Through Nov. 12, Phoenix Theatre
This viciously funny and devastatingly heartbreaking show will bring an electrifying glam-rock score and high-voltage performance to the stage. The 1998 musical, written by John Cameron Mitchell with music and lyrics by Stephen Trast, will bring a thrillingly progressive and thoroughly entertaining show about a rock ’n’ roll band fronted by a transgender German singer. Show times and prices vary. www.phoenixtheatre.com.
Oct. 3, Comerica Theatre
Indie rock band The Shins, is teaming up with Austin rock band Spoon for a co-headlined tour to promote both of their new albums. The bands are combining forces to get back on the road and jam in support of their respective releases. The Shins’ fifth album, Heartworms, was released in March, with Spoon’s Hot Thoughts following just a week later. James Mercer of The Shins continues to juggle multiple instruments, creating a sound unique to the band. 7 pm. Starting at $39.50. www.comericatheatre.com.
Oct. 5, Cresent Ballroom
This garage rock band from San Francisco is taking the neo-psychedelic rock scene by storm. Known for their one-of-a-kind live shows (with exciting features like puppets, video animation and colored smoke shows), this is one performance you don’t want to miss. With a unique blend of punk sounds and distinctive vocals, the group delivers its surrealist performances with songs from its most recent 2013 album, The Terror as well as EP, Peace Sword. With three years of constant performances under the band’s belt, it has truly perfected its live shows. 7 p.m. $40-$50. www.comericatheatre.com.
Oct. 6-29, Arizona State Fair & Coliseum
Don’t miss Arizona’s largest festival and the third largest fair in the country. With over one million guests in attendance each year, this annual event will feature unique fair food, animal attractions, rides, games, contests and more! There will also be a lineup of A-list musical talent, including live performances by rapper Snoop Dogg, rock band Gin Blossoms and country music singer and songwriter Billy Currington. 6-10 p.m. Adults, $10; children 5-13 & Seniors 55+, $5; children under 5, free. Artlinkphoenix.com
Oct. 6- Apr. 30, Phoenix Zoo
Centuries ago, prehistoric dinosaurs ruled the earth. Take a trip back in time to witness the massive creatures that once inhabited this land in this self-guided, unforgettable exhibition. Sure to astound children and adults alike, get ready to go back to the true land of the lost. On October 6 through 8, don’t miss the grand opening celebration (9 a.m.-5 p.m.) for the exhibit featuring an interactive fossil dig, meet and greets, photo-ops, face painting, music, games and more exciting dinosaur-centered activities. Times vary. General admission, $14.95-$24.95; additional cost for exhibit, $4-$5. www.phoenixzoo.org.
Oct. 6-8, Phoenix Symphony Hall
Phoenix Symphony Hall celebrates its 70th anniversary by inviting Phoenix-area muggles to enjoy the incredible cinematic feature that started it all, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone™ in concert. For the first time ever, patrons of this historic venue can enjoy the full movie version of J.K. Rowling’s infamous book in high definition on a 40-foot screen above the orchestra, accompanied The Phoenix Symphony performing John William’s unforgettable score. The magical presentation will be a true wonder for book lovers and movie goers alike. Times vary. Starting at $30. www.phoenixsymphony.org.
Oct. 6-7, 13-14, 20-12, 27-28 & 31, Hotel San Carlos
In its ninth year, PoeFest is sure to chill audiences to their very bones, bringing a month of madness and terror. With a live re-enactment of Edgar Allan Poe’s Maison de Sante asylum to start the month of activities and ending in a Poefest Séance, this spooky event is perfect for those ready to kick Halloween off early. Each Wedneday and Thursday will bring new fun, with events like writing contests, seances, and even a look-alike contest. PoeFest’s final night concludes in The Rosson House Museum at Hertiage Square with performances of The Raven every twenty minutes. Don’t miss this spooky good time. 8-9:30 p.m. $7. phoenix.standuplive.com.
Oct. 7, Scottsdale Waterfront
Is there anything better then ooey, gooey macaroni and cheese? If your answer is no, head down to the Scottsdale Waterfront for the debut Mac and Cheese Fest – the first and only festival in the Valley dedicated to mac and cheese. Eat your way through the top 30 cheesiest dishes as local chefs compete for the “Golden Noodle” trophy This is comfort food, done right. Noon-7 pm. Starting at $15. www.macandcheesefestaz.com.
October 7, Civic Space Park
Uncorked Wine Festival is back and bigger than ever. Over 100 global wine varieties, gourmet food trucks, lawn games and live music, will be featured at this much-loved annual wine tasting. With portions of the proceeds benefiting The Phoenix Community Alliance, this event is the perfect place to enjoy beautiful weather and a glass of your favorite exclusive vino while giving back. The event is 21 and older. Noon-4 p.m. General admission, $55; VIP, $65. www.phoenixcommunityalliance.com.
