Pima County Fair

A participant tries to keep her balance in one of the Water Bubbles on the opening day of the Pima County Fair in 2019.

There are a lot of reasons to love spring. Wildflowers are blooming, it's the perfect weather to dine on your favorite restaurant patio and events are in full swing.

From annual favorites like the Pima County Fair and Agave Heritage Festival to newcomers like the Tanque Verde Market and Pueblos del Maíz, we are so excited for all the markets and festivals this spring.

Mark your calendars, y'all. Spring festival season has arrived.

Safe Shift Store 3-Day Sale

The Safe Shift estate store, which helps raise funds for firefighters and first responders through the Greater Tucson Fire Foundation, opens its doors for three days each month. Past items for sale have included furniture, home decor, kitchen items, books and more.

When: 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays, April 4-6 and May 2-4

Where: Safe Shift, 2801 E. Grant Road

Cost: Free to attend, bring money for shopping

Visit the event page for more information.

Old Pueblo Playwrights’ New Play Festival

Nearly a dozen playwrights will present readings of original works during this festival hosted by Old Pueblo Playwrights, who have been hosting the showcase for three decades.

When: April 4-7; April 12-14

Where: St. Francis in the Foothills, 4625 E. River Road

Cost: Free to attend

Visit the event page for more information.

A band performs during the Tucson Folk Festival in 2022.

Tucson Folk Festival

The annual Tucson Folk Festival features more than 150 live performances across six stages. Headliners include Lisa Morales Band, Steve Poltz, Leslie Mendelson, Baba Marimba and more.

When: Friday-Sunday, April 5-7

Where: Downtown Tucson

Cost: Free to attend

Visit the event page for more information. 

Family Fun Fair

SAYF Pima County is hosting a family-friendly festival at Reid Park! You'll find jumping castles, face painting, games, crafts, food, music, raffles and free booster seats.

When: 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 6

Where: Reid Park, 900 S. Randolph Way

Cost: Free to attend

Visit the event page for more information. 

Wine Gone Wild

Enjoy tastings from regional wineries and distilleries while supporting animals at Reid Park Zoo. Admission to the event includes 10 tasting tickets, food samplings, live music, wine glass painting, a spa zone and animal encounters.

When: 6-8:30 p.m. Saturday, April 6

Where: Reid Park Zoo, 3400 E. Zoo Court

Cost: $65; $30 for designated drivers

Visit the event page for more information.

The Tanque Verde Market was started by Michelle Bullock, who hopes to create community on Tucson’s east side.

Tanque Verde Market

This market brings local creatives to the east side! Find more than 60 vendors offering pottery, home decor, skin-care products, plants, clothing and more. 

When: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 6

Where: Forty Niner Country Club, 12000 E. Tanque Verde Road

Cost: Free to attend, bring money for shopping

Visit the event page for more information.

Spring Fling Market

The third annual Spring Fling Market is taking place in the Casas Adobes Plaza, where you'll find more than 20 vendors, a craft workshop, live music and free bouquets if you make a $50 purchase at a plaza shop, restaurant or service the day of the event.

When: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 6

Where: Casas Adobes Plaza, 7001 N. Oracle Road

Cost: Free to attend, bring money for shopping

Visit the event page for more information.

Touch-A-Truck

Junior League of Tucson is hosting a family-friendly event where kids will be able to touch, climb and explore vehicles. Last year's lineup included firetrucks, police cars, a school bus, a USPS truck and construction equipment. There will also be crafts and food trucks.

When: 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 6. 9:30-10:30 a.m. is dubbed a quiet hour, without horns and bright lights.

Where: Kino Sports Complex, 2500 E. Ajo Way

Cost: $5

Visit the event page for more information.


Native Seeds/SEARCH 40th Anniversary Celebration

Help local nonprofit Native Seeds/SEARCH celebrate 40 years of seed conservation with a bash that includes tours of the center, seed-saving activities, live music, a scavenger hunt, food trucks and items for sale.

When: 9 a.m. Saturday, April 6

Where: Native Seeds/SEARCH, 3584 E. River Road

Cost: Free to attend, RSVP required

Visit the event page for more information.

Children's Entrepreneur Market

The Children's Entrepreneur Market is a farmers market run entirely by kids, hosting events in several states to teach youth about the power of innovation and leadership. You'll shop from kids who decide what to sell, create their own booth, handle money and talk with customers. 

When: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 6

Where: 324 N. Fourth Ave.

Cost: Free to attend, bring money for shopping

Visit the event page for more information.

Fiesta Sahuarita 

Celebrate 30 years of Sahuarita with more than 100 vendors, food trucks, live music, a kids' area, giveaways and more. 

When: 2-8 p.m. Saturday, April 6

Where: Anamax Park, 17501 S. Camino de las Quintas, Sahuarita

Cost: Free to attend

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.

Nuestro Tianguis Tucson

Every Saturday and Sunday, head to Flowers & Bullets' Midtown Farm for a swap meet 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.

