In Arizona, as the temperatures cool off, the fall activities heat up. Here is a rundown of some of our favorite things to enjoy this fall…
Arizona State Fair – State Fairgrounds
The 2018 Arizona State Fair will take place October 5-28. First envisioned in 1884, over one million residents from across the state flock to the fair each year to enjoy its foods, exhibits, and entertainment. This year’s concert series includes artists like Pitbull, Paulina Rubio, The Flaming Lips and more. Tickets are $10 for Adults, $7 for Children 5-13 and Seniors 55+, Children under 5 get in free.
602-252-6771 • www.azstatefair.com
Schnepf Farms Pumpkin and Chili Party – Queen Creek
Schnepf Farms is hosting their annual Pumpkin and Chili Party October 4-29, every Thursday – Sunday. Admission is $20 at the gate or $15 at any Fry’s Food Stores (children under two are free). Admission includes hayrides, roller coaster, carousel rides, petting zoo, mini golf, corn mazes and more. Pumpkins are sold by size starting at $3 up to $15.
480-987-3100 • www.schnepffarms.com
Pumpkin Days and Corn Maze – Tolmachoff Farms
Let the unforgettable fall season memories begin at Tolmachoff Farms in Glendale September 28 – November 4 and experience the ultimate holiday outing where there is something for the whole family. Available activities include the pumpkin patch, a 6-acre family corn maze with a new theme every year and a mini corn maze (perfect for the little ones). Other activities are a petting zoo, train ride, hay pyramid, corn box, adult/child pedal-cart track, jumping pillow and more. They’re open Wednesday through Sunday plus Columbus Day. Tickets are $12 with free admission for children 2-and-under.
602-999-3276 • www.tolmachoff-farms.com
MacDonald’s Ranch Pumpkin Patch – Scottsdale
MacDonald’s Ranch in Scottsdale hosts their annual pumpkin patch September 29 – October 31, open 6 days a week, closed on Tuesdays. In addition to picking pumpkins, enjoy a petting zoo, haystack maze, Western games, hayrides, pan for gold in the gem mine and more. Admission is $10 per person on weekdays, $12 per person on weekends.
480-585-0239 • www.macdonaldsranch.com
Corn Maze and Fall Festival – Vertuccio Farms
The Vertuccio Farms Corn Maze and Fall Festival in Mesa returns October 1 – November 4, open 7 days a week. Admission is $10 and free for children two years old and under. Admission includes the 7-acre Corn Maze, mini golf, duck races, pumpkin bowling and more.
480-882-1482 • vertucciofarms.com
Tucson Meet Yourself – Jacomé Plaza
An annual folklife festival devoted to celebrate and explore Tucson’s myriad cultural diversity, Tucson Meet Yourself has been held annually in downtown Tucson since 1974. Dancing, singing, artwork and food from more than 30 different ethnicities are featured in the downtown area. Due to the vast amount of options, Tucson residents have come to call the event “Tucson Eat Yourself”.
520-621-4046 • www.tucsonmeetyourself.org
Rocker 7 Farm Patch Fall Festival – Buckeye
The Rocker 7 Farm Patch Festival in Buckeye will be open October 6 – October 28, with public hours every Friday – Sunday. Farm activities include a hayride, corn maze, sunflowers, pumpkin patch, petting zoo, jumping pillow, tractor tire playground, educational barn, corn seed box, and hay pyramid. General admission is $9 on Friday, $10 on Saturday and Sunday. Children in diapers are free, Seniors (65+), military personnel, and first responders receive a $2 discount.
623-208-8676 • rocker7farmpatch.com
Mortimer Family Farms Pumpkin Festival – Dewey
Mortimer Family Farms’ annual Pumpkin Fest & Corn Maze returns September 28 – October 28. This huge festival’s centerpiece is a 15-acre Pumpkin Patch and 15-acre Corn Maze. The festival is open every Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Columbus Day. Other activities include a magic show, pig races, dog show, obstacle course, zip line, hayrides and more. Advance tickets are $14.50 and children two and under are free.
928-830-1116 • mortimerfarmsaz.com
Pumpkin Patch Train – Grand Canyon Railway Hotel & RV Park
The Grand Canyon Railway’s Pumpkin Patch Train is back every Saturday and Sunday in October. Kids and parents alike are invited to don their favorite Halloween costumes for a fairy-tale ride through the countryside to a secret pumpkin patch, accessible only by train. Pick a special pumpkin of your choosing and then decorate it back at the Williams Depot. The cost is $27 for adults and $22 for ages 2-15.
928-635-4010 • thetrain.com
Fall at Pointe Hilton Squaw Peak Resort
This fall, gather friends and family at Pointe Hilton Squaw Peak Resort in Phoenix. Get creative and show off your carving skills during pumpkin carving and decorating at River Ranch on Thursday, October 25th at 3pm. Enjoy spooky cookies & punch. Additionally, on October 26th, 5-7pm, the resort will be celebrating the 22nd annual Pumpkins at the Peak. The event is an annual tradition in uptown Phoenix that brings community members and travelers alike together for a fun-filled Halloween experience benefitting St. Mary’s Food Bank. Glowing jack-o-lanterns, ghosts and goblins will transform the resort’s four acre River Ranch water park into a whimsical and spirited poolside carnival. The event is open to the public with 5 canned food items or a cash donation to St. Mary’s Food Bank. Book a fabulous fall fam-cation and receive a $50 daily resort credit applicable towards dining, spa or kids activities. Terms & conditions apply. Book online at squawpeakhilton.com.
Pumpkin Patch – Desert Ridge Marketplace
It’s beginning to look a lot like fall at Desert Ridge Marketplace! Experience the shopping center’s first-ever Pumpkin Patch from Oct. 19-31 in The District. Pick the perfect pumpkin from an array of options, plus sip on cider and snap a seasonal photo with the family. One lucky winner will score a jumbo pumpkin this season. Just guess the weight! To enter to win, visit the Desert Ridge Marketplace Pumpkin Patch from Oct. 19-26. One entry per person. Keep the fall fun going at Creepy Candy Crawl Oct. 27 from 3 to 5 p.m., where kiddos can dress in their Halloween best and trick-or-treat to Desert Ridge Marketplace retailers, participate in costume contests for prizes and spooky surprises in a scary-but-safe environment.
480-513-7586 • www.shopdesertridge.com
Nightfall – Old Tucson
An Old Pueblo Halloween staple, Nightfall provides its visitors with creepy live shows, spooky attractions, grotesque live characters, lethal libations, vicious victuals, and terrifying trinkets. The 28th edition returns on select dates from September 28 – October 31. It is a two-time winner of Hauntworld Magazine’s Top Ten amusement park Halloween Events in the United States. Due to the subject matter and realism of Nightfall, this event may not be, and most likely is not, appropriate for younger people. Admission is $29.50 for ages 12-and-over.
520-883-0100 • www.nightfallaz.com