Chandler Fall Events and Festivals

Fall in Chandler is the perfect season to enjoy the milder temperatures and starlit patio evenings that have made Arizona famous. It's also a time when Chandler, AZ is buzzing with local culture, food, arts and music. The fall event lineup is perfect for self-described foodies, art lovers, and families looking for a little quirky weekend family fun or things to do for Halloween in Chandler, AZ has something for everyone this fall.

Many of Chandler's hotels and resorts offer fabulous fall rates, so plan your Chandler getaway today.

Explore our list of top fall events below or visit our full event calendar here or consider spending the holidays in Chandler.

Rockin' Taco Street Fest

Rockin' Taco Street Fest - September 23, 2023

TACO 'bout a fall event!  Each September, Downtown Chandler comes alive with a food-oriented, ticketed festival celebrating everyone's favorite - the taco.  Featuring food from 20 local restaurants, live music, Luche Libre wrestling, a Margarita and Michelada tent and the Little Amigos play area - this is an event for all taco enthusiasts.  Taco fanatics may want to inquire about the taco eating contest. Admission fees for Rockin' Taco Street Fest cover entertainment and concerts and do not include  food or drinks.


Oktoberfest - September 30 - October 1, 2023

Don your lederhosen and dirndls and gather in Downtown Chandler for the annual Oktoberfest celebration! Brats, beer, and polka music accompany this family-friendly event with a bevy of games, wiener toss, bratwurst-eating contest, stein holding, live music, family zone and more.  This year, Oktoberfest will be a two-day fall festival in Chandler, held September 30, 2023 and October 1, 2023 and is co-hosted by SanTan Brewing Company and Pedal Haus Brewery

Mariachi Festival

Annual Mariachi and Folklorico Festival - October 7, 2023

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with a Chandler tradition - experience the rich cultural history of Mexico through vibrant music and dance at the 24th Annual Mariachi and Folklorico Festival at the Chandler Center for the Arts, presented in partnership with C.A.L.L.E. de Arizona and Maestra Vanessa Ramirez on October 7, 2023 at 7:00 p.m. The annual event features the award-winning music of Mariachi Los Camperos and 16-member Mariachi Estrella de Mexico with a dazzling array of folklorico dancers from Ballet Folklorico Quetzalli-AZ. 

AZ48 Half Marathon Starting Line

Chandler #AZ48 Half Marathon - October 22, 2023

Starting and ending in Downtown Chandler, this flat and fast course is USTAF certified with hydration stops located every 1.5-2 miles stocked with water, electrolyte drink and portable restrooms. The Half Marathon finisher medal is sure to be collectible item with its unique, 5" copper design and sun catcher reflecting Arizona's natural beauty. Find registration materials for the October 22, 2023 running event with course descriptions and links to partner hotels at the Chandler #AZ48 Half Marathon event website

Halloween Spooktacular - Costume Contest

Annual Halloween Spooktacular - October 27, 2023

Gather your lil’ ghosts and goblins and trick-or-treat your way through Downtown Chandler where you’ll enjoy a family night filled with spirited fun on October 27th from 5:30 til 8:30 p.m. With a boo-nanza of spooky shenanigans that are sure to delight ghouls and boos of all ages. Admission into the park is FREE.

Chuck Wagon Cook Off

Chuck Wagon Cook-Off - November 11, 2023

Check out the original food trucks of the west at the annual Chandler Chuck Wagon Cook-Off at Tumbleweed Park. The festival is a unique culinary competition combines the tastes, smells, and sounds of the Old West. Teams work from authentic 1880-style chuck wagons to cook five courses: bread, beans, meat, potatoes, and dessert. Judges decide winners in each category, as well as best authentic wagon and best overall meal. There's also entertainment and activities highlighting history, cooking, and local food throughout the two-day event. Visitors are encourages to attend on Saturday, November 11, 2023.