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Through November 18
Fall Butterfly Exhibit
Visitors stroll among hundreds of delicate and colorful monarch butterflies as they take a closer look at the insects that care for and protect our desert environment. 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Call for ticket prices. Desert Botanical Garden, 1201 N. Galvin Pkwy., Phoenix,, 480-941-1225.

Through January 6
Untamed: Wild Compositions
The garden’s desert flora provides a rich backdrop for the work of Arizona-based artist Frank Gonzales, a classically trained painter known for his vivid avian subjects. The exhibit explores pollinators and natural elements of the Sonoran Desert, playfully arranged in dynamic and fantasy-rich compositions. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Call for ticket prices. Desert Botanical Garden, 1201 N. Galvin Pkwy., Phoenix,, 480-941-1225.

October 4
Art Handlers Triathlon (FREE)
Art professionals and museum workers install, handle and package artwork with precision, tenacity and white gloves as they compete for a coveted trophy. 7 p.m. Cash bar. Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, 7374 E. Second St., Scottsdale,, 480-874-4666.

October 4-28
Pumpkin & Chili Party
Hayrides, pig races, amusement rides, marshmallow roasts, bonfires, corn mazes, spooky train rides, a pumpkin patch, BMX and skateboard stunt shows, mini golf, fireworks and inflatables are among the highlights. Th and Su, 10 a.m.-9 p.m.; F-Sa, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. $20; free, children 1 and younger. Schnepf Farms, 24610 S. Rittenhouse Rd., Queen Creek,, 480-987-3100.

October 5
First Fridays Art Walk (FREE)
More than 70 Downtown art galleries and creative spaces are featured. 6-10 p.m. Check website for maps, parking and shuttle service from five “park-and-ride hubs,”, 602-256-7539.

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. Tickets start at $250. Phoenix Zoo, 455 N. Galvin Pkwy., Phoenix,, 602-914-4333.

October 5-7
Prescott Art Studio Tour (FREE)
This self-guided tour features 80 juried artists at more than 50 private studios and art centers as they demonstrate and share their talents. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Various Prescott-area locations,

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 Pitbull, Gary Allan, The Flaming Lips, 38 Special, The Wallflowers, Anthrax, Paulina Rubio, 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 6
Downtown Phoenix Oktoberfest
Wear your lederhosen (or shorts and flip-flops) and roll out the oompah as this event features live entertainment, polka dancing and the best in traditional German foods, including bratwurst, sauerkraut, schnitzel and strudel. Stein-holding, pretzel-eating and beer-maid costume contests add to the festivities. 4-10 p.m. $10-$15. CityScape, 1 E. Washington St., Phoenix,

October 6
Jerome Art Walk (FREE)
Meet the artists as 20-plus galleries and studios participate in this monthly night of art, music and gallery-hopping. 5-8 p.m. Jerome,, 928-634-0774.

October 6
Monster Jam
Dirt-flying, car-crushing action is on tap as the world’s best monster trucks and drivers battle it out in this explosive event of demolition, speed, power and stunts. Party in the Pits, 2:30-5:30 p.m.; show begins at 7 p.m. Tickets start at $15. University of Phoenix Stadium, 1 Cardinals Dr., Glendale,, 800-745-3000.

October 6
Pink Out 5K
Participants walk, run, skip or dance their way along a 5K course at this festive fundraiser for Don’t Be a Chump, Check for a Lump. Live music, local vendors, food trucks, children’s activities, cancer resources and free mammograms for women in need are included. 8-11:30 a.m. $40, adults; $15, survivors; $20, children 14 and younger. Steele Indian School Park, 300 E. Indian School Rd., Phoenix,, 602-688-5232.

October 6
Run for Ryan House
This annual event attracts runners, walkers, dogs and those in wheelchairs and strollers for a 5K and 1-mile family fun run. Proceeds benefit Ryan House, which provides world-class care and programs for medically fragile children and families as they navigate life-limiting or end-of-life journeys. 7 a.m. $15-$45. Riverview Park, 2100 W. Rio Salado Pkwy., Mesa,, 602-200-0767.

October 6
Shopping Extravaganza
Guests enjoy exclusive discounts and prize giveaways along with live entertainment, lunch, wine and chocolate tastings at this fundraiser, which benefits 18 local nonprofits. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. $25. Outlets at Anthem, 4250 W. Anthem Way, Phoenix,, 623-465-9500.

