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October 2008 Arizona Events Calendar

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October 16-31, 2008
October 1-15, 2008

16            PHOENIX: Goo Goo Dolls – Veterans Memorial Coliseum at the Arizona State Fair, 7 pm, doors open at 5:30 pm, 602-268-FAIR or
16            SCOTTSDALE: All American Classics – Chaparral High School, Laura Jackson conducts, the Phoenix Symphony salutes America’s finest composers, 7:30 pm, 602-495-1999 or
16            SCOTTSDALE: 19th Annual Western ArtWalk - Scottsdale Arts District, top western artists featured at dozens of famous galleries, free opening receptions, demonstrations, live western-themed music, sponsored by Scottsdale Gallery Association, free, 7-9 pm, 480-990-3939 or 
16            SCOTTSDALE: 24th Annual The Best and the Brightest Fine Art Show & Sale – Scottsdale Artists’ School, featuring paintings, drawings and sculpture from professional as well as undiscovered artists, annual juried show, opening reception on 10/16 from 5-7 pm, free, 480-990-1422 or
16            SCOTTSDALE: Girl’s Night Out Shopping Extravaganza – The Forum, Doubletree Paradise Valley Resort, exhibitors celebrating beauty & fashion, benefits Susan G. Komen for the Cure, 2-9 pm,
16-19       PHOENIX: Rigoletto – Phoenix Symphony 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,
16-19       PHOENIX: Friends and Favorites – Herberger Theater Center, features alternating performances from the Center Dance Ensemble’s repertory – “La Llorona” with D. Daniel Hollingshead as the Ranchero and “Dracula” starring David Starry, also alumni dancers and companies with strong ties to Center Dance, 7:30 & 2 pm, $12-24, 602-252-8497 or
16-19       SCOTTSDALE: Scottsdale Fall Preview Hunter Jumper Show – WestWorld, 480-312-6802 or or
16-11/2   PHOENIX: Gem of the Ocean – Playhouse on the Park, set in 1904 it introduces Aunt Ester, a 285-year-old former slave and a mysterious legend among African-Americans in Pittsburgh. As the primal connection to that first slave ship from Africa she guides a young man, on a journey into knowledge, awareness and fulfillment, by Black Theatre Troupe, 8, 3 and 2 pm, $23.50 - $33.50, 602-254-2151 or
17            CAREFREE: 8th Annual Empty Bowls Event – Carefree Town Center, have a meal and bid on the artwork by members of the Sonoran Arts League, a silent auction too, benefits the Desert Foothills Food band and Resource Center, $15, 11 am - 1:30 pm, 480-575-6624 or or
17            FLAGSTAFF: Corigliano’s Pied Piper Fantasy – Ardrey Auditorium, with Marina Piccinini, flute, 7:30 pm,
17            LAKE HAVASU CITY: Test & Tune – Havasu 95 Speedway, free, 6-9 pm, 928-716-6634 or
17            MESA: Kathleen Madigan – Mesa Arts Center, comedy, a special night of standup, contains adult content, 7:30 pm, $35, 480-644-6500 or
17            PHOENIX: Music in the Garden Fall Concert Series - Desert Botanical Garden, different bands, this week features Incendio, Latin World Fusion, reservations, $14-20, 7 pm, 480-941-1225 or
17            PHOENIX: Otsukimi Japanese Moonviewing Festival at Ro Ho En – Japanese Friendship Garden, guests stroll the 3.5 acre garden and enjoy relaxing cultural activities, live performances of Japanese sword dancing, wooden flute music, guided tours of the tea garden, authentic, seasonal Japanese food, silent auction, $23-25, 5:30-9:30 pm, 602-256-3204 or
17            TUCSON: Open Test n Tune - Southwestern International Raceway, 4 pm, free-$10, 520-762-9700 or
17            TUCSON: Family Astro: Moon Mission - National Optical Astronomy Observatory, 6:30-8:30 pm, $12,
17-18       BENSON: 14th Annual Biker Rodeo – Big Boy’s Arena Bar & Rodeo Grounds, with the Southern Arizona Harley Riders, $15, 520-586-9983 or or
17-18       LAKE HAVASU CITY: WON Bass Tournament – Lake Havasu State Park, 100 boats fishing for bass, weigh in at 3 pm, or
17-18       SURPRISE: Special Olympics Fall Games – Surprise Stadium, with aquatics, bocce, golf and softball, 602-230-1200 or
17-19       BULLHEAD CITY: Hardyville Days - Community Park, commemorates Bullhead's original founder; reenactments, arts & crafts, Hardyville dinner celebration, horse show, kid’s activities, free, 928-763-0158 or or
17-19       TOMBSTONE: Helldorado Days – reenactments, shootouts, parade, 1880 ladies fashion show, Indian dancers, carnival, live music, contests, 10 am – 4 pm, 520-457-3197 or or  
17-31       TUCSON: Scarecrows in the Garden – Tucson Botanical Gardens, creative hand-made scarecrows by local artists, local businesses, staff & volunteers will be displayed, $7, 520-326-9686 or
18            BISBEE: 18th Annual Bisbee 1000 –The Great Stair Climb - Historic Bisbee, walk, run, explore Historic ‘Old Bisbee’, figure 8 course, up 9 sets of more than 1000 stairs, at an altitude of 5000+ feet; the 5K that feels like a 10K, the world’s longest and highest stairmaster, also an alternative modalities fair, art & craft fair, antique show, Made in Bisbee Marketplace, photo exhibit, beer & wine garden, join the fight to end childhood obesity, $15-30, 7 am, 520-266-0401 or 
18            CHANDLER: 21st Annual Fall Rhythm Fest - Tumbleweed Park, entertainment, amusement for kids, food, fireworks, free, 5:30-10:15 pm, 480-782-2735 or 
18            CHANDLER: Phoenix Girls Chorus – Chandler Center for the Arts, 480-782-2680 or
