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Everyday in September

  • Little Anthony's Diner will be offering FREE one-scoop ice cream sundaes to customers for every day we reach 105 or higher!
  • Photographs by Sean Stuchen are on display in the Mayor's Office through September 15, 2017. Viewing hours are Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Invisible Theatre season performances.
  • SSA (Society of Southwestern Authors) 2017 Writing Contest. Three Categories. Short Story - Poetry - Memior/Personal Essay.
  • A wide variety of local Tucson choruses are currently recruiting new members. A go-to source for all things choral is the Arizona Choral Arts Association. Ten community choruses are members. Details of the varied singing opportunities, how to apply, rehearsal times and performance schedules.
  • September 18-January 21, 2018: Luxury Home and Luxury Car on the Line in THE BIG WIN! Arts Raffle. The Tucson Museum of Art and Historic Block and the Tucson Symphony Orchestra are teaming to raffle more than $600,000 in prizes, including a custom-built home, in the THE BIG WIN! Arts Raffle to support two of Tucson’s leading arts organizations.

Saturdays through December 30, 2017

  • Southern Arizona Arts & Cultural Alliance and Tucson Premium Outlets collaboration brings free weekly, family-friendly live music to Tucson on Saturdays through December 2017.

Through November 27, 2017

Through November 9, 2017

  • Etherton Gallery exhibition celebrating the career of artist James G. Davis, James G. Davis (1931-2016): Down at the Tower Bar.

August 31-November 5, 2017

Through October 10, 2017

September 9-30, 2017

  • ATC: Chapter Two, written by Neil Simon and directed by Marsha Mason, will be on stage at the Temple of Music & Art, 333 S. Scott Ave.

Fridays through September 1, 2017

  • Cox Communications Movies in the Park Returns to Reid Park on First Fridays this summer in partnership with Southern Arizona Arts and Cultural Alliance (SAACA) at Reid Park. "Finding Dory"

Friday, September 1, 2017

Labor Day Weekend, September 2-4, 2017

  • DockDogs are Coming to Old Tucson. In addition to our regular entertainment, we'll host DockDogs, an internationally renowned organization that presents canine diving competitions around the world.
  • 2nd Annual Dog Days of Summer canine festival, featuring DockDogs® diving competitions, pet adoptions, local canine vendors, dancing dogs, sensory demos, a doggie costume contest, and food and drink specials all weekend long.
  • SONOITA: 102nd Annual Labor Day Rodeo – Sonoita Fairgrounds. More than 700 entries and more than $40,000 awarded in cash and buckles to the top contestants of the Southwest, bulls, saddle broncs, steer wrestling, barrel racing, bareback, calf roping, team roping, team penning, & mutton busting and pee-wee events for little cowpokes, dinner, dance. $5-15. 2 pm performances. 520-455-5553.
  • TOMBSTONE: Showdown in Tombstone - Allen St. The best western show groups from around the US, authentic costume parade on Sunday, 5 shows daily. 520-457-3548.
  • More Labor Day weekend events in Tucson and Southern Arizona.

Saturday, September 2, 2017

Sunday, September 3, 2017

  • 7th Annual Salsa, Tequila & Taco Challenge. Formerly the Southern Arizona Salsa & Tequila Challenge, this outstanding summer event has added a new culinary element in 2017 - Tacos!
  • 48th Annual Saguaro National Park Labor Day Run – Saguaro National Park East. Includes 8 Mile Run & 5K Run/Walk, rolling 8-mile and 5k courses loop through a cactus forest in the foothills of the scenic Rincon Mountains at Saguaro National Park East. $35-40. 6:30 am. 520-991-0733.
  • JEROME: 47th Annual Jerome Hill Climb - Begins at the old Jerome High School. A challenging and interesting course that starts at the Jerome Historical Museum and winds up and through the streets of Jerome, a 4.5 mile run uphill on paved and dirt roads, aid stations, finish line refreshments, part of the ARR Grand Prix. 8 am.

