Tucson’s greatest spring festivals and activities

Compiled by Andres Chavira

With the temperature at the nice spot between winter and 100 degree summers, spring brings great festivals to Tucson. Enjoy the nice weather, games, rides and tons of carnival food.

Spring Fling

April 8-10

The University of Arizona will host the 42nd annual Spring Fling at the UA Mall. With more than 40 rides and attractions, Spring Fling continues to be the nation’s largest student-run carnival. General admission is $5.

There will be free parking April 9-10 at the parking garages on Highland Avenue, Park Avenue Main Gate, Sixth Street and Tyndall Avenue. On Friday, parking costs $5.

    Details: springfling.arizona.edu

The sun sets over a Ferris wheel at Spring Fling. It is just one of 40 attractions available. (Photo courtesy of Spring Fling)

The sun sets over a Ferris wheel at Spring Fling. It is just one of 40 attractions available. (Photo courtesy of Spring Fling)

Chalk Art Festival

April 9-10

Professional and amateur artists, as well as children and art enthusiasts, will gather to create chalk art during the Southern Arizona Arts and Cultural Alliance’s third annual festival at the Park Place Mall courtyard, 5870 E. Broadway Blvd.

The event is free to the public. Festivities will take place Saturday from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m.-3 p.m.

Details: saaca.org/Park_Place_Chalk_                                Art.php

Cyclovia Tucson

April 10

Cyclists, walkers, skaters, skateboarders and any other non-motorized transportation enthusiasts are invited to celebrate a day completely dedicated to them. During Cyclovia, certain roads are closed to car traffic from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. so riders and walkers can enjoy the “open streets.”

This year’s 2.5 mile route will begin in the Lost Barrio district on South Park Avenue at Miles Street, and end at Himmel Park, 1000 N. Tucson Blvd. Activity hubs along the way offer entertainment, music, interactive games, demonstrations and food vendors.

The free event is open to the public.

    Details: cycloviatucson.org

Cyclists enjoy roads closed to motorized traffic during Cyclovia, where riders converge on a 2.5 mile route dedicated to them. (Photo by Mamta Popat)

Cyclists enjoy roads closed to motorized traffic during Cyclovia, where riders converge on a 2.5 mile route dedicated to them. (Photo by Mamta Popat)

Earth Day Festival

April 10

The 22nd annual Earth Day Festival will be held at Himmel Park, 1000 N. Tucson Blvd., from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. The free festival will include a parade, live music, food and hands-on activities for children, as well as environmental exhibitions.

The non-motorized parade will begin at 11 a.m. on the west side of Himmel Park and proceed along a short route on Tucson Boulevard and Third Street.

    Details: tucsonearthday.org

Arizona International

Film Festival

April 14 – May 1

The Arizona International Film Festival, the longest running and largest film festival in the state, celebrates its 25th anniversary in 2016

This year’s festival will show 30 features and 58 shorts from 25 countries.

Films will be shown at The Screening Room, 127 E. Congress St. Admission costs vary.

Details: filmfestivalarizona.com

Pima County Fair

April 17-27

The Pima Country Fair returns for its 103rd visit to the Pima County Fairgrounds. The fair will include new musical entertainment as well as the usual rides that Tucsonans look forward to every year.

Musical acts will include Nelly, MC Magic, Post Malone and P.O.D. Concert admission is included in the price of fair entry tickets.

General admission will be $8 and parking will cost $5. Wristbands for unlimited rides will be available on Thursdays and weekends.

    Details: pimacountyfair.com

GABA Spring Bike Swap

April 17

The Greater Arizona Bicycling Association will host the second largest bike swap meet in the country and the largest in the southwest from 7 a.m.-2 p.m. on Seventh Street between Fourth Avenue and Sixth Avenue.

The annual event attracts thousands of participants seeking to swap or sell bike parts and accessories.

Bicycles of every description are present and welcome. The event is free to the general public.

    Details: bikegaba.org

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