18            FLAGSTAFF: Stanley Jordan - Coconino Center for the Arts, in a special solo concert, part of the Grand Canyon Guitar Society concert season in partnership with Flagstaff Cultural Partners and Arizona Music Pro, $25-28, 8 pm, 928-779-2300 or
18            FLORENCE: Annual Multicultural Festival – Jaques Square, entertainment highlighting a variety of cultures, arts and crafts, food, cultural demonstrations, 9 am – 3 pm, free, 520-868-4496 or
18            GILBERT: Farmhouse Village Saturday Boutique – Farmhouse Village Pavilion, 25 crafters/vendors with a variety of unique items including tea sets, quilts, fabric art, woven art, glass art, candles, soaps and lotions, jewelry, stone work, fashion accessories, home décor dog biscuits, primitive dolls and more, free, 10 am – 3 pm, 480-539-1870 
18            GLENDALE: Catlin Court Front Porch Festival – Historic Downtown, 58th and Glendale Avenues, 10 am – 4 pm, 623-930-2299 or
18            GLOBE/MIAMI: 25th Annual Apache Jii Day - all Indian celebration, Native American cuisine such as fry bread and Apache Acorn Stew,  Native American singing, dancing and storytelling representing the Apache Tribe including Apache Crown Dancers, art including jewelry, clothing, dolls, pottery and more, additional entertainment by various tribes, free, 9 am - 5 pm, 928-425-4495 or 800-804-5623 or 
18            MESA: Mesa Old West Days and Chili Cook-Off Festival – showcases the pioneer and territorial history of Mesa, includes 9th Cavalry Buffalo Soldiers, 1800’s baseball team, Mohave Muleskinners re-enactment group, 19th Century music, period costume competition, western re-enactment competition, roping & gold panning for the kids, free,
18            MESA: Jungua – Descendent of the Dragon – Mesa Arts Center, amazing talents of the Imperial Acrobats of China with their contortion, acrobatics and dance, fuse with the powerful martial arts of Kungfu Monks, celebrated 5,000 years of Chinese culture and tradition, 8 pm, $30-46, 480-644-6500 or
18            MESA: World Voices – First United Methodist Church, Sonoran Desert Chorale gives voice to the essence of the human spirit from the sounds of the Gobi Desert to the rhythms of Latin America, $12-15, 7:30 pm, 602-765-1554 or
18            PAYSON: Day in the Dog Park - Payson's Off-The-Leash Dog Park, vets share information, dog grooming presentation, hot dog vendor, programs for kids and their pets, 9 am to 1 pm, 928-474-4216
18            PHOENIX: 11th Annual African Festival – ASU West, Delph Courtyard, African food, crafts, fashion show, entertainment, 10 am – 6 pm, free, 623-215-2507 or
18            PHOENIX: Weezer with Angels and Airwaves and Tokyo Police Club – Veterans Memorial Coliseum at the Arizona State Fair, 6 pm, doors open at 4:30 pm, 602-268-FAIR or
18            PHOENIX: Concert in the Park – Steele Indian School Park, featuring the Blenderz, bring blankets and lawn chairs, 8 pm, 602-495-0739
18            PHOENIX: 5th Annual Native American Farmers Market – Pueblo Grande Museum and Archaeological Park, shop for produce, visit the pumpkin patch, watermelon eating contest, demonstrations, traditional arts & crafts, frybread, 8 am – 2 pm, free, 602-495-0901 or
18            PHOENIX: Family Days/Gem & Mineral Showcase - Arizona Mining & Mineral Museum, gold panning, jewelry making, pet rock making, demonstrations, indoor & tailgate mineral & jewelry dealers & mineral displays, free, 10 am - 4 pm, 602-771-1611 or
18            PRESCOTT: Walk on the Wild Side – Heritage Park Zoo, 8 am, 800-344-4867 or
18            SAFFORD: Jazz del Nuevo Mundo: The Beth Lederman Quartet – EAC Fine Arts Auditorium, Brazilian music and Latin jazz, $5-15,
18            SCOTTSDALE: Show Circuit All Breed Horse Show - WestWorld, 480-488-5711 or 480-312-6802 or or
18            SCOTTSDALE: Via Colori ArtWalk - Scottsdale Arts District, sponsored by Scottsdale Gallery Association, celebrating the adjacent Via Colori Street Painting Festival, free, noon - 4 pm, 480-990-3939 or 
18            SIERRA VISTA: Guided Tour of Buffalo Soldier Historical Sites – Fort Huachuca Museum, learn about the accomplishments and history of Fort Huachuca’s Buffalo Soldiers from members of the Southwest Association of Buffalo Soldiers, noon, free, 520-417-6960
18            SIERRA VISTA: The Tweaksters – Buena Performing Arts Center, travel into the future with two talented performing artists whose take on the wold blends feats of ballet, precision juggling, acrobatics and creative choreography with odd objects, $22, 7 pm, 520-417-6960 or
18            SOMERTON: 12th Annual Cocopah Cultural Celebration Day - Tribal Complex on the west reservation, traditional foods, free lunch provided, multi-cultural dance performances, activities for the kids, informational booths, visit the Cocopah Museum, free raffles, bird singing and dance, craft vendors, free, approximately noon - 4 pm, 928-627-1992 or      
18            TEMPE: Light the Night Walk – Tempe Town Lake Beach Park, benefits Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, 6 pm registration, 602-788-8622ext 16 or
18            TEMPE: 17th Annual Family & Dog Fun Run & Walk – Tempe Town Lake, promotes physical activity and healthy lifestyles, includes a 5K run and 5K walk, 1 mile fun run and walk and dog walk, martial arts demonstrations, medals & ribbons, $5-20, 7 am, 480-921-3941 or
18            TUCSON: 4th Annual Carondelet Get Moving Tucson – Tucson Convention Center, the 28th running of the annual SAR 10-miler and 5K running race and non-competitive family fitness walk, awards and raffles, children under 12 are free (no shirt), post race festivities include music, face painting, climbing wall, $12-40, 7:30 am, 520-991-0733 or
