Dont worry be happy! Get out to the Arizona State Fair in Phoenix during October and other Things to Do in Arizona
throughout the state during October 2018 and all year round. The link provided here is dynamic and updated daily through the year. Check in often for the latest updates from the best sources in Arizona. Octoberfest and fall festivals are in full swing plus the Arizona State Fair and so much more! There is a fun event for everyone.
134th Annual Arizona State Fair at Arizona State Fairgrounds : Phoenix October 5 to October 28 602-252-6771www.azstatefair.com Indulge all your senses at Arizona's original playground Wednesday through Sunday. Enjoy everything from crazy fair food, rides and games, to an exciting event in the Grandstand and a live concert at the Veterans Memorial Coliseum.
For just a sampling of the things happening around Arizona check the following list and the dynamic links that follow the list for even more things to do around the state.
Marigold Mural Project : Sedona October 30 to November 3 928-282-4838www.tlaq.com Tlaquepaque Arts and Crafts Village (336 State Route 179) hosts this Día de los Muertos event, in which everyone is encouraged to paint tributes and remembrances on a 26-foot-long mural, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free; paints and brushes are provided.
Fort Verde Days at Fort Verde State Historic Park : Camp Verde October 13 to October 14 928-567-3275www.azstateparks.com The park (125 E. Hollamon Street) hosts flag-raising and -lowering ceremonies, living history presentations, a fashion show, vintage baseball and a Dutch oven cooking demonstration.
Chandler Mayor's Day of Play : Chandler October 20 480-782-2735www.chandleraz.gov/dayofplay From 8 a.m. to noon, Tumbleweed Park hosts free family fun via life-size board games, sporty inflatables and interactive activities for children of all ages. See website for full list of the day's events.
5th Annual Helzarockin' Gem & Mineral Show : Buckeye October 12 to October 14 602-405-2926westvalleyrockandmineralclub.com Buckeye Arena (802 N. First Street) hosts rocks, gems, jewelry, minerals and more, plus family activities and food vendors, at this West Valley Rock & Mineral Club event. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday.
Halloween Spooktacular : Chandler October 26 480-782-2735chandleraz.gov/spooktacular Dr. A.J. Chandler Park (3 S. Arizona Avenue) hosts a family night of free, frightful fun from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Activities include ghoulish games, a haunted house, trunk-or-treat, arts and crafts, and a costume contest.
Sedona Arts Festival : Sedona October 13 to October 14 928-204-9456www.sedonaartsfestival.org More than 100 juried artists showcase their work alongside live music, food and kids activities at Sedona Red Rock High School (990 Upper Red Rock Loop Road) in West Sedona. Tickets are $10 online and $12 at the gate.
11th Annual Prescott Area Artist Studio Tour : Prescott October 5 to October 7 www.prescottstudiotour.com From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily, visit the Quad-City area's talented artists at 51 private studios and three Art Centers. This event is free and self-guided; detailed information and maps are available on website.
The Outbreak at Schnepf Farms : Queen Creek October 4 to October 28 www.theoutbreakaz.com Every Thursday through Sunday, experience Arizona's best interactive zombie experience. Recruits will be issued a paintball gun and 150 rounds of paintball ammo to exterminate zombies. Tickets are $22 online or $28 at the gate. Hours vary by day.
2018 Larsen Art Auction : Scottsdale October 27 480-941-0900larsengallery.com Larsen Gallery (3705 N. Bishop Lane) hosts this 10 a.m. auction of art form private and corporate collections. Open to the public; attendees must register to bid.
Subaru Kids Obstacle Challenge : Chandler October 20 www.kidsobstaclechallenge.com/ Rawhide Event Center hosts the ultimate family adventure: the only obstacle course designed for kids ages 5 to 16, where both kids and parents get to run together on a 1.5- to 2-mile course with mud, water and obstacles.
Cave Creek Corner Mercado : Cave Creek October 26 to May 5 480-488-2014magicbirdfestivals.com On select weekends, the northeast corner of Cave Creek Road and Schoolhouse Road hosts free, family-friendly festivals sponsored by Retablo of Cave Creek. Enjoy artisans, exhibitors, food and more.
