Phoenix Event Calendar for October

Things to Do in Greater Phoenix in October

••• Arizona State Fair. © Judy Hedding

October is one of our busiest months of the year. The winter visitors return and the temperatures become more moderate -- it's time to get outside! Need to find a pumpkin or a Halloween haunted house? Visit Halloween Central!

These are many of the Phoenix events in October that you can count on to take place year in and year out. All dates, prices, and activities mentioned are subject to change without notice.

Check the website or call to confirm information, because they don't always let me know when there are changes. Activities in this event calendar are appropriate for families unless otherwise indicated. If the event is free, I'll mention that, too.

Looking for big name concerts, shows or theatre? Check this calendar for October performances.

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2nd Friday Night Out in Mesa
Live music, entertainment, art walk, prizes. Each month has a theme. Family friendly. Free admission. On Main Street in Downtown Mesa.
In 2017: 2nd Friday of the month

6th Street Market
Original arts and crafts, live music, shopping. Family-friendly. Free admission. Downtown Tempe.
In 2017: every Sunday in October

A Race for Maggie's Place
Family friendly running events: 15K Run, 10K Run, 9K Run, 5K Run, Walk, and Stroller Push, Kids’ Dash and Diaper Dash. A fundraiser for a shelter for pregnant women and those with infants. Tempe Town Lake.
In 2016: October 2

AIDS Walk Arizona & 5K Run Phoenix
All funds raised are distributed equally to 16 member agencies, that provide programs to prevent HIV/AIDS, or assist those living with the disease. Chip-timed. Local bands. Kids walk, dog walk. Downtown Phoenix.
In 2016: October 23

A.S.U. Concerts at the Center
The ASU School of Music presents concerts at the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts on select Monday evenings.
In 2016: October 3

A.S.U. Homecoming Parade
ASU’s Homecoming Parade welcomes the entire Valley community to celebrate Sun Devil Spirit! Show your Devilish spirit in your best devil, gold, and ASU gear. University Drive, Tempe.
In 2016: October 22

Arizona Cardinals Football
The Arizona Cardinals play professional football at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona.
In 2017: Various dates in October

Arizona Coyotes Hockey
Our professional NHL hockey team hopes to howl its way to the Stanley Cup. Gila River Arena, Glendale.
In 2017: Various dates in October

Arizona Dance Festival
Showcase different dance artists, including emerging artists as well as professionals from all genres and styles of dance. Tempe Center for the Arts.
In 2016: October 7, 8

Arizona Dragon Boat Festival
Dragon Boat Races at Tempe Town Lake. Craft booths and entertainment.
In 2016: October 1, 2

Arizona Fall League Baseball
After the regular baseball season is over, there are six more weeks of baseball in October and November when each of the 30 Major League Baseball teams select 6 prospects to play in the AFL. At stadiums around the Valley.
In 2017: Various dates in October and November

Arizona State Fair
Rides, food, competitions, concerts, exhibits—two weeks of fun. Held at the Fairgrounds in Central Phoenix.
In 2017: October 6 - 29 (except Mondays and Tuesdays)

Arizona Taco Festival
Competitors will cook Tacos and related dishes. Vendors. Admission charge plus tickets charge for samples. Salt River Fields, Scottsdale.
In 2016: October 15, 16

Arizona Winds Concert Band Free Concert
“A Leroy Anderson Jukebox.”  Performing Anderson favorites including Blue Tango, The Typewriter, Serenata, Belle of the Ball, Bugler's Holiday, Sandpaper Ballet, Rakes of Mallow, Irish Washerwoman and others. Cactus High School Auditorium, Glendale.
In 2016: October 23

Arizona's Ultimate Women's Expo
Hundreds of exhibits of products and services including fashion, beauty, health, fitness, home, careers, financial planning, education. A full schedule of speakers on four stages, book signings, celebrity appearances, and cooking and design demonstrations, including design experts providing tips on preparing your home for the holidays. Phoenix Convention Center.
In 2016: October 8, 9

