Mighty Monarchs and the Plant Protectors
Oct. 1-30, Desert Botanical Gardens
Autumn is officially here and that means the return of the majestic butterfly. The fall exhibit Mighty Monarchs and the Plant Protectors showcases the return of the monarch butterflies to the Desert Botanical Garden. Learn the secrets of these amazing pollinators and how they care for and protect our desert environment. Young children will delight in learning how they can become an honorary plant protector to these beneficial insects, while adults will be dazzled by the intricate butterfly life cycle of the hundreds of live butterflies that make the Desert Botanical Garden their home. Don’t miss the caterpillar nursery and chrysalis emergence chamber. Daily. Free with price of entry. www.dbg.org.
Bob Dylan, Trouble No More Tour
Oct 4., Comerica Theatre
The American singer-songwriter, author, and artist lands at Comerica Theatre for one spectacular night of rock‘n’roll. For more than five decades, Dylan has been world-renowned as one of the most influential figures in popular music. During his one-night stay in Phoenix, this brilliant musician will thrill fans with an array of classic hits such as Tambourine Man, Like a Rolling Stone and Tangled Up in Blue. VIP Packages are still available, which include amazing seats, exclusive merchandise and a collectible laminate. 8 p.m. Prices vary. www.comericatheatre.com.
Schnepf Farms Pumpkin and Chili Party
Oct. 4-28, Schnepf Farms
Fall is in the air and that means Schnepf Farms is back with their annual Pumpkin and Chili Party. ‘Tis the season for fun fall activities like hay rides, a 4-acre corn maze, a pumpkin patch, pig races and, of course, a bowl of spicy hot chili. Not a sweet, heat fan? Grab a juicy burger or succotash and take a spin on exciting rides or the farm’s famous train. Fireworks light up the night on Friday and Saturdays. Before you leave the farm, be sure to grab a few pumpkins for the whole family to carve their perfect jack-o’-lanterns. Thursdays and Sundays, 10 a.m.-9 p.m.; Fridays and Saturdays, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. $20 (excluding tax). www.schnepffarms.com.
Key to the Cure
Oct. 5, Saks Fifth Avenue
Fashionistas will unite to fight cancer at Biltmore Fashion Park’s Saks Fifth Avenue. The 20th annual event will raise funds and awareness for women’s cancer research at the Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen). The private shopping experience, which kicks off Saks Fifth Avenue’s “Friends and Family” shopping weekend, will include Champagne and tasty bites as well as luxury raffle items, culminating in the event’s signature runway show, “The Best of Saks 2018.” The store will donate 10 percent of net proceeds from event sales from Oct. 5 to Oct. 7 to TGen. 8:30 a.m. $150. www.tgen.org.
Enchanted Trail Fall Festival
Oct. 5-6, Nina Mason Pulliam Rio Salado Audubon Center
It’s an enchanted evening at Phoenix’s favorite fall bilingual festival. Join Audubon Arizona for a night of family fun and enjoy a rare glimpse of the Rio Salado at night. Children and adults alike will be treated to an evening of fun facts about nature, science, and Arizona’s nocturnal wildlife. The event will feature a fun, nighttime scavenger hunt, guided night hikes, wildlife, Halloween crafts and a spooky bat cave all at the Enchanted Trail Sendero Encantado. 5:30-8 p.m. Free. www.riosalado.audubon.org.
New Belgium’s Tour de Fat
Oct. 6, Tempe Beach Park
Ride into fall with an evening of bikes, beers and philanthropic fun at New Belgium’s Tour de Fat, at Tempe Beach Park. Entering its 19th season, the Tour de Fat has raised more than $5 million for local bike nonprofits. Enjoy live music from previous year favorites such as Sedan Halen, The Handsome Little Devils, Daredevil Chicken, and Kolars – plus new and emerging musical talent from around the country. 3-8 p.m. $15; Free for children 12 and under. www.newbelgium.com.
Titanic the Musical
Oct. 12-31, Arizona Broadway Theatre
It’s an unsinkable story that has captured the hearts and imaginations of millions of Americans. This musical, the winner of five Tony Awards, is set aboard of the doomed ship the Titanic. Relive the heartbreaking story of first-, second-, and third-class passengers as they dream of a better life in America unaware of the tragic fate that awaits them. Titanic: The Musical is an epic, thrilling, and emotional production not to be missed. Showtimes and prices vary. www.azbroadway.org.
Best of Phoenix A’Fare
Oct. 13, The Van Buren
Get ready for a night of food, drinks and entertainment as 40 Valley restaurants gather at the Downtown Phoenix live music venue. General admission tickets include entry to the event and samples of cuisine from the participating restaurants, as well as cocktails, wine and beer. The VIP ticket option features early entry into the event and a VIP gift bag on top of the samples and drinks provided in general admission. On top of unlimited food tastes from the likes of Sol Cocina and Angry Crab Shack, guests will enjoy 12 complimentary drinks at the various bars throughout the venue. General admission, 8 p.m.; VIP, 7 p.m. Ticket prices vary. www.bestofphoenixafare.com.
Arizona Taco Festival
Oct. 13-14, Salt River Fields
Some of Phoenix’s best fare and the fans that can’t get enough of these crunchy delights, merge in this epic battle of the taco. More than 50 booths take up the taco-making challenge as fans sample and savor the creations of some of the best mexican food options in the Valley. It’s a day filled with live music, tasty food, and taco-flavored fun including, Lucha Libre Wrestling, Hot Chili Pepper Eating Contests, Chihuahua Beauty Pageant and more. 11 a.m.-7 p.m. $12-$100. www.aztacofestival.com.
