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🎉For Everyone🎉

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Origami in the Garden

Tucson Botanical Gardens presents the exhibit Origami in the Garden, a display of larger-than-life sculptures incorporating a traditional form of artistic expression surrounded by the beauty of the gardens. 

Where: Tucson Botanical Gardens, 2150 N. Alvernon Way

When: Until April, 2018

Cost: Included with regular admission

For more information click here.

Desert Museum Mineral Madness Sale and Family Fun

Shop for your own mineral and fossil treasures at rock-bottom prices. Thousands of mineral specimens for sale for the novice to the serious collector. Bargain hunters will find specimens for as little as 50 cents.

The Museum's Junior Docents will run geology activity stations, where you can learn about mineral uses and special properties, make mineral crafts, and learn how to identify minerals. At each station, children can collect a free rock or mineral specimen in their own egg-carton collection box.

Where: Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, 2021 N. Kinney Rd.

When: Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 13-14, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Cost: Included with price of admission.

For more information click here.

Free Downtown Jazz Fiesta

The Tucson Jazz Festival presents its annual Downtown Jazz Fiesta on MLK Day, with eight stages all over downtown Tucson featuring more than a dozen local bands, including jazz ensembles, R&B, blues and soul. There will be food trucks and beer and wine for purchase.

Where: Four stages in downtown Tucson: Toole Street and Fifth Avenue; Connect Coworking, 33 S. Fifth Ave.; Playground, 278 E. Congress; Hotel Congress Courtyard, 311 E. Congress

When: Jan. 15, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Cost: Free

For more information click here.


What: Rollies Mexican Patio offers a new twist on traditional Hispanic dishes —featuring flautas AKA rollies, fried chicken tortas, cochi ice cream sandwiches and more — check out the grand opening!

Where: 4573 S. 12th Ave.

Click here for more information.


Diocese of Tucson Vocations Color Run/Walk

Raise awareness and show support for discerners, seminarians, priests, and religious brothers and sisters in the Diocese of Tucson.

Where: Reid Park 5K Track, 1100 S. Randolph Way

When: Saturday, Jan 6, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Cost: Register here

For more information click here.

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Free Wrestling Show and $1 hotdogs at the swap meet

"Ring the bell" in the New Year with a free wrestling show at the Tanque Verde Swap Meet. Concessions include beer, $1 hotdogs, family-friendly show, and vendors. 

Where: Tanque Verde Swap Meet, 4100 S. Palo Verde Rd.

When: Sunday, Jan. 7, 12-2 p.m.

Cost: Free show with swap-meet admission

For more information click here.

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Jack Hanna's Into the Wild Live

Do not fear, Jungle Jack Hanna is here. Enjoy stories from brushing a hippo’s teeth to eating with wombats. You will see footage from his worldwide adventures with cheetahs, kangaroos, penguins and many more. 

Where: Fox Tucson Theatre, 17 W. Congress St. 

When: Sunday, Jan. 7, 4-7 p.m.

Cost: $29-$84

For more information click here.

Tucson Jazz Festival

World-Class Jazz in Tucson

Where: Venues around Tucson. Click here for details.

When: Jan. 11-21. Click here for lineup.

Cost: Click here for tickets.

For more information click here.

Beyond Tucson events

Remember the Jan. 8 Tucson shooting by getting outside and reconnecting with your neighbors. Events this year include runs, strolls, rides, group workouts, storytelling and more

Where: Around Tucson. Click here for a full list of 2018 events

When: Jan. 13

Cost: Free

For more information click here.

The Chuk-son Trail and Beyond: Urban Explorations!

Part of Beyond Tucson — Join Ironwood Tree Experience for a 1.5-mile walking exploration along a section of the Chuk-son Trail. This eye-opening experience highlights Tucson’s natural and historical stories from the El Tiradito Shrine in Barrio Viejo to the base of Sentinel Peak (“A” Mountain).

Where: Walk begins at the southwest corner of S. Main Ave. and W. Simpson St. (near El Minuto Cafe).

When: Jan. 13, 9 a.m. to noon

Cost: Free

For more information click here.

