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Tucson’s greatest spring festivals and activities

Tucson’s greatest spring festivals and activities

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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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Fourth Avenue Spring Street Fair

April 1-3

Tucson’s largest arts venue returns to Fourth Avenue between Ninth Street and University Boulevard. Hours are 10 a.m.-6 p.m. each day.

The street fair brings together 400-plus arts and crafts booths, 35-plus food vendors, street musicians and street performers.

A free shuttle will be available to and from the Pennington parking garage and Main Gate Square. Free valet bicycle parking will also be available. No pets are allowed.

Details: fourthavenue.org

Run for Your Life 5K

April 2

The University of Arizona Student Health Advocacy Committee will host its 10th annual 5K run/walk. Proceeds benefit Tucson Hopefest, a nonprofit that serves the impoverished.

The race will begin at the UA Mall in front of the administration building and take place around the mall.

Parking will be available at the Second Street and Cherry garages.

The advanced registration fee starts at $15 and increases to $20 on March 18.

Onsite registration and check-in will begin at 8 a.m., and the race gets under way at 9 a.m.

Details: rfyl.arizona.edu

Chalk Art Festival

April 9-10

Amateur artists, professional artists, students and children will come together to try their hand at sidewalk art when the Southern Arizona Arts and Cultural Alliance holds its third festival at Park Place Mall, 5870 E. Broadway Blvd.

Admission is free and all ages are welcome. The event will run Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m.-3 p.m.

Mural artists will create elaborate, large-scale pieces in the south and north outdoor walkways, as well as indoors near Sears.

Children ages 3-12 can participate in the Kidzone, located in the Sears and Macy’s outdoor courtyard.

Other designated community participation areas will be available next to Total Wine.

Details:saaca.org/Park_Place_Chalk_Art.php

Cyclovia Tucson

April 10

Experience Tucson’s streets without cars. Walkers, cyclists, skaters and people using any other form of self-powered movement are invited to celebrate neighborhoods and alternative transportation.

The free annual event, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., will feature a new route this year covering 2.5 miles from Lost Barrio to Himmel Park.

Activity hubs along the route will spotlight entertainment, music, interactive games, demonstrations and food.

Details: cycloviatucson.org

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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.

Details: tucsonstpatricksday.com

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.

Details: conquistadoresclassic.com

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.

Details: azstateparks.com/parks/pipe

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Isaac Diaz competes in the saddle bronc riding event at La Fiesta de los Vaqueros in 2015 (Larry Gaurano/Aztec Press 2015

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Rodeo parade

Feb. 25

A historic Tucson tradition since 1925 and cause for a deeply appreciated four-day Pima Community College holiday, the 91st annual Tucson Rodeo Parade kicks off festivities for Rodeo Week on Feb. 25.

The parade is billed as “The World’s Longest Non-Motorized Parade.” As many as 200 non-motorized floats will begin their journey at 9 a.m. along a 1.5 mile route that starts at Park Avenue and Ajo Way, and proceeds south on Park to Irvington Road.

This year’s parade grand marshal is Chandler Warden, a former radio host and noted philanthropist.

Street spots along the route are free, with seating first-come, first-serve. Grandstand seating is available on Irvington, with tickets costing $10 for adults and $5 for children under 13. Call 294-1280 for tickets.

Details: tucsonrodeoparade.com

La Fiesta de los Vaqueros

Through Feb. 28

More than 650 competitors from all over the world will vie for nearly $500,000 in prize money as La Fiesta de Los Vaqueros hosts multiple events through Feb. 28.

Daily activities including traditional rodeo events, barn dancing and workshops take place at the Tucson Rodeo Grounds, 4823 S. Sixth Ave. The rodeo finals will be held Sunday, Feb. 28, starting at 2 p.m.

Daily admission prices range from $14 to $70, depending on seating area and day. Barn dances cost an extra $5 and parking costs $7.

Call 741-2233 for tickets.

Details: tucsonrodeo.com

Tucson Peace Fair

and Music Festival

Feb. 27

With the theme “Compassion for Refugees and Migrants,” the Tucson Peace Fair and Music Festival enters its 34th year.

Festivities take place at the Reid Park band shell, near 22nd Street and Country Club Road, from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Admission is free.

The gathering will feature music by bands including One HeartBeat and Tucson’s Raging Grannies. There will also be art and activities for kids, and food vendors.

