Fall Events in Sierra Vista

Need to get out of town? Discover what Sierra Vista has to offer! This community of 43,600 sits at 4,600 feet, offering cooler temperatures and shady canyons ready to be explored. Just a hop-skip-and-a-jump from Tucson, Sierra Vista is a great place for a weekend getaway or a day spent discovering something extraordinary. Here are some events happening in Sierra Vista this fall:

Hummingbird Banding Sessions

September 22 and 29; October 6 | 4-6 p.m.

San Pedro House — 9800 Hwy 90

Around ten species of hummingbirds use the San Pedro River as a freeway between their tropical winter retreats and northern nesting grounds. The Southeastern Arizona Bird Observatory staff and volunteers capture, band, measure, and release these tiny travelers as part of long-term studies of the bird life of this internationally important migration route. Observe banding sessions for a fascinating and close-up look at the hummingbirds for no charge. Donations are gratefully accepted.


Sky Island Tour

September 29 | 7 a.m.

Windemere Hotel & Conference Center

The 3rd Annual Sky Island Tour fondo bike ride launches Saturday, Sept. 29, at the Windemere Hotel in Sierra Vista, AZ. Riders may choose to either join the 5-mile, 20-mile, 40-mile, or metric-century (62-mile) ride. Go to skyislandtour.com for more information. The fee for the 62-mile ride is $40 before the end of March, $50 before the end of July, and $60 thereafter. The metric-century ride loops through colorful Bisbee, AZ. The event benefits the National Alliance on Mental Illness.


Guided History Hike

September 29 | 9-10:30 a.m.

Fairbank, AZ (ghost town)

A fun history hike of the Ghost town Fairbank, an important transportation hub during the silver boom in and around Tombstone. The walk will last approximately 1.5 hours; it entails a quarter mile walk around the town on roads or walkways and a .8 mile (total) walk to the town cemetery down a rough trail, to include a short, rocky, uphill stretch. The tour of the town site will include the restored schoolhouse, the mercantile building, the town cemetery, and other remnants of this historic railroad town. Fairbank was the longest-lasting ghost town along the San Pedro River, with occupation spanning 1881 to 1972. The tour will focus on the many colorful events and personalities of the town. Hike departs from the Fairbank Schoolhouse. The Fairbank parking area is about .5 mile east of the San Pedro River on Highway 82, between Tombstone and Whetstone. Admission is free, and donations are gratefully accepted. For additional information, please call (520) 417-6960 or (520) 508-4445.


13th Annual Bearcat Pull for Special Olympics

September 30 | 9:00 a.m.

Veterans Memorial Park

Each year teams fielded by local law enforcement agencies, businesses, and community members tackle an extraordinary challenge to help the Sierra Vista Police Department raise money for the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics Arizona. Teams of five to 10 people race to pull the police department’s 18,500 pound LENCO Bearcat a full 25 feet. Spectators and participants welcome. http://www.sierravistaaz.gov/event/annual-bearcat-pull-for-special-olmpics/


Art in the Park

October 6 | 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

October 7 | 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Veterans Memorial Park

As one of the Southwest’s largest and most popular outdoor arts and crafts fair, Art in the Park has something for everyone. Come browse through varied selections of fine art, sculptures, jewelry, specialty food items, clothing and more. Don’t miss this favorite event which attracts more than 200 vendors each year.


Cars in the Park

October 13 | 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Veterans Memorial Park

Take a step back in time at this favorite annual car show.  Walk through an incredible display of cars while listening to oldies and variety music – Rain or Shine. There will be food and product vendors, gift basket raffle, door prizes and more.


Huachuca Gem, Mineral & Jewelry Show

October 13 | 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

October 14 | 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Cochise College

See live demonstrations and educational displays during this favorite event. There will be gems, jewelry, lapidary supplies, and finished and raw mineral specimens for your perusal.  A certified gemologist will be on hand for free identification of your mystery gemstones. Food & beverages will be on site. Raffle prize for this year is a 40 pound Moroccan Geode. For more information: call (520) 417-6960, (520) 378-6291 or visit http://www.huachucamineralandgemclub.info/


Sierra Vista Symphony Fall Concert

October 27 | 6-9 p.m.

Buena Performing Arts Center

The Sierra Vista Symphony Orchestra is proud to present its 24th season and Tora Tagawa, Conductor, for the fall concert “Teacher and Apprentice”. Performance 7 p.m., doors open 6:30 p.m., pre-concert seminar 6 p.m. General admission $25; reserved seating, $30; family with children, $30; high school student with ID $10. Children under 14 free with paying adult. Tickets available at Oscar Yrun Community Center, Safeway, Sierra Vista Chamber of Commerce, Dillards, and the Box Office.




Haunted Asylum at The Cove

October 31 | 5-10 p.m.

Sierra Vista Aquatic Center (The Cove)

As the sun dips below the horizon on All Hallows’ Eve, maniacs, ghosts, and sinister psychiatrists will emerge at The Cove, transforming the City’s aquatic facility into a haunted asylum!  Instead of taking a dip in the pool, visitors to The Cove are invited on a chilling tour through The Cove’s haunted asylum anytime from 5:00 to 10:00 p.m. on Wednesday, October 31. Admission is $4 per person or $2 per person with the donation of two non-perishable canned food items. Tours will last about 10 minutes.  Children under age 10 must be accompanied by an adult to attend the haunted asylum tour. The experience is not recommended for children 5 and younger. Anyone sensitive to loud noises, flashing lights, or fog should not participate.


Annual Halloween Fall Festival

October 31 | 5-8 p.m.

Veterans Memorial Park

Located just a short stroll from the Haunted Asylum at The Cove, the 11th Annual Halloween Fall Festival will fill Veterans Memorial Park with family-friendly fun and games in a safe environment. Come show off your costumes while the little ones enjoy a variety of activities hosted by the dozens of local businesses and organizations that support this event. After completing each game or activity, kids will be rewarded with some well-deserved candy or prizes.​

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