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SPECIAL EVENTS

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Through October 2  

Prescott Studio Tour  

This self-guided tour features 70 juried artists at 40 locations, plus an additional 40 artists at three art centers, as they demonstrate and share their talents. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Various Prescott-area locations, prescottstudiotour.com, 928-445-2510.  

Through October 30  

Scarizona Scaregrounds  

Two haunted houses are featured: Epic Fear, which plays on every phobia you can imagine; and Slayer’s Slaughter House, which provides a window to all that is gory and twisted. The event also boasts an interactive paintball attraction known as Operation Zombie Storm, with 16-passenger military trucks taking guests on a treacherous route through a wave of zombies. Visit website for times. $20-$35. 1901 N. Alma School Rd., Mesa, scarizona.com 

Through January 2  

Nature Connects  

Guests enjoy 27 larger-than-life animal and flora sculptures created with more than 1 million Lego bricks in Nature Connects: Art with Lego Bricks. The exhibit includes endangered species and exotic animals, ranging from a jeweled chameleon to a peacock. Call for times and ticket prices. The Phoenix Zoo, 455 N. Galvin Pkwy., Phoenix, phoenixzoo.org, 602-286-3800.  

October 1 

AZ Cancer Village Fun Run  

Three local nonprofits join forces to assist cancer patients in need. Featuring a 5K run, 1-mile fun run and festival with live music, vendors and cancer resources, the fundraiser benefits Singleton Moms; Don’t Be a Chump! Check for a Lump; and The Joy Bus. 8:30 a.m.-noon. $40, adults; $20, survivors; $15, children. Steele Indian School Park, 300 E. Indian School Rd., Phoenix, azcancervillage.org, 602-688-5232. 

October 1 

Chile Pepper Festival 

Roosevelt Row cranks up the heat with this annual festival, which includes on-site chile roasting, cooking demonstrations, live music, salsa dancing, beer and margarita gardens, a talent show, children’s activities  and an eclectic mix of chile pepper cuisine from local restaurants and chefs. 5-10 p.m. Free. Roosevelt Row Arts District, Second and Roosevelt streets, Phoenix, chilepepperfest.com, 602-829-5259. 

October 1 

Distance for the Difference 

Participants take one step for each patient who stayed overnight at Phoenix Children’s Hospital last year at this 3.5-mile run/walk and 1-mile dash. 7 a.m. $45, adults; $5-20, children. Cityscape, 1 E. Washington St., Phoenix, distanceforthedifference.org, 602-933-2640. 

October 1  

Jerome Art Walk       

Meet the artists as 20-plus galleries and studios participate in this monthly night of art, music and gallery-hopping. 5-8 p.m. Free. Jerome, jeromeartwalk.com, 928-634-0774.  

October 1 

Wag & Walk 

Take a hike with adoptable dogs from Maricopa County Animal Care & Control. Participants are encouraged to “test drive” the dogs to see how they behave on leash and get along with other dogs on the family-friendly 1-mile trek. Each lovable pet is accompanied by a shelter volunteer who can answer questions about the dog’s personality, activity level and history. Bring a leash as all dogs are spayed or neutered, vaccinated and ready to go home on the spot. 9 a.m. $6 per vehicle park entry fee. Usery Mountain Regional Park, 3939 N. Usery Pass Way, Mesa, maricopa.gov/parks/usery, 480-984-0032. 

October 1 

Woofstock 2016 

This family- and dog-friendly event features bands, food trucks, vendors, a silent auction and raffles to benefit All About Animals Rescue of Arizona. Noon-5 p.m. $5, adults; $3, children and seniors. Desert Wind Harley Davidson, 922 S. Country Club Dr., Mesa, allaboutanimalsaz.com. 

October 1-29  

Food Truck Caravan       

A variety of food trucks rolls into downtown Scottsdale for a weekly celebration featuring gourmet street foods complemented by top local musicians. Sa, 6:30-10:30 p.m. Free. Fifth Avenue and Goldwater Boulevard, Scottsdale, foodtruckcaravan.com, 480-251-1769.    