The Peace Fair is the largest gathering of peace, justice and environmental groups in Arizona.

Details: tucsonpeacecalendar.org

Arizona Renaissance Festival

Through March 27

The dark ages and medieval times return every Saturday and Sunday through March 27 from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. at the Arizona Renaissance Festival. Boasting 12 stages and new attractions, this year’s festival promises to make anyone say, “Hazah!”

Now in its 28th year, the festival features a traditional jousting tournament, a corn maze and period-specific arts and crafts. Don’t forget the turkey-legs, and the candied apples!

No pets will be permitted. Tickets cost $23 for ages 12 and older, with discounts available. Parking is free.

From Tucson, take Highway 70 to Florence Junction, then go west 7 miles on Highway 60 to Festival Village.

Details: www.royalfaires.com/arizona

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Tucson Gem and Mineral Show

Feb. 11-14

The Tucson Convention Center, 260 S. Church Ave., will be filled with rocks, gems, coins, fossils and other rarities for the 62nd Tucson Gem and Mineral Show.

With a theme of “Shades of Blue: Minerals of the World,” the event will run from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Thursday-Saturday and from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on Sunday.

Admission costs $13, while children 14 and under are free when accompanied by an adult. Discount coupons are available.

Details: tgms.org

Chinese New Year Festival

Feb. 13

A celebration for the Chinese New Year will be held at the Tucson Chinese Cultural Center, 1288 W. River Road.

Food and drinks accompany activities including silent auctions, children’s games, and arts and crafts. The festivities start at noon, with authentic performances kicking off every hour until 9 p.m.

Admission is $2 for adults, $1 for children 12 and under, and free for children under 5.

Details: tucsonchinese.org

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Cruise, BBQ & Blues Festival

Feb. 20

Old-school classic cars will be on display alongside new-school motors in Oro Valley, with the smooth sounds of blues in the background.

Live performances from the George Howard Band and Bluz Nite will fill the air, while BBQ off the grill fills people stomachs.

Judges will examine 43 categories of cars and award trophies based on make, model, color, engine and interior.

The festival takes place at the Oro Valley Marketplace, on the southwest corner of Tangerine and Oracle roads, from 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

Admission is $5 for ages 10 and up, with proceeds benefiting the Southern Arizona Arts and Cultural Alliance.

Details: https://saaca.org/Cruise_BBQ___Blues.php

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Tucson Rodeo

Feb. 20-28

A Tucson tradition lives on as Pima Community College students are given two days off from school to celebrate the cowboy lifestyle.

The Tucson Rodeo grounds are located at 4823 S. Sixth Ave. Parking costs $7.

Rodeo admission starts at $14, or $28 for VIP tickets. Children’s mutton bustin’ begins the day at 11 a.m., with additional events such as barrel racing, team roping  and steer-wrestling running until shortly after 4 p.m.

Barn dances costing an additional $5 close out the day.

Details: tucsonrodeo.com

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Tucson Gem, Mineral and Fossil Showcase

Jan. 31-Feb. 14

The Gem and Mineral show is a Tucson tradition and brings in thousands of guests to our city each year. There are more than 45 shows set up across Tucson in tents, hotels and exhibit halls. Some of the pieces that will be on display are precious jewels or minerals, crafts and even dinosaur fossils. Most citywide shows are free and open to the public. The main event of the Tucson Gem and Mineral Show takes place on Feb. 11 to 14 at the Tucson Convention Center, 260 S. Church Ave. Admission to the convention center show costs $10.

Details: tgms.org

Arizona Renaissance Festival

Feb. 6-March 27

This festival just outside of Phoenix is a 30 acre medieval amusement park with 12 stages, an arts/crafts fair and jousting tournament. The 28th annual Renaissance festival runs every Saturday and Sunday from Feb. 6 through March 27 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tickets cost $23 for ages 12 and up, with discounts available and parking is free. Although no pets are allowed, maybe you will find a dragon or two. For directions and a list of activities, visit their website.

