The Ultimate Underachievers “Run”
The Ultimate Underachievers Color “Run!” is unlike any other run, and more like a walk to the finish line, which is another bar. Starting at Wasted Grain, “runners” will begin with a slice of pizza, a house shot and a beer before limbering up for the 5K. Finish the run with a glass of champagne and a commemorative fanny pack.
Wasted Grain, 7295 E. Stetson Drive, Scottsdale, 12:30 to 4:30 p.m., eventbrite.com, $52.05-$60
Ales on Rails
SEPTEMBER 13 TO SEPTEMBER 30
The first sign of autumn isn’t always the changing of the leaves, but rather the changing of the kegs, according to Verde Canyon Railroads, which runs Ales on Rails. A variety of craft beers are available by the glass prior to the train ride. Once on the train, guests can drink Verde Canyon Railroad-customized brews and enjoy the open-air viewing cars.
Verde Canyon Railroad, 300 N. Broadway, Clarkdale, verdecanyonrr.com, $123-$138
Summer Wine Series @ Bottle & Bean
Bottle & Bean Coffee House & Wine Shop is hosting its Tastings with Tom Summer Wine Series. Longtime restaurateur and advanced sommelier Tom Kaufman leads these monthly tasting events in Bottle & Bean’s private dining room. Guests are treated to wine tastings paired with light bites, along with lively discussion about each wine. The September Tastings with Tom event showcases pinot grigio.
Bottle & Bean, 2577 W. Queen Creek Road, Chandler, 5:30 p.m., 480.265.9996, bottle-bean.com, $25
Sip + Shop Summer Market Series
Presented by WorldClass, the Sip + Shop Summer Market Series features local chefs, purveyors, and some of Hotel Valley Ho’s favorite wines and spirits. The event is free to attend, with each guest receiving a wristband for six tastings of wine, beer and spirits. This event will focus on bourbon and big reds.
Hotel Valley Ho, 6850 E. Main Street, Scottsdale, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., hotelvalleyho.com
Mexico in a Bottle
Taking place during Hispanic Heritage Month, Mexico in a Bottle is the largest tasting event for the incredible world of mezcal and Mexican craft spirits. More than 40 brands will share 150-plus expressions of agave and Mexican craft spirits. Restaurants will provide bites and sips, art, music and special programs.
Walter Studia, 747 W. Roosevelt Street, Phoenix, 4 to 7 p.m., mezcalistas.com/mexico-in-bottle, $60-$75
Enjoy Friday night with a welcome drink, live music by Wheelwright and Tullis, and Desert Botanical Garden strolls. Nonalcoholic drinks will be available, as will water refill stations.
Desert Botanical Garden, 1201 N. Galvin Parkway. Phoenix, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., 480.941.1225, dbg.org, $9.95-$29.95
Fountain Hills Oktoberfest
SEPTEMBER 23 AND SEPTEMBER 24
Organizers of the Fountain Hills Oktoberfest say it’s an authentic Bavarian-style celebration. Come donning traditional attire and participate in the best-dressed contest. Down a variety of beers while munching on traditional German food, including pretzels, strudel, schnitzel, sauerkraut and sausage.
Fountain Hills Chamber of Commerce, 16837 E. Palisades Boulevard, Fountain Hills, 5 to 10 p.m., bit.ly/fountain-hills-oktoberfest, $5
SEPTEMBER 24 AND SEPTEMBER 25
Wine lovers will be treated to the cooler weather while sipping a plethora of wine options at Sedona Winefest. This two-day event boasts a variety of wineries from across Arizona, including Tantrum Wines, Copper Horse Vineyard and Arizona Stronghold Vineyards. Tickets include six wine tastings, a commemorative wine glass, live music, food trucks and artisan vendors.
Posse Grounds Park, 525 Posse Ground Road, Sedona, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., sedonawinefest.com, $35-$40
Downtown Chandler Oktoberfest
Pedal Haus Brewery and SanTan Brewing Company are joining forces for Oktoberfest in Downtown Chandler. This event will feature beer and food from breweries plus canned craft cocktails. The breweries will pour a range of beers, including German-style Oktoberfests. German fare wil be center stage, like Bavarian-style soft pretzels and brats. Join in on the Oktoberfest games and contests.
Dr. A.J. Chandler Park, 3 S. Arizona Avenue, Chandler, 3 to 11 p.m., oktoberfest2022.eventbrite.com, $15-$20