October 1-30 

Pumpkin & Chili Party  

A pumpkin patch, zipline, roller coaster, BMX stunt show, pig races, fireworks and 4- and 10-acre corn mazes are among the highlights. Th-Su, call for times. $15-$18. Schnepf Farms, 24610 S. Rittenhouse Rd., Queen Creek, schnepffarms.com, 480-987-3100.  

October 2 

Wander the Wild 

Highlands Center for Natural History hosts this fundraising dinner, which includes live music, appetizers, Arizona wines and a live auction. Proceeds benefit youth education programs. 2:30-7 p.m. $100. Capital Canyon Club (formerly Hassayampa Country Club), 2060 Golf Club Ln., Prescott, highlandscenter.org, 928-776-9550. 

October 6 

Book Signing 

Veteran Valley journalist Laurie Notaro introduces her new book, Crossing the Horizon, which tells the little-known true story of three female pilots in a race to be the first woman to fly across the Atlantic. The event includes an appearance by a member of the Ninety-Nines, the oldest women’s pilot organization in the world, who will explain the dangers and challenges faced by women in that day and what it took to fly an airplane in 1928. 7 p.m. Free. Changing Hands, 300 W. Camelback Rd., Phoenix, 602-274-0067. 

October 7  

First Fridays Art Walk       

More than 70 art galleries and art spaces are featured. 6-10 p.m. Free. Maps, parking and shuttle service available at Phoenix Art Museum, 1625 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, artlinkphoenix.com, 602-256-7539.       

October 7 

Motorcycles on Main     

Roads are closed for this monthly bike night, which features live music, beer gardens and food. F, 6-10 p.m. Free. Main Street, between Robson and Center streets, Mesa, 480-890-2613.    

October 7 

Salud! Wine Dinner  

A live auction, raffle, wine tasting and entertainment highlight this fundraising dinner gala for Gabriel’s Angels, which provides healing pet therapy for abused, neglected and at-risk children. PHOENIX magazine is among the sponsors. 6:30-10:30 p.m. $300. Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Montelucia, 4949 E. Lincoln Dr., Scottsdale, gabrielsangels.org, 602-266-0875.  

October 7-9 

Baklava and Ouzo 

Enjoy a weekend of Greek music, dancing, food, drinks, art and children’s activities at the 56th annual Phoenix Greek Festival. F, 5-10 p.m.; Sa, 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Su, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. $3, adults; free, children 11 and younger. Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Community Center, 1973 E. Maryland Ave., Phoenix, phoenixgreekfestival.org, 602-264-2791.  

October 7-9 

Rock Hounds Unite 

The West Valley Rock & Mineral Club hosts its third annual Helzarockin’ Gem & Mineral Show featuring rocks, gems, jewelry, minerals, fossils, beads, slabs, demonstrations and a rock scavenger hunt. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. $3, adults; free, children 11 and younger. Helzapoppin’ Arena, 802 N. First St., Buckeye, westvalleyrockandmineralclub.com, 602-405-2926. 

October 7-30 

Arizona State Fair  

Rural meets urban as the fair rolls into town with an abundance of thrilling rides, midway games, animal exhibits, culinary competitions and anything-on-a-stick. Entertainers include Big & Rich, Cheap Trick, Scotty McCreery, The Flaming Lips, Garbage, Slayer, Iggy Azalea, Luis Coronel, Old School Jam, and Gavin Degraw with Andy Grammer. Call for times and ticket prices. Arizona State Fairgrounds, 1826 W. McDowell Rd., Phoenix, azstatefair.com, 602-252-6771.  

October 8 

Guano Happens 

Bat droppings are not part of the Guano Happens 5K Trail Run & Kids Fun Run, however, the course does include multiple sets of stairs and trails that are normally closed to the public. After the event, guests can explore the Discovery Center and cave, and learn about bats and the preservation of this underground world. 9 a.m. $35. Kartcher Caverns State Park, 2980 Highway 90, Benson, azstateparks.com/parks/kaca, 520-586-2283. 