Details: royalfaires.com/arizona

Flame Off 2016

Feb 5

Local and visiting glass artists will compete and create in front of a live audience at this fundraiser featuring fire, some food trucks, live music and beer on tap. Flame Off features glass artists competing solo and in teams to make glass art creations in various categories. This year’s competition theme is “what a long strange trip it’s been.” There will be an auction onsite and online to bid on pieces made at the event and proceeds benefit the Sonoran Glass School. The event is open to all ages and takes place on Feb. 5 from 7 to 11 p.m. at the Sonoran Glass School at 633 W 18th St. Admission is $20.

Details: sonoranglass.org

Savor Food and Wine Festival

Feb 6

Indulge yourself with a collection of meals from many of the finest chefs and local restaurants in the area. The menu tastings offered are sure to please the foodie’s heart. The Savor food festival showcases the culinary diversity throughout the Arizona region and presents examples of some the desert’s best cooking. Along with a variety of opportunities to nosh away, there will be live musical performances on two stages from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event takes place at the Tucson Botanical Gardens at 2150 N Alvernon Way from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. on Feb. 5. Tickets are $65 and include admission to the gardens, food and wine samples, activities and entrance into a raffle.

Details: saaca.org

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Best Bets: Fun for the kids and the grown ups too

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As the weather suddenly moves from late summer to winter weather in the span of a day, it’s clear holiday season is right around the corner. Before you dig up all your winter clothes, which have laid dormant for months, take this opportunity to get in some exercise outdoors. Soak in some art, some nature and maybe even a few sexy dance moves and you’re ready for a cheery winter.

Fall Open Studio Tour

Nov. 14-15

Sample Tucson’s art offerings all around the city for the 28th Fall Open Studio Tour Nov. 14 to 15. Hosted by the Tucson Pima Fine Arts Council, the event opens the door to artist’s studios city wide.

The tour runs from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and a full list of participating artists and their locations is available on the Tucson Pima Fine Arts Council website.

The event is free to the public.

Details: tucsonpimaopenstudiotour.org.

Meteor Mania with the Leonid 

Nov. 17

Experience a little 4th of July in November by watching some of nature’s fireworks, meteors. Leonids are unique types of meteors producing a slow, bright light and vibrant trails.

They will be in Tucson’s sights on Nov. 17 and the Kitt Peak Observatory, intersection of Arizona State Route 86 and Arizona State Route 386, is the best view in town. From 10 p.m. to 3 a.m., watch the meteor shower, learn about space and touch a real piece of asteroid.

Admission is $45 for adults, $25 for children and free to tribal members. Guests need to register before attending the event.

Details: noao.edu/kpvc.

Suicide Girls: Blackheart Burlesque 

Nov. 19

When pop culture does a sexy dance with the world famous Suicide Girls, you get the spectacle that is Blackheart Burlesque. The tattooed, alternative pinups will strut their stuff in this special themed show and do a striptease tribute to some icons of film and television, including “Star Wars” and “Orange is the New Black.”

Hailed as “Comicon meets burlesque nerd orgy,” by Vice Magazine, the tongue and cheek act is always highly anticipated.

The ladies will come to Tucson on Nov. 19 at the Rialto Theatre, 318 E. Congress St. Tickets are $26 for general admission and premium tickets range from $41-$101, with meet and greets available.

Doors open at 7 p.m. and the fun starts at 8 p.m. This show is for guests 18 and up.

Details: blackheartburlesque.com.

El Tour de Tucson

Nov. 21

Don your most aerodynamic spandex, strap on your helmet, make sure your bike tires got plenty of air and join 9,000 other cyclists in Tucson’s largest bike event. El Tour de Tucson is the largest perimeter cycling event in the country, with rides ranging from 5 to 104 miles for beginner, intermediate and advanced riders. The start and finish line is located on Sixth Avenue between Armory Park and the Children’s Museum, 200 S. 6th Ave. The event will take place from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Riders can register and view a breakdown of fees online.

Details: perimeterbicycling.com/el-tour-de-Tucson.

Family Festival in the Park

Nov. 21

Enjoy a day of fun, food and family at Reid Park, 1100 S. Randolph Way, on Nov. 21. Tucson Parks and Recreation Department’s Family Festival in the Park will give you and your little ones a plethora of fun offerings. There will be a carnival, activities, sports, crafts and entertainment from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Edith Ball Adaptive Recreation Center will be open for free swimming from noon to 4 p.m. Food vendors will be at the festival all day, so there will be plenty of snacks available. The festival is free and includes free admission to the Reid Park Zoo.

Details: tucsonaz.gov/parks.

