By Tuesday Mahrle

A Greek Festival, Puppy Festival, Garlic Festival and more – it’s the mother of all festival weekends. See what your stomach can handle at the Chile Pepper Festival or join in on a brat eating contest at the Santan Oktoberfest. If you’re looking to get out of town, try more than 200 brews at the Great Tucson Beer Festival.

The weather is perfect for all of these outdoor events and you should enjoy it.

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Arizona Storytellers Project

Thursday, September 28

From the Grand Canyon to Camelback Mountain to your favorite scenic drive, Arizona’s landscapes inspire us. This month’s Arizona Storytellers Project will be on the beautiful backdrop of the Desert Botanical Gardens. Come down and hear stories from local storytellers.

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A Taste of Greece: Greek Festival of Chandler

Friday, September 29-October 1

A Taste of Greece offers a weekend celebration with traditional Greek foods, Greek imports, live Greek music, costumed folk dancing, Kids Fun Zone, and so much more. This event blends together the historical ancient times of Greek culture with today’s Modern Age in a classic celebration of community and heritage.

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#LovePup Family Fest

Friday, September 29

Bring the family for an evening of food trucks, kids activities, live music, a four legged photo booth and pet adoptions! Admission is free for the whole family and well behaved pets are welcome! Come out and see all the dog rescues! Come out and find the perfect dog for your family!

*free event
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“Set Your Hearts Aflutter” Date Night

Friday, September 29

Guests are invited to Butterfly Wonderland for a special date night event. Enjoy wine, hors d’oeuvres and a special screening of the full-length version of ‘Flight of the Butterflies’ in their comfortable 3D theater.

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4th Annual Garlic Festival

Saturday, September 30-Sunday, October 1

The Garlic Festival in the Grove is a community-wide celebration featuring events centered on a passion for great food, wine and garlic. Activities include a garlic recipe competition, garlic vendors, wine tastings, games of bocce ball and live music throughout the two-day event.

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Unlimited Margarita and Mojito Festival

Saturday, September 30

Summer is finally cooling off and we’re celebrating with the Arizona Summer Ends Margarita and Mojito Festival. Escape the heat by treating yourself to a wide selection of handcrafted margaritas, mojitos and Mexican craft beers. Keep the energy going with live music and entertainment, food trucks and water games.

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SanTan Brewing Oktoberfest 2017

Saturday, September 30

The SanTan Brewing Oktoberfest is a celebration of great beer, live music and delicious bratwurst. In true Oktoberfest fashion, most activities are structured around brats and beer, including events like keg stacking, a beer pong tournament and brat eating contest. Don’t miss the live polka music and local headliners.

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6th Annual Chile Pepper Festival

Saturday, September 30

Chile Pepper Festival is a free, local food, music and dance event. It gathers some of the best local restaurateurs and chefs in Phoenix to showcase the most delicious chile pepper cuisine the city has to offer. Attendees can expect on-site chile roasting, cooking demos, live music, salsa dancing, activities for kids, a talent show, a beer garden and a gourmet margarita station.

*free event
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Lunar Food Truck Festival

Saturday, September 30

Celebrate this year’s full moon festival with 20+ food trucks. All food trucks will have $5 samplers so you’ll be able to sample everything. They will be having $3 beers all night in their beer garden as well!

*free event
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Return of The Latin Kings of Comedy

Saturday, September 30

Paul Rodriguez, Joey Medina, and Willie Barcena return in the Latin Kings of Comedy. This hilarious show is not to be missed.

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Out of Town

Great Tucson Beer Festival 2017

Tucson will offer more than 200 craft brews to sample from at this beer festival. While the suds battle your dry mouth, local restaurants will keep your stomach full with delectable food. Because music is just as important as the food and booze, there’s plenty of great live music.

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