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October Events


Pumpkin Days and Corn Maze (October 1 – November 10)

Have an unforgettable fall season at Tolmachoff Farms and experience the ultimate holiday outing where there is something for the whole family: A great big pumpkin patch, six-acre family corn maze (search for pieces of your map as you walk through), mini corn maze, and a haunted corn maze. Other activities include a petting zoo, train ride, hay pyramid, corn box, pedal cart track, jumping pillow and much more.

Schnepf Farms Pumpkin and Chili Party (Thursdays-Sundays through November 3)

Fun for the whole family on the farm! For the entire month of October (Thursdays-Sundays) Schnepf Farms offers fun fall activities like hay rides, a corn maze, a pumpkin patch, pig races and, of course, chili.

CALA Alliance Festival (October 6 – November 5)

The month-long valley-wide celebration allows audiences and participants to enjoy the artistic, musical and culinary offerings of the regional Latino community through various exhibits, concerts, street fairs and more. Audiences can look forward to a cornucopia of exhibits, performances and cultural activities showcasing the work of top-notch Latino and Latin American artists.

Arizona State Fair (October 11 – November 3)

There will be something for everyone in the family at the Arizona State Fair this year. Numerous food booths will be there to satisfy your carnival cravings. Musical guests Alabama Shakes, Billy Currington, The Wanted, Trace Adkins, ZZ Top and more will be performing. With Native Spirit Dancers, the Great American Petting Zoo, and the Great American Duck Race, there will always be attractions for the family.

Oktoberfest at Tempe Town Lake(October 11 –13)

Come out and enjoy Oktoberfest at Tempe Town Lake this year. There will be 15 kinds of German beer, authentic German food, wine gardens, Daschund racing, Kinderfest KidsZone, music and much more.

PoeFest at Hotel San Carlos (October 11, 12, 18, 19, 25)

Produced by Arizona Curriculum Theater, PoeFest 2013 marks the fifth year of presenting a month-long festival celebrating the works of Edgar Allan Poe. PoeFest is not a reading. The actors perform Edgar Allan Poe’s stories in character as inmates from a 19th Century asylum for the criminally insane. Poe’s stories rotate nightly and are presented inside the Ghost Lounge at the historic Hotel San Carlos, frequently listed among the top ten most haunted hotels in America. Stories include Annabel Lee, The Raven, The Cask of Amontillado, The Black Cat, The Tell-Tale Heart, and more.

Greater Phoenix Greek Festival (October 11–13)

This festival is an opportunity to share in the rich history, culture, and culinary delights of Greece. In addition to the authentically-prepared Greek cuisine, you can sample some imported Greek wine, beer and, of course, ouzo and the Greek classic Metaxa. Additionally, the nationally-recognized community dancers, in traditional costumes from the various regions of Greece, will be performing throughout the weekend.

Octoberfest at Salt River Fields (October 12)

Octoberfest returns to Salt River Fields for another great year. Enjoy one of the Valley’s biggest celebrations of beer with activities for the whole family, great food, live music, kids zone, interactive games and more.

31st Annual Native American Connections Parade (October 12)

The parade is produced by Native American Connections and features nearly 100 entries every year and shares the rich cultural exchange through the vibrancies of Native American art, music, and dance in heart of Downtown Phoenix. This year’s parade theme is “Native American Pride: Celebration of Culture through Art, Music, and Dance.”

Great Pumpkin Festival (October 17-20)

Every autumn the Desert Botanical Garden’s Great Pumpkin Festival is one of the Valley’s favorite places to find that special pumpkin. Take an authentic hayride out to the Garden’s pumpkin patch, where each day children 12 and under can choose their own free pumpkin. Get lost in the Amazing Hay Bale Maze, visit with adorable farm animals in the petting zoo, enjoy lively country and western entertainment, carnival style games and much more!

St. Rose 2013 Oktoberfest (October 18-19)

This two-day event means authentic German and American food, live entertainment and lots of fun for the whole family!

