Fall festivals abound in Southern Arizona

2013-09-05T00:00:00Z 2014-07-03T10:11:18Z Fall festivals abound in Southern ArizonaDesk Arizona Daily Star
September 05, 2013 12:00 am  • 

Here are some of the many festivals coming our way this fall.

This month

Sept. 13-21 — Arizona Underground Film Festival at the Screening Room, 127 E. Congress St. Go: Now in its sixth year, this fest features an always-

interesting selection of Arizona, national and world premieres. Details: www.azundergroundfilmfest.com

Sept. 13-14 — Bisbee Blues Festival at City Park, 48 Main St., Bisbee. Go: This fest returns to Old Bisbee this year, with bands, food and drink. Details: thebisbeebluesfestival.com

Sept. 18-28 — Second Annual Chinese Culture Festival. See related story.

Sept. 19-22 — Tucson Flamenco Festival at Casa Vicente. 375 S. Stone Ave. Go: Authentic Spanish fare, fine wine tastings, Club Espana cooking demonstrations, a colorful mercado, and flamenco dancing. Details: www.tucsonflamencofestival.com

Sept. 20-22 — 98th Annual Santa Cruz County Fair at 3142 S. Highway 83 at the at Sonoita Fairgrounds . Go: The Old West lives via exhibits and auctions, entertainment and food presented by Santa Cruz Fair & Rodeo Association. Details: www.sonoitafairgrounds.com

Sept. 20-21 — Glow Festival in Oracle. See related story.

Sept. 21-22 — Oktoberfest weekends on Mount Lemmon at Mt. Lemmon Ski Valley. Go: Take a hike and then take in this festival of German food and music in the forest during the last two weekends in September and first two weekends in October. Details: www.skithelemmon.com

Sept. 26 — 29 — Cochise County Fair, at 3677 Leslie Canyon Road, Douglas. Go: A carnival and college rodeo, pro bull riding, music and more. Details: cochisecountyfair.org

Sept. 27-28 — SalsaFest on Arizona’s Salsa Trail, 1111 Thatcher Blvd. (Arizona 70) in Safford. Go: In addition to the contest for best salsa, there’s a jalapeno eating competition, Chihuahua races and a car show in the Safford Town Square. Details: salsatrail.com/salsafest

Sept. 28-29 — Harvesting of the Vine Festival at 471 Elgin Road in Elgin. The Village of Elgin Winery’s annual harvest festival includes grape stomping, wine tastings, music and food, crafts and more. Details: www.elginwines.com

Sept. 28 —The Great Tucson Beer Festival at Kino Veterans Memorial Stadium, 2500 E. Ajo Way. Go. An evening of beer sampling provided by brewers from around the Southwestern states, with music and games, such as horseshoe pitching, steer roping and more.This benefit for Sun Sounds of Arizona is for the 21-and-over crowd. Details: www.azbeer.com

October

Oct. 2-6 — Rex Allen Days in Willcox. Go: Now in its 62nd year, Allen’s hometown goes all-out in its celebration of the singing cowboy, with a parade, music and much more. Details: rexallendays.org

Oct. 5 — Amerind Autumn Fest at 2100 N. Amerind Road in Dragoon. Go: The Amerind Museum hosts a day of art, archaeology, food, music, and native American artist demonstrations and sales. Details: www.amerind.org

Oct. 5-6 — The Earth Harmony Festival at Avalon Organic Gardens & EcoVillage near Tumacacori. Go: Explore all things sustainable. There will be music, tours and nationally-known speakers talking on topics including sustainable organic farming, heritage foods and the “slow food” movement. Details: earthharmonyfestival.org

Oct. 9-14 — Tucson Film and Music Festival. Go: Now in its ninth year, the festival includes screenings at four venues, Details: tucsonfilmandmusicfestival

Oct. 11-13 — Tucson Meet Yourself Folklife Festival 2013 downtown. See related story.

Oct. 12 — 36th Tucson Pride on Parade and Pride in the Desert in Armory Park. Go: Southern Arizona’s largest gathering of the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community. The parade begins on Congress Street and ends with an event featuring entertainment, exhibits, the IBT’s Drag Depot, a Latin dance tent, a food court and more. Details: www.tucsonpride.org

Oct. 11-13 — Patagonia’s 25th Annual Fall Festival in the Town Park Patagonia. Go: Outdoor festival of music, art and food, 125 exhibitors, music, a silent auction, children’s rides and activities. Details: www.patagoniafallfestival.com

Oct. 19-20 — Willcox Wine Country Festival is a two-day fun-filled event at historic Railroad Park in downtown Willcox. Go: The perfect opportunity to explore Cochise County’s emerging wine country, the event includes a variety of local wines in addition to music and food in a small town setting. Details: www.willcoxwines.com

Oct. 19 — Juan Bautista de Anza Day at the Tubac Presidio State Historic Park. Go: The ultimate in street theater, this festival has folklorico dancers, mariachi music, musket demonstration, food and more. Details: www.tubacaz.com

Oct. 25 — World Margarita Championship at the Tucson Museum of Art, 140 N. Main Ave. Go: Taste more than 15 original margarita recipes as well as food from a variety of Tucson Originals restaurants. Details: tucsonoriginals.com

Oct. 25-27 — Desert Bluegrass Music Festival at AVA Amphitheater. Go: Now in its 14th year, this festival brings together local, regional and national bluegrass bands, workshops and jam sessions, and a Friday night band contest. Presented by the Desert Bluegrass Association. Details: www.desertbluegrass.org

November

Nov. 1 — The Tucson Fire Fighters Local 479 chili cook-off at El Presidio Park. Go: This day-long tribute to chili — it starts at 10 a.m. and goes until 10 p.m. — draws more than 10,000 people . Chili is $1 a cup and proceeds benefit the Tucson Firefighters Adopt-A-Family Program. Details: tucsonfirefighters.org

Nov. 1-3 — Tucson Celtic Festival and Scottish Highland Games at the Rillito Raceway Park 4502 N. First Ave. Go: Celebrate the heritage and culture of Ireland, Scotland and Wales with music, dancing, athletics and food. There’s also a Saturday night concert and fire dance performers. Details: www.tucsoncelticfestival.org

Nov. 7-11 — The Loft Film Fest at the Loft Cinema, 3233 E. Speedway. Go: This will be the fourth year the Loft has thrown open its doors in a singular event to showcase the very best independent, foreign and classic cinema. Details to come: www.loftcinema.com

December

Dec. 14-28 — Winterhaven Festival of Lights. Go: Now in its 63rd year, this is one of the longest running festivals of its kind in the country. Details: www.winter havenfestival.org

Downtown Parade of Lights — Dec. 21, downtown. This celebration of holiday lights lands on the first day of winter this year. Details: www.downtowntucson.org

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