Brycen Palmer, center, and his brother, Hayden, right, clean off areas of the 25,000-square-foot bounce park Funbox on Feb. 5. 

Sunshine is in the forecast for the weekend alongside events that include a pet parade, a wine fest, Arizona Beer Week, a giant bounce park, a free science bash for kids, artisan markets and the start of the rodeo. 

Of course, things can change quickly these days. Check for the latest info before heading out!

The Museum of Contemporary Art was established in 1997 by artists exclusively for contemporary art.

Free Third Thursdays at MOCA

Third Thursday at Tucson’s Museum of Contemporary Art is a party. The art museum is open late with free admission, plus food, drinks and KXCI DJs spinning tunes.

When: 5-9 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 15

Where: Museum of Contemporary Art Tucson, 265 S. Church Ave.

Cost: Free to attend

Visit the event page for more information.

Funbox

Dubbed the world's biggest bounce park, Funbox is in town with 25,000 square feet of jumping zones and 10 play areas.

When: Tickets available online through Feb. 25

Where: Tucson Mall, 4500 N. Oracle Road

Cost: $19-$28

Visit the event page for more information. 


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Roméo & Juliette is coming to Tucson this March

Coming to Tucson is the classic tale of star-crossed lovers, based on Shakespeare’s play about the feuding Montague and Capulet families in Verona, featuring Gounod’s romantic and rapturous music setting the stage. Come see Roméo & Juliette March 9-10, 2024 at the Linda Ronstadt Music Hall.


Sip & Shop at Pop Cycle

Pop Cycle is staying open late this Thursday for a sip-and-shop event featuring Sand Reckoner Vineyard and new artwork by Marcy Ellis. (Not to mention the rest of the artwork made by the dozens of other artists at Pop Cycle!)

When: 5:30-7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 15

Where: Pop Cycle, 422 N. Fourth Ave.

Cost: Free to attend, bring money for shopping

Visit the event page for more information. 

Heirloom Fruit Tree Workshop

This workshop starts with a talk about the significance of heirloom trees in the Sonoran Desert, then you'll learn hands-on techniques for propagation, pruning and all-around care of fruit trees. You'll get fruit tree cuttings to take home!

When: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 15

Where: Mission Garden, 946 W. Mission Lane

Cost: $66

Visit the event page for more information.


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A Western Experience at Old Tucson Presents: “LEGENDS OF THE WILD WEST!”

Experience the Wild West like never before! Meet the legends who braved Southern Arizona during the 1800s, learn their stories through immersive entertainment and become a part of the Wild West only at Old Tucson's Western Experience now through May 12. Get tickets here!


Discovery Nights at Children's Museum Tucson

Visit Children's Museum Tucson for a free night of science and art, including story times and pop-up science experiments. 

When: 5-7 p.m. Thursdays

Where: Children's Museum Tucson, 200 S. Sixth Ave.

Cost: Free to attend

Visit the event page for more information.

Art Corner with BICAS

Get free access to recycled bike art parts, tools and other materials and get creative! Once you're finished, you can donate your creation to BICAS or give a suggested donation to the nonprofit, if you're able to. Check in at the front counter before heading to the art area.

When: 3-6 p.m. Thursdays

Where: BICAS, 2001 N. Seventh Ave.

Cost: Free to attend, donation suggested 

Visit the event page for more information.


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Show your love for local artists and bakers at #ThisIsTucson's upcoming market 💖

Welcoming the community to shop local, all while supporting the talented artists in Tucson, #ThisIsTucson is putting together our second outdoor artisan market dubbed Tucson Together, taking place on Fifth Avenue near Congress Street from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 24.

You'll find handmade and curated items from around 100 local makers, three food trucks, a book scavenger hunt from Tucson Tome Gnome and an art-making station from the Tucson Museum of Art. Youth On Their Own will be collecting donations of food and household items!


