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Posted: Monday, September 9, 2013 11:30 am | Updated: 12:05 pm, Mon Sep 9, 2013.

Plan now for an autumn full of fun in the East Valley.

Gilbert Constitution Fair

Second generation Osmond family recording artist and “American Idol” contenstant David Osmond performs at this civic- and historic-minded affair, where you’ll find replicas of American landmarks like Washington Monument and Independence Hall, costumed re-enactors, community and food booths, and a kids’ zone. Look to the sky for military flyovers and fireworks.

DETAILS >> 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Sept. 21. Gilbert Town Hall at Warner and Gilbert roads. Suggested donation is $5 per person or $15 per family. (602) 549-7580 or


Arts, crafts, jewelry and gifts vendors line both sides of the street the first and third Saturday of each month, making a good excuse to enjoy the pretty weather, grab a bite at a downtown eatery, and listen to a live band or two usually supplying tunes for the event.

DETAILS >> 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. first and third Saturdays of the month, October through April. Along Macdonald between Main Street and Pepper Place in downtown Mesa. Free admission. (480) 644-6500 or

Schnepf Farms’ Pumpkin & Chili Party

A pumpkin patch, hayrides, corn mazes, bonfires, rides, pig races and fireworks make this annual farm fest a Fall must-do.

DETAILS >> Opens 10 a.m. Thursdays through Sundays in October. Schnepf Farms, 24810 S. Rittenhouse Road, Queen Creek. $17 at the gate, $14 tickets available at Fry’s Food Stores. (480) 987-3100 or

Chandler Oktoberfest

Beer, brats and bands — that’s really all you need to know about this sixth annual event put on by local beer maker SanTan Brewing Company. The Expendables headline, and there are beer games, brat-eating contests and a family zone. Lederhosen optional.

DETAILS >> 4 p.m. to midnight Oct. 5. Dr. A.J. Chandler Park, 3 S. Arizona Ave. $10 admission. Pre-sale tickets available for $8 at Basha’s grocery stores. Free for kids 12 and younger. Food and drink cost extra. (480) 234-4232 or

Chandler Indian Art Market

Native American entertainers, demonstrators, artists and vendors fill downtown Chandler with performances, art and food from indigenous cultures across the Southwest.

DETAILS >> Oct. 11-13. Dr. A.J. Chandler Park, 3 S. Arizona Ave. Free admission. (480) 782-2214 or

Tempe Oktoberfest

A sprawling celebration of Bavarian beer, food and music, it features a carnival, “Weiner Mania” dachshund dog racing, a KinderFest area for kids and live bands. On Family Sunday, food and activity tickets are 25 for $20.

DETAILS >> Oct. 11-13. Tempe Beach Park, 80 W. Rio Salado Parkway. Free admission; food, drink and activities cost extra. (480) 350-8181 or

TASTE. Chandler’s Culinary Festival

A gourmet food and wine tasting for the 21-and-older crowd, Taste features around 30 local restaurants and live music. It’s moved to Ocotillo this year.

DETAILS >> 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Oct. 19. 2855 W. Queen Creek Road, Chandler. $65-$80 per person, or $130 per couple if purchased in advance. (602) 276-2499 or

Fall Rhythm Fest

Bring lawn chairs and blankets for an alcohol-free evening of music and fireworks. Bands will play, and vendors will offer food and drink. In addition, there will be activities for children and music contests for all ages.

DETAILS >> 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Oct. 26. Tumbleweed Park, 745 E. Germann Road, Chandler. Free admission. (480) 782-2735 or

Chandler Mayor’s Day of Play

Free activities, from sack races to “parachute,” will keep kids’ minds and bodies active while parents can browse booths on health, fitness and other wellness-related topics.

DETAILS >> 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 26, Tumbleweed Park, 2250 S. McQueen Road, Chandler. Free admission. (480) 782-2735 or

Dia de Los Muertos Festival: Spirits Connect

This colorful fiesta features two stages of live entertainment, kids crafts and activities, a mercado of gifts and food, and a community altar where you may leave remembrances in honor of deceased loved ones.

DETAILS >> Oct. 26-27. Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St. Free admission. (480) 644-6500 or

Day of the Cowboy

This seventh annual nod to the Old West features live country and Western bands, gunfight re-enactments, barbecue, hot air balloons and an 8 p.m. fireworks spectacular.

DETAILS >> 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. Nov. 2. Gold Canyon Golf Resort, 6100 S. Kings Ranch Road, Gold Canyon. (480) 671-5589 or

Chandler Chuck Wagon Cook-Off

Chuck wagon teams compete using historic cooking methods and ingredients to cook the best meal. Buy a plate to sample the vittles, and stick around for a Campfire Glow with s’mores, live music and historical demonstrations.

DETAILS >> Nov. 8-10. Tumbleweed Ranch at Tumbleweed Park, 2250 S. McQueen Road. $10-$12 for a chuckwagon dinner. (480) 782-2751 or

2013 Gilbert Days

A Pony Express ride, parade, rodeo, 5K run/walk and other events celebrate Gilbert.

DETAILS >> Nov. 15-23 at locations throughout Gilbert. Admission costs vary. (480) 503-6200 or

Festival of the Superstitions

A 36-foot replica of the battleship USS Arizona and antique tractor and engine shows are among the focal points at this festival. It’s also got live entertainment, a petting zoo, a hay maze, a beer garden and vendor and food booths.

DETAILS >> Nov. 9-10. Apache Junction Chamber of Commerce, 567 W. Apache Trail. Free admission. (480) 982-3141 or

Rock the Block Downtown Chandler Block Party

Two stages, a kids’ zone and vendors selling food, arts and crafts take over Chandler’s main drag for this event. It features live bands and a “Chandler’s Got Talent” showcase of local acts.

DETAILS >> 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Nov. 9. On Arizona Avenue between Frye Road and Chandler Boulevard. Free admission. (480) 855-3539 or


Bring your dog, because this event is made for him: There’s a Concert for Critters and a pet parade, along with Blazin’ K-9 performances, dog massages, a pet psychic and vendors catering to Fido and friends. Bring a leash and your walking shoes for the main event, The Great Chandler Dog Walk.

DETAILS >> 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 16, Tumbleweed Park, 745 E. Germann Road, Chandler. Free admission. (480) 782-2900 or

The American Heritage Festival

A hefty living history event on a scale seldom seen in these parts, this festival full of costumed re-enactors encompasses the Colonial era onward. Find re-enactments from the grand (an American Revolution battle) to the commonplace (blacksmithing) from points all along the American history timeline.

DETAILS >> Nov. 22-24. Schnepf Farms, 24810 S. Rittenhouse Road, Queen Creek. (480) 987-3100 or

Tempe Festival of the Arts

Rain or shine, this massive twice-yearly street fair fills the Mill Avenue District with about 400 artists and vendors, performers, beer and wine gardens, and thousands of shoppers and spectators.

DETAILS >> Dec. 6-8. On Mill Avenue between Third Street and University Drive in downtown Tempe. (480) 355-6060 or

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