Everything Fun to Do in Phoenix This Weekend

These are all your local must-hit food and music festivals, events, movies, markets, deals, and concerts to help you make the most of your weekend.

Desert Botanical Garden
Photo courtesy of Desert Botanical Garden

Everyone's been talking a lot about the anticipated arrival of fall. And now, it's officially here. This weekend, get a jump on all of autumn’s best events including Urban Ale Trail, Downtown Chandler’s Oktoberfest, Ocotillo Open Air, and the Desert Botanical Garden’s Guelaguetza at the Garden. Let those weekend plans fall into place, Phoenix.

Friday, September 30, 9 pm
EDM boss Getter is gracing us all with his magnetic presence this weekend. Catch Getter in action at Tempe’s dance music hotspot Sunbar where he’ll be taking the stage for a one-night-only set. Get ready to ride that rail. Secure your tickets here.
Cost: $30

Friday, September 30 - Sunday, October 2
Phoenix, you gotta eat. So, take yourself on a self-guided journey across the city's top Mexican restaurants and taquerias to satisfy those cravings for street tacos, ceviches, stuffed tortas, agua frescas, birria flautas, and jam-packed burritos. Get acquainted, or reacquainted, with the Mexican restaurants in your neighborhood right here.
Cost: Varies

Saturday, October 1, 9:30 am
Stadium Yoga is back for another season. Happening at Tempe’s Sun Devil Stadium, this free yoga sesh takes you out of the studio and onto the stadium’s open-air sun deck. The classes are led by local yoga pros and all levels and abilities are welcome to join in on the one hour flow. All you need to do is show up. And, bring your mat, of course. Start your registration here.
Cost: Free

Saturday, October 1, 1 pm - 5 pm
Downtown Phoenix
The Downtown Phoenix Urban Ale Trail is returning to, well, Downtown Phoenix. Happening this weekend, the self-guided and beer-centric event gives suds sippers the opportunity to discover new spots, and revisit familiar favorites, with tasting-style samples and complimentary snacks. Participating bars and restaurants include Barcoa Agaveria, Garden Bar, Greenwood Brewing, The Brill Line, Cornish Pasty Co., and Wren & Wolf, to name a few. See a full list of the participating restaurants, bars, hotels, and hangouts right here.
Cost: $5 per sample

Saturday, October 1 - Sunday, October 2, 12 pm - 6 pm
Phoenix’s Desert Botanical Garden is celebrating Guelaguetza, an annual indigenous cultural event that takes place in Oaxaca, this weekend. The two-day fest is set to open with a traditional festive parade through the garden and will feature music and performances and a vendor marketplace stocked with handcrafted textiles, pottery, and jewelry. Plus, there will be a mezcal tasting, bar service, and eats like sweet and spicy mole from Las 15 Salsas. Purchase your tickets here.
Cost: Included with garden admission

Saturday, October 1, 3 pm - 11 pm
Downtown Chandler
Can you hold a stein longer than all of your friends? Do you have an insatiable taste for German-style bratwurst? Bring your unwavering arm muscles, and that appetite, out to the Downtown Chandler Oktoberfest this weekend where you can put ‘em to the test. The fest is complete with a lineup of local beer and cocktails from Pedal Haus Brewery and SanTan Brewing Company, there will be live music all day, German eats, and of course challenges like the weiner toss, stein holding bouts, and that brat eating contest. Bring it, Phoenix.
Cost: $15 - $20

Saturday, October 1, 5 pm - 10 pm
Downtown Phoenix
It’s hot out there. And we’re not talking about the weather. Pickers Playground and their lineup of local vendors are bringing all the vintage heat out to Downtown Phoenix’s X PHX for an absolutely unmissable poolside vintage pop-up night market. Entry is free, but you do need to register.
Cost: Free

Saturday, October 1, 7 pm
The 23rd Annual Mariachi and Folklórico Festival is taking the stage at the Chandler Center for the Arts this weekend. Happening in conjunction with Hispanic Heritage Month, this cultural celebration is bringing out Grammy Award-winning Mariachi Los Camperos and the 16-member Mariachi Estrella de Mexico. In addition to the ensembles, the festival will feature performances from Ballet Folklórico Quetzalli-AZ, a vendor marketplace, and an exhibition in the Chandler Center for the Arts Gallery. And, VIP experiences include a private reception, exclusive tequila tastings, and meet and greets with the artists and performers. Find your seats here.
Cost: $48 - $78

Sunday, October 2, 4 pm - 9 pm
Don’t spend your Sunday on the sofa. Instead, shuffle your way over to Ocotillo Open Air where you can dance the day away with progressive house hitmaker Cristoph, Sean Watson, and MyKill. Get your tickets to the epic day party here.
Cost: $15 - $20

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Lauren Topor Reichert is a multi-passionate creative based in Phoenix with a background in multimedia storytelling, digital photography, and nutrition science. She enjoys mountain biking, unearthing vintage clothing, and black coffee. Lauren’s work has been featured in travel guides, national publications, and the social pages of Valley restaurants. Follow her around Arizona, and beyond, on Instagram.