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October 2008 Arizona Events Calendar

This calendar of events for Arizona communities has been produced to assist you in making travel arrangements. It is for information only and does not constitute a recommendation.

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October 1-14, 2008
October 15-30, 2008

Oct. 1              DOUGLAS: Douglas Air Show – Douglas Airport, featuring the Canadian Snowbirds in a 30-minute show choreographed to music with 50 formations and maneuvers, free, 10 am – 2 pm,
1              HOLBROOK: Learning Center Series – Petrified Forest National Park,, 10 am, 928-524-6228 or
1              LAKE HAVASU CITY: Carson and Barnes Circus – Lake Havasu State Park, 928-855-2784 or
1              PHOENIX: The Mars Volta – Dodge Theatre, 400 W. Washington, 7:30 pm, 602-379-2800 or
1-11/23   GLENDALE: Pumpkin Days & Fall Maze – Tolmachoff Farms, pumpkin patch; 6 acre family corn maze with a tractor theme, haunted corn maze (dare to enter), petting zoo, train ride ($2 weekends only), hay ride, farm theme activities, play area, M 9 am – 5 pm, Tue-Thu 9 am – 9 pm, Fr-Sat 9 am – 11 pm, Su 9 am – 7 pm, $7 admission, 623-386-1301 or
2              CHANDLER: Terry Fator – Chandler Center for the Arts, world class impersonator, comedian, singer and ventriloquist, $40-54, 8 pm,
2              GILBERT: Gilbert Concerts in the Park Series – Freestone Park Amphitheatre, featuring Rondavous, a little bit of rock and a whole lot of country, bring a blanket, 6:30 pm, free, 480-503-6200 or 
2              PARKER: 36th Annual National Indian Days - Manataba Park, CRIT Reservation, celebrating Native American culture & history, pow wow with tribes coming from across the country, parade, native foods & pageants, baby contest, freeb928-669-1223 or 928-669-2174 or or
2              WILLCOX: Cowboy Hall of Fame - Community Center, induction ceremony, Favorite Son/Daughter Award, $, 520-384-2272 or 
2-3           PHOENIX: Playhouse Disney Live! – US Airways Center, the first live touring stage production featuring favorite characters from four shows in Disney Channel’s popular Playhouse program block for preschoolers, 7 pm, $20-70, 480-784-4444 or
2-4           PHOENIX: Phoenix Symphony – Haydn: The Creation – Symphony Hall, Michael Christie conducts, with Celena Shafer soprano, Gregory Kunde tenor, Philip Cutlip baritone, with Phoenix Symphony Chorus, 7:30 & 8 pm, 602-495-1999 or
2-5           COOLIDGE: Coolidge Days Celebration - San Carlos Park, carnival, games, bike ride run, parade, volleyball, live entertainment, food, free, 520-723-4551 or
2-5           MESA: Lend Me a Tenor – Mesa Arts Center Playhouse, by Mesa Encore Theatre, screwball comedy of mistaken identity, hysterical plot twists and rollicking confusion, 7 & 2 pm,
2-5           SONOITA: 93rd Annual Santa Cruz County Fair - Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds, carnival, games, 4H livestock, goat shows, vendors, food, entertainment, 3-day roping event, dances, gates open at 8 am, $4, 520-455-5553 or or 
2-5           WILLCOX: 57th Annual Rex Allen Days - Keiller Park, PRCA rodeo, country fair, country music concert, General Willcox International Turtle Race, carnival, golf, horseshoe & softball tournaments, cowboy dances, 520-384-2272 or 800-200-2772 or or 
2-8           SCOTTSDALE: Scottsdale Classic Futurity & Quarter Horse Show/Southwestern NRHA Affiliate Finals – WestWorld, free, 7:30 am – 8 pm, 480-860-1544 or
2-11/2     QUEEN CREEK: 14th Annual Schnepf Farms Pumpkin & Chili Party - Hillbilly Bob's pig races, spooky train rides, live entertainment, carousel, petting barn, 4-acre and Celebrity 10-acre maize, bon fires, pumpkin patch, hayride, pig races, fireworks, $14, Th & Su 10 am – 9 pm, Fr-Sa 10 am – 10 pm, 480-987-3100 or
2-11/15   MESA: All Shook Up - Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre, features more than 20 of Elvis Presley’s greatest hits and a new story about the magic of romance and power of rock and roll, $45-54 includes a buffet meal, 480-325-6700 or
3              FLAGSTAFF: First Friday Art Walk - Artists Gallery, browse the downtown galleries, meet local artists and enjoy live music and refreshments, free, 6:30 pm, 928-773-0958 or 
3              PAGE: Navajo Youth Foundation Golf Tournament – Lake Powell National Golf Course, shotgun, 9 am, 928-645-2023 or
3              PAYSON: First Friday Art & Antiques Walk – Main Street, music, refreshments and a classic cars display, 5-8 pm, free, 602-859-0507 or or
3              PHOENIX: Music in the Garden Fall Concert Series - Desert Botanical Garden, different bands, this week features Jaleo, Cuban World Beat, reservations, $14-20, 7 pm, 480-941-1225 or
3              PHOENIX: Journey with Cheap Trick – Cricket Wireless Pavilion, 7:30 pm, 602-254-7200 or
3              PHOENIX: 21st Annual ZooFari – Phoenix Zoo, annual black tie fundraiser, features food and beverage sampling from the Valley’s best restaurants, live entertainment, silent auction and raffle, black tie formal, 7 pm, $225, 602-273-1341 or
