1. The Eagles – October 1
Their many farewell tours never seem to "Take It to the Limit" with fans' devotion, so this stop in Glendale will surely be packed. Listen to the California rock band's hits, including "Hotel California," "Lyin' Eyes," and "Take It Easy," along with songs featured in the group's documentary, History of the Eagles. 8 p.m. $43.55-$183.55. Jobing.com Arena, 9400 W. Maryland Ave., Glendale, ticketmaster.com, 800-745-3000.
2. Bill Maher – October 4
The provocative political pundit – host of HBO's Real Time and bestselling author – shares his sardonic satire, social commentary and comedy. 8 p.m. $41-$98. Comerica Theatre, 400 W. Washington St., Phoenix, ticketmaster.com, 800-745-3000.
3. Tour de Fat – October 4
Pregame for SanTan's Oktoberfest with this festival of beer and biking. New Belgium Brewing hosts the event, which kicks off with a costumed bicycle parade through city streets and winds down with an afternoon of entertainment and imbibing in the park. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Tempe Town Lake, 620 N. Mill Ave., Tempe, newbelgium.com, 888-NBB-4044.
4. SanTan Brewing Oktoberfest – October 4
Kick off a month of brew-centric revelry with this local brewery's celebration, featuring a Bavarian-style beer garden; entertainment by Reel Big Fish, 80 Proof and the Bad Cactus Brass Band; and games including beer pong, keg stacking, bag toss and tricycle races. SanTan's Oktoberfest brew will be on tap, so grab a pint and say "Prost!" with your posse. 3 p.m.-11 p.m. $10, advance; $15, day of event. Dr. A.J. Chandler Park, 3 S. Arizona Ave., Chandler, santanoktoberfest.com, 602-276-2499.
5. Four Chambers – October 2-4
Phoenix's independent community literary magazine – "the heart of literature in Phoenix" – celebrates the release of its second issue with three events over the course of three days: a launch party at FilmBar on Thursday, October 2, at 7 p.m.; a reading/feature for poet Travis Mossotti and Where Are All the Buffalo? (cosponsored by Phoenix Poetry Series cofounder Rosemarie Dombrowski) at GROWop on Friday, October 3, from 7-9 p.m.; and an informal reading of the magazine itself at Songbird Coffee + Teahouse on Saturday, October 4, from 7-9 p.m. Free. For more information, visit fourchamberspress.com and https://www.facebook.com/events/834278063284152.
6. Covert Operations: Investigating the Known Unknowns – September 28-January 11
It's opening week at Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art's new exhibition, which features the multidisciplinary work of 14 international artists that addresses "the vast expansion of federal power in the wake of 9/11." The exhibit is only the second time in the museum's history that it will be entirely dedicated to one show for the duration of the season. It's a must-see for any art, culture or history enthusiast. Check the website for related events throughout its run. Adults: $7; students: $5. SMoCA, 7374 E.Second St., Scottsdale, smoca.org, 480-874-4666.
7. Phoenix Fashion Week – October 2-4
Phoenix's premier fashion event opens with a bang, with PHOENIX magazine's Best of the Valley-winning State Forty Eight (Best Fashion Label) showcasing their line on opening night. Check online for available events and ticket prices. Phoenix Fashion Week at Talking Stick Resort. 9800 E. Indian Bend Rd., Scottsdale, phoenixfashionweek.com
8. A Vampire Tale – October 2-11
In its 11th year, this lusty escapade into the requisite hunt of the fall season is ever-evolving, with original choreography by Lisa Starry. The Scorpius Dance Theatre stages the original production. Th-Sa, 8 p.m. Tickets start at $25. Phoenix Theatre, 100 E. McDowell Rd., Phoenix, scorpiusdance.com, 602-254-2151.
9. Baby Bear Goes to School – through October 5
It's the last week for you and your wee ones to catch this charming musical about Baby Bear and his excitement for his first day of school. W-F, 10 a.m.; Sa, 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.; Su, 2 p.m. $10, adults; $7, children 12 and younger. Great Arizona Puppet Theater, 302 W. Latham St., Phoenix, azpuppets.org, 602-262-2050.
