There is no season celebrated more than fall in Arizona. The temperature drops from the scalding summer temperatures and residents start to spend more than ten minutes outside, because, well, we can.
Not only do the people of Phoenix emerge from the cover of air conditioning, event planners, businesses, musicians, food trucks, and farms open for business with a bang. Truly, Phoenix in fall is the place to be.
After being shacked up all summer with your S/O it is time to start thinking about getting out on romantic dates again, and what better place than the happiest place on earth — Arizona in the fall.
One of the best ways to kick off fall is the annual Fall Restaurant Week right here in Phoenix. From September 21st - September 30th you and your partner can partake in over 100 local restaurants flexing their culinary skills in the kitchen and serving up a three-course meal for you and your partner at the pretty price tag of $33-$44/person.
Arizona State Fair
If you've never had a deep fried Twinkie before, have you really lived? The Arizona State Fair is the place to go for deep fried everything ... even deep fried fries. The third largest fair in the country is jam-packed with games, shopping, contests, entertainment, and shows. This year huge stars like Gary Allen, The Wallflowers, The Flaming Lips, Pitbull, and Big and Rich are slotted to perform in October.
Yes, the rumors are true. The leaves do change in Arizona, and it is quite a sight to behold. Grab your lady or gent, pack a picnic, and head up north to see the spectacle for yourself. Anywhere over the rim is a good place to start and Payson has everything you'll want for an afternoon adventure.
To get to the Mogollon Rim where the leaves are real 10's, take Highway 260 from Payson to Frost Road 300. Travel along the edge of the rim heading easy and you'll find your fall paradise.
For the Love of Tacos
If you are a living, breathing human being, you like tacos and this is the place for you and your date. The longest standing taco festival in the country is right here in Phoenix and from October 13-14 you and your honey will enjoy $2 tacos and up from the very best vendors in Arizona.
Relationships may come and go, but tacos last forever ... just saying.
Oktoberfest in the Desert
FOMO over German Oktoberfest no longer! Tempe is once again hosting Oktoberfest with Four Peaks Brewery, and it is so much more than just the beer! There will be live music, authentically German food (i.e. pretzels and brats), beer, carnival rides, dachshund races, keg tapping, and karaoke.
Whether you want to go solo with your honey or want to get a group together and dress in traditional garb, you'll have a blast. The event runs October 12th-14th at Tempe Beach Park and the grounds will be open from Friday 5 p.m. - 12 a.m.; Saturday 10 a.m. - 12 a.m.; Sunday 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Get into the Halloween spirit up at Tolmachoff farms. From pumpkin picking to corn mazes, you can do any and all things fall. Dates run from September 28th through October 31st in Glendale, AZ.
November is a time where the Phoenix sky lights up with Zoo Lights over Papago Park at the Phoenix Zoo. The scene is as childish (in a fun way) as it is romantic. Twinkling lights, hot cocoa, light jackets (because let's be real, it's still warm), and your honey are the only things you need for this fall adventure.
Get your tickets ahead of time and keep a keen eye on Groupon for discounts throughout the season.
Ghostbusters in Jerome
Nothing will get you in the Halloween mode more than sleeping in a haunted hotel and getting scared out of your mind! Hauntings await at the Jerome Grand Hotel, and we think it is the perfect setting for all things fall. In the small city of Jerome, you and your partner can spend a night geeking out over every squeak, rustle, and sound the historic hotel makes.
Pick Your Peach
Grab your SO and head up to Schnepf Farms where you can spend the day peach picking during their Peach Festival. Not only are you able to take a giant crate home after a day on the farm, you can enjoy some amazing food grown right on site at their restaurant, play with farm animals, and even stay the night in their airstream hotels.
Downtown Donut Festival
Just when you thought life couldn't get any better in Phoenix in the fall, downtown announced the annual donut festival for Phoenicians who have a love for donuts and an itching to get out and spend the day outdoors. Make this must-visit festival in November an all-day occasion!
Dia de Los Muertos Festival
Feeling festive? The Dia de Los Muertos Festival happens once a year at the Mesa Arts Center and includes live performances, a community altar, authentic food, and live music. Eat, dance, and celebrate The Day of the Dead.
Phoenix Pizza Festival
When pizza is life, so is the Phoenix Pizza festival. If you've ever wondered what it feels like to be in cheesy, carb-loaded heaven, this is it. Held downtown at Margaret T. Hance Park on November 21st, the pizza festival hosts hundreds of different variations of the pizzas we know and love.
Firebird Music Festival
Experience music in a new way at the fall Firebird Music Festival. Held at Westworld, the jazz festival brings some of the biggest names in the industry to perform while also providing concert-goers with experiences like art shows and high-end visuals and sound.
Salt River Fields Balloon Festival
Salt River Fields hosts the Balloon Spooktacular every year, and every year it just gets better and better. During the lead-up to Halloween, enjoy fall-themed activities, food trucks, and even a pumpkin patch. At the end of the night, cozy up with your honey and watch the firework show among over 20 hot air balloons that show up every year.
Old Bisbee Ghost Tour
The quaint small town of Bisbee gets a ghoul-y makeover in the Arizona Fall in the form of a ghost tour. Take the Bisbee Historic Ghost walk down Main Street and learn where to go to find the most haunted spots. If you dare to stay into the evening, the Bisbee Ghost Hunt takes place or you and your date can skip out and do the Haunted Bar Crawl, instead.