October 5-7

Phoenix Fashion Week

www.phoenixfashionweek.com

This annual extravaganza features established and emerging designer runways shows, seminars, designer and model competitions, after-parties, shopping experiences and a charity runway show benefitting Don’t Be a Chump, Check for a Lump.

October 5-22

Neil Simon’s Chapter Two

www.arizonatheatre.org

Neil Simon’s semi-autobiographical comedy was hailed by The New York Times as “snappy, funny and artistically honest…will have you simultaneously laughing and crying.” The ATC production will be directed by Marsha Mason, who starred in the film version of Chapter Two.

October 6-29

Arizona State Fair

www.azstatefair.com

Rides, midway games, animal exhibits, culinary competitions and more deep-fried-food-on-a-stick that you could ever imagine, return to the Arizona State Fairgrounds. Gary Allan, CAKE, Jake Miller, Snoop Dogg, Marilyn Manson, Gin Blossoms and Rick Springfield are among the entertainers.

October 14

ZooFari, Back from the Brink

www.phoenixzoo.org

Journey back in time and experience an evening with a prehistoric twist. Feast on delicious cuisine and tempting libations created by local chefs and beverage purveyors.  Leave your footprint on the dance floor and drop some bones on the Zoopendousaurus raffle and silent auctions. Proceeds benefit the Phoenix Zoo.

October 14-15

Arizona Taco Festival

www.aztacofestival.com

More than 50 teams take up the taco-making challenge as fans sample and savor their creations. The event is filled with music, food, and fun including, Lucha Libre Wrestling, Hot Chili Pepper Eating Contests, a tequila expo and margarita tent, Chihuahua Beauty Pageant, live entertainment and lots of activities for the kids.

October 15

Erth’s Dinosaur Zoo Live

www.measartscenter.com

It’s the ultimate play date as children dare to get up close with lifelike dinosaurs. Designed with the help of professional paleontologists, the creatures are brought to life by a team of skilled performers and puppeteers.

October 26-29

Swan Lake

www.balletaz.org

Ballet Arizona presents the legendary story of romance, sorcery and betrayal which centers around the universal struggle between good and evil. Tchaikovsky’s beautiful music complements the elegant performances by this talented company.

October 27-28

Balloon Spooktacular

www.srfballoonfestivals.com

More than 20 hot-air balloons will light up the night sky. This Halloween Festival includes candy for trick-or-treaters, live music, a haunted trail, arts and crafts activities, a pumpkin patch, tethered balloon rides, costume contests and fireworks.

October 27-29

Bruffy’s Best

www.phoenixchorale.org

The Phoenix Chorale honors Charles Bruffy with a program of his favorite pieces. Artistic director of the Grammy-winning ensemble for nearly two decades, Bruffy steps down after this celebratory weekend.

October 31 – November 5

Something Rotten!

www.asugammage

Set in the 1590s, two brothers are desperate to write their own hit play, but fellow playwright Shakespeare keeps getting all the hits. Thanks to a local soothsayer, they learn that the future of theater includes singing and dancing, and proceed to write the very first musical.