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Things To Do In Arizona – October 2015

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Here is the newsletter: Things to Do in Arizona – October, 2015!


Things are finally cooling off!! With the cooler weather we hope that you will be able to enjoy some of these activities.


Here are some more fun things to do in October – I think there is something for everyone – there are plenty of Oktoberfests and Halloween parties as well as concerts and art walks!


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I hope that you will find something to do that is perfect for you.  I love getting feedback, so please let me know if you enjoyed any of these activities or if there are others that you think I should include.  Have a great October!!




Event dates, times and locations are subject to change. Some events require tickets or may charge fees for attendance. Please check with event organizers before attending.


October 1st –  October 3rd –  11th Annual Phoenix Fashion Week – Scottsdale – Talking Stick Resort – This is a chance for thousands of fashion fans to get their fashion fix – featuring designers, emerging designers,  buyers and industry professionals, there will be designer runway shows, fashion industry seminars,  the model of the year competition,  a student design scholarship competition, designer sample sales, glitzy after-parties and the event’s signature Style Villa shopping experience, http://www.phoenixfashionweek.com



PumpkinsOctober 1st – October 31st – Schnepf Farms Pumpkin & Chili Party  – Queen Creek –Schnepf Farms was named as one of the “Top 5” Pumpkin Farms in the Southwest by Sunset Magazine and Voted the “Best Harvest Event” by AZCentral Critics Choice 2012! – Find out what everyone is talking about!  Visit Schnepf Farms to watch Hillbilly Bob’s pig races, go on spooky train rides, and get lost in the 10 acre corn maize.  There will also be  live entertainment, a carousel, a petting barn,  bonfires, a pumpkin patch and fireworks, $17 at the gate  or $15.00 at Fry’s.   Every Thursday & Sunday 10 am – 9 pm, Friday & Saturdays 10 am – 10 pm, 480-987-3100 or http://www.schnepffarms.com/event/pumpkin-chili-party/



October 3rd –  October 31st – Howly Growly Owly Fall Festival – Williams – Fall is a great time to visit Bearizona Wildlife Park when the animals are more active and have their beautiful fur coats on!  During the Howly Growly Owly Fall Festival that takes place every Saturday and Sunday in the month of October, there are plenty of fun, family oriented activities including a windowless bus ride through the park.  You can howl with the wolves and watch them interact with a treat.  You can frolic with the animals in the barnyard petting zoo, pick a pumpkin from the pumpkin patch and get lost and hopefully found again in the straw bale maze.  $10 donation benefits domestic dogs and some of the state’s injured or confiscated wildlife, 928-635-2289 or www.bearizona.com

Glass of beer, isolated.


October 3rd  –  Annual Old World Oktoberfest  – Peoria- Centennial Plaza – Due to renovations at Margaret T. Hance Park this year Phoenix is holding its Oktoberfest in Peoria.   Once again this old style Bavarian Festival will feature a “bier garten” , beer maidens serving Bavarian brews, Bavarian bands, sing-alongs of old time drinking songs.  Snack on sausages and strudel and watch or partake in Bavarian dancing, a polka competition, an Alphorn blowing contest, the costume contest or the Sauerkraut Cooking Contest.   $5, free for children under 12, Saturday 12 pm – 9pm 480-609-3978 or http://www.phoenixoktoberfest.com



October 3rd –  7th Annual Flagstaff Oktoberfest – Flagstaff – Wheeler Park – You will have a chance to enter the yodeling contest, costume contest or brat eating contests.   With beer, brats and live music this should be a great way to start October.  Admission is $5pp.   11 am – 8 pm, 928-606-7600 or http://flagstaffoktoberfest.com/



October 3rd –  October 4th  –  37th Annual Folk Music Festival – Prescott – Sharlot Hall Museum – This is Arizona’s oldest folk music festival showcasing the best of Arizona’s acoustic music with more than 150 performers, including fiddlers, banjo players, guitarists, singers and songwriters.  $ 10 am – 5 pm, 928-445-3122 or http://www.sharlot.org



