Arizona: Calendar of Events Listings: 2009: October

Arizona Events October 15-31, 2009

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Thursday, October 15, 2009

15 SCOTTSDALE: 20th 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 H

15 SCOTTSDALE: 25th 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, free, opening reception from 5-7 pm, 480-990-1422 or

15 SCOTTSDALE: Thoroughbred Breeders Sale – WestWorld, 480-312-6802 or 602-942-1310 or or

15 TUCSON: Fall Concert Series – Tohono Chul Park, featuring the Santa Cruz River Band with Ted Ramirez and Michael Ronstadt, an authentic representation of Southwestern music and culture and presenting their stories in a positive way, $18, 7 pm, 520-742-6455 or

15-17 PHOENIX: Tchaikovsky’s 5th Symphony – Homecoming! James Sedares – Symphony Hall, Symphony Classics Concert No. 3, $22-72, 602-495-1999 or

15-18 CHANDLER: 5th Annual International Horror and Sci-fi Film Festival – Chandler Cinema, 602-955-6444 or

15-18 PHOENIX: Center Dance Ensemble’s Fateful Loves of Hamlet – Herberger Theater Center, (222 E. Monroe), Desert Dance Theatre performs as guests along with other local dance groups in a concert featuring thematic works related to Shakespeare, $12-24, 7:30 & 2 pm, 602-252-8497 or

15-18 SCOTTSDALE: Scottsdale Fall Preview Hunter Jumper Show – WestWorld, 480-312-6802 or or

15-18 TUBA CITY: 41st Annual To’Nanees’Dizi Dine’ Fair - Western Navajo Fair - Fairgrounds, includes 5K run/walk, Pow Wow, baby contest, concerts and a carnival, all Indian open rodeo, parade, Yeii bi cheii ceremony, 7 am - 11 pm,

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Events Through October 2009 in Arizona

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.

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

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

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

Friday, October 16, 2009

16 CAREFREE: 9th 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

16 PHOENIX: Music in the Garden Fall Concert Series - Desert Botanical Garden, different bands, this week features The Jump Back Brothers, vintage rock/blues, reservations, $14-20, 7 pm, 480-481-8188 or

16 TEMPE: “First Crush” Charity Gala & Silent Auction - Hayden Ferry Lakeside, (80 E. Rio Salado Parkway ), includes wine & beer from Action Wine and Hensley, menu items and entertainment by Alice Tatum and the Alice Tatum Band, $75, 5:30 pm, supports the Tempe Community Action Agency,480-350-5884 or

16 TUCSON: Around the World in Two Hours – Berger Performing Arts Center, (1200 W. Speedway), a musical tour to feature the sounds of Brazil, Ireland, Japan and Africa, the groups are Batucaxe, Round the House, Odaiko Sonora and Planet Djembe featuring master drummer Adama Dembele, world music, drumming and dance, sponsored by the Center for Spiritual Living of Tucson, $20-25, 7 pm, 800-825-3773 or 520-319-1042 or

16-17 BENSON: 15th Annual Biker Rodeo – Big Boy’s Arena Bar & Rodeo Grounds, with the Southern Arizona Harley Riders, $15, 520-586-9983 or or

16-17 SURPRISE: Special Olympics Fall Games – Surprise Stadium, with aquatics, bocce, golf and softball, 602-230-1200 or

16-18 CHANDLER: 7th Annual Kokopelli Krush – Kokopelli Winery & Bistro, 35 W. Boston Street, 85225, foot stomping party where teams of two compete to see how much grape juice they can make in just two minutes with their feet, also an outdoor tent with music, food, games, vendors and games for kids, free admission, $10 wine tasting package with 6 tickets, Fri. & Sat. 11:30 am – 10 pm, Sun 11:30 am – 5 pm, 480-792-6927 or

16-18 TOMBSTONE: 80th Annual Helldorado Days – reenactments, shootouts, parade, 1880 ladies fashion show, Indian dancers, carnival, live music, contests, 10 am – 4 pm, 520-457-3197 or or H See more about Tombstone Helldorado Days.

