Compiled by Jamie Verwys
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
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.
Meteor Mania with the Leonid
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.
Suicide Girls: Blackheart Burlesque
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.
El Tour de Tucson
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.
Family Festival in the Park
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.
Compiled by Nick Meyers
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
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.
Rocky Horror Picture Show 40th
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.
‘Many Bones, One Heart’
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.
Dia de los Luchas
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.
All Souls Procession Weekend
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.
Compiled by Michael Romero
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.
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.
Halloweek at Hotel Congress:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Complied by Anna Stiltner
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Compiled by Deanna Sherman
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.
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.
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.
‘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.
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.
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.
Compiled by Pablo Espinosa
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.
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.
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.
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.
Compiled by Deanna Sherman
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.
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.
“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.
Compiled by Danyelle Khmara
Get outside this March, and ring in the spring with cultural, art and literary events.
Tucson Festival of Books: March 14-15
Arizona’s largest literary event kicks off Spring Break. See discussions and readings with renowned authors such as Joyce Carol Oats and Noam Chomsky. Participate in free workshops and literary activities for all ages.
Volunteering at the Festival of Books is a great way to get involved and interact with literary figures. There are a variety of volunteer opportunities to choose from to fit individual interests.
The festival takes place at the University of Arizona, from 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. both days.
Wa:k Pow Wow: March 14-15
The annual gathering of American Indian tribes from across the United States will spotlight Southern Arizona’s Tohono O’odham Nation. Activities include traditional dances and music, contests, and craft and food vendors.
Gates open at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. on Sunday at Mission San Xavier del Bac, 1950 W. San Xavier Road. Admission is $7 for adults, $6 for children and free for children under 6 years old.
St. Patrick’s Day Festival and Parade: March 15
Celebrate Irish heritage with live music, dancers, vendors, children’s games and cultural tables. The 28th annual festival starts at 10 a.m. in Armory Park, on Sixth Avenue downtown. Admission is free.
The parade begins at 10 a.m., at Stone Avenue and 17th Street, and ends at the park.
Tucson Cine Mexico: March 19-22
This film festival showcases some of the best in contemporary and classic Mexican-made cinema. The movies will be in Spanish with English subtitles.
All screenings are free and will be shown at the Screening Room, 127 E. Congress St. For movie times and dates, click “show times” at screeningroomtucson.com.
Fourth Avenue Spring Street Fair: March 20-22
Tucson’s largest art venue, the bi-annual Street Fair, runs along Fourth Avenue from Ninth Street to University Avenue and is open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. More than 400 art and craft vendors will be there, along with food vendors, a main stage with live music, street performers and kids’ activities.
Civil War in the Southwest: March 21-22
Hundreds of spectators visit Picacho Peak State Park every year to watch re-enactments of local civil war skirmishes. Re-enactors come from all over, complete with authentic Civil War camping gear. Park admission is $10 per vehicle. Gates open at 9 a.m. Be there by 3 p.m. to catch the last battle.
Details: azstateparks.com/parks/pipe/events.html or call 466-3183
Compiled by Katie Stewart Vacio
Upcoming events ranging from the rodeo parade to a steam punk convention adopting a western theme, but other festivals emphasize peace and artistic endeavors.
La Fiesta de los Vaqueros Rodeo:
Feb. 21-March 1
Events from rodeo competitions to barn dances will take place at the Tucson Rodeo Grounds, 4823 S. Sixth Ave. Daily admission prices range from $14 to $28. Parking costs $5.
Details: Tucsonrodeo.com or 741-2233
Night at Trail Dust Town: Feb. 25
The Fiesta de los Vaqueros Tucson Rodeo returns to Trail Dust Town and Pinnacle Peak Steakhouse, 6541 E. Tanque Verde Road. The event starts at 5 p.m. with a petting zoo and dining specials at the steakhouse. Loop Rawlins-Wild West will perform trick roping, whip cracking and gun-spinning during two shows at 5:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. A rodeo dance starts at 7 p.m. in the Savoy Opera House with a local favorite, the Jack Bishop and the Robert Moreno Band, playing country tunes.
