courtesy of Arizona State Parks and Trails Mariachi Festival at Patagonia Lake Park.

Go to for many more activities. Some events offer discounted tickets for students, military and others. Call venue for details.


Bill Engvall — Fox Tucson Theatre, 17 W. Congress St. Blue collar comedy. 7:30 and 10 p.m. May 20. $45-$99. 547-3040.

Unscrewed Theater — 3244 E. Speedway. 289-8076

Not Burnt Out Just Unscrewed Improv Comedy Troupe — Interactive comedy. 7:30 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays. $5.

Free Form Friday Fight Night — Four improv teams that compete against each other. Ages 17 and up. 9:15 p.m. May 26. Free.


Jazz and world

Mariachi Festival and Wine Tasting — Patagonia Lake State Park, 400 Patagonia Lake Road. Hosting the 20th Annual Mariachi Festival. 9 a.m.-9 p.m. May 20. $20. 287-6965.

Tucson Jazz Institute Spring Big Band Bash — Proscenium Theatre, 2202 W. Anklam Road. Six bands. 3-6 p.m. May 21. $20. 971-6694.

Popular, rock and country

Concert Series — Community and Recreation Center, 10555 N. La Canada Drive, Oro Valley. Cool Breeze: Steel Drums. 6:30-8:30 p.m. May 18. Free. 797-3959.

Brian Wilson: Pet Sounds — Centennial Hall, 1020 E. University Blvd. Guests Al Jardine and Blondie Chaplin. 8-11 p.m. May 19. $45-$125; $3 increase day of show. 621-3341.

Dolan Ellis — Arizona Folklore Preserve, 56 E. Folklore Trail, Hereford. Balladeer. 2-4 p.m. May 20 and 21. $15. 378-6165.

A Tribute to John Denver Dinner Show — Old Tucson, 201 S. Kinney Road. Jim Curry. Included is a ticket for two admissions to Old Tucson for a future visit and dinner buffet. 6-9 p.m. May 20. $45. 883-0100.

Strait Country — The Gaslight Music Hall, 13005 N. Oracle Road. Tribute to George Strait. 7-9 p.m. May 20. $25. 529-1000.

Arizona Grand Ol’ Opry Night — The Gaslight Music Hall. Showcasing local and regional talent. 6-8 p.m. May 21. $12.50. 529-1000.

Music Under the Stars — DeMeester Band Shell/Reid Park, 900 S. Randolph Way. Tucson Arizona Boys Chorus under the direction of Julian Ackerly. 7-9 p.m. May 21. Free. 722-5853.

Return to Woodstock — The Gaslight Theatre, 7010 E. Broadway. Songs from the Woodstock Event. 7-9 p.m. May 22. $21.95. 886-9428.

Nancy and Neil McCallion — Monterey Court, 505 W. Miracle Mile. Brother and sister duo. Acoustic original songs. 6:30-9:30 p.m. May 23. Free. 207-2429.

The Titan Valley Warheads — Monterey Court. Bluegrass and western. 6:30-9:30 p.m. May 25. Free. 207-2429.

Kyle Riabko: Bacharach Reimagined — Green Valley Recreation West Center, 1111 GVR Drive. Bacharach arrangements. 7-9 p.m. May 25. $24-$28. 625-0288.


Ballet Tucson Two — Stevie Eller Dance Theatre, 1737 E. University Blvd. Youth company performing Snow White. 7 p.m. May 20; 2 p.m. May 21. $25. 903-1445.

Benita Bike’s DanceArt — The Mini Time Machine Museum of Miniatures, 4455 E. Camp Lowell. “Old Postcards from Europe,” “In the Garden,” “For Rose,” and brand new “Pushing Time.” 2-3:30 p.m. May 21. $9. 881-0606.



Tucson Swing Dance Club — Shall We Dance, 4101 E. Grant Road. Lessons. 7 p.m. beginner; 8 p.m. intermediate; 8:30-10:30 p.m. open dance. 7-10:30 p.m. May 18 and 25. $7. 256-5948.

