When the weather is beautiful and the rest of the nation is getting ready to pull out their parkas and hibernate, here in Arizona we’ve just put away our swimsuits and exchanged them for anything other than parkas because it’s our time to get out and enjoy Arizona. Plus, the number of events going on at any given time ramps up tenfold. Honestly, how do you choose? Taco festival or Pizza festival? Phoenix Fashion Week or a concert? The choices are endless.
With that, here is our October list of happenings to help you whittle down your choices and make a decision.
Clearly, it’s Pumpkin season all month long…so be sure to get your fill in. In between pumpkin, you can try to fit some of these other things in as well! (This is my favorite part about October, personally and I’m sipping a nice Pumpkin Porter from Four Peaks as I write this. Yum.)
Haunted Houses in Phoenix:
- 13th Floor
- Jack and Jill’s Haunted Hill
- Fear Farm
- Terror in the Corn
Pumpkin & Chili Party @ Schnepf Farms:
Every Thursday-Sunday in October: 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Thursdays and Sundays, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. Oct. 1-30. Schnepf Farms, 24810 S. Rittenhouse Road, Queen Creek. $18 general admission, free for children 2 and younger. $15 discount tickets available at Fry’s Food Stores.
10/1- November 6: Vertuccio Farms Corn Maze and Fall Festival in Mesa
7-acre corn maze, mini hay maze, one barrel train ride and one tractor train ride. Families can also enjoy the petting zoo, duck races and a giant jump pad. Marked pumpkins for sale are priced by size and variety. Hay bales and corn stalks are also available to buy.
9 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday -Thursday; 9 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday-Saturday; 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday. Vertuccio Farms, 4011 S. Power Road
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10/4: Sia @ Talking Stick Resort Arena; 7pm. Tickets here.
10/5: Mumford & Sons @ Ak-Chin Casino; 7:30pm. Tickets here.
10/6-10/10: Scottsdale International Film Festival
Opening reception: 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 6. Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 E. Second St. Screenings: Friday-Monday, Oct. 7-10. Harkins Shea 14, 7354 E. Shea Blvd., Scottsdale. Tickets and full schedule TBA at scottsdalefilmfestival.com.
10/7 & 10/8: Wine & Chocolate Festival @ Rawhide Western Town:
5-10 p.m. Friday, Oct. 7. Noon-10 p.m Saturday, Oct. 8. $45-$75.
10/8: Old World Oktoberfest in Peoria:
Germanic-focused beginning with an official opening ceremony that features the tapping of the Warsteiner keg and music by original German Oktoberfest band Die echten Waldbuam, and continues throughout the day with authentic German garb, foods, competitions, and of course beer.
11 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 8. Peoria Centennial Plaza, 9875 N. 85th Ave., Peoria. $5; 20 years and under are Free. peoriaoktoberfest.com.
10/8: Rendez-Zoo @ The Phoenix Zoo
Enjoy the Phoenix Zoo in a whole new way during Sunset on the Serengeti, an evening of conservation and cuisine. It’s a “culinary safari” when local restaurants pair up with the Valley’s center for nature conservation to provide a lakeside dinner, music, and nighttime dancing. The evening begins with cocktails, hor d’oeuvres, and a silent auction.
6-10:30 p.m. Tickets here.
10/8-10/9: Sedona Arts Festival
With beautiful red rocks as a backdrop, 125 juried artists from the United States and Mexico will present their works in ceramics, wood, painting, photography, glass and more. Local artists will show their creations in the Sedona Sacred Arts Tent, where tarot readings, aromatherapy and other services will be offered. There also will be music, food and activities for kids.
Details: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 8. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 9. Red Rock High School, 990 Upper Red Rock Loop Road, Sedona. $12 at the gate, $10 online in advance, free for age 12 and younger. 928-204-9456, www.sedonaartsfestival.org.
10/8: Fall Festival at Slide Rock State Park
Celebrate autumn in beautiful Oak Creek Canyon and learn about Sedona’s history. There will be demonstrations of blacksmithing and apple-cider pressing; the Arizona Flywheelers will display tractors and old engines; and there will be quilt displays, a kids tractor pull and more. From 9 a.m. to noon artists will create plein-air paintings that will be for sale. Buy some local apples to take home. The purchase benefits the Friends of Slide Rock State Park.
Details: 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 8. Slide Rock State Park, 7 miles north of Sedona on State Route 89A. $10 per vehicle. 928-282-3034, AZStateParks.com/parks/SLRO.
10/7- 10/30: AZ State Fair
Open Weds-Sundays. Fair rides, carnival food, games where you’ll win a gigantic stuffed animal you don’t need, and music!
Music includes Cheap Trick, Gavin Degraw & Andy Grammer, Slayer, Garbage, Iggy Azalea, & more.
10/7-10/9: Four Peaks Oktoberfest @ Tempe Beach Park
Food, Beer, Wine, Music, Carnival, Foot Race. Tickets here.
