Things to Do in the Valley – Oct. 17-23

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Below are entertainment options around the Valley for the week of Oct. 17-23.

Event details are subject to change.

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Oct. 17 - PHOENIX: Steve Hackett – The Van Buren.

Oct. 17 - PHONIX: Midland – Comerica Theatre. https://livenation.com

Oct. 17 - PHOENIX: The Story Continues: Pueblo Grande at 90 – Exhibit Opening Event - Pueblo Grande Museum. Celebrate with a “first look” evening. Discover Phoenix's rich history and the diverse community of visionaries that expanded archaeological exploration and historical knowledge. Enjoy an archaeological presentation with Phoenix’s former City Archaeologist Todd Bostwick Walk in the footprints of those who came before us by experiencing both prehistoric and modern stories of life in the southwest. With your help, the story continues. 7 p.m. https://www.phoenix.gov/parks/arts-culture-history/pueblo-grande 

Oct. 18 - GILBERT: Gilbert Glow Run – Freestone Park. An event designed for people of all ages and athletic abilities. Runners, walkers, skippers and jumpers are welcome to join in for an evening filled with glow sticks, black lights and great music. This event is not timed, making it ideal for both experienced runners and first-time participants. On your mark, get set, let’s glow! 6:30 p.m. https://www.gilbertaz.gov/departments/parks-and-recreation/special-events-and-permits/gilbert-days/glow-run

Oct. 18 - MESA: Beer and Bones! - Arizona Museum of Natural History. Join us for an evening of local beer, food and fun. Guests enjoy a unique and stimulating evening of entertaining activities featuring old favorites such as Speed Dating with Scientists, Beer Tasting Passport, and live animal stations along with some new favorites like Beer Bingo, Crafting with Craft Beer, and fun science activity stations. PLUS, local food vendors and craft brews available for purchase. A 21+ event (ID required). 6-11 p.m. 480-644-2230. https://arizonamuseumofnaturalhistory.org/Home/Components/Calendar/Event/7498/2183?ba               

Oct. 18 - MESA: Baby Shark, Live! - Mesa Arts Center. Take an adventure into the sea with Baby Shark as he joins his friend Pinkfong to sing and dance through some of your favorite new and classic songs! In this one of a kind live experience young fans will be dancing in the aisles as Baby Shark and his friends, go on fun adventures to learn about shapes, colors, numbers and so much more! $29.50-55.50. 6 p.m. 480-644-6500. https://www.mesaartscenter.com/index.php/shows/performing-live/baby-shark-live

Oct. 18 - SUN CITY: Lux Aeterna – American Lutheran Church. Remembering those who have gone before us is a common human need. Whether reflecting on a long life, well-lived, or mourning a life taken before its time, we seek to honor and commemorate our family, friends, and those we admire. The program also showcases Gabriel Fauré’s Requiem, one of the most famous settings from the Catholic Requiem Mass and perhaps Fauré’s most enduring work. The Chorale welcomes guest soloists from the Phoenix Boys Choir for this program. $37+. 602-253-2224 or https://www.phoenixchorale.org/

Oct. 18-19 - AVONDALE: City of Avondale – Billy Moore Days - Billy Moore Days features a parade, carnival, 2 stages of live entertainment, street festival and lots of Western fun will round out the celebration both days! https://gbump.com/goosebump-upcoming-events/

Oct. 18-19 - MESA: 10th Annual Apache Lake Music Festival - The sounds and sights are some of the best the state has to offer, and the campsites on the lake’s beach are unbeatable. http://www.apachelakemusicfestival.com/#almf

Oct. 18-19 - PHOENIX: Phoenix FearCON XIII– Sun Studios of Arizona. Two days of horror fun and frolic! We'll be screening 3-4 feature films and a bunch of short films. We' II have workshops - panel discussions - celebrity meet and greets - and lots of awesome vendors & entertainment. $30. Friday, 5 p.m. - midnight; Saturday, 11 a.m. – midnight. 602-399-9500 or https://phoenixfearcon.com/

Oct. 18-20 - MESA: Mesa Film Festival – The Mesa Film Festival will include 180 films with Q&As, industry experts, networking, featured speakers and parties. This is our inaugural year and we welcome participation from industry veterans, novice, and students. Our mission is to create a fun, informative and entertaining event for all. Showcasing films from around the globe and creating a platform for filmmakers from all walks of life. http://mesafilmfestival.com/

Oct. 19 - CHANDLER: Chandler Mayor’s Day of Play – Tumbleweed Park. It's a day to play your way on a playground for all. Children of all ages can revel in free family-fun as they play life-size board games, sporty inflatables, and in a high-flying foam area. Discover new way to play while enjoying live entertainment, food, and giveaways. Free. 8 a.m. – noon. 480-782-2735 or https://www.chandleraz.gov/explore/special-events/signature-events/chandler-day-of-play  H

