Fall Festivities in Phoenix!

by Doug Zanes | Last Updated: October 1, 2015

Fall Festivities in Phoenix!

We don’t think we are the only ones that get a little overly excited about the fall season….

It seems that everyone welcomes the cooler weather, the changing of the plant colors and of course…


The fall equinox was welcomed last week and today marks the first day of October! This means Halloween items everywhere…

And a few Christmas things?! Okay Target – easy now 🙂

Alas before we know it, the year will be over and we will have wondered where the time went! But before that happens, we did some research on the best activities for the fall, especially here in Tucson!

We know it isn’t exactly cool… but there is too much fun to be had in Phoenix and we want to start NOW!

Phoenix Fashion Week

The Southwest’s leading fashion-industry event packs the first four days of October with style. Breast-cancer survivors, TV personalities and professional athletes will wear creations inspired by pink during the Fashionably Pink Celebrity Fashion Show to kick things off Oct. 1, at Schumacher European Ltd. in Scottsdale. Remaining events at Talking Stick Resort will include 25 designer fashion shows, nine seminars, 30 pop-up shops, after parties and student-design competitions.

Details: http://phoenixfashionweek.com/

Schnepf Farms Pumpkin and Chili Party

Fall for autumn while enjoying the fresh farm air during the annual Pumpkin and Chili Party. Every Thursday through Sunday, families can enjoy hayrides, a petting zoo, corn mazes, dog shows and more. The party also includes amusement rides, a rock-climbing wall and marshmallow roasting. Train and pony rides, food and pumpkins are available for an extra cost.


A Taste of Greece AZ Greek Festival of Chandler

Fun, music and authentic Greek food make up the festival that will have guests saying, “Opa!” Eat homemade dishes such as dolmathes, spanakopita, pastichio and lamb while listening to live music and watching performances by Greek Folk Dancers. There will be indoor dining, raffles and a sports bar on Sunday. There will be free shuttle parking at Dobson High School.

Details: http://atasteofgreeceaz.com/

SanTan Brewing Oktoberfest

Pull up your lederhosen and make your way to downtown Chandler where beer, brats and bands come together for SanTan Brewing’s seventh annual Oktoberfest. Guests can partake in games such as bag toss, a beer pong tournament and keg stacking. Live entertainment by Reel Big Fish, Iration, 80 Proof and Bad Cactus Brass Band.

Details: http://www.santanoktoberfest.com/

Tour de Fat

New Belgium Brewery celebrates fat tires (both bikes and beer) in this festive bicycle parade through downtown Tempe. Riders will gather at Tempe Beach Park and proceed down Rio Salado Parkway to Hardy Drive before looping past University Drive and back up Mill Avenue. In other words, avoid driving in Tempe. After the parade, there will be live music and a bike fashion show, so be sure and show off your awesome riding costume. Proceeds benefit Tempe Bicycle Action Group, Bike Saviours, Central Arizona Mountain Bike Patrol and the Mountain Bike Association of Arizona.

Details: https://www.newbelgium.com/events/tour-de-fat.aspx

Phoenix Bridal Show

Couples planning their nuptials can do it all in one day at this event. There will be vendors for flowers, invitations, photography, videographers, venues, musicians, decorations, caterers, cakes and honeymoons. A fashion show will showcase wedding dresses and men’s formal wear.

Details: www.phoenixbridalshow.com

Scottsdale International Film Festival

View more than 50 films at the 14th annual festival hosted by the Scottsdale International Film Festival. The five-day event kicks off on Thursday for day events and an opening night reception at the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts. The festival includes films such as “Rudderless” and “Wild” in an effort to create dialog about the perspectives of other cultures and countries along with allowing viewers to gain a stronger connection to local and global communities.

Details: www.scottsdalefilmfestival.com

Greater Phoenix Greek Festival

This fest has been transporting festival goers to Greece for more than 50 years through music, dancing and food such as gyros, pastitsio, roasted lamb and pastries baked by yiayias (grandmothers). Jewelry, art, wines, beer, feta cheese, phyllo dough and other Greek items will be sold, and there will be kids activities, dance lessons and church tours. Park at the church or at Charles Schwab at 24th Street and Lincoln Drive; a free shuttle runs every 15 minutes.