The Desert Skull: Their Spirit Remains : Fountain Hills October 25 to November 5 www.fountainhillsartistsgallery.com The Fountain Hills Artists' Gallery hosts its second annual themed art exhibit, featuring interpretations of the desert skull. Opening reception October 25 from 5 to 7:30 p.m.
Prescott Palooza : Prescott October 20 www.prescottmealsonwheels.com From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., downtown Prescott (Goodwin Street between Cortez and Montezuma streets) hosts family fun activities, local food, live music, a beer garden and more. Proceeds benefit Prescott Meals on Wheels.
"Fun Home" at Phoenix Theatre : Phoenix October 10 to December 2 phoenixtheatre.com/funhome Phoenix Theatre (100 E. McDowell Road) hosts this five-time Tony Award-winning musical about love, dysfunction and everything in between. Tickets are $29 and up.
14th Annual Rim Country Quilt Roundup at Mazatzal Hotel & Casino Exhibition Hall : Payson October 12 to October 13 928-978-3464www.quiltroundup.com This premier regional quilt show features hundreds of quilts, demos, a vendor mall, a shop hop, special exhibits and a free lecture with Vanessa Fromm on Friday night.
4th Annual Vintage and Vino Fall 2018 at Horseshoe Park & Equestrian Centre : Queen Creek October 12 to October 13 vintageandvinoaz.com/ Celebrate all things vintage, antique, chippy, upcycled, handmade and one of a kind, plus a variety of wines for tasting and foods for sampling.
58th Annual Greater Phoenix Greek Festival at James A. Speros Community Center : Phoenix October 12 to October 14 602-264-2791www.phoenixgreekfestival.org Enjoy ethnic cuisine, cooking demos, cathedral tours, folk dancers, authentic regional costumes, artifacts and entertainment starting on Friday night at 5 p.m. and ending Sunday at 8 p.m.
34th Annual Fall Chili Cookoff : Crown King October 13 928-632-7053www.CrownKingSaloon.com Crown King Saloon hosts the town’s largest event of the year. Sample unique chili, vote for your favorite, and cool off with ice cold beer.
14th Annual Plein Air Festival on Main Street in Uptown Sedona : Sedona October 13 to October 20 928-204-2390 www.sedonaartscenter.com See nationally and locally recognized plein air artists creating paintings of their surroundings in the open air, and visit with more than 20 artists in action along the sidewalks and in courtyards and plazas. Free.
2018 Taste of Cave Creek – Stagecoach Village : Cave Creek October 17 to October 18 480-488-6636www.tasteofcavecreek.com Sample cuisine from more than 25 restaurants in an outdoor, open-air setting. Listen to live music, and enjoy the wine and craft beer garden, and tequila tastings.
Annual Front Porch Pickins’ Vintage Market : Peoria October 17 to October 21 www.frontporchpickins.com Pleasant Harbor at Lake Pleasant presents the ultimate showcase of everything vintage, rustic, shabby, retro and handmade. Vendors offer such styles as farmhouse, mid-century, shabby chic and urban boho.
Fall Plant Sale at Desert Botanical Garden : Phoenix October 19 to October 20 480-941-1225www.dbg.org Choose from more than 30,000 plants, including cactuses, succulents, trees, shrubs, ground cover, perennials, herbs, veggies and other oddities. Garden volunteers and staff horticulturists will answer questions and assist in plant selection.
Enchanted Pumpkin Garden : Carefree October 19 to October 28 EnchantedPumpkinGarden.com/ Carefree Desert Gardens features world-renowned artist Ray Villafane in this one-of-a-kind event featuring live carvings, photo ops with a "Giant Sized" pumpkin, refreshments and music.
DT Mesa Fest (Downtown Mesa Festival of the Arts) : Mesa October 20 www.dtmesafest.com This free event features unique artistic creations, music, food and fun for the whole family, and the work of established and emerging artists. Music provided by Peggy and Tim.
