2017 Tucson Festival of Books

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Tucson Festival of Books

This  free event for family and friends includes two days of author talks and signings, exhibitors, special visitors, fantastic local performers, parades, shopping and more. It's a lot, so we made you a helpful guide for how to do it.

Don't forget to stop by the This Is Tucson tent located on the south side of the mall near Cherry Ave. (right in front of the circus.) We'll be selling T-shirts for $10, tote bags for $20 and take your chances at spinning the prize wheel for some awesome swag. 

Where: Tucson Festival of Books, University of Arizona Mall

When: Saturday, March 2-3, 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Cost: Event is free

More information here

Storybook Parade at Tucson Festival of Books

Dress up as your favorite character or bring your favorite book to march with at the festival. Kids will get to march with special guests, Pete the Cat, Madeline, Clifford, Ladybug Girl, Cookie Mouse, Esteban the Magnificent and more. We also made a helpful guide for how to enjoy the festival with kiddos.

Where: UA BookStores, 1209 E. University Blvd.

When: Saturday, March 2, 9:30-10:30 a.m.

Cost: Free

More information here.

Shop local for your health care with Southern Arizona Urgent Care

Southern Arizona Urgent Care is a locally-owned Tucson business that supports many community endeavors and events in and around Southern Arizona to help create a healthy community. Every Southern Arizona Urgent Care has an in-house lab, in-house x-rays and in-house meds. No more waiting! Take your family for spring sports physicals, sniffles, fevers and falls at one of Southern Arizona Urgent Care's nine locations in Tucson and Oro Valley.

Empty Bowls

Buy a handmade bowl to support Interfaith Community Services Food Banks. Then fill up on soup, bread and desserts offered by local restaurants. While you're eating and exploring you can listen to live music and mingle.  

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

When: Saturday, March 2, 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Cost: $25

For more information click here.

MHC Balloon Glow and Wine Tasting

Enjoy 10 hot air balloons, balloon glow, tethered balloon rides, food vendors, jumping castles, live entertainment, beer garden, prizes and more.  

When: Saturday, March 9, 5-10 p.m.

Cost: $10-$20 depending on activity and $5 for parking.  

More information here

Wild Wild West Con

This Steampunk festival includes concerts, street performers, special events, panels, workshops, rides and games. 

Where: Old Tucson, 201 S. Kinney Road

When: Friday-Sunday, March 8-10, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Cost: $7-$210

For more information here.

Family Yoga Night at the Oro Valley Community Center

Grab the family and maybe a couple friends for an evening of poses and fun. Remember to bring a mat and water bottle for you and your gang. 

Where: Oro Valley Community Center, 10555 N. La Cañada Drive

When: Friday, March 1, 5:30-6:30 p.m.

Cost: $5 per person or $15 for a family of up to five people.

More information here

Friday Night Live at Steam Pump Ranch

Enjoy a star filled night of live music, wine, games and food trucks. Sonoita Vineyards will be selling wine, while you listen to live music from Don Armstrong & the Whiskeypalians and the Cochise County All Stars. Games will be set out on the lawn for all ages to enjoy.

Where: Oro Valley Parks & Recreation, 10555 N. La Cañada Drive

When: Friday, March 1, 5-9 p.m.

Cost: Free

More information here

Tour de Cookie

Bicyclists will ride a casual 30-mile loop while twelve community organizations will hand out cookies to happy riders.

When: Saturday, March 9, 9 a.m. to noon

Cost: $40, ages 12 and under are free with a registered adult. 

More information here

Vida: Celebrating Women

This food festival is celebrating Southern Arizona's female culinary artists and makers. Enjoy signature dishes and drinks created specifically for the festival by the greatest female chefs and mixologists.

Where: Tucson Historic Train Depot, 400 N. Toole Ave.

When: Saturday, March 9, 2-5 p.m.

Cost: $25

More information here

Yo-Glow at YogaOasis

Get ready for a vinyasa style class with a twist. Decorate yourself with neon paint and glow bracelets in a room illuminated by black lights to enhance the sensory experience on your mat. 

