Tucson Events

By Carson Mlnarik

Big Fish


This heartwarming musical is based on the beloved Tim Burton film of the same name. It tells the story of Edward Bloom, who has lived a fantastically full life, populated by magic and fantasy and marked by love. Through the relationship with his son, the audience is taken on an emotional ride of a lifetime. Buy your tickets online and save $5!

Stevie Eller Dance Theatre, 1727 E. University Boulevard, 621.4698, bit.ly/2LQl7RH, times vary, $10-$20.

Old-Fashioned Fourth of July Celebration


Tubac Presidio State Historic Park celebrates Fourth of the July the “old-fashioned” way with an afternoon devoted to summer family fun. Free hot dogs, nachos, watermelon and lemonade will be available, alongside bean bag games, face painting and a “squirt-down” provided by the Tubac Fire Department. Bring the whole family for a fun morning with free park admission.

Tubac Presidio State Historic Park, 1 Burruel Street, Tubac, 398.2252, tubapresidio.org, 10 a.m. to noon, free.

Bat Biology Workshop


Did you know that bats are the only mammals capable of flight? Join Pima County Parks and Recreation for a “batty” evening exploring one of nature’s most unique animals. This workshop features in-depth presentations on bat diversity, diet, migration and echolocation in preparation for the county’s upcoming outdoor bat programs.

Brandi Fenton Memorial Park Visitor Center, 3482 E. River Road, 724.5375, pima.gov/nrpr, 7 to 9 p.m., $10 members and $15 nonmembers.



If you’re a fan of grunge music, look no further! The Rialto Theatre has compiled a lineup attuned to any fan’s dream with its all-ages Grungefest. Celebrate the genre and rock hard with tributes to some of your favorite bands like Fooz Fighters and Allison Chains, as well as Silver, a Nirvana tribute, and Oceans, an ode to Pearl Jam.

The Rialto Theatre, 318 E. Congress Street, 740.1000, rialtotheatre.com, 8 p.m., $28-$30.

Monsoon Nature Hike


With monsoon season officially upon us, nature begins to open in different ways. See the beauty firsthand with Pima County Parks and Recreation on a guided nature hike through Cienega Creek. This all-ages exploration is the perfect time for nature enthusiasts young and old to spot native fish, toads and other wildlife.

Gabe Zimmerman Davidson Canyon Trailhead at Cienega Creek Natural Preserve, 16000 E. Marsh Station Road, 615.7855, pima.gov/nrpr, 7 to 8:30 a.m., free for members and $5 nonmembers.



His nickname may be Mr. Worldwide, but for one night, the man known as Pitbull will make his bed in Tucson. Known for huge hip-hop and pop hits like “Give Me Everything” and “Timber,” this Florida-born rapper always delivers an energetic set, featuring a handful of sing-along reggaetón bops.

AVA Amphitheater, Casino del Sol, 5655 W. Valencia Road, 1.800.344.9435, casinodelsol.com, 8 p.m., $60-$150.

Yellow Submarine


Tucson’s resident indie film haunt celebrates the 50th anniversary of The Beatles’ psychedelic animated film with a special screening. Take an exhilarating and trippy journey through optical illusions, wordplay and stunning animation alongside some of your favorite Beatles’ tunes like “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds,” and of course, “Yellow Submarine.”

The Loft Cinema, 3233 E. Speedway Boulevard, 795.7777, loftcinema.org, 2 p.m., $8-$10.



This Phoenix-based electro pop duo visits Tucson for a special show alongside a slew of local bands, including Fringe Class, Sur Block and Infinite Souls. With its unique sound and fun stage presence, MRCH is on the up-and-up, especially after their song “My Mistake” was featured in the most recent season of 13 Reasons Why.

Club Congress, 311 E. Congress Street, 622.8848, hotelcongress.com, 8 p.m., free.

Classic Car Show


Tucson’s favorite ’50s diner, Little Anthony’s, is all about the throwbacks and its monthly classic car shows are no exception. Featuring food indoors and on the grill, as well as prizes, giveaways and a bounce house for the kids, it’s the perfect time to catch a glimpse at some of Tucson’s classiest retro vehicles or show off your own. Registration is from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Little Anthony’s Diner, 7010 E. Broadway Boulevard, 296.0456, littleanthonysdiner.com/car-shows, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., free.

Restoration Tour


HGTV and History Channel buffs will dig this tour of Canoa Ranch, led by an architectural preservationist. Simon Herbert will give guests a free behind-the-scenes peek into the processes and materials used in the restoration of structures on the ranch, from deteriorating ruins to functional buildings.

Historic Canoa Ranch, 5375 S. I-19 Frontage Road, Green Valley, 724.5220, pima.gov/canoaranch, 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., free.

American Idol Live


The reality show singing competition that started it all in the United States – American Idol—returned to television this year, bringing a new level of talent and a new class of performers. Join this year’s winner, Maddie Poppe, and the rest of the top seven for an evening of music new and old. Special guest/AI season eight winner Kris Allen is also set to appear. VIP packages featuring meet and greets with the cast are also available.

Fox Tucson Theatre, 17 W. Congress Street, 547.3040, foxtucson.com, 7 p.m., $34.60-$499.

Desert Paint and Sip


The Craft Revolt is leading the revolution against a life without art and creativity. Join The Craft Revolt for its weekly BYOB paint-and-sip nights and learn how to paint Starry Night. Paint and canvas are included in the class fee.

The Craft Revolt, 7545 S. Houghton Road, Suite 101, 245.0340, thecraftrevolt.com, 6:30 p.m., $35.

Nothing More


This San Antonio-bred band mixes metal and progressive rock scored three Grammy nominations with its latest album, The Stories We Tell Ourselves. Join the guys for an intimate evening alongside Bad Wolves and Eyes Set to Kill, who will open the show. VIP packages with meet and greets for Nothing More are available online.

The Rialto Theatre, 318 E. Congress Street, 740.1000, rialtotheatre.com, 7:30 p.m., $24-$125.

Music for Mutts


Who let the dogs out? This afternoon of fun benefits Tucson’s Cause for Canines, an all-volunteer, foster-based rescue group that’s dedicated to saving the lives of homeless dogs. Enjoy the day with a pet-friendly patio, live music, cold beer, great food and family fun. Bring Fido and the rest of the crew, too!

The Maverick, 6622 E. Tanque Verde Road, 298.0430, bit.ly/2JTHhoI, 2 p.m., $10 people and $5 pups.

Desert Night Shift


When the sun goes down, some of the desert’s most exciting creatures come out to play! Join Pima County naturalists on an easy night hike through the desert, exploring “who” is out and about in the evening and why many animals and plants are nocturnal. BYOH—bring your own headlamp or flashlight!

Pima County Feliz Paseos Park, 1600 N. Camino de Oeste, 724.5375, pima.gov/nrpr, 7 to 9 p.m., free for members and $5 nonmembers.