September, October events happening in southern Arizona - Tucson News Now

September, October events happening in southern Arizona

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Looking for something to do to enjoy the cooler fall weather in southern Arizona? Check out this list and make your plans.

PIMA

SEPTEMBER:

21-24     TUCSON: 41st Annual Tucson Greek Festival – St. Demetrios Orthodox Church. Celebrates Greek food, drink, and music and offers dance lessons, children's activities, tours of the church, and vendor displays. $3. Thurs. 4-10 pm; Fri. 3-11 pm; Sat. noon-11 pm; Sun. noon-9 pm. 520-888-0505 or http://www.stdemetriostucson.org or http://www.tucsongreekfest.com/

23           ORACLE: Oracle Ford Peppersauce Round Up - An outdoor festival featuring a 10-mile and 5K trail run on the AZT; 40- and 50-mile gravel grinder bike ride; BBQ and craft beer; seven regional bluegrass and country bands, a climbing wall for the kids, as well as a BMX pump track. A free walk/run for kids and families on the scenic trails around Peppersauce Station, Zip lines will be open throughout the day. http://www.americanbunnyhop.com/peppersauce-roundup-festival.html

23           TUCSON: Jesse Colin Young and Jethro Tull’s Martin Barre – Fox Tucson Theatre. Danny Zelisko Presents music legends Jesse Colin Young - best known for his tenure as the founder of influential late 60s-early 70s band, The Youngbloods and for a lengthy, successful, on-going solo career as The Jesse Colin Young Band - and former Jethro Tull guitarist Martin Barre as they bring their co-headline tour. $25. 8 pm. http://dannyzeliskopresents.com/

23           TUCSON: Born & Brewed Beer Battle – Hotel Congress. Tucson breweries compete for people's and judge's choice of Best Beer during an evening of tasting local beers, food, and music while voting for your favorite brews. $15-50. 6-9 pm. 520-545-0577 or http://www.hotelcongress.com

24           TUCSON: Desert Museum's Annual Plant Sale - Arizona Sonora Desert Museum. Arrive early for the best selection of more than 250 different species of plants. Not only will guests enjoy shopping a variety of unusual and beautiful selections, they will leave with an understanding of why the plants they purchase are significant to pollinators and people. Free. 6:30 am - 12 pm. 520-883-1380 or http://desertmuseum.org/visit/events_plantsalelist.php

29           TUCSON: 17th Annual Tucson Pride on Parade - Tucson LGBT Pride parade is scheduled to return to 4th Avenue on Friday at 7pm. 520 276-9091 or  http://tucsonpride.org/

30           ORACLE: GLOW: Steampunk Night – Triangle L Ranch. Come venture into another world under the moon and stars for a night of illumination and imagination set in the lush, high desert. Experience GLOWing artwork and multi-media installations, theatrical performances and live music along five acres of lighted trails. Food available for purchase. Wear a glowing costume and join the celebration. $15, 13 and under is $8. 7-11 pm. http://www.triangleLranch.com

30           TUCSON: 5th Annual Sabino Canyon FitKidz One Mile Kids Classic - These races are free One Mile races for kids under 12 years old. Events will be loads of fun and will include official timing so that the kids get the full race experience! http://www.azroadrunners.org/go/category/about/fitkidz_racing_series

OCTOBER:

1              TUCSON: Jim Click’s Run ‘N’ Roll – 8K Run/Walk, Pima Medical Institute Elite 8K Wheelchair Race and 3K Valvoline “Grease Your Wheels” Fun Run, also a race expo with free food, entertainment, health checks and music. http://www.runnroll.org/ or http://www.azroadrunners.org/

5-9          TUCSON: 4th 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

6              ORACLE: GLOW: Fantasy Night – Triangle L Ranch. Come venture into another world under the moon and stars for a night of illumination and imagination set in the lush, high desert. Experience GLOWing artwork and multi-media installations, theatrical performances and live music along five acres of lighted trails. Food available for purchase. Wear a glowing costume and join the celebration. $15, 13 and under is $8. 7-11 pm. http://www.triangleLranch.com