18            TUMACACORI: High Mass - Tumacacori National Historic Park, clergy perform the Mass in Latin and attendees dress in the period costume to create a living history experience of Anza and his riders, reservations, free, 9 am, 520-398-2341 or
18-19       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
18-19       ORO VALLEY: ArtsFest 2008 – Arts & Craft Festival – La Encantada,
18-19       PEEPLES VALLEY: Ranching and Mining Festival – Model Creek School, Arizona musicians playing Country and Cowboy music, traditional, contemporary and gospel bluegrass folk music, cowboy poets, arts & crafts, ropin’ contest,  stick horse rodeo, gold panning, workshops and demonstrations, 9 am – 4 pm, 928-427-0209 or
18-19       PHOENIX: Fall Plant Sale - Desert Botanical Garden, a large variety of desert-adapted plants, a variety of seeds, garden sculptures and art, wind chimes, books, tools and accessories will also be on sale, get advice from the experts, free, Sat 7 am - 5 pm, Sun 9 am – 5 pm, 480-941-1225 or
18-19       SCOTTSDALE: Via Colori Street Painting Festival – Downtown Arts District, hundreds of artists will come together to create dozens of large-scale chalk masterpieces on the pavement, each will feature different types of entertainment, performances and artist groups, features Melanie Stimmel, free, Sat. 10 am – 10 pm, Sun 10 am – 6 pm, or
18-19       SEDONA: Sedona Gem & Mineral Club Annual Local Rock Sale – Red Rock High School, 9 am - 5 pm, 928-203-9476 or 928-300-8333 or
18-19       SIERRA VISTA: Jim Jones and Sheriff Jim Wilson – Arizona Folklore Preserve, western music, reservations required, $15, 2 pm, 520-378-6165 or
18-19       SONOITA: Grass Ridge Horse Trials – Grass Ridge Farms, equine enthusiasts converge for this annual competition of Olympic Style Dressage and Stadium Jumping over 2-acre course, Sunday is the cross country field trials with hazards, free, 520-455-5093 or
18-19       TOMBSTONE: 18th Annual Power from the Past Antique Power Show – Tombstone Courthouse State Historic Park, operating antique engines will pump water, make ice cream, generate electricity, also a static display of antique tractors, free, Sat 8 am – 5 pm, Sun 8 am – 3 pm, 520-457-3311 or
18-19       TUBAC: Juan Bautista de Anza Days - Tubac Presidio State Park, a living history celebration of the Indian, Mexican and Spanish Colonial periods, reenactment of Anza's famous trek, costumes, demonstrations, food and entertainment, $3, 10 am - 4 pm, 520-398-2704 or 520-398-2252 or or 
18-19       TUCSON: Annual Treasure House Estate Sale – 2008 Treasure House Location, a special sale of antiques, furniture, silver, china, collectibles and other decorative and household treasures, organized by the Tucson Museum of Art League to support the Tucson Museum of Art and Historic Block, free, Sat. 10 am – 3 pm, Sun noon – 4 pm, 520-250-6680 or 520-444-2682 or
18-19       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 
18-19       YARNELL: Ranching and Mining Festival – Model Creek School, activities include a pancake breakfast on Sat., a roping contest, stick horse races for the kids, gold panning, soap making demo, mining exhibits, art and craft vendors, entertainment, old time photos and ice cream, a “2 Shot old West Auction,” 928-427-0209 or
18-11/8   TUCSON: A Lady with All the Answers – Temple of Music and Art, based on real events and actual letters of Ann Landers, spend an intimate evening with the queen of advice as she shares secrets, personal revelations and some juicy tidbits from her multitude of readers, 520-622-2823 or
18-11/16  PHOENIX: 43rd Annual Cowboy Artists of America Sale & Exhibition - Phoenix Art Museum, 100+ new works, never before viewed by the public, by members of the Cowboy Artists of America, some of the art works sells in the six figures, one of the most prestigious in the country, 602-257-1880 or 602-257-8382 or or 
18-4/11   SCOTTSDALE: The Market – open-air market, fresh organic produce, live chef demonstrations, hand-crafted artisan jewelry, gourmet chocolates, fine art, Saturdays 10 am – 2 pm, 480-563-0019 or
18-9/1/09 PHOENIX: The Rock Paintings of Hueco Tanks – Deer Valley Rock Art Center, showcases the 1997 winner of the American Rock Art Research Association’s Oliver Award for Excellence in Rock Art Photography, Clay Martin, 623-582-8007 or
19            CHANDLER: Rick Springfield – Chandler Center for the Arts, $44-62, 7 pm,
19            KINGMAN: 14th Annual Kingman Air & Auto Show - Kingman Airport & Industrial Park, B-17’s return to Kingman, precision landing skydivers, aerobatics, warbirds fly bys, classic cars & trucks, 200 mph dragsters, funny cars, custom hot rods, drag race exhibition, $10, 928-692-9599 or
19            MESA: All American Classics – Mesa Arts Center, Laura Jackson conducts, the Phoenix Symphony salutes America’s finest composers, 7:30 pm, 602-495-1999 or
19            PARADISE VALLEY: World Voices – Camelback Bible Church, Sonoran Desert Chorale gives voice to the essence of the human spirit from the sounds of the Gobi Desert to the rhythms of Latin America, $12-15, 7:30 pm, 602-765-1554 or
19            PHOENIX: 2008 ARR South Mountain Classic 20K/5K – South Mountain Activity Center, a 20K and 5K at 6:45 am, 602-954-8341 or
