BEST BETS: Get ready for some fall-worthy events

Compiled by Ashley Munoz

With temperatures finally cooling down, Tucson is ready to jump into fall season with a gaming convention, music concert, film festival and, uh, did we mention the pumpkin patch? Nightfall? Slaughterhouse?

Rincon Gaming Convention

Sept. 30 – Oct. 2

RinCon 16 welcomes new, casual and master gamers to participate in this major national convention at the Sheraton Hotel, 5151 E. Grant Road. It offers games of all sorts, including role-playing, board games, mini-card games and Artemis.

Players can sample a wide range of games by signing up for a scheduled event or by checking out games from the game library.

Pre registration for this event is sold out, but tickets for single and weekend passes will be available for purchase at the door.



Tucson Pride Parade and Pride in the Park

Sept. 30, Oct. 1

The hour-long Pride on Parade procession will wind down North Fourth Avenue, starting at East Second Street at 7 p.m. and ending at Ninth Street. If you want to participate, download an application off the website.

The 39th annual Tucson Pride in the Park at Reid Park will begin at noon and last until 9:00 p.m. Live entertainment will be provided by hosts Lucinda Holliday and Tempest DuJour, and a lineup of Tucson and national artists. Food trucks and vendors will be selling beer, wine and cocktails. Jumping castle for children.

Tickets cost $10 online and $12 at the gate. Children under 12 are admitted free.

If you would like to save some money, donate six cans of food and get in for free or donate four cans of food for a half-priced ticket.

Details:, 602-793-2337


Oro Valley Music Festival

Oct. 1-2

Prepare to enjoy 97.1 The Bull’s country extravaganza on Saturday with artists David Nail, Chris Janson, Dan + Shay, Cassadee Pope and Brett Young.

My 92.9 will kick things off on Sunday with pop and rock artists Daughtry, Phillip Phillips, Colbie Caillat, Simple Plan, Ben Rector and Howie Day.

Doors open at 1 p.m., shows begin at 2 p.m. and end at 10 p.m. on both days. The golf club at Vistoso, 955 W. Vistoso Highlands Drive, Oro Valley, will host the event.

General tickets cost $59 on Saturday and $45 on Sunday, while VIP tickets will set you back $150 on Saturday and $125 on Sunday. Two-day passes start at $85 for general admission and $225 for VIP status.



Tucson Meet Yourself

Oct. 7-9

Tucson Eat Yourself, er Meet Yourself, offers music, food and live performances. This festival is known for showcasing Tucson’s diverse cultures including Mexican, Native American, Jamaican and more.

The downtown festival spreads across locations including El Presido Park, Church Street and Jacombe Plaza at the Joel D. Valdez Main Library.

Friday and Saturday hours are 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Sunday events take place 11 a.m.-6 p.m.

Admission is free, but bring a few bucks and wear loose clothing because there is no way you can leave this event without stopping for some type of food.



Tucson Film and Music Festival

Oct. 7-9

If you’re into independent film and music, check out this festival, now in it’s 12th year. It invites musicians, filmmakers and their fans to come together and enjoy the arts. Check their website for a full list of movie information and show times.




Oct. 8

Get ready for the 29th annual NamJam. Held at Reid Parks Demeester Outdoor Performance Center, located on South Country Club Road at East 22nd Street. It will run from 9 a.m. until 7 p.m. Bands and other artists perform throughout the day. There will be vendors, and military displays. Free admission.



Buckelew Farm

Last four weekends in October

Journey south to 17000 W. Ajo Way for the pumpkin-picking fall festival or start looking for a date to run with through the Terror in the Corn, because it’s that time of year again.

Fall festival activities including pumpkin painting and unlimited wagon rides get underway at 10 a.m. The pumpkin festival will be open the last four weekends in October from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

General admission is $10, but a child in diapers gets in for free. Admission for seniors age 55+ with ID costs $8.

Details:, 822-2041

Terror in the Corn at Buckelew Farm has been around for 10 years and keeps getting scarier. A haunting trail through the corn maze with the scariest Halloween creatures running after you, is the best way to kick off this spooky season.

The maze opens at 6:30 p.m. and closes at midnight. Be sure you arrive early enough to complete the maze and not get stuck in the underworld.

Participants age 21 and over can enjoy a cold beer from Tucson breweries, and everyone can sample treats from favorite local eateries.

Tickets can be purchased at the door or online.

Admission is $25.00 all ages

Fast Pass: $30.00 (no wait in line)

Details:, 822-2277


Nightfall 2016

Sept. 29-Oct. 31

Prepare for your favorite time of the year by dodging clowns with chainsaws, zombies and even skeletons.

Interested yet? Well wait, there’s more. You can enjoy complimentary freak shows and get your Criss Angel on with magic shows.

Get your ticket to Tucson’s own haunted town at the Old Tucson grounds just west of Gates Pass, 201 S. Kinney Road.

Tickets cost $28 plus tax for ages 12 and up, and $21 plus tax for children ages 9-11.

On opening weekend, Sept 29-Oct 2, you’ll be able to get a discount from Wendy’s. You can get a coupon of $5 off adult and $5 off child admission at Tucson-area Wendy’s locations.

Details:, 883-0100


Slaughter House

Sept. 24-Nov. 5

Bring a change of underwear when you make your way to the Slaughterhouse and prepare for five heart-pounding haunted houses full of evil clowns and zombies, including an infested boiler room and an all-new Voodoo Bayou.

Be warned that you can and will be grabbed once you enter at least one of these spook houses, and all ticket buyers sign a liability waiver before entering. There is something to terrify even the bravest.

Tickets can be purchased online. They cost $23 for the zombie apocalypse experience, $23 for the four haunted houses or $35 for all five, not including service fees.

Details:, 784-2501


Marana Pumpkin Patch & Farm Festival

Oct. 1-30

The Marana Pumpkin Patch & Farm Festival, 1401 N. Wentz Road, will hold its opening weekend on Oct. 1-2 with admission costing $10. Following weekends will cost $12. Monday-Thursday tickets are at $10.

There will be a showing of “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown” on Oct. 1 at 6:30 p.m.

The pumpkin patch is open Monday-Thursday from 3-7 p.m. and on Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m.-7 p.m.

Details:, 305-548

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