Events

10 Nerdy Things to Do This October in Metro Phoenix

Movies, moon viewings, and the Mads will fill your calendar this October.
Movies, moon viewings, and the Mads will fill your calendar this October. Valley of the Dolls. Courtesy of Criterion Pictures USA
For some, October is the ultimate month of the nerd. Think about it: horror films, costumes, dressing in layers. Take that and add bookstores hosting write-a-thons, a Japanese moonviewing festival, and a live podcast taping, and you’ve got a highly anticipated four-week stretch of events.

So huddle up, nerds. Get your Halloween costume figured out and buy your candy early so you can have a clear schedule for these 10 events happening in the Valley this October.

click to enlarge Tap away during Write On at the Palabras Bilingual Bookstore every Tuesday in October. - LYNN TRIMBLE
Tap away during Write On at the Palabras Bilingual Bookstore every Tuesday in October.
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Write On
All through the month of October, Palabras Bilingual Bookstore is hosting Write On, a free weekly writing event where you're welcome to type, tap, or scribble away right in the bookstore. Bring your notebook, your laptop, your typewriter, or even try one of the few available ones in the store provided by Mesa Typewriter Exchange. October writing sessions are held every Tuesday at 5 p.m. See the Facebook event for more information.

click to enlarge Pills and personalities during the Valley of the Dolls: A 50th Anniversary Celebration at Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art. - VALLEY OF THE DOLLS. COURTESY OF CRITERION PICTURES USA
Pills and personalities during the Valley of the Dolls: A 50th Anniversary Celebration at Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art.
Valley of the Dolls. Courtesy of Criterion Pictures USA
Valley of the Dolls: A 50th Anniversary Celebration
This year marks the 50th anniversary of Valley of the Dolls – the 1967 film adaptation of the Jacqueline Susann novel about show biz, personalities, and pills (and how the three really don’t mix well). See Barbara Parkins, Sharon Tate, and the incredible Patty Duke get to work. Commentary from longtime Phoenix New Times contributor Robrt Pela will follow a 7 p.m. screening on Thursday, October 5, at the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art. Cost is $7 ($4 for members). See the SMoCA website for more information.

click to enlarge Otsukimi 2017 – or the Japanese Moonviewing Festival – is Saturday, October 7. - COURTESY OF JAPANESE FRIENDSHIP GARDEN
Otsukimi 2017 – or the Japanese Moonviewing Festival – is Saturday, October 7.
Courtesy of Japanese Friendship Garden
Japanese Moonviewing Festival
You can welcome fall with the traditional Japanese Moonviewing Festival held at the Japanese Friendship Garden. The event includes cocktails from Hiro Sake, a Sapporo Beer Garden, tea service in the Tea House by Chado Urasenke Tankokai of Arizona, lantern and bamboo art installations, and telescopes provided by the Phoenix Astronomical Society. There will also be performing artists, calligraphy demonstrations, and a Star Party. Otsukimi 2017 runs from 6 to 9 p.m. on Friday, October 6, and Saturday, October 7. Tickets are $20 in advance, and $25 at the gate. See the Japanese Friendship Garden website for more details.

click to enlarge Get Halloween goods at Monster Market Phoenix on Saturday, October 7. - COURTESY OF MONSTER MARKET PHOENIX
Get Halloween goods at Monster Market Phoenix on Saturday, October 7.
Courtesy of Monster Market Phoenix
Monster Market Phoenix
Something like a spooky vendor event is perfect for the month of October. So thank goodness there’s the Monster Market Phoenix happening at the Moxy Hotel Tempe. Expect a marketplace of art, to crafts, jewelry, clothing, and collectibles with a Halloween bent, plus Creepy Creator Spotlights and a poolside screening of The Lost Boys. Monster Market Phoenix runs from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., with the screening from 8:30 to 11 p.m., on Saturday, October 7. Tickets are available at the Zia Records or through Brown Paper Tickets, and range from $20 for an Ooky Ticket to $100 for Fright Ultimate Ticket. The movie is $10. See more information on the Facebook event page.

click to enlarge The Science with A Twist: Ultimate Apocalypse is a 21-and-over event at the Arizona Science Center - COURTESY OF ARIZONA SCIENCE CENTER
The Science with A Twist: Ultimate Apocalypse is a 21-and-over event at the Arizona Science Center
Courtesy of Arizona Science Center
Science with A Twist: Ultimate Apocalypse
It’s a Halloween party at the Arizona Science Center, and no one is complaining. Science with A Twist: Ultimate Apocalypse means post-apocalyptic laser tag, make-your-own-gas-mask tutorials, a peek at Madagascar Hissing Cockroaches, and of course, drinking and dancing. The fun goes from 6 to 10 p.m. on Friday, October 6. Tickets are $12 for this 21-and-over event. See more at the ASC website.

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Lauren Cusimano was the Phoenix New Times food editor from 2018 to 2021. Joys include eating wings, riding bikes, knowing everyone at the bar, talking too much about The Simpsons, and falling asleep while reading.