Tucson October Highlights
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.
Tucson has several popular community Halloween Events, including Old Tucson's NightFall and SlaughterHouse.
Tucson's Oktoberfest events happening through October, including in Green Valley with a brass band, or the Bouncing Czechs, or Trail Dust Town.
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," through Oct. 4th at the Temple of Music and Art.
Singer Linda Ronstadt will return to Tucson for the revived Sunday Evening Forum at the Fox Theatre on Sunday, October 5, 2014. Read an 1980s interview with Linda Ronstadt.
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.
Saturday, October 4: Southern Arizona Symphony Orchestra for a concert featuring Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 21 and Holst’s The Planets, performed with projected images of space provided by the Kitt Peak National Optical Astronomy Observatory.
Saturday, October 4: SASO presents a day filled with free live shows, a classic car festival, food trucks, music in the park and activities for all ages - beginning with a Tucson Symphony Orchestra performance geared towards children.
American Diabetes Association- Step Out: Walk to Stop Diabetes on Wendesday, October 15, 2014.
SaddleBrooke Ranch is hosting the 18th Annual Community Outreach Walkathon on October 25th.
Southern Arizona Arts and Cultural Alliance and Tucson Originals partner to present 9th annual World Margarita Championship.
See more October Tucson events.
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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