Check out fun activities in Tucson, Oro Valley and Marana. This weekend is filled with festivals, concerts, beer, freebies, fitness, art and even some early valentine fun.  

Everyone 🎉

61st Annual Tubac Festival of Arts

Visit with over 200 artists from around the country and see their artwork along the village streets, mixed in with more than 100 shops, fine art galleries and working artist studios.

Where: Tubac Road, Tubac, Arizona

When: Wednesday, Feb. 5 through Sunday, Feb. 9, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Cost: Free to attend

More information here

Fine Valentine Relay: 4 Mile and 2 Mile

Valentines, broken hearts and heart-breakers are welcome to join in this fun run. Participants will enjoy mimosas (first one free to Southern Arizona Roadrunners members), egg/potato breakfast, costume contests, a group challenge to win a keg and more. This event benefits the Ben's Bells Project. Capped at 750 registrants. 

Where: Main Gate Square, 814 E. University Blvd. 

When: Sunday, Feb. 9, 8:30 a.m. 

Cost: $25-$30

More information here.

Brazilian Modernism and Roberto Burle Marx at Tucson Botanical Gardens (Sponsored)

Visit the beautiful art of landscape architecture as the Tucson Botanical Gardens transforms into a 2,000 square foot Brazilian modernist garden — designed by Tucson Landscape Designer, Jason Isenberg. The exhibit will demonstrate Burle Marx’s love of asymmetrical strong patterns, bold colors and tropical plants.

Where: Tucson Botanical Gardens, 2150 N. Alvernon Way

When: Now through May 31, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Cost: $15 adults; $13 (senior, students, military). Members and kids (ages 3 and under) are free

More information here.

First Friday at Catalyst Arts & Maker Space 

Join the Catalyst Arts & Maker Space for a signature culinary experience, live art demos and painting, and a featured musical performance.

Where: Catalyst Arts & Maker Space at Tucson Mall, 4500 N. Oracle Road, Suite 110

When: Friday, Feb. 7, 5-8 p.m.

Cost: Free

More information here

22nd Street Gem Show

Visit one of Tucson's most-attended gem shows featuring more than 300 vendors offering minerals, gems, fossils, meteorites, jewelry, beads and art.

When: Through Feb. 16, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Cost: Free admission, $5 on-site parking 

More information here

2020 Parade of Homes (Sponsored)

Parade of Homes, hosted by the Arizona Daily Star and Southern Arizona Home Builders Association, is a showcase of new homes throughout Tucson and the surrounding communities. This self-guided tour of 34 subdivisions features 85 homes from seven builders.

Reserve your FREE tickets today, visit and be entered into a drawing for great prizes. Tickets are required to tour homes.

When: Two weekends — Feb. 8-9 and Feb. 15-16, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Where: Go to to find the map of homes

Cost: Free

More information here.

Astro Salon at The Ninth House

Join your fellow astrology lovers and geek out over your natal charts, placements, and any current cosmic happenings. 

Where: The Ninth House, 2569 E. Fort Lowell Road

When: Friday, Feb. 7, 6-8 p.m.

Cost: Free, make sure to register to save a spot

More information here

Friday Night Concerts at Steam Pump Ranch

Bring your family and friends for a free night of entertainment and scenic selfies in Oro Valley. The evening will include local classic rockers and lawn games. Wine and food from food trucks available for purchase.  

Where: Steam Pump Ranch, 10901 N. Oracle Road

When: Friday, Feb. 7, 6:30-9 p.m.

Cost: Free, bring money for drink and food

More information here

Native American Arts Fair

Tohono O’odham, Yaqui, Hopi and other Native American artists will show and sell their creations. Talk and shop with basket makers, painters, gourd artists, carvers, traditional clothing makers and jewelry makers. 

Where: Mission Garden, 946 W Mission Lane

When: Saturday, Feb. 8, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Cost: Free to attend, but bring money for shopping

More information here.