Ballroom Dance — Armory Park Center, 220 S. Fifth Ave. Foxtrot, waltz, cha-cha, rumba, tango, merengue and cumbia. 21 and up. 1:30-3:30 p.m. May 20. $3. 791-4865.

Contra Dance — First United Methodist Church, 915 E. Fourth St. Lessons. 6:30 p.m. introductory; 7 p.m. music begins. 6:30-10 p.m. May 20. Donations accepted. 762-6707.

Country Dance Lessons — The Outlaw Saloon, 1302 W. Roger Road. Different dance each month. 7-7:40 p.m. beginners; 7:45-8:30 p.m. intermediate. 7-8:30 p.m. May 20. Free. 888-3910.

Desert Moon Blues — Movement Culture, 935 E. Ninth St. Local DJ. 8-9 p.m. lessons; 9-midnight. open dancing. May 20. $5. 603-8043.

Green Valley Afternoon Practilonga — Santa Rita Springs Anza Room, 921 W. Via Rio Fuerte. Argentine tango dancing. 3-6 p.m. May 21. $5. 625-3488.

Salsa Latin Dance Classes — Studio 828, 828 N. Stone Ave. Learn the basic steps of bachata and salsa. Ages 18 and up. 6-7:30 p.m. May 23. $15. 396-4864.

Tucson Blues Dancers — Cee Dee’s Jamaican Kitchen, 5305 E. Speedway. No partner needed. 7-7:30 p.m. dancing lessons; 7:30-10:30 p.m. open dancing. 7-10:30 p.m. May 23. Donations accepted. 795-3400.

Boot Scootin’ Dance Party — The Gaslight Music Hall, 13005 N. Oracle Road. Buckboard Band. 7-9 p.m. May 26. $12.50. 529-1000.

80’s and Gentlemen — Brother John’s Beer Bourbon and BBQ, 1801 N. Stone Ave. New wave, pop and rock from the 80s. 9 p.m. May 26. Free. 867-6787.


International Museum Day — International Wildlife Museum, 4800 W. Gates Pass Road. Free admission. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. May 18. 629-0100.

Market Festival — Continental Ranch Community Center, 8881 N. Coachline Road. Food trucks, music, games, kids activities, movies, fortune tellers, face painting and more. 4-8 p.m. Thursdays. Free. 661-7362.

Tucson Palooza — Himmel Park, 1000 N. Tucson Blvd. Proclamation by Mayor Rothschild, entertainment by local talent, activities for all ages, pinatas, giveaways and food. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. May 20. Free. 396-2310.

Psychic Fair — Church of Mankind, 1231 S. Van Buren Ave. Sea shells, crystal ball, rocks, sparkle, Egyptian sand, abstract art, and tea readings. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. May 21. Free. 461-2910.

‘School’s Out!’ with a Family Funday at the Farmers Market — Trail Dust Town, 6541 E. Tanque Verde Road. Food vendors, carnival with $6 wristbands for unlimited access to the ferris wheel, carousel and train. 8 a.m.-noon. May 26. Free. 882-2157.

ALR Mexican Dinner — McCulloch-Wagner American Legion Post 109, 15921 S. Houghton Road, Corona. Proceeds benefit community and veterans. 5-7 p.m. May 26. $9. 762-5652.



Yoga in the Buff — Movement Culture, 435 E. Ninth St. Clothing optional, co-ed. 4-5 p.m. Thursdays. $5. 250-2331.

Hot Yoga — Rooted, 1600 N. Tucson Blvd. Full body flow. 6:30-7:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. $10. 1-435-671-9033.

Vinyasa Yoga — Tucson Chiropractic Center, 570 N. Columbus Blvd. Strengthen, stretch and tone. 8-9 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. $5. 1-435-671-9033.

YogaFlow — WMG’s Living Lab and Learning Center, 1137 N. Dodge Blvd. All levels, vinyasa. 5:30-6:30 p.m. Mondays. $7. 396-3266, Ext. 18.

Tai Chi

Tai Chi Balance — Sunrise Chapel, 8421 E. Wrightstown Road. Mondays: seated and standing class; Thursdays: Yang 10 for beginners. 11 a.m.-Noon. Mondays and Thursdays. $10. 296-9212.

