Top Things to Do in Mesa this Fall - Visit Mesa

August 24, 2022

Top Things to Do in Mesa This Fall

Fall is right around the corner! Gather your family and friends and embrace the season with these fun fall activities.


Fall Festivals


a toddler plays with pumpkins in a pumpkin patch

2nd Friday Night Out

Second Friday of the Month from 6 p.m. - 10 p.m.

Join the fun every 2nd Friday of the month in Downtown Mesa. Enjoy art, dining, shopping, activities, entertainment and more at this free event. Every 2nd Friday Night Out has a different theme!

Season Kickoff Festival - Make Your Mark

Sept. 9 from 6 p.m. - 10 p.m.

Celebrate the new exhibitions coming up this fall with the Season Kickoff Festival at the Mesa Contemporary Arts Museum! Enjoy live music all night, tasty food from local vendors, and interactive activities courtesy of some friends from the Phoenix Zoo, Arizona Museum of Natural History, i.d.e.a Museum and more.

Garlic Fest at Queen Creek Olive Mill

Sept. 16-25 from 8 a.m. - 9 p.m.

Get your garlic fill at the huge, free event at the Queen Creek Olive Mill! Organically grown estate garlic from their garden will be sold at the festival. On top of that, you can enjoy live music, Valley food trucks, a beer and wine garden, cooking demos, garlic gelato, games, tours and more!. Don’t worry, breath mints will be provided!

a family poses behind a wooden cut out of a tractor, corn, and pumpkins at vertuccio farms

Schnepf Farms Pumpkin & Chili Party

Oct. 1-30 (Thurs-Sun)

Schnepf Farms Pumpkin and Chili Party event was voted by Phoenix Magazine, New Times and Sunset Magazine as ‘The Best Fall Family Event in the Greater Phoenix Area’. There will be numerous farm activities including amusement rides, zip lining, train rides, hayrides and outdoor games. Included in the experience will also be a 4-acre and a 10-acre corn maze, a petting zoo and two play yards for children. Chili dinners will be sold at the Main Food Grills, as well as a variety of other food options including burgers, BBQ, succotash, and peach wood-fired pizzas (Schnepf Farms is the largest organic peach grower in Arizona). Buy your tickets online now!

8th Annual AZ Margarita, Mojito, Craft Beer, and Food Truck Festival

Oct. 8 from 4 p.m. - 10 p.m.

Mark your calendars! Margarita, Mojito, Craft Beer & Food Truck Festival is back for its 8th year. There will be unlimited margarita and mojito tastings as well as food options from 20 local food trucks, live music and awesome vendors. This event is kid and pet friendly, bring your own blankets and chairs for a fun family picnic supporting the College Bound AZ Foundation.

Vertuccio Farms Annual Fall Festival & Corn Maze

Sept. 30-Oct. 30

Vertuccio Farms is a great event for all ages this fall. From the Mini Hay Maze to the pedal race cars to the barrel train ride, giant spider web, extreme air pillow and of course the pumpkin patch and iconic 5-acre corn maze – this is the perfect family-friendly festival to celebrate the season.


Fall Scenery


The Boyce Thompson Arboretum

Best time to see fall colors is late November

This Arboretum, located in Queen Creek Canyon, just 30 minutes from Mesa, is the state's oldest and largest botanical garden. With spectacular views of Picketpost Mountain, Boyce Thompson Arboretum features plant collections from the world’s deserts, historic buildings and hidden gardens along miles of trails. The Arboretum has been called "the most enchanting" Audubon Important Birding Area in Arizona and is on the National Register of Historic Places. Vibrant fall colors take over the lush flora, which makes late November the best time of the year to explore the gardens.


Fall Flavors


Pumpkin Pancakes and Lattes from T.C. Eggington's

Enjoy pumpkin breakfast and lunch at T.C. Eggingtons! Whether you want to start your day with pumpkin pancakes, or get cozy with a pumpkin latte, pumpkin lovers will rejoice with these seasonal eats!


Fall Recipes From the Fresh Foodie Trail

When the weather starts to cool down, there's no better adventure than exploring the delicious flavors of the Fresh Foodie Trail. Mesa is a culinary gateway here in the Southwest with a flourishing collection of charming, neighborhood farms and food-centric outposts providing a year-round bounty of seasonal goods for visitors to enjoy. Make your own Farm-to-Table experience from products along the trail and enjoy a nice home cooked meal. Click Here to View Recipes

Categories: Arts / Culture , Attractions , Events , Family Fun , Outdoor Adventure

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