Plan your Fourth of July

“A” Mountain Fireworks, Tucson Convention Center viewing area — 260 S. Church Ave. Food trucks and beer garden on the west side of the Tucson Convention Center (TCC). Parking Lots B and C will be free and open to the public for fireworks viewing. Parking in lot at west 22nd Street and I-10, and the City/State Parking Garage at 498 W. Congress St., west of I-10. Food vendors and beer garden: 7-9 p.m. Fireworks at 9:15 p.m., weather permitting July 4. 837-4753.

Centennial Hall — 1020 E. University Blvd. Let Freedom Sing. Arts Express Choir and Orchestra perform patriotic pieces including The Star Spangled Banner, America the Beautiful and The Battle Hymn of the Republic. Big Band Express and boogie-woogie blues pianist Arthur Migliazza will join. 3-4:30 p.m. July 4. $20 front of house seating. General seating is free, donations are appreciated. 319-0400.

Crossroads at Silverbell Park — 7548 N. Silverbell Road, Marana. Marana Star Spangled Spectacular. Events, including kids activities, water slide and food vendors start at 6 p.m. Greg Spivey Band concert at 7 p.m. Fireworks at 9 p.m., weather permitting. KOLD’s Dan Marries is the emcee. July 4. 382-1946. Fireworks countdown at

Hacienda Del Sol Guest Ranch — 5501 N. Hacienda del Sol Road. Red White and Brew July 4th Celebration. Barbecue-style food, live music by Hey Bucko. Reservations required. 5-9 p.m. July 4. $25; $12.50 for children 7-14 years old; free for 6 and under. 529-3500.

Hilton Tucson El Conquistador Golf and Tennis Resort — 10555 N. La Canada Dr., Oro Valley. July 4th Stars and Stripes Classic BBQ. Live music includes Kaci Bays and Ken Martinson, and country singer Marnie Chastain. Buffet-style BBQ includes baby back ribs, green chili pork, hamburgers and hot dogs, chicken, veggie burgers and tamales. Gates at 5:30 p.m., event begins at 6 p.m. Fireworks at 9 p.m. Tickets must be purchased in advance. $48; $20 for children ages 5-12; free for children under 5. 544-1244.

James D. Kreigh Park — 23 W. Calle Concordia, Oro Valley. Oro Valley Fourth of July Party and Fireworks. Live entertainment, food trucks and vendors, kids’ zone and activities including a climbing wall and splash pad. Full details at ar/4th-july-celebration-2014 July 4. Free.

Kino North Stadium — 2817 E. Ajo Way. FC Tucson 4th of July Blast. Fireworks following match against Albuquerque Sol FC. Match begins at 7:30 p.m., Fireworks scheduled to begin roughly 30 minutes after game concludes. 7:30-10 p.m. July 4. $10. 334-1115.

The Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain — 15000 N. Secret Springs Drive, Marana. Red, White and Bluegrass Barbecue. Buffet including ribs, chicken, potato salad, corn on the cob, live entertainment. Fireworks at 8:45 p.m. Reservations recommended. 5:30-8 p.m. July 4. $44; $22 children under 12. 572-3000.

Tubac Golf Resort and Spa — 65 Otero Road, Tubac. July 4th Fireworks Extravaganza. Starts at 4 p.m. with kids’ zone, inflatable obstacle course, face painting, food trucks, D.J. Fireworks at 8:45 p.m. No individual entrance fee. VIP tickets include parking, dinner buffet, live entertainment, two drink tickets, a private cash bar and seating for fireworks. Reservations required. 4-10 p.m. July 4. $10 per car; $49 per person VIP. 398-3521.

Tucson Botanical Gardens — 2150 N. Alvernon Way. Four, Four, Four: Fourth of July Celebration. Family-style BBQ with two meal options: a hotdog, chips and drink for $4 or a hamburger, side and drink for $8. 4-7 p.m. July 4. $4. 326-9686.

Many events offer discounted tickets for students, seniors, military and others. Call venue for details.


Not Burnt Out Just Unscrewed — Unscrewed Theater, 3244 E. Speedway. Improv, guest star: Arizona Daily Star’s David Fitzsimmons. Family show: 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. Uncensored show: 9:30 p.m. Saturdays. $5. 289-8076.



