Turn over a new leaf: Fun things to do in Tucson this fall

In case visiting a pumpkin patch or eating apple pie are the only plans you have for this fall, here are some events to pencil – or type – into your calendar.

Las Cafeteras: Hasta La Muerte

  • When: Saturday, Oct. 21 at 7 p.m.
  • Where: Centennial Hall, 1020 E. University Blvd.

As part of the programming for Arizona Arts Live, Las Cafeteras are presenting a “vibrant musical adventure exploring the stages of grief and loss through the celebration of life and death.” 

The audience follows La Catrina as she meets spirits such as La Llorona in her yearly return to guide the souls of the dead to the afterlife. Before the show begins, there will be a Dia de los Muertos themed fiesta in the Centennial Hall Patio where attendees will be able to enjoy Mexican food, mariachi and place ofrendas in the altar. Tickets and information can be found in the Arizona Arts website.

Oro Valley Fall Artisan Market

  • When: Saturday, Oct. 21 and Sunday, Oct. 22 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Where: Oro Valley Marketplace, 12155 N. Oracle Rd.

This free event is hosted by the Southern Arizona Arts and Cultural Alliance. The festival includes more than 100 artisans, live art demonstrations, food vendors, pumpkin painting and more. There will be trick-or-treat stations on site, jam sessions, face painting and other experiences for people of all ages. More information and schedule for jam sessions on their website.

Tucson Terrorfest 2023

  • When: Thursday, Oct. 19 to Sunday, Oct. 22
  • Where: 191 Toole, 191 E. Toole Ave., and The Screening Room, 127 E. Congress St.

Tucson Terrorfest and its convention will be bringing experiences and films for horror fans in Tucson. Tickets and more information can be found on their website.

Frankenstein

  • When: Saturday, Oct. 21 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 22 at 2 p.m.
  • Where: Temple of Music and Art, 330 S. Scott Ave.

Arizona Opera’s production of Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein” will be in Tucson’s Temple of Music and Art for performances on Saturday, Oct. 21 and Sunday, Oct. 22. According to the Arizona Opera website, the production is rated PG-13.

Fall Ikebana Festival 2023

  • When: Thursday, Oct. 26 to Sunday, Nov. 5
  • Where: Yume Japanese Gardens of Tucson, 2130 N. Alvernon Way

The Fall Ikebana Festival is an annual event and it showcases floral arrangements made by “artists and enthusiasts.” Ikebana is the Japanese art of flower arranging which renders meditative and intentional pieces. Yume Japanese Gardens’ admission hours for the event are Thursday to Sunday from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

All Souls Procession Weekend

  • When: Friday, Nov. 3 to Sunday, Nov. 5

The weekend begins with the Dance of the Dead Concert on Friday, Nov. 3 called Flow For the Soul, presented by In-Rave. The event wil begin at 7 p.m. and will run until 11 p.m. at MSA Annex, 267 S. Avenida del Convento. There will be vendors, local art. food trucks and flow art performances.

On Saturday, Nov. 4, the Procession of Little Angels at 3 p.m. in Armory Park, 221 S. 6th Ave. The family-friendly event will include experiences such as mask making, sugar skull decorating, theater, puppetry by the Red Herring Puppet Company and more. Their procession will begin at sunset. 

The All Souls Procession urn will be on site and children and families are welcome to place their prayers in it. The second installment of the Dance of the Dead concert series will begin at 8 p.m. 

There will be yoga, a cacao ceremony, music and more. The main procession and ceremony will take place on Sunday, Nov. 5 at 6 p.m. It will begin at Speedway and Grande Ave. and will end at the grand finale site in the Mercado District.

Tucson Celtic Festival and Scottish Highland Games

  • When: Friday, Nov. 3 to Sunday, Nov. 5
  • Where: Rillito Raceway Park, 4502 N. 1st Ave.

On Friday, Nov. 3. there will be a Viking Concert at 5 p.m. The rest of the weekend will have games, food, whisky and tea tastings and more. The event is family friendly.