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BEST BETS: Movies, music and a whole lot of beer

BEST BETS: Movies, music and a whole lot of beer


To have a happy semester, students need the essentials: movies, pals, beers and pencils. Oh yes, there is homework and grades too, isn’t there?

Upcoming festivals let students check off everything on our “must have” list. Well, almost everything. Chances are your next A-plus paper is somewhere far away from the beer festival.


Arizona Underground Film Festival

Sept. 19-27

Arizona’s premier genre and cult film festival celebrates its seventh year with nine days of independent films at the recently renovated Screening Room, 127 E. Congress St.

The Arizona Underground Film Festival features short and full-length documentaries, horror films, animations and experimental movies.

The festival kicks off with a bloody bang. “Killers,” a Japanese and Indonesian thriller, begins at 8 p.m. on Sept. 19.

Tickets to each film cost $8 and are available at the box office or via

Festival passes costing $55 will provide admission to all screenings and after-parties, as well as festival goodies. Act quickly, since just 50 passes will be sold.


Oktoberfest on Mount Lemmon

Sept. 20-21, Sept. 27-28, Oct. 4-5, Oct. 11-12

Though our desert home is far away from Germany, we can have a little taste of it nearby at Mount Lemmon Ski Valley, 10300 Ski Run Road.

Oktoberfest pays tribute to Bavarian culture through beer, food and music.

Mount Lemmon’s Oktoberfest opens at noon each day. Opening weekend, Sept. 20-21, it will close at 4 p.m. Festivities will end at 5 p.m. on Sept. 27-28, Oct. 4-5 and Oct. 11-12.

Admission is free but parking costs $5. Organizers ask visitors to leave their dogs at home.

Details: or


Nightfall at Old Tucson

Sept. 26-Oct. 31

Feel a chill in the fall breeze that is sending shivers down your spine? With temperatures remaining in the 90s, the only explanation could be the chilling horrors gathering at Old Tucson Studios.

Nightfall transforms Old Tucson, 201 S. Kinney Road, into a haunted town filled with monsters, mad men, ghoulish live performances and spooky games.

The popular yearly event is open to all ages. Be advised, however, that displays may prove too frightening for children or the weak of heart.

Tickets will be available at the Nightfall Gate. General admission costs $26 and is $21 for children 9-11. Children 8 and under will be admitted for free.

Nightfall is open on Thursdays and Sundays from 6-10 p.m. and Fridays and Saturdays from 6 p.m.-midnight.



Great Tucson Beer Festival

Sept. 27

If you have ever struggled to select a beer or glass of wine, prepare to be overwhelmed in the best possible way.

The Great Tucson Beer Festival will spotlight brewers from Southwestern states with a large selection of wines, ciders and 200 varieties of beer on tap.

The event will run from 5-7 p.m. at Kino Veteran’s Memorial Stadium, 2500 E. Ajo Way.

Guests 21 and over can sample drinks, food provided by local restaurants, games, music and giveaways.

General admission tickets cost $45 and VIP tickets are $80. Discounted tickets are available to designated drivers for $25 general admission and $40 VIP.

Tickets are available at and will be available for a higher fee at the event if supplies last.

All proceeds benefit Sun Sounds of Arizona, an organization that provides audio access to people in the Southwest who are unable to read print.



KFMA Fall Ball

Sept. 30

Head bangers and angry music lovers, rejoice with your lighters up.

KFMA’s annual Fall Ball is screaming across the Kino Veterans Memorial Stadium, 2500 E. Ajo Way, from noon-10 p.m.

This year’s lineup includes Godsmack, Seether, Buckcherry, and PopEvil, with more to be announced.

General admission tickets are $39 and can be purchased at any Tucson area Pizza Hut or at

VIP passes are available for $150 and include, a ticket, t-shirt, souvenir, access to club level seating, two drinks and two meal passes.




Back to school does not take away from fun


 Most of us are still trying to get back into the grind of school and welcome many distractions to test our wills. In between glances at syllabi and sips of coffee, take a page from the summer and enjoy one of these events.

Yoga Rave

Sept. 6

Take out your yoga mat and cover it in glow sticks for a Yoga Rave hosted by Session Yoga and ABUD Entertainment, in collaboration with Lululemon Athletica and Aveda Institute.

