Fall Festivities in Tucson!

by Doug Zanes | Last Updated: October 2, 2015

Fall Festivities in Tucson!

It seems that everyone welcomes the cooler weather, the changing of the plant colors and of course…


The fall equinox was welcomed last week and today marks the first day of October! This means Halloween items everywhere…

And a few Christmas things?! Okay Target – easy now 🙂

Alas before we know it, the year will be over and we will have wondered where the time went! But before that happens, we did some research on the best activities for the fall, especially here in Tucson!

What do cinnamon-raisin tamales, a 5K zombie mud run, and the world’s biggest non-motorized parade have in common?

They’re all part of the Tucson events scene, where being a little different is never a bad thing!

We know it isn’t exactly cool… but there is too much fun to be had and we want to start NOW!

25th Annual Bisbee 1000 – The Great Stair Climb (October 17th)

Walk or run and explore the historic heart of Old Bisbee on this figure-8 course, with nine sets of more than 1,000 stairs at an altitude of 5000+ feet. The event includes a 5K that feels like a 10K or the world’s longest and highest stairmaster, an Ironman Ice competition, a Fire and Ice challenge benefit, cash purses for the ice challenges, and a Best in the West craft beer festival.

Details: http://www.bisbee1000.org/index.htm

27th Annual Patagonia Fall Festival (October 9th-11th)

Patagonia’s annual small-town fair offers gifts and goodies from 125-plus vendors, non-stop entertainment, specialty foods, information booths, and a children’s carnival.

Details: http://www.patagoniaaz.com/

Amerind Autumn Fest  (October 24th)

The Amerind Museum, celebrates that culture of Native peoples with food, family games, singing and dancing, and artists, all activities will be led Native American presenters.

Details: http://www.amerind.org/

Disney on Ice presents Frozen (October 15th -18th)

You will be magically whisked away into the wintry world of Arendelle with a new production of Disney on Ice. “Frozen,” presented by Stonyfield YoKids Organic Yogurt Tickets, will take you through an unforgettable journey of amazing special effects and astonishing skating.  Sing and dance along to inspiring songs, including “Let It Go,” at Tucson Convention Center Arena.

Details: http://tucsonconventioncenter.com/event-calendar/

Earth Harmony Festival (October 3rd and 4th)

The Earth Harmony Festival 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. In addition there will be live music, food, speakers, a fun and educational children’s village, hands-on activities for the whole family, and fine arts. Avalon Organic Gardens & EcoVillage is a 220-acre working organic farm and ranch nestled within the picturesque Santa Cruz River valley. Festival-goers will enjoy nationally-known educational speakers on a variety of sustainability topics including sustainable organic farming, preserving and fostering heritage foods, the importance of food diversity and the “slow food” movement.

Details: http://earthharmonyfestival.org/

Entertainment on Terraza Garden Patio (July 02, 2015 – June 30, 2016)

Every evening enjoy live entertainment, New American cuisine and spectacular mountain views on the air-cooled Terraza Garden Patio and Lounge at Hacienda Del Sol Guest Ranch Resort. It’s happy hour with a laid-back, distinctively Tucson vibe at a historic landmark. Thursday nights are Jazz on the Patio, 7-9 p.m;Sundays feature the ultra cool Hacienda Del Blues from 5-8 p.m.

Details: http://www.haciendadelsol.com/dining/terraza-garden-patio-lounge.htm

Fall Pumpkin Celebration (October 3rd and 4th)

Apple Annie’s Produce & Pumpkins hosts pumpkin picking, family activities, corn maze with two levels of difficulty. Don’t forget to bring your camera and a jacket, fall days can be quite cool in Willcox. 2015 dates: October 3-4, October 10-11, October 17-18, October 24-25.

Details: https://www.appleannies.com/apples-annies-event-calendar.htm

Family Weekend at The University of Arizona (October 9th-11th)

Every year the University of Arizona Family Weekend brings families together to enjoy in the school spirit of the University of Arizona. Register for campus events, ranging from tailgates, casino night, an ice cream social, and more.

Details: http://familyweekend.arizona.edu/

Halloween In The Wild (October 24th)

International Wildlife Museum hosts a spooktacular Halloween experience with ghoulish games, creepy crafts, haunted house, live animal encounters and tricky treats for all ages.

Details: http://www.thewildlifemuseum.org/calendar/

Howl-O-Ween at Reid Park Zoo (October 23rd-25th)

The Reid Park Zoo’s family-friendly Halloween event offers less “boo” and more “zoo” to provide the entire family with an enjoyable, but not too frightening, celebration. Enjoy costumed characters and decorations galore as you stroll down the paths of the Zoo. Member entry: 5:30 PM.

Detail: http://reidparkzoo.org/events/public/howl-o-ween-2015/

Night of Fright (October 23rd)

Pima Air and Space Museum hosts a safe and family-friendly Halloween event as Flight Central Hangar takes on a look of its own with spider webs and ghosts taking to the Hangar skies. Bring your aviator goblins out to participate in old-fashioned carnival games, a costume contest and much more during this fun filled Halloween event. The Flight Grill restaurant, will transform into Fright Grill for the evening, as it offers numerous Halloween specials for goblins and ghouls of all ages.

Details: http://www.pimaair.org/

Philabaum Art Glass Exhibition: “Applebaum & Holmes” (October 3rd)

The fall exhibition at Philabaum Gallery features the new work of Leon Applebaum & Elodie Holmes. Each are long respected glass artists from New York and New Mexico. Leon’s sculpture is transparent, textured, and solid. Elodie’s work is blown using the silvered Calcedonia glass, where skill is needed not just as the craftsman, but as the alchemist. The sculptures are displayed on metal swivel stands. Gallery hours are Tuesday – Saturday, 10 -5.

Details: http://www.philabaumglass.com/

Star Night Party – Kartchner Caverns State Park (October 17th)

Arizona State Parks provide fun, educational Star Night Astronomy events, at a typical star night event you can hear a lecture (often with guest speakers), and view celestial objects (planets, nebulas, stars) through a variety of telescopes.

Details: https://azstateparks.com/kartchner

*NOTE: All dates, times and prices listed are subject to change. Please verify before attending any events.

Doug Zanes: Founding Attorney Raised in Douglas, Arizona, and went to college at Arizona State University and graduated from law school at St. Mary’s University School of Law in Texas. Doug began practicing law in Phoenix Arizona in 1997.
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