Old Pueblo Bluegrass Band

Don’t miss theDesert Bluegrass Festival featuring numerous Bluegrass bands. The festival is  Friday 7-9 p.m. Saturday, 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. and 6:30-9:30 p.m. Sunday, 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. at Casino del Sol AVA Amphitheater. Tickets range $15-$30.

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Thursday, Oct. 24

• Laugh out loud at the unique brand of humor of longtime comedian Paul Rodriguez with a perfect blend of Latin heritage, the American dream, and universal appeal. Details: 7:30 p.m.; Fox Theatre, 17 W. Congress St.; $35-$65; 547-3040.


Thursday to Saturday, Oct. 24-26 and Oct. 31-Nov. 2

• Enjoy the University of Arizona School of Dance Premium Blend with classic and new choreography. Details: 7:30 p.m.; Stevie Eller Dance Theatre, 1737 E. University Blvd.; $39; 621-3341.

Thursday, Saturday, and 

Sunday, Oct. 24, 26, and 27

• Laugh out loud at the Salpointe High School fall play Cash on Delivery with rib-tickling hilarity for the whole family. Details: 7 p.m. Thursday and Saturday, 4 p.m. Sunday; Salpointe Corcoran Theatre, 1545 E. Copper St.; $8-$10; 327-6581.




Thursday, Oct. 24

• Enjoy Pima Community College Music’s Wind Ensemble performing its first concert of the fall semester. Details: 7:30 a.m.; Proscenium Theatre, 2202 W. Anklam Road; $6; 206-6986.

• Listen to the pop music of international sensation Pitbull. Details: 8 p.m.; Casino del Sol AVA Amphitheater, 5655 W. Valencia Road;  $60-$150; 800-344-9435.


Friday, Oct. 25

• Enjoy A Smooth Night of Jazz featuring trumpeter Gabriel Mark Hasselbach and vocalist Crystal Stark at the Rhythm Nights at Tohono Chul Park concert series. Details: 7 p.m.; Tohono Chul Park, 7366 N. Paseo del Norte; $26.50, $21.50 members/active military, $16.50 students; 742-6455.


Friday and Sunday, 

Oct. 25 and 27

• Listen to the TSO’s Rach 2 Rachmaninoff - Classic 2 featuring guest conductor and violinist Guillermo Figueroa. Details: 8 p.m. Friday, 2 p.m. Sunday; Tucson Music Hall, 260 S. Church Ave.; $27-$80; 882-8585.

Friday to Sunday, Oct. 25-27

• Don’t miss the Desert Bluegrass Festival featuring a band contest, Desert Heart Bluegrass Band, Thomas Porter and Copper River, Jeff Scroggins and Colorado, Joe Mullins and the Radio Ramblers, The Tuttles, and Old Pueblo Bluegrass. Details: 7-9 p.m. Friday, 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. and 6:30-9:30 p.m. Saturday, 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday; Casino del Sol AVA Amphitheater, 5655 W. Valencia Road; $15-$30; 800-344-9435.


Saturday, Oct. 26

• Enjoy the Tucson Symphony Orchestra’s Moveable Musical Feast featuring the Wind Quintet, Flute Viola Harp Trio and award-winning cuisine. Details: 5:30 p.m.; Hacienda del Sol Resort, 5501 N. Hacienda del Sol Road; $135; 882-8585.

• Enjoy a performance of tenor David Portillo and pianist Allen Perriello performing an entirely Spanish-language music program as the Arizona Opera comes to SaddleBrooke. Details: 7:30 p.m.; DesertView Performing Arts Center, 39900 S. Clubhouse Drive; $30, $25 in advance; 825-2818.

• Enjoy the award-winning tribute to Prince Purple Reign which recreates the raw energy of Prince in his prime. Details: 8 p.m.; Desert Diamond Center, Desert Diamond Casino, I-19 and Pima Mine Road; $10-$20; 800-745-3000.


Sunday, Oct. 27

• Listen to Pima Community College Music’s Chorale and College Singers under the direction of Dr. Jonathan Ng. Details: 3 p.m.; Proscenium Theatre, 2202 W. Anklam Road; $6; 206-6986. 

• Enjoy the Classic Jazz Series: The Sounds of Shearing featuring the original members of the George Shearing Quintet presented by the Tucson Jazz Society. Details: 7 p.m.; Westin La Paloma Resort, 3800 E. Sunrise Drive; $30, $20 members, $15 military and students; 903-1265.


Wednesday, Oct. 30

• Help raise funds for military families while you enjoy a Salute to Our Heroes starring Robert Shaw and Friends. Details: 7:30 p.m.; DesertView Performing Arts Center, 39900 S. Clubhouse Drive; $40, $35 in advance; 825-2818.


Saturday, Nov. 2

• Listen to the music of Johanna Lundy in her fourth season as principal horn of the TSO at the Master Class Series. Details: 2 p.m.; Tucson Symphony Center, 2175 N. 6th Ave.; 882-8585.




