October is one of our busiest months of the year. The winter visitors return and the temperatures become more moderate -- it's time to get outside! Need to find a pumpkin or a Halloween haunted house? Visit Halloween Central!

These are many of the events that you can count on to take place year in and year out. All dates, prices, and activities mentioned are subject to change without notice. Check the website or call to confirm information, because they don't always let me know when there are changes. Activities in this event calendar are appropriate for families unless otherwise indicated. If the event is free, I'll mention that, too.

Phoenix Event Calendar for October

2nd Friday Night Out in Mesa
Live music, entertainment, art walk, prizes. Each month has a theme. Family friendly. Free admission. On Main Street in Downtown Mesa.
In 2015: 2nd Friday of the month

A.S.U. Concerts at the Center
The ASU School of Music presents concerts at the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts on select Monday evenings.
In 2015: October 26

Anniversary ArtWalk
Kicks off high season with live entertainment, food sampling and more along Main Street, Marshall Way and throughout downtown Scottsdale. More than 100 galleries will participate.
In 2015: October 22

Arizona Aircraft Expo
See the latest and newest technologically advanced models of general aviation aircraft. Designed for people who are interested in acquisition and ownership of an aircraft, as well as related topics like insurance, financing, and tax implications. Scottsdale.
In 2015: October 23, 24

Arab American Festival
Music, arts and crafts, children's activities and vendors from local businesses. Authentic food, live entertainment including belly dancers, traditional vocalists, contemporary rap artists, and folkloric dancers. Steele Indian School Park, Phoenix.
In 2015: October 17, 18

Arizona Cardinals Football
The Arizona Cardinals play professional football at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona.
In 2015: Various dates in October

Arizona Coyotes Hockey
Our professional NHL hockey team hopes to howl its way to the Stanley Cup. Gila River Arena, Glendale.
In 2015: Various dates in October

Arizona Dance Festival
Showcase different dance artists, including emerging artists as well as professionals from all genres and styles of dance. Tempe Center for the Arts.
In 2015: October 9, 10

Arizona Fall League Baseball
After the regular baseball season is over, there are six more weeks of baseball in October and November when each of the 30 Major League Baseball teams select 6 prospects to play in the AFL. At stadiums around the Valley.
In 2015: Various dates in October and November

Arizona Jazz Festival
Live musical performances with a focus on jazz and blues. Arizona Grand Resort, Phoenix.
In 2015: October 23 - 25

Arizona State Fair
Rides, food, competitions, concerts, exhibits -- two weeks of fun. Held at the Fairgrounds in Central Phoenix.
In 2015: October 16 - November 8 (except Mondays and Tuesdays)

Arizona Taco Festival
Competitors will cook Tacos and related dishes. Vendors. Admission charge plus tickets charge for samples. Salt River Fields, Scottsdale.
In 2015: October 17, 18

Arizona's Ultimate Women's Expo
Hundreds of exhibits of products and services including fashion, beauty, health, fitness, home, careers, financial planning, education. A full schedule of speakers on four stages, book signings, celebrity appearances, and cooking and design demonstrations, including design experts providing tips on preparing your home for the holidays. Phoenix Convention Center.
In 2015: October 10, 11

Art After Work
A painting party for couples, friends, anyone. Learn how to paint your own take on classic masterpieces and local landscapes. Instructor and art supplies provided. Online registration required. Tempe Center for the Arts.
In 2015: October 14

ArtBridge Thursdays
Artists, crafters and jewelers exhibit and sell items in a family-friendly, festive environment. SouthBridge, Downtown Scottsdale. Free admission.
In 2015: Every Thursday in October

Art in the Olive Grove
Art show, wine tasting. Artists represents all types of art media, including Painting, Photography, Wood, Jewelry, Pottery, Glass and more. The Olive Mill has a restaurant and coffee bar as well as tours of the Olive Mill facility (fee). Queen Creek Olive Mill, 35062 S. Meridian Rd., Queen Creek.
In 2015: October 18

Arts and Flowers at Phoenix Art Museum
Presented by the Phoenix Art Museum League. For four days arrangements by dozens of Valley floral designers and garden clubs will be on view throughout the Museum’s galleries to complement and illuminate the Museum’s works of art. Demonstrations and workshops, raffle. Phoenix Art Museum.
In 2015: October 16 - 18

