By Elizabeth Liberatore
Oct. 13, Mountain Shadows
From pinot grigo to malbec and everything in-between, Hospice of the Valley’s Vintage Wine Auction has flavors for every wine connoisseur. During the evening, guests will discover rare and reserve wines, meet collectors and tour private wine cellars. There will be delicious food and wine pairings, plus silent and live auctions of fine wines and vineyard trips. Proceeds will benefit the patients and families of Hospice of the Valley and support the organization’s programs and services. 6 p.m. $250. www.hov.org.
Oct. 14-15, Salt River Fields at Talking Stick
Taco and cocktail competitions, lucha libre wrestlers and a Chihuahua beauty pageant, together in one event, could only be the Arizona Taco Festival. Now in its eighth year, the festival will feature more than 50 local restaurants putting their unique spin on tacos and top mixologists shaking up festive margaritas and craft cocktails. Other event highlights will include a tequila expo, live entertainment, dancing, and a kids zone complete with a pinata petting zoo. 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Advance, $12; at the gate, $15; VIP, $100. www.aztacofestival.com.
Oct. 20, Topgolf Scottsdale
Join A New Leaf for an afternoon of golf to raise awareness about domestic violence. Golfers of all skill levels will play in a two-hour competitive tournament (clubs will be provided). There will also be a buffet, cash bar, refreshments, silent auction and prizes. Since the event is all about domestic violence awareness, guests are asked to wear purple. Funds raised will benefit A New Leaf’s shelter programs, which help individuals and families in crisis. Event registration,12:30 p.m.; tournament, 1-4 p.m. Spectator, $50; individual golfer, $150. www.turnanewleaf.org.
Oct. 22, High Street
Dish It Out is an outdoor culinary event where more than 60 restaurants and beverage vendors go head-to-head in a gourmet battle to knock out childhood hunger. The stylish and urban setting of High Street sets this year’s stage as top-tier chefs and bartenders battle for the title of Dish It Out Champion. Emceeing the event will be Bruce St. James and Pamela Hughes of 92.3 KTAR News. Proceeds will benefit the children who count on the Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Phoenix for safety, meals and opportunity. 5-8 p.m. General admission, $75; VIP, $500. www.dishitoutaz.org.
Oct. 28, Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Montelucia
The 14th annual Copa Ball will benefit programs at the Maricopa Integrated Health System (MIHS), specifically funding for medical equipment for Arizona Children’s Center or Arizona Burn Center. This year’s black-tie event will feature an awards ceremony, which will include the J. Kipp Charlton Physician of Excellence Award and the Joey Ridenour Nursing Excellence Award, as well as a cocktail hour, dinner, live entertainment and dancing. 6 p.m. $550. www.maricopahealthfoundation.org.
Oct. 28, Dominick’s Steakhouse
Enjoy an evening of upscale dining while raising awareness for Arizona’s blind and visually impaired children. This exclusive event attracts and engages celebrities, athletes, business power-players and influencers, and raises money that will go directly to the Foundation for Blind Children’s programs. In its 16th year, the event will honor Luis Gonzalez from the Arizona Diamondbacks. Guests will enjoy a cocktail hour, steaks and seafood paired with spirited cocktails and wine, a silent auction, and an after-party. 6 p.m. $750. www.seeitourway.org.