder Music Festival

Oct. 14-17

Country Thunder is a music festival brand that hosts several concerts in North America each year. They have operated festivals in Wisconsin and Arizona since 1996, and shows in Saskatchewan since 2005 and in Alberta since 2016.

Country Thunder West
20585 E. Price Station Road, Florence

 

Celebrate Mesa

Oct. 16

Celebrate Mesa and all it has to offer at this free family festival, featuring bounce houses, archery tag, food trucks, petting zoo and more.

Red Mountain Soccer Complex
905 N. Sunvalley, Mesa

 

33rd Annual Apache Leap Mining Festival

Oct. 22-24

A long-cherished annual tradition in Superior, the Apache Leap Mining Festival showcases the town’s history, with a focus on the past, present and future of the mining industry. The Festival will launch with a carnival, vendors selling handcrafted goods, music and dancing on Main Street, then continue with the annual parade, with burros and big rigs and hilarious Chihuahua races.

Superior
165 W. Main St., Superior

 

Desperado LGBTQ+ Film & Arts Festival (Virtual)

Oct. 22-31

The Desperado LGBTQ Film and Arts Festival showcases LGBTQ films that are related to the experiences of the LGBTQ community — creating an event that is educational, enlightening, entertaining and enjoyable. 

Virtual

 

Stella Artois Polo Classic

Oct. 23

Enjoy fashion, food and drink, live performances, exotic car displays and, of course, polo at an event that that The Captain of the Wales Polo Team calls “the best polo event in the world.” 

WestWorld of Scottsdale
16601 N. Pima Road, Scottsdale

 

Mikiztli Dia de los Muertos Phoenix Festival

Oct. 24

The annual Mikiztli Dia de los Muertos Festival features music, dance, masked performances, art activities for kids, artist's mercado and candlelight closing procession with ceremony and celebration. This festival is a unique and exciting artistic event that keeps families connected to their cultural heritage and traditions. 

Steele Indian School Park
300 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix

 

November Festivals

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November Festivals


Dusk Market

Nov. 5

This new seasonal affair features a thoughtful selection of local artisans, curators and more, featuring some of Central Phoenix's most popular local shops and artisans, as well as bites and music. 

The McKinley Club
734 W. Polk St., Phoenix

 

Rebels and Redcoats at Pioneer

Nov. 5

The Redcoats are coming to Pioneer Arizona Living History Museum. Bring the whole family for a day full of exploring the 18th century camps, witnessing exciting battles and learning from educational demonstrations. Admission includes entry to Pioneer Village and the Pioneer Telephone Museum.

Pioneer Arizona Living History Museum
3901 W. Pioneer Road, Phoenix

 

Carefree Fine Art & Wine Festival

Nov. 5-7

The streets of downtown Carefree close, making room for more than 165 artists and an excess of 5,000 original masterpieces of fine art. Artists' works include small, medium and life-size bronze sculptures, metal, clay, wood, stone, and glass and mixed media sculptures. There is an array of pottery, photography, hand crafted jewelry, batiks and select fine crafts. There are also spectacular oil and acrylic paintings on canvas, watercolors, and pastel, charcoal, etchings and mixed media paintings.

Carefree Farmer's Market
101 Easy St., Carefree

 

Kierland POP

Nov. 5-7

Kierland POP's fifth-annual outdoor festival will take place all weekend long, featuring music, art, performances and more in the Kierland Commons area bordering Phoenix and Scottsdale. 

Kierland Commons
15205 N. Kierland Blvd., Scottsdale

 

Canal Convergence Water + Art + Light

Nov. 5-14

Large-scale public artworks created by artists from around the world — and locally — will illuminate the Scottsdale Waterfront, along the pedestrian pathways, bridges, and in and above the Arizona Canal, between Scottsdale Road and Goldwater Boulevard.

Scottsdale Waterfront
4420 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale

 

Italian Pizza & Wine Festival

Nov. 6

Italian Association of Arizona is pleased to present its first-ever Italian Pizza & Wine Festival, delivering authentic pizzas to savor with imported Italian wines, imported beer and non-stop entertainment for the whole family to celebrate popular Italian culture in Arizona.

Scottsdale City Hall
3939 N. Drinkwater Blvd., Scottsdale

 

Shea Homes Good Life Festival

Nov. 6

Shea Homes Good Life Festival presented by Subaru celebrates an iconic rock ‘n roll lineup of America on its 50th Anniversary Tour: Don Felder formerly of The Eagles; The Guess Who; and Nate Nathan and The Mac Daddy-O’s.

Schnepf Farms 
246120 E. Rittenhouse Rd., Queen Creek

 

Litchfield Park Festival of the Arts

Nov. 6-7

For two days this historic resort community will transform into a street scene filled with art, music and different aromas. The festival features 200 fine artists and craftsmen exhibiting a wide selection of original arts and crafts, ranging from functional to decorative, and contemporary to Native American.

Downtown Litchfield Park
101 W. Wigwam Blvd., Litchfield Park

 

Phoenix Pride Festival

Nov. 6-7

The annual Phoenix Pride Festival is a two-day celebration designed to bring LGBTQ+ community members, and allies, together for a weekend of camaraderie in honor of our past and in celebration of our future. The festival features over 150 entertainment performances on six stages and more than 300 exhibitors showcasing a diverse variety of food options, shopping opportunities, and community resources. The parade, which takes place along Third Street, kicks off the first day of the festival.