Tai Chi for Health — Resurrection Lutheran Church, 11575 N. First Ave, Oro Valley. Improve balance, mental clarity, relieve pain and create an overall feeling of well-being through natural breathing and slow, gentle, meditative body movements. 1-2 p.m. May 22. $10. 780-6751.

Tai Chi for Health — St. Francis in the Foothills, 4625 E. River Road. Safe, effective and fun way to improve balance, mental clarity, relieve pain and create an overall feeling of well-being. 9-10 a.m. Tuesdays. $10. 780-6751.

Seated Tai Chi for Health — Ellie Towne Flowing Wells Community Center, 1660 W. Ruthrauff Road. For those who want to improve their health but can’t stand to exercise. 1-2 p.m. Wednesdays. $30. Price is for five classes. 465-2890.

Martial arts

Capoeira for Kids — Studio Axé, 2928 E. Broadway. Children learn the basics of Tucson Capoeira Martial Arts through games and exercises. Ages 5-12. 4:30-5:30 and 5:30-6:30 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday. First class is free; $15. 990-1820.

Intro to Capoeira — Studio Axé. A form of fitness and exercise that works the whole body and mind. 7-8:15 p.m. Monday, Tuesdays and Thursdays. First class free; $15.

Kids Capoeira — Movement Culture. Develop: balance, motor coordination, speed and strength. Wear loose pants/sweat pants and t-shirt; training will be in bare feet or martial-art/dance shoes. 4:30-5:30 p.m. Mondays. $10. 603-8043.

Tucson Community Capoeira Classes All Levels — Movement Culture. Build strength, and test endurance while learning the basic history and traditions. 4-6 p.m. Saturdays. $10.


Jazzercise — Jazzercise Tucson Central Fitness Center, 504 E. Ft. Lowell Road. All month get a free class pass and celebrate fitness. 5:30 a.m.-7 p.m. 248-3713.

Beyond Movement: Cognition and Emotion — PWR! Gym, 140 W. Fort Lowell Road. Marisa Menchola will introduce the most common cognitive and emotional changes experienced by people with Parkinson Disease. 4-5:30 p.m. May 18. 591-5346.

Zumba Party — El Mezquite Salon de Eventos, 7130 S. Nogales Highway. Raffles, food and drinks. All levels welcome. 3-5 p.m. 3-5 p.m. May 21. 294-4324.

Try something new

Kettlebell Fit — Centerline Movement, 1600 N. Tucson Blvd. Blend of strength and conditioning. Class will focus on the kettlebell swing and all moves leading up to it. Ages 18 and up. 7-8 a.m. May 18, 23 and 25. $25. 222-7250.

Circus Classes — The Circus Academy of Tucson, 400 W. Speedway. Exercise for adults and kids. 4-9 p.m. Monday-Saturdays though May 20. $20. 1-928-814-9637.

Taekwondo Wellness — Intuition Wellness Center, 5675 N. Oracle Road. Learn traditional Taekwondo, philosophy and core principles, self-care, stress management, coping skills, social skills and mindfulness meditation. 4:15 p.m class for ages 7-12; 5:15 p.m. for ages 12 and up. 4:15-5:15 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays; 5:15-6:15 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. $20. 333-3320.

5K Memorial Family Fun Run, 2 Mile Family Walk and Touch-a-Truck Festival — Reid Park, 900 S. Randolph Way. Family, food and fun. Walk or run. Register at 6:45-9:30 a.m. May 20. $30. 870-2116.

Brewery Bootcamp — Dragoon Brewing Co., 1859 W. Grant Road. Bring a sweat towel, bottle of water and a mat or beach towel for something to lay on. Includes your first beer. Ages 21 and up. Registration opens at 10:45 a.m. 11 a.m.-noon. May 21. $10. 465-6895.

Qigong/Tao Meditation — St. Francis in the Foothills. Gentle movements, focused attention and full natural breathing. 10:15-11:15 a.m. Tuesdays. $10.