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Zoppé Family Circus

Don't miss the chance to see the exciting tricks and events this year under the big top. This much-loved annual event wows kids and adults alike with their old world charm.

Where: Mercado San Agustin Annex, 267 S. Avenida del Convento

When: Jan 12-21, click here for dates and times.

Cost:  $20-$80

For more information click here.

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Free Fun Run and Walk at Saguaro National Park West

Burn off some calories and  go for a free run/walk with friends and family. Get some exercise and enjoy the scenery. 

Where: Saguaro National Park West, 2700 N. Kinney Rd.

When: Saturday, Jan. 13, 8:30-11:30 a.m.

Cost: Free

For more information click here.

Illusionist Michael Howell

Bring your family and go see a little magic. This show will bring the family together while you witness wonder and magical tricks. 

Where: Fox Tucson Theatre, 17 W Congress St.

When: Saturday, Jan. 13, two show times - 7 p.m. and 8 p.m. 

Cost: Free

For more information click here.

Tucson Japanese Festival for New Year

Demos of mochi-making demonstrations, along with taiko drumming and martial arts. Other activities include ikebana displays, origami, calligraphy, musical & dance performances, Japanese food for sale. 

Where: Pima Community College, 1255 N. Stone Ave

When: Saturday, Jan. 20, 1-5 p.m.  

Cost: $5 adults, free for children 5 years and under.

For more information click here.

🎈For Kids🎈

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Storytelling & Scavenger Hunt at Valley of the Moon

Come explore the winding paths and enchanted gardens of Valley of the Moon and be amazed by our storytellers or share a story of your own. Find all the hidden items on your treasure map and you’ll get a prize!

Where: Valley of the Moon, 2544 E. Allen Road

When: Jan. 13, 3-7 p.m.

Cost: Admission is free but you can help spread the love of reading by bringing new or gently used books to donate to Make Way for Books.

For more information click here.

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Live Animal Encounters

Go show you kiddos all the neat creatures of Tucson. Live insects, spiders and reptile encounters. Dig in our decomposer box and see what you can discover.

Where: International Wildlife Museum, 4800 W. Gates Pass Rd.

When: Saturday, Jan. 6, 10 a.m. to noon

Cost: Museum admission; museum members are free. 

For more information click here.

The Hermitage No-Kill Cat Shelter Kids' Club

Bring your kids and take part in a craft/activity, educational presentation, and plenty of kitty snuggles. A snack will be provided. Parents are welcome to stay or drop off. 

Where: Hermitage No-Kill Cat Shelter & Sanctuary, 5278 E. 21st St.

When: Saturday, Jan. 6, 10 a.m. to Noon

Cost: $20. Sibling discounts available. 

For more information click here.

Paint Party! Ages 2 to 5

Kiddos get to listen to different genres of music while making art through different mediums. From classical to jazz, hip hop and more.

Where: Little Cardboard Rocket, 5360 E. Pima St.

When: Saturday, Jan. 13, 10-11 a.m.

Cost: Adults are free and participating kiddos are $9

For more information click here.

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Garden Talks: Fruit Trees

Have a green thumb? Doesn't matter. Learn what fruit trees grow and thrive in our climate. Which varieties work here, how do you plant and take care of them? Learn how to harvest peaches, figs, pomegranates, and much more right from your own yard.  

Where: Himmel Park Library, 1035 N. Treat Ave.

When: Saturday, Jan. 6, 3-4:30 p.m.

Cost: Event is free to attend

For more information click here.

Free Master Gardener: Tomatoes for the Desert

Learn the tricks of the trade from master gardeners so that you too can pick fresh, ripe tomatoes from your most successful garden ever.

Where: El Rio Library, 1390 W. Speedway Blvd.

When: Tuesday, Jan. 9, 4-5:30 p.m.

Cost: Free

For more information click here.

Free Fitness Saturday at The Core

Enjoy a workout with high intensity interval training with the science of Synced Music Motivation. In every class, music and moves sync in a way that pushes you past your perceived limits, to reach your fitness goals faster.

Where: The Core at La Encantada, 2905 E. Skyline Dr.

When:  Saturday, Jan. 13, 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Cost: Free

For more information click here.

