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6 coolest things brewing in Arizona

This article is Sponsored by Four Peaks Brewing Company

As the weather starts to dip below triple digits in Arizona, the promise of Fall is in the air. Yet, as the weather starts to cool, the activities around town start to heat up. So grab a pumpkin spice latte or even better a cold Pumpkin Porter and head out to enjoy a day of fall filled fun.

Here are six of the coolest things brewing in Arizona this fall:

22nd Annual Schnepf Farms Pumpkin & Chili Party – When an event has been taking place for 22 years, you know it’s because people love it. The Schnepf Farms Pumpkin & Chili Party has been voted the Best Fall Family Event in the Valley by numerous publications. Every Thursday through Sunday this October, you and your family can come to Schnepf Farms and enjoy a day of fall family fun.

Why it’s cool:

There is nothing like celebrating fall with hayrides, pig races, corn mazes and a petting zoo. But that is not all you and your family can do; you will also find carousel rides, miniature golf and so much more.

Arizona Taco Festival – Arizona knows a few things about tacos. Flour or corn tortillas? Green or red chiles in your salsa? The Taco Festival puts Taco Tuesday to shame. The Arizona Taco Festival takes place October 15 and 16 at the Salt Rivers Field in Scottsdale. So if you’re looking for an event that will blow Taco Tuesday’s out of the water, don’t miss the very best tacos and tequila tasting in Arizona.

Why it’s cool:

Not only do you have 50-plus restaurants serving up the best tacos around, but they are only $2 each. Plus you will find a variety of great margaritas, beer and other non-alcoholic drinks. And if that’s not enough, there’s live music, Lucha Libre wrestling and even a Chihuahua beauty pageant — truly a unique experience, indeed.

Four Peaks Oktoberfest – This year from Oct. 7-9 the Four Peaks Oktoberfest at Tempe Town Lake will be jam packed with live music with bands like Georgia Chrome, Jared & The Mill and Lil John. Of course, there is Bavarian-style food and drinks, but you’ll also find some fun for the kids with a huge bounce castle, Lego area and plenty of games with prizes to give away.

Tickets are available now.

Why it’s cool:

There is something about October and the appeal of German food and great beer. But, if bratwurst is not your thing there are lots of other non-German food options. You will also find a variety Four Peaks and import of beers and all for $6.

Plus, there is a children’s area so you can make it a family event.

Arizona State Fair –   The Huffington Post listed the Arizona State Fair as one of the 10 Best State Fairs in The United States for good reason. It starts on Oct. 7 and runs for several weeks ending on Oct. 30. This year, the Fair is even nominating a Kid Correspondent to cover all of the events. Throughout the month you can ride attractions, see concerts, visit barn animals and so much more.

Why it’s cool:

There are many reasons why you will think this is the coolest fair, but one of the top reasons is it’s Rock U. Rock U is put on by the Institution of Rock and Roll and provides historical data on Rock and Roll dating back to the 1950s. There are several interactive multimedia stations that allow you to explore music, play instruments and explore Rock and Roll.

Stunt Run – Whether you are an avid runner or a novice athlete, the Stunt Run is a great way to spend a fall day in Arizona. This is a 5k race inspired by hit TV shows like Thrillbillies and involves obstacles such spinning blocks, zip and slide and pole vaulting.

Why it’s cool:

If you have a playful spirit, you will think it is the coolest thing to run a race where you bounce on oversized balls, dive down slides, and run across a floating sidewalk. Yes, you may fall in the water or bump into other racers, but it is all part of the fun. So grab your tutu, running socks, and a friend and run, don’t walk to the Stunt Run.

Jerome Ghost Walk – Head about 100 miles north of Phoenix and find yourself in the small, spooky town of Jerome. This little town is rich in history including a massive mining industry. Today many of the old buildings are still standing, and while some see them as interesting, others find them spooky — the perfect place for the Jerome Ghost Walk. 

Why it’s cool:

During Oct. 6-7 you can attend one of six nightly shows featuring a dramatic performance detailing the town’s history. Each show is only 30 minutes long, but it will greatly entertain you. This is a fun way to learn about Jerome’s history while getting in a little Halloween scare.

And that’s just a little sample of things to kick off the Fall season in Arizona. Check back next month when we roll out our favorite ways to celebrate a real OktoberFest.