It’s Memorial Weekend. Remembering those who served and died.

Updated 05/25/2022. Check here or FIND an EVENT on our full calendar. Tucson is growing. Watch out for construction zones downtown.

When the weather heats up the activities and events cool down. it is time to find cool things to do.

If you can’t find it here, look at our new list of websites that have Special Events here.
Check out our Performing Arts page, listing venues, and websites. Season Tickets for many venues are now on sale.
As always, please verify with the event organizer that the event is taking place.

Visiting Southern Arizona and looking for what will be happening while you are here?
Our Annual Events Page will help you plan your visit!

To assist you, skip to Newly Posted Events this week on this page may be highlighted.

MAY 2022

SouthWest Wings Spring Fling, May 4-7, 2022
Annual Sonoita Horse Races – May 7 -8, 2022

Music Under the Stars – Sundays, May 8 – June 12, 2022
Mariachi Festival at Patagonia Lake State Park, May 21, 2022
Willcox Wine Country Festival – May 21 -22, 2022
Wyatt Earp Days – May 28 – 30, 2022 – Tombstone


Advanced Sign Up and Memberships

Please consider a Membership or Donation to your favorite Venue. Check out our Performing Arts Page. All the great venues for Tucson and Southern Arizona.

Sign up early. Tickets sell out fast. People are nuts for things to do.

• Get a remaining ticket for Chris Perondi’s Stunt Dog Experience, at the Fox, Sunday, May 29th at 2pm

The FOX Theatre has some great shows this year. You can sign up now for most shows even if you are not a member. See what’s showing. Get your tickets early.

• Missions and Presidios of Southern California July 25 – 31, 2022

Broadway in Tucson has announced the 2022 – 2023 season. Covid protocols are still in effect.

Register Tucson Parks and Recreation’s new Classes and Programs. Check them out. Class sizes are limited. Classes are for ALL AGES.

OUR PICKS
Join one of the Festivals in the Parks or take a trip to Tombstone for Wyatt Earp Days.


Fox Tucson Theatre Activities are opening up carefully. Please be cautious. This virus spreads easily and exponentially.


Festivals, Arts & Entertainment

Check out our Performing Arts Page. All the great venues for Tucson and Southern Arizona.
Please consider a membership or donation to your favorite venue. It’s worth keeping our community going.

Many of these venues still require proof of vaccination or a recent negative test. Be sure you know what each venue’s protocols are before purchasing a ticket.

Music in the Park, courtesy of Symphonic Winds, Saturdays through June 4 at Udall Park, 7pm

Tucson Pops at Reid Park, Sundays through June 12. 7pm

Wine, Beer and Spirits Festival in Veterans Park, Sierra Vista, Saturday May 28 Noon to 7pm

Second Saturday’s Downtown is making a comeback. See what is happening downtown.

• Try Congress Cookout on the Plaza, 5pm – 8pm Sundays.

Music on the Plaza, Anza Plaza, Tubac, Every Friday & Saturday and some Sundays

Sunday Brunch at Monterey Court, Sundays of course, with music.

• There is always something going on at the Oro Valley Music Hall .

• One of our favorite weekend outings is a trip to the Arizona Folklore Preserve. They are open again. See the Schedule for AFP here.
Club Congress always has something going on and from time to time there will be an event on the plaza.
• The Fred Fox School of Music has some wonderful musical events all season long. They are either free or very inexpensive. So if you are on a budget and love music, this is the place.
Cave Tours for Photographers at Kartchner Caverns State Park. 3rd Saturdays.
• Check out our Annual Events Page.
• If you would like a statewide list including Southern Arizona vineyards, Check this list out.
• The Loft Cinema has reopened with protocols in place. Indoor and Outdoor Seating. Tickets must be purchased online. Please read, and Sign up for a membership. The Loft is a Tucson Tradition.

See more on our Calendar of Events this week.


MUSEUMS & EXHIBITS

Tubac Center of the Arts, April – May 2022 Exhibits
Sculpture Tucson Exhibit, through June 2022
Seeing the Invisible It’s a hit! Tucson Botanical Gardens through August 2022.

• We encourage you to Check our SAACA’s list of ONLINE CLASSES & WORKSHOPS dedicated to Arts & Culture.
Tubac Center of the Arts offers Workshops and Classes. See the schedule for 2021.
Tucson Museum of Art is now open Thursday – Sunday. 10am – 5pm. You must reserve your 2-hour slot.
Biosphere2 is OPEN! Take a tour with the TOUR APP. Make a reservation!

