From endless tacos to Coachella-esque concerts here are some of the must-attend events and festivals in metro Phoenix this fall.
What: Phoenix Fashion Week
Get your fashion fix with three days of stylish happenings including runway shows from over a dozen emerging designers, educational workshops, exclusive shopping opportunities, and more.
When: Thursday, October 5 – Saturday, October 7
Where: Talking Stick Resort – 9800 Talking Stick Way, Scottsdale 85256
What: Arizona State Fair
With specialty deep-fried foods and rides like bumper cars and the Ferris wheel, it’s no wonder that the Arizona State Fair has been ranked one of the best in the southwest. This year’s concert lineup includes CAKE, DNCE Gary Allan, Billy Currington, Gin Blossoms, and more. Admission is $7-$10 and free for kids ages 5 or younger.
When: Friday, October 6 – Sunday, October 29
Where: State Fairgrounds – 1826 W. McDowell Road, Phoenix 85007
What: Mac & Cheese Fest AZ
Spend a full day splurging on the ultimate comfort food. Arizona’s first and only mac & cheese fest will feature dozens of samples from restaurants all over the Valley along with craft libations to wash it all down with. Attendees can work up an appetite at the Big Cheese Game Deck with games like ping pong, giant Jenga and cornhole. Tickets start at just $15.
When: Saturday, October 7
Where: Scottsdale Waterfront – 7135 E. Camelback Rd. Scottsdale 85251
What: Four Peaks Oktoberfest at Tempe Town Lake
Indulge in the total German experience with Four Peaks. The 45th annual Oktoberfest features a variety of fun like a full carnival style amusement park, live music all weekend long, soccer tournament, dachshund races, polka, and of course beers and brats galore. The three day Bavarian style celebration is free to attend.
When: Friday, October 13 – Sunday, October 15
Where: Tempe Town Lake – 80 W. Rio Salado Parkway, Tempe 85281
What: Arizona Taco Festival
Celebrate the taco for two whole days at the Arizona Taco Festival. Special events include the best-sombrero and taco-eating contests, a Chihuahua beauty pageant, and the Legendary Tequila Expo, which will feature 10 tequila samples for $20, live mariachi and surf-rock bands, margaritas, lucha libre wrestling and more. Tickets are $12 and free for ages 11 or younger.
When: Saturday, October 14 – Sunday, October 15
Where: Salt River Fields – 7555 N. Pima Rd. Scottsdale 85258
What: Lost Lake Festival
Brought to you by the co-creators of Bonnaroo + Outside Lands in partnership with cultural leaders in the Phoenix community, Lost Lake Festival is a new tradition for the people of the Valley. The first ever fest will bring more than 40 musical acts over 3 days on multiple stages. Festival goers will experience the best in local food, cocktails and breweries, interactive games, and local art.
When: Friday, October 20 – Sunday, October 22
Where: Steele Indian School Park – 300 E Indian School Rd, Phoenix 85012
What: Wild West Days
Cowgirls and guys, get your boots shined up for Arizona’s largest western celebration. The entire town of Cave Creek will feature three days of non-stop family entertainment like mutton bustin’, live bull riding, period costume competitions and live country music. Admission is free.
When: Friday, November 3 – Sunday, November 5
Where: Downtown Cave Creek