Arizona: Calendar of Events Listings: 2009: October

Arizona Events October 1-14, 2009 Calendar

This calendar of events for Arizona communities in October 2009 has been produced to assist you in making travel and activity arrangements. For events from October 15-31, 2009.

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Governor Brewer Reminds Travelers of Passport Requirement

PHOENIX – Arizona Governor Jan Brewer reminds Arizona citizens that all U.S. and Canadian citizens are required to present a passport or another WHTI compliant document to enter and re-enter the United States by land or sea from Mexico, Canada, the Caribbean and Bermuda. Information about requirements for special groups traveling abroad can be found at U.S. Customs and Border Protection:

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Arizona Activities throughout October 2009

Through January 24, 2010 SCOTTSDALE: Unexpected Wegman: From the Collection of the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art –an exhibition of forty-five William Wegman works, exhibition builds on the artist’s wide recognition for his photographic portraits of Weimaraner dogs, an array of other whimsically portrayed subjects in a diverse range of media and forms—from prints, to flipbooks, to video,

Through October 4 FLAGSTAFF: Flagstaff Festival of Science – a 10-day family event featuring more than 60 activities for all ages from guided hikes and archaeological digs to hands-on exhibits,

Through October 10 TEMPE: Blackbird – Tempe Performing Arts Center, (132 E. 6th St.), by David Harrower, based on a true story, this powerful, volatile piece begins when Una shows up unexpectedly at the office of Ray, forcing Ray to come to terms with the effects of their past relationship, contains strong adult content, $15-20, 8 & 2 pm, 480-820-8022 or

Through Oct. 11: PHOENIX: Steal Away – Playhouse in the Park, (1850 N. Central), in Depression era Chicago 5 upstanding church ladies start a club to fund the college educations of young Black women with bake sales, then they ask a local bank for a loan; upset at being turned down for money to educate “colored women” their latest beneficiary and graduate has more ambitious ideas-they rob the bank! by Black Theatre Troupe, $12-29.50, 602-258-8128 or

YouTube Video of Arizona Road Trip

A little mini-vacation to NE Arizona, on the Navajo/Hopi reservation. The trip started at the invitation of Navajo people near Chinle, then blossomed from there. Visits included Canyon de Chelly, Arizona. Video courtesy to YouTube and Arizona Office of Tourism. Watch more Arizona Travel videos.

For additional tourism information and brochures, contact:

The Arizona Office of Tourism
2702 N. Third St., Suite 4015
Phoenix, Arizona 85004

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Catalina State Park, just north of Tucson in Oro Valley, is a popular hiking nd camping spot. The park is located across the street from the new Oro Valley Marketplace on Oracle Road. Watch a video clip of the area, Google map nd park information.

Through October 11 SCOTTSDALE: The Fantasticks – Scottsdale Desert Stages Theatre, (4720 N. Scottsdale Rd. 85251), part of the Actor’s Café Productions, two teenagers on neighboring farms steal glances and hide their romance from their feuding fathers, although their fathers are actually good friends who’ve hatched a plan, $22-25, 7:30 & 2 pm, 480-483-1664 or

October 8-25 PHOENIX: The Kite Runner – Herberger Theater Center, (222 E. Monroe), a cry for help from an old friend in a distant land lies at the heart of this powerful story of friendship, betrayal and redemption newly adapted from the international best-selling novel, told through the lives of two boys, Amir and Hassan, growing up in Afghanistan in the same household, but in two starkly different worlds, premiere, 602-256-6995 or

Through October 22 GLENDALE: Pumpkin Days & Fall Maze – Tolmachoff Farms, (5726 N. 75th Ave. 85303), pumpkin patch; 6 acre family corn maze with a rooster theme, haunted corn maze (dare to enter), mini corn maze for the little ones, petting zoo, train ride ($2 weekends only), hay ride, farm theme activities, play area, $7 admission, call for hours, 623-386-1301 or

Through November 1 GRAND CANYON: Grand Canyon Celebration of Art – major art show, see works of some of the best master artists in the nation as they seek to capture the beauty of the timeless Grand Canyon landscape on canvas, free,

Through October 31 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, $12 for one haunt, $16 for a double haunt, 7-10 pm, 480-502-5600 or

October 17-November 7 (Tucson), November 12-December 6 (Phoenix)

Arizona Theatre Company presents George Is Dead, a new comedy by acclaimed writer and director Elaine May. Featuring Julia Brothers, Academy Award nominee Don Murray, and Emmy and Golden Globe winner Marlo Thomas, George is Dead plays in Phoenix at the Herberger Theater Center from November 12 through December 6. Arizona Theatre Company's season sponsors are I. Michael and Beth Kasser and the Arizona Commission on the Arts. Tickets range from $26-$50 depending on date and section choice and are available at or by calling the box office at (520) 622-2823. More on ATC. Continue reading about George Is Dead.

