October events in southern Arizona - Tucson News Now

October events in southern Arizona

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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

Looking for something to do, as fall winds up and cooler temperatures arrive?  Here are few events to do in southern Arizona in October. 

(Dates for events were correct at time of publication. Since dates are occasionally changed, please confirm them in advance.)

Check out our list below by county and don't forget to mark them on your calendar!


13           TUCSON: Oro Valley Concert Series: Good Question - Oro Valley Marketplace, classic rock, rhythm & blues, and country music cover band, dance  with one of the hottest bands playing the Tucson live music scene, the crowd always has fun!  favorites--from George Strait, to the Rascals, Jimmy Buffet, the Allman Brothers, Robert Palmer, Tom Petty, the Rolling Stones, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Sam & Dave or others, second Thursday each month, free, 6 pm, 520-797-3959 or http://saaca.org/  

13-15     TUCSON: Tucson Fashion Week – includes designer competition & fashion show, a garden party at the Tucson Botanical Gardens and a Project Runway Showcase & Project Arizona at the Fox Tucson Theatre, http://www.tucsonfashionweek.com/

14-17     TUCSON: 3rd Annual Tucson Salsa Bachata Dance Festival – Loews Ventana Canyon Resort, focuses mainly in Salsa and Bachata but prides itself on putting together amazing line-up of performers of all dance backgrounds, for three (3) straight days and two (2) nights, to showcase the beauty, talent and culture of Latin dance community, http://www.TucsonSalsaBachataDanceFestival.com

15           MARANA: Cotton Festival – Marana Heritage River Park, join friends and neighbors as the community celebrates its agrarian roots, this annual event promises a good time down on the farm with music, animals, food trucks, RV camping, rodeo demonstrations and more, free, 4-9 pm, http://www.MaranaEvents.com

15           TUCSON: Carnival of Illusion - Magic, Mystery & Oooh La La - Tucson Scottish Rite Grand Parlour, A vaudeville inspired theater show with old-world magic, a twinkling hint of 1900's Parisian humor. An interactive theater of illusion. $35-48, 480-359-SHOW or https://www.carnivalofillusion.com/

15-16     TUCSON: 2016 Tucson Miniature Showcase - Mini Time Machine Museum, creative artisan dealers from near and far, contemporary, vintage and antique furnishings, dollhouse supplies, silent auction, raffles of dollhouse and treasures, children's craft program, benefit, $7, Sat 10 am - 5 pm, Sun 11 am - 4 pm, http://www.theminitimemachine.org/

16           SAHUARITA: Gene Chapman Memorial Tumacacori Century - Route is a mix of flat, rolling hills, and challenging climbs,  many cyclists record their best time for riding a century on this route, sweep support available, options for 31, 71 and 100 mile bike rides, all route options run south through the scenic Santa Cruz River Valley, Tubac and the Tumacacori Mission, Eegee's lunch provided to all cyclists at the conclusion of the ride. http://www.bikegaba.org

16           TUCSON Southern Arizona Blues and Heritage Festival 2016 - Reid Park, promotes an awareness and enjoyment of blues music & culture, featured bands include, and others, $10 admission, children free, 11 am – 6:30 pm, http://www.azblues.org/

20           TUCSON: Edible Plant Tour and Tasting - Tucson Botanical Gardens, Taste the flavors of the Gardens with our resident eatery, Café Botanica. Each month, our Garden docents will lead a tour showcasing many edible plants grown at the Gardens. Then, learn from one of our talented Café Botanica Chefs, who will demonstrate how to prepare recipes using seasonal garden ingredients.$25, 10-11:30 am, https://www.tucsonbotanical.org/class-schedule/

22           ORACLE: 34th Annual Oracle Run – Arcadia Ranch. Join us for a 10K, 5K and 1 mile Fun Run over hilly terrain and rural roads on the north slope of the Santa Catalina Mountains at 4500 ft. elevation. Featuring Oracle Run artist designed T-shirts for all entrants. There are awards for overall and age groups and random door prizes from local merchants. 9 am, http://visittricommunity.org/events/event/34th-annual-oracle-run/

22           ORACLE: Rise Ranch Challenge Obstacle Race - Arizona Zipline Adventures, Features individualized obstacles and challenges to match the theme for the event. Put your Rough Rider skills to the test within a ranch-based setting amongst breath taking scenery. The Challenge combines cowboy and ranch style obstacles to offer a rootin’ tootin’ vaqueros experience! http://www.risechallengeevents.com/