Participants will be led in a glow and flow yoga session by Chelsea Lucas, Kristin Brakke Horton and Ricky Abud of Session Yoga. Disc jockey Rosette Abud will spin sun-salutation worthy beats all night.

The meditative rave will take place at Session Yoga,123 S. Eastbourne Ave. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the rave begins at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets are $30 and available for sale at

 Details: and

Tucson Fringe Festival

Sept. 12-14

Tucson will spotlight performance arts in uncensored forms at the fourth annual Tucson Fringe Festival. The event will feature established and up-and-coming artists who perform in the mediums of music, dance, comedy, burlesque, improvisations and monologues.

The festival will take place at Club Congress on 311 E. Congress St. and Fluxx Studio on 414 E. Ninth St.

The first performance will take place at Club Congress on Sept 12 at 6 p.m. Award-winning playwrights Toni Press-Coffman and Michael Fenlason will perform original monologues in their showcase, Hers and His.

Tickets to each show are $7, a two-show pass is available for $10 and a festival pass is $40. All attendees must also purchase a $2 festival admission button available for purchase at the door of each venue.

Fringe is a volunteer-run event and is seeking help in the box office and production. Volunteers will receive free tickets to performances. Anyone interested may fill out an application at

For a complete schedule of events, visit


Day Into Night Glow

Sept. 13

Though summer has already gone, Tucson nights are still likely to put you in a vacation state of mind.

At a Day Into Night Glow event, the whole family can celebrate art and light underneath a full moon. The popular festival of visual and performance arts creates a glow around the historic Triangle L Ranch at 2805 N. Triangle L Ranch Road in Oracle.

The event will take place from 5-9 p.m. and will feature performances, workshops and a children’s costume contest. Nonprofit organizations will be in attendance.

Attendance is limited to 500 people, so tickets will only be available in advance. Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for ages 13 and under and free for 3 and under.


Best Bets: Tucson events galore

Best Bets: Tucson events galore

Compiled by Aztec Press Staff

Barrio Hollywood Fiesta Grande

April 26-27

Barrio Hollywood celebrates its rich culture and history during the annual Fiesta Grande festival. Enjoy live music, carnival rides, local food vendors, a car show, beer garden and more. The event will take place at Grande Avenue between Speedway Boulevard and Saint Mary’s Road. This event is free, and runs on Saturday 10 a.m.-7 p.m. and Sunday noon-7 p.m.

Details: 331-9555 or 792-9395


Wild Wild West Fest

April 25-27

This weekend long event includes pre-industrial revolution themed activities, live music and a large-scale installation art performance by Andres Amador. The festival will be held at Harmony Health Ranch, 13535 W. Sacred Earth Pl., approximately 20 miles East of Tucson. The three-day camping pass is $50, with upgrade festival ticket prices ranging from $20-$250. Please visit the website for directions and additional event information.



Free Comic Book Day

May 3

The first Saturday in May marks the annual international comic book give away. Participating comic book havens will have free special edition issues to hand-off to inked super-hero enthusiasts. Multiple local Tucson shops included in this year’s festivities are Fantasy Comics, Heroes & Villains and Charlie’s Comic Books. Are you an avid comic book reader, or do you need a new story about a hero to catapult your mind beyond civilian life? Fear not! Saturday May 3 is coming to save the day.



Tucson Folk Festival

May 3-4

The 29th annual Tucson Folk Festival comes back to El Presidio Park for two days of down-home fun. The event will feature nearly 150 acts, a song-writing competition, a ballad tree and more. There is also plenty for kids, with a children’s show and a young artist’s stage. Vendors will be selling food, arts and crafts, jewelry and clothing.

The festival runs from noon-10 p.m. Friday and 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday. Admission is free.



BEST BETS: Spring brings enjoyable flings

Compiled by Jamie Verwys

In a state known for blistering temperatures, any day under 100 degrees provides reason to rejoice. Enjoy mild weather before the summer heat wave hits.

UA Spring Fling:

April 11-13

Spring Fling returns to the University of Arizona east mall as it celebrates 40 years of carnival rides, food and entertainment.

Hours are 4-11 p.m. on Friday, 11 a.m.-11 p.m. on Saturday and 11 a.m.-6 p.m. on Sunday. Admission costs $5.



