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Things to do in Arizona

Things to Do in Arizona – October 2016

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Here is the newsletter: Things to Do in Arizona – October, 2016!


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


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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.

carefree-pumpkins-campfire-1-of-1October 1st – October 30th – 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 maze.  There will also be  live entertainment, a carousel, a petting barn,  bonfires, a pumpkin patch and fireworks, $18.00 at the gate  or $15.00 at Fry’s (entrance fee does not include some rides and food).   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 1st –  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. There is an entry fee, 928-635-2289 or www.bearizona.com



October 1st – November 6th – Annual Vertuccio Farms Fall Festival – Mesa – Vertuccio Farms – A day at the Vertuccio Farms Fall Festival will include activities like winding your way through their 7 acre Corn Maze, enjoying the giant jump pad, giant tube roll, the mini zip line, the tube slide, watching the duck races and so much more!

Monday-Thursday 9am – 9pm, Friday-Saturday 9am – 10pm, Sunday 10am – 6pm

Pricing: $9 per person ages 2 & younger free

Last admission ticket sold 1 hour prior to closing.

For more information go to :  http://vertucciofarms.com/fall-festival/




October 1st – November 6th – Pumpkin Days and Corn Maze – Tolmachoff Farms – Glendale – At this fall festival there is something for the whole family: Great big pumpkin patch, 6 acre family corn maze with a new theme every year (search for pieces of your map as you walk through), mini corn maze (perfect for the little ones), haunted corn maze (Do you have the courage to enter?). Other activities: petting zoo, train ride, hay pyramid, corn box, adult/child pedal cart track, jumping pillow and much more. Hours:

Monday – Closed, Tuesday – Thursday: 12:00 noon – 8:00 p.m., Friday: 12:00 noon – 11:00 p.m., Saturday: 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m., Sunday: 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.  For more info go to:  http://www.tolmachoff-farms.com/



October 1st –  8th 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 $7pp cash only – 12 and under free.   11 am – 8 pm, 928-606-7600 or http://flagstaffoktoberfest.com/



October 1st –  October 2nd  –  38th 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.  $10.00 general admission, 17 and under are free.  Saturday 10 am – 5 pm, Sunday 10am – 4pm. 928-445-3122 or http://www.sharlot.org



October 1st – October 2nd – 13th Annual Arizona Dragon Boat Festival – Tempe Town Lake – The Arizona Dragon Boat Association is proud to present the 13th Annual Arizona Dragon Boat Festival. The event will feature competitive and recreational dragon boat races, vendors, and Asian and Pacific inspired talented entertainment. Races will include mixed, men’s and women’s, high school, collegiate, and corporate teams; as well as special interest teams such as Breast Cancer Survivors and Arizona Disabled Sports. It will take place on October 1st and 2nd, 2016 at the Tempe Town Lake Marina (North Side). Proceeds from this event will help benefit Arizona Disabled Sports. Event Details October 1st and 2nd, 2016 8-5pm – Cost: Free for Spectators  http://azdba.com/



October 2nd –  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 2nd  – 18th 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



carefree-pumpkins-closeup-face-1-of-1October 7th – October 9th – 28th Annual Fall Festival – A Celebration of Music and Art – Patagonia – Join 15,000 visitors in the lovely tree shaded park in the center of Patagonia to enjoy the live entertainment and top of the line hand crafted arts and crafts.  Friday 11am – 5pm, Saturday 10am – 5pm, Sunday 10am – 5pm.  Go to http://patagoniafallfestival.com/



October 7th – October 9th   –  44th 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 $7.57 – 10.00pp ages 12 and under are free.  VIP tickets are available. Fri. 5 pm – midnight, Sat. 10 am – midnight, Sun. 10 am – 6 pm, 480-491-FEST (3378) or http://www.tempeoktoberfest.com


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October 7th –  October 9th   –  56th 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 pp ages 12 and under are free, 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 7th – October 9th –  60th 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 8th  –  Annual Old World Oktoberfest  – Peoria- Centennial Plaza –  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 people under 20, Saturday 11 am – 10pm 480-947-7490 or http://www.phoenixoktoberfest.com



October 8th –  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.temperowersassociation.org

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October 8th – 9th – Railfair 2016 – 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 8th – October 9th –  26th 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 – 5 pm, Sun. 9 am – 4 pm, 928-204-9456 or http://www.SedonaArtsFestival.org



October 9th –   24th 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.komenarizona.org 

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carefree-pumpkins-at-table-1-of-1October 13th –  October 15th –  12th 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

October 15th – Full Moon 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 15th – 26th 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 15th – 16th – 7th Annual 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 15th -October 16th –  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



carefree-pumpkin-1-of-1October 17th – October 31st – Enchanted Pumpkin Garden – Carefree – Carefree Desert Gardens – A one of a kind pumpkin attraction!!  The world renowned artist Ray Villafone is coming back for his second year 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 20th –  Phoenix Boys Choir – “Voices of Valor” – Phoenix – Central United Methodist Church – Performing patriotic songs, new works as well as audience favorites.    5:00 pm Concert is one hour, free, 602-264-5328 or http://www.phoenixboyschoir.org



October 21st – Annual Foothills Empty Bowls Project – Carefree – Harold’s Corral – 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 21st –  October 23rd – Helldorado 2016 – 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/


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October 21st –  October 23rd  –  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. $10-22, Fri 8:30 am – noon, Sat-Sun 8:30 am – 3 pm, http://www.dbg.org



carefree-pumpkins-legs-1-of-1October 22nd – October 23rd – 10th 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



October 22nd – October 23rd –  13th 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 28th – October 29th – 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, $10-15 children 2 and under are free, 5-10 pm, 480-270-5000 or http://saltriverfields.com



October 28th –  October 29th –  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



carefree-pumpkins-skateboard-1-of-1October 29th –  Hallowe’en Event and Zombie Walk 7– Downtown Phoenix 4th Street and Jackson – This free family event (although a $5.00 donation to the Hemophilia Foundation is requested) includes live music, face painting, a costume contest with cash prizes and a food and beer garden. At dusk the march of the Zombies will begin!    4-8 pm, 602-254-8696 or http://www.arizonahemophilia.org/zombie-walk/



Oct 29th – 39th 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 29th – 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 29th – 7th Annual Main Street Spooktacular Festival – Show Low – Cooley Street.  Enjoy a great family Halloween festival with “trunk” or treating, hayrides, a haunted house, costume contests, pumpkin bowling, scaryoke, live entertainment & more.  Noon – 8pm 928-532-4124.

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