September Tucson Highlights
Tucson in September is one of the more active months of the year, despite the heat. There are numerous events held outdoors and in the evening.
Several major events this September include the Butterfly Festival and Fall Plant Sale, the CEP Chili Festival, the Jazz Under the Stars at Reid Park Bandshell, the Oktoberfest on Mt. Lemmon, Primavera Cooks, the SalsaFest, the Summer Concert Series at La Encantada, Sun Sounds Great Beer Fest and the Wine Tasting & Silent Auction.
Arizona Theatre Company opens the 2014-15 season with the Arizona premiere of the hilarious comedy of ill manners, the 2013 Tony Award winner for Best Play, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, from Sept. 13 to Oct. 4 at the Temple of Music and Art.
Through Tuesday, September 23, 2014: Emil Haury Lecture Series at the University of Arizona Integrated Learning Center, Room 140. Remembering Emil Haury at Arizona State Museum.
Thursday, September 18: The 11th Annual Flavors of Tucson is a unique gourmet experience with Tucson’s Top Chefs assembling for a night of exquisite food, fine wines, and elaborate table décor designed by each chef at Loews Ventana Canyon Resort.
Wednesday, September 24: Multiple Grammy award-winner Natalie Cole will be in the Diamond Center for a special performance on Saturday at the Diamond Center.
Thursday, September 25-28: this year's annual Tucson Greek Festival returns to St. Demeitrios Greek Orothodoz Church.
Friday, September 26: 2014 Jazz Legends benefit concert on Friday at the Tucson Country Club.
Saturday, September 27: The Desert Museum’s Annual Plant Sale is back and bigger than ever! Peruse over 250 species of plants and get expert advice from some of the region’s top botany experts.
September 27: Join the Humane Society of Southern Arizona and Mosey for Mutts at Reid Park! Intrepid walkers two- and four-legged will begin registration at 6 am, then mosey at 7 am.
September 27: Big Brothers Big Sisters of Tucson's annual gala on Saturday at the Casino Del Sol Resort. Casino Del Sol Resort.
Sunday, September 28: Tucson Psychic Fair Holistic Expo with holistic practitioners from around the country. Free lectures every hour. Free gift to all attendees.
Tuesday, September 30: Backpacker Get Out More Tour will be held on Tuesday, September 30, 2014 at 7:00pm at the Summit Hut, 5045 E Speedway Blvd
See more Tucson events happening this month.
A new nostalgic book on Tucson's entertainment scene from the 1950s through the mid-1980s has been published. Read sample chapters and photos of local musicians from "Entertaining Tucson Across the Decades."
October Event Highlights
See all October Tucson events. As the weather cools in October, the city celebrates the annual Desert Thunder Pro Rodeo, Anza Days in Tubac, AZ), La Fiesta de los Chiles, Annual Desert Blue Grass Festival. Oracle State Park is open through October. Catalina State Park has special weekend ctivities and tours. Summerhaven is open with temperatures about 20 degrees cooler than Tucson.
Arizona Theatre Company opens the 2014-15 season with the Arizona premiere of the hilarious comedy of ill manners, the 2013 Tony Award winner for Best Play, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike until October 4, 2014.
Saturday, October 4: Oro Valley Classics Car & Truck Show with more than 150 cars, live music, retro activities and all-American food fill the Oro Valley Marketplace.
Sunday, October 5: Singer Linda Ronstadt returns to Tucson for the revived Sunday Evening Forum at the Fox Theatre.
Wednesday, October 15: the annual Step Out Walk to Stop Diabetes at Rillito Downs.
Saturday, October 18: Tucson’s Kino Sports Complex Baja Oktoberfest will feature brews from more than 75 craft breweries, in addition to an abundance of games, food trucks, live music and activities. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Tu Nidito
Friday, October 31: Halloween night parties, events and Halloween Week.
Celebrate Halloween at Nightfall at Old Tucson Studios, Southern Arizona Food & Wine Festival, Halloween Trick-or-Treat parties and Tucson Meet Yourself (TMY).
The Celtic Kids Halloween Party on October 31, 2014 - 5 PM to 9 PM at 4502 N. First Avenue.
Halloween celebrates Howl-O-Ween at the Reid Park Zoo. There will be costumed characters, theme trick-or-treating and decorations galore. Price: $5 per person of any age. $4 per member of any age. 1100 S. Randolph Way. Phone: 520-881-4753. Website: www.tucsonzoo.org.
Los Angeles’ hottest burlesque group, the Lalas, are coming to the Monsoon Nightclub at Desert Diamond Casinos for the sexiest Halloween night party in Tucson, sponsored by KLPX
November Calendar of Upcoming Events
Nutcracker: The popular Tucson performance of A Southwest Nutcracker is held in November. Ballet Rincon 12th Annual production of Tchaikovsky's The Nutcracker. SpectiCast Presents Mariinsky Theatre’s Nutcracker in 3D Live in 2D & 3D at the Loft and the Crossroads Theatres.
Other major annual events include the Celtic Festival Scottish Highland Games, Annual Holiday Craft Market, the Celebrity Chefs Dinner, NamJam Bike Show and Poker Run. November is Native American Month with a traditional Pow Wow.
The University Medical Center El Tour de Tucson is Tucson's largest perimeter cycling event for all ages and abilities.
The month starts the Tucson Symphony Orchestra MasterWorks Concert Series. The annual El Tour de Tucson is one of nation's biggest cycling events.
El Tour de Tucson Bicycle Race draws thousands of bicyclists to ride the perimeter of the city. The ArtsFest makes another run in November in northwest Tucson at La Encantada Shopping Mall.
See more November Tucson events.
December Tucson Events
Tucson events in December include the Winter West Fest at Old Tucson Studios, Ferias Navidenas & Nacimiento Tour, Luminaria Nights, and Winterhaven. Thunder in the Desert is the New Millennium First People World Fair & Pow Wow starting December 30th. See all of the Tucson winter events, Hannukah and Christmas activities in December Tucson events.
View hundreds of authentic Zuni fetish carvings from stocking stuffers to museum quality pieces on december 14th.
January 2015 Tucson Events
Tucson Gem, Mineral & Fossil Shows begins in January and runs through February. Dozens of vendors and displays throughout the city. Public and dealer shows in the upcoming Tucson Gem Shows calendars for January 2015 and February 2015.
The Arizona Renaissance Festival returns with another year of entertainment.
Indian America New Year’s Competition Pow Wow & Indian Craft Market is a collection of American Indian Art, arts and crafts, and food. 40 featured artists changing throughout the 14 days. The Pow Wow and Indian Craft Market is held the last Sunday of January through the Second Sunday of February each year. www.usaindianinfo.org
Tucson Rodeo Museum opens in preparation for the annual Tucson Rodeo in February.
See dozens of January 2015 events.
Explore Tucson's history
Tucson, Arizona is one of the oldest settlements in the United States, ranking in age next after San Augustine, Florida, and Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Spanish history in Tucson can be traced back to 1649, when a military station was established by the Spaniards to protect the Mission of San Xavier. The area was occupied by Native Americans for over 10,000 years before.
Read and download several accounts about Tucson's early pioneer days and Tucson history.
The Santa Catalina mountains has been experiencing a gold rush for hundreds of years.
Just below Mt. Lemmon's backside lies one of the great stories of the search for gold in the mountains, the lost city and the lost Iron Door mine.
Today, a quick drive to the Catalinas reveals that hidden treasures still do exist. Explore the historical records that account for that thousands of pounds of gold in quartz that has been extracted from the Catalina mountains. Read about Arizona's Gold Rush.
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