International Film Festival:

April 11-27

Arizona’s largest film festival takes place in locations throughout Tucson. Its home base is The Screening Room, 127 E. Congress St.

The festival screens documentaries, features and shorts from all over the world. Film buffs can also enjoy parties and workshops.

Visit the festival website for a full schedule.



Earth Day Festival:

April 12

Celebrate Mother Nature at Tucson’s 20th Annual Earth Day Festival. Guests can participate in hands-on activities, view exhibits and watch a parade with floats made from recycled materials. The free event will take place at Reid Park from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Food venders will be onsite.



Spring Bike Swap:

April 13

If you get your kicks on the pedals of a bicycle, shift your gears over to the Greater Arizona Bicycling Association’s spring swap meet. Admission is free. Find bargains on bike parts and mingle with the cycling community from 7 a.m.-2 p.m. on four blocks centered at Fifth Avenue and Seventh Street.



Pima County Fair:

April 17-27

The county fair has been a highly anticipated event for 103 years. Visitors can enjoy attractions, rides, exhibits, art, food and live music. On weekdays, the main gate opens at 1 p.m. and the carnival begins at 3 p.m. The fair opens at 10 a.m. on weekends. Closing times vary but the fair runs until at least 11 p.m. each night. The fairgrounds are located at 11300 S. Houghton Road. General admission costs $8.



BEST BETS Spring fun in the sun

Compiled by Jay Becker-Norman

If spring break wasn’t enough of a vacation from the mundane day-to-day, you’re in luck. Tucson has numerous upcoming events for active community event-goers.


Park Place Chalk Art Festival: March 29-30

The Southern Arizona Arts and Cultural Alliance brings back its Chalk Art Festival for a second year. The event provides an opportunity for artists and amateurs alike to attempt and view sidewalk art.

Live entertainment will include music, stilt walkers and children’s activities.

The festival will be held at Park Place Mall, 5870 E. Broadway Blvd. Hours are 10 a.m.-6 p.m. on Saturday and 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free. Don’t get left in the chalk dust!



Cyclovia Tucson: April 6

Cyclovia is a word in the Spanish language meaning the closure of roads and streets with the intent that they become open to people.

Tucson’s Cyclovia celebrates alternative transportation and a healthy lifestyle. It’s an opportunity for those who bike, run, skate, jog, board or walk to enjoy non-competitive people-powered movement.

Participants will gather downtown at 10 a.m. and make a 5-mile loop through South Tucson. Six hubs will feature activities, entertainment, interactive games, demonstrations and music. Food vendors will keep everyone fueled.



Spring Fling: April 11-13

Spring Fling will return to the University of Arizona east mall as it celebrates 40 years of food, fun and entertainment. It is the largest student-run carnival in the country, put on by the Associated Students of UA.

With an expected 25,000 in attendance, the carnival extravaganza will feature more than 35 rides and games, 20-plus food booths and entertainment galore from Cherry Street to Campbell Avenue.

Hours are 4-11 p.m. on Friday, 11 a.m.-11 p.m. on Saturday and 11 a.m.-6 p.m. on Sunday. Admission costs $5, plus the cost of ride tickets.

Parking garages are available at cost. There is also free but limited surface lot parking.


BEST BETS: Spring festivals abound

BEST BETS: Spring festivals abound

Compiled by Jay Becker-Norman

Blessing of St. Patrick’s Day on you, or in the Gaelic spirit of St. Patty’s Day, Beannachtaí na Féile Pádraig oraibh!

It’s springtime in Tucson, with sunshine and trademark warm weather galore. If green is your thing, or perhaps Elizabethan attire, there is plenty going on for everyone wanting to take advantage and soak up the sun.

St. Patrick’s Day Festival and Parade: March 15

Come “Be Irish for the day” a smidge early at the 27th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Festival.

The theme of this year’s celebration is “Our Strength is Our People.” The event offers everything Irish, including live music, dance, workshops, sporting events, children’s games and food and drink vendors.

Festivities get underway at 10 a.m. at Armory Park on Sixth Avenue.

The annual one-hour parade begins at 11 a.m. at Stone Avenue and 16th Street, and goes through downtown before ending at Armory Park. It features colorful floats, antique vehicles, dancers, live bands and green as far as the eye can see.



