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.

Mortimer Family Farms Pumpkin Fest and Corn Maze

​You are invited to attend Pumpkin Fest & Corn Maze every weekend in October at Mortimer Family Farms in Dewey, AZ. This huge festival's centerpiece is a 15-acre pumpkin patch and 25-acre corn maze. Younger guests will enjoy the pig races, farm animal petting zoo, buckaroo pony corner, farm slide, corn bath, bubble run, roping dummies, obstacle course, mutton bustin', calf riding, straw maze, barrel train, bounce playhouse farmland, and a barrel train ride. The whole family will enjoy the antique tractor show and pull, hay rides, live music and entertainment, barn dance, craft vendors, and "a-maize-ing" farm food!

When: Sept. 29th-Oct. 1st, Oct. 6th-8th, Oct. 13th-15th, Oct. 20th- 22nd, Oct 27th-29th

Where: Mortimer Family Farms - 12907 E. State Route 169, Dewey

Hours: Friday 12pm-9pm; Saturday 9am-9pm; Sunday 9am-6pm; Columbus Day 9am-6pm

Cost: $15 per person (children 2 and under are free)

More Info: MortimerFarmsAZ.com or (928) 830-1116

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

monthly events

A Taste of Greece: Greek Festival of Chandler

​A Taste of Greece offers a weekend celebration with traditional Greek foods, Greek imports, live Greek music, costumed folk dancing, Kids Fun Zone, and so much more. Bringing a slice of Greece to Chandler, A Taste of Greece blends together the historical ancient times of Greek culture with today's Modern Age in a classic celebration of community and heritage.

When: September 29th-October 1st; recurring daily

Where: St. Katherine Greek Orthodox Church - 2716 N. Dobson Rd., Chandler

Hours: Friday 5pm-10pm; Saturday 11am-10pm; Sunday 11am-7pm

Cost: $3 (children 12 and under free). Buy one, get one free admission by visiting the website.

​More Info: ATasteOfGreeceAZ.com or (480) 570-2539

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

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/events/film

fun events around the valley

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

Schnepf Farms Pumpkin and Chili Part

​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: October 5th-29th; recurring weekly on Sunday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday

Where: Schnepf Farms - 24810 S. Rittenhouse Rd., Queen Creek

Hours: Thursdays and Sundays, 10am-9pm; Fridays and Saturdays, 10am-10pm

Cost: $19 (plus tax) per person

More Info: SchnepfFarms.com or (480) 987-3100

Garlic Festival

To celebrate the 7,000 bulbs of organically grown garlic grown this year on the Queen Creek Olive Mill property (and to share it with Arizona), they are hosting this huge two-day event in their grove! Get your garlic fill as they feature everything garlic - from organically grown garlic (while supplies last) to locally made garlic gelato. Enjoy live music, a beer and wine garden, cooking demos, games in the grove and more.

When: September 30th-October 1st; recurring daily

Where: Queen Creek Olive Mill - 25062 S. Meridian Rd., Queen Creek

Hours: Saturday 10am-7pm; Sunday 10am-5pm

Cost: Free Parking and Admission

More Info: Info.QueenCreekOliveMill.com or (480) 888-9290

Mamma Mia! At Phoenix Theatre
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A mother, a daughter, three possible dads, and a trip down the aisle you'll never forget. Cleverly told through the songs of ABBA, Mamma Mia! follows Sophie and her journey to find the identity of her father, while her mother, Donna, comes face to face with three men from her romantic past. Loaded with non-stop laughs and familiar melodies, this international sensation is the ultimate feel-good tale of love and friendship.
When: September 6th-October 15th, recurring daily
Where: Phoenix Theatre, 100 E. McDowell Rd., Phoenix
Hours: Show times vary, see website for details.
Cost: $35-$85
More Info: PhoenixTheatre.com or (602) 254-2151

Arizona State Fair

The Arizona State Fair is the state's largest festival, attracting over 1 million guests annually to rank as the 3rd highest attended state fair in the country and in the top 15 of North American Fairs. Featuring professional midway rides and games by Ray Cammack Shows, unique Fair foods, livestock and animal attractions, national headline and local entertainment, special shopping vendors, and various contests, the Arizona State Fair has something for everyone! The Fair is a showcase of Arizona talent, community, and spirit all in one location.

When: October 6th-29th; recurring weekly Wednesday-Sunday

Where: Arizona State Fair & Coliseum - 1826 W. McDowell Rd., Phoenix

​Cost: $10 Adults, $5 Children 5-13 & Seniors 55+ (children under 5 get in free.)

​More Info: AZStateFair.com or (602) 252-6771

Corn Maze and Fall Festival at Vertuccio Farms

​​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.

When: October 2nd-November 5th; recurring daily

Where: Vertuccio Farms - 4011 S. Power Rd., Mesa

Hours: 9am-9pm Monday-Thursday; 9am-10pm Friday-Saturday; 10am-6pm Sunday

Cost: $9 per person Monday-Thursday, $10 per person Friday-Sunday (children 2 and younger free).

​More Info: VertuccioFarms.com or (480) 882-1482

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

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
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The Biblical saga of Joseph and his coat of many colors comes to vibrant life in the delightful musical parable. Joseph is a boy blessed with prophetic dreams and being his father’s favorite son. But when his jealous brothers sell him into slavery and he is taken to Egypt, Joseph endures a series of terrific adventures. This Old Testament tale emerges both timely and timeless.
When: August 25th-October 7th, recurring daily
Where: Hale Centre Theatre, 50 W Page Ave., Gilbert
Hours: Show times vary, see website for details.
Cost: $18-$32
More Info: HaleTheatreArizona.com or (480) 497-1181

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

Pumpkin Days and Corn Maze at Tolmachoff Farms

​Let the unforgettable fall season memories began at Tolmachoff Farms and experience the ultimate holiday outing where there is something for the whole family: Great big pumpkin patch, 6 acre family corn maze with a new theme every year (search for pieces of your map as you walk through), mini corn maze (perfect for the little ones), haunted corn maze (Do you have the courage to enter?). Other activities include a petting zoo, train ride, hay pyramid, corn box, adult/child pedal cart track, jumping pillow and much more. 

When: Oct. 3rd-15th, Oct. 17th-22nd, Oct. 24th-Oct. 29th, Nov. 2nd-5th

Where: Tolmachoff Farms - 5726 N. 75th Ave., Glendale

October Hours: Closed Monday. Tuesday-Thursday 12pm-8pm; Friday 12pm-11pm; Saturday 10am-11pm; Sunday 10am-8pm

November Hours: Closed Monday-Wednesday. Thursday-Friday 12pm-8pm; Saturday 10am-8pm; Sunday 10am-5pm

Cost: $12 for ages 2 and up

More Info: Tolmachoff-Farms.com or (602) 999-3276

Year-round events

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

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