BEST BETS: Spring brings enjoyable flings

Compiled by Jamie Verwys

In a state known for blistering temperatures, any day under 100 degrees provides reason to rejoice. Enjoy mild weather before the summer heat wave hits.

UA Spring Fling:

April 11-13

Spring Fling returns to the University of Arizona east mall as it celebrates 40 years of carnival rides, food and entertainment.

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.



International Film Festival:

April 11-27

Arizona’s largest film festival takes place in locations throughout Tucson. Its home base is The Screening Room, 127 E. Congress St.

The festival screens documentaries, features and shorts from all over the world. Film buffs can also enjoy parties and workshops.

Visit the festival website for a full schedule.



Earth Day Festival:

April 12

Celebrate Mother Nature at Tucson’s 20th Annual Earth Day Festival. Guests can participate in hands-on activities, view exhibits and watch a parade with floats made from recycled materials. The free event will take place at Reid Park from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Food venders will be onsite.



Spring Bike Swap:

April 13

If you get your kicks on the pedals of a bicycle, shift your gears over to the Greater Arizona Bicycling Association’s spring swap meet. Admission is free. Find bargains on bike parts and mingle with the cycling community from 7 a.m.-2 p.m. on four blocks centered at Fifth Avenue and Seventh Street.



Pima County Fair:

April 17-27

The county fair has been a highly anticipated event for 103 years. Visitors can enjoy attractions, rides, exhibits, art, food and live music. On weekdays, the main gate opens at 1 p.m. and the carnival begins at 3 p.m. The fair opens at 10 a.m. on weekends. Closing times vary but the fair runs until at least 11 p.m. each night. The fairgrounds are located at 11300 S. Houghton Road. General admission costs $8.


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