October 6-7
Railfair 2018 (FREE)
Model train displays and exhibits of seldom-seen railroad equipment are included, along with presentations about Arizona’s railroad history. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. $2, train and carousel rides. McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park, 7301 E. Indian Bend Rd., Scottsdale,, 480-312-2312.

October 7
Antique Show & Vintage Market
Thumb Butte Questers and Yavapai Questers present this show, which features a variety of antiques and vintage collectibles, jewelry, Western items and midcentury, architectural and repurposed salvaged pieces. Proceeds benefit historic renovation projects in the Prescott area. 8 a.m.-3 p.m. $3. Prescott Rodeo Grounds, 840 Rodeo Dr., Prescott,, 928-443-1862.

October 7
Art in the Olive Grove (FREE)
Artists of the Superstitions welcomes more than 20 artists for a day of fine art, entertainment and wine tasting. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Queen Creek Olive Mill, 25062 S. Meridian Rd., Queen Creek,, 480-888-9290.

October 7
Taste of the Wild
New Year’s in October is the theme of this fundraiser, which features samples from local restaurants, wineries and breweries along with behind-the-scene tours, entertainment, games, live music, a silent auction, raffle and animal presentations. 2-6 p.m. $75. Heritage Park Zoological Sanctuary, 1403 Heritage Park Rd., Prescott,, 928-778-4242.

October 7
Tour de Scottsdale
Hundreds of cyclists take to the streets for this 14th annual 30-mile and 70-mile race, which travels around Scottsdale McDowell Sonoran Preserve and benefits the McDowell Sonoran Conservancy. 6:30 a.m.-noon. $90-$140. Market Street at DC Ranch, 20555 N. Pima Rd., Scottsdale,

October 11
Demonstrate ArtWalk (FREE)
Scottsdale Gallery Association kicks off its Gold Palette ArtWalk series with this event, which features artist demonstrations, receptions, refreshments and live music. 6:30-9 p.m. Downtown Scottsdale,

October 11
Roars & Pours
Guests 21 and older sip and stroll select zoo trails while enjoying craft brews, wine and food, along with animal encounters, yard games, live music and entertainment. 5:30-8:30 p.m. $10. Phoenix Zoo, 455 N. Galvin Pkwy., Phoenix,, 602-286-3800.

October 12
City Lights Movie Nights (FREE)
Bring a chair or blanket and enjoy a screening of Coco as this outdoor movie series continues. This month’s screening is held in partnership with St. Mary’s Basilica to shed light on its Día de Los Muertos festival as it marches through CityScape. A pop-up hosted by Chico Malo, a display of low riders and live music are included. 6-9 p.m.; movie begins at 7 p.m. CityScape Phoenix, Central Avenue between Washington and Jefferson streets, Phoenix,

October 12-13
Vintage & Vino Market
Sip on a mimosa, glass of wine, craft beer or nonalcoholic beverage while perusing vintage and antique goods and handmade items from more than 100 vendors. Live acoustic music and children’s craft activities are included. A portion of proceeds benefits ChildHelp. F, 11 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sa, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. $6-$25. Horseshoe Park & Equestrian Centre, 20464 E. Riggs Rd., Queen Creek,

October 12-14
Phoenix Greek Festival
Come for the food and stay for the dancing as this 58th annual event features a full weekend of Greek music, art and children’s activities complemented by such ethnic favorites as gyros, spanakopita, ouzo flights and imported Greek beer and wine. F, 5-10 p.m.; Sa, 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Su, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. $3, adults; free, children 11 and younger. Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Community Center, 1973 E. Maryland Ave., Phoenix,

October 12-14
Rock Hounds Unite
The West Valley Rock & Mineral Club hosts its annual Helzarockin’ Gem & Mineral Show featuring rocks, gems, cabochons, jewelry, minerals, fossils, beads, slabs, gold panning, lapidary demonstrations and a rock scavenger hunt. Live music and food trucks are included. F-Sa, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Su, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. $3, adults; free, children 13 and younger. Buckeye Arena, 802 N. First St., Buckeye,, 602-405-2926.

October 12-May 12
Electric Desert
Cactus and desert become a living canvas in this nighttime experience by Klip Collective, taking guests on an immersive journey through the garden using light and original music. The exhibit includes seven site-specific locations. Call for times and ticket prices. Desert Botanical Garden, 1201 N. Galvin Pkwy., Phoenix,, 480-941-1225.

