The Chez Peachy food truck serves up drinks and cakes to customers during the Summer Night Market at the MSA Annex, 267 S. Avenida del Convento in Tucson, Ariz. on May 24, 2024.

Monsoon came earlier than we expected last weekend. We're hoping for more rain, but crossing our fingers that it doesn't interfere with any of the outdoor festivities happening in the coming days. ☔️

Here's what to expect this weekend: several different artisan markets across Tucson, after-hours events at the zoo, Desert Museum and Pima Air & Space Museum, a couple pool parties, lots of dancing and two early Independence Day celebrations.

Of course, things can change quickly these days! Check for the latest info before heading out.

Amanda Jackson, an employee at BWS Architects helps construct a jackalope statue out of canned goods during the annual Canstruction Tucson at Park Place Mall on June 22, 2024. 

Canstruction Tucson: Build for Hunger

This art exhibit features "cansculptures" built with canned foods by teams of local architects, designers, builders, contractors and engineers. You can vote for your favorite sculpture by donating to the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona.

When: Now through July 10

Where: Park Place Mall, 5870 E. Broadway

Cost: Free to attend

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.


Summer Night Market

Shop from around 60 local makers when the Summer Night Market takes over the MSA Annex every fourth Friday of the month through September!

When: 6-10 p.m. Friday, June 28

Where: MSA Annex, 267 S. Avenida del Convento

Cost: Free to attend, bring money for shopping

Visit the event page for more information.

Stargazing in Saguaro National Park

Go stargazing with Tucson Amateur Astronomy Association. 

When: 8-10 p.m. Friday, June 28

Where: Saguaro National Park East, 3693 S. Old Spanish Trail

Cost: Event is free to attend, but park entrance fee applies

Visit the event page for more information.

Queer Baile Present: Riot

To mark the 55th anniversary of the Stonewall riots, Queer Baile is putting together an event set to feature an open mic, drag, burlesque and lots of dancing. 

When: 7 p.m. to 2 a.m. Friday, June 28

Where: Downtown Clifton, 485 S. Stone Ave.

Cost: Free to attend

Visit the event page for more information.

Events at Life Under the Oaks Lavender Farm

June might bring hot temperatures to Tucson, but it brings lavender to Oracle. It's officially bloom season at the Life Under the Oaks Lavender Farm and the owners are celebrating! This week, enjoy tours, lavender wreath workshops and an ode to Frida Kahlo featuring crafts and vendors.

When: Lavender wreaths are 9:30 a.m. June 28-30; Tours are 10 a.m. June 29; Frida Kahlo celebration is 6 p.m. Saturday, June 29

Where: Life Under the Oaks Lavender Farm, 1221 N. Rancho Robles Road, Oracle

Cost: $15 for tours and tastings; $45 to make a lavender wreath; $15 for Frida Kahlo celebration

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, June 28

Where: El Pueblo Center, 101 W. Irvington Road

Cost: Free to attend

Visit the event page for more information. 


Tucson Doobie's Extrava-ganja

Tucson Doobie is hosting a cannabis-friendly event featuring flower from Nature Med, D2 and Sol Flower, DJ music, food from Charly's BBQ & Grill and discounts from Generation Cool. 

When: 6-9 p.m. Friday, June 28

Where: Generation Cool, 404 N. Fourth Ave.

Cost: $15 in advance, $20 at the door

Visit the event page 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, June 28

Where: Sky Bar, 536 N. Fourth Ave.

Cost: Free to attend

Visit the event page for more information.

Kittens Armani, left, and Prada lounge around at El Jefe Cat Cafe, 3025 N. Campbell Ave. The business hosts cat bingo and yoga sessions with furry felines who are ready for adoption.

Cat events at El Jefe Cat Cafe

Spend time with the cats at El Jefe Cat Cafe! This weekend's events include cat trivia and cat bingo. 

When: 7-8 p.m. Friday, June 28 for trivia; 6-7 p.m. Sunday, June 30 for bingo

Where: El Jefe Cat Cafe, 3025 N. Campbell Ave.

Cost: $15 for trivia, adults only. $14 for bingo, reservations required.

Visit the event page for more information.

Chillin at the Chul

Check out music, spirits and bites at Tohono Chul's summer series. On Saturdays, Tohono Chul has partnered with Children's Museum Oro Valley to provide family-friendly nature play.

