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Phoenix Greek Festival
Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral
1973 E. Maryland Ave Phoenix, AZ
October 12 to October 14, 2018
Time: 5 p.m.-10 p.m. Friday; 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday; 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Sunday

This festival is an opportunity to share in the rich history, culture, and culinary delights of Greece. In addition to the authentically prepared Greek cuisine, you can indulge in a shopper’s paradise includes booths selling a variety of items including Greek jewelry, artwork, and food. Additionally, the nationally recognized community dancers, in traditional costumes from the various regions of Greece will be performing throughout the weekend.

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Rainbows Festival
Heritage Square Park
801 N. 2nd Ave. Phoenix, AZ
October 20 to October 21, 2018
Time: 10 a.m.- 6 p.m.
Price: Free

The annual Rainbows Festival & Street Fair is a celebration of the diversity of the LGBTQ community. The event is located in historic Heritage Square Park in Downtown Phoenix. Each year, the Rainbows Festival draws a crowd of over 25,000 friends, families and allies. The Rainbows Festival is the 2nd largest LGBTQ event in the state of Arizona, only 2nd to the Phoenix Pride Festival. They host nearly 150 exhibitors and sponsors throughout the two-day event and have 2 stages filled with entertainment throughout the weekend.

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Family Fun

Enchanted Trail
Nina Mason Pulliam Rio Salado Audubon Center
3131 S. Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85040
October 5 and 6, 2018
Time: 5:30–8 p.m. both nights
FREE for all ages Join us for a night of family fun at our annual fall festival, Enchanted Trail, and get a rare glimpse of the Rio Salado by night while learning about Arizona’s nocturnal wildlife.
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Arizona State Fair
Arizona State Fair & Coliseum 
1826 W. McDowell Road, Phoenix, AZ
October 5, 2018 to October 28, 2018. See website for times.
Recurring weekly on Sunday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
Kids (5-13yrs) $7, Adults (14yrs+) $10, Seniors (55+) $7, Kids under 5 yrs are free. Ride tickets, midway games and food extra.

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.

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Phoenix Strut Your Mutt
Cesar Chavez Park
7858 S. 35th Ave. Laveen Village, AZ 85339
October 20, 2018
Time: 9 AM – 12:00 PM
Register in advance here

We invite you to join us, as well as our partner rescue groups, shelters and animal welfare organizations, for Strut Your Mutt in Phoenix. Food trucks, vendors and lots of fun activities round out this family friendly festival to make it a day you won’t forget.

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New Belgium’s Tour De Fat


Tempe Beach Park
80 W Rio Salado Pkwy Tempe, AZ
October 6, 2018, 3:00 PM to 8:00 PM
$15 for adults; free for children 12 and under

Experience New Belgium Brewery’s 19th Annual, one-of-a-kind, traveling music, beer and bicycle festival. Deck out your bike, dress up, drink some beer and raise money for charity. 

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Fall Fun

Salt River Fields Balloon Spooktacular
Salt River Fields at Talking Stick
7555 North Pima Road Scottsdale, AZ
October 26 to October 27, 2018
Time: 5:00 PM to 9:30 PM
Price: $15 adults; $10 children 3-12

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.

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Four Peaks Oktoberfest at Tempe Town Lake
Tempe Beach Park
80 W Rio Salado Pkwy Tempe, AZ
October 12 to October 14, 2018
Time: Friday 5 p.m.-12 a.m.; Saturday 10 a.m.-12 a.m.; Sunday 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Price: Free

Celebrate German-style with three days of live music, brats, and beer and extra fun like dachshund races, keg tappings, karaoke, carnival rides and more.

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Schnepf Farms Pumpkin and Chili Party
Schnepf Farms
24810 S. Rittenhouse Road Queen Creek, AZ
October 4 to October 28, 2018
Time: Thursdays and Sundays, 10 a.m.-9 p.m.; Fridays and Saturdays, 10 a.m.-10 p.m.
Price: $20 (plus tax) per person Discount tickets available at FRY’s

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.

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Escape The Heat!

Ales on Rails
Verde Canyon Railroad
300 N. Broadway, Clarkdale, AZ
October 3, 2018 to October 31, 2018, Recurring daily
11 am to 5 pm
Luncheon $11, Beer tasting $4-10, First Class tickets to ride train $89.95

Sedona-area beer tasting tour with local craft beers. Come just for lunch and beer or stay for a 4-hour train ride through the remote Sycamore Wilderness, accessible only by train. 

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