Monday, September 4, 2017

Tuesday, September 5-17, 2017

  • Invisible Theatre kicks off its 47th Anniversary Season with the Arizona premiere of INDOOR/OUTDOOR by Kenny Finkle A PURRR-fect Romantic Comedy from September 5* – 17, 2017 *Tuesday low cost preview

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Tucson JOGS Gem SHows 2018

Thursday, September 7-Sunday, September 10, 2017

September 7-24, 2017

  • Vaune Suitt plays Celia in CELIA, A SLAVE Barbara Seyda's Winner of the 2015 Yale Drama Prize on September 7 - 24, 2017. Rogue Theatre, 8pm.

Friday, September 8, 2017

  • Sea Of Glass—Center For The Arts presents Samuel J, innovative singer, songwriter, activist and conservationist from the UK. His unique music and soulful performances have helped him establish a strong reputation with an ever-growing global fan base.

  • Music for the Soul Dance Party With The George Howard Motown & Soul Review at Gaslight Music Hall! Tickets are only $12.50 for general admission!

Friday, September 8-Saturday, September 9, 2017

  • SIERRA VISTA: Oktoberfest – Veterans Memorial Park. Enjoy two days of family fun and entertainment, enjoy the autumn weather, the variety of cuisine available from various food vendors and the live entertainment at Der Biergarten. Free. Fri 5-11 pm, Sat 11 am – 11 pm. 520-417-6980 or 520-439-2310.

Saturday, September 9-30, 2017

  • Arizona Theatre Company (ATC; David Ivers, Artistic Director; Billy Russo, Managing Director) is pleased to welcome back four-time Academy Award-nominee Marsha Mason, who will direct Neil Simon’s autobiographical romantic comedy Chapter Two to open ATC’s 51st season, Sept. 9-30 at the Temple of Music & Art

Saturday, September 9-10, 2017

Saturday, September 9, 2017

  • Arizona Theatre Co. "Chapter Two" by Neil Simon. 7:30pm.
  • The Tucson Girls Chorus is hosting an Open House on Saturday, September 9th from 10:00 am to 11:30 am at 4020 E. River Rd. Girls in the K-12 can meet the music staff and learn more about the variety of music programs being offered this year. Open enrollment runs until September 30th.

Sunday, September 10-22, 2017

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Monday, September 11, 2017

  • Big Band Xpress on Monday, Sept. 11, 7PM at The Gaslight Theatre. “As Long As I am Singing, a Tribute to the Big Band Era,” features Gaslight favorites, Big Band Xpress.

Friday, September 15-September 23, 2017

  • 10th Annual Underground Film Festival - The Screening Room will show a number of Arizona, U.S., and world premieres. One of the nation’s top underground cult film festivals, films from categories of Narrative, Horror, Documentaries, Experimental, Animation, and we are proud to be the only festival to offer an Exploitation category. 520-882-0204.
  • Arizona Fall Restaurant Week - More than 200 Phoenix area and Tucson restaurants offer specialty prix-fixe dinners for $33 and $44 per person, excluding beverages, tax and gratuity unless noted.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

  • Mayor Jonathan Rothschild is hosting a Homebuyer Expo at the TCC from 3:30 to 7:00.

  • Monthly guided tours of the Fox Tucson Theatre begin Tuesday, September 12. The tour, given by Tom Skinner, the Fox Tucson Theatre’s resident historian, convene in the lobby beginning at 11:30 on the second Tuesday of every month September through June.

September 13-November 17, 2017

  • Tucson Girls Chorus Tutti Choir. Making music is fun and powerful! The TGC looks forward to sharing this new path of musical adventure with you in the new season! TGC Creates ACCESS and Impact **Tuition Assistance Available for Programs**

September 13, 2017

  • Tucson Girls Chorus Classes Begin Wednesday, September 13th! Each choir meeting will consist of vocal exploration, singing, and movement to music.

