Around the Valley, that means dozens of pumpkin patches and festivals pop-up. From Oktoberfest in Tempe to the Arizona State Fair, to the inaugural Mac and Cheese Fest and first-ever Lost Lake Fest, October is a big month for the Valley.
Check out the top events happening in October around Phoenix below:
1-Nov. 5 | Tolmachoff Farms Corn Maze & Pumpkin Days - Venture through the Glendale farm’s six-acre corn maze or the “mini” maze for the tiny tots; you can buy a pumpkin and play at the petting zoo. At night, there is the haunted corn maze.
5-19 | Schnepf Farms Pumpkin & Chili Party - The family-owned Queen Creek’s annual fall festival includes a 10-acre corn maze, petting zoo, bakery, pig races and more than a dozen kids activities.
5-7 | Phoenix Fashion Week - Designers from the Southwest, including Arizona, will showcase their clothing lines down the runway during this three-day event.
6-29 | Arizona State Fair - You know the fair is in town when the air smells like deep-fried goodness...and giant turkey legs. Besides carnival rides and games, Snoop Dogg, Billy Currington and Halestorm are among the artists set to perform at Veterans Memorial Coliseum.
6 | ArtLink First Friday - on the first Friday of the month, vendors, musicians, and street artists line Roosevelt Street in downtown Phoenix for an evening art walk.
7 | Arizona Mac and Cheese Fest - In its inaugural year, some 30 chefs and local restaurants will showcase their mac-and-cheese inspired dishes that attendees can purchase sample tickets to taste and try.
7 | Tempe Tour de Fat - New Belgium Brewery’s annual bike, beer and food festival returns to Tempe Beach Park. Michael Franti and Spearhead are scheduled to attend Tempe’s event.
7 | Bacon and Beer Classic - Can you really say no to bacon...or beer? Foodies will be able to try more than 25 bacon-infused dishes and 50 craft beers at Scottsdale Stadium.
7 | Uncorked Wine Festival - Making a return to Phoenix, wine lovers will be able to sample 100 wines from around the world. Food trucks, lawn games and music will be at Civic Space Park in downtown Phoenix. The event benefits Downtown Phoenix Inc.
7 | Oktoberfest Buckeye - There will be a carnival at Bayless Park, a classic car show at Buckeye City Hall, and live music and sangria at 6th Street Plaza.
7 | AZ Battles of the Brews - a music, beer and food festival that benefits Glendale Firefighters Charities. Guests can sample brews from micro breweries and home-brews from police officers and firefighters, eat at food trucks and listen to music.
13-15 | Phoenix Greek Festival - In its 57th year, the festival celebrates Greek culture with traditional food and dance, and a Greek market.
13-14 | Queen Creek Vintage & Vino - More than 100 vendors will sell vintage items and repurposed furniture at Queen Creek’s Horseshoe Park & Equestrian Center.
13-15 | Four Peak’s Tempe Oktoberfest - A three-day German festival at Tempe Town Lake with music, food, and beer. The event supports Tempe Sister Cities, and Tempe’s sister city, Regensburg, Germany.
14-15 | Arizona Taco Festival - A two-day food festival at Salt River Fields. More than 50 restaurants and food trucks will have $2 tacos for sale. There is also music, Lucha Libre wrestling, eating contests and a kids area.
29 | Dia de los Muertos Phoenix Festival - Also known as “Day of the Dead,” it’s a multicultural festival that honors the death through dance, music and traditional customs. In the evening, there is a candlelight procession.