Fall brings activity-packed event season

CHANDLER, Ariz. – Chandler is entering one of the more activity-packed
seasons of the year with an extraordinary lineup of family-friendly events
produced by the City or local organizations. Events include:

Oct. 1, 17th Annual C.A.L.L.E. de Arizona Mariachi & Folklorico Festival:
Enjoy a vibrant journey of the music and traditional dances of Mexico,
featuring the Grammy Award-winning 13-piece ensemble Mariachi Los Camperos
de Nati Cano.  Doors open at 5:30 p.m. at Chandler’s Center for the Arts.
Mix and mingle in the lobby bar while enjoying an art exhibit, fashion
runway show, and visiting with local artists, vendors and businesses.
Tickets can be purchased by calling the Chandler Center for the Arts Box
Office at 480-782-2680.

Oct. 1, 9th Annual SanTan Brewing Oktoberfest: Fans of polka music, German
food and craft beer will don their lederhosen and dirndls and gather in
Downtown Chandler to celebrate SanTan Brewing’s ninth anniversary in
business. The entertainment lineup includes Roger Clyne & the Peacemakers,
Reel Big Fish and other local acts. This year's event will highlight beer
games, Von Hanson's brat eating contest and family zone. For more
information, visit santanoktoberfest.com.

Oct. 6, Chandler Farmers Market: This community market has been running for
more than six years in the historic square and offers live music, fresh,
local produce, and locally made and grown products on Thursdays from 3-7
p.m., October through April. This upcoming season, the managers of the
market, Downtown Chandler Community Partnership, are evolving the market by
gaining new vendors and planning new, free activities for market guests.

Oct. 8-9, Indian Art Market: The free, two-day Indian Art Market will be
held from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 8, and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
on Sunday, Oct. 9, at Dr. A.J. Chandler Park. There will be entertainment
and food, plus authentic Native American art including jewelry,
photography, pottery, paintings, Katsina carvings, sculptures, and tribal
arts and crafts. For more information, visit chandleraz.gov/indianaz or
call 480-782-2214.

Oct. 8, Miss Indian Arizona Scholarship Program: A number of outstanding
American Indian women will vie for the title of Miss Indian Arizona during
the annual Miss Indian Arizona Scholarship Program to be held at 7 p.m. at
the Chandler Center for the Arts. Visit missindianarizona.com for more
information.

Oct. 9, Chandler Symphony Orchestra (CSO): Music Director Maestro Jack
Herriman promises that the CSO’s first symphonic concert of the season
will be a rousing affair. Performances of some of the all-time hits in the
classical music genre will take place at 3 p.m. at the Chandler Center for
the Arts. Admission is free but a suggested donation of $5.00/adult is
encouraged. For more information, visit chandlersymphony.com or phone
480-899-3447.

Oct. 15, “Pat Blackburn Open” BMX event: Back flips. Tail whips. Daredevil
BMX riders do them with gusto at the Pat Blackburn Open. The free-styling
action is full of thrills and makes popping wheelies look like child’s
play. Spectators can enjoy bike vendors, information booths and more. The
action begins at 9 a.m. and riders can register for the contest online at
psychicflyingmonkey.com or in person at the event site at Chandler’s Espee
Park.

Oct. 20, Sonoran Sunset Series: Chandler comes to life with live music in
the park at 7 p.m. every third Thursday of the month. Head over to Veterans
Oasis Park with your blankets, chairs and coolers to enjoy a free concert
under the stars beginning in October and running through March. Snacks and
beverages are available for a small fee. For more information, visit
chandleraz.gov/veterans-oasis.

Oct. 21, Chandler Art Walk:  Downtown Chandler welcomes more than 35 local
artists to the historic square every third Friday of the month from 6-9:30
p.m., providing a fun family atmosphere in which to browse the many
different types of art available. The event runs through July 2017, and
also provides a great opportunity to visit the unique and varied
establishments in Downtown Chandler.

Oct. 22, For Our City Day: Hundreds of residents gather together on
National Make a Difference Day to assist with projects in the community.
Volunteers join For Our City Chandler and the City’s Neighborhood Programs
Division to clean yards, remove weeds and perform various cleanup efforts.
To volunteer, call 480-782-4354 or email cristabel.dykstra@chandleraz.gov.

