Best Bets: Fun for the kids and the grown ups too

Compiled by Jamie Verwys

As the weather suddenly moves from late summer to winter weather in the span of a day, it’s clear holiday season is right around the corner. Before you dig up all your winter clothes, which have laid dormant for months, take this opportunity to get in some exercise outdoors. Soak in some art, some nature and maybe even a few sexy dance moves and you’re ready for a cheery winter.

Fall Open Studio Tour

Nov. 14-15

Sample Tucson’s art offerings all around the city for the 28th Fall Open Studio Tour Nov. 14 to 15. Hosted by the Tucson Pima Fine Arts Council, the event opens the door to artist’s studios city wide.

The tour runs from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and a full list of participating artists and their locations is available on the Tucson Pima Fine Arts Council website.

The event is free to the public.


Meteor Mania with the Leonid 

Nov. 17

Experience a little 4th of July in November by watching some of nature’s fireworks, meteors. Leonids are unique types of meteors producing a slow, bright light and vibrant trails.

They will be in Tucson’s sights on Nov. 17 and the Kitt Peak Observatory, intersection of Arizona State Route 86 and Arizona State Route 386, is the best view in town. From 10 p.m. to 3 a.m., watch the meteor shower, learn about space and touch a real piece of asteroid.

Admission is $45 for adults, $25 for children and free to tribal members. Guests need to register before attending the event.


Suicide Girls: Blackheart Burlesque 

Nov. 19

When pop culture does a sexy dance with the world famous Suicide Girls, you get the spectacle that is Blackheart Burlesque. The tattooed, alternative pinups will strut their stuff in this special themed show and do a striptease tribute to some icons of film and television, including “Star Wars” and “Orange is the New Black.”

Hailed as “Comicon meets burlesque nerd orgy,” by Vice Magazine, the tongue and cheek act is always highly anticipated.

The ladies will come to Tucson on Nov. 19 at the Rialto Theatre, 318 E. Congress St. Tickets are $26 for general admission and premium tickets range from $41-$101, with meet and greets available.

Doors open at 7 p.m. and the fun starts at 8 p.m. This show is for guests 18 and up.


El Tour de Tucson

Nov. 21

Don your most aerodynamic spandex, strap on your helmet, make sure your bike tires got plenty of air and join 9,000 other cyclists in Tucson’s largest bike event. El Tour de Tucson is the largest perimeter cycling event in the country, with rides ranging from 5 to 104 miles for beginner, intermediate and advanced riders. The start and finish line is located on Sixth Avenue between Armory Park and the Children’s Museum, 200 S. 6th Ave. The event will take place from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Riders can register and view a breakdown of fees online.


Family Festival in the Park

Nov. 21

Enjoy a day of fun, food and family at Reid Park, 1100 S. Randolph Way, on Nov. 21. Tucson Parks and Recreation Department’s Family Festival in the Park will give you and your little ones a plethora of fun offerings. There will be a carnival, activities, sports, crafts and entertainment from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Edith Ball Adaptive Recreation Center will be open for free swimming from noon to 4 p.m. Food vendors will be at the festival all day, so there will be plenty of snacks available. The festival is free and includes free admission to the Reid Park Zoo.



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