It’s the season for pumpkins, hayrides, corn mazes & more – Fall is in full swing in Tucson! Here are some activity suggestions, whether you prefer staying in and getting cozy, or getting out and about.
Medicine Man Gallery: Art Dealer Diaries Podcast
You love the art, now hear the behind-the-scenes stories from artists and experts during their conversations with Mark Sublette in his Art Dealer Diaries podcast. Tucson-based Dr. J. Mark Sublette, a former physician, is the founder of Medicine Man Gallery. He is an art dealer with 30 years experience in the Western and Indian Art business as he shares instructional and educational videos on the art world.
Medicine Man Gallery issues an eblast every Wednesday listing merchandise for sale online. During this health crisis, a percent of each Wednesday’s eblast offerings will go to support Adopt-A-Native-Elder Program. There are nearly 700 Navajo Elders ages 75 to 100 enrolled as adopted Elders in the Adopt-A-Native-Elder Program. At Mark Sublette Medicine Man Gallery, we feel this is an important cause to help support food security to the elderly on the Navajo Nation. There are over 15,000 people who live in poverty on the Navajo Nation. Subscribe to the eblast via this webpage: artdealerdiaries.com/subscribe/
Mark Sublette Medicine Man Gallery houses the Tucson Maynard Dixon Museum as well as a large inventory of antique native American art to include rugs, blankets, pottery, baskets, kachinas, old pawn, contemporary jewelry and bead-work. The physical store is temporarily closed; orders for merchandise are being handled online.
Saturday Farmers Market at Rincon Valley
Serving the rural eastside of Tucson and Vail communities since 2001, the Rincon Valley Farmers & Artisans Market has offered locally grown food, handmade goods and plenty of family fun to the area. Drive down Old Spanish Trail and you’ll find this weekly Saturday market at the big green and white barn at the base of the Rincon Mountain District of Saguaro National Park, just east of Vail. Stretching along the Rincon Valley and the Cienega Corridor of the beautiful Sonoran Desert, vendors offer everything from locally grown produce, freshly roasted coffee, baked goods, tortillas, salsas, ready-to-eat food and a variety of handmade artisan goods.
Before you visit, know the continued safe operation of farmers markets requires frequent hand washing, social distancing, and ongoing modifications. Please review the market requirements and how to be a health advocate on the Heirloom Farmers Markets coronavirus (COVID-19) webpage.
Located East of Vail and South of Escalante Road on Old Spanish Trail. Look for the big white and green barn on the South side of the road. Handicap accessible and porta-potties on site.
A Message To Our Customers And Vendors: All Heirloom Farmers Markets will be open, selling food items only. The Green Valley Village Farmers and Artisans Market is temporarily closed until further notice. No token sales. SNAP/EBT and Double Up Food Bucks Arizona will be available at the markets.
Tumacacori Century Ride
It’s October in Tucson…perfect weather for a bicycle ride, presented by Greater Arizona Bicycling Association (GABA). Three options are available for riders, from novice to very experienced cyclists: a 100-mile loop/out and back; 70-mile out and back; 30-mile out and back. All route options run south through the scenic Santa Cruz River Valley, Tubac, and Tumacacaori Mission. The route is a mixture of flat, rolling hills, and challenging climbs, all the while being very picturesque. Many cyclists record their best time for riding a century on this route. If you like to ride with friends, invite them to register and join you on your ride as long as there are less than 10 of you in a group and you maintain social distancing. You can’t share miles but you can share in the experience.
Start your ride from any location in Sahaurita or Green Valley, or anywhere USA (we do encourage you to ride the Tumacacori Century route). You have a week to complete the Tumacacori Century Challenge. Challenge dates: Monday September 28th to Sunday October 4th, 5:00 PM. This ride is on your own. There will be no volunteer support for this challenge and no Day of Registration. If you have questions please contact Colleen at email@example.com. Register on the GABA website. Registration fee for members and non-members is $25.00.
Sonoran Restaurant Week
Sonoran Restaurant Week is a 10-day celebration of Southern Arizona dining. Enjoy incredible 3-course meals from a variety of local participating restaurants at special $25 and $35 pricing. Your participation helps support the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona. A real deal for all!
Fall Pumpkin Celebration and Corn Maze
Apple Annie’s Produce & Pumpkins hosts pumpkin picking, hayrides, corn maze and family activities with two levels of difficulty. Don’t forget to bring your camera and a jacket, fall days can be quite cool in Willcox. 2020 dates: September 26-27, October 3-4, October 10-11, October 17-18, October 24-25, October 31 at the Farm location, 6405 W. Williams Road, Willcox, AZ.
- Come early and enjoy a delicious “All-You-Can-Eat” pumpkin and buttermilk pancake breakfast served from 8:30 AM – 10:30 AM
- Partake in the Apple Smoked Burger lunch served from 11:30 AM – 4:00 PM
- Enjoy Delicious Homemade pumpkin ice-cream, Pumpkin pies, Pumpkin bread and homemade cider donuts
Corn Maze open daily at 6405 W Williams Road
Our 12.5-acre, 600,000-stalk corn maze opens every day at 9:00am with the last entry at 4:00pm. With two levels of difficulty spend as little or as much time as you want exploring the pathways of the maze. Bring your family and friends for fun competition