OCTOBER SKIES: See the Orionid meteor shower through the telescopes at Lowell Observatory 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Saturday. The indoor program will focus on the meteor shower, which is the second of two occurring each year as the Earth passes through dust released by Halley’s Comet.
OCTOBER SKIES: See the Orionid meteor shower through the telescopes at Lowell Observatory 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Saturday. The indoor program will focus on the meteor shower, which is the second of two occurring each year as the Earth passes through dust released by Halley’s Comet. The observatory is at 1400 W. Mars Hill Road, Flagstaff. $6 adults, $5 students and seniors, $3 children age 5-17. (928) 774-3358.
RUNNERS CLIMB: The Bisbee 1000, the Great Stair Climb, is billed as one of the toughest 5K races in the state. Runners of all levels will race, walk or stroll nine sets of stairs winding through Bisbee 9 a.m. Saturday. Registration is 7 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. Spectators can wait out the race at the Made in Bisbee arts and crafts festival at St. Patrick’s Church or at performances by Train Wreck. Die-hard racers can pay an additional $10 to compete in the Cochise College Ice Man Competition 10 a.m. to noon. Proceeds benefit efforts to maintain the town’s stairs and prevent childhood obesity. Registration required. $25-$40 adults, $10-$25 kids. (520) 432-1585 or (520) 266-0401. www.bisbee1000.org.
TOWN TRADITION: Helldorado Days began as a 50th anniversary celebration in 1929 and is now Tombstone’s oldest tradition. Re-enactment groups such as Blood Creek Cowboys, Pistols and Petticoats and the Tombstone Vigilantes will perform 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday through Oct. 21 on historic Allen Street in Tombstone. Other activities will include live music, a carnival, beard contest, street entertainment and a parade 11 a.m. Oct. 21. Free. (520) 457-3291. www.tombstone.org.
SPANISH HERITAGE: The impact of Spain’s contribution to southern Arizona’s culture is celebrated during Anza Days 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Oct. 21 at Tubac Presidio State Historic Park, 45 miles south of Tucson on Interstate 19. The festival marks Juan Bautista de Anza’s historic trek from Tubac to San Francisco. Events will include a living history of the American Indian, Mexican and Spanish Colonial days of Tubac, military demonstrations, folklorico dancers, music and children’s activities. Free. (520) 398-2252. www.pr.state.az.us/Parks/parkhtml/tubac.html.
OPEN AIR: See dozens of artists at work capturing the landscape of Sedona during the Main Street Paint Out 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 21. The event is the official start of the Sedona Plein Air Festival, which features several activities through Oct. 28 honoring the artists who paint outdoors. For a complete schedule of events, call (928) 282-3809 or visit www.sedonapleinairfestival.com.