16-11/1 PEORIA: Sly Fox – Theater Works Jane Gyder Main Stage, (8355 W. Peoria, 85345), a wealthy con man pretends to be dying, the better to cheat his hypocritical marks who bow and scrape, desperate to be name in his will, comedy written by Larry Gelbart, 623-815-7930 or

16-11/8 PHOENIX: 125th Annual Arizona State Fair - family entertainment, animals, food, rides, top-notch concerts, exhibits, motorized events, rodeo & more, Tues-Sun, new attractions, new rides, $5-10, H * z

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.

Saturday, October 17, 2009

17 BISBEE: 19th 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 not H

TUBAC: In 1776, most of us learned how new Americans were fighting for their independence from Britain, but in the southwest Capt. Juan Bautista de Anza was gathering about 300 Spanish settlers and military people for a long trip.  They mounted up and left the Tubac Presidio with these people on a 1200-mile trek to the West coast to build the Presidio at San Francisco.  Their mission was to connect New Spain with San Francisco.

Tubac Presidio State Historic Park will celebrate Juan Bautista de Anza's trek on Saturday, October 17, 2009 from 10am to 4pm.  Tubac, which grew up around the Spanish presidio built in 1752, is Arizona's first European settlement.   The Anza Trail runs from Nogales, Arizona to San Francisco, California with the 3.5 miles section between the two parks followed by re-enactors each year. Continue reading about Anza Day 2009.

17 CHANDLER: 22nd Annual Fall Rhythm Fest - Tumbleweed Park, entertainment, amusement for kids, food, fireworks, free, 5:30-10:15 pm, 480-782-2735 or H * y

17 DOUGLAS: 22nd 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, $60, 2 am - midnight, 520-745-2033 or H

17 FLAGSTAFF: Navajo Rug Auction – Coconino Center of the Arts, (2300 N. Fort Valley Rd.), more than 300 contemporary and vintage Navajo weavings, ranging in a variety of styles will be on the auction block for public bidding, led by auctioneers from the R.B. Burnham & Co. Trading Post, preview 10 am – 4 pm, auction at 5 pm, Navajo tacos and frybread will be sold too,

17 FLORENCE: 4th Annual Multicultural Festival – Jaques Square, (corner of Main & 8th Streets), entertainment highlighting a variety of cultures through music, dance and cultural exhibitions, performing arts groups, food and vendors, free,10 am – 3 pm, 520-868-4496 or or

17 GLENDALE: Catlin Court Front Porch Festival – Historic Downtown, 58th and Glendale Avenues, more than 80 shops and eateries with special activities, including demonstrations, make and takes, special treats, shops showcase their specialties on their lawns and porches, start at the Glendale Visitor Center to pick up a downtown walking map, 10 am – 4 pm, 623-930-2299 or

17 GLOBE/MIAMI: 26th 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 H

17 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

17 HIGLEY: Bo Bice – Higley Center for the Performing Arts, raw, Southern rock, $28-36, 8 pm,

17 KINGMAN: Fall Festival & Parade – Commemorating the Powerhouse 100th Anniversary – Beale Street and Locomotive Park, parade on Sat. at 10 am, vendors, artists, food, entertainment, Sat 10 am – 5 pm, Sun 10 am – 3 pm, 928-753-6106 or

17 LAKE HAVASU CITY: 38th Annual London Bridge Days Grand Parade - McCulloch Blvd. beginning at Acoma Blvd. 10 am, 800-242-8278

17 PHOENIX: 9th Annual Beauty of a Bonzer Charity Event – US Airways Center, with Kool and the Gang, 8 pm, 480-784-4444 or

17 PHOENIX: Sun Country Iris Society Fall 2009 Rhizome Sale – Baker Nursery, (3414 N. 40th St., 85018), 9 am – 2 pm, 480-949-0253 or

