Musicals, Magic, Museums & more round out the month of August in Tucson! And that’s not the half of it. Enjoy weekly live music, pick some delicious peaches, and just explore the area and its offerings during the height of the summer season. Most of all – have fun!
Gutenberg! The Musical!
Southern Arizona Performing Arts Company brings Gutenberg! The Musical! back by popular demand after being nominated for a MAC Award in 2018. This production of the hit two-man musical spoof is a special add-on event to our regular full season of musical productions. Two desperate (and bravely untalented) songwriters perform a backers’ audition for their new musical about Gutenberg, the inventor of the printