Catch bluegrass, highland games, All Souls


Compiled by Jennifer Coulter


Desert Bluegrass Music Festival

Concerts, a band contest and music workshops will be on tap Oct. 26-28 at the Desert Bluegrass Music Festival at AVA Amphitheater, 5655 W. Valencia Road.

Headliner bands include Sierra Hull and Highway 111, Chris Jones and the Night Drivers, and Mark Phillips and 111rd generation.

Anyone who can play a guitar or banjo is welcome to join Friday’s band contest from 7-9 p.m. for cash prizes of $1,000. Admission is free. Bring canned goods for the Community Food Bank.

Admission costs $20 for Saturday performances from 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. After a dinner break, Saturday concerts will continue from 7-9:30 p.m. for a $15 admission price.

A gospel segment will open the festival on Sunday at 10 a.m., with additional performances scheduled until 4 p.m. Admission is $15.

A weekend pass is $30. Children under 16 are admitted free.

Workshops will be held for guitar, songwriting, mandolin, banjo, autoharp and bass.

RV parking is free.



Celtic Festival/Scottish Highland Games

Music, dancing and food await Nov. 2-4 at the 26th annual Tucson Celtic Festival/Scottish Highland Games at Rillito Raceway Park, 4502 N. First Ave.

The festival features ongoing musical and dance performances, bagpipe competitions, clan tents, heritage and cultural booths, storytelling, a petting zoo. Athletic contests will include races and hammer throws.

Festivities start Nov. 2 with a Festival Pub from 5:30-10 p.m. Admission is $8.

Saturday will feature a headliner Celtic rock band, the Killdares, from 6-10 p.m. Fire dancers with Elemental Artistry will perform at 7 p.m.

One-day tickets for Saturday and Sunday cost $15 for adults, or $13 with a donation for the Community Food Bank.

Two-day tickets cost $20, or $10 for anyone age 65 and over or with military I.D.

Admission is $5 for ages 6-15, and children 5 and under are free.

Parking costs $3 a day.

The old country will be display throughout the festival, with shops selling Celtic merchandise.  Food will be served at the Village Eateries.

The Village Pub will feature many brands of beer, wine, mead and an assortment of single malt scotch from the old country.



All Souls Procession

Children can enjoy free All Souls events on Saturday, Nov. 3, at Armory Park on South Sixth Avenue between 12th and 13th streets.

Workshops starting at 3 p.m. include wing-making and decorating, face painting, sugar skull decorating, storytelling and theater.

Angels on stilts will lead the 6 p.m. procession of Little Angels to remember loved ones from the perspective of a child.

The All Souls Procession starts Sunday, Nov. 4, at 6 p.m. at Toole Avenue and Congress Street. It ends on West Congress at Mercado San Agustin. Anyone is welcome to walk or ride their bike on the route.

Musical guests including SORIAH, Richard Noel from Sticks and Fingers, David Galleheri and Danza Azteca Calpulli Tonantzin will perform after the procession at Mercado San Agustin.

The Rialto Theatre will host a Dance of the Dead concert with Ozomatli at 8 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at


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