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St. Patrick’s Day Festival

and Parade

March 13

The Tucson St. Patrick’s Day Festival and Parade, the largest event of its kind in southern Arizona, returns for its 29th year.

The event will offer the same Irish hospitality but a new theme: “Freedom Rising” in honor of the Irish Easter Rising of 1916.

For those who enjoy running before their bangers and mash, the seventh-annual “Green Isle Mile” and 5K will take place on Aviation Bikeway.

Armory Park festivities will begin at 10 a.m. with live music and dance, a children’s play area, and food and merchant vendors.

The parade begins at 11 a.m., winding from North Stone Avenue through Downtown to Armory Park.

Festival attendance and parking are free.


Tucson Conquistadores Classic

March 14-20

Professional golf makes a return to the Old Pueblo for the second-annual Tucson Conquistadores Classic.

Featuring some of the best the Senior PGA Tour has to offer, the Classic will be held at the Omni Tucson National Resorts Catalina Course.

Players scheduled to appear include Fred Couples, Tom Watson and Colin Montgomerie.

A sanctioned Pro-Am on March 16-17 will be followed by a 54-hole tournament March 18-20.

Once the golf wraps up on Friday, the Classic will host a free after-party at the clubhouse.

Tickets range from $20 for general admission to more than $4,000 for ticket packages. Tickets for the main event range from $29 for single-day general admission to $12,000 for specific ticket packages.


Civil War in the Southwest

March 19-20

Take in scenery and history at Civil War in the Southwest at Picacho Peak State Park northwest of Tucson on Interstate 10.

Gates open at 9:30 a.m. as three separate battles are commemorated and re-enacted each day.

Visitors can attend presentations ranging from the roles of women in the west to Civil War life through the eyes of a solider. Vendors will sell period-specific merchandise and food will be available.

The daily finale will be the Battle of Picacho Pass, the westernmost battle of the Civil War and the only battle to take place in Arizona.

The park will close its entry gates to spectators at 3 p.m. and the finale re-enactment will take place at 3:30 p.m.

Park admission is $10 for a car of up to four people. Entry costs $3 for each additional person and for bicylists or walk-ins.


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