6              TUCSON: World Margarita Championship – Hilton Tucson El Conquistador. An evening of cocktail competitions, tastings world class Margaritas and tequilas, cuisine of the southwest, and more. Tucson Originals chefs and restaurants battle with live judging and a People’s Choice award, for the best Signature Margarita. Food sampling and margarita tastings from Southern Arizona Tucson Originals Restaurants and Purveyors.  $55. 6 pm. http://saaca.org/worldmargarita.html

7              ORACLE: GLOW: Spirited Away – Triangle L Ranch. Come venture into another world under the moon and stars for a night of illumination and imagination set in the lush, high desert. Experience GLOWing artwork and multi-media installations, theatrical performances and live music along five acres of lighted trails. Food available for purchase. Wear a glowing costume and join the celebration. $15, 13 and under is $8. 7-11 pm. http://www.triangleLranch.com

7              ORO VALLEY: Oro Valley Sprint Triathlon and Duatholon-Trifecta - Oro Valley Aquatic Center. This is a USAT sanctioned event. 800-meter serpentine swim, 14 mi bike course (2 seven mile loops), 3 mi run. http://trioyl.com/

7              TUCSON: The Big Picture – Central Tucson Gallery Association. Central Tucson art galleries open their doors for free self-guided tour and evening artist receptions. http://www.ctgatucson.org/events.html  

7-8          TUCSON: 16th Annual Tucson Reptile & Amphibian Show & Sale - Tucson Expo Center.  50,000 square feet of reptiles for sale and display, petting zoos with alligators, giant tortoises, Monitor Lizards, snakes, reptile keeping supplies, reptile art, books, clothing, anything reptilian.  More exotic venomous snakes on display (in very secure locked cages) than the San Diego Zoo, reptile photography symposium, with Bill Love, world renowned photographer, will be ongoing throughout the show. $5-10. Sat 9:30 am - 5 pm, Sun 10 am - 4 pm. http://tucsonreptileshow.com

7-28       TUCSON: The Dinner Detective Murder Mystery Show – Hilton Tucson East. Your ticket includes our signature murder mystery show with a Prize Package for the Top Sleuth of the night, as well as a fantastic four course plated dinner (with a choice of three different entrees), and many more surprises during the show. $49.95 plus tax. Saturdays, 6 pm. 866-496-0535 or http://www.thedinnerdetective.com/tcs

8              TUCSON: Canciones Mexicanas – Ted Ramirez and Friends in Concert – Presidio San Agustin del Tucson Museum. Accompanied by guitarist Ismael Barajas, mandolin player Michael Markowitz, and Russ Healy on the accordion and flute, Ramirez will perform classic Mexican music in addition to some of his original songs. $20. 6 pm. 520-837-8119 or http://tucsonpresidio.com/

13-15     TUCSON: Tucson Meet Yourself Folklife Festival 2017 – Six festival areas, celebrate the richness and diversity of the arts of Southern Arizona's folk and ethnic communities: ethnic food, performances, folk arts demonstrations, music, exhibits and food ways programming, traditions of health and wellness, traditional dancers of the Pascua Yaqui tribe and the Tohono O’odham nation. Free. 520-792-4806 or http://www.tucsonmeetyourself.org

14-15     TUCSON: 2017 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/

15           TUCSON: The Great Pumpkin Race – Buckelew Farms. Course is a flat, traditional cross-country course along dirt roads with a finish through the haunted corn maze, for runners of all abilities, from those competing in their first 5K, to those looking for a PR, prizes, pumpkin carving and kid’s face painting during the day. $15-20. 7:30 am. http://www.azroadrunners.org/

15           TUCSON: Hercules vs. Vampires - Fox Theatre. Combines operatic singing and 1960s pop culture, synchronizing live music with the 1961 cult classic film, Hercules in the Haunted World. Watch as the original film, starring bodybuilder Reg Park and horror legend Christopher Lee, is projected above a live orchestra and singers performing the music to a new, original score. 3 pm. 520-293-4336 or http://www.azopera.org  

15           TUCSON: Tucson Coin Club Coin Show - Fraternal Order of the Police Tucson. There will be 38 tables of dealers with US and world coins and paper money, tokens, medals, and exonumia. Free appraisals available. Free. 9 am - 4 pm. 520-305-5513 or http://www.tucsoncoinclub.com  

