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Dancers from the Maguire Academy of Irish Dance perform for the crowd at the 2018 St. Patrick's Day Parade & Festival of Tucson at Armory Park.

Free museum days, a big book fest, Easter egg hunts, a St. Patrick's Day parade and a star party — you don't have to break the bank to enjoy local events in Tucson.

Here are 35 events that are free to attend this March.

Free First Saturday at Valley of the Moon

Local fantasy park Valley of the Moon opens its doors for free this Saturday. Pack a picnic and chat with a fairy. 

When: 1-3 p.m. Saturday, March 2

Where: Valley of the Moon, 2544 E. Allen Road

Cost: Free to attend 

Visit the event page for more information.

First Saturday ArtWalk

The Warehouse Arts Management Organization is hosting its First Saturday ArtWalk this weekend, where you can walk through several local galleries and artist studios.

When: 5-8 p.m. Saturday, March 2

Where: See the map here

Cost: Free to attend

Visit the event page for more information.

Tucson Orchid Society's Orchid Show and Sale

Tucson Orchid Society is hosting its annual show where you'll get to see orchid displays and have the chance to purchase orchids of your own.

When: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, March 2; 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Sunday, March 3

Where: Mesquite Valley Growers, 8005 E. Speedway

Cost: Free to attend, bring money for shopping 

Visit the event page for more information.

"Whispers in the Wind" Opening Reception

Join five Indigenous artists for an opening reception of their art show that expresses "ideas on mental health, impact on border security and facets of modern life."

When: 4-9 p.m. Saturday, March 2

Where: Untitled Gallery, 101 W. Sixth St.

Cost: Free to attend

Visit the event page for more information.


Beer + Bikes

This bike ride goes along The Loop to 1912 Brewing Co. for a beer or two, followed by a ride back to Button Brew House.

When: 11 a.m. Saturday, March 2

Where: Button Brew House, 6800 N. Camino Martin

Cost: Free to attend, bring money for brews 

Visit the event page for more information.

All Artist Show

One of the biggest shows at Madaras Gallery is officially here. Head to the gallery this Saturday for an artists' reception for the show that spotlights small works from artists like Tessa Nicole and Ray Del Muro.

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

Where: Madaras Gallery, 3035 N. Swan Road

Cost: Free to attend

Visit the event page for more information.

Community Time on Deuce Nine

Local organization A Hand Up Not Hand Out is teaming up with the City of Tucson to introduce the 29th Thrive initiative to the community, which is an area of town selected to receive federal grant funding. Provide your feedback at this event, plus enjoy free food, music, raffles, inflatables, kickball and games.

When: Noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, March 3

Where: Freedom Park, 5000 E. 29th St.

Cost: Free to attend

Visit the event page for more information. 

PJ Library 18th Birthday Bash

PJ Library, which provides free books to Jewish families, is hosting its 18th birthday celebration at the Tucson Jewish Community Center this Sunday. Expect crafts, face painting, carnival games, music, food and more. 

When: 3:30-5:30 p.m. Sunday, March 3

Where: Tucson J, 3800 E. River Road

Cost: Free to attend

Visit the event page for more information.

Auguste Rodin's Adam stands on the lowest level of the Tucson Museum of Art, in one of several galleries utilizing underground space.

First Thursday at Tucson Museum of Art

Visit the Tucson Museum of Art every first Thursday of the month for pay-what-you-wish admission, gallery activities, live music and a cash bar. This month's event will also feature aura photo readings and food from You Sly Dog, Butter Lover and Sin Fronteras Coffee. 

When: 5-8 p.m. Thursday, March 7

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

Cost: Pay what you wish

Visit the event page for more information. 

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.

Tasting History: Cardoon

Learn about the origins behind cardoon plants and how they became part of Tucson's agricultural and culinary traditions. Demonstrations are part of the fun.

When: 9-11 a.m. Friday-Saturday, March 8-9

Where: Mission Garden, 946 W. Mission Lane

Cost: Free to attend, donations accepted

Visit the event page for more information.

Thousands of people on the UA Mall for the Tucson Festival of Books on March 4, 2023.

Tucson Festival of Books

Book lovers, it's almost the best time of year: the annual Tucson Festival of Books is back! Find hundreds of authors, presentations and vendors at the beloved book fest. 

When: 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, March 9-10

Where: University of Arizona Mall

Cost: Free to attend

Visit the event page for more information.

Plant Swap

Head to the Fourth Avenue Coalition Space for a plant swap, plus enter a raffle to benefit the Pima Animal Care Center. 

When: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, March 9

Where: Coalition Space, 311 E. Seventh St.

Cost: Free to attend, bring plants to swap

Visit the event page for more information.

Egg Hop Hunt

Tucson Parks and Recreation is hosting an egg hunt with crafts, games, face painting and other activities. 

When: 8 a.m. Saturday, March 9

Where: Quincie Douglas Center, 1575 E. 36th St.

Cost: Free to attend

Visit the event page for more information. 

Art After Dark at Children's Museum Tucson

Each month, Children's Museum Tucson hosts Art After Dark with local arts groups and free admission! 

When: 5:30-7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 9

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

Cost: Free to attend

Visit the event page for more information.

Tucson Repair Cafe

Need something fixed? Bring it to the Tucson Repair Cafe to be fixed for free! All items are welcome.

When: 4-8 p.m. Saturday, March 9

Where: Xerocraft Makerspace, 101 W. Sixth St.

Cost: Free to attend

Visit the event page for more information.

