Get ready to rock out with K. Flay, who is going on tour for her new album, “Solutions.” K. Flay kicked off her career with 2014’s “Life as a Dog.” Two years later, she inked a deal with Interscope Records, has been nominated for two Grammys and released two EPs. This show will be rocking and fun.
Marquee Theatre, 730 N. Mill Avenue, Tempe, luckymanonline.com, 7:30 p.m. $22, 13 and older.
SEPTEMBER 5 TO SEPTEMBER 9
Bachata Addiction Productions presents the second Phoenix Bachata Festival, an experience all about music and dance. Come to The Wigwam and experience three days and four nights of bachata, salsa, zouk and kizomba dance workshops, pool parties, performances, social dancing and five live Bachata concerts by world-renowned artists.
The Wigwam, 300 E. Wigwam Boulevard, Litchfield Park, phoenixbachatafestival.com, various times, $25-$280.
2019 Tunnel to Towers 5K Run and Walk
The Tunnel to Towers Run and Walk honors those who served during the 9/11 attacks. This run was founded in New York and spread its way across the country to commemorate the sacrifices of the brave people during this difficult time in our country.
Tempe Beach Park, 80 W. Rio Salado Parkway, Tempe, tunnel2towers.org, 7:30 to 11 a.m., various levels of registration.
Arizona Cardinals vs. Detroit Lions
The Cardinals usher in a new era with quarterback Kyler Murray and coach Kliff Kingsbury and hope for big things this season, which kicks off against Matthew Stafford and the Detroit Lions.
State Farm Stadium, 1 Cardinals Drive, Phoenix, arizonacardinals.com, 1:25 p.m., tickets start at $44.
John Mayer’s career began in 1997 with Clay Cook in a band called the Lo-Fi Masters. Once they split, Mayer branched out on his own and faced several label issues, but grew to find his blues-inspired sound. He’ll soon make his way to the desert.
Talking Stick Resort Arena, 201 E. Jefferson Street, Phoenix, talkingstickresortarena.com, 7:30 p.m., tickets begin at $54.
Galaxy Dance Festival
SEPTEMBER 12 TO SEPTEMBER 15
Live it up at the Galaxy Dance Festival, a Latin ballroom dance competition. If you’re a little stiff and your hips don’t move like that, it is OK. Spectators are welcome to watch and enjoy their time at the Biltmore Arizona Resort and Spa.
Arizona Biltmore Resort and Spa, 2400 E. Missouri Avenue, Phoenix, galaxydancefestival.com, various times and prices.
This fledgling band is pushing its debut album, “Now, Not Yet,” and its groovy sound. After forming in 2016, the group gained momentum single “Still Feel.” This led to Half•alive’s 2017 major-label debut, “3.” The band’s sound is influenced by R&B, funk and soul with an alternative rock twist.
Crescent Ballroom, 308 N. Second Avenue, Phoenix, crescentphx.com, 8 p.m., $23-$25.
This American rock band formed in 1999 and released its first album three years later. They briefly broke up in 2010, but returned with “Dark Before Dawn” in 2015. Supporting its latest album, “Ember,” Breaking Benjamin is bringing Chevelle, Three Days Grace, Dorothy and Diamante along for the ride.
Ak-Chin Pavilion, 2121 N. 83rd Avenue, Phoenix, livenation.com, 5:30 p.m., ticket start at $29.50.
For those of you who are uncultured, a michelada is a summer beer drink that’s made with a mixture of cold light beer, fresh lime juice, hot sauce and savory ingredients like Worcestershire sauce. Judge if this is a thumb’s up or down at the Micheladas Fest.
Rancho Ochoa, 6638 W. Broadway Road, Phoenix, eventbrite.com, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., tickets start at $20.
Rockin’ Taco Street Fest
Tacos are little pieces of happiness wrapped in a tortilla. Come eat all of the tacos your stomach can handle at the Rockin’ Taco Street Fest. Tacos get even better when accompanied by fresh fruit frescas, cerveza and of course, margaritas. Other features include wrestling, eating competitions, mariachi, a niños playzone and a pinata party. Tickets are for admission only and do not include food or beverages.
Dr. A.J. Chandler Park, 178 E. Commonwealth Avenue, Chandler, rockintacoaz.com, noon to 9 p.m., $12.
Mimosas, bloody marys, coffee, waffles and crepes are plenty of reasons to stop and grab brunch. Hosted by Rock the Fork, this year’s BrunchFest will have all of this and more. They will have local coffee roasters, mixologists from top local bars, and chefs representing restaurants and bakeries from across the state. Have a little self control on the mimosas and bloody marys, keep it PG-13, please.
Unexpected Art Gallery, 734 W. Polk Street, Phoenix, rockthefork.com, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., $25.
Arizona Diamondbacks vs. Cincinnati Reds
Presented by Estrella Jalisco, Hispanic Heritage Day features a pregame fiesta and a Los D-backs replica jersey giveaway for the first 20,000. Oh, and there’s a game, too.
Chase Field, 401 E. Jefferson Street, Phoenix, dbacks.com, 5:10 p.m., tickets start at $22.
My-Oh-My-Apple Pie Weekend
SEPTEMBER 14 AND SEPTEMBER 15
Nothing says fall like stuffing your face with apple pie. The sweet aroma, the apple-cinnamon addictive taste makes mouths water and pretty soon you eat a whole pie all by yourself. At Oh-My-Apple Pie weekend, it is OK to do just that. Join the celebration of all-things apple pie, from breakfast with pancakes and apple pie syrup, to sampling all the apple pies throughout the day and finishing it off with apple pie crumb ice cream.