Weekend of Friday, September 15-Sunday, September 17, 2017

  • Heirloom Farmers Markets 14th Annual Chile Festival! The annual Chile Festival at Trail Dust Town on Friday, September 15th, continues at the Oro Valley Farmers Market on Saturday, September 16th, and culminates with the Grande Chile Fiesta at the Rillito Park Farmers Market on Sunday, September 17th.
  • SEDONA: Oak Creek Arts & Crafts Shows – Village of Oak Creek. Located on scenic Hwy 179, the Gateway to Sedona. Take home your own personal piece of the Southwest. Free. 9 am – 6 pm. 760-985-7773 H 15
  • SONOITA: 102nd Annual Santa Cruz County Fair – Sonoita Fairgrounds. Activities include a carnival, 4-H exhibits and auction, several hundred open division exhibits, ranch rodeo, barrel racing, team roping, all-day entertainment, food, premium and sweepstakes awards, BBQ lunch on Sunday prior to 4-H auction. $3-5. Gates open at 9 am. 520-455-5553.

Friday, September 15, 2017

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Sunday, September 17, 2017

  • TMC 10K – Pima Community College. 10K and 5K and children’s dash. $33-40, 6:30 am.
  • Hotel Congress Presents: Whiskey Del Bac Dinner on September 17 at 6 pm. $59.
  • COMEDY NIGHT, 6PM and The Gaslight Music Hall! Join world-class “clean” comedians, Michael Bailey and Keith Ellis, for a night of belly laughs and guffaws.
  • Three Dog Night, 7:00 PM at Fox Presents!. Tickets Range from $33-$79. Celebrating nearly 5 decades of iconic music, rock legends THREE DOG NIGHT claim some of the most astonishing statistics in popular music. In the years 1969 through 1974, no other group achieved more top 10 hits, moved more records or sold more concert tickets than THREE DOG NIGHT.
  • MARANA: Button Brew House Grand Opening.

Monday, September 18, 2017

  • Disco Fever! Monday, Sept. 18, 7PM at The Gaslight Theatre. Back by popular demand! An all-star band will transform The Gaslight Theatre into a glittery sing-along celebration of the 1970’s dance floor sensation, Disco

September 19 through Nov. 14, 2017

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

September 21-24, 2017

  • 41st Annual Tucson Greek Festival – St. Demetrios Orthodox Church. Celebrates Greek food, drink, and music and offers dance lessons, children's activities, tours of the church, and vendor displays. $3. Thurs. 4-10 pm; Fri. 3-11 pm; Sat. noon-11 pm; Sun. noon-9 pm. 520-888-0505 or http://www.stdemetriostucson.org.

September 22-23, 2017

  • SAFFORD: 11th Annual SalsaFest – Downtown Safford. An opportunity to enjoy all that is salsa! Prizes and bragging rights in the Salsa Challenge, Chihuahua races, dog costume contest, and car show. Plenty of salsa making and tasting, live entertainment, crafts, kids’ corner, beer garden, merchandise and food vendors. Fri. 5-9 pm, Sat. 9 am – 9 pm. 928-428-2511 or 888-837-1841.

Friday, September 22, 2017

  • All Right Now Dance Party With The Rillito River Band on Friday, Sept. 22, 7PM at The Gaslight Music Hall.

  • 6th Annual Youth and Peace Conference on Friday, September 22, 2017, from 8 AM to 1:30 PM at the Downtown Campus of Pima Community College
  • Fenton Johnson, author of Everywhere Home: A Life in Essays, will be reading alongside Pulitzer Prize finalist Lydia Millet, who will share new work on Friday, September 22 at 7 PM at Antigone Books, 411 N. 4th Ave.
  • The 2017 “Kids with HeART” Charity Art Auction Benefiting foster children at La Paloma Family Services to help foster children at La Paloma Family Services.

