BEST BETS Spring fun in the sun

Compiled by Jay Becker-Norman

If spring break wasn’t enough of a vacation from the mundane day-to-day, you’re in luck. Tucson has numerous upcoming events for active community event-goers.


Park Place Chalk Art Festival: March 29-30

The Southern Arizona Arts and Cultural Alliance brings back its Chalk Art Festival for a second year. The event provides an opportunity for artists and amateurs alike to attempt and view sidewalk art.

Live entertainment will include music, stilt walkers and children’s activities.

The festival will be held at Park Place Mall, 5870 E. Broadway Blvd. Hours are 10 a.m.-6 p.m. on Saturday and 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free. Don’t get left in the chalk dust!



Cyclovia Tucson: April 6

Cyclovia is a word in the Spanish language meaning the closure of roads and streets with the intent that they become open to people.

Tucson’s Cyclovia celebrates alternative transportation and a healthy lifestyle. It’s an opportunity for those who bike, run, skate, jog, board or walk to enjoy non-competitive people-powered movement.

Participants will gather downtown at 10 a.m. and make a 5-mile loop through South Tucson. Six hubs will feature activities, entertainment, interactive games, demonstrations and music. Food vendors will keep everyone fueled.



Spring Fling: April 11-13

Spring Fling will return to the University of Arizona east mall as it celebrates 40 years of food, fun and entertainment. It is the largest student-run carnival in the country, put on by the Associated Students of UA.

With an expected 25,000 in attendance, the carnival extravaganza will feature more than 35 rides and games, 20-plus food booths and entertainment galore from Cherry Street to Campbell Avenue.

Hours are 4-11 p.m. on Friday, 11 a.m.-11 p.m. on Saturday and 11 a.m.-6 p.m. on Sunday. Admission costs $5, plus the cost of ride tickets.

Parking garages are available at cost. There is also free but limited surface lot parking.


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