Civil War in the Southwest: March 15-16

Re-enactments of historical battles, including an Arizona Civil War clash, return to Picacho Peak State Park. Visitors will have opportunities to learn about the soldiers’ lifestyle in the Southwest in the 1860s.

The event runs from 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. each day. Vehicle entrance fee is $10 for up to four people and $3 for each additional person. Individual walk-in and bike fee is $3. Food and beverage concessions will be available.



4th Avenue Spring Street Fair: March 21-23

The annual Spring Street Fair takes place March 21-23 between Ninth Street and University Boulevard along Fourth Avenue.

The Tucson tradition offers 400-plus arts and crafts booths, shopping, food vendors, a main stage, street musicians and performers and a free child’s art pavilion.

Daily hours are 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Free parking is available, but space is limited. The website provides full details, including an event schedule.



Arizona Renaissance Festival: Through March 30

Hear ye, hear ye! The 26th annual Arizona Renaissance Festival, which takes place outside Phoenix, is a 30-acre medieval amusement park with 12 stages, performers, jousting matches and crafts.

The festival runs every weekend through March 30 from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tickets cost $20-22 for adults and $10-12 for children 5-12. Visit the website to buy online tickets and get additional information, including directions and special events.



Tucson Festival of Books: March 15-16

With more than 100,000 in attendance the last two years, the Tucson Festival of Books is the state’s largest literary event. The event will host hundreds of authors from all genres, including a world-renowned pop-up book artist.

There will also be book discussions, workshops and literary activities. Currently in its sixth year, the festival will take place at the UA mall from 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Attendance and parking are free.

Visit the website for further information, event details and guides, or download their mobile app on your iPhone, Android or Kindle.




Cultural events permeate Old Pueblo

Compiled by Rachel White


With the rodeo and gem show behind us, it is time to set our sights on a variety of events highlighting many different cultures.


From Caribbean-themed music and Brazilian traditions to alternate-reality come to life, upcoming Tucson events offer something for adventurers from every walk of life.



Tribal Seeds – March 1


Tribal Seeds hits the Tucson music scene March 1 at The Rock, 136 N. Park Ave.


Fusing rocking reggae roots with a Southern California background, Tribal Seeds’ musical stylings create sweet melodies of positivity.


Tribal Seeds debuted in 2008 with a self-entitled album release. The group has since topped iTunes reggae charts consistently.


The band began as a band of brothers, with Steven Rene Jacobo (lyrics/vocals/guitar) and Tony-Ray Jacobo (producer/keyboard/vocals).


It advanced as a sextet, featuring additional members Carlos Verdugo (drums), Victor Navarro (bass), E.N. Young (keyboard/vocals) and Ryan Gonzo (guitar/vocals).


Tickets for this all-ages show are $15, with the doors opening at 7 p.m.





Wild Wild West Steampunk Con – March 7-9


Sci-fi meets steam-powered machinery at the third Wild Wild West Steampunk Convention & Festival on March 7-9 at Old Tucson Studios, 201 S. Kinney Road.


The first and only convention of its kind, WWW Steampunk features a weekend of unorthodox fun in a theme-park setting.


Old Tucson will be transformed into an anarchists’ playground, with concerts, street performers, specialized workshops, amusement rides and more.


Events begin at 10 a.m. throughout the weekend. Workshop and concert times vary.


Convention tickets cost $59 for a three-day pass or $37 for a one-day pass. Additional events, such as a Steampunk Ball, cost extra.


Details: or 883-0100



Brazilian Carnival 2014 – March 8


Tucson’s 36th annual Brazilian Carnival will take place March 8 at Club XS, 5851 E. Speedway Blvd. The celebration starts at 9 p.m.


The all-ages carnival will feature live music from Brazilian artists Sol Axé and Sambalanco. Disc jockey Toni Limon will also perform.  


Brazilian food and beverages will be available, and a costume contest will be held. Participants who arrive wearing costumes receive a discounted entry.


The cultural carnival has moved its celebration this year to Club XS, which caters to high-energy clubgoers with three bars and an expansive dance floor.


Tickets cost $12, or $10 if in costume. Discounted $10 tickets are also available in advance at Antigone Books, 411 N. Fourth Ave.


