This list of things to do around Tucson, Marana, Oro Valley, Sahuarita and more includes virtual events by local businesses and organizations, drive-in movies, open-air events and markets.

Remember to follow CDC guidance about protecting yourself and others from the spread of coronavirus. Pima County has mandated face coverings for everyone over age 5 in public if 6 feet of physical distancing cannot be maintained.

Things change quickly these days, so check for the latest information. Links are included with every activity listed.

Virtual Events 💻📲

Tucson Festival of Books: Virtual in 2021

The festival is broken down this year into a few pieces — a Friday night kickoff event, nearly 100 presentations, an independent authors pavilion and an exhibitor marketplace.

When: Saturday-Sunday, March 6-7

Cost: Free

Find more information on the Tucson Festival of Books website.

The Queen of Tejano Music: Selena

Hey Selena fans! Join a virtual discussion during the Tucson Festival of Books with author Silvia López and award-winning illustrator Paola Escobar as they discuss "Queen of Tejano Music: Selena" — a moving and impassioned new picture book biography about the iconic Selena Quintanilla.

When: Sunday, March 7, 11 a.m. to noon

Cost: Free

Online Culinary Class with Wendy Garcia of Tumerico

Learn how to prepare jackfruit as a meat alternative for tacos and carnitas with Chef Wendy Garcia. During this Zoom culinary class you will get a 30-minute tutorial filmed at Feast Restaurant and a 20-minute live Q&A with the chefs. All registrants will have access to downloadable recipe cards and a YouTube link where you can watch and re-watch the recorded cooking class at your own pace.

When: Monday, March 15, 5:30 p.m.

Cost: $25


Humane Amigos Spring Break Camp (Sponsored)

Kids and pets get together during Humane Amigos Camps with the Humane Society of Southern Arizona. Campers spend a minimum of two hours caring daily for different camp foster animals. These animals may include ball pythons, rabbits, rats, guinea pigs, cats and dogs. Humane Amigos Camps provides children with an in-depth, hands-on education about animal care and the human-animal bond. 


Salon and Saloon Lecture: Tucson Rodeo and Parade

During this virtual presentation you will learn some history of the Tucson Rodeo, the Tucson Rodeo Parade and the Tucson Rodeo Parade Museum. Attendees will see how the parade has developed through the years and discover how today’s vehicles compare to those of yesteryear.

When: Saturday, March 20, 7 p.m.

Cost: $5

Sonoran Flavors with "Taste of Tucson"

Join Flying Aprons for an online culinary workshop. Learn how to make tasty corn masa flat enchiladas with red chile beef and learn how to snap the best Instagram-worthy photos of your dish.

When: Wednesday, March 24, 5:30-7 p.m.

Cost: $40 per screen

Visit the Flying Aprons Facebook event page for more information.


Ready, Set, Rec with Tucson Parks and Rec (Sponsored)

An innovative new recreation program is coming to a park near you. Join us for Ready, Set, Rec! bringing fun activities and games for all ages throughout Tucson. Find the vans at tucsonaz.gov/parks/readysetrec or find us on Facebook or Instagram @readysetrec!


March Virtual Astro Salon

Join Ninth House for a free Zoom! Astro Salons are an informal way to learn and practice your astrology chart-reading skills with people at all skill levels. 

When: Friday, March 5, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Visit the Ninth House Facebook event page for more information. 

Kids 🎈

Virtual Kids Workshops and Demos with Tucson Festival of Books

In several not-to-be-missed interactive sessions happening this weekend on Saturday, March 6 and Sunday, March 7, kids can build along with a LEGO expert, see a live science experiment and make their own comics with presenters from all around the world. 

Cost: Free

When: Saturday-Sunday, March 6-7

Frida Cookie Decorating with Tipsy Picassos 

Join Tipsy Picassos for a virtual step-by-step guided tasty workshop to decorate cute Frida Kahlo themed cookies on Facebook Live. Tipsy Picassos will have prepackaged kits that include eight cookies and all the icing supplies. 

When: Pick-up your kit from 11 a.m to noon Saturday, March 6 at St. Philips Plaza, 4280 N. Campbell Drive. Decorating class happens on Facebook Live at 2 p.m. on Sunday, March 7.

Cost: $35, includes a supply kit and instruction

Visit the Tipsy Picassos Facebook event page for more information.

Camp Cloud Virtual Camp

Join Oro Valley Parks and Recreation on Facebook Live for songs, dances, crafts, experiments and more. Supplies will be ready for pick-up the weekend before at the Oro Valley Community and Recreation Center. The supply list will also be posted on Facebook and Instagram if you would like to get them yourselves.

