2nd Friday Night Out in Mesa
Bring the family to downtown Mesa for 2nd Friday Night Out featuring 60 or more artists showcasing original artwork, food vendors, and downtown Mesa shops that stay open late. You can also expect to hear live music and find activities geared towards the kids. It's a monthly block party with a different theme each month.
When: Second Friday of every month
Where: Along Main Street, between Center and Country Club in downtown Mesa. The information booth is located on Main and MacDonald.
Hours: 6pm - 10pm
Cost: FREE
More Info: See
2ndFridayNightOut.com for monthly theme.

SEA LIFE ARIZONA’S UNDERWATER SUPERHERO SPOOKTACULAR
Stop by Sea Life Arizona’s Underwater Superhero Spooktacular, a festive, family-friendly celebration complete with superheroes, costumes, some unconventional pumpkin carving and plenty of goodies and prizes up for grabs.
Stop into the aquarium inside Arizona Mills Mall weekends throughout October to enjoy activities aimed at boys and ghouls of all ages. Kids can test their superpowers against the Super 5 with interactive superhero pods throughout the aquarium. Do you have a grip as strong as a sea star? Pinchers as strong as a crab? Camouflage like an octopus? Now you can find out.
When: through October 31st; recurring daily
Where: SEA LIFE Arizona; 5000 S Arizona Mills Circle Ste. 135, Tempe
Hours: 10am
Cost: $14.95
More Info: 
VisitSealife.com

Movies at the Museum
Independent and classic cinema and documentaries relating to art, artists, and works on view in the Museum, typically followed by a discussion. First come, first seated.
When: Various dates, see website for more details.
Where: Phoenix Art Museum, 1625 N. Central Ave., Phoenix
Hours: Vary, see website for more details.
Cost: FREE with museum admission
More Info:
PhxArt.org

City Lights Movie Nights at CityScape Phoenix

On the second Friday of every month, guests are encouraged to bring their blankets and chairs to watch a feature film on the big screen at the outdoor movie theater in Patriots Park. More than 1,200 guests attend each of these free, family friendly events that include giveaways, special-themed contests and prizes.

When: Recurring monthly on the 2nd Friday

Where: CityScape Phoenix, One East Washington St., Phoenix
Hours: 6:30pm - 9pm

Cost: FREE
More Info: Check their
Facebook for upcoming movies.

STRANGE GARDEN AT DESERT BOTANICAL GARDEN
Included with membership or paid Garden admission, children under 3 are free
Strange Garden is creeping back into the Garden, so join us to encounter weird sights, fun tricks and enchanting creatures. Stroll the trails to spot Villafane Studios pumpkin vignettes and Wild Rising glowing creatures. Dance until you drop with groovy ghouls at the spooktacular monster bash. Kids, if you dare, come dressed to impress in your Halloween best. Kids 12 and younger can also pick up the perfect pumpkin to take home.
When: October 25 - 26th; recurring daily
Where: Desert Botanical Garden; 1201 N. Galvin Pkwy., Phoenix
Hours: 5:30pm - 9pm
More Info: 
DBG.org

Downtown Chandler Art Walk

The Downtown Chandler Art Walk is held on the third Friday of the month, year-round, from 6 to 10 p.m. Dozens of talented artists in a variety of media showcase their art along the sidewalks of Boston and San Marcos Streets. Live music in the park, free kids activities and free parking. A map can be printed from the website.
When: Recurring monthly on the 3rd Friday

Where: Historic Downtown Chandler, 3 S. Arizona Ave., Chandler
Hours: 6pm - 10pm

Cost: FREE
More Info: (480) 855-3539 or 
ChandlerArtWalk.com

monthly events

fun events around the valley

Scottsdale ArtWalk

Scottsdale ArtWalk is much like a large, easy-going open house for the Scottsdale Arts District located primarily along Main Street and Marshall Way in Scottsdale Downtown. "America’s Original ArtWalk", this weekly gathering takes place every Thursday evening (year-round, except Thanksgiving) when all member galleries belonging to the Scottsdale Gallery Association (SGA) open their doors to the public and show off the work of the Southwest’s outstanding artists. A 30-year tradition, the ArtWalk process is simple; proceed at your own pace, wander into galleries that capture your fancy, stroll around a delightful area punctuated by dramatic statues, bubbling fountains, tree-covered courtyards, famed restaurants and more. Horse-drawn carriage rides and trolley rides are often available from plentiful free parking areas nearby.
When: Recurring weekly on Thursday
Where: Various Galleries, 7100 East Main St., Scottsdale
Hours: 7pm - 9pm