Details: traildusttown.com/tucson-rodeo or 296-4551
Rodeo Day Parade: Feb. 26
The world’s longest non-motorized parade celebrates its 90th
anniversary this year. The annual Rodeo Day Parade will begin at
9 a.m. The 1.5-mile route starts at Park and Fair avenues, goes south on Park to Irvington Road, west on Irvington to Sixth Avenue and north on Sixth to the north side of the Tucson Rodeo Grounds. Tickets for grandstand seats on Irvington Road cost $10 for adults and $5 for children under 13. For tickets, call 294-1280.
Details: Tucsonrodeo.com or Tucsonrodeoparade.com
Annual Peace Corps Fair: Feb. 27
The Peace Corps program at the University of Arizona is sponsoring this event, held at the UA Student Union North Ballroom from 11 a.m.-2 p.m., to celebrate the founding of the Peace Corps more than 50 years ago. Festivities include interactive exhibits, an African market and a Pacific Island village. Local organizations will also be available to provide information about how to get involved in the local community.
Peace Fair and Music Festival: Feb. 28
The Tucson Peace Center will host its 33rd annual free festival at Reid Park, near 22nd Street and Country Club Road, from 11 a.m.-
4 p.m. Festivities include live music, entertainment, displays,
children’s activities and food vendors.
Oro Valley Spring Festival of the Arts:
Feb. 28- March 01
The Oro Valley Festival of the Arts at Oro Valley Marketplace will feature works by regional artisans and craftspeople at 12155 N. Oracle Road from 11 a.m.- 4 p.m. with free admission for the public.
Details: saaca.org/FestivaloftheArts.php or 797-3959
Wild Wild West Steampunk: March 6-8
Old Tucson will transform itself into a western-style steampunk theme park when the Wild Wild West Steam punk convention returns for its fourth year. Activities include concerts, street performers, special events, panels, workshops, rides and games. Online ticket sales end March 1. Event times and ticket prices are available on the website. Old Tucson is located at 201 S. Kinney Road.
Arizona Renaissance Festival:
Through March 29
The 26th annual event takes place every Saturday and Sunday through March 29 from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. It will also be open on
President’s Day, Feb. 16.
Tickets cost $20-$22 for adults, with various discounts available. Parking is free.
Compiled by Kit B. Fassler
Downtown: Feb. 14
The free monthly street fair will take place from 3-7 p.m., with live music on the 94.9 MIXFM Scott Avenue Stage at Congress Street. Featured performers include Hank Topless, Tucson Circus Arts Stilt Dance and Santa Pachita.
Vendors will offer food for sale, and downtown venues will feature special events. Free street parking is available.
Classic Car Show, BBQ & Blues: Feb. 21
View more than 50 classes of antique, classic and muscle cars and trucks, while sampling barbecue and enjoying both live music and DJs.
The festival will run from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at Oro Valley Marketplace, on the southwest corner of Tangerine and Oracle roads.
Admission costs $5 for adults. Proceeds benefit the Southern Arizona Arts and Cultural Alliance.
Details: saaca.org or 797-3959
Rodeo Parade: Feb. 26
The world’s longest non-motorized parade celebrates its 90th anniversary this year. Pima Community College will cancel classes Feb. 26-27 for a rodeo holiday.
The parade will begin at 9 a.m. at Park and Fair avenues. The 1.5 mile route goes south on Park to Irvington Road, west on Irvington to Sixth Avenue and north on Sixth to the north side of the Tucson Rodeo grounds.
Tickets for grandstand seats on Irvington Road cost $7 for adults and $5 for children under 13. Call 294-1280 for tickets. Street spots along the route are free.
Details: saaca.org or 797-3959
Additional listings at aztecpressonline.com
Compiled by Pablo Espinosa
The beginning of the Tucson Gem, Mineral & Fossil Showcase on Jan. 31 marks the start of a two-week period filled with festivities.
Brazilian Carnival: Feb. 7
Live music by Sambalanço and a costume contest highlight the annual event celebrating Brazilian culture. Festivities at Club XS, 5851 Speedway Blvd., will also include a Hot Rhythm DJ.
In addition, Brazilian food and drinks will be offered. Tickets cost $12 at the door or $10 with costume or with advance purchase at Antigone Books. Participants must be at least 18 years old.
