BEST BETS: Bike buffs, tequila lovers, folk freaks unite


With spring’s 80-degree days, it couldn’t be a finer time in Tucson to celebrate what makes the city so quirky, cultural and fun.

Pima County Fair: April 20-30

Pima County’s annual fair takes place at the Pima County Fairgrounds,11300 S. Houghton Road. Activities include a stock auction, carnival rides and more than 40 food vendors.

Performers will include T-Pain and the Village People. For those who prefer more entertainment than T-Pain and the Village People (what’s wrong with you?), Tyzen Hypnotist Extraordinaire and For KING & COUNTRY will also perform.

Main gate hours are 1-11 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 10 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Carnival hours are 3-11 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

General admission tickets are $8. Tickets for ages 6-10 are $4, and ages 5 and under are admitted for free. Parking costs $5.


Bike Fest 2017: Through April 30

Tucson’s Living Street Alliance brings the city 14 days of bike-related events including group rides and something to do in every part of Tucson on two wheels.


Arizona International Film Festival: Through April 30

The charming Screening Room, 127 E. Congress St., is at it again. It will host the Arizona International Film Festival, which is celebrating its 26th anniversary.

The festival will screen six feature-length films and 70 short films from 19 countries using a theme of Bridging Cultures. 2017 marks the highest number of films submitted to the selection committee.

 Single viewing tickets cost $6, and premiere screenings are $8. A Saver Pass, $25, allows attendance at any five screenings. An All Access Pass, $100, provides access to priority seating to all screenings and special events. Saver and All Access passes are available for purchase online.


Southeast Arizona Wine Growers Festival: April 22-23

Kief-Joshua Vineyards plays host to the 33rd Southeast Arizona Wine Growers Festival in Sonoita-Elgin. Twenty Arizona wineries will participate. Expect tastings, food, a two-day chili cook-off and live music. The festival runs 11 a.m.-5 p.m. both days at 370 Elgin Road in Elgin.


Tucson International Mariachi Conference: April 26-29

Two concerts with ballet folkloric dancing will take place during the Mariachi Conference at AVA Amphitheater, 5655 W. Valencia Road. Admission costs $10.

Registration to participate is open and costs $110-$160. The Tucson International Mariachi Conference is accepting volunteers.


Agave Heritage Festival: April 28-May 7

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Native to Mexico, the fleshy spikes of the agave azul plant produce one of Tucson’s favorite hard liquors: tequila. Tucson’s Agave Heritage Festival will explore the agave plant and its uses in the Arizona-Mexico border area.

The festival will feature talks, tours, tastings and dinners at a variety of Tucson locations. Daily tours range from free to $25 admission.

May 6’s Agave Heritage Fest at Hotel Congress, 311 E. Congress St., runs from 6-9 p.m. Admission is $30-$35, for ages 21 and up.

The Carriage House, 125 S. Arizona Ave., will host an end-of-celebration brunch with agave-inspired mimosa flights. Brunch tickets are $55 plus gratuity.

Details:, events tab

Tucson Folk Festival: May 6-7

Known for its popularity and size, the Tucson Folk Festival is one of the largest free folk-music festivals in the United States. It takes place in historic sections of downtown Tucson and is based at El Presidio Park, 160 W. Alameda St.

Folk fans can enjoy more than 20 hours of live acoustic music with workshops, kid’s activities, food stations, beer gardens and more—all broadcast live from El Presidio Park downtown by Tucson’s community radio KXCI 91.3 FM.

Headliners include The Black Lillies on Saturday, May 6, at 9 p.m. at El Presidio Park. Local headliner Ryanhood will play Sunday, May 7, at 8 p.m.



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