Cost: FREE
More Info: 
ScottsdaleGalleries.com

HALLOWEEN TOWN AZ
We’re excited for your family to visit us for some tricks and treats (and pumpkins, of course) all season long at the Phoenix Premium Outlets. Help us make this a premier fall event year after year filled with family fun.
When: through October 31st; recurring daily
Where: Phoenix Premium Outlets; 4976 Premium Outlets Way, Chandler
Hours: 11am - 10pm
Cost: Free (cost varies by activity)
More Info: 
HalloweenTownAZ.com

Melrose Third Thursday

Merchants along 7th Avenue in uptown Phoenix, between Camelback and Indian School Rd, invite patrons the 3rd Thursday of every month to a celebration running during the day and into the evening hours. Featured attractions are food trucks posted along 7th Ave, local businesses with extended operating hours, music, vendors, crafts, and family-friendly fun.
Specific businesses open only on the third Thursday of the month sell inventory at deep discounts, and other businesses feature sales and specials dedicated to the day. Find a map and more information on the website.

When: Recurring monthly on the 3rd Thursday

Where: Merchants in the Melrose area between Camelback and Indian School Rd along 7th Ave., Phoenix
Hours: 12pm - 8pm

Cost: FREE
More Info:
Melrose3rdThursday.com

Street Food Saturdays & Caravan Café
Enjoy up to 15 of the Valley's top gourmet food trucks in one location. Picnic seating available or lounge in our comfy Caravan Tent. Guaranteed private tables are available for rental (seat 6 for just $20 a night). Cool misters in the summer, heated in the winter. After dinner, join us for dessert at the NEW Caravan Cafe. Sweet after dinner treats and NEW "action" food stations. Healthcentric options available every Saturday night. Please check in with concierge.
When: Every Saturday night
Where: 5th Ave. and Goldwater, Scottsdale
Hours: 6:30pm - 10:30pm for Street Food, 7:30pm - 10:30pm for Caravan Café
Cost: FREE
More Info:
FoodTruckCaravan.com

Live Entertainment at Desert Ridge
A different set of performers entertains every week at the District Stage and the AMC Fountain Stage! There is seating, but you may bring your own chairs. There are plenty of both sit-down and fast food restaurants where you can get all kinds of good eats while you listen to the music.
When: Every Friday and Saturday, year-round
Where: Desert Ridge Marketplace, Loop 101 and Tatum Blvd.
Hours: 7pm, see website for weekly performers
Cost: FREE
More Info:
ShopDesertRidge.com

Creature Feature And Wonders Of Wildlife Show At Out Of Africa Wildlife Park
Experience an interactive animal encounter, learn fun facts and about animal behavior in our ‘Creature Feature’ show. See a variety of unique and exotic animals playing and just being themselves in our ‘Wonders of Wildlife’ show.
When: Ongoing
Where: Out of Africa Wildlife Park, 3505 W. State Route 260, Camp Verde
Hours: See website for various dates and times
Cost: Included in admission
More Info:
OutOfAfricaPark.com

First Friday at DeSoto Central Market

Come celebrate Roosevelt Row's monthly Art Walk on First Fridays at DeSoto Central Market with tons of delicious food options, great drinks, a pop-up market, DJ tunes and local artwork! 
When: Recurring monthly on the 1st Friday
Where: Desoto Central Market, 915 N. Central Ave., Phoenix
Hours: 5pm - 9:30pm
Cost: FREE
More Info: (602) 680-7747 or 
DesotoCentralMarket.com

Year-round events

SCHNEPF FARMS PUMPKIN AND CHILI PARTY
Throughout October, Schnepf Farms offers fun fall activities like hay rides, a 4-acre corn maze, a pumpkin patch, pig races and, of course, chili. Grab party food like a burger, chili dinner or succotash, and take a spin on exciting rides or the farm's train. Fireworks light up the sky Friday and Saturday nights. Don't forget to grab your Halloween pumpkin during your visit.
When: through October 31st; recurring weekly on Thursday through Sunday
Where: Schnepf Farms; 24810 S. Rittenhouse Rd., Queen Creek
Hours: Thursdays and Sundays, 10am - 9pm; Fridays and Saturdays, 10am - 10pm
Cost: $20 (plus tax) per person
More Info: (480) 987-3100 or 
SchnepfFarms.com

