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Posted: Sunday, October 4, 2009 1:17 pm | Updated: 12:39 am, Sat Oct 8, 2011.

Every weekend in the fall, festivals and events take place all around this great state, with the chance of getting rained-out almost none. Our sunny skies put everyone in a cheery mood and ready to enjoy the fun.

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Every weekend in the fall, festivals and events take place all around this great state, with the chance of getting rained-out almost none. Our sunny skies put everyone in a cheery mood and ready to enjoy the fun.

Experience our cowboy and Indian heritage through rodeos, powwows, gunfight re-enactments and cowboy poetry gatherings. Look for gifts, souvenirs or home decor at art festivals showcasing works in every media and style. Arizona is known for its myriad gem shows, specialty birding and nature festivals, bluegrass music, and much more. Here are three events you won’t want to miss.

Tucson Celtic Festival

(520) 807-9509; www.tucsoncelticfestival.org

Come and see what a Celtic Festival and Highland Games is all about, Nov. 7-8, at Rillito Park Raceway, First Avenue and River Road.

Tap your toes as Highland Dancers and Irish Stepdancers strut their stuff. Be amazed as the Games’ athletes toss the caber — flipping a log up to 18 feet in length. Enjoy great food and browse the shops for unusual Celtic gifts.

Plan to stay late on Saturday night for A Celtic Tribal Celebration with Brother, the legendary powerhouse Trio, plus the fire-dancing mystique of Elemental Artistry. The Village Pub and shops will be open.

Enjoy pipes and drums, a sheepherding demonstration, and outstanding musical entertainment. Urchins Corner boasts a life-sized board game, Quest at the Castle Keep, plus a petting zoo and jumping castles.

The festival kicks off Friday evening with The Feast of Tara Dinner, Torchlight Clan Ceremony and a Ceilidh — Gaelic for party. Dinner reservations are required by Oct. 28.

Hours are Saturday 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $12 at the gate for adults, $9 for seniors (65-plus) and military (with ID), $5 for youth 6 to 15, with children younger than 6 admitted for free.

Holy Trinity Monastery’s Festival of the Arts

(520) 720-4642

For more than 25 years, Holy Trinity Monastery has gathered artists, craftsmen and entertainers for their annual Festival of the Arts.

Come along on Nov. 14-15 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The beauty of the fall colors adds to this outdoor experience. More than 160 participants offer a wide variety of items. In addition, the monastery bookstore, thrift store, bakery booth and used-book kiosk are popular with shoppers.

Don’t miss the Benedictine Bread, tamales and pies. Entertainers include the popular Tongan singers and dancers, The Arthritis Brothers String Band, and many others.

The festival is noted for delicious food served sit-down style, including barbecue beef dinners, Italian fare, salads, and hamburgers and hot dogs. New this year, the first raffle prize is a week’s stay at a timeshare in Orlando, Fla. There are also cash prizes of $500 and two for $250.

Masses will be on Saturday at 5 p.m. with the Schmidt Family, Sunday at 10:30 a.m. with the Tongan Choir and at noon with the Holy Trinity Music Ministry.

Holy Trinity Monastery is between Benson and Tombstone, two miles south of St. David on state Highway 80 between milepost 302 and 303.

Tombstone’s Helldorado Days

www.tombstonechamber.com or www.helldoradodays.com

“The town too tough to die,” Tombstone is an icon in the chronicles of the American West. Thanks to movies and TV, Tombstone will be forever known for the famous “Gunfight at the O.K. Corral.” There’s more, though, than Wyatt Earp and his posse.

Tombstone has been a living, breathing town for 130 years, and its history began with the discovery of silver by Ed Schieffelin in 1877. Tombstone was a mining town and a very rich one at that. In the early years, its only rival for sophistication was San Francisco.

By 1883, there were five ice cream parlors, fresh seafood delivered every day, the baseball club played in the infield of the racetrack, telephones had been installed, and the first swimming pool in Arizona was built at the end of Fifth Street.

Tombstone, one of the first National Historic Landmarks, today hosts hundreds of thousands of visitors each year, drawn by history and legend.

Come celebrate the oldest continuous event in Tombstone: Helldorado Days, Oct. 16-18. Helldorado, full of re-enactments, skits and gunfights in the streets, will be Friday and Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday from 11 a.m. on features a parade and walkdown with continuous street entertainment until 4 p.m., when the black powder pistol raffle will be drawn.

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