may be the most dedicated hard-rock band alive, if you discount Alice Cooper. Quietly, and 35 years since debut album Mechanical Resonance dropped, these five Sacramento dudes are still “Comin ’Atcha Live.” Though they lost Hessian guitar hero Tommy Skeoch, their commitment to heavy, working-class white-boy blues has never been stronger, or better. Seriously, Peter Green had nothing on ’em. (You’ll recall singer Jeff Keith teaching himself to sing while driving big rigs cross country.) They may have hopped the nostalgia train at this point, after releasing a greatest hits collection, but a band needs to earn a living. Besides, they still write and record new tunes, and they don’t at all suck. Friday, September 28, Anselmo Valencia Tori Amphitheater, 5655 W. Valencia Road. Doors at 8 p.m. $37-$103, All ages. Details here.
Get the Greek.
Courtesy Tucson Greek Festival
The 43rd annual Tucson Greek Festival will take place from Sept. 27 to Sept. 30 at St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church. The event is a celebration of Greek faith and culture and raises funds for ministries of St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church. There will be authentic Greek food and pastries, a live Greek band with a DJ and dancers performing, assorted wine and beer and lots of family friendly activities. The event will take place on Thursday from 5 to 10 p.m., Friday from 5-11 p.m., Saturday from 4-11 p.m. and Sunday from 12-5 p.m. $3 general admission. Admission will be free for Seniors, first responders, military and children 12 and under. Students with an ID will be free on Thursday. Come and get your Greek on for a few days! Details here.
The Book of Life
. In order to get you ready for the spooky season, this free family event is hosting a screening in Oury Park. This Golden-globe nominated animated film tells the story of a bullfighter who embarks into the afterlife during the Day of the Dead. Crafts and entertainment, including Mariachi Aguilitas de Davis, will proceed the screening. Hosted by the Tucson Unified School District’s Mexican American Student Services Department. 7 to 10 p.m. Friday, Sept. 28. 600 W. St. Mary’s Road. Details here.
$3 After 3 p.m.
If your excuse for not visiting the International Wildlife Museum has ever been “I don’t have more than $3,” then this event has banished your excuses to high heaven. Adults and kids alike need only mention this special offer through Sept. 28 to get into the museum for less than the cost of… well, pretty much anything. What else are you going to do with $3? The museum is open until 5 p.m., with last admission given at 4:15 p.m. Don’t miss this chance to check out Jana Booker’s IndigenoUS exhibit and all of the museum’s other offerings on the cheap. International Wildlife Museum, 4800 W. Gates Pass Road. Details here.
Nightfall at Old Tucson
. It’s that time of year again already! Time to eat and drink pumpkin-flavored everything, start wearing sweaters (OK, you might need to wait another month or so on that one because we live in Tucson) and voluntarily scare yourself out of your wits. And Old Tucson sure is the place for that last one. Live shows, terrifying haunts like Nightmare Infirmary and Rattlesnake Gulch, and other amusements will abound. Take a haunted hay ride! Run from zombies! See some sword swallowers and glass chewers! Try out a VR experience! Whatever you do, go out there and get your Halloween on. Fridays through Sundays, Sept. 28 through Oct. 4, and Thursdays through Sundays through Halloween, plus Halloween itself, which is on a Wednesday. Hours vary, but this weekend is 6 p.m. to midnight Friday and Saturday and 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Sunday. Old Tucson, 201 S. Kinney Road. $29.50 adults, $22 kids 9 to 11, free for kids 8 and under (though it may not be suitable). This weekend tickets are only $20 on Friday and Saturday! Details here.
Bear Down Fridays.
Every day in Tucson is a day to Bear Down, but we like to do it on Fridays especially, to get all pumped up right along with our Wildcat football team. Starting at 3 p.m., restaurants and shops along University Blvd. will offer food specials, happy hour pricing, discounts, giveaways and activities, and at 6 p.m., the pep rally kicks off—complete with the Pride of Arizona Marching Band, UA Poms, Twirlers and Flags, Wilbur and Wilma and UA Cheer. A Junior Cats Zone from 4 to 6 p.m. has lots of all-ages activities as well. Parking in the Tyndall Garage is free after 4 p.m. with merchant validation. Bear Down! Yay Cats! Go Tucson! 3 p.m. Friday, Sept. 28. Main Gate Square, 814 E. University Blvd. Details here.
Ramen Heads with Fat Noodle.
Movie and a bite to eat? How about a documentary on ramen while you eat? Casa Film Bar will be hosting a special showing of Ramen Heads while Fat Noodle Food Truck provides the ramen. Ramen Heads follows Osamu Tomita, Japan’s “King of Ramen,” showing every single step to his approach of creating the perfect ramen soup. 7 to 9 p.m. Friday Sept. 28. 2905 E. Speedway Blvd. Details here.
The Sea of Glass Center for the Arts is hosting a “Refugee Youth Empowerment Concert & Film Event” featuring the award-winning documentary, Sauti, about the women in Uganda’s Kyangwali Refugee Settlement. The event is also featuring artists from Democratic Republic of Congo, Burundi and Rwanda, including refugee/artist DJ Grin “the peacemaker” and the launch of his first album in the U.S. following his resettlement to Tucson two years ago. Hosted by Tucson Refugee. 6 to 9:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29. 330 E. Seventh St. $15. Details here.
