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October 2-7
A pregnant waitress trapped in an abusive marriage and looking for a happy ending relies on her quirky diner community for sustenance and support in this new Broadway musical with music by Sara Bareilles. Call for times and ticket prices. ASU Gammage, 1200 S. Forest Ave., Tempe,, 480-965-3434.

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,, 800-745-3000.

October 5
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. $250-$350. Phoenix Zoo, 455 N. Galvin Pkwy., Phoenix,, 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 Gary Allan, The Flaming Lips, 38 Special, The Wallflowers, 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,, 602-252-6771.

October 8
Foo Fighters
Mixing melodic hard rock with punk and blues elements, the band is recognized for such hits as “My Hero,” “All My Life,” “Best of You,” “Everlong,” “Monkey Wrench” and “Bridges Burning.” 7:30 p.m. Call for ticket prices. Talking Stick Resort Arena, 201 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix,, 800-745-3000.

October 11
5 Seconds of Summer
The chart-topping Australian pop rock band brings its Meet You There Tour to Phoenix, singing such hits as “Want You Back,” “Long Way Home,” “She Looks So Perfect,” “Youngblood” and “Don’t Stop.” 8 p.m. Call for ticket prices. Ak-Chin Pavilion, 2121 N. 83rd Ave., Phoenix,, 800-745-3000.

October 13
Calling all Parrotheads
Fans may blow out a flip-flop as they soak in the Margaritaville experience with Jimmy Buffet and the Coral Reefer Band. Expect a rich set list that includes such favorites as “Margaritaville,” “Cheeseburger in Paradise,” “Fins,” “Son of a Son of a Sailor” and “Come Monday.” 8 p.m. Call for ticket prices. Talking Stick Resort Arena, 201 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix,, 800-745-3000.

October 13-14
Arizona Taco Festival
Guests enjoy $2 tacos in chicken, pork, beef, seafood, veggie, dessert and anything-goes varieties, as well as salsa, guacamole and other Mexican fare as dozens of restaurants, chefs and food trucks compete for cash prizes and bragging rights. Live music, a tequila expo, margarita tent, Chihuahua beauty pageant, food contests, children’s activities and lucha libre wrestling are included. 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Call for ticket prices. Salt River Fields at Talking Stick, 7555 N. Pima Rd., Scottsdale,, 480-270-5000.

October 13-14
Sedona Arts Festival
This cultural celebration features more than 100 juried artists from across the country sharing paintings, ceramics, photography, jewelry, sculpture and works in glass, fiber, wood and metal. Live music, children’s activities and locally produced and packaged gourmet kitchen and bath items are included. Sa, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Su, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. $10-$12, adults; free, children 12 and younger. Sedona Red Rock High School, 990 Upper Red Rock Loop Rd., West Sedona,, 928-204-9456.

October 22
Boz Scaggs
The Grammy Award winner’s career dates back to the late 1960s with the Steve Miller Band and solo triumphs that include “Lido Shuffle” and “Lowdown.” Guest comedian Mark Cordes opens the show. 7:30 p.m. $35-$85. Celebrity Theatre, 440 N. 32nd St., Phoenix,, 602-267-1600.

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,, 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,, 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,, 800-227-2345.