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It’s Halloween in the desert once again, and Tucson’s creepiest and crawliest emerge for some fun. Whether you want to take part in Southwest tradition, find ghosts or just get your drink on with some friends, find out what you’re doing this All Hallows’ Eve.

Nightmare on Congress

Oct. 29-31

Hotel Congress, 311 E. Congress St., will be alive with the spirits of the dead this weekend. Friday will feature a series of musical performances starting at 8 p.m. Tickets are $7 in advance and $9 at the door. Find out what spirits still live within the Hidden Room as Magic Kenny Bang Bang Macabre and Midnight Malange seek those in the great beyond. Tickets are $15 at the door at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. on Oct. 29 and 30. This event is 21+ at Hotel Congress.

Details: hotelcongress.com/events/october

Rocky Horror Picture Show 40th

Anniversary Sing-A-Long

Oct. 31

Grab some goodies, sing-a-long and do the Time Warp at The Loft, 3233 E. Speedway Blvd, on Saturday, Oct. 31. Whether you’re a veteran or a virgin, there is no experience quite like the shenanigans at the Rocky Horror Picture show. The show starts at 7 p.m. Tickets are $7 for members and $10 for general admission. Goodie Bags are available for $3.

Details: loftcinema.com/film/rocky-horror-sing-a-long

‘Many Bones, One Heart’

Nov. 2

Take a look behind the stage of the All Souls Procession with a screening of the documentary, ‘Many Bones, One Heart,’ at the Loft Cinema, 3233 E. Speedway Blvd. Stick around afterwards for a chance to talk with the film’s creator and the organizers of the All Souls Procession. The show starts at 7 p.m. and tickets are $9.25.

Details: loftcinema.com/film/many-bones-one-heart/

Dia de los Luchas

Nov. 6

Looking for something a little different this All Souls Day? Check out a night of luchador wrestling at the Rialto, 318 E. Congress St., with a concert by Los Torta. All ages are invited and a portion of the proceeds go to Many Mouths, One Stomach. The show starts at 8 p.m., doors open at 7 p.m. and tickets are $10-$12.

Details: rialtotheatre.com/event/975369-dia-de-los-luchas-special-tucson

All Souls Procession Weekend

Nov. 7-8

The grand finale of fall festivities, the All Souls Procession has become a Tucson tradition. Grab your face paint and friends and take part in the two-mile walk from 6th Avenue and 7th Street to Avenida del Convento for the ceremonial burning of the urn. The Procession of Little Angles and Night of the Living Fest will take place on Sunday.

Details:  allsoulsprocession.org

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Great Tucson Beer Festival Oct. 17

The 29th Annual Great Tucson Beer Festival returns for another round from 6 to 10 p.m. at Kino North Soccer Stadium, 2817 E. Ajo Way. Those over 21 can choose one of two options to wet their palate: General admission, $45 before the festival, $50 the day of the festival and VIP $90 before the festival, $100 the day of the festival. General admission will include the cost of craft beer and food samples from the featured booths. The VIP admission includes the extra benefits of entrance to the wine garden, catered food and a souvenir mug. The festival will also offer a designated driver ticket price which will be available the night of the festival at $20. There will be a Designated Driver Pledge to insure no consumption of alcohol for those planning to drive to help patrons get home safely. Featured vendors among the 60+ attending include Stone Brewing, Odell Brewing and Mr. Beer by Coopers, as well as non-alcoholic vendors like Eegee’s and the good guys at Kalil. Tickets can be purchased online at azbeer.com or various Food City locations around South Tucson, or you can call 296-2400.

Women’s Day Out Oct. 24

The Women’s Day Out Expo is coming to Tucson to bring women together in celebration of womanhood through fashion, beauty and health. The event will take place at the Doubletree Hotel, 445 S. Alvernon Way, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. A range of products from cosmetics, clothing and health supplements will be showcased to promote style and well-being. There will be door prizes at the free event, as well as samples from the exhibitors. For more information you can visit womensdayout.com or call (602) 625-3000.

