11 Harvest Festivals In Arizona That Will Make Your Autumn Awesome
Summer seems to have lingered longer than we’d like in some parts of the state but that doesn’t mean we can’t start planning for a fun-filled autumn. In fact, the fall season officially begins in just two weeks so let’s take a look at some exciting things you can do once those temperatures begin dropping and the leaves start changing colors.
Note: All festivals are presented by date, so keep scrolling to find events in October and November.
1. Annual Seligman Oktoberfest, Seligman
Welcome the new season with a celebration of brews, live music, and delicious German food at one of Route 66’s best restaurants: Westside Lilo’s. The event takes place the day after fall begins, so get ready for a delicious time.
Date: September 23
2. Fall Pumpkin Celebration, Willcox
This multi-weekend festival takes place at Apple Annies in Willcox and gives you an opportunity to explore a working farm plus pick your own pumpkins and other fall fruits and veggies. Don’t forget to check out the corn maze and enjoy the pumpkin treats!
Dates: Saturdays and Sundays from September 23 through October
3. Cornucopia Fall Festival at Thorpe Park, Flagstaff
Celebrate the chilly fall days in Flagstaff with this fun community festival! You’ll get to see a variety of live music and dance acts, a beer garden featuring local microbrews, a pie eating contest, and hayrides.
Date: September 30
4. Pumpkin Days & Corn Maze, Glendale
Build unforgettable memories with your family at Tolmachoff Farms’ annual fall festival. Enjoy a pumpkin patch, various corn mazes, a petting zoo, and more!
Date: October 1-November 5
5. Annual Schnepf Farms Pumpkin & Chili Party, Queen Creek
The Phoenix area doesn’t see much in the way of a traditional fall season but you can get a feel for it by attending this month-long festival! Cooler temperatures, pumpkins, hayrides, rides for thrill-seekers, and a hot chili dinner are just the start of the list of fun things to do here.
Dates: Thursdays through Sundays in October
6. Annual Apple Festival, Crown King
Now in its 12th year, this annual festival in the Bradshaw Mountains features all the fun fall festivities you would want out of a small town festival. Enjoy a day of free hay rides, picking pumpkins, and enjoying local foods.
Date: October 7
7. Clarktoberfest & Dogtoberfest, Clarkdale
This tiny town has one howling event in their downtown area with free admission for an afternoon and evening of fun. You’ll find plenty of activities for the whole family, including your fuzzy canine kids with music, art, food, brews, and local wines.
Date: October 7
8. Helldorado Days, Tombstone
Now in its 88th year, this weekend-long event showcases the legendary Tombstone with reenactments, an 1880s fashion show, a carnival, and plenty of other fun activities.
Date: October 20-22
9. Celebraciones de la Gente, Flagstaff
Held at the Museum of Northern Arizona, this festival focuses on Día de los Muertors, or Day of the Dead, and the Indigenous cultures of Mexico. Enjoy a weekend of arts, crafts, music, dancing, and a chance to view the community altars with music and Mexican hot chocolate.
Date: October 21-22
10. All Souls Procession, Tucson
This community event celebrates life, mourns the death of loved ones, and brings the community together for a two-mile procession through downtown Tucson. Inspired by All Souls’ Day and Día de los Muertos, this event attracts hundreds of thousands of participants every year.
Date: November 5
11. Arizona Harvest Fest, Chandler
This November festival celebrates the fall season in the Valley with a huge open air market, live entertainment, games, and a beer garden with flavors of the season. The best part is the festival is free to attend, so round up your family for a fun-filled day!
Date: November 12
Want to check out more nature-centered ways of enjoying the fall season? You’ll love reading about some of our favorite fall hikes! Read more in
These 8 Easy Hikes In Arizona Will Show You The Best Views Of The Fall Season.
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