October 13
Dam Cancer! Run/Walk
This inaugural 5K offers a unique vantage point high above the lake’s surface, with the race taking place on the New Waddell Dam, which is 4,700 feet long and 440 feet high, and never before been open to the public. A vintage car show, DJ entertainment and food trucks add to post-race festivities. A portion of proceeds benefits Wigged Out, a nonprofit that assists those afflicted by medically related hair loss. 8 a.m. $46. Lake Pleasant, 8708 E. Harbor Blvd., Peoria,, 623-203-5173.

October 13
Earth & Space Exploration (FREE)
More than 40 interactive booths explore earthquakes, volcanos, magma, Earth satellites, deep-space missions, robotic rovers and missions to the moon, Mars and beyond as ASU School of Earth and Science Exploration hosts this family-friendly event. Meteorite collections and 3-D planetary shows are included, as well as an opportunity to meet experts in space exploration, geology, astronomy, cosmology and planetary science. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. ASU Interdisciplinary Science and Technology Building IV, 781 E. Terrace Mall, Tempe,, 480-965-5081.

October 13
Night for Sight
The Foundation for Blind Children hosts this fundraising dinner, which features a silent auction, dancing, live entertainment including dueling pianos and presentation of the 2018 Visionary Award to Valley TV personality Tara Hitchcock. A sink-or-swim yellow duck contest adds to the fun. 6 p.m. $750. Dominick’s Steakhouse, 15169 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale, 602-337-8268.

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. $12-$15, adults; $100 VIP; free, children 12 and younger. Salt River Fields at Talking Stick, 7555 N. Pima Rd., Scottsdale,, 480-270-5000.

October 13-14
Fall Plant Sale (FREE)
Plants that attract butterflies, hummingbirds and bees are featured, with proceeds benefiting the Butterfly Wonderland Foundation. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Butterfly Wonderland, 9500 E. Via de Ventura, Scottsdale,, 480-800-3000.

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 18
Birds ’n’ Beer (FREE)
Sip on a brew from AZ Wilderness Brewing Co. while enjoying an entertaining presentation on wildlife. 5:30-7:30 p.m. Nina Mason Pulliam Rio Salado Audubon Center, 3131 S. Central Ave., Phoenix,, 602-468-6470.

October 18-20
Phoenix Fashion Week  
This annual fashion extravaganza features established and emerging designer runway shows, seminars, designer- and model-of-the-year competitions, glitzy after-parties, the event’s signature Style Villa shopping experience and a Fashionably Pink charity runway show benefiting Don’t Be a Chump, Check for a Lump. Call for times and ticket prices. Talking Stick Resort, 9800 E. Indian Bend Rd., Scottsdale,

October 19
Care Card Party
Guests enjoy an evening of shopping and cocktails as Bungalow hosts this 13th annual kickoff for The Board of Visitors Care Card fundraiser, which benefits the Foundation for Blind Children. 4-7 p.m. A Care Card ($60) is required for entry and can be purchased at the door. Bungalow, 15330 N. Hayden Rd., Scottsdale,, 480-948-5409.

October 19
Empty Bowls Lunch
Guests select a handcrafted ceramic or glass bowl, fill it with a donated lunch and then keep the bowl as a lasting reminder of world hunger. Proceeds from the lunch and an online auction of arts and crafts benefit Foothills Food Bank and Resource Center. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. $15. Harold’s Cave Creek Corral, 6895 E. Cave Creek Rd., Cave Creek,, 480-488-6070.

October 19-28
Enchanted Pumpkin Garden (FREE)
Halloween spirit invades Carefree as this event features whimsical and elaborate pumpkin carvings by local artist and master sculptor Ray Villafane. The exhibit includes dozens of mischievous pumpkin characters perched throughout the 4-acre garden, handcrafted scarecrows, 3-D pumpkin faces and a 400-pound pumpkin perfect for selfies. A haunted house, costume contests, family carving nights, a corn maze and craft beer garden add to the festivities. 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Carefree Desert Gardens, 101 Easy St., Carefree,, 480-488-3686.

October 20
Applause! Gala
This fundraising dinner supports Phoenix Theatre’s work both on and off its stages. A cocktail reception and original musical tribute honoring individuals who have contributed substantially to the community are included. 5:30 p.m. $500. Phoenix Theatre, 100 E. McDowell Rd., Phoenix,, 602-254-2151.

