By Zac Ogden
Gelato Festival Tucson 2018. This is something special that you will not want to miss if you are a gelato lover, or even just an ice-cream lover. As part of a competition between gelato chefs from around the world, the festival serves as an opportunity to see passionate chefs compete for a chance to participate in the 2021 grand finals in Italy and, ultimately, obtain the title of Gelato Festival World Master. The competition looks to spread the culture of artisan Italian gelato and offers guests a selection of high-quality gelato, with tasting to vote for a favorite flavor. Noon to 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27, and Sunday, Oct. 28. 2905 E. Skyline Drive.
Casino Del Sol: Oktoberfest. Have you been enjoying Oktoberfest events already and want to get a last one in before October is over? Or have you not been to one yet and still want to get to one? Casino Del Sol is hosting their own Oktoberfest in the AVA Amphitheater including live music, contests, food and beer. Noon to 9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27. 5655 W. Valencia Road. 21+
Feast with the Dearly Departed. Tucson Botanical Gardens is celebrating Dia de los Muertos and Mexican-American culture with a feast with the dearly departed. It's a day to honor loved ones with personal offerings and mementos; live music, food, drinks, storytelling, face painting and children's activities will be available. The garden will be filled with dancing skeletons and more. 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27. 2150 N. Alvernon Way.
Halloween Block Party! Who will you choose to represent in the battle of good against evil? In this fun street event, choose to dress up as a good or evil creature and possibly win a cash prize. O'Malleys & The Hut are putting together another block party with four DJs, live bands, food trucks and a costume contest with more than $1,000 in cash prizes. 7 p.m. to 2 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 27. 305 N. Fourth Ave. 21+
Grapes to Glass Art & Wine Festival. Maynards Market & Kitchen is hosting its fourth annual Grapes to Glass. This event brings together local wines, delicious food, live music, crafts, and regional artwork in a nice venue for wine enthusiasts. In close proximity to Tucson's Historic Train Depot, the event combines craft and pleasure. 3 to 6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 28. 400 N. Toole Ave. $30
Rockabilly & Blues BBQ. In its debut party, version of the event, Loews Ventana Canyon Resort will entertain their guests with a night under the stars with live bands, Harleys, hotrods, local craft beer, contests, costumes, games, prizes and delicious BBQ. The event will begin at the Ventana Golf Course but will then take you to the Coyote Corral for the main event. 6:15 to 9:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27. 7000 N. Resort Drive. $40. 21+
Spooky Kids Halloween & Wag-O-Ween. It will be hard to find a cuter event. Along with cute children dressing up in their favorite Halloween costumes, we will be getting dogs also dressed up in their favorite Halloween costume. On top of that, it's a great chance to enjoy a meal or drink on Tucson's historic Fourth Avenue. The pet costume contest will take place at 4 p.m. and then the children costume contest will happen at 6 p.m, both at the Sky and Sand parking lot. Candy and dog treats will be distributed all throughout the event. 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 28. Fourth Ave.
The Art of Plating. This event takes food and plating and combine them for a unique event. Taking place inside the Copenhagen Furniture Store, guests will get to experience fine wines, artfully plated dishes and live music. Each guests will get to travel from station to station to meet some of Tucson's top chefs and see how they plate small versions of each dish—and sample it, too! Guests will vote on their favorite station in the People's Choice Awards. 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27. 3660 E. Fort Lowell Road. $75