17 PHOENIX: Javelinas: Knowing Our Neighbors - Deer Valley Rock Art Center, (3711 W. Deer Valley Road), a collaborative exhibit bringing together neighbors of all sorts, a lively collection of artwork in many media, artists from the Valley and beyond explore our complex relationship with mischievous and endearing javelinas, a large-scale art project by local youth, made is also showcased, features hands-on activities for learning about javelinas, free, 623-582-8007 or

17 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 H *

17 PHOENIX: 6th Annual Native Foods and Craft Fair – Pueblo Grande Museum and Archaeological Park, shop for produce, visit the pumpkin patch, watermelon eating contest, demonstrations, traditional arts & crafts, frybread, free, 8 am – 2 pm, 602-495-0901 or

17 PHOENIX: 22nd Annual Arizona Indian Living Treasures Awards – Heard Museum, free, noon – 5 pm,

17 PHOENIX: Arizona Open Water Swim Series #4 – Lake Pleasant Harbor Marina, events are officially sanctioned by USAS and USMS and are open to both registered age group and masters swimmers, with choice of 2K and 4K distances (1.2 or 2.4 miles),

17 PRESCOTT: Old West Oktoberfest - Gurley Street, beer tasting, music, entertainment, 1-6 pm, 928-443-5220 or

17 SCOTTSDALE: Show Circuit All Breed Horse Show - WestWorld, 480-488-5711 or 480-312-6802 or or

17 SCOTTSDALE: Scottsdale Healthcare Rob Moy Memorial Motorcycle Poker Run – from Casino Arizona, a 200-mile scenic ride around Saguaro Lake, Scottsdale and the East Valley, best pokerk hand wins a big-screen television, benefit, 7 am, 480-882-4541 or 480-882-4607

17 SIERRA VISTA: 10th Annual High Desert Crafters Fall Fair – United Methodist Church, (3225 St. Andrews Dr.), holiday gifts, unusual crafts and art, free drawings, free, 8 am – 2 pm, 520-803-7267 or

17 SIERRA VISTA: “Sisters in Crime” Annual High Desert Book Fair – Windemere Hotel, (2047 S. Hwy 92), for mystery lovers, free, 10 am, 520-366-0525 or

17 SUPERIOR: 8th Annual Die de Colores (Day of Colors) - a free arts exhibit, an art tour throughout town, dinner under the stars at the Café Piedra Roja, $15-25, tour noon – 5 pm, dinner at 5:30 pm, 480-983-2467 or 520-689-0200 or H *

17 TEMPE: 10th Annual Buddy Walk – SRP Pera Club Park, (1 E. Continental Dr. 85281-1045), join the Phoenix Sun’s Gorilla on a one-mile (stroller friendly) walk, for Sharing Down Syndrome Arizona, 8 am, 480-926-6500 or

17 TEMPE: 18th Annual ‘Frank Kush Family 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, medals & ribbons, $5-10 or $20/family of four, 480-921-3941 or or

17 TEMPE: Light the Night Walk – Tempe Town Lake Beach Park, benefits Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, 5 pm registration, 602-788-8622ext 16 or

17 TUCSON: Tucson Wool Festival –The Withers Ranch (4010 W. Palo Seco, 85742), tour a working fiber farm and meet llamas, alpacas, angora goats and rabbits, Shetland, Rambouillet, Jacobs and Border Leicester sheep, try your hand at a workshop or visit fiber artists from throughout the Southwest as the demonstrate their craft, free, 9 am – 3 pm, 520-572-3758 or 520-401-6117 or H *

17-18 PEEPLES VALLEY: Ranching and Mining Festival 2009 – Model Creek School, Arizona musicians playing Country and Cowboy music, traditional, contemporary and gospel bluegrass and folk music on 2 stages, cowboy poets, arts & crafts, ropin’ contest, stick horse rodeo, miniature horse driving drill team, gold panning, workshops and demonstrations, 9 am – 4 pm, 928-427-0209 or or

17-18 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

17-18 PORTAL: Cave Creek Tour – scenic & fairly easy bike ride from Roadforks, NM to Portal and up Cave Creek Canyon, 45-mile per day on east side of the Chiricahas, overnight at the SW Research Center,

