Entertainment calendar for Queen Creek and surrounding communities

Editor’s note: Items on the entertainment page run free of charge as space is available for events in the area. Please submit items by e-mail to qcnews@newszap.com. Ongoing items are listed at the end.
SEPT. 16-FRIDAY
•QUEEN CREEK — Queen Creek “Feastival”: 5:30-9 p.m., in the northwest parking lot of the Queen Creek Branch Library, 21802 S. Ellsworth Road (facing Ellsworth Loop). This gathering of food trucks takes place every Friday night. For more information, visit the event Facebook page.
•QUEEN CREEK — Queen Creek Barrel Racing Association Bucks or Buckles Rerun Series: Fridays in September, Horseshoe Park and Equestrian Centre, 20464 E. Riggs Road. Free spectator admission. Rerun rules: If riders hit a barrel or he or she doesn’t like a run, the rider can buy back that run for $20 and run again at the end of the race. Time only runs 4-6:30 p.m., races start at 7 p.m. Peewee, youth and open divisions. 4D winners can choose a custom buckle or cash. For more information, visit www.qcbra.com and www.facebook.com/qcbra.

SEPT. 17-SATURDAY
•QUEEN CREEK — Messy Fest: 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Sept. 17, Schnepf Farms, 24610 S. Rittenhouse Road in Queen Creek. Get a dose of sloppiness at this family-friendly fundraiser. The outdoor event will feature all things cluttered, chaotic and untidy, from massive mud pits and bouncy pillows designed for jumping and flinging to paint ball, tomato tosses, a slip-and-slide and a mashed-potato mosh pit. Proceeds from the event will benefit Phoenix Children’s Hospital’s Camp Rainbow, an organization devoted to providing lively and meaningful experiences for kids battling various forms of cancer or blood disease. Messy Fest will welcome patients from PCH, giving them an opportunity to stray from the ordinary, sometimes painful and exhausting demands of their daily lives and instead focus all of their energy on fun. Messy Fest attendees of all ages should expect to get filthy and are encouraged to wear old clothes they don’t mind getting stained, torn or damaged given the nature of this event, according to the release. A “rinse zone” will be available to event participants. For  more information, including how to register as a vendor, visit the event website at messyfest.com.

SEPT. 23-FRIDAY
•QUEEN CREEK — Queen Creek “Feastival”: 5:30-9 p.m., in the northwest parking lot of the Queen Creek Branch Library, 21802 S. Ellsworth Road (facing Ellsworth Loop). This gathering of food trucks takes place every Friday night. For more information, visit the event Facebook page.
•QUEEN CREEK — Queen Creek Barrel Racing Association Friday Night Lights Bucks or Buckles Rerun Series: Fridays in September, Horseshoe Park and Equestrian Centre, 20464 E. Riggs Road. Free spectator admission. Rerun rules: If riders hit a barrel or he or she doesn’t like a run, the rider can buy back that run for $20 and run again at the end of the race. Time only runs 4-6:30 p.m., races start at 7 p.m. Peewee, youth and open divisions. 4D winners can choose a custom buckle or cash. For more information, visit www.qcbra.com and www.facebook.com/qcbra.

SEPT. 24-SATURDAY
•QUEEN CREEK — Founders’ Day Celebration: 5-9 p.m. Sept. 24 at Founders’ Park, 22407 S. Ellsworth Road in Queen Creek. For more information, visit www.queencreek.org/foundersday.
IMAGE qc Joe_Nichols•QUEEN CREEK — Joe Nichols: 7:30 p.m. Sept. 24, Queen Creek Performing Arts Center, 22149 E. Ocotillo Road in Queen Creek. Tickets are $38, $48, $53 and $63. Joe Nichols is one of country music’s most praised traditional country vocalists. He has six No. 1 hits and eight Top 10 singles to his credit, including chart-toppers such as “Gimme That Girl” and “Brokenheartsville.” For more information or to purchase tickets, call the box office at 480-987-7469 or visit www.qcpac.com.

SEPT. 24-25
•QUEEN CREEK — Third Annual Garlic Festival: Queen Creek Olive Mill, 25062 S. Meridian Road. Free admission. Guests can enjoy live music,  food trucks, garlic food specials, cooking demos by owner Perry Rea, garlic gelato, a meet-and-greet with the mill’s garlic farmer, games in the grove, tours and much more at this family friendly event. In addition, the mill will sell its organically grown garlic from its garden, while supplies last. Guests may bring blankets and chairs but no outside food or beverages. For more information, visit www.queencreekolivemill.com or call 480-888-9290.

SEPT. 30-FRIDAY
•QUEEN CREEK — Queen Creek Barrel Racing Association Friday Night Lights Bucks or Buckles Rerun Series Finals: Horseshoe Park and Equestrian Centre, 20464 E. Riggs Road. Free spectator admission. Rerun rules: If riders hit a barrel or he or she doesn’t like a run, the rider can buy back that run for $20 and run again at the end of the race. Time only runs 4-6:30 p.m., races start at 7 p.m. Peewee, youth and open divisions. 4D winners can choose a custom buckle or cash. For more information, visit www.qcbra.com and www.facebook.com/qcbra.

