Tucson's inaugural Scoop Fest ice cream festival makes its debut during Second Saturdays Downtown on Saturday.
Hub Restaurant and Creamery owner Kade Mislinski has invited other Tucson ice cream makers, including Frost and Isabella's Ice Cream, to set up in the Hub's parking lot. As of early this week, he had not gotten confirmations but he said he anticipated a few other shops will participate.
The Hub is serving five of its most popular flavors - vanilla, chocolate, soft caramel, white chocolate and the adults-only bourbon almond brittle. The restaurant also will serve its full line of ice creams - 24 flavors on hand from its repertoire of 90 - inside for the regular price of $4 a scoop.
Mislinski said the concept of Scoop Fest is pretty simple: "We're going to serve a lot of ice cream in the parking lot."
"It's going to be a whole bunch of people eating ice cream," he added.
Mislinski wants to create an annual event that will bring thousands of people downtown.
"My whole idea is that people will eat dinner down here in one of the downtown restaurants and then come eat some ice cream and enjoy Second Saturdays," he said.
The festival also will benefit local charities. One dollar from every $3 scoop will be split among designated nonprofit groups - Ben's Bells, All Souls Procession, Children's Museum Tucson, Downtown Community School, University of Arizona Medical Center Diamond Children's center, El Grupo and PAWSivitely Cats.
The festival also will include an all-you-can-eat sundae bar, Lulu's milkshakes and an icy polar bear dunk tank.
If you go
• What: 2nd Saturdays Downtown, featuring body builders at Fox Tucson Theatre, belly dancers performing on the Pennington Street Garage rooftop and other activities and performances.
• When: 6:30-11 p.m. Saturday.
• Where: Downtown Tucson, at venues along East Congress Street.
• Cost: Events are free unless noted.
Scott Avenue Main Stage at East Congress Street and Scott Avenue.
• 6:30 p.m. - Leila Lopez.
• 8 - Roll Acosta.
• 9:30 - Carlos Arzate.
T.O.P. Roof of Pennington Street Garage, 110 E. Pennington St.
• 6:30 p.m. - The Bluerays, with Belly Dance Tucson performing between set breaks at 7:30 and 8:45.
Fox Tucson Theatre, 17 W. Congress St.
• 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. - NPC Terminator 2013 bodybuilding competition; $20 at foxtucsontheatre.ticketforce.com
More downtown venues
• Chicago Store, 130 E. Congress St. - Deceptively Innocent, 6 p.m.
• Old Pueblo parking lot, 43 E. Congress St., between Scott and Stone avenues - Kids' Corner + Thrill Quest Entertainment/Virtual Reality Ride, 5- 8:30 p.m.; Cinema La Placita presents "Wonder Woman," 5 p.m.
• La Placita Village, 110 S. Church Ave. - Southwest Soul Circuit featuring Mike Kuhn, Kevin and Tanishia and friends, Crystal Stark and an open mic, 6-10 p.m.
• Cushing Street Bar & Restaurant, 198 W. Cushing St. - Saturday Jazz Showcase, 7 p.m.
• Hotel Congress, 311 E. Congress St. - Summer Beer Series with new Arizona Craft Beers, 5 p.m. ($20); Johnette Napolitano of Concrete Blonde, 7 on the patio; Chris Black and Tom Walbank, 7 in the club.
• La Cocina, 201 N. Court Ave. - Oscar Fuentes, 7 p.m.
• Museum of Contemporary Art, 265 S. Church Ave. - Coke Wisdom O'Neal's Box Exhibition Opening, 7 p.m.
• Tierra Antigua Realty, 216 E. Congress St. - KVOA anchor Kristi Tedesco hosts her "Kristi's Kids" Lifesaver program, 6:30 p.m.
Contact reporter Cathalena E. Burch at firstname.lastname@example.org or 573-4642.