Phoenix Events Calendar for September

Things to Do in Greater Phoenix in September

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September starts to back off the triple-digit temperatures, and outdoor events in metro Phoenix begin to pop up. Even some Halloween events and harvest festivals make their appearance in September. Check out Halloween Central later in the month! Thankfully, the warm weather doesn't stop the summer bands from including Phoenix on their tour schedules.

These are many of the community events that you can count on 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. The 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 September performances.

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Phoenix Event Calendar - September

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

9/11 Memorial Events
Observances around Phoenix to honor the victims and heroes of the terrorist attacks on America on September 11, 2001.
In 2017: Various dates in September

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

Arizona Diamondbacks Baseball
The Arizona Diamondbacks play professional Baseball at Chase Field.
In 2017: Various dates in September

Arizona Restaurant Week
About 100 fine dining establishments in the Greater Phoenix area offer a prix fixe three course meal.
In 2017: September 15 - 24

Arizona Rookie League Baseball
Minor League Baseball has 14 Rookie League teams in the Phoenix area. 
In 2017: various dates in September

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: September 22

AZ Nonprofit Expo
Service organizations, volunteer opportunities, educational tools and workshops. Admission to exhibitors is free, fee to attend workshops and hear speakers.
In 2017: September 23

Ballet Under the Stars
Free performances at various parks in the Greater Phoenix area.
In 2017: September 21, 22, 23, 28, 30

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 2017: September 21

Brazilian Day Arizona Festival
The largest celebration of Brazilian art and culture in Arizona, bringing together Arizona's Brazilian community in honor of Brazilian Independence Day to share a rich and diverse cultural and artistic heritage. Scottsdale.
In 2017: September 23

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

Children's Learning and Play Festival
Speakers, vendors, play areas. Indoors. Free admission, free parking. WestWorld, Scottsdale.
In 2017: September 9

City Lights Movie Night
Free movie at CityScape in Downtown Phoenix. Giveaways, contests, prizes. Bring a chair.
In 2017: September 8

Crossroads of the West Gun Show
At the Arizona State Fairgrounds ( Sep. 9, 10)in Phoenix and Mesa Convention Center (Sep. 23, 24). The shows offer hundreds of tables of interest to both the once a year hunter and the avid collector.
In 2017: September 9, 10, 23, 24

Desert Ridge Marketplace Concerts
Free concerts on two stages in North Phoenix at Desert Ridge Marketplace.
In 2017: Every Friday and Saturday night

Discount Tire Free Family Weekend
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. See a map.
In 2017: September 9, 10

Downtown Chandler Art Walk
Visit more than 70 artisans set up along the streets in front of the unique shops and cafes of Historic Downtown Chandler. Free.
In 2017: Third Friday of the month

Dragons and Vines: Inlaid Guitar Masterpieces
an exhibition featuring more than thirty instruments with incredible inlay by North America's finest artists and luthiers. Guitars, banjos, and one ukulele, featuring inlaid artwork created from materials including abalone shell, mother-of-pearl, coral, gold, copper, wood, and others. MIM, North Phoenix.
In 2017: now through Sep. 4, 2017

El Zaribah Shrine Circus
Indoor performances at WestWorld in Scottsdale.
In 2017: September 9 - 11

Embracing Your Journey Expo
A holistic, wellness and metaphysical event designed to enlighten and inform allowing people to explore alternative health and lifestyle products and services. Phoenix.
In 2017: September 24

Experience India
A celebration of East Indian music and culture. Musical and dance performances, hands-on activities, exhibit talks, temporary henna body art. Included with museum admission. More about MIM.
In 2017: September 2, 3

Fall Concerts at Scottsdale Quarter
Live musical performances featuring popular local acts. Free. The Quad at Scottsdale Quarter.
In 2017: September 9, 16, 23, 30

Fiesta Septiembre 
Mariachi groups, folklorico dancers, salsa, guacamole, and margarita contests, outdoor mercado, kids zone, food and beverage cantina, historic photo exhibits. Wickenburg.
In 2017: September 2