VERTUCCIO FARMS ANNUAL FALL FESTIVAL & CORN MAZE
Celebrate the season at Vertuccio Farms with this family-friendly festival. A seven-acre corn maze, pumpkin patch, barrel train rides, farm animals and lots more are part of the festivities. Pick up a perfect pumpkin for your Halloween jack-o-lantern while you’re there.
Season passes and group rates available. 
When: through November 3rd; recurring daily
Where: Vertuccio Farms; 4011 S. Power Rd., Mesa
Hours: Monday - Thursday, 9am - 9pm; Friday - Saturday, 9am - 10pm; Sunday, 10am - 6pm
Cost: $10 per person, ages 2 and under free
More Info: 
VertuccioFarms.com

CORN MAZE & PUMPKIN DAYS
Kick off your fall season memories at Tolmachoff Farms and experience the ultimate holiday outing where there is something for the whole family, including a great, big pumpkin patch, a 6-acre family corn maze, a mini corn maze, and a haunted corn maze.
Other activities: petting zoon, train ride, hay pyramid, corn box, adult/child pedal cart track, jumping pillow and much more.
When: through November 3rd; recurring daily
Where: Tolmachoff Farms; 5726 N. 75th Ave., Glendale
Cost: Farm admission, $12; ages 2 & under, free
More Info: 
Tolmachoff-Farms.com

Meet Me Downtown Phoenix Social Walk/Run

Meet Me Downtown Phoenix is a weekly evening get-together designed to build healthy bodies, healthy businesses and a healthy Downtown. Every Monday join the community for a social walk/run through the heart of our city and, in the process, get fit, win prizes, shop local and make friends. Check in at Copper Blues from 5:15 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., then run/walk 3-5 miles or as far as you'd like. A route guide will be provided. After the walk/run, join them for closing ceremonies, incentive awards and prizes. Participants will get a stamp to receive discounts that night at select local restaurants.
When: Recurring weekly on Monday
Where: The Park Street Food Bar, 3 S 2nd St., Phoenix
Hours: 5:15pm
More Info: 
MeetMeDowntownPhx.com

McDonald's Rock'n'Roll Car Show at the Pavilions
Celebrating over 20 years as the longest consistently run car show! This Rock'n'Roll McDonald's in Scottsdale is the perfect destination to see classic cars and motorcycles in a free, open-air event, complete with 50's era music provided by Party Time DJ's. An average night showcases anywhere from 250 to 500 cars and up to 150 motorcycles.
When: Ongoing weekly on Saturdays
Where: The Pavilions at Talking Stick Shopping Center, Talking Stick Way & Indian Bend Rd., Scottsdale
Hours: 4pm - 8pm
Cost: FREE
More Info:
ThePavilionsAtTalkingStick.com
 or (480) 443-0080

NICKELODEON PRESENTS DOUBLE DARE LIVE
On your mark, get set, GO. The messiest game show on TV is now the messiest game show on the road. Double Dare Live is coming to your town and will bring all the action and excitement of Nickelodeon’s hugely popular TV show to the stage. All the Slime soaking, pie plastering, and booger busting will be hosted by the Double Dare legend himself Marc Summers. Bring your whole family to the show you loved as a child. You might even get chosen to compete to win by answering brain-bending trivia questions, complete messy physical stunts and even run the legendary obstacle course.
When: October 19th
Where: Mesa Arts Center; 1 E. Main St. P.O. Box 1466, Mesa
Hours: 2:30pm
Cost: $43+
More Info: (480) 644-6500 or 
MesaArtsCenter.com

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HOWL-O-WEEN
Trick… or treat? A spooky event for all ages!
Howl-O-Ween includes activities and experiences for the whole family.
Looking for scary tricks? Scary activities are for guests ages 8 and older who like a good scare! Sweet treats more your style? Merry activities are appropriate for all ages.
When: October 25th - 26th
Where: Phoenix Zoo; 455 N Galvin Parkway Papago Park, Phoenix
Hours: 6pm - 10:30pm
Cost: $12.95 general; $9.95 members; Kids 2 and under are free.
More Info: (602) 286-3800 or 
PhoenixZoo.org

