The to-do list
Butterflies and zombies and Michael, oh my
This weekend finds more than just Halloween-themed festivals and haunted houses; there are several other cultural events going on that benefit nonprofit causes.
Festivals, silent auctions and haunted houses are all giving back a little something to the community this weekend. From the familiar setting of Tucson Eat, err, Meet Yourself, to the indie-focused Tucson Film and Music Festival, there's plenty to put on your To-do List.
Butterfly Magic at the Tucson Botanical Gardens
Butterfly Magic began on Oct. 1, and runs until mid-April. Different varieties of butterflies from eleven countries will flutter around you as you make your way around the Botanical Gardens' tropical greenhouse. Butterfly Magic is open from 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m. and tickets cost $13 for adults and $7.50 for children 4-12, and include entrance to all of the gardens.
www.tucsonbotanical.org, 2150 N. Alvernon Way
Tucson Film and Music Festival
For an event that combines independent musicians and filmmakers, head on over to the Tucson Film and Music Festival. The festival highlights the artistic talent of musicians and filmmakers from the Tucson and the Southwest. A couple of the highlighted independent films to be shown are "The History of Folk Future" and "Strutter." There are also some films featuring the lives of musicians such as "Andrew Bird: Fever Year," a documentary about the struggles of the singer-songwriter after a serious onstage injury. An all-access pass can be purchased online for $50, otherwise tickets can be purchased for the events on an individual basis
There are several locations for the performances and screenings, so check out the schedule at tucsonfilmandmusicfestival.com.
Nightfall in Old Tucson
You’ve been to the usual haunted houses. A few actors that make you jump in a creepy decorated warehouse sometimes just doesn’t get the job done. At Nightfall in Old Tucson you will be engulfed in an entire haunted town with hideous and scary creatures that will have you running for the exit by the end of the night. Tickets are $25 for adults and $20 for children.
www.nightfallaz.com, Old Tucson
Tucson Meet Yourself
Tucson Meet Yourself is a festival that attracts tens of thousands of people every year and is meant to highlight cultures and traditions that are carried on through the generations. Cooking demonstrations, live cultural music and performances, folk art traditions, and plenty of events for children are on the schedule. Performers include the Bouncing Czehs, Les Avenge/ The Flying Tortillas Bearkdancers, Mariachi Los Changuitos Feos, and Leikarring Dancers. There will also be steel drum workshops and Tucson Circus Arts Poi Spinning Workshop, just to name a couple. The event is in the heart of downtown from Friday to Sunday, and admission is free with a suggested donation of $1.
www.tucsonmeetyourself.org, Downtown Tucson
Pride in the Desert
This weekend Tucson Pride puts on the annual Pride in the Desert and Pride on Parade. The theme this is year is "People Representing Individuality Diversity & Equality." The event will start off with a Queertopia pool party at the River Park Inn from 3-10 p.m Friday, includeing go-go dancers, drink specials, and a sing-a-long movie. Tickets for that are $5. Pride on Parade will start on Saturday at noon at Armory Park, and is a parade that includes local vendors and individuals who have created floats and costumes to support LGBT rights. Admission to the parade and festival is free. Concluding the event will be an after-party at Hotel Congress at 9 p.m. which has a cover of $5.
For a schedule of events and locations visit www.tucsonpride.org.
TSO Rocks the Fox
TSO Rocks the Fox Theatre this weekend, with the music of Michael Jackson. The music will range from some of the earliest Jackson 5 songs to some of the Gloved One’s most familiar albums like Thriller and Bad, withhe lead vocals by singer Gavin Hope. The performance is this Friday at 8 p.m. with tickets ranging from $33 to $48 for this special Tucson tribute to the King of Pop.
www.tucsonsymphony.org, Fox Theatre 17 W. Congress St.
Tucson Zombie Walk
Let your inner zombie out and join the Tucson Zombie Walk this Saturday from 6-10 p.m. Since it’s 2012 and the world is supposedly going to end what better theme to have for the walk than "The End of the World"? Get creative enough and you could win funniest or scariest zombie. The event is free, but organizers ask you to bring two non-perishable food items that will be donated to the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona.
www.tucsonzombies.com, Starts at MLK Building Parking lot, 55 N. 5th Ave.
Silent Auction for the All Souls Procession
Come support the All Souls Procession at a silent auction. Hosted by Pop-Cycle Shop and The Surly Wench Pub, the auction includes beautiful pieces of art by local artists, and donations by local businesses. This is a 21+ event that will include a performance by Black Cherry Burlesque, but the Pop-Cycle shop will have treats and events for kids to take part in outside of the auction. The All Souls Procession is an event that attracts over 35,000 participants in a two-mile procession that ends with the burning of a large urn filled with hopes, offering and wished the public have for those who have passed on. The event and the entire weekend is devoted to celebrating and mourning the lives of loved ones who have passed away.
www.allsoulsprocession.org, Pop-Cycle 422 N. 4th Ave.