It’s the best time of year to visit downtown Tempe and take in one of the many Arizona fall festivals. Whether you want to enjoy live music, try a new beer, or dress in costume for a bike ride, there is something for everyone at the festivals near Tempe Mission Palms.
Tour De Fat
Tempe Beach Park
October 6, 2018
It’s back! Tour de Fat, the greatest little show on earth, is about to embark on a six-city bonanza of bikes, beers and philanthropic fun. Entering its 19th season, the Tour de Fat has raised more than $5 million dollars for local bike non-profits since its inception. This year combines many favorite past ensemble acts like Sedan Halen, The Handsome Little Devils, Daredevil Chicken, and KOLARS – plus new and emerging musical talent from around the country. It’s a celebration of great beer, good people, and humankind’s most wonderful invention – the bicycle!
6th Annual Four Peaks Oktoberfest
Tempe Town Lake
Oct 12, 2018 - Oct 14, 2018
German style fare at five bratwurst service tents, carnival treats such as corn dogs, turkey legs, funnel cakes and nachos, etc. Island noodles, and desserts from a German bakery and ice cream. Live music, a Kinderfest for family fun and entertainment, filled with games and activities for kids and adults young at heart.
15th Annual Dia de los Muertos Celebration
Desert Botanical Garden
Nov 3, 2018 - Nov 4, 2018
Celebrate the Mexican tradition of Dìa de los Muertos, or the Day of the Dead, with a two-day festival filled with music, dance and storytelling. Children will love the crafts and face painting, but the whole family will enjoy the entertainment and browsing the Mercado filled with art, jewelry and other wares. Each day ends with La Procesión, a procession through the Garden by all the performers and audience members, concluding with a traditional burning of troubles. La Procesión represents the ancient tradition of marching as a community to burial sites in order to honor those who have passed on.