When: 6-9 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays through Aug. 31

Where: Tohono Chul, 7366 N. Paseo del Norte

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

Visit the event page for more information.

Tucson Trades

Indoor market Tucson Trades made its debut last summer and they're doing it again, this time with around 170 vendors selling items like baked goods, jewelry, macrame, apparel and more.

When: 1-6 p.m. Saturday, June 29

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

Cost: Free to attend, bring money for shopping

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: 5-10 p.m. Saturday, June 29

Where: Hotel Congress, 311 E. Congress St.

Cost: Free to attend, bring money for shopping

Visit the event page for more information.

Visitors stroll by several exhibits near the entrance, including a Curtis F6C Hawk, bottom, as the doors open for Pima Air & Space Museum's Night Wings, Tucson, Ariz., July 23, 2022.

Night Wings at the Pima Air & Space Museum

The Pima Air & Space Museum is staying open late this summer! Watch as the sun sets over the planes and enjoy themed activities.

When: 5-8:30 p.m. Saturdays, June 29, July 13 and July 27

Where: Pima Air & Space Museum, 6000 E. Valencia Road

Cost: $10 for ages 13 and up, free for ages 12 and under

Visit the event page for more information.

Summer Safari Nights

Enjoy the cooler evening temperatures at Reid Park Zoo's after-hours Summer Safari Nights. Each event will have different themed activities including keeper chats, animal encounters, giraffe feedings, games and live music. 

When: 6-8 p.m. Saturdays through Aug. 10

Where: Reid Park Zoo, 3400 E. Zoo Court

Cost: $10.50 for adults, $6.50 for kids ages 2-14

Visit the event page for more information.

Cool Summer Nights

Enjoy the sights of the Desert Museum at night — in cooler temperatures! Bring a flashlight to walk around and possibly spot a nocturnal animal, touch a stingray and check out themed activities.

When: 6-9 p.m. Saturdays through Aug. 24

Where: Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, 2021 N. Kinney Road

Cost: $29.95 for adults, $19.95 for kids ages 3-12. $24.95 for Arizona residents.

Visit the event page for more information.

Chocolate Box Burlesque

In celebration of both Juneteenth and Pride, Chocolate Box Burlesque is hosting Tucson's first all-Black burlesque production.

When: 8 p.m. Saturday, June 29

Where: The Downtown Clifton, 485 S. Stone Ave.

Cost: $20-$30

Visit the event page for more information.

"Grease" Sing-along

Belt out the lyrics to "Greased Lightning" during this sing-along version of the 1978 movie. 

When: 7:30 p.m. Saturday, June 29

Where: Fox Tucson Theatre, 17 W. Congress St.

Cost: $10

Visit the event page for more information.

Friends Allison Freidman, bottom left, and Zac Billyard, top left, play chicken with Raquel Cota, top right, and Trey Parker inside the pool at The Tuxon Hotel.

Selena Class & Pool Party

The Tuxon is throwing a party this Saturday! The fun starts with a Selena-themed painting class. After you've finished your painting, the party heads to the pool where there will be music, karaoke and drinks from the pool bar.

When: 4 p.m. Saturday, June 29

Where: The Tuxon, 960 S. Freeway

Cost: $45

Visit the event page for more information.

Flow for the Soul 

In-Rave is hosting a flow night with DJs, vendors, food trucks and flow art performances. Proceeds go to the All Souls Procession.

When: 6-10 p.m. Saturday, June 29

Where: MSA Annex, 267 S. Avenida del Convento

Cost: $10

Visit the event page for more information.

Loft Kids Fest

Loft Kids Fest is almost over! Enjoy a screening of "Pokémon Detective Pikachu" on Saturday and 1989's "The Little Mermaid" on Sunday with pre-show entertainment from local toy shop Mildred & Dildred. 

When: Doors open at 9:15 a.m. for pre-show activities and movies begin at 10 a.m. Saturday-Sunday, June 29-30

Where: The Loft Cinema, 3233 E. Speedway

Cost: Free to attend

Visit the event page for more information.

Pressed Flower Greeting Cards

Pima County Master Gardeners is hosting this event where you'll be able to make three greeting cards with pressed flowers. You'll also learn about pollinator plants and how to incorporate them into your garden!

When: 9-11 a.m. Saturday, June 29

Where: Pima County Master Gardeners, 4210 N. Campbell Ave.

Cost: $35

Visit the event page for more information.

