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Sept. 20, 2016

Fall brings activity-packed event season

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 www.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 www.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 www.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 www.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 www.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 www.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 www.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 www.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 www.chandleraz.gov/tumbleweedtree.

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