By Tuesday Mahrle
What’s in store for the last weekend of September? Are you ready to start celebrating Oktoberfest yet? Check out the SanTan Brewing Oktoberfest – complete with brats and weiner dog races. Or maybe you want to begin Halloween festivities? Tolmachoff Farms already has a pumpkin patch and corn maze ready for family fun. Still not done with summer? Big Surf is having a huge country music festival at their waterpark. Whatever you decide to do, celebrate the end of summer and the beginning of cooler temperatures as Fall starts to visit.
Ballet Arizona: New Moves
Satisfy your craving for the new and unexpected at New Moves. Ballet Arizona kicks off the season with an evening of daring works by Ib Andersen, Justin Peck and more. Featuring “Rio”, choreographed by Ib Andersen with Music from Philip Glass.
Corn Maze & Pumpkin Days at Tolmachoff Farms
Let the unforgettable fall season memories began at Tolmachoff Farms and experience the ultimate holiday outing where there is something for the whole family: Great big pumpkin patch, six-acre family corn maze with a new theme every year (search for pieces of your map as you walk through), mini corn maze (perfect for the little ones) and a haunted corn maze (Do you have the courage to enter?).
Desperado LGBT Film Festival
From short films to documentaries and narratives, Desperado features films for everyone.
You’re invited to drop by for the films, talk movies for hours or find a comfy seat and just soak up the atmosphere. There are special events such as music, vendor tables and an LGBT art gallery.
Piff the Magic Dragon
The standout star of season 10 of NBC’s America’s Got Talent was without question Piff the Magic Dragon. When it comes to Piff, think Larry David in a dragon suit (with a trademark Chihuahua named Mr. Piffles) who performs jaw-dropping magic tricks and you’re on the right track.
KIDZ BOP Live 2018 Tour
Friday, September 28
KIDZ BOP records kid-friendly versions of today’s biggest pop music hits sung by kids, for kids. Over the past 15 years, KIDZ BOP has created the No. 1 music brand for kids, selling more than 16 million albums. For millions of kids each year, KIDZ BOP is their first introduction to pop music, and for tens of thousands of kids, the KIDZ BOP Kids Live Tour is their first concert experience.
5th Annual Garlic Festival
To celebrate the thousands of bulbs of organically grown garlic grown this year on the Queen Creek Olive Mill property, they are hosting this huge two-day event in their grove! Get your garlic fill as they feature everything garlic – from organically grown garlic (while supplies last) to locally made garlic gelato. Enjoy live music, a beer and wine garden, cooking demos, games in the grove and more.
Activated Events brings you a cross between a pool party and a country music festival! Come join for year two of Country Splash at Big Surf Waterpark in Tempe. Enjoy live country music with some of the world’s biggest country music mega stars including Billy Currington, Thompson Square, Brown & Gray and more still to be announced!
2018 SanTan Brewing Oktoberfest
Saturday, September 29
Munich returns to downtown Chandler with the 11th annual SanTan Brewing Oktoberfest. Kick off the autumn season with bratwurst, pretzels and SanTan’s Oktoberfest Lager. Guests will enjoy many crowd favorites including polka music, brat eating contest, stein holding competition and wiener dog races.
Chile Pepper Festival
Saturday, September 29
Chile Pepper Festival is a local food, music and talent event hosted by Roosevelt Row Community Development Corporation (CDC). By presenting some of the best local restaurateurs and chefs in Phoenix, their goal is to highlight the most delicious chile pepper cuisine the city has to offer. Onsite chile roasting, cooking demos, live music, salsa dancing, activities for kids, a talent show hosted by PEP Rally, a Beer Garden and more.
Let’s Eat Arizona Donut Festival
Sunday, September 30
Come join Let’s Eat Events for Arizona’s first indoor Donut Festival!
They will have a multitude of local donut shops showcasing traditional and creative donuts in a people’s choice competition for the best donuts of the Valley! Vegan donuts and other types will be available, as well. There will be coffee and other beverages to pair with your donuts while you relax and enjoy art and live music.
Out of Town
6th Annual Jerome Indie Film & Music Festival
This festival thrives to maintain a fiercely independent spirit and prides itself on offering guests a truly original, unique cinematic adventure.
Something unique about the festival is that none of the screenings take place in an actual theatre. They create the theatres from the ground up and hold them in places that always surprise the guests. Over the span of five years, the festival has had screenings at Spook Hall, the Jerome Firestation, Gold King Mine and more.