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October 2020

Strange Encounters

October 17 - November 8

Internationally acclaimed sculptor, pumpkin carver and creative installation designer Ray Villafane’s exhibition features Halloween carvings, humorous vignettes and creepy characters in 15 installations throughout downtown Mesa, all visible in store windows and in outdoor locations. A map to the spooky works is available online, and includes a scavenger hunt with clues for identifying items in the displays. An online instructional video created by Villafane also is featured, with carving tips for elevating your own jack-o-lantern…

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Barrett-Jackson Auction

October 22 - October 24
WestWorld of Scottsdale
16601 N. Pima Rd.
Scottsdale, AZ 85260

Some of the world’s premier collector automobiles take center stage as the previously scheduled 2020 Las Vegas and Palm Beach events detour to the Valley. A diverse docket of vehicles is featured, including a 2012 Lexus LFA, 2018 Ford GT, 1970 Plymouth HEMI ’Cuda and 1968 Pontiac Firebird Resto-Mod – each of which will be offered with no reserve. To help maintain social distancing guidelines, the event is primarily limited to bidders, consignors and their…

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The Ladies: Room for Two

October 22 @ 6:30 pm - October 25 @ 8:00 pm
Scottsdale Civic Center Library parking garage
3839 N. Drinkwater Blvd.
Scottsdale, AZ 85251

Audience members reserve a parking spot, drive in and watch “The Ladies,” otherwise known as Marlene Strang and Leanne Schmidt, break free from the pressures of motherhood and housework to share their best dance moves and zany wit. From trivial pursuit to smooth jazz, audience members can expect a hilariously awkward and fun experience at this pop-up performance. 6:30 and 8 p.m. $45 per car. Scottsdale Civic Center Library rooftop, 3839 N. Drinkwater Blvd., Scottsdale…

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The Strides Ride

October 24 @ 7:00 am - 10:00 am

“Pink out” your car with decorations for this inaugural drive-through event, which follows a route through the Greater Phoenix area with stops at various locations along the way for sponsor giveaways, music, pink ribbon photo ops and a tribute garden honoring and celebrating those impacted by breast cancer 7-10 a.m. Donations support the American Cancer Society. For registration and further details, visit, or call 800-227-2345.

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Sustainable Nation

October 28 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

This film screening offers a socially distanced in-person look at three individuals who are doing their part to bring sustainable water solutions to a thirsty planet. 6:30-7:30 p.m. $7. Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 E. Second St., Scottsdale,, 480-499-TKTS.

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Phoenix Children’s Hospital 5K 

October 30 - November 1

Devoted runners, weekend joggers and families looking to do something fun can walk, run, ride and fundraise to the finish line as this 3.1-mile event goes virtual this year. Proceeds support more than 60 of the hospital’s programs and services that are funded solely or significantly through philanthropy. Registration is free; donations are appreciated,

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Voyager: A Tribute to Journey

October 30 - November 1
Arizona Broadway Theatre
7701 W. Paradise Ln.
Peoria, AZ 85382

A tribute to the music of Rock & Roll Hall of Fame band, Journey, this high-energy production takes guests on a musical tour of such classic songs as “Faithfully,” “Open Arms,” “Wheel in the Sky,” “Anyway You Want It,” “Don’t Stop Believin’” and more. Call for times and ticket prices. Arizona Broadway Theatre, 7701 W. Paradise Ln., Peoria,, 623-776-8400.

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Broadway Fright Night

October 30 @ 8:00 pm
Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts
7380 E. Second St.
Scottsdale, AZ 85251

Five of New York’s finest vocalists pay homage to Broadway and off-Broadway’s most original, intriguing and terrifying characters in this celebration of songs from musicals with supernatural, horror and sci-fi themes. The concert is created and hosted by New York casting director Stephen DeAngelis. 8 p.m. $25-$98. Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 E. Second St., Scottsdale,, 480-499-TKTS.

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November 2020

Canal Convergence

November 6 - November 15

Innovative art displays that combine water, art and light are in the spotlight as Scottsdale Public Art presents this annual event at multiple locations throughout Old Town Scottsdale. The large-scale art installments are complemented by virtual activities, workshops, artist talks and live music. For details, visit

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Garden Tour

November 7 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Phoenix Home & Garden hosts this annual self-guided tour featuring five residential properties designed by landscape professionals and homeowners. Magazine editors, as well as several of the designers and homeowners, are on hand to answer questions. Two additional private home gardens and rest stops feature demonstrations throughout the day by Dig It Gardens. A portion of the proceeds benefits the Arizona State University chapter of the American Society of Landscape Designers. 10 a.m.-4 p.m., $85,…

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