October 8 

MASKer Aide Ball 

Live entertainment, dancing, silent and live auctions, and awards presentations highlight this Venetian-themed fundraising dinner, which benefits Mothers Awareness on School-age Kids. 6-11 p.m. $200. Fairmont Scottsdale Princess, 7575 E. Princess Dr., Scottsdale, maskmatters.org, 480-502-5337. 

October 8 

Oktoberfest for Parkinson’s  

Hoist your stein as The Baehr Challenge for Parkinson’s Research presents this 12th annual block party, which includes German foods, craft ales, fine wines, live music, casino games and raffle prizes. 5-9 p.m. $30 advance; $40 at the door; $75 VIP. High Street, 5415 E. High St., Phoenix, baehrchallenge.org, 480-951-6363.  

October 8 

Wickenburg Fly-In  

Aviation fans have a chance to chat with pilots who fly in throughout the morning for this event, which includes a pancake breakfast and exhibit of more than 70 classic cars. 7-11 a.m. Free. Wickenburg Municipal Airport, Highway 60, Wickenburg, wickenburgchamber.com, 928-684-5479.  

October 8  

Rendez-Zoo   

Sunset on the Serengeti is the theme as guests enjoy a lakeside dinner, plus lively entertainment, intimate visits with zookeepers, silent and live auctions, and tasting delights from some of the Valley’s most popular restaurants and wineries. Proceeds support conservation efforts and the hundreds of animals that call the Phoenix Zoo home. 6 p.m. $500. Phoenix Zoo, 455 N. Galvin Pkwy., Phoenix, phoenixzoo.org, 602-914-4362.   

October 8-9 

Railfair 2016 

Model train displays and railroad equipment are in the spotlight, with entertainment adding to the festivities. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free admission; $2, train and carousel rides. McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park, 7301 E. Indian Bend Rd., Scottsdale, therailroadpark.com, 480-312-2312. 

October 8-9  

Sedona Arts Festival  

This cultural celebration features 125 juried artists from across the country sharing works in ceramics, glass, jewelry, metal, mixed media, painting, photography and wood. Live music, children’s activities, and locally produced and packaged gourmet kitchen and bath items are included. Sa, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Su, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. $10-$12, adults; free, children 12 and younger. Sedona Red Rock High School, 990 Upper Red Rock Loop Rd., West Sedona, sedonaartsfestival.org, 928-204-9456.  

October 8-9 

Uncommon Markets 

Original and uncommon goods are in the spotlight, from fine art, to original and quirky works by young artists, to items that are sustainable and support social change. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. $10. Salt River Fields at Talking Stick, 7555 N. Pima Rd., Scottsdale, uncommonmarkets.com, 855-238-6999. 

October 9 

Race for the Cure  

The Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation hosts this annual fundraiser, which includes a survivors’ ceremony, and 1-mile or 5K course to walk or run. 6:45 a.m. $20-$40. Cesar Chavez Plaza, 251 W. Washington St., Phoenix, komenarizona.org, 602-346-CURE.  

October  9 

Tour de Scottsdale  

Hundreds of cyclists take to the streets for this 13th annual 30-mile and 70-mile race, which travels around Scottsdale McDowell Sonoran Preserve and benefits the McDowell Sonoran Conservancy. 6:30 a.m.-noon. $90-$150. Market Street at DC Ranch, 20555 N. Pima Rd., Scottsdale, tourdescottsdale.net, 480-538-3540.  

October 13 

Conversations in Fashion 

Held in partnership with Phoenix Art Museum, this series continues with Stephanie Lake, designer and author of Bonnie Cashin: Chic Is Where You Find It. Wine and hors d’oeuvres are included. 5-7 p.m. $40. Lon’s at the Hermosa, 5532 N. Palo Cristi Rd., Paradise Valley, hermosainn.com, 602-955-7878. 