1-31 CHINO VALLEY: 3rd Annual Pumpkin Festival – Windmill Farms at JC Ranch, (1460 W. Road 4), includes tractor hay rides, petting zoo, pie eating contest, pumpkin painting contest, arts and crafts, food, live music, dancing, $2 general admission, $5 for all-day events pass including additional attractions, every Saturday and Sunday, 928-899-3561 or

1-31 GLENDALE: Arizona Field of Screams – Haunted Corn Maze – Talmachoff Farms, (5726 N. 75th Ave. 85303), dare to enter, $15, 7-11 pm, Thursday- Saturday, 623-386-1301 or

1-31 MESA: Fright Nights – Golfland, (155 Hampton, 85210), featuring The Gauntlet Haunted House for thrill seekers, or Spooktacular Golf, 18-hole miniature golf, $6.50-12, 480-834-8319 or

1-31 QUEEN CREEK: 15th 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 H * y

October 2009 Arizona Events

October 16-18, 2009: Tombstone Helldorado Days. 80th annual event with over 30 different entertainment groups from gunfighters, belly dancers, cowboy stories and linedancers to song, music and just plain old good fun. Helldorado Days is held on the second Friday in October. It is Tombstone's major event. See more about Tombstone Helldorado Days.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

PHOENIX: Jamie Foxx – Dodge Theatre, 7:30 pm,

1 WILLCOX: Cowboy Hall of Fame - Community Center, induction ceremony, Favorite Son/Daughter Award, $, 520-384-2272 or H

1-2 TUCSON: Opening Night of the Tucson Symphony Orchestra – Tucson Music Hall, with conductor George Hanson and featuring soloist Alain Lefèvre, piano, $20, 520-882-8585 or

1-3 TUCSON: Quilt, Craft & Sewing Festival – Tucson Expo Center, (3750 E. Irvington Rd., 85714-1958), exhibits from many companies, new products, techniques and ideas, ‘make and take’ workshops, educational seminars, $10, 10 am – 5 pm,

1-4 COOLIDGE: Coolidge Days Celebration - San Carlos Park, carnival, games, bike ride run, parade, volleyball, live entertainment, food, free, 520-723-4551 or

1-4 PRESCOTT VALLEY: 35th Annual Yavapai County Fair - Yavapai County Fairgrounds, exhibits, carnival, pig racing, entertainment, food, $4-6, 928-775-8009 or or H z

1-4 TUCSON: Tucson Culinary Festival – Tucson’s premier wine and food event featuring gourmet samplings from Tucson’s finest independently owned, original restaurants, wines and spirits from around the world, and the annual World Margarita Championship, 520-488-8601 or

1-4 WILLCOX: 58th 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 H * y

Friday, October 2, 2009

2 CHANDLER: Chandler Symphony Chamber Series – Center for the Arts, 480-782-2680 or

2 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 H

2 PAGE: Navajo Youth Foundation Golf Tournament – Lake Powell National Golf Course, shotgun, 9 am, 928-645-2023 or

2 PHOENIX: Music in the Garden Fall Concert Series - Desert Botanical Garden, different bands, this week features Jaleo, contemporary Latin, reservations, $14-20, 7 pm, 480-481-8188 or

2 PHOENIX: 22nd 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, $225, 7 pm, 602-273-1341 or

2 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 H

2-3 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, $20, reservations required, 520-432-7071 or

2-3 COTTONWOOD: 4th Annual Rhythm and Ribs – Cottonwood Kids Park, live entertainment, $8-15, 11 am – 8 pm, 928-639-3200 or

2-3 GLENDALE: CKC-Glendale Renaissance Glendale Hotel & Spa, (9495 W. Coyotes Blvd. 85305), more than 100 classes to, shopping, and cropping time with friends and family, $7-10, Fri 10 am – 6 pm, Sat. 9 am – 5 pm,

2-3 KEARNY: OctoberFest Car Show - Uptown, the theme “A Blast from the Past II” will also feature a gem show, street fair, farmers market and vendors market, games for kids, free, 520-363-5622 or

2-3 WINSLOW: 11th Annual "Standin' on the Corner" Just Cruisin' Car Show - La Posada Hotel, sock hop, poker run and burnout contest on the 2nd, free, 8 am - 4 pm, 928-289-2434 or 928-289-5414 or H *

2-4 TEMPE: 37th Annual [email protected] Town Lake - (80 W. Rio Salado Parkway, 85281) blends polka, bratwurst and beer with salsa and Southwest foods, 4 stages of entertainment; six beer gardens plus wines & spirits; German brats and strudel, non-stop polka, local bands, games & entertainment for children, free, Fri. 5 pm - midnight, Sat. 10 am - midnight, Sun. 10 am - 6 pm, 480-491-FEST (3378) or H * y