Apple Annie’s Orchard, 2081 W. Hardy Road, Willcox, appleannies.com, various hours, free admission.
Hot Mic! Stand-Up Comedy Open Mic
Do you think you’re really funny? Test it out at the first and Downtown Phoenix’s only comedy open mic night at the Crescent Ballroom. It may be a trainwreck, but it’s all about self-growth, right? Plus, being around other people making fools of themselves only makes it easier.
Crescent Ballroom, 308 N. Second Avenue, Phoenix, crescentphx.com, 9 p.m., free admission.
Millennials know him as someone who died in the second “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire,” but, really, he’s a true rock star. He’ll make a stop in Phoenix to push his latest album, “Raise Vibration,” and his 30-year discography.
Comerica Theatre, 400 W. Washington Street, Phoenix, comericatheatre.com, 7:30 p.m., tickets start at $58.50.
Chocolate and Art Show
SEPTEMBER 20 TO SEPTEMBER 22
It’s time to be classy and look at art, like all of those fancy people in the movies. Do not stuff your face with chocolate and then leave with more chocolate in your purse. That is not appropriate nor human-like. There are going to be Phoenix’s finest up-and-coming artists and photographers; the free chocolate is not the only focus. There is also live music, face painting, live portraits, and did I mention, free chocolate?
Unexpected Art Gallery, 734 W. Polk Street, Phoenix, eventbrite.com, 8 p.m., $15-$25.
Arizona Margarita, Mojito, Craft Beer, and Food Truck Festival
Gather your friends and get a cold margarita on the rocks—or a refreshing mojito or one for each hand. Grab a bite to eat at one of the many food trucks at the Arizona Margarita, Mojito, Craft Beer and Food Truck Festival. Plus, it is a dog-friendly event. This celebration just gets better and better.
Riverview Park, 2100 W. Rio Salado Parkway, Mesa, eventbrite.com, 4 to 10 p.m., $50.
It’s about time we blessed the rains down in Africa. Come celebrate with Toto as it brings its blessings to the desert. Since forming, Toto has released 14 studio albums, has sold over 40 million records and has been inducted into the Musicians Hall of Fame Museum.
Celebrity Theatre, 440 N. 32nd Street, Phoenix, celebritytheatre.com, 8 p.m., $78.
Chance the Rapper
Be ready to juke jam all night and have no problems with Chance the Rapper. The Chicago-born performer is going on tour for his 2019 album, “The Big Day.” The Grammy winner is expected to put on quite the show.
Gila River Arena, 9400 W. Maryland Avenue, Glendale, gilariverarena.com, 7 p.m., tickets start at $54.75.
Arizona Donut and Ice Cream Festival
Ice cream and donuts are a dangerous combination, but they’re so sweet and innocent, they’re hard to resist. Come to The Pressroom and try donuts and ice cream from more than 15 local shops. Donuts and ice cream will be $5 or less, there will be card games and board games free to play and local artists showcasing their work.
The Pressroom, 441 W. Madison Street, Phoenix, eventbrite.com, noon to 4 p.m., tickets start at $8.
Culinary Fight Club: The Blended Burger Battle
Looks like rule No. 1 was broken about fight club, but if it’s food, does it count? This high-energy competition is less about fistfights and more about making good food. Attendees can watch contestants, from home cooks to executive chefs, choose from limited pantry of fresh ingredients and have an hour to create gourmet dishes that represent the monthly theme. This month’s theme: the perfect burger
The Vig McDowell Mountain, 10199 E. Bell Road, Scottsdale, culinaryfightclub.com, 6 to 9 p.m., $25.
Goldrush Music Festival
SEPTEMBER 27 AND SEPTEMBER 28
Instead of digging for gold, let’s enjoy some golden music. Hosted by Relentless Beats, the two-day festival brings the likes of Adventure Club, Alison Wonderland, Bijou, Destructo, Ghastly, Troyboi, and Zhu. Dance and jam out from 5 p.m. to 2 a.m. with a few pals.
Rawhide Western Town and Event Center, 5700 W. North Loop Road, Chandler, relentlessbeats.com, 5 p.m., tickets start at $159.
Heels for Healing and Annual Diva Dash
Support young women in need by coming to the heels drive. Get designer shoes at a fraction of the cost and participate in the Diva Dash games, the fabulous high-heel relay race. Each relay has different levels of heels, from kitten heels to stilettos. All proceeds go toward women’s safety and opportunities in life.
Flo’s on Seventh, 4116 N. Seventh Avenue, Phoenix, flocrit.org, 7 a.m., tickets start at $25.
Lewis Capaldi (Pictured)
Get launched into a spiral of sadness and emotions with Lewis Capaldi, as the Scottish singer tours to support his debut album. The 22-year-old’s success began with his single, “Someone You Loved,” which spent seven weeks at the top of the U.K. Singles Chart, making it one of the country’s longest No. 1 singles. The man has the voice of an angel and the ability to make people cry with one note.
The Van Buren, 401 W. Van Buren Street, Phoenix, thevanburenphx.com, 8 p.m., tickets start at $25.
Downtown Phoenix Oktoberfest
Your favorite lederhosen can finally come out of the closet for this year’s Oktoberfest. Enjoy all the German beer, brats, schnitzel and pretzels you can consume while dancing to the best polka music in town. Test your skills in several competitions including stein-holding, brat-eating, pretzel-eating and beer maid costume contests.
Civic Space Park, 424 N. Central Avenue, Phoenix, dtphxoktoberfest.com, 3 to 9 p.m., tickets start at $10.