First Friday
Visit more than 80 downtown Phoenix art galleries, studios and art spaces. Free.
In 2017: first Friday in September

Flashlight Tours at Desert Botanical Garden
See, hear and feel the desert night's plants and animals on the Discovery Trail. Bring a flashlight and wear comfortable shoes. Self-paced tours begin at 7 p.m. Recommended for families and children of all ages. Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix.
In 2017: September 2

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 2017: September 22

Halloween Haunted Houses
Haunted houses, scary attractions and zombie shootouts start in September. Various locations.
In 2017: Various dates in September and October

Halloween, Pumpkin Patches, Haunted Houses, Halloween Festivals and Events
Many harvest festivals and Halloween activities start in September!
In 2017: Various dates in September (not yet updated)

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 2017: Various dates in September (not yet updated)

Labor Day Weekend
Specials and weekend getaways to celebrate the fact that fall is just around the corner.
In 2017: September 2 - 4

Life Time Tri Tempe
Two different races in downtown Tempe, with the swim at Tempe Town Lake.
In 2017: September 17

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 September

Mesa Arts Center Season Kickoff
Mesa Arts Center debuts its fall exhibitions, live entertainment, artist demonstrations, shopping, food and performances. Bring the family. Free. Mesa Arts Center.
In 2017: September 8

Messy Fest
Kids will have fun with cluttered, chaotic and untidy activities; expect clothes to get dirty, stained and/or torn! A benefit for Phoenix Children's Hospital. Queen Creek.
In 2017: September 16

Mitzvahs & More Event Planning Expo
A special event planning expo created for the Phoenix Jewish Community with entertainment choices, décor options, photography, videography, specialty caterers, unique venues and more. Scottsdale.
In 2017: September 24

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

Movie Night at the Ballpark
Park concessions will be open. No alcohol, glass containers or chairs may be brought into the event. Factory sealed, pre-packaged single serving snack items permitted. One factory sealed plastic water bottle not more than 1 liter in size per person. Free. Goodyear Ballpark.
In 2017: September 22

Oktoberfest Celebrations
There are several places around town where you can get that Oktoberfest spirit, even though it's still only September. Dress up in your Bavarian best, eat bratwurst and dance to the polka all day long, if you'd like.
In 2017: Various dates in September

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: September 9, 22

Phoenix Cooks!
Attend Phoenix Cooks! classes, culinary demonstrations, sample Chef creations and spirits, marketplace. North Scottsdale.
In 2017: September 2

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

Queen Creek Founders' Day Festival
Competitions, food, music, entertainment. Family-friendly, outdoors, free admission.
In 2017: September 23

Rockin' Taco Street Fest
Kid’s zone with water play activities, a taco eating contest, live entertainment including steel drums, reggae, ballet folklorico dancers, and a DJ. Downtown Chandler.
In 2017: September 16

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. Sahuaro Ranch, Glendale.
In 2017: Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays in Sept.

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: September 15

Scottsdale ArtWalk
Every Thursday evening the Scottsdale Art District invites you to spend a casual evening walking downtown and enjoying fine art. Free.
In 2017: Every Thursday evening

Smithsonian Museum Day
See which Arizona museums offer free admission on this annual recognition of affiliates of the Smithsonian Institution.
In 2017: September 23

Somos Peoria
National and local music performances, traditional foods, arts and crafts, softball and soccer tournaments, and other family activities in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month.
In 2017: September 30

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 September

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

Teddy Bear Day
Celebrate National Teddy Bear Day with make-and-take arts and crafts, treats and deals in Historic Downtown Glendale. Begin at the Glendale Visitor Center. The Visitor Center will be accepting new and gently hugged teddy bears for donation. Downtown Glendale.
In 2017: September 9

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 2017: Wednesdays in September

Westgate Hot Rod Night
Cool hot rods on display. Live music. Family friendly. Restaurant specials. Wednesday evenings. Westgate Entertainment District, Glendale.
In 2017: September 6 - November 15

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