Foothills Community Markets

Visit this market 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.

The biannual Made In Tucson market happens in spring and fall.

Made In Tucson Market

The biannual Made In Tucson Market will feature upwards of 300 local makers selling items like soaps, baked goods, glasswork, stickers, jewelry and other artwork. Food trucks are also part of the fun.

When: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, April 7

Where: Seventh Street west of Fourth Avenue

Cost: Free to attend, bring money for shopping

Visit the event page for more information.

Woofstock

The Tucson Dog Magazine is hosting a doggie celebration dubbed Woofstock, set to feature adoptable pets, dog costume contests, games for the pups, and vaccination and microchipping clinics. For the humans, enjoy live music, food trucks and a kids' zone. 

When: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, April 7

Where: Brandi Fenton Memorial Park, 3482 E. River Road

Cost: Free to attend, bring money for food

Visit the event page for more information.

Medella Vina Antique and Vintage Fair

Once a month, Medella Vina Ranch hosts an antique fair where you can shop vintage items from more than 100 vendors, plus take a break at an onsite food truck.

When: 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the first Sunday of the month

Where: Medella Vina Ranch, 4450 S. Houghton Road

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

Visit the event page for more information.

Pueblos del Maíz

This festival celebrates the cultural and agricultural significance of maíz. Events include a chef's dinner, live music, demonstrations, a film screening, a tour of Native Seeds/SEARCH and a free fiesta. 

When: April 11-14

Where: Various locations 

Cost: Various prices, many events are free!

Visit the event page for more information.

Gather A Vintage Market

Find all kinds of vintage and antique home and garden items at this four-day market.

When: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, April 11-13; 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, April 14

Where: Gather A Vintage Market, 300 S. Park Ave.

Cost: Free to attend, bring money for shopping

Visit the event page for more information. 

Bear Down Music Festival

The inaugural Bear Down Music Festival, which replaces the UA's Spring Fling, will feature musicians Coin, Redveil, Desert Child and The Hawthorne Experience. There will also be interactive mural painting, food trucks, photo booths, rides and inflatables, face painting, henna art, airbrush tattoos and a drink tent.

When: Friday, April 12

Where: University of Arizona Mall

Cost: Free to attend; $7 for a wristband that gets you full access to rides and a non-alcoholic beverage

Visit the event page for more information. 

Oro Valley 50th Anniversary Community Celebration

Celebrate Oro Valley's birthday! Enjoy all-day festivities that include live entertainment, crafts, games, inflatables and food trucks. A fireworks show ends the night at 9:30 p.m. (P.S. — On April 6, Oro Valley will host a parade in celebration of its 50th anniversary.)

When: Noon on Saturday, April 13

Where: James D. Kriegh Park, 23 W. Calle Concordia

Cost: Free to attend, bring money for food

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 about 15 vendors and live music!

When: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 13

Where: Hotel Congress, 311 E. Congress St.

Cost: Free to attend, bring money for shopping

Visit the event page for more information.

2nd Saturdays

Check out food trucks, live music and local makers during this monthly outdoor street festival.

When: 5-10 p.m. Saturdays, April 13 and May 11

Where: Downtown Tucson along East Congress Street

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

Visit the event page for more information.

Tucson Poetry Festival

Celebrate National Poetry Month at the 41st Tucson Poetry Festival. Events include poetry workshops, readings and an open mic.

When: April 13-14

Where: Temple of Music and Art, 330 S. Scott Ave., for workshops and readings; Talega Coffee Co., 236 S. Scott Ave., for open mic.

Cost: Free to attend

Visit the event page for more information.

Spring Arts Fest

Hosted by SAACA and the Tucson J, this festival is set to include live music and dance, an art exhibition, ceramic demonstrations, art vendors, sculpture garden tours, crafts, face painting, food and more.

When: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, April 14

Where: Jewish Community Center, 3800 E. River Road

Cost: Free to attend

Visit the event page for more information.

Mercado Flea

Check out more than 45 vendors selling antique and vintage items at the Mercado Flea. 

When: 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the second Sunday of each month through May

Where: Mercado District, 100 S. Avenida del Convento

Cost: Free to attend, bring money for shopping

Visit the event page for more information.

Arizona International Film Festival

The 32nd Arizona International Film Festival will feature more than 125 independent and innovative films from around the world. Throughout its years, this festival has exhibited more than 3,300 films representing 100 countries.

When: April 17-28

Where: The Screening Room, 127 E. Congress St., and the MSA Annex, 267 S. Avenida del Convento

Cost: TBA

Visit the event page for more information.

Pima County Fair

Enjoy funky fair food, hop on the rides, play carnival games and more at the Pima County Fair. Concerts this year include Wiz Khalifa, Chevelle, Tesla, Sublime with Rome and more.

When: April 18-28

Where: Pima County Fairgrounds, 11300 S. Houghton Road

Cost: General admission is $12 for adults, $6 for kids ages 6-10. Parking is $8. Visit the website for info on wristbands, bundles and other promotions.