Art After Work
A painting party for couples, friends, anyone. Learn how to paint your own take on classic masterpieces and local landscapes. Instructor and art supplies provided. Online registration required. Tempe Center for the Arts.
In 2016: October 14

Art in the Olive Grove
Art show, wine tasting. Artists represents all types of art media, including Painting, Photography, Wood, Jewelry, Pottery, Glass and more. The Olive Mill has a restaurant and coffee bar as well as tours of the Olive Mill facility (fee). Queen Creek Olive Mill, 35062 S. Meridian Rd., Queen Creek.
In 2016: October 16

Arts in the Park Concert Series
A free concert on the lawn at the Wigwam Resort in downtown Litchfield Park from 3-5 p.m.
In 2016: October 16

Astronomy Evenings
A talk (novice level) explaining facts about the solar system and the galaxy around the planet earth followed by observing the moon, several planets, star systems through a celestron telescope. Weather permitting. Registration required. Ages 8+. Pinnacle Peak Park, Scottsdale.
In 2017: October 21

Carnival; live entertainment; fine arts and crafts; a pumpkin patch, train rides; inflatables; hay rides, and a food court with beer and wine garden. Anthem Community Park.
In 2016: October 22, 23

Beer, Bacon and BBQ Festival
Craft beers, barbecue and live entertainment at The Wigwam in Litchfield Park.
In 2016: October 29

Best of Phoenix A'fare
Food, beer and wine sampling. 21+ only. Westin Kierland Resort & Spa, Scottsdale.
In 2016: October 7

Beyond the Bricks
Live music, beer, wine, food. Free admission. Bring a blanket. Hayden Square Amphitheatre in Downtown Tempe. Take light rail!
In 2016: October 6, 13, 20, 27

Billy Moore Days
Resident appreciation fair, a parade and a carnival. Free admission, charge for rides. Avondale.
In 2016: October 21 - 23

Birds 'n' Beer
Birds 'n Beer offers local professionals a fun and refreshing way to learn about Arizona birds and other wildlife while networking with fellow nature-lovers. Have a cold brew while enjoying an enlightening and lively presentation on Arizona nature. Nina Mason Pulliam Rio Salado Audubon Center in Phoenix. RSVP requested 602-468-6470.
In 2016: October 20

BMX Bike Event
Bike riders and enthusiasts participate in demonstrations and clinics. Entertainment, bike vendors, raffles. Espee Park, Chandler.
In 2016: October 15

Breast Cancer Awareness Events
Activities and events to raise money to fight breast cancer.
In 2016: various dates in October

Celebrate Mesa
Entertainment, live music, games, rides, outdoor movie, giveaways. Free admission, nominal charge for rides. Red Mountain Park, Mesa.
In 2016: October 15

Chandler Indian Art Market
Native American art from artists all over the Southwest. Authentic art will include jewelry, photography, pottery, paintings, Katsina carvings, sculptures, weavings, clothing, and tribal arts and crafts. Entertainment. Free admission, food available to purchase. AJ Chandler Park, Chandler.
In 2016: October 8, 9

Chandler Symphony Orchestra
Indoors. Family-friendly. Free, donations accepted.
In 2017: October 8

Chandler's Day of Play
An event to promote heath, wellness, and fitness for kids of all ages. Free activities will get the kids playing and their minds active, while parents can explore the various booths on health, wellness, and fitness. Free admission. Tumbleweed Park.
In 2016: October 22

Children's Learning and Play Festival
Speakers, vendors, play areas. Indoors. Free admission, free parking. WestWorld, Scottsdale.
In 2016: October 1

Chile Pepper Festival
Local restaurateurs, chefs and gourmet food trucks present chile pepper-inspired cuisine. Chile roasting, live music, beer garden and margarita station. Free admission. Phoenix.
In 2016: October 1

