Dog Days of Summer

Baron and Baby chill on a bench during a previous year’s Dog Days of Summer event at the Tucson Desert Botanical Gardens.

With hot temps and monsoon storms on the way, Tucson is very much in the dog days of summer. From Christmas in July to great indoor events, here are some fun way to keep cool this weekend.

Everyone 🎉

Native Seeds/SEARCH's Annual Monsoon Plant Sale

Shop for heat-tolerant plants, wildflowers, a variety of fruits, vegetables and herb start-ups. Members get 10% off their purchase, and new/renewing members will get a one time 15% discount on the day of the membership purchase.

Where: Native Seeds/SEARCH, 3061 N. Campbell Ave.

When: Friday-Sunday, July 12-14, 10 a.m. 

Cost: Free to attend. Members-only hour Friday from 9-10 a.m.

More information here

Hello Moon Night at Flandrau

Flandrau Science Center is kicking off its celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon landing with free telescope viewings on the UA Mall. Come early to check out the science center or view a planetarium show.

Where: Flandrau Science Center and Planetarium, 1601 E. University Blvd.

When: Saturday, July 13, 6:30-10 p.m. Telescope viewing is from 7:30-10 p.m.

Cost: Telescope viewings are free. General admission into the science center is $5 and a planetarium show is $5.

More information here

July is Parks and Recreation Month! (Sponsored)

July is national Parks and Recreation month and Tucson is highlighting the fun, games and exciting offerings with open houses at local recreation centers. 

Use this calendar to find an open house near you this month.

Dog Days at Tucson Botanical Gardens

From now till Sept. 30, your furry friend will be allowed to visit and enjoy the gardens with their human pals.

Where: Tucson Botanical Gardens, 2150 N. Alvernon Way

When: Now through Sept. 30, 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Cost: Admission is $3 per dog for a day pass and $20 for a membership. Each dog membership comes with a custom canine card and must be added to an existing garden membership. Human pricing is $15 general admission, $13 for students, seniors and military, $8 for children ages 4-17, garden members and children under 4 get in for free.

More information here.

Feed the Fun Game Night at the Tucson Mall

Play life-size board games, traditional board games, video games and more.

Where: Tucson Mall, 4500 N. Oracle Road

When: Thursday, July 11, 3:30-8 p.m.

Cost: Free. However, donations of non-perishable food items to the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona are welcomed. 

More information here

Monsoon Plant Sale at San Xavier Co-Op Farm

Stop by the farm and replenish your garden with some locally-grown plants, just in time for the rainy season.

Where: San Xavier Co-Op Farm, 8100 Oidak Wog

When: Friday, July 12, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Saturday, July 13, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. 

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

More information here

Family Yoga Night

Take the whole crew to the Oro Valley Community Center for a fun evening of yoga. This is a great class for kids and people who want to start practicing yoga. Remember to bring your own mats and water.

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

When: Friday, July 12, 5:30-6:30 p.m.

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

More information here

Christmas in July at the CBC

Catalina Brewing Company is celebrating the summer by having a Christmas pajama party in July! There will be Christmas Movies, Christmas trivia and even a Santa sighting. All ages are welcomed.

Where: Catalina Brewing Company, 6918 N. Camino Martin

When: Friday, July 12, 6-10 p.m.

Cost: Free to attend, but bring some money for drink specials. Wear your pajamas and enjoy happy hour pricing all night.

More information here.

Tucson Cars and Coffee at La Encantada

Cruise in for a show of shiny classics and roaring engines. This month features American muscle vehicles. 

Where: La Encantada, 2905 E. Skyline Drive

When: Saturday, July 13, 6-9 a.m.

Cost: Free

More information here.

MegaMania at Pima Community College

Represent your fandom at Pima County Public Library's annual summer festival. Participants are encouraged to come in cosplay. There will be video gaming, board gaming, crafts and visits with local authors and artists. Don't miss the free pizza, drinks and snacks in the Cantina.

Where: Pima Community College Downtown Campus, 1255 N. Stone Ave.

When: Saturday, July 13, 1-5 p.m.

Cost: Free

More information here.

Marana Farmers and Artisans Market

Shop local food, arts and crafts, beauty, home and other great vendors. 

Where: Marana Western Heritage Arena, 13401-13593 N. Interstate 10 Eastbound Frontage Road

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

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

More information here

Second SundAZe at TMA

Join the Tucson Museum of Art for the opening of itslatest exhibition of works by American abstract artist, Harold Joe Waldrum. Enjoy free admission into the museum, light refreshments, art-making activities and family-friendly tours.

