Day of the Dead
Day of the Dead

By Tuesday Mahrle

It’s beginning to feel a lot like Halloween! This weekend, we celebrate our dead at Dia de Los Muertos, enjoy the weather at fall festivals and delight at doggies in Halloween costumes. The kids can grab a handful of the 4,000 pounds of candy at the Salt River Fields Balloon Spooktacular this Saturday while parents can enjoy free chocolate and art this evening. The weather is begging you to join the fun this weekend, don’t miss out.

 

All Things Comedy Festival

October 25-October 28

The “All Things Comedy” Festival is rolling into downtown Phoenix, which will once again be the main hub for comedy shows, podcasts and other unique events.

Festivalgoers can expect pop-up shows, food trucks, musical performances and all kinds of activities around CityScape including an outdoor party on Central Avenue!

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Chocolate And Art Show Phoenix

Thursday, October 25

Indulge yourself in some of Phoenix’s finest up-and-coming artists, photographers and creators! There is something for everybody including live body painting, live music, face-painting and free chocolate!

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Salt River Fields Balloon Spooktacular

October 26-October 27

The 8th annual Balloon Spooktacular offers a safe, fun and memorable trick-or-treat experience for the whole family. Kids of all ages will love this spectacularly spooky festival featuring nightly firework shows, live music, a pumpkin patch and a free KidsZone. More than 20 majestic hot air balloons illuminate the sky as they participate in the world’s longest continuous glow at over three hours, as well as offering tethered balloon rides and balloon candy stations serving up more than 4,000 pounds of candy.

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Otsukimi: Japanese Moonviewing Festival

October 26-October 27

Every year, the Japanese Friendship Garden brings the valley a traditional Japanese Moon-viewing festival to celebrate the fall season.

Guests may enjoy entering the Tea Garden (Roji) normally off limits to the public. From the Tea Garden, guests will be able to view a traditional tea demonstration by the tea group Tanko-kai.

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Dia de Los Muertos Festival At Mesa Arts Center

October 27-October 28

Spirits collide during the annual Day of the Dead celebration at Mesa Arts Center! This magnificent festival will offer delicious food and a colorful market of crafts, jewelry and various items related to the Day of the Dead celebration. Visitors have been delighted each year with wonderful live performances and engaging family activities. Free entry and parking.

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Noche en Blanco 2018

Saturday, October 27

The Hance Park Conservancy is proud to present the third annual “Noche en Blanco” fundraiser to benefit the future of Hance Park. This is a unity dinner party and celebration of the cultural diversity within the great city of Phoenix and state of Arizona. Inspired by a similar “dinner in white” which began in Paris 29 years ago, Noche en Blanco has a character unique to Phoenix.

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Scottsdale Fall Festival

Saturday, October 27

Join friends and family for a night of treats, fun and frights at Eldorado Park. Enjoy 25 game booths, tot area for ages 4 and under, live entertainment, haunted forest, food vendors, face painting and end the night with one of the best firework displays around.

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Herberger Theater Festival of the Arts

Saturday, October 27

The ninth annual Festival of the Arts celebrates the arts in the community with performances by more than 25 arts organizations, live music and performances on two outdoor stages, children’s activities, food, pet adoptions, craft beer and wine tasting, vendor booths and more!

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Dia de Los Muertos Phx Festival

Sunday, October 28

The Dia de los Muertos Phx Festival is interactive, multi-generational and participatory. It is free and open to the public. Families are welcome.

The festival aims to instill a sense of history, pride and knowledge about the multicultural roots in the community at large. Presented by Cultural Coalition, the festival features hundreds of masked entertainers with performances in music, dance and theater to honor their ancestors and celebrate their heritage and traditions. It is considered a gathering of artists and families.

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Howl-O-Ween: A Dog Costume Parade

Sunday, October 28

Howl-o-Ween: A Dog Costume Parade is a walking costume parade for you and your pooch along with Mariachi & New Orleans brass bands, stilt walkers, a second line and more – all in the beautiful setting of the west side of Margaret T. Hance Park in Downtown Phoenix.

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