19            PHOENIX: 3rd Annual Raising the Bar for Education – Phoenix Zoo, 5K run, 1 mile fun run/walk, 6:30 am, 602-285-5500 ext 22 or
19            SCOTTSDALE: Uncorked & Unplugged - Desert Ridge Marketplace, food, drinks, live entertainment under the stars at Desert Ridge Marketplace, benefits Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale, 6 pm, $125, 480-860-5520 or
19            SEDONA: The Canadian Brass – St. John Vianney Church, Grammy award-winning brass quintet, $25-40, 2:30 pm, 928-204-2415 or
19            SEDONA: Paint Out on Main Street – see nationally and locally recognized Plein Air Artists creating paintings of their surroundings in the open air all along “Main Street” 20 artists in action along the sidewalks and in courtyards and plazas, free, 2:30-5 pm,
19            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
19            TUCSON Blues Festival - Reid Park, promotes an awareness and enjoyment of blues music & culture, 11 am – 8 pm, 520-349-0899 or
19-20       WICKENBURG: Jungua – Descendants of the Dragon – Del E. Webb Center for the Performing Arts, an explosion of kung-fu, acrobatics, dance and music, 3 & 7:30 pm, 928-684-6624 or
19-26       SEDONA: 4th Annual Plein Air Festival - Sedona Arts Center, a celebration of Sedona's beauty as seen through the eyes of 34 of the finest plein air painters in the country, Paint Out at L'Auberge de Sedona, public art sale on Sunday from 9 am – 3 pm, 888-954-4442 or
20            FLAGSTAFF: Orionid Meteor Shower - Lowell Observatory, features indoor programs focus on meteor showers such as the upcoming Orionids, telescope viewing of various celestial objects is included, $, evening hours, 928-233-3211 or 
20            PAYSON: Tonto Community Concert Association – Bronn & Katherine Journey – Payson High School Auditorium, or
20            PHOENIX: Alison Moyet – Celebrity Theatre, with British iconic songstress, $40, 8 pm, 602-267-1600 ext 1 or
21            MESA: Acoustic Evening with Vince Gill – Mesa Arts Center, one of country’s music most accomplished and popular artists, 8 pm, $52-67, 480-644-6500 or
21            PHOENIX: Sheryl Crow – Veterans Memorial Coliseum at the Arizona State Fair, 7 pm, doors open at 5:30 pm, 602-268-FAIR or
21-11/1   LAKE HAVASU CITY: 37th Annual London Bridge Days - free concerts, a variety of entertainment & contests, country western jamboree, costume contest, parade, garden tea, 800-242-8278  or 928-453-3444 or 
22            PHOENIX: 2008 Specialty Dinner Series – The Phoenician, pairs multi-course menus with some of the world’s top vineyards and distilleries, also meet and ask questions of the expert, this month Caymus and Carole Klincke, Sales Director, 480-423-2530
22            PHOENIX: Mary J. Blige – Veterans Memorial Coliseum at the Arizona State Fair, 7 pm, doors open at 5:30 pm, 602-268-FAIR or
22            TEMPE: David Sedaris – ASU Gammage, one of America’s pre-eminent humor writers, $22-61, 7:30 pm, 480-994-2787 or
23            PHOENIX: 2 Fore 1 Marriage Golf Classic – The Pointe Tapatio,
23            SCOTTSDALE: Savor Scottsdale ArtWalk - Scottsdale Arts District, restaurant samples along the ArtWalk route, plus special VIP dining opportunities for charity, sponsored by Scottsdale Gallery Association, free, 7-9 pm, 480-990-3939 or 
23            TUCSON: Gordon Lightfoot – Fox Tucson Theatre, legendary, 7:30 pm, 520-547-3040 or
23-25       MESA: Mesa Storytelling Festival – Mesa Arts Center, national, regional and youth talent gather to share a wide array of stories from folk tales to tall tales to tales from all over the globe, the free festival on Saturday includes food and vendor booths, live music and stories from regional and youth tellers, national teller appear on stage, or
23-25       SCOTTSDALE: EATS3 – Arizona’s Celebration of Food, Wine & Spirits – downtown Scottsdale, a 'uniquely Arizona' culinary experience with some of the most well-known chefs in America including Jacques Pépin! events will include chef exhibitions, food & wine tastings, art walk, Iron Bartender Competition, BBQ & Bubbles, and more,
23-25       VAIL: Halloween Howl - Colossal Cave Mountain Park, haunted hay rides and cave tours, 520-647-7275 or 520-647-7121 or 
23-26       CASA GRANDE: Annual Copperstate Regional EAA Fly-in and Aviation Trade Show – Casa Grande Municipal Airport, draws more than 600 visiting planes,
24-26       GLENDALE: Men’s Luxury Toy Expo – University of Phoenix Stadium, more than 300 exhibiting companies showcasing the latest trends, products and services for the discriminating male consumer, golf, fitness, aviation, ATVs, boats, custom cars, game rooms, garages, dirt bikes, home entertainment systems, sports equipment, men’s health products, Fri 3-8 pm, Sat. 10 am – 8 pm, Sun 10 am – 6 pm, $5, 
23-26       SCOTTSDALE: Scottsdale Fall Preview Hunter Jumper Show – WestWorld, 480-312-6802 or or
23-26       SCOTTSDALE: Open – Grayhawk Golf Club, features a full-field (132 players), four-day tournament with a $5 million purse, or
23-26       TOMBSTONE: Bordertown Shootout – SASS Arizona State Cowboy Action Shooting Championship – Livery Stable, vendors, food,
23-26       TUCSON: Tucson Culinary Festival – Loews Ventana Canyon Resort, dinners and seminars, including The Grand Tasting, more than 70 wineries presenting and pouring their wines and more than 30 Tucson top chefs offering their culinary specialties, also a silent wine & food auction, 520-488-8601 or
