TO AUGUST 25
This historic theater has been a Tucson staple for more than 40 years. Families have flocked from all over for the live music, dine-in food and roll-on-the-floor laughing entertainment. The classic dine-in style is an iconic feature of the theater, but even more so is their continuous and stellar lineup of comedic theater. “Space Trek” is just one of the fun and family-friendly performances they have, and you can catch it through August 25.
Gaslight Theatre, 7010 E. Broadway Boulevard, thegaslighttheatre.com, 886.9428, various times, $22.95, $12.95 children.
Apple Annie’s Orchard
WEEKENDS IN JULY
At last, prime fruit and veggie picking season is upon us again. After a late start to the season, Apple Annie’s is ready to roll out its freshest pickins. Come taste the harvest at Apple Annie’s orchard weekends in July for a variety of fruit picking events. Enjoy just-picked, roasted corn coated in butter and seasonings of your choice, and on the last two weekends of July—July 20 and July 21, and July 27 and July 28—to pick your own plump peaches. Or if you prefer your peaches previously picked, just stop by for the pancakes and peaches breakfast, served 7:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. both weekends.
Apple Annie’s Fruit Orchards, 2081 W. Hardy Road, Willcox, appleannies.com, 384.2084, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekends, $8.99 for all-you-can-eat breakfast, $4.99 for children 12 and younger.
Blind Wine Tasting
Think you’ve got a taste for wine? What about blindfolded? Test your taste buds and get tipsy at this blind wine tasting. From Chardonnay to Zinfandel and everything in between, if you guess the varietals — flavors — correctly the bottle is yours to take home.
Maynards Market & Kitchen, 400 N. Toole Avenue, maynardstucson.com, 545.0577, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., tastings are $12.
Tucson Margarita Festival
Orange liqueur, lime, salt and a whole lotta booze — Arizona natives know this tequila troublemaker all too well. The margarita, rumored to be named for the first person to ever try the cocktail, has been a staple in drinking culture for many a decade. Cool off with the refreshing drink at the margarita festival. Try the variations of the classic, inevitably get tipsy and listen to some live music at the “best live concert venue in Tucson.”
The Rock, 136 N. Park Avenue, eventbrite.com, 629.9211, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., $25 includes four drink tickets, $45 VIP includes six drink tickets and merchandise, 21 and older.
This Grammy-nominated country artist has a deep voice and southern twang that makes his sound perfect for classic country lovers. His hit songs “Lonely Eyes,” “Gettin’ You Home” and latest 2019 single “Raised on Country” are made for the heat of summer, blasting the stereo, riding dirt roads with your feet out the window. See him in person at the AVA Amphitheater this July.
Casino del Sol’s AVA Amphitheater, 5655 W. Valencia Road, casinodelsol.com, 1.800.344.9435, 8 p.m., $45-$95.
Chester Bennington Tribute Concert
Though this 2000’s rock icon is no longer with us, his music provides a powerful connection to him and insight into his life. This is the second annual tribute concert and many high profile rock bands will be in attendance including Lethal Injektion, Outsiders, Dirty Magic, Within A Dream, The Diversion Program and DJ Bea7s. Join fellow rock lovers in celebrating Bennington’s life and mourning his early death the best way possible, through his own words.
The Rock, 136 N. Park Avenue, rocktucson.com, 629.9211, 7 p.m., $10.
Cowboys vs. Saguaros
Watch the Cowboys and the Saguaros duke it out on a hot Saturday this July. The game starts at 7 p.m. and it’s bring-your-own Cracker Jack. The green-clad home team will battle the Alpine Cowboys, so let’s root, root, root for the home team!
Cherry Field, 425 S. Cherry Avenue, saguarosbaseball.com, 909.5600, 7 p.m., $7.50.
July 20, 1969, was the day man first stepped foot on the moon. A historic day for mankind, celebrate the achievement and learn the rich history of the Apollo 11 moon landing. There will be events all day at multiple locations within walking distance of Flandrau Science Center and Planetarium, including an interactive VR experience, demonstrations, lectures and videos about the historic day.
Lunar & Planetary Laboratory, 1629 E. University Boulevard, Special Collections Library, 1510 E. University Boulevard, Flandrau Science Center and Planetarium, 1601 E. University Boulevard, 621.4516, varying times all-day events, free.