2-6 SCOTTSDALE: 7th 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 H

2-7 SCOTTSDALE: Scottsdale Classic Futurity & Quarter Horse Show/Southwestern NRHA Affiliate Finals – WestWorld, free, 7:30 am – 8 pm, 480-860-1544 or

2-31 CHANDLER: The Crypt Haunted Attraction – Rawhide, rooms of mind-blowing, heart-pounding scares, $12,

2-11/15 PEORIA: Anything Goes – Arizona Broadway Theatre, (7701 W. Paradise Lane, 85382), Cole Porter’s luxury cruise liner makes a return voyage, a tale of high jinx and mistaken identities featuring a boatload of disguised gangsters, tap-dancing sailors and high-kicking chorus girls, an all-new production of the 1930’s comedy classic features some of Porter’s most unforgettable tunes, 623-776-8400 or

Saturday, October 3, 2009

10th Annual Fiesta de las Calabazas at Oracle State Park from 11am-3pm at Oracle State Park.  This year's event will not only celebrate wildlife conservationist, Aldo Leopold, but also wild foods and the wonders of the Mesquite tree. All event parking for the public is on-site at Oracle State Park this year.  The normal park entrance fee of $6 per vehicle will apply and carpooling is appreciated. Oracle's own harvest festival welcomes back live music by "Tortolita Gutpluckers" from 1-3pm on the Main Stage, playing desert bluegrass featuring banjo, guitar, vocals, fiddle and tub bass.  Opening up the event at 11am will be female duo "InAscent" who will perform with guitar, harmonica and vocals.  Visit for more details. The Fiesta de las Calabazas, as in past years, will highlight the cultural and natural diversity of the Oracle area, along with local talent.  Take a guided tour of the historic Kannally Ranch House.  Authors include: Herbalist, Charlie Kane, with a display of useful wild roots and second edition copies of his book, "Herbal Medicine of the American Southwest." Aldo Leopold scholar, David E. Brown, will be on hand for book signings.  Evaline Auerbach will provide books by Aldo Leopold and more. For more information, call Oracle State Park at (520) 896-2425. Oracle State Park, Center for Environmental Education, is a 4,000-acre wildlife refuge, set on the old Kannally Ranch in the northern foothills of the Catalina Mountains.  The park is located in the town of Oracle, approximately 45 minutes north of Tucson off of Highway 77.

For more information about the 30 State Parks, statewide hiking opportunities, off-highway vehicle trails, and other outdoor recreational and cultural opportunities in Arizona, call (602) 542-4174 (outside of the Phoenix metro area call toll-free (800) 285-3703) or visit Follow us on

3-4 Old Congress Days 2009 is scheduled for October 3 & 4. Events will include parade, swap meet, chili cookoff, BBQ lunch, gymkhana, kids' games, helicopter rides (on Saturday only), hot dog eating challenge for local fire departments, dance Saturday night, Cowboy Church, gospel jamboree, raffles, cow pie bingo, and music from the stage both days. It's an old-fashioned good time! Congress is 15 miles NW of Wickenburg, about 60 miles NW of Phoenix.

3-4 CONGRESS: Old Congress Days – parade, swap meet vendors, music, activities for children, carnival booths, helicopter rides (Sat only), BBQ lunch, gymkhana, old fashioned gold panning competition, chili cookoff, hot dog eating challenge, dance, pie social, mucking and drilling contests, raffle drawing, gospel jamboree on Sunday, 928-427-9489 or 928-427-9438

3-4 MT. LEMMON SKI VALLEY: Oktoberfest on Mt. Lemmon - German bands & dancers, German food & beer, free, $3 parking, Sat-Sun, 520-576-1400 or

3-4 PAYSON: Zane Grey Days Arts & Crafts – Gila County Courthouse parking lot, 10 am – 5 pm, 928-595-4397 or

3-4 PHOENIX: Rainbow Festival – Heritage & Science Park, food, beverage, exhibits, entertainment, 10 am – 6 pm,

3-4 PINETOP-LAKESIDE: 4th Annual Woodland Wild Country Expo - Wildlife & Nature Festival – Woodland Lake Park, fly fishing, star gazing, live wildlife, birding, hiking, nature tours, wildlife art & photography, free, 9 am – 4 pm, 928-367-4290 or

3-4 PRESCOTT: 31st Annual Folk Music Festival - Sharlot Hall Museum, (415 W. Gurley St. 86301), showcases the best of Arizona acoustic music with more than 150 performers, including fiddlers, banjo players, guitarists, singers and songwriters, free, 10 am - 5 pm, 928-445-3122 or H * x

3-4 SAN CARLOS: ACMSA Arizona State Championship – Apache Gold Casino & Resort, Cowboy Mounted Shooters, World Points Qualifier,