24            CAREFREE” 8th Annual Foothills Empty Bowls Lunch – Carefree Town Center, lunch by the Carefree Resort & Villas, artwork offered by members of the Sonoran Arts League and a silent auction too, 11 am,
24            PHOENIX: Music in the Garden Fall Concert Series - Desert Botanical Garden, different bands, this week features Drew Bennett & Ensemble, Nuevo Flamenco Guitar, reservations, $14-20, 7 pm, 480-941-1225 or
24            PHOENIX: Gordon Lightfoot – Dodge Theatre, 8 pm, 602-379-2800 or
24            PRESCOTT: 4th Friday Art Walk - 15 galleries stay open late and offer food, musical entertainment, artist receptions and painting demonstrations,
24            TUCSON: Park After Dark – Tohono Chul Park, family activities, desert creatures, learning activities, musical or theatrical performances, refreshments, free, 5-8 pm, 520-742-6455 or
24            TUCSON: Go Ask the Little Horned Toad – Tucson Museum of Art, discover the life and times of Maynard Dixon in this live performance in collaboration with Chamber Music PLUS Southwest, stars Conrad John Schuck as Maynard Dixon and features guitarist Brad Richter and cellist Harry Clark, $35, 7 pm, 520-624-2333 or
24-25       PHOENIX: Sha Na Na – Symphony Hall, Lawrence Golan conducts, with the Phoenix Symphony and all the favorites from the 1950s, 8 pm, 602-495-1999 or
24-26       AVONDALE: 54th Annual Billy Moore Days - Coldwater Park, founder's day celebration with parade at 10 am on Sat., carnival, races, street dance, food, free, 623-478-3050 or or 
24-26       CHANDLER: Copperstate Mustang Club’s Annual Fall Car Show, Monsoon Madness – Thunder in the Desert – Wild Horse Pass Casino, a National Car Show in conjunction with the Mustang Club of America, participants from all over the country, vendors from around the country displaying and selling items, free to view,
24-26       GLENDALE: Romancing The Arts Affair – Westgate City Center, a place for artists and collectors to meet, entertainment, wine, and chocolate, free, Fri & Sat noon – 9 pm, Sun noon – 6 pm, 623-692-0005 or
24-26       PAGE: 10th Annual Fall Festival - City Park, movie on the lawn, dancing, baking & scarecrow contests, games for kids, food vendors, pancake breakfast, 2nd Annual Business Challenge pentathlon, lighting of carved pumpkins, pet costume contest, pumpkin pie eating contest, Fri 4-9 pm, Sat 8 am – 9 pm, Sun 11 am – 5 pm, 928-645-9596 or
24-26       PAYSON: Annual Payson Art League Fall Fine Art and Fine Craft Show - Mazatzal Casino Exhibit Hall, 22 booths of local artists including sculpture, pottery, textiles, oil painters, photography, each artist has a raffle, benefits children’s art supplies, preview Friday night 5-8 pm, $5, Saturday and Sunday, 10 to 4 pm, no charge, 928-472-8147
24-26       PAYSON: ‘Neath the Rim – Annual Juried Fine Art & Fine Crafts Show & Sale – Tonto Apache Tribe Recreation Center, oil, watercolor paintings, fiber art, rock art, wood and stone carving, bronze sculpture, drawings, hand-crafted jewelry, weavings and mixed media works by 31 artists, free, 10 am – 5 pm, Friday night Gala $5, 5-9 pm, benefits art education project in area schools, 928-474-2373 or
24-26       PEORIA: 21st Annual Taste of Greece Food & Dance Festival - St. Haralambos Greek Orthodox Church, cuisine prepared by Greek chefs, Greek music & folk dancers, imports, games and activities for kids, raffle, pastries, Fr 5-10 pm, Sa 11 am - 10 pm, Su noon - 8 pm, $2, 12 & under free, students & active military free, 623-486-8665 or
24-26       PHOENIX: 7th Annual Great Pumpkin Festival - Desert Botanical Garden, children 12 & under can choose their own free pumpkin, also balloon artistry, face painting and pumpkin seed jewelry, Amazing hay Bale Maze, Critter Corral, $4-10, Fri 9 am – noon, Sat-Sun 9 am - 3 pm, 480-941-1225 or
24-26       SCOTTSDALE: Saddlebred Futurity – WestWorld, 480-312-6802 or or
24-26       SCOTTSDALE: 4-H Horse Show – WestWorld, 480-312-6802 or 602-257-7120 or
24-26       TEMPE: 4th Annual International Horror and Sci-fi Film Festival – Harkins Valley Art Theater, $8, Flex Passes good for four films are $25, and VIP Full Festival passes are $100 with discounts available for students and seniors, 602-955-6444 or
24-11/9   PHOENIX: A View of the Harbor - Herberger Theater Center, by Richard Dresser, a sly perspective on the ghostly pull of America’s brass rings: power and money; years after leaving home, Nick-a scion of privilege – returns home to face his overbearing father and his own personal demons, presented by Actors Theatre, 2 & 7 pm, $35-46, 602-252-8497 or
25            BUCKEYE VALLEY: Heritage Days – Heritage Park, pick a pumpkin, antique tractor and engine show, antique tractor pull & parade, Kiddie Korral, fall crafts, live & silent auctions, 9 am – 4 pm, or
25            FLAGSTAFF: Deep Sky Dreaming – Coconino Center for the Arts, with Steve Roach, ambient space music legend, $15-18, 6 & 9 pm, 928-779-2300 or
25            GILBERT: Halloween Carnival – Freestone Park Softball Complex, includes live family entertainment, attractions, games, pumpkin decorating, craft zone, $3, 5-9 pm, 480-503-6200 or 
25            GOODYEAR: 3rd Annual Life is Good Pumpkin Festival – Estrella’s Lakeside Amphitheatre,
25            GOODYEAR: 12th Annual Pebble Creek Fall Arts Festival – Tuscany Falls, a wide variety of original art creations by 35 resident artists and 30 regional juried artists, ongoing art demonstrations, raffle, food, live entertainment, classic cars display and model railroad exhibit, 8 am – 4 pm, 623-536-0792
