Besides a return to school and football events, the autumn season of each year brings a plethora of festivals and things to do before winter takes over. Fall is a wonderful time to get out and enjoy the weather and comradery among friends and family members. It’s also a great time to meet people and make new friends.
Arizona State Fair (Oct. 6-29)
The Arizona State Fair off McDowell Road in Phoenix is, of course, a must. It is the largest festival in Arizona with more than one million guests anticipated to attend. It is in the Top 15 of all North American Fairs. Food, fun, livestock competitions, a petting zoo, national and local entertainers, along with rides and games will be available to delight all attendees.
Arizona Battle of the Brews (Oct. 7)
Sample some craft beers and you be the judge in this competition that features the home-brewing skills of Police Officers and Fire Fighters from across Arizona. There will also be food, games, and live music.
Phoenix Greek Festival (Oct. 13-15)
Located at the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral on Maryland Avenue in Phoenix, this festival gives everyone a chance to explore the Greek culture, history, and relish some of the fabulous Greek culinary delights. It is also a favorite of shoppers as Greek jewelry and artwork are on display as well as the wonderful food. Dancers in the community, wearing traditional Greek costumes, will be performing throughout the festival.
Four Peaks Oktoberfest (Oct. 13-15)
You have a chance to explore the German culture at Tempe Beach Park with the Four Peaks Oktoberfest at Tempe Town Lake. Any Oktoberfest worth its bratwurst will serve beer, sauerkraut, pretzels, and German potato salad, just to name a few traditional German dishes. Music is also a huge part of this festival. Eat, drink, and be merry at the Four Peaks Oktoberfest!
Arizona Taco Festival (Oct. 14-15)
What more can you ask for? Tacos and tequila. Tacos are $2.00 each and you will see more tacos in one place than you ever thought imaginable, including some taco varieties that can only be found at the Arizona Taco Festival. The Salt River Fields at Talking Stick in Scottsdale is the place to be for food, music, and fun. Included are Hot Chili Pepper eating contests, a Chihuahua beauty pageant, and Lucha Libre Wrestling.
Lost Lake Festival (Oct. 20-22)
The Lost Lake Festival includes three days of music on multiple stages, local food, cocktails and brews, local art, and interactive games. Performers this year include: Chance the Rapper, Odesza, Ludacris, The Roots, Pixies, Major Lazer, The Killers, Haim, Run the Jewels, and more. For three days at Steele Indian School Park in Phoenix, you can experience the Lost Lake Festival for yourself.
Salt River Fields Balloon Spooktacular (Oct. 27 or 28)
There’s nothing quite like seeing a myriad of hot air balloons rising in the early morning air on a crisp autumn day. For the 2017 Salt River Fields Balloon Spooktacular, it will be their seventh year establishing this festival as a favorite. Since this “Spooktacular” event also celebrates Halloween, many pounds of candy are expected to be distributed as well. Live music, a Kids Zone, a free Haunted Trail, foods, beverages, a vendor market, and fireworks are some of the extra activities that will be available.
** Note: The Fountain Hills Oktoberfest is held on September 29-30; while not actually in October, it’s worth going to and getting a head start on the festivals held in October! The Margarita Mojito Festival is another signal to summer’s end (Sept. 30). Try to hit all the fall festivals and enjoy the autumn days!
If you are new to your area, talk to your Launch Real Estate agent for great ideas on places to go and things to do in your neighborhood.