October 20
Cooking with the Chiefs
Law enforcement agencies from around the Valley prepare original guacamole recipes as they battle for bragging rights. Twenty-five percent of sales during the event benefits Special Olympics of Arizona. 3-8 p.m. Macayo’s Depot Cantina, 300 S. Ash Ave., Tempe, 480-966-6677.

October 20
Fall Festival & Craft Fair (FREE)
Bounce houses, games, pony rides, a petting zoo, craft displays, food trucks and raffle prizes are included. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. (animal events 11 a.m.-1 p.m. only). Lutheran Church of the Master, 2340 W. Cactus Rd., Phoenix,, 602-997-7439.

October 20
Heritage Award Gala
Arizona Jewish Historical Society hosts this celebration, which honors Susan and Nestor Guzman for their leadership, service and dedication to the community. A cocktail reception, dinner, awards program and presentation by Bret Stephens, associate editor of The New York Times, are included. 6:30 p.m. $200. Scottsdale Plaza Resort, 7200 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale,, 602-241-7870.

October 20
MASKer Aide Ball
Live entertainment, dancing and silent and live auctions highlight this fundraising dinner, which benefits Mothers Awareness on School-age Kids. 6-10:30 p.m. $250. Fairmont Scottsdale Princess, 7575 E. Princess Dr., Scottsdale,, 480-502-5337.

October 20
NiteFlite Gala  
Scottsdale Active 20-30 Club presents this night of glitz and glamour, which features live entertainment, food and drinks from the Valley’s top restaurants and a raffle. Proceeds benefit more than a dozen local children’s charities. 6:30-10:30 p.m. $150-$250. W Scottsdale, 7277 E. Camelback Rd., Scottsdale, Festivities kick off with a golf tournament, Oct. 19, 10 a.m. shotgun start, check website for fees, McCormick Ranch Golf Club, 7505 E. McCormick Pkwy., Scottsdale.

October 20
Spark! After Dark (FREE)
A grownup’s playground, this monthly event features live music, art, food and drinks. 8-11 p.m. Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., Mesa,, 480-644-6500.

October 20-21
Fall Plant Sale (FREE)
More than 30,000 plants – including cacti, succulents, shrubs, groundcover, perennials, herbs, vegetables and unusual specimens – are showcased. Garden volunteers and staff horticulturists are on hand to answer questions, assist in plant selections and offer advice. Sa, 7 a.m.-5 p.m.; Su, 7 a.m.-3 p.m. Desert Botanical Garden, 1201 N. Galvin Pkwy., Phoenix,, 480-941-1225.

October 20-21
Gelato Festival
Get the scoop on artisan Italian gelato as this festival celebrates the creamy frozen dessert with endless samples of unique and original flavors custom-made for the event, presentations by award-winning chefs and gelato masters, eating contests and a chance to vote for the best flavor. Noon-7 p.m. $20-$30. Kierland Commons, 15205 N. Kierland Blvd., Scottsdale,

October 21
Dish It Out
Prominent local chefs battle it out Iron Chef-style on central stages as guests enjoy specialties from more than 80 local restaurant and beverage vendors. Live entertainment adds to the festivities. The culinary showdown benefits the Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Phoenix in the fight against childhood hunger. 5-8 p.m., $75; VIP: 4 p.m., $200. High Street, 5415 E. High St., Phoenix,, 602-343-1222.

October 24
The Greater Phoenix Chamber hosts an awards luncheon to honor Valley businesswomen for excellence in business and leadership, dedication to the community, and support and mentorship of other women. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. $95-$110. JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa, 5350 E. Marriott Dr., Phoenix,, 602-495-2182.

October 25
Book Signing (FREE)
Guests can meet author Gary L. Stuart, who offers a portrait of a determined and likable lawyer who went on to become a political force in Arizona and beyond in Call Him Mac – Ernest W. McFarland – The Early Arizona Years. 5:30-7:30 p.m. ASU Beus Center for Law & Society, 111 E. Taylor St., Phoenix,, 602-466-3333.

October 26-27
Spooktacular Balloon Fest (pictured)
Dozens of hot air balloons light up the sky at this Halloween celebration. Trick-or-treating, live music, arts and crafts, children’s activities, a haunted trail, pumpkin patch, costume contest, tethered hot air balloon rides and fireworks are included. 5-9:30 p.m. $15, adults; $10, children 3-12. Salt River Fields at Talking Stick, 7555 N. Pima Rd., Scottsdale,, 480-270-5000.

