SPRITIED SIPPING SEMINARS
Oct. 12 and 26, Mountain Shadows
Led by the beverage experts at Hearth ’61, this educational tasting seminar and history lesson focuses on a different drink during each class. The afternoon of Oct. 12 will touch on what’s new in bourbon, and on Oct. 26, guests will enjoy four classic fall cocktails. 3-4 p.m. $30. www.mountainshadows.com.
Oct. 12-13, McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park
Put on your conductor’s hat and celebrate one of the most influential inventions of all time as the McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park fills with model train displays and exhibits. Listen in on historical presentations, admire the park’s collection of vintage railroad equipment, or purchase a train ride or carousel ticket ($3). 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. www.therailroadpark.com.
LEADERS & LEGENDS LUNCHEON
Oct. 15, Arizona Biltmore
This year marks the 10th anniversary of College Success Arizona’s annual luncheon, which recognizes community leaders that are dedicated to promoting education and its role in Arizona’s economy. This year, guests will enjoy lunch and a program honoring Jane and Vince Roig for championing efforts to improve education throughout Arizona and across the nation. 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. $500. www.collegesuccessarizona.org.
Oct. 15, Talking Stick Resort Arena
See this ’80s rock legend in person and in action as he comes to the Valley on his Still Not Dead Yet, Live! tour. With more crowd-pleasing Top 40 hits than any other U.S. artist, including timeless songs like In the Air Tonight and Against All Odds, the acclaimed artist is on a mission to show the world that he’s still got it. 8 p.m. Prices vary. www.talkingstickresortarena.com.
NIGHT OF GOLD
Oct. 19, Arizona Biltmore
HonorHealth Foundation will celebrate 92 years of improving the health and well-being of the community at its Night of Gold event. The evening will include a silent auction benefiting HonorHealth Desert Mission’s community programs in addition to a hosted reception, dinner and dancing. Reception and auction, 6 p.m.; dinner, 7:30 p.m. $550. www.honorhealth.com.
DISH IT OUT
Oct. 20, High Street
Head to High Street for this exciting, high-end culinary event that will bring together more than 80 local restaurants and beverage vendors to dish out their delicious offerings to hungry (and 21-and-over) patrons. The experience will include a beer yard, a custom wine glass, a reusable wine bag, and live music by The Walkens. The VIP experience will include early entry at 4 p.m., Champagne upon arrival, and access to two exclusive VIP areas with premium restaurants and drinks. All proceeds will benefit Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Phoenix. 5-8 p.m. General admission, $75; VIP, $200. www.dishitoutaz.org.
VIXEN DANCE PARTY
Oct. 20, Hotel Valley Ho
This unique rooftop class will give guests a taste of the Vixen Workout, a dance fitness concept that combines a mix of hip-hop, hits and high-energy music with fun choreography and an unrivaled sense of empowerment. Be sure to pack a swimsuit for drinks by the pool after the hour-long session. Each ticket includes parking, pool access, Suja Juice samples, and 20% off of pool purchases. 10 a.m. $25. www.hotelvalleyho.com.
EVERY CHILD MATTERS LUNCHEON
Oct. 23, Arizona Biltmore
Free Arts for Abused Children of Arizona’s interactive luncheon will provide guests with the opportunity to learn about the life-changing therapeutic arts and adult mentorship programs that have helped more than 100,000 abused, neglected and homeless children since 1993. Registration, 11 a.m.; lucheon, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. $150. www.freeartsaz.org.
TEED OFF AT DOMESTIC VIOLENCE
Oct. 25, TopGolf Scottsdale
Raise awareness about domestic violence while participating in a dynamic golf tournament. With two hours of golf play, a buffet, a cash bar, and a silent auction benefiting A New Leaf’s shelter programs, this event is sure to be a hole-in-one. 1-4 p.m. Spectator, $50; individual golfer, $150. www.turnanewleaf.org.
