Rillito Park Farmers Market

Roasted Hatch green chiles at Trail Dust Town.

Photos by Pedro Romaño / Courtesy Heirloom Farmers Markets

We're getting ready to go into the weekend like...

But before you start prancing off into the sunset, here are some things happening around Tucson to keep you and everyone in your life happy and entertained. 

Fun for everyone

14th Annual Chile Fest at Heirloom Farmers Markets


Desmond Rowley with Red's Roasters fires up some green chiles at the Sunday Heirloom Farmers Market at Rillito Park. 

Select Heirloom Farmer Markets locations are firing up the roasting drum this weekend for Chile Fest.

In addition to the fresh produce and other goodies you'll find at a farmers market, vendors will also have chile-themed food including roasted green chiles, salsa and tamales.

Music and activities varies by day and location. Find more information here.

When: Friday-Sunday, Sept. 15-17, 8 a.m. to noon

Where: Friday: Trail Dust Town, 6541 E. Tanque Verde Road, Saturday: Steam Pump Ranch, 10901 N. Oracle Road, Sunday: Rillito Park Farmers Market, 4502 N. First Ave.

Cost: Event is free to attend.

El Río Neighborhood Center's 45th Anniversary!


People on the El Rio Santa Cruz Neighborhood Health Center float wave to the crowd at the Tucson Rodeo Parade on Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015, in Tucson, Ariz. Mike Christy / Arizona Daily Star

Enjoy El Río Neighborhood Center's 45th anniversary with food, music, performances and fun. There will also be a historic gallery, jumping castles and face painting.

Find more information here.

When: Friday, Sept. 15, 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Where: El Rio Neighborhood Center, 1390 W. Speedway Blvd.

Cost: Event is free to attend

Mexican Independence Concert at the Fox Theater


A young contestant for the title of Nuestra Belleza Fiesta Patrias, or the new festival beauty, parades the Mexican flag across the stage during the 2013 Fiestas Patrias celebration of Mexican Independence Day on Sunday, Sept. 15, 2013, at the Anselmo Valencia Tori Amphitheatre at Casino del Sol, 5655 W. Valencia Road, in Tucson, Ariz. 

Celebrate Mexican Independence Day a day early with a free concert hosted by the the Mexican Consulate and the Instituto Cultural Mexicano De Tucson.

Seating is first come, first served.

Find more information here.

When: Friday, Sept. 15, 8-10 p.m.

Where: Fox Theater Tucson, 17 W. Congress Street

Cost: Event is free to attend

El Tour Loop the Loop

Kick off the El Tour season with a free cycling event around The Loop, a shared-use path that connects the Rillito River Park, Santa Cruz River Park and the Pantano River Park among other spots. 

Find more information here

When: Saturday, Sept. 16, 6:30-10:30 a.m.

Where: The Loop

Cost: Event is free to attend

Roasted Chile Festival


Tatiana Scott picks out freshly roasted green chiles . 

If you can't get enough green chile, the Rincon Valley Farmers and Artisans Market also is hosting their yearly roasted chile festival this weekend — so you might as well stop by and take a whiff of that sweet smoky air.

Find more information here

When: Saturday, Sept. 16 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Where: Rincon Valley Farmers and Artisans Market, 12500 E. Old Spanish Trail

Cost: Event is free to attend

Monster Madness at Tucson Speedway


Driver Rod Wood, a Tucson native, powers the McGruff monster truck over a jump during the speed and skill time trial at Monster Jam.


Watch monster trucks run over things and race each other in a Monster Madness Throwdown.

The lineup includes, Monster Patrol, Tuff E Neff and EL Perro Loco.

Find more information here.

When: Saturday, Sept. 16, 5-10 p.m.

Where: Tucson Speedway, 11955 S. Harrison Road

Cost: Adults, $17, kids, $12, senior or military, $15, family pack ( two adults and two kids), $42. Buy tickets in advance here.

Shakespeare in the Park


Carol Edwards looks off stage in her role as the Princess of France dress rehearsal for the El Rio Theatre Project's Love's Labour Lost. Kelly Presnell / Arizona Daily Star

The El Rio Theatre Project kicks off their Shakespeare in the Park performance of "A Midsummer Night's Dream"

Bring a blanket and a picnic so you can eat and watch the show under the stars.

Find more information here

When: Performances run from Sept. 16 to Oct. 1

Where: Himmel Park, 1000 N. Tucson Blvd. 

Cost: Free but a suggested donation of $5

Some deals!

• Pick up that fancy shampoo and conditioner you've been eying at Ulta, they're having a buy one get one free on select hair care products. (Brands cannot be combined.)

• Need a new car seat for your growing child? Target is having a car seat trade-in event where you can get 20 percent off a new car seat if you bring your old one.

• At Michael's, get 20 percent off the your entire purchase, including sale items, with the the promo code 20MAKE91317 and 50 percent off of one regular priced item with the promo code 50SAVE91017

• Big 5 is having a 62nd anniversary sale with major discounts off of select shoes, camping and sporting equipment.

