Local First Arizona Roadshow Kick-Off

The Local First Arizona Roadshow is celebrating strong local economies one neighborhood at a time. There will be many interactive activities, music by Miss Olivia and The Interlopers, food, raffles, beer/wine garden and business networking opportunities. Plus, eat some delicious birthday cake for Dedicated's 5th birthday party.

Where:  4500 E. Speedway Blvd.

When: Wednesday, May 1, 4-7 p.m.

Cost: Free to attend

More information here. 

Agave Expo

Stop by a pop-up bazaar with local vendors, nurseries, music, entertainment, agave spirit tastings.  and an agave plant you can take home. The Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum will be there with an agave plant you can take home and Chasing Centuries author Ron Parker will be book signing. Attend expert-led talks given by artists, historians, ethnobotanists, and makers. 

Where: Hotel Congress Plaza, 311 E. Congress St.

When: Saturday, May 4, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Cost: Free, plus an agave plant to take home. 

More information here. 

Sign up for summer classes with Tucson Parks and Recreation (Sponsored)

The 2019 Summer Activity Guide is out now. Find a class for you or your kids (or both!) to keep everybody happy and occupied this summer. Try a baby and parent yoga class; inexpensive swim lessons for the kids; or teen cooking classes. Registration starts Saturday, May 4, 2019. Find all the classes, dates and locations here.

Gatos and Galleries

Enjoy a cat-tastic event where you can adopt a friend, buy art and participate in a cat mask contest. All of the raffle, silent auction sales and 10% of the proceeds of all art sales will benefit the kitties. 

Where: Hermitage Cat Shelter, 5278 E. 21st St.

When: Saturday, May 4, 1-4 p.m.

Cost: Free to attend, but bring some money for shopping.

More information here. 

Ina Road Completion Celebration Block Party

Celebrate the reopening of the Ina Road with a weekend-long business block party. A lot of the local businesses got hit pretty hard with the construction, so select businesses are teaming up for the event to bring the public awesome sales, raffles and freebies. Businesses to with specials include, Donut Wheel, Paul's Auto Repair, Button Brew House, Catalina Brewing Company, Crema Coffee, Top Tunes Rock, Copper Creek Cookies, AASTRO Transmission, Spectrum Auto Collision, RideNow Powersports Ina, The Gym of Tucson and more. Town elected officials and staff will have a cake-cutting ceremony and Bookmans Northwest will be giving away free comics and a Star Wars marathon with 5 different movies. May the fourth be with you!

Where: Visit the local businesses along Ina Road.  

When: Saturday and Sunday, May 4-5, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (times vary for select businesses) 

Cost: Free

More information here. 

Brain Freeze Ice Cream Festival

Cool-off with unlimited Blue Bell ice-cream, foam parties, bounce houses, obstacle courses and face painting.

Where: Rillito Park, 4502 N. First Ave.

When: Saturday and Sunday, May 4-5, 12-5 p.m.

Cost: $12 for adults, $10 for kids and ages 3 and under are free. All activities  are free with you ticket admission. 

More information here. 

Music in Marana with Kate Becker

Enjoy the sounds of blues and jazz with Kate Becker while lounging in a chair or on a blanket under the stars. The park has a splash pad, playground and dog park to keep you family busy before the performance. 

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

When: Saturday, May 4, 7-8:30 p.m.

Cost: Free

More information here. 

Tucson Great Strides at Reid Park 

Join this festive event to help raise money for cystic fibrosis. Family and friends can enjoy a twilight walk, kid zone, DJ, food, characters and a movie at the end of the walk.

Where: Gene C. Reid Park, E. 22nd St.

When: Saturday, May 4, 4-9 p.m.

Cost: Free, but donations are appreciated. 

More information here. 

Dr. Gann’s Diet of Hope Cinco de Mayo 10K, 5K & FitKidz Mile

Run or walk the gorgeous course with beautiful mountain scenery and great views of the Tucson basin.¬†Free 1-mile race for kids under 12.¬†The sombrero kids dash will also include jumping castle, pi√Īatas and a water balloon toss.¬†Afterward enjoy a Cinco de Mayo celebration featuring¬†the Cholla High School¬†mariachi band, breakfast burritos, fruit, cookies,¬†Eegee's and more.