3              PHOENIX: Artlink First Fridays - self-guided art tour of central Phoenix, galleries, art spaces, studios, first Friday of each month, free shuttle rides, free, 6-10 pm, 602-256-7539 or 
3              SCOTTSDALE: 2nd Annual Cystic Fibrosis Wine, Food & Auction for a Cure – Su Vino Winery, $30-35, 6-10 pm,
3              TUCSON: Hapa – Fox Tucson Theatre, draws from the ancient chants to the strummed ballads of Portuguese fisherman, Spanish cowboys and melodies of traditional church choirs, and American acoustic folk/rock, 520-547-3040 or
3-4           BISBEE: Annual Turquoise Hunt - takes place in what locals call  "Number 7," the Queen mine's dump, for two hours each day, rock hounds can scour the earth for the rarest and some would say, most valuable, Bisbee turquoise along with other minerals, $15, reservations required, 520-432-7071 or
3-4           KEARNY: OctoberFest Car Show - Uptown, the theme “A Blast from the Past II” will also feature a gem show, farmers market and vendors market, games for kids, free, 520-363-7607 or 
3-4           LAKE HAVASU CITY: Absolute Speed & Marine Poker Run – London Bridge Resort, 928-230-1014 or
3-4           TUCSON: Jet Car  Nationals - Southwestern International Raceway, Quik Mart Series #4 Saturday Only, 4 pm, free-$20, 520-762-9700 or
3-5           BISBEE: 3rd Annual Artist Studio Tours – Bisbee artists open their studios to the public, $8-10, 520-432-3554 or
3-5           TEMPE: 37th Annual Way Out West Oktoberfest - Tempe Beach Park, blends polka, bratwurst and beer with salsa and Southwest foods, 3 stages including country, polka, mainstream contemporary and family, games & entertainment for children, free, Fri. 5 pm - midnight, Sat. 10 am - midnight, Sun. 10 am - 6 pm, 480-491-FEST (3378) or 
3-7           SCOTTSDALE: 6th Annual Scottsdale International Film Festival - Harkins Camelview 5 Luxury Cinema and Harkins Fashion Square, combination of outstanding international and domestic cinema with celebrity-attended parties, $10-160, noon - midnight, 602-410-1074 or 
3-31         GLENDALE: Arizona Field of Screams – Haunted Corn Maze – Talmachoff Farms, dare to enter, 7-11 pm, $12, 623-386-1301 or
3-11/2     CHANDLER: Doomtown – Rawhide at Wild Horse Pass, be entertained and terrorized by the spooky décor, double haunt, featuring Digger Payne, The Crypt at Rawhide, and The Asylum, 7-10 pm, $12 for one haunt, $16 for a double haunt, 480-502-5600 or
3-11/2     MESA: The Crypt Haunted Attraction – Superstition Springs Mall, rooms of mind-blowing, heart-pounding scares, Sun-Thus 7-10 pm, Fri-Sat 7 pm – 11 pm, $12,
3-11/16   MESA: Cabaret – Arizona Broadway Theatre, follow the affair between the nightclub’s former star attraction and an American writer as love and humanity are tested by the marching forces of the Third Reich, dinner theatre, 623-776-8400 or
4              BISBEE: Wine Festival - City Park, sample more than 50 Old and New World Wines, food, music, fun, sponsored by the Bisbee Rotary Club, 4-7 pm, 520-432-3554 or
4              CHLORIDE: Semi-Annual All-Town Yard Sale – individual homeowners hold yard sales all over town, also shops offer blow-out deals, maps of sale sites available at the chamber, also a bake sale and at high noon a shoot-em-up at “Cyanide Springs,” 8 am, 928-565-4888
4              FLAGSTAFF: 6th Annual Perot Systems Pumpkin Run – Buffalo Park, 10K, 5K, 1 mile, kids dashes, 8 am, 928-526-9510 or
4              FLAGSTAFF: Gypsy Chicks present: The Dark Side of the Moon – Coconino Center for the Arts, a Middle Eastern dance tribute to Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the moon, 7 pm, 928-779-2300 or
4              GANADO: Native American Arts Auction - Hubbell Trading Post National Historic Site, more than 400 items including Hopi pottery, katsina dolls, baskets and sash belts, Navajo baskets, rugs, pottery and paintings, 9 am preview, noon auction, daylight savings time, free, vendors also offer food and arts and crafts, 928-755-3475 or  or 
4              GLENDALE: 26th Annual Fire Prevention Day & Parade – Murphy Park, 9:30 am, free, 623-930-3458 or
4              GLENDALE: The Arizona Fire Chiefs Association 5K Run/5K Walk/Centipede Race – Renaissance Center at Westgate,
4              GOLDEN VALLEY: Golden Valley Days – Veterans Park, dinner and street dance, pancake breakfast, parade, games, pie eating contest, egg toss, sack race, live entertainment, door prizes, raffle, free, Fri 4-10 pm, Sat 8 am – 10 pm, 928-565-3311 or
4              JEROME: Jerome Art Walk – visit more than 30 of the unique art studios and galleries, meet the artists and see handcrafted art including jewelry, pottery, glass, leatherwork, clothing, paintings and sculpture and more made both locally and internationally, free, 5-8 pm,
4              JEROME: Flagstaff Science Fest at the Park – Jerome State Park, learn about minerals and a hands-on opportunity to learn about the geology of the Verde Valley, 928-634-5381 or
