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10 Fall Festivals and Activities Near Phoenix, AZ

Fall in Phoenix, AZ is warm, sunny and remarkably pleasant. Because of this, there are numerous fun festivals and activities that take place. We have put together a list of 10 fall festivals and activities taking place near Phoenix in 2017.

10 Fall Festivals and Activities Near Phoenix, AZ

Arizona State Fair

Where: Arizona State Fair Grounds, 1826 W. McDowell Road Phoenix, AZ

When: Recurring weekly on Sunday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, October 6 – 29

Admission: $10 Adults, $5 Children 5-13 & Seniors 55+ (Children under 5 get in free.)


The Arizona State Fair attracts over 1 million guests annually to rank as the 3rd highest attended state fair in the country and in the top 15 of North American Fairs. It features professional midway rides and games by Ray Cammack Shows, unique Fair foods, livestock and animal attractions, national headline and local entertainment, special shopping vendors, and various contests. There is something for everyone at the Arizona State Fair! Check the website for details on this year’s concert series!

Salt River Fields Balloon Spooktacular

Where: Salt River Fields at Talking Stick, 7555 North Pima Road Scottsdale, AZ

When: October 27, 2017 to October 28, 2017, 5 p.m.-10 p.m.

Admission: $15 adults; $10 children 3-12


The annual Salt River Fields Balloon Spooktacular offers a safe, fun and memorable trick-or-treat experience. The whole family will love this festival featuring nightly firework shows, live music, a pumpkin patch and a free KidsZone. Over 20 resplendent hot air balloons brighten the sky as they participate in the world’s longest continuous glow at over 3 hours. Tethered balloon rides are offered as well at an additional cost. Candy stations will be serving up more than 4,000 pounds of candy to trick-or-treaters. Older children and adults will enjoy the Free Haunted Trail manned by local high school students featuring surprises around every corner. Enjoy shopping in the Spooktacular Marketplace for arts, crafts and merchandise from local shops, or sip and savour beverages and holiday-themed foods from dozens of on-site vendors. Don’t forget to dress up for the nightly costume contests for kids, adults and groups.

Schnepf Farms Pumpkin and Chili Party

Where: Schnepf Farms, 24810 S. Rittenhouse Road Queen Creek, AZ

When: Recurring weekly on Sunday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, October 5 – 29, Thursdays and Sundays, 10 a.m.-9 p.m.; Fridays and Saturdays, 10 a.m.-10 p.m.

Admission: $20.00 (includes tax) at the gate or $15.00 at any FRY’S (children 2 & under free)


Voted by Phoenix Magazine, New Times, Sunset Magazine and numerous others as THE Best FALL Family event in the Valley!!! Schnepf Farms offers fun fall activities like hay rides, a 4-acre corn maze, a pumpkin patch, pig races and, of course, chili. Enjoy party food like a burger, chili dinner or succotash. Take a spin on exciting rides or the farm’s train. Friday and Saturday nights, you can enjoy a firework show. Don’t forget to purchase your Halloween pumpkin from the pumpkin patch during your visit.

Pumpkin Days and Corn Maze at Tolmachoff Farms

Where: Tolmachoff Farms, 5726 N. 75th Ave. Glendale, AZ

When: October 11 – 15, October 17 – 22, October 24 – 29, Closed Monday. Tuesday–Thursday 12 p.m.–8 p.m.; Friday 12 p.m.–11 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m.–11 p.m.; Sunday 10 a.m.–8 p.m.

Admission: $12 for ages 2 and up


Let the unforgettable fall season memories began at Tolmachoff Farms and experience the ultimate holiday outing where there is something for the whole family: Great big pumpkin patch, 6-acre family corn maze with a new theme every year (search for pieces of your map as you walk through), mini corn maze (perfect for the little ones), haunted corn maze (Do you have the courage to enter?). Other activities include a petting zoo, train ride, hay pyramid, corn box, adult/child pedal cart track, jumping pillow and much more.