19-22     TUCSON: 2nd Annual Film Fest Tucson – Scottish Rite Cathedral. The annual Film Fest Tucson will present a hand-picked collection of films in the illustrious Scottish Rite Cathedral in downtown Tucson. Included in the program will be Arizona premieres of new independent films from around the country, special guests including directors, producers, on-screen talent, and others, along with one-of-a-kind presentations of films from Arizona's history. $10. http://filmfesttucson.com/

21           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

21           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/

21           TUCSON: 11th Annual Tucson Classics Car Show – The Gregory. 11th Annual Tucson Classics Car Show; giving more than $1,085,000 to Children's charities! Enter to win a 2008 Corvette Convertible or other great prizes! Admission is $5 for each person and $25 for each car! 10 am – 4 pm. 520-440-4503 or https://tucsonclassicscarshow.com    

22           ORO VALLEY: Saguaro Sunrise Bike & Skate – Rancho Vistoso Blvd. A family friendly bike and skate event. Skaters and cyclists choose to compete in a 42k, 21k bike or a 42k, 21k, 5k skate. Athletes can expect a smooth rolling surface with picturesque views of the desert and mountains with some hills and few turns on this out and back 13-mile course. $25-105. 7 am – 1 pm. 480-734-0558 or http://www.saguarosunrise.com  

22           TUCSON: Grapes to Glass – Maynards Market & Kitchen. Grapes to Glass is a wine festival that harmonizes local wines, delicious food, live music, distinctive crafts, and regional artwork in an idyllic venue for eager wine enthusiasts. $30-35. 3-6 pm. 520-545-0577 or https://maynardstucson.com/events/grapes-to-glass/  

28-29     TUCSON: Heart of Tucson Arts Fall Open Studio Tour - Heart of Tucson Art plans, promotes and implements biannual self-guided Open Studio tours within our mid-town Tucson community to promote the role of the artist, celebrate the rich artistic culture of the Tucson Arts District and help the local economy thrive! Free. 11 am – 5 pm. http://www.heartoftucsonart.org/

29           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/

29-30     TUCSON: TMC Get Moving Halloween Weekend Events – Southern AZ Roadrunners presents the third event in the Gabe Zimmermann Triple Crown: a half-marathon featuring A-Mountain, with companion 5K walk/run. $15-75. 6:30 am. 520-991-0733 or http://www.azroadrunners.org    

COCHISE

SEPTEMBER:

21-24     DOUGLAS: 93rd Annual Cochise County Fair - County Fairgrounds. Carnival rides, collegiate rodeo, 4-H demonstrations, livestock auction, live entertainment, exhibits, fair food, beer garden. $3-6. 520-364-3819 or http://cochisecountyfair.org/  

23-24     WILLCOX: Fall Pumpkin Celebration - Apple Annie's Produce & Pumpkins. Pumpkin picking, family activities, corn maze with 2 levels of difficulty, pumpkin and buttermilk pancake breakfast and apple smoked burger lunch, homemade pumpkin ice-cream, pumpkin pies, pumpkin bread and homemade cider donuts. Free. 8:30 am – 5 pm. 520-384-2084 or http://www.appleannies.com    

30           SIERRA VISTA: 2nd Annual Sky Island Tour Event - Windemere Hotel. 3 bicycle rides accommodating all skill levels: 62-mile, sag-supported ride looping through Bisbee, AZ; 21-mile ride on the newly-designated Cochise-Vistas route; and 5-mile ride on hike-bike paths near the hotel. The tour is sponsored by and benefits NAMI SEAZ (National Alliance on Mental Illness Southeastern Arizona) with advice and support by Cochise Bicycle Advocates. 520-459-3228 or http://skyislandtour.com

30-10/1 WILLCOX: Fall Pumpkin Celebration - Apple Annie's Produce & Pumpkins. Pumpkin picking, family activities, corn maze with 2 levels of difficulty, pumpkin and buttermilk pancake breakfast and apple smoked burger lunch, homemade pumpkin ice-cream, pumpkin pies, pumpkin bread and homemade cider donuts. Free. 8:30 am – 5 pm. 520-384-2084 or http://www.appleannies.com    

