Maddy Jacobs, 7, left, waves to her teacher as she stands in the sunroof with her friend, Carly Kupinski, 6, during a "Mustang Stampede" to pickup their remote learning tool kit at Manzanita Elementary School for the first day of school on August 17, 2020. 

This list of things to do includes virtual events by local businesses and organizations plus some drive-in movies and markets. 

Remember to follow CDC guidance about protecting yourself and others from the spread of coronavirus. Pima County has mandated face coverings for everyone over age 5 in public if 6 feet of physical distancing cannot be maintained.

Things change quickly these days, so check for the latest information. Links are included with every activity listed.

Virtual Events 💻📲

Virtual Prickly Pear Natural History

Join the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum and learn about local prickly pears, as well as those from southern Mexico. Discover how to prepare the tender prickly pear pads by picking, cleaning and grilling.

When: Friday, Aug. 21, 4-5:30 p.m.

Cost: $25 for members, $27 for non-members

Virtual Book Club with Brunch Babes and We Book and We Brunch

#ThisIsTucson will be talking books with Brunch Babes Tucson and We Book and We Brunch. We'll be sharing about our Summer Reading Challenge for Grown-Ups and some of our favorite local reads during this streaming conversation on the #ThisIsTucson Facebook page

When: Wednesday, Aug. 19, 5:30-6:30 p.m.

Visit #ThisIsTucson Facebook event page for more information. 


Wear a mask for yourself, for others and for Tucson (Sponsored)

Wearing a face covering is one of the best ways, along with proper hand washing and practicing social/physical distancing, to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

Find more info at tucsonaz.gov/covid19.


Keep Tucson Sketchy's Covid Comedy Classic

Keep Tucson Sketchy is excited to announce our first ever digital sketch comedy show. This show features over an hour of all-new, unreleased filmed sketch comedy, with musical guest One Rehearsal Short.

When: Saturday, Aug. 22, 8-10 p.m.

Cost: $6.25

Visit the Keep Tucson Sketchy Facebook event page for more information.

Sedona: Live Streaming Class on Facebook

Explore desert colors and create a beautiful piece of art with Creative Juice's guided painting class.

When: Wednesday, Aug. 19, 6-8 p.m.

Cost: Free to attend on Facebook Live, supply kits are available for purchase and curbside pick-up.

Visit Creative Juice Facebook page for more information.


Art created by kids at the Tucson Museum of Art

Hands on, screens off with the Tucson Museum of Art (Sponsored)

After a day of online learning, CREATE! After school @TMA gets kids moving, exploring, interacting and creating. Students in grades K-8 discover new places and diverse cultures through visits to the museum galleries, exploration of materials and making original works of art. Activities include sculpture, printmaking, painting, special visits from local artists and much more. Sign up for a week-long session or drop in for a day.

When: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, 2:30-5:30 p.m.; Wednesday, 2-5:30 p.m.

Where: Alice Chaiten Baker Center for Art Education at Tucson Museum of Art, 166 W. Alameda Street


August Virtual Art Trivia Happy Hour

Join fellow art lovers on Zoom for a virtual art trivia happy hour! Be prepared for multiple choice questions and a chance to win a $30 gift card to Ten 55 Brewing Co.

When: Thursday, Aug. 20, 5-6 p.m.

Cost: Registration required

"Stranger Things" Trivia Night

Jump on your bikes and join Crooked Tooth Brewing Co. for a "Stranger Things" trivia on Zoom. 

When: Thursday, Aug. 20, 7 p.m.

Cost: Free

Virtual Macrame Crystal Holder Workshop

Learn how to make macrame crystal holders with The Ninth House and Creative Kind. Discover the use of four different crystal options and how to create a macrame holder.

When: Thursday, Aug. 20, 5:30-6:30 p.m.

Cost: $40

Visit their Facebook event page for more information.

Fun, active and at-home with Marana Parks and Recreation 

Follow along with Marana Parks and Recreation and learn fun games and activities to keep your family and friends engaged and having fun.

When: Any time

Cost: Free

Visit Marana Parks and Recreation website for more information.

Online Wellness with TMC

Join Tucson Medical Center on Facebook for meditation with Amanda Freed, certified meditation coach. Amanda will walk you through a guided meditation and discuss the various ways that mindfulness and meditation can help you.

When: Thursday, Aug. 20, 12:30 p.m.

Cost: Free

Cochise County Edition: Top 20 Native Plants for Pollinators

This Zoom presentation will explore native plants of Cochise County in natural and landscape settings and discuss conservation of native bees, butterflies, hummingbirds, and other important pollinators. Learn how to use bloom calendars to ensure your landscape provides year-round resources for pollinators and other wildlife. The presentation will be held online, but will be as interactive as possible, with plenty of time for questions and answers.

When: Sunday, Aug. 23, 3-5 p.m.

Cost: $25

Om Yoga

Om Yoga is offering livestream classes on Zoom. Classes include vinyasa, gentle, yin, basics, meditation and Mommy & Me.

Find more information on the Om Yoga website.

August Tarot Salon

Join a virtual gathering with any tarot or oracle deck of your choice. Remember to have a notebook and pen handy before the meeting.

When: Friday, Aug. 21, 6-8 p.m.

Cost: Free

Visit the Ninth House Facebook event page for more information.

Kids 🎈

Virtual Folk Art Florals Gouache Painting Workshop

During this workshop you will learn a quick history of embroidered florals in Hungarian folk art, basic gouache application and mixing techniques.

