Things to do in October in Arizona

Things to do in October in Arizona

As the summer heat finally starts to calm down, you can begin to fill your calendar with those fun October events. Get ready for Halloween themed events, corn mazes, festivals and so much more.

Corn Maze & Pumpkin Days
Tolmachoff Farms
5726 N. 75th Ave. Glendale, AZ
Date: October 2, 2019 to November 3, 2019
Recurring daily
Price: Farm a
Admission, $12; ages 2 & under, free
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This fall season, get all your joy of the season accomplished at Tolmachoff Farms. The whole family is invited to enjoy a pumpkin patch, a family corn maze, mini corn maze and haunted corn maze. There will also be a petting zoo, train ride, hay pyramid, corn box and more. Nothing says October in Arizona like Corn Maze

Phoenix Fashion Week
Talking Stick Resort
9800 E. Talking Stick Way Scottsdale, AZ
Date: October 3, 2019 to October 5, 2019
Recurring daily
Phone: (602) 275-0044
Price: $60-$160
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One of the leading fashion events in the Southwest, Phoenix Fashion Week bridges the gap between national and international designers, premier retailers and top fashion media.

Arizona State Fair
Arizona State Fair & Coliseum
1826 W. McDowell Road Phoenix, AZ
Date: October 4, 2019 to October 27, 2019
Recurring weekly on Sunday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
Phone: (602) 252-6771
Time: See website for times
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The place where agriculture, animals and amusement rides all come together is at the Arizona State Fair. Enjoy animal competitions, fried food and carnival rides as this tradition comes alive once again. When you think of things to do in October in Arizona this is always the first thing to come to mind!

A Taste of Greece
2716 N. Dobson Rd., Chandler 85224
Chandler, AZ
Date: October 4, 2019 to October 6, 2019
Recurring dailyPhone: (480) 889-3330
Time: Times vary daily
Price: $5 admission, kids under 12 are free
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Enjoy a weekend of traditional Greek foods, pastries, live music, dancing, imports and vendors at this year’s Taste of Greece. There will be fun for the kids and even a discounted rate of admission on the website.

Chingona Soles Stiletto Art and Fashion Show
Luna Culture Lab
802 E. Washington St. Phoenix, DC
Date: October 4, 2019
Phone: 3162512570
Time: 5:00 PM to 11:00 PM
Price: Free
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The 7th Annual Chingona Soles Stiletto Art and Fashion Show brings to life stylish stilettos created by local artists and available for purchase through a silent auction.

20th Annual Mariachi & Folklorico Festival
Chandler Center for the Arts
250 N. Arizona Ave. Chandler, AZ
Date: October 5, 2019
Time: 7:00 PM
Price: $45-$85
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Dazzling dancers and legendary music by Juan Garbiel will bring this festival to life. “Known as the Queen of Mariachi, Cuevas is the only artist authorized by the Juan Gabriel estate to record and tour his music.”

Furry Friends Fine Arts Festival
Shemer Art Center
5005 E Camelback Rd. Phoenix, AZ
Date: October 5, 2019
Phone: (602) 262-4727
Time: 8:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Price: $5 for One Admission, $10 for Family Admission
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“Purr-fect” for the entire family, this festival includes paw readings by pet adoptions from the Arizona Humane Society, animal-themed art, vendors, live music, food and beverages.

MONSTER JAM® Races Back to Phoenix
State Farm Stadium
1 Cardinals Drive Glendale, AZ
Hosted by: State Farm Stadium
Date: October 5, 2019
Time: 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Price: $15
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“Monster Jam®, the most action-packed motorsports experience for families in the world today, returns to Phoenix for another over-the-top event of speed, racing and gravity-defying freestyle stunts at State Farm Stadium in Glendale on Saturday, October 5th. Once again Monster Jam takes center stage in the Arizona Cardinals stadium turning the football field into a meticulously manicured dirt track created for the “battle of the metal beasts” playground for the sole purpose of pushing these perfectly engineered, larger-than-life 12,000 pound trucks to their high-octane limit!”

Mayor’s Arts Awards
MARGARET T. HANCE PARK
1202 N. Third St. Phoenix, AZ
Date: October 10, 2019
Time: 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM
Price: Prices will be announced soon
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Innovative and collaborative artwork being celebrated in Phoenix.

Roars and Pours
Phoenix Zoo
455 N Galvin Parkway Papago Park Phoenix, AZ
Hosted by: Phoenix Zoo/Arizona Center for Nature Conservation
Date: October 10, 2019
Phone: 602.286.3800
Time: 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Price: $10
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For guests 21 and older, this event has you sipping and strolling through out the Phoenix Zoo. Enjoy craft brews, wine and food.

