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October 4
Keith Urban
Fans can expect to hear such perennial favorites as “Raise ’em Up,” “Female,” “Long Hot Summer” and “John Cougar, John Deere, John 3:16” as the country artist with the Down Under twang performs. Kelsea Ballerini is special guest. 7:30 p.m. Call for ticket prices. Ak-Chin Pavilion, 2121 W. 83rd Ave., Phoenix, ticketmaster.com, 800-745-3000.

October 4-28
Pumpkin & Chili Party
Hayrides, pig races, amusement rides, marshmallow roasts, bonfires, corn mazes, spooky train rides, a pumpkin patch, BMX and skateboard stunt shows, mini golf, fireworks and inflatables are among the highlights. Th and Su, 10 a.m.-9 p.m.; F-Sa, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. $20; free, children 1 and younger. Schnepf Farms, 24610 S. Rittenhouse Rd., Queen Creek, schnepffarms.com, 480-987-3100.

October 5
Penn & Teller
For more than 40 years, the dynamic duo has defied labels – and at times physics and good taste – by redefining the genre of magic and inventing its own very distinct niche in comedy. 8 p.m. $38-$80. Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., Mesa, mesaartscenter.com, 480-644-6500.

October 5
Zoo-Fari
Guests enjoy an eclectic blend of culinary delights and tempting libations by Arizona’s top chefs and beverage purveyors – with samples at every turn – as they stroll throughout the zoo grounds at this fundraiser with an Island Soirée theme. A raffle, silent auction and dancing add to the festivities. Proceeds support conservation efforts and the thousands of animals that call the Phoenix Zoo home. 7-11 p.m. Tickets start at $250. Phoenix Zoo, 455 N. Galvin Pkwy., Phoenix, phoenixzoo.org, 602-914-4333.

October 5-28
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 the latest deep-fried-food-on-a-stick. Entertainers include Pitbull, Gary Allan, The Flaming Lips, 38 Special, The Wallflowers, Anthrax, Paulina Rubio, Big & Rich, Casting Crowns, Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats and Sesame Street Live: C Is for Celebration. Call for times and ticket prices. Arizona State Fairgrounds, 1826 W. McDowell Rd., Phoenix, azstatefair.com, 602-252-6771.

October 18-20
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, the event’s signature Style Villa shopping experience and a Fashionably Pink charity runway show benefiting Don’t Be a Chump, Check for a Lump. Call for times and ticket prices. Talking Stick Resort, 9800 E. Indian Bend Rd., Scottsdale, phoenixfashionweek.com.

October 20-21
Gelato Festival
Get the scoop on artisan Italian gelato as this festival celebrates the creamy frozen dessert with endless samples of unique and original flavors custom-made for the event, presentations by award-winning chefs and gelato masters, eating contests and a chance to vote for the best flavor. Noon-7 p.m. $20-$30. Kierland Commons, 15205 N. Kierland Blvd., Scottsdale, gelatofestivalamerica.com.

October 26
Josh Groban
The classically influenced global superstar brings his Bridges tour to Phoenix, with Idina Menzel as special guest. 8 p.m. Call for ticket prices. Talking Stick Resort Arena, 201 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix, ticketmaster.com, 800-745-3000.

October 27
Joan Baez
The folk music icon, pioneering activist and Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee performs in support of her new album, Whistle Down the Wind. 8 p.m. $45-$125. Celebrity Theatre, 440 N. 32nd St., Phoenix, celebritytheatre.com, 602-267-1600.

October 27
Making Strides Walk
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, 800-227-2345.