Arts in the Park Concert Series
A free concert on the lawn at the Wigwam Resort in downtown Litchfield Park from 3-5 p.m.
In 2015: October 18

Carnival; live entertainment; fine arts and crafts; a pumpkin patch, train rides; inflatables; hay rides, and a food court with beer and wine garden. Anthem Community Park.
In 2015: October 24, 25

AZ Nonprofit Expo
Service organizations, volunteer opportunities, educational tools and workshops. Admission to exhibitors is free, fee to attend workshops and hear speakers.
In 2015: October 3

Ballet Under the Stars
Free performances at various parks in the Greater Phoenix area.
In 2015: October 1, 2

Best of Phoenix A'fare
Food, beer and wine sampling. 21+ only. Phoenix.
In 2015: October 3

Birds 'n' Beer
Birds 'n Beer offers local professionals a fun and refreshing way to learn about Arizona birds and other wildlife while networking with fellow nature-lovers. Have a cold brew while enjoying an enlightening and lively presentation on Arizona nature. Nina Mason Pulliam Rio Salado Audubon Center in Phoenix. RSVP requested 602-468-6470.
In 2015: October 15

Breast Cancer Awareness Events
Activities and events to raise money to fight breast cancer.
In 2015: various dates in October

Cave Creek Biketoberfest
Motorcycle shows, rides, BBQs, live music. Nationally and internationally known bike-builders. Cave Creek.
In 2015: October 16 - 18

Celebrate Mesa
Entertainment, live music, games, rides, outdoor movie, giveaways. Free admission, nominal charge for rides. Red Mountain Park, Mesa.
In 2015: October 17

Chandler Indian Art Market
Native American art from artists all over the Southwest. Authentic art will include jewelry, photography, pottery, paintings, Katsina carvings, sculptures, weavings, clothing, and tribal arts and crafts. Entertainment. Free admission, food available to purchase. AJ Chandler Park, Chandler.
In 2015: October 10, 11

Chandler Symphony Orchestra
Indoors. Family-friendly. Free, donations accepted.
In 2015: October 4, 24

Chandler's Day of Play
An event to promote heath, wellness, and fitness for kids of all ages. Free activities will get the kids playing and their minds active, while parents can explore the various booths on health, wellness, and fitness. Free admission. Tumbleweed Park.
In 2015: October 24

Circus Vargas
Classic circus entertainment with acrobats, clowns and death-defying feats. No animals at this circus. Several locations, check schedule.
In 2015: October 29 - November 15

Civic Space Fridays in the Park
Visual arts, performances on the outdoor stage, spoken word, movies in the A.E. England Building, ArtLink gallery openings. Food trucks. Free admission. Civic Space Park, 424 N Central, Phoenix.
In 2015: October 9, 23

Community Cinema
Presented by City of Mesa Office of Diversity, screenings and discussions around the Emmy Award-winning PBS documentary series Independent Lens. Dobson Ranch Library. Free.
In 2015: October 15

Corks & Collars
Wine and beer tasting, food samples, live entertainment, raffle. A benefit for the Desert Labrador Retriever Rescue, an all-volunteer nonprofit. Scottsdale.
In 2015: October 24

Crossroads of the West Gun Show
At the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale. The shows offer hundreds of tables of interest to both the once a year hunter and the avid collector.
In 2015: October 10, 11

Day of the Dead
Day of the Dead exhibitions, festivals, parties, and celebrations in the Phoenix area.
In 2015: Various dates in October

Desert Ridge Marketplace Concerts
Free concerts on two stages in North Phoenix at Desert Ridge Marketplace.
In 2015: Every Friday and Saturday night

Dish It Out
Local chefs offer up samples and compete in this benefit for Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Phoenix. High Street in North Phoenix.
In 2015: October 25

Diwali Mela
A festival celebrating India. Cultural program, live entertainment, kids activities.Kiwanis Park, Tempe.
In 2015: October 31

Docomomo Tour
A Modern Phoenix event to bring awareness to the technical, historic and aesthetic value buildings of the 20th century and the impact they have in today's culture. Docomomo is an international organization DOcumenting and COnserving the MOdern MOvement. Limited space.

