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The temperature is on the rise in Tucson, but there are plenty of activities to help you deal with the heat.

Movies in the Park: May 5- Sept. 1

A movie will be screened at Reid Park on the first Friday of each summer month. The free screenings will start at dusk, approximately 7:45 p.m. Reid Park is located at the northeast corner of East 22nd Street and South Craycroft Road.

Activities beginning at 6 include arts and crafts, live music, jumping castles and special rotating exhibits. Food vendors will also be on site.

The movie schedule:

  • May 5: “Wall-E”
  • June 2: “Moana”
  • July 7: “The Secret Life of Pets”
  • 4: “Zootopia”
  • 1: “Finding Dory”

Patrons are encouraged to bring their own blankets or chairs and arrive early for better seats.



35th annual Solar Potluck and Exhibition: May 6

Catalina State Park, 11570 N. Oracle Road, will host a solar potluck on Saturday, May 6, from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Park admission is $7 per car.

Everyone is welcome to attend and contribute to the potluck. If you are familiar with solar cooking, bring your own oven and craft your dishes on site. If you are not a solar cook, bring a cold dish or beverages.

Event planners ask participants to bring their own eating utensils and dishware to keep the event waste-free.

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Mother’s Day at Old Tucson: May 13-14

In honor of Mother’s Day, Old Tucson Studios will grant free admission to all women and girls on May 13-14. You can take in the history of the grounds and enjoy a daring stunt show as you treat mom on her special day.

Old Tucson is located at 201 Kinney Road. Regular admission is $18.95 for ages 12 and over, and $10.95 for ages 4-11.




Music under the Stars: May 7-June 11

Reid Park will host a series of five concerts performed by the Tucson Pop Orchestra on Sundays from 7-9 p.m. at the DeeMeester Outdoor Performance Center. The concerts are free to attend and suitable for all ages.

The schedule:

May 14: Mother’s Day and Stars of the Future featuring violinist Kai Skaggs and guitarist Ryan Chen

May 21: Tucson Arizona Boys Chorus under the direction of Julian Ackerly

May 28: Memorial Day Weekend-John Philip Sousa in the Park

June 4: Guest artist Crystal Stark, vocalist

June 11: 1812 Overture




Cool Summer Nights at Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum: May 20-Sept. 2

This summer, you can avoid the desert heat by visiting the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum on Saturdays from 5-10 p.m. Evening visits let patrons experience the Sonoran Desert’s stunning sunsets and nocturnal beasts.

The museum will offer varying nighttime activities for all ages. Bring a flashlight and prepare for a night walk around the grounds, where you may have a run-in with local wildlife.

The museum is located at 2021 N. Kinney Road. Normal admission rates apply: $20.50 for ages 13-64, $8 for ages 3-12 and free for children under 3.



Salt River Tubing: Now open

Salt River Tubing offers locals the option to escape the heat by floating down the river. The company, located at 9200 N. Bush Highway in Mesa, provides tube rental, shuttle service and parking for $17 per person. It’s open seven days a week from 9 a.m.-6:30 p.m., but tube rentals end at 1 p.m.


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