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Arizona's Fall Events and Festivals

October in Arizona isn't just about spooky ghosts and haunted houses. Navigate a corn maze, pick out your perfect pumpkin or just indulge in the fall-themed fun at these autumn events around the state.

Fall may look a little different in Arizona than in other parts of the country, but we still know how to embrace the changing season and enjoy the onset of autumn. To kickstart the fall-themed fun, we rounded up a few great festivals and places to navigate a corn maze and to pick out your perfect pumpkin!

As of 2020, many of the following events have implemented new policies for the safety of all guests including:

  • Limited admission / reduced occupancy
  • Increased cleaning and sanitization of hard surfaces and common areas
  • Hand-sanitizing or handwashing stations
  • No cash payments, or limited use

Please check each event's website or social media pages before venturing out to confirm any restrictions or changes that might impact your visit.

Fall festivals in the Greater-Phoenix area

Vertuccio Farms Fall Festival
Where: 4011 S. Power Road, Mesa (between the US 60 and 202 San Tan Freeway)
What: Activities on this 25-acre farm include a pumpkin patch, corn maze, zip line, hay climb, "spider web" crawl, giant tube roll and playground.
When: October 1 - November 1
Tickets: $12 per person (children 2 years and under free)

Local First Arizona Fall Fest
Where: Margaret T. Hance Park, 67 W. Culver Street, Phoenix
What: This family- and pet-friendly event celebrates all things local to Arizona. Held outdoors, the festival features 100 local vendors, live music, food samples from local restaurants, an Arizona beverage garden, kids activities, and a silent auction and raffle.
When: early November
Tickets: Free

Schnepf Farms Pumpkin and Chili Party
Where: 24810 S. Rittenhouse Road, Queen Creek
What: Part amusement park, part family farm, Schnepf's annual fall party is fun for both kids and adults. Spend your time playing mini-golf, wandering two corn mazes and riding the roller coaster. Or take a seat on the miniature train—day and "spooky" (night) times available. And, of course, it wouldn't be a chili party without plenty of chili and BBQ.
When: Thursday thru Sunday, October 1 - November 1
Tickets: $23 per person (children 2 years and under free) / discounts available

Arizona Harvest Fest
Where: Dr. AJ Chandler Park, 3 S. Arizona Ave, Chandler
What: Held annually in downtown Chandler, this open-air market is a perfect spot to start your holiday shopping—with more than 100 merchants selling gourmet food, home decor, jewelry, art, clothing and more. Stay entertained with live entertainment, kids' rides and a fun zone.
When: early November
Tickets: Free

Tolmachoff Farms Pumpkin Days & Corn Maze
Where: 5726 N. 75th Ave., Glendale
What: There's a big pumpkin patch, of course, but the highlight here is the farm's three themed-corn mazes: one for kids, another with a hidden puzzle, and a haunted maze (Fridays and Saturdays thru October 31 only).
When: October 1 - November 1
Tickets: $15 per person (children 2 years and under free) / Haunted Corn Maze starts at $25 per person

Mother Nature's Farm Halloween Pumpkin Patch
Where: 1663 E Baseline Road, Gilbert
What: Bring a picnic lunch. You're likely to be hungry after you pick your pumpkin, take a hayride, go through the spider web crawl, feed the animals and complete Alexander’s Adventure Maze. Don't forget to stop in at the Farm Boutique for some cute holiday decor and treats.
When: late September - October 31
Tickets: $10 per person (Sales inside the farm are cash ONLY.)

MacDonald's Ranch Pumpkin Patch
Where: 26540 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale
What: Pick your pumpkin or pan for gold at this family-run and family-friendly ranch. Other activities include a hay-bale maze, petting zoo, photo areas and lawn games. Canceled in 2020: the train ride, face painting, and the caterpillar bounce
When: early October - early November
Tickets: $10 per person (weekdays - closed Tuesdays) / $12 per person (weekends) / discounts available

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Fall festivities in northern and eastern Arizona

Mortimer Farms Pumpkin Fest & Corn Maze
Where: 12907 E. State Route 169, Dewey — about 1.5 hours north of Phoenix
What: Fun for the whole family, day and night. During the day, enjoy activities such as 40 (!) farm rides, u-pick fields, a 15-acre corn maze, ziplines, and a ropes course. At night, fire dancers, karaoke, pig races and barn dances add to the fun. Some activities only available during the weekend; check the site for details.
When: mid-September - early November
Tickets: Start at $10 per person (children 2 years and under free)

Willis Farm Fall Festivities & Haunted Corn Maze
Where: 381 S. 1st Street East, Snowflake — about 3 hours northeast of Phoenix
What: What separates this fall farm event from others is the addition of a game room and laser tag. Choose from two separate corn mazes, one of which gets overrun each Saturday evening with ghosts and ghouls as it transforms into a haunted maze.
When: late September thru October (Haunted corn maze on Saturdays only)
Tickets: Tickets are by activity, from $2-$15 per person

Fall events in southern Arizona

Apple Annie’s Orchard & Pumpkin Patch
Where: The Pumpkin Patch - 6405 W. Williams Road, Willcox — about 1.5 hours east of Tucson
What: Pick from more than just pumpkins at this popular southern Arizona orchard where you'll frequently see people pulling small wagons with buckets ready to fill, or families with strollers attempting the 20-acre corn maze.
When: Open year-round; pumpkins only available late September thru October
Tickets: Free to enter; produce prices vary by item and weight

Marana Pumpkin Patch & Farm Festival
Where: 14901 N. Wentz Road, Marana — just north of Tucson
What: Take a wagon ride to the pumpkin patch, where pumpkins are only 50 cents per pound. Also offers train rides, a petting zoo, zipline corn maze, and even a pumpkin cannon!
When: Thursday thru Sunday in October
Tickets: $11-$14 per person (kids under 34 inches are free)

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