Weekend of September 23-24, 2017

  • SHOW LOW: Show Low Daze Disk Golf Tournament – Show Low City Park. A 2017 Southwest Cactus Series tournament.
  • WILLCOX: Fall Pumpkin Celebration - Apple Annie's Produce & Pumpkins. Pumpkin picking, family activities, corn maze with 2 levels of difficulty, pumpkin and buttermilk pancake breakfast and apple smoked burger lunch, homemade pumpkin ice-cream, pumpkin pies, pumpkin bread and homemade cider donuts. Free. 8:30 am – 5 pm. 520-384-2084.

Saturday, September 23, 2017

  • America returns to the Diamond Center, 8pm.
  • Museum Day Live! in celebration of Smithsonian magazine's Museum Day Live!, in Tucson, Arizona.
  • Born & Brewed Beer Battle, a competition in which Tucson breweries vie for Best Specialty Beer, Best Flagship Beer, and People's Choice. Local craft beer will be complemented with food provided by the Cup Cafe, as well as live music. Hotel Congress.
  • Jazz Legends LIVE! swings into its sixteenth year. This collaborative concert brings jazz greats from around the world for a once in a lifetime creative collaboration, celebrating Tucson's place in the world of jazz. 5:30pm dinner, 7pm concert.
  • Jesse Colin Young and Jethro Tull’s Martin Barre – Fox Tucson Theatre. Danny Zelisko Presents music legends Jesse Colin Young - best known for his tenure as the founder of influential late 60s-early 70s band, The Youngbloods and for a lengthy, successful, on-going solo career as The Jesse Colin Young Band - and former Jethro Tull guitarist Martin Barre as they bring their co-headline tour. $25. 8 pm.
  • Oracle Ford Peppersauce Round Up - An exciting outdoor festival featuring a 10-mile and 5K trail run on the AZT; 40- and 50-mile gravel grinder bike ride; BBQ and craft beer; and seven regional bluegrass and country bands, a climbing wall available for the kids, as well as a BMX pump track. A free walk/run for kids and families on the scenic trails around Peppersauce Station, Zip lines will be open throughout the day.

Sunday, September 24, 2017

  • The 2017 Tucson Musicians Museum Induction Ceremony at the Tucson Convention Center, from 6:00-8:00pm.
  • Dueling Pianos is an interactive musical experience where YOU request the songs in the show at 6PM at The Gaslight Music Hall.

September 25, 2017

Friday, September 29- October 31, 2017

  • This year’s Nightfall at Old Tucson is all new, with new haunts, new shows and new characters— as well as some old favorites— in the only real haunted town! Fans of the popular scarefest can also find entertainment and attractions for the faint-of-heart of all ages.

Friday, September 29, 2017

Saturday, September 30, 2017

  • 5th Annual Sabino Canyon FitKidz One Mile Kids Classic - These races are free One Mile races for kids under 12 years old. Events will be loads of fun and will include official timing so that the kids get the full race experience!
  • At The Hop-A Salute to the Days of Doo-Wop on Saturday, September 30, 3PM & 7PM and The Gaslight Music Hall!
  • SIERRA VISTA: 2nd Annual Sky Island Tour Event - Windemere Hotel. 3 bicycle rides accommodating all skill levels: 62-mile, sag-supported ride looping through Bisbee, AZ; 21-mile ride on the newly-designated Cochise-Vistas route; and 5-mile ride on hike-bike paths near the hotel. The tour is sponsored by and benefits NAMI SEAZ (National Alliance on Mental Illness Southeastern Arizona) with advice and support by Cochise Bicycle Advocates. 520-459-3228.
  • WILLCOX: Fall Pumpkin Celebration - Apple Annie's Produce & Pumpkins. Pumpkin picking, family activities, corn maze with 2 levels of difficulty, pumpkin and buttermilk pancake breakfast and apple smoked burger lunch, homemade pumpkin ice-cream, pumpkin pies, pumpkin bread and homemade cider donuts. Free. 8:30 am – 5 pm. 520-384-2084.

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