Where: YogaOasis Central, 2631 N. Campbell Ave.

When: Saturday, March 9, 7:30-8:30 p.m. Arrive by 7 p.m. for ​body painting.

Cost: $10 in advance and $12 at the door.

More information here

Art Market and Flower Festival at TMA

The festival features more than 100 local artists and artisans with their crafts, artwork, pottery, glass, jewelry, textiles, fine art and gift items. Additionally, local florists and nurseries will participate, offering an array of living art. The weekend event also includes food by local vendors, concerts, and other programs throughout the weekend.

Where:  Tucson Museum of Art and Historic Block, 140 N. Main Ave.

When: Friday-Sunday, March 15-17, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Cost: Free

More information here.

Spring Round-Up 

Ride into spring at Trail Dust Town. The event features a petting zoo and horseback rides from TRAK, snacks and sandwiches from the Savoy Opera House, three wild west stunt shows, beer from Barrio Brewing and backyard games. The regular scheduled activities like the train, carousel, ferris wheel, haunted house, and Museum of the Horse Soldier are open during the event too. 

Where: Trail Dust Town, 6541 E. Tanque Verde Road

When: Friday, March 15, 5-8 p.m.

Cost: $2.50-$12, depending on activity. 

More information here

Goat Yoga at Catalina Brewing Company

Baa! Make your plank strong, cause you might have a baby goat on your back. Enjoy a class that is part yoga and part animal therapy, but don't forget to grab a tasty brew and a baby goat selfie. 

Where: Catalina Brewing Company, 6918 N. Camino Martin, #120

When: Saturday, March 16, noon to 4 p.m.

Cost: $15, register here

More information here

Historic Fourth Avenue Spring Street Fair

See 300 artists from around the world, 40 food vendors, and 20 local musicians. There will be a free shuttle service provided from the Pennington Street Garage and the Tyndall Avenue Garage by VIP Taxi.

Where: Historic Fourth Avenue, 434 E. 9th St.

When: March 22-24, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Cost: Event is free to attend 

Purim Party and Costume Contest at JCC

Take a journey under the sea at the JCC for a bubbing good time. The event is located in the ballroom and attendees are encouraged to dress up in their watery best for the costume contest. There will also be a open bar, DJ, appetizers and more.  

Where: Jewish Community Center, 3800 E. River Road

When: Saturday, March 23, 7-11 p.m. 

Cost: $10 in advance and $18 at the door. 

More information here.

Park Fest at Palo Verde Park

Put on your dance pants and head to the park for a rockin' good time.

The event will feature four stages with live performances, 12 bands and food trucks. 

When: Sunday, March 24, 3-6 p.m.

Cost: Free

More information here

Tucson Botanical Gardens Urban Garden Festival and Plant Sale

Eating AND shopping! Enjoy cooking demos, food vendors and live music under the shady trees. Remember to take advantage of the other exhibits while you're there. 

Where: Tucson Botanical Gardens, 2150 N. Alvernon Way

When: Sunday, March 24, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Cost: $8-$15, ages 3 and under are free. 

More information here

Water Lantern Festival

Make a memory with friends and family and send it off into the luminescent water. The Water Lantern Festival brings people together in a magical night with food and music. 

Where: Silverbell Lake 

When: Saturday, March 30, 3:30-9 p.m.

Cost: $25-$40

More information here

Spring Festival of the Arts

Enjoy the spring air and take a scenic drive to Oro Valley and check out your local artists. This two-day festival features 150 artists and exhibitors, live musical performances, food vendors and family arts activities. 

Where: Oro Valley Marketplace, 12155 N. Oracle Road

When: Saturday-Sunday, March 30-31, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Cost: Free

More information here

Archery Expo Day in Oro Valley

Archery Expo Day gives archers and those interested in learning a bit more about the sport the opportunity to enjoy a day at the range. Admission gets you basic archery instruction, walk around archery course, 3D archery shoot with Pusch Ridge Archers, food trucks and vendor booths.