For the kiddos

Disney's The Little Mermaid at Centennial Hall

Swish your fins over to the UA campus to be where the people are for theater performances of The Little Mermaid presented by Broadway in Tucson.

Find more information here.

When: Sept. 13-17

Where: Centennial Hall, 1020 E. University Blvd

Cost: Price varies, check here for tickets. 

Kids Night Out at Color Me Mine

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In need of a date night? Drop off the kids at the Tucson Mall's Color Me Mine for a Ninjago night of pizza, painting and snacks.

Finally, you and your bae can enjoy a dinner at the Cheesecake Factory in peace.

Kids must be six or older to sign up.

Find more information here.

When: Friday, Sept. 6, 6-8 p.m.

Where: Color Me Mine Tucson Mall, 4500 N. Oracle Road

Cost: $30 per person, register at least 24 hours in advance here.

Tucson Symphony Orchestra Just for Kids Concert


Tucson Symphony Orchestra’s Just For Kids series features musicians who often dress up, as the TSO String Quartet did for this Just for Kids concert last season.

Can we get a drum roll?! The Tucson Symphony Orchestra's Percussion Quartet is performing a family-friendly concert where kids get to learn about the history and geography of some of our favorite musical instruments.

Find more information here.

When: Sunday, Sept. 17, 2-3 p.m.

Where: Tucson Jewish Community Center, 3800 E. River Road

Cost: Event is free to attend


Free Movie in Marana - Beauty and the Beast


Dan Stevens as The Beast and Emma Watson as Belle find love in the latest version of “Beauty and the Beast.”

It's a tale as old as time 💖

Watch the latest Beauty and the Beast film with a free outdoor screening. It's part of Movies + Music in Marana.

Find more information here.

When: Saturday, Sept. 16 at 6:45 p.m. 

Where: San Lucas Community Park, 14040 N. Adonis Road

Cost: Event is free to attend 

The Grease Sing-A-Long

Say goodbye to summer by singing to your favorite songs from Grease while you watch the movie.

There will be a Rockin' Rydell Costume Contest, so be sure to come in your best 50s duds...stud. 

Find more information here.

When: Saturday, Sept. 16, 7:30-9:30 p.m.

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

Cost: $10 general admission, $8 Loft Members and kids 12 and under

Shattered Glass - Journalism on Screen


Hayden Christensen stars as Stephen Glass in "Shattered Glass."

The Journalism on Screen series is presenting the film Shattered Glass a true story about notorious journalist Stephen Glass.

The movie is followed by an onstage discussion with Arizona Daily Star editor Jill Jorden Spitz (go just to meet her afterward, she's our fave). 

Find more information here.

When: Sunday, Sept. 17, 2-4 p.m.

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

Cost: $8 general admission, $6 Loft members and students

Just for fun

Wooden Tooth Vinyl Night


Patrons enjoy the beer garden at Tucson Hop Shop, 3230 N. Dodge Blvd., in the Metal Arts Village in midtown Tucson, Ariz. on Feb. 1, 2017. Mike Christy / Arizona Daily Star

The gang from Wooden Tooth Records is taking over the turntables at Tucson Hop Shop. Hang out and enjoy some eats from the You Sly Dog food truck.

Find more information here.

When: Friday, Sept. 17, 6-10 p.m.

Where: Tucson Hop Shop, 3230 N. Dodge Blvd.

Cost: Event is free to attend. Pay for the booze and food.

Sunrise yoga at Las Milpitas



Start the weekend off right with a free early-morning yoga class at Las Milpitas de Cottonwood Community Farm.

The class is taught by a certified yoga instructor and is suitable for all levels. Bring your own mat if you got it!

Find more information here.

When: Saturday, Sept. 16, 7-8 a.m.

Where: Las Milpitas, 2405 S. Cottonwood Lane

Cost: Event is free to attend. Register here.

Tucson 10K


Runners make heir way back during the 5k run/walk. Saguaro is the second race in the 2016 Gabe Zimmerman Triple Crown (including June's TMC Meet Me Downtown 5k Night Run/Walk and October's TMC Get Moving Tucson Half-Marathon and 5k).

Put on those athletic shoes and head out for a nice 5K or 10K run/walk along the Tucson Mountains.

This event is for all skill levels and ages — it even has a mini run for the kiddos. 

The run is also the second leg of the 2017 Gabe Zimmerman Triple Crown.

Find more information here.

When: Sunday, Sept. 17, registration is at 6 a.m. and the race starts at 7 a.m.

Where: Pima Community College-West Campus, 2202 W. Anklam Road

Cost: $35 before Sept. 17, $40 day of race

Find Your Photographic Style Workshop

Learn how to take great photos that are true to you at this Creative Tribe's workshop.

Just bring your camera and get ready to snap away! They'll have a photography expert there ready to show you the ropes.

Find more information here.

When: Sunday, Sept. 17, 2-5 p.m.

Where: Creative Tribe, 236 S. Scott Avenue

Cost: $39