Sonoran Glass Art Show

Explore local, national and international vendors at Sonoran Glass School. The show features art glass beads, jewelry, sculptures, supplies, and more during Tucson's gem show.

Where: Sonoran Glass School, 633 W. 18th St.

When: Wednesday, Feb. 5 through Sunday, Feb. 9, 10 a.m.

Cost: Free

More information here

Flashlight Night at the International Wildlife Museum

When the lights go out and the doors close, everything in the museum seems to come to life. Bring your flashlights and explore the museum in the dark. Encounter live reptiles and insects, watch fun movies and make crafts. 

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

When: Saturday, Feb. 8, 5-7 p.m.

Cost: $7-$10 adults, $5 ages 4-12 and ages 3 and under are free. Museum members are free.

More information here

Family Day at Tucson Museum of Art

Join the museum for the opening celebration of the new exhibition "The Place Where Clouds Are Formed," which combines poetry by Ofelia Zepeda, critical text by Martín Zícari, and photography by Gareth Smit to investigate the intersection of religion, migration, and community in the Sonoran Desert — more specifically in the original territories of the Tohono O’odham.

Where: Tucson Museum of Art and Historic Block, 140 N. Main Ave.

When: Sunday, Feb. 9, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Cost: Free

More information here

Tucson Storytellers: Love & Heartbreak

Dating in the digital age can be exhausting, exhilarating and downright crazy. Join the Arizona Daily Star and #ThisIsTucson for an evening of live storytelling as we hear community members share stories about heartbreak, true love and everything in between.

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

When: Tuesday, Feb. 11, 7-8:30 p.m.

Cost: $8-$12

More information here

Carnival of Fire

Celebrate all things fiery with a block-party style carnival. Festivities will take place inside and outside the DMC shop. Don't miss out on blacksmith tryouts, live interactive art welding, axe throwing, live bands, fire dancers, fire spinners, charcoal face painting for kids, food trucks, metal art exhibition, raffles, prizes and shopping.

Where: Desert Metal Craft, 544 E. 24th St.

When: Saturday, Feb. 8, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Cost: Free to attend, tickets can be purchased for select activities

More information here

Open Studios Under the Full Moon

Wander the village, meet the resident artists and tour working art studios and galleries. Live music will be performed on stage by Roadhouse Band.

Where: The Metal Arts Village, 3230 N. Dodge Blvd.

When: Sunday, Feb. 9, 5-8 p.m.

Cost: Free

More information here

Third Annual Beads, Blues and Beer Festival

This family-friendly event brings together the Tucson community for a day of fun and bead-stringing. Enjoy a festival with exhibitors featuring unique items and wearable art for sale, Beads of Courage signature bead-stringing activities, and live music from Tucson musicians.

Where: Beads of Courage, 3230 N. Dodge Blvd., Suite J

When: Saturday, Feb. 8, noon to 8 p.m.

Cost: $15 and up

More information here

Lock Your Love on the Avenue

Every time you purchase an item from a participating shop or buy a lock from one of the nonprofit groups set up by the Lock Your Love Sculptures, you’ll receive a sticker for a valentine card. Get three stickers and you could be on your way to win a wonderful prize!

Where: Historic Fourth Avenue, 434 E. Ninth St.

When: Saturday, Feb. 8, 2-6 p.m.

Cost: There will be seven nonprofit organizations stationed along Fourth Avenue selling locks for $5.

More information here

2nd Sunday Vintage Market

Browse through 60 vendors for vintage, antique and collectible items at this northwest-side market. 

When: Sunday, Feb. 9, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Cost: Free to attend, but bring money for shopping

More information here

Studio Night: Paint Edition

Have fun and paint unique and creative pieces at Bookmans. You can join the themed painting project or feel free to let your creative juices flowing and do something completely original.

Where: Bookmans, 3330 E. Speedway Blvd.

When: Friday, Feb. 7, 6-8 p.m.

Cost: Free, bring your creativity

More information here

Valentine's Day Weekend at Tanque Verde Swap Meet

Shop at the swap with your sweetheart at Tanque Verde Swap Meet. The ticket booth will be handing out valentine candy — while supplies last. 

