Chingona Soles Stiletto Art and Fashion Show
Oct. 4, Luna Culture Lab
Chingona Soles celebrates women in Phoenix through art. First popularized in the 1950s and ’60s, the stiletto is a classic symbol of high femme style, culture, and power. Artists, local celebrities, designers, community and business leaders will transform a black stiletto into a piece of art for this seventh annual event. The transformed stilettos will then be auctioned off to benefit a nonprofit organization in the Valley. 6 p.m. Free admission; VIP tickets starts at $100. www.chingonasoles.com.
Celebrate! 90 Years at the Heard Museum
Oct. 4 Heard Museum
It’s a local landmark and a national treasure; our very own Heard Museum will turn 90 with this spectacular exhibit. Signature works from the permanent collection – Hopi katsina dolls, classic Pueblo pottery, Navajo textiles, jewelry and more – will be on view to commemorate the milestones, people, and events that have made the Heard Museum the must-see cultural destination it is today. The exhibit opens Oct. 4 and will be available for view daily. Free with general admission. www.heard.org.
Sibelius’ Symphony No. 5
Oct. 4-5, The Phoenix Symphony
Explore the music of Finland, which composer John Sibelius and composer-conductor Esa-Pekka Salonen are from. Sibelius is so revered by the country that his birthday is a national holiday. Led by guest conductor Roderick Cox, Sibelius’ Fifth Symphony represents tonal romanticism, but many of his works explore new realms of structure. Composer-conductor and music director designate of the San Francisco Symphony Esa-Pekka Salonen’s Helix develops as a coil, the music accelerates and tightens into a fantastic finish. 7 p.m. Prices vary. www.phoenixsymphony.org.
Italian Association of Arizona Dinner
Oct. 8, Mora Italian
The authenticity of Italy will make an appearance in Arizona to celebrate Italian Heritage Month. Chef-restaurateur Scott Contant will host this special one-night-only fundraising dinner for the Italian Association of Arizona, a nonprofit working to develop a Little Italy in Phoenix. The evening will include a five-couse seated dinner with wine pairing. 6 and 6:30 p.m. seatings. $139. www.moraitalian.com.
8th Annual Mayor’s Arts Awards
Oct. 10, Margaret T. Hance Park
The city of Phoenix is blossoming with great artists and the Phoenix Center for the Arts will honor that at the eighth annual Mayor’s Arts Awards. Nominations for this year’s awards were collected from a public web form throughout the month of July. The evening will be an opportunity to celebrate local artists’ innovative, collaborative, impactful work. 6:30-9 p.m. Individual tickets, $125; Full tables, $1,000. www.phoenixcenterforthearts.org.
Beatles vs. Stones: A Musical Showdown
Oct. 11, Orpheum Theater
They were larger than life – true musical icons. Two of the greatest bands of all time face off in a high-energy, adrenaline-pumping musical showdown. The Fab Four, represented by tribute band Abbey Road, will engage in a barrage of hits against premier Rolling Stones tribute band Satisfaction. This will be a one-night battle of legends not to be missed. 7:30-9:30 p.m. Ticket prices vary. www.orpheum-theater.com.
Four Peaks Oktoberfest
Oct. 11-13, Tempe Town Lake
A signature event that’s worth driving to Tempe for, Oktoberfest will roll into town this month, celebrating all things German. The festival will bring three days of live music, brats, and beer and extra fun like dachshund races, keg tappings, karaoke, carnival rides and more. Proceeds from this annual fundraiser will be used to send Tempe high school students to cities all around the world. Times for the weekend event vary. Free entry with food and drinks for purchase. www.fourpeaksoktoberfest.com.
Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back
Oct. 11-13, The Phoenix Symphony
This month, Star Wars and The Phoenix Symphony will join forces for Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back in Concert. The iconic movie will be projected on the big screen above the orchestra, with John Williams’ legendary score performed live. The classic saga will continue at Symphony Hall. After the triumphant destruction of the Death Star, the Empire has regrouped — with Darth Vader leading the hunt for Luke Skywalker. Show times and prices vary. www.phoenixsymphony.org.