OCT. 1-30
•QUEEN CREEK — Pumpkin and Chili Party: 10 a.m.-9 p.m., Thursdays-Sundays at Schnepf Farms, 24610 S. Rittenhouse Road. For more information, visit www.schnepffarms.com.

OCT. 15-SATURDAY
•SAN TAN VALLEY — J.O. Combs San Tan Valley Home Garden Health and Lifestyle Expo: 10 a.m.-4 .m., Ellsworth Elementary School, 38454 N. Carolina Ave. More than 60 vendors are expected to showcase products for the home, beauty, fitness, health, outdoor decor, business services and more. Vendors can sign up at http://santanvalleyfarmersmarket.com/VendorApplication.html Early bird special is $25 for a 10-foot by 10-foot booth. For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/events/155542601547712/.

OCT. 22-SATURDAY
•QUEEN CREEK — Trunk or Treat Community Halloween Party: 5-9 p.m. Oct. 22 on 21802 S. Ellsworth Road in Queen Creek Town Center. For more information, visit www.queencreek.org/trunkortreat.

Nov. 4-5, 7
•QUEEN CREEK — Disney’s My Son Pinocchio Jr.: 7 p.m. Nov. 4 and 7, 2 p.m. Nov. 5, Queen Creek Performing Arts Center, 22149 E. Ocotillo Road in Queen Creek. $12.50. For more information or to purchase tickets, call the box office at 480-987-7469 or visit www.qcpac.com.

Nov. 4-19
•APACHE JUNCTION — Centerstage Church/Zao Theatre hosts “1776”: Nov. 4-19 is the Tony-award-winning “1776,” which brings American history to life. It will be held at the Centerstage Church/Zao Theatre, 550 S. Ironwood Drive. “1776” follows John Adams of Massachusetts, Benjamin Franklin of Pennsylvania and Richard Henry Lee and Thomas Jefferson of Virginia as they attempt to convince the members of the second Continental Congress to vote for independence from the shackles of the British monarchy by signing the Declaration of Independence. Tickets may be purchased at the box office or online at http://www.zaotheatre.com/box_office.html.

NOV. 12-SATURDAY
•QUEEN CREEK — Vintage Roadshow: 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Horseshoe Park and Equestrian Centre, 20464 E. Riggs Road. $5 admission. For more information, visit www.vintageroadshows.com.

ONGOING
APACHE JUNCTION — Lost Dutchman State Park, 6109 N Apache Trail: Check http://azstateparks.com/Parks/LODU/index.html for schedule of events and activities. Call 480-982-4485 for more information.
MESA — Salt River Tubing: It costs $17 a person to ride a tube at Salt River Tubing on the Lower Salt River. Cost includes tube rental, shuttle bus ride and free customer parking at Salt River Tubing in Tonto National Forest, seven minutes from Loop 202 East on north Power Road. Salt River Tubing will be open 9 a.m.-6:30 p.m. seven days a week, weather and water flow permitting, through Sept. 25. Sunblock, tennis shoes, cap or visor should be worn. A minimum 30 SPF is recommended. Tennis shoes or closed toes are also recommended while tubing. A valid driver’s license is required for a tube rental deposit per five tubes rented. Children must be at least 8 years or older and 4 feet tall for tubing and shuttle bus service. Life vests are recommended for children, non-swimmers and inexperienced swimmers. Go to www.saltrivertubing.com for more details.

QUEEN CREEK — Karaoke with Wanna Sing: 9 p.m.-1:30 a.m., Wednesday-Sunday, Queen Creek Cafe and Sports Lounge, 22002 S. Ellsworth Road. For more information, visit http://queencreekcafe.com or call 480-888-9241.

QUEEN CREEK — San Tan Historical Society Museum: Open 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays at 20425 S. Old Ellsworth Road. Free admission. The museum is inside the historic Rittenhouse Elementary School house, one of the last landmarks in the Queen Creek area. The San Tan Historical Society meets at the museum at 7 p.m. on the third Thursday of each month. Members and guests alike are welcome to join these public meetings. For more information, visit www.santanhistoricalsociety.org or call 480-987-9380.

QUEEN CREEK — Queen Creek Olive Mill:  25062 S. Meridian Road. Learn the history of the Olive Mill’s company and olive oil production during the 30- to 45-minute tours offered at 10:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. daily. Admission is $5 person. Children under 12 are admitted free. Reservations are not required for groups of eight or fewer. For more information, visit www.queencreekolivemill.com or call 480-888-9290.

QUEEN CREEK — Schnepf Farms: Schnepf Farms, 24610 S. Rittenhouse Road. Home to U-pick veggies, country store, bakery, train rides, hayride tours, petting zoo, museum and holiday events. For more information, including hours, visit http://www.schnepffarms.com.

SUPERIOR — Boyce Thompson Arboretum: Summer hours returned in May (6 a.m.-3 p.m.) Check the event pages at http://ag.arizona.edu/bta/events.html or recorded information (hours, directions, events, etc.) at 520-689-2811.

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