Stargazing with Tucson Amateur Astronomy Association 

Tucson Amateur Astronomy Association is hosting a night of stargazing in Saguaro National Park East.

When: 7-9 p.m. Friday, Feb. 16

Where: Saguaro National Park East, 3693 S. Old Spanish Trail

Cost: Stargazing is free, though park admission applies 

Visit the event page for more information.

Sonoran Cinema at Tohono Chul

Visit Tohono Chul's Sonoran Cinema for an indoor screening of 2023's "The Little Mermaid." Get cotton candy and popcorn from the concession stands!

When: 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 16

Where: Tohono Chul, 7366 N. Paseo del Norte

Cost: $4

Visit the event page for more information.

Evenings at Yume

Walk through lanterns alongside traditional shakuhachi flute music during this evening event at Yume Japanese Gardens.

When: 6-8 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Feb. 16-17 

Where: Yume Japanese Gardens of Tucson, 2130 N. Alvernon Way

Cost: $19 for adults, $5 for kids 15 and under. Purchasing tickets in advance is required.

Visit the event page for more information.

Queer Speed Dating 

Find your next date or make a new friend at this queer speed dating event!

When: 7-9:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 16

Where: Bawker Bawker Cider House, 400 N. Fourth Ave.

Cost: Free to participate with the purchase of one drink. This event is for ages 21 and up.

Visit the event page for more information.

Cat events at El Jefe Cat Cafe

Spend time with the cats at El Jefe Cat Cafe! This weekend's events include cat trivia, cat yoga and cat bingo.

When: 7-8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 16 for trivia; 10-11 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 18 for yoga; 6-7 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 18 for bingo.

Where: El Jefe Cat Cafe, 3025 N. Campbell Ave.

Cost: $15 for trivia, adults only; $18 for yoga; $14 for bingo, reservations required.

Visit the event page for more information.

Trivia at the Short Rest Tavern

Fridays are for trivia at the Short Rest Tavern, a hidden bar tucked inside Tucson Mall's Tucson Games and Gadgets. This Friday, test your knowledge in all things Norse mythology.

When: 7 p.m. Fridays

Where: Short Rest Tavern in Tucson Mall, 4500 N. Oracle Road

Cost: Free to attend, bring money for drinks. Tables are first come, first served. Park between Dillard's and Sears.

Visit the event page for more information. 

Free Wine Tasting at Westbound

Westbound is hosting a free tasting of three different wines from Stem Wine Company.

When: 5-7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 16

Where: Westbound, 267 S. Avenida del Convento

Cost: Free to attend

Visit the event page for more information.

Tucson Rodeo and parade 

La Fiesta de los Vaqueros, aka the Tucson rodeo, returns this February with more than a week of professional events, bull riding, roping and more. The Tucson Rodeo Parade will be held on Feb. 22.

When: The rodeo will be held Feb. 17-25. The parade is 9 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 22.

Where: Tucson Rodeo Grounds, 4823 S. Sixth Ave.

Cost: $18 and up

Visit the event page for more information. 

Nicholas Donocan, 7, laughs while watching his balloon rocket sail wildly at the 2017 Family Sci-Fest at the Children's Museum Tucson.

Family Sci-Fest

Children's Museum Tucson is hosting a festival dedicated to science, where kids will be able to watch science demonstrations and participate in STEM activities. Museum admission is pay-what-you-wish all day!

When: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 17

Where: Children's Museum Tucson, 200 S. Sixth Ave.

Cost: Free to attend 

Visit the event page for more information.

Off the Vine Arizona Wine Festival

25 Arizona wineries will be at the upcoming Off the Vine Arizona Wine Festival. Taste wine, grab some bites from food trucks and enjoy live music.

When: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 17

Where: Kallista Park at Medella Vina Ranch, 4450 S. Houghton Road

Cost: $35 for early bird general admission, $45 day of. $10 if you aren't drinking.

Visit the event page for more information.

