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Fall Festivals & Holiday Events

Greater Phoenix Greek Festival
Oct. 11-13
Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Community Center
1973 E. Maryland Ave.
602-264-2791

The 53rd annual Greater Phoenix Greek Festival features Greek food, music, dancing, jewelry, art, grocery items and activities for children, as well as guided tours of the cathedral. A portion of proceeds will benefit Cathedral ministries. Parking is free at the Charles Schwab lot at 24th Street and Lincoln Drive with shuttles every 15 minutes.

Admission is $3, free for children younger than 12. Hours are 5-10 p.m. Friday; 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday, and 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Sunday. Saturday, admission is $2 for age 61 or older. Visit phoenixgreekfestival.org.

Otsukimi
Moonviewing Festival
5-9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 19
Japanese Friendship Garden of Phoenix
1125 N. 3rd Ave.

Feel the thrill of Taiko drumming, listen to music from Japan, be amazed at demonstrations of Aikido and swordsmanship, discover shopping pleasures from a variety of vendors, and taste Japanese tea. Stroll the paths, feed the koi and peer through a telescope at the heavens. Gates open at 4:30 p.m. Admission is $25 General (11 years and older); $12 youth (4-10 years); and children under 3 years are admitted free. Purchase presale tickets with discount price at http://moon2013.bpt.me/.

Arab American Festival
11-9 p.m. Oct. 19-20
Steele Indian School Park
300 E. Indian School Road
602-412-1525

Celebrate the rich culture and history of one of the world’s oldest civilizations. Enjoy an international food court, live entertainment, arts and crafts, a children’s area, local vendors and service providers, and more. Admission is $5 for those ages 13 and older. Visit http://www.arabamericanfestival.com.

Rainbow Festival &
Street Fair
10 a.m.-6 p.m. Oct. 19-20
Heritage Square Park
115 N. 6th St.
602-277-7433

Produced by Phoenix Pride, this free event includes live entertainment, 150-plus exhibitors, food trucks, a beer garden and more. For more details, visit http://www.phoenixpride.org.

Family Fright Night
7-9 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 24
Washington Activity Center
2240 W. Citrus Way
602-262-6971

Families can enjoy a free animated movie, “Hotel Transylvania.” Refreshments will be available for purchase. The event begins in the courtyard of the center. No registration is required.

17th Annual
Pumpkins at the Peak
5-7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 25
Pointe Hilton Squaw Peak Resort
7677 N. 16th St.
602-997-2626

Pointe Hilton Squaw Peak transforms its River Ranch into a scene of jack-o-lanterns, ghouls, goblins and ghosts. Halloween treats, family fun and an opportunity to help stop hunger in the Valley are all a part of the festivities taking place. For admission, attendees are asked to bring two cans of food or $5 per person to benefit St. Mary’s Food Bank. More than 20 activities and craft booths will provide non-stop entertainment. Families are encouraged to dress in their most spirited Halloween costumes.

Sunnyslope Fall Festival
11 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26
Sunnyslope Community Center
802 E. Vogel Ave.

This annual free event features a costume parade for kids, face painting, bounce houses, entertainment, community resource booths, refreshments and more.

Zombie Walk 5
2-10:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26
Heritage & Science Park
115 N. 6th St.

Zombie Walk 5 is a free, daylong celebration of the undead that encourages zombies of all sizes, ages and states of decay to walk, shuffle, limp, drag or crawl their way through the streets of Downtown Phoenix in what has become the largest—and bloodiest—gathering of zombies west of the Mississippi. The 1.2-mile walk sets off at 6 p.m. Throughout the day and evening there will be live music, children’s activities, a beer garden, food trucks, vendors, makeup artists, and more. Bring a non-perishable food item for St. Mary’s Food Bank. For a full list of the event attractions and schedule, visit: downtownphoenix.com/zombie.

Safe Harvest Festival
4-7 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 27
Church of the Beatitudes
555 W. Glendale Ave.
602-264-1221

There will be face painting, costumes, crafts, games and photos opportunities available, as well as a Truck or Treating Event. Hot dogs and popcorn will be served. Free admission for the whole family.

Rock the Block!
5:30-8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 31
Royal Palms Baptist Church
8802 N. 19th Ave.

A free event for children birth through sixth grade and their families. There will be inflatable bouncers, hot dogs, popcorn and plenty of candy. You do not need to be a member of the church to attend.

Editor’s Note: To see a full list of fall festivals and special events in Phoenix, visit www.northcentralnews.net and select the “Fall Festivals” page.

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