Steele Indian School Park
300 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix

 

Serb Fest

Nov. 6-7

Enjoy Serbian cuisine, live music, folklore performances and dancing, kid’s zone, shopping and more.

Saint Sava Serbian Orthodox Church
4436 E. McKinley St., Phoenix

 

Pinners Conference and Expo

Nov. 12-13

The extravaganza features more than 100 hands-on classes and more than 250 vendor shopping booths, providing attendees with the opportunity to develop new skills, shop the latest trends while supporting small businesses, and create finished projects of their own.

WestWorld of Scottsdale
16601 N. Pima Road, Scottsdale

 

Fountain Hills Festival of Arts and Crafts

Nov. 12-14

The Fountain Hills Festival of Arts & Crafts features nearly 500 artists, artisans and gourmet food provisioners. Over 200,000 visitors are attracted to this event to do their holiday shopping, purchase art, savor good food and enjoy live entertainment. Many of the artists in this fair offer unique holiday-themed ornaments that have become family tradition.

Avenue of the Fountains
12925 N. Saguaro Blvd., Fountain Hills

 

Phoenix Pizza Festival

Nov. 13-14

At the annual Phoenix Pizza Festival Presented by T-Mobile, around 20 pizza makers sell all types of pizza, with slices priced $2-$4 as well as half and full pizzas, depending on their menu. The event will include live bands, lawn games, desserts, local vendors, kid's crafts, and more. Bars will offer a selection of wine, beer, cocktails and N/A beverages.

Margaret T. Hance Park
67 W. Culver St., Phoenix

 

AZ Barrels, Bottles & Brews

Nov. 13

Sip and celebrate craft beer, spirits and wine from around Arizona, with more than 25 local breweries, distilleries and wineries from the Copper State.

Salt River Fields at Talking Stick
7555 N. Pima Road. Scottsdale

 

Metro Phoenix Night Market

Nov. 13

This food festival is about highlighting the diversity of food and an opportunity for small businesses to show their culture through their food.  Discover a variety of foods from Chinese to Korean and small businesses' creativity. Most businesses will have at least one item on their menu that is $5 or under.

The Pressroom
441 W. Madison St., Phoenix

 

Phoenix/Tempe Water Lantern Festival

Nov. 13

As the sun begins to set on the evening sky, the Water Lantern Festival begins to shine with the launch of the lanterns onto the water. Watch your unique lantern drift out into the water as it joins other lanterns.

Kiwanis Park
5500 S. Mill Ave., Tempe

 

Slider Throwdown: Battle of the Burger

Nov. 14

This annual culinary “battle of the burger” features samplings of delicious slider burger creations made by local food trucks and vendors. Sliders are presented in a variety of innovative interpretations including beef, chicken, veggie and more.

High Street
5415 E. High St., Phoenix

 

Gilbert Days Music Festival

Nov. 19-20

The Town of Gilbert celebrates with musical performances by The Instant Classics, Piano Men Generations, Georgia Chrome and Desert Dixie, as well as crafts, vendors, food and more. 

Gilbert Regional Park 
3005 E. Queen Creek Road, Gilbert

 

Holiday Lights at Salt River Fields

Nov. 19 - Jan. 1

Holiday Lights at Salt River Fields, a unique and dazzling holiday light experience, returns to celebrate the season with an unprecedented spectacle of nearly 5 million lights that will greet Yuletide revelers along 1.2 miles that encircles the award-winning Spring Training home of the Arizona Diamondbacks and Colorado Rockies. 

Salt River Fields at Talking Stick
7555 N. Pima Road. Scottsdale

 

Lights at the Farm

Nov. 19 - Jan. 2

Lights at the Farm at Vertuccio Farms is Arizona’s largest walk-through synchronized Christmas light show. Ten acres of festive light displays. Keep time with popular Christmas songs, guaranteed to spread Christmas cheer. Enjoy delicious food, music, skating, and other family-friendly entertainment. Skating is available for an additional charge.

Vertuccio Farms
4011 S. Power Road, Mesa

 

Herberger Theater Festival of the Arts

Nov. 20

Celebrate the arts in our community and enjoy performances by more than 25 arts groups, including dance, live music, and aerialists. Additionally, this festival includes children’s activities, pet adoptions, food, craft beer and wine tasting and more. Proceeds benefit the Herberger Theater’s Youth Outreach Programs.

Herberger Theater Center
222 E. Monroe St., Phoenix

 

Indigenous Arts Festival

Saturday

Indigenous Arts Arizona Festival is a 1-day event that aims to bring together many Native Nations with traditional and contemporary elements. The goal for Indigenous Arizona Arts Festival is to provide cultural education and sharing through traditional Native dance, storytelling, music, and arts. Each element is dedicated to facilitating understanding and appreciation for Native and non-Native people.

Tempe Center for the Arts
700 W. Rio Salado Parkway, Tempe

 

Early Bird Makers Market

Nov. 20

Phoenix’s go-to makers market for local holiday shopping will be back again with a grand celebration of all things handmade and locally sourced. This market will feature over 130 carefully curated local artisans showing off their one-of-a-kind wares including art, jewelry, furniture, decor, clothing, health and beauty, food and more.

The Shops at Town & Country
2021 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix

 

Annual Harvest Festival

Nov. 20-21

Head to Encanto Park to enjoy activities including a historic hayride thru the Encanto Park Neighborhood, a pony ride, cake walk, corn box, petting zoo, carnival games, pumpkin golf and more. 

Encanto Park
1202 W. Encanto Blvd., Phoenix