Celebrate Fall at a Not-so-Spooky Pumpkin Festival
Fairmont Scottsdale Princess marks the spookiest time of year with its festive Pumpkin Nights, through Oct. 31. Highlights include a pumpkin patch; a multiacre labyrinth hay maze; amusement rides, fireworks on select nights and a bounty of German beers and seasonal foods at the resort’s Plaza Bar and restaurants. 6-10 p.m. Tickets start at $18. Fairmont Scottsdale Princess, 7575 E. Princess Dr., Scottsdale, 480-585-4848, scottsdaleprincess.com/pumpkin-fest.
Get Your Taco Fix in Chandler
Local restaurants and food purveyors share tasty taco creations ranging from classic Mexican cooking to modern and Southwestern spins on the most delicious and portable of all meals at the Rockin’ Taco Street Fest, Sept. 25. Varieties include chicken, beef, pork, shrimp, veggie and dessert. Each taco booth or truck will offer at least one taco priced at $2 as well as other pricing options. Live music by Metalachi, luche libre wrestling, tequila tastings and a hot-chile-pepper-eating contest are included. Noon-9 p.m. $12 in advance; $20 at the gate. Dr. A.J. Chandler Park, 178 E. Commonwealth Ave., Chandler, rockintacoaz.com.
Break Out the Dirndls, Lederhosen and Alpine Hats
Hoist your stein for Oktoberfest at the Fountain, Sept. 24-25, a celebration of German traditions that offers pretzels, strudel, schnitzel, sausage and sauerkraut, paired with authentic German beer. The family-friendly event includes Alphorn-blowing, stein-holding and best-dressed competitions, plus children’s activities and a live band flown in from Germany. 5-10 p.m. $10. Fountain Park, 12925 N. Saguaro Blvd., Fountain Hills, 480-837-1654, fountainhillsoktoberfest.com.
Get Your Stretch on at the Ballpark
Baseball fans can take to the field as the Arizona Diamondbacks show some love to the Valley’s vibrant yoga community with Yoga Day, Sept. 25. Participants receive a ticket to the Dodgers vs. D-backs game, a special-edition D-backs yoga sweat towel, a complimentary post-yoga beer for guests 21 and older, and access to the field for a 60-minute all-levels yoga class led by John Salisbury, Donny Starkins and Jess Ghanma. Namaste! Check-in begins at 9 a.m. for the 10 a.m. class; first pitch at 5:10 p.m. $22-$58. Chase Field, 401 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix, 602-514-8400, dbacks.com/yoga.
Enjoy an Artsy Event with Your Furry Friends
Pets and their owners enjoy a tranquil art setting as they shop for a variety of pet paintings, ceramics, photography, jewelry, home furnishings and other animal-themed items from more than 20 artists at the Furry Friends Art Fest, Sept. 25. Live music, art activities, paw readings, pet adoptions, and food and beverage vendors are included. 8 a.m.-2 p.m. $5; $10 maximum per family; free for pets. Shemer Art Center, 5005 E. Camelback Rd., Phoenix, 602-262-4727, shemerartcenter.org/programming/events.