Even though the Fourth of July is in the middle of the week, we all still want to have a great time and see the fireworks fly. Click here to see a list of local fireworks and events to help celebrate Independence Day 🎆

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Celebrate July 4 at the Planetarium

To help celebrate your fourth, the planetarium is offering a $4 admission fee for a cool and fun indoor event. Visit a screening of our hit laser light music show and a laser Stranger Things. Kids and adults can also enjoy some classic games like a bean bag toss and Saturn ring toss. 

Where: Flandrau Science Center and Planetarium, 1601 E. University Blvd.

When: Wednesday, July 4, 1-5 p.m.

Cost: $4 per person 

For more information click here.

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Spacefest IX

To boldly go where no man has gone before! Learn about Astronomy, human space exploration, robotic exploration and the history of space as we know it. 

Where: JW Marriott Tucson Starr Pass Resort & Spa, 3800 W. Starr Pass Blvd.

When: July 5-8, 12 p.m.

Cost: $12-$30, Kids 12 and under are free.  

For more information click here.

Learn about astronomy, human space exploration, robotic exploration and the history of space as we know it. 

Free Pool Parties

Cool off at the pool with free activities. When your not swimming, check out the games, crafts and music located outside the pool entrance. 

When & Where: All pool parties are 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Cost: Free

For more information click here.

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Oro Valley Splash and Dash

Challenge yourself and the littles to a aquathlon in Oro Valley. To register click here. 

  • Adults - 400 meter swim, 1 mile run
  • Youth, ages 5 to 6 - 50 meter swim, 1/2 mile run
  • Youth, ages 7 to 11 - 100 meter swim, 1/2 mile run
  • Youth, ages 12-15 - 200 meter swim, 1 mile run
  • Youth, ages 16-17 - 400 meter swim, 1 mile run

Where: Oro Valley Aquatic Center, 23 W. Calle Concordia

When: Saturday, July 7, 7-9 a.m.

Cost: Adults $10 and youth (ages 5-17) $5

For more information click here.

90's Rock at the at The Rialto Theatre

Get out of the house and go to the theatre to listen to four tribute bands. Foo Fighters, Sliver (Nirvana Tribute), Allison Chains, Oceans (Pearl Jam Tribute). Click here to purchase tickets. 

Where: The Rialto Theatre, 318 E. Congress St. 

When: Friday, July 6, 8 p.m. Doors open at 7 p.m. 

Cost: $28-$30

For more information click here.

Craft Jamboree at Creative Tribe

Help celebrate the summer with your kids or bestie and go to a crafting party. Paint a terracotta pot, use watercolors, make friendship bracelets, paint stemless wine glass, make wood bead keychains and perler beads. Come early for the best picks, materials are first come, first serve.

Where: Creative Tribe, 236 S. Scott Ave.

When: Friday, July 13, 6-9 p.m.

Cost: $7

For more information click here.

Put me in coach at Oro Valley Parks and Recreation

It's that time again to register kiddos for the fall sports. Take a trip to Oro Valley Parks and Rec. and visit demos of sports teams, sports stores and hands-on sport clinics. Take your kids to play, ask questions and sign up for their favorite physical activity.

Where: Riverfront Park, 551 W. Lambert Lane

When: Saturday, July 14, 8-11 a.m.

Cost: Free

For more information click here.

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Costume contest at MegaMania!! 2014.

Megamania 

Visit the annual summer festival hosted by the Pima County Public Library at Pima College. There will be free video gaming, cosplay, board gaming, crafts and visits with local authors and artists. Don't miss the free pizza, drinks and snacks in the Cantina.

Where: Pima Community College Downtown Campus, 1255 N. Stone Ave.

When: Saturday, July 14, 1-5 p.m.

Cost: Free

For more information click here.

Music from ABBA at the Fox Theatre

Listen to a tribute band playing the top hits from ABBA. The band will be performing songs such as, Dancing Queen, Mamma Mia, Does Your Mother Know and more faves. Click here to get your ticket. 

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

When: Wednesday, July 18, 7:30-10:30 p.m.

Cost: $26.50-$46.30

For more information click here.

