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Arizona Events October 2010 Calendar

This calendar of events for Arizona communities in October 2010 has been produced to assist you in making travel and activity arrangements. To have your Arizona event considered, please email to [email protected].

This calendar has been produced to assist with travel arrangements or local activities. It is an information guide only and does not constitute a recommendation. Dates for these Arizona events were correct at time of publication. Since dates are occasionally changed, please confirm them in advance. Updates, additions and corrections to any Arizona events are made at www.ArizonaGuide.com.Arizona Day by Day October 2010 Events

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 31, 2010

Queen Creek - 16th Annual Schnepf Farms Pumpkin & Chili Party held at Schnepf Farms. Enjoy 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. Charge $14, Thursday and Sunday from 10 am – 9 pm, Friday-Saturday from 10 am – 10 pm. Call 480-987-3100 or visit www.pumpkinandchiliparty.com.

Mesa - The Crypt Haunted Attraction held at Fiesta Mall. Featuring the Crypt and the Asylum, rooms of mind-blowing, heart-pounding scares, $13-17, www.HauntedAZ.com

Tucson: Nightfall: Twenty Years of Terror at Old Tucson Studios. This annual Halloween events is held on the weekends all month. Experience scary and fun Halloween activities for all ages with gory stunts, thrilling walk-through adventures, and a trick-or-treat trail. Popular Tucson event. 520-883-0100 or www.nightfallaz.com

Day by Day Events in Arizona

Friday, October 1, 2010

Lake Havasu City: Concerts in the Park at the London Bridge Beach. Enjoy Food, treats, drink and novelty vendors, bring your own chairs, free, 5:30-9:30 pm, 928-453-8686.

Mesa - Sheena Easton performs at the Mesa Arts Center. Top eighties pop icon and multi-Grammy award winner, highlighting hits from her thirty year career span, a personal concert, stripped down from the massiveness of her arena tours, $38, 8 pm, 480-644-6500 or www.MesaArtsCenter.com

Page - Navajo Youth Foundation Golf Tournament at Lake Powell National Golf Course shotgun, 9 am, 928-645-2023 or www.golflakepowell.com

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 www.artlinkphoenix.com

Phoenix - 2010 Music in the Garden Fall Concert Series
Desert Botanical Garden, Different bands, this week features, reservations, $14-20, 7 pm, 480-481-8188 or www.dbg.org

Sedona: Studio Fiber Crawl Art from non-traditional works, hand-built and woven baskets, loom woven scarves and shawls, twig and thread sculptures, hand-painted and sewn fabric wall pieces, handmade art books and paper, and hand sewn and machine stitched vessels by artists who have participated in national, regional and local juried shows, Fri 5-8 pm, Sat-Sun 10 am – 4 pm, 928-284-1375 or http://redrockbaskets.com/

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Phoenix: Dust Devil Mountain Bike Series #1.

Cordes Junction - 8th Annual Different Skies at 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 www.arcosanti.org.

Cottonwood - 5th Annual Rhythm and Ribs at the Cottonwood Kids Park. Live entertainment, $8-15, 11 am - 8 pm, 928-639-3200 or http://www.ci.cottonwood.az.us/ribs2.php

Flagstaff - 8th Annual Perot Systems Pumpkin Run held at Buffalo Park. A 10K, 5K, 1 mile, kids dashes, benefits local Cancer Center, 8 am, http://flagstaffpumpkinrun.com/

Flagstaff - Fall Open House at The Arboretum. 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 2 pm, hands-on activities for the whole family, free, 9 am - 5 pm, 928-774-1442 or www.thearb.org

Flagstaff - 2nd Annual Flagstaff Oktoberfest at Wheeler Park. A beer tent with beer and wine provided by Nackard Bottling Company, rockin’ music line-up on the stage, benefits Northern Arizona Food Bank, $2 or 2 cans of food, 11 am – 8 pm, 928-606-7600 or http://flagstaffoktoberfest.com/

Glendale - 3rd Annual Arizona Fire Chiefs Association 5K Run/5K Walk/Centipede Race at Murphey Park. This event 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 am, food and drink provided after the race, http://www.arizonaroadracers.com

