As the temperatures continue to drop, there is an increased number of activities and events in Queen Creek for people to attend. The town has compiled this list of many of the major events:
Pumpkin and Chili Party | Oct. 1-30, 24810 S. Rittenhouse Road
Offering hayrides, bonfires, two corn mazes, entertainment and more, the Pumpkin and Chili Party at Schnepf Farms is always an exciting event. The party takes place every Thursday through Sunday in October, from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Thursday and Sundays and 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. Tickets are available for $15 at Fry’s Food and $18 plus tax at the event; children 2 and under are free. For more information visit SchnepfFarms.com.
QC Food Truck ‘Feastival’ | Fridays, 5:30-9 p.m., 21802 S. Ellsworth Road
The Queen Creek Food Truck “Feastival” continues every Friday night with a variety of food trucks. The event includes music and boutique vendors. For more information visit AZFeastivals.com.
Vintage & Vino | Oct. 14-15, 20464 E. Riggs Road
Enjoy a vintage market with repurposed furniture, handmade goods and vintage trinkets while sipping on wine. With a variety of vendors, the event will be held from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday; early entry is available both days at 9 a.m. To purchase tickets and for more information visit VintageandVinoAZ.com.
Fall Cultural Festival | Oct. 15, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., 21802 S. Ellsworth Road
Hosted by Pan de Vida, this annual event includes free health screenings, health and social information and flu shots. The event will also feature food vendors, entertainment and activities for all ages. For more information visit PandeVidaaz.org.
MCSO Take–Back | Oct. 22, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., 22308 S. Ellsworth Road
Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) District 6-Queen Creek is partnering with the Drug Enforcement Administration to host a prescription drug take-back event. The take-back is an opportunity for residents to safely dispose of unused, unwanted and expired medications. The event will be held at the MCSO District 6 substation in Queen Creek.
Trunk or Treat | Oct. 22, 5-9 p.m., 21802 S. Ellsworth Road
Trunk or Treat provides a fun and safe Halloween experience for families to enjoy. Presented by Dignity Health, the event includes carnival games, food vendors, a zombie film festival, a horse costume contest and Trunk or Treat Street. The event will be held on Ellsworth Road north of Ocotillo Road in Town Center. Visit QueenCreek.org/TrunkorTreat for more information.
Coffee with a Cop | Oct. 29, 9-11 a.m., 18495 E. Queen Creek Road
Meet your Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) District 6-Queen Creek deputies at Coffee with a Cop. Discuss community issues and build relationships while enjoying a cup of coffee. The event will also include festivities for the kids including McGruff the crime dog,Operation Child ID fingerprinting and lots of giveaways. For additional information, call MCSO Community Services at 602-876-5055 or e-mail MCSO@queencreek.org.
There are also a variety of events happening throughout the month of October at Horseshoe Park and Equestrian Centre, the Queen Creek Branch Library and the Queen Creek Performing Arts Center. For a full listing of events visit QueenCreek.org/Calendar.
Additional community events can cause an increase in traffic, especially in areas with construction. Plan ahead and allow extra time for travel. To receive weekly traffic alerts, sign up for eNotifications on the town’s website.
Current construction projects in the area include:
- Ocotillo Road: Ellsworth Loop to Heritage Loop: lane shifts with speed reductions are in place for utility relocation along Ocotillo Road from Ellsworth Loop to Heritage Loop. Left turns are restricted from Ocotillo Road at the intersection of Ellsworth Road.
For additional information on special events happening in Queen Creek, visit QueenCreek.org/SpecialEvents.