October 13-15 

Phoenix Fashion Week  

This annual fashion extravaganza features established and emerging designer runway shows, seminars, designer- and model-of-the-year competitions, glitzy after-parties and the event’s signature Style Villa shopping experience. Call for times and ticket prices. Talking Stick Resort, 9800 E. Indian Bend Rd., Scottsdale, phoenixfashionweek.com. 

October 14 

City Lights Movie Nights 

Bring a chair or blanket and enjoy a screening of Ghostbusters as this monthly outdoor movie series continues. Guests are encouraged to dress up as their favorite character from the movie, with prizes for best-dressed, plus photo opportunities with Ghostbusters characters and vehicles. 6:30-9:30 p.m. Free. CityScape Phoenix, Central Avenue between Washington and Jefferson streets, Phoenix, cityscapephoenix.com. 

October 14 

History Dinner 

The Sandra Day O’Connor Institute hosts Jon Meacham, Pulitzer Prize-winning author and presidential historian, for Dinner with Jefferson: An Evening at Monticello. The tribute to one of our nation’s founding fathers includes a menu inspired by Thomas Jefferson and the cuisine he brought to our new nation after serving as U.S. Minister to France. 6 p.m. $300. Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa, 2400 E. Missouri Ave., Phoenix, oconnorinstitute.org, 602-730-3300.  

October 14 

Porch Party 

Cancer Support Community Arizona hosts its signature event, which features cocktails on the front lawn, a live auction and dinner under the stars while celebrating the courage and caring of individuals living with cancer and their families. 5:30-10 p.m. $350. Cancer Support Community Arizona, 360 E. Palm Ln., Phoenix, cscaz.org, 602-712-1006. 

October 14 

Taste of the Town  

Enjoy an evening under the stars with signature dishes from some of the Valley’s top restaurants, along with wine and spirits, live music and a silent auction. Proceeds benefit the Muscular Dystrophy Association. 6:30-9:30 p.m. $65-$85. Scottsdale Quarter, 15059 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale, mdatasteofthetown.com, 480-753-9084.  

October 14-15 

Vintage & Vino 

Fine wines from throughout the region are available for tasting as guests peruse vintage and antique goods and handmade items from more than 100 vendors. F, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sa, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. (VIP entry at 9 a.m.) $5-$32. Horseshoe Park & Equestrian Centre, 20464 E. Riggs Rd., Queen Creek, vintageandvinoaz.com. 

October 14, 21 

Rock ’n’ Roll Dances       

Guests enjoy rock ’n’ roll hits from the ’50s and ’60s, Oct. 14; and ’70s and ’80s, Oct. 21, with DJ Kort Kurdi. 6:30-9:30 p.m. $8. Palm Ridge Summit Hall, 13800 W. Deer Valley Rd., Sun City West, rocknroll.scwclubs.com, 602-679-4220. 

October 15 

KJZZ Travel & Discovery Expo 

Travel experts provide the inside scoop and offer deals on a variety of destinations, from exploring the wonders of Arizona and surrounding states, to river boats, luxury cruise liners and trips around the world. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Westworld of Scottsdale, 16601 N. Pima Rd., Scottsdale, travel.kjzz.org, 480-774-8468. 

October 15 

NiteFlite Gala  

Scottsdale Active 20-30 Club presents this block party, which features live entertainment, magicians, signature dishes from the Valley’s finest restaurants, and a raffle. Proceeds benefit more than a dozen local children’s charities. 6:30 p.m. $150. Old Town Scottsdale, southeast of Camelback and Scottsdale roads, Scottsdale, scottsdale2030.org/niteflite. Festivities kick off with a golf tournament, Oct. 14, 9:30 a.m., $500, Camelback Golf Club, 7847 N. Mockingbird Ln., Scottsdale. 

October 15 

Rock Out! 

