Oct. 6-7, WestWorld of Scottsdale
Pinterest comes to life at the Pinners Conference + Expo, the only Pinterest-based, creative conference connecting consumers, brands and influencers. The conference will include 100 classes and a shopping floor, which features more than 200 popular shops. Pinners select the best bloggers and teachers to present classes on a range of topics. Times vary. $8-$49. www.az.pinnersconference.com.
Oct. 7, Scottsdale Stadium
Sample more than 50 craft beers and 25 bacon-infused dishes at this festival. All food and beverages are included in ticket price. Times and prices vary; there are afternoon and evening general admission, VIP and “power hour” (one-hour early admission). www.baconandbeerclassic.com.
Oct. 7, Fairmont Scottsdale Princess
Join Mothers Awareness on School-Age Kids (MASK) to celebrate a decade of serving children and families. This year’s focus is to raise funds to translate MASK’s programming for the Spanish-speaking community. 6-10 p.m. $200. www.maskmatters.org.
Oct. 7, Scottsdale Waterfront
Arizona’s inaugural Mac & Cheese Festival will feature unique mac and cheese creations from more than 20 Valley restaurants and local craft brews. General admission includes entry but food and drink are sold separately. VIP tickets include early entry at 11 a.m., five drink tickets, 15 food tickets, and access to the VIP lounge and private restrooms. Noon-7 p.m. Price varies. www.macandcheesefestaz.com.
Oct. 12, The Westin Kierland
The Westin Kierland’s Scotch Library will host its third annual Masters of Scotch Autumn Tasting Series, featuring Glenmorangie on Oct. 12. The tasting will offer a fun, informative evening of sampling Scotch whiskies in hour-long presentations led by Scotch experts. 6:30 p.m. $65++. Reservations are required; call 480.624.1202. www.kierlandresort.com.
Oct. 18, Dominick’s Steakhouse
Dine at Dominick’s Steakhouse for a great cause, where all food and beverage (including alcohol) sales will be donated to Make-A-Wish Arizona to help grant wishes to children with life-threatening medical conditions. Reservations are being taken from 4 to 9 p.m. and can be made by calling 480.272.7271 or online at www.dominickssteakhouse.com.
Oct. 20-22, WestWorld of Scottsdale
One of the highlights of this fall's The Maricopa County Home & Garden Show will be an appearance by HGTV’s lovable fixer-upper twins, the Property Brothers. The brothers, Drew and Johnathan Scott, will host their stage show on Saturday and Sunday at 1 p.m., followed by a meet and greet with fans. Bring your camera for a picture with the brothers, then browse home improvement booths, learn how to upgrade your home with DIY presentations, and get your holiday shopping done early at the an artisan holiday marketplace. There will also be free wine tastings throughout the event. Fri. and Sat., 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sun., 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Adults, $10; on-site parking, $5. See website for various ticket discounts. www.maricopacountyhomeshows.com.
Oct. 19, LON’s at The Hermosa Inn
Executive Chef Jeremy Pacheco and Chef Cullen Campbell will team up for one night to highlight Tucson’s Del Bac Whiskey from Hamilton Distillers. The menu will focus on cocktail pairings with a whole pig that’s been fed on the mash from the production of Del Bac Whiskey. Register online. 6-9 p.m. $75. www.hermosainn.com
Oct. 20-22, Steele Indian School Park
Brought to you by the co-creators of Bonnaroo and Outside Lands, Lost Lake Festival is a new Valley tradition in its inaugural year. The festival will include more than 40 musical acts over three days, including The Killers, Major Lazer and The Roots. There will also be local food vendors, cocktails and breweries, plus interactive games and local art. Times vary. Single-day admission, $89.50-$224.50; three-day admission, $224.50-$574.50. www.lostlakefestival.com.
Oct. 20-29, Carefree Desert Gardens
Celebrate the enchantment of the Halloween season with whimsical pumpkin carvings from master sculptor Ray Villafane. The Enchanted Pumpkin Garden will change daily with new carved pumpkins. It will also feature a 400-pound carved pumpkin for photo ops, a pumpkin patch, corn maze, and a local craft beer garden along with food trucks and treats. 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Free. www.carefreepumpkingarden.org.
Oct. 21, Phoenix Theatre
Join Phoenix Theatre for a night of showstopping performances featuring original musical tributes celebrating the 2017 honorees. The theatrical event will include a hosted cocktail reception, a Greek feast, decadent desserts, and dancing under the stars. Attire is cocktail chic. 5:30 p.m. $500+. www.phoenixtheatre.com.