22           TUCSON: Light the Night Walk - Tucson - Kino Sports Park, a fundraising campaign benefiting The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) and their funding of research to find blood cancer cures, 5 pm, http://www.lightthenight.org/az/

22-23     TUCSON: Arts in the Plaza Fine Art and Jazz Festival - St. Philip's Plaza, features fine art and live jazz from some of the most talented artisans and musicians in the region, entertainment for all ages, outdoor festival showcases musical performances, kids’ activities, food from plaza restaurants and more than 40 artists offering the finest works in the region,  presents a beautiful setting with artwork in all genres, free, 10 am – 4 pm, http://www.saaca.org/Arts_in_the_Plaza.php

28-29     TUCSON: Chiles & Chocolate & Day of the Dead - Tohono Chul Park, 2016 homage to the cult of the fiery chile—and decadent chocolate—also Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead), a time we remember and honor those who have gone before, vendors feature chile and Day of the Dead inspired crafts and chile and chocolate enhanced foodstuffs and culinary delights. There will be food trucks, chile roasters, musical entertainment by local artists, sales of ornamental and edible chile plants, free Day of the Dead-themed face painting and children’s activities. $5-15, 9 am - 4 pm, http://tohonochulpark.org/

30           TUCSON: Cyclovia Tucson - Cyclovia Tucson is open to walkers, bicyclists, and roller-bladers, connecting neighborhoods and businesses in North/Central Tucson Central/North Tucson with alternative transportation, free, 10 am – 3 pm, 520-261-8777 or http://www.cycloviatucson.org/

30           TUCSON: TMC Get Moving Tucson Event: A-Mountain Half-Marathon, Tucson Lifestyle 5k & Cox Charities 1-Mile – Southern AZ Roadrunners presents the third event in the Gabe Zimmermann Triple Crown: a half-marathon featuring A-Mountain, with companion 5K walk/run, children under 10 are free (no shirt),  $15-75, 6:30 am, 520-991-0733 or http://www.azroadrunners.org    


13-15     SIERRA VISTA: 16th Annual Arizona State H.O.G Rally – ride some of the finest roads the southwest has to offer, motorcycle-themed happenings, motorcycle show, demonstrations, live bands, vendors, http://www.azstatehogrally.com

15           BISBEE: 26th Annual Bisbee 1000 –The Great Stair Climb - Run, walk, explore Europeanesque Bisbee, AZ on this 4.5-mile course up 9 sets of stairs (over 1000 total steps) and down winding roads, at a mile-high altitude; the world’s longest and highest stair-master. Or, try the Bisbee 1000 Ironman Ice Competition (with Regular and Firefighter divisions). Cash Prizes!  Relax and refresh with the Bisbee 1000 Craft Beer Festival, 520-266-0401 or http://www.bisbee1000.org    

15           BISBEE: 5th Bisbee 1000 Invitational Best in the West Craft Beer Festival – outdoor venue, craft brewers, VIP entry from 1:30 pm ($40) and general admission from 2-6 pm ($25 or $20 for those who have done the Bisbee 1000—your bib is your verification), http://www.bisbee1000.org

15           BISBEE: The IronMan Ice Competition – Courthouse, single, male or female, and a division for firefighters to run in their full gear, competitors carry a 10lb block of ice with old-fashioned tongs up 155 stairs, across a trail, down a steep road to the finish line, it's an intense 1/4-mile course, cash prizes, 11 am, http://www.bisbee1000.org/

15           SIERRA VISTA: Sierra Vista Symphony Orchestra Fall Concert - Buena Performing Arts Center, This special concert conducted by Dr. Linus Lerner will feature classical music written by Spanish, Mexican and Latin American composers to celebrate and honor our friendship with our Mexican neighbors. 7 pm, 520-417-6960

15-16     WILLCOX: Willcox Wine Country Fall Festival – Railroad Park, Arizona Wine Growers Association presents local farm products, food booths, music and a wine tasting area featuring Arizona farm wineries, http://www.willcoxwines.com/events.html

15-16     WILLCOX: Fall Pumpkin Celebration - Apple Annie's Produce & Pumpkins, pumpkin picking, family activities, corn maze with 2 levels of difficulty, hayrides, free, 9 am – 5:30 pm, 520-384-2084 or http://www.appleannies.com    