St. Andrew’s Bach Society Presents Guitarist Renato Serrano — Grace St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 2331 E. Adams St. Classical guitar masterpieces. 2-4 p.m. June 29. $12. 808-2122.

Jazz and World

Smokey Robinson — Casino Del Sol Resort’s AVA. Legendary Motown singer/songwriter. 8 p.m. June 28. $25-$75. 838-6506.

The Sax Pack — JW Marriott Starr Pass Resort and Spa, 3800 W. Starr Pass Blvd. Saxophonists Jeff Kashiwa, Steve Cole and Jackiem Joyner. 7:30-9:30 p.m. June 28. $45 per person; $150 VIP table for two. 230-8910.

Gran Festival de Folklore Mexicano y Mariachi featuring Mariachi Vargas — Casino Del Sol Resort’s AVA. Mariachi group. 7 p.m. June 29. $17-$77. 838-6506.

Pop, Rock, Country

Johnny Ain’t Right — The Boondocks Lounge. 8 p.m.-midnight. June 28. $5. 690-0991.

June, June, June! Musical Revue — Red Barn Theater, 948 N. Main Ave. Sing along with the Barnstorm Players. Refreshments. 2-3:15 p.m. June 28. $5. 622-6973.

The Reunion Union — The Flycatcher, 340 E. Sixth St. Reunites three Tucson bands. 7:30-11 p.m. June 28. $6. 798-1298.

Peter McLaughlin and Alvin Blaine — Monterey Court. Bluegrass music. 6:30-9:30 p.m. July 2. Free. 207-2429.

A Tribute to America by the Santa Cruz Summer Winds — Community Performing Arts Center, 1250 W. Continental Road, Green Valley. Ice cream served at 2 p.m. Includes selections from Aaron Copeland, John Philip Sousa and other American composers. 2-4:30 p.m. July 3. $15-$20. 399-1750.

Kid Rock — Casino Del Sol’s AVA. 8 p.m. July 3. $61.50-$151.50. 838-6506.

Marana Concert Series — Crossroads at Silverbell Park, 7548 N. Silverbell Road, Marana. Greg Spivey Band. 7-8:30 p.m. July 4. Free. 797-3959.

Farmers markets

Admission is free unless otherwise noted.

Dad’s Farmers Market — 13300 N. Postvale Road, Marana. 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Daily. 460-6292.

Dove Mountain Farmers Market — The Highlands at Dove Mountain, Continental Ranch, 9100 N. Coachline Road. Southeast corner of Coachline Blvd. and Twin Peaks Road. 8 a.m.-noon. Thursdays. 661-7215.

Santa Cruz River Farmers Market — Mercado San Agustín, 100 S. Avenida del Convento. 4-7 p.m. Thursdays. 622-0525, Ext. 242.

Heirloom Farmers Market East — Jesse Owens Park, 400 S. Sarnoff Drive. 8 a.m.- noon. Fridays. 882-2157.

Catalina Art and Farmers Market — 77north Artworks and Marketplace, 16733 N. Oracle Road, 8 a.m.-12 p.m. Fridays. 825-4427.

Friday’s Farmers Market — Broadway Village, southwest corner of East Broadway and Country Club Road. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Fridays. 603-8116.

UAMC Farmers Market — The University of Arizona Medical Center, 1501 N. Campbell Ave. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Fridays. 261-6982.

The Loft Cinema Farmers Market — The Loft Cinema, 3233 E. Speedway. 8 a.m.-noon. Saturdays. 795-0844.

Farmers Market — Benson Museum, 180 S. San Pedro St., Benson. 8 a.m.-noon Saturdays. 1-520-586-3134.

Arivaca Farmers Market — 17000 W. Arivaca Road, Arivaca. 9 a.m.-noon Saturdays. 306-4673.

Rincon Valley Farmers and Artisans Market — 12500 E. Old Spanish Trail. 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays. 591-2276.

Heirloom Oro Valley Farmers Market — Steam Pump Ranch, 10901 N. Oracle Road. 8 a.m.- noon. Saturdays. 882-2157.

Plaza Palomino Farmers Market — 2970 N. Swan Road. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturdays. 327-4676.