October 3rd –  Okie O’Connor Hot Head Regatta  Tempe Town Lake Marina –  This is the oldest rowing event to take place on Tempe Town Lake.  This years’ event is open to sculling, crew, kayaks, stand up paddle, outriggers and dragon boats.   Watch rowing teams from all over the Southwest compete.    Free,  Racing starts at 7:00am and wraps up at @1:00pm http://www.temperowersasso




October 4th –  Dogtoberfest – Prescott – Prescott Courthouse Plaza – This event includes a pet adopt-a-thon, demonstrations, training classes, caricature drawings, micro-chipping and vaccinations, pet photos, pet tags, doggie pit stop, races, contests for most glamorous, best pet costume, ugliest dog and best owner look-alike.   10 am – 4 pm,  http://www.prescottdog.com





October 4th  – 17th Annual Tempe Tardeada Tempe – Tempe Community Complex –  A day to celebrate Tempe’s Hispanic roots and culture through entertainment, music, dance, art and exhibits.  Free Noon – 8 pm, 480-350-8979 or http://www.tempe.gov/tardeada



October 8th –  Phoenix Boys Choir Songs for Our Heroes – Phoenix – Indian School Park Memorial Hall – Performing patriotic songs, new works as well as  audience favorites.    6:00 pm Concert is one hour, free, 602-264-5328 or http://www.phoenixboyschoir.org


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Tempe Oktoberfest

October 9th – October 11th   –  43rd Annual Oktoberfest at Tempe Town Lake  Tempe – Tempe Town Lake  This giant carnival  features delicious German food and a Shoppe, 15 German Beers for tasting, Wine Gardens, Non-Stop Polka, Dachshund Racing, a KinderFest Kids Zone and  4 stages of entertainment by local bands.  Admission is free!  Fri. 5 pm – midnight, Sat. 10 am – midnight, Sun. 10 am – 6 pm, 480-491-FEST (3378) or http://www.tempeoktoberfest.com



October 9th –  October 11th   –  55th Annual Greater Phoenix Greek Festival – Phoenix – Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral – This festival offers the most Greek pastries of any other including baklava and  loukoumathes!  There will also be other specialties such as gyros, kalamari, pastitsio, spanakopita and lamb roasted on a spit. Between indulging in the delicious food and watching the cooking demos, going on the cathedral tours, and enjoying the folk dancers in authentic regional costumes you will feel like you have taken a mini vacation to Greece!  $3, Fri 5-10 pm, Sat 11 am – 10 pm, Sun 11 am – 8 pm, 602-264-2791 or 602-264-7863 or http://www.holytrinityphx.org



October 9th – October 11th –  59th Annual Fort Verde Days – Camp Verde – Fort Verde State Historic Park – Celebrate  Camp Verde’s historic military heritage by watching the living history presentations with the Buffalo soldiers and re-enactors.  There will also be special presentations, a fashion show, cavalry drills and a vintage baseball game.   928-567-3275 or http://www.azstateparks.com or http://www.visitcampverde.com or http://www.sedonaverdevalley.org/eventsandfestivals/fortverdedays.html



October 10th – 11th – Railfair 2015 – Scottsdale, McCormick-Stillman  Railroad Park – See remarkable model train displays and go on a free tour of the  Roald Amundsen Pullman car, a former presidential car.  There will be entertainment and train and carousel rides for $2.00 each.  10:00 am – 5:00pm http://www.therailroadpark.com/events



October 10th – October 11th –  25th Annual Sedona Arts Festival & Artist Invitational Sedona – Red Rock High School – With the beautiful red rocks in the background 125 new and returning fine artists from across the country will be displaying their works including ceramics, mixed media, sculpture, jewelry and more.  Enjoy the live entertainment and for those 12 and under there is a Kidzone. Buy your tickets online for a discount. $10-12, Sat. 9 am – 4 pm, Sun. 9 am – 4 pm, 928-204-9456 or http://www.SedonaArtsFestival.org



October 11th –   23rd Annual Susan G. Komen Phoenix Race for the Cure  Phoenix – Cesar Chavez Plaza –  Each year thousands of people take part in this event to raise money for Breast Cancer research.  The non- competitive events include a 1 mile run/walk, a Breast Cancer Survivor’s 5K run, a 5K run, a 5K walk and a Sleep in for the Cure. $20-40, 6:45 am, 602-544-2873 or http://www.komenphoenix.org


