Parents night out: October date-night options around metro Phoenix

Sunset at the Desert Botanical Garden. Photo: by Adam Rodriguez.

With the holiday season coming soon, October is a great time to snag one-on-one time with your significant other. The Valley is bustling with events and opportunities for couples to enjoy. Don’t miss these 10 October date-night options around town:

October 1, 14, 22: Murder on the Movie Set. Enjoy dinner while investigating a “murder” as a part of a 1940s movie set. 7:30 p.m. $27. Orange Tree Golf Resort, 10601 N. 56th St., Scottsdale. 480-948-6100 or

October 1-2: 13th Annual Arizona Dragon Boat Festival. Witness 50 dragon boats racing from all over the world in Tempe Town Lake. Creative and cultural — this is a definite twist to the typical date around town. 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free. Tempe Town Lake, 620 N. Mill Ave., Tempe.

October 6-10: Scottsdale International Film Festival. If you love watching out-of-the-box movies with your honey, witness the drama unfold with an international flair. Times vary. $12 – $39. Harkins Shea 14, 7354 E. Shea Blvd.,Scottsdale and Scottsdale Center for Performing Arts, 7380 E. Second St.

Friday, October 7: Friday Night Drags. Have a need to speed? Locals bring their own vehicles to race around the track. 6 p.m. $15. Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park, 20000 S. Maricopa Road, Chandler. 520-796-5601 or

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Friday,October 14: Art After Work. Throw a little art into your evening activities. Couples can gather after work to paint masterpieces. 6-8:30 p.m. $32. Tempe Center for the Arts, 700 W. Rio Salado Pkwy., Tempe. 480-350-2867 or

Friday, October 14 – October 29: Merchant of Venice. Cap off dinner with a classic performance of the popular Shakespearian drama, “Merchant of Venice.” Times vary. $15-$44. Mesa Arts Center, One E. Main St., Mesa. 480-644-6560 or

October 15-16: Arizona Taco Festival. Try tacos and other dishes as competitors attempt to wow you with their best cuisine. 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. $12-$21. Salt River Fields at Talking Stick. 7555 N. Pima Road, Scottsdale.

Thursday, October 20: Birds ‘n’ Beer. Indulge in a cold brew while bird watching with this unique date night idea. 5:30-7:30 p.m. (talk starts at 6:30 p.m.). Free. Rio Salado Audubon Society, 3131 S. Central Ave., Phoenix. 602-468-6470 or

Music in the Garden is a fun date-night option. Photo courtesy of Desert Botanical Garden.
Music in the Garden is a fun date-night option. Photo courtesy of Desert Botanical Garden.

Friday, October 28: Music in the Garden: Listen to Latin-based rhythm such as cumbia, salsa and funk music amidst the beauty of the desert landscape. 7-9 p.m. $2o for members; $25 for non-members. Desert Botanical Garden. 1201 N. Galvin Parkway, Phoenix. 480-941-1225 or

Saturday, October 29: Corks and Collars. Couples who love their pets will adore having the opportunity to indulge in the beer and wine garden knowing their contributions will benefit Desert Labrador Retriever Rescue. 3-6 p.m. $40. Plaza at Market Street at DC Ranch, Scottsdale.


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