October 26-27
Strange Garden
Weird sights, fun tricks and curious creatures highlight this family experience, which includes dancing with groovy ghouls at the Monster Bash. Children are invited to dress in their Halloween best, with those 12 and younger invited to pick a pumpkin to take home. 5:30-9 p.m. Call for ticket prices. Desert Botanical Garden, 1201 N. Galvin Pkwy., Phoenix,, 480-941-1225.  

October 26-28
Cave Creek Corner Mercado (FREE)
Magic Bird Festivals hosts this new event series featuring arts and crafts, boutique apparel, gourmet culinary treats and Native American and Southwest-inspired designs by local and regional artisans. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Northeast corner of Cave Creek and Schoolhouse roads, Cave Creek,, 480-488-2014.

October 26-November 7
Now in its 15th year, this exhibit features 12 altars, or ofrendas, created by local artists in celebration of Día de Los Muertos, which honors the life and memory of lost loved ones. 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Call for ticket prices. Desert Botanical Garden, 1201 N. Galvin Pkwy., Phoenix,, 480-941-1225.

October 27
Harvest Festival (FREE)
Celebrate the completion of the 2018 harvest with live music, grape stomping photo opportunities, wine and a Le Nez du Vin (nose of the wine) competition. 11 a.m.-8 p.m. LDV Wine Gallery, 7134 E. Stetson Dr., Scottsdale,, 480-664-4822.

October 27
Island Cultural Festival
Polynesian, salsa and belly dancing take center stage as this sixth annual West Valley multicultural event celebrates music and dancing. A light show, eating contests and samples from Grand Canyon Brewing Company are included. 1-9 p.m. $15-$30. Windmill Suites Hotel, 12545 W. Bell Rd., Surprise,, 623-255-8491.

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.  

October 27
Model Home Showcase (FREE)
Four new neighborhoods by David Weekley Homes, Richmond American Homes, Gehan Homes and William Ryan Homes are open for tours, complemented by live music, free refreshments, food trucks, raffle prizes and children’s activities. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Desert Mirage Park, The Village at Vistancia, 11581 W. Tenaza Dr., Peoria,, 623-933-6233.

October 27
This benefit dinner gala honors Verma Nequatewa (“Sonwai”) and Howard R. and Joy M. Berlin while celebrating the exhibition opening of Yua: Henry Matisse and the Inner Arctic Spirit. Proceeds support educational programs and exhibits at the museum. 6 p.m. $750. Heard Museum, 2301 N. Central Ave., Phoenix,, 602-252-8840.

October 27
Noche en Blanco
All-white creative cocktail attire is the dress code for this third annual multicultural unity dinner. Guests can bring their own picnic dinners, or order a gourmet meal, bottles of wine and craft beers in advance. Live music, a pop-up bar and DJ dancing add to the festivities. Proceeds benefit the Hance Park Conservancy. 5-10 p.m. Visit website for ticket details. Hance Park, East Lawn, 67 W. Culver St., Phoenix,

October 27
Open House (FREE)
Midwestern University’s College of Veterinary Medicine offers a behind-the-scenes look at the state’s only veterinary school. Demonstrations focus on dog CPR and physical rehab, calf delivery simulation, horse husbandry and grooming, animal forensics and a police K9 team. Guests are invited to bring an “injured” small stuffed animal for repair. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Midwestern University, 5715 W. Utopia Rd., Glendale,, 623-537-6360.

October 27
Woodworking School Tours (FREE)
Demonstrations of woodturning, blacksmithing, pen making, hand woodworking and hand tools are featured as Southwest School of Woodworking hosts an open house. Classroom tours, door prizes and lunch are included. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Southwest School of Woodworking, 621 N. Seventh Ave., Phoenix,, 480-734-0274.

October 27-28
Día de Los Muertos Festival (FREE)
This spirited event features a variety of food options, musical and dance performances and hands-on craft activities. Sa, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Su, noon-5 p.m. Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., Mesa,, 480-644-6500.

October 27-April 30
Twenty-one gigantic creatures have taken up residence in this new animatronic exhibit. Encounters with real live bugs and other activities are included. Call for times and ticket prices. Phoenix Zoo, 455 N. Galvin Pkwy., Phoenix,, 602-286-3800.

October 28
Autism Speaks Walk
More than 20,000 participants enjoy a 5K and 1-mile family fun route while raising funds for Autism Speaks and the Southwest Autism Research and Resource Center. 8 a.m. Donations. Tempe Beach Park, 80 W. Rio Salado Pkwy., Tempe,, 480-450-3920.