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Oct 1, 2011 1:22 AM

Fall festivals begin in Southern Arizona

TUCSON - With the start of fall and cooler temperatures, Tucsonans can get out and about.

The start of our festival season and signature events is between now and Halloween. Some kick off this weekend. They include two nationally recognized haunted houses and the first of three pumpkin festivals.

Later on, the ever-popular, Tucson Meet Yourself "Folklife Festival" and the list goes on: Oktoberfest celebrations, The Culinary Festival, and Saguaro Park's "Bio Blitz."

This year the Tucson Weekly's Club Crawl will feature 30 stages and 90 bands. Organizers say the large crowds it will draw in will mean a boost for Tucson's economy.

"I absolutely love live music, any live music especially multiple bands at once. That's a score," said Jodi Cordero who enjoys going to Club Crawl.

Club Crawl has been an annual event since 1994. It was so popular that in 1999 they made it a semiannual event, one in the spring and another music festival in the fall.

"When we first started doing it there was 2,000, 4,000, 6,000, 8,000 and now our last three events have all been right around 14,000, 15,000 people," said Club Crawl Producer Jeb Schoonover.

"I like going from band to band to band, having different styles of music available and just the good party," said Cordero.

It's hard to know just how much money Club Crawl brings in because of all the business it brings to bars and restaurants.

In ticket sales alone, organizers estimate somewhere around $150,000 is made at each crawl.

"From what I gather from most of the venues it's their biggest night of the year. So the economic impact has got to be huge," said Schoonover.

Club Crawl mainly takes place on Congress and 4th Avenue.

"You can barely move but it's so fun because everybody is enjoying the music and all stoked about it. So it's really cool. People are everywhere. They shut down streets and stuff it's fabulous," said Cordero.

The gates open at 7:00 Saturday evening.

Starting Saturday at 8 a.m., numerous Downtown streets will close to accommodate the annual Fall Club Crawl music festival.

Here is the entire list of closures:

-5th Avenue will be closed between Broadway and Toole Avenue.

-Eastbound Broadway will be reduced to one lane between Scott Avenue and 6th Avenue.

-Left turn lanes will not be allowed along Broadway from 6th Avenue, 5th Avenue, and 4th Avenue.

-North Toole Avenue will be closed from Congress Street to Pennington Street.

-The 4th Avenue Underpass will be closed to vehicular traffic.

-Starting at noon, Congress Street will be closed from 4th Avenue to 6th Avenue, and westbound Congress Street will be detoured onto Broadway at 4th Avenue.

-From 7 a.m. until midnight on Saturday, Scott Avenue from 14th Street to 13th Street will also be closed.

Electronic message boards, and Tucson Police officers, will be on hand to help. Motorists can expect delays during this event.

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