Wear your best ’80s rock attire and prepare to eat, sip and jam as 15 of the city’s top chefs and mixologists prepare ’80s rock-inspired menu items. Live music and entertainment add to the festivities. Proceeds benefit Phoenix Children’s Hospital and its campaign to build a new Emergency Department and Level I Trauma Center. 7-10 p.m. $60. DeSoto Central Market, 915 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, phoenixchildrensfoundation.org, 602-933-2612. 

October 15 

Rum Rocks AZ 

This tribute to rum and Caribbean libations features rum and beer samples, small bites and educational demonstrations and seminars. Proceeds benefit OxFam America, an international relief and development organization. 6-10 p.m. $45. 9 The Gallery, 1229 Grand Ave., Phoenix, rumrocksaz.eventbrite.com, 602-733-2998. 

October 15-16 

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 50 teams compete for cash prizes and bragging rights. Live music, a tequila expo, Chihuahua beauty pageant, food contests, children’s activities 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.  

October 15-16 

Fall Plant Sale 

More than 30,000 plants – including cacti, succulents, trees, shrubs, groundcover, perennials, herbs, vegetables and unusual plants of all sizes – are showcased. Garden volunteers and staff horticulturists are on hand to answer questions, assist in plant selections and offer advice. Sa, 7 a.m.-5 p.m.; Su, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. Desert Botanical Garden, 1201 N. Galvin Pkwy., Phoenix, dbg.org, 480-941-1225. 

October 15-16 

Orchid Show 

Bewitching Orchids is the theme as The Orchid Society of Arizona hosts this annual show and sale featuring hundreds of flowering varieties, educational displays and growing supplies. Sa, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Su, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. Arizona State Veteran Home, 4141 S. Herrera Way, Phoenix, orchidsocietyaz.org, 602-451-5952. 

October 16-23 

Step Up 4 Kids 

Participants log their daily steps online during this weeklong walk-a-thon, with the top adults, children and teams recognized at a fundraising dinner, Nov. 9. Proceeds benefit the Healthy LifeStars program, which encourages elementary-age kids to live active, healthy lives. $25; free for children 17 and younger. Valleywide, healthylifestars.org. 

October 17-31 

Enchanted Pumpkin Garden 

Halloween spirit invades Carefree as this event features whimsical and elaborate pumpkin carvings by local artist Ray Villafane. The exhibit includes dozens of playful pumpkin characters, life-size scarecrows and 3-D pumpkin faces preserved in pickling tanks. 10 a.m.-10 p.m. daily. Free. Carefree Desert Gardens, 101 Easy St., Carefree, carefreepumpkingarden.com, 480-488-3686. 

October 20 

Birds ’n’ Beer       

Sip on a Four Peaks brew while enjoying an entertaining presentation on wildlife. 5:30-7:30 p.m. Free admission. Nina Mason Pulliam Rio Salado Audubon Center, 3131 S. Central Ave., Phoenix, az.audubon.org, 602-468-6470.    

October 21 

Applause! Gala  
This fundraising dinner supports Phoenix Theatre’s work both on and off its stages. A cocktail reception and original musical tribute honoring individuals who have contributed substantially to quality of life in the Valley are included. 5:30 p.m. $500. Phoenix Theatre, 100 E. McDowell Rd., Phoenix, phoenixtheatre.com/gala, 602-889-5290.  

October 21 

Awards Luncheon 

Children’s Action Alliance hosts its annual Through the Eyes of a Child celebration, which includes a silent auction of artwork by local high school students. 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. $85. Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa, 2400 E. Missouri Ave., Phoenix, azchildren.org, 602-266-0707. 

October 21 

Empty Bowls Project 

Guests select a handcrafted ceramic or glass bowl, fill it with a donated pasta lunch and then keep the bowl as a lasting reminder of world hunger. Proceeds benefit Foothills Food Bank and Resource Center. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. $15. Harold’s Cave Creek Corral, 6895 E. Cave Creek Rd., Cave Creek, sonoranartsleague.org, 480-488-1145. 