Visit the event page for more information.

The Agave Heritage Festival returns with tastings, dinners and conversations with experts on all things agave.

Agave Heritage Festival

Celebrate agave at this festival that's "rooted in the historical and cultural significance of the agave plant," organizers say. The festival features dinners, lectures, concerts, a mezcal crawl and a fiesta. 

When: April 18-21

Where: Various locations

Cost: Various prices, some events are free!

Visit the event page for more information.

Tucson Earth Day Festival

Celebrate Earth Day by learning about recycling, composting, gardening and nature at this festival hosted by Children's Museum Tucson. See exhibits from wildlife groups and enjoy kid-friendly activities.

When: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 20

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

Cost: Free to attend

Visit the event page for more information.

La Encantada Fine Art Festival

Head over to this art festival to see metalwork, clothing, paintings and more fine art. The festival will also feature live art demonstrations and music.

When: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, April 20; 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, April 21

Where: La Encantada Shopping Center, 2905 E. Skyline Dr.

Cost: Free to attend, bring money for shopping

Visit the event page for more information.

Pima County Master Gardeners plant sale

Mark your calendars! Previous Pima County Master Gardeners plant sales have included potted plants, fruit and veggie starts, native grasses, desert plants, cacti and succulents. 

When: 8-11 a.m. Saturday, April 20

Where: Pima County Cooperative Extension Gardens, 4210 N. Campbell Ave.

Cost: Free to attend, bring money for shopping

Visit the event page for more information.

Tucson Zine Fest

Tucson Zine Fest is a celebration of self publishers creating zines, comics and other printed art. 

When: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 20

Where: Subspace, 101 W. Sixth St.

Cost: Free to attend, bring money for shopping

Visit the event page for more information.

Sonoran Cannabis Expo

This cannabis celebration is set to feature local vendors, samplings, live music, food and networking opportunities. 

When: 2-8 p.m. Saturday, April 20

Where: MSA Annex, 267 S. Avenida del Convento

Cost: $30. This event is for ages 21 and up

Visit the event page for more information.

Four Twenty Mercado and Taco Competition 

Button Brew House is hosting its inaugural taco competition. Meanwhile, The Happy Hive Market will host a mercado featuring Southwest-focused or 4/20-friendly vendors and a doggie costume contest.

When: Noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, April 20

Where: Button Brew House, 6800 N. Camino Martin

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

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.

When: 4-9 p.m. Saturday, April 20

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.

Randiesia Fletcher talks about the stories behind her paintings at her Living2Portraits booth during Blax Friday’s Soul Food Wednesday at the MSA Annex in 2021.

Soul Food Wednesday

Visit Blax Friday's Soul Food Wednesday to support local Black-owned businesses and food vendors.

When: 7-10 p.m. Wednesday, April 24 

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

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

Visit the event page for more information.

Children's Day Festival

This festival presented by Arizona Bilingual Newspaper includes free admission to Children’s Museum Tucson, live entertainment and food.

When: 12 p.m. Saturday, April 27

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

Cost: Free to attend

Visit the event page for more information.

Makers Market at The Tuxon

While the vendor list isn't up yet, this market created by Lilith & Daughters typically features more than 40 local makers with items like candles, photography, stickers, baked goods and more.

When: Noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, April 27

Where: The Tuxon, 960 S. Freeway

Cost: Free to attend, bring money for shopping

Visit the event page for more information.

Las Mujeres Verdes Mercado

Las Mujeres Verdes is back! These markets usually feature 30-40 local makers selling items that include food, apparel, jewelry and more. 

When: 5-9 p.m. Saturdays, April 27, May 18

Where: Coalition Space, 311 E. Seventh St.

Cost: Free to attend, bring money for shopping

Visit the event page for more information.

Vendor Rowdy Society is set up at The Happy Hive Market at Button Brew House in Marana.

The Happy Hive Market

Head to Button Brew House for The Happy Hive Market, complete with local makers, beer and food. Stay tuned for the vendor list!

When: Noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 27

Where: Button Brew House, 6800 N. Camino Martin

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

Visit the event page for more information.

Tucson International Mariachi Conference

The Tucson International Mariachi Conference is back for another year of workshops, competitions and concerts. The goal of the conference is to "promote awareness and foster traditional values of mariachi music and baile folklórico."

When: May 1-5

Where: Various locations

Cost: Various prices

Visit the event page for more information. 

Baja Beer Festival

Head to the eighth annual Baja Beer Festival to sample beers from Arizona breweries, plus food from area chefs.

When: Noon to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, May 4

Where: Armory Park, 220 S. Fifth Ave.

Cost: $45-$65, or $15 for designated drivers. This event is for ages 21 and up.

Visit the event page for more information. 


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Gloria was born and raised in Tucson and is a 2018 University of Arizona grad. From wildflowers to wildlife, she loves all things Tucson and hopes to share her love of the city with readers ✨