Here are some of our favorite things going on in Phoenix during the month of October:
Arizona State Fair - The Arizona State Fair typically starts mid-October and runs into the first week of November. It's everything you'd expect of a fair, plus some extras. You have your basic pig races, fried food, entertainers, petting zoo, rides, pie eating contests and game booths. In addition, the fair has things like an "Our Body Exhibit," butterfly adventures, magic shows, chainsaw carvings, and zip lines. Check out their specials page, certain days have admission discounts, others have unlimited rides wristbands, others have $2 games, and food discounts.
Fall Festivities begin at most of our valley farms in October. Tolmachoff Farms has Pumpkin Days/Corn Maze. Schnepf Farms has their annual Pumpkin and Chili Party on the weekends. McDonald's Ranch has horse drawn hayrides to their pumpkin patch and small games/rides and a Blazin' Barbeque if you work up an appetite pickin your pumpkin. Mother Nature's Farm also has pumpkin festivities and fun activities for kids.
Octoberfest is celebrated at a few different locations around the valley. Downtown has Phoenix Octoberfest put on by Arizona Center for Germanic Cultures. This old world celebration will be one of the more traditional events honoring Germanic heritage. Tempe's Octoberfest at Tempe Town Lake blends Gemanic elements with flavors of the southwest, local bands, polka, and wiener dog races. Octoberfest at Salt River Fields combines beer with music, obstacle races, and go-karts. San Tan Brewing Company celebrates Octoberfest in late Sept/early Oct with a true celebration of beer including beer pong, bag toss, stein races, keg rolling, and a brat eating contest. Regardless of where you choose to celebrate, put on your Lederhosen and make us proud!
Arizona Taco Festival - is held at Salt River Fields an occurs late October. over 30 participants compete in a taco throw down, a tequila expo, and Chihuahua beauty pageant. Also for your entertainment as you dine on $2 mini tacos you can watch Lucha Libre Wrestling, Chile Pepper Eating Contests, and Go Kart races.
With Halloween on it's way, there are several Haunted Houses open in September and run through October. The 13th Floor Haunted House is $25 and located at I-17 and Bell. Arizona's Original Scream Park at 101 and McDowell and run up to $27. Field of Screams is a $16 Haunted Maze located at Tolmachof Farm 75th Ave and Bethany Home Rd. Chamber of Fear Haunted House is $20 at 99th Ave and Bell. The Crypt Haunted Attraction at Fiesta Mall runs $13-$18. Dark Scares in Mesa near the 202 and Dobson and runs $15 for adults. Doomtown is Rawhide's $15 hat tip to the undead outlaws. Fear Farm at 99th Ave and McDowell is $25 and includes 5 haunted houses and a corn maze. Golfland in Mesa has the Gauntlet Haunted House for $12. If you're near 43rd Ave and Thunderbird you can climb Jack and Jill's Haunted Hill for a mere $10. Monsterland in Mesa is actually in the basement of the monster themed Bar and Grill. the Panic Park is one of your last options for Haunted delights
AZ Zombie Walk takes place at the First Friday Celebration in October. This free event starts at Revolver Records, and benefits St. Mary Food Bank, so bring a can of food or two and your undead best!
Poe Fest is a multi location event in October that takes Audiences inside the walls of an asylum where the inmates tell their stories. Only the works of Edgar Allan Poe are used, and tickets run about $20.
Day of the Cowboy Celebration at Gold Canyon Ranch is a free admission event with charity bingo and BBQ, live western music, games, wagon rides, hot air balloons, vendors, artists, and fireworks.