4              MESA: NBC’s ‘Last Comic Standing’ Live Tour – Mesa Arts Center, with the finalists from NBC’s Emmy-nominated laugh-fest, top comics who America voted for as the funniest in the world, 8 pm, $32-47, 480-644-6500 or
4              PAYSON: Rim Country Challenge ? Marathon – sponsored by the Payson Area Habitat for Humanity, 6 am – noon, $40, 928-474-0330 or or
4              PHOENIX: 8th Annual 2008 Arizona Irish Festival - Irish Cultural Center, celebrates historic and modern Ireland and commemorates the Irish in America and all over the world, performances from traditional ballad sto Irish rock ‘n’ roll, storytelling and genuine blarney, dancing, presentations on history, literature, genealogy and traditional Irish crafts and industry, trendy Celtic fashion, fine art, CDs, 10 am – 5 pm, 602-308-4601 or 
4              PHOENIX: The Phoenix Boys Choir Fall Gala – Phoenix Art Museum, includes cocktail reception, a performance by the Phoenix Boys Choir, silent & live auction, dinner by Arcadia Farms, 6 pm, 602-264-5328
4              PHOENIX: Designer Showcase Event – Herberger, get a first glimpse at the new collections and lines by participating designers, some designers will make their products available for purchase, blues sensation, Wensday will perform, $50, 7 pm, 602-331-7506 or
4              PHOENIX: Mixed Martial Arts Event – Celebrity Theatre, featuring local and national stars, $55-150, 7:30 pm, 602-267-1600 or
4              PHOENIX: Maricopa County Master Gardeners’ Fall Plant Sale – Arizona Cooperative Extension Office, in conjunction with the Arizona Cultivar of the California Rare Fruit Growers and the Arizona Herb Association, free, 9 am – 2 pm, 602-470-8086 or
4              PINETOP-LAKESIDE: Show Low Bluff Tour of the White Mountains – bike ride, 10-66 mile single day endurance, benefits Navapache Regional Medical Center,
4              PRESCOTT: Old West Oktoberfest - Gurley Street, beer tasting, music, entertainment, 1-6 pm, 928-443-5220 or
4              PRESCOTT: 25th Annual Man Against Horse Race – Mingus Mountain, 50 mile at 6:30 am, 25 mile at 7:30 am, 12 mile at 7:45 am, $25-85,  928-636-2028 or
4              SAN XAVIER: 9th Annual Traditional Indian Feast & Fundraiser Festival - San Xavier Plaza, for the Native American scholarship program, silent auction, dinner of traditional foods, $50-100, 6-9 pm, 520-295-1350 or 520-622-4900 or 
4              SUPERIOR: Dragonfly Walk – Boyce Thompson Arboretum, parents and kids can learn to identify colorful dragonfly species during a one-hour walk, 9:30 am, $3-7.50, 520-689-2811 or
4              TSAILE: 14th Annual Chuska Challenge – Chuska Mountains, fully-supported mountain bike ride in stunning fall mountain scenery of the region, a live music stage, traditional arts & crafts sale, adventure movies on the big screen and sampling of Navajo culture & cuisine,
4              TUCSON: Fall Plant Sale - Botanical Gardens, xeriscape plants & cacti, information, herbs, 9 am – 4 pm, free, 520-326-9686 or 
4              VAIL: Cienega Corridor Pioneer Day – Colossal Cave Mountain Park, hands-on activities, outdoor culture-biology-history fair, booths, entertainment, presentations, nature walks and demonstrations on everything from mesquite-bean milling to adobe-brick making, 520-647-7121 or
4              WILLCOX: Six Shooter 6K – Inaugural Event – Willcox Elk’s Lodge, run/walk, 8 am, 520-444-8284 or
4              WINSLOW: 10th Annual "Standin' on the Corner" Just Cruisin' Car Show - La Posada Hotel, free, 8 am - 4 pm, 928-289-2434 or 928-289-4681 or 
4              YARNELL: 2nd Annual Scenic Highway 89 Yard Sale – residents and community organizations line Highway 89 and area streets with stuff you just can’t live without, 928-427-6262 or
4-5           CLARKDALE: Ales on Rails/Oktoberfest - Verde Canyon Railroad, Saturdays and Sundays, with specialty beers, brats and other Oktoberfest-style food fare, 928-639-0010 or 800-293-7245 or
4-5           CONGRESS: Old Congress Days – swap meet vendors, music all day, activities for children, carnival booths, Flying M helicopter rides, BBQ lunch, gymkhana, old fashioned gold panning competition, Arizona Open chili championships, dance, pie social, mucking and drilling contests, raffle drawing, 928-427-9489 or 928-427-9438
4-5           HEBER/OVERGAARD: 21st Annual Oktoberfest in the Pines - Tall Timbers Navajo County Park, 100 arts & crafts booths, variety of food, games for kids, beer garden for the adults, live entertainment, $5 parking donation, 928-535-5777 or 
4-5           PAYSON: Arizona Cowboy Mounted Shooting Association – Payson Events Center, free, 8 am, 602-400-3344 or or
4-5           PAYSON: Zane Grey Days Arts & Crafts – Gila County Courthouse parking lot, 10 am – 5 pm, 928-595-4397 or or
