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Events Around the Valley This Week (Oct. 16-22)

This is a curated list of weekly events around the Phoenix area for October 16-22.
Calendar listings include public events and attractions from around the Valley and state. Confirm information before making plans by calling the listed phone number, or check each website for last minute confirmation or cancellations.

Arizona Craft Beer Awards Festival
Saturday, October 21

PHOENIX magazine, in partnership with the Arizona Craft Brewer’s Guild, is proud to present the 2nd Annual AZ Craft Beer Awards, recognizing the best in Arizona brewing! The Festival, held on October 21, 2023, will be the celebration of these awards, bringing the beer community together so we can all enjoy the best Arizona has to offer! tickets.phoenixmag.com

Peppa Pig’s Sing-Along Party
Oct. 22

Is your family ready for a dance party? Your preschooler’s favorite cartoon friend, Peppa Pig, leads the festivities with her parents and friends Pedro Pony, Suzy Sheep and Gerald Giraffe. Be prepared to belt out a few tunes in this immersive show for all ages. 1:30 p.m., $40-$59, Arizona Financial Theatre, 400 W. Washington St., Phoenix, (602) 514-2919, livenation.com

6th Annual Sunnyslope Studio Tour
Oct. 21-22

Local art lovers worn out from the hustle and bustle of First Friday can take a self-guided tour of the unique galleries in the North Central Phoenix neighborhood of Sunnyslope, where more than 25 artists will be available to discuss their process and sell their work. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Check sunnyslopestudiotour.com for a map of participating studios and tour information.

Pumpkin Days & Corn Maze
Through Oct. 31

If you’re a Midwesterner pining for those cool fall nights spent hiding in a pumpkin patch, it’s time to head to the West Valley.
Tolmachoff Farms offers family fun for everyone, including a petting zoo, jumping pillows, a tomato cannon, corn mazes and train rides. Call for times and ticket prices. Tolmachoff Farms, 5726 N. 75th Ave., Glendale, (623) 999-3276, tolmachoff-farms.com

Arizona State Fair
Through Oct. 29

When the fairgrounds light up, Valley dwellers know that fall has finally arrived in Phoenix. But be sure to come prepared. Between the topsy-turvy carnival rides, corn dogs, fried Oreos and the Hot Cheetos pizza, you’ll need a strong stomach to make it through the night, especially if you want to catch the return of the Coliseum Concert Series with Walker Hayes, Brothers Osborne and Ne-Yo scheduled to appear. Thursdays through Sundays. Check the website for ticket prices and specials. 1826 W. McDowell Road, Phoenix, (602) 252-6771, azstatefair.com

Steel Magnolias
Through November 21

Don’t forget to bring plenty of tissues to this show about a group of small-town Southern women who share an unbreakable bond, despite their various backgrounds and struggles. The play served as the inspiration for the 1989 film of the same name starring Sally Field, Julia Roberts, Dolly Parton and Daryl Hannah. Check website for days and times. $32-$48. Hale Centre Theatre, 50 W. Page Ave., Gilbert, 480-497-0277, haletheatrearizona.com

Damn Yankees
Through October 28

Staged in the round, catch this musical about a middle-aged baseball fan who makes a deal with the devil to lead his team to victory against the Yankees. With songs by Richard Adler and Jerry Ross, including the standards “Heart” and “Whatever Lola Wants,” Damn Yankees hits it out of the park. Check website for days and times. $25-$36. 8989 E. Via Linda, Scottsdale, 480-314-0841, donbluthfrontrowtheatre.com

Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill
Through November 26

Pioneering chanteuse Billie Holiday sings and tells stories about her life – and becomes increasingly inebriated and incomprehensible – in a raggedy Philadelphia bar, just months before her untimely death in 1959. The setlist includes the captivating “What a Little Moonlight Can Do,” contemplative “God Bless the Child,” and the haunting, controversial “Strange Fruit.” Call for times and ticket prices. Judith Hardes Theatre, 1825 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, 602-254-2151, phoenixtheatre.com

Christina Fernandez: Multiple Exposures
Through Jan. 7

The Los Angeles-based photographic artist has explored crucial issues, including migration, labor and gender, for more than three decades. This survey of her work allows audiences to discover the through-line that connects her pieces. Wed., Fri.-Sun., 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Thurs., 11 a.m.-7 p.m., Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, 7374 E. 2nd St., Scottsdale, smoca.org

The Artistic Approach
Now through Nov. 4

Whether it’s acrylic paints on a canvas or fashioning a tattooed rabbit with ceramics, there is no wrong way for an artist to express what resides in their soul. Take a peek inside what Judith Probst, John Haberbush and other creatives are baring in this diverse exhibition. Tues.–Sat., 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Desert Artisans Gallery, 6536 E. Tanque Verde Road, Tucson, (520) 722-4412, desertartisansgallery.com

“The North Star Changes: Works by Brenda Mallory”
Through Feb. 5

“Everything has multiple uses” is the theme of this exhibition by award-winning artist Brenda Mallory, and “even something as permanent as the North Star can be altered.” For Mallory, fabric dipped in beeswax can become a living organism full of color, texture and patterns. Tues.-Sun., 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Call for ticket prices. Heard Museum, 2301 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, (602) 252-8848, heard.org

EVENTS COMING SOON…

Phoenix Home & Garden Home Tour
Nov. 18

Phoenix Home & Garden presents its premier luxury home tour, which offers a glimpse inside some of the Valley’s finest estates. The VIP experience includes early admission and access to an exclusive residence, where guests can enjoy happy hour hors d’ouevres, wine and craft beer. See breathtaking interiors and meet the magazine’s editors and staff, as well as some of the Valley’s most renowned designers and architects. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Familial Dysautomonia Foundation, which assists individuals with a rare genetic disorder that affects the autonomic and sensory nervous systems. Tickets must be purchased online for the self-guided event. General admission, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., $85; VIP, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., $125. Scottsdale, Carefree, Paradise Valley and Phoenix area, tickets.phoenixmag.com

Disney Junior Live on Tour: Costume Palooza
Nov. 14

Mickey and Minnie’s costume party keeps getting interrupted by some mysterious weather, so the duo turns to the gang from “Spidey and His Amazing Friends” for help. Come dressed as your favorite Disney character for this live adventure with singing, fantastic choreography, eye-popping special effects and stunning acrobatics. 6 p.m., $43-$53, Arizona Financial Theatre, 400 W. Washington St., Phoenix, (602) 514-2919, livenation.com

Canal Convergence
November 3-12

Playful art that merges color, water and light will illuminate the Arizona Canal this fall. This annual event, presented by Scottsdale Public Art, will also feature hands-on activities, workshops, music and dance performances, and a beer and wine garden. Scottsdale Waterfront, 7135 E Camelback Rd., Scottsdale, canalconvergence.com

Billy Joel and Stevie Nicks
December 8

Christmas comes early for fans of the Piano Man and the reigning Queen of Rock and Roll. The ‘70s singer-songwriters are teaming up for an unforgettable concert. 7 p.m., $67.50-$346.50, Chase Field, 401 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix, 602-514-8400, dbacks.com

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