Bratwurst, soft pretzels, apple strudel and other German favorites put the Oom-Pah in Oktoberfest 2013.

Arizona Taco Festival (October 19–20)

More than 50 teams take up the taco-making challenge as fans sample and savor their creations. Taco competitors are judged by officials of the National Taco Association. The stakes are higher than ever with the $10,000 cash prize that taco teams are battling for. The event is filled with music, food, and fun including, lucha libre wrestling, boutique tequila expo, more than 100 types of tequila and more.

Rainbows Festival and Street Fair (October 19–20)

The annual Rainbows Festival and Street Fair is a celebration of the diversity of the LGBTQ community. The event is located in historic Heritage Square Park in downtown Phoenix. Each year, the Rainbows Festival draws a crowd in excess of 12,000 friends, families and allies. Rainbows Festival is the second largest LGBTQ event in the state of Arizona, only second to the Phoenix Pride Festival.

The annual Rainbows Festival is a free event open to the public. There will be nearly 150 exhibitors and sponsors throughout the two-day event. Rainbows Festival is the new home of OUTdayPHX, a celebration of National Coming OUT Day.

Halloween Balloon Spooktacular (October 25-26)

This fourth year of Halloween fun for the whole family returns to Salt River Fields. Featuring more than 20 colorful hot air balloons to light up the sky, 1700 pounds of candy for Trick-or-Treaters, tethered hot-air balloon rides, live music, food, drinks, kids zone, a haunted house fit for all, fireworks and more.

Wild Western Festival (October 25-27)

One of the biggest and best Western events in America features gunfights, stunt shows, American Indian dancers, trick horses, magic shows, live music, a kids korral and much more.

Dia de los Muertos Festival (October 26-27)

Spirits will connect at the Mesa Arts Center’s annual Dìa de los Muertos Festival – a community celebration complete with a community altar, live music and performances.

The Day of The Dead festival will also feature delicious food, a mercado featuring an assortment of Dìa de los Muertos merchandise, jewelry, arts & crafts, the Bookmans family activity area and more.

Autumnfest 2013 (October 26-27)

Celebrate all things fall as the Anthem Community Council hosts its sixth-annual Autumnfest. This family-friendly event celebrates the season with fall-flavored festivities including arts & crafts vendors, carnival rides, pumpkin picking and an apple pie baking contest.

Scottsdale’s 44th Annual Fall Festival (October 26)

Kids and families can enjoy a live magician, haunted house, 25 carnival games of different skill levels, inflatables, and costume contests. There will even be a play area for the real little monsters in the TOT’s area. Be sure to grab some tasty treats from a variety of food vendors during the event, and especially before Scottsdale’s best up-close firework show goes off.

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47th Annual Jerome Historic Home and Building Tour: What you will see

Source: -By  – Phoenix Day Trips Examiner

Exciting plans are under way for the 47th Annual Jerome Historic Home and Building Tour on May 19-20, 2012. This longest running tour in the state of Arizona promises a look at the historic gems of this charming town including some never seen treasures that will delight visitors. Tickets will be sold on Main Street, right in the center of town at the old firehouse and cost $12 for adults and $6 for children. The first tickets are sold at 9:00AM and the final tickets each day will be sold at 3:00PM, leaving two hours for latecomers to get through the tour by 5:00PM.

The oldest home on tour was built in 1899 and is one of the last homes on the way out of Jerome. Hear some exciting stories about the original owners and the high jinx of the current owners who have enjoyed this home as the Gillenwater family retreat for the past 25 years.

Across the street, The Klagge Home began its life as a one story home right on Clark Street and expanded down the mountain into an art filled three story retreat with a history rich in Jerome intrigue. A new art studio has made it to the list this year.

On Center Street, in the heart of the residential area, textile designer Barbara Fowler will open her doors to show guests her splendid space and explain the process from creation to fabric, all set on the hillside of Cleopatra Hill.

Four more stops on the tour will complete the perfect day in Jerome with all the charm and history of the picturesque mile high town.