25            LAKE HAVASU CITY: 37th Annual London Bridge Days Grand Parade - McCulloch Blvd. beginning at Acoma Blvd. 10 am, 800-242-8278
25            LAKE HAVASU CITY: WON Bass Tournament – Lake Havasu State Park, 60 boats fishing for bass, weigh in at 3 pm, 928-855-2784 or or
25            MESA: 9th Annual Buddy Walk - for Sharing Down Syndrome Arizona - Pera Park, 8 am, 480-926-6500 or
25            MESA: Carmen, Blue Danube, Hungarian Rhapsody – Mesa Arts Center, by the Symphony of the Southwest and a mystery celebrity guest, 8 pm,
25            MESA: Classical Music’s Greatest Hits – Mesa Arts Center, including selections from Bernstein, Britten, Rimsky-Korsakov, Bizet, Strauss, de Falla & Liszt, by Symphony of the Southwest, 8 pm, 480-644-6500 or
25            ORACLE: 25th Annual Oracle Run – Arcadia Ranch, through some scenic areas of Oracle and by the Oracle State park, with a Halloween theme, benefits Oracle Historical Society, covers hilly terrain over rural roads on the north slope of the Santa Catalina Mountains at 4500 ft. elevation, 10K and 1 mile fun run/walk, T-shirts, prizes, awards, 9 am, $22-35,
25            ORO VALLEY: Musical Magic for Kids Concert – Oro Valley Council Chambers,
25            PEORIA: Halloween Monster Bash & Balloon Illumination - Sports Complex, entertainment, children's activities, costume contest, arts & crafts, carnival games, free, 5-9 pm, 623-773-7198 or 623-773-7564 or 
25            PHOENIX: 40th Annual Phoenix YMCA Half Marathon & Family 5K - South Mountain Park, 6:30 am, 480-452-9286 or or
25            PHOENIX: 44th Western States Karate Championships - Civic Plaza, individual, team fighting & self-defense demonstrations in a tournament format, 9 am - 5 pm, $5, 602-274-1136 or
25            PHOENIX: America – Celebrity Theatre, 8 pm, 602-267-1600 or
25            PHOENIX: Movie Under the Stars – Steele Indian School Park, 7 pm, bring your lawn chairs, blankets and coolers, featuring free, 602-495-0739
25            SAFFORD: Harvest Festival –
25            SCOTTSDALE: 13th Annual Cookout at MacDonald Ranch - features food, drink, western entertainment, live country music, raffles, silent auction, exhibits, drawings, organized by Friends of the Scenic Drive, benefits desert preservation, $15-47, 480-580-0593 or
25            SIERRA VISTA: Halloween Night Hike – you never know what you may encounter in the dark as you kike in the moonlight to the Fairbank Cemetery, hike rated easy, 2 mile, kid-friendly hike, bring water and snacks and flashlight, hike with trained docents from the Friends of the San Pedro River, 7 pm, $5, 520-459-2555 or
25            SIERRA VISTA: High Desert Crafters 9th Annual Fall Craft Fair – Windemere Hotel & Conference Center, holiday gifts, unusual crafts and art, free drawings, free, 8:30 am – 2 pm, 520-803-7267 or
25            SIERRA VISTA: Images of Freedom – Buena Performing Arts Center, with the Sierra Vista Symphony, $25-35, 7:30 pm, 520-458-5189 or
25            SUPERIOR: Butterfly Walk - Boyce Thompson Arboretum, learn to identify them on this guided walk by Education Coordinator Chris Kline and Arizona State Parks volunteer naturalists, a few butterflies are netted for a short while to give kids a close up look, $3-7.50, 9:30 am, 520-689-2811 or
25            TEMPE: Fall 2008 Book Sale - Tempe Public Library, used book sale, featuring paperbacks & hardbacks at bargain prices, ranging from recent bestsellers to classic literature, from travel books to children's/young adult books, also CDs & videos, 10 am - 2 pm, 480-350-5500 or
25            TUCSON: 9th Annual Fiesta de las Calabazas - Oracle State Park, pumpkin festival, children's activities, pumpkin corral, food, fine arts gallery, local author's table, local artists, music, $2 roundtrip shuttle & admission, 10 am - 5 pm, 520-896-2425 or or
25            TUCSON: Strunz & Farah – Fox Tucson Theatre, by embracing the cultural riches of their native lands they bridge Afro-Latin, flamenco and Middle Eastern traditions, 8 pm, 520-547-3040 or
25            YUMA: Haunted Tours - Yuma Territorial Prison, night time tours of Yuma’s infamous Territorial Prison, 928-783-4771 or
25-26       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
25-26       FLAGSTAFF: 5th Annual Celebraciones de la Gente - Museum of Northern Arizona, for Dia de los Muertos or Day of the Dead, transforming grief into celebration, this ritual pays homage to the lives of lost loved ones by inviting them back to enjoy their favorite music, and foods and to honor their contributions in life, families bring ofrendas (alters) from their homes to share in a courtyard exhibit, illuminated by candles and luminarias, $4-7, 9 am - 5 pm, 928-774-5213 or 
25-26       PARKER: BlueWater Resort & Casino 300 Enduro – boat race, 928-669-2174 or or or
25-26       PHOENIX: 19th Annual Bashas’ Boo! At the Zoo – Phoenix Zoo, daily mascot parade with more than 25 loveable costumed characters, other activities include bug bingo, jump like a flea, arthropod activities, fear factor bug-off, a bug hunt, Pumpkin Stomp and Chomp, 9 am – 4 pm, 602-273-1341 or
25-26       PINE: Beautiful Quilt Auction – Community Center, a boutique with quilt shop vendors and gifts, a silent auction and a buy-it-now auction, Fri 10 am – 5 pm, Sat. 10 am – 6:30 pm, 928-476-2368 or 602-390-2046 or  
