13 Fall Music Festivals in Metro Phoenix

Arizona State Fair attendees love the annual concert series.
Arizona State Fair attendees love the annual concert series. Jim Louvau

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click to enlarge Jane N' The Jungle are coming to Apache Lake Music Fest. - JIM LOUVAU
Jane N' The Jungle are coming to Apache Lake Music Fest.
Jim Louvau
Apache Lake Music Festival
When: Friday, October 27, at noon
Where: Apache Lake Resort and Marina, Apache Lake
This year marks this music festival’s eighth annual showcase of bands from the Arizona music scene. A variety of styles, from rock to funk to indie sound,s are represented. Attend daily or camp out for the entirety. However you choose to attend, this scenic spot ensures that you’ll get to soak up nature’s beauty as you get entertained by bands like 2 Tone Lizard Kings, Banana Gun, Dry River Yacht Club, Japhy’s Descent, and Phoenix Afrobeat Orchestra.

Mega 104.3 Fall Funk Fest
When: Friday, November 3, at 8:30 p.m.
Where: Celebrity Theatre
This one-night event celebrates the fall season by dosing it with some funk. Three long-running acts, Ohio Players, Zapp Band, and Rose Royce, have been funking it up for decades and will provide the sounds to make it a groove-filled evening.

Mariachi Festival
When: Saturday, November 4, at 7 p.m.
Where: Orpheum Theatre
The second annual event features award-winning mariachi acts, including headliners Mariachi Vargas. The act, comprising musicians and dancers, is celebrating 120 years since their inception. The festival also includes Mariachi Angeles, which features Pepe Martinez, a former director with Mariachi Vargas. Female soloist Maria Ronstadt also performs.

Randy Jackson speaks at Mesa Music Festival. - MICHAEL BECKER/FOX
Randy Jackson speaks at Mesa Music Festival.
Michael Becker/FOX

Mesa Music Festival
When: Thursday, November 9 through Saturday, November 11; hours vary
Where: Downtown Mesa
Mesa is celebrating fall with a music festival that brings together more than 200 acts from around the world to entertain guests over a three-day period. Arizona music is well-represented in the mix, including bands like Smiling Faces, Syde Project, Bloody Rogue Bastards, and Weslynn. The rest of the large lineup is a mix of more regional acts, and some traveling from different states, like Nate Mays from Ohio, or Trynket from California. International acts making a desert appearance include Monja Hammond from Spain and The Stanleys from Australia.

click to enlarge Migos is scheduled to perform on Saturday, November 18, at the inaugural Gold Rush Music Festival. - DIWANG VALDEZ
Migos is scheduled to perform on Saturday, November 18, at the inaugural Gold Rush Music Festival.
Diwang Valdez
Gold Rush Music Festival
When: Saturday, November 18 and Sunday, November 19, at noon
Where: Rawhide Event Center in Chandler
Presenter Relentless Beats lives up to their name at this two-day music festival that promises endless thumping from house, techno, and a variety of electronic dance music acts. The lengthy lineup includes Migos, Claude VonStroke, Bark Skills, Azizi Gibson, Lee Reynolds, Snow that Product, and Walker & Royce.

Tempe Art-A-Gogh-Gogh Six Year Anniversary Party
When: Friday, November 24, at 7 p.m.
Where: Yucca Tap Room, Double Nickels Collective, FiftyOne West, Sky High Smoke Shop, Rocket A Go-Go, in Tempe
This live music and live art event is having a birthday bash at the Yucca Tap Room — and the surrounding retail shops and music venues that comprise the entire plaza. Bop around and see bands like The Sugar Thieves, The Shivereens, The Linecutters, and Kill Your TV. DJ’s include Dapper Dan and ME2. J.J. Horner, Sierra Joy, and Tyson Powless are a few of the artists who will be on hand, making work before your eyes. Vendors with items ranging from handmade artsy goods to records and tapes will give you plenty of ways to spend your dollars.

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Amy Young is an arts and culture writer who also spends time curating arts-related exhibits and events, and playing drums in local bands French Girls and Sturdy Ladies.
Contact: Amy Young