City Lights Movie Night
Free movie at CityScape in Downtown Phoenix. Giveaways, contests, prizes. Bring a chair.
In 2016: October 14

Corks & Collars
Wine and beer tasting, food samples, live entertainment, raffle. A benefit for the Desert Labrador Retriever Rescue, an all-volunteer nonprofit. Scottsdale.
In 2016: October 29

Day of the Dead
Day of the Dead exhibitions, festivals, parties, and celebrations in the Phoenix area.
In 2016: Various dates in October, early November

Desert Ridge Marketplace Concerts
Free concerts on two stages in North Phoenix at Desert Ridge Marketplace.
In 2016: Every Friday and Saturday night

Discount Tire Free Family Sundays
Free admission for everyone at Phoenix Art Museum on the second Sunday of the month. Includes a special hands-on, educational programming and/or entertainment designed to appeal to visitors of all ages. Special exhibitions may have a reduced charge. More about Phoenix Art Museum. Directions to Phoenix Art Museum.
In 2016: October 9

Dish It Out
Local chefs offer up samples and compete in this benefit for Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Phoenix. High Street in North Phoenix.
In 2016: October 23

Diwali Mela
A festival celebrating India. Cultural program, live entertainment, kids activities. Kiwanis Park, Tempe.
In 2016: October 22

Distance for the Difference
A 3.5-mile run/walk through CityScape in Downtown Phoenix​. Benefit for Phoenix Children's Hospital.​
In 2016: October 1

Docomomo Tour
A Modern Phoenix event to bring awareness to the technical, historic and aesthetic value buildings of the 20th century and the impact they have in today's culture. Docomomo is an international organization DOcumenting and COnserving the MOdern MOvement. Limited space.
In 2016: October ?

Downtown Chandler Art Walk
Visit more than 40 artisans set up along the streets in front of the unique shops and cafes of Historic Downtown Chandler. Free.
In 2016: Third Friday of the month

Downtown Gilbert Concert Series
Free. Food and beverages are available to purchase. Water Tower Plaza (across from Hale Theater) in Gilbert’s Heritage District.
In 2016: October 13, 27

El Puente Theatre Festival & Mask Procession
Music, performances, art activities for families sponsored by Childplay. Free. Tempe Center for the Arts.
In 2016: October 2

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Empty Bowls
For a donation, you select a unique, handcrafted ceramic bowl from thousands of donated bowls. The contents of the bowl won't fill you up, but it is similar to the total amount of food consumed on a daily basis by many less fortunate around the world. You keep the commemorative bowl as a reminder that someone else’s bowl is always empty. Proceeds from the event benefit Waste Not. Arizona Center, Phoenix.
In 2016: October 14

Fall Concerts at Eastmark
Live musical performances featuring popular local acts. Free, family-friendly and open to the public. No pets. Blankets, low-back chairs, picnic baskets and coolers are welcome. Eastmark Great Park, Mesa.
In 2016: October 7

Fall Concerts at Scottsdale Quarter
Live musical performances featuring popular local acts. Free. The Quad at Scottsdale Quarter.
In 2017: October 7, 14, 21, 28

Family Day at ASU Art Museum
Families with kids ages 4 – 12 are invited to the ASU Art Museum to participate in artistic projects. Free drop-in program. Tempe.
In 2017: October 14

Fiesta Bowl Hole-in-One
Purchase bags of golf balls and try to qualify for the $1 million hole-in-one prize. A fundraiser for Fiesta Bowl charities.
In 2016: October 28 - November 13

First Friday
Visit more than 80 downtown Phoenix art galleries, studios and art spaces. Free.
In 2017: First Friday of the month

First Saturdays for Families
Families with kids ages 4 – 12 are invited to the ASU Art Museum to participate in artistic projects. Free drop-in program. Tempe.
In 2016: October 1