3-4 SIERRA VISTA: 38th Annual Art in the Park - Veterans Memorial Park, (33105 E. Fry Blvd.), 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 H y

3-4 TUSAYAN: Grand Canyon Wine Festival – Best Western Grand Canyon Squire Inn, wine tastings, live music and food, Native American artists and artisans exhibits and sales, Sat noon – 6 pm, Sun noon – 5 pm, tastings 6 for $10, wine-makers dinner on the 3rd at 7 pm, a 5-course meal with wine pairings, $50, 928-638-2901 or

3-4 WILLCOX: Fall Pumpkin Celebration - Apple Annie's Produce & Pumpkins, pick your own pumpkins, fall vegetables and apples, hayride to the pumpkin patch and children’s play area, also a corn maze with 3 levels of difficulty, $3 include hayride and children’s play area, 11:30 am - 4 pm, weekends, 520-384-2084 or *

3-10 KINGMAN: Annual Route 66 Quilt Exhibit & Boutique – Mohave Museum of History and Arts, (400 W. Beale St.), sponsored by Kingman Quilters Guild, $3-4, 9 am – 5 pm,

3-31 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

3-31 TUCSON: Nightfall: Release the Beast – Old Tucson Studios, on weekends all month, scary and fun Halloween activities for all ages (with gory stunts, thrilling walk-through adventures, and a trick-or-treat trail) presented as only a movie studio can, 520-883-0100 or

3-31 WILLCOX: Fall Pumpkin Celebration - Apple Annie's Orchard, pumpkin picking, family activities, corn maze with 3 levels of difficulty, $3 includes hayride to the pumpkin patch and children’s play area, free, 11:30 am - 4 pm, weekends, 520-384-2084 or *.

3-2/21 PRESCOTT: Greatest Earth on Show – Phippen Museum, (4701 Highway 89 N, 86301), offers the finest work from contemporary and traditional landscape artists, including Maynard Dixon and James Swinnerton, celebrates the beauty and grandeur of the American West, $4-5, Tu-Sat 10 am – 4 pm, Sun 1-4 pm, 928-778-1385 or H.

3 FLAGSTAFF: Flagstaff Oktoberfest – Wheeler Park, (211 W. Aspen Ave. 86001), a beer tent with beer and wine provided by Nackard Bottling Company, rockin’ music line-up on the stage, benefits Second Chance Center for Animals, free, 11 am – 8 pm, 928-606-7600 or H.

3 FLAGSTAFF: Fall Open House at The Arboretum – (4001 S. Woody Mountain Rd. 86001), as part of the Festival of Science, focuses on the scientific research taking place at The Arboretum, tour the gardens, Live Birds of Prey at noon and 2 pm, hands-on activities for the whole family, free, 9 am – 5 pm, 928-774-1442 or H.

3 FLAGSTAFF: 7th Annual Perot Systems Pumpkin Run – Buffalo Park, 10K, 5K, 1 mile, kids dashes, 8 am,

3 FLAGSTAFF: Plein Air Artist “Paint Outs – Riordan Mansion State Historic Park, a series of friendly, four-hour competitions open to all artists, amateur and professional to paint and capture scenes inside Arizona State Parks, finished pieces are submitted for judging by fellow artists, top three paintings are entered in an public gallery exhibit in February 2010, 8 am – noon, 602-542-4174 or

3 GLENDALE: 2nd Annual Arizona Fire Chiefs Association 5K Run/5K Walk/Centipede Race – Renaissance Center at Westgate, features a 5K Run, a 5K Walk and a four (4) person Hose carry (50ft hand line) 5K With medals to the top 3 overall run and top 3 centipede teams, registration at 6:30 am, food and drink provided after the race,

3 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

3 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,

3 ORACLE: Aldo Leopold Centennial Event – Oracle State Park, Kim Stone will portray Aldo Leopold, Oracle Wild Food Fest will focus on mesquite beans, grinding with a hammermill and kids activities like CSI-Critter Scene Investigation and corn-grinding, archery available for ages 8+, part of a yearlong celebration of Aldo Leopold – ecologist, forester and environmentalist - arrival in the southwest, (in Springerville, AZ in 1909), 11 am - 3 pm,

3 PAYSON: Rim Country Challenge ½ Marathon – sponsored by the Payson Area Habitat for Humanity, $40, 6 am – noon, or

3 PHOENIX: Otsukimi Moonviewing Festival – Japanese Friendship Garden, admire the full moon while strolling the peaceful, 3.5 acre garden, performances of dance, music, song and kimono, jaido-or swordsmanship and taiko drumming, the Urasenke tea group will perform scenes from traditional Japanese tea ceremony, $20-25, 6-9 pm, 602-256-3204 or or