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October 16th – Annual Foothills Empty Bowls Project – Carefree – Carefree Town Center – Each year in honor of World Hunger Day, the Sonoran Arts League hosts this event to raise money for the Foothills Foodbank and Resource Center.  For a minimum donation of $15.00 you can choose a glass or ceramic bowl created as a momento for this event and be served a simple lunch in it.   From 11am- 1pm.  http://www.sonoranartsleague.org/empty_bowls_project.php



October 16th – October 31st – Enchanted Pumpkin Garden – Carefree – Carefree Desert Gardens – A one of a kind pumpkin attraction!!  The world renowned artist Ray Villafone is making his Arizona debut in Carefree Arizona!  There will be beautifully carved pumpkins, live pumpkin carving demonstrations and activities for both adults and children.  Check out the website for each day’s scheduled activities.  Admission is FREE!  9am – 9pm daily.  http://carefreepumpkingarden.com



October 16th –  October 18th – Helldorado 2015 Tombstone – Historic downtown –   What started out as Tombstone’s 50th anniversary party in 1929 has turned into a yearly tradition.  This weekend in “The Most Authentic Western Town in America”  you will be able to see reenactments, shootouts, a parade and even an 1880’s  ladies fashion show. There is something for everyone including a carnival, live music, contests, and street entertainment.  Free, 10 am – 4 pm, 520-457-3197 or http://www.tombstonechamber.com or http://www.tombstonehelldoradodays.com/



Bisbee Stair Climb

October 17th – 25th Annual Bisbee 1000 –The Great Stair Climb – Historic Bisbee – This event, held on the third Saturday of October,  encourages participants to walk, run, skip or jump while exploring Historic ‘Old Bisbee’ and completing the course made  up of  9 sets of more than 1000 stairs!  At an altitude of 5000+ feet;  this climb is billed as the 5K that feels like a 10K and  the world’s longest and highest stairmaster!  Musicians will serenade you as you go!  There is no registration on the day of the event so make sure that you sign-up ahead of time.   $100.00, 7 am, 520-266-0401 or http://www.bisbee1000.org





October 17th – 18th – Arizona Taco Festival – Scottsdale – Salt River Fields at Talking Stick –  More than 50 teams will try to win the title of Best Taco Grand Champion!  Enjoy the live music, children’s activities, Chihuahua beauty pageant and plenty of food and drinks.  11am – 7pm $$  http://aztacofestival.com



October 17th -October 18th –  Orchid Society of Arizona Annual Show & Sale  Phoenix – Arizona State Veterans Home –  Here you can see orchids, buy orchids and find out everything that you have always wanted to know about orchids!   Free, Sat. 9 am – 5 pm, Sun 9 am – 3 pm, 602-803-6889 or http://www.orchidsocietyaz.org


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Oct 17th – 10th Annual Tucson Culinary Festival: World Margarita Championship – Tucson – Westword Look Resort- Who doesn’t love Margaritas?  The Tucson Museum of Art hosts the World Margarita Championship, featuring a spirited cocktail contest and samplings of savory Southwestern cuisine, 6-9 pm, 520-624-2333 or  http://www. tucsonoriginals.com/culinary-events/world-margarita-championship

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October 22nd –   41st Anniversary of the  ArtWalk  –  Scottsdale – Old Town  Scottsdale Arts District   Top artists will be featured at dozens of famous galleries.  Come out to celebrate the kickoff to the cultural high season!   This free event includes opening receptions, live painting on the streets, music by local musicians and gallery spotlights.   Sponsored by the Scottsdale Gallery Association.  7-9 pm, 480-990-3939 or http://www.scottsdalegalleries.com






October 23rd –  October 25th  –  The Great Pumpkin Festival – Phoenix – Desert Botanical Garden –  Take part in this wonderful fall tradition where you can take a hayride to the pumpkin patch where all children 12 & under can choose their own free pumpkin.  Get lost in the Amazing Hale Bale Maze, have your face painted and shop for fall pumpkins, gourds and chili ristras. $6-15, Fri 8:30 am – noon, Sat-Sun 8:30 am – 3 pm, http://www.dbg.org



hot air balloon - Spooktacular

October 23rd – October 24th – Balloon Spooktacular – Scottsdale – Salt River Fields -This is a different type of Halloween party – see more than 20 hot air balloons take to the air and the kids can trick-or-treat in a fun, safe area.  There will be live music, food, a Kids Zone, a vendors market and even a haunted house, $5-10, 4-10 pm, 480-270-5000 or http://saltriverfields.com





