By Tuesday Mahrle

This being the first week of October means several of our events are the opening weekend for long-running festivities. The most popular of those being the Arizona State Fair. While some these events have opening weekend specials, feel free to visit on other weekends as well.

Also, October means haunted houses! Visit our favorite haunts around the Valley here.

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Ales on Rails

October 5-October 29

Take in the fresh air and vibrant foliage during this four-hour excursion near the remote Sycamore Wilderness, accessible only by rail. Enjoy a selection of Arizona craft beers and lunch from interior coaches and open-air viewing cars on the Verde Canyon Railroad. Various dates and times available.

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Roars & Pours

Thursday, October 5

Visit the Phoenix Zoo like you never have before – with craft brews, wine and food! Sip and stroll select zoo trails, play yard games, visit animal encounters and listen to live music.

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Arizona State Fair

October 6-October 29

The beginning of October means the annual Arizona State Fair has begun! The 18-day fair boasts amusement park rides for all ages, a bovine and goat livestock auction, classic carnival, petting zoo, rodeo, concerts and more.

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Dinosaurs in the Desert

October 6-April 30

Descend on the grand opening weekend of Dinosaurs in the Desert. This will be an unforgettable self-guided expedition into the land of the lost with an interactive fossil dig, prehistoric photo-ops, face painting and more.

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Musical Icon: John Lennon

October 7-October 8

Honor John Lennon’s birthday at the Musical Instrument Museum. Enjoy this fun weekend of curator talks, trivia quizzes, lectures, art activities and more—all commemorating his legacy of peace and love.

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Mac & Cheese Fest

October 7

The Valley’s first and only festival dedicated to the comfort food. Sample signature Mac & Cheese from the Valley’s top chefs as they compete to win the “Golden Noodle” trophy. Craft beer and paired libations will be available to taste and sample.

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Uncorked: PHX Wine Festival

October 7

Sample over 100 wines from across the globe while enjoying live music, gourmet food truck, lawn games and more.

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Bacon & Beer Festival

October 7

Indulge in delicious suds and grub at the Bacon and Beer Classic! Sample 50+ craft beers from regional breweries, try original bacon dishes from local chefs, eat unlimited bacon strips, play giant Jenga and cornhole, compete in a bacon-eating contest and more!

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Arizona Battle of the Brews

October 7 

This competition brings together craft beer, live music, great food and games like no other. Vote for your favorite home-brew made by local firefighters and police officers. Enjoy free samplings of Arizona’s best microbreweries and join the corn-hole tournament.

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Tour de Fat

October 7

Jump on a bike with your best costume and join the parade with other crazy dressed individuals! Once you’ve arrived to the closed Mill Avenue, enjoy beer, music, art and more. After Mill Avenue, celebrate even more festivities at Tempe Beach Park. Tour de Fat supports local, non-profit bicycle groups.

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