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October Events

The following list describes events that occur annually in Tucson. For exact dates and information, check local listings in newspapers and magazines or check out VisitTucson, or call 888-638-8350.

Benefit walk with live music and food.
Anza Days
Cultural celebration commemorating 1776 trek by Tubac Presidio commander Juan Bautista de Anza. Tubac, AZ
Arizona Arms Tucson Fall Gun Show
Pima County Fairgrounds
Arizona Opera Opening Gala
Dinner, champagne reception and dessert with the cast.
The Big Picture
Contemporary art season-opener, featuring fine-art displays and artist receptions at participating downtown galleries. Central Tucson Gallery Association, (520) 629-9759.
Buckelew Farm Pumpkin Festival and Corn Maze
Open the last three weekends in October. Horse-drawn wagon rides, U-Pick-It experience, 15- acre corn maze, haunted corn field (Fri & Sat. nights). Buckelew Farm, (520) 822-2277.
Butterfield Overland Stage Days
Festival commemorates the stop along the mid-1880s stage line that linked St. Louis with San Francisco. Pony Express reenactment, rodeo, car show, entertainment and food. Benson
Chamber of Commerce, (520) 586-2842.
Butterfly Magic
Arizona's only live, indoor tropical butterfly exhibit, with hundreds of colorful butterflies on display in special greenhouse. Tucson Botanical Gardens, (520) 326-9686.
Casa Car Show
Benefit car show and raffle of restores classic car for Casa de Los Niños.
Celebrate! Arizona's Children Gala
Dinner, dancing, and a silent auction to benefit the Arizona?s Children Foundation.
Presentations on the Day of the Dead -- El Dia de los Muertos, the traditional Mexican celebration honoring those who have died -- featuring story telling, craft making and music, with entertainment and buffet lunch. Colossal Cave Mountain Park, (520) 647-7121.
Cienega Corridor Pioneer Day
Hands-on activities for all ages at outdoor culture-biology-history fair, with booths, entertainment, presentations, nature walks and demonstrations on everything from mesquite-bean milling to adobe-brick making. Colossal Cave Mountain Park, (520) 647-7121.
Cochise County Cycling Classic
Bicycle tour of the perimeter of Cochise County; 252, 160, 90 and 45 miles. Perimeter Bicycling Association of America, Douglas, AZ, (520) 745-2033.
Desert Thunder Pro Rodeo
Competitive professional rodeo with roping contests, bronc busting, and free pony rides for the kids. Tucson Rodeo Grounds, (520) 721-1621.
Dinnerware Contemporary Arts Annual Art Auction
Music, food, live and silent auctions of works by emerging and established artists to benefit this non-profit gallery.
Eye Ball
Costumed fundraiser with fortune tellers, auctions, dinner and dancing.
Fall Pumpkin Festival
Enjoy old-fashioned family fun and take a hayride to the pick-your-own pumpkin patch or children's play area; or pick fresh fall vegetables and apples, EVERY weekend in October. Apple Annie's Orchard, Willcox, (520) 384-2084.
Fools' Hollow Halloween Fest
Family-friendly celebration, featuring "Fools' Hollow," and performances by local artists and a costume contest, at the Main Library Plaza, downtown. Tucson Downtown Alliance, (520) 547-3338.
Graham County Fair
Traditional county fair featuring a carnival with rides, games and entertainment, 4-H exhibits and food vendors at Graham County Fairgrounds. Graham County Chamber of Commerce,
Safford, (928) 428-6240.
The Great Stairclimb
The Bisbee 1000 event requires you to use any combination of walking, running and resting to traverse nine sets of steps and numerous back-roads at a mile-high altitude. While traversing over 1,000 steps you will be serenaded by musicians playing at strategic points along the route. Participants can compete aggressively for overall and age group prizes, enjoy a challenging fitness walk or family stroll, or any combination thereof.  Bisbee, AZ.
Halloween Howl
After-dark, family festival at historic La Posta Quemada Ranch, with moonlight haunted hayrides, hay maze, games, and fall food.  La Posta Quemada Ranch, Vail, (520) 647-3450.
Helldorado Days
Street entertainment, shoot-outs, parade, 1880s fashion show. Tombstone, AZ, (888) 457-3929
Jewish Family and Children's Service Annual Celebration Event
An evening of cocktails, silent auction, dinner and a guest speaker. Sometimes held in
Junior League of Tucson's Rummage Sale
Everything you can dream up - on sale! Gala dinner first night of sale.
Fiesta de los Chiles
Red hot music, foods, plants, crafts and demonstrations. Tucson Botanical Gardens, 326-9686.
Make a Difference Day
Improvements projects around town undertaken by Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona and hundreds of volunteers.
Men Who Cook
A culinary-style fundraiser for the Brewster Center.
Scary and fun Halloween tradition for all ages with daring stunts, thrilling walk-through adventures, and a trick-or-treat trail, presented as only a movie studio can. Old Tucson Studios, (520) 883-0100.
Nightmare on Congress Street
The Haunted Hotel Congress hosts the biggest Halloween Party in Tucson, with costume contests, local and national acts, spooky surprises and live bands, indoor and outdoor. Historic Hotel Congresss, (520) 622-8848.
Oktoberfest on Mount Lemon
In the pines and aspens, enjoy German food, beer, music, and dancing--join the dancing or relax on a blanket on ski slopes. The first two weekends in October. Mount Lemmon Ski Valley, (520) 576-1400, (520) 576-1321.
Patagonia Fall Festival
Annual art show and entertainment festival. Patagonia, AZ, (888) 794-0060.

Ray Davies Lifetime Humanitarian Achievement Award Luncheon
Awards presentation celebrating local individuals and companies, benefiting the Educational
Enrichment Foundation of TUSD.

A celebration of the life, legacy, music, and movies of former Willcox resident Rex Allen.
Willcox, AZ, (520) 384-2272.
SAHBA Fall Home & Garden Show
Browse the latest in building, landscaping, and home decorating products, exhibited at Tucson Convention Center. Southern Arizona Home Builders Association, (520) 795-3025.
Traditional Indian Feast
Traditional American Indian foods like wild rice, buffalo, salmon, cholla-bud salad, prickly pear tea, Indian tamales, and O'odham chili, with entertainment and spiritual blessing, and silent auction to benefit American Indian college scholarship fund. San Xavier Plaza (across from Mission San Xavier), (520) 622-4900.
Tucson Bluegrass Festival
Top local, regional, and national bluegrass bands, with performances daily. Desert Bluegrass
Tucson Celtic Festival and Highlands Games
Gaelic gaiety, featuring athletics, music, clan tents and more. Sometimes held in November.
Tucson Culinary Festival
A festival of dinners, seminars, and tastings from over 60 different wineries.  Tucson Originals, (520) 488-8601.
Tucson Heritage Experience Festival
An annual three-day affair showcasing music, dance, costumes, folk arts and food of Arizona's diverse ethnic communities. El Presidio Park.
Tucson Meet Yourself Festival
A multicultural festival of food and arts with over 50 ethnic groups. El Presidio Park, (520) 792-4806.

YWCA's Annual Leadership Conference
Designed to provide both an overview of leadership issues for women, as well as training for participants. Two nationally known keynote speakers and morning and afternoon workshops. YWCA, (520) 884-7810.




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