17-18 SEDONA: Sedona Gem & Mineral Club Annual Local Rock Sale – Red Rock High School, Sat 10 am - 5 pm, Sun 10 am – 4 pm, 928-284-9547 or 928-300-8333 or

17-18 SONOITA: 41st Annual Grass Ridge Horse Trials – Grass Ridge Farms, equine enthusiasts converge for this annual competition of Olympic Style Dressage and Stadium Jumping, free, 520-455-5093 or

17-18 TOMBSTONE: 19th 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

17-18 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 H

17-18 TUCSON: Southern Arizona Food & Wine Festival – Rillito Downs Park (4502 N. 1st Avenue, Tucson), more than 200 food, art, wine, beer and everything culinary themed art vendors and booths, live music, dancing and cooking demos, children’s activities, $5, Sat. 10:30 am – 8 pm, Sun 10:30 am – 5 pm,

17-18 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 *

17-19 DOUGLAS: Two Flags Art Festival – Castro Park, the Public Library will hold their annual Book Sale, numerous vendors of local arts and crafts, regional food, entertainment with live music, dance and a puppet show for the kids, ArtCars unique exhibit, Sat. 10 am – 7 pm, Sun noon – 5 pm,

17-31 TUCSON: 21st Annaul Buckelew Farm Pumpkin Festival & Corn Maze - horse-drawn wagon rides, haunted cornfield, $4 for the festival, $18 for the corn maze, 10 am, weekends, 520-822-2277 or

17-11/7 TUCSON: George is Dead – Temple of Music and Art, (330 S. Scott), new comedy by Elaine May, George is rich and Doreen is helpless; Michael is disillusioned and Carla is the capable one, when a bogus bomb scare in the New York subway starts a fatal series of events, combines whimsical wit with tart social commentary in a story of urban living, sudden death and learning to use the remote control, 520-622-2823 or

Sunday, October 18, 2009

18 MESA: Tchaikovsky’s 5th Symphony – Homecoming! James Sedares – Mesa Arts Center, Symphony Classics Concert No. 3, $22-52, 2 pm, 602-495-1999 or

18 PHOENIX: 2009 ARR South Mountain Classic 20K/5K – South Mountain Activity Center, a 20K and 5K at 6:45 am, 602-954-8341 or

18 PHOENIX: 11th Annual African Festival – ASU West, (4701 W. Thunderbird Rd. 85069), Delph Courtyard, African food, crafts, fashion show, entertainment, free, 10 am – 6 pm,

18 SCOTTSDALE: Uncorked & Unplugged - Desert Ridge Marketplace, food, drinks, live entertainment under the stars at Desert Ridge Marketplace, benefits Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale, $125, 6 pm, 480-860-5520 or

18 SCOTTSDALE: Day of the Dead: A Story Telling Celebration starring Zarco Guerrero – Kerr Cultural Center, Guerrero renowned mask maker and performer will celebrate this Ancient Holiday with his exotic masked characters and unique and often hilarious style of storytelling, $17-20, 3 pm, 480-596-2660 or

18 TUCSON Blues Festival - Reid Park, promotes an awareness and enjoyment of blues music & culture, 11 am – 6:30 pm,

18 TUCSON: Jazz Under the Stars – St. Philip’s Plaza, this evening it The Super Jam Tribute to Steve Emerine, produced by Pete Swan with an all-star assembly of the city’s top jazz musicians, presented by the Tucson Jazz Society, $15-20, 6:30 pm, 520-903-1265 or

18-11/16 PHOENIX: 44th 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

Monday, October 19, 2009

19-25 SCOTTSDALE: Open – Grayhawk Golf Club, features a full-field (132 players), four-day tournament with a $5 million purse, or

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

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, $, 5:30 pm, 928-233-3211 or

20-25 PHOENIX: Grease – Dodge Theatre, starring platinum-selling recording artist and “American Idol” winner Taylor Hicks as “Teen Angel,” features songs from the smash hit 1978 motion picture for the first time ever in a Broadway production, $44-79, 7:30, 8 & 6:30 pm, 877-598-6671 or