Bob Ross teen paint-along at the library

This event is for ages 12-19. Tweens and teens will watch a televised episode and come away with their very own landscape painting. Online registration required here, limited to 12. Materials provided. 

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

When: Thursday, July 19, 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Cost: Free, be sure wear clothes you can paint in.

For more information click here.

Sparks Club "Pupsicle" Party at the Jewish Community Center 

Visit with the therapy dogs from Kiernan's Kindness, while you also prepare frozen doggy treats for them. It's a great opportunity to learn about therapy dogs and learn how to make safe frozen treats for your own fur ball.

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

When: Sunday, July 22, 3-5 p.m.

Cost: $10

For more information click here.

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Night Wings

Escape the heat and take an evening trip to the museum. Food and beverages will be available for purchase. 

Where: Pima Air and Space, 6000 E. Valencia Road

When: Saturday, July 28, 5-9 p.m.

Cost: $10 evening admission. Kids 12-and-under are free.

For more information click here.

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American Idol Live at Fox Theatre

American Idol Live Tour is in Tucson! See some talented people sing their hearts out. Bonus, don't miss special guest Kris Allen. 

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

When: Monday, July 23, 7-10 p.m.

Cost: Click here for tickets. 

DIY Party at The Craft Revolt

Have some family fun and make a house for your flying friends in your backyard. You can build a bird house, bee house, bat house or a bird feeder. All the materials, tools and instruction sheets will be supplied. 

Where: The Craft Revolt, 7545 S. Houghton Road, Suite 101

When: Saturday, July 28, 9 a.m. to noon

Cost: $50

For more information click here.

HOCO Fest at Club Congress

The festival features a musical line up, guest lectures, workshops, clothing, record demos, pool party and more.

Where: Club Congress, 311 E. Congress St.

When: Wednesday, August 29 to Sunday, September 2.

Cost: For ticketing information click here.

🎈Kids🎈

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Kids Club Star Constellation

All crafting supplies will be provided for you kiddo to help the create the perfect night sky. Please call the store at 520-579-7490 to save a spot. 

Where: Michaels, 3749 W. Ina Rd.

When: Monday, July 2, 10-11 a.m.

Cost: $2, ages 3 and up.

For more information click here.

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Free Home Depot Kids Club Workshop

Are you looking for a reel good time with your kids? Then head to Home Depot and watch them build their very own fishing game. All tools and materials are provided.

Where: Home Depot, 3925 W. Costco Drive

When: Saturday, July 7, 9 to noon

Cost: Free, but remember to arrive early for a kit before the run out.

For more information click here.

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Crafting at The Mini Time Machine Museum of Miniatures

Add to your kid's toy collection by taking them to the Museum of Miniatures to craft a mini billiards set. 

Where: The Mini Time Machine Museum of Miniatures, 4455 E. Camp Lowell Drive

When: Saturday, July 14, noon to 3 p.m.

Cost: Museum admission

For more information click here.

12th Annual Loft Kids Fest 
 
Celebrate the summer indoors with free admission, popcorn, activities, live-performances, giveaways and surprises. Free screenings are scheduled from July 20-29.

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

When: 

Saturday, July 21, 10 a.m. "Home"
 
Sunday, July 22 ,  10 a.m. "How to Train Your Dragon"
 
Monday, July 23, 10 a.m. "Walking With Dinosaurs"
 
Tuesday, July 24, 10 a.m. "Roald Dahl's Revolting Rhymes" 
 
Wednesday, July  25,  10 a.m. "The Neverending Story" 
 
Thursday July 26 , 10 a.m. "The Last Unicorn" 
 
Friday, July 27, 10 a.m. "Looney Tunes"
 
Saturday, Jul 28 , 10 a.m. "Spirited Away" 

Sunday, July 29, 10 a.m. "Beauty and the Beast (2017)"

Cost: Free

For more information click here.

Night Around the Campfire at the Mini Time Machine Museum of Miniatures

If it's too hot outside, then camp inside. Drop the kids off at the museum for campfire cupcakes, games, crafts, and stories around the campfire.