Tucson Birthday Stamp Design Contest for Kids — Postal History Foundation, 920 N. First Ave. Kids can create an entry. All art supplies available. Ages 5-17. Top five winners from each age group will receive prizes at an awards ceremony. 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Daily. Free. 623-6652.

Lego Club — Kirk-Bear Canyon Public Library, 8959 E. Tanque Verde Road. Build with Legos. 10-11:30 a.m. May 20. Free. 594-5275.

Abbett Teen Advisory Board — Wheeler Taft Abbett Sr. Public Library, 7800 N. Schisler Drive. Gain volunteer hours, meet new friends, learn leaderships skills and influence library services for teens. 3-4 p.m. Third Saturdays. Free. 594-5200.

Sharing Smiles Day — Kool Smiles Tucson, 2990 S. Sixth Ave. Children receive free dental treatments at no cost. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. May 21. Free. 325-5665.


Straight-Up — Johnny Gibson’s Downtown Market, 11 S. Sixth Ave. Jazz. 6:30-9 p.m. May 19 and 26. Free. 393-8544.

Country Western Dance Classes. — Maverick Live Country Club, 6622 E. Tanque Verde Road. Two step, jitterbug, waltz, cha cha and salsa. 7-8 p.m. May 19, 20 and 26. $5. 271-7099.

The Coolers — RJs Replays Sports Pub & Grub, 5769 E. Speedway. Blues, soul and R&B. Ages 21 and up. 8-11:30 p.m. May 19. $5. 495-5136.

Sunset Red — The Edge Bar, 4635 N. Flowing Wells Road. Rock, country and pop. Ages 21 and up. 9 p.m.-1 a.m. May 19. Free. 887-9027.

Connie (Mama) Brannock’s Little House of Funk — Monterey Court, 505 W. Miracle Mile. Sonoran soul. 6-10 p.m. May 20. $5. 207-2429.

Downtown Burlesk: Strip Local Anniversary Show — The Screening Room, 127 E. Congress St. 18 and up. 8-11 p.m. May 20. $10. 882-0204.

Incognito — The Edge Bar. Ages 21 and up. 9 p.m.-1 a.m. May 20. Free. 887-9027.

Sexy Salsa Saturdays — Five Palms, 3500 E. Sunrise Drive. Free salsa and bachata lessons 9-10 p.m. 9 p.m.-1 a.m. May 20. $7. 444-0439.

Mary After Dark — The Edge Bar. Rock, Southern rock and blues. 9 p.m.-1 a.m. May 26. Free. 887-9027.

Nancy McCallion and The Scarlet Lettermen — Murphy’s Public House, 140 S. Kolb Road. Americana/Celtic. Ages 21 and up. 9 p.m. May 26. Free. 207-5965.


All events are free or included in admission or vehicle entrance fee unless otherwise noted. Parking may be additional. Bad weather may change or cancel activity. Children must be accompanied by an adult. No pets unless otherwise specified.

A Birds Eye View

Birding — Roy P. Drachman-Agua Caliente Regional Park, 12325 E. Roger Road. A guided walk to look for warblers, flycatchers, hummingbirds, orioles and vireos. Binoculars available. Online registration required. 7:30-9 a.m. May 18 and 25. 615-7855.

Hummingbird Banding — San Pedro House, 9800 E. Highway 90, Sierra Vista. Close-up look as staff capture, band, weigh, measure, and release the birds as part of long-term studies. 4-6 p.m. May 19 and 24. 459-2555.

Bird Walk — Environmental Operations Park, Hwy. 90 east of Sierra Vista. A two hour walk led by docents from Southeastern Arizona Bird Observatory and the Friends of the San Pedro River. Suitable footwear. 7-9 a.m. May 21. Donations accepted. 459-2555.

Birding — Colossal Cave Mountain Park, 16721 E. Old Spanish Trail. Join a local birding expert to explore the diversity of birds. Online registration required. 7:30-9:30 a.m. May 23. 615-7855.

Bird Walks — Sweetwater Wetlands, 2511 W. Sweetwater Drive. Join Audubon Society staff member Luke Safford, on a two hour, 1 mile easy hike to see waterfowl, regular and visiting warblers, and other species hiding in the reeds. 6-8 a.m. May 24. 209-1811.