Ventana Plaza Farmers Market — 5455 N. Kolb Road. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays. 603-8116.

Heirloom Farmers Market at St. Philip’s — 4280 N. Campbell Ave. 8 a.m.-noon. Saturdays. 882-2157.

Bear Canyon Open Air Market — Bear Canyon Shopping Center, 8987 E. Tanque Verde Road. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturdays. 982-2645.

El Con Center Farmers Market — El Con Center, 3601 E. Broadway. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturdays. 261-6982.

Market On the Move And MOMer’s Thrift Shop — The 3000 Club Warehouse, 250 S. Toole Ave. Receive up to 60 pounds of produce for a donation. Collecting for Humanitarian Disaster Aid. 6-9 a.m. Saturdays. $10 suggested donation. 373-5256.

Santa Fe Square Farmers Market — Colonia Verde Shopping Center, 7000 E. Tanque Verde Road. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Sundays. 261-6982.

Heirloom Farmers Market — St. Philip’s Plaza, 4280 N. Campbell Ave. 8 a.m.-noon. Sundays. 882-2157.

Farmers Market at the Shoppes at La Posada — 665 S. Park Centre Ave., Green Valley. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Mondays. 603-8116.

El Pueblo Farmers Market — El Rio Health Center parking lot, 101 W. Irvington Road. 3-5 p.m. Mondays. 882-3313.

Farmers Market — Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona, 3003 S. Country Club Road. 8 a.m.-noon Tuesdays. 622-0525, Ext. 242.

Marana Farmers Market — Marana Health Center, 13395 N. Main St. 3-6 p.m. Tuesdays. 882-3313.

Green Valley Farmers Market — Green Valley Village, 101 S. La Cañada Drive. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Wednesdays. 490-3315.

Silverbell Nursery Farmers Market — Silverbell Nursery, 2730 N. Silverbell Road. 8 a.m-1 p.m. Wednesdays. 622-3894.

Festivals, events

Fourth Ave. Food Fest — North Fourth Ave. between University Blvd. and Fifth St. Weekly event pairs local foods with live music in an open-air walk. Local businesses, artisans, and talent, stage on the corner of Fourth Avenue and Fourth Street. 4-8 p.m. Fridays. Free. 261-6982.

Summer Safari Nights — Reid Park Zoo, 3400 E. Zoo Court Drive. New theme each week with activities, zoo-keeper talks and door prizes. Beer, Eegee’s, and Zoofari Café specials available. Splash pad, animal encounters, face painting and live music. 5:30-8 p.m. Fridays through July 11. $9; $7 seniors 62 and up; $5 children 2- 14 years; free under 2. 881-4753.

Night Wings — Pima Air and Space Museum, 6000 E. Valencia Road. Explore the museum during the cooler summer evenings. Indoor planes and exhibits, more than 150 outdoor aircraft, activity stations, prizes and food for purchase. 5-9 p.m. June 28. $10; free for ages 12 and under. 574-0462.

Sunset Saturdays — Tucson Botanical Gardens, 2150 N. Alvernon Way. Food, drinks and live music. 5-8 p.m. Fourth Saturdays through Sept. 27. $9; $4 children 4-12. 326-9686.

“School of Rock” in the Lot — Bookmans, 1930 E. Grant Road. In the east parking lot; limited seating provided, bring lawn chairs and/or blankets. Popcorn provided. Seating at 7:15 p.m., movie around 7:30 p.m. 7:30-9:15 p.m. June 28. Free. 325-5767.

Harry Potter Party — Bookmans Speedway, 6230 E. Speedway. Crafts, snacks, face painting and story time. Dress up as your favorite character to do the “Hogwarts” dance. 10-11 a.m. July 2. Free. 748-9555.

Wednesday Madness Food Truck Rally — NW corner of Campbell and Fort Lowell. Every Wednesday lunch from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. and dinner from 5-8:30 p.m. Hosted by Food for Horses benefitting animal rescue organizations. Wednesdays, ongoing. Cost of food. 982-2645.

At the Library

Youth Lib Crib — Woods Branch Library, 3455 N. First Ave. Use laptops, play video games, board games, read books, watch movies and make crafts. For teens and kids. 2-5 p.m. June 26 and July 3. Free. 594-5445.