Rainbows, Unicorn Farts and Fairy Dust
Pride month may be over, but the fun has just begun. The Rainbows, Unicorn Farts and Fairy Dust Comedy Show is back this year to deliver the laughs and a variety of comedians at the La Quinta Inn. Attendees will be treated to the Queen of Comedy herself, Lucinda Holliday, for a night to remember and celebrate LGBTQ folk and their allies. Proceeds from the event will go to Tucson Pride.
La Quinta Inn & Suites Tucson, Reid Park, 102 N. Alvernon Way, tucsonpride.org, 7 p.m., $20, 21 and older.
There aren’t many bands who can stand the test of time quite like Styx. Originally formed in 1961, the band has changed members many times, but the sound remains the same. The rock band was originally formed by a set of 12-year-old twins Chuck Bass and John Panozzo and their 14-year-old neighbor Dennis DeYoung. They rose to stardom in the 1980s and, with the help of additional band members, hits like “Babe” that topped the charts. Bask in the nostalgia at Tucson Music Hall.
Tucson Music Hall, 260 S. Church Avenue, tucsonmusichall.org, 837.4758, 7:30 p.m., $39-$119, all ages.
This comedian has a long list of credentials including movies and TV appearances, but he’s best known for his hilarious take on growing up Mexican-American, and other relatable humor. The L.A. resident competed in “Last Comic Standing” in 2010, walking away with the top prize. He’s returning to Tucson for another night of laughs this July.
Desert Diamond Casinos & Entertainment Sahuarita, 1100 W. Pima Mine Road, Sahuarita, ddcaz.com, 294.7777, 8 p.m., $25, 18 and older.
National Day of the Cowboy
What was once a trademark industry in the United States is now much more modernized, yet still the tales of the wild west, of ranching off the land and of rowdy cowboys live on in our not-so-distant history. Head to Empire Ranch on July 27 to learn the rich history of the American cowboy and celebrate National Day of the Cowboy. Duck into one of the presentations on cowboys or saunter over to the many live demonstrations of blacksmithing, leatherworking, saddle making and more, or see some of the ranch animals with your own eyes at the All Around Trail Horses petting zoo.
Empire Ranch, Highway 83 to East Empire Ranch Rd, Sonoita, empireranchfoundation.org, 888.364.2829, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., free.
Breeze in the Trees 5K
For avid runners, they’ll do anything to beat the summer heat. This cool, shady 5K through the pecan orchards of Green Valley Pecan Co. is perfect for a break from the rising temps. A fun feature of this race is the inclusion of chip timing, where runners can wear a small chip reader giving an accurate finish time for participants. A free T-shirt is guaranteed if you sign up before July 17.
The Green Valley Pecan Co., 1625 E. Sahuarita Road, Sahuarita, taggrun.com, 820.6447, Registration 5:30 a.m., run at 6:30 a.m., all runners $35.
JUNE 27 AND JUNE 28
If you’re a fan of the intensely aromatic — in other words stinky — garlic, this food festival is for you. The Garlic Festival is full of food, wine, artisans, vendors and, unsurprisingly, a whole lot of garlic. Garlic is part of the lily family, and onions, shallots and leeks are its flavorful cousins. This historic location is a bit off the beaten path, but the views and good company are well worth the trip.
Triangle T Historic Ranch, 60 miles southeast of Tucson, Take Exit 318 off I-10 at Dragoon Road. Follow Dragoon Road 1/4 mile to the Triangle T, Dragoon, azretreatcenter.com, 586.7533, $5 per car.
Annual Birding and Nature Festival
JULY 31 TO AUGUST 3
From the Cactus Wren to the Nutting’s Flycatcher, Tucson is home to fascinating birds hidden in the painted desert. And with the birds, come the birdwatchers. Grab your binoculars and sunscreen and head to the Annual Birding and Nature Festival to catch some of these beauties in late July. Accompanied by a guide, you’ll be treated to one of the highest-rated festivals for bird watching in the United States. With around 200 species sighted every festival, there is sure to be some brilliant birds.
Cochise College Sierra Vista Campus, 901 Colombo Avenue, Sierra Vista, swwings.org, 266.0149, half day $45, full day $90 (includes box lunch and transportation), night $45 and overnight $250 (includes lodging, transportation and food).