Where: Naranja Park, 810 W. Naranja Drive

When: Saturday, March 30, 9 a.m. to noon

Cost: Free

More information here

Marana Founders' Day 

Celebrate Marana's past and future with a parade, food vendors, inflatables, performances and more.

When: Saturday, March 30, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Cost: Event is free to attend

More information here.

Runs, Walks, Races 👟

Spring Cross Country Classic

Celebrate spring with a fun 5K through the scenic rolling trails at Lincoln Regional Park. There are separate races for men and women and a variety of age groups. After the race, dig into some free pancakes and play family-friendly games. 

Where: Lincoln Regional Park, 4325 S. Pantano

When: Saturday, March 2, 6:30-9:30 a.m. 

Cost: $18-$24, register here

Click here for more information about this event. 

Cape Chase: Superhero Adaptive Race

Use your super powers to defeat the course full of villainous obstacles. This unique program, allows young athletes with disabilities to travel a race course side-by-side with their able bodied peers and experience up to eight sensory obstacles along the way. The first 200 teens get a cape to help them fly to the finish line. 

Where: Marana Parks & Recreation, 13251 N. Lon Adams Road

When: Saturday, March 9, 8-11 a.m.

Cost: Pre-reg $15 and $25 day of the event.

More information here

Arizona Distance Classic, Half Marathon, Quarter Marathon & 5K

Runners and walkers get to enjoy a breathtaking course, while the Santa Catalina Mountains keep them company on the journey to the finish line. Plentiful aid stations and cheer groups line the course. Every participant receives a finisher’s medal and post race refreshments.

When: Sunday, March 10, 6-11:30 a.m.

Cost: $40-$75, register here

Click here for more information about this event. 

Tucson Shamrock Half/10K/5K

It's time for some shamrock shenanigans. The course will take you on trails (all asphalt and concrete), starting and ending at Silverbell Park. All participants get a event medal, shirt and an award ceremony.

Where: Crossroads at Silverbell District Park, 7548 N. Silverbell Road

When: Saturday, March 16, 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Cost: $30-$70, register here

Click here for more information about this event. 

Oro Valley Sprint Triathlon and Duathlon Festival

Swimming, running and biking, this event has it all. Test your skills and pick from a sprint triathlon, duathlon or maybe something just for the kids, like the youth splash-n-dash. 

When: Saturday, March 23, 7:30 to noon

Cost: $10-$130, register here

Click here for more information about this event. 

Donut Judge Me 5K

Runners run a timed 5K and are showered with donuts at this event. The donut peddler will be at two stops on the course and with a couple more at the finish line.

Take the Inflate-O-Challenge when you register and you'll receive a donut inner tube to wear around your waist (must bring to the race). Everyone that completes the course wearing the Challenge Inflatable when they cross the finish line will get an Inflatable Challenge medal in addition to their Donut Judge Me finisher medal!

Where: Reid Park, 900 S. Randolph Way

When: Sunday, March 24, 9 a.m.

Cost: $15-$25, register here.

Click here for more information about this event. 


Teen Witch

Can I borrow that necklace? Watch a fun supernatural 80s comedy about a teen girl who discovers she has a little magic in her family.  

Where: The Loft Cinema, 3233 E. Speedway Blvd.

When: Saturday and Sunday, March 1-2, 10-11:45 p.m.

Cost: $6-$8

More information here


That'll do, pig! Watch a little piglet make new friends, get into trouble and save the farm. 

Where: The Loft Cinema, 3233 E. Speedway Blvd.

When: Saturday, March 9, 10-11:45 a.m.

Cost: Free

More information here


As if, you were thinking of skipping out on a popular 90s flick. Reminisce with the girls from Beverly Hills.  

Where: The Loft Cinema, 3233 E. Speedway Blvd.

When: Friday and Saturday, March 29-30, 10-11:45 p.m.

Cost: $6-$8

More information here