3 PRESCOTT: 26th 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

3 PRESCOTT VALLEY: Gold Fever Daze – Fain Park, (2200 N. 5th St. 86314), features activities related to the early days of Prescott Valley, with gold panning, food, arts & crafts and music, free fishing clinic, 8 am – 3 pm, 928-759-3090 or

3 SAN XAVIER: 10th 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 H.

3 SCOTTSDALE: 14th 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

3 SHOW LOW: Show Low Bluff Tour of the White Mountains – bike ride, 10-66 mile single day endurance, benefits Navapache Regional Medical Center,

3 SUPERIOR: Dragonfly Walk – Boyce Thompson Arboretum, parents and kids can learn to identify colorful dragonfly species during a one-hour walk, $3-7.50, 9:30 am, 520-689-2811 or

Sunday, October 4, 2009

FLAGSTAFF: War Dog Run – Schultz Tank/Weatherford Trail, run roughly a half marathon up 3,000 ft. to Doyle Saddle and back, in celebration of fall, free, 8:45 am,

4 PRESCOTT: Antiques on the Square - Courthouse Plaza, 50+ dealers of antiques and collectibles, includes glass, pottery, furniture, art, jewelry, primitives and unique surprises, sponsored by the Thumb Butte Questers, free, 9 am - 5 pm, 928-445-5137 or

4 SCOTTSDALE: 4th Annual Dine Out with Chefs: A Celebration of the Culinary Arts – Scottsdale for the Performing Arts, celebrates the Valley’s exciting dining scene, showcasing the Valley’s top chefs and a chance to sample their favorite culinary creations, in support of the arts, $55-65, 4-6:30 pm, 480-994-2787 or

4 SCOTTSDALE: 6th 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, or

4 TUCSON: Jazz Under the Stars – St. Philip’s Plaza, this evening Kristin Korb, nationally known singing bass player, opening is the Tucson duo of Christine Vivona, jazz harp, with Rob Boone, keyboard and trombone, presented by the Tucson Jazz Society, $15-20, 6:30 pm, 520-903-1265 or

4-5 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

Monday, October 5, 2009

5 MESA: Sun Lakes Big Band – Broadway Palms, take a trip down memory lane of the 40’s and 50’s with 15 veteran big band players, 6:30 pm, 480-329-3957.

5-8 CAVE CREEK: 7th 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

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

7 CHANDLER: Downtown Chandler Art Walk – Historic Downtown, 480-855-3539 or

7 SCOTTSDALE: Charles Lewis & Friends – Kerr Cultural Center, improvised performances that showcase both his musical depth and his support of some of the finest young talent in America today, “Rising Star” Paul Eirik Melhus will be among the company, co-presented with Jazz in AZ, $20-25, 7:30 pm, 480-596-2660 or

7 SCOTTSDALE: Coffee at Kerr – Kerr Cultural Center, this week featuring The Arizona Opera, an intro to Cosi fan tutte, bring a donation to the food bank, free, but RSVP by 9/23, coffee at 9:30 am, concert at 10:30 am, 480-596-2660 or

7-11 TUCSON: Tucson Aerobatic Shootout - sanctioned by the Academy of Model Aeronautics,

Thursday, October 8, 2009

8 GILBERT: Gilbert Concerts in the Park Series – Freestone Park Amphitheatre, featuring, bring a blanket, free, 6:30 pm, 480-503-6200 or H

8-10 TEMPE: Annual Arizona Dance Festival - Center for the Arts, showcase of dance by AZ's premier dance companies, includes emerging artists as well as professionals from all genres and styles of dance, $13-18, 7:20 pm, 480-962-4584 or

8-11 FLAGSTAFF: 7th Annual Flagstaff Mountain Film Festival - Orpheum Theatre, films, slide shows & speakers highlighting adventure, culture and the environment, $6-8,

8-11 MESA: The Overcoat – Mesa Community College Theatre Outback, (1833 W. Southern, 85202), Nikolai Gogol’s captivating plot of a struggling copy clerk who wants a new overcoat for protection against the harsh St. Petersburg winters, a warmly funny, yet moving, piece where actors play multiple roles filled with mime, fantasy, and the soaring music of Tchaikovsky, $10-15, 480-461-7170 or

8-11 SAFFORD: 83rd 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 H * y

8-11 SURPRISE: Cancer Treatment Centers of America Championships – Surprise Tennis & Racquet Complex, eight champions compete for the inaugural title and $150,000 in prize money, $15-80, 623-222-2222 or H

8-11 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, or

8-18 PHOENIX: Urinetown – Musical Comedy – Paradise Valley Community College Center for the Performing Arts, (18401 N. 32nd St. 85032), 7:30 & 2 pm, 602-787-7738 or

