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Weekend events bid goodbye to September

Cooling temps mean fun festivals

September appears to have gone by with the blink of an eye, but with one weekend left comes an array of fall festivities that usher in the new season. As temperatures fall from summer's scorching 110 degrees, outdoor events become more fun and don't require a portable fan to enjoy. There is a something for everyone to take part in this weekend with a variety of themed festivals, concerts, as well as theatre and cinematic arts.

Here's this weekend's pick of the harvest-time crop:

Cochise County Fair

The Cochise County Fair this weekend, running Thursday-Sunday, includes a livestock sale, horse shows, and college rodeo. A few events can be seen each day including Jeff Martin, The Blonde Curly Haired Magician, and Alaskan Racing Pigs. For thrills $20 can buy you an unlimited ride pass, but don't forget to save a few dollars for some cotton candy or funnel cake.

3677 N. Leslie Canyon Road, Douglas, www.cochisecountyfair.org

Tucson Flamenco Festival

"Experience the Passion and Beauty of Spain in Tucson." The Tucson Flamenco Festival runs this weekend, Thursday-Sunday. A fashion show starts the event off at 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, displaying the work of designers who specialize in flamenco-inspired couture. Performances each night will highlight expert flamenco dancers and guitarists from not only the Southwest, but around the world as well. Workshops in dance and guitar will be held before the evening events, so you can take a little piece of Spain home with you.

375 S. Stone Ave., www.tucsonflamencofestival.com

Tucson Oktoberfest

It's not October, but it's time for Oktoberfest. This four-day festival runs Thursday-Sunday, and includes art and crafts booths, entertainment, food, and of course it wouldn't be Oktoberfest without beer. Non-stop folk music will keep you dancing all day, especially since some of the beer costs just four $1 tickets. Admission into the event is three dollars, with food and drinks ranging from one to 13 tickets. One of the headlining events has to be the dachshund races, on Saturday at 7 p.m. If you have a race-worthy wiener dog, a $12 entry fee gets your pup a spot on the starting line.

Hi Corbett Field, 700 S. Randolph Way, www.tucsonoktoberfest.org

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Arizona Salsa Fest 2012

There is only one place where hot air balloons, salsa-making competitions, jalapeño-eating contests, chihuahua races and costume contests, and car shows make up a weekend. Safford's Salsa Fest 2012 on Friday and Saturday is a great event for anyone who has a passion for spicy food. Chips can be purchased in order to sample each vendor or home chef's signature salsa. It is not just an event for foodies: kids can enjoy face painting, pinatas, a petting zoo, and tomato toss as well.

1111 Thatcher Blvd., Safford, www.salsatrail.com/salsafest

Apple Annie's Arizona Centennial Corn Maze

Even though Wilcox is a couple hours' drive away it's only at Apple Annie's where the Arizona Centennial Corn Maze—the largest corn maze in the state—can be found. The maze opens on Saturday and runs until Oct. 31. The Fall Pumpkin Celebration also starts this weekend through the end of October. Hayrides are available and will take you out to the pumpkin patch to pick the perfect specimen for Halloween or just a nice fall decoration. There are also fall vegetables and apples available that can be picked straight from the orchards.

2081 W. Hardy Rd. Wilcox, www.appleannies.com/weekend-events/

Underground Film Festival

This weekend is the second and last weekend of the Underground Film Festival. Underground, avant garde, and cult films will be playing each night at The Screening Room as well as Crossroads Cinema. These films are something you'll rarely see on the average big screen..

The Screening Room 127 E. Congress St. and Crossroads Cinema, 4811 E. Grant Rd., azuff.org

The Jungle Book

"The Jungle Book" was one of Walt Disney's best animated features, but now the theatrical version can be seen at Pima Community College's Proscenium Theatre. The PCC Theatre Arts program presents one of Rudyard Kipling's finest works from Friday-Oct. 7. Admission to this family-oriented play is $6.

2202 W. Anklam Rd., www.pima.edu

The Lumineers

Rising in popularity, indie band The Lumineers will hit the Rialto on Thursday night. Their rustic sound combined with emotional and everlasting lyrics make the band one to keep an eye (and ear) on. Many agree; the show is sold out.

Rialto Theatre 318 E. Congress St., www.rialtotheatre.com

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Architecture on Wheels

The Living Streets Alliance hosts the second annual Architecture on Wheels: Guided Bicycle and Walking Tours of Historic Downtown Tucson, on Sunday. Part of Architecture Week, the tours will also commemorate Arizona's Centennial as they feature buildings erected before 1912. There will be three biking tours and one walking tour. All are free and begin a 8 a.m. at the Historic Train Depot. Don't for get to BYOB (Bring Your Own Bike).

Historic Train Depot, 400 N. Toole Ave., www.livingstreetsalliance.org

KFMA's Fall Ball

Each year, KFMA's Fall Ball brings together an eclectic mix of rock bands. This year's headliners are the Offspring, known for their punk rock sound and popular singles "Come Out and Play," "Self Esteem," and "Gotta Get Away." Alongside the SoCal pop-punks will be All That Remains, Kottonmouth Kings, The Wombats, Hollywood Underground, Corey Taylor, Switchfoot, and Everlast. This is an all-day event that guarantees listeners to have ringing ears when they leave.

Tucson Electric Park, 2500 E. Ajo Way, www.last.fm/festival/3360356+KFMA+Fall+Ball

Shakespeare in the Park

As part of the Shakespeare in the Park series, the City of Tucson's El Rio Theatre Project presents "The Taming of the Shrew," on Thursday-Sunday and again next weekend, Oct. 4-7. Bring a blanket and set up a picnic to enjoy the show in the park setting (just be subtle about that bottle of wine). "The Taming of the Shrew" is a classic Shakespeare comedy, and even those who aren't up to date on their Middle English can enjoy a laugh or two. There's a suggested donation of $5.

Himmel Park Outdoor Amphitheater, 1000 N. Tucson Blvd, tucsonaz.gov/parksandrec

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Sep 27, 2012, 4:37 pm
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Hard to choose!  The weather is beautiful too.

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