If you’re lucky enough to own Central Tucson real estate, you know how special fall in the city can be.
As the second-largest city in the state of Arizona, Tucson is home to lively events all year long and has abundant sunshine to make outdoor festivities that much better. Whether you’re looking for Tuscon real estate for sale or simply planning a visit, there’s enough activity near Tuscon to fill your summer calendar quickly.
From air shows to pumpkin patches, Tuscon in the fall is a place of interests for all interests and ages. Below are five can’t-miss events in Tuscon this summer.
Marana Pumpkin Patch & Farm Festival (October 1–30)
Open the first 30 days of October, Marana Pumpkin Patch is a short shot northwest of Tucson on I-10. Any pumpkin patch is bound to be a family favorite, especially one that’s 50 acres! If you and the kids have access to Apple TV+, pair the trip to Marana with the Charlie Brown Great Pumpkin holiday special.
Once inside the grounds, your children or grandchildren can ride the zipline, explore the hay stack, and wander the farm’s giant corn maze in the space of an hour. Other activities include a jumping pillow, amusement park rides, farm animals, and picking your own pumpkin (a deal at $.50 per pound). No outside food is permitted, though festivalgoers can buy various items fit for kids or adults like cheeseburgers, sandwiches, and apple cobbler.
Remember to buy tickets online, since they’re not sold at the gate. Admission is free for kids ages two and under, while more seasoned humans can expect to pay $20 for admission to the pumpkin patch. And if you enjoy the pumpkin patch, make note that the farm also puts together a fantastic Christmas celebration complete with train rides, lights, and goodies.
Tucson Meet Yourself (October 7–9)
Tucson Meet Yourself was conceived in 1974 as “a dramatization of the fact that we live in a plural society” according to co-founder Jim Griffith. The scope of the event encompasses Southern Arizona and Northern Mexico, celebrating the many diverse ethnic and folk communities therein.
It’s a free event where you will find hundreds of artists, cooks, dancers, musicians, and more special exhibits. The emphasis here is on live experience as opposed to more secondhand forms of culture commonly found in America’s museums and universities. Relevant topics for conversation may traverse the various realms of language, games, myths, architecture, and comedy
The Southwest Folklife Alliance (SFA) operates the annual event.
Loft Film Festival (October 12–20)
Of the two film festivals taking place in Tucson this October, the Loft Film Fest is perhaps the lesser known (the other is Film Fest Tucson). Loft Film Fest is essentially a melange of independent, foreign, and classic films; anyone can attend and connect with the roster of guests including emerging directors, writers, producers, and actors.
Produced by Loft Cinema, this festival is noteworthy as the only American member of the International Confederation of Art Houses. This year (2022) is Loft Cinema’s 50th anniversary, so expect a marquee of classic films from 1972.
Bisbee 1000 (October 15)
Self-proclaimed “most unique physical fitness challenge” in the US., the Bisbee 1000 Great Stair Climb is like a less dangerous running of the bulls. Climbers race through a 4.5-mile course featuring nine staircases connected by roads through Old Bisbee.
Participants much register online; the event takes place no matter the weather, and your presence is acknowledged by a complimentary t-shirt. Racers get their own bibs; last year’s winner finished the course in 29:55.
Thunder and Lightning over Arizona (November 6–7)
Those new to Tucson may be unaware that the city is home to an Air Force Base called Davis-Monthan. The Base is located about seven miles southeast of downtown Tucson and houses about 11,000 airmen. As recently as 2018, Davis-Monthan won the Commander in Chief’s award for best base in the Air Force — and that military might will be on display this November at Thunder and Lightning over Arizona.
A free public event, Thunder and Lightning over Arizona features “The Thunderbirds,” The U.S. Air Force’s Air Demonstration Squadron. It’s the base’s first air show since 2019; the goal is to recruit future generations of soldiers to the military, honor service members past and present, and inspire civilians. Thunder and Lightning is intended to be a family-friendly activity with play areas and food and beverages for sale.
Besides The Thunderbirds, this year’s show will include performances from the Navy’s Super Hornet Demo Team and Leap Frogs. In total, over 100 different aircraft will grace the skies.
All Souls Procession (November 6)
Dia de los Muertos and its America counterpart, All Souls Day, commemorate the faithful departed and welcome back their souls for a party with food and drink. The Tucson iteration, the All Souls Procession, began in 1990 and has its roots in art’s capacity to transcend differences of ethnicity and culture. Over the years, more and more artists joined the Procession, and today Tucson anticipates crowds of over 150,000 to parade its streets toward a ceremonial burning rite called “The Urn.”
The Procession is organized by a non-profit arts collective called Many Mouths, One Stomach. As with comparably sized parades, the All Souls Procession enrolls the cooperation of the City of Tucson, Tucson Police and Fire Departments, and many local businesses, down to the individual (if you can’t wait to get involved, the parade is always looking for volunteers).
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