8-25 PHOENIX: The Kite Runner – Herberger Theater Center, (222 E. Monroe), a cry for help from an old friend in a distant land lies at the heart of this powerful story of friendship, betrayal and redemption newly adapted from the international best-selling novel, told through the lives of two boys, Amir and Hassan, growing up in Afghanistan in the same household, but in two starkly different worlds, premiere, 602-256-6995 or

Friday, October 9, 2009

9 PHOENIX: Music in the Garden Fall Concert Series - Desert Botanical Garden, (1201 N. Galvin Parkway, 85008), different bands, this week features Big Nick and the Gila Monsters, Chicago Blues, reservations, $14-20, 7 pm, 480-481-8188 or

9 PHOENIX: James & Ernie Comedy – Central High School, $20,

9 SCOTTSDALE: Quetzal Guerrero, CD Release Concert – Kerr Cultural Center, performing his own compositions and unique blend of soul, jazz and Brazilian music, violinist and song writer, accompanied by LA based Belu Music producers Bryan Velasco on keyboards and Alberto Lopez on percussion, $17-20, 8 pm, 480-596-2660 or

9-10 JEROME: 7th Annual Jerome Ghostwalk – join Jerome Historical Society in a ghostly historical journey, this year look inside the real life story of Jennie Bauter, an immigrant from Belgium who raised the spirits of many a mining man and through devastating fires, never closed her doors, becoming a beloved maternal figure to outcasts and wayward souls of Jerome’s underbelly, $15, show times every half hour from 5-9 pm, 928-634-1066 or

9-10 LAKE HAVASU CITY: 4th Annual London Bridge Lion’s Club Striper Derby – Windsor Beach, 928-505-5240 or

9-10 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

9-10 TUCSON: 32nd Tucson Pride on Parade and Pride in the Desert – Friday parade on 4th Avenue at 6 pm followed by a block party, Saturday all-day festival at Reid Park, live entertainers, vendors, food court, Southern Arizona’s largest gathering of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender community, 10 am – 8 pm, 520-622-3200 or

9-11 PATAGONIA: 21st 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 H y

9-11 PHOENIX: Festival in the Desert – JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa, a music, art and food festival, performances by top musicians, $55-85, Fri 4:30-10 pm, Sat noon – 10 pm, Sun 10 am – 8 pm, 602-267-1600 or

9-11 PHOENIX: Piano Men II – Symphony Hall, award-winning pianist and vocalist Jim Witter returns to the Phoenix Symphony, led by conductor Lawrence Golan, features musical hits from Billy Joel and Elton John , $26-76, 8 & 2 pm, 602-495-1999 or

9-11 PHOENIX: One-Shot Film Challenge – open to anyone with the desire to make a 1-3 minute film in just 48-hours, the catch is your film can only consist of one shot, two presses of the record button – on and off,

9-11 PHOENIX: 49th 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 H * y

9-11 TUCSON: 5th Annual Tucson Film & Music Festival – various cinemas and concert venues around Tucson, the festival celebrates independent film and music, including shorts, features, music videos and amazing bands from the Southwest and beyond,

9-11 TUCSON: 85th Annual Tucson Film & Music Festival – various cinemas and concert venues around Tucson, the festival celebrates independent film and music,

9-11 TUCSON: 37th 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

9-11 TUCSON: Tucson Meet Yourself 2009 – 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

9-12 WILLIAMS: Route 66 Heritage Days and A Taste of Williams – Fri “Opry Night” with live music from local artists and a cake walk, Fri-Mon Route 66 Photo Journal Exhibit at the Sultana Theatre, Sat includes a classic car show and in the evening the 2nd Annual Taste of Williams, a food and wine tasting expo, $25-30, 928-625-1418 or 800-863-0546 or

9-25 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 H

9-11/1 SCOTTSDALE: Ragtime – Scottsdale Desert Stages Mainstage Theatre, (4720 N. Scottsdale Rd. 85251) a nostalgic and powerful portrait of life in turn-of-the-century America, intertwines three stories that illustrate history’s timeless contradictions of wealth and poverty, freedom and prejudice, hope and despair and love and hate, $22-25, 7:30 & 2 pm, 480-483-1664 or

October 10-11, 2009

WILLCOX: APPLE ANNIES HOSTS MILITARY APPRECIATION WEEKEND OCTOBER 10-11. Up to 50 Percent Discount on Admission as Thanks to Community Heroes. Apple Annie’s, the good, old-fashioned orchard and farm in Willcox, is showing its appreciation to the military men and women that serve our country and community each day with a special Military Appreciation Weekend. Active duty personnel will be eligible for a variety of discounts including 50 percent off on Hay Rides and the Corn Maze, and 15 percent off meals at the Burger Barn. The offer will also be extended to the immediate families of military personnel, with 25 percent off on Hay Rides and Corn Maze. Apple Annie’s Produce and Pumpkins is located at 6405 W Williams Rd, Willcox, Arizona. Take I-10 to Willcox, exit 340.  Turn left ( Ft Grant Road) and travel 12 miles. Turn left on Williams Rd look for the signs. Regular prices for the Corn Maze is $7 for ages 12 and up, $5 for ages 6-11, and free for kids 5 and under, and Hay Rides are just $3 everyday. For more information on military appreciation weekends visit or contact Stacy Pearson. To get to Apple Annie’s, take I-10 to Willcox exit 340, turn onto Ft. Grant Rd. for 12 miles, turn left on Williams Rd. and follow signs.