In speaking to the owners of this year’s line-up of homes and buildings, the most impressive aspect is their love of the historic town of Jerome. Gil Gillenwater, one of the owners of the Clark Street gem, tells stories with true enthusiasm for all the quirkiness of the place. Purchased in 1983, the twenty-something siblings had eyed the property from a hand-made flyer in 1979, hawking a home with a ‘trillion dollar view’. Four years later, they purchased it as a getaway and proceeded to spend Thanksgivings and holidays in the two-story home for many years prior to the extensive renovation, which has transformed the home into one of Jerome’s most beautiful houses. Being the home closest to 89A in the State of Arizona turned out to be just too tempting for the three boys who were known to jump from the balcony onto passing RV’s for a ride into town for a brew at The Spirit Room. Their sister, who was not a jumper, was known to dance on the highway during their holiday events. Interesting enough, the original owner of the home, James Cain, was the mayor of Jerome in 1917 and was responsible for the NO SPITTING ordinance, which he invoked that year. No doubt, he would have had some stern words for the Gillenwater family.

Across the street, a Jerome banker built The Deming/Klagge home in 1914. Newspaper clippings show that Mr. Deming was twice indicted of bank fraud before he left town for greener pastures. The Klagges have brought this home into a new life filled with mostly Jerome Art, lovely outside decks and forever views of The Verde Valley as well as a bird’s eye view of The Gulch, the lower section of Jerome where people live tucked away behind the trees. They have nicknamed the house “The Catbird Seat”. This is an idiomatic expression used by the late baseball radio announcer Red Barber to denote “sitting pretty” or being in an enviable position.

Mary Wills and Sally Dryer, the owners of Nellie Bly Kaleidoscopes in Jerome, have been renovating The Sullivan Hotel since 2006. The Main Street frontage houses the Kaleidoscope shop and the renovation in the back will be unveiled during the tour this year. This building was owned by Jennie Bauters (aka Belgian Jennie), the infamous madam who was murdered in Gold Road, AZ in 1905. She was also thought to be the richest woman in Arizona at the time of her death. After a massive fire in 1899, Jennie rebuilt the structure out of stone to house the infamous cribs for her working girls. Thisincredible structure has been brought back to life with years of labor and love. Master woodworker Steven Gray has contributed his skillful handiwork and visitors will see his contemporary interpretation of a historic bathroom.

The Miner’s Cottage on Main Street is masterfully renovated by Wendy Jackson and has been noted on construction maps as early as 1886. The current property covers what originally held three structures. Early residents were The Rudy family. Mrs. Rudy ran a dress shop on the street level and Mr. Rudy was an electrician with the Verde Central Mine. It is believed that local miners rented space from the family. This seems to be the origin of the name of the home.

Jerome Town Hall is a stop on the tour this year. This 1924 building was originally known as The Clark Street School. After the mines closed, there were no more children in town and the building was vacant until the 1970’s. Stories abound of the new life as a disco, restaurant, shops and pub. Today, guests will see the Jerome Library, the Town Council Chambers and the newly remodeled upstairs classrooms. Be ready for a surprise as school might just be in session during the tour.

The Jerome Historical Society has owned a Main Street building called The Boyd Hotel since 1956. This is one of the first brick walled structures in Jerome following the fire of 1899. Originally owned by Kitty Boyd, The Boyd Hotel continues to be used as housing with storefronts on the street level. In 2004, The Historical Society won The Governor’s Heritage Preservation Honor Award for major work, making the entire building useable. Guests will see the newest part of the hotel, which will be used as a vacation rental in the near future.

This is a guided tour with transportation provided from home to home. The all-volunteer docents will explain the history and the fascinating stories behind each venue. There are plenty of steps and winding paths so the tour will not be handicapped accessible. For more information, contact The Jerome Chamber of Commerce at (928) 634-2900..

Information provided by: The Jerome Chamber of Commerce

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Maricopa County All Parks & Recreation Events Feed Update

Maricopa County All Parks & Recreation Events Feed Update.

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