4-5           PEORIA: Vistancia Fall Festival Home & Garden Show – features giveaways, home-improvement seminars, cooking demonstrations, decorating tips and ideas, gardening classes and various exhibits, 11 am – 5 pm, free, 623-933-6233 or
4-5           PHOENIX: Rainbow Festival – Heritage & Science Park, food, beverage, exhibits, entertainment, 10 am – 6 pm, 602-495-0488 or
4-5           PRESCOTT: 30th Annual Folk Music Festival - Sharlot Hall Museum, traditional frontier music & folklore festival, old-time fiddlers, folk songs, bluegrass, string bands, storytellers, dancers, workshops, Saturday night barn dance, free, 10 am - 5 pm, 928-445-3122 or 
4-5           SEDONA: 18th Annual Sedona Arts Festival & Artist Invitational - Red Rock H.S., 150 new and returning fine artists from across the country, live entertainment, Kidzone, food and this year features the Sedona Visual Artists’ Coalition, $7, under 12 free, Sat. 10 am - 5 pm, Sun. 10 am – 4 pm, 928-204-9456 or 
4-5           SIERRA VISTA: 37th Annual Art in the Park - Veterans Memorial Park, 220+ juried artists' outdoor fair, food, sponsored by the Huachuca Art Assoc., free, Sat 9 am - 6 pm, Sun 9 am - 4 pm,  520-378-1763 or or 
4-5           SIERRA VISTA: Southwestern Folk Music of the Santa Cruz River Band – Arizona Folklore Preserve, reservations required, $15, 2 pm, 520-378-6165 or
4-5           SONOITA: AZ Jr. Rodeo – Sonoita Fairgrounds,
4-5           WILLCOX: Fall Pumpkin Celebration - Apple Annie's Orchard, pumpkin picking, family activities, pumpkins, apples, cider, pies, pumpkin chunkin'  catapult, free, 9 am - 5:30 pm, weekends, 520-384-2084 or 
4-6           PINETOP-LAKESIDE: 3rd Annual Woodland Wild Country Expo - Wildlife & Nature Festival – Woodland Lake Park, fly fishing, star gazing, live wildlife, birding, hiking, nature tours, wildlife art & photography, 928-367-4290 or
4-11/2     FLAGSTAFF: 19th Annual Trappings of the American West – McMillen Homestead, fine and functional art of the American Cowboy from 70 artists of 14 western states, includes artist demonstrations, cowboy poetry gathering, scholarly lectures and interpretive forums, 928-774-5211 or  or
5              CHANDLER: Salt River Brass – Window of the World – Chandler Center for the Arts, a musical tour of Europe, Asia and the Americas, through Japanese sunrises, African thunder, Celtic visions and mysteries of the Amazon, 3 pm, or
5              SCOTTSDALE: 3rd Annual Dine Out with Chefs: A Celebration of the Culinary Arts – Scottsdale for the Performing Arts, celebrates the Valley’s exciting dining scene, showcasing 14 of the Valley’s top chefs and sample their culinary creations, 4-6:30 pm, $75-85, 480-994-2787 or
5              SCOTTSDALE: 5th Annual Tour de Scottsdale - DC Ranch, road cycling event, 70 miles around the McDowell Mountains, 2.5 mile family fun ride, one thousand cyclists from around the country are expected to participate, 7 am, 480-460-5052 or 623-330-0913 or or
5              SIERRA VISTA: Hummingbird Band at Fort Huachuca – get an up-close look at the catch, band, weigh, measure and release of the birds for research purposes, free, sunrise, 520-417-6960 or
5              TEMPE: Run for Congo Women – Kiwanis Park, 10K run/walk, 9 am,
5              TUCSON: Indoor/Outdoor Antique Fair - Lew Sorensen Community Center, 100-120 antique vendors with furniture, pottery, china, glass, farm implements, art work, coins, native artifacts, Oriental rugs, free, 9 am - 3 pm, 520-232-1201 or 
5              TUCSON: Jim Click’s Run ‘N’ Roll 8K – University of Arizona Mall, 7:40 am, 520-326-9383 or
5-1/18     SCOTTSDALE: Flip a Strip – Scottsdale Museum for Contemporary Art, a design competition and pursuant exhibition which fosters creative, new thinking about adaptive re-use and renovation of the strip shopping plaza that line the streets of Scottsdale, Phoenix and Tempe, looks at options for making strip malls economically viable, aesthetically interesting and communally meaningful,
5-1/18     SCOTTSDALE: Heresies/Herejias: A Retrospective by Pedro Meyer – Scottsdale Museum for Contemporary Art, a retrospective comprising four decades of groundbreaking work by one of the world’s most innovative photographers, renowned for his pioneering work with digital imaging, testing the limits of truth, fiction and reality,
6-12         LAKE HAVASU CITY: 27th Annual Jet Ski World Finals - Crazy Horse Resort Aqua Stadium, competitors from more than 40 U.S. states and nearly 35 nations churn the waters to win a share of $120,000 in prize money at the world's largest and most prestigious personal watercraft race, 8 am – 5 pm, 928-453-3444 or 714-751-8695 or
7-11/22   MARICOPA COUNTY: Arizona Fall League - Spring Training sites, professional baseball league by major league baseball, six teams comprised of six top rookies from each ML club, $6, 12:35 & 7:05 pm, 602-681-9362 or
8-12         PHOENIX: 2008 Celebration of Latino Arts and Culture – Herberger Theater, theatrical and musical performances, visual artists and artists’ Mercado,
