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.
Looking for big name concerts, shows or theatre? Check this calendar for October performances.
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Phoenix Event Calendar for October
2nd Friday in Mesa
Live music, entertainment, art walk, prizes. Each month has a theme. Family friendly. Free admission. On Main Steet between Center and Country Club in Downtown Mesa.
In 2013: 2nd Friday of the month
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 2013: October 3
Arab American Festival
Music, arts and crafts, children's activities and vendors from local businesses. Authentic food, nonstop live entertainment including belly dancers, traditional vocalists, contemporary rap artists, and folkloric dancers. Steele Indian School Park, Phoenix.
In 2013: October 19, 20
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 2013: Various dates in October and November
Arizona Jazz Festival
Live musical performances with a focus on jazz and blues. Arizona Grand Resort, Phoenix.
In 2013: October 25 - 27
Art After Work
A laid-back class that requires no art experience. Participants relax during a friendly night of art-making with enough guidance to ensure everyone leaves with a lovely painting. Tempe Center for the Arts. Registration required.
In 2013: October 23
Artists, crafters and jewelers exhibit and sell items in a family-friendly, festive environment. SouthBridge, Downtown Scottsdale. Free admission.
In 2013: Every Thursday in October
Art in the Olive Grove
Art show, wine tasting. Enjoy a picnic lunch on the shaded grounds. A diverse group of 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 2013: October 20
ASU Homecoming Parade
ASU’s Homecoming Parade welcomes the entire Valley community to celebrate Sun Devil Spirit! Show your Devilish spirit in your best devil, gold, and ASU gear. University Drive, Tempe.
In 2013: October 19
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 2013: October 19, 20
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 2013: October 26, 27
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 2013: October 17
Breast Cancer Awareness Events
Activities and events to raise money to fight breast cancer.
In 2013: various dates in October
Chandler Center for the Arts Free Concert Series
Family-friendly, free to the pubic concerts. Seating will be on a first-come, first-served basis. Foyer doors will open one hour prior to show-time. Chandler Center for the Arts.
In 2013: October 6
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 2013: October 11 - 13
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 2013: October 26
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 2013: October 4, 18
Free movie and post-show discussion, presented by City of Mesa Office of Diversity, City of Mesa Human Relations Advisory Board, Mesa Arts Center, ITVS Community Cinema and Eight Arizona PBS. Dobson Lecture Hall at Mesa Arts Center. Free.
In 2013: October 17
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