When: Wednesday, Aug. 19, 5:30-6:30 p.m.

Cost: $30

Visit Creative Kind Facebook event page for more information.

Spiders with Pima County Natural Resources, Parks and Recreation

Join Pima County naturalist Jeff Babson on Zoom to explore the fascinating world of spiders.

When: Wednesday, Aug. 19, 6-7 p.m.

Cost: Free

Free Coloring Pages with PACC Pets

Download free coloring pages from Pima Animal Care Center for the kids this weekend! The pets featured on these coloring pages were helped by our local community donations.

When: Any time

Cost: Free

Virtual T-Shirt Workshop

Are your kids bored with their clothes? Kids can learn how to repurpose an old t-shirt into a new one with Sahuarita Parks and Recreation members.

When: Any time

Cost: Free

Visit the Sahuarita Parks and Recreation Facebook page for more information.

Reid Park Zoo To You

Explore the Reid Park Zoo through blogsFacebookInstagram, and Twitter for fun facts, photos, activity pages for kids and a behind-the-scenes look at the zoo. Also, Nandi's baby elephant sister Mapenzi is now exploring her world, which makes for some very cute social media content. 

When: New videos and activities posted daily at 9 a.m.; 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. 

Cost: Free

Visit the Reid Park Zoo website for more information. 

Open-air Events 😷

Green Chile Roast at Apple Annies

Stuff your burlap bags full of fresh hand-picked chiles. Any 50 pound bag of green chiles purchased will be roasted for free on the on-site chile roaster.

Where: Apple Annie's You-Pick Orchard, 2081 W. Hardy Road, Willcox, AZ

When: Starting Aug. 22, 8 a.m.

Cost: Free to attend, but bring some money for tasty treats and activities

Visit Apple Annie's Facebook event page for more information.

Rooftop Yoga at Playground

YogaOasis brings you rooftop yoga with beautiful city views as you stretch out on your mat under the stars.

Where: Playground Bar & Lounge, 278 E. Congress St.

When: Wednesday, Aug. 19, 7-8 p.m.

Cost: $10

Rooster Cogburn Ostrich Farm has reopened

The farm has reopened with new sizzling summer hours. Friends and families can feed the critters, visit stingray bay or explore the ranch in the outdoor wide-open spaces. Face masks are required for restrooms, gift store, stingray bay, shooting gallery and in the Lorikeet Forest.

Where: Rooster Cogburn Ostrich Farm, 17599 E. Peak Lane, Picacho, AZ

When: Every day, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Cost: $12-$15, additional critter food $2-$3

Visit Rooster Cogburn Ostrich Farm website for more information.

Drive-thru and drive-up events 🚗

Carpool Movie: "Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure"

Grab some blankets and pop the trunk! Cactus Drive-In Theatre and Medella Vina Ranch will be showing "Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure" on the big screen.

Where: Cactus Drive-In Theatre, 4450 S. Houghton Road

When: Sunday, Aug. 23, 8:30-10 p.m.

Cost: $20 online, $25 at the gate, $5 headphone rental at the gate

Visit their Facebook event page for more information.

"Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle" at El Toro Flicks Tucson

It's your turn! Watch four high school kids discover that you don't just play Jumanji, you have to survive it.

Where: El Toro Flicks Tucson, 198 S. Granada Ave.

When: Saturday, Aug. 22, 6:15-10 p.m.

Cost: $20.90 and up. Snacks are available for purchase. 

Visit the El Toro Flicks website for more information.

"Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse" at El Toro Flicks Oro Valley

Are your spidey senses tingling? Watch Spider-Man open portals to other universes at El Toro Flicks Oro Valley. 

Where: El Toro Flicks Oro Valley, 12155 N. Oracle Road

When: Wednesday, Aug. 19, 6:15-10 p.m.

Cost: $20.90 and up

Visit the El Toro Flicks website for more information.

Document Shredding Drive-thru Event

Clean out your office and garage this weekend. This is a drive-thru event that is for personal shredding purposes. Please limit the number of boxes to five, so that everyone has a chance to participate.

Where: Casas Church, 10801 N. La Cholla Blvd.

When: Saturday, Aug. 22, 8-10 a.m.

Cost: Free

Santa Cruz River Farmers' Drive-thru Market

Hop in the car early to beat the heat and get first dibs on fresh produce and tasty treats at the Santa Cruz Farmer's Drive-thru Market at a new location!

When: Thursdays, 8 a.m. to 10 a.m.

Cost: Free to attend, but bring money for drive-thru shopping

Community Food Bank Distribution

Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona will have a drive-thru food distribution at Kino Sports Complex for the month of August. Bring a photo ID and if you are enrolled for the senior food box, bring your yellow card.

Where: Kino Sports Complex, 2500 E. Ajo Way 

When: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 7-10 p.m.

Cost: Free to attend

Market On the Move Drive-thru

Every Saturday you can get prepackaged boxes of fresh produce at this drive-thru market. A $10 cash donation will get you up to 60 pounds of fresh produce.

When: Saturdays, 8-10 a.m.

Where: The 3000 Club Tucson, 4515 E. 22nd St.

Visit The 3000 Club Tucson Facebook event page for more information.

Local Murals Scavenger Hunt

Drive or bike around Tucson to discover 21 beautiful murals from the street.  

Cost: Free

Check out this story for more information. 

Sculpture Scavenger Hunt

Get out of the house and explore local art around Tucson. You don't even have to get out of your car to see many of these sculptures. 

Cost: Free

Check out this list of public art for more information. 


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