OCTOBER:

5-8          WILLCOX: 66th Annual Rex Allen Days - PRCA rodeo, country fair, country music concert, General Willcox International Turtle Race, carnival, golf, softball tournaments, cowboy dances. 520-384-2272 or 800-200-2772 or http://www.rexallendays.org

7              DOUGLAS: 30th Annual Cochise County Cycling Classic - 165-, 95-, 47 & 27-mile rides around the perimeter of Cochise County, kid's fun rides, medallions to finishers. $75. 520-745-2033 or http://www.perimeterbicycling.com

7-8          SIERRA VISTA: 46th Annual Art in the Park - Veterans Memorial Park. 170+ juried artists' outdoor fair, 18 food vendors, children's playground, sponsored by the Huachuca Art Assoc. Free. Sat 9 am - 5 pm, Sun 9 am - 4 pm. 520-803-0584 or http://www.artintheparksierravista.com  or http://www.huachuca-art.com/

7-8          WILLCOX: Fall Pumpkin Celebration - Apple Annie's Produce & Pumpkins. Pumpkin picking, family activities, corn maze with 2 levels of difficulty, pumpkin and buttermilk pancake breakfast and apple smoked burger lunch, homemade pumpkin ice-cream, pumpkin pies, pumpkin bread and homemade cider donuts. Free. 8:30 am - 5 pm. 520-384-2084 or http://www.appleannies.com    

13-15     BENSON: 32nd Annual Butterfield Overland Stage Days - Lion's Park. Celebration of Overland mail route from St. Louis to San Francisco, an official U.S. Post Office Pony Express mail run from Benson to Dragoon on horseback with a special cancellation, vendors and entertainment. Free. 10 am. 520-586-2842 or http://www.bensonvisitorcenter.com

14           SIERRA VISTA: 30th Annual Cars in the Park - Veterans Memorial Park. Help us celebrate 30 years by coming to a fantastic display of cars at this favorite annual car show - rain or shine. Enjoy the cars, music, food and product vendors, raffle, door prizes and more. Free. 8 am - 3 pm. http://www.sierravistacarclub.org

14-15     BENSON: 17th Annual Butterfield Rodeo - Arena. Cowboys competing in Rough Stock and timed events, also “mutton bustin’,” calf scramble, dummy roping and a good-old-fashioned boot race. $5-8. 520-586-4293 or 520-586-2842 or http://www.bensonvisitorcenter.com  or http://bensonbutterfieldrodeo.com   

14-15     SIERRA VISTA: 43rd Annual Huachuca Gem, Jewelry & Mineral Show - Cochise College. Gem & mineral show & sale, live demonstrations, educational displays, rocks, jewelry, gems, minerals, fossils, equipment, lapidary supplies and more, there will be a certified gemologist on hand, free identification. Free. Sat 9 am – 5 pm, Sun 10 am – 4 pm. 520-378-6291 or http://huachucamineralandgemclub.info/Gem_Show.html

14-15     WILLCOX: Fall Pumpkin Celebration - Apple Annie's Produce & Pumpkins. Pumpkin picking, family activities, corn maze with 2 levels of difficulty, pumpkin and buttermilk pancake breakfast and apple smoked burger lunch, homemade pumpkin ice-cream, pumpkin pies, pumpkin bread and homemade cider donuts. Free. 8:30 am – 5 pm. 520-384-2084 or http://www.appleannies.com    

15-20     TOMBSTONE: 9th 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/   

20-22     TOMBSTONE: 88th 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/  

20-22     WILLCOX: The Wild Bunch Film Festival - The Willcox Historic Theater. A film festival for the western genre. Oct 20th Kickoff party. Oct 21st & 22nd Indie western films will screen. Meet Celebrities. Red carpet event and award show. $10 and up. Fri 7-10 pm, Sat-Sun 11 am - 10 pm. 702-327-0331 or http://www.thewildbunchfilmfestival.com