Where: The Mini Time Machine Museum of Miniatures, 4455 E. Camp Lowell Drive

When: Saturday, July 14, noon to 3 p.m.

Cost: $20 per child, $18 museum members

For more information click here.

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The Enchanted Rose Paint Night 

Bring a little Disney magic into your evening and paint the enchanted rose from Beauty and the Beast.

Where: Gentle Ben's, 865 E. University Blvd.

When: Sunday, July 8, 2 p.m.

Cost: $30

For more information click here.

Mystic Moon Paint Night 

Paint a night scene of a full moon and cherry blossoms with a glass of wine. 

Where: Creative Juice, 6530 E. Tanque Verde Road, Ste. 160

When: Saturday, July 14, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Cost: $29

For more information click here.

The Second Annual Harry Potter Charity Ball

Cast some magic spells and dress up, while you dance the night away at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Maybe you'll see Harry, Hermione or Ron at the punch bowl. 

Where: Tucson Scottish Rite, 160 S. Scott Ave.

When: Saturday, July 28, 5:30-10:30 p.m.

Cost: $15-$50, ages 21 and up. 

For more information click here.

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Sea Turtle with Tipsy Picassos

Hatch some turtles out of your paint palette and have a brew. 

Where: Gentle Ben's, 865 E. University Blvd.

When: Saturday, July 21, 2:30 p.m.

Cost: $30

For more information click here.

Christmas in July at Hotel Congress

Just when you thought that Christmas only came once a year. This is a 21-and-up event with holiday drink specials to enjoy with friends. A naughty Santa will be starting the snowball fight and make sure to grab a snow cone and make some snow angels with the snow machine.   

Where: Hotel Congress, 311 E. Congress St.

When: Thursday, July 26, 10 p.m. 

Cost: Free, Ages 21 and up.

For more information click here.

Paint a horse on a wood pallet

Need a different look for your home? Add a personal touch by painting your own art for your wall. 

Where: Corbett Brewery, 309 E. Seventh St.

When: Saturday, July 28, 4:30 p.m.

Cost: $35

For more information click here.

Adult Summer Camp 

It's not just a kids summer, it's a adult summer too. Lunch with beer pairings, s'mores, yoga, painting, comedy improv, open swim and more. Limited spots available.  Contact Jennifer Selco for additional details jselco@tucsonjcc.org or 520-299-3000, ext. 106.

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

When: Sunday, July 29, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., registration and light breakfast at 9:30 a.m.

Cost: $40 per person, $75 per couple, childcare available for $15 per child.

For more information click here.

🎥Movies🎥

The Nightmare Before Christmas

Celebrate Christmas in July with Jack the pumpkin king. 

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

When: Saturday, July 14, 10-11:20 a.m.

Cost: Free

For more information click here.

Free Trolls Screening at Himmel Park 

Stroll with a troll over to Himmel Park for a free outdoor screening of Trolls, festivities, live music and games. 

Where: Himmel Park, 1000 N. Tucson Blvd.

When: Friday, July 20 at 6 -9:30 p.m.

Cost: Free

For more information click here.

🛍️Shopping 🛍️

Goth Clothing Exchange

Shop from vendors selling goth and dark apparel. You can also, bring your gently used clothing and accessories to sell or trade. 

Where: Sky Bar Tucson, 536 N. Fourth Ave.

When: Sunday, July 1, noon to 3 p.m.

Cost: Event is free to attend

For more information click here.

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Annual Monsoon Plant Sale

Shop for heat-tolerant plants, fruit trees, wildflowers, herb and vegetable plants. Members get to shop at 8 a.m. and non-members shop at 9 a.m. Members get 10 percent off their purchase, new members will get a one time 15 percent discount.

Where: Native Seeds SEARCH, 3061 N. Campbell Ave.

When: Friday, July 13-15, 8 a.m.

Cost: Event is free to attend 

For more information click here.

MSA Annex Summer Night Market

Take advantage and shop for vintage and handmade goods in the cool night climate. 

Where: MSA Annex, 267 S. Avenida del Convento

When: Friday, July 27, 6-10 p.m.

Cost: Event is free to attend

For more information click here.