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BEST Things To Do In Tucson

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  • Carnival of Illusion

    Scottish Rite Grand Parlour
    160 S Scott Ave.
    Tucson, AZ 85701
    Carnival of Illusion

    Carnival of Illusion is an evening of Old-World Magic in the style of classic entertainers such as Buster Keaton, Mae West, Gypsy Rose Lee, and Harry Houdini. The hosts have performed as house entertainers at the world's top resorts, Fortune 100 CEOs, to the 200 Most Powerful Women in America and operate the longest-running Arizona theater show. Carnival of Illusion is “Magic, Mystery, and OOOH La La.”


  • Dog Days

    2150 N. Alvernon Way
    Tucson, AZ 85712
    Dog Days

    From June 1st through September 30th, your 4-legged friends will be allowed to enjoy the Gardens just as much as you.

  • A Small Private Sale of Paintings and Objects from the Manabu Saito and John P. Craig Estate

    2150 N Alvernon Way
    Tucson, AZ 85712
    A Small Private Sale of Paintings and Objects from the Manabu Saito and John P. Craig Estate

    In 2018, The Tucson Botanical Gardens was fortunate to be the recipient of a collection of art and personal items from the estate of botanical artist, Manabu Saito and his partner, Dr. John P. Craig. It was Mr. Saito’s wish that the proceeds from the sale of his works and items further the mission of the Gardens.

    The Gardens is pleased to offer a small selection of paintings and personal items for public sale.  Mr. Saito’s collection is vast and varied.  Works for sale includes watercolors from the New Jersey shoreline, a sea scape of Japan as well as Mr. Saito’s beloved flora paintings (prints and a few select originals) that were created throughout his life. Other items for sale include includes pottery, batik, masks and a few paintings from other artist friends of Manabu.  Personal items such as journals, photographs, Manabu’s brushes and paints will also be on display, but are not for sale.

  • Woven Through Time: American Treasures of Native Basketry & Fiber Art

    1013 E. University Boulevard
    Tucson, AZ 85721
    Woven Through Time: American Treasures of Native Basketry & Fiber Art

    Arizona State Museum's new permanent exhibit features a sampling of the more than 35,000 specimens of basketry and other fiber art in the museum's extensive collection, ranging from millennia-old objects to modern-day masterpieces that celebrate the Southwestern U.S. region's ancient and abiding fiber-weaving traditions. ASM’s total assemblage of basketry and fiber art specimens dating back some 8,000 years represents the major indigenous basket-making cultures from across North America. The museum's unparalleled collection of basketry and pottery has been designated an American Treasure by the National Endowment for the Humanities’ Save America’s Treasures Program.

  • Cool Summer Nights at Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum

    2021 N. Kinney Rd.
    Tucson, AZ 85743
    Cool Summer Nights at Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum

    Beat the Arizona heat and enjoy a family-friendly outing during popular Cool Summer Nights at Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum every Saturday evening, May 18-August 31, 2019.  Enjoy clear views of stunning sunsets, star-specked skies, night-blooming plants, and animals reappearing from their daytime naps. The Sonoran Desert comes alive at night as nocturnal animals awake. Bats perform aerial acrobatics in pursuit of dinner, beavers splash around in their pond, and scorpions glow green under black light. Bring your flashlight and explore, experience a live animal encounter, or participate in special nightly activities. See the schedule on desertmuseum.org for weekly themes and activities.

  • A Portrait of Poetry: Photographs and Video by B. A. Van Sise

    1030 N Olive Rd
    Tucson, AZ 85719
    A Portrait of Poetry: Photographs and Video by B. A. Van Sise

    The Center for Creative Photography and the Poetry Center at the University of Arizona are delighted to collaborate to exhibit a captivating project by B.A. Van Sise in a celebration of the bicentennial of Walt Whitman’s birth. Van Sise is a New York–based photographer with a lifelong love of poetry and a family lineage that traces back to seminal American poet Walt Whitman. Van Sise has undertaken an expansive and inventive poetry portraiture project. Beginning in 2015, he embarked on a quest to make portraits of American poets that reflect the diversity and vitality of today’s poetry scene. Each portrait is a creative endeavor in which the poet becomes more an actor than a model, performing a concept Van Sise has created based upon one of the author’s poems. These narratives sometimes relate closely to the text (which is presented alongside the photograph), while at other times the connection is more abstract. The resulting “portraits” are at once a likeness of the poet, an evocation of the poem, and a presentation of a visual narrative fashioned by the photographer. 

  • Works of Art by Olaf Wieghorst

    140 N Main Ave
    Tucson, AZ 85701
    Works of Art by Olaf Wieghorst

    The Founders’ Gallery is home to the Tucson Museum of Art’s collection of works by Olaf Wieghorst.

    Born in Denmark, Wieghorst was a child acrobat and stunt rider who performed across Europe with the Danish Circus. In 1918, he arrived in the U.S. after time as a sailor, and enlisted in the U.S. Cavalry. At the end of his service, Wieghorst worked as a ranch hand in New Mexico, an experience that would later shape his artistic career.

  • Family Brain Boost

    200 S. Sixth Ave.
    Tucson, AZ 85701
    Family Brain Boost

    Join the Children’s Museum of Tucson’s education team each weekend for Family Brain Boost, a chance to jump-start your brain with fun, interactive science activities from bubbles to building blocks. 11:30 a.m. Free with admission: $9; free for infants younger than 1.

  • The Dinner Detective Interactive Murder Mystery Show

    475 N. Granada Ave
    Tucson, AZ 85701
    The Dinner Detective Interactive Murder Mystery Show

    Solve a hilarious murder case while you feast on a fantastic four-course plated dinner at "America's largest interactive murder mystery comedy dinner show" at Hotel Tucson City Center. Over the course of the night, costumed detectives will uncover clues, interrogate audience members that may or may not be part of the show, and help everyone get closer to solving the mystery, which is set during the present day and taking place in real time. Non-costumed actors, including the "killer," are hiding somewhere in the room pretending to be regular guests--you may find yourself as a prime suspect. The audience member that gives the best correct answer of "whodunit?" before the killer is revealed will walk away with a stellar prize package.

  • Blind Wine Tasting

    400 N. Toole Ave.
    Tucson, AZ 85701
    Blind Wine Tasting

    Maynards Market and Kitchen hosts a summertime blind wine tasting on the first Friday of every month. Think you have the skills of a sommelier? Step up and try five wines blindly and guess the varietals.

  • Palomino Nights Courtyard Concert Series

    2960 N Swan Rd
    Tucson, AZ 85712
    Palomino Nights Courtyard Concert Series

    You can dance ... to surf rock music at Plaza Palomino on March 18 when Palomino Nights presents the Hi-Phonics. Come, listen, and imagine a warm day at the beach, wearing a chill-defying wetsuit, and looking for the next perfect wave. And it's also nice to imagine getting out on a Saturday night for two hours to listen to some vintage 1960's surf music, desert-style -- without having to wade in, and pray for no sharks and get sand in your wetsuit! It's a dry surf at Plaza Palomino -- one of the most popular outdoor concerts series in town. Dine at Vero Amore, La Placita Cafe, or Trident Grill II and make it a dinner-and-a-show night. Shop Maya Palace, Dark Star Leather, La Contessa, or Flying Leap Vineyards Tasting Room; or indulge in the services of Abstrax Hair Salon & Day Spa or Simplicity Laser to enter for free. Concert takes place outdoors, in Plaza Palomino's beautiful courtyard, or inside in case of rain. 

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