Downtown Chandler Art Walk

Visit more than 40 artisans set up along the streets in front of the unique shops and cafes of Historic Downtown Chandler. Free.
In 2015: Third Friday of the month

Empty Bowls
For a donation, you select a unique, handcrafted ceramic bowl from thousands of donated bowls. The contents of the bowl won't fill you up, but it is similar to the total amount of food consumed on a daily basis by many less fortunate around the world. You keep the commemorative bowl as a reminder that someone else’s bowl is always empty. Proceeds from the event benefit Waste Not. Arizona Center, Phoenix.
In 2015: October 9

Fall Plant Sale
The Desert Botanical Garden Plant Sale offers a large variety of arid-adapted plants, pottery and other garden accessories. Garden professionals are on hand to answer questions and assist. No admission charge to enter the Fall Plant Sale. Desert Botanical Garden, Phoenix.
In 2015: October 9 - 11

First Friday
Visit more than 80 downtown Phoenix art galleries, studios and art spaces. Free.
In 2015: First Friday of the month

First Saturdays for Families
Families with kids ages 4 – 12 are invited to the ASU Art Museum to participate in artistic projects. Free drop-in program. Tempe.
In 2015: October 3

Fitness in the District
Certified instructors will lead one-hour classes to DJ beats, while fitness motivators work the group and assist attendees with moves. Free, bring your own mat. All ages. Refreshments (while supplies last). WaterDance Plaza at Westgate Entertainment District, Glendale.
In 2015: Tuesday evenings, September 22 - October 27

Free Art Friday
Preschoolers and their parents participate in an activity involving art and/or music. The theme varies from month to month. No registration required. Free. Tempe.
In 2015: October 23

Friday Night Drags
Local bring their own vehicles and race at Wildhorse Pass Motorsports Park, Chandler. Drivers and spectators welcome.
In 2015: October 2

Friday Night Lights
Golf games, SNAG® golf for kids, 20-minute clinics with the course pros, a nine-hole glow putt course. Games for both kids and adults. Kierland Golf Club at the Westin Kierland Resort & Spa, Scottsdale.
In 2015: every Friday, October 23 - April 24

Front Porch Festival & Old Towne Marketplace
Shopping, crafts, hands-on activities and more. Catlin Court and Old Towne, Historic Downtown Glendale. Free admission and parking.
In 2015: October 17

Gilbert Art Walk
Local artists set up booths to display their work. Community booths and children's activities. Free admission. Downtown Gilbert.
In 2015: October 3, 17

Gilbert Downtown Concert Series
Local bands perform a variety of genres of music. Free admission. Downtown Gilbert.
In 2015: October 8, 22

Gilbert Fall Carnival
Rides, games, food.  Crossroads Park.
In 2015: October 8 - 11

Glendale Community College Performances (not yet updated)
Musical performances by students and faculty. Free admission, free parking.
In 2015: various dates in October

Glendale's Live at the Library
Musical entertainment at the Main Library. Concerts are free.
In 2015: October 22

Greater Phoenix Greek Festival
Greek food, music, beer and wine, vendors, activities for kids. Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral, Phoenix.
In 2015: October 9 - 11

Hall of Flame Museum of Firefighting Open House
Free admission until noon. Free rides on fire engines, access to exhibits and activities. Bring cash for food, games, craft fair, gift shop to benefit the museums outreach programs. Map.
In 2015: October 24

Halloween, Pumpkin Patches, Haunted Houses, Halloween Festivals and Events
Here are some of the best Halloween events in the area. Some of the festivals are month-long events.
In 2015: Various dates in October

Hispanic Heritage Month Festivals and Events
Music, dance, literature, art, and more at events across the Valley celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month, September 15 though October 15.
In 2015: Various dates in October

International Archaeology Day
Hands on archaeology demonstrations, tours of the archaeological site, children’s activities, and more. Free admission. Pueblo Grande Museum, Phoenix.
In 2015: October 17

KOOL FM Classic Car Show
Classic cars from over 50 classes, 1,500 cars, live music, restaurant specials. Free for spectators. Westgate Entertainment District, Glendale.
In 2015: October 24

Litchfield Park Arts in the Park
Free outdoor concert at the Wigwam Resort Front Lawn, 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.
In 2015: October 18

MACFest (Mesa Arts and Crafts Festival) is a free family-friendly event featuring artist creations, music and entertainment. Downtown Mesa on North Macdonald, from Main St. to Pepper Pl.
In 2015: October 3, 17

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