All Aboard — Oro Valley Public Library, 1305 W. Naranja Drive. Teaching about transportation through stories like “The Race” and “Bunnies on the Go.” Tickets required, handed out half an hour before program begins. 1-1:30 p.m. June 27. Free. 594-5580.

Discover: Under the Sea Adventure — Wheeler Taft Abbett Sr. Branch Library, 7800 N. Schisler Drive. Presented by KidzArt. Draw and paint an underwater world. Registration required. Ages 2-5 years. 2-3 p.m. July 2. Free. 594-5200.


Play the Qigong Way — Joel D. Valdez Main LIbrary, 101 N. Stone Ave. Gentle movement, natural breath, color and sound with exercises. Noon-1 p.m. June 26. Free. 791-4010.

Yogalates class — HeartSTONE studio at the BLOC, 8975 E. Tanque Verde Road. Combining Hatha yoga and mat Pilates; focus on building core strength, stretching, and guided breath work. 5:30-6:30 p.m. June 26. Free. 209-2562.

Tai Chi for Arthritis and Fall Prevention — St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, 7650 N. Paseo del Norte. Form combines joint-safe moves, agile steps and Qigong breathing. May be done seated or standing. 9:15-10:15 a.m. Mondays. $5. 742-4600.

Tai Chi for Health, Arthritis, and Balance — Sunrise Chapel, 8421 E. Wrightstown Road. The exercises are gentle and smooth with qigong techniques. 11 a.m.-noon. June 30. $7 a class. 290-1956.

Tucson Tuesday Laughter Yoga — St. Francis in the Foothills Church, Room 30-31, 4625 E. River Road. Breathing, yogic exercises and laughter to promote peace and healing. Tuesdays. Free; donations appreciated. 490-5500.

Seated Tai Chi for Arthritis — St. Andrews Presbyterian Church, 7650 N. Paseo del Norte. 9:30 Wednesdays. $10 for two classes; $20, four classes. 465-2890.

Meet Me at Maynards — Hotel Congress, 311 E. Congress St., north entrance on Toole Avenue. Family-friendly, noncompetitive, 3- or 4-mile run/walk through downtown. 5:15 p.m. check-in; 5:45 p.m. start. Mondays. Free. More info:

Meet Me at La Encantada — La Encantada, 2905 E. Skyline Drive. Family-friendly, noncompetitive, 3.1- or 1½-mile and other fitness options. 5:15 p.m. check-in; 5:45 p.m. start. Wednesdays. Free. More at

Everyone Runs TMC Run with the Roosters Kinney Road 5-Miler — Old Tucson, 201 S. Kinney Road. Begins and ends at Old Tucson. Customized finisher tech shirts, Mexican breakfast, snow cones and slip n slide. Overall and 5-year age group awards. 5 a.m. July 13. $35 by June 30; $40 from July 1 to day of race. 797-7867.

Outdoors & Rec

All events are free or included with admission or vehicle entrance fee unless otherwise noted. Parking may be additional.

SkyNights StarGazing Program — Mount Lemmon SkyCenter, 9800 E. Ski Run Road, Mount Lemmon. Observe planets, galaxies and nebulae through the largest dedicated public telescope in the Southwest. Daily. $60; $30 kids 7-17. 626-8122.

Twilight Walking Tour of Barrio Viejo — In front of La Pilita, 420 S. Main Ave. Explore an area of Hispanic cultural and architectural traditions. 6-8 p.m. June 26. $15. 625-8365.

Wake Up with the Birds — Pima County Agua Caliente Park. A guided walk in the park to spot wetland birds, hummingbirds, songbirds, and raptors. 7:30-9 a.m. Thursdays. 615-7855.

A Night with the Stars — Roy P. Drachman-Agua Caliente Regional Park. Tucson Amateur Astronomy Association provides telescopes and introduction to stargazing. Bring flashlight and lawn chair. Weather permitting. 7:30-9:30 p.m. June 27. 615-7855.

Reptile Ramble — Tohono Chul Park. Learn about the Sonoran Desert’s scaled and slithery creatures from snakes and lizards to tortoises and turtles. 10 a.m. Fridays. 742-6455.