Dillinger Days

Get a chance to experience the 1930’s. Enjoy whiskey tasting, delicious appetizers, live music, premium cigars, era-related entertainment and historic fun. 

Where: Hotel Congress, 311 E. Congress St.

When: Friday Jan. 19, 7 p.m. and Saturday, Jan. 20, 5 p.m. 

Cost: $35

For more information click here.

Tucson Rodeo & Parade Barn Dance

Go with friends or on a date and dance to music by Jack Bishop. There will be a cash bar, raffle and food.

Where: Tucson Rodeo - La Fiesta de los Vaqueros, 4823 S. Sixth Ave

When: Saturday, Jan. 20, 5-10 p.m.

Cost: Event is free to attend, bring cash for drinks and food

For more information click here.

Cat Yoga

Do you like yoga? And kitties? Join us for a fun class to strengthen your body, and feed your heart with purrs!  

Where: Hermitage No-Kill Cat Shelter & Sanctuary, 5278 E. 21st St.

When: Sunday, Jan. 21, 1- 2:15 p.m.

Cost: $15 

For more information click here.

🎥Movies🎥 

Conan the Barbarian

Wanna see Arnold Schwarzenneger crush bones, bash some heads and save humanity from ultimate destruction? The go see this classic original 1982 heavy-metal action movie.

Where: The Loft Cinema, 3233 E. Speedway Blvd.

When: Friday and Saturday, Jan. 5 and 6, 10-11:55 p.m.

Cost: $5-$6

For more information click here.

Short-Film Contest

You get a chance to see all the shorts on the big screen.

Where: The Loft Cinema, 3233 E. Speedway Blvd.

When: Friday, Jan. 5, 9-11 p.m.

Cost: $5-$7

For more information click here.

An American Werewolf in London

Take a friend and see a howling old  classic with two American students on a walking tour of Europe, trudge on to the next town, when suddenly the air is pierced by an unearthly howl, and they’re attacked by a mysterious beast. 

Where: The Loft Cinema, 3233 E. Speedway Blvd.

When: Friday-Saturday, Jan. 12-13, 10-11:40 p.m. 

Cost: $5-$6

For more information click here.

Anastasia - Free Loft Jr. Screening

It's a free event for the family! Enjoy pre-show entertainment and watch a musical classic. 

Where: The Loft Cinema, 3233 E. Speedway Blvd.

When: Saturday, Jan. 13, 10-11:40 a.m.

Cost: Free

For more information click here.

Ferdinand Sensory Friendly Film

Autism Society offers unique movie showings where we turn the lights up, and turn the sound down, so you can get up, dance, walk, shout or sing.

Where: AMC Lowes Theaters at the Foothills Mall Tucson, 7401 N. La Cholla Blvd. 

When: Saturday, Jan. 13, 10 a.m. to noon

Cost: $4.76 each

For more information click here.

Free Scooby Doo Night at the Film Bar

Scooby Dooby Doo, where are you? At The Film Bar! Food trucks will be there for the event and they will be tapping a few lagunitas beers as well.  

Where: Casa Video and Casa Film Bar, 2905 E. Speedway Blvd.

When: Friday, Jan. 26, 5-11 p.m.

Cost: Event is free to attend

For more information click here.

🛒Shopping🛒

Tucson Gem show 2018 

It's that time again to see and buy some precious gem and minerals at the largest, oldest and most prestigious gem and mineral show in the world.

Where: Tucson Convention Center and all over Tucson. Click here for shows and locations.

When: Jan. 27-Feb. 11

For more information click here.

The January Market

Go relax and get some shopping done for the new year.

Where: Saguaro Market, 657 W. St. Mary's Rd.

When: Thursday, January 11-14, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday, Jan 14, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Cost: Free to attend, but bring some money for some new year shopping

For more information click here.

La Encantada Fine Art Festival

It's time to go shopping! This festival brings the region's finest artists to display and sell their handcrafted work, along the scenic walkways throughout the La Encantada Shopping Center.  

Where: La Encantada, 2905 E. Skyline Dr.

When: Saturday, Jan. 20, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday, Jan. 21, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

Cost: Free 

For more information click here.