International Archaeology Day at Pueblo Grande Museum : Phoenix October 20 www.pueblogrande.com Enjoy a full day of archaeology activities, crafts and more available throughout the day. Free.
Otsukimi - 19th Annual Japanese Moonviewing Festival : Phoenix October 26 to October 27 www.japanesefriendshipgarden.org The Japanese Friendship Garden of Phoenix presents a traditional Japanese celebration of the full moon in a garden lit by candles and luminaries. Listen to talented musicians, and enjoy traditional food and traditional Japanese tea demonstrations.
9th Annual Halloween Balloon Spooktacular : Scottsdale October 26 to October 27 480-270-5000saltriverfields.com/ Salt River Fields features more than 20 colorful hot air balloons to light up the sky, candy for trick-or-treaters, tethered balloon rides, live music, food, drinks and a kid-friendly haunted house fit for all, plus fireworks.
35th Annual Roy Track Memorial Mesa Pow Wow at Riverview Park : Mesa October 26 to October 28 602-799-0260www.visitmesa.com/ Everyone is welcome! Enjoy fry bread and meet new and Native people, and enjoy a pow wow and, on Friday night, a contemporary concert.
Ofrenda – Desert Botanical Garden : Phoenix October 26 to October 28 www.dbg.org Ofrenda, or “offering,” is part of the traditional Mexican celebration of Día de los Muertos. Learn how people honor those who have passed away, and view original Ofrenda installations by Arizona artists created specifically for this exhibition.
The Howling Night Run – Cesar Chavez Park : Laveen October 27 602-402-3332www.HowlingNightRun.com Join us this year at the Howling Night Run's new location and get ready for a fright night and run, walk in the dark at this year’s Haunted Island! Come in costume or come as you are!
2nd Annual Vintage Wings & Wheels Car Show : Mesa October 27 480-924-1940www.azcaf.org Stop by the Arizona Commemorative Air Force Museum at Falcon Field with Southwest Street Rods for cool cars and powerful World War II airplanes. View more than 200 cool rods 1972 and older, and enjoy food from food trucks.
Haunted History : Sedona October 27 928-282-7038sedonamuseum.org Sedona Heritage Museum presents ghost stories of the great Southwest, the Verde Valley and Sedona presented by playwright, actor and author Michael Peach. Enjoy Peach's cowboy poetry, humorous stories and historical narrative.
Butterfly Walk at Boyce Thompson Arboretum : Superior October 27 602-827-3000arboretum.ag.arizona.edu Take a walking tour to see, photograph and learn about colorful species ranging from Empress Leilia to Queen, Spring Azure and more. These leisurely, slow-paced guided tours proceed along wheelchair-accessible paths.
6th Annual West Valley Island Cultural Festival : Surprise October 27 www.wvislandculturalfest.com Windmill Suites Hotel hosts a multicultural event celebrating music and dances, including Polynesian, salsa, belly dance and more. Take part in contests, giveaways and entertainment by talented musicians, teachers and dancers.
12th Annual El Dia de los Muertos Celebration at Mesa Arts Center : Mesa October 27 to October 28 480-644-6500www.mesaartscenter.com/diadelosmuertos Spirits connect at this free festival offering live entertainment, children’s activities, face painting, a variety of food options, studio demonstrations and a Mercado Marketplace featuring traditional and contemporary merchandise.
10th Annual Day of the Dead : Prescott October 28 928-445-1230smokimuseum.org Celebrate Dia de los Muertos at the Smoki Museum with tamales, margaritas, cerveza, mariachis and ballet folklorico. Free.
Halloween in the Hills at Avenue of the Fountains : Fountain Hills October 31 480-837-8168www.halloweeninthehills.com Businesses remain open for trick-or-treating, and merchants will be handing out candy, popcorn and treats. Included in the festivities are games, bounce houses and free carnival games, and four-legged canine "kids" are welcome.
