Top 5 Things to Do This Week: Oct. 23 to 29

From a jazz festival to a zombie walk — here are some must-try/see events for this week and weekend. Don’t forget to share with us your photos of you enjoying these events with the hashtag #SL5 and follow us @scottsdaleliving on Instagram!

Oct. 22nd-31st: Disney’s The Lion King
See award-winning director Julie Taymor bring animals to life in this Broadway musical. Enjoy the heartfelt rhythms of African Pridelands and the wonderful music from Elton John and Tim Rice.
Location: ASU Gammage
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Oct. 25th, 26th, and 27th: Arizona Jazz Festival
Dance the night away at the Arizona Jazz Festival this entire weekend to more than 20 of the world’s top jazz artists, including Erykah Badu, Maxwell and Robin Thicke! 

Location: Wigwam Resort 

Tickets: Single day passes start at $65

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Oct. 25th, 26th, and 27th: 7th Annual Wild Western Festival 

Take a trip back to the wild, wild west and enjoy live music, gunfights, stunt shows and even let the little ones play at the kids corral. You may even see one of your favorite classic Hollywood western TV or movie stars!

Location: Sahuaro Ranch Historic Park 

Tickets: $5 to $10

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Oct. 26th: Hallowe’en & Zombie Walk 5 Festival
This one’s a no-brainer. This spooktacular event will consist of live music, a Rose & Crown Beer garden, make-up artists, a canned food drive, and a march of more than 10,000 zombies through Downtown Phoenix!
Location: Heritage Square and Science Park
Tickets: Free
For more information: 602-254-8696 or visit

October 26th: Scottsdale’s Fall Festival
Grab your scariest costume and celebrate with Scottsdale! This fall festival is the perfect way for friends and family to get involved in safe but still fun Halloween festivities. There will be game booths, haunted forests, food, fireworks entertainment and a “Tots Alley” for the little ones. You have the chance to win sweet treats at game booths and in costume contests.
Location: 2301 N. Miller Road
Times: 5 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Tickets: Free

BONUS: Oct. 26th and 27th: The Annual El Dia de los Muertos Celebration
Calling all artists and sugar skull lovers! The Annual El Dia de los Muertos Celebration is where you want to be this weekend. Enjoy everything from an artist Mercado showcasing of an assortment of traditional and contemporary merchandise, jewelry, and crafts from local artists. There will be live artist demonstrations, artist workshops, alter contests, hands-on educational activities, live traditional music and dance and a variety of food to indulge in!
Location: Mesa Arts Center
Times: Saturday from 10am-5pm; Sunday from noon-5pm
Tickets: Free
For more information: 480-644-6627 or