Jerome Art Walk-Backyard gARTen Walk at The Audrey Headframe Park. Visit the mile high mountain town of Jerome, AZ on October 2 for the inaugural “Backyard gARTen Walk”. This first time event will be an afternoon of workshops, music and plein air painters in 3 charming gardens, all clustered on lovely Juarez Street. Each garden will host one or more interesting workshops. Learn about decorating your garden with found art, cultivating roses, creating a water feature and composting.  Or simply enjoy the music, artists at work and beautiful October weather in historic Jerome. Stay for first Saturday Art Walk beginning at 5:00PM. The “Backyard gARTen Walk” is from 12:00 to 4:00PM with tickets sold at the stairway by the Jerome Artist’s Co-operative. For more information, contact Karen at (602) 989-9634. Wear comfortable shoes, as there is plenty of walking. Tickets are $10 with the proceeds going to The Audrey Headframe Park.

Jerome: Bi-Annual Jerome Garden Tour. Discover the 'Secret Jerome' in the backyard hideaways and quaint gardens of Jerome's downhill residents, tickets can be purchased on the day of the tour in the center of town, expect unusual gardens, hidden patios, incredible views and lots of steps, a half-mile, downhill walking tour, wear comfortable shoes! www.jeromechamber.com.

Sedona: 2nd Annual Sedona Book Festival at Yavapai College
Spotlighting local and regional authors, publishers and other organizations dedicated to celebrating the pleasures of reading and writing, more than 60 exhibitors, books and book-related offerings, presentations, free, 9 am – 5 pm,928-282-224 or  www.sedonabookfestival.com

Phoenix - Rendez-Zoo is an Evening of Conservation and Cuisine at the Phoenix Zoo. Annual fundraiser, an exotic adventure of dinner, drink and dazzling experiences, 602-286-3855 or www.phoenixzoo.org/renezzoo

Tempe - Oktoberfest 5 Mile & 5K at Tempe Town Lake. In conjunction with the 38th Annual Oktoberfest which features entertainment, beer & wine gardens, kid’s games, arts & crafts, etc, http://www.4peaksracing.com

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Wickenburg: 16th Annual Fly-In & Classic Car Show. 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 www.outwickenburgway.com

Benson: 10th Annual Butterfield Rodeo

Douglas: 23rd Annual Dependable Health Services Cochise County Cycling Classic.

Prescott:  The Dash Most Important Race At The Budweiser Arizona Mile. The 2010 AMA Pro K&N Filters Grand National Championship presented by Motorcycle-Superstore.com will conclude on Saturday, October 9th at Yavapai Downs in Prescott Valley, AZ.  The climax of the series at the Budweiser Arizona Mile is expected to be one of the best in the history of the sport as Jake Johnson, Joe Kopp, Jared Mees and Henry Wiles have a shot at carrying the #1 plate in 2011. Beginning this year AMA Pro Racing went back to the original format with points accumulated from short track, TT, 1/2 Mile and Mile to determine the AMA Pro Racing Grand National Champion. Included in this traditional format will be a $50,000.00 points fund paying back 10 places in the final point standings. AMA Pro Racing will still recognize a Singles and Twins Champion with a $2,500.00 bonus to each champion, however the rider to carry #1 in 2011 will the Grand National Champion.

October 15, 2010

Apache Junction: Christian Edition Men's Choir Concert  FREE. Apache Junction Seventh Day Adventist Church 1650 S. Ironwood. Join us at our church for this outstanding men's choir who are from Southern California and travel during their yearly tour. We invite everyone in our community to attend this outstanding concert. The group is in it's 29th year of music ministry. Director: Calvin Knipschild Accompanist: Michael Spencer Website: www.christianedition.com  Their committment:  We are dedicated to providing each listener with an opportunity for a closer walk with the Lord, through songs, the Word, and our prayer ministry. For more information on this event, email [email protected]

October 16, 2010

Sierra Vista: Buffalo Soldier Historic Sites Tour. Learn more about the renowned Buffalo Soldiers, the All-Black unit in the late 1800s through the turn-of-the-Century, reservations required, $12, 11:15 am, 520-417-6960 or 800-288-3861 or http://www.visitsierravista.com

Bisbee: 20th Annual Bisbee 1000 -The Great Stair Climb Arizona Open Water Swim Series #4.