Walks, hikes and stars

Kangaroo Rat: Super Survivor — Saguaro National Park West, 2700 N. Kinney Road. Easy hike to learn behavioral and physical adaptations. Suitable footwear. 3:15-4 p.m. May 18 and 25. 733-5158.

Synergy in the Desert: The Sonoran Habitat — Saguaro National Park West. A short walk with the focal point being the saguaro. 2:15-3 p.m. May 18 and 25. 733-5158.

Cactus Garden Walk — Saguaro National Park East, 3693 S. Old Spanish Trail. Discover the techniques used to live here. 10-10:30 a.m. May 19, 20 and 26. 733-5153.

National Parks: The Second 100 Years — Saguaro National Park East. A tour through time. 2-2:30 p.m. May 19, 21 and 26. 733-5153.

Spiny, Shady, and Cool — Saguaro National Park West. A short walk to discover the variety of cacti. 10:15-10:45 a.m. May 19, 20 and 26. 733-5158.

Stargazing — Historic Hacienda de la Canoa, 5375 S. I-19 Frontage Road, Green Valley. Telescopes available. Bring flashlight and chairs. 6:30-7:30 p.m. self guided tour; 7:30-9:30 p.m. stargazing. 6:30-9:30 p.m. May 19. 724-5220.

Trees Around the World — University of Arizona Arboretum, 1600 E. University Blvd. Old Main. Tour a collection of unusual trees that have adapted to the climate. RSVP or 621-7074. 9-10:30 a.m. May 19.

A Night Under the Stars — Roy P. Drachman-Agua Caliente Regional Park. Tucson Amateur Astronomy Association volunteers provide an introduction to the night sky. Telescopes available. Bring a chair. 7:30-9:30 p.m. May 20. 615-7855.

Hike the Path of the Ancestors — Colossal Cave Mountain Park, 16721 E. Old Spanish Trail. Explore a shaded trail to discover remnants of an ancient Hohokam village. Online registration required. 7-8:30 a.m. May 20. 615-7855.

River Walk — San Pedro House, 9800 E. Highway 90, Sierra Vista. Find 82 species of mammals, dozens of reptiles and amphibians and nearly 350 species of birds. 8-10 a.m. May 20. 459-2555.

Sonoran Desert Weedwackers — Pima County Tucson Mountain Park. Work requires hiking and pulling buffelgrass on steep slopes. Email for meeting location. Ages 18 and up. 7-10 a.m. May 20. 615-7855.

Tour of Historic Canoa Ranch — Historic Hacienda de la Canoa, 5375 S. I-19 Frontage Road, Green Valley. A walking tour of the ranch headquarters. Online registration required. 8:30-10 a.m. May 20 and 23. 724-5220.

Monsoon Rains in the Desesrt — Saguaro National Park East. Join a park naturalist to learn the vital role that monsoon rains play in the lives of Sonoran Desert plants, animals and humans. 10-10:30 a.m. May 24. 733-5153.

Hidden Wildlife — Saguaro National Park East. Learn to look for signs that animals leave behind. 10-10:30 a.m. May 25. 733-5153.

Night Walk — Saguaro National Park East. Join a park naturalist to experience the desert at night. Reservations required. 7-9 p.m. May 26. 733-5153.


Poetry Circle — Joel D. Valdez Main Library, 101 N. Stone Ave. Monthly poetry discussions from favorite poets. We will learn about new poets and share our views. 10:30 a.m. May 20. Free. 791-4010.

Diversity & Unity in the American Democracy — Kirk-Bear Canyon Library, 8959 E. Tanque Verde Road. Lead by docents from the UA Poetry Center. 1 p.m. May 22. Free. 594-5275.

Poetry Circle — Oro Valley Public Library, 1305 W. Naranja Drive. Share knowledge of favorite poets or listen and learn about new poets. Ages 18 and up. 2 p.m. May 25. Free. 594-5580.


The Curse of the Pirate’s Gold — The Gaslight Theatre, 7010 E. Broadway. The buccaneers search the Spanish Main for the lost pirate’s treasure, while trying to avoid the dreaded curse. Call for dates and times. $21.95. 886-9428.