. Happy Pride, Tucson! The theme for this year’s festival and celebration is “New Beginnings,” in honor of a new direction for the Tucson Pride organization, the community and new, better starts in general. The Mr. and Miss Tucson Pride Pageant’s theme is “The Wizard of Oz,” starring Lady Ashley and Justin Deeper. The parade is at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 29, at Reid Park. Check out more than 50 retail, nonprofit and food vendors, tons of entertainers that are both local and headliners and plenty of community resources. And check out the great festival and parade logos by local artist Joanne Contreras as well! Noon to 9 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29. DeMeester Performance Center, 900 S. Randolph Way. $5 to $20. Details here.
Desert Museum Fall Plant Sale.
Fall is the perfect time to brighten up your landscape (or your windowsill) with some new plants—especially if you’re the type of plant owner whose specimens didn’t exactly make it through the summer. As the weather cools down, it also becomes even more enjoyable to head to the Desert Museum. So why wouldn’t you want to drive over to the Desert Museum to check out the more than 250 different plant species they’ll have available, including lots of popular perennials and low shrubs? They’ll also highlight five categories of plants that will help you take your garden to the mythical next level. Members-only sale is from 6:30 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Sept. 29, and members get 10 percent off. Public sale is 6:30 a.m. to noon on Sunday, Sept. 30. Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, 2021 N. Kinney Road. Admission is $21.95 for adults, $19.95 for seniors, $8.95 for kids 3 to 12, $17.95 for active or retired military and $16.95 for Arizona/Sonora residents. Details here.
Pajama Jam Bar Crawl Tucson.
You know when you sort of want to leave the house, or you feel like you should sort of want to leave the house, but it’s all-too tempting to just stay home in your pajamas? Tonight, you can have the best of both worlds (as long as your pajamas are appropriate for the public, so don’t try anything funny!). Your ticket includes your first drink at Desert Sky Event Planning, and the night will take you all through downtown. Bars and specials are subject to change, so throw on your pajamas and be ready for whatever comes your way. 5 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29. Maloney’s Tucson, 213 N. Fourth Ave. $15. Details here.
Family and Friends Fiesta at the Zoo
. Honestly, there’s something about being at the zoo that feels like a party 24/7, but the Reid Park Zoo and Apex Real Estate Network are teaming up to take things to the next level. We’re talking VIP exclusive access to the zoo, food, drinks, entertainment, prizes and all sorts of activities. For you and your whole family (up to six tickets per family)! All for free! Put on some comfy shoes, slap on your party hat and get ready to party like you’re an animal that just escaped from the zoo. 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29. Reid Park Zoo, 3400 E. Zoo Court. Free. Details here.
Marana Farm Festival.
From live music to the rodeo, it will be sure to be a night of fun and games (literally). There will be carnival games and your typical carnival food. The best place to give your kids a sugar overload is at the carnival because by the time they're finally off of their sugar high, you'll be heading home while they're passed out in the back seat. Disclaimer: Marana Farm Festival is not responsible for all of the cotton candy and funnel cakes your children consume. Beer will also be sold to the parents, get it while supplies last, we know many of you will be lining up for that booth. Even better, you could go home with a dog! Talk about quite the carnival prize. Marana Animal Services and the Humane Society of Southern Arizona will be attending the carnival for on-site adoptions. If you're not looking to adopt a dog but want to get your kids their animal fix, there will also be a petting zoo. The Rodeo is calling all future cowboys and cowgirls: they're providing three different activities to keep the energy up including Mutton Busting, Rodeo Demonstrations and activities for the children. If your son or daughter isn't in the next generation of bull riders, there will also be a pumpkin race all night long for $10. Sept. 29, 2018 from 4-9 p.m. Details here.
Nabhan dedicates his work to conserving the links between biodiversity and cultural diversity, and wow, bless him for it. His new book, Food from the Radical Center: Healing Our Lands & Communities, is available to purchase—and have signed by Nabhan himself—after this talk. Food and music under the stars will be available as well, and so will drinks with a donation. 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29. Mission Garden: Friends of Tucson’s Birthplace, 946 W. Mission Lane. $20 suggested donation. Details here.
It’s the second GLOW! of the season, and it’s time to get goggly! Think science fiction meets technology but all in the Victoria Era and also glowing. Because this is GLOW! So you have to light up the trails with your costumes and the glow of your excitement. Mount Lemmon HiWay and hypnopad will play music on the paths from 7 to 9 p.m., Los Puchos will perform on the main stage from 9 to 11 p.m. and Laurel Wilson will be performing “Death Wears a Miniskirt” throughout the night. In addition, grab a tarot card reading by Felicitas and check out Karel Moonan’s photo booth. Ready, set, GLOW! 7 to 11 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29. Triangle L Ranch, 2805 N. Triangle L Ranch Road. $21.44 adults, $12.86 kids 4 to 12, $75.04 for a carpool (four adults per car). Details here.