Saturday, October 10, 2009

10 BENSON: 24th 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 H x

10 BENSON: 9th 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 H *

10 BISBEE: Vintage Bisbee: A Wine & Dining Experience- City Park, fine wines from around the world, food by local restaurants with a selection of hors d’ oeuvres and live music, sponsored by the Bisbee Rotary Club, $45, 4-7 pm, 520-432-3554 or or

10 BISBEE: Bisbee After 5 – town-wide artwalk the second Saturday each month, more than 30 shops and galleries, live entertainment, artist receptions, free, 5-8 pm,

10 COTTONWOOD: 2nd Saturday Art & Antique Walk – Old Town District, art galleries, special exhibits, shopping, music, 1– 8 pm,

10 FLAGSTAFF: 9th Annual Soulstice Mountain Trail Run - Sunset Trailhead, 10K ultra/trail, 11.5 mile Ultra/Trail, 8 am, 928-600-3685 or or

10 FLAGSTAFF: GCGS Presents Legendary Guitarist Michael Lorimer in Concert - Center for the Arts, 2300 N Ft Valley Rd), $18-20, 7 pm,

10 KYKOTSMOVI: 8th Annual Tuhisma Hopi Arts and Crafts Market – Hopi Veterans Memorial Center, meet with Hopi artists in surroundings that influence their creative process, art available for purchase, food booths, a variety of entertainment,

10 MESA: How Can I Keep From Singing? - First United Methodist Church, (15 E. First Avenue), includes an unusual piece by Giacomo Puccini paired with American composer Rene Clausen, $12-15, 7:30 pm, 480-305-4538 or

10 MARICOPA: Founder’s Day – Pacana Park, special recognition of one of Maricopa’s founding families, live bands, food, artists, other vendors, free, 2-8 pm, 520-568-9098 or

10 MESA: 48th Annual Miss Indian Arizona Scholarship Program – Mesa Arts Center, all tribes, 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, 5:30 pm, 480-306-4533 or H

10 PHOENIX: 4th Annual Old World Oktoberfest – Margaret T. Hance Park, (1134 N. Central Ave 85004) 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, $5, free for children under 12, 10 am – 9 pm, 480-609-3978 or

10 PHOENIX: Dust Devil Mountain Bike Series #1 – McDowell Mountain Regional Park – 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,

10 PHOENIX: 6th 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

10 PHOENIX: Maricopa County Master Gardeners’ Fall Plant Sale – Arizona Cooperative Extension Office, (4341 E. Broadway Rd.), in conjunction with the Arizona Cultivar of the California Rare Fruit Growers and the Arizona Herb Association, free, 9 am – 4 pm, 602-470-8086 or

10 PHOENIX: Native American Connections/NARD Parade – 3rd Street from Monterey Park to Indian School Park, free, 9 am, or

10 PHOENIX: Native Youth Council NARD Pow Wow – Central High School, free, 10 am – 8 pm,

10 PHOENIX: Sun Country Iris Society Fall 2009 Rhizome Sale – Gardener’s World, (3401 E. Baseline Rd., 85042), 9 am – 2 pm, 480-949-0253 or

10 PINE: Second Saturday “Shop Hop” – visit your favorite shops and galleries and discover some new ones, meet the merchants, artists and craftsmen of Pine, local art, antiques, free, 2-6 pm, 928-476-2219 or 928-476-3655 or

10 PRESCOTT: 6th Annual Phippen Museum Designer Home Showcase – Phippen Museum, (4701 Hwy 89 N. 86301) tour some of Prescott’s most beautiful homes via luxury motor coach, includes gourmet lunch and a wine and cheese reception, $75, 9am -3 pm, 928-778-1385 or

10 SIERRA VISTA: 22nd Annual Cars in the Park - Veterans Memorial Park, (3105 E. Fry Blvd.), features 22 classes of vehicles including classic cars, street rods, low-rider specialties, antiques, more than 350 vehicles, judging, awards, free, 9 am - 3 pm, 520-803-9457 or or H

10 SNOWFLAKE: 9th 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

10 TSAILE: 15th 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,

10 TEMPE: 8th Annual Hot Head Regatta – Tempe Town Lake Marina, watch rowing teams from all over the Southwest compete, food and fierce competition, free,