10. Alan Parsons Live Project – October 5
The legendary British rock band brings its hits to the Valley, including "Breakdown," "Sirius," and "Eye in the Sky." 7:30 p.m. $35-$68. Celebrity Theatre, 440 N. 32nd St., Phoenix, celebritytheatre.com, 602-267-1600.
Tour de Fat
Beer, bikes and bemusement are on tap as New Belgium Brewing hosts this event, which celebrates the power of two-wheeled transportation. Festivities kick off with a costumed bicycle parade that winds through city streets, followed by an afternoon of entertainment in the park. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Tempe Town Lake, 620 N. Mill Ave., Tempe, newbelgium.com, 888-NBB-4044.
Through November 23
Visitors stroll among hundreds of delicate and colorful monarch butterflies as they learn about the magical metamorphosis of the monarch life cycle. 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. daily. Call for ticket prices. Desert Botanical Garden, 1201 N. Galvin Pkwy., Phoenix, dbg.org, 480-941-1225.
Regular season action gets under way Oct. 9, 7 p.m., vs. Winnipeg Jets; Oct. 11, vs. Los Angeles Kings; Oct. 15, 7:30 p.m., vs. Edmonton Oilers; Oct. 18, vs. St. Louis Blues; and Oct. 25, vs. Florida Panthers. 6 p.m. faceoff unless noted. Call for ticket prices. Jobing.com Arena, 9400 W. Maryland Ave., Glendale, coyotes.nhl.com, 480-563-PUCK.
Through October 5
Baby Bear Goes to School
Baby Bear is excited about his first day of school in this charming musical show. W-F, 10 a.m.; Sa, 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.; Su, 2 p.m. $10, adults; $7, children 12 and younger. Great Arizona Puppet Theater, 302 W. Latham St., Phoenix, azpuppets.org, 602-262-2050.
Through October 4
Challenger Space Center
They Came from Outer Space, through Oct. 4, examines the life and work of Geoff Notkin, author, explorer, science writer, meteorite specialist, photographer and host of TV's hit series, Meteorite Men. M-Sa, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. $8, adults; $7, seniors; $6, children 3-12; free, children 2 and younger. 21170 N. 83rd Ave., Peoria, azchallenger.org, 623-322-2012.
This month's programs focus on selection and care of fruit trees, importance of soils, caring for your desert garden, cooking with fish, pine-needle coiling on gourds, irrigation system maintenance, herbs and spices, cultivating desert roses, home landscape design basics, seed germination and planting, vegetable gardening for beginners, digital photography, berry gardening, vertical vegetable gardening, saguaro rib walking sticks, birds of prey, pumpkin arrangements, and best bulbs for desert gardens. Call for times, dates and registration fees. Desert Botanical Garden, 1201 N. Galvin Pkwy., Phoenix, dbg.org, 480-481-8146.
Fans of "Life in the Fast Lane" enjoy life in memory lane as the veteran California rock band plays classics such as "Hotel California," "Take It Easy," "Lyin' Eyes" and "Take It to the Limit," as well as songs featured in the group's documentary, History of the Eagles. 8 p.m. $43.55-$183.55. Jobing.com Arena, 9400 W. Maryland Ave., Glendale, ticketmaster.com, 800-745-3000.
Through October 4
The Brothers Size
Two brothers, the Louisiana bayou and West African mythology swirl together in this hot-blooded, tough and tender, music-filled drama staged by Stray Cat Theatre. Th, 7 p.m.; F-Sa, 8 p.m.; Su, 2 p.m. $12-$20. Tempe Performing Arts Center, 132 E. Sixth St., Tempe, straycattheatre.org, 480-227-1766.
The veteran comedian transcends age, gender and cultural barriers with his humorous anecdotes and musings on the human condition. His current best-seller, I Didn't Ask to Be Born, But I'm Glad I Was, talks about the Bible, being a grandfather and his first love. 7:30 p.m. $55-$75. Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., Mesa, 480-644-6500.