Vintage and Vino Fall 2018 Market : Queen Creek October 12 to October 13 vintageandvinoaz.com Horseshoe Park (20464 E. Riggs Road) hosts more than 100 vintage vendors, plus wine tasting. Hours are 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $6 per person; kids 12 and under are free.
"By Popular Demand" at Vision Gallery : Chandler October 4 to November 2 visiongallery.org Vision Gallery (10 E. Chicago Street) hosts this exhibition of new work by Anthony Banayat, including larger-than-life paintings and sculptures directly connected to American pop culture. Hours vary by day; admission is always free.
6th Street Market : Tempe October 14 to April 14 www.downtowntempe.com/6thstreetmarket From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. every Sunday, 6th Street Park (near Tempe City Hall) hosts local artisans and makers, live music, food and community.
Halloween Stroll : Tempe October 28 www.downtowntempe.com/halloweenstroll Bring your little ghosts, goblins, superheroes and princesses to downtown Tempe for a Halloween stroll starting at 2 p.m. The event includes a costume contest at 4:30 p.m. at Hayden Station. All ages are welcome to participate.
Vertuccio Farms Fall Festival and Corn Maze : Mesa October 1 to November 4 www.vertucciofarms.com Vertuccio Farms (4011 S. Power Road) hosts a 7-acre corn maze, games, kids activities, an animal area and more. Hours vary by day; see website for complete schedule. Admission is $10 per person (ages 2 and younger are free).
9th Annual Herberger Theater Festival of the Arts : Phoenix October 27 www.herbergertheater.org/herberger-theater-festival-of-the-arts/ The Herberger celebrates the arts with performances by more than 25 organizations, live music and performances on two outdoor stages, children’s activities, food, pet adoptions, craft beer and wine tasting, vendors and more from 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
DIY Succulent Pumpkin Workshop : Scottsdale October 20 From 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Ramada 1 at Chaparral Park (5401 N. Hayden Road) hosts a workshop where you can learn to make beautiful succulent centerpieces with pumpkins. Participants will leave with a beautiful piece of living art. $49.99.
The National Samba Queen and King Competition 2018 : Phoenix October 13 480-510-4741www.sambaeventaz.com From 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., the Pressroom (441 W. Madison Street) showcases the ultimate beauty of Brazilian dance at this annual contest, which features the best dancers in the country competing for the national title. Tickets are $25.
Comerica Bank Shred Day Phoenix : Phoenix October 27 214-462-6681www.comerica.com/shreddayphoenix The front of Comerica Theatre hosts this event from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., where you can rid yourself of all sensitive and unwanted documents to help reduce the risk of identity theft. Free.
The Big Sting — It's a Country Thing : Prescott October 10 to October 14 thebigsting.com Watson Lake hosts Ned Ledoux, Craig Campbell, James Otto, special guest Paul Overstreet and other country acts at this festival.
Meat & Potatoes of German Quartets : Phoenix October 12 www.azproarte.com/meat-potatoes-of-german-quartets/ At 7:30 p.m. at University Club of Phoenix (39 E. Monte Vista Road), enjoy a night of musical exploration featuring music by Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven and Brahms. Cost is $35 per person (includes performance, discussion and hors d'oeuvres). Cash bar.
Sleepy Dog Brewing Grand Reopening : Tempe October 18 www.facebook.com/events/423039551555627 From 4 to 9 p.m. Sleepy Dog Brewing Co. hosts this grand reopening at its tap room, The Dog House (1920 E. University Drive). Attendees and their four-legged friends can enjoy special brews, tastings, giveaways, contests, pet adoptions and more.
Skerryvore at MIM Music Theater : Phoenix October 21 www.skerryvore.com/epk The award-winning folk-rock band brings its new album, "EVO," to the U.S. with several dates, including this one at the MIM Music Theater.
Palace Saloon Halloween Event : Prescott October 31 www.hauntedpalacesaloon.com The historic Prescott saloon hosts a unique and scary opportunity to explore the "haunted" saloon, including the "scary" basement. Check-in is at 6 or 7:30 p.m. and includes Cowboy Cauldron Chili and investigation. Price is $60; reservation required.
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