When you come to Tucson, whether you’ve lived here your whole life or are just visiting, there is always something new to see or do. If you’re looking for something new to do, here are five ways to have fun in Tucson.
- Explore the Outdoors. The Tucson area is a unique part of the United States with a wide range of outdoor activities. Some of the best places to explore include the Sabino Canyon and the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum.
- Learn about history. Here in Tucson you can learn about local history and even history from further afield. Try visiting the Pima Air & Space Museum or the Mission San Xavier del Bac with over 400 years of history within its walls.
- Eat some food. With more restaurants than you could ever need, Tucson offers plenty of options for delicious food. Be sure to enjoy some authentic southwestern cuisine.
- See a show. Whether you’re in the mood for a traditional stage play or something a bit more laid back, Tucson has what you need. Visit the Gaslight Theater and you’ll get dinner along with a fun show.
- Have some fun. There are numerous festivals in the city throughout the year, including the All Souls Procession held the first weekend of November each year.
How do you like to have fun in Tucson?
There are way too many things going on in Tucson next month to list—there are 30 pages for August on VisitTucson.org’s event calendar! You’ll never run out of August events in Tucson to go to, but here are some of the coolest things going on.
One event being held every week is the Cinema La Placita film series, which shows classic films outdoors in the plaza of La Placita Village in downtown Tucson every Thursday through the end of August at 7:30pm. Admission is only $3! There are all kinds of summer-long events going on, including art shows and weekly concerts, so be sure to check out the event calendar.
If you’re an instrumental music fan, check out the performance by the famous group The Piano Guys on August 4 at the Tucson Music Hall. Nature and animal lovers should definitely hang out at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum on a Saturday night for Cool Summer Nights, where each week they stay late after the museum closes and watch the night animal life come out when the sun sets.
Tucson has something for everyone, from a Birding and Nature Festival for the birdwatching crowd to a youth triathlon organized by the Tucson Jewish Community Center. Wherever your interests lie, you’re sure to have fun in Tucson this summer!
Tucson, Arizona is always alive with plenty of things to do. Summer in Tucson certainly isn’t boring by any stretch of the imagination. With June out of the way, July is here, and there are plenty of Tucson July events to go around regardless of where your interests lie.
July starts on a Friday, which means July 1st starts off with a Friday Night Live event in Main Gate Square where visitors can relax and enjoy live jazz music. If you’re looking for more live music, Enrique Iglesias will be in town at the AVA Amphitheater on July 2nd, or enjoy any of the many musical events throughout the month, like the Sizzling Summer Sounds Cabaret Series.
If local nature and history is more your jam, the Creatures of the Night showing at Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum also falls on July 2nd. There’s also the Sweet Corn Festival July 9th through 10th, and Steam Pump Ranch offers special activities like live music, special tours, cultural presentations, and more on the 9th.
A number of events will celebrate Independence Day, like Military Appreciation Day at the International Wildlife Museum, the FC Tucson 4th of July Blast, or Casino Del Sol Resort’s Free Fireworks Extravaganza. There’s, of course, plenty more where that came from, so be sure to keep an eye on what’s going on in town for the Fourth.
As the month goes on, more and more Tucson July events will unfurl; there’s no way to list all of them. Keep an eye on the local event calendar for whatever strikes your interest.
Between May 9th and May 15th, there were six different events in Tucson in which local businesses offered their goods to the public through outdoor food trucks. These events, such as Downtown Food Truck Rally, Community Fair & Silent Auction, or Tucson Pops Concert, among others, gave people the chance to try a bit of new grub. Here’s a few hidden gems found among the Tucson food trucks for you to give a shot.
Nhu Lan Vietnamese: Tired of the same old Asian food? Nhu Lan offers authentic Vietnamese cuisine, like Banh mi sandwiches packed with your choice of fresh veggies or savory Shrimp Tempura. Nhu Lan Vietnamese is located on 4th Avenue, so give it a try—or if you’d rather stick to your fail-safe Chinese food, they have some popular Chinese dishes as well.
Bam Bam Truck: If you’ve never heard of Mexican-Asian fusion, that’s because you’ve never tried Bam Bam. Try the Korean Tacos—they’re Bam Bam Truck’s bestselling dish, packed with kimchi, cilantro, salsa, sesame seeds, and more delicious veggies and toppings blended from the two cultures. Its permanent location is at The Flycatcher on 4th Avenue.
Pin-Up Pastries: Sweets are the name of the game in this delicious pastry shop. Known for their experimental treats and creativity, Pin-Up Pastries offers whoopie pies in every possible flavor known to man. Tucson Foodie recommends their tangy Lime Macadamia Squares. There’s no permanent location, but check out Raytheon on Hermans Road. If Pin-Up isn’t there, check the listings for any upcoming food truck events in the area.
Tucson food trucks offer many more goodies besides just these three. It’s a good idea to hit these recommendations alongside any other little-known restaurants at food truck rallies and events. Who knows? You might find some hidden gems of your own.
This year, Easter falls on Sunday, March 26th. If you are looking for some family fun this year, here are some Easter events near Tucson you can add to your calendar.
- Annual EGGstravaganza in Mansfield Park. On Saturday, March 26th from 10am-1pm at Mansfield Park there is the 17th annual Easter festival. There will be egg hunts, a visit from the Easter Bunny, inflatables, carnival games, food, and prizes. Admission is free.
- Easter Egg Hunt at Reid Park Zoo. Bring the kids to the zoo and find some Easter eggs, make some crafts, and see some animals. This event will be held March 25th through the 27th from 8am-9am each day. You must register and pay online in advance.
- International Wildlife Museum Eggstravaganza. Visit the museum on March 26th from 10am-12pm for a candy hunt, crafts, games, and a visit from the Easter Bunny.
Are you planning on attending any of these Easter events near Tucson this year?