Phoenix Rises in the Fall: The Best of Central Arizona


Bluegreen’s Cibola Vista Resort & Spa in Peoria, Arizona, is very close to the action in the nearby Phoenix area. Here’s a sampling of fun events and activities going on there in the fall.


Watering Holes


Temperatures are moderate and the humidity is minimal in the Phoenix area this time of year, so outdoor fun is always an option. Plus, it’s football season, so you can enjoy your favorite team’s latest competition from the friendly confines of several local watering holes.

State Fairs & Festivals


The Arizona State Fair is open to visitors from Wednesday through Sunday each week from October 7-30. It’s the state’s largest festival, attracting over a million guests annually. Featuring professional midway rides, livestock and animal attractions, national and local entertainment, vendors and contests, the Fair is a diverse and popular event. This year’s concert series includes appearances by Cheap Trick, Big & Rich, Iggy Azalea, The Flaming Lips, Slayer, Garbage and other headline attractions.


Opa! The 56th Annual Greek Fest promises a celebration of “the history, culture and culinary delights of Greece. Enjoy Greek food, music, dancing, jewelry, art, grocery items and activities for children.” Festivities happen on Friday, October 7 from 5-10 pm; Saturday, October 8 from 11 am-10 pm; and Sunday, October 9 from 11 am-8 pm at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral, 1973 E. Maryland Ave., Phoenix. Directions and admission information can be found here.

Conventions & Fests

Tacos Arizona Bluegreen


Phoenix’s Fangoria FearCon, Arizona’s largest independent horror convention and film festival (October 7-9), features screenings of feature length and short films, Q&A sessions with filmmakers, meet-and-greet sessions, vendors, an artist alley and music.

Octoberfest, the celebration of German culture, is a great excuse for partying, eating and quaffing. Suburban Tempe’s Four Peaks Brewing Company hosts a popular celebration on October 7-9, featuring its own craft beer and ales, domestic favorites and German specialties, as well as wine, cider and non-alcoholic drinks. Tickets are available here. Other Oktoberfest events can be found within driving distance of Bluegreen’s Cibola Vista Resort and Spa in suburban Peoria, Arizona (north of Phoenix).

Love eating tacos? Want to sample an endless variety from the area’s best tortilla stuffers? Live your dream at Scottsdale’s Arizona Taco Festival, October 15-16. Admission info is here.


In Phoenix, as in other areas across the country, Halloween, once a children’s occasion, has become an all-ages affair. From pumpkin patches, to haunted houses, to Howl-O-Ween at the Phoenix Zoo, there’s a frightening array of fun for the family. But if you prefer more adult revelry, 5,000 people are expected at the Haunted Hotel Ball, a three-party, 2-day fantasyland with themed event spaces, interactive performers, a lingerie fashion show, a $2,500 costume contest and pool party with yoga.


On November 5th and 6th, Scottsdale’s St. Apkar Armenian Apostolic Church presents its annual Armenian Festival to honor the rich and traditions of Armenian culture. The two-day event features Armenian music and folk dances, children’s activities and authentic food. Admission is $2; free for kids 12 and under.

Yo! Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton is officially declaring Saturday, November 19, Hip Hop Day in honor of the city’s third annual Arizona Hip Hop Festival at Comerica Theatre. The event features over 100 local acts. Check out their Facebook page for updated lineups and other news.


Thanksgiving marks the unofficial end of autumn. Of course, you can celebrate by preparing a festive dinner in your villa (link to article), taking out a fully prepared meal from a fine local restaurant, dining out or even feasting with beasts at the Phoenix Zoo.

And whatever you decide to do, consider using Cibola Vista Resort & Spa as your home base. With Bluegreen’s special vacation offer, you’ll learn more about the benefits of vacation ownership while enjoying an Arizona vacation of your own.


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