A Very Arizona Oktoberfest
Courtesy Arizona Beer House
. Beer, food, ice cream, live music and a jumping castle? Now that sounds like a fun afternoon. Arizona Beer House is hosting their own version of the famous German holiday “Oktoberfest.” Arizona-brewed and German-style beers, German-inspired cuisine by Haus of Brats, additional food options by Sazon El Cebo-Yon Food Truck and Udder Delights Desserts should keep your appetite satisfied while local musicians perform. This is a family-friendly event where, on top of the jumping castle, free face paintings and free balloon twistings are available. Noon to midnight. Saturday Sept. 29. 150 S. Kolb Road. Details here.
BIG Gala Jazz & Gin, a Tucson Speakeasy.
Do you want to dress up and take a trip to the past? Big Brothers Big Sisters of Tucson is celebrating 55 years with a gala at Loews Ventana Canyon Resort’s Grand Ballroom. The dress code is “guys in suits and dolls in glam,” and guests will be served appetizers, a meal, gin, wine and more. The Wildcat Jazz Band will perform, and an auction will take place with prizes available. 5 to 11:30 p.m. Saturday Sept. 29. 160 E. Alameda St. $150. Details here.
Pride Brunch 2018
. After Tucson Pride’s annual Pride in the Desert Festival on Sept. 29, make sure to attend the Pride Brunch hosted by Macaroni Grill. This is the first-ever After Pride Brunch, and 20 percent of the proceeds will be donated to Tucson Pride. Let Macaroni Grill know you are dining for Pride. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 30. 5100 E. Broadway Blvd. Details here.
2018 Free Flight Film Festival.
Cans Deli is getting you high and free with a series of films about “free flight” in hang gliding and paragliding. These five selections, chosen by the Southern Arizona Hang Glider Association, highlight the wonders of free flight. There will also be a raffle for prizes donated by local businesses and even tandem flights! 5:30 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 30. 340 N. Fourth Ave. $5 donation suggestion. Details here.
50 Pounds from Stardom.
Like any good musical, this show at the Gaslight Music Hall is packed with comedy, rockin’ tunes and a message about overcoming adversity. Specifically, it tells the story of one singer’s attempts to “make it big” in showbiz and her niece’s dream of taking a walk in her aunt’s shoes. You’ll be blown away by the vocal talents of the two stars, Marianne LeMoine and Yvette Karr, and the body positivity will have audiences of all shapes and sizes feeling refreshed and like there is no amount of weight between them and stardom. 2 and 6 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 30. Gaslight Music Hall, 13005 N. Oracle Road. $20. Details here.
Popovich’s Comedy Pet Theater.
Gregory Popovich grew up as the child of Russian circus performers and started juggling at age six then went on to be part of the Great Moscow Circus Group. Now he travels the United States putting on this crazy show with dozens of animals he rescued from all over the country. Dogs walk on tight ropes, cats jump rope, miniature ponies perform, and a whole crew of geese, parrots and white doves all get in on the action too. Plus, there’s a crew of world-class humans who juggle, perform acrobatics and make the audience laugh. He says on his website that, rather than “train” his animals, he designs performances based on his animals’ existing interests and talents. This show is perfect for human children, human adults and probably the whole animal kingdom, but try not to bring any non-humans with you. 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 30. Fox Tucson Theatre, 17 W. Congress St. $17 to $37. Details here.
Courtesy Fox Theatre Tucson
As the months grow colder, two of the most effective ways to stay warm, according to science, are to warm up your limbs with a little bit of alcohol and warm up your soul with a little bit of singing your heart out. This week, why not try it out at R Bar, where they claim to have access to the largest collection of karaoke known to this plane of existence. There could be songs in their karaoke repertoire that aren’t even WRITTEN yet. Get groovin’, get movin’, and get on down to R Bar. 10 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 30. R Bar, 350 E. Congress, Free. Details here.
Café a la C’Art has another alcohol-involved event coming with their second Tipsy Tea. Enjoying your afternoon tea takes a new meaning as the restaurant will serve tea cocktails with a side of elegant sweet and savory fare. Non-alcoholic tea is also available. There will be two seatings possible. 3 to 4 p.m. or 4 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 30. 150 N. Main Ave. $32. Details here.
Buy a Plate and get a Plant
. Here’s an interesting offer: Buy a plate of food and receive a one-gallon-sized native plant. Spadefoot Nursery, Zinman’s Food Shop and Vegan Bistro are using this event to promote biological diversity in Tucson. If you do not have a place to keep the plant or someone to give it to, it can be planted on site. 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday Sept. 30. 111 W. Fourth St. $8.75. Details here.
The Second Annual Tucson Heritage Food & Wine Festival.
Hacienda Del Sol is back with their second edition of the Tucson Heritage Food & Wine Festival. With some of the best local food and drink vendors, the event will treat people to an array of traditional beer, wine, cocktail and culinary options. 5 to 8 p.m. Sunday Sept. 30. 5501 N. Hacienda Del Sol Road. $65. Details here.
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Events compiled by Brianna Lewis, Emily Dieckman, B.S. Eliot, Ava Garcia and Jeff Gardner.