Fitness in the District
Certified instructors will lead one-hour classes to DJ beats, while fitness motivators work the group and assist attendees with moves. Free, bring your own mat. All ages. Refreshments (while supplies last). WaterDance Plaza at Westgate Entertainment District, Glendale.
In 2016: Tuesdays, September 13 - October 25

Five-O Car Show
All vehicle types. Free admission. Fee to register vehicle. Raffles, a silent auction, music, K-9 demo, and food trucks. Fundraiser for Arizona Special Olympics Unified Sports Program. San Tan Village, Gilbert.
In 2016: October 29

Free Art Friday
Preschoolers and their parents participate in an activity involving art and/or music. The theme varies from month to month. No registration required. Free. Tempe.
In 2016: October 28

Friday Night Drags
Local bring their own vehicles and race at Wildhorse Pass Motorsports Park, Chandler. Drivers and spectators welcome.
In 2016: October 7

Front Porch Festival & Old Towne Marketplace
Shopping, crafts, hands-on activities and more. Catlin Court and Old Towne, Historic Downtown Glendale. Free admission and parking.
In 2017: October 21

Gilbert Art Walk
Local artists set up booths to display their work. Community booths and children's activities. Free admission. Downtown Gilbert.
In 2017: October 7, 21

Gilbert Off the Street Art Festival
Live music, street performers, kids activities, food, artisan and craft vendors. Free admission. Downtown Gilbert.
In 2017: October 27, 28

Great Bridal Expo
Displays for the wedding, honeymoon and home. Brides and grooms can meet potential wedding providers. Bridal fashion show, live music and DJ, honeymoon show. Prizes. Phoenix Convention Center, Phoenix.
In 2017: October 29

Greater Phoenix Greek Festival
Greek food, music, beer and wine, vendors, activities for kids. Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral, Phoenix.
In 2017: October 13 - 15

Halloween, Pumpkin Patches, Haunted Houses, Halloween Festivals and Events
Here are some of the best Halloween events in the area. Some of the festivals are month-long events.
In 2016: Various dates in October

Hispanic Heritage Month Festivals and Events
Music, dance, literature, art, and more at events across the Valley celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month, September 15 though October 15.
In 2016: Various dates in October

International Archaeology Day
Hands on archaeology demonstrations, tours of the archaeological site, children’s activities, and more. Free admission. Pueblo Grande Museum, Phoenix.
In 2016: October 15

KJZZ Travel & Discovery Expo
Learning about all the wonderful destinations Arizona has to offer. Speak directly to travel experts and save money on exclusive travel deals. Free admission. WestWorld of Scottsdale.
In 2016: October 15

KMLE Country Thunder LaunchFest
A country music celebration that officially unveils the Country Thunder lineup. Food Trucks village. Finalists of KMLE Country Battle of the Bands. Pool at Talking Stick Resort in Scottsdale.
In 2016: October 21

Litchfield Park Arts in the Park
Free outdoor concert at the Wigwam Resort Front Lawn, 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.
In 2016: October 16

MACFest (Mesa Arts and Crafts Festival) is a free family-friendly event featuring artist creations, music and entertainment. Downtown Mesa on North Macdonald, from Main St. to Pepper Pl.
In 2017: October 7, 21

Maricopa County Home and Garden Show
Hundreds of exhibitors. Seminars, demonstrations, and displays. WestWorld, Scottsdale.
In 2017: October 20 - 22

Maricopa Stagecoach Days
Various events including a market, run, wine tasting, book sale. Maricopa.
In 2017: October 9 - 23

Meet Me Downtown
A casual, social self-guided 3.3 mile walk around downtown Phoenix. Evening, rain or shine. Free. Starts at CityScape, Downtown Phoenix.
In 2017: Every Monday in October

Monarch Butterfly Exhibit / Mariposa Monarca
Marshall Butterfly Pavilion at the Desert Botanical Garden, Phoenix. 
In 2017: September 30 - November 19