Details: Carolina Ibáñez-Murphy, or 206-7026

Feb. 14 showcase celebrates DJ talent

Feb. 14 showcase celebrates DJ talent

Compiled by Jamie Verwys

This Valentine’s Day, celebrate your love of music at the fifth annual “Fall in Love With Me,” a showcase of Tucson’s disc jockey talent.

The free outdoor event will take place Feb. 14 from noon-8 p.m. at the Rose Garden at Reid Park. Nine DJs will spin everything from House to Drum & Bass throughout the day.

All ages are welcome. Partygoers may bring their own beer, but glass bottles and overt intoxication are prohibited.

“‘Fall in Love With Me’ is our Valentine to the Tucson rave scene,” said Dustin Carroll, one of the event founders. “Our park parties are family-friendly events geared toward giving back to the community.”




Compiled by Dana Boyd

Fourth Avenue Winter Street Fair

Dec. 13-15

The 43rd annual Fourth Avenue Winter Street Fair, Tucson’s largest arts venue, will line Fourth Avenue between Ninth Street and University Boulevard from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. each day. The fair features two stages for live entertainment, street performers, more than 400 arts and craft exhibits, 35-plus food booths and a free Tucson Children’s Museum hands-on-art pavilion.



All Night Screen-O-Rama Holiday Horror Show

Dec. 13

Wear pajamas and bring your favorite blanket while enjoying holiday horror screenings at The Loft Cinema from 9 p.m. to 9 a.m. Movies will include “Black Christmas,” “Santa’s Slay,” “Silent Night, Deadly Night,” “Gremlins” and “Jack Frost.” Advanced admission costs $13 and day-of admission is $15, with a discount for Loft members.



Downtown Tucson Parade of Lights

Dec. 21

Kick off your holiday celebration downtown with a day out to shop, eat, visit Santa Claus and take a horse-drawn carriage ride. Mayor Jonathan Rothschild will lead a Holiday Tree Lighting in Armory Park at 5:30 p.m. End the evening watching a lighted parade filled with bright, shimmering floats. The parade starts at 6:30 p.m. on 17th Street. It runs along Stone Avenue to Ochoa Street, and ends at 13th Street and Sixth Avenue.



Winterhaven Festival of Lights

Dec. 14-28

For more than 60 years, the Winterhaven Festival of Lights has brought the wonder of holiday lights to the Old Pueblo. This winter wonderland in the desert has entrances at Fort Lowell Road and at Prince Road. Most nights, visitors walk through the neighborhood to view lights, but Dec. 17, 27 and 28 have been designated for cars to drive through. Along with a wide array of holiday-themed homes, Winterhaven offers hayrides and trolleys. There are no entrance fees, but donations of canned food or money for the Tucson Community Food Bank are encouraged.




Compiled by A. Greene


Nov. 16

Tucson’s third annual SlutWalk will take place Saturday, Nov. 16, beginning at the University of Arizona’s Women’s Plaza of Honor. Participants will gather at 4:30 p.m. and march at 5 p.m. from the UA to the Joel D. Valdez main library downtown.

SlutWalk is an international movement that aims to prompt discussion about rape culture and victim blaming, the tendency to blame the attacked instead of the attacker for sexual violence.

There will be speakers at the beginning and end of the march.

An open-mic survivor speakout and afterparty will be held at 6:30 p.m. at Fluxx Studio, 414 E. Ninth St.

The SlutWalk movement started in 2011 in Canada, after a police spokesman said that “women should avoid dressing like sluts in order not to be victimized.”

Outrage at the comment spawned SlutWalks around the world, as people aimed to show that the word “slut” could be arbitrarily applied to anyone and that it is never an excuse for sexual violence.

All events are free and open to the public. For more information, visit

Bicycle Swap

Nov. 16

The Greater Arizona Bicyle Association’s semi-annual Bike Swap will be held on Saturday, Nov. 16, from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. at 400 N. Fifth Ave.

Participants can buy or sell all types of bicycle-related items. Local bike shops and individual vendors will be present, along with Bicycle Inter-Community Arts and Salvage.

El Grupo Cycling will offer valet bike parking.

For more information, visit

Science Expo

Nov. 16-17

The Arizona Science and Astronomy Expo will feature exhibits, hands-on displays, interactive activities and talks from professional astronomers, TV personalities and astronauts.

The expo takes place Saturday, Nov. 16, from 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m., and Sunday, Nov. 17, from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. at the Tucson Convention Center, 260 S. Church Ave.