Oct. 27-28, Desert Botanical Garden
Encounter weird sights, fun tricks and enchanting creatures, plus look out for Mad Botanists as they dazzle you with tales of fascinating and peculiar plants. There will also be live performances, face painting, pumpkin carving, and a Monster Bash. 5:30-8:30 p.m. Free with paid garden admission or membership. www.dbg.org.
Oct. 27-Nov. 3, Phoenix Convention Center
Every year, Phoenix Design Week brings together hundreds of creative professionals for a series of presentations, workshops and social events. The highlight of the ninth annual event will be the Method + Madness conference, which brings together top design, illustration, writing, and UX professionals from Arizona and across the nation to speak, teach hands-on workshops, and provide opportunities for networking with the local design community. Times vary $59-$379. www.phxdw.com.
Oct. 27-28, Salt River Fields
Head to the seventh annual Balloon Spooktacular for a fun-filled Halloween festival perfect for the whole family. There will be more than 20 hot air balloons on display, illuminating the sky in the world’s longest continuous glow (over three hours!). Other activities will include balloon candy stations serving up more than 4,000 pounds of candy to trick-or-treaters, live music, food and beverage, costume contests, a kids zone, a vendor market, tethered balloon rides, a haunted trail, and fireworks. 5-9:30 p.m. $10-$15. www.srfballoonfestivals.com.
Oct. 28, Butterfly Wonderland
Head to this unique date night among butterflies that will offer couples wine, light refreshments and a showing of the full-length version of the movie Flight of the Butterflies in the theater. Pre-registration is required; call 480.800.3000, ext. 210 to reserve. 6-8:30 p.m. $30 per couple. www.butterflywonderland.com.
Oct. 28, LDV Winery
LDV Winery is celebrating the completion of its 2017 harvest. At this festival, guests can sip a glass of wine as well as enjoy barbecue, participate in grape stomping, and listen to live music on the winery’s patio in Old Town Scottsdale. 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Early registration, $40; day-of, $45. www.ldvwinery.com.
Oct. 28, Arizona Biltmore
Have a roaring good time at the Night of Gold ball. The 1920s-themed event will feature live music, dancing, delicious food, and an exclusive auction. This event benefits the HonorHealth Desert Mission. 6 p.m. $550+. www.honorhealth.com.
Oct. 28, Mountain Shadows
This charitable evening will feature fine wine, food pairings, entertainment and dancing. Proceeds from the event will help St. Jude offer assistance to children and families. 5 p.m. Individual, $175; table of 10, $1,750. www.stjude.org.
Nov. 1, Omni Scottsdale Resort and Spa at Montelucia
The annual event for Free Arts for Abused Children of Arizona raises awareness about the challenges abused and homeless children experience, highlights their achievements throughout their time with the organization, and helps to generate funds to continue to support life-changing programs. 11 a.m. $150. www.freeartsaz.org.
Nov. 2-3, Talking Stick Golf Club and Hangar One Scottsdale
This seventh annual event returns with hosts Mark and Lauren Teahen and honorary chairs Zack and Emily Greinke. On Nov. 2, golf alongside current and retired professional athletes at the Celebrity Golf Tournament at Talking Stick Golf Club. Then, on Nov. 3, head to the Celebrity Gala at Hangar One Scottsdale, which will include food stations by Dominick’s Steakhouse. Funds raised will go to Chrysalis, an Arizona agency that offers support and programs to sufferers of domestic violence. Golf tournament, 10:30 a.m.; Celebrity Gala, 7 p.m. Prices vary. www.dodvaz.org.
Nov. 3, The Scottsdale Resort at McCormick Ranch
This annual gala benefits Dress for Success Phoenix, which empowers women to achieve economic independence by providing a network of support, professional attire, and development tools. The event will include a red carpet reception with a silent auction and raffles, dinner, and an after-party. $150+. 5:30-10 p.m. www.dressforsuccess.org.
Nov. 4-5, Desert Botanical Garden
Explore the meaning of the Day of the Dead holiday with music, dance performances, and a mercado filled with handcrafted art, jewelry and other wares. Enjoy a paleta, contribute to the community altar, and end the day with a procession through the garden. 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; procession, 5-6 p.m. Free with paid garden admission or membership. www.dbg.org.