Each year, the Arizona International Film Festival collects features and shorts from all over the world, repping nations including Canada, Mexico, the Netherlands, Taiwan, and the United States. During the course of 17 days, the festival screens more than 100 films in categories such as Feature Narrative, Comedy Short, Feature Documentary, and Experimental Short. The festival also hosts special programs such as Cine Sin Fronteras, which examines border issues, and IndieYouth, a collection of films made by filmmakers young enough to not remember when documentaries were primarily just overhead projections of the week’s rainfall statistics.
For the 12th year, the nonprofit Desert Bluegrass Association gathers the finest pickers and song spinners of the Great Southwest for the Desert Bluegrass Festival, an annual celebration under the wide-open skies of AVA Amphitheater. The Thomas Porter & Copper River Band kick off the Saturday-evening schedule at 7 p.m. with old-fashioned tunes suitable for boxcar hopping and pie cooling, followed by The Kickin Grass Band's powerful harmonies, hard-driving instruments, and lyrics that stir tears from tumbleweeds. Grammy-nominated bluegrass powerhouse Blue Highway polishes off the night at 8:30 p.m., treating music fans and the rising moon to award-winning Dobros, mandolins, and lush vocal tapestries.
Armed with only their courage, adventurers work their way through darkened alleys of corn, the path lit by nothing more than a curtain of stars above. But they're not alone. Through this maze lurk crazed doctors, hungry zombies, and grisly artifacts of murder and mayhem––an army of bloodthirsty terrors standing between groups of unwilling victims and the exit.
Not all the stalks at Buckelew Farms are haunted, however. Those who escape the Terror in the Corn unscathed can relax their nerves and test their navigational skills in the flashlight maze, where groups survey the darkness to find 12 different checkpoints that offer up clues to the maze. The casual-paced attraction offers up a challenge similar to a classic scavenger hunt, but without the creepy neighbors. Both mazes make a great ending to a day at the farm's 24th Annual Pumpkin Festival, where guests enjoy a lively collection of fall pastimes. Tractors tow carts of hay and families to pumpkin fields to pick out an ideal jack-o'-lantern candidate, and a smattering of colorful tents house arts and crafts activities, children’s games, and a petting zoo full of friendly beasts waiting to be pet, fed, and stealthily adopted. The farm will also be hosting a Great Pumpkin 5K race on October 14, during which participants chart a course through the farm and parts of the corn maze in order to win prizes and raise funds for the University of Arizona Medical Center Departments of Surgery and Neurology.
The Tubac Center of the Arts presents several artistic exhibitions and events annually. Its gallery features nationally juried exhibits from contemporary artists, as well as works by its own members. Previous exhibitions have included the members exhibit of 72 artists of Southern Arizona and From the Earth ? An Exhibit of Glass, Clay & Paper. Its stage features musicians, theatrical performances, and comedians. Previous performances have included the TSO Wind Quartet and The Original Wildcat Jass Band's blend of New Orleans and Chicago jazz.
In addition to the sense of perseverance and accomplishment that comes with finishing a 5K, the organizers of the Bacon Chase have added another incentive: bacon. During their two races?the 5K Piggy Pilgrimage, which is a traditional 5K, and the 0.05K Blitz to Bacon, which is a 164-foot sprint?runners can munch on unlimited bacon bits before feasting on unlimited amounts of bacon at the finish line. Runners 21 and older can wash down the savory strips of bacon with a bloody mary, and all runners get a Bacon Chase T-shirt and a signature bacon-scented bib. The festival opens at 8 a.m. and features many bacon-themed activities, plus music.
The festive day serves a greater purpose, too. Attendees will be able to register to become a St. Jude Hero, raise money for St. Jude Children?s Research Hospital, or both.
Situated in a pristine 745-acre country club complete with an intimate outdoor-concert venue, The Good Life Festival concert series showcases legendary performers alongside boutique shopping, wine tastings, fine dining, and more. Best known for the hits "American Woman" and "These Eyes," Canadian classic-rockers The Guess Who will energize eardrums at 4 p.m. Three Dog Night will grace the stage at 6 p.m., breezing through the band's 12 gold records and 21 consecutive top-40 hits—seven of which have become European national anthems—including "Joy to the World" and "Mama Told Me Not to Come." When the festival opens at noon, shopping sages can peruse booths displaying clothing, custom furniture, fine cigars, and more, and culinary connoisseurs can sample tempting gourmet tidbits while partaking in more than a dozen varieties of wine.