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

21-25 LAKE HAVASU CITY: 32nd Annual Relics & Rods Run to the Sun - The Nautical Beachfront Resort, car run of pre-1960 street rods & custom cars, show & shine, car parade, $6, 928-855-0933 or or H y

Thursday, October 22, 2009

22 SCOTTSDALE: 2nd Annual A Taste of Art 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 H

22-24 CASA GRANDE: Annual Copperstate Regional EAA Fly-in and Aviation Trade Show – Casa Grande Municipal Airport, draws more than 600 visiting planes,

22-24 GREEN VALLEY: Green Valley White Elephant Country Fair – Green Valley Village, largest fair in the Green Valley area, held in conjunction with the White Elephant Country Fair Parade, a community-wide celebration, fair features more than 100 booths including fine arts and crafts, daily entertainment, food vendors, farmers market, pet parades, free, 9 am – 5 pm, 520-625-6551 or

22-24 MESA: Annual Mesa Storytelling Festival – Mesa Arts Center, tall tales and folklore from across the world, featuring some of the top names among national storytellers, narratives from around the globe representing numerous cultures as well as time-honored and contemporary stories from Native American and African American cultural traditions, free festival on Sat. and ticketed concerts, also food and live musical entertainment, 480-644-6500 or

22-24 SCOTTSDALE: Crave Arizona – highlights local chefs, artisans, and one-of-a-kind dining experiences found only in Arizona, includes exquisite dinners, cooking demonstrations, competitions, educational seminars, in-gallery private dinners, the National Mix-It-Up Competition, BBQ & Bubbles event, Arizona Grand Tasting with more than 50 of the state’s top signature restaurants,

22-29 PHOENIX: 8th 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, $6-12, Fri 9 am – noon, Sat-Sun 9 am - 3 pm, 480-941-1225 or

Friday, October 23, 2009

23 CAREFREE” 9th 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,

23 PHOENIX: Music in the Garden Fall Concert Series - Desert Botanical Garden, different bands, this week is The Sugar Thieves, blues/roots music/Americana, reservations, $14-20, 7 pm, 480-481-8188 or

23 PRESCOTT: 4th Friday Art Walk - 15 galleries stay open late and offer food, musical entertainment, artist receptions and painting demonstrations,

23-25 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

23-25 MESA: 27th Annual Roy Track Mesa Powwow – Pioneer Park, (525 E. Main St.), free, Fri night free music concert, no powwow, Sat. pow wow from 11 am – 10 pm, Sun powwow 10 am – 5 pm, 602-799-0260 or

23-25 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 or

23-25 PEORIA: 22nd 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, $2, 12 & under free, students & active military free, Fri 5-10 pm, Sat 11 am - 10 pm, Sun noon - 8 pm, 623-486-8665 or H x

23-25 SCOTTSDALE: 4-H Horse Show – WestWorld, 480-312-6802 or 602-257-7120 or

23-25 SCOTTSDALE: Saddlebred Futurity – WestWorld, 480-312-6802 or or

23-25 TUBAC: Sacred Global CosmoPop Concert & EcoFest – Avalon Gardens, this “Festival of Hope” includes live music, independent films, activist theater, eco-conscious speakers, Gabriel of Urantia & The Bright & Morning Star Band, CosmoPop is a fusion of rock, pop, jazz, folk, Celtic, and country-western, with added mantras and a style of dancing, called CosmoDance, in which people follow the Spirit within them, donations, 520-603-9932 or

23-25 TUCSON: 10th 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

Saturday, October 24, 2009

24 CORDES JUNCTION: 7th Annual Different Skies – Arcosanti, an evening of original electronic and experimental space music written by participants from around the world, $20-40, 5 pm, 928-632-6217 or

24 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 H *

24 MESA: Copperstate Mustang Club’s Annual Fall Car Show, Mustang Monsoon Madness – Toby Keith’s I Love This Bar & Grill, (1065 N. Dobson Rd., 85201), a judged show as well as People’s Choice, come see cars from 1964 to 2010, $30-35 to enter a car, free to view, 11 am – 3 pm, trophies presented at 4 pm,