October 23rd – October 25th – Arizona Jazz Festival – Chandler – Rawhide Event Center – This festival features some of the nation’s top jazz performers including:  The Roots, Keith Sweat, Toni Braxton and many more. http://arizonajazzfestival.com/



October 23rd – October 25th – 10th Annual Wild Western Festival – Glendale – Sahuaro Ranch Park.  Voted the Best Wild West Show for 3 years in a row!!  This festival features wild west entertainment, live music, working blacksmiths, gun fights, stunt shows, chuckwagon camps, tribal Indian dancers, Hot pepper & pie eating contests and more!!  $5 – $10pp  http://wildwesternfestival.com



October 23rd –  October 24th –  Howl-O-Ween at the Phoenix Zoo –  Phoenix – With activities rated for their “Scare Level”  from Merry (not very scary) to 3 (Terrifying) there should be something to spook everyone during this evening at the zoo. You can visit the “Holiday of Horror” Haunts, dine with the dead at the Thanksgiving Feast of Flesh, learn about paranormal investigations & much more. $10-12, 6:30-10:00 pm, 602-286-3800 or http://www.phoenixzoo.org



Zombie Walk


October 24th –  Hallowe’en Event and Zombie Walk 7– Downtown Phoenix – This free family event includes live music, a little Zombie Zone, face painting, a costume contest with cash prizes and a food and beer garden. At 6:30pm the march of over 20,000 Zombies will begin!    2-11 pm, 602-254-8696 or http://www.downtownphoenix.com/zombie/




Oct 24th – 38th Annual Family Halloween Carnival  -Tempe – Kiwanis Park – Come out and get some ghoulish goodies for the goblins, enjoy live entertainment, an old fashioned costume contest, carnival games, food, free, .25 cent carnival tickets, 5:00-9 pm, 480-350-5185 or http://www.tempe.gov /



October 24th – October 25th – 9th Annual El Dia de los Muertos Celebration  – Mesa – Mesa Arts Center- This colorful free event features an artist Mercado showcasing an assortment of traditional and contemporary merchandise, jewelry, and arts and crafts from several local artisans.  There will be  live artist demonstrations, artist workshops, alter contests, hands-on educational activities, live traditional music and dance and a variety of food.  Free Sat. 10 am – 5 pm, Sun noon – 5 pm, 480-644-6500 or http://www.MesaArtsCenter.com

dia de los muretos


October 24th – October 25th –  12th Annual Celebraciones de la Gente – Flagstaff – Museum of Northern Arizona –  Dia de los Muertos or Day of the Dead pays homage to the lives of lost loved ones by inviting them back to enjoy their favorite music and foods, and to honor their contributions in life.  Local  families bring ofrendas (alters) from their homes to share in a courtyard exhibit, illuminated by candles and luminarias, included with paid admission, 9 am – 5 pm, 928-774-5213 or http://www.musnaz.org



October 27th – Moonlight Hike  – Sedona – Red Rock State Park – This is the last Moonlight Hike of the season!  On this hike a  naturalist will guide the group to an overlook to enjoy the sunset and moonrise and return by the light of the moon.  Wear suitable clothing and shoes.  Reservations required, 928-282-6907 or http://www.azstateparks.com



October 31st – Cave Creek Wicked – Cave Creek –  From 11am – 4pm this family friendly festival features kid’s costume contests, pet & horse costume contests, petting zoos, spooky wax hands, community wide trick or treating, arts & crafts, music, Thriller dances & more.  Free. http://www.cavecreekwicked.com



October 31st – 6th Annual Main Street Spooktacular Festival – Show Low – Cooley Street.  Enjoy a great family Halloween festival with trunk or treating, hay rides, a haunted house, costume contests, pumpkin bowling, scaryoke, live entertainment & more.  Noon – 8pm 928-532-4124 or http://www.showlowchamberofcommerce.com