Things To Do in the Valley This Week (Oct. 9-15)

Editorial StaffOctober 9, 2023
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This is a curated list of weekly events around the Phoenix area for October 9-15.
Calendar listings include public events and attractions from around the Valley and state. Confirm information before making plans by calling the listed phone number, or check each website for last minute confirmation or cancellations.

Arizona Diamondbacks NLDS Games 3 & 4 (if necessary)
October 11 & 12

The D-backs look to build off the momentum of an epic Game 1 beatdown of the L.A. Dodgers in the NLDS. Game 3 is set for Wednesday night at Chase Field; Game 4 would be Thursday night, if necessary. Limited playoff baseball game tickets available at dbacks.com/tickets 

Four Peaks Oktoberfest
October 13-15

Have you ever seen a wiener dog race? You’ll have your chance during this celebration of all things Bavarian, which includes live music, games, carnival rides, dancing and German-style food and drinks. Proceeds benefit Tempe Sister Cities, an organization dedicated to sending students abroad. Fr., 5 p.m.-midnight, Sa., 10 a.m.-midnight, Su., 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Admission is $16 on Friday, Saturday; free on Sunday. Tempe Town Lake, 80 W. Rio Salado Pkwy., Tempe, fourpeaksoktoberfest.com

The Rocky Horror Picture Show
October 9

Time to do the Time Warp again! Barry Bostwick, the original Brad Majors from the beloved movie musical, will be in attendance during a special screening of the Halloween classic. 8 p.m., Check website for prices. Celebrity Theatre, 440 N. 32nd St., Phoenix, 602-267-1600, celebritytheatre.com

National Geographic Live: Wild Cats Revealed
October 11

Photographer and filmmaker Sandesh Kadur will show off the felines roaming the landscapes of India, including the grumpy-faced Pallas’s cat and the evasive clouded leopard. 7:30 p.m., $31-$48, Ikeda Theater at Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., Mesa, 480-644-6500, mesaartscenter.com

Randy Rainbow
October 12

The viral YouTube satirist is leaping from your newsfeed to the stage with his hilarious parodies and political spoofs. 7:30 p.m., $45-$69.50, Ikeda Theater at Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., Mesa, 480-644.6500, mesaartscenter.com

12th Annual Integrity Summit
October 11

Are you looking for inspiration on how to manage with integrity? Learn how through workshops and speeches from well-known business leaders. Check website for schedule and ticket prices. Chateau Luxe, 1175 E. Lone Cactus Dr., Phoenix, integritysummit.com

P!nk
October 9

The pop diva, who collaborated with Valley native Nate Ruess (of The Format and fun.) on the 2013 hit “Just Give Me a Reason,” is wrapping up her Summer Carnival tour at Downtown’s biggest venue: Chase Field. 6:30 p.m., $39.95-$299.95, Chase Field, 401 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix, 602-514-8400, dbacks.com

Sting
October 9

The Police frontman and “Fields of Gold” songwriter is looking back at his musical career, filling the setlist with more than 45 years of songs you know by heart and the stories behind them. 8 p.m., $53-$183, Arizona Financial Theatre, 400 W. Washington St. Phoenix, 602-514-2919, livenation.com

The Wallflowers
October 13

The Wallflowers started as a band led by Jakob Dylan (son of Bob), but in the decades since, it’s become more of a solo project for the charismatic frontman. Not to worry, he’ll still play “One Headlight” with his touring band. 8 p.m., $25-$65, Showroom at Wild Horse Pass, 5040 Wild Horse Pass Blvd., Chandler, 800-946-4452, playatgila.com

Fiddler On the Roof
October 13-November 25

For nearly 60 years, you’d be hard-pressed to find a musical that’s had as deep of an impact on contemporary culture as Tony Award-winning Fiddler on the Roof. The American Theatre Guild is presenting this heartwarming tale of a Jewish man in Imperial Russia struggling to keep his religious traditions alive. Check website for days and times. $32-$48. Hale Centre Theatre, 50 W. Page Ave., Gilbert, 480-497-0277, haletheatrearizona.com

TINA – The Tina Turner Musical
October 10-15

The inspiring life of the late, great Tina Turner gets the jukebox musical treatment with a script by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Katori Hall directed by Phyllida Lloyd. Check website for times and ticket prices. Gammage Auditorium, 1200 S. Forest Ave., Tempe, 480-965-3434, asugammage.com

Janelle Monáe
October 15

There was Oscar buzz last year for the critically acclaimed singer/songwriter’s dual role in Glass Onion, the sequel to the mystery film Knives Out. But now there’s talk that The Age of Pleasure, the artist’s latest album, is a shoo-in for the Grammy Award for Album of the Year. 8 p.m., $51.50-$81.50, Arizona Financial Theatre, 400 W. Washington St., Phoenix, 602-514-2919, livenation.com