25-26       PRESCOTT VALLEY: Home & Heart Marketplace – A Holiday Shopping Extravaganza - Tim’s Toyota Center, featuring everything from gifts to jewelry to gourmet foods, fine art to travel, garden and holiday items, free, Sat. 9 am – 5 pm, Sun 10 am – 5 pm, 928-533-5208 or or
25-26       SAN CARLOS: ACMSA Arizona State Championship – Apache Gold Casino & Resort, Cowboy Mounted Shooters, World Points Qualifier,
25-26       SEDONA: Art & Craft Show - Bell Rock Plaza, between 35-55 artists with paintings, leather, jewelry, wood, metal, fountains, carvings and many Native American artists too, 928-284-9627 or
25-26       SIERRA VISTA: Tim Weed – Arizona Folklore Preserve, talented and versatile singer/musician, reservations required, $15, 2 & 1 pm, 520-378-6165 or
25-26       TUCSON: 9th Annual Tucson Bluegrass Festival – Desert Diamond Casino, features top national, local and regional bluegrass bands with performances daily from 10 am – 5:30 pm, jam sessions, music and craft vendors, workshops, daily $18, weekend $25, food, 520-296-1231 or
25-26       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 
25-31       CHINO VALLEY: 9th Annual Haunted House - Old Home Manor, 3700 square feet of pure fright, outside the haunt, music and other activities for additional entertainment, Thursday – Saturdays, 7-10 pm, $6, 928-636-9780 or
25-11/9   TEMPE Getting Near to Baby – Tempe Center for the Arts, adapted from a Newberry Honor book, this poignant, new play traces a family’s journey of acceptance and understanding in the face of loss, a regional premiere to Valley families, recommended for ages seven and older, by Childsplay, $15-25, 480-350-2822 or
25-3/9     SCOTTSDALE: We Are about Beauty: Hopi Artists, Hopi Art – Heard Museum North, more than 25 paintings and drawings by Hopi artists, some have never before been displayed, includes an important historical mural by Hopi artist Charles Loloma that is believed to be his only surviving mural,
26            CASA GRANDE: 4th Annual Rip’s BAD Ride Arizona Motorcycle Ride and Festival – Pinal County Fairgrounds, a family friendly motorcycle event, to raise awareness and raise money for the American Diabetes Association, includes bands, bike show, bike games, $20-35, all bikes welcome, there are multiple start site around the metropolitan area, 520-795-3711 ext 7112 or
26            PEORIA: First Responders Run for Special Kids – Peoria Sports Complex, 10K at 8:30 am, 1M at 8 am, 480-748-8620 or
26            PHOENIX: Silent Sundays – South Mountain Park, features free park-ranger guided interpretive programs from 10 am – 2 pm, Central Avenue-access roadways will be closed to motor vehicles from 5 am – 11 pm, 602-534-6324
26            PHOENIX: Lang Lang – Symphony Hall, Michael Christie conducts, with the Phoenix Symphony and Lang Lang on piano, 2 pm, $22-72, 602-495-1999 or
26            PHOENIX: Cyber Sunday – US Airways Center, World Wrestling Entertainment superstars will take to the ring, including John Cena, Undertaker, Triple H, CM Punk, JBL, Big Show, Kane Jeff Hardy, The Great Khali and Batista, and legend Stone Cold Steve Austin, $20, 4:45 pm, 480-784-4444 or
26            SAHUARITA: Gene Chapman Memorial Tumacacori Century - options for 25, 65 and 100 mile bike rides, ride past Green Valley, Arivaca & Tubac, 520-512-0442 or
26            SCOTTSDALE: Virginia G. Piper Concert Series – Theater 4301, some of the world’s finest emerging and established concert pianists, featuring Michael Kim (Canada), $22-24, 7:30 pm, 480-994-2787 or
26            SEDONA: Magical Music in the Red Rocks – Chamber Music Afternoons – Saint John Vianney, featuring Eddie Daniels Jazz Quartet, 2 pm, $25-40, 928-204-2415 or
26            SUPERIOR: Edible & Medicinal Plants Walk – Boyce Thompson Arboretum, one-hour walk up the Curandero Trail to learn about Sonoran Desert plants, a few moderately steep sections, guided by Choctaw nation member and ethno botanist David Morris and “Foods of the Superstitions” cookbook author Jean Groen, 1:30 pm, $3-7.50, 520-689-2811 or
26            TEMPE: SOMA Half Iron Man Arizona - Tempe Town Lake, swim 1.2 miles, bike 56 miles, run 13.1 miles, Quarter Ironman- swim .6 miles, bike 28 miles, run 6.5 miles, 6:30 am, 480-226-4729 or or or
26            TEMPE: 3rd Annual Ghost and Goblins 5K – Kiwanis Park, 5K run, 5K fun walk, kids monster dash, 623-362-8438 or
26            WICKENBURG: Natalie MacMaster – Del E. Webb Center for the Performing Arts, Cape Breton’s favorite fiddler and step dancer, 7:30 pm, 928-684-6624 or
26-28       CAVE CREEK: Arts & Crafts Festival – Frontier Town, elaborate & decorative handcrafted art by artists throughout the Southwest, free, 9 am - 5 pm, 602-789-7222 or
27-1/23   TEMPE: 9th Annual Dia de los Muertos Festival Exhibit – ASU Museum of Anthropology, the gallery will be transformed into one alter through individual works of art, each piece will represent one of the many offerings that compose a traditional alter, emphasis will be place on the four elements (earth, wind, water and fire), 480-965-6224 or
29            MESA: National Geographic Live: Annie Griffiths Belt – A Camera, Two Kids and a Camel - Mesa Arts Center, a multi-media presentation that resonates, educates and inspires, she is a master of both photography and locomotion, she shares stories and images from around the world, 480-644-6500 or or
29            TEMPE: Tokyo String Quartet – Katzin Concert Hall, featuring  Martin Beaver, violin; Kikuei Ikeda, violin; Kazuhide Isomura, viola; and Clive Greensmith, cello, free but ticketed, 7:30 pm, 480-965-6447 or