 


COMMUNITY

Benefits & Volunteering

Drop in Sports at the J, Volleyball, Sundays 4 – 6pm

FOOD PANTRIES & MARKETS

St. Philip’s Farmers Market is back, Saturdays
Second Saturday at Steam Pump Ranch is full of Music as well as your favorite Shopping

• The Community Food Bank is distributing emergency food boxes at its headquarters, 8 am – 1pm, Wednesday – Fridays.
Santa Cruz Farmers’ Market brought to you by the Community Food Bank is going back to normal hours, 4pm – 7pm Thursday evenings, starting April 7.
• The Merchants Garden has fresh Farm to Table, Lettuce, Basil, and Tilapia with Drive through convenience. Discounts for military members, health professionals, TUSD, U Arizona and Pima students and teachers, and individuals on food stamps. Thursday – Saturdays.

• The Mercado Flea Market is back, Second Sundays, October to May.
Anita’s Barrio Market is open for business!

• Second Saturdays at Steam Pump Ranch.
• You can find other Farmer’s Markets on our page here.

Make a difference. Join a group, volunteer, donate.
• For you Eastside dwellers: If you love wildlife and animals, please consider volunteering at the Tucson Wildlife Center. They really need your help and donations.
Empire Ranch Restoration Work 1st Saturdays most months 8-12 pm. Help preserve our heritage.
• On the Westside you can Volunteer at PACC, Pima Animal Care Center. They desperately need your help. AND if you are a hiker you can get your exercise walking dogs! Please help. It means a world of difference to the animals.
• Did you know that the Arizona State Museum has Docent Training Programs?
• The Mission Garden always needs Gardeners, Greeters, and Go-Getters!
Reid Park Zoo has many volunteer positions available.
and so much more volunteer help is needed. IF you have a need for volunteers, send us a note.


History & Education

Public Art & Murals Walking Tour, A popular event, but there are still tickets left for this one. Saturday at 8am.

Free Guided Tours with Admission at the Presidio del Tucson, Thursdays, and Fridays at 11 am.
• Take a look around the Presidio del Tucson on a Virtual Tour.
• Visit Casa Grande National Monument. The Visitor’s Center and the compound with the Big House and ruins, and picnic area are open Tuesday – Saturdays. It’s FREE!
• The Pima County Library is a great resource for everyone. Take a look at this page at the Pima County Library.

• The new Flandrau Science Center and Planetarium is a must-see. Great Shows coming up.

Classes / Lectures / Talks

• Sign up for Tucson Parks and Rec’s classes and workshops. Sign up early. Pima County offers free and low-cost classes to all.

Tubac Center of the Arts offers Workshops and Classes for budding artists. See the schedule for 2022.


Parks, Gardens, Science, Nature, Health & Hiking

Tohono O’odham Gardening at the Mission Garden, every Third Saturday from 8 – 12pm

HIKES / NATURE WALKS / CRITTER SIGHTINGS

• Visit Tohono Chul Park. See what events are happening here.

 


Kids & Families

• Red Herring Puppets presents Aesop’s Fables, Saturday and Sunday, May 28 & 29 at 2pm

Junior Astronomy Star Gazing at Catalina State Park, Saturday at 7:30

•Second Saturday is Kid’s Create Family Fun Program. Build a Book Nook, through June. Online or in Person.

SUMMER CAMPS AND CLASSES
Find Summer Camp and Classes for the kiddos. The good ones fill up fast.
Sign up for Free Swim Lessons from Pima County

VIRTUAL ENTERTAINMENT FOR THE KIDS

• TUSD provides monthly Virtual Presentations to help you with your child’s Virtual Education.
• The Arizona Historical Society has many educational fun ideas for kids and families. A wealth of ideas here.
• The Children’s Museum has stepped up with a great group of activities for Children in the Playology Playbook!
• Take a look at this page at the Pima County Library. They have some great free videos for kids here.
• SAACA has a list of ONLINE ARTS and CULTURE for KIDS here.

 

It ain’t over yet. There’s a new variant in town. If you have not gotten your vaccines and boosters, do so now for the sake of your family and our community. For more information visit Pima County Health Department here or visit the new website Covid.gov for all Covid information. Some venues require masks and or vaccination status.

Please be cautious and considerate when attending venues. Follow the guidelines carefully. Protect yourself and others. This virus spreads easily.