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 with its robust fall event season. The fall event lineup is perfect for self-described foodies, art lovers and families looking for a little quirky weekend family fun. Chandler, AZ has something for everyone this fall.
Explore our list of top fall events below or visit our full event calendar here.
TACO' bout a fall event! Each September, Downtown Chandler comes alive with a food oriented festival celebrating everyone's favorite - the taco. Featuring food, music, dancing and a low-rider car show this is an event for all taco enthusiasts. Taco fanatics may want to inquire about the taco eating contest.
Don your lederhosen and dirndls and gather in Downtown Chandler for the annual SanTan Oktoberfest! Brats, beer and polka music accompany this family friendly event with a bevy of games, wiener dog races, bratwurst-eating contest, tricycle races and more.
OPA! Get ready to celebrate Greek culture, food and music at the annual Taste of Greece: Fall Greek Festival held at St. Katherine's Greek Orthodox Church. While this event is a fundraiser for the local church, the event has a long celebrated history in the community for providing a weekend of fun.
Attendees will enjoy live Greek music, costumed folk dancing, a variety of Greek goods for purchase, a kids zone and a large variety of Greek food.
The vibrant and engaging annual Mariachi and Folklorico Festival occurs each September at the Chandler Center for the Arts. The festival celebrates Hispanic Heritage month and features two Mariachi ensembles and the beautiful and traditional folkloric dance of Mexico for memorable event.
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.
Held each fall in Downtown Chandler, the Arizona Harvest Festival is an event not to be missed! Celebrate the arrival of fall with fall-inspired activities, events, food & drink and a large, open-air market. Family fun is on tap with a pumpkin toss, pie-eating contest, kid's zone, cornhole and much more!
This holiday season; mark your calendar and join in the fun for the annual lighting of the Tumbleweed tree in Downtown Chandler. The tree has been a hallmark of the holiday season, standing over 50 feet tall and has been a Chandler tradition since 1957. Chandler's beloved Tumbleweed Tree Lighting Festival is held the first Saturday in December and is a unique southwestern tradition centered on family fun that draws holiday visitors from far and wide.
It all starts with the ‘holiday tree' that begins with 2,000 tumbleweeds, a 35-foot tall wire framed Christmas tree, 25 gallons of paint, and dusted with 65 pounds of glitter. The tree is later adorned with thousands of holiday lights that give it a spectacular look, day or night. Lively entertainment, savory and sweet food vendors, and a charming parade are hallmarks for the lighting festival and sure to put you in the holiday mood.