Oct. 13&14, Phoenix Center for the Arts
It’s Friday the 13th and the CaZo Asylum is back for a third time with a new breed of creepy characters sure to send shivers up your spine. This powerful group will transport you to a spooky world within the locked gates of the CaZo Asylum for a frightening, comedic and dramatic tale of love, jealousy, madness and delusion, all told through the power of dance. Show times vary. Students, $15; general admission, $20; VIP, $35. www.cazodance.com.
Oct. 13-15, Tempe Beach Park
Four Peaks brings Oktoberfest to the Valley with its 45th annual Bavarian-style celebration. For three days, patrons can taste the ultimate variety of local and national brews, while enjoying live music, keg tappings, karaoke, wine samplings, and carnival rides. Snack on a Johnsonville brat while enjoying the Spaten 4v4 Soccer Tournament, where 100 teams will compete on small fields with no goalies, resulting in lightening-speed action. There will be fun activities for kids and adults alike, so bring the whole family. Times vary. Free. www.fourpeaksoktoberfest.com.
The Original Phoenix Greek Festival
Oct. 13-15, Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral
Experience the rich history and culture that is the Phoenix Greek Festival in its 57th year. Taste the flavors of authentically prepared dishes, browse a variety of Greek made items including artwork and jewelry, and enjoy the sights and sounds of the community dancers. Six groups will perform dances multiple times each day with dance lessons offered daily. Festival goers will be captivated by the unique variety of traditions that come from all of the various regions of Greece. Friday, 5 p.m.-10 p.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m.-8 pm. $3. www.phoenixgreekfestival.org.
Oct.13-14, Arizona Biltmore
Over 40 local restaurants present unlimited samples of their best dishes. Indulge at the make-your-own mule bar and taste bites from vendors such as The Great Australian Bakery, Flourish, San Francisco Chocolate Factory and more. Guests will also enjoy 12 complimentary drinks at the various bars throughout the venue, featuring Tito’s Handmade Vodka, Shock Top, Four Peaks and more. Attire is cocktail, so dress up, grab a date and be ready to be wined and dined by some of the best chefs in the country. 8-11 p.m. General admission, $40; VIP, $70. www.bestofphoenixafare.com.
October 14, Beginning at North 3rd Street and East Oak Street
In its 35th year, the Native Americans Connection Parade brings together the various tribes that thrive in the Phoenix area. With over 100 different groups presenting, this year’s theme is “the Colors of Nature’s Beauty.” See authentic dress, experience the music of the individual tribes and witness the dances that have been in families for generations. This parade will capture the hearts and imaginations of all. 9-11 a.m. Free. www.nativeconnections.org.
Oct.16, Culinary Dropout at The Yard Tempe
One of Phoenix’s biggest restauranteurs, Sam Fox of Fox Restaurant Concepts (FRC), gives back with this first-ever three-course sit-down dinner, benefiting No Kid Hungry. In addition to a cocktail hour with passed bites and the three-course dinner with live music, guests will also have the opportunity to bid on unique auction items to end childhood hunger in Arizona and beyond. 6 p.m. Individual tickets, $150. www.nokidhungry.com.
Oct.19, Comerica Theatre
The Dutch violinist and conductor comes to Phoenix, joined by his great waltz-playing Johann Strauss Orchestra (which he is best known for). Together, they have been exposing thousands of theatre goers to classical and waltz music, around the world. Expect a night of grandeur and melodious relaxation, as one of the greatest music genres comes alive on stage. 8 pm. Starting at $42. www.comericatheatre.com.
Oct. 21-22, Heritage Square Park
Taking place in historic Heritage Square Park, the annual Rainbows Festival is a celebration of the unique and diverse population of LGBTQ Phoenix community. This festival, produced by Phoenix Pride, draws a crowd of over 25,000 and will feature over 150 exhibitors. The two-day event will feature two stages showcasing live music and fun-filled entertainment, with tons of food options to snack on. So, get ready to show your pride at the second largest LBGTQ event in the Valley. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Free. www.phoenixpride.org.
Oct. 26, Ak-Chin Pavilion
The American country singer-songwriter will visit the Valley to share new tracks from his latest album, Light it up. His soulful lyrics and down-home style will be sure to warm your heart. Joined by special guests, Brett Eldridge and Granger Smith, this is a concert for the die-hard country fan in all of us. Kick up your boots and say “yeehaw” as you sing along to new and old favorites. 7 p.m. Starting at $31.25. www.ak-chinpavilion.com.