Tucson Reptile and Amphibian Show

Elianna Ornelas, 2, seems a bit wary of "Maynard", a 26-year-old black throat monitor with dad Marcos, right, and brother Eli, 4, behind, at the Tucson Reptile and Amphibian Show and Sale on Saturday, Oct. 4, 2014, at the Tucson Expo Center. 

While you were dreaming up your next big Halloween costume (dibs on dressing up as a saguaro!) we were finding you things to do around Tucson this weekend.

From reptiles to margaritas, there's something for everyone this go around.

Friday-Sunday vibes starting ....NOW!

🎉 Fun for everyone 🎉

Oktoberfest at the Tucson Museum of Art — Free First Thursdays

Come celebrate the grand opening of the new museum store with music, crafts, and local brews. 

Find more information here.

When: Thursday, Oct. 5, 5-8 p.m.

Where: Tucson Museum of Art, 140 N. Main Avenue

Cost: Event is free to attend

Pumpkin Fiesta!


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Explore the world of glass art pumpkins, a fall-themed gallery and glassblowing presentations.

Create your own glass pumpkin or other fun themed-projects in the studio. Help support nonprofit glass art education in Southern Arizona.

Find more information here. 

When: Saturday, Oct. 7 and Sunday, Oct. 8, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Where: Sonoran Glass School, 633 W. 18th Street

Costs: Event is free to attend, join glass making workshops for a fee — $10 pumpkin fridge magnets workshop, $10-$15 fused Halloween character workshop, $15 drink stirrers workshop and $85 for glass pumpkin workshop. 

Tucson Reptile and Amphibian Show and Sale


Kadence McMinn, 6, leans in to pet an American alligator at the Tucson Reptile and Amphibian Show and Sale on Saturday, Oct. 4, 2014, at the Tucson Expo Center, 3750 East Irvington Road, in Tucson, Ariz.

The Tucson Reptile and Amphibian Show is one of the largest events of its kind in Arizona. Vendors from all over the world will be selling thousands of captive bred reptiles, amphibians, and everything else that goes along with it.

There will also be a bunch of exotic animals on display and a petting zoo with alligators, lizards and giant tortoises — how cool! 

Find more information here

When: Saturday, Oct. 7, from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday Oct. 8, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Where: Tucson Expo Center, 3750 E. Irvington Road

Cost: $10 for adults, $5 for kids 6-12, free for anyone under 5.

Buckelew Farm's Pumpkin Festival & Corn Maze 


The annual Buckelew Farm Pumpkin Festival & Corn Maze, 17000 W. Ajo Way near Three Points.

Hop on a tractor-drawn wagon ride and travel to Buckelew Farm's Pumpkin Festival.

Admission includes access to the pumpkin fields, three all-ages corn mazes, games and more.

If you're all about the spook this season, explore a corn maze after dark with Flashlight Nights, which happen every weekend after 5 p.m. —  find more ticket information here

If you REALLY want the pants scared off of you, check out Buckelew Farm's haunted attraction, Terror in the Corn, open every Friday in October from 6 p.m. to midnight, Saturday from 5 p.m. to midnight and Halloween from 6 p.m. to midnight. This haunted corn maze is not for the faint of heart, children under 12 will not be admitted without a parent or adult — find more information here

Find more information about the pumpkin festival and other events happening at the farm here.

When: Begins Saturday, Oct. 7 and ends Sunday, Oct. 29. 

Where: Buckelew Farm, 17000 W. Ajo Highway

Hours: Open every weekend in October from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Cost: $12 general admission, $10 senior discount, $6 for children under 12 during Kids Weekend from Oct. 7-8. 

Oktoberfest at Trail Dust Town 


Members of the Tucson International Folk Dance club dance to the music being played by Bouncing Czechs an Oktoberfest at Trail Dust Town. 

Drink local beer, eat delicious food, and dance to live music from The Bouncing Czechs. Sounds like a fine time to us! 

Find more information here

When: Saturday, Oct. 7, from 3-9 p.m. 

Where: Trail Dust Town, 6541 E. Tanque Verde Road 

Cost: Event is free to attend, pay for food and booze.

GLOW! a nighttime art experience


"Blue Galaxy" by Mike Lundquist.

Jump into an illuminating wonderland of lights and magic with GLOW! at the Triangle L Ranch. Let the twinkle-light path guide you through five acres of glowing sculptures, multi-media installations, performances, music and more.

This is the last GLOW! event happening this year 😢 — but it's okay because they're asking you to dress up in costumes as part of their Spirited Away Night. Proceeds benefit the All Souls Procession.  

Find more information here

When: Saturday, Oct. 7, 7 p.m. to midnight

Where: Triangle L Ranch, 2085 North Triangle L Ranch Road

Cost: $25 general admission,  ages 0-3 free  

👧 For the Kids 👦

Free Science Day at the downtown library 


Kids reach their hands to feel the dry ice smoke produced during Matt Ryan’s (left) Brain S.T.E.M science demonstration during the Family SciFest at the Children’s Museum Tucson, 300 S. 6th Ave., on Feb. 4, 2017, in downtown Tucson, Ariz. The event is part of the Arizona SciTech Festival. Kids and parents enjoyed 100 activities and demonstrations focusing on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). All events (including museum admission) are free. Mike Christy / Arizona Daily Star

Hang out with local professionals in the science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields for a day of STEM-related games and actives — AKA, very cool hands-on science experiments.

