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It’s the freakin’ weekend and here is what’s going on in Arizona Oct 12-14, 2018

The weather is a treat this time of year. There is no need to fear! 88.7 The Pulse has the fun events you want to attend. Let’s get to it!

Friday, October 12th is A Nightmare on Main Street in downtown Mesa. Don’t worry! It’s for all ages. Featuring over 60 vendors including artists, food trucks, and more! Live entertainment to keep your pulse racing! A costume contest for prizes at OneOhOne Gallery, 7:30 p.m. No cost to enter! While you are there, don’t miss the Haunted Basement Tour at 8 and 9 p.m. Dog and kid friendly with lots of ghoulish goodies for everyone! More info at 2ndfridaynightout.com

Another event that’s FREE for all ages is the annual Oktoberfest at Tempe Town Lake. The international event features fun food, rides, and games. Of course, what would a celebration of the culture be without German flair? There is a bakery, brats, and live polka music, among the three stages of entertainment. The fun begins Friday, October 12th at 5 p.m, and continues on Saturday and Sunday. Fourpeaksoktoberfest.com has all the details if you plan to attend! 

OPA! Now in it’s 58th year, the annual Phoenix Greek Festival offers authentic food, live entertainment, and shopping all weekend long kicking off Friday, October 12th at 5 p.m. You can even take some tasty treats home with you as there is a Greek grocery area. Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church hosts. The all ages event launches Friday, October 12th at 5 p.m. The fun continues Saturday and Sunday as well! Admission is only $3 per person. Phoenixgreekfestival.org has everything you need to know! Bring your appetite, mouth watering Greek specials like Moussaka, Spanokopita, and Loukaniko will tempt your taste-buds! 

Perhaps you are seeking to relax and enjoy a show. The talented young cast of Broadway Under the Stars is ready to entertain! The Horizon High School Choir students will bring you on a flight through popular Broadway musicals from past and present. Jetset features music and dancing from ten well-known productions. Included with admission are scenes from La La Land, The Wizard of Oz, Chicago, Jersey Boys, Bring It On, and more! My favorite part of the show was Oklahoma! Featuring a fully costumed and choreographed cast, the stars will jetset across the nation during the two hour show! The show is located at The Horizon High School Performing Arts Center. People from all over Arizona come to see the show so get your tickets now! Horizonchoirs.com has a seat reserved for you, your friends and/or your family for this Friday or Saturday night, or Sunday matinee.  

Also, this Saturday and Sunday is The Arizona Taco Festival! Congratulations to our winners who listened to The Morning Beat with Steve and Jeff on 88.7 The Pulse, 6 to 9 a.m weekdays, and won tickets! Now, for the rest of you, there are two days of love and tacos! Inside, you will find over 50 restaurants offering their best tacos for $2! It all happens at Salt River Fields. Did I mention a Chihuahua beauty pageant will take place?

And that’s not all! Enjoy Lucha Libre wrestling! Test your endurance at the hot Chile Pepper Eating Contest! Be the loudest at the Crunchy Taco Eating Contest! It’s fun for the whole family! aztacofestival.com

The Arizona State Fair continues through October 28th. Listen to The Morning Beat with Steve and Jeff from 6 to 9 a.m weekdays on 88.7 The Pulse to win your tickets!! What’s the best day to go you ask? That all depends on what you desire. Here are four tips! Admission is FREE every Wednesday until 6 p.m. Just bring 5 cans of non-perishable food with you. Is it unlimited rides you are looking for? Your best bet is Thursdays where you can score a wristband for $25, or Sundays for $45. Seeking some of the fair’s fun foods? Fridays are the day for you! Taste of the Fair offers $2 food and rides from Noon until 6 p.m. every Friday, October 12, 19, and 26th. How about a bonus hint? Buy your tickets online before you go and save! Only $6 at azstatefair.com. Who wants to ride the Ferris wheel with me? 

Did anyone ever tell you to “get outta town?” Maybe you should every now and then, especially when cool events like Tucson Meet Yourself is going on! The event organizers call it a folklife festival. It means celebrating the diverse cultures that co-exist together in Arizona with food, entertainment, and a little bit of neighborly love. Think of cooking, clothing, costumes, decorations, and dance from Mexican, African-American, Asian,
Native American, Russian, Indian, Mormon, cowboy, gay and lesbian, the deaf, bikers, and more, all converging in one area to celebrate life and each other. Other than the gas the get there, the whole event is FREE!! Road trip anyone? Tucsonmeetyourself.org goes down Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, October 12-14. 

The Spook-tac-u-lar (yes, you’ll be hearing that word a lot this month!) Halloween Dance Party is this Saturday, October 13th. it is reserved for those 16 and over with disabilities. Guests are encouraged to wear costumes, enjoy treats, make new friends, and dance. Adaptive Services Center hosts the event from 6 until 8 p.m. Only $2 to attend. Scottsdale.gov has more information.

GET UP and GET OUT! What are you waiting for? Call a friend and have some fun this weekend! Oh, and don’t forget to call your Grandma every once in awhile. She loves you! 

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Jeff Kode

Jeff Kode has previously written articles for The Arizona Republic ALT section, as well as other publications including Echo Magazine and IONAZ Magazine. He is an enthusiastic movie lover, and enjoys discovering new music. He was previously on air middays with his own show The Sugar Rush, and can now be heard 6-9am on The Morning Beat with Steve and Jeff at 88.7 The Pulse.




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