Volunteer Naturalist Guided Hike — Mount Lemmon, Catalina Highway milepost 24.7, Control Road (1/4 mile off Hwy). Five-mile hike demands good physical condition. Bring lunch. 9 a.m. June 27. 749-8700.

Outdoor Family Day: Roadrunners! Beep! Beep! — Roy P. Drachman-Agua Caliente Regional Park. Learn about roadrunners with photos and video. Families with children ages 5-12. 9:30-11 a.m. June 28. 615-7855.

Meet The Hohokam — Saguaro National Park East. Indoor presentation. Early desert people’s food, shelter and clothing. 3 p.m. June 28. 733-5153.

Whales in the Desert — Saguaro National Park West. Connections between whales and the Sonoran Desert. 3:15-4 p.m. Tuesdays. 733-5158.

Against All Odds — Saguaro National Park West. Learn about the saguaro’s survival. 2:15-2:45 p.m. Wednesdays. 733-5158.

Social Dance

Tucson Swing Dance Club, West Coast Swing, Dance Lessons — Shall We Dance, 4101 E. Grant Road. Beginning lessons from 7-7:45 p.m., intermediate from 8-8:30 p.m. Open dancing to 10:30 p.m. Thursdays. $6 548-6777.

Carolina Shag Dance Class — Maker House, 283 N. Stone Ave. Instructor teaches East Coast swing dance. 7 p.m. June 27. Free. 870-0769.

Bob Kay The Singing Drumming DJ — Cactus Bowl, 3665 S. 16th Ave. Oldies and Happy Hour on food and drinks. 4-6 p.m. Sundays. $2. 883-5491.

Cool To Be Square-Dancers — Old Pueblo Dance Center, 613 E. Delano St. Modern mainstream square dancing. 6-9 p.m. Sundays. $5. 820-4749.

TROT Fundraiser — The Maverick, 6622 E. Tanque Verde. Live country music with three bands. Food and beverages for purchase. 2-7 p.m. June 29. $10. 749-2360, Ext.602.

Senior Dance — Udall Center, 7200 E. Tanque Verde Road. Live music. 1:30-3:30 p.m. Tuesdays. $4.50. 551-6154.


“Pygmalion” — The Comedy Playhouse, 3620 N. First Ave. Eliza Doolittle hopes to improve her life by taking speech lessons from Prof. Henry Higgins in George Bernard Shaw’s classic play. Last Chance: 7:30 p.m. June 27-28; 3 p.m. June 29. $18. 260-6442.

“Naomi and Michelle’s Excellent Adventure” — Great American Playhouse, 13005 N. Oracle Road. A mystical phone booth time-travels the girls from 1776 to WWII so they can pass American History. 7 p.m. Thursdays; 6 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; 3 p.m. Sundays through Aug. 30. $17.95; $7.95 ages 12 and under. 512-5145.

Ghostblasters or “I Ain’t Afraid of No Jokes!” — The Gaslight Theatre, 7010 E. Broadway. Musical comedy about misfit scientists trying to save New York City from silly spirits. 7 p.m. Tuesdays-Thursdays; 6 and 8:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; 3 and 6 p.m. Sundays through Aug. 31. $18.50 adults; $8.50 children 12 and under. 886-9428.

Visual Arts


Roy P. Drachman-Agua Caliente Regional Park — 12325 E. Roger Road. Four Women Artists. Mixed media by Joyce Nelson, Laurie Williams, Gay Scheibl, and Lee Ackerman. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. June 28-July 30. Closed July 4. 615-7855.

Kirk-Bear Canyon Library — 8959 E. Tanque Verde Road. “The Joy They Give”: Animal portraits in fiber by Ashley Weymouth, using wool from sheep, alpaca and goat. July 1-31. Closed July 4. 594-5277.

St. Francis in the Foothills — 4625 E. River Road. Sumi-e Art Exhibit. Ink-brush painting works by Joy Mills. July 1-31. Reception: 10 a.m. July 6. Free. 299-9063.


WomanKraft — 388 S. Stone Ave. It’s a Matter of Time. Exhibit about the changing of the seasons, time-lapse photography, clocks, sundials, collage or assemblage. Through July 26. Reception: 7-10 p.m. July 5. 629-9976.