Making Black History Market

Local makers Clever Stitches, Lilith and Daughters and Lil Desert Doodles have teamed up to create the Making Black History market. Shop from more than 20 Black-owned businesses and enjoy live music and food!

When: 1-6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 17

Where: Tucson Hop Shop, 3230 N. Dodge Blvd.

Cost: Free to attend, bring money for shopping, food and drinks

Visit the event page for more information.

Lunar New Year Celebration

Enjoy an afternoon of Chinese music and dance, alongside food and drinks for sale in celebration of Lunar New Year.

When: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 17

Where: Tucson Chinese Cultural Center, 1288 W. River Road

Cost: $5

Visit the event page for more information.

Desert Haze Market

Shop all kinds of vintage clothing when this market pops up at Hotel Congress. Expect 15 vendors and live music!

When: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 17

Where: Hotel Congress, 311 E. Congress St.

Cost: Free to attend, bring money for shopping

Visit the event page for more information.

Dirty T Market

Every third Saturday of the month, local spicy candy shop Dirty T Tamarindo hosts a monthly market featuring vendors, food trucks and games. There will be a jumping castle at this Saturday's market!

When: 4-9 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 17

Where: Dirty T Tamarindo, 1211 W. St Marys Road

Cost: Free to attend, bring money for food and shopping

Visit the event page for more information.

Volunteer Marissa Johnson places compost in preparation for growing wheat in the Spanish Colonial Field at Mission Garden, 946 W. Mission Lane.

Traditional O'odham Agriculture at Mission Garden

Attend this event to learn about Tohono O'odham agricultural practices, including demonstrations and talks about Native American crops.

When: 8-10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 17

Where: Mission Garden, 946 W. Mission Lane

Cost: Free to attend, donations accepted

Visit the event page for more information.

Desert Artisans Market

Shop ceramics, cosmetics, jewelry and more during this indoor artisan market.

When: Noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 17

Where: CATALYST in Tucson Mall, 4500 N. Oracle Road

Cost: Free to attend, bring money for shopping

Visit the event page for more information.

Family Saturdays with Watershed Management Group

Head to Watershed Management Group for Family Saturdays where you'll learn about birds and bats. Other activities include song time, story time and coding with CoderDojo.

When: 4-7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 17

Where: Watershed Management Group, 1137 N. Dodge Blvd.

Cost: Free to attend

Visit the event page for more information. 

Living History Day: Statehood Celebration

It's Arizona's birthday! Arizona gained statehood on Feb. 14, 1912 and the Presidio Museum is celebrating. Their event includes demonstrations on soldier drills and blacksmithing, handmade tortilla tastings and a performance by DanzaCultura Ballet Folklorico.

When: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 17

Where: Presidio San Agustín del Tucson Museum, 196 N. Court Ave.

Cost: $9 for adults, $6 for kids ages 6-13. Pima County residents get $3 off with ID!

Visit the event page for more information.

Double Diamond Disco

This party at The Jackrabbit Lounge is set to feature burlesque, an exclusive wine menu and a Glamour Shots-inspired photo booth.

When: 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 17

Where: The Jackrabbit Lounge, 2000 N. Oracle Road

Cost: $15 at the door. This event is for ages 21 and up.

Visit the event page for more information.

'80s Dance Party at Surly Wench

Surly Wench Pub is hosting an '80s-themed dance party! Wear your best '80s attire or to the theme of "Pretty in Pink."

When: 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 17

Where: Surly Wench Pub, 424 N. Fourth Ave.

Cost: $5. This event is for ages 21 and up.

Visit the event page for more information.

Miss Gay Tucson America

Watch as local drag queens compete for the title of Miss Gay Tucson America. See the gowns, runway walks and performances during the pageant at IBT's.

When: 4-8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 17

Where: IBT's, 616 N. Fourth Ave.

Cost: $20 seats, $10 standing room

Visit the event page for more information.

