Outdoor gatherings to celebrate the arrival of cooler weather The heat may be gone, but the festivals are not! Celebrate the change of season by filling your calendar with fall-themed celebrations around the Valley.
BY MANDY HOLMES
Fun and Games Grab your bags and get ready to prove who’s the boss of the toss at The Churchill’s October corn hole tournament on Oct. 15 from 7 to 10 p.m. In addition to bag tossing and competitive comradery, attendees will be able to sip a local brew or grab a bite to eat between games from one of The Churchill’s 10 vendors or simply practice their underhand toss with other cornhole enthusiasts. www.thechurchillphx.com. Cider Time Nothing says fall more than a refreshing glass of cider. The Southwest Cider Fest, hosted by Cider Corps, will showcase the growing popularity of craft cider on Oct. 19 from 3 to 8 pm in downtown Mesa. The festival will include tastings of local and regional ciders, food trucks and music. General admission tickets ($35) will include a commemorative glass and 15 drink tickets, while VIP tickets ($50) will get attendees in an hour early with five additional drink tickets and a commemorative T-shirt to take home. www.swciderfest2019.eventbrite.com. For the Dogs The Valley's most dog-friendly Oktoberfest will take place Oct. 20, from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. at OHSO Arcadia. All proceeds raised will benefit the Arizona Animal Welfare League, and as tradition dictates, the gastropub will have a special brew on tap: Saving Pups Pumpkin Lager. Tickets are $39 individually or two for $69 before Oct. 11 and include a Chicks with Picks concert, brews, fall fare including brats, sliders, and macaroni and cheese, pet goody bags, and a silent auction and raffle. Friendly four-legged guests are welcome to attend. www.aawl.org. Up, Up and Away Thrills, chills, and 4,000 pounds of candy is what the Spooktacular Balloon Festival is all about. The Halloween bash will combine more than 20 tethered hot air balloons and fireworks with a Spooky Trail, costume contest, and trick or treating. The festival will take over Salt River Fields on Oct. 25 and 26 from 5 to 9:30 p.m. for kids and families looking to "soar" into the night's sky. Food and drinks will be available for purchase. Adults, $12; Kids 3-12 years old, $10; and kids 2 and under are free. www.azspooktacular.com. A Family Affair Bring the family to Uptown Plaza on Oct. 26 from 2 to 4 p.m. for face painting, pumpkin decorating, Halloween crafts, and giant yard games. Live acoustic music will fill the courtyard from 4 to 6 p.m. and visitors are encouraged to visit the various shopping center stores and eateries for free samples. www.uptownplazaphx.com. Cultural Celebration Pack a blanket and grab a spot on the grass for the Dia de los Muertos Festival, which will take place Oct. 27 from 1 to 7 p.m. at Steele Indian School Park. The unique event will feature music, dancing, masked performances, kids art activities, an artist’s mercado (or market) and a candlelight celebration to keep families connected to their cultural heritage and traditions. www.diadelosmuertosphx.com.
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