Celtic Festival/Scottish Highland Games: Nov. 1-3
The festival celebrates the cultures and heritages of Scotland, Ireland and Wales with musical performances, vendor booths, bagpipes, athletics and a dance stage. It also hosts games, jumping castles, storytelling, crafts and a petting zoo.
Friday is Pub Night from 5-10 p.m. Pub admission costs $5. Saturday hours are 9 a.m.-10 p.m. Evening performances include a Celtic fire concert from 6-10 p.m., with fire dancers from 7-7:30 p.m. Sunday hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m., with a closing ceremony at 4 p.m.
Festivities take place at Rillito Raceway Park, 4502 N. First Ave. Festival admission is $15 for ages 16 and up, with discounts available. A two-day ticket costs $20. Parking is $3.
All Souls Procession: Nov. 2-3
This unique Tucson event honors departed loved ones. Artists, performers and creators of all sorts have worked together for almost six months to prepare for the celebration.
Numerous activities take place on Saturday and Sunday.
A children’s event, the Procession of Little Angels, takes place Saturday from 3-7 p.m. at Armory Park, 221 S. Sixth Ave. Activities include workshops, art tables and sugar skull decorating. The costumed procession concludes with Stories that Soar.
Presidio Walls Talk, a Dia de los Muertos celebration, gets underway Saturday from 6-9 p.m. at Presidio de San Agustin del Tucson, 133 W. Washington St. Highlights include reinactments of early Tucson life, altars, an art exhibit, dance performances, puppet theater, a levitation show, a fortune teller, and children’s activities.
Festivities culminate on Sunday with a non-motorized parade. Elaborately costumed participants will walk along a two-mile route through downtown, carrying mementoes and displays.
The grand finale at Mercado San Augustin includes the ceremonial burning of a large urn filled with offerings, hopes and wishes for lives lost.
Parade participants will gather at 5 p.m. on North Sixth Avenue, north of the underpass and south of Sixth Street. The procession will leave the underpass at 6 p.m. and proceed south on Sixth Avenue to Alameda. It will continue west on Alameda, wrap onto Congress Street and travel west to Mercado San Augustin, 100 S. Avenida del Convento.
Tucson Comic-Con: Nov. 2-3
This two-day event, filled with guests from the comic book industry, celebrates local comic book shops and an array of independent authors. A costume contest has been added this year.
Tucson Comic Con 2013 will be held at the Tucson Convention Center, 260 S. Church Ave. Hours are 10 a.m.-7 p.m. on Saturday, and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on Sunday. Day passes cost $8, and a weekend pass costs $10.
Loft Film Fest: Nov. 7-11
Now in its fourth year, The Loft Film Fest showcases foreign, independent and classic films. It also celebrates emerging and established producers, directors, actors and writers.
The festival’s goal, according to the Loft website, is to expand the Tucson market for innovative cinema and to honor talented, passionate artists.
Tickets cost $100 for Loft members and $125 for the general public. Buy tickets online or at The Loft Cinema box office, 1103 N. Camilla Blvd.
Details: Loftcinema.com or 322-5638.
TusCon: Nov. 8-10
This convention, celebrating its 40th anniversary this year, gives visitors opportunities to interact with guest artists, authors and panelists in sci fi, fantasy and horror genres.
Bestselling novelist Juliet Blackwell will be the author guest of honor, while freelance illustrator Jessica Feinberg will be the artist guest of honor. Ed Bryant, a two-time winner of the Nebula Award for works of fiction, will serve as toastmaster.
Panelists will include actors, filmmakers, artists, authors and top scientists in many fields, including space science.
The event will take place at Hotel City Center, 475 N. Granada Ave. Tickets cost $55 for ages 13 and up.
The Misfits: Nov. 11
Compiled by Rachel White
The musical mayhem of “punk rock’s monster squad,” the Misfits, will bring anarchy to Tucson’s Rialto Theater on Nov. 11. Doors open at 7 p.m. for the all-ages show.
Deviating from the original lineup when the band formed 30 years ago in the small New Jersey town of Lodi, the Misfits now consist of front-man Jerry Only performing vocals and bass, guitarist Dez Cadena and drummer Eric “Chupacabra” Arce.
The Misfits carved their way to cult-following fame with unconventional punk rock and costumed performances. Each bandmate plays in sinister character, from skeletal heads to ironclad toes.
Presentation is a point of pride when it comes to the band’s live portrayal of their “surrealistic and highly theatrical persona.”
The concert will also showcase performances by local up-and-coming punk artists SLUG, The Attack, Three White Lies, sinphonics, Hotchicks AZ Pop Punk, LLL and Deceptively Innocent.
Tickets purchased in advance cost $27 for general admission. Tickets purchased day of show cost $30. Call the box office at 740-1000.
Details: rialtotheatre.com. Click on “Calendar” and then on the Nov. 11 “Misfits” link.