Oct. 22, Chandler Mayor’s Day of Play: Take the kiddos to Tumbleweed Park
from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. for a super fun – and healthy – day of family fun.
Enjoy health-minded family activities, fitness demonstrations, information
booths, guest speakers, healthy food, a Kids Zone and plenty of live music
and entertainment. Day of Play is a celebration of Chandler’s diversity and
encourages neighbors, communities and families to have fun, build
relationships and be active together. Visit chandleraz.gov/dayofplay for
details.

Oct. 28, Halloween Spooktacular: Come dressed in your best costume and
enjoy a family night of frightful fun from 5:30-8:30 p.m. in the Downtown
Library Plaza. All activities are free and include ghoulish games, haunted
house, photo opportunities, arts and crafts, and costume contest prizes!
Families also can enjoy light food and refreshments available for purchase
from the Chandler Kiwanis Club. Visit chandleraz.gov/spooktacular for more
information.

Oct. 29, Pumpkin Dunk: Forget bobbing for apples; try dunking for pumpkins.
Come join Chandler Aquatics staff from noon until 2 p.m. at Mesquite Groves
Aquatic Center for our floating pumpkin patch. The pool will be heated, and
there will be decorating stations after you’ve plucked your pumpkin from
the pool. Halloween costumes are encouraged.

Nov. 5, Mayor Tibshraeny’s Safety and Veteran’s Expo (SAVE): Party at City
Hall from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. with Mayor Jay Tibshraeny and learn about
safety and crime prevention, Veteran’s services and City resources while
enjoying public safety demonstrations, food trucks and a free
document-shredding event.

Nov. 5, Arizona Harvest Fest: Enjoy a cornucopia of fun with 60-plus food
and craft vendors offering seasonal eats, treats, trinkets and gear from
4-11 p.m. in Downtown Chandler. Activities will include an apple pie eating
contest, cake walk, bake sale, pumpkin toss, hay maze, pumpkin smash,
cornhole games and a corn husking contest.

Nov. 11, 20th Annual Chandler Golf Challenge: Presented by Dignity Health,
this event is held at Bear Creek Golf Course and benefits Chandler’s
Special Olympics programs and the scholarship and stipend programs of the
Mayor's Committee for People with Disabilities. For further information or
to register, call 480-782-2709 or email collette.prather@chandleraz.gov.

Nov. 11-12, 7th Annual Chandler Chuck Wagon Cook-Off: Experience a rare,
up-close look at western history at this family-friendly culinary event
held from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 11, and from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on
Saturday, Nov. 12, at Tumbleweed Ranch in Tumbleweed Park. Authentic 1880s
chuck wagons compete to cook up the best meals fit for the trail using
slow-cook, wood-fire methods from the time period. Enjoy live music,
cooking demonstrations, western artisans, storytelling, unique vendors,
group tours and more!

Nov. 19, Woofstock: Bring your leashed, well-mannered dog out to enjoy a
day of tail waggin' fun with other dog lovers and their K-9 friends from 9
a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Tumbleweed Park. Visit chandleraz.gov/woofstock for
more information.

Nov. 19, Rock The Block: Bring the whole family to this free annual block
party being held from noon to 10 p.m. in downtown Chandler featuring live
entertainment on the new Downtown Stage, a Kids Zone, plus interactive
games, rides, face painting, inflatables and more than 100 retail, arts and
crafts vendors and a beer and wine garden.

Nov. 24, 8th Annual Turkey Swim: Sneak in a great swim workout before you
sit down for football and your big Thanksgiving meal! Join the fun from
5:30-7:30 a.m. at Hamilton Aquatic Center and swim in the heated pool for
free by donating a can of food or $2.

Dec. 3. Tumbleweed Tree Lighting and Parade of Lights: Join us in Downtown
Chandler from 4:30-9 p.m. to celebrate a unique southwestern tradition that
draws visitors from far and wide during the holidays. This community
festival includes the beautiful Parade of Lights and marks the 60th
Tumbleweed Tree built in Downtown Chandler. Details can be found at
chandleraz.gov/tumbleweedtree.

A complete list of upcoming special events in Chandler is available online
at chandleraz.gov/special-events or call the City’s Special Event Hotline
at 480-782-2735.