When: March 15, 17 and 19, 1-2 p.m.

Cost: Free

Visit the Oro Valley Parks and Rec Facebook event page for more information

Kids Create At-Home with Mini Time Machine Museum of Miniatures

Kids Create At-Home is a new twist on the museum's monthly art program for school-aged kids. You get a supply kit of materials to complete an enchanted project and a live online demonstration on Zoom too!

Where: Mini Time Machine Museum of Miniatures, 4455 E. Camp Lowell Drive

When: Saturday, March 13, 1-2 p.m. Pick up your supply kits in advance.

Cost: $7 per kit, $5 for museum members

Drive-thru and drive-up events 🚗

Carpool Movie: "Jurassic World"

Grab some blankets and pop the trunk. Cactus Drive-In Theatre and Medella Vina Ranch will be showing "Jurassic World" on the big screen.

Where: Cactus Drive-In Theatre, 4450 S. Houghton Road

When: Saturday, March 6, 7 p.m.

Cost: $20 online, $25 at the gate, $5 headphone rental at the gate

Visit the Cactus Drive-In Facebook event page for more information.

Drive-in Concert at Steam Pump Ranch

Cruise over to the ranch and listen to local rockers from your vehicle. Bands will perform live on stage and they will be projected onto a screen in the south parking areas for everyone to see. A food truck will have items available for purchase. Masks and social distancing are required.

Where: Steam Pump Ranch, 10901 N. Oracle

When: Friday, March 5, 7 p.m.

Cost: Free, bring chairs to sit next to your vehicles

Visit the Oro Valley Parks and Recreation Facebook event page for more information.

EGGstravaganza Drive-thru

Drive-thru the festive EGGstravaganza filled with treats, fun characters, Easter Bunny and more. Each child will receive a goodie bag with contactless pick-up as they exit the event. All participants must remain in their vehicles at all times during this event.

Where: Mansfield Park, 2160 N. Sixth Ave.

When: Saturday, March 27, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Cost: Free to attend

Visit the Tucson Parks and Recreation Facebook event page for more information.

Open-air Events 😷

Spring Ikebana Festival: The Way of the Flowers

Ikebana is the meditative art of Japanese floral arrangements. During this annual event, traditional to contemporary artworks will be presented by local artists and will show creative variations, techniques and styles of the different Ikebana schools.

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

When: Thursday, March 11, 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Cost: $10-$15 adults, $5 ages 15 and under

Visit the Yume Japanese Gardens of Tucson Facebook event page for more information.

Outdoor Succulent Bowl Class

Learn how to create your own creative succulent bowl creation with an outdoor succulent bowl workshop at Green Things. Social distancing and face masks are required during this event.

Where: Green Things, 3384 E. River Road

When: Saturday, March 6, 10 a.m.

Cost: $5, plus costs of soil and decorating materials. Advance registration required.

Visit the Green Things Facebook event page for more information.

Sunday Sips and Whips at Foothills Mall

Stop by the mall for cars, music, coffee, bites, handmade crafts and more!

Where: Foothills Mall, 7401 N. La Cholla Blvd.

When: Sunday, March 7, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Cost: Free to attend

Visit the Obsessions Car Club Facebook event page for more information.

Live Patio Music at RoadHouse Cinemas

Visit the Roadhouse for some live music from Leila Lopez and Cameron Hood on the patio and happy hour specials.

Where: 4811 E. Grant Road, Suite 150

When: Saturday-Sunday, March 6-7, 6-9 p.m.

Cost: Free to attend, but bring some money for drinks and bites

Visit the RoadHouse Cinemas Tucson Facebook event page for more information.

Second Sunday Vintage Market

Browse through 60 vendors for vintage, antique and collectible items at this northwest-side market.

When: Sunday, March. 14, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Cost: Free to attend, but bring money to shop

Visit the 2nd Sunday Vintage Market Facebook for more information.

Mercado Flea

Spend the day strolling through the open-air market looking for treasure, sipping on specialty cocktails and listening to music at the MSA Annex.

Where: MSA Annex, 267 S. Avenida del Convento

When: Sunday, March 14, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Visit the MSA Annex Facebook event page for more information.

Live Music at Monterey Court

Listen to live music from six song writers at the Monterey Court Studio Galleries and Cafe. This will be a socially-distanced event and masks are required. Reservations are available.

Where: Monterey Court Studio Ga1lleries and Cafe, 505 W. Miracle Mile

When: Thursday, March 18, 6:30-9:30 p.m.

Visit the Monterey Court Facebook event page for more information.

