Organizer Ruben Palma calls Moctoberfest a "fool's festival," an antithesis to the All Souls Procession in November.


A unique mix of magicians, musicians, dancers and masters of the circus arts will be at Mercado San Augustin this Saturday for Moctoberfest 2013.

The all-day event, now in its second year, was created to raise funds for Many Mouths One Stomach, the group behind the All Souls Procession.

Organizer Ruben Palma calls it a "fool's festival," an antithesis to the walk in November.

"The Procession is such a sad occasion," he added. "This will get you pepped up and ready for summer."

This year's Moctoberfest will feature more of the same fun and frivolity from last year, Palma said.

A who's who in local entertainment has been recruited to perform.

The lineup includes Flam Chen, Vox Urbana, Orbital Evolution, Planet Djembe and Chicha Dust, the Brian Lopez and Gabriel Sullivan cumbia dance project, which is back from rocking Austin, Texas, as part of the South by Southwest music conference.

The festivities will feature workshops and demonstrations in the afternoon, ranging from clog dancing with the Saguaro Stompers to poi spinning activities with Fire Mecca and Morning Fyre.

A "celebrity" dunking booth will be set up, though Palma was a little light on celebrities at press time.

"I think it is going to be nice and hot," he said. "People are going to want to get wet."

Moctoberfest raised nearly $2,500 last year, which went to pay for the barricades and police support provided during the 2011 Procession.

Palma said Many Mouths still owes about $14,000 from last year's march.

He expects that Moctoberfest 2013 will make a significant dent in that total.

"This is the kind of thing that makes Tucson a great place to live," Palma said. "We can get out on the streets and create these playgrounds and people come out to play on them."

If you go

• What: Moctoberfest 2013

• When: 2 p.m.-2 a.m. Saturday.

• Where: In and around Mercado San Agustin, 100 S. Avenida del Convento.

• Admission: $5. Proceeds go toward Many Mouths One Stomach and the annual All Souls Procession.

• Info: online.

Contact reporter Gerald M. Gay at or 807-8430.