Salt River Fields at Talking Stick
7555 North Pima Road , Scottsdale
October 26–27, 2018  n  5–9:30 PM
Adult general admission–$15
Children ages 3 to 12–$10, Two and under free

The 8th Annal Halloween Balloon Spooktacular is returning to Salt River Fields for the most exciting Halloween event the Valley has ever seen!!! Bring the entire family to experience Halloween in a fun and safe environment. Over 20 Hot Air Balloons on display and passing out 4,000 pounds of candy for trick-or-treaters, live music, food and beverage, a Kids Zone, vendor market, tethered balloon rides, a haunted house, fireworks and much more.



Howl-o-Ween at the Phoenix Zoo

Phoenix Zoo
455 N. Galvin Parkway, Phoenix
October 26–27, 2018  n  6–10 PM
General admission–$12.95
Member admission–$9.95
Two and under free

Howl-O-Ween features delightfully spooky experiences for the whole family. Activities are designated as “Merry” for all ages or “Scary” for guests over eight years old who like a good scare. Enjoy themed crafts, a trick-or-treat trail, games and monster mash dance party. And if you’re looking for thrills, be careful where you turn: witches, ghosts, and the Headless Horseman could be lurking around the corner.



OdySea Fall Festival

Odysea in the Desert
9500 E. Via De Ventura , Scottsdale
October 26, 2018  n  5–8 PM

Join us on Friday, October 26th as OdySea in the Desert and Macaroni Kid N. Scottsdale/PV present the second annual OdySea Fall Festival. Kids 16 and under and families are invited to participate in our not-so-spooky costume contest! The Studio 8 EE Rally Crew will be selecting winners from a variety of categories, and will be asking for crowd participation to find the best costumes, so be sure to bring friends and family to make your own personal cheering section!



Taste of Cave Creek

Stagecoach Village
7100 E. Cave Creek Rd. Cave Creek
October 17–18, 2018  n  5–9 PM

Mark your calendar for when Cave Creek offers its signature Taste of Cave Creek event. For 25 years, the town has offered this event as a chance for residents to mingle with neighbors and for everyone to sample the amazing fare offered from local restaurants and bars.



Pumpkin Patch!

MacDonald’s Ranch
26540 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale
Thru October 31 2018

See website for prices which include: visiting the petting zoo, run through the hay maze, panning for gold, hayride to the pumpkin patch, train ride to the pumpkin patch.



Nascar Can-Am 500 Race Weekend

7602 S Avondale Blvd., Avondale
November 9–11, 2018

November 9: Lucas Oil 150, NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Semi-Final Playoff Race under the lights. Prior to the Lucas Oil 150, don’t miss practice sessions for both the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series and NASCAR Xfinity Series before the starting line-up is set for the Can-Am 500 during Gatorade Qualifying.

November 10: Watch the future stars of NASCAR battle during the NASCAR Xfinity Series Semi–Final Playoff Race.

November 12 :Experience the intensity of the Playoffs – NASCAR style – at the Can–Am 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Semi–Final Playoff Race, November 11. Watch 8 Drivers battle for a Championship 4 spot. Watch the future stars of NASCAR battle during the NASCAR XFINITY Series Semi–Final Playoff Race on Saturday, plus Friday’s Lucas Oil 150 + Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Qualifying.



Downtown Donut Fest

Margaret T. Hance Park
67 W. Culver St. Phoenix
November 18, 2018  n  11 AM–3 PM
Price: $8

On Sunday, November 18, the very first Downtown Donut Festival will take over Margaret T. Hance park in Phoenix. Festival-goers can devour delicious donuts from over 15 of the best local donut shops. Craft beer, mimosas, coffee, music, a kids zone and sunshine will be the icing on the donut.

Craft beer, wine, and mimosas will cost $6 (cash only).

Water ($3) and soda ($2) is cash only.

Alcoholic drinks are paid for with drink tickets, which are purchased with cash.

Downtown Donut Festival is proud to support Downtown Phoenix Inc., a 501c organization that promotes the continued revitalization of downtown Phoenix. Through collaboration between businesses, City of Phoenix leadership and community groups, DPI coordinates activities between the Downtown Phoenix Partnership, Phoenix Community Alliance and Downtown Phoenix Community Development Corporation. DPI and its affiliate organizations are committed to making Phoenix a vibrant urban destination and one of the nation’s great cities.



The Polar Express Train Ride

Grand Canyon
Railway Hotel
235 N. Grand Canyon Blvd. William
November 9–11, Nov 15–18, Nov 21, Nov 23–26, Nov 28–Dec 2, Dec 5–10,
Dec 12–24, Dec 26–30, Jan 3–5, 2019
5:30 PM and 7:30 PM
Adults: $43–$55
Approximately 90 minutes
Children (ages 2-15): $33–$45
Christmas Eve: Adults $79; Children $59

Every winter the Grand Canyon Railway’s Polar Express comes to life on a journey from the nighttime wilderness of Williams, Arizona, to the enchanted beauty of “the North Pole”—where Santa Claus and his reindeer are waiting with a keepsake present for every good boy and girl. You’ll be smiling from ear to ear, as you watch children’s faces light up when the train arrives, and enjoy hot chocolate and chocolate chip cookies while listening to this timeless story.

Make this a family holiday tradition, and call today to make your reservations (because space is limited to those who truly believe in the spirit of Christmas). The ride lasts a little over an hour, with the train leaving each night at 5:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.




Phoenix Country Club
2901 N 7th St Phoenix
November 9–11, 2018

Official groupings and starting times are posted at the tournament site.



Phoenix Festival of the Arts

Margaret T. Hance Park
1202 N. 3rd Street, Phoenix
December 7–9, 2018 12–5 PM

Phoenix Festival of the Arts returns to Hance Park in Downtown Phoenix this December. Phoenix Center for the Arts is proud to present the seventh annual event, featuring more than 150 art and food vendors. It’s a perfect time to shop for local art and celebrate the season. Expect live entertainment, taking place on three stages, includes local bands, solo artists, dancers, choral groups, spoken word artists, comedians, art demonstrations, and more.




401 E Jefferson St, Phoenix
December 26, 2018  @  7 PM

The 2018 Cheez-It Bowl is a college football bowl game that will be played on December 26, 2018. It will be the 30th edition of what is now the Cheez-It Bowl, after laying the last four games as the Cactus Bowl and will be one of the 2018–19 bowl games concluding the 2018 FBS football season.




Avenue of the Fountains
12925 N. Saguaro Blvd. Fountain Hills
November 9–11, 2018  @  10 AM–5 PM

The Fountain Hills Festival of Arts and Crafts features nearly 500 artists, artisans and gourmet food provisioners. Over 200,000 visitors are attracted to this event to do their holiday shopping, purchase art and enjoy good food and live entertainment.



Saturday, December 30, 2018
National Bank of Arizona
Fiesta Bowl Parade
9 a.m.
Central Phoenix
Tuesday, January 1, 2019
State Farm Stadium
1 Cardinals Dr., Glendale,
Fan Fest Pregame Party
9:30 a.m.
State Farm Stadium, Great Lawn
PlayStation Fiesta Bowl
11 a.m.
State Farm Stadium