Datebook Picks For October

October 2-7


Inspired by the film, Waitress tells the story of Jenna, a waitress and expert pie maker, who dreams of a way out of her small town and loveless marriage. A baking contest in a nearby county and the town’s new doctor may offer her a fresh start. But Jenna must summon the strength and courage to rebuild her own life.

October 5

ZooFari, An Island Soirée

The wildest party in the Valley returns on October 5. Trade in your gowns and black ties for island-chic attire to support the privately funded Phoenix Zoo. The evening will include delicious cuisine and tempting libations, auction items, up-close encounters of animal residents, dancing to live music under the stars and a glimpse of ZooLights.

October 13

Jimmy Buffet

Calling all Parrotheads to downtown Phoenix. Join in the ultimate Margaritaville experience with Jimmy Buffet and his Coral Reefer Band as they perform such favorites as “Margaritaville,” “Cheeseburger in Paradise” and “Come Monday.” 

October 19-28

Care Card

Shop, save and give! By purchasing a Board of Visitors Care Card, priced at $60, you can shop and dine at over 500 participating retailers and restaurants and receive a 20-percent discount. Proceeds will benefit the Foundation for Blind Children. For a complete list of participating vendors, please visit the website.

October 27


Join supporters of Heard Museum at their annual fundraising event, Moondance. After previewing the newly-installed exhibition Yua: Henri Matisse and the Inner Arctic Circle, attendees will enjoy a seated-dinner and dancing to live music under the stars. Proceeds benefit the Museum’s exhibitions and programming.

October 5

Key To The Cure

Saks Fifth Avenue and TGen again host this annual fundraising event to benefit women’s cancer research. The festivities include a gourmet breakfast allowing attendees to mingle and peruse the designer raffle items. The event will conclude with a Best of Saks runway fashion show highlighting the fall trends from the current season. 

October 6 – January 27

Teotihuacan: City of Water,

City of Fire

This historic exhibition will showcase more than 200 artifacts including mural fragments, religious offerings, reliefs and sculptures from the UNESCO World Heritage site. Teotihuacan: City of Water, City of Fire sheds new light on the striking parallels between urban life in the ancient Americas and life in today’s contemporary cities.

October 19-28

Enchanted Pumpkin Garden

Halloween invades the town of Carefree in the form of whimsical pumpkin carvings from master sculptor Ray Villafane and his team for a fourth year. Magical activities for both kids and adults, culinary delights, autumnal refreshments including a craft beer garden and live music will add to the fun.

October 25-28

The Sleeping Beauty

Set to Tchaikovsky’s celebrated score, Ballet Arizona and The Phoenix Symphony bring this classic tale to life. Gleaming with vivid color and spilling over with princes, fairies and nymphs, the audience will be drawn into a world of romance, wonder and grandeur.

October 29

Christina Aguilera

This singer, songwriter, actress, and television personality will bring her Liberation Tour to Comerica Theatre. Fans can anticipate this Grammy Award-winning pop icon to perform such hits as “Genie in a Bottle,” “What a Girl Wants” and “Candyman.”