Oct. 19 - LAVEEN: The Howling Night Run – Cesar Chavez Park. Join us and get yourself ready for fright night and run or walk in the dark! Come in costume or come as you are! Howling Night Run is a one of a kind event that will spook and scare you! 5-10 p.m. 602-402-3332 or https://howlingnightrun.com/

Oct. 19 - MESA: DT Mesa Fest (Downtown Mesa Festival of the Arts) – A free event featuring unique artistic creations, music, food and fun for the whole family. Features the work of established and emerging artists. Music provided by Peggy and Tim. 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. https://dtmesafest.com/index.html

Oct. 19 - MESA: #Celebrate Mesa - Red Mountain Soccer Complex. Family event for all to enjoy games, carnival rides, entertainment and more! Some of the activities include: live music, kid’s games, music, entertainment, contests, giveaways, vendors and food trucks. Carnival rides $5 wristband for unlimited rides. Free. 5-9 p.m. 480-644-3500 or https://www.mesaparks.com/info-contact/special-events/celebrate-mesa

Oct. 19 - MESA: Nickelodeon’s Double Dare Live! - Mesa Arts Center. Double Dare Live is coming and will bring all the action and excitement of Nickelodeon’s popular TV show to the stage. All the slime soaking, pie plastering, and booger busting will be hosted by Marc Summers! You might even get chosen to compete to win by answering brain-bending trivia questions, complete messy physical stunts and even run the legendary obstacle course! $43-80. 2:30 and 7 p.m. 480-644-6500. https://www.mesaartscenter.com/index.php/shows/performing-live/nickelodeon-presents-double-dare-live--hosted-by-marc-summers

Oct. 19 - PHOENIX: Lux Aeterna – Trinity Episcopal Cathedral. Remembering those who have gone before us is a common human need. Whether reflecting on a long life, well-lived, or mourning a life taken before its time, we seek to honor and commemorate our family, friends, and those we admire. The program also showcases Gabriel Fauré’s Requiem, one of the most famous settings from the Catholic Requiem Mass and perhaps Fauré’s most enduring work. The Chorale welcomes guest soloists from the Phoenix Boys Choir for this program. $37+. 602-253-2224 or https://www.phoenixchorale.org/

Oct. 19 - PHOENIX: International Archaeology Day at Pueblo Grande Museum – Enjoy a full day of archaeology activities, crafts, and more available throughout the day. Free. 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. https://www.phoenix.gov/parks/arts-culture-history/pueblo-grande 

Oct. 19 - PHOENIX: Moonlight Over the Mound – Pueblo Grande Museum. Celebrate the 90th Anniversary. This culinary-centric gala features desert and historic foods, Arizona wines, and special cocktails. Also indigenous performing artists, and a special & “first look” presentation on the Portal to the Past sculpture/gate created by renowned local artist, Zarco Guerrero of Cultural Coalition. Supported by Velvet Button of Ramona Farms, and chefs Brett Vibber of Cartwright’s Modern Cuisine, and Tamara Strange of Cotton and Copper. 6:30 p.m. https://www.phoenix.gov/parks/arts-culture-history/pueblo-grande

Oct. 19 - SCOTTSDALE: LDV Winery Harvest Food & Wine Festival – LDV Winery Tasting Room. Food Network Chopped Champion Chef Adam Alison will be making lunch for everyone that pairs with our wine plus lots of music, games, wine tasting seminars, and grape stomping. Registration is limited and the all-inclusive price of $65 plus tax/fee includes lunch, wine tasting seminars, glass of LDV wine, music, & fun. 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/harvest-wine-food-festival-tickets-66636909791

Oct. 19-20 - ANTHEM: 11th Annual Autumnfest – Anthem Community Park. Join over 100 arts & crafts vendors for the Council's annual fall festival. Enjoy a carnival, food court/beer garden, live music, kids zone, pumpkin patch/decorating and more! Free. Saturday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. 623-742-6050 or https://onlineatanthem.com/   H   x

Oct. 19-20 - PHOENIX: Fall Plant Sale - Desert Botanical Garden. Don’t let 30,000 plants intimidate you! Our on-site horticulture experts will help you find the perfect cactus, agave or ornamental to plant in your own garden. This year, shoppers can enjoy our new feature—Pink a Pot, Pick a Plant. Shoppers will be able to shop from an assortment of pots and plants, and our horticulturists will assemble. Specimen-sized plants and delivery services available. Free. Saturday 7 a.m. - 5 p.m., Sunday 7 a.m. – 3 p.m. 480-941-1225 or https://www.dbg.org/