10 TUCSON: Jet Car Nationals - Southwestern International Raceway, Quik Mart Series #3 Saturday Only, free-$20, 4 pm, 520-762-9700 or

10 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 H *

10 WICKENBURG: 15th 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 800-942-5242 or H

10-11 BENSON/WILLCOX: 7th 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, free, 9 am – 4 pm, 520-586-3920 or

10-11 BISBEE: 17th 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

10-11 CAMP VERDE: 53rd 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 H * y

10-11 MT. LEMMON SKI VALLEY: Oktoberfest on Mt. Lemmon - German bands & dancers, German food & beer, free, $3 parking, Sat-Sun, 520-576-1400 or

10-11 PAYSON: Payson Rimstones 2009 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 or

10-11 PRESCOTT: FallFest in the Park - Courthouse Plaza, arts & crafts vendors from throughout Arizona, 9 am - 5 pm, 928-445-2000 or

10-11 SCOTTSDALE: Railfair '09 - McCormick Stillman Railroad Park, for railroad enthusiasts, railroading displays, demonstrations, live entertainment, concessions, free, 10 am - 5 pm, 480-312-2312 or H * x

10-11 SEDONA: 19th 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 H *

10-11 SIERRA VISTA: 35th 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

10-11 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 H

10-11 WILLCOX: Fall Pumpkin Celebration - Apple Annie's Produce & Pumpkins, pick your own pumpkins, fall vegetables and apples, hayride to the pumpkin patch and children’s play area, also a corn maze with 3 levels of difficulty, $3 include hayride and children’s play area, 11:30 am - 4 pm, weekends, 520-384-2084 or *

10-18 LAKE HAVASU CITY: 28th 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

10-1/10 FLAGSTAFF: 20th Annual Trappings of the American West – Museum of Northern Arizona, 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

Sunday, October 11, 2009

11 FLAGSTAFF: Autumn Star Fest - Lowell Observatory, features numerous telescopes set up for viewing throughout the Lowell campus, Jupiter will be featured object to view, $, 5:30 pm, 928-233-3211 or

11 PARADISE VALLEY: How Can I Keep From Singing? – Paradise Valley Methodist Church, (4455 E. Lincoln Dr), includes an unusual piece by Giacomo Puccini paired with American composer Rene Clausen, $12-15, 3 pm, 480-305-4538 or

11 PHOENIX: 17th Annual Susan G. Komen Phoenix Race for the Cure – Wesley Bolin Plaza, 1 mile run/walk, Breast Cancer Survivor’s 5K run, 5K run, 5K walk, Sleep in for the Cure, all events are non-competitive, benefits breast cancer research, $15-25, 6 am, 602-544-2873 or

11 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

11 SEDONA: Sedona Chamber Music Presents Atos Trio – St. John Vianney Church, (180 Soldiers Pass Rd.), with violinist Annette von Heh, cellist Stefan Heinemeyer and pianist Thomas Hoppe in an all Schubert program, $25-40, 2:30 pm, 928-204-2415 or

11 SUNFLOWER: Arizona Road Racers Mazatzals Trail Run – 18 mile trail run, 8 am, 602-954-8341 or

11 TEMPE: 11th 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

11 TEMPE: Walk to D’feet ALS – Tempe Town Lake, 5K, 10 am, 602-297-3800, or

11 TUCSON: 5th 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

11 TUCSON: 17th 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

11 TUCSON: Jazz Under the Stars – St. Philip’s Plaza, this evening is The Big Band Express, led by Tom Patrick with vocalist Katy Martin, presented by the Tucson Jazz Society, $15-20, 6:30 pm, 520-903-1265 or

Monday, October 12, 2009

12-1/8 TEMPE: 10th Annual Dia de los Muertos Festival Exhibit – ASU Museum of Anthropology, artists, students and community members may participate by creating a piece in the following categories: a traditional alter, a cajita, or small traveling alter or two-dimensional and sculptural artwork that represents death, skulls, skeletons, political subjects, humor and Mexican or Mexican-American identity, an opening on 10/29 includes music, poetry and food, 480-965-6224 or

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

13 FLAGSTAFF: Greenhouse Productions Presents Shangri-La Chinese Acrobats – Prochnow Auditorium, internationally acclaimed performing arts troupe, $20 or $60/family four pack, 7 pm, 928-523-5661 or

13 SCOTTSDALE: Tuesday Morning Music Concerts – Kerr Cultural Center, this week featuring Timothy McAllister, saxophone professor, performances and commentary, bring a donation to a food bank, co-presented with the ASU School of Music, free, but RSVP by 9/29, 10:30 am, 480-596-2660 or

13-11/21 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 H

Events continued: October 15-31, 2009

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