Friday, Oct. 25

• Help raise funds for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Tucson at The Party presented by the Jim Click Automotive Team featuring entertainment, food, and silent auctions. Details: 6 p.m.-midnight; Tucson Convention Center Exhibit Halls, 260 S. Church Ave.; $100; 573-3533 or www.thepartytucson.com

• Bring the whole family to the Gladden Farms Fall Festival for a costume contest, carnival games, inflatables, face painting, and more. Details: 6-9 p.m.; Gladden Farms Community Park, 12205 N. Tangerine Farms Road; free; 682-1357.

• Taste original margaritas and food samples from an array of restaurants at the World Margarita Championship fundraiser. Details: 6-9 p.m.; Tucson Museum of Art, 140 N. Main Ave.; $60, $50 in advance; 343-9985 or www.tucsonculinaryfestival.com.


Friday to Sunday, Oct. 25-27

• Make your holiday shopping a gift to local children at the 21st Annual Southwest Flair A-Fair benefiting Big Brothers Big Sisters of Tucson featuring the fine art and crafts of more than 130 artisans. Details: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Plaza Palomino, Swan and Fort Lowell Roads; free admission; www.flairafair.com.


Saturday, Oct. 26

• Bring the whole family to the Fall Festival at Steam Pump Ranch featuring entertainment, petting zoo, horsemanship demos, hay wagon rides, food vendors, cooking demonstrations, and tours. Details: 9 a.m.-3 p.m.; 10901 N. Oracle Road; free; 229-5050 or www.orovalleyaz.gov.

• Celebrate the centuries-old traditions of Dia de Los Muertos with mariachis, luminarias, kids’ activities, workshops, and Sonoran food at Feast with the Dearly Departed. Details: 5-8 p.m.; Tucson Botanical Gardens, 2150 N. Alvernon Way; $8, $4 children, $4 members, $2 member children; 326-9686.


Friday, Nov. 1

• Celebrate Día de los Muertos at Tohono Chul’s Park After Dark family observance to honor and remember loved ones with entertainment, face painting, and a community altar (Ofrenda) where you can leave a memento or message for a loved one. Details: 5-8 p.m.; Tohono Chul Park, 7366 N. Paseo Del Norte; $10, $5 members; under 13 free; 742-6455. 


Friday to Sunday, Nov. 1-3

• Celebrate the heritage and culture of Scotland, Ireland and Wales with music, dancing, athletic events, food, and drink at the Celtic Festival and Scottish Highland Games. Details: 7-10 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday; Rillito Park, 4501 N. First Ave.; $15, $10 seniors/military, $5 youth ages 6-15; free ages 5 and under; 807-9509.




Wednesday, Oct. 30 

• Enjoy a Reenactment of the Life of Annie Neal, 1870-1950, who was born on the Cherokee reservation, became the proprietress of a famous tubercular rest home and luxury hotel presented by Arizona Historical Society docent Shirley Pinkerton. Details: noon and 2 p.m.; National Parks Store, 12880 N. Vistoso Village Drive; free but reservations required; 622-6014.



Friday, Oct. 25

• Take a 3-mile moderate Plant Walk in Wild Burro Canyon in the Tortolita Mountains to learn about the trees, shrubs, and cacti that inhabit the area. Details: 9-11:30 a.m.; Wild Burro Trailhead, 15000 N. Secret Springs Drive; free but reservations required; 615-7855.

Saturday, Oct. 26

• Take a Honey Bee Canyon Park Birding Walk with expert Marjorie Flory to spot Gambel’s quail, verdin, gnatcatchers, and other desert birds. Details: 8-10 a.m.; Honey Bee Canyon Park, 13880 N Rancho Vistoso Blvd.; free; 615-7855.




Saturday, Oct. 26

• Have a spooktacular experience at Halloween in the Wild with ghoulish games, creepy crafts, haunted house, and tricky treats for all ages. Details: 5-7 p.m.; International Wildlife Museum, 4800 W. Gates Pass Road; $8, $3 ages 4-12; 629-0100.

• Bring the whole family to the YMCA’s 11th Annual Trunk or Treat for crafts, games, face painting, storytime, movie, train ride, inflatables, climbing wall, and food truck round-up  Details: 5:30-8 p.m.; Northwest Pima Community College, 7600 N. Shannon Road; free admission, tickets required for some activities-$1, $.50 in advance; 229-9001 or www.tucsonymca.org/nw.

• Bring the kids to the Oro Valley Aquatic Center Halloween Fest with a costume fashion show, face painting, and pumpkin carving. Details: 5-7 p.m.; 23 W. Calle Concordia; $2, $1 children; 209-2472.


Sunday, Oct. 27

• Bring the kids to the Family Arts and Music Experience (FAME) for hands-on arts and music activities, dance, and workshops for stilt-walking, hula hooping, and juggling. Details: 11 a.m.-2 p.m.; Children’s Museum Tucson, 200 S. 6th Ave.; free admission Oct. 27 only; 792-9985.

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