The Drag Races at the Vineyard

Calling all queens! Visit a high-heeled event at AZ Hops and Vines. There will be a drag race, DJ, food truck, local beer and wine from the vineyard. Show up in your best drag with your sexiest running heels and be ready to race! Plus, a portion of the proceeds go to support organizations dedicated to bringing awareness to the LGBTQ community.

Where: AZ Hops and Vines, 3450 Highway 82, Sonoita

When: Saturday, March 20, 1-4 p.m.

Cost: Free to attend, but bring money for drinks and tasty bites

Visit the AZ Hops and Vines Facebook event page for more information.

East Side Vintage Outdoor Market 

Browse 40 vendors for vintage, antique and collectible items at this east-side market.

When: Sunday, March 7, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Cost: Free to attend, remember your face mask while you shop

Visit the East Side Vintage Market Facebook page for more information.

Antique Vintage Fair at Medella Vina Ranch

Drive over to the ranch and shop with 150 antique vendors, family entertainment and tasty food trucks.

Where: Medella Vina Ranch, 4450 S. Houghton Road

When: Sunday, March 7, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Cost: Free to attend

Visit the Medella Vina Ranch Facebook event page for more information.

Drake Bell Drive-in Concert at Park Mall 

Drive-in and see Nickelodeon celebrity Drake Bell and the band perfrom at Park Place Mall this month. Bell is performing with new artists such as Josh Dun, Mike Taylor, Lil Mama and Tank God. Food and drinks will be available for purchase from Hollywood Hot dogs, Wild West Kettle Corn, Maui Wowi Tucson and Sexy Grilled Cheese. 

Where: Park Place Mall, 5870 E. Broadway Blvd.

When: Saturday, March 13, 5-8 p.m.

Cost: $55-60 per vehicle, VIP tickets available too

Visit the Facebook event page for more information.

Outdoor Egg Painting Workshop

Join some Easter fun with lavender lemonade and traditional egg painting! Get step-by-step instructions on how to paint a detailed lavender stem on your egg. This workshop will take place outside under the canopy of our 200 year-old oak tree at Life under the Oaks Lavender Farm.

When: Sunday, March 21,10:30 a.m. to noon

Cost: $20, includes two eggs, all supplies and a miniature lavender bouquet

Sizzling Singles Auction Night at The Maverick

Help your local first responders and Tucson firefighters that help you throughout the year at this fun event for singles. Bid on not one, but three local firefighters from the Hero Support Calendar. Proceeds from this fun-filled event will be used to assist fire, police, military and first responders in Southern AZ.

Where: The Maverick, 6622 E. Tanque Verde Road

When: Wednesday, March 24, 7-10 p.m.

Cost: Free to attend, but bring food for fundraising, drinks and bites

Visit AZ Hero Support Facebook event page for more information.

Artisan Food Fair 

Enjoy trail rides, wine tasting, lawn games, demonstrations and more. Face masks are required at this event.

Where: Medella Vina Ranch, 4450 S. Houghton Road

When: Sunday, March 21, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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

Visit the Medella Vina Ranch Facebook event page for more information.

Brunch at the Plaza

Drive over to the Plaza and watch live DJs at St. Philip's Plaza every Saturday. Big Brother Beats and DJ Jason will be bumping beats and playing their latest music mixes.

When: Saturdays, March 6, 13, 20 and 27, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Where: St. Philips Plaza, 4280 N. Campbell Ave.

Cost: Free to attend, food and drinks are available for purchase at Reforma Modern Mexican. Mezcal + Tequila, Proof Artisanal Pizza and Pasta and Union Public House

Visit the Facebook event page for more information.

St. Philip's Plaza Market

Enjoy shopping in the open, cool shade and near peaceful flowing fountains. Shop for uniquely handmade, handcrafted, home-grown and home-baked products.

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

When: Saturdays and Sundays, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Cost: Free to attend

Visit the St. Philip's Plaza Market Facebook page for more information.

After Hours Jazz on the Patio 

Hear live jazz on the patio at Bacio Italiano from the After Hours Duo. 

Where: Bacio Italiano, 943 E. University Blvd., Suite 125

When: Fridays, March 5, 12, 19 and 26, 5-8 p.m.

Cost: Free

Visit the Bacio Italiano Facebook event page for more information.

Live Music and Mixology Night

Enjoy live music from Troy Gray, as mixologist Rusell Garner creates three custom cocktails. This event requires face masks and social distancing.

Where: The Tuxon, 960 S. Freeway

When: Thursday, March 4, 11, 18 and 25, 6-9 p.m.

Cost: Free to attend

Visit The Tuxon Facebook event page for more information.


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