Motorcycles on Main
The streets of downtown Mesa are closed to all but bikers and people who love motorcycles. Music, food, beer garden. Free admission.
In 2017: First Friday of the month

Movies at the Museum
Independent and classic cinema and documentaries relating to art, artists, and works on view in the Museum, usually followed by discussion. First come, first seated. Phoenix Art Museum.
In 2016: Various dates in October

Movies by Moonlight
Family-friendly movies in various Glendale parks. Evenings, outdoors. Bring a blanket or chair. Free.
In 2016: October 7, 14, 21, 28

Movie in the Park
Family-friendly film, free admission. Bring lawn chairs/ blankets. Florence Aquatic Center fields.
In 2016: October 15

Movies in the Park
Free movies (G or PG) in Kiwanis Park, Tempe at dusk.
In 2016: October 7, 14, 21, 28

Music in the Garden
The Desert Botanical Garden concert series featuring an array of musical styles including Salsa, Blues, Rockabilly, Latin and Motown. Outdoors at 7 p.m. Ticketed event.
In 2017: October 6, 13, 20, 26

Native American Connections Parade
Free to attend. Steele Indian School Park, Phoenix.
In 2016: October 8

Oktoberfest Celebrations
There are several places around town where you can get that Oktoberfest spirit. Dress up in your Bavarian best, eat bratwurst and dance to the polka all day long, if you'd like.
In 2016: Various dates in October

Out and About in Avondale
A monthly community event in Avondale. Activities vary each month and may include block parties, concerts, movies, and seasonal holiday-themed events.
In 2016: October 15

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Performances at the Museum
Performances from the East Valley community. Each performance is different. Includes children’s plays, kid and adult film series, classical music (check schedule). Tempe History Museum. Free admission.
In 2017: October 6, 28

Phoenix Bridal Show
Plan your dream wedding. Sheraton Phoenix Hotel, Downtown Phoenix.
In 2016: October 9

Phoenix Comicon Fan Fest
Actors, comic artists, costumes, celebrities. Phoenix Convention Center.
In 2016: October 22, 23

Phoenix Fashion Week
Features over 30 designer fashion shows and trunk sales, featuring Holiday and Spring collections, a celebrity charity fashion show and including retailers, celebrities, fashionistas, and media, primarily from the west coast.
In 2016: October 13 - 15

Phoenix Fangoria FearCon
Fans of horror attend a convention and film festival. Tempe.
In 2016: October 7 - 9

Phoenix Food Day
A celebration of healthy, affordable and sustainably produced food. Exhibitors, workshops, a Kids Healthy Food Zone, gardening tips, games. Phoenix​.
In 2016: October 29

Phoenix Rising FC
USL Soccer.
In 2017: various dates in October

Phoenix Suns Basketball
Our professional basketball team plays hoops at the Talking Stick Resort Arena in Downtown Phoenix.
In 2017: Various dates in October

Model train displays and exhibits and other entertainment at Scottsdale's McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park. Admission to Railfair is free. Train and carousel rides have a nominal charge.
In 2016: October 8, 9

Rainbows Festival
An urban street fair and festival celebrating the local LGBTQ community. Takes place in downtown Phoenix at Heritage Square and the surrounding streets. Music, art, shopping, food, entertainment. Admission is free.
In 2017: October 21, 22

Sahuaro Ranch Historic Site Tour
Learn about the various buildings, barnyard, trees and groves at this ranch site, now a public park. The Sahuaro Ranch Park Historic Area is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Free, all ages. Glendale.
In 2017: Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays in October

Science With a Twist
The Arizona Science Center in Downtown Phoenix opens it doors one evening per month for an adults-only experience (21+), with lectures, music and scientific fun. Ticketed event.
In 2017: October 6

Scottsdale ArtWalk
Every Thursday evening the Scottsdale Art District invites you to spend a casual evening walking downtown and enjoying fine art. Free.
In 2016: Every Thursday evening