Pizza Date Night
October 11

If you and your partner “knead” to make the perfect pizza, including the dough, join Chef Vaughn for a three-course meal paired with the perfect glass of wine. 6:30-9 p.m. Reservations required; $85 per person; Queen Creek Olive Mill, 25062 S. Meridian Rd., Queen Creek, 480-888-9290 ext. 108, queencreekolivemill.com

Chelsea Handler
October 14

If you ever wanted to know what makes Chelsea Handler tick, don’t miss this tour! Her set includes a look back at the moments that made the comedian who she is today. 8 p.m., $35-$125, Arizona Financial Theatre, 400 W. Washington St., Phoenix, 602-514-2919, livenation.com

Arizona State Fair
Through October 29

The monster trucks, rodeos, carnival rides, deep-fried food and other fair traditions aren’t going anywhere. However, this year’s big change is that the Coliseum Concert Series is returning with performances by Walker Hayes, Brothers Osborne and Ne-Yo. Check website for ticket prices and event schedules. Arizona State Fairgrounds, 1826 W. McDowell Rd., Phoenix, 602-252-6771, azstatefair.com

Tiananmen: A New Musical
Through October 29

Decades after the tragic Tiananmen Square Massacre, the leader’s sister returns to where it all happened to pay tribute to those who clashed over democracy and human rights in communist China. Call for times and ticket prices. Mainstage Theatre, 1825 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, 602-254-2151, phoenixtheatre.com

Pumpkin Days & Corn Maze
Through October 31

This yearly tradition includes a pumpkin patch, petting zoo, jumping pillows, a tomato cannon, corm mazes and train rides. Call for times and ticket prices. Tolmachoff Farms, 5726 N 75th Ave., Glendale, 623-999-3276, tolmachoff-farms.com

Old MacDonald’s Pumpkin Patch
Through October 29

The famous farmer’s animals are getting ready to trick or treat. There’s only one problem: They need costumes! Call for times. $12, adults; $8, children 12 and younger. Great Arizona Puppet Theater, 302 W. Latham St., Phoenix, 602-262-2050, azpuppets.org

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
Through November 4

The Biblically inspired musical by Andrew Lloyd Weber and Tim Rice follows the trials and tribulations of the favorite son of Jacob as he and his kaleidoscopic outfit rise to become Egypt’s second-in-command. Check website for times and ticket prices. Arizona Broadway Theatre, 7701 W. Paradise Ln., Peoria, azbroadway.org

Steel Magnolias
Through November 21

Don’t forget to bring plenty of tissues to this show about a group of small-town Southern women who share an unbreakable bond, despite their various backgrounds and struggles. The play served as the inspiration for the 1989 film of the same name starring Sally Field, Julia Roberts, Dolly Parton and Daryl Hannah. Check website for days and times. $32-$48. Hale Centre Theatre, 50 W. Page Ave., Gilbert, 480-497-0277, haletheatrearizona.com

Damn Yankees
Through October 28

Staged in the round, catch this musical about a middle-aged baseball fan who makes a deal with the devil to lead his team to victory against the Yankees. With songs by Richard Adler and Jerry Ross, including the standards “Heart” and “Whatever Lola Wants,” Damn Yankees hits it out of the park. Check website for days and times. $25-$36. 8989 E. Via Linda, Scottsdale, 480-314-0841, donbluthfrontrowtheatre.com

Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill
Through November 26

Pioneering chanteuse Billie Holiday sings and tells stories about her life – and becomes increasingly inebriated and incomprehensible – in a raggedy Philadelphia bar, just months before her untimely death in 1959. The setlist includes the captivating “What a Little Moonlight Can Do,” contemplative “God Bless the Child,” and the haunting, controversial “Strange Fruit.” Call for times and ticket prices. Judith Hardes Theatre, 1825 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, 602-254-2151, phoenixtheatre.com

THINGS TO DO LOOK AHEAD

Arizona Craft Beer Awards Festival
Saturday, October 21

PHOENIX magazine, in partnership with the Arizona Craft Brewer’s Guild, is proud to present the 2nd Annual AZ Craft Beer Awards, recognizing the best in Arizona brewing! The Festival, held on October 21, 2023, will be the celebration of these awards, bringing the beer community together so we can all enjoy the best Arizona has to offer! tickets.phoenixmag.com

Canal Convergence
November 3-12

Playful art that merges color, water and light will illuminate the Arizona Canal this fall. This annual event, presented by Scottsdale Public Art, will also feature hands-on activities, workshops, music and dance performances, and a beer and wine garden. Scottsdale Waterfront, 7135 E Camelback Rd., Scottsdale, canalconvergence.com

Billy Joel and Stevie Nicks
December 8

Christmas comes early for fans of the Piano Man and the reigning Queen of Rock and Roll. The ‘70s singer-songwriters are teaming up for an unforgettable concert. 7 p.m., $67.50-$346.50, Chase Field, 401 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix, 602-514-8400, dbacks.com