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

When: Sunday, July 14, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Cost: Free

More information here

July Full Moon Luminous Labyrinth Walk

The act of walking a labyrinth is a walking meditation and the shape of the labyrinth is an ancient sacred creation. The walk starts just before sunset, and through the moon rise. Bring a rattle if you have one. 

Where: Rio Vista Natural Resource Park, 3974 N. Tucson Blvd.

When: Tuesday, July 16, 7:45-9 p.m.

Cost: $5-$20 donations

More information here

Kids🎈

Pima County Sheriff's Department Badges and Backpacks

Students will receive free backpacks and other goodies at this annual event organized by the Pima County Sheriff's Department and presented by Banner Aetna. El Rio Community Health Center will also be on hand for free dental and vision screenings, immunization card reviews and other services. You can also pick up free LED bulbs and energy saving info from Tucson Electric Power. 

Where: Tucson Convention Center, 260 S. Church Ave.

When: Saturday, July 13, 8 a.m. to noon

Cost: Free

More information here.

Back to School Bash at William M. Clements Center

This year's event will include a free breakfast, free stuffed backpacks, raffle prizes and grand prizes from 8-11 a.m. From 11 a.m. to  3 p.m., there will be free swimming, inflatables, games, food vendors and more.

Where: William M. Clements Center, 8155 E. Poinciana Drive

When: Saturday, July 13, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Cost: Free

More information here

Michael Howell Magic Show at Mildred and Dildred

Join illusionist, Michael Howell for some magic and fun. You or the kiddos might even get to help perform a trick or two.

Where: Mildred and Dildred at La Encantada, 2905 E. Skyline Dr., Ste. 186

When: Saturday, July 13, 11-11:20 a.m.

Cost: Free

More information here

Art after Dark at the Children's Museum

Learn about Pablo Picasso, one of the 20th century's most important artists, and create your own portrait to take home.  

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

When: Saturday, July 13, 5:30-8 p.m.

Cost: Free

More information here

BFF 💃🏻

Jazz Concert at Westward Look

Sit back and listen to an evening of jazz music performed by the Danny Brito Trio at the Lookout Bar.

Where:  Westward Look Wyndham Grand Resort and Spa, 245 E. Ina Road

When: Thursday, July 11, 5-7 p.m.

Cost: Free, but bring money for drinks. 

More information here

Summer Self-Defense Class

Learn how to protect yourself with a free self-defense class offered by Oro Valley ATA Martial Arts.

Where: Oro Valley ATA Martial Arts, 11133 N. La Cañada Drive 

When: Fridays, July 12 and 19, 6:10-7:10 p.m.

Cost: Free

More information here.

Silhouette Photography Class

Silhouette photography is a wonderful way to convey drama, mystery, emotion and mood in a picture. Head over to Reid Park and learn more about this fun form of photo-taking. Event is organized by Tucson Photography Group.

Where: Reid Park

When: Saturday, July 13, 8-10 a.m. 

Cost: $22, get your tickets here.

More information here

The Combustion of Magic and Comedy

Watch magicians Michael Howell and Benny James work together to make a humorous magic show with comedian Monte Benjamin at The Screening Room. 

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

When: Saturday, July 13, 7:30-9:30 p.m.

Cost: Pre-sale tickets $7 and $15 at the door.

More information here

Movies 🎥

Little Shop of Horrors at Casa Video and Film bar

Seymour, I'm hungry! Enjoy free Casa Video popcorn as you watch one of the creepiest and grooviest musicals of all-time. Food truck Culinary Graduate will also be there.

Where: Casa Video and Film Bar, 2905 E. Speedway Blvd.

When: Friday, July 12, 7-9 p.m.

Cost: Free to attend. Pay for beer and food.

More information here

Raiders of the Lost Ark at Casa Video and Film Bar

Wish Harrison Ford a happy birthday by waching "Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark" at Casa Film Bar. Food truck Molecular Munchies will also be there.

Where: Casa Video and Film Bar, 2905 E. Speedway Blvd.

When: Saturday, July 13, 7-10 p.m.

Cost: Event is free to attend. Pay for beer and food.

More information here.

Free Outdoor Screening of River Red at Empire Ranch

Watch the John Wayne western, "Red River" under the stars at the historic Empire Ranch. Fun fact: A majority of the film with shot at the ranch in addition to other locations around Southern Arizona. Remember to bring your own seating.

Where: Empire Ranch Foundation, E. Empire Ranch Road

When: Saturday, July 13, 7:30-9:45 p.m.

Cost: Free

More information here