Arizona Taco Festival
Oct. 12-13, WestWorld of Scottsdale
Arizona is known for having some of the best Mexican food in the country and the annual epic battle of the taco will return to town this month to prove it. More than 50 booths will take their place for the taco-making challenge as fans sample and savor the creations of some of the best Mexican food options in the Valley. The two-day event will be filled with live music, tasty food, and taco-flavored fun including lucha libre wrestling, hot chili pepper eating contests, live music and more. 11 a.m.-7 p.m. $12-$100. www.aztacofestival.com.
Speak Up for Kids Health and Wellness Fair
Oct. 19, Heritage Square
The Arizona Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics and Strong Families AZ are calling all superheroes to unite in the battle against the forces that threaten child health and well-being. This outdoor event will feature a kids zone with superhero-themed games and activities, superhero appearances, a health fair exhibition, vendors, food trucks, a silent auction, raffle prizes and more. Hundreds of excited families and community members are expected to participate in the festivities, and highly encouraged to come dressed up as their favorite superhero. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. www.raisingarizonakids.com.
PHX Zine Fest 2019
Oct. 20, Unexpected Gallery
PHX Zine Fest is an annual gathering for DIY Small Press enthusiasts who create and enjoy zines, indie comics, photography books, perzines, political pamphlets and the like. At this event, attendees will be invited to share their self-published work, browse self-published work, and connect with the growing community. Guests will enjoy panels, zine making, alternative voices and a ton of bright creativity. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. www.phxzinefest.com.
Oct. 24-27, Symphony Hall
Ballet Arizona will join forces with The Phoenix Symphony for the presentation of this uplifting, festive story. The enchanting return of a Bournonville classic set in the bustling wharf of Naples tells the story of Gennaro, a poor fisherman, and his beloved Teresina, who has been washed away in a storm only to be rescued by sea-nymphs ruled by an evil spirit. Dancers will take the audience through this magical aquatic journey, which showcases the couple’s trials and temptations to see if their love will prevail over darkness. Times and prices vary. www.balletaz.org.
Festival of the Arts
Oct. 26, Herberger Theater Center
Celebrate the arts in the Phoenix community with this 10th annual festival. In addition to performances by more than 25 arts groups, there will also be live music, and performances on two outdoor stages. Guests can also expect children’s activities, aerial performances, and vendor booths to browse. In addition to art displays, there will also be pet adoptions and craft beer and wine tasting. Free. 11:30 a.m.-5 p.m. www.herbergertheater.org.
Disney and Tim Burton’s: Nightmare Before Christmas
Oct. 31-Nov 3, The Phoenix Symphony
After its 2018 sold-out debut, Tim Burton’s wildly inventive world will returns to The Phoenix Symphony on Halloween weekend as the spooky classic The Nightmare Before Christmas is shown in its entirety. Hear Danny Elfman’s rambunctious, colorful score soar to life as you follow Jack the Pumpkin King’s quest to seize Christmas on the big screen above the full orchestra. Patrons of all ages will be welcome at family-friendly performance, where audience members are welcome to come dressed in Halloween costumes. Prices vary. www.phoenixsymphony.org.
Arizona Fall Festival
Nov. 2, Margaret T. Hance Park
Go where the locals go ... to experience Arizona-grown food, fun, and entertainment. The Arizona Fall Fest is the largest certified local event that brings people and local businesses together from all over Greater Phoenix. This family- and dog-friendly event will showcase all things uniquely Arizona. Over 200 local vendors representing will be on-site, including Arizona restaurants and food trucks showcasing food samples, live music and free entertainment.10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. www.localfirstaz.com.
2019 Shemer Arts Festival
Nov. 2, Shemer Art Center
Each year, this two-day event kicks off holiday shopping with more than 40 artists specially selected from all across Arizona showcasing one-of-a-kind works, plus artist demonstrations and interactive opportunities to create your own gifts. In addition to shopping, there will be children’s art activities in an interactive kids zone, live music, food and beverage vendors, and a silent auction. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. www.shemerartcenter.org.
Phoenix Walk for Wishes
Nov. 3, The Phoenix Zoo
This nationwide Make-A-Wish fundraiser will celebrate the more than 315,000 wishes that have already been granted, while raising funds for future wishes. The family-friendly event, which is a 1.28-mile fun walk, will be powered by wish families, volunteers, companies, donors and friends. 8 a.m. start. The $15 registration fee will provide Walk For Wishes participants free admission to the Phoenix Zoo until 4 p.m. www.arizona.wish.org.