Oct. 25-31, McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park
This family-friendly Halloween celebration will transform the railroad park in honor of the haunted holiday. The main feature of the week-long event will be the spooky train ride, designed with all ages in mind. Head to the park on Oct. 25 for a movie night starting at 6:30 p.m., or on Halloween night for trick-or-treat stations from 4:30-9 p.m. 6:30-9 p.m. nightly. Train ride, $5. www.therailroadpark.com.
LARSEN ART AUCTION
Oct. 26, Larsen Gallery
For more than 25 years, the Larsen Gallery has been a leader in consigning fine art. This year’s annual auction will feature celebrity auctioneer Jason Brooks. To preview individual artwork, visit the gallery between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday or RSVP for the preview party, which will take place from 5 to 8 p.m. on Oct. 23. Doors, 8 a.m.; auction,
10 a.m. Registration required. www.larsenartauction.com.
EXPERIENCE THE ANDES
Oct. 26-27, Musical Instrument Museum
Delve into the rich, diverse culture found at one of the world’s longest mountain ranges. This two-day event will include live performances of South American music, interactive tours and more. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Included with museum admission. www.mim.org.
2019 TASTE OF BRUNCH
Oct. 27, Mountain Shadows
Support the Arthritis Foundation while enjoying cuisine by Hearth ’61’s executive chef Charles Wiley. This morning event will include music and silent and live auctions. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. $125. www.arthritis.org/tasteofbrunchphoenix.
LON’S LAST DROP DINNER
Oct. 30, The Hermosa Inn
Head to Lon’s Last Drop at The Hermosa Inn for a dinner series featuring locally based Fate Brewing Company. The brewery’s small-batch beers will be paired with a three-course dinner, and the event will debut three new brews that are a collaboration betewen Fate and Lon’s. Hors d’oeuvres reception, 6 p.m.; dinner, 7-9 p.m. $79 per person (includes tax and gratuity). Reservations required; call 602.955.7878 or register online. www.hermosainn.com.
FRIENDSGIVING COMMUNITY LUNCHEON
Nov. 1, The Camby
Kick off the season of giving and learn about the mission of United Cerebral Palsy of Central Arizona at this luncheon, which will provide guests with the opportunity to donate and make a difference in the lives of those living with cerebral palsy. 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. www.ucpofcentralaz.org.
SCOTTSDALE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
Nov. 1-10, various locations
The festival’s 19th season will showcase more than 55 award-winning films, and will kick off Nov. 1 at Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts with a dessert reception and Marriage Story starring Adam Driver and Scarlett Johansson. Times and prices vary. www.scottsdalefilmfestival.com.
BENTLEY SCOTTSDALE POLO CHAMPIONSHIPS
Nov. 2, WestWorld of Scottsdale
Watch the Aspen Valley Polo Team defend their title at the Ninth Annual Bentley Scottsdale Polo Championships, which will include musical performances and a return appearance from one of the most famous professional polo players, Nacho Figueras. Upgrade the experience by booking a seat in one of the multiple VIP lounges, including the Barrett-Jackson Champagne & Jazz lounge at mid-field; the Molina Fine Jewelers Drivers & Players VIP Lounge with complimentary food and drinks and exclusive access to players; and Prime: A Luxury Tent Experience by Steak 44, Neiman Marcus, Bentley Scottsdale, and Barrett-Jackson, which includes a luxurious culinary experience and a bottle of Veuve Clicquot at one of the top locations on the field. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. $30-$500. www.thepoloparty.com.
SCOTTSDALE WALK TO DEFEAT ALS
Nov. 2, Salt River Fields at Talking Stick
Funds raised by individuals and teams during this walk will support locals with ALS and their families. Those who raise more than $75 will earn a T-shirt commemorating this year’s walk. 9 a.m. Registration required. www.alsa.org.
SHEMER ARIZONA ARTS FESTIVAL
Nov. 2-3, Shemer Art Center
Get a head start on your holiday shopping as 40 artists from across the state gather to showcase their unique creations. The festival will also feature sculpture garden tours, live music, food and beverage vendors, and hourly artist demos that allow for an interactive look into the various crafts of local artisans. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. www.shermerartcenter.org.