Best Bets: Spring celebrations fill festival calendar

Compiled by Erik Medina

From award-winning Mexican cinema to car-free neighborhood strolls, upcoming festivals offer varied ways to celebrate spring. Here are our suggestions for top choices.

Tucson Cine Mexico: March 22-26

The showcase, co-sponsored by the University of Arizona Hanson Film Institute and by New York’s Cinema Tropical, is the longest-running festival of contemporary Mexican film in the United States.

This year’s line-up features a mix of award-winning thrillers, comedies and documentaries. Filmmakers will interact with audiences during question-and-answer sessions.

Venues include:

  • Fox Theatre, 17 W. Congress St.
  • Tucson Museum of Art, 140 N. Main Ave.
  • Harkins Tucson Spectrum 18, 5455 S. Calle Santa Cruz. (Interstate 19-Irvington Road)

Admission is free but it is recommended to reserve seating at thethinyellowline.brownpapertickets.com

 Details: tucsoncinemexico.org

Fourth Avenue Spring Street Fair: March 24-26

Tucson’s largest arts venue returns to Fourth Avenue between Ninth Street and University Boulevard. Hours are 10 a.m.-dusk each day.

Activities include 400-plus arts and crafts booths, food vendors, stage musicians and street performers, plus a free children’s hands-on art pavilion. No pets are allowed.

 Details: fourthavenue.org

Marana Founders’ Day Festival: March 25

The Marana Heritage Conservancy and the Town of Marana celebrate Marana’s roots from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at Ora Mae Harn Park, 13250 N. Lon Adams Road. Activities include a vintage tractor and car show, heritage village, live entertainment, kid’s zone and food court.

A parade begins at 10 a.m. along Marana Main Street. Parking will be accessible from Bill Gaudette Drive.

 Details: maranaaz.gov, calendar tab

Africa Night Dance Fusion: March 25-26

Diaspora Showcase presents a night of live music and dance performances at Grand Luxe Hotel, 1365 W. Grant Road. An eclectic mix of African sound, salsa and reggae will play from 8 p.m.-2 a.m. Admission costs $20 in advance and $25 at the door.

 Details: diasporashowcase.com

Cruise, BBQ & Blues Festival and Car Show: April 1

After a weather cancellation in February, the Southern Arizona Arts and Cultural Alliance has rescheduled its annual festival.

Thousands of participants will enjoy live blues music and purchase barbecue as they view a variety of cars and trucks that celebrate the art of vehicle design.

The event takes place 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Oro Valley Marketplace, 12155 N. Oracle Road. Tickets cost $5, with a $1 discount for veterans and active duty military with ID. Ages 10 and under are free. Cash only.

 Details: saaca.org/classiccarshow

Cyclovia Tucson: April 2

Walkers, bicyclists and roller-bladers celebrate neighborhoods and alternative transportation from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. during this annual car-free event.

Living Streets Alliance has designed a new route that makes its way from downtown Tucson through historic neighborhoods to South Tucson.

For the first time, portions of West Alameda Street and Church Avenue will close to vehicle traffic. Participating downtown museums include the Tucson Museum of Art, which will offer free admission.

The route continues down South Eighth Avenue, ending at a Healthy South Tucson Coalition health fair. Activities will include music, activities and demonstrations.

 Details: cycloviatucson.org

Cyclovia Tucson – midtown route
Sunday November 01, 2015.
Photos by: Mamta Popat

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