Where: Cholla High School, 2001 W. Starr Pass Blvd.

When: Sunday, May 5, 6:30 a.m. 

Cost: $30-$40

More information here. 

Free Family-Friendly Cinco de Mayo Celebration

This event is filled with festive traditions and tasty treats. The fun includes  mariachi band performances, agave spirit tastings, art displays, food vendors, farmers market, local makers, games, kid activities and more.

Where: Tohono Chul, 7366 N. Paseo Del Norte

When: Sunday, May 5, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Cost: Free

More information here. 

Fit Fest at Reid Park

Get pumped for a multi-dimensional fitness event. Check out the wide range of fitness programs and visit a variety of vendors. Licensed and certified fitness instructors from all over the state will showcase piyo, turbo kick, pound, boot camps, Silver Sneakers, zumba, body combat, mixed fit, tabata and yoga. The zoo will also have beer, wine and margaritas available for purchase at the event gardens.

Where: Reid Park Zoo, 3400 E. Zoo Ct.

When: Saturday, May 11, 6-9 p.m.

Cost: Pre-sale tickets $15 for adults and $5 for children (ages 5-13).

Zoo Members get $3 off adult admission. $20 for adults at the door. 

More information here. 

Zines are kept in boxes in the Zine Library at the Soapbox March 19, 2019. (Tom Gralish/The Philadelphia Inquirer/TNS)

Tucson Zine Fest

The show features independent comic book creators, zine makers, oddball artists, small comic and zine distributors from the Old Pueblo and around the world.

Where: 191 Toole, 191 E. Toole Ave.

When: Saturday and Sunday, May 11-12, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Cost: Free to attend.

More information here. 

FoMP! Friend of Make Pretends Comedy Show

This show is geared for kids, so they can be part of the show and team up with experienced improvisers. Everyone will get a good giggle as they make up hilarious stories on the spot. 

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

When: Saturday, May 11, 2 p.m.

Cost: $5 per person or $20 per family (6 or fewer).

More information here. 

Gift Shop Patio Sale

Here's your chance to buy unique garden tools, pots, and other items from Tucson Botanical Gardens. Some items will be available for as little as $1. After, take a walk through the shaded pathways to see the gardens in bloom. 

Where: Tucson Botanical Gardens, 2150 N. Alvernon Way

When: Friday, May 24, 8:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. and Saturday-Monday, May 25-27, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Cost: $15 for adults, $8 ages 4-17; members are free.  

More information here. 

Teacher Appreciation Events ūüćé

Teacher Appreciation Night at Pima Animal Care Center

PACC wants to show teachers how much they appreciate them with free food, private tours of PACC, door prizes and informative to-go kits for your classrooms. Teachers will also learn about PACC’s Humane Education Programs and presentations offered to students grades K-12.

Where: Pima Animal Care Center, 4000 N. Silverbell Road

When: Thursday, May 2, 4:30-6:30 pm.

Cost: Free

More information here. 

Teaching in Arizona Film Screening at PCC

The screening follows three Tucson educators and what it’s really like to be a teacher today. It will also show the impact of the teaching workforce crisis on the future generations that will influence the prosperity of a state and a nation.

Where: Pima Community College Center for the Arts, 2202 W. Anklam Road

When: Monday, May 6, 5:30-7 p.m.

Cost: Free

More information here. 

Teacher Appreciation Happy Hour

Teachers, put your markers down and and pick up a tasty glass at the Tucson Botanical Gardens. Teachers receive free admission to the gardens and two free drinks. The Cox Butterfly and Orchid Pavilion will be open from 5-7 p.m. Plus, don't miss the backyard games and raffles.  

Where: Tucson Botanical Gardens, 2150 N. Alvernon Way

When: Thursday, May 9, 5-7 p.m.

Cost: Free for teacher, but you have to register here. 

More information here.

Teacher Appreciation Night at UA Baseball

Tucson Values Teachers are offering free tickets for teacher appreciation week. Arizona Athletics is proud to offer discounted tickets for family and friends, so everyone can go.

Where: 700 S. Randolph Way

When: Friday, May 10, 7-10 p.m.

Cost: Teachers tickets are free, additional are $4 each and can be purchased here, enter promo code BBTEACHERS2019

More information here. 


