BEST BETS: Festivals, activities pack fall calendar

Compiled by Brenda Pacheco and Kathryn Owczarzak

School has started, but that doesn’t mean the fun is over. Tucson will buzz with festivities throughout the fall. Here’s a sample of upcoming highlights:

Chinese Cultural Festival – Sept. 18-28

The 11-day festival with venues throughout Tucson will explore aspects of Chinese culture including traditional music, dance, food, literature and medicine. Most events are free. A Chinese health day will close the festival on Sept. 28 at Reid Park. Visit the website for a full schedule and additional details.


Glow FestivalSept. 20-21

Celebrate art under a full moon at a five-acre ranch filled with twinkling lights at this two-day event spotlighting dancers, theatrical performances, illuminated sculptures and music. The festival will take place at the Triangle L Ranch in Oro Valley from 7-11 p.m. each day. General admission is $12.50 for ages 13 and up.


Santa Cruz County FairSept. 20-22

Family fun at the Sonoita Fairgrounds, 3142 S. Highway 83 in Sonoita, features an old-fashioned carnival, food, rodeo competitions, all-day entertainment and exhibits. Gates open at 9 a.m. daily. Admission costs $3-5 per person.

Details: or (520) 455-5553

El Tour Adventure Run/WalkSept. 21

Participants will run or walk along the Rillito River Trail to benefit Ben’s Bells Project. The race starts at 6:30 a.m. at St. Gregory College Preparatory School, 3231 N. Craycroft Road.

Details: 745-2033

OktoberfestSept. 21-Oct. 13

Mount Lemmon’s Oktoberfest, a celebration of German food, beer, music and dancing, will be held at Ski Valley in Summerhaven on weekends from 9 a.m.-5p.m. Admission is free, with food and drinks available for purchase.


KFMA Fall BallSept. 22

The radio station’s annual outdoor concert will take place at Kino Veterans Memorial Stadium, 2500 E. Ajo Way. Doors open at 11 a.m. Featured performers include American Fangs, Stars In Stereo, Asking Alexandra, Pierce The Veil, P.O.D, A Day to Remember and Korn. Advance tickets cost $39 plus a service fee. Food, drinks and merchandise from local vendors will be available for purchase.

Details: or 434-1346

Slaughterhouse ApocalypseSept. 27-28

If you enjoy shooting at real human zombies while navigating a grim, horrific maze in a 20,000-square-foot warehouse, buy tickets for the New Apocalypse. The Slaughterhouse, 1102 W. Grant Road, will host the zombie killing experience on Sept. 27 at 6 p.m. and Sept. 28 at 11 p.m. Tickets cost $15 in advance, or $20 at the door.


NightfallSept. 27-Oct. 31

Tucson’s annual horror fest of haunted houses, terrifying monsters, horrific illusions and magic will be held at Old Tucson, 201 S. Kinney Road. This year’s shows include “Magic of the Macabe,” “This Prison’s Got Talent” and “Kindred of the Dust.” General admission costs $25. Check the website for weekly ticket specials.


Greater Tucson Beer FestivalSept. 28

The day of fun activities, food and beer tasting for adults benefits the nonprofit Sun Sounds of Arizona. The festival at Kino Veterans Memorial Stadium begins at 6:30 p.m. General admission ticket are $45 in advance, $50 at the door. No one under 21 can attend.



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