Nightfall Oct. 1-31

Recently nominated as a contender for the top Theme Park Halloween Event for USA TODAY’S 10 Best Reader’s Choice travels, Nightfall is celebrating its 25th year of terror at Old Tucson Studios. Ghosts and ghouls will haunt the grounds at 201 S Kinney Road from 6 to 10 p.m. on Thursday and Sunday, and until midnight on Friday and Saturday. Walk-through attractions for the brave include Psychomania, The Bunker and The Iron Door Haunted Mine. Another featured walk-through will be an exhibit celebrating the 25 years of Nightfall with displays and nostalgia from past years. Tickets will be $26 for ages 12 and up and $21 for ages 9-11. For tickets and more information on rules and promotions, you can visit nightfallaz.com or call 883-0100.

Marana Pumpkin Patch Oct. 3-31

For those looking for a nice family day out, the Marana Pumpkin Patch & Farm Festival has an assortment of activities for all ages. Located at 14901 N. Wentz Road in Marana, the farm grounds are open all week. Operating hours are 3 to 7 p.m. from Monday to Thursday and 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Friday and Sunday. Activities include a 50-acre pumpkin patch with pumpkins priced at 50 cents a pound, jumping pillows, a petting zoo with chickens, pigs, lambs and miniature donkeys, and featured concessions: hot dogs, hamburgers, pizza, nachos, pretzels. The price of admission is $10, Monday through Thursday, and $12, Friday through Sunday, for all ages. Children under 32 inches tall get in for free. For more information you can visit maranapumpkinpatch.com or call 305-5481.

 

 

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Best Bets: Oktoberfest, opera and outfits galore!

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Compiled by Audrie Ford

With the season of pumpkins and ghouls just beginning, Tucson is already rolling out the Halloween festivities. If you’re hoping to be scared out of your wits or simply want to enjoy time with your family in the warm autumn air, this month is ripe for the picking.

Mt. Lemmon Oktoberfest:

Sept. 19-Oct. 11

The Mt. Lemmon Oktoberfest is known as one of the most authentic Oktoberfest celebrations in Arizona. It will feature specialty beverages and foods, such as Bavarian Bratwursts and live music from talented acts such as the John Prokop Band. The event is sponsored by the Ski Valley and the Iron Door Restaurant, and is held in the scenic Santa Catalina Mountains. The remaining dates are Oct. 3-4 and Oct. 10-11.

Details: skithelemmon.com

Halloweek at Hotel Congress:

Oct. 1-31

Club Congress, 311 E. Congress St., is hosting a 21 and over event to celebrate the paranormal history of the Hotel Congress. After the fire of 1934, the “Hidden Room” of Congress was left mysteriously undamaged and Hotel Congress has brought in occult experts Magic Kenny Bang Bang Macabre and Midnight Malanga to summon the spirits of the ghosts that still lurk the halls. The event will kick off at 7 p.m. on Oct. 1 and the festivities will run all month long.  Tickets are $15 at the door. Shows will last 45-minutes with a limit of 30 guests per performance.

Details: hotelcongress.com

Arizona Opera with Arizona Lady: Oct. 10-11

The Tucson Music Hall, 260 S. Church Ave., along with the Arizona Opera, will be the first major U.S. opera house to premiere Hungarian composer Emmerich Kálmán’s love letter to the Wild West with “Arizona Lady.” This musical treasure features lively, upbeat music and a wacky libretto. First written in 1954, “Arizona Lady” brings audiences back to the tale of leading lady Lona Farrell and her dreams of winning the Kentucky Derby with a horse named Arizona Lady. The show will be performed in German, Spanish and English with English subtitles. Prices vary based on seating.

Details: azopera.org

Tucson Fashion Week: Oct. 15-17

Sponsored by Mercedes-Benz of Tucson, this Fashion Week event will cater to a wide variety of audiences. Fashion industry leaders from Derek Gores to Stevie Boi, as well as some talented up-and-comings, will be participating in the main venue. The event will begin at the Moen Mason Gallary, 222 E 6th St., for the kickoff party at 6 p.m. The main fashion venue, on Oct. 16, will be held at the Scottish Rite Cathedral, 160 S Scott Ave. On Oct. 18 the event will conclude with fashion inspired culinary tastings at the University of Arizona Old Main from chef and restauranteur Joseph Keller and other local talents. Tickets for each day are sold separately with significant student discounts available.