October 22, 2010

Carefree - 10th Annual Empty Bowls Event held at the 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 www.emptybowls.net or www.SonoranArtsLeague.org

October 23, 2010

Chino Valley - Saturday Picnic and Music Series 2010 at Granite Creek Vineyards. Tastes of award-winning wines, live music featuring Shri, five-piece blues band, $8, 11 am – 5 pm, 928-636-2003 or www.granitecreekvineyards.com

Mesa - Ravi Shankar at Mesa Arts Center. Legendary virtuoso sitarist, composer, teacher and writer, India’s most esteemed musical ambassador, a celebration of Indian traditions, $40-70, 8 pm, 480-644-6500 or www.MesaArtsCenter.com

Page - 4th Annual Powell Triathlon at Lake Powell Wahweep Marina. Swim 1500 meters, bike 24 miles, run 6.2 miles or swim 750 meters, bike 12 miles, run 3.1 miles, USAT sanctioned, course covers a beautiful sand stone course with a great view of Lake Powell, $90 early registration, 8 am, 801-355-4940 or www.powell3.com or http://www.trifind.com

Parker - 3rd Annual Chili Cookoff & Classic Car Show at La Paz County Park. Chili cookoff, salsa contest, classic car show, live music, vendors,  horseshoe tournament, $5/chili tasting, 10 am – 5 pm, 928-669-2174 or http://parkerareatourism.com 

Phoenix - 2010 Javelina Jundred at McDowell Mountain Park. 100 miles, 602-361-7440 or www.arizonaroadracers.com

Phoenix - 42nd Annual Phoenix YMCA Half Marathon & Family 5K at South Mountain Park. Held from 6:30 am, 480-452-9286 or www.arizonarunningeventsco.com or www.arizonaroadracers.com

Phoenix - 46th Western States Karate Championships at the Phoenix Convention Center. Individual, team fighting & self-defense demonstrations in a tournament format, $5, 9 am - 5 pm, 602-274-1136 or www.arizonakarate.com

Phoenix - Sun Country Iris Society Fall 2010 Rhizome Sale at Metro Tech High School. Sun Country Iris Society Fall 2010 Rhizome Sale - Metro Tech High School, (1900 W. Thomas, 85015), 8 am - 2 pm, 480-949-0253 or www.suncountryiris.org

Tempe: 6th Annual Phoenix Brain Tumor Walk 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 www.PhoenixWalk.org

Tucson - The Great Pumpkin Race at Buckalew Farms. Cross-country style 5K races though the Buckalew family farm and includes portions of their wild and crazy corn maze, in addition to free entry into the farm, participants will also be eligible for prizes, and race day activities like pumpkin carving and kid’s face painting,  benefits the Hydrocephalus Foundation and Tedy’s Team, 8 am, $8-10, http://www.azroadrunners.org/races/detail/pumpkin

Sedona - Fall Arts & Crafts & Bake Sale at Sedona Heritage Museum. 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 www.sedonamuseum.org

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, 1:30-4 pm, www.sedonamainstreet.com

Prescott Ghost Talk: Where Arizona Legends Come Alive -- Again! Prescott Fine Arts Association Theatre. Annual presentation of historic ghostly folklore as told by the goblins themselves, 6, 7 & 8 pm, 928-445-3286 or www.pfaa.net or www.wygc.org

Sierra Vista - Fairbank Halloween Night Hike. You never know what you may encounter in the dark as you hike in the moonlight to the Fairbank Cemetery, hike rated easy, 1 mile, kid-friendly hike, bring water and snacks and flashlight, hike with trained docents from the Friends of the San Pedro River, $5, 6:30 pm, 520-459-2555 or http://www.sanpedroriver.org/fsprhome.shtml

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 $10 per car, 10 am - 4 pm www.empireranchfoundation.org/Rndup.htm

October 24, 2010

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 www.bikegaba.org

Tempe - 8th Annual SOMA Half Iron Man Arizona at Tempe Town Lake. Swim 1.2 miles, bike 56 miles, run 13.1 miles, awards, medals, aid stations, relays, 6:30 am, 480-226-4729 or http://redrockco.com/soma-triathlon

Scottsdale - Walk to D'feet ALS at the Scottsdale Stadium. This walk event is 2 miles, check in a 9 am, walk at 10 am, http:// walktodefeatals.org/

Casa Grande - 23rd Annual Taste of Casa Grande. $40, benefits Against Abuse, 836-1239 or  www.against-abuse.org

Casa Grande - 6th 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 www.ripsbadride.com

Phoenix - Playing For Change Concert . Musical Instrument Museum Music Theater. Playing for Change is a multimedia movement created to inspire, connect, and bring peace to the world through music.$30-35, 7 pm, 480-478-6000 or www.theMIM.org

