Photo by Barbara Carroll.
Halloween can be fun for all ages, and this weekend there are plenty of reasons to don your favorite costume and get out and about. Whether it’s food and music, a slice of history, games for the kids, or a crazy movie, Tucson has something to entertain everyone this weekend.
Viva La Local Food Festival
Tucson’s only local food, farm, and live music festival features food from 25 restaurants, wineries, and breweries; more than 70 farmers market vendors; and a day full of live music. Admission is $6, food and drink tastings $5, free parking, free bicycle valet, and free veggie valet. PLUS, they’ll have plenty of fun family-friendly activities to celebrate Halloween! All proceeds to benefit Southern Arizona’s 501(c)(3) non-profit Heirloom Farmers Markets.
October 31, 9:00-5:00
Rillito Park, 4502 N. 1st Ave.
Chilies, Chocolate and Day of the Dead
If you appreciate chiles and chocolate, Tohono Chul Park is the place to be. The two-day festival (Friday and Saturday) will feature food trucks, vendors, arts and crafts, face painting, chile roasting, music, and family fun.
October 30 & 31, 9:00-5:00
Tohono Chul Park, 7366 N. Paseo del Norte
A Dreary, Bleak, Desolate Place: Tucson’s Abandoned Cemeteries
Over the last 250 years, Tucson has seen five cemeteries used and abandoned. Today these cemeteries lie beneath the homes, businesses, and government buildings of downtown Tucson. The stories of these cemeteries and some of the people who were buried in them will be discussed in this illustrated lecture by archaeologist Homer Thiel and presented by the Presidio San Agustin del Tucson Museum at Dusty Monk Pub, in Old Town Artisans.
October 31, 2:00-3:30 pm
Dusty Monk Pub, 201 N. Court
Desert Boneyard 10K/5K Run
The Annual Desert Boneyard Run is held in the 309th Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Group (AMARG) “boneyard”, a one-of-a-kind specialized airplane storage site on Davis-Monthan Air Force Base.
Runners have the rare chance to tread between the aircraft that make up the largest air force fleet in the world, other than the United States Air Force. The 2,600 acre site has nearly 4,000 aircraft and is typically only open to employees and the occasional bus tour. This unique event gives the general public an opportunity to see the boneyard’s vast national treasures.
October 31, 7:30 – noon
Kolb Rd and Irvington, Davis-Monthan Air Force Base “Aircraft Boneyard”
Register here before 5 pm today.
Fabulous Halloween at the Children’s Museum
Halloween crafts, a hair-raising story time, and creepy costume contest are among the festivities planned at the Children’s Museum. Dress the little ones and come for a day of fun and surprises before you hit the streets for the big candy score.
October 31, 10:00-2:00
200 S. 6th Ave., Tucson, AZ 85701
Fort Lowell Haunted Histories
The Arizona Historical Society presents a free, family-friendly day of stories, games, and prizes for all ages at the Fort Lowell Museum.
October 31, 11:00-3:00
2900 N Craycroft Road
Rocky Horror Picture Show 40th Anniversary Sing-along and Halloween Bash
At the risk of doing the Time Warp, I think I was at the first Rocky Horror Halloween Bash at the old Loft on 6th Street, just off campus. The theater may have moved, but the fun hasn’t changed in this perennial favorite featuring a troupe of actors, unknown at the time, who went on to bigger, better, and less campy projects.
The early show is the sing-along and includes a costume contest and prop bags so you can participate in the fun. The late show will start with games, prizes, a virgin sacrifice, and a costume contest. Paint those lips red and pull on the fishnets. It’s time to jump to the left and take a step to the right…. (Adults only for this one.)
October 31, 7:00 and 11:00 pm
The Loft Cinema, 3233 E. Speedway