24 PARKER: 5th Annual Blue Water Resort & Casino 300 Enduro – speed boat race, 928 669-6511 or

24 PARKER: 2nd Annual Chili Cookoff – horseshoe tournament, live music, vendors, wakeboard demonstration, 928-669-2174 or

24 PHOENIX: Sun Country Iris Society Fall 2009 Rhizome Sale – Metro Tech High School, (1900 W. Thomas, 85015), 8 am – 2 pm, 480-949-0253 or

24 PHOENIX: 45th Western States Karate Championships - Civic Plaza, individual, team fighting & self-defense demonstrations in a tournament format, $5, 9 am - 5 pm, 602-274-1136 or

24 PHOENIX: 41st Annual Phoenix YMCA Half Marathon & Family 5K - South Mountain Park, 6:30 am, 480-452-9286 or or

24 SAFFORD: Harvest Festival –

24 SCOTTSDALE: ARTrageous featuring Kristin Chenoweth - Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, (7380 E. Second), celebrate the grand opening of the Center for the Performing Art’s newly remodeled Virginia G. Piper Theater featuring one of Broadway’s brightest stars –Kristin Chenoweth, the Tony Award winner originated the role of Glinda the Good Witch in Wicked, $95 (includes post-show dessert reception) 8 pm,

24 SEDONA: Paint Out on Main Street – view 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, part of Sedona Art Center’s week long Plein Air Festival, free, 2:30-5 pm,

24 SEDONA: Fall Arts & Crafts & Bake Sale – Sedona Heritage Museum, (735 Jordan Rd.), local artists and craftspeople, all handmade gifts, jewelry, clothing, toys, weavings, baskets, stained glass, soaps and lotions, home décor and art, free, 9 am – 3 pm, 928-282-7038 or

24 SIERRA VISTA: Fairbank 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, $5, 7 pm, 520-459-2555 or

24 SONOITA: Roundup Open House – “Cowboy Life on the Empire Ranch” - Empire Ranch in the Las Cienegas National Conservation Area, showcasing past and present cowboy traditions, with arena events, skill demonstrations, historic wagons, kid’s corral, live music and dancing, barbecue, auctions and raffles, parking donation $5 per car, 10 am – 4 pm,

24 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

24 TEMPE: 5th Annual Phoenix Brain Tumor Walk – Kiwanis Park, (5900 S. All American Way, 85283), an inspirational fundraising walk and community day to support vital brain tumor research and patient services at the National Brain Tumor Society, optional 5K walk with food, music, prizes and more, $25-35, 866-455-3214 or

24 TOPAWA: Waila! Making the People Happy – Tohono O’odham Nation Cultural Center and Museum, Waila music and dancing after viewing a feature film on the Waila music tradition, discussion with filmmaker Dan Golding and cultural experts, traditional food available for purchase, free, 6 pm,

24-25 BUCKEYE: 2nd Annual Heritage Days – Heritage Park, (809 N. First St. 85326), celebrate the rich culture and history of Buckeye with an antique tractor and engine show, tractor pull and parade, a Lil Miss and Mister Heritage pageant, pumpkin patch, live & silent auction, vendors, demonstrations, food, in conjunction with the Gas Engine and Tractor Association, $5, 9 am – 4 pm, 623-349-6602 or

24-25 FLAGSTAFF: 6th 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

24-25 GLOBE: AZ Jr. Rodeo –Fairgrounds,

24-25 PHOENIX: 20th Annual Bashas’ Boo! At the Zoo – Phoenix Zoo, daily mascot parade with more than 25 loveable costumed characters, other activities include pumpkin stomp and chomp, free with regular admission, 9 am – 4 pm, 602-273-1341 or