Presidio Comics Grand Reopening

Presidio Comics is moving into a larger space in Tucson Mall. Celebrate their grand reopening which is set to feature artists, cosplay, music, raffles and a silent auction.

When: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, June 29

Where: Tucson Mall, 4500 N. Oracle Road

Cost: Free to attend, bring money for shopping

Visit the event page for more information.

Tucson Roller Derby

After a hiatus, Tucson Roller Derby is back! Watch TRD's Javelina Havoc take on Arizona Roller Derby's Skate Riot Project.

When: Saturday, June 29; doors open at 6 p.m., first whistle blows at 6:45 p.m.

Where: Tucson Indoor Sports Center, 1065 W. Grant Road

Cost: $15 in advance, $20 at the door

Visit the event page for more information.

Forty Niner Red, White & Boom 2024

Enjoy an early Fourth of July celebration at the Forty Niner Country Club. The event is set to include face painting, water slides, bounce houses, mini golf, a pool, live music, food and fireworks. Bring your own lawn chair!

When: 5 p.m. Saturday, June 29

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

Cost: $40 for adults, $30 for kids under age 12; $110 for a family of four

Visit the event page for more information.

Tucson Speedway Independence Night

Car enthusiasts can celebrate Independence Day a few days early with racing at Tucson Speedway, followed by a fireworks show.

When: 6:30 p.m. Saturday, June 29; fireworks are at 9 p.m.

Where: Tucson Speedway, 11955 S. Harrison Road

Cost: $18 for adults, $13 for juniors, kids ages 10 and under get in for free

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: 8 a.m. to noon Saturdays

Where: Foothills Mall, 7325 N. La Cholla Blvd.

Cost: Free to attend, bring money for shopping

Visit the event page for more information.

Cricut Classes at Crafty Flamingo Studio

Get access to a Cricut machine and make your own custom crafts at this art studio. Cricut classes take place every Saturday where you'll learn everything from basics to special techniques. 

When: 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 3-5:30 p.m. Saturdays 

Where: Crafty Flamingo Studio, 6061 E. Broadway

Cost: $45

Visit the event page for more information.

Melissa Mercilliott of Two Deserts and local shop Libra & Thorn makes desert-inspired tarot cards.

Libra & Thorn Workshops

Metaphysical art shop Libra & Thorn is hosting three events this weekend: a sound bath ceremony, a workshop on tarot basics and a social surrounding tarot and oracle cards.

When: 6 p.m. Friday, June 28 for sound bath; 1 p.m. Saturday, June 29 for tarot basics; 3:30 p.m. Saturday, June 29 for social 

Where: Libra & Thorn, 101 S. Pantano Road

Cost: $10-$40, depending on the event 

Visit the event page for more information.

"Bluey" Family Trivia

Head to this family-friendly trivia night all about "Bluey." Teams can have as many as five people! 

When: 5-7 p.m. Sunday, June 30. Teams are signed up on a first come, first served basis.

Where: Crooked Tooth Brewing Co., 228 E. Sixth St.

Cost: Free to attend, recommended to make a purchase or two!

Visit the event page for more information.

'80s Dance Party

League of Mexican-American Women is hosting their annual summer fundraiser featuring live music, dancing, food, raffles and a bar. Wear '80s-themed attire to participate in the outfit contest! Proceeds go toward the organization's college scholarship fund.

When: 4-8 p.m. Sunday, June 30

Where: El Casino Ballroom, 437 E. 26th St.

Cost: $20

Visit the event page for more information.

Bidi Bidi Brunch Brunch

Chela's Latin Cuisine is hosting a Selena-themed drag event organized by Divas Illusion Show, featuring music and bar specials. Whoever dresses in the best Selena-themed outfit will win a prize!

When: Noon to 2 p.m. Sunday, June 30

Where: Chela's Latin Cuisine, 256 E. Congress St.

Cost: $21.40, includes a specialty drink

Visit the event page for more information.

Sky Island Pool Parties

It's officially the season for pool parties! Head to Hotel McCoy every Sunday for free pool parties featuring DJ Humblelianess.  

When: 5-8 p.m. Sundays in June and July

Where: Hotel McCoy, 720 W. Silverlake Road

Cost: Free to attend, sign a waiver at the front desk

Visit the event page for more information.

Goat yoga

Enjoy an hour of yoga and goats during this class!

When: 6-7 p.m. Sunday, June 30

Where: Silverbell Park, 7548 N. Silverbell Road

Cost: $25

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 ✨