21           BISBEE: 27th 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    

21           BISBEE: Bisbee 1000 Ironman Ice Competition – Meet at the stairs east of 201 Tombstone Canyon, Bisbee, AZ.  Regular Division and Firefighter (same event but in full turnout gear) Division. 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, 11am, register, online, or at the event. http://www.bisbee1000.org/

21           BISBEE: 6th Annual Bisbee 1000 Craft Beer Festival – Outdoor venue next to Bisbee Coffee Co., Bisbee, AZ.  Brews, food, music!  VIP entry 1:30pm ($40) and general admission 2-6 pm ($25 or $20 for those who bring their own 2017 Bisbee 1000 race bib as verification). Tickets at the gate. http://www.bisbee1000.org

21           WILLCOX: 2nd Annual 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/

21-22     WILLCOX: Willcox Wine Country Fall Festival – Railroad Park. Willcox American Viticulture Area produces 75% of the state's grapes. Join all as we celebrate the harvest and the Arizona wines from the Willcox region. Rated one of the Top 10 Wine Festivals. Includes music, art, and vendors. Free. $25 tastings. 11 am - 5 pm. 520-384-2272 or http://willcoxwinecountry.org/  

21-22     WILLCOX: Fall Pumpkin Celebration - Apple Annie's Produce & Pumpkins. Pumpkin picking, family activities, corn maze with 2 levels of difficulty, pumpkin and buttermilk pancake breakfast and apple smoked burger lunch, homemade pumpkin ice-cream, pumpkin pies, pumpkin bread and homemade cider donuts. Free. 8:30 am – 5 pm. 520-384-2084 or http://www.appleannies.com    

25-29     TOMBSTONE: Border Town – Tombstone Livery Stable. Cowboy Action Shooting Arizona State Championship, shopping vendors, food, public welcome. http://www.bordertowncas.com/index.php

28-29     BENSON: Family Campout – Kartchner Cavers State Park. Ideal for those new to camping. An activity filled weekend could include fishing, archery, mountain biking, hiking, or birding, depending on the date and park chosen. Trained camp coordinators will assist by teaching campers how to set up a tent, prepare food outside, build a fire and work on a service project. $90 for a family up to four. http://AZStateParks.com/family-camp

28-29     ELGIN & WILLCOX: Grapes and Goodies: Tricks and Treats - Kief-Joshua Vineyards. A devilishly, daring good time over the Halloween weekend.  For Grapes and Goodies: Tricks and Treats, every 12 wine tasters will get an unusual wine-pairing goody, while the 13th person gets the trick!  11 am – 5 pm. 520-455-5582

28-29     WILLCOX: Fall Pumpkin Celebration - Apple Annie's Produce & Pumpkins. Pumpkin picking, family activities, corn maze with 2 levels of difficulty, pumpkin and buttermilk pancake breakfast and apple smoked burger lunch, homemade pumpkin ice-cream, pumpkin pies, pumpkin bread and homemade cider donuts. Free. 8:30 am – 5 pm. 520-384-2084 or http://www.appleannies.com    

SANTA CRUZ

OCTOBER:

7-8          TUMACÁCORI: 6th Annual Earth Harmony Festival – A Sustaining Experience - Avalon Organic Gardens & EcoVillage. Features a highly-popular EcoVillage tour, which gives festival goers the opportunity to explore all things sustainable at one of the country’s largest EcoVillages, also live music, speakers, a fun and educational children’s village, and a vendor village. 520-398-2542 or http://earthharmonyfestival.org   

13-15     PATAGONIA: 29th Annual Fall Festival - A Celebration of Music & Art - Town Park. Features more than 120 artists, non-profits and food vendors over a fun-filled weekend. With music and entertainment scheduled throughout the festival, a children's activity tent, great art, a beer and wine garden and great food, there is something for everyone. Free. Fri 11 am - 5 pm, Sat-Sun 10 am - 5 pm. 520-345-4172 or http://www.patagoniafallfestival.com

21           TUBAC: Juan Bautista de Anza Day - Tubac Presidio State Historic Park. A living history celebration of the Indian, Mexican and Spanish Colonial periods, with living history demonstrations, period costumes, street theater, children’s activities and food. Free. 8 am – noon. 520-398-2252 or http://www.tubacaz.com   

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

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