13 Fall Festivals in Metro Phoenix

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The fall is a wonderfully dangerous time in Phoenix -- we've survived summer (celebration is in order!) and for a few solid months, everyone decides to host a festival, special event, or series that'll fill your schedule from now until Christmas.

Sure, it's overwhelming, but we've narrowed the list to 13 events that you'll want to mark in your busy schedule. (Trust us.)

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Rebekah Zemansky

OCTOBER:
12. Tutu Tuesday - October 2
When: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. (group photo at 12:30 p.m.)
Where: Mesa Arts Center,1 E. Main St. Mesa
How much: Free (but tutus available to pre-order)
What you'll do: in an event organized to express solidarity for Breast Cancer Awareness month, Mesa Arts Center will showcase the work of photographer Bob Carey and create the biggest gathering of people in pink tutus as part of Carey's ongoing Tutu Project.

See also:
- Photographer Bob Carey on Growing up in Phoenix and His Latest Work, "The Tutu Project"
- The NFL Announces Support of Bob Carey's The Tutu Project with a Half-Time Show and, Yes, More Tutu Photographs

11. Herberger Theater Festival of the Arts - October 6
When: noon to 5 p.m.
Where: Herberger Theater, 222 E. Monroe St, Phoenix
How much: $5 for 13 and up, free for 12 and under
What you'll do: dance, theater, food, art, music, pet adoptions and more.

Rainbows Festival - October 6 and 7
When: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Where: 10. Historic Heritage Square, 115 N. Sixth St. Phoenix, AZ 85004
How much: Free
What you'll do: each year Rainbows Festival features a wide variety exhibits and entertainers who celebrate diversity and this year there will be a second stage for added events like the Junior Miss & Mister Gay Pride Contest, OUTdayPHX and Drag Performances

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9. Tempe OktoberFest - October 12-14
When: Friday 5 p.m. to midnight, Saturday 10 a.m. to midnight, Sunday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Where: Tempe Town Lake, 620 N. Mill Ave. Tempe
How much: Free
What you'll do: Tempe Sister Cities makes presentations from partner cities around the world, kids can fill their Festival passports with stamps from rides and crafts zones, adults can sample beer and wine and everyone can enjoy shopping and unique live music acts each day

8. Grand Avenue Festival - October 20
When: 11am-8 pm, with After Hours event 8-10pm
Where: Grand Avenue Arts District, roughly b/t 7th and 16th avenues Phoenix
How much: Free
What you'll do: activities include an outdoor movie theater, historic building tours, local art exhibits and shopping

7. Coffee, Cookies and Crafts - October 20
When: noon to 5pm
Where: Bragg's Pie Factory, 1301 Grand Ave. Phoenix
How much: Free
What you'll do: enjoy all ages craft events and local vendors

6. Dia de los Muertos - Oct 30-31
When: Saturday 10am-5pm, Sunday noon-5pm
Where: Mesa Arts Center,1 E. Main St. Mesa
How much: free
What you'll do: listen to the music, watch performers, eat, browse a mercado full of arts and crafts and on Sunday join the procession and candle lighting

Coming up on the next page: November...


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