Parade just one option for rodeo break

By Taylor Bock
Photos by Matthew Henry, 2009

It’s late February and Valentine’s Day has passed. For the rest of the country, that’s the only holiday to look forward to this month.

But we Tucsonans have another special event: the Tucson Rodeo. Some of us consider it a tradition and some of us see it as a four-day weekend.

Most Tucson natives are already familiar with the way the rodeo runs. But for those new to Tucson, check out www.tucsonrodeo.com for all info you need on the when, where and how to get there.

The 85th annual La Fiesta de los Vaqueros Parade, which begins at 9 a.m. on Feb. 25, will follow a shorter route this year. Parade participants will travel south on Park Avenue, west on Irvington Road and north on Sixth Avenue to the Tucson Rodeo Grounds.

The 2010 Tucson Rodeo runs through Feb. 28

Admission is free along the parade route. Grandstand tickets cost $6 in advance or $7 the day of the parade. Visit tucsonrodeoparade.org for details.

Pima Community College will be closed Thursday and Friday for the rodeo. What should you do with that break if you don’t feel like attending the rodeo? You happen to be in luck, because there are several other events you can check out.

Feb. 25-28, the Old Pueblo Playwrights will host their 19th Annual New Play Festival at the Temple of Music & Art at 330 S. Scott Ave. downtown.

The festival will include a new performance every night at 7:30 p.m. and at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets cost $7 or $20 for a pass to all the plays. There will also be Q & A rounds and critiquing after each show. For details, visit www.oldpuebloplaywrights.org.

If you’ve got a soft spot for the environment, social justice and peace, try the 28th annual Tucson Peace Fair & Music Festival on Feb. 27. The festival runs from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Reid Park Bandshell, at the northeast corner of Country Club and 22nd Street.

The free festival, presented by the Tucson Peace Center, will include live music, children’s activities, food booths and a raffle. For further information, call 624-4973.

Perhaps you feel like taking a more sophisticated approach? Starting Feb. 27, the Tucson Museum of Art will host “Andy Warhol Portfolios: Life and Legends.” The exhibit summarizes Warhol’s 40-year span of work in the art of photographic silk-screen printmaking.

Learn more at www.tucsonmuseumofart.org/exhibitions/andy-warhol-portfolios-life-legends.

Another option is to visit the Arizona Renaissance Festival near Phoenix, which will be open every weekend through March 28. For details, visit www.RenFestInfo.com.

Spring training exhibitions with the Colorado Rockies, Arizona Diamondbacks and other major-league teams will take place in March. As always, there will be special days such as Half Price Day on March 6 and Rockies Autograph Day on March 10.

If you’re a writer or a fan of books, don’t miss the Tucson Festival of Books at the University of Arizona on March 13-14. You can find details at www.tucsonfestivalofbooks.org.

Another popular favorite, the Fourth Avenue Spring Street Fair, will take place March 19-21. Visit www.fourthavenue.org for details.

Whether you want to attend the rodeo, check out another event or just chill, there’s something to do for just about everyone.

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