October 21 

Teed Off at Domestic Violence 

A New Leaf hosts this afternoon of golf and giving as guests enjoy two hours of play, a buffet, refreshments, cash bar, silent auction and prizes. 1-4 p.m. $150 per golfer; $50 for spectators. TopGolf Scottsdale, 9500 E. Indian Bend Rd., Scottsdale, turnanewleaf.org, 480-464-4648. 

October 21-22 

Watchtoberfest 

Guests can buy, sell or trade fine watches as they mingle with watch connoisseurs and manufacturers’ representatives from many of the finest Swiss and German watchmakers. The 13th annual event showcases rare, exotic and complicated timepieces. F, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sa, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. E.D. Marshall Jewelers, 10261 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale, edmarshalljewelers.com, 480-922-1968. 

October 21-23 

Great Pumpkin Festival  

Guests enjoy an old-fashioned hayride to a festive 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. F, 8:30 a.m.-noon; Sa-Su, 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Call for ticket prices. Desert Botanical Garden, 1201 N. Galvin Pkwy., Phoenix, dbg.org, 480-941-1225.  

October 22 

Decoding Annie Parker 

Guests enjoy a private screening of the movie, which is based on the true story behind the BRCA gene, and meet Annie Parker, who lived the nightmare that led to its discovery. 6:30 p.m. $22 (includes a signed copy of Parker’s book). Venue 8600, 8600 E. Anderson Dr., Scottsdale, a2ndact.org. 

October 22 

Fall Fair 

Dry Heat Pickers entertains at this festival, which benefits Neighbors Who Care. A classic car show, model train exhibit, food, raffles, games and vendor booths are included. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Neighbors Who Care, 10450 S. Riggs Rd., Sun Lakes, 480-895-7331. 

October 22 

Glimmer of Hope 

This fundraising dinner includes a silent auction and music by Steve Howes. Proceeds support Phoenix Animal Care Coalition 911. 6-9 p.m. $175. Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa, 2400 E. Missouri Ave., Phoenix, pacc911.org, 602-992-4779. 

October 22 

Haunted Date Night 

The City of Scottsdale hosts this 21-and-older event, which features haunted stadium tours, a costume contest, gourmet food trucks, beer and wine, followed by a movie on the field. 6-10 p.m. Free; donations of individually wrapped candy accepted. Scottsdale Stadium, 7408 E. Osborn Rd., Scottsdale, facebook.com/events/1671729449811421, 480-312-0221. 

October 22 

Making Strides  

Participants honor and celebrate those impacted by breast cancer in Making Strides Against Breast Cancer, an American Cancer Society 5K noncompetitive walk. 7 a.m. Donations. Tempe Beach Park, 80 W. Rio Salado Pkwy., Tempe, makingstrideswalk.org, 602-952-7521.  

October 22 

Moondance Gala 

This benefit dinner gala honors Arlene and Giora Ben-Horin, as well as artist Kay WalkingStick. Proceeds support educational programs and exhibitions at the museum. 5-10 p.m. $500. Heard Museum, 2301 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, heard.org, 602-251-0245. 

October 22 

Pet Blessing  

Three ministers are on hand to conduct benedictions for all types of pets, as well as stuffed animals. A brief introductory message, refreshments for people and pets, a bake sale and used book sale are included. 9 a.m.-noon. Free. First Congregational Church, 1407 N. Second St., Phoenix, 602-956-8198.  

October 22 

Undy Run/Walk 

Participants are encouraged to throw on their most outrageous boxers, briefs or costumes as the Colon Cancer Alliance hosts this annual 5K and 1-mile run/walk. The fundraiser is designed to raise awareness about colon cancer and the importance of getting screened. Proceeds benefit patient support, early screening and education efforts both nationally and here in Arizona. 9 a.m. $35-$40; free for children 5 and younger. State Capitol District, 1700 W. Washington St., Phoenix, undyrunwalk.org, 877-422-2030. 

