There are quite a few festivals and shows taking place around our state in the next few weeks and I have outlined a few of them. With cooler temperatures, there is less traffic and the crowds have lessened some, plus — at least for the moment — gas prices are dropping a bit. So, pick an event, plan your route and get out and enjoy Arizona.
• Oct. 11-12 in Kykotsmovi is the 8th annual Hopi Tuhisma Arts and Crafts Market. It happens at the Hopi Veterans Memorial Center. Featured will be the best Hopi artists, authentic art, cultural entertainment, food and more. Times are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., (928) 734-3708.
• Oct. 17-19 in Tombstone, the 79th Annual Helldorado Days is celebrated. Tombstone hosts traditional reenactments, gunfights, live music, street entertainment (an act every 10 minutes) and parade, fashion show and carnival. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., (520) 457-3291.
• Oct. 17-19, Chandler features the 6th Annual Kokopelli Krush. The Bistro at Kokopelli Winery, 35 W. Boston St., offers a foot-stomping party, prizes offered, $20 per team. Music, food, games and vendors will be there. Inflatables for the kids all day on Saturday. Wine tasting is $7 per person with a souvenir wine glass. (480) 792-6927.
• Oct. 18, Globe has the Apache “Jii” Day Celebration downtown and celebrates Native American food, crafts, paintings, baskets, quilts, dolls and clothing, entertainment by various tribes, etc., 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
• Oct. 18, Florence, is the Multicultural Festival happening downtown featuring entertainment highlighting a variety of cultures, with arts and crafts, food and cultural demonstrations, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. (520) 868-4496.
• Oct. 18-19, in Tubac at their Presidio State Historic Park is the commemoration of De Anza’s expedition to settle San Francisco with living history demonstrations, music, folklorico dances, activities for children, food, etc. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (520) 398-2252.
• Oct. 18-19, Sedona Gem and Mineral Show at Sedona Red Rock HS, Upper Red Rock Loop Rd. and Hwy 89A — Minerals, gems, fossils, crystals, beads, jewelry, lapidary equipment and more. There will be games for kids, food and raffles. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday. (928) 634-2404.
• Oct. 23-24, in Casa Grande will be the Copperstate Aviation Expo and Fly-in at the Casa Grande Airport — World War II aircraft, custom aircraft, education forums, helicopter rides, flight demonstrations, new aircraft displays, vendors, food, etc. www.copperstate. org
• Oct. 25, Page-Lake Powell for the Page Pumpkin Festival. This is the largest gathering of carved pumpkins in the state. Performances and entertainment throughout the day. Food and craft vendors will be present. Also, a lighting ceremony of 2000 pumpkins. 888-261-7243(PAGE).
• Oct. 25, the Lake Havasu 37th Annual London Bridge Days Parade. McCullock Boulevard between Acoma and Capri. There will be a record number of floats with the theme “Anniversary Milestones” celebrating 30 years of incorporation. 10 a.m. (928) 453-3444.
• Oct. 25-26, the 9th Annual Tucson Bluegrass Festival at the Desert Diamond Casino. National, local and regional bands, jam sessions, workshops, music and craft vendors. 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. www.desertbluegrass.org
• Oct. 31-Nov. 2, 7th Annual Tombstone Western Music Festival. Headliners are Parry Clayton, Kip Calahan, Due West, Doc Stovall, Bill Barwich, plus many more great performers. (520) 457-2295.
• Oct. 31-Nov. 2, the Cave Creek Annual Wild West Days throughout town. Street fair, arts and crafts show, kids zone, poker ride, Mounted Shooters of America Competition, Wild West Buffalo Show, Chili Cook-Off, Dutch oven cooking, live music. (480) 437-1110.
• Nov. 1-2, the Tucson Celtic Festival and Highland Games at Rillito Raceway. Friday is a torchlight ceremony; on Saturday and Sunday enjoy Celtic music, dance, athletics, traditional culture, dress, food and vendors. Saturday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (520) 807-9509. www.tucsoncelticfestival.org
• Nov. 8-9 Gila Bend Shrimp Festival with shrimp eating and cooking contests — and locally grown desert shrimp. Family fun, live bands, sand castle building, arts and crafts, food booths, etc. Saturday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (928) 683-2002
Much is happening at this nice time of year so enjoy the activities and scenery.