9-12         MESA: Death in a Landslide – Mesa Community College Theatre Outback, in Jay Martel's farce, political consultant Cuff Riley has a fatal heart attack during the election season and is soon faced with Death who is faced with his own public image problems, Riley sees an opportunity to help Death by turning a negative image into a positive experience: Death for President!, $12, 7:30 & 2 pm, 480-461-7170
9-12         SAFFORD: 82nd Annual Graham County Fair - old time fair with horseshoe tournament, climbing greased pole, 3-legged races, carnival, food, exhibits, entertainment, $3, 12 & under free, 10 am - midnight, 982-428-2511 or 928-428-6240 or 888-837-1841 or or 
9-12         TOMBSTONE: Corvettes and Ghost Riders – Allen Street, events include an early cowpoke rendezvous, welcome rustlers corral, boardwalk rally, people’s choice NCCC car show, Cochise County Road Tour, free, 10 am – 4 pm,
9-12         TUBA CITY: 40th Annual To’Nanees’Dizi Dine’ Fair - Western Navajo Fair - Fairgrounds, inter-tribal dances, carnival, all Indian open rodeo, parade, pageantry, youth concerts, elderly activities, concessions & the popular Yeii bi cheii ceremony, Rhett Akins concert, 7 am - 11 pm, 928-283-3284 or 928-283-3285 or 
9-26         MESA: The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe – Mesa Arts Center, dramatization of C.S. Lewis’s classic story, set in the land of Narnia, recreates the magic and mystery of Aslan, by East Valley Children’s Theatre, $11, 7 & 4 pm, 480-756-3828 or or
9-26         PHOENIX: Enchanted April – Herberger Theatre Center, a quartet of British women rent a villa in Northern Italy for one blissful spring in 1922, where their lives of ordered regularity blossom into glorious disarray, a Tony-nominated Broadway hit based on the best-selling novel, 602-256-6995 or
10            PHOENIX: Music in the Garden Fall Concert Series - Desert Botanical Garden, different bands, this week features Big Pete Pearson, blues, reservations, $14-20, 7 pm, 480-941-1225 or
10            PHOENIX: Randy Travis – Celebrity Theatre, 8 pm, 602-267-1600 or
10            SEDONA: Paddy Keenan of the Bothy Band with John Walsh – Future Studios, the most accomplished uilleann piper performing today, 7:30 pm, $16-19,
10-11       BACAVI: 5th Annual Hopi Quilt Show – Bacavi Community Center, all quilts entered are made by residents of the Village of Bacavi, including vintage quilts made by grandmothers of long ago, most quilts are for sale, other fabric related items for sale, free, 928-734-9428 or
10-11       LAKE HAVASU CITY: London Bridge Lion’s Club Striper Derby – Windsor Beach, 928-505-5240 or
10-11       PHOENIX: Schumann: Piano Concerto – Symphony Hall, Lawrence Golan conducts with Fabio Bidini, piano, 11 am & 8 pm, 602-495-1999 or
10-11       PHOENIX: Phoenix Antiques, Bottles and Collectibles Club Annual Show & Sale – North Phoenix Baptist Church, toys, lanterns, railroad, depression glass, Fred Harvey, dolls, china, coins, signs, mining, insulators, kitchenware, tokens, bottles, Blakely, Indian artifacts, $3, Fri 10 am – 5 pm, Sat 8 am – 4 pm, 602-317-4438 or
10-11       TEMPE: Annual Arizona Dance Festival - Center for the Arts, showcase of dance by AZ's premier dance companies, 480-962-4584 or
10-12       BISBEE: St. Patrick's Fall Festival - one of Old Bisbee's most historic churches hosts this annual even, prizes, silent auction, arts & crafts, children's games, food, dance, free, 520-432-5753 or
10-12       GRAND CANYON CAVERNS: Oktoberfest at the Caverns – German food, beer and polka music,
10-12       LAKE HAVASU CITY: Southwest Moomba/Supra Boat Owners Regatta - 928-680-0265 or
10-12       PATAGONIA: 20th Annual Fall Festival - A Celebration of Music & Art - Town Park, outdoor festival of music, art and food, 125 exhibitors, musical entertainment, a silent auction, children’s rides and activities, free, Fri. 11 am, Sat/Sun 10 am - 5 pm, 520-394-0060 or 888-794-0060 or 
10-12       PHOENIX: 48th Annual Greater Phoenix Greek Festival - James A. Speros Community Center, ethnic cuisine, cooking demos, cathedral tours, folk dancers, authentic regional costumes, artifacts, entertainment, $2, Fri 5-11 pm, Sat 11 am - 11 pm, Sun 11 am - 8 pm, 602-264-2791 or 602-264-7863 or 
10-12       PHOENIX: Festival in the Desert – JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa, a music, art and food festival, performances by top musicians including Patti LaBelle, Pat Benatar & Neil Geraldo, The Temptations, Boz Scaggs, Smokey Robinson, Euge Gorrve, Buddy Guy, Jonny Lang, Dr. John and Los Lobos, Fri 4:30-10 pm, Sat noon – 10 pm, Sun 10 am – 8 pm, $55-85, 602-267-1600 or
10-12       TUCSON: Tucson Meet Yourself 2008 - 35 Years and Still Cooking – El Presidio Park, celebrate the richness and diversity of the living and traditional arts of Southern Arizona's folk and ethnic communities: ethnic food, performances and folk arts demonstrations, "Meet the Cooks," "Meet and Greet," and more, Fri-Sat. 11am - 10pm; Sun. 11am - 5pm, 520-792-4806 or