Details: tucsonfashionweek.com

Walk For Wishes: Oct. 18

At 7:30 a.m. on the University of Arizona Mall, wishes will become reality. Make-A-Wish Arizona will be hosting Walk For Wishes to raise funds to help local children with life threatening diseases. This event will not only provide children with the medical funding they need, but will encourage and inspire them. Registration is free for individuals and teams, but participants are encouraged to raise funds for the campaign. The event will feature both a 3k and one mile run.

Details: walkforwishestucson.kintera.org

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Films! Beer! Art! And a taste of the circus!

Films! Beer! Art! And a taste of the circus!

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 Compiled by Travis Braasch

Summer may be winding down but there’s no shortage of fun in Tucson. When it’s time to take a break from all the books and studying, there are plenty of indoor and outdoor events this coming month to take your mind off all of the stresses of school and work. From music and beer festivals to art exhibits and even theater, Tucson always has something for everyone.

Born & Brewed Local Beer Festival: Sept. 18-19

Club Congress, 311 E Congress St., is hosting the fourth anniversary local beer festival from 7 to 10 p.m. Friday celebrates all things locally brewed with a competition for this year’s Beer Cup, along with live music provided by LeeAnne Savage & The Curveball Cowboys. Saturday will have an open beer garden from 1 to 5 p.m., locally made food, music and other entertainment. The event is 21 and over and tickets are available for $30 at the Club Congress Hotel and online at ticketfly.com.
Details: hotelcongress.com, ticketfly.com

Tohono Chul El Dia de los Muertos Art Exhibition:
Aug. 28-Nov. 8

Tohono Chul is hosting an art exhibition in honor of El Dia de los Muertos at the Tohono Chul Main Gallery, 7366 N Paseo del Norte, from Aug 28 to Nov. 08. The large gallery is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, with other exhibitions throughout the month. Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for seniors, $3 for children and children under 5 are free. Tickets can be purchased at the Tohono Chul Main Gallery. For more information contact the gallery at 520-742-6500.
Details: tohonochitsulpark.org/exhib

Arizona Underground Film
Festival: Sept. 8-26

The Screening Room, 127 E. Congress St., is hosting the 8th annual Arizona Underground Film Festival. There will be several cult films screened over the course of the month, with tickets available for $8 per screening or $45 for an all access pass for the length of the festival. Tickets are available online at azundergroundfilmfest.com or at the box office of the Screening Room.
Details: screeningroomtucson.com,
atazundergroundfilmfest.com

Philabaum Glass Gallery & Studio Exhibition: May 02- Sept. 26

The Philabaum Glass Gallery & Studio, 711 S Sixth Ave., is celebrating 40 years with an exhibition featuring work by local artists in blown glass, hand built and painted glass. Admission is free to this exhibitio and is open to the public Tuesday through Saturday, 11a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, visit philabaumglass.com or call 884-7404.
Details: philabaumglass.com


The National Circus and
Acrobats of the People’s
Republic of China “Peking Dreams”: Sept. 24

The National Circus and Acrobats of the People’s Republic of China will be performing an amazing combination of acrobatics and Peking Opera at Fox Theatre, 17 W Congress St, at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $21 to $49 and are available at the Fox Theatre box office or at foxtucsontheatre.org.
Details: foxtucsontheatre.org

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The days of hanging out pool side, sipping cool beer and enjoying homework-free days are now behind us. Though we have only been back a short time, most of us are already busy working away and beginning new projects. Tucson offers us welcomed fun, music, theatre and a little mystery to reward us for our efforts. So, if you can peel yourself away from that textbook, get yourself into a seat at one of these fall events.

HoCo Fest Music Festival: September 4-6

Club Congress, 311 E Congress St., is celebrating its 30th anniversary with local, national and international music acts. HoCo is Tucson’s oldest indoor/outdoor solar-powered multimedia festival. This event is 21 and over and doors open at 6 p.m. Tickets are available at the Hotel Congress lobby or their website for $10 to $12.

Details: hotelcongress.com

Who Dunit?: Sept. 4-Nov. 14

Based on the iconic board game,  “Who Dunit? Or They Haven’t Got a Clue” is a musical, mystery comedy, now showing at The Great American Playhouse every Friday, Saturday and Sunday through Nov. 14.  The venue is located at 13005 N Oracle Rd. in Oro Valley. Admission is $18.50 for adults, $16.50 for seniors, active military, or students, and $8.50 for children 12 and under.   For a complete schedule of show times please visit their website.