Find more information here

When: Saturday, Oct. 7, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Where: Joel D. Valdez Main Library, 101 N. Stone Ave.

Cost: This event is free to attend 

⚕️ Health ⚕️

Free Condom Friday!


University of Arizona student Sadie McNamee pieces together a condom necklace to promote safe sex. She and others in professor William Simmons’ Sex, Health and AIDS class were on the UA Mall on Wednesday, taking part in the annual Sex Talk Week. 

Free to all U of A students. Male and female condoms, latex dams, lube, and gloves — available every Friday! 

Find more information here.

When: Friday, Oct. 6, 12 p.m. 

Where: UA Campus Health Service, 1224 E. Lowell St. Bldg. 95

Cost: Free

Free Mammograms

Doctors in Manhattan say that mammograms can spot a key sign of heart disease in addition to helping spot breast cancer. (Photo courtesy Fotolia/TNS)

If you're uninsured and need a mammogram, the Hope Matters Breast Cancer Foundation wants to help.

Requirements include being over 40 years old and not having had a mammogram within one year.

Find more information here.

When: Friday, Oct. 6, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. 

Where: El Rio Healthcare, 101 W. Irvington Road.

Cost: Event is free to attend

💸 Shopping 💸

• It's time to dress the whole family up for some trick-or-treating, all Halloween costumes are buy one one 50 percent off at Target.

Lowe's is taking 30 percent off of selected appliances including dishwashers, fridges and ovens as part of their All For Fall Event.

• Get cozy with some soup from a slow cooker, seven-quart Crock-Pots are on sale for $19.77 at Walmart.

Mercado Flea Market


The new monthly Mercado Flea features eclectic antiques, collectibles and vintage finds.

Find more information here

When: Sunday, Oct. 8, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Where: Mercado San Agustin, 100 S. Avenida del Convento

More: Check out this list of new and expanding antique fairs in the area.

Saguaro Market's Grand Reopening 


You'll see all kinds of cactus stuff at Saguaro Market. Even in its own decor. 

After a summer hiatus, Saguaro Market is back and ready to celebrate its one-year anniversary. Get a look at the new merchandise — if it's anything like their last stuff it's going to be super cute.

Find more information here

Saguaro Market will also be hosting a vintage market later in the month on Oct. 28, find more information about that event here.  

When: Open Thursday, Oct. 5, to Saturday, Oct. 7, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 8, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Where: Saguaro Market, 657 W. Mary's Road

Cost: Items are in the $-$$ range. 

 👯‍ For your B.F.F. 👯‍

Happy Death Day Free Screening

Enjoy a free screening of new movie, Happy Death Day with your friends.

Get e-tickets for the screening on the Universal Pictures at University of Arizona Facebook event page, or pick up tickets at the UA's Film and Television office inside the Marshall Building at 845 N. Park Avenue.

Be sure to get there there early to ensure you have a seat. First come first serve.

Find more information here.

When: Thursday, Oct. 5, 7:30-9:30 p.m.

Where: Century El Con 20, 3601 E. Broadway Blvd.

CostEvent is free to attend

Dusk Music Festival

Dusk Music Festival returns as a bigger and better experience than last year.

The festival, which is now a two-day event, has a fun and star-studded lineup including headliners Big Sean and Steve Aoki

Find more information here

When: Friday, Oct. 6, from 4-11 p.m. and Saturday, Oct. 7, from 4-11 p.m.

Where: Rillito Park Race Track, 4502 N. 1st Avenue

Cost: Tickets start at $49, find more prices here. Also, you gotta park — general admission parking passes are $20, get them before the event here

World Margarita Championship at the Hilton El Conquistador


A bevy of Tucson bartenders compete for the title of World Margarita Champion. 

Tucson Original Restaurants chefs are battling it out to see who has the best margarita in town. 

The Southern Arizona Arts & Culture event will feature food and tequila tastings — attendees will also vote for their favorite margarita. 

Find more information here

When: Friday, Oct. 6, 6-9 p.m.

Where: Hilton El Conquistador Golf & Tennis Resort, 10000 N. Oracle Road  

Cost: $55 per person

Free Yoga at Reid Park ends this Sunday


University of Arizona Campus Recreation fitness instructor Kelsi Harris leads a free yoga class on the University of Arizona campus during “Dead Day”, otherwise known as no-class day before the start of final exams, on May 4, 2017, in Tucson, Ariz.

Bring a friend, mat, towel and relax and do some yoga at Reid Park. 

Find more information here.

When: Sunday, Oct. 8, 9 -10 a.m.

Where: Reid Park near Ramada 18, 900 S. Randolph Way

Dia De Los Muertos Wine or Pint Glass Painting


Wine glasses hand-painted by local artisans and volunteers were party favors.

Enjoy painting and having a drink with a friend or significant other. 

All painting supplies for the project are included in your workshop fee, including a free drink of wine or beer. 

Find more information here. 

When: Sunday, Oct. 8, 2 - 4:00 p.m. 

Where: 1912 Brewing Co., 2045 N. Forbes Blvd., Ste. 105

Cost: $25 per person