Featured speakers include retired astronaut Story Musgrave and Alexei Filippenko, an astrophysicist and professor at University of California-Berkeley.

Panels will discuss comets and science. There will also be daily solar observing through high-quality solar telescopes.

Professional astronomy exhibitors and manufacturers will display astronomical tools from around the world. More than 100 vendors will sell items including telescopes, cameras, mounts and binoculars.

Tickets cost $10 each day. They can be purchased online at, or day-of at the TCC. The TCC charges a $1 surcharge.

For more information, visit

Tour de Tucson

The 30th annual Tour de Tucson will be held on Saturday, Nov. 23. Participants must register before Thursday, Nov. 21, or by Monday, Nov. 18 if registering online.

Held annually on the Saturday before Thanksgiving, El Tour began in 1983 and is one of the largest road cycling events in the United States. In recent years, El Tour de Tucson has drawn in more than 9,000 riders.

Participants bike main event distances of 111, 85, 60 or 42 miles, or can opt for a Fun Ride of 10 or five miles. A quarter-mile activity course is another option.

All routes offer aid stations with water and snacks, and are spaced approximately seven to 10 miles apart. The Fun Ride offers an easy route along the Santa Cruz River path.

The start and finish line for El Tour is located at Armory Park, 220 S. Fifth Ave. After crossing the finish line, participants can join an El Tour Downtown Fiesta afterparty, with food, music, swag, kids’ activities and more.

For more information, or to register online, visit

Unique events fill November calendar

Unique events fill November calendar

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: 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.


Details: or 622-3000.



The Misfits: Nov. 11

Compiled by Rachel Smith


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: Click on “Calendar” and then on the Nov. 11 “Misfits” link.


Best Bets: Horror events reaching fever pitch

Best Bets: Horror events reaching fever pitch


Music festivals mixed with lots of spooky encounters present the top options for fun as Halloween approaches. Welcome fall season with these Tucson attractions.

Tucson Terrorfest: Oct. 17-19

The third-annual Terrorfest, a film festival showing horror movies from around the world, will also screen three films made by Tucson residents. Festival movies will be shown at The Screening Room, 127 E. Congress St. Tickets cost $6 for individual films or $25 for a festival pass. The passes are limited to the first 50 buyers.


Halloween Howl: Oct. 18-19, 25-27

Ghost tours of Colossal Cave and a Haunted Hayride at La Posta Quemada Ranch offer visitors a spine-tingling walk through the cave and a dark, ghostly hayride through the ranch. Other events taking place from 5-9 p.m. include jumping castles, games, a petting zoo, a maze and pony rides. Park admission costs $1 per car, but is free with donation of a can of food for a community food drive. Tickets cost $7 for the cave tour or hayride (3 and under free with paid admission). Call (520) 647-3450 to reserve the hayride.


Blues Heritage Festival: Oct. 20

The Blues Heritage Festival draws people from all over southern Arizona, who come together for live, outdoor music. Featured performer will be Grammy winner Roy Rogers & the Delta Rhythm Kings. The festival will take place 11 a.m.–7 p.m. at the Rillito Raceway Park, 4502 N. First Ave., just south of River Road. Admission is $10 for adults.


Howl-O-Ween: Oct. 25-27

Reid Park Zoo is throwing a safe and fun trick-or-treating event. This all-ages event with minimal spooks lets young children enjoy festivities without monsters. The entire family can enjoy costumed characters and decorations. Gates open at 6 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday. General admission costs $7.


Desert Bluegrass Festival: Oct. 25-27

Sol Casino will host the 14th annual Desert Bluegrass Festival, featuring performances by Joe Mullins and the Radio Ramblers, Jeff Scroggins and Colorado, The Tuttles and many more. All performances will be held outdoors at the AVA Amphitheater, in the shade. Ten bands will compete for $700 in prize money and a chance to perform at next year’s festival. There will also be food, drink, crafts and music vendors, plus workshops for people to hone their skills. Admission is free on Friday, but visitors are asked to bring non-perishable food to donate. Saturday admission is $20 and the shows run from 10 a.m.-9:30 p.m. Sunday admission is $15 and the shows run from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Weekend passes are $30.


