BEST BETS: October brings abundant fall activities



Classics & Oldies – Car Show & Music Festival

Oct. 4

Observe the true art behind decked-out automobiles at the Oro Valley Classic Car and Truck Show from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at Oro Valley Marketplace, on the southwest corner of Oracle and Tangerine roads.

More than 200 cars and trucks will be on display, along with live music, activities and all-American food. Admission is $5.



Pumpkin Festival/Terror in the Corn

Weekends in October

Buckelew Farm will hold its 26th annual Pumpkin Festival the last three weekends in October.

The festival at 1700 W. Ajo Way provides an opportunity to take a tractor-drawn wagon ride into a field to pick pumpkins costing 50 cents per pound. Admission costs $4 and gates open at 10 a.m.

Other activities include an 11-acre corn maze, a petting zoo, children’s games and food booths.

Those who prefer a wilder side can visit Terror in the Corn Oct. 3-4, 10-11, 17-18, 24-25 and 31. Special College Nights Out will be held on two Thursdays, Oct. 23 and 30.

Admission costs $25, with discounts available, and includes both the Corn Maze and Terror in the Corn. The terror begins after it gets completely dark at about 6:30 p.m. and continues until midnight.



Tucson Meet Yourself

Oct. 10-12

Hundreds of artists, dancers and musicians perform while 50-plus cultural vendors sell food treats at this annual celebration of the region’s living traditional arts.

The folklife festival takes place at various locations in downtown Tucson, including El Presidio Park and Jacome Plaza. Hours are 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free.

More than 60 cultural groups, ethnicities and nationalities will be represented. Organizers work to present each group as authentically and respectfully as possible, making the festival educational as well as entertaining.



Modernism Week

Oct. 3-11

The Historic Preservation Foundation will celebrate mid-century design and architecture during Tucson Modernism Week.

As part of the festivities, a Vintage Trailer Show will be held Oct. 4 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Downtown Campus north parking lot. Admission is free for students and employees with a Pima ID.

The Foundation previously partnered with Downtown Campus to create an art walk featuring restored 1950s-era neon signs along West Drachmann Street and North Stone Avenue.

Other Modernism Week activities will include programs at Downtown Campus and throughout the city.



2nd Saturdays Downtown

Oct. 11

Free family-friendly musical acts on multiple stages and festive activities along downtown streets will greet visitors from 5-10:30 p.m.

Scheduled main stage performers include the Black Cat Bones, Funky Bonz, Sun Bones and Belly Dance Tucson.


Tucson Film and Music Festival

Oct. 9-12

The 10th annual Tucson Film and Music Festival will premiere films and spotlight musical groups at venues including the Rialto Theatre, Loft Cinema, Cinema La Placita, the Screening Room and the Tucson J.

Featured films include “Pleased to Meet Me” at the Loft on Oct. 10 and “Heaven Adores You” at the Rialto on Oct. 12. The Arizona premiere of “Burnout,” a story about legalizing marijuana and the effects it has on a local dealer, will be held at at the Screening Room on Oct. 11, followed by a Q&A session with the director.

Musical acts include Bill Elm and Joe Peña, Sun Bones, Brianna Lea Pruett and Andrew Collberg.

Most film tickets cost $8, or $5 for students. The Rialto Theatre closing night premiere and concert costs $10. See the website for a variety of other pricing options.



Pride Parade, Pride in the Desert

Oct. 11, Oct. 18

The LGBT community will celebrate “Pride on Parade” and “Pride in the Desert” with Arizona native Daniel Hernandez Jr. as grand marshal.

After years of streetcar construction, the parade returns to Fourth Avenue on Oct. 11. It starts at 6 p.m. at Second Street and travels south down Fourth Avenue to Eighth Street. A free block party afterward will feature local entertainers.

The 37th annual Pride in the Desert returns to Kino Sports Complex, 2500 E. Ajo Way, on Oct.18 from noon-9 p.m. Admission costs $10, or $5 for students with ID.

Tempest DuJour and Sandra Valls will serve as co-emcees for a wide range of entertainers.




Through Nov. 1

Tucson’s favorite slaughterhouse is back with five bone-chilling haunts, including The Boiler Room and Carnevil.

Slaughterhouse, located in a real former slaughterhouse at 1102 W. Grant Road, will open Thursdays-Sundays until Nov. 1.

Professional wrestling icon Jake “The Snake” Roberts will bring added scares to audiences Oct. 10 from 7:30-9:30 p.m.



‘Stuart Little’

Through Oct. 5

“Stuart Little,” directed by Mickey Nugent and based on E.B. White’s classic children’s story, scurried onto the Proscenium Theatre stage Sept. 24 at Pima Community College’s West Campus Center for the Arts.

Catch the tail end of PCC’s mouse caper before the final show Oct. 5.

Show times are Friday-Saturday at 7 p.m. and Saturday-Sunday at 2 p.m. Tickets cost $8 per person, with discounts available.

Box office: 206-6986

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