Evening closes in over the Sweet Rolls & More rolled ice cream food trailer, one of the vendors keeping the crowd fed during 2nd Saturdays downtown, Tucson, Ariz., March 11, 2023.

2nd Saturdays

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

When: 5-10 p.m. Saturday, March 9

Where: Downtown Tucson along East Congress Street

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

Visit the event page for more information.

Second Saturday at Steam Pump Ranch

The second Saturday of every month is special at Steam Pump Ranch. Find historic tours of the grounds, a bike swap, demonstrations led by Archaeology Southwest, crafts for kids, vendors selling their artwork and a farmers market.

When: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, March 9

Where: Steam Pump Ranch, 10901 N. Oracle Road

Cost: Free to attend, bring money for shopping

Visit the event page for more information.

Second SundAZe at TMA 

Visit the Tucson Museum of Art every second Sunday for pay-what-you-wish admission. Enjoy art-making, gallery activities, family yoga and a performance by Ballet Rincon's Youth Ensemble. 

When: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, March 10

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

Cost: Pay what you wish

Visit the event page for more information. 

House Party at Thunder Canyon Brewery

Dance the night away to a fusion of hip-hop and R&B, alongside brews from Thunder Canyon.

When: 8-11 p.m. Thursday, March 14

Where: Thunder Canyon Brewery, 220 E. Broadway

Cost: Free to attend, bring money for drinks. This event is for ages 21 and up.

Visit the event page for more information. 

Marana Founders' Day

It's a day to celebrate Marana! There will be a parade, car show, performances, art station, food trucks, vendors, inflatables and more.

When: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 16

Where: Town of Marana, 11555 W. Civic Center Dr.

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

Visit the event page for more information.

Movie at the Ranch

Watch a free outdoor screening of "Back to the Future" at Steam Pump Ranch this month. The sequel will be played in April!

When: 6:30-8:30 p.m. Saturday, March 16

Where: Steam Pump Ranch, 10901 N. Oracle Road

Cost: Free to attend

Visit the event page for more information.

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, March 16

Where: Mission Garden, 946 W. Mission Lane

Cost: Free to attend, donations accepted

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 rain gardens and planting native edible plants. 

When: 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, March 16

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

Cost: Free to attend

Visit the event page for more information. 

Archery Expo Day

Oro Valley Parks and Recreation is hosting an expo for all things archery! You'll find archery equipment and other items, basic archery instruction, raffles and more.

When: 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, March 16

Where: Oro Valley Archery Range, 660 W. Naranja Dr.

Cost: Free to attend

Visit the event page for more information.

St. Patrick's Day Festival of Tucson

This festival kicks off with a parade in downtown Tucson, followed by live Irish music, dancers, an area for kids, food and vendors. 

When: 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, March 17

Where: Armory Park, 222 S. Fifth Ave.

Cost: Free to attend, bring money for food

Visit the event page for more information.

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, March 21

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

Cost: Free to attend

Visit the event site for more information.

Fire Show at Sky Bar

Cirque Collective Fire Troupe puts on a 20-minute fire show every fourth Friday, right outside of Sky Bar. 

When: 8:15 p.m. Friday, March 22

Where: Sky Bar, 536 N. Fourth Ave.

Cost: Free to attend

Visit the event page for more information.

EGGstravaganza with Tucson Parks and Rec

Celebrate Easter early with Tucson Parks and Recreation! Enjoy egg hunts, music, food vendors, games and prizes. The Easter Bunny will be there!

When: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, March 23. Egg hunts are at various times, organized by age. 

Where: Mansfield Park, 2000 N. Fourth Ave.

Cost: Free to attend, bring money for food

Visit the event page for more information.

Park Fest at Palo Verde Park

Inspired by Porch Fest in the Garden District neighborhood, the Palo Verde Park neighborhood is hosting a family-friendly community event featuring two stages for live music and food trucks. Bring a chair or blankets for seating!

When: 1:30 p.m. Sunday, March 24

Where: Palo Verde Park, 425 S. Mann Ave.

Cost: Free to attend, bring money for food

Visit the event page for more information.

Mujerx Chingonas

Galeria Mitotera is looking for art pieces now through March 15 for a new art show that will open on March 24.

When: 1-4 p.m. Sunday, March 24

Where: Galeria Mitotera, 1802 S. Fourth Ave.

Cost: Free to attend

Visit the event page for more information.

Ride with FUGA

Take a bike ride with organization FUGA, which advocates for mobility, accessibility and representation for Tucson's south-side and west-side communities. 

When: 6-8 p.m. Friday, March 29

Where: El Pueblo Center, 101 W. Irvington Road

Cost: Free to attend

Visit the event page for more information. 

Tucson Astronomy Festival

It’s almost time for Tucson Amateur Astronomy Association’s annual Tucson Astronomy Festival! Head to Brandi Fenton Memorial Park in the afternoon for solar observing, followed by stargazing after dark. There will be astronomy-themed family-friendly activities and prizes!

When: 3-9 p.m. Saturday, March 30

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

Cost: Free to attend 

Visit the event page for more information.

Starlit Skies

Local nonprofit Reach For The Stars is hosting a night of stargazing. Learn about the stars and planets, all while gazing through telescopes and other equipment.

When: 6:30-9:30 p.m. Saturday, March 30

Where: Gabe Zimmerman Trailhead, 16248 E. Marsh Station Road

Cost: Free to attend, donations accepted

Visit the event page for more information.


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