Details: Carolina Ibanez-Murphy, firstname.lastname@example.org, 206-7026
Tucson Plein Air Painters Society Exhibit: Through Feb. 28
Local artists will exhibit their landscape paintings at Plaza Palomino, 2960 N. Swan Road. All paintings will be “plein air,” a French phrase meaning they were created outdoors.
The exhibit will be open daily from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission is free and all paintings will be available for purchase.
Artists are encouraged to come and join the fun.
Details: email@example.com or 603-5666
Chinese New Year Festival – Year of the Sheep: Feb. 7
The Tucson Chinese Cultural Center, 1288 W. River Road, will celebrate the Lunar New Year to welcome the Year of the Sheep. Highlights include Chinese arts and crafts, performances, children’s games and food for sale.
The festival will take place from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Admission costs $2 for adults, and $1 for children ages 6-12. Children 5 and under are free. Free parking.
Details: tucsonchinese.org or 292-6900
Arizona Renaissance Festival: Feb. 7-March 29
The festival just outside of Phoenix is a 30-acre medieval amusement park with 12 stages, an arts/crafts fair and jousting tournament.
The 26th annual festival runs every Saturday and Sunday from Feb. 7 through March 29 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. It will also be open on President’s Day on Feb. 16.
Parking is free.
Tickets cost $20-22 for adults, with various discounts available. From Tucson, take Highway 70 to Florence Junction. Go west 7 miles on Highway 60 to Festival Village.
Tucson Gem, Mineral & Fossil Showcase: Jan. 31-Feb. 15
More than 40 shows set up across the city in tents, hotels and exhibit halls. Items on display range from precious jewels to mineral crafts to dinosaur fossils.
Most citywide shows are free and open to the public.
The main event is the Tucson Gem and Mineral Show Feb. 12-15 at the Tucson Convention Center, 260 S. Church Ave. Admission to the convention center show costs $10, with discounts available.
Details: visittucson.org/events/gem-show or tgms.org or 622-GEMS (4367)
Tucson Sculpture Festival: Jan. 31-Feb. 14
The Tucson sculpture center will be hosting its sixth annual sculpture festival at The Art Gallery, 1122 N. Stone Ave.
The opening reception will be from 6-9 p.m. on Jan. 31 and the show will continue for another two weeks.
The festival will include sculptures, paintings and metal work and feature artists from Texas, New York, Germany and China as well as submissions from three local galleries. Admission is free and open to all ages.
Details: firstname.lastname@example.org or 304-8869
Holiday events fill calendar
Compiled by Katie Stewart
‘Tis the season to enjoy Tucson festivities with the entire family. Look for additional listings at visittucson.org.
Thanksgiving Cross-country Classic
Spend Thanksgiving day sprinting a European-style 5K around Reid Park or simply cheer on the runners as they hurdle water jumps and bales of hay. The Southern Arizona Road Runners will award turkeys to the top finishers, while runners-up in each age group receive pies. Awards are also given to the top men’s and women’s teams. The event begins at 8 a.m. for the women’s 5K, 8:45 a.m. for men’s 5K and 9:30 a.m. for a co-ed 1.5-mile fun run. Reid Park is located at Country Club Road and North 22nd Street.
Holiday Nights at Tohono Chul
Nov. 28-29, Dec. 5-6, Dec. 12-13
Celebrate the holidays surrounded by a million twinkling lights at Tohono Chul from 5:30-8:30 p.m. on your choice of six nights over three weekends. Admission includes live music, plus complimentary cookies and hot cocoa. Beer, wine and additional snacks will be available for purchase. Buy tickets online or at the admissions window. General admission costs $15, and tickets for children under 12 cost $2. Tohono Chul is located at 7366 N. Paseo del Norte.
Dec. 5, 6, 7 and Dec. 12, 13, 14
Tucson Botanical Gardens hosts Luminaria Nights for six evenings from 5:30-8:30 p.m., dazzling visitors with thousands of luminarias and twinkling lights. Other treats include live music, decorated holiday trees, Santa Claus and food trucks. Admission costs $12 for adults and $6 for children. Tucson Botanical Gardens is located at 2150 N. Alvernon Way.