TRICK-OR-TREAT AT THE MUSEUM
Join us at the Children's Museum of Phoenix on Halloween for a bewitchingly good time as ghosts and ghouls trick-or-treat through Museum exhibits, monster mash on the dance floor, and explore three floors of imaginative play.
Costumes optional but strongly encouraged.
When: October 31st
Where: Children's Museum of Phoenix; 215 N 7th St., Phoenix
Hours: 9am - 4pm
Cost: Free with Museum Admission
More Info: (602) 253-0501 or 
ChildrensMuseumOfPhoenix.org

BABY SHARK LIVE
Take an adventure into the sea with Baby Shark as he joins his friend Pinkfong to sing and dance through some of your favorite new and classic songs. In this one of a kind live experience young fans will be dancing in the aisles as Baby Shark and his friends, go on fun adventures to learn about shapes, colors, numbers and so much more.
When: October 18th
Where: Mesa Arts Center; 1 E. Main St. P.O. Box 1466, Mesa
Hours: 6pm
Cost: $29.50+
More Info: (480) 644-6500 or 
MesaArtsCenter.com

HOWL-O-WEEN FEATURING THE BIG DOG SHOW
Howl-o-ween Featuring The Big Dog Show is a Halloween dog costume parade and art installation featuring pooches on parade, food trucks, giant dog sculptures and lots of family fun in the park.
In addition to a canine costumed Sunday “funday” in the park, The Big Dog Show will be making its debut — a traveling art installation raising funds for pets in-need around the country. Featuring 20 eight-foot dog sculptures, you’ll be able to see this homage to man’s best friend on the west side of Hance Park during the Howl-o-ween Dog Parade, and throughout the entire month of November.
When: October 27th
Where: Margaret T. Hance Park; 67 W. Culver St., Phoenix
Hours: 12pm - 4pm
Cost: Free
More Info: 
DTPhx.org

Gilbert Farmers Market
Located in the Heritage District of Downtown Gilbert, next to the historic water tower, this Farmers Market is full of local, one-of-a-kind growers, farmers and artisans. Pets are welcome and plenty of shade is available. Their multitude of vendors can be found on their website listed below.
When: Every Saturday morning
Where: 222 N. Ash St., Gilbert
Summer Hours: 8am - 12pm
Cost: FREE
More Info:
GilbertFarmersMarket.com

First Fridays
Enjoy the spirit and culture of Greater Downtown Phoenix as you mingle with thousands of other residents and visitors. Tour more than 70 art galleries, venues, and related spaces. Get from place-to-place on a free shuttle, starting at the Phoenix Art Museum, or at major stops on each route. Print a map online and guide yourself or maps are also available at the Phoenix Art Museum.
When: Every first Friday of the month
Where: Downtown Phoenix
Hours: 6pm - 10pm
Cost: FREE
More Info:
ArtLinkPhoenix.com

ARIZONA STATE FAIR
For more than a century, the Arizona State Fair has been a gathering place for residents from the far corners of the state. Guests come here to enjoy the richness and diversity of communities, to honor the past, celebrate the current and explore the future. Get out of your daily routine, and immerse yourself in a wonderland of amusement right in your backyard.
The Arizona State Fair is a family tradition across many generations. Filled with cute animals, blue ribbons, fried food, and all the fun carnival rides you can imagine.
When: through October 27th; recurring weekly on Wednesday through Sunday
Where: Arizona State Fair & Coliseum; 1826 W. McDowell Rd., Phoenix
Hours: 12pm - 9pm
Cost: $12
More Info: (602) 252-6771 or 
AZStateFair.com

SALT RIVER FIELDS BALLOON SPOOKTACULAR
The annual Balloon Spooktacular offers a safe, fun and memorable trick-or-treat experience for the whole family. Kids of all ages will love this spectacularly spooky festival featuring nightly firework shows, live music, a pumpkin patch and a free KidsZone. More than 20 majestic hot air balloons illuminate the sky as they participate in the world's longest continuous glow at over 3 hours, as well as offering tethered balloon rides and balloon candy stations serving up more than 4,000 pounds of candy. 
Dare to stroll the Spook Trail, a fan favorite manned by local high school students and featuring surprises around every corner.  The event also features a nightly Costume Contests for kids, adults and groups. Shop the Spooktacular Marketplace for arts, crafts and merchandise from local shops, or sip and savor beverages and holiday-themed foods from dozens of on-site vendors.
When: October 25th - 26th
Where: Salt River Fields at Talking Stick; 7555 N. Pima Rd., Scottsdale
Hours: 5pm - 9:30pm
Cost: $15 adults; $10 children 3-12
More Info: (480) 270-5000 or 
SaltRiverFields.com