The cooler weather is approaching and the first day of Fall is today- September 22nd! It’s time to enjoy some family-friendly activities! I’ve compiled a list of my favorite 10 things to do with the family in Tucson around this time of year.
1. The Gaslight Theatre
The Gaslight Theatre’s Wizard Of The Rings- Running September 1st -November 6th, the Gaslight Theatre’s spook-tabular Fall show is a spoof of the trilogy, The Lord of the Rings! It is appropriate and fun for the whole family and it even has an audience favorite, the Gong Show Olio after the show! There are group rates available and shows Tuesday-Sunday with multiple shows on weekends. The food and drinks served at the show are from Tucson’s Little Anthony’s Diner, which is perfect for the whole family. For more information, go to Gaslighttheatre.com
2. Oktoberfest in Mount Lemmon
Oktoberfest in Mount Lemmon- 4 weekends beginning the weekend of September 17th and 18th through the weekend of October 8th and 9th. Festivities are 12:00pm – 4:30pm. Enjoy fabulous German food and authentic German music performed by the John Prokop Band. There are games for the kids and dancing! For more information, go to Skithelemmon.com
3. Apple Annie’s
Apple Annies- If you are up for a little trip East of Tucson, Apple Annie’s Fall Pumpkin Celebration in Wilcox is open on the weekends beginning September 24th and ending October 30th. Apple Annies has a 12-acre pumpkin patch and opportunities to pick your own produce and sunflowers. There is also a corn maze on site, hayrides, and the country store offers a lunch menu including homemade pies. The corn maze is $7-9 per person and the pumpkins start at $.69 a pound. For more information, go to appleannies.com
4. Glowing Pumpkins
Glowing Pumpkins- Glowing Pumpkins is an open daily event (excluding Mondays and Tuesdays) that runs September 23rd- October 31st from 6:30pm-10pm. It is located on the Northside of the Tucson Mall. You walk it at your own pace and it typically takes between 30-60 minutes. Some of the pumpkins themes are Superheros, Dinosaurs, Sea Creatures, just to name a few. There is a gift shop and snacks. Price for admission is $20 but there are group rates available. For more information, go to https://glowingpumpkins.com
5. Marana Pumpkin Patch
Marana Pumpkin Patch- The Marana Pumpkin patch is open Thursdays-Sundays from October 1st-October 30th and is fun for the entire family! Admission includes jumping pillows, diesel train rides, the farm playground, trikes, petting zoo, the super slide, mini diggers and tractors, pig races, and tractor rides out to the 50-acre pumpkin patch. There is also a corn maze and rides like the coranado and cyclone swings. Pony ride and the zip line are also available on the grounds for an extra fee. The pumpkins are available for $.50 a pound. For more information, go to Maranapumpkinpatch.com
6. Life Under the Oaks Lavender Farm
Lavender Farm- Life Under The Oaks Lavender Farm is located just outside of Tucson in the town of Oracle. The farm is open on Saturdays and Sundays and they have organized events. On October 1st, there is pumpkin painting, and on October 29th, they have a witch festival where you come dressed up like a witch and make various witch crafts. The scenery is beautiful and you won’t want to miss the Lavender farm this time of year! For more information on events, go to https://life-under-the-oaks-lavender-farm.square.site/shop/events/12
7. Old Tucson’s Night Fall
Nightfall at Old Tucson- NIGHTFALL returns to Old Tucson after a 2-year hiatus for its 30th Anniversary with an exciting new format! Nightfall is open Thursdays-Sundays starting October 6th and ending October 30th. “This year’s event is a fully immersive experience that combines terrifying mazes with classic stunt shows and a town full of characters that you can interact with throughout the night. You can choose to uncover their secrets, help them with their problems or just enjoy a show at the Grand Palace. How you choose to experience this story, from family-friendly to fully-frightening, is up to you.” For more information, go to nightfall.com
8. Boo at the Zoo
Boo At The Zoo- Come dressed up in a costume and enjoy safe trick-or-treating! The event is held on October 21st, 22nd, 23rd, 29th, and 30th. Boo at the Zoo is a Tucson family favorite with kid-friendly activities like games and crafts and even a show. Ghoul at the zoo is even available for guests 21 and over. Gate opens at 5:30pm and the event ends at 8pm and tickets must be purchased ahead of time and are $11 for members and $13 for non-members. For more information, go to https://reidparkzoo.org/event/boo-at-the-zoo-2022/
9. Tucson Meet Yourself
Tucson Meet Yourself- October 7th 8th, 9th is a Festival in Downtown Tucson celebrating the many diverse cultures from around the world. There is food, music, dancing! This tradition started in the 1970s and has grown to be one of Tucson’s most notable events. The mission: “Our mission is to research, document, interpret and present the living traditional arts and expressions of everyday life of the folk and ethnic communities of the multi-national Arizona-Sonora region.” For more information, go to tucsonmeetyourself.org
10. The All Soul’s Procession
Tucson’s All Soul’s Procession- A beloved yearly event in Tucson since 1990, Dia de Los Muertos is a weekend with events honoring the dead. People show up to this experience with South-of-the-border traditions in countless ways. You can wear a costume to the parade or just attend the events in your street clothes. November 4th & 5th there is an All Souls Benefit Concert Series at the MSA Annex. November 5th is the Procession of Little Angels at Armory Park, and November 6th is the All Souls Procession and Ceremony on the Westside. For more information, go to allsoulsprocession.org
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