October 27, 2010

Phoenix - ASU-MIM Wednesday Morning Interludes Series at Musical Instrument Museum Music Theater. Featuring Katie McLin, violin and Andrew Campbell, piano, 10:30 am, 480-478-6000 or www.theMIM.org

Mesa - Perlman and Bailey Present Chopin, Liszt and Friends at Mesa Arts Center. Navah Perlman pianist, and cellist Zuill Bailey, $30, 7:30 pm, 480-644-6500 or www.MesaArtsCenter.com

October 29, 2010

Tempe - Astronomy Open House held on the roof of the Bateman Physical Sciences Bldg. H Wing. Roof of the Bateman Physical Sciences Bldg. H Wing, free, 8-10 pm, 480-727-7010 or http://astopenhouse.com/

Phoenix - Music in the Garden Fall Concert Series at Desert Botanical Garden. Different bands, this week features, reservations, $14-20, 7 pm, 480-481-8188 or www.dbg.org

Through October 31


Willcox, AZ –Nothing says fall like a trip to Apple Annie’s!  The annual Fall Pumpkin Celebration continues this weekend and will run through October 31. From picking a pumpkin from the sea of orange in the forty acres of pumpkin patches to exploring the twists and turns in the largest corn maze in Arizona, there is something that will make everyone smile!
In addition to pumpkins, Apple Annie’s is famous for their delicious Apple Bread, award winning pies, homemade fudge, you-pick apples, ice cream featuring the fruit currently in season and is churned right in front of you, as well as their grilled-to-order apple wood smoked hamburgers. Plus they have just added a new treat, apple cider donuts! The freshly made fall goodie is made as they are ordered and is a must have to take home!
Apple Annie’s is located just an hour and a half east of Tucson (AND averages 7-10 degrees cooler for daytime highs!) off of I-10. It is a perfect day or weekend trip for making family memories. For more information, visit www.appleannies.com or call 520-384-2084.
A portion of the proceeds from the Fall Pumpkin Celebration will be donated to the Lupus Foundation of Southern AZ, March of Dimes, Youth Haven Desert Ranch and Andreas Closet. Over the last nine years Apple Annie’s has donated over $68,000 to these wonderful organizations.

October 1-3, 2010

Willcox: 59th Annual Rex Allen Days. RCA 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 www.rexallendays.org or www.willcoxchamber.com 

Coolidge: Coolidge Days Celebration San Carlos Park. Carnival, games, bike ride run, parade, volleyball, live entertainment, food, free, 520-723-4551 or www.coolidgeaz.com.

Queen Creek - 16th Annual Schnepf Farms Pumpkin & Chili Party Schnepf Farms. 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 www.pumpkinandchiliparty.com.

Phoenix - 17th Annual Maricopa County Home & Landscape Show at State Fairgrounds. Displays, free consultations, playhouse auction, interior design and remodeling clinics, outdoor kitchen ideas, pool & spa displays, “Ask the Experts” information area, landscape designers, master gardener seminars, $5, Fri-Sat 9 am - 7 pm, Sun 9 am - 6 pm, www.MaricopaCountyHomeShows.com.

Tempe - 38th Annual [email protected] Town Lake. 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 http://www.tempeoktoberfest.com 

Sedona - Studio Fiber Crawl at Kinion Fine Art Vault. Art from non-traditional works, hand-built and woven baskets, loom woven scarves and shawls, twig and thread sculptures, hand-painted and sewn fabric wall pieces, handmade art books and paper, and hand sewn and machine stitched vessels by artists who have participated in national, regional and local juried shows, Fri 5-8 pm, Sat-Sun 10 am – 4 pm, 928-284-1375 or http://redrockbaskets.com/

October 1-5, 2010

Scottsdale: 10th 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 http://www.ScottsdaleFilmFestival.com 

Parker - 38th Annual Native American Days Celebration held at the Manataba Park. CRIT Reservation, celebrating Native American culture & history, parade, native foods & pageants, competitive traditional/social dancing, frybread cookoff, free, or www.critonline.com.