Free Outdoor Movie Night: Small Foot

Grab your kids for a fun movie under the stars at the park. If you show up a little early you can participate in the pre-show activities planned for the event. 

Where: Balboa Heights Park, 2536 N. Castro Ave.

When: Friday, May 3, 6-9 p.m.

Cost: Free. Bring your chairs, blankets and some goodies to snack on during the movie.  

More information here.

May the 4th Be With You Movie Marathon and Padawan Training

May the 4th be with you! Celebrate all things Star Wars by dressing up in costumes and apparel while watching movies all day long. Anyone who wears their Star War gear will receive 25% off toys and games. There will also be a Star Wars selfie contest, prizes and Padawan training. 

Where: Bookmans Northwest, 3733 W. Ina Road

When: Saturday, May 4, noon to 10 p.m.

Cost: Free

More information here. 

Outdoor Screening of Young Guns II

Watch a 1990s Old Tucson western, Young Guns II, shown on a giant inflatable screen next to the world-famous set. Walk down Main Street, the same street the actors walked. Please bring your own seating. Bleacher seating is also available.

Where: Old Tucson, 201 S. Kinney Road

When: Saturday, May 4, 7-9 p.m.

Cost: $4-$5, get your tickets here. 

More information here. 


Kids Fest at Bowlero 

Strike! Take your kids for a free fun day of bowling. Kids get a free $5 arcade card, shoes and bowling. Drinks and food will be available for purchase at a discounted price.

Where: Bowlero, 114 S. Camino Seco

When: Saturday, May 4, 1-5 p.m.

Cost: Free for kids only. Adults will receive a discounted rate. Subject to lane availability only.

More information here. 

Oro Valley Kids: Enchanted Kingdom

Mosaic Harp Trio will tell you a story through music. Kids will visit a magical land with an enchanted castle, a prince, his cat and a princess who loves to dance. Bring your chair and goodies to munch on during the performance.  

Where: Oro Valley Council Chambers, 11000 N. La Canada

When: Saturday, May 4, 10 a.m.

Cost: Free

More information here. 


May The Goats Be With You

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, May 4, 10:15 a.m.

Cost: $15

More information here. 

 Cinco de Mayo Celebration at Hotel Congress

Grab your friends and celebrate at a all-night event downtown. The event has live music from Santa Pachita, dancing, and agave spirits.

Where: Hotel Congress, 311 E. Congress St.

When: Sunday, May 5, 8 p.m. to 2 a.m.

Cost: $5

More information here. 

Grand Opening at Untitled Collective Library

Toast to the new beginnings and enjoy art by seven artists. While you're gazing at beautiful art you can also enjoy live music by Kiko and other planned festivities.

Where: Untitled Collective Gallery, 101 W. Sixth St., Ste. 121

When: Saturday, May 4, 6-9 p.m.

Cost: Free to attend

More information here. 

Pound and Pour at The Boxyard

Make some noise exercising with the Tucson Pound Pros. This is a 45-minute class is followed by a refreshing mimosa. 

Where: The Boxyard, 238 N. Fourth Ave.

When: Saturday, May 18, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Cost: $10 cash, includes a refreshing mimosa after class.

More information here. 

Keep Tucson Sketchy: Episode 2

Prepare for a full funny experience ‚ÄĒ featuring live comedy, music, funny videos and more.¬†

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

When: Saturday, May 18, 8 p.m.

Cost: $10 at the door. 

More information here. 

90s House Party with Vanilla Ice, Rob Base, Tone Loc, Coolio

Ice, ice, baby! It's time to take it "way back" to Casino Del Sol for some 90s jams. Vanilla Ice, Rob Base, Tone Loc and Coolio will be there to bring you all your favorites. 

Where: AVA Amphitheater, 5655 W. Valencia Road

When: Saturday, May 25, 8-11 p.m.

Cost: $25-$230, get your tickets here. 

More information here. 

Rooftop Yoga with YogaOasis at Playground

Do yoga while taking in the one of the best views of the city. Food and drink specials will be available after class. 

Where: Playground Bar & Lounge, 278 E. Congress St.

When: Tuesdays during the month of May from 7-8 p.m.

Cost: $6, bring your mat. 

More information here. 

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