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Posted Oct 5, 2012, 9:04 am
October welcomes events that are seasonally themed and hint towards Halloween. Despite the somewhat spooky nature, not all of the events are for children; a variety will appeal to families, college students and professionals.
In come the pumpkins! Instead of finding Cinderella’s glass slipper, how about finding a glass pumpkin? At this year’s Pumpkin Fiesta an array of handmade glass pumpkins, gourds, acorns, and autumn-inspired glass treasures can be sifted through in order to find the perfect fall decoration. Watch as glass blowers create their pieces, or, if you are both courageous and have a knack for art, you can blow your own pumpkin for $85, while spots are available.
Friday-Sunday, Sonoran Glass Art Academy, 633 W. 18th St. www.downtowntucson.org
Corn Maze/Terror in the Corn
For an experience that will make you feel like you are in a scary movie, take a trip down to Buckelew Farm for Terror in the Corn. This four-mile haunted maze has upped the ante for a night of frights that will send shivers down your spine. Terror in the Corn tickets cost $20; the corn maze opens this Friday and runs through the end of October.
Buckelew Farm, 17000 W. Ajo Way www.buckelewfarm.com
The Great Tucson Beer Festival
Beer connoisseurs unite! It’s the annual Great Tucson Beer Fest this Saturday. Take a trip around the world by tasting beers from Belgium, Germany, Europe, Asia, and America. Don’t drink on an empty stomach though, or your night might end a little early. Luckily there are plenty of local vendors where dinner can be purchased. 80s and Gentlemen, a local Tucson cover band, will be performing. Tickets: $45 general admission, $80 VIP. Come one, come all (well, those aged 21 and over).
Hi Corbett Field, www.azbeer.com/tucson.htm
The Duel: A Rooftop Piano Party Under the Stars
The Duel is this Friday. No it’s not an a re-enacted old-school sword fight, it’s a dueling piano party. The event is put on by Tu Nidito and the Tucson Young Professionals on top of Pennington Street Garage. Tickets range from $45- $75. Come early for cocktails at 6:30 p.m. and the show will start at 7 p.m.
110 E. Pennington St. www.downtowntucson.org
Grand Tasting: Tucson Culinary Festival
The Reserve and Grand Tasting events at Casino Del Sol are for the dedicated wine taster and foodie. Guests at the Reserve Tasting will have the opportunity to sample small boutique wines along with signature dishes that some of Tucson’s finest chefs have whipped together to perfectly compliment the wine. The Grand Tasting, however, will feature over 100 different wines and samples from over 40 of Tucson’s local restaurants, members of Tucson Originals. Tickets for the Reserve Tasting are $125, and the Grand Tasting tickets are $80.
Casino Del Sol Resort, tucsonoriginals.com
It just wouldn’t be the weekend in Tucson if there wasn’t a good band playing at the Rialto. Say Anything appears this Saturday. Although the band started out playing indie rock they have somewhat evolved to have a more punk quality to their songs.
www.rialtotheatre.com, 318 E. Congress St.
Henri Matisse at the Tucson Museum of Art
Coming out the neo-impressionism era Henri Matisse, known as a “Fauve” (wild beast of color), created paintings and collages that used unnatural vibrant colors that resulted unsettling portraits. The Tucson Museum of Art brings works from a collaboration with author Henry de Montherlant: the story of Pasiphae and the birth of the Minotaur told through linoleum block prints. The show, opening Friday, runs through Jan. 20.
www.tucsonmuseumofart.org 140 N. Main Ave.
Kidical Mass: Himmel Park
The Living Streets Alliance will be hosting their second Kidical Mass bike ride this Saturday. Kidical Mass is a kid-friendly event that encourages families to join in the four-mile ride to meet and socialize with other “bike friendly parents.” The ride begins at Himmel Park and circles around the library, Sam Hughes neighborhood, the University of Arizona Mall, then back up to the park. At the finish of the ride will be a treat from Isabella’s Ice Cream Truck. LSA asks that you RSVP to the event as they are planning more treats and giveaways at the event for children. More information at www.kidicalmass.org.
Himmel Park, www.livingstreetsalliance.org
Art After Dark
Grab your flip flops, grass skirts, and sarongs and enter an exotic Polynesian paradise at the Tucson Museum of Art on Friday for the Art After Dark event centered around Barbara Roger’s art. There will be steel drum performances, hulu performances and lessons, fire spinning, and a graffiti art wall. It wouldn’t be a real paradise without tropical cocktails, which can be purchased at a cash bar.
www.tucsonmuseumofart.org 140 N. Main Ave.
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SAHBA Fall Home and Garden Show
If you are looking to do a little home improvement this fall, it might be a good idea to stop by the Home and Garden Show to get ideas for your project. There will be hundreds of vendors and exhibitors that will showcase the latest and greatest in home improvement projects. Tickets are $8.
www.sahbahomeshow.com Tucson Convention Center, 260 S. Church