First weekend of May in Tucson

The heat is almost here, so take advantage of the fun this May in Tucson.

Brain Freeze Ice-Cream Festival

UNLIMITED BLUE BELL ICE CREAM! What more can we say, other than it’s a fundraiser for Southern Arizona Network for Down Syndrome. Foam Parties, Face Painting, Inflatables & Music.
May 4-5, 12pm – 5pm daily at Rillito Park.
Get tickets and details here.

Kentucky Derby Party at Rillito

There’s no better place to watch and bet on the first leg of the Triple Crown than at the racetrack. Rillito Park Racetrack hosts the annual Kentucky Derby Party this Saturday. A southern style buffet will be available for purchase and guests can enjoy Mint Juleps and Bloody Marys. And don’t miss out on the hat and necktie contests. Post time is 3:40. Admission is FREE!

Cinco de Mayo at Hotel McCoy

It’s a very Tucson Cinco de Mayo at Hotel McCoy with Orkesta Mendoza, Joey Burns of Calexico and Tucson’s favorite touring band, Devotchka! Food trucks + fun too. Outdoor & family friendly.

FREE Family Friendly Cinco de Mayo Celebration

A botanical Cinco party for FREE. An event filled with the traditions of the Southwest! Enjoy mariachi band performances, agave spirit tastings, and artist displays. Includes food vendors, a local produce farmers market, local makers, games for the kids, and much more. At Tohono Chul, Sunday from 10-2.

Black Renaissance Night 1: Hip Hop

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.

May 4th is Hip Hop Night featuring the following artists:

Chakara Blu

Young Guns II – Old Tucson Screening

Shot at Old Tucson, Young Guns II is the latest feature shown on The Loft Cinema’s giant inflatable screen right where the movie was shot. And this Saturday at 7PM, Young Guns II screenwriter and producer, John Fusco, appears in person! Please bring your own seating. Bleacher seating is also available. Get the full schedule for Old Tucson screenings here.

CATS comes to Tucson

CATS, the record-breaking musical spectacular by Andrew Lloyd Webber, is on its Broadway tour across North America! Experience CATS for the first time as it begins a new life for a new generation… or let it thrill you all over again! The show runs from Tuesday to Sunday at Centennial Hall. Get your tickets here!

Agave Heritage Festival 2019

Enjoy the final weekend of all things agave including the Cinco de Mayo Celebration and the Phoenix Afrobeat Orchestra. The amazing agave plant has deep roots in the culture of the Southwest. The heritage festival celebrates all aspects of the plant, food, drink, crafts, and culture. Don’t miss a single event! Get the details here.

Tucson Premium Outlets Concert Series

This FREE concert features Wally Lawder and the Stragglers, this Saturday from 5-8PM. Wally is known for his rich baritone vocals. For this show he will be joined by the Stragglers! Together they create a unique, Folk/Americana sound, mellow in feel, upbeat in mood!


This is the third of 6 FREE concerts at the Tucson Premium Outlets.


May the 4th be with you at Hi Corbett Field Saturday at 6, when the Wildcats play PAC12 foe University of Oregon. The series runs all weekend, starting Friday at 6, Saturday at 6, and Sunday at noon.

Bear Down!



It’s Teacher Appreciation Night at the Tucson Sugar Skulls. Teachers get in FREE when you register here. Be sure to come in your best Dia De Los Muertos face, and cheer on the skulls against the San Diego Strike Force! This Saturday at 6.

See the complete schedule and where to buy tickets here: Tucson Sugar Skull single-game tickets now on sale.




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.

Check out their Facebook page

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.

Ansel Adams: Examples – last weekend

Taking the book as its’ template Ansel Adams: Examples draws upon the Center for Creative Photography’s collection of Adams’ work to realize the premise of “Examples” with original prints and archival materials. Paired with text from the book, written by Adams himself, the exhibition affords viewers and unprecedented opportunity to familiarize themselves with the intricacies of Adams’ work.

The exhibit runs until May 4 on the UA Campus.

  • Tuesday – Friday: 9am – 4pm
  • Saturday: 1 – 4pm
  • Sunday – Monday: closed

The 9th Annual Tucson Erotica Art Show – last weekend

This is a month-long event and runs through May 5. See what’s happening this weekend here.