Lady Bits: Women's Standup Show

The Screening Room is hosting a women's standup comedy show, hosted by Jen Blanco.

When: 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 17

Where: The Screening Room, 127 E. Congress St.

Cost: $12

Visit the event page for more information.

Metal Fest 

The Rialto is hosting Metal Fest as part of its Local Love Presents series. The concert features a local lineup of musicians.

When: 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 17

Where: 191 Toole, 191 E. Toole Ave.

Cost: $5-$8. This event is for ages 21 and up.

Visit the event page for more information.

The Game Show Show

Tucson Improv Movement is hosting an improvised game show! Drinks and snacks will be available for purchase.

When: 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 17

Where: Tucson Improv Movement, 414 E. Ninth St.

Cost: $9

Visit the event page for more information.

Cumbia Social Dance Night

Put on your dancing shoes for a night of music and mingling! Enjoy a cumbia class followed by social dancing. 

When: 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 17

Where: Tucson Creative Dance Center, 3131 N. Cherry Ave.

Cost: $15

Visit the event page for more information.

St. Philip's Plaza Market

Visit St. Philip's Plaza to shop from local makers from silversmiths to candle makers. 

When: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays

Where: St. Philip's Plaza, 4280 N. Campbell Ave.

Cost: Free to attend, bring money for shopping and food

Visit the event page for more information.

Foothills Community Markets

Visit this market outside of the Foothills Mall to shop from vendors who have items like yard art, home decor, jewelry, baked goods and more.

When: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays

Where: Foothills Mall, 7325 N. La Cholla Blvd.

Cost: Free to attend, bring money for shopping

Visit the event page for more information.

Nuestro Tianguis Tucson

Every Saturday and Sunday, head to Flowers & Bullets' Midtown Farm for a market featuring vendors, food and music. 

When: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays 

Where: Midtown Farm, 3538 E. Ellington Place

Cost: Free to attend, bring money for shopping

Visit the event page for more information.

Tomato Tips at Harlow Gardens

Harlow Gardens will teach you tips and recommendations for growing tomatoes in Tucson.

When: 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 17

Where: Harlow Gardens, 5620 E. Pima St.

Cost: Free to attend 

Visit the event page for more information.

The Pets of Pima Parade celebrates Tucson pets of all shapes, sizes and species.

Pets of Pima Parade

The third annual Pets of Pima Parade is taking over the Fourth Avenue District to celebrate Tucson pets of all shapes, sizes and species. Watch as the pets waltz down the street or enter yourself to walk in the parade! Music, vendors and kid-friendly activities are part of the fun.

When: Parade begins at 10 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 18

Where: Historic Fourth Avenue. Find the parade route here.

Cost: Free to watch, click here to register to be in the parade

Visit the event page for more information.

1912 Brewery Tour

1912 Brewing Co. is celebrating Arizona Beer Week with a tour of their brewery alongside a tasting of their brews. 

When: 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 18

Where: 1912 Brewing Co., 2045 N. Forbes Blvd.

Cost: $20

Visit the event page for more information.

Bourbon, Beaut and Blondie's

Westbound, Beaut Burger and Blondie's Ice Cream are collaborating for an afternoon of bourbon cocktails paired with a plant-based dinner that includes crispy Brussels sprouts, arugula salad, a mushroom "chicken" sandwich and blood orange olive oil cake. 

When: 3-5 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 18

Where: Westbound, 267 S. Avenida del Convento

Cost: $80

Visit the event page for more information.

DIY Candle and Mosaic Coaster Workshop

Head to Pueblo Vida Brewing Company where the makers behind Di Luna Candles will teach you how to create your own candle alongside a DIY mosaic coaster. Tickets include a beer of your choice!

When: 2-4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 18

Where: Pueblo Vida, 115 E. Broadway

Cost: $50. This event is for ages 21 and up.

Visit the event page for more information.


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