Is it the weekend yet? 10 things to do in Tucson

Don’t miss out on the fun this weekend!

George Lopez’ “The Wall” tour appears at AVA Amphitheater

There is no topic that legendary comedian George Lopez will shy away from. He knows how to keep it funny, while at the same time, making his audiences aware of the times we’re in. Now in his 36th year of making fans laugh, Lopez is showing no signs of slowing down.

The show is Saturday at 8PM at Casino Del Sol. Tickets are going fast, so click here to get yours.

Lopez has paved the way for Latino comedians to become a force in the world of comedy. He began his career in 1983, and, in addition to his comedy specials and tours, he has had his own successful television show (which, itself, was a trailblazer), has been cast in numerous movies, and, overall, has been a dominant force in entertainment.

In 2006, Lopez received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. In addition, Time named him one of the 25 Most Influential Hispanics in America, and the Harris Poll named him one of the Top Ten Favorite Television Personalities.

The Bash at Rillito Racetrack

The new travelling festival, The Bash, is heading to Rillito Racetrack Sunday, May 12th. Rancid headlines in a day filled with craft beer and live music. Pennywise, Suicidal Tendencies,  L7 and H20 will also hit the stage. Get the full story and tickets here!

Rich Vos at The O

Rich Vos has been doing stand up for over 35 years, traveling all over the country, yet he is making his Tucson debut on Wednesday May 8th at 8pm at The O. Learn more about Rich here.

“Live from Laurel Canyon – Songs and Stories of American Folk Rock”

“Live from Laurel Canyon – Songs and Stories of American Folk Rock” is a 90 minute retrospective of music and stories of some of the most influential artists who lived in Laurel Canyon between 1965 and 1975.  This amazing group of musician bring this experience to the Fox Theatre, May 8th, at 7:30pm. Find the full story here.

Lord Huron at The Rialto Theatre

Don’t miss this indie sensation out of LA, Lord Huron. They are currently touring with their major-label debut, Vide Noir. It hit shelves and streaming sites in April 2018, reaching the number ten spot on the Billboard 200 chart.

It’s this Saturday at 8. Get tickets here.

Tucson Premium Outlets Concert – Freddy Parish

Freddy Parish is a singer/songwriter performing original songs and traditional tunes in a neo-traditional folk and country style.

The Tucson Premium Outlets and the Southern Arizona Arts and Cultural Alliance have partnered to bring live music to Southern Arizona each and every week. The series supports a range in music genres, from country to rock and jazz to classical.

Black Renaissance Night 2: Spoken Word

Black Renaissance spotlights black creativity in Tucson. Every Saturday in May from 8:00pm to 10:00pm, Hotel McCoy hosts these free events dedicated to the exploration of arts in the black community. This  is designed for the community at large to help in the learning of Black Artists and their steady influence on mainstream culture. See more details on the series here.

This evening is dedicated to the art of the spoken word with performances by:

Stevie Rose
Teré Fowler-Chapman
Freddy Jay Walker
Stephanie Lyonga
P.SAVANT
Lance Guzman
Mario Guzman
Andrés A Portela

Main Gate Square and Jonas Hunter Present: 2019 Friday Night Live Summer Jazz Concert Series

 

Main Gate Square Jazz Series continues throughout the summer. Did we mention they’re FREE! This weekend is Triple Threat (Crystal Stark Music, Katherine Byrnes, and Julie Anne).

You can get the full line-up of performances here. 

SPORTS EVENTS:

Top Rank Boxing and ESPN Live at the TCC

Miguel “El Alacran” Berchelt and Francisco “El Bandido” Vargas top the card Saturday night. In a grudge match, the Mexican warriors, punch it out for the WBC super featherweight title.

Saturday, May 11, at 6:45 p.m. at the Tucson Arena. Get tickets here.

ALSO, WBO junior featherweight world champion Emanuel Navarrete defends his title against Isaac “Royal Storm” Dogboe.

USC at UA Baseball

USC is coming to Hi Corbett Field for a weekend of PAC12 baseball. Wildcats vs Trojans. The series runs all weekend, starting Friday at 7, Saturday at 6, and Sunday at noon.

Bear Down!

NASCAR K&N PRO SERIES WEST | Port of Tucson Twin 100

Not one but two one hundred lap races! Experience the roar of regional NASCAR at the Tucson Speedway. Gates open 10AM. The first race start 7PM. $22 gets you in the bleachers! Get your tickets here.

RECURRING EVENTS: 

10 great things

Don’t miss the Gallery in the Sun’s new exhibit – Desert Blooms.

The flora and fauna of the Sonoran desert in Spring are celebrated in “Desert Blooms”, a selection of 1950’s watercolors by Tucson artist Ted DeGrazia. These colorful and playful paintings of cactus flowers and desert critters will be on display at the Gallery in the Sun from February 1st 2019 through September 4th, 2019.

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Sharks Take Over Flandrau

Turn your fears into fascination at Sharks: Magnificent and Misunderstood. Interactive displays lead you to the IMAX showing of Great White Shark. There’s an additional fee for the movie.