Feast with the Dearly Departed: Oct. 26

Tucson Botanical Gardens will host its second-annual Feast with the Dearly Departed from 5-8 p.m. The event includes free workshops, children’s activities, sugar skulls and food. Tickets cost $8 for adults and $4 for children.


Slaughterhouse: Through Oct. 31

Tucson’s Slaughterhouse is back with an expanded zombie apocalypse experience featuring five haunted houses. Slaughterhouse will be open Wednesday-Saturday throughout October. Tickets start at $21 for all four haunted houses, and $35 for the haunted houses plus the zombie-shooting apocalypse experience.


Nightfall: Through Oct. 31

Old Tucson’s Nightfall has returned with new attractions and new monsters. Activities include magic shows, comedy, dances and haunted houses. Admission cost $25 for 12 and up, with various discounts available.


All Souls workshops: October weekends

Free mask and lantern making workshops for participants in the All Souls Procession will run every Saturday and Sunday in October, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., at Steinfeld Warehouse, 101 W. Sixth St. Donations encouraged.

Buckelew Farm:
October weekends

The 25th annual Buckelew Farm Pumpkin Festival and Corn Maze offers a tractor-drawn wagon ride to pick a pumpkin to purchase at 50 cents per pound.
Other activities include an 11-acre corn maze, arts and crafts tent, pumpkin carving, children’s games, petting zoo, Zombie Paintball Shootout, jumping castle and a pedal cart racetrack.
Festival gates open at 10 a.m. every Saturday and Sunday in October. Tickets cost $4.
In addition to a maze, the huge cornfield at Buckelew Farm offers Terror in the Corn, a spooky adventure that combines props and live actors. Attend both corn field events for $20. The Corn Maze and Terror In The Corn both open at dusk and close at midnight.
Details: or 822-2277



Tucson Meet Yourself festival celebrates 40 years

Tucson Meet Yourself festival celebrates 40 years

Organizers know that visitors lovingly refer to the Tucson Meet Yourself folklife festival with a nickname: Tucson Eat Yourself. This year’s motto was “Come for the food, stay for the culture.”

 More than 100,000 people attend the annual three-day festival, which celebrates the living traditional arts of the diverse ethnic and folk communities in Southern Arizona and Northern Mexico.

Food remains a star attraction, with booths selling culinary delights from all parts of the world. There’s much more to enjoy, however, with a spotlight on manual arts, songs, dances, music, dresses and languages.



Vendor Marvin Todacheenie demonstrates a Native American instrument that he sells. (Aztec Press photo by Larry Gaurano)


Grupo Folklorico Miztontli performs on the main stage during the  Tucson Meet Yourself festival Oct. 11. More than 100,000 people turn out each year for the celebration of folk culture. (Aztec Press photo by Larry Gaurano)


Maeda Alejandra, right, teaches festival visitors how to make colorful pinatas. (Aztec Press photo by Larry Gaurano)

October events range from artistic to spooky

October events range from artistic to spooky

 Compiled by Kathryn Owczarzak


Pumpkins are turning into jack-o-lanterns, and Tucson is celebrating autumn with its own style of fall festivities. Here is a sample of some upcoming events.


All Souls workshops: Each weekend in October


Free mask and latern making workshops for participants in the All Souls Procession will run every Saturday and Sunday in October, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., at Steinfeld Warehouse, 101 W. Sixth St.






Buckelew Farm events: Each weekend in October


The 25th annual Buckelew Farm Pumpkin Festival and Corn Maze offers a tractor-drawn wagon ride to pick a pumpkin to purchase, and an 11-acre corn maze to challenge the adventuresome. Other activities include an arts and crafts tent, professional pumpkin carving, children’s games, feeding animals at a 4-H petting zoo, a Zombie Paintball Shootout,  jumping castle, inflatable slide/obstacle course and a pedal cart race track. Festival gates open at 10 a.m. every Saturday and Sunday in October. Tickets cost $4. In addition to a maze, the huge corn field at Buckelew Farm offers Terror in the Corn, a spooky adventure that combines props and live actors. The Corn Maze and Terror In The Corn both open at dusk and close at midnight. Tickets to both corn field events are $20 general admission.


Details: or 822-2277




RinCon 13: Oct. 4-6


From board games to RPGs, CCGs to Minis, you won’t have to go on a quest to play your favorite games or discover new ones. Gamers can shop the many vendors or learn ancient secrets from special panel guests.