Halloween Party and Ghost Hunt Night Hike

Where: Estrella Mountain Regional Park, 14805 W. Vineyard Ave. Goodyear, AZ

When: October 21, 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Admission: $6 Vehicle Entry


Celebrate the spookiest day of the year with Estrella. They’ll have music and dancing, games, crafts, live creepy crawlies and trick-or-treating at Estrella’s Nature Center. Fun and surprises are around every corner. Please come in costume. Stick around after the party if you’d like for a ghost hunt night hike!

Harvest Fest at the Pioneer Living History Museum

Where: Pioneer Living History Museum, 3901 W. Pioneer Road Phoenix, AZ

When: Recurring weekly on Sunday and Saturday from October 14, 2017, to October 29, 2017, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Admission: $10 online; $24 at gates. Children 2 and under are free.


A pumpkin patch, hay rides, gold panning, BB Gun Range, pumpkin bowling and more games, food and live music is only a hint of what you and your family will enjoy at Harvest Fest 2017! View the calendar and activities page on their website for a comprehensive list of events.

Strange Garden

Where: Desert Botanical Garden, 1201 N. Galvin Parkway Phoenix, AZ

When: October 27, 2017 to October 28, 2017, 5:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m.

Admission: Free with paid garden admission ($24.95 adults, $12.95 youth) or membership.


Join the Desert Botanical Garden at Strange Garden and encounter weird sights, fun tricks and enchanting creatures. Look out for our Mad Botanists as they dazzle you with tales of fascinating and peculiar plants. Dance ‘til you drop with groovy ghouls at the Spooktacular Monster Bash.

Enchanted Pumpkin Garden

Where: Carefree Desert Gardens, 101 Easy Street Carefree, AZ

When: Recurring daily October 20-29, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Admission: Free


Enjoy whimsical pumpkin carvings from master sculptor Ray Villafane. The Enchanted Pumpkin Garden is open to the public and woven throughout the 4-acre Carefree Desert Gardens. This one-of-a-kind event celebrates incredible artistry and the enchantment of the Halloween season and there is no other exhibit like it in the country. Stroll the 4-acre exhibit and discover whimsical pumpkin characters keeping time with the Carefree Sundial. We encourage people to visit more than once as the exhibits changed daily with newly carved pumpkins. There will be magical activities for both kids and adults as well as culinary delights and autumnal refreshments- including a craft beer garden and live music on the weekends.

Howl-o-Ween at the Phoenix Zoo

Where: Phoenix Zoo, 455 N. Galvin Parkway Papago Park Phoenix, AZ

When: October 27-28, 6 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.

Admission: $12.95 general admission (Children 2 and under are free)


Whether you’re looking for scary tricks or sweet treats, Howl-O-Ween is a delightfully spooky event for all ages. All activities are broken down as either Merry or Scary. Those listed as Merry are appropriate for all ages and those listed as Scary are for guests eight years and older who like a good scare! Please be aware of the activity’s description before participating. Tickets are limited. Don’t miss out… purchase yours before they disappear!

A-Scarium Halloween Weekend at OdySea Aquarium

Where: OdySea Aquarium, 9500 E. Via de Ventura Scottsdale, AZ

When: October 27, 2017, to October 29, 2017, Regular business hours

Admission: Complimentary with paid admission


Guests are invited to a special Halloween weekend event at the OdySea Aquarium October 27-29, beginning at 4 p.m. on Friday and running through the weekend. Professor Slithers returns with creepy crawly animals and his myth-busting assistants while Spooky Skeleton and Ghost Divers can be seen diving in SeaTREK and other exhibits. Complimentary tricks and treats for kids under 12 years of age will be offered in addition to themed exhibits throughout. Guests are encouraged to dress up for the holiday festivities.

See for a list of more fall festivities and Halloween shenanigans happening around Phoenix in 2017.

At Virginia Auto Service, we care a lot about the community in which we reside. We hope you enjoy the festivities we have listed and make many lasting memories with your family this Fall season. If you need help making sure your vehicle is up to the task of getting you to all the Fall fun safely call on us. We are your go-to in Phoenix, AZ for reliable, high-quality auto repair services. Call (602) 266-0200 or schedule an appointment online.