Wednesday, October 22, 2014





1. Great Pumpkin Festival - October 23-26
Take a hayride to the garden's pumpkin patch, where children 12 and younger can pick their own free pumpkin. Highlights include a hay bale maze, petting zoo, carnival games, and live entertainment. Th-F, 8:30 a.m.-noon; Sa-Su, 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. $22, adults; $20, seniors; $12, students with ID; $10, children 3-12. Desert Botanical Garden, 1201 N. Galvin Pkwy., Phoenix,, 480-941-1225.

2. Outstanding in the Field – October 21-22
Foodies, friends and fans of the farm-to-table movement gather as diners, farmers and chefs celebrate living off the land, local food sources, and the camaraderie and community building that come with doing so. The pop-up dinner concept, which showcases the talents of executive chef Gio Osso and farmer Erich Schultz, includes a five-course outdoor dinner, wines and farm tour. 2 p.m.-6:45 p.m. $205. The Farm at Agritopia, 3000 E. Ray Rd., Gilbert,

3. Scottsdale Polo Championships – October 25-26
Horses and horsepower are in the spotlight at this high-energy polo party and car extravaganza, which features several polo matches, skills challenges, an art auction, entertainment and a "Dog & Pony Fashion Show." Sneak previews of the Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show, Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction and Phoenix International Raceway events also are included. Call for times. Tickets start at $15. WestWorld, 16601 N. Pima Rd., Scottsdale,, 480-495-3806.

4. Balloon Spooktacular – October 24-25
More than 20 hot-air balloons light up the sky at this Halloween celebration. Trick or treating, live music, children's activities, a petting zoo, costume contest, haunted house, tethered hot-air balloon rides and fireworks are included. 5 p.m.-10 p.m. $10, adults; $5, children. Salt River Fields at Talking Stick, 7555 N. Pima Rd., Scottsdale,, 480-270-5000.

5. AZ Field of Screams – October 3-31
Watch out for the living dead in this haunted corn maze, which is planted over an old cemetery. F-Sa, 7 p.m.-11 p.m. $16. Arizona Field of Screams, 5726 N. 75th Ave., Glendale,, 623-386-1301.

6. Corks and Collars – October 25
Market Street Kitchen provides culinary delights for this fundraiser, which includes wine and beer tastings, live music, raffle items and a silent auction. Proceeds offset medical expenses incurred by the nonprofit Desert Labrador Retriever Rescue. 3 p.m.-6 p.m. $35. Market Street at DC Ranch, 20555 N. Pima Rd., Scottsdale,, 480-390-6463.

7. Cave Creek Wicked – October 25
This Halloween celebration features a zombie walk, bike ride, petting zoo, music, trick or treating, arts and crafts, and costume contests for kids, pets and horses. Guests also enjoy complimentary transportation to local saloons for staggered costume contests, specialty cocktails and prizes. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. and 7 p.m.-2 a.m. Free. West end of Cave Creek Road, Cave Creek,, 602-400-3330.

8. Ales on Rails – October 3-31
Passengers enjoy specialty beers and an Oktoberfest-style luncheon as they ride aboard the historic Verde Canyon line. Th-Su, call for departure times and ticket prices. Verde Canyon Railroad, 300 N. Broadway Rd., Clarkdale,, 800-293-7245.

9. R.A.T. Race AZ – October 25
Designed to unite organizations working to help victims of sex trafficking, the Run Against Trafficking (R.A.T.) Race is a 5K run/walk. 9 a.m. $30. Reach 11 Sports Complex, 2425 E. Deer Valley Rd., Phoenix,, 602-448-5959.

10. Mariposa Monarca – 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,, 480-941-1225.



October 4
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,, 888-NBB-4044.

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Through November 23
Mariposa Monarca
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,, 480-941-1225.



October 9-25
Arizona Coyotes
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. Arena, 9400 W. Maryland Ave., Glendale,, 480-563-PUCK.

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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,, 602-262-2050.

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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,, 623-322-2012.

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October 1-30
Garden Workshops
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,, 480-481-8146.



October 1
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. Arena, 9400 W. Maryland Ave., Glendale,, 800-745-3000.

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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,, 480-227-1766.

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November 1
Bill Cosby
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.

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