10-12       TUCSON: 36th Annual SAHBA Fall Home & Garden Show - TCC, Southern Arizona Home Builders Assn, bi-annual show featuring landscaping, building materials & beautiful arts & crafts, 520-795-3025 or
10-12       TUCSON: 4th Annual Tucson Film & Music Festival – various cinemas and concert venues around Tucson, the festival celebrates independent film and music,
10-13       PHOENIX: A3F 72-Hour Short Film Challenge – open to anyone with the desire to make a 1-7 minute film in just 3 days,
10-13       WILLIAMS: A Taste of Williams – receive a passport to featured restaurants, along with beer tasting, wine tasting and a fine art show all featuring local and regional businesses and artist of Arizona, entertainment, family fun, 928-625-1418 or 888-755-4061 or
10-26       PHOENIX: Treasure Island, The Musical Adventure – Valley Youth Theatre, young Jim Hawkins sets sail on a high seas adventure in a race for buried treasure against Long John Silver and his swashbuckling band of pirates, Robert Louis Stevenson’s timeless classic re-examines the essence of heroism in the face of danger, 602-253-8188 or
10-26       SUPERIOR: Annual Fall Landscaping Festival & Plant Sale - Boyce Thompson Arboretum, thousands of drought-tolerant plants from shrubs, vines, trees, cacti and succulents, horticulturists on hand to answer questions and lead tours at 1:30 pm, $3-7.50, 8 am - 5 pm, 520-689-2811 or 
10-11/2   PHOENIX: 124th Annual Arizona State Fair - family entertainment, animals, food, rides, top-notch concerts, exhibits, motorized events, rodeo & more, Tues-Sun, new attractions, new rides,  
11            BENSON: 8th Annual Butterfield Rodeo - Arena, cowboys competing in Rough Stock and timed events, also “mutton bustin’,” calf scramble, dummy roping and a good-old-fashioned boot race, $5-8, 520-586-4293 or 520-586-2842 or or 
11            BENSON: 23rd Annual Butterfield Overland Stage Days - Lion's park, celebration of Overland mail route from St. Louis to San Francisco, an official U.S. Post Office Pony Express mail run from Benson to Dragoon on horseback, rodeo, fireworks, free, 10 am, 520-586-2842 or or 
11            BISBEE: Vintage Bisbee Wine Festival - City Park, sample more than 50 Old and New World Wines, food, music, fun, sponsored by the Bisbee Rotary Club, 4-7 pm, 520-432-3554 or or
11            CHANDLER: 47th Annual Miss Indian Arizona Scholarship Program – Center for the Arts, brings all tribes together, traditional diverse cultural program allows both Indian and non-Indian attendees an opportunity for increased understanding of the traditional principals and values of the Arizona native community, $5-10, 6:30 pm, or   
11            CLARKDALE: Summer Concert Series in the Park - by Clarkdale Parks & Rec, bring blanket, lawn chairs and dancing shoes, venues range from blues to big band, free, 6 pm, 928-634-9591 or
11            COTTONWOOD: Rhythm and Ribs – Cottonwood Kids Park, featuring Blue Oyster Cult, also Rudy “Boy” Experiment, Stephen Ashbrook, and Major Lingo, $10-20, includes three free samples, 11 am – 8 pm, 928-639-3200 or
11            DOUGLAS: 21st Annual Diamond Ventures Cochise County Cycling Classic - 252-, 175-, 92- & 45-mile rides around the perimeter of Cochise County, kid's fun rides, medallions to finishers, 2 am - midnight, $60, 520-745-2033 or 
11            FLAGSTAFF: 8th Annual Soulstice Mountain Trail Run - Sunset Trailhead, 10K ultra/trail, 11.5 mile Ultra/Trail, 8 am, 928-600-3685 or or
11            JEROME: Spook Weekend – guided walk throughout the town, they reenact spooky real events from Jerome’s history, 928-634-1066
11            LAKE HAVASU CITY: National Bass West Tournament – Lake Havasu State Park, 60 boats fishing for bass, weigh in 3 pm, 928-855-2784 or
11            MARICOPA: Founder’s Day – Pacana Park, special recognition of one of Maricopa’s founding families, food, vendors, noon – 6 pm, 520-568-9098 or
11            PAYSON: Fall Stampede – Payson Events Center, features horse-back speed events for competitors of all ages, 9 am, 928-474-5242 ext .260 or
11            PINE: Second Saturday Shop Hop – visit shops and galleries, meet the merchants, artists and craftsmen, local art, antiques, healthy living choices, refreshments, 10 am – 6 pm,  
11            PHOENIX: 3rd Annual Old World Oktoberfest – Margaret T. Hance Park, a Bavarian Festival with a beer garten, beer maidens serving Bavarian brews, Bavarian bands, sing-alongs of old time drinking songs, sausages and strudel, Bavarian dancing, polka competition, Alphorn blowing, costume contest, Sauerkraut Cooking Contest, 10 am – 10 pm, $5, free for children under 12, 480-609-3978 or
11            PHOENIX: 2nd Annual Educating the Heart – Cesar E. Chavez Park, 5K Run/Walk, 1 mile fun run/walk,
11            PHOENIX: 5th Annual Cactus Cha Cha Trail Runs - White Tank Mountain Regional Park, 7 mile and 3 mile trail run, 7:15 am, 623-535-0860 or or