Annapurna — Live Theatre Workshop, 5317 E. Speedway. Emma tracks Ulysses to a trailer park in the middle of nowhere for a final reckoning. Contains adult content. 7:30 p.m. May 18-20, 25 and 26; 3 p.m. May 21. Through June 10. $20. 327-4242.

Norman, Is That You? — The Community Playhouse, 1881 N. Oracle Road. A story about a man still reeling from his wife running off with his brother, he travels to New York and drops in on his son unannounced. Last chance. 7:30 p.m. May 18-20; 2 p.m. May 21. $12. 887-6239.

The Breakfast Club — ZUZI Theater, 738 N. Fifth Ave. Based on 1980s classic movie. Adult language. 1 and 6 p.m. May 19; 3 and 7 p.m. May 20. $5. 623-7223.

Mystery & Magic Dinner Theater Playhouse — Five Palms, 3500 E. Sunrise Drive. Three course meal with three-act interactive comedy and magic performance. 6:30 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays. $75. 861-4800.

James and the Giant Peach — University of Arizona Crowder Hall, 1017 N. Olive Road. James discovers a magic potion that results in a tremendous peach and launches an enormous journey. 7 p.m. May 19, 20 and 26; 2 p.m. May 20 and 21. Through May 28. $15. 751-7510.

Rock On Broadway — Arizona Rose Theatre, 4500 N. Oracle. Tribute to the “rock musical” genre. Last chance. 7 p.m. May 19 and 20; 2 p.m. May 21. $8-$17. 888-0509.

News of The World & Other Stories — Cabaret Theater at the Temple of Music & Art, 330 S. Scott Ave. Both magical and dangerous short stories. 7:30 p.m. May 19, 20 and 26; 2 p.m. May 21. Through May 28. $20-$25. 401-3626.

The Dinner Detective Interactive Murder Mystery Show — Hilton Tucson East, 7600 E. Broadway. Ages 15 and up. 6 p.m. Saturdays. $49.95. 1-866-496-0535.


All events are free unless otherwise noted.


Celebrating the Southwest — Roy P. Drachman-Agua Caliente Regional Park, 12325 E. Roger Road. Contemporary representational and whimsical watercolor and acrylic paintings by local artist Deb Harclerode. Through June 7. 615-7855.

Cultural Army of Tucson — The Mini Time Machine Museum of Miniatures, 4455 E. Camp Lowell Drive. Temporary exhibit including more than 200 Tucsonans rendered in 3D in the style of traditional green plastic army men by Tucson artists Rudy Flores and Teresa Estrella. Through Aug. 27. Included with admission. 881-0606.

Et Cetera

Art du Jour Artist Reception: Amanda Rohrbach — Tohono Chul, 7366 N. Paseo del Norte. Nature and portrait photographer. 5:30-8 p.m. May 18. 742-6455.

Brave Girls Club: Truth Cards Workshop — Beautiful You Clubhouse at the GS Hacienda, 3101 N. Sabino Canyon Road. Includes art supplies, instruction, art ides/guidance, snack and beverages. 6-9 p.m. May 19. $25. 225-7537.

Teddy Roosevelt Exhibit Grand Opening — International Wildlife Museum, 4800 W. Gates Pass Road. Make a safari beaded necklace or animal mask, take a safari selfie photo next to the rhino, scavenger hunt and more. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. May 20. Included with admission. 629-0100.

She Did It Anyway — Beautiful You Clubhouse at the GS Hacienda. Creating She Did It Anyway cards, telling the story of your own difficult challenges, your resolve to live the life we want in spite of our challenges. Can be done as an art journal. 9 a.m.-noon. May 21. $35.

Art in the Afternoon — Dusenberry-River Public Library, 5605 E. River Road. Bellissima: The Image of the Feminine in Italian Art. 2-3 p.m. May 23. 594-5345.

Frida al Fresco — Tucson Botanical Gardens, 2150 N. Alvernon Way. Performances, food, exhibits and more. 5-8 p.m. May 26. $13. 326-9686, Ext. 10.