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.
October 10-November 2
Arizona State Fair
The fair rolls into town with an abundance of thrilling rides, midway games, animal exhibits, culinary competitions and anything-on-a-stick. Entertainers include Justin Moore, Sublime with Rome, Darius Rucker, Wiz Khalifa, John Fogerty, Barenaked Ladies, Josh Turner, Queens of the Stone Age, Old School Jam, and Dave Pratt's 1980 Something. Call for times and ticket prices. Arizona State Fairgrounds, 1826 W. McDowell Rd., Phoenix, azstatefair.com, 602-252-6771.
Zac Brown Band
With a winning combination of country, bluegrass, reggae and a summery beach-bum touch, the band delivers escapist themes of toes in the sand, beers in the hand and the innate value of life's simple pleasures. Hits include "Keep Me in Mind," "Toes," "Chicken Fried," "Jump Right In" and "Highway 20 Ride." 7 p.m. $29.50-$74.50. Ak-Chin Pavilion, 2121 N. 83rd Ave., Phoenix, ticketmaster.com, 800-745-3000.
Taste of the Town
Guests enjoy an evening under the stars with fine cuisine, wine and spirits, as well as live music and a silent auction. Proceeds benefit the Muscular Dystrophy Association. PHOENIX magazine is among the sponsors. 6:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m. Call for ticket prices. Scottsdale Quarter, 15279 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale, tasteofthetownaz.com, 480-753-9084.
Daniel Lawrence Whitney – better known as Larry the Cable Guy – captivates fans with his high-energy, one-liner style of stand-up. Despite his stage name, the Blue Collar comedian with the heavy Southern accent has never worked for a cable company in any capacity. 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. $55-$100. Chandler Center for the Arts, 250 N. Arizona Ave., Chandler, chandlercenter.org, 480-782-2680.
Arizona Taco Festival
Guests enjoy $2 tacos in chicken, pork, beef, seafood, veggie, dessert and anything-goes varieties, as well as salsa, guacamole and other related Mexican fare, as more than 50 teams compete for the title of Best Taco Grand Champion. Live music, a tequila expo, Chihuahua beauty pageant, food contests and Lucha Libre wrestling are included. 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Call for ticket prices. Salt River Fields at Talking Stick, 7555 N. Pima Rd., Scottsdale, aztacofestival.com, 480-270-5000.
Two stages of music and a variety of local pop-up performers highlight this inaugural global music festival. La Santa Cecilia, The Okee Dokee Brothers, Socks in the Frying Pan, and Muskellunge are among the featured performers. Children's activities and 13 food trucks add to the festivities. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. $30, adults; $20, teens; $15, children 7-12; free, children 11 and younger. Musical Instrument Museum, 4725 E. Mayo Blvd., Phoenix, mim.org, 480-478-6000.
The country artist's career has skyrocketed the past few years with hits such as "Drink a Beer," "Play It Again," "Crash My Party," "Drunk on You," "Rain Is a Good Thing" and "I Don't Want This Night to End." Joining Bryan on his That's My Kind of Night Tour are special guests Lee Brice and Cole Swindell. 7 p.m. $29.50-$59.25. Ak-Chin Pavilion, 2121 W. 83rd Ave., Phoenix, ticketmaster.com, 800-745-3000.
Penn & Teller
For nearly 40 years, the dynamic duo has defied labels – and at times physics and good taste – by redefining the genre of magic and inventing their own very distinct niche in comedy. 8 p.m. $30-$45. Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., Mesa, mesaartscenter.com, 480-644-6500.
Scottsdale Polo Championships
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, thepoloparty.com, 480-495-3806.