16-21     TOMBSTONE: 8th Annual Wyatt Earp’s Vendetta Ride – five-day ride into the Chiricahua, Dragoon and Whetstone Mountains, visiting spots where Wyatt and his posse killed Florentio Cruz, had a shoot-out with the cowboys, killed “Curly Bill” Brocius, plus Johnny Ringo’s gravesite and more, horses, tack, food, provided, reservations required, http://great-american-adventures.com/horseback-riding-adventures/wyatt-earps-vendetta-ride-tombstone-arizona-territory/  

21-23     TOMBSTONE: 87th Annual Helldorado Days – reenactments, shootouts, parade, 1880 ladies fashion show, Indian dancers, carnival, live music, contests, 10 am – 5 pm, 520-457-3451 or http://www.tombstonechamber.com or http://www.tombstonehelldoradodays.com/   H  

22           BISBEE: B.R.A.T.S. - Tombstone Canyon, Bisbee Rolling Art Transport Society. A gravity fueled parade down Tombstone Canyon using whacky artist inspired soap box derby cars. https://www.facebook.com/BisbeeRollingArt/

22           WILLCOX: Inaugural Boulder Dash 13K/30K Trail Run - Chiricahua National Monument, A single track trail run with breathtaking views (not just because of the elevation changes!)  Both distances start 1 mile from the entrance of Chiricahua National Monument along Hwy 191. As runners enter the park, they hit the trail system. 13K runners will enjoy a beautiful out and back route and showcases the ranchland and historic buildings inside the monument. http://www.rocamotion.com/

22-23     WILLCOX: Fall Pumpkin Celebration - Apple Annie's Produce & Pumpkins, pumpkin picking, family activities, corn maze with 2 levels of difficulty, hayrides, free, 9 am – 5:30 pm, 520-384-2084 or http://www.appleannies.com    

24-25     WILLCOX: Cider Sip'n Celebration – Apple Annie’s Orchard, freshly press apple cider and pick-your-own apples, "all-you-can-eat" pancake with cider syrup breakfast, from 7:30-10:30 am, apple-smoked burger lunches 11:30 am - 3 pm, complimentary wagon rides to the orchard for pick-your-own apples, apple cider floats, apple cider fudge, homemade ice cream and pies, 520-384-2084 or http://www.appleannies.com

26-30     TOMBSTONE: Border Town – Tombstone Livery Stable, Cowboy Action Shooting Arizona State Championship, shopping vendors, food, public welcome, http://www.bordertowncas.com/index.php

29-30     WILLCOX: Fall Pumpkin Celebration - Apple Annie's Produce & Pumpkins, pumpkin picking, family activities, corn maze with 2 levels of difficulty, hayrides, free, 9 am – 5:30 pm, 520-384-2084 or http://www.appleannies.com    


14-16     AJO: The Transformative Power of Chakra Yoga and Sound Healing - Sonoran Desert Conference Center, A weekend of renewal, combing chakra yoga and pure tone quartz crystal bowl vibration, 520-775-2565 or http://www.sonorancc.com/chakra

15           TUBAC: Juan Bautista de Anza Day - Tubac Presidio State Historic Park, a living history celebration of the Indian, Mexican and Spanish Colonial periods, living history demonstrations, period costumes, street theater, folklorico dancers, mariachi music, musket demonstration and children’s activities, food, free, 11 am – 3 pm, 520-398-2252 or http://www.tubacaz.com   or http://www.azstateparks.com   

20-23     NOGALES: 5th Santa Cruz County International Film Festival – Quality Inn Americana, an annual event that promotes the  history and future of filmmaking in Santa Cruz County, Arizona and our adjoining state of Sonora, Mexico. free, 520-841-1249 or http://www.santacruzfilm-fest.org

29           PATAGONIA: Triathlon - Patagonia Lake, a true Olympic Distance event with a smooth 1500 m swim, challenging 24.6 mile bike, and scenic 10K run, also a SPRINT 500m swim, 8 mile hilly bike, and 5K run, transition to a rigorous climb on the bike - all paved and road bike worthy, use all your gears on this one, the 10K is on the Sonoita Creek trail head, mixed dirt and pavement, mostly dirt, also some tough climbing, has been called the toughest Olympic in Arizona, relay team and 5K/10K are available,  includes finishers medal, park entry, post race meal, and a technical shirt, http://patagoniatri.com/

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