October 2 through October 31, 2010

Clarkdale - Ales on Rails/Oktoberfest at Verde Canyon Railroad. With specialty beers, brats and other Oktoberfest-style food fare, Saturdays & Sundays, 928-639-0010 or 800-293-7245 or http://www.verdecanyonrr.com/

October 2-6, 2010

Show Low: Show Low Main Street Farmers’ Market & Art Walk Featuring local produce growers, food product producers, artisans and craftspeople, entertainment, Saturdays, 9 am – 1 pm, 928-521-9284 or http://www.showlowfarmersmarket.com

October 2-3, 2010

Kingman - 18th Annual Golden Valley Days at Veterans Park. Dinner and street dance, pancake breakfast, parade, games, pie eating contest, egg toss, sack race, live entertainment, door prizes, raffle, free, Sat 10 am - 8 pm, Sun 10 am – 5 pm, 928-565-3311 or www.goldenvalleychamber.com

Prescott: 32nd Annual Folk Music Festival.

Congress - Old Congress Days. Parade, gymkhan,  swap meet vendors, music, activities for children, BBQ, , old fashioned gold panning competition, mucking and drilling contests, raffle drawing, 928-427-9489 or 928-427-9438.

Tucson - Mt. Lemmon Ski Valley Oktoberfest on Mt. Lemmon. German bands & dancers, German food & beer, free, $3 parking, Sat-Sun, 520-576-1400 or www.visitTucson.org

October 3-10, 2010

Lake Havasu City: 29th Annual Jet Ski World Finals

October 8-10, 2010

Patagonia: 22nd Annual Fall Festival - A Celebration of Music & Art 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 www.patagoniaaz.com or www.patagoniafallfestival.com

October 8-9, 2010

Maricopa: Stagecoach Days

October 9-10, 2010

Phoenix: 5th Annual Old World Oktoberfest

Benson: 25th Annual Butterfield Overland Stage Days

Sedona: 20th Annual Sedona Arts Festival & Artist Invitational.

October 10-15, 2010

October 10-15, 2010: Wyatt Earp's Vendetta Ride. Join us as we ride Wyatt's trail of retribution. Our five-day ride takes us to the Chiricahua, Dragoon and Whetstone Mountains, through the high country around Tombstone, visiting spots were Wyatt and his posse killed Florentio Cruz, had a shoot-out with the Cowboys, killed "Curly Bill" Brocius, plus Johnny Ringo’s gravesite and more - much more! Horses, tack, food, blanks provided. Reservations Required!! Horses, tack, food provided. Presented by True West Magazine. Call 505-286-4585 http://www.great-american-adventures.com/Wyatt%20Earp%27s%20Vendetta%20Ride.htm

October 15-16, 2010

Benson: 6th Annual Biker Rodeo

October 15-17, 2010

Tombstone Helldorado Days. 81st 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. Helldorado. What started out as the town’s 50th anniversary celebration in l929 has turned into its oldest tradition. Activities: Reenactments, parade on Sunday, fashion shows, carnival, live music, beard contest & street entertainment. Sponsored by: Tombstone Vigilantes. See more about Tombstone Helldorado Days or call the Tombstone Chamber of Commerce at (888) 457-3929.

October 22-24, 2010

Flagstaff: 7th Annual Celebraciones de la Gente held at the 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 www.musnaz.org 

Peoria: 23rd Annual Taste of Greece Food & Dance Festival held at 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 www.peoriagreekfest.com

October 28 through October 3, 2010

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 www.tucsonculinaryfestival.com

October 23 through October 24, 2010

Fountain Hills - 8th Annual Javelina Jundred 100 Mile Trail Run and Jalloween Party at McDowell Mountain Regional Park. Six washing machine loops (reverse directions each loop) plus a half-loop on the 15.4 mile Pemberton Trail, gently rolling single track and jeep trail through the desert, USATF sanctioned, aid-stations every 5 miles, 6 am start, www.javelinajundred.com

Buckeye - 3rd Annual Heritage Days at Heritage Park. 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 www.buckeyeaz.gov

Florence - AZ Jr. Rodeo at AZ Jr. Rodeo Fairgrounds, www.arizonajuniorrodeo.com

Phoenix - 21st Annual Boo! At the Zoo at the Phoenix Zoo. Harmony Farm is transformed into a fall-festival with games and activities, watch animals enjoy pumpkins throughout the zoo, photo opportunities in the pumpkin patch, 9 am – 4 pm, 602-273-1341 or www.phoenixzoo.org

Phoenix - 3rd Annual Arab American Festival at Steele Indian School Park. A multi-cultural festival with food, rides and entertainment, $5, noon – 9 pm, 623-239-1025 or www.arabamericanfestival.com 