The Rainbows Festival
Oct. 20-21, Heritage Square Park
Over 25,000 people converge on historic Heritage Square Park for the annual Rainbows Festival & Street Fair. Come out to celebrate the diversity of the Phoenix area LGBTQ community and show your support for Phoenix Pride. With nearly 150 exhibitors and sponsors throughout the two-day event, there will be something for everyone. Two different stages will even be set up to host live music and fun entertainment. Expect a colorful day of fun-filled camaraderie with thousands of your soon-to-be closest friends. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Free. www.phoenixpride.org.
The Wind Beneath Our Wings Gala
Oct. 20, The Camby Hotel
Audrey’s Angels’ annual fundraising gala is back benefitting the nonpronit organization’s live music enrichment programs for the elderly. The cocktail attire-event will feature music, drinks, an auction and a gourmet dinner. Audrey’s Angels, which has been serving elderly and disabled adults residing in small group care homes in Maricopa County for 17 years, connects with over 5,000 residents monthly throughout the Valley through their live, therapeutic music programs. 6 p.m. $175. www.aesaz.co.
Tour of Italy Dinner Series
Oct. 24, Mora Italian
Get ready to experience regional Italian cuisine without ever leaving the Valley. Celebrity chef Scott Conant, the culinary force behind Mora Italian, will blend the diverse flavors of Italy in a new monthly series, which started in September and will run through December. On select dates each month, the series will feature a different region of Italy’s diverse culinary landscape with a five-course dining experience, and guests may even see Contant at select events. Expect flavors of Calabria at this month’s even, Puglia for Nov. 28, and Lazio on Dec. 27. www.moraitalian.com.
Stuff You Should Know Live!
Oct. 24, The Orpheum Theatre
From the minds of Josh Clark and Chuck Bryant comes the live showcase of Stuff You Should Know. The research-based, general knowledge podcast loved around the world lands in Phoenix to share and expose the realities of the world around us. It’s an epic showdown as these two know-it-alls share the unique and often bizarre facts that everyone should know and very few do. Must be 21 and older. 8 p.m. $30-$40. www.talkingstickresortarena.com.
Howl-o-Ween at the Phoenix Zoo
Oct. 26-27, The Phoenix Zoo
It’s a howling good time as ghouls and goblins descend on the Phoenix Zoo. Howl-O-Ween includes activities and experiences that are haunting for the whole family. With activities labeled either “Merry” or “Scary” you’ll be able to choose the activity perfect for any age group. So whether you’re looking for scary tricks or sweet treats, Howl-O-Ween is the perfect place to celebrate Halloween. Don’t forget to check the activity’s description before participating. 6-10 p.m. $12.95, GA; $9.95, members, kids 2 and under, free. www.phoenixzoo.org.
Oct. 27, Pointe Hilton Tapatio Cliffs Resort
The Southwest Veterans Foundation hosts its fourth annual ball, remembering those who served, while raising funds and awareness for the nonprofit organization. The Uptown Angels and North Valley Symphony String Quarter and Bagpiper will provide entertainment. Congresswoman Martha McSally will sing the National Anthem and Buffalo Soldiers of America will provide Color Guard. There will also be an awards ceremony as well as a silent auction to support Veteran programs. 5:30 p.m. $150. www.southwestverteransfoundation.org.
All things Comedy Festival: Stand-up Live All Stars
Oct. 27, Orpheum Theatre
Get ready for a night of side splitting fun as host John Holmberg introduces some of the biggest talents on the comedy scene to the stage. Featuring hilarious acts from Ari Shaffir, Bryan Callen, Brendan Schaub, Theo Von, and Big Jay Oakerson, you’ll get a dose of comedy usually only found in New York or LA. Get your tickets early as this is sure to be a sold out show. 7-9:30 p.m. Starting at $35. www.phoenixconventioncenter.com.
AZ Barrels, Bottles and Brews
Nov. 3, Salt River Fields at Talking Stick
Arizona is becoming famous for its burgeoning beverage scene and there is no better place to taste or savor it then the first annual AZ Barrels, Bottles and Brew event. Salt River Fields throws open its doors and hosts a celebration of craft beer, spirits and wine from around Arizona. With over 25 local breweries, distilleries and wineries from the state, Arizona Barrels, Bottles and Brews is the only festival to feature all samples being produced exclusively in Arizona. 1-5 p.m. $50, GA; $65, VIP; $19, Designated Driver tickets. www.azbottlesandbrews.com.
AZCentral Wine & Food Experience
Nov. 3-4, Monterra at WestWorld
Azcentral Wine & Food Experience returns for a fourth year with one of the finest grand tastings in the country. Attendees will experience the delight of gourmet samples from more than 60 restaurants over two days in three pavilions, plus a schedule of lively cooking demonstrations and tastings of industry-leading wines, spirits and craft beer. With appearances by Food Network’s Aaron Sanchez and Marcus Samuelsson, alongside the Martha Stewart Experience, this event is perfect for foodies, food lovers and fans alike. Must be 21 or older. See website for schedule of events. Prices vary.wineandfood.azcentral.com.