October 3: 2024 Spring Hunts
The Arizona Game and Fish Department (AZGFD) urges hunters not to wait until the last minute to apply for 2024 spring hunts.The deadline for the department to receive all applications for spring turkey, javelina, bison, and raptor capture, is 11:59 p.m. (Arizona time) Tuesday, Oct. 3. AZGFD is available to assist all applicants. A customer service representative can be reached by calling 602-942-3000 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Visit www.azgfd.gov/draw to apply.
Saturday, Oct. 7
2023 USO Show: American Legion, Post 2: 2125 S. Industrial Park, Tempe, Ariz.; lunch at 1 p.m.; show starts at 2:15; $10 includes lunch and show; raffle prizes and 50/50 drawing; all proceeds and donations stay in Arizona and support the USO Military Hospitality Room at the Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport; for more information, contact Stolie at (480) 326-8671. VFW Post 3632, American Legion Post 138 and their auxiliaries hope you will attend.
Saturday, Oct. 7
Shoot N Scoot: State 48 Veteran’s Association and American Knucklheads: shooting, axe throwing, riding, and more; check in at 0700; 6 locations, 5 competitive events; top 3 scorecards win cash; online registration only; raffles include shadow system MR920 tactical knives, booze cruises, 18 holes of golf, gift cards and more; www.shootnscoot23.eventbrite.com
October 8 Tempe Tardeada Hispanic Heritage
Celebrate Tempe’s Hispanic Heritage at the 25th annual Tempe Tardeada, an afternoon social festival featuring music, dancing, and traditional Mexican foods, arts and crafts, face painting and inflatables for children – all for free. This event takes place in conjunction with National Hispanic Heritage Month and celebrates Tempe’s Hispanic history and roots.
October 9: Native American Day
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Native American Day is a holiday observed in several US states in celebration of Native American culture. In California and Nevada, the holiday is designated on the fourth Friday of September, whereas in South Dakota and Wisconsin, it falls on the second Monday of October. Within each of these states, Native American Day honors the cultural contributions of Native American communities to the respective state’s history, as well as to the overall country. The state of Washington celebrates Native American Heritage Day on the Friday immediately following the fourth Thursday in November. The state of Tennessee observes a similar American Indian Day each year on the fourth Monday of September. President George W. Bush signed into law legislation introduced by Congressman Joe Baca (D-Calif.), to designate the Friday after Thanksgiving as Native American Heritage Day.
October 13-15: Four Peaks Oktoberfest | Tempe Town Lake and Tempe Beach Park
Be sure to mark this weekend in October on your calendar! Tempe Beach Park will transform into a traditional Bavarian Beer festival during the day and a concert venue at night from Friday, Oct. 13 to Sunday, Oct. 15, 2023. This year will mark the 50th anniversary of the iconic Oktoberfest celebration in Tempe, benefiting Tempe Sister Cities, an internationally recognized nonprofit. Four Peaks Oktoberfest at Tempe Town Lake combines beer gardens featuring German and local beers, live music, carnival rides and the can’t-miss Weiner dog fashion show and races! For the full weekend itinerary, visit the Oktoberfest website.
October 14: Urban Wildlife Conservation Day
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The second Saturday of October marks Urban Wildlife Conservation Day —a time to celebrate our connections to the outdoors and inspire people from all walks of life to experience the benefits of nature.
October 28 Tlaquepaque Arts & Shopping Village Day Of The Dead, Sedona
You can expect lavish decorations, life-size sculptures, and world-class, interactive entertainment at the event. In Tlaquepaque’s usual fashion, they will celebrate art in all its forms.
Day of the Dead may be Mexico’s most popular holiday. In Mexican culture, death is not to be feared. The afterlife is viewed as a natural part of a person’s journey. The tradition goes back thousands of years, with its roots in the Aztecs. They dedicated an entire month to commemorating their dead.
To welcome visitors and the spirits of the deceased, Tlaquepaque is decorated with paper mache skeletons, bright-colored banners, marigolds, and large-scale installations. The festivities kick off on Saturday, October 28, with a full schedule of entertainment that includes music, dance performances, children’s activities, and a small Mercado. This is the twelfth anniversary of the event.
October 31: Halloween
Halloween is a holiday celebrated each year on October 31, and Halloween 2023 will occur on Tuesday, October 31. The tradition originated with the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain, when people would light bonfires and wear costumes to ward off ghosts. In the eighth century, Pope Gregory III designated November 1 as a time to honor all saints. Soon, All Saints Day incorporated some of the traditions of Samhain. The evening before was known as All Hallows Eve, and later Halloween. Over time, Halloween evolved into a day of activities like trick-or-treating, carving jack-o-lanterns, festive gatherings, donning costumes and eating treats.
November 4, 5 Dia de Muertos Desert Botanical Garden
Celebrate Día de Muertos at this two-day festival filled with music, dance, storytelling and more, at the Desert Botanical Garden. Taking place Nov. 4 & 5, 2023, both days will conclude with La Procesión, a procession honoring passed loved ones.
Coming In November
Marine Corps Birthday Celebration – 248TH Marine Corps Birthday Celebration