11            PHOENIX: Giant Bicycles Dust Devil Mountain Bike Series – Estrella Mountain Regional Park – Race 1 - a race for every level of rider, marathon, cross country races, kid’s races, sanctioned by NORBA, awards to the top three males and females in each category, 6:30 am,
11            PHOENIX: Native American Connections/NARD Parade – 3rd Street and Sheridan to Indian School Park, free, 9 am, 602-463-9432 or
11            PHOENIX: 2nd Annual Art Walk – Sunnyslope, all original work for sale, artists, bands, 5-10 pm, 602-870-6060 ext. 1174 or
11            PHOENIX: Petroglyph Discovery Hike – Box Canyon, South Mountain, guided hike to explore rock art created hundreds of years ago, 3-mile trail, easy, 7 am, $5, advance registration and payment required, 602-495-0901 or or
11            PRESCOTT: 5th Annual Home Showcase – Phippen Museum, tour some of Prescott’s most beautiful homes via luxury motor coach, includes a gourmet lunch, $75, 9am -4 pm, 928-778-1385 or
11            PRESCOTT VALLEY: Gold Fever Daze – features activities related to the early days of Prescott Valley, with gold panning, historical reenactments, civil war encampments, demonstrations, exhibitions, food, arts & crafts and music, Prescott Valley’s premier Bluegrass event, Sat 10 am – 4 pm, 928-772-8857 or
11            SIERRA VISTA: 21st Annual Cars in the Park - Veterans Memorial Park, premier show of Southwestern AZ, features 22 classes of vehicles including classic cars, street rods, low-rider specialties, antiques, more than 300 vehicles, judging, awards, 9 am - 3 pm, free, 520-227-8318 or 520-378-3096 or or  
11            SNOWFLAKE: 8th Annual Harvest Fest in Snowflake - Heritage Park, arts & crafts, wagon rides to Willis Family Farm pumpkin patch, entertainment, pie eating contest, food, music, kid's activities, 928-536-4331 or
11            TEMPE: 7th Annual Hot Head Regatta – Tempe Town Lake Marina, watch rowing teams from all over the Southwest compete, food and fierce competition, free, 7 am – noon, 480-350-8069 or
11            VAIL: Cienega Corridor Pioneer Day – Colossal Cave Mountain Park, hands-on activities such as mesquite milling (bring your dried mesquite beans) reminiscences by local old-timers, nature & culture fair with booths, presentations, nature walks, demonstrations, wagon rides, arena events, entertainment, food, $5/vehcle up to six people, 10:30 am – 3 pm, 520-647-7121 or 
11            WICKENBURG: 14th Annual Fly-In & Classic Car Show - Municipal Airport, view airplanes of all types on display, static air show, aerobatic exhibit, model airplane exhibit, pancake breakfast, free, 7:30 am - 1:30 pm, 928-684-5479 or 
11-12       BENSON/WILLCOX: 6th Annual Cienega Creek Farm Days – learn about alpacas and llamas, also goats, Emu and Poitou donkeys, petting area for children, refreshments, spinning, weaving and felting demonstrations, fleece, roving and yarn in finished products for sale, 9 am – 4 pm, free, 520-586-3920 or
11-12       BISBEE: 16th Annual Fiber Art Festival – Vista Park, juried art show with more than 30 artists' works made from natural fibers such as wool, cotton, flax and paper, hands-on experiences at workshops, vendors with materials and finished products, free, 520-642-3603 or or
11-12       CAMP VERDE: 52nd Annual Fort Verde Days – Fort Verde State Historic Park, celebration of Camp Verde's historic military heritage, living history presentations with the Buffalo soldiers and re-enactors, special presentations, a fashion show, cavalry drills and vintage baseball game, free on Saturday, $2 on Sunday, 928-567-3275 or or  
11-12       CAMP VERDE: Fort Verde Days Bull Bash - 928-567-0535 or
11-12       CLARKDALE: Ales on Rails/Oktoberfest - Verde Canyon Railroad, Saturdays and Sundays, with specialty beers, brats and other Oktoberfest-style food fare, 928-639-0010 or 800-293-7245 or
11-12       PAYSON: Payson Rimstones 2008 Gem & Mineral Show - Tonto Apache Recreation Center, more than 20 booths with an assortment of gems and minerals and lapidary equipment and fossils from around the world, jewelry, fun and games for the kids, silent auction, $3, under 12 free, Sat. 9 am - 5 pm, Sun. 10 am - 4 pm, 928-474-3513 or 
11-12       SCOTTSDALE: Railfair '08 - McCormick Stillman Railroad Park, for railroad enthusiasts, railroading displays, demonstrations, live entertainment, concessions, free, 10 am - 5 pm, 480-312-2312 or 
11-12       SCOTTSDALE: Copper State Cutlery Show – WestWorld, 480-312-6802 or 602-321-0421 or or
11-12       SIERRA VISTA: 34th Annual Huachuca Gem, Mineral & Jewelry Show - Elks Lodge, gem & mineral show & sale, live demonstrations, educational displays, rocks, jewelry, gems, minerals, fossils, equipment, lapidary supplies and more, free, Sat 9 am – 6 pm, Sun 9 am – 4 pm, 520-459-3718 or
11-12       SIERRA VISTA: Dolan Ellis, Arizona’s Official State Balladeer – Arizona Folklore Preserve, presenting “Arizona Roundup,” reservations required, $15, 2 pm, 520-378-6165 or