Scottsdale International Film Festival
Connecting audiences with award-winning cinema from around the globe. Includes dramas, thrillers, comedies, documentaries, kid-friendly films and more. Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts.
In 2016: October 6 - 10

Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art Fall Opening Celebration
Mix and mingle with curators and artists to celebrate SMoCA’s fall season and new exhibitions. Free admission. SMoCA, Scottsdale.
In 2016: October 14

Sonoran Sunset Series
Outdoor family-friendly concerts in Chandler at the Environmental Education Center. Free admission.
In 2016: October 20

spark! After Dark
A grown-up night out with live art, live music, food, adult drinks. Free admission. Mesa Arts Center.
In 2016: October 15

Stagecoach Village Art & Wine Festival
Fine art, fine wines, local cuisine and music at Stagecoach Village, Cave Creek. Free admission and parking.
In 2017: October 27 - 29

Sun Devil Football
Arizona State University's football team competes for PAC-12 glory at Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe, AZ.
In 2017: Various dates in October

Surprise Fiesta Grande
Live bands, folklorico dancers, mariachis, authentic Mexican food, kid zone, car show, beer and tequila gardens. Free admission. Surprise.
In 2017: October 14

Taste of Cave Creek
Tastings from Cave Creek area restaurants, fine art exhibit, live music, beer garden, wine tasting. Stagecoach Village.
In 2016: October 19, 20

Taste of Greece
A three-day celebration of Greek food and dance.  St. Katherine Greek Orthodox Church, Chandler.
In 2017: September 29 - October 1

Tempe Tour de Fat
Bicycle parade and festival with music and plenty of beer. Tempe Beach Park.
In 2016: October 1

Touch A Truck
Trucks of all sizes and shapes. Families to learn about big trucks and their functions. Industrial, commercial, rental, fire and other city vehicles will be on display. Free admission. Westgate Entertainment District, Glendale.
In 2016: October 22

Touchdown Tailgate
​Several hours before Arizona Cardinals football kickoff you can attend a free tailgate party at Westgate Entertainment District's WaterDance Plaza. Beer garden, games, giveaways. Tickets to the game not required.
In 2016: October 23

Tukee Fest Rockin' in the Park
Bring your blanket, chairs, family and neighbors for food, music, rides. Ahwatukee.
In 2016: October 1

Undy Run/Walk
Wear silly boxers, briefs or costumes during the family-friendly run/walk. Benefits the Arizona Department of Health Services’ FIT at Fifty HealthCheck program, and national prevention, research and patient support initiatives of the Colon Cancer Alliance.
In 2016: October 22

Vintage and Vino
Vintage Market, farmser market, wine tasting, entertainment. Queen Creek.
In 2016: October 14, 15

Walk to Defeat ALS
A one-mile and three-mile walk. Family friendly, music, food, entertainment. No fee, but fundraising to benefit ALS Asssociation is encouraged. Scottsdale Stadium.
In 2016: October 29

Walk-In Wednesdays
Local musicians perform at a free open mic night from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Tempe Center for the Arts in Downtown Tempe.
In 2016: Wednesdays in October

Westgate Bike Night
Thousands of bikes line Coyotes Boulevard. Live music. Family friendly. Restaurant specials. Thursday evenings. Westgate Entertainment District, Glendale.
In 2016: September 8 - November 17

Westgate Hot Rod Night
Cool hot rods on display. Live music. Family friendly. Restaurant specials. Wednesday evenings. Westgate Entertainment District, Glendale.
In 2016: September 7 - November 16

Wickenburg Fly-In & Classic Car Show
Aircraft of all types flying in throughout the morning, displays, information, 75 classic cars, static airplane display. Wickenburg Municipal Airport. Free admission.
In 2016: October 8

Music, wing eating and contests at the Mesa Amphitheatre.
In 2016: October 29

Yoga Rocks the Park
Different studios lead sessions at various outdoor locations. Vendors, music.
In 2016: October 16, 23, 30

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