- Author: Leah LeMoine
- Category: Things to Do in Phoenix
- Issue: Jul 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, dbg.org, 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, outstandinginthefield.com.
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, thepoloparty.com, 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, saltriverfields.com, 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, azfieldofscreams.com, 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, corksandcollars.org, 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, cavecreekwicked.com, 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, verdecanyonrr.com, 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, ratraceaz.org, 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, dbg.org, 480-941-1225.