This may be the desert, but it doesn’t mean we don’t know how to throw a good ol’ fashioned fall festival! If you’re looking for a great way to kick-off the autumn season, the Schnepf Farm’s annual Pumpkin and Chili Party is just for you.


Running through the month of October, the Pumpkin and Chili Party has been voted “The Best Fall Family event in the Valley” by Phoenix Magazine, Phoenix New Times, Sunset Magazine and others. 


Amusement park rides, miniature golf and a petting zoo are guaranteed to keep the little ones entertained, but be sure not to miss the pig races and extreme BMX show.


When you’re ready for a break from all this fun, sit down with a warm bowl of chili and homemade cornbread, sure to satisfy. Looking for something sweet? Toast a marshmallow to gooey perfection at one of the bonfires around the festival and assemble the perfect s’more.


After enjoying all the food the festival has to offer, take a relaxing hayride around the farm and then wander around Schenpf’s 10-acre corn maze that is designed to look like celebrity from above. Maybe you’ll meet an actual celebrity in there!


When you’re ready to call it a day, be sure to pick out a pumpkin to take home to remember all the fun you just had!


Share your great pumpkin and chili festival pics with us by using hashtag #CityLimitless on Twitter and Instagram—we love seeing how you’re experiencing Mesa’s favorite spots!