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We have plenty of fun things for you to do this weekend Arizona Oct 19-21

A ton of fun stuff is happening this weekend all over Arizona. Let’s get to it!

The Arizona State Fair continues through October 28th.

The best days to go depend on what your idea of fun is. Don’t like paying admission? Then Wednesdays you can get in FREE by bringing canned food donations with you. More details at azstatefair.com/deals. Do you love thrilling rides? Thursdays and Sundays are for you! Unlimited rides for $25 Thursdays and $45 Sundays. Fridays at the fair are my favorite. They do what’s called “A Taste of the Fair.” Rides and food are only $2 each. The special runs every Friday from Noon to 6 p.m. so get there early to take advantage.

Parking is everywhere but hard to find for free unless you don’t mind walking.

Admission is $6 unless you win tickets from 88.7 The Pulse! Listen to The Morning Beat with Steve and Jeff, weekdays from 6 to 9 a.m, for your chance to win tickets to The Arizona State Fair!

It’s a first-of-its-kind event! Come celebrate sister city relationships with an evening of music, singing and camaraderie. You won’t want to miss this event! The concert is FREE, but sponsorship/donations are welcome and tax deductible. This is the first time the Hermosillo Children’s Choir travels outside of Mexico. Let’s welcome them with a packed house and a performance to remember this Friday, October 19th at 5:30 p.m. Refreshments will be served. For more information you can visit facebook.com/scottsdalesistercities.

Car enthusiasts will love the FREE Halloween Spooktacular (I told you this word would be heard a lot this month!) Car Show. Enjoy a BOO-tiful night (the puns keep comin’) of FREE family fun from 6 to 8 p.m at The Shops at Norterra’s annual Halloween Spooktacular & Car Show. Activities include a Halloween-themed car show with trunk-or-treating, costume contests for kids, families and pets, live music, face painting, games, prizes, food samples, giveaways, and plenty of trick-or-treat candy! More details at norterrashopping.com.

If you or someone you know loves fashion, then you’re in luck! Now through Saturday, October 20th is Phoenix Fashion Week where 13 established and 11 emerging designers work will be on display on the runway as 40 male and female models strut their stuff at Talking Stick Resort. Doors open nightly at 5:30 p.m. Seating begins at 8 p.m. Fill your tummy with five restaurants on location and satisfy your retail therapy at 12 pop-up shops for your pleasure. Tickets start at $30.

The Peoria Film Festival has something for everyone! They have been celebrating film from all over the world for over 18 years. With over 300 screenings spread across the 3-day event, film fans can expect it all! From feature films to shorts, documentaries to foreign films, and artistic cinematic works from both emerging and seasoned filmmakers, Peoria Film Festival will please most cinephiles. The event is set at the beautifully renovated Harkins Arrowhead Fountains 18. Opening night is Friday, October 19th from 5:30 p.m to 10 p.m. The film continues 9:30 a.m – 9:30 p.m Saturday, and 10:30 a.m to 8 p.m Sunday. Grab some popcorn and let’s go to the movies!

Ever wondered what to do with all those vinyl records your parents and grandparents gave you? Heck, maybe you just love the snap, crackle, pop sound of a record when you lay that needle down onto the LP. Ok, enough music industry terms! Uncle Aldo’s Attic is hosting an East Valley Record Swap Meet featuring Daily Vinyl. Come out to East Mesa this Saturday, October 20th for a very special show. There will be 16 vendors slinging wax, so come dig the bins! Located at the northeast corner of Recker and McKellips. It goes down from 9 a.m to 2 p.m. What hidden treasures will YOU find?

Day trips are always fun, especially if there’s a street fair involved! Just 90 minutes east of Phoenix on US60 is the town of Globe. On Saturday, October 20th from 9 a.m to 5 p.m is The 35th annual Apache Jii (Day) celebration. Several dance groups will be in the center of the street festival throughout the day. Get ready for shopping featuring jewelry, painting, beading, wood and stone carving. Fill your belly with food booths which will feature everything from delicious Apache fry bread and Indian tacos to more traditional dishes like acorn stew. Best of all the festival is FREE! With the holidays right around the corner, it could be a great opportunity to talk one-on-one with Native American artists from throughout the Southwest. It makes your purchase a very personal gift or art piece. There is nothing like choosing a work after visiting with the artist who designed it. Find out more at visitarizona.com

Billed as “Arizona’s greatest street fair,” Phoenix Pride presents The Annual Rainbows Festival which celebrates the diversity of our neighbors in the LGBT community. Researchers say 1 in 4 families have a member who is gay, lesbian, bi, or trans. Over 25,000 friends, families, and allies of LGBT people will be in attendance. The annual event is FREE and open to the public. Offering over 150 exhibitors, the two-day event is all ages and pet friendly. Two stages of entertainment give attendees plenty of fun while multiple food trucks line the perimeter of Heritage Square Park in Phoenix. Rainbows Festival runs from 10 a.m to 6 p.m this Saturday and Sunday, October 19th and 20th. More information at phoenixpride.org.

Now get off that couch and get out to have some fun this weekend! There’s plenty to do! Oh, and did you call your Grandma yet? She is still waiting.

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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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