24-25 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

24-25 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 *

24-11/1 SEDONA: 5th 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

Sunday, October 25, 2009

25 CASA GRANDE: 5th 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

25 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

25 SCOTTSDALE: 13th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition (2009) – Center for the Arts, (7380 E. Second), features a season of gold medalists, including its most recent winner, the gifted 19-year-old Chinese pianist Haochen Zhang, the youngest participant in the 2009 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, who shared the gold medal with Nobuyuki Tsujii, $24, 7:30 pm,

25 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, $3-7.50, 1:30 pm, 520-689-2811 or

25 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

25 TUCSON: Holualoa Tinfoilman Triathlon - 825 yd pool swim, 12 mi bike, 3 mi run, 6:30 am, 520-670-0223 or

25-27 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, $5-7, Fri 3-8 pm, Sat. 10 am – 8 pm, Sun 10 am – 6 pm,

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

27 PHOENIX: Steely Dan – Dodge Theatre, 7:30 pm,

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

28-11/22 TEMPE: The Phantom of the Opera – Gammage, longest running show in Broadway history, a timeless story of seduction and despair,

Thursday, October 29, 2009

29 PRESCOTT VALLEY: NEWSBOYS with Seventh Day Slumber and Bread of Stone – Tim’s Toyota Center, Christian contemporary, Grammy Award winning band, 866-443-8849 or or

29 SCOTTSDALE: Tchaikovsky’s 5th Symphony – Homecoming! James Sedares – Scottsdale Center for the Arts, Symphony Classics Concert No. 3, $22-72, 7:30 pm, 602-495-1999 or

29 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,

29-31 CHINO VALLEY: Chino Valley Halloween Party – Community Center Park, (1615 N. Road 1 E 86323), a trick-or-treat event, includes the popular haunted hayride and haunted swamp, $, 6-9 pm, 928-636-9780 or

29-11/1 VAIL: Halloween Howl - Colossal Cave Mountain Park, haunted hay rides, games and candlelight cave tours, $7, 5-9 pm, 520-647-7275 or 520-647-7345 or H *

Friday, October 30, 2009

30 PHOENIX: Music in the Garden Fall Concert Series - Desert Botanical Garden, different bands, this week features Quetzal Guerrero, Nu-Jazz, Latin, soul, reservations, $14-20, 7 pm, 480-481-8188 or

30 SCOTTSDALE: Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble – Center for the Arts, (7380 E. Second), performs Rivers of Hope, a program of classic works that includes the deeply evocative Blood Memories by choreographer Donald McKayle, accompanied by a Harold Roberts suite ranging from African drums to American rock, this inspiring dance focuses on the Nile and Mississippi rivers as centers of community life, $38, 8pm,

30 TUCSON: Park After Dark - Tohono Chul Park, celebrate the folklore and fantasy of the Day of the Dead, showcases a mysterious mix of vignettes, wildlife experts with live animals such as spiders, bobcats and snakes, Southwestern ghost stories performed, $5, 5-8 pm, 520-742-6455 or H

30-31 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

30-31 PHOENIX: Howl-O-Ween at the Phoenix Zoo – experiences to terrify those looking for a good scare, but younger ghosts and goblins will have their own merry-not-scary pathways with treats, something for all ages including DJ music, ghostly storytelling, outdoor movies, trick or treating, $6-8, 6:30-9:30 pm, 602-273-1341 or

30-11/1 PHOENIX: Simply Sinatra – Symphony Hall, with Phoenix Symphony, $26-76, 8 & 2 pm, 602-495-1999 or

30-11/1 SCOTTSDALE: 15th Annual International Gem & Jewelry Show - WestWorld, exhibits, lectures, dealers, demos, prizes, $6 under 16 free, 301-294-1640 or H * x

30-11/15 SEDONA: 9th Annual Fall Art Exhibition – Beneath the Surface - Tlaquepaque, opening reception from 5-9 pm, an interdisciplinary art show by the Sedona Visual Artists’ Coalition, free, 928-282-1215 or

Halloween Saturday, October 31, 2009

31 CHANDLER: Dia de los Muertos: A Day of the Dead Celebration – A.J. Chandler Park, 480-917-6859 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: 10th 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, $3, 928-425-9340 or

