The Valley is bursting with fall festivals and Halloween parties this month, the temperatures may not have fallen that much, but they’ve fallen enough for us to enjoy one of the most beautiful times of year in the Valley and get outside.
There are plenty of events for the entire family in the Arcadia and surrounding areas.
Arcadia Neighborhood Picnic
5002 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix, AZ 85018
No picnic basket required, only your appetite! Come to the Shemer Art Center to participate in G.A.I.N -Getting Arizona Involved in Neighborhoods. Join people from all over Arcadia for with a good, old-fashioned picnic. This family event from 2-5 p.m. includes hamburgers, hot dogs, popcorn, and games while also a chance to meet city officials as well as fire first responders.
For more: acmna.org
Arizona State Fair
1826 W. McDowell Road, Phoenix, AZ 85007
Carnival rides. Fried treats. Petting zoos and concerts galore, the Arizona State Fair brings rides, food, competitions and exhibits to the area 10/6-29.
These are just a sampling of the many highlights of the Arizona State Fair. Enjoy checking out the livestock and other exhibits, ride the roller coasters, take part in a pie-eating contest and much more.
For more: azstatefair.com
4900 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix, AZ 85018
Is your dog not receiving any attention for his Halloween costume? Then join the Arcadia O.H.S.O Eatery and Nano Brewery on October 30 for a chance to let your pups shine all their Halloween spirit. There will be a contest along with prizes for the best-dressed, as well as a professional dog photographer for your furry-friend to strut in their wicked wardrobes. First place receives $45 towards a bath or groom service of choice, so get your best friend’s costume ready to become top dog!
For more: ohsobrewery.com
Dia De Los Muertos Phoenix Festival
300 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix, AZ 85012
Looking to have fun while getting a taste of a Southwest tradition? Come to the Steele Indian School Park on October 29 for the Annual Dia De Los Muertos Phoenix Festival, where the theme of the celebration is life.
Immerse yourself in the vendor booths of Latino art, while the little ones are decorating sugar skulls, getting their faces painted and enjoying a musical petting zoo. Stay until the end to see La Procesión, where performers join the audience in an unforgettable experience filled with music and dancing, followed by a moment of silence dedicated to ancestors who have passed.
For more: diadelosmuertosphx.com
455 N. Galvin Parkway, Phoenix, AZ 85008
Looking for a scare? Join the folks at the Phoenix Zoo on Oct. 27-28 for a delightfully spooky event. Activities are broken down as either merry (all ages) or scary (recommended for ages 8 and up). Meet superheroes, princesses and Star Wars characters; trick-or-treat; dance or even (for older kids) play zombie laser tag.
For more: phoenixzoo.org
Pumpkin Painting Party
4165 N. Craftsman Ct., Phoenix, AZ 85251
Decorating pumpkins just rose to a whole new level. At the Brush Bar in Old Town Scottsdale, come for an open studio on October 22 at 2:30 in the afternoon for painting the key decoration for this season. Bring your own pumpkins and have access to spooky music, festive snacks, and all the painting supplies your Halloween heart desires. Be sure to wear ghostly attire while painting your masterpiece, as costumes are greatly encouraged.
For more: thebrushbar.com
Tour de Fat
Tempe Beach Park, 80 W. Rio Salado Parkway, Tempe, AZ 85281
The annual Tour de Fat offers circus performers, magicians, comedians and so much more. Michael Franti & Spearhead will be the musical guests for the evening, plus attendees can enjoy a collection of New Belgium beers, including Fat Tire, Citradelic and Voodoo Ranger 8 Hop.
For more: newbelgium.com/events/tour-de-fat/tempe
Zombie Walk 9
Downtown Phoenix Warehouse District, 4th St. & Jackson, Phoenix, AZ, 85004
(Oct. 28). The largest gathering of zombies in the Southwest has a new event site: The Warehouse District in downtown Phoenix. Live bands, costume contest, food trucks, kid zone, zombification station and thousands of zombies!
For more: zombiewalkphx.org