Reid Park Zoo uses light displays, animal-themed light sculptures, thousands of sparkling bulbs and falling snow to make Zoo Lights a Tucson holiday tradition nightly from 6-8 p.m. Cookies are provided and hot cocoa is available for $1. Tickets can be purchased online. Admission costs $6 for adults and $4 for children ages 2-14, with children under 2 admitted free.
Tamal & Heritage Festival
The 10th annual Tucson Tamal & Heritage Festival returns to AVA Amphitheater from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. In addition to purchasing flavorful tamales, visitors can enjoy a full day of live entertainment, art and culture. Festival admission is free. Casino del Sol is located at 7406 S. Camino del Oeste.
Compiled by Alex Fruechtenicht
Early November has so much to offer in Tucson, from unleashing your inner geek to honoring ancestors from many different cultures. Get out of your comfort zone and go get cultured.
TusCon: Oct. 31- Nov. 2
Looking for a small convention with a big emphasis on sci-fi? Look no further than TusCon, headquartered at 475 N. Granada Ave.
The con opens at noon on Halloween and stays open around the clock until Sunday evening. Activities include panels, special guests, LAN parties, a film festival, art show and an anime room pumping Japanese pop music.
Only 500 persons can attend, so buy tickets early. A full three-day ticket costs $55 for anyone above age 13. Admission costs $30 for those under 13.
Celtic Festival/ Scottish Highland Games
Oct. 31- Nov. 2
Head over to Rillito Raceway Park, 4502 N. First Ave., on Oct. 31 for a family night of trick or treating, with free admission until 6 p.m.
The next day, a Celtic festival and highland games get underway with contests, live music, Scottish and Irish dancing, whisky tasting and much more.
An adult ticket costs $20 for the weekend or $15 for a one-day pass. Senior or military tickets are $10, and youth tickets cost $5.
Festivities run from 9 a.m.-10 p.m. on Saturday, and from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. on Sunday.
Floating Lantern Workshop and Ceremony
If you want to honor your ancestors like the Japanese do, visit Yume Japanese Gardens of Tucson at 2130 N. Alvernon Way.
People in Japan celebrate Obon, a festival that honors ancestors by making floating lanterns and releasing them onto water. Yume will help Tucsonans make their own obon lanterns at a workshop that starts at 4 p.m. Participants will release their lantern into a large koi pond.
The workshop costs $3, along with gardens admission of $9 for adults and $5 for children ages 3 to 15. Students with ID get in for $6.
Reserve a spot by emailing or calling in advance at email@example.com or 322-2928.
2nd Saturdays Downtown
Family fun at 2nd Saturdays includes live music, dancers and loads of shopping opportunities, with street vendors and restaurants staying open later than normal. The fun begins at 5 p.m.
The Nov. 8 event will feature live music from The Jonestown Band and Greyhound Soul.
The public shows are free for music fans of all ages to enjoy.
The Fox Theater will be showcase Black Violin at 7:30 p.m. with genres ranging from classical to hip hop and bluegrass with tickets starting at $18.
Tucson Comic-Con: Nov. 8-9
Can’t make it outside the city for the San Diego or New York Comic-Con? No worries. Tucson Comic-Con has got you covered.
Doors at the Tucson Convention Center, 260 S. Church Ave., open on Saturday at 10 a.m. and stay open until 7 p.m. The convention continues on Sunday from 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
A day pass will run you $10, while a weekend pass costs $15. Tickets can be purchased at the door.
All Souls Procession
Día de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, is a Mexican tradition honoring those who have passed on. Tucson adds its own unique style with the annual All Souls Procession.
The free procession will start about 4 p.m. at 400 N. Sixth Ave. The grand finale begins at Mercado San Agustin on West Congress after the procession arrives, usually between 8:30-9 p.m.
Performers include Flam Chen, Danza Azteca Calpulli Tonantzin, Odaiko Sonora and the Community Spirit Group.
Check the website for numerous activities leading up the main event, and to view the procession route.
Veterans Day Parade
Tucson’s Veterans Day parade, held each year to thank all veterans, starts from 330 W. Franklin St. at 11 a.m. and follows a route through downtown.
Use the website map to stake out a spot for free viewing.