31 GOODYEAR: 13th 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, 623-536-3700

31 LAKE HAVASU CITY: London Bridge Days – Halloween Fright Night and Candywalk – activities for children, free, 6-9 pm, 928-453-3444

31 ORACLE: 26th Annual Oracle Run – Arcadia Ranch, through scenic areas of Oracle, 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, $22-35, 9 am,

31 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 H * x

31 PHOENIX: 9th Annual 2009 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

31 PHOENIX: Dust Devil Mountain Bike Series #2 – Estrella 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,

31 PHOENIX: Trick or Treat – Family Concert No. 2 – Symphony Hall, the Phoenix Symphony with Benjamin Rous, conductor in a weird and wonderful Halloween concert, , $10-18, 2:30 pm, 602-495-1999 or

31 PHOENIX: 2009 Javelina Jundred – McDowell Mountain Park, 100 miles, 602-361-7440 or

31 SCOTTSDALE: 40th Annual Fall Festival – Eldorado Park, (2311 N. Miller Rd.), game booths for all ages, costume contests, pumpkin decorating contest, adults game area, canine costume contest, haunted forest, stage demonstrations, fireworks show at the end, candy and prizes, free, 6-9 pm, 480-312-2771

31 SEDONA: 23rd Annual 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 SURPRISE: Monster Bash Triathlon 2009 – Surprise Aquatic Center, Sprint Triathlon, Duathlon, Aquathlon, relay, kids triathlon, 5K fun run/walk, a prize for participant with best costume, 6:30 am,

31 TEMPE: 4th Annual Ghost and Goblins 5K – Kiwanis Park, 5K run, 5K fun walk, free kids monster dash, 7 am, 623-362-8438 or

31 TEMPE: JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes – Tempe Beach Park, 7:30 am,

31 TEMPE: 32nd 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 TUCSON: 10th 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

31 TUCSON: Esmeralda, Giselle – Act ii, Masquerade – Stevie Eller Dance Theater, Esmeralda tells the tragic tale of Quasimodo and his love of the beautiful gypsy girl, Giselle is a dramatic portrayal or triumphant and transcendent love beyond the grave and Masquerade is new ensemble work with a blend of traditional and contemporary movement and evokes light-hearted, engaging human interactions and athletic exuberance, $25, 520-903-1445 or

31 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, 520-384-2084 or *

31 YUMA: Haunted Tours - Yuma Territorial Prison, night time tours of Yuma’s infamous Territorial Prison, 928-783-4771 or

31-11/1 MESA: El Dia de los Muertos Celebration – Mesa Arts Center, features an artist Mercado showcasing an assortment of traditional and contemporary merchandise, jewelry, and arts and crafts from several local artisans, live artist demonstrations, artist workshops, alter contests, hands-on educational activities, live traditional music and dance a variety of food, free, Sat. 10 am – 7 pm, Sun noon – 5 pm, 480-644-6627 or

31-11/1 PHOENIX: Annual Dia de los Muertos Celebration - Desert Botanical Garden, celebrate with Mexican food and pastries, live entertainment such as a Ballet Folklorico, mariachis and the Calacas, create paper flowers and a Frida Kahol activity, local Latino artists will demonstrate and sell Mexican art, $6-12, 10 am - 3 pm, 480-941-1225 or

31-11/1 PHOENIX: Orchid Show & Workshop – Baker’s Nursery, (3414 N. 40th St.), orchid displays, a “plant sale” table, workshops on growing orchids in the desert, and other orchid culture topics, presented by the Desert Valley Orchid Society, Sat. 9 am – 4 pm, Sun 10 am – 4 pm, 602-697-8332

31-11/1 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

31-11/1 SCOTTSDALE: Arizona Dressage Association State Championship and Fall Fiesta – WestWorld, equestrian dressage show, Olympic sport where horse and rider compete by riding a pattern in an arena, free, 8 am – 4 pm, 602-942-6062 or

31-11/1 TOMBSTONE: Halloween in Tombstone Territory – bike ride approx. 40-50 miles each day,

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