29-11/2   SCOTTSDALE: U.S. Dog Agility Cynosport Games – WestWorld, 972-487-2200 or 480-312-6802 or or
30            PHOENIX: Meat Loaf – Veterans Memorial Coliseum at the Arizona State Fair, 7 pm, doors open at 5:30 pm, 602-268-FAIR or
30            SCOTTSDALE: Cherish the Ladies – Theater 4301, one of the most engaging ensembles in the history of Irish music, $32-38, 8 pm, 480-994-2787 or
30            TUCSON: Girl’s Night Out Shopping Extravaganza – Loews Ventana Canyon Resort, exhibitors celebrating beauty & fashion, benefits Susan G. Komen for the Cure, 2-9 pm,
30            WICKENBURG: The Complete History of America (abridged) – Del E. Webb Center for the Performing Arts, a tour of our country’s history with the Reduced Shakespeare Company comedy troupe, 7:30 pm, 928-684-6624 or
30-31       LAKE HAVASU CITY:  Outrigger Canoe Regatta – Nautical Inn, 928-855-5565 or
31            BISBEE: Halloween in Bisbee - zany street scenes, costume contests, tour Bisbee's Haunted Theatre at Bisbee Repertory, a scary movie at the Copper Queen Library, game booths for kids, 520-432-3554 or
31            CLARKDALE: Haunted Halloween Express - Verde Canyon Railroad, with candy, costume judging and prizes, 928-639-0010 or 800-293-7245 or
31            GLOBE: 9th Annual Ghosts of Globe Tour - Downtown Globe, half-hour walking tour of 12 haunted buildings, geared towards adults & teens, ghost tour brochures full of folklore and tales will be autographed by local spirits for an unearthly additional fee, $5, 928-425-9340 or
31            HEREFORD: Huachuca Astronomy Club Public Star Party - Junk Bond Observatory, view through member's telescopes (large & small) or bring your own, excellent outing for families and school age children welcome, 7 pm weather permitting, 520-366-5788 or
31            JEROME: Fireman’s Costume Ball – Spook Hall, 9 am, 928-634-0774
31            LAKE HAVASU CITY: London Bridge Days – Halloween Fright Night and Candywalk – activities for children, free, 6-9 pm, 928-453-3444
31            LAKE HAVASU CITY: Test & Tune – Havasu 95 Speedway, free, 6-9 pm, 928-716-6634 or
31            PHOENIX: Music in the Garden Fall Concert Series - Desert Botanical Garden, different bands, this week features Chris Burton Jácome, Flamenco Guitar, reservations, $14-20, 7 pm, 480-941-1225 or
31            QUEEN CREEK: Trunk or Treat Festival – Desert Mountain Park, trick-or-treat by going from car trunk to car trunk, 6-9 pm, 480-358-3700 or
31            SEDONA: Safe & Fun Trick or Treating in Uptown – Uptown merchants welcome all good ghouls and ghosts, decorated storefronts and costumed characters hand out treats, free, 5-8 pm,
31            SPRINGERVILLE-EAGAR: Round Valley Halloween Spooktacular – trick or treat activities, haunted house and costume contest,
31            TEMPE: Astronomy Open House - roof of the Bateman Physical Sciences Bldg. H Wing, free, 8-10 pm, 480-727-7010 or
31            TEMPE: 31st Annual Family Halloween Carnival - Kiwanis Community Park, ghoulish goodies for the goblins, entertainment, costume contest, carnival games, food, free, .25 carnival tickets, 5:30-9 pm, 480-350-5185 or 
31-11/1   CAVE CREEK: 6th Annual Cave Creek Wild West Days – live entertainment, educational programs, kid’s activities, culinary delights, golf tournament, poker ride, a street fair, arts and crafts show, western entertainment, Chili Cook-off, gourmet western market, free, 480-437-1110 or  or
31-11/2   CAREFREE: 15th Annual Carefree Fine Art & Wine Festival – Downtown Carefree, featuring more than 165 artists, paintings in all mediums, bronzes, photography, pottery, glass wood, mixed media, live musical entertainment, wine & micro-brew tasting, gourmet food and chocolates, $3, 10 am - 5 pm, 480-837-5637 or 
31-11/2   PAGE: 6th Annual Page Lake Powell Hot Air Balloon Regatta - watch balloons lift off and float over the Lake Powell area, a Balloon Glow and Street Fair, 928-645-2741 or 
31-11/2   PHOENIX: Midsummer Night’s Dream – Symphony Hall, by Ballet Arizona, a new full-length ballet by Ib Andersen, with musical accompaniment by the Phoenix Symphony, $15-115, 602-381-1096 or
31-11/2   SCOTTSDALE: AZ Dressage Association Horse Show - WestWorld, 602-789-7782 or or
31-11/2   SIERRA VISTA: 19th Annual Festival of Color – Hot Air Balloon Rally – Veteran’s Park, school flights on Fri, flight from the park on Saturday and Sunday, an evening Balloon Glow on Sat all events weather permitting, free, 520-439-3069 or or
31-11/2   TOMBSTONE: 7th Annual Western Music Festival – live western music, performed on the Allen Street Stage and at the historic Schieffelin Hall, $15, 520-457-3616 or 520-457-2295 or
31-11/6   MESA: Señora Tortuga – Mesa Center for the Arts, bilingual play about young Pedro and his family who make their home in a barn on the Mexican border, a hungry woman shares the family dinner and tells fantastic stories of the Enchanted Serpent and Cucuy of Mexican legend, 7:30, 2 & 4:30 pm, $14-15,
31-1/11   SAN CARLOS: 42nd Annual Veterans' Memorial Fair, Pageant & Rodeo - Apache Gold Casino, pageant, parade, pow wow, carnival & all Indian rodeo, concert, 928-475-2361 or 800-APACHE8 or
31-11/15 SEDONA: Annual Exhibition – Unbounded – breaking through barriers real and imagined - Tlaquepaque, opening reception 10/31 from 5-9 pm, an interdisciplinary art show by the Sedona Visual Artists’ Coalition, free, 928-282-1215 or

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