Tucson - Park Place Arts & Crafts Festival at Park Place Mall. Free, Sat. 10 am – 5 pm, Sun 11 am – 5 pm, http://www.southernazfestivals.org/

Willcox - Fall Pumpkin Celebration at 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 www.appleannies.com

October 23 through October 31, 2010

Sedona - 6th Annual Plein Air Festival held on Main Street in Uptown Sedona
See nationally and locally recognized Plein Air artists creating paintings of their surroundings in the open air, visit with more than 20 artists in action along the sidewalks and in courtyards and plazas, 928-204-2390 or 928-282-3809 or  www.sedonaartscenter.com

October 29 through October 30, 2010

Phoenix Howl-O-Ween at the Phoenix Zoo. Investigate Sounds from the Dead, watch for the headless horseman, escape the Dungeon of Terror, horse-drawn wagon ride with terrifying characters, the Freakhouse Funshow, Monster Maze and haunted trails, trick or treating, DJ music and more, $6-8, 6:30-11 pm, 602-273-1341 or www.phoenixzoo.org

October 29 through October 31, 2010

Tucson’s 11th Annual Desert Bluegrass Festival. AVA Amphitheater. Features top national, local and regional bluegrass bands, jam sessions, music and craft vendors, workshops, food, free camping, free on Friday, Sat-Sun  $20, weekend $30, 520-296-1231 or www.desertbluegrass.org

Mesa - 28th Annual Roy Track Mesa Powwow at Pioneer Park. 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 www.aznard.org

Phoenix - Hocus Pocus Pops at Symphony Hall. With the Phoenix Symphony and conductor Michael Krajewski, a chilling performance of ghoulish favorites inspired by Halloween themes, part of the APS Pops Series, $18 and up, 8 & 2 pm, 602-495-1999 or www.phoenixsymphony.org

Cave Creek 2nd Annual Stagecoach Village Fine Art & Wine Festival. Outdoor entertainment, original works of art, free, 10 am – 5 pm, 623-734-6526 or www.VermillionPromotions.com

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October 30 through October 31, 2010

Phoenix - Annual Dia de los Muertos Celebration at 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, $6-15, 10 am - 3 pm, 480-941-1225 or www.dbg.org

Willcox - Fall Pumpkin Celebration at 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 www.appleannies.com 

Sedona - Art & Craft Show at 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 http://www.bellrockartshows.com/

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Goodyear - 14th Annual Pebble Creek Fall Arts Festival. Tuscany Falls 65-70 PebbleCreek and regional artists. skillfully crafted ceramics, fiber arts, woodworking, glass, fused glass jewelry, paintings and many other mediums are represented at this show, ongoing art demonstrations, raffle, food, live entertainment, classic cars display and model railroad exhibit, 8 am – 4 pm, 623-214-5938

Green Valley White Elephant Country Fair at 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 www.greenvalleyvillage.net

Lake Havasu City - Western Outdoor News Bass Tourney at Lake Havasu State Park. 50 boats, weigh-in starts at 3 pm, 928-855-2784 or www.wonbass.com or www.azstateparks.com

Copperstate Mustang Club’s Annual Fall Car Show, Muscle Car Tour & Rally at Fountain Hills - Ft. McDowell Resort/Casino. Open to all makes, models and years, includes a poker run, photo opportunities, cruise and banquet, car show on Sunday morning, www.copperstatemustangclub.com

Mesa - 4th Annual El Dia de los Muertos Celebration at 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 – 5 pm, Sun noon – 5 pm, 480-644-6627 or www.MesaArtsCenter.com

Oracle - 28th Annual Oracle Run at 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 5000 ft. elevation, 10K and 1 mile fun run/walk, T-shirts, prizes, awards, $22-35, 9 am, www.azroadrunners.org

Parker - 6th Annual Blue Water Resort & Casino at 300 Enduro BlueWater Resort. Speed boat race, fifty six-mile laps will test the mettle and will power of the racers and their equipment, modeled after the original 1964 Parker Enduro, 10 am, 928-669-6511 or 310-318-4012 or www.bluewaterfun.com or www.enduro300.com

Peoria - Halloween Monster Bash & Balloon Illumination at Sports Complex. Entertainment, children's activities, costume contest, arts & crafts, carnival games, free, 5-9 pm, 623-773-7198 or 623-773-7564 or www.peoriaaz.gov/specialevents 