Details: greatamericanplayhouse.com

Invisible Theatre –“Tru”: Sept. 1-13

“Tru” is a poignant comedy that takes a fascinating look inside the mind of controversial American author Truman Capote. The show will be put on by Invisible Theatre, 1400 N 1st Ave., at 7:30 p.m. each night, with a special 3 p.m. showing on Sept. 13. Tickets are sold at the theatre and admission is $30 per person.     

Details: invisibletheatre.com

Rendezvous on 4th: Sept. 12

The Fourth Avenue Merchants Association welcomes back Tucson’s student population with a night filled with music, deals and fashion. From 5 to 9 p.m. there will be a merchant sidewalk sale, games and giveaways. A fashion show featuring local boutiques will take the main stage at Mike Haggerty Plaza, 316 N. 4th Ave., at 7:30 p.m. The event is free to all.

Details:fourthavenue.org/rendezvous-on-4th-avenue-2015

A Bead Carnival: Sept. 8 – 12

One of Tucson’s largest events, the gem and mineral show, returns for its fall season Sept. 7 to 13. A bead showcase will be held from Sept. 8 to 12, conveniently located in the Palo Verde Corridor of the show at 3301 E. Pennsylvania. Vintage beads and buttons, Swarovski crystal beads, stringing materials and more will all be availble for purchase by the public and wholesalers. The showroom will be open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily.

Details: abeadcarnival.com

Space, Art and Music Festival: Sept.12

Music and art meet with space at The Fox Theatre, 17 W. Congress St., for Bennuval. The live show will feature galexy themed acts by eclectic, local performers. Comedy group Tucson Improv Movement, acrobats Flam Chem and  a unique music project ChamberLab will all perform. The Art of Planetary Arts will display work inspired by science and space and meterorites will be displayed. The event will start at 7 p.m. and admission will range from $18 to $55. Tickets are availble at the Fox Theatre box office or on their website.

Details: foxtucsontheatre.org

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It’s almost summer time in Tucson! Be prepared to step outside and enjoy the dry heat for an array of food, music and activities.

‘Newsies’ – April 21-26

Disney’s “Newsies” is coming to Tucson. The popular and wildly entertaining musical will be performed at Centennial Hall, 1020 E. University Blvd. The times vary and will include matinees Saturday and Sunday. Tickets range from $31.50 to $111.80. Tickets can be purchased at Broadwayintucson.com or by calling the box office at 621-3341.

Details: Broadwayintucson.com.

Beer with the Bard – April 25

Join local Shakespeare lovers for a day of bar hopping and performances. They’ll begin at Hotel Congress, 311 E. Congress St., at 2 p.m., work their way to The Shanty and Surly Wench on Fourth Avenue before ending the crawl at Flycatcher. It will cost you $5 to join the fun, and participation is limited to those 21 and older.

Details: Tucsonfringe.com.

Pima County Fair – through April 26

Rides, music, food and entertainment continue at the Pima County Fair through April 26. Gates open at 1 p.m. Monday- Friday and at 10 a.m. Saturday-Sunday. The fairgrounds are located at 1120 S. Houghton Road. General admission costs $8, and children 6-10 are $4. Children 5 and under get in free. There is also a $5 parking fee.

Details: Pimacountyfair.com.

‘Near to Here’ reception – May 2

The Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, 2021 N. Kinney Road, will feature a gallery of four West Tucson artists, including Pima Community College art instructor Christina McNearney, in a “Near to Here” exhibit May 2-July 12. The gallery will explore the “wonder and wilderness of the Sonoran Desert.”

The opening reception will take place May 2 from 1-3 p.m. Gallery entrance is included with museum membership or the price of admission. General admission is $19.50, seniors $17.50, youth $15.50, children $6 and children under 3 are free.

Details: desertmuseum.org.

Tucson Folk Festival – May 2-3

The first weekend of May belongs to the 30th Annual Tucson Folk Festival. Free festivities at El Presidio Park, 160 W. Alameda, run Saturday from noon-10 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m.-9 p.m. There will be multiple stages to visit with tons of bands and lots of food. It can be difficult to find parking, so be prepared to walk.

Details: tkma.org.

Cinco de Mayo – May 3: Party at the Park

A Party at the Park celebrating Cinco de Mayo will take place at Kennedy Park, 3359 S. La Cholla Blvd., from 2-5p.m. Activities include music, games, food and drinks. Purchase tickets at the Viva Performing Arts Center.

