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Here comes the weekend fun times calendar for October 26 to 28, 2018

It’s the final weekend for The Arizona State Fair! Friday, October 26, from Noon to 6pm is “A Taste of the Fair.” Thrilling rides and fun food for only $2 during that time. Also, $6 admission price if you buy tickets online at azstatefair.com. Otherwise, it $10 to get in. Lots of fun, food, rides, and games! Located at Veterans Memorial Coliseum. Hours vary. Shout out to our winners who listen to The Morning Beat with Steve and Jeff! They will be getting in for FREE! Make sure to listen every weekday morning for your chance to get cool prizes! Then text in to 480 655 8870 to win!

Friday, October 26th is Halloween Movie Night at McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park. The evening’s selection will be the award-winning Disney / Pixar movie, “Coco.” The fun gets going at 4:30 p.m with Halloween themed concessions, a costume contest, carousel and train rides. Who knows… you might even find a few spooky surprises along the rails! More info at scottsdaleaz.gov/events.

Congratulations to our winners who tuned in to The Morning Beat with Steve and Jeff! They will be heading to The Halloween Spooktacular Hot Air Balloon Festival. It kicks off Friday, October 26th. Salt River Fields hosts over 20 Hot Air Balloons on display. Over 4,000 pounds of candy will be on hand for trick-or-treaters. Experience rockin’ live music for everyone. Fill your belly with food. How fun would it be to take a tethered balloon ride? It’s a safe, fun filled, trick-or-treating Halloween festival for everyone! Join the extravaganza Friday and Saturday from 5 to 9 p.m. More Details at azspooktacular.com.

Celebrate the arts with dance, comedy, theatre, and live instrumental performances at The Herberger Festival of the Arts. More than 25 arts organizations are involved. Four stages of entertainment and a children’s activity area featuring painting, drawing, puppets, arts and crafts, and more! For adults, craft beer and wine tasting, vendor booths, and food for everyone featuring BBQ, nachos, Mac n’ Cheese, and more! Admission is FREE! All you need to know is at herbergertheater.org/herberger-theater-festival-of-the-arts this Saturday from 11:30 a.m to 5:00 p.m

Also, Saturday, October 27th is Fall Festival at El Dorado Park in Scottsdale. From 5 until 9 p.m enjoy live entertainment, games, food, and fireworks! Did I mention face painting? Bring your friends and family and enjoy 25 game booths, a haunted forest, and end the night with flashy fireworks! ALL FOR FREE! Get the 411 at scottsdaleaz.gov/events.

It’s the perfect weather for bike riding! You’re going along feeling that cool breeze in your face. Why not catch a flick at Ride In Movies at the Park? The City of Mesa invites you to walk or ride over to Mountain View Park for FREE kettle corn and a movie. The night’s pick is the holiday themed, “Hocus Pocus.” Get there by 6:30 p.m for a good seat. Oh, and don’t forget the blankets and chairs. Temperatures should be in the high 70’s. More information at mesaaz.gov/things-to-do/calendar-of-events.

It’s a two-day celebration of those who have gone before us. Saturday, October 27th and Sunday, October 28th is Dia De Los Muertos Fest. Mesa Arts Center plays host for the FREE event. Delicious food and fun family activities are available. Over a dozen cultural performances and live music are featured. Plus, new this year, is a custom car show! The fest is FREE to attend! Need more details? mesaartscenter.com/diadelosmuertos

Across town, another Dia De Los Muertos celebration takes place. It’s an interactive, multi-generational festival for all! Music, dance, and theater will honor the heritage and traditions of our ancestors. Steele Indian School Park plays host from 1 to 7 p.m, Sunday, October 28th. Bring your decorated Dia de los Muertos masks! Food and drinks will be served. Entry is FREE! Need to know more? diadelosmuertosphx.com

Over 75 creative artists will showcase their projects at Phx Zine Fest. It is an annual gathering for DIY enthusiasts who create and enjoy zines, indie comics, photography books, and the like. Arizona has a lot of creativity to offer and Phx Zine Fest provides the space to show it off! This is the event to share your self-published work and connect with the growing community. Enjoy panels, zine making, alternative voices and a ton of bright creativity. Support your community, Sunday October 28th from 11 a.m to 5 p.m. It all takes place at Unexpected Gallery on Polk St in Phoenix. Get the 411 at phxzinefest.com

Are you an animal lover? All ages are invited to join man’s best friend for Howl-o-ween A Dog Costume Parade. You and your pooch will walk along with Mariachi & New Orleans brass bands. It will all be in the beautiful setting of the west side of Margaret T Hance Park in downtown Phoenix. Along with a pet adoption area, vendor village, game zone, costume awards ceremony, and food trucks, there will be live music, craft beer and cocktails for adults, and more! Spectators and the block party after are FREE! Being part of the parade with your dog, has a small registration fee but it goes to charity. Howl-o-ween is Sunday, October 28th at 2 p.m. More info at howloweenphx.com

AIDS Walk Arizona is all about raising money to help the community. Since the epidemic began in the early 1980s, 1,232,246 people have received an AIDS diagnosis. It affects all of us, our families, our friends, our neighbors. People from all walks of life will be at Phoenix City Hall, Sunday, October 28th. The walk begins at 10 a.m. You can register to join as early as 7:30 a.m. Throughout the walk will be 5 stages of entertainment ranging from men’s and women’s choruses to inspirational rock and folk music. The foundation that puts on the event disperses profits to 12 agencies who support those living with HIV /AIDS.

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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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