Phoenix - Maricopa County Master Gardeners' Fall Plant Sale at Arizona Cooperative Extension Office. In conjunction with Australian Outback Plants, the Arizona Cultivar of the California Rare Fruit Growers, Outgardening, the Valley of the Sun Garden Club, and the Arizona Herb Association, free, 8 am – 1 pm, 602-470-8086 or http://cals.arizona.edu/maricopa/garden/html/general/hort.htm

Mesa - Eugenia Leon at Mesa Arts Center. Considered to be the best singer in Mexico, $34-38, 8 pm, 480-644-6500 or www.MesaArtsCenter.com

Show Low Main Street Spookfest. Festival Marketplace and Cooley Street. Festival Marketplace and Cooley Street between 9th & 11th St.  2 p.m. – 10 p.m.  Hay maze, haunted house, pumpkin carving contest, costume contests, pumpkin bowling, food vendors, scaryoke, live radio remotes, etc.  Trunk or Treat from 6-8 p.m. and street dance immediately following from 8-10 p.m.

Scottsdale - 2nd Annual Halloween Music Festival at Versus Sports Grill. Free, family-friendly event, 10 am - 4 pm, www.phoenixvipevents.com

Tempe - 11th Annual Buddy Walk SRP Pera Club Park. Join the Phoenix Sun’s Gorilla on a one-mile (stroller friendly) walk, for Sharing Down Syndrome Arizona, 8 am, 480-926-6500 or www.sharingds.org

Tempe - 33rd Annual Family Halloween Carnival at 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 http://www.tempe.gov/events/halloween/ 

Tempe - JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes at Tempe Beach Park. JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes - Tempe Beach Park, 7:30 am, http://walk.jdrf.org/

Phoenix - Great Arizona Grape Stomp - 5K Run held at the Parkway Church. Final 5K race in the Great Arizona Grape Stomp series, this race takes place in Phoenix and kicks off “Arizona Wine Week.” Runners will receive a free wine glass that can be used for wine tasting, two after parties include The Duce and the Public Market, both in downtown Phoenix, 8 am, 480-223-7112 or http://www.arizonawine.org/grapestomp-phoenix.html

Chandler - Rasamanjari Chandler Center for the Arts. Non-profit dance recital, 5 pm, $10. 602-971-4357

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, www.dcbadventures.com

Safford Tour De Safford, Bike ride, desert route with moderate hills and some thrilling climbs and breathtaking downhills, three distances, 104-, 60- or 33-miles, timed event by CEP timing, T-shirts and medals, (medals to be minted from local Morenci copper), $55-65, 7 am, www.bikegaba.org or www.tourdesafford.com

Sunday, October 31, 2010 - Halloween

Clarkdale - Haunted Halloween Express at Verde Canyon Railroad. With candy, costume judging and prizes, 928-639-0010 or 800-293-7245 or www.verdecanyonrr.com

Phoenix - 10th Annual 2010 Arizona Irish Festival at the 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, 10 am - 8 pm, 602-308-4601 or www.azirishfestival.org

Sedona - 24th Annual Safe & Fun Trick or Treating in Uptown. All merchants welcome good ghouls and ghosts, decorated storefronts and costumed characters hand out treats, free, 5-8 pm, www.sedonamainstreet.com

Lake Havasu City 5th Annual Main Street Halloween Fright Nite. Activity booths for children, haunted house for 12 yrs and up, 6-9 pm, 928-208-1251

Sedona - Eugenia Zukerman, flute and Milana Strezeva, piano at St John Vianney Catholic Church. Zukerman is an internationally renowned recitalist and soloist, joined by Manhattan Piano Trio pianist, Milana Strezeva, in a program of music by women composers $25-40, 2:30 pm, 928-204-2415 or  http://www.chambermusicsedona.org/index.php

Tubac - Halo-Win! Tubac Plaza Main Stage. Face painting, games, music by Global Change Music artists, costume contest, free, 3-5 pm, 520-398-2542 or www.GlobalChangeMultiMedia.org

Tucson - Jazz Under the Stars at St. Philip’s Plaza. This evening features Tucson Jazz Institute, with international recording artists and saxophonist Brice Winston, conservatory trained bassist Scott Black and trombonist Doug Tidaback, presented by the Tucson Jazz Society, 7pm, 520-903-1265 or www.tucsonjazz.org

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