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Fall Festivals for Fun!

All over the world festivals are organized to celebrate the season and gather people together to build community. Themes can be about the arts & crafts, music, food, cultures, history, films, books, home tours, hot air balloons, harvests, holidays, or even the smorgasbord of fun at the fair. It is a chance to discover and support local businesses and entrepreneurs, budding artists, to learn new things and get ideas, find treasures, make new friends, and create special memories.

Now that the weather makes it great again to be outdoors, we are back in the rhythm of school, it’s time to add your favorites on your calendar that you don’t want to miss. You can watch for events on Facebook, Eventbrite, Nextdoor, in community news publications, subscribe to institutions (e.g. Desert Botanical Garden, Ethnic Cultural Centers) or doing an internet search.

A little planning will make the experience more enjoyable. The weather may feel cooler, but the sun can still burn, so wear clothing, hat, sunblock to keep from being overexposed to the sun. Stay hydrated. Have realistic expectations of an event, parking may be a challenge, there may be long lines, so choose to stay relaxed and go with the flow. The last day of an event tends to be the busiest. Have a plan to keep valuables secure, and if going as a group, when to meet up and check in periodically.

Here are some upcoming favorites to get you thinking of the possibilities!

until 10/27, Noon-9pm  Arizona State Fair in Phoenix, closed Monday-Tuesdays

10/13, 9-3pm , Olive Mill @ Queen Creek, Artists of the Superstitions, with farm tours, Food, music, wine tasting, free admission

10/13 11-7pm Arizona Taco Festival, @Westworld in Scottsdale, cashless event, $15 Admission, $3 tacos, contests  include eating hot peppers, fastest burro eater, Chihuahua beauty contest

10/13 11-8pm The Original Greek Festival, in Phoenix, celebrating its 59th year. Food, renown dancing, music, art,  jewelry, Church tour, grocery items, activities for children.

Thurs-Sun. in Oct., 9-4pm, Schnepf Farms Pumpkin & Chili Fall Festival, voted top festival event, includes, food, rides, petting zoo, marshmallow roast, 10 acre corn maze, miniature golf, zipline, fireworks and more.

11/2, 10-4pm Arizona Fall Fest in Phoenix, food samples, music, live entertainment, largest local vendor event (200), silent auction, kids’ activities, crafts, games, sports zone; dog- friendly. Bring your own water bottle, refill stations provided.

11/8 6pm-10, First Friday Art Walk in Phoenix The largest self-guided artwalk in the country. Food trucks, music, open shops, special exhibitions.


Enjoy the many events that Arizona has to offer!


May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you may abound in hope by the power of the holy Spirit. Romans 15:13


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