11 a.m.-8 p.m. at Wheeler Park, 211 W. Aspen Ave., Flagstaff. Live music, food and drinks are the glue that holds Oktoberfest together. Still, there’s much more going on. A costume contest, yodeling contest, and bratwurst-eating contest are just a few of the activities happening in Flagstaff on October 2. Proceeds from this event go toward The Flagstaff Alpine Ski and Snowboard Team’s scholarship program. Tickets are $7.
Mariachi and Folklorico Festival
7 p.m. at the Chandler Center for the Arts, 250 N. Arizona Ave. In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, this festival is back for its 22nd year. It might be tough to stay in your seats without dancing to the music of Mariachi Tesoro de Tucson, Herencia Mexicana, AZ and ranchera and mariachi soloist Sandra Guevara, along with various Folklorico dancers from Ballet Folklorico Quetzalli-AZ. Tickets are $35-$75.
7 p.m. at State Farm Stadium, 1 Cardinals Dr., Glendale. Get ready for high-flying stunts and four-wheel awesomeness at this year’s Monster Jam. Attendees will be able to check out battles between each Monster Jam athlete in their 12,000-pound trucks, going head-to-head for points in freestyle, skills challenges and racing competitions. Fans can vote for the winner or get involved in the pit party, which starts at 2:30. Bring headphones; it’s going to be loud! Tickets start at $20-$60, plus $20 for the pit party.
Arizona Wine Wagon
9 a.m. starting in north Scottsdale (location revealed at booking). A new way to experience Arizona’s wine country! The AZ Wine Wagon offers guests a day of exploring Verde Valley’s wineries without having to drive. The tour stops at three wineries in Cornville: Oak Creek Vineyards, Javelina Leap Winery and Page Springs Cellars. The tour takes about 10 hours. Single seats cost $119, or all 25 can be reserved for $2,500. Wine tastings at the vineyards are not included in the ticket price.
7 p.m. at the Fountain Hills Theater, 11445 N. Saguaro Blvd. The second performance in the “Series of One Night Stands” concerts, Masquerade features vocalists Elyssa Blonder, Renee Koher and Eddie Maldonado, accompanied by pianist Steve McCarvel. The group will perform music from the stage and silver screen from composers like Steven Sondheim and Andrew Lloyd Weber. Tickets are $35 for adults and $18 for 17 and under.
Sedona Arts Festival
9 a.m.-5 p.m. at Sedona High School, 995 Upper Red Rock Loop Road. The 30th annual Sedona Arts Festival will showcase over 125 juried artists from across the country. Guests can also listen to live music and enjoy raffle prizes, food and the newly added beer and wine garden. Grab some eats, some drinks and some beautiful art to take home. Tickets are $15 per person.
2-4 p.m. at the Cave Creek Museum, 6140 E. Skyline Dr. The Cave Creek Museum and Arizona Science Center will host this family-fun day that’s all about superheroes. Kids will have a chance to learn how superheroes use their powers and the science behind popular superpowers like freeze rays, shrinking abilities and lighting discharge. There are two sessions, the first from 2-2:45 p.m. and the second from 3-3:45 p.m. This event is free and sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Carefree. Registration is required.
SUNDAY 10/10 – FRIDAY 10/15
Wyatt Earp’s Vendetta Ride
Times vary. The starting point is 109 S. 4th St., Tombstone. If you ever pretended to be a cowboy when you were a kid, this event is for you. Take a five-day horseback riding trip into the Chiricahua, Dragoon and Whetstone Mountains to see the spots where Wyatt Earp and his posse had a shoot-out with the cowboys (and where some of them perished), Johnny Ringo’s gravesite and more. The trip is all-inclusive, meaning horses, tack and food are provided. Registration is $2,400 per person.
Prickly Pear Festival
8 a.m.-12 p.m. at the Holland Center, 34250 N. 60th St., Scottsdale. Family, friends and anyone interested in one of Arizona’s staple flavors can head to this outdoor event. Guests will learn how to harvest, clean, juice and prepare prickly pear, turning fruits and pads into nutritious and healthy food. After lessons, guests will enjoy lemonade, salsa, pudding and more, all made with the prickly pear. This event is free for all ages.
SATURDAY 10/16 – SUNDAY 10/17
Willcox Country Wine Festival
11 a.m.-5 p.m. at Willcox Winery, 157 N. Railroad Ave., Willcox. Guests will enjoy 16 of Arizona’s best wineries – with samples – along with over 30 non-winery vendors, including fine arts, artisan foods, vintage vendors, and live entertainment along with two food trucks, plus a beer selection for those who don’t do grapes. Guests can also participate in the Poker Run for $10 or tour the Rex Allen Museum. Tickets are $35 per person.
Vertuccio Farms Fall Festival
3-9 p.m. at Vertuccio Farms, 4011 S. Power Road, Mesa. Ring in the fall with activities galore! The festival features various family activities like a corn maze, petting zoo, duck races, slides, pumpkin bowling and more. Guests can also pick a pumpkin to take home. Snacks and drinks will be available for purchase. Tickets are $12 per person.
Día de Los Muertos
10 a.m.-5 p.m. at Mesa Arts Center, One E. Main St. Celebrate Día de Los Muertos with the annual event at Mesa Arts Center. Día de Los Muertos is a Latin American Art and culture related to the Day of the Dead holiday. There will be live music, various features and performances, plus activities for the whole family to enjoy. This event is free.
FRIDAY 10/22 – SUNDAY 10/24
2021 Burro Run and Apache Leap Mining Festival
7 a.m. on Main St. in Superior. This weekend is full of fun with the Superior Burro Run and the 33rd annual Apache Leap Mining Festival. The Burro Run is exactly what it sounds like. Teams of one human and one burro will race down Main, competing in a three, six or 12-mile race back to town. There will also be drinks and live entertainment. The Apache Festival kicks off with a carnival on Friday. Saturday and Sunday will have parades, music, food, vendors, Chihuahua races, mining competitions, and educational opportunities.