11-12       TUCSON: 14th Annual Desert Thunder Pro Rodeo - Tucson Rodeo Grounds, one of the largest rodeos, all seven PRCA events including bull riding, saddle bronc riding, roping & barrel racing, 520-721-1621 or
11-12       TUCSON: Rigoletto - Tucson Music Hall, one of Verdi’s most popular operas, a world where court jesters openly mock courtiers, thoughtless taunts lead to a deadly curse and comedy is the first act to tragedy, sung in Italian with English surtitles, 7:30 & 2 pm,
11-12       TUCSON: Fall Plant Sale - Tohono Chul Park, more than 500 species of native and arid-adapted plants and tree grouped by who they attract, butterflies, hummingbirds and birds, free, Sat 9 am - 5 pm, Sun 10 am - 4 pm, 520-742-6455 or 
11-12       WILLCOX: Fall Pumpkin Celebration - Apple Annie's Orchard, pumpkin picking, family activities, pumpkins, apples, cider, pies, pumpkin chunkin'  catapult, free, 9 am - 5:30 pm, weekends, 520-384-2084 or 
11&14     CAMP VERDE: Fort Verde Days Antique Show - 928-567-0535 or
11-26       TUCSON: Buckelew Farm Pumpkin Festival & Corn Maze - horse-drawn wagon rides, haunted cornfield, weekends, $4 for the festival, $6-8 for the corn maze, 10 am, 520-822-2277 or
11-2/15   TUCSON: A Place of Refuge: Maynard Dixon’s Arizona – Tucson Museum of Art, this exhibit focuses solely on the renowned painter’s depictions of Arizona subjects, the largest presentation of the artist’s work to date with more than 135 works, drawn from public and private museums, libraries and collections throughout the U.S., $8, Tu-Sa 10 am – 4 pm, Sun noon – 4 pm, 520-624-2333 or
12            BENSON: Butterfield Golf Tournament – Turquoise Hills Family Golf Center, 9 am,
12            FLAGSTAFF: Autumn Star Fest - Lowell Observatory, features numerous telescopes set up for viewing throughout the Lowell campus, $, 5:30 pm, 928-233-3211 or 
12            FLAGSTAFF: Stories to Life – Haunting Tales and Chilling Music – Coconino Center for the Arts, this week features classic tales from Edgar Allen Poe, Mary Shelley, Washington Irving and others with zombie actors from Theatrikos and music by Flagstaff Symphony Orchestra, free, 4 pm, 928-779-2300 or
12            PHOENIX: Friends and Family Ice Show – US Airways Center, Olympic gold medalist Kristi Yamaguchi is headlining a group of skaters, also special musical guest the Jonas Brothers, 5 pm, $43.75-74.25, 480-784-4444 or
12            PHOENIX: Komen Race for the Cure - Patriots Square, 5K benefits breast cancer research, 6 am, 602-277-74333 or 602-346-2873 or or
12            SEDONA: Geology Hike – Red Rock State Park, guided hike through the park discussing the geology of the area, including Eagles Nest trail and a great view of the park, 250-foot elevation climb, 2 pm, 928-282-6907 or
12            SUNFLOWER: Arizona Road Racers Mazatzals Trail Run – 18 mile trail run, 8 am, 602-954-8341 or
12            TEMPE: 10th Annual Tempe Tardeada – Tempe Community Complex, celebration of Tempe’s Hispanic roots and culture through entertainment, music, dance, art and exhibits, free, noon – 8 pm, 480-350-8979 or
12            TEMPE: Walk to Defeat ALS – Tempe Town Lake, 5K, 10 am, 602-297-3800,
12            TUCSON: Holualoa Tinfoilman Triathlon - 825 yd pool swim, 12 mi bike, 3 mi run, 6:30 am, 520-670-0223 or
12            TUCSON: 16th Annual Architecture Home Tour – part of Architecture Week, a selection of homes throughout Tucson, featuring local residential projects that are varied and represent the unique architectural designs for the diverse lifestyles of Tucsonans, $25, benefits Habitat for Humanity, 520-323-2191 or
12-13       PRESCOTT: Fall Festival in the Park - Courthouse Plaza, arts & crafts vendors from throughout Arizona, Sat 9 am - 5 pm, Sun 9 am - 4 pm, 928-445-2000 or
13            GLENDALE: New Kids on the Block with Natasha Bedingfield and Tammy Chin – Arena., 8 pm, doors open at 7 pm, 602-268-FAIR or
14            SEDONA: Moonlight Hike – Red Rock State Park, a naturalist-led interpretive program, enjoy the sunset and moonrise from an overlook and return by the light of the moon, 5 pm, last hike of the season, wear suitable clothing and shoes, reservations required, 928-282-6907 or
14-19       TEMPE: The Rat Pack – Live at the Sands – ASU Gammage, part of the M&I Bank Broadway Across America, the hottest and coolest party in town, recreates a legendary evening at the Sans Hotel with the most famous performers of our time, Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis, Jr. and Dean Martin, 480-784-4444 or
15-16       SCOTTSDALE: Thoroughbred Breeders Sale – WestWorld, 480-312-6802 or 602-942-1310 or
15-19       LAKE HAVASU CITY: 31st Annual Relics & Rods Run to the Sun - London Bridge Resort, car run of pre-1960 street rods & custom cars, show & shine, car parade, $6, 928-855-0933 or or 
16            PHOENIX: Amy Grant – “Lead Me On” 20th Anniversary Tour – Celebrity Theatre, pop and Christian icon, $35-52.50, 8 pm, 602-267-1600 or

Continued Arizona Event Listings for October 16-30, 2008

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