10/8-10/30: Buckelew Farm Pumpkin Festival in Tucson.
10am-5pm. The last four weekends of October (not open during the week!). Corn maze, wagon rides, pick your own pumpkin, beer garden, food, and more. Tickets here.
10/8: Zombie Run in Yuma
Register online, by phone (928) 373-5200, or in person at the Parks & Recreation Department inside City Hall located at One City Plaza, Yuma AZ 85365
10/8 & 10/9: ForksFestV in Sycamore Canyon
Costumes, Games, and a Party. Info here.
10/8: The SlaughterHouse Haunted House in Tucson
7:00PM – 11:00PM
$5 for bone-chilling attractions. Call (520) 784-2501 for info.
10/8: Rocktober Fest II in Tucson @ Rialto Theatre
7:15PM $5-$8, All Ages/Music by The Billy Moon Project, Push, Tribulance, Scare Card, Harlette, Infinitely Zero Call (520) 740-1000 for more info.
10/8: 12th Annual Tucson Film & Music Festival @ The Screening Room
7:30PM World Premiere of Dead Bullet/Followed by a Q&A with the filmmakers and lead actor from the film. Call (520) 882-0204 for more info.
10/15 & 10/16: TACO Festival @ Salt River Fields at Talking Stick
Because, who doesn’t want to eat tacos all day long? Time: 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Oct. 15-16. $12-$18. $20 for tequila expo. $100 for VIP. October can equal tacos too, right?
10/13-10/15: Tucson Fashion Week (Location varies by night)
10/13- 10/15: Phoenix Fashion Week at Talking Stick Resort
5 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, Oct. 13-15. Talking Stick Resort. $50-$225. Tickets here.
10/15: Bisbee Stair Climb
Annual 4.5 mile Great Stair Climb (1,000+ steps) in Bisbee. You can also partake in or watch the Ironman Ice competition; a race involving the hefting of 10-pound ice blocks. Additionally, the Best in the West Craft Beer Festival with many brews made locally and nationally will be happening.
Details: Saturday, Oct. 15. Central Bisbee.
10/22: Red Rocks Oktoberfest in Sedona
4pm-9pm at the Posse Grounds Park in West Sedona. This traditional German celebration of the harvest season features 10+ local brewers showcasing their finest beers. Tickets to attend will cost $25 per person (or $30 at the door) and all proceeds will support the club’s mission of supporting programs for local children’s charities. First 1000 people through the gate get a souvenir Authentic Oktoberfest Beer mug! Participating brewers will be traveling from all over for this October charity fundraiser: Mother Road Brewing (Flagstaff) Historic Brewing Company (Flagstaff/Sedona) Mother Bunch Brewing (Phoenix) Grand Canyon Brewing (Williams) Oak Creek Brewing (Sedona) THAT Brewing Company (Cottonwood) Four Peaks Brewing (Tempe) Mudshark Brewing (Lake Havasu) Lumberyard Brewing (Flagstaff) Wren House Brewing (Phoenix) Event is 21 and over ONLY.
10/28 & 10/29: SRF Balloon Spooktacular @ Salt River Fields
20 hot-air balloons will hand out 4,000+ pounds of candy to trick-or-treaters in Scottsdale. Go through the haunted house or take a ride in a tethered balloon as you enjoy live music and see a fireworks display to close the evening.
5-10 p.m. Friday-Saturday, October 28-29. $10 adults; $5 children; balloon rides $25 for adults, $5 for ages 10 and under.
10/29: Wingstock (Hot Wings Festival) @ Mesa Amphitheatre
With two stages of entertainment, contests and a kids zone. Entry into the chicken wing contest will start at 10 a.m. on Oct. 7, and cost $25. Cash prizes for first, second, and third place winners.
11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday
Tickets: $8 in advance, $12 day of.
10/29: Four Peaks Fall Festival @ Tasting Room on Wilson
Featuring the 19th annual Four Peaks Pumpkin Carving Contest. The contest is live & anyone can enter. Entrants must register in advance and bring their own pumpkins, tools, and knives. Prepping the pumpkins ahead of time is not allowed. Grand prize is $1,000. There’ll be live music, fall beers, food trucks, and activities.
2-9 p.m. FREE ENTRY.
10/29: 7th Annual Show Low Main Street Spooktacular
Cooley Street between 9th & 11th Streets and 9th Street from Deuce of Clubs to Show Low City Hall. Noon. – 8 p.m. Event opens with a zombie parade for all ages through the event area at noon. Other activities include trunk or treating, hay rides, haunted house, car bash, pumpkin bowling, Halloween themed games and activities, costume contests, Power 95.7’s Scaryoke, live entertainment, food vendors and live radio remote. Call 928-532-4124 for more information.
Be safe if you go trick-or-treating & have fun!
This is obviously NOT comprehensive. I’d be here all day if I listed everything. If I missed something and you think I should add it, send me an email or comment below and let me know. Happy October!!!