Arizona Truck & Tractor Pulling: Oct. 4-5


If you enjoy celebrating the harvest with huge farm toys, bring the family to the Arizona Truck and Tractor Pulling event at 450 E. Grant Road. Here’s the perfect opportunity to marvel at antiques, hot rods, pickups and street stocks. The show will also feature modified tractor and truck pulls. Proceeds benefit local school scholarships and Northern Cochise Hospital Foundation. Tickets for adults cost $10.


Details: or 384-4646




St. Augustine Cathedral Festival: Oct. 5-6


The entire family is welcome to enjoy dancing and music by Gertie and T.O. Boyz at the St. Augustine Cathedral Festival on Oct. 5 from 6-10 p.m. and Oct. 6 from 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Festivities will include food, a children’s corner, entertainment and raffles, with a grand-prize raffle of $1,000. The cathedral is located in downtown Tucson, at 192 S. Stone Ave.


Details: or 623-6351




Tucson Reptile and Amphibian Show & Sale: Oct. 5-6


Captive-bred reptiles, supplies, art, jewelry and all things reptilian will be celebrated and sold at The Tucson Expo Center from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. on Oct. 6 and from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on Oct. 7. Tickets cost $7 for adults. Experience displays of exotic reptiles from around the world and a petting zoo with an alligator, giant monitor lizard and snakes.


Details: or 750-8000




Tucson Pride Festival: Oct. 11-13


The Tucson Pride Festival celebrates the LBGTQ community during a weekend of festivities. The 2013 theme is PRIDE 365. Pride in the Park, an outdoor celebration filled with entertainment, will take place Oct. 12 and 13 from 11 a.m.-9 p.m. at Kino Sports Complex. General admission tickets cost $10.






Tucson Film and Music Festival: Oct. 10-13


The Tucson Film & Music Festival has screened more than 200 films since its inception in 2005. The multi0-day festival celebrates filmmaking and music, showcasing music-related films and international music artists, with a special nod to filmmakers with a Southwest connection. Films and music will be presented all over Tucson at venues including La Cocina, Plush, The Loft and Century El Con 20. Event tickets are available day of show only at the specific venue box office. Advance tickets for the opening night film event are available at the Loft Cinema box office and website.






Tucson Meet Yourself – Oct 11-13


This annual festival celebrates traditional arts of southern Arizona’s and northern Mexico’s diverse ethnic and folk communities. The three-day event features hundreds of artisans, cooks, dancers, musicians and special exhibits. The 2013 events will take place at various locations in downtown Tucson. On Friday and Saturday, events will run from 11 a.m.-10 p.m. On Sunday, they go from 11a.m.-6 p.m.






AIDSWALK Tucson – Oct. 13


The 25th annual AIDSWALK Tucson benefits clients and communities served by the Southern Arizona AIDS Foundation. This year’s event will include a 5K walk as well as re-introduction of a Fun Run. The event begins at 7:30 a.m. at Jacome Plaza, outside of the Joel Valdez Main Library, 101 N. Stone Ave.


Details: or 628-0213




BURGERAMA Caravan of the Stars – Oct. 15


The BURGERAMA Caravan of Stars Tour is making its way through Tucson this October. Club Congress will host the all-star Burger cast, which features Cosmonauts, Gap Dream, The Resonars and Curtis Harding. The music starts at 7 p.m. and the show is free.


Details: 622-8848




Nightfall 2013 at Old Tucson: Through Oct. 31


Bury yourself in a totally terrifying town with outrageous shows, disturbing haunts, hideous live characters and the Gargoyles at Nightfall. Old Tucson is located at 201 S. Kinney Road. Tickets cost $25 for guests ages 12 and older.  


Details: or 908-4833




Butterfly Magic at Tucson Botanical Gardens: Through April 30


Butterflies from 11 countries are featured in “Butterfly Magic” at the Cox Butterfly and Orchid Pavilion at Tucson Botanical Gardens, 2150 N. Alvernon Way. The exhibit opened Oct. 1 and will be open daily from 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m. until it closes April 30. Tickets cost $13 for adults, $12 for students and seniors.


Details: or 326-9686


BEST BETS: Festivals, activities pack fall calendar

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.