Tucson Events

By Carson Mlnarik


Wild Wild West Steampunk Convention


Old Tucson’s Steampunk convention is the largest of its kind in the state, featuring more than 60 vendors, concerts, a fashion show and tea dueling. Attendees can also attend more than 80 panels and workshops, including make-and-takes, where they can add to their own Steampunk garb.

Old Tucson, 201 S. Kinney Road, 883.0100, wildwestcon.com, times vary, $30-$200.


Fourth Avenue Spring Street Fair


This nearly 50-year-old tradition brings over 500,000 people to Tucson annually, so they can enjoy artists from around the world, food and music. Produced by the North Fourth Avenue Merchants Association Inc., the nonprofit supports free community events.

Historic Fourth Avenue, 624.5004, fourthavenue.org, 10 a.m. to dusk, free.


Jake Shimabukuro


This Hawaiian-born ukulele virtuoso hit it big time when his rendition of “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” went viral on YouTube in 2006. Since then, Shimabukuro has traveled the world, playing ukulele and composing music. He brings his fun ukulele vibes – and incredibly fast fingers – to The Rialto for an intimate night.

The Rialto Theatre, 318 E. Congress Street, 740.1000, rialtotheatre.com, 8 p.m., $28-$37.


Steve Aoki presents Kolony North American Tour


Electro-house producer Steve Aoki is one of North America’s highest-grossing tour dance artists. He brings his crazy live show, along Desiigner and Grand Theft, to the Rialto for a night of dance you won’t forget. Having collaborated with artists like Fall Out Boy, Afrojack, Iggy Azalea and Linkin Park, Aoki has a steady stream of beats to turn to.

The Rialto Theatre, 318 E. Congress Street, 740.1000, rialtotheatre.com, 7 p.m., $39-$548.


Food Truck Round Up


What is it about fried food that makes it taste so much better when it’s prepared before you on a truck? Pueblo High School hosts a roundup of food trucks for an entire afternoon, with entertainment by the Pueblo marching and jazz bands, and Pueblo Folklorico. Make sure to bring your appetite!

Pueblo High School, 3500 S. 12th Avenue, 225.4300, pueblomhs.tusd1.schooldesk.net, noon to 10 p.m., free admission.


Women Rock!


It’s all about the ladies with this show that celebrates the legendary women of rock ‘n’ roll. From Carole King to Janis Joplin to Aretha Franklin and Carly Simon, the Tucson Symphony presents a multimedia show that will take patrons back to “Proud Mary” and lead them down the “Freeway of Love.”

Tucson Music Hall, 260 S. Church Avenue, 882.8585, tucsonsymphony.org, 7:30 p.m. March 10, and 2 p.m. March 11, $30-$77.


Tucson Festival of Books


It’s all about the literature as books, authors and writing take over the University of Arizona campus for two days. This annual event attracts authors from every genre for panels, discussions and signings, as well as family and teen events and even animal storytime. The Rock Bottom Remainders hit the stage to celebrate the festival’s 10th year.

Various locations, University of Arizona, 621.0302, tucsonfestivalofbooks.org, 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., free admission with some ticketed events available to purchase at door.


The King and I


Get to know this Tony Award-winning play as it visits the University of Arizona’s Centennial Hall. The Rodgers and Hammerstein classic tells the story of the unconventional relationship that forms between a British schoolteacher and the King of Siam after she recruited to teach his many wives and children.

Centennial Hall, 1020 E. University Boulevard, 621.3341, uapresents.org/king-and-i, times vary, $29-$85.


Vince Staples


Known for melding avant-garde, dance, electronic and hip hop, 24-year-old rapper Vince Staples has made a name for himself with his lyrics and his story. Fresh off a stint opening for Tyler, The Creator, expect him to dig into tracks from his latest album Big Fish Theory, including “BagBak,” which was featured in Black Panther.

The Rialto Theatre, 318 E. Congress Street, 740.1000, rialtotheatre.com, 8 p.m., $32-$40.


Zepparella-The All-Female Zeppelin Powerhouse


This Led Zeppelin tribute band is known for its fiery renditions and passionate music. Proving that girls rock, too, Zepparella has crisscrossed the country paying tribute to “the greatest band in the world” by replicating the nuances and details of Zeppelin’s music.

191 Toole, 191 E. Toole Avenue, 445.6425, 191toole.com, 8 p.m., $15-$17.


Tucson Roadrunners vs. San Jose Barracuda


Tucson’s resident hockey team takes on the San Jose Barracuda to duke it out in the desert. The Roadrunners were victorious when they played the Barracuda in an away game last year. With an impressive season under their belt thus far, they’re sure to not disappoint on their home rink.

Tucson Arena, 260 S. Church Avenue, 791.4101, tucsonroadrunners.com, 7:05 p.m., $10-$56.


Tucson Cine Mexico


Tucson Cine Mexico is the longest-running contemporary Mexican cinema festival in the country, hosting directors, producers and editors for panels and four days of films. This year’s festival will host the U.S. premiere of Me Gusta Pero Me Asusta, starring Hector Kotsifakis. Screening location depends on the film; visit the festival’s website for more information.

Harkins Tucson Spectrum, 5455 S. Calle Santa Cruz, 626.1405, tucsoncinemexico.org, free but reservations must be made online.


Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone in Concert


The enchanting tale of a boy wizard is brought to life in a new way as the film plays on screen accompanied by a symphony orchestra. Revisit the magic of John Williams’ original score and you might just find a bit of magic in yourself.

Tucson Music Hall, 260 S. Church Avenue, 882.8585, tucsonsymphony.org, 7:30 p.m., $46-$86.


Crush Gala


The Tucson Museum of Art honors the past, recognizes the present and toasts to the future with its annual Crush Gala, the museum’s largest fundraising event. Dress in your best cocktail attire and watch as Michael and Christine Hanson are honored. The evening will also feature an art bar, auctions, dinner by Carte Blanche Catering and desserts in the glowing Sculpture Garden. Mama Sings Jazz provides the soundtrack.

Tucson Museum of Art and Historic Block, 140 N. Main Avenue, 624.2333, tucsonmuseumofart.org, $250.


Oro Valley Spring Festival of Arts


This biannual celebration features nearly 150 artists and exhibitors of every medium, from painting to pottery to jewelry. There’s more to enjoy than that as strolling performers, food trucks, vendors and family arts activities abound. Bring Fido along!

Oro Valley Marketplace, 12155 N. Oracle Road, Oro Valley, 797.3959, saaca.org/springfestival.html, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, free.