Details: www.phoenixgreekfestival.org

Chandler Indian Art Market

The weekend-long event features authentic Native American art along with food and entertainment. From jewelry to photography to tribal arts, the market showcases work from artists all over the Southwest.

Details: www.chandleraz.gov


From Beers of the World Bars to a dodgeball tournament, there’s something for everyone at this fall festival. A bean bag-toss tournament, Crossfit, live music, vendor market and a Kids Zone featuring inflatables and child-friendly rides will be part of the event. Guests can play video games and volleyball.

Details: http://www.thephoenixclub.com/oktoberfest/

Arab American Festival

Explore culture and history while enjoying music, arts and entertainment. Guests of all backgrounds are invited to the festival, which was established to build community pride nationwide and showcase the diversity of the arts, cultures and music. Vendors, children’s activities and food will also be part of the day’s event.

Details: www.arabamericanfestival.com

Arizona Taco Festival

Get ready for a tacolicious time and $2 tacos from more than 40 teams at the outdoor festival. Guests can enjoy cooking classes by top chefs, tequila, live music, arm wrestling, photo booths and more. Saturday’s events include a tequila expo along with a taco-eating contest. Wear a sombrero and stop by Sunday for a free taco, a bizarre taco-eating contest, Chihuahua beauty contest and bartender challenges.

Details: www.aztacofestival.com


Salt River Fields Balloon Spooktacular

Satisfy your sweet tooth a week early — 20 hot-air balloons will hover over Salt River Fields and hand out more than 2 tons of candy to trick-or-treaters. Get a fright at the haunted house or take a ride in a tethered balloon. And in what seems to be a new Halloween tradition, there will be a fireworks display to close the evening. Written waiver required for balloon rides.

Details: www.srfballoonfestivals.com

Wild Western Festival and Dr. Buck’s Ol’ Time Country Fair

Dust off your chaps and enjoy a smokin’ good time in the Wild West. Live music, gunfights and stunt shows come together during the weekend event. Little buckaroos will enjoy the Kids Korral where they can saddle up for a pony ride, jump in the bounce house and take a spin on “Dozer” the Buck’n Bull. A costume contest, craft area and chili cook-off will also be part of the event.

Details: www.wildwesternfestival.com

Scottsdale Fall Festival

Don’t worry about poison apples or other urban legends because Scottsdale has done away with the tricks for an all-treat early Halloween celebration. Visit the haunted forest, win candy at game booths and compete for prizes at the costume contest. A fireworks display will finish off the evening.

Details: www.scottsdaleaz.gov/parks/fallfest

Maricopa Music Festival

Enjoy sounds from gospel to rock at the inaugural Maricopa Music Festival. Performers will include the School of Rock Sugar Skulls, Doug and the Dinosaurs, and Native Keys, along with musical director Eric Seats, who has worked with Patti LaBelle and Beyonce. There will also be raffles and a Halloween costume contest.

Details: www.maricopamusicfest.com


Are you ready for the zombie apocalypse? Or just a severe drought? Learn how to prepare for the worst and survive off the grid at this informative expo. Learn about animal husbandry, sustainable living and how to protect your constitutional rights. There will be demonstrations on HAM radio and a petting zoo for the kids, as well.

Details: www.Prepperfestaz.com

Dia de los Muertos Festival

Mesa Arts Center will again celebrate the Latin-American holiday that honors those who have died. There will be music performances, food and a market where you can shop for arts and crafts. Stilt walkers will be roaming above the crowd and altar-contest entries will be displayed to honor and remember loved ones. There also will be a community altar and a closing procession.

Details: www.mesaartscenter.com


It’s all about fall at Anthem Community Council’s annual festival, which promises to be “bigger than ever” for its 15th year. There will be carnival rides, bounce houses, pumpkin decorating and live entertainment. Vendors will sell food, arts and crafts. Sample apple-pie contest entries while they last and help judges decide the winners.

Details: www.onlineatanthem.com/autumnfest

*NOTE: All dates, times and prices listed are subject to change. Please verify before attending any events.

Doug Zanes: Founding Attorney Raised in Douglas, Arizona, and went to college at Arizona State University and graduated from law school at St. Mary’s University School of Law in Texas. Doug began practicing law in Phoenix Arizona in 1997.
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