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With Spooky season upon us and quarantine a thing of the past, everyone is ready to socialize -- and in costume. If you're looking for Scottsdale entertainment, look no further than our list of music, family-friendly, and Halloween events for adults this month.

October Music in Scottsdale

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The Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts is celebrating the music of the U.S.-Mexican Border region on Oct. 7 through the film screening of Fandango at the Wall. The film follows intimate interviews with multi-Grammy winners Arturo O’Farrill and Kabir Sehgal.
The Performing Arts Center will also host the “Scottsdale Philharmonic: Mendelssohn, Scott & Ravel” an annual classical symphony concert at the Virginia G. Piper Theater on the 10th.

Additionally, on the 10th, The Talking Stick Resort hosts American rock band formed in 1969, ZZ Top also known as, “That Little Ol’ Band From Texas” located at the Talking Stick Resort pool. Despite the recent loss of band member Dusty Hill, Billy F Gibbons & Frank Beard will perform their rock, blues, and boogie classics at the outdoor venue.

Enjoy listening to classical music? On Oct. 24, at the Virginia G. Piper Theater, MusicaNova Orchestra transforms parts of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s music into a new, creative program. Keep rocking all month long at The Kierland Commons with complimentary live music performances on the center lawn each Saturday for the rest of the month. Performances will feature local artists Adam Simons, Jacob Morris, Painted Soul, and Stanley Serrano.

Events for the whole family

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From the 8-10, get a “Clue” at the Scottsdale Desert Stage Theatre for a family-friendly twist on the classic board game. Based initially on the 1985 Paramount movie and directed by Mark-Alan C. Clemente, “Clue: On Stage,” follows six mysterious dinner guests through a party with “murder and blackmail on the menu.”

Clues continue through the valley to The Scottsdale Gallery Association’s collaboration with The Friends of the Scottsdale Public Library specially-themed Gold Palette ArtWalk on the 14. The partnership brings art and literature enthusiasts through a trivial pursuit of Scottsdale in “Clue: Art + Literature Trivia Scavenger Hunt.”

Last but certainly not least, local vendors across the valley can be found at the Old Town Farmer’s Market every Saturday with organic products from 8:00 a.m.- 1:00 p.m.

All Things Spooky

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Local Savvy AZ, a family-focused event coordinator, is hosting a “Halloween Bash” at McCormick Stillman Railroad Park on the 24. One ticket gets a family of four wristbands to enjoy trick-or-treating, food, swag bags, a costume contest, and more.
If you are unable to make it to the Halloween Bash, head to “Trick or Trot Family Fun Run,” at McCormick Ranch Gold Club, a charity event by the Childhelp Wing Organization. The event raises funds for children in the community affected by neglect and abuse.
Finally, Halloween Town’s Pumpkin Patch is open through the rest of the spooky season, stocked full of games, rides, and plenty of pumpkins.

Just For the Friends

From the 15-17, the Maricopa County Home and Garden Show presents “Gardens of the World,” a themed landscaped competition. The show features local small businesses, artisans, and home improvement companies’ fall-inspired decoration, allowing guests to gain inspiration for their own entertainment spaces.

Scottsdale Halloween Fun for Adults


On Oct. 30, “Scottsdale’s Zombie Crawl” overtakes Old Town with realistic costumes and participating vendors like Three Wisemen, Whiskey Row, and Cold Beers & Cheeseburgers. Also, on the 30, the W Scottsdale’s WET Deck transforms for their “Forbidden Island Halloween Party.” Guests “pick their poison” with signature cocktails and food while enjoying music from resident DJs.

Round out the month with your “ghoul-friends” on Halloween with experiential event company’s, Honeybee Events and Herb Box’s, Hallo-Queen Drag Brunch-“Seven Sins & Seven Kings & Queens.” Host and Drag Queen, Sonja Jae Savage, encourages guests to dress “sinfully” for the spooky occasion.

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