Details: vivaperformingarts.com.

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Festivals offering activities ranging from carnival rides to bicycle rides fill the April calendar.

International Film Festival: April 9-26

The 24th Arizona International Film Festival will show films for two weeks at the Screening Room, 127 E. Congress St. Screenings will cost $8 for one evening admission and $6 for one matinee admission. Opening night celebrations will be held April 9 at the Rialto Theatre, 318 E. Congress St. Doors open at 6 p.m. and admission is $10, which includes the first screening.

Details: filmfestivalarizona.com or 207-3378

Spring Fling: April 10-12

It’s the time of year for the largest student-run carnival in the nation, on the East Mall at the University of Arizona. Spring Fling has more than 35 rides and 20 food booths. It will run on April 10 from 4-11 p.m., on April 11 from 11 a.m.-11 p.m. and on April 12 from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. General admission is $5, free with UA Cat Card or military ID. Tickets and wristbands may be purchased at the event; 2015 prices are yet to be posted.

Details: springfling.arizona.edu

Pima County Fair: April 16-26

The Pima County Fair, located at 11300 S. Houghton Road, returns with family-friendly events such as carnival rides, food vendors, concerts and entertainers. Carnival hours are from 3 p.m. to closing on Mondays through Fridays and 11a.m. to closing on Saturday and Sunday. General admission is $8, children 6-10 years old are $4 and kids under 5 are free. Parking costs $5.

Details: pimacountyfair.com or 762-9100

Earth Day Festival: April 18

Tucson has held an Earth Day Festival since 1995. This year’s festival will be at Reid Park from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. It will feature exhibits such as environmentally friendly products and water conservation tips. The festival will also include a parade. Admission is free to the public.

Details: tucsonearthday.org

Barrio Hollywood Fiesta Grande: April 18-19

The 13th annual Fiesta Grande will have hundreds of vendors, live music, food, arts and crafts, car shows and a parade. More than 50,000 people are expected to attend. There is no admission or fee to enter the Fiesta Grande. The event’s address is 100 S. Church Ave., but there is no real address because the whole neighborhood becomes part of it.

Details: fiestagrandetucson.com

Cyclovia Tucson: April 19 Come ride your bike from Downtown to South Tucson on Sunday, April 19, from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. The first event started in 2010 and Tucsonans have been riding their bikes around the city ever since. It is free and open to all ages. Donations are appreciated and needed to keep these events going.

Details: cycloviatucson.org

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Mexican Baseball Spring Training:  March 13-29
Four Triple-A teams from the Liga Mexicana De Beisbol league of Mexico will play in a series of 12 exhibition games at the Kino Sports Complex, 2500 E. Ajo Way. Check the website calendar for dates. Fans can purchase tickets at the Kino box office.
Details: kinosportscomplex.com or 434-1011

Spring Artisans Market:  March 27-29
Hundreds of Southwestern artisans will sell their works from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. each day in the courtyards of Tucson Museum of Art, 140 N. Main Ave. There will also be live music, food vendors and activities for children. Admission is free.
Details: tucsonmuseumofart.org/events/artisans-market or 624-2333

Seventh Annual Tucson Tattoo Expo: March 27-29
Live tattooing, tattoo contests, a fashion show, a car show, an art gallery and more will be on display at Hotel Tucson City Center, 475 N. Granada Ave. Tickets cost $10 a day, or $15 for the weekend. See the website for a detailed list of events and times.
Details: tucsontattooexpo.com

Southwest Indian Art Fair: March 28-29
The Arizona State Museum, 1013 E. University Blvd., will host “Southern Arizona’s premier Indian art show and market” on its front lawn from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on Sunday. Some 200 Native artists will discuss their pottery, katsina dolls, paintings, jewelry, baskets, rugs, blankets and more. Other activities include artist demonstrations, live music and dancing. Admission costs $10.
Details: statemusueum.arizona.edu

“Once”: March 31- April 5
As part of Centennial Hall’s “Broadway in Tucson” series, the winner of the 2012 Tony Award for Best Musical will be in town through April 5. Check the website below for times and details. UA Centennial Hall is located at 1020 E. University Blvd.
Details: broadwayintucson.com/shows_once

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