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Compiled by EDDIE CELAYA 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 […]

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Compiled by Eddie Celaya 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 […]

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Compiled by D.R. WILLIAMS 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 […]

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Compiled by David Pujol 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 […]

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

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

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 […]

Best Bets: Halloween haunts the Old Pueblo

Best Bets: Halloween haunts the Old Pueblo

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 Oct. 29-31 Hotel […]

Halloween spooks throughout October

Halloween spooks throughout October

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, […]

Best Bets: Oktoberfest, opera and outfits galore!

Best Bets: Oktoberfest, opera and outfits galore!

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: […]

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

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

 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 […]

Best Bets: School kicks off with art and music

Best Bets: School kicks off with art and music

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 […]

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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 […]

Best Bets: Spring festivals bloom

Best Bets: Spring festivals bloom

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 […]

Best Bets: Multiple outdoor events abound

Best Bets: Multiple outdoor events abound

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. […]

BEST BETS: Celebrate diversity, creative expression

BEST BETS: Celebrate diversity, creative expression

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 […]

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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. […]