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

When: Friday, Feb. 7 through Sunday, Feb. 9

Cost: Free to attend

More information here. 

Tucson H.O.G. Chapter Chili Cook-off

Sample and vote for your favorite chili recipes in categories including people's choice, spiciest, most kid-friendly, best beef, best chicken and best vegetarian. Enter your favorite pot of chili, or come by to taste and judge!

Where: Harley-Davidson of Tucson, 7355 N. Interstate 10 Frontage Road

When: Saturday, Feb. 8, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

More information here.

Crawfish Boil

Help celebrate Arizona Beer Week by cracking open some crawfish and enjoying some Cajun food. 

Where: Sentinel Peak Brewing Company, 4746 E. Grant Road

When: Saturday, Feb. 8, 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.

Cost: Call 520-777-9456 for details. 

More information here

Kino Gem and Mineral Show

Shop over 200 vendors from around the world at this gem and mineral show. Browse through a selection of gems, minerals, fossils, beads and finished jewelry. Free parking, free shuttle and a food court.

Where: Kino Sports Complex, 2500 E. Ajo Way

When: Through Feb. 16, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Cost: Free to attend, but bring money for shopping and food

More information here

Artisan Market at Catalyst

Shop with local artisans, makers and craftspeople selling handmade goods at the Catalyst in the Tucson Mall.

Where: Catalyst Arts & Maker Space, 4500 N. Oracle Road, Suite 110

When: Saturday, Feb. 8, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Cost: Free to attend

More information here

Kids 🎈

Art after Dark

Learn about the art of mariachi with the talented kids from White Elementary School Mariachi Toritos. These young musicians will offer interactive performances while you dance and sing along.

Where: Children's Museum Tucson, 200 S. Sixth Ave.

When: Saturday, Feb. 8, 5:30-8 p.m.

Cost: Free

More information here

Free Screening: "Maleficent"

"Hello, beastie." Watch the enchanted tale of sleeping beauty and Maleficent at The Loft Cinema. Pre-show activities hosted by Mildred & Dildred Toy Store starting at 9:15 a.m.

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

When: Saturday, Feb. 8, 10-11:50 a.m.

Cost: Free

More information here

Stay and Play Group

Have fun with your little tots at this play group that includes exploration time, parent-child activities, circle time, and parenting support and education for families and caregivers with children ages birth to five years old.

Where: Valencia Library, 202 W. Valencia Road

When: Friday, Feb. 7, 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Cost: Free, infants and kids ages 2-5

More information here

BFF 💃 

Beer and Bacon Feast

Enjoy three different styles of beer, paired with spicy and savory bacon. 

Where: 1912 Brewing Co., 2045 N. Forbes Blvd.

When: Friday, Feb. 7, 4-8 p.m.

Cost: Flight pairing of three 1912 beers, and three bacon strips for $15.

More information here

Gem Show Trunk Show

Shop for shimmering gems and minerals at this event. The Mercado San Agustin is inviting jewelers and special guests to meet the talent behind the treasure. 

Where: Mercado San Agustin, 100 S. Avenida del Convento

When: Friday, Feb. 7, 6-9 p.m.

Cost: Free to attend, but bring money for shopping

More information here

History of Us: Free Yoga

Join Black Renaissance at Hotel Congress for Free Yoga Sundays every Sunday in February!

Where: Hotel Congress, 311 Congress St.

When: Sunday, February 9, 16, 23, 11–11:45 a.m.

Cost: Free, bring your mat

More information here

Pre-Valentines Tucson Singles Party at Brother Johns

Every woman gets a padlock. Every man gets a key. Your goal is to match the right key with the right padlock. Every time you unlock you get a ticket that enters you into the drawing to win great prizes from the party sponsors.

Where: Brother John's Beer, Bourbon & BBQ, 1801 N. Stone Ave.

When: Saturday, Feb. 8, 7-9 p.m.

Cost: $22

More information here