Four Peaks Oktoberfest at Tempe Town Lake
Tempe Beach Park
80 W Rio Salado Pkwy Tempe, AZ
Date: October 11, 2019 to October 13, 2019
Recurring daily
Phone: (480) 350-8181
Price: Free
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This is 3 days of German-style live music, mouthwatering brats, thirst quenching beer along with games and carnival rides. 

 

Phoenix Greek Festival
Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral
1973 E. Maryland Ave Phoenix, AZ
Date: October 11, 2019 to October 13, 2019
Recurring daily
Phone: (602) 264-2791
Time: 5 p.m.-10 p.m. Friday; 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday; 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Sunday
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Authentic Greek cuisine, jewelry, artwork and rich history and culture is shared at this festival.

Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back Concert
The Phoenix Symphony
1 N. 1st St. Ste. 200 Phoenix, AZ
Date: October 11, 2019 to October 13, 2019
Recurring daily
Time: Showtimes vary by day
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“Star Wars and The Phoenix Symphony join forces for Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back in Concert, featuring the iconic movie projected on the big screen above the orchestra with John Williams’ legendary score performed live.”

Arizona Taco Festival
WestWorld of Scottsdale
16601 N. Pima Rd. Scottsdale, AZ
Date: October 12, 2019 to October 13, 2019
Recurring daily
Time: 11:00 AM to 7:00 PM
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Over 50 restaurants dishing out $3 tacos will be onsite for this huge taco event. Get ice cold beverages, watch lucha libre wrestling, enjoy live music and dare to enter a hot chili pepper eating contest.  

Extreme BMX Stunt Show
OdySea Aquarium
9500 E. Via de Ventura Scottsdale, AZ
Hosted by: OdySea Aquarium
Dates: October 12 – 13, 2019
Time: 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM

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X-Games athletes are ready to show off their insane skills in this FREE weekend long event.

Billy Moore Days
Historic Downtown Avondale
Western Avenue & 3rd Street Avondale, AZ
Dates: October 17 – 20, 2019
Time: 9:00 AM
Price: Free
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Enjoy a parade, carnival and headlining acts include
Str8up, The Backroads, and Gustavo Angeles.

Free Movies in the Desert: A BUG’S LIFE
OdySea Aquarium
9500 E. Via de Ventura Scottsdale, AZ
Hosted by: OdySea Aquarium
Date: October 19, 2019
Time: 5:00 PM to 8:00 PMPrice: Free

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A free family event night with music, games, prize and the movie begins at dusk!

Speak Up For Kids Health & Wellness Fair
Heritage Square
113 N. 6th St Phoenix, AZ
Date: October 19, 2019
Time: 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Price: Free
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This is a free, outdoor event that includes a kids zone with games & activities, appearances by superheros, health fair exhibition, vendors, food trucks, raffle prizes and more. Come dressed up as your favorite superhero, and have a great time for a great cause.

Halloween Block Party
The Promenade
16215 N. Scottsdale Rd. 16215 N. Scottsdale Rd. Scottsdale, AZ
Date: October 25, 2019
Time: 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Price: Free
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The Promenade is a premier outdoor shopping center that is hosting it’s very own block party, filled with a slime station, pumpkin decorating, face painting and balloon twisting. Come dressed in your Halloween costume and enjoy the spirit of the season.

Howl-O-Ween
Phoenix Zoo
455 N Galvin Parkway Papago Park Phoenix, AZ
Hosted by: Phoenix Zoo/Arizona Center for Nature Conservation
Dates: October 25 – 26, 2019
Phone: 602.286.3800
Time: 6:00 PM to 10:30 PM
Price: $12.95 general; $9.95 members; Kids 2 and under are free.
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A spooky event for all ages, Howl-O-Ween has it all. Tricks, treats and activities are all included in your fare. Howl-O-Ween is a must see! October in Arizona at it’s best!

Free Fall Festival
OdySea Aquarium
9500 E. Via de Ventura Scottsdale, AZ
Hosted by: OdySea Aquarium
Date: October 26, 2019
Time: 1:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Price: Free
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“OdySea in the Desert and Macaroni Kid N. Scottsdale/PV present the 3rd Annual OdySea Fall Festival. Kids 16 and under and families are invited to participate in our not-so-spooky costume contest!” With more activities throughout the evening.

Halloween Stroll & Costume Contest
Hayden Square Amphitheater
404 S. Mill Ave. Tempe, AZ
Date: October 27, 2019
Phone: (480) 355-6060
Time: 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Price: Free
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Ghosts, goblins, superheroes and princesses are all welcome to Downtown Tempe’s annual stroll. Admission is free and the fun is endless. Even Fido is invited!

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