October 23 

AIDS Walk Arizona 

Open to walkers, runners and good-natured dogs, this 5K event benefits 16 agencies that provide programs to prevent HIV/AIDS or assist those living with the disease. Children’s activities and an after-party are included. 7 a.m. $34-$50. Third Avenue and Washington Street, Phoenix, aidswalkaz.org, 602-882-8675.  

October 23 

Dish It Out  

Prominent local chefs battle it out Iron Chef-style on central stages as guests enjoy specialties from more than 50 local restaurant and beverage vendors. Live entertainment adds to the festivities. The culinary showdown benefits the Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Phoenix in the fight against childhood hunger. PHOENIX magazine and Phoenix Home & Garden are among the sponsors. 5-8 p.m., $75; VIP: 4:15 p.m., $500. High Street, 5415 E. High St., Phoenix, dishitoutaz.org, 602-954-8182. 

October 26 

ATHENA Awards 

The Greater Phoenix Chamber hosts an awards luncheon to honor Valley businesswomen for excellence in business and leadership, dedication to the community, and support and mentorship of other women. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. $80-$95. Westin Kierland Resort & Spa, 6902 E. Greenway Pkwy., Scottsdale, phoenixchamber.com/athena, 602-495-2182. 

October 27 

Sports Hall of Fame 

The Arizona Sports and Entertainment Commission hosts its annual induction ceremony. This year’s program honors local sports icons Bob Bondurant, Randy Johnson, John MacLeod, Erik Widmark, Adrian Wilson and Royce Youree. 5:30-10 p.m. $150-$2,500. Tempe Center for the Arts, 700 W. Rio Salado Pkwy., Tempe, azsportsent.com. 480-517-9700. 

October 28 

Bright Night 

Guests are encouraged to wear colorful cocktail attire for this evening of art, food, fun and live musical performance. Hand-crafted cocktails and heavy hors d’oeuvres are included, along with an exclusive and in-depth showing of Kehinde Wiley: A New Republic. Proceeds benefit exhibition and education programming at Phoenix Art Museum. 6:30 p.m. $750. Phoenix Art Museum, 1625 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, phxart.org, 602-257-1880. 

October 28 

Jillian Michaels 

The health and wellness expert shares her keys to health, success and happiness in an interactive evening of wit, humor, inspiration and information. 7:30 p.m. $37. Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., Mesa, mesaartscenter.com, 480-644-6500.  

October 28-29 

Balloon Spooktacular 

More than 20 hot-air balloons light up the sky at this Halloween celebration. Trick-or-treating, live music, children’s activities, a haunted trail, tethered hot-air balloon rides and fireworks are included. 5-10 p.m. $15, adults; $10, children 3-12. Salt River Fields at Talking Stick, 7555 N. Pima Rd., Scottsdale, saltriverfields.com, 480-270-5000. 

October 29 

Corks and Collars  

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. 3-6 p.m. $40. Market Street at DC Ranch, 20555 N. Pima Rd., Scottsdale, corksandcollars.org, 480-390-6463.  

October 29 

Walk to Defeat ALS 

This 1- and 3-mile trek brings hope to ALS patients, while raising money for a cure. The wheelchair- and stroller-friendly event includes music, food, entertainment, children’s activities and photo opportunities with mascots from Arizona’s professional sports teams. 8 a.m. Donations. Scottsdale Stadium, 7408 E. Osborn Rd., Scottsdale, walktodefeatals.org, 602-297-3800. 

October 29-30 

Dia de los Muertos  

This event brings the Mexican holiday alive through song, dance, storytelling, arts and crafts, food and a traditional procession. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Call for admission prices. Desert Botanical Garden, 1201 N. Galvin Pkwy., Phoenix, dbg.org, 480-941-1225.  

October 30 

Barkoween 

The best-dressed dogs show their Halloween spirit as they enjoy treats and compete in a canine costume contest. Photographer Jason Millstein is on hand to take portraits of the fashionable Fidos. 5-7 p.m. Free. O.H.S.O., 4900 E. Indian School Rd., Phoenix, ohsobrewery.com, 602-955-0358.