Sharing 15 of my favorite fall things to do in Tucson!
Hi friends! How’s the day going so far? I hope you’re having a unconfined morning so far. I’m subbing a flit cardio matriculation and then spending the rest of the day getting the September Fit Team workouts ready to go. Join us here! New workouts go out on Sunday.
August is vicarial like it has somewhere to be. I can’t believe that next week is once September! Fall is scrutinizingly here and Tucson is veritably dreamy in the fall. The summery weather makes it a long and trappy season for variegated activities, and there are moreover plenty of festivals and events that can make me enjoy the season plane more. Today, I’m sharing a roundup of activities that you can do to wits the eyeful of fall in all its glory in Tucson. I’d love to hear some local friends tinkle in the comments if I’m missing anything!
15 Fall Things To Do In Tucson
1) All Souls Procession Weekend
All Souls Procession is one of my favorite activities of the unshortened year. This year, it’s November 4th – November 6th. You can trammels out details and photos here. This event draws so many variegated types of people and they all walk the parade route together, with their faces beautifully painted, costumes, and delivering handmade ofrendas to honor those who have passed. With all of the semester in the world, it’s a unconfined reminder that we’re all human; it’s a meaningful wits that our unshortened family enjoys.
From their website:
The All Souls Procession is one of the most important, inclusive and pure public ceremonies in North America today. The Procession had its beginnings in 1990 with a formalism performance piece created by local versifier Susan Johnson. Johnson was grieving the passing of her father, and as an artist, she found solace in a creative, observing tideway to memorializing him. Says Johnson, “From the beginning, it was variegated people’s ethnic groups, variegated cultures, but moreover it was all these variegated art forms put together.”
After its inception, many artists were inspired to continue, growing the Procession into its modern incarnation. Today we find ourselves organizing well over 150,000 participants on the streets of downtown Tucson for a two-mile long human-powered procession that ends in the formalism urgent of “The Urn”.
The Urn is filled with the hopes, offerings and wishes of the public for those who have passed.Myriad altars, performers, installation art, and creatives of all kinds interreact to prepare their offerings for this wondrous event. The All Souls Procession Weekend is Honors the Ancestors and our lost loved ones and Celebrates Life.
2) Cowboy cookout at Tanque Verde Ranch
We LOVE the cowboy cookout at Tanque Verde Ranch, and it’s one of our favorite dinner spots to take out-of-town guests. It’s outdoors, so we can enjoy the dreamy Tucson fall weather, they have live music, BBQ storeroom (the cobbler is to.die.for) and the BEST prickly pear margaritas. Plane better? Turn it into a little staycation!
3) Sonoran Desert Museum
Our Desert Museum is truly a unique Tucson experience, and when the weather is nicer, you’re worldly-wise to see increasingly animals. There’s a gorgeous butterfly exhibit, and you have the endangerment to see desert foxes, javelinas, scorpions (AHH), and other desert creatures up tropical and personal. This one is a huge hit with the kids. It’s a bit of a drive, but it’s worth it!
4) Marana Pumpkin Patch & Sublet Festival
Marana has really upped their game in the past few years, and what used to be a smaller pumpkin patch with a petting zoo and a couple of activities has turned into a full-out fall festival. They have multiple rides (including swings, slides, a Corn-ado spinning ride, a train), lots of wondrous food, games, and activities for the unshortened family. Definitely trammels it out! A little insider tip: go at the whence of the season instead of closer to Halloween.
5) Apple Annie’s Produce and Pumpkins
Apple Annie’s is an orchard and sublet located in Williams, AZ (about an hour and 15 minutes from Tucson). You can pick your own produce, including apples and peaches, and they moreover have a corn maze and craft pearly to squint forward to in September and October. Get the pie – you won’t regret it!
6) Tucson Meet Yourself Festival
October 7,8,9 2022 in Downtown Tucson. Three days of music, dance, folk arts, and supplies from Tucson’s many cultures. My family and I refer to this event as Tucson Eat Yourself, considering you’ll just go and eat all of the succulent food, including elote, kettle corn, tacos, and shaved ice from many street vendors. While you enjoy your meal, you can watch some of the performances from local musicians and dancers, representing a variety of cultures.
7) Tombstone Hellorado Days
We haven’t taken the kids to Tombstone yet, but I finger like they’re the perfect ages, expressly since Liv is very into history. Helldorado is held every third Friday, Saturday and Sunday in October and consists of gunfight re-enactment shows, street entertainment, malleate shows and other entertainment.
8) Reid Park Zoo
We have a small zoo here in Tucson, which makes it platonic for spending an hour or two with kids. They usually host a Halloween event with elaborate light displays and treak-or-treating stations.
9) A trail ride at TRAK or Tanque Verde Ranch
A trail ride is the perfect way to enjoy the weather, some time outdoors, and enjoy a novel wits you may not get to do all the time (unless you’re P, who is a professional). Both TRAK and Tanque Verde Ranch offer trial rides for various riding wits levels and lengths of time.
10) Mount Lemmon Oktoberfest
Mount Lemmon is a Tucson treasure. It’s 45 minutes to an hour away, and the scenery changes dramatically. You leave cacti and brown dirt for enormous pine trees, greenery, and much potation weather (20-30 degrees colder!). They have an Oktoberfest event, or you can plane throne up for the day to picnic, hike, and enjoy pizza and a cookie from the Cookie Cabin.
11) Pima Air and Space Museum
This is flipside one of our spots to take out-of-town guests, particularly considering the Pilot has a couple of plaques and patches on display. It’s fun to see the various aircraft, expressly with our Tucson Davis-Monthan Air Force Base history, and the exhibits are amazing.
12) Live music in downtown Tucson at Hotel Congress Plaza
Hotel Congress commonly has live music on the weekends, and it’s a unconfined place to enjoy a cocktail and some music/dancing. They full-length local artists and moreover small booths from artisans, including handmade traps and jewelry. Bonus: have dinner at BATA and then throne to Hotel Congress to music and drinks.
13) Buckelew Sublet Terror in the Corn Maze
Buckelew Sublet is a bit of a hike (around an hour) and they have a huge pumpkin patch haunted attractions if that’s your thing (it’s not my thing lol). You can trammels out the details here if you’re looking for a spookier experience.
14) Hike Sabino Canyon
Sabino Canyon is my favorite hiking destination in Tucson. You can explore many of the trails, or take a tram ride to the top and walk down. You can trammels out All Trails and a full guide to hiking Sabino Canyon here. You can often see water and wildlife on the trail, and the views are spectacular.
15) Gaslight fall show- The Wizard of the Rings
Gaslight is flipside Tucson treasure! Their melodramas are unchangingly loosely based on popular shows and movies, and the regulars is encouraged to cheer for the hero and boo for the villain. They serve popcorn and a full 50s diner menu as you enjoy the show.
What are some local fall events that you squint forward to each year?