Oct. 20 - MESA: Justin Moore Live in Concert - Mesa Amphitheatre. Justin Moore has built a loyal fan base over the past decade with his traditional Country sound and captivating live shows. Rain or Shine | All Ages | Alcohol with 21/ID. $45-62. 7 and 10 p.m. Mesa Amphitheatre has a clear bag policy. 480-644-2560. https://mesaamp.com/Online/

Oct. 20 - PARADISE VALLEY: Lux Aeterna – Camelback Bible Church. Remembering those who have gone before us is a common human need. Whether reflecting on a long life, well-lived, or mourning a life taken before its time, we seek to honor and commemorate our family, friends, and those we admire. The program also showcases Gabriel Fauré’s Requiem, one of the most famous settings from the Catholic Requiem Mass and perhaps Fauré’s most enduring work. The Chorale welcomes guest soloists from the Phoenix Boys Choir for this program. $37+. 602-253-2224 or https://www.phoenixchorale.org/

Oct. 20 - PHOENIX: Portal to the Past – Pueblo Grande Museum. Enjoy colorful entertainment and performances by local storytellers, musicians, poets and dancers, including interactive family art activities led by local artists. This free public event celebrates the rich history and legacy of the Hohokam, the original inhabitants of the Valley of the Sun. Join us and walk in the footsteps of the Ancestral Sonoran Desert People. 2-5 p.m. https://www.phoenix.gov/parks/arts-culture-history/pueblo-grande

Oct. 20 - SCOTTSDALE: Balance Yoga Festival – Eldorado Park. Join Balance, a group of yoga enthusiasts, for a community wellness festival filled with yoga, educational workshops and much more! All proceeds will be donated to local non-profit, Mindfulness First. 9 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. https://www.balanceyogafest.com/

Oct. 20 - WICKENBURG: 11th Annual Wickenburg Walks to Boot Breast Cancer - Ortega Park. Sponsored by Wickenburg Breast Cancer Network, Inc. to fund mammograms and other diagnostics for women and men. Team awards for most members, most $s raised and best costumes. Walkers receive T-shirt (Oct 1 deadline), drawing ticket for prizes and coupons for local restaurants and shops. Theme for 2019 is “fight Like a Girl” Opening ceremony begins at 7:30 a.m. Walk at 8 a.m. Dogs on a leash welcome. $25. 623-341-5977 or https://wickenburgbootsbreastcancer.org

Oct. 21 - PHOENIX: Bush & +Live+ - The Altimate Tour – Comerica Theatre. https://www.livenation.com

Oct. 22 - MESA: Calavera Featuring Lila Downs - Mesa Arts Center. With appearances by Grandeza Mexicana Folk Ballet Company and Mariachi Feminil Flores Mexicanas. Known as one of Mexico’s greatest singers, Lila Downs presents Calavera, a community-oriented event where audience members are encouraged to come dressed in imaginative Día de los Muertos costumes and make-up, to bring remembrances of their loved ones to share in the celebration. $30-55. 7:30 pm. 480-644-6500 or https://www.mesaartscenter.com/index.php/shows/performing-live/calavera-featuring-lila-downs

Oct. 22 - MESA: Carlene Carter - Mesa Arts Center. Carlene Carter has been releasing music for almost four decades. The daughter of June Carter Cash and country star Carl Smith, and stepdaughter of Johnny Cash, she is the physical embodiment of the Carter Family in the 21st century. Carlene spent the better part of the last few years on the road with John Mellencamp on his Plain Spoken tour, both as a support act and joining him on stage nightly to perform duets. $40. 7:30 p.m. 480-644-6500 or https://www.mesaartscenter.com/index.php/shows/performing-live/carlene-carter

Oct. 23 - MESA: Nat Geo Live: Akashinga-The Brave Ones - Mesa Arts Center. Former special operations sniper and Royal Australian Navy clearance diver Damien Mander traveled to Africa to create solutions in the fight against poachers. He formed the first all-female ranger unit in Zimbabwe—Akashinga "the brave ones"—altering stereotypes, saving elephants, and establishing a new model for conservation efforts along the way. $30-44.  7:30 p.m. 480-644-6500. https://mesaartscenter.com/index.php/shows/performing-live/akashinga-the-brave-ones-with-damien-mander               

Oct. 23 - TEMPE: Four Peaks Beer Academy – Four Peaks Wilson. Experts each month deep-dive into a particular beer-related topic. Whether you’re an aspiring Cicerone or just want to know a bit more about the world’s greatest beverage, each class to be filled with valuable info—and tasty beer samples. Includes light appetizers, beer and ingredient samples, and a custom pen and notepad. $25/class. Wednesdays, 6-8 p.m. 844-439-4722 or https://brewcruizer.com/event/four-peaks-beer-academy.html

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