Top October festivals: 33 food, drink, and art festivals to see around Phoenix

Top October festivals: 33 food, drink, and art festivals to see around Phoenix
Posted at 11:34 AM, Oct 03, 2017
and last updated 2017-10-03 14:34:46-04

It is officially fall in Arizona!

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.

6 | Rocker & Farms' Fall Festival - The Buckeye farm opens with a pumpkin patch, sunflower garden, petting zoo, crop maze and hayrides.

2-Nov. 4 | Vertuccio Farms Corn Maze & Fall Festival - Family-owned farm in Mesa with a 7-acre corn maze, giant jump pad, mini zip line and other kids activities. Of course, pumpkins are also for sale.

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.

Related: View full list of performers coming to the Arizona State Fair

6 - Nov. 10 | Music in the Desert Botanical Garden - throughout the fall, bands and singers will perform at the Desert Botanical Garden.

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. 

8-9 | Chandler Indian Art Market - Native American artworks and food will be on display and for sale at A.J. Chandler Park.

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.

14 |  Wickenburg Fly-in & Classic Car Show - 75 classic automobiles and at least 30 private planes will be on display at Wickenburg’s Municipal Airport.

18-19 | The Taste of Cave Creek - a two-day food festival showcasing Cave Creek restaurants, bars and musicians.

20-22 | Lost Lake Festival - The inaugural three-day music and food festival at Steele Indian School Park from Superfly. Chance the Rapper, The Killers, Major Lazer and Odesza are scheduled to attend.

RELATED: View full list of artists coming to Phoenix's inaugural Lost Lake Festival

20 | Cooks & Corks - A high-end, all-inclusive food and drink event featuring food and wine pairings by local chefs and restaurants. The event benefits the Scottsdale League for the Arts.

20-22 | Maricopa Home & Garden Show - A convention with home-improvement vendors, speakers and demos.

21 | Goodyear Fall Festival - Goodyear’s annual fall festival at Goodyear Ballpark with a pumpkin patch, rock wall, inflatables, trick-or-treating and costume contest.

21-22 | Rainbows Festival - A street art fair at Phoenix’s Heritage Square that celebrates Phoenix’s LGBTQ community.

21-22 | Autumnfest Arts & Crafts Fair - Anthem’s annual fall festival and carnival with rides, pumpkins, inflatables, hayrides and art vendors.

27 | Chandler Halloween Spooktacular - A free Halloween festival in Chandler with themed games, haunted house, costume contest and food.

27-28 | Gilbert Off The Street Art & Music Festival - An inaugural community festival in downtown Gilbert’s Heritage District.

27-28 | Salt River Fields Spooktacular Balloon Festival - See dozens of lighted hot air balloons and visit each for trick-or-treating.

28 | Phoenix Zombie Walk - Thousands of people dressed as zombies walk around downtown Phoenix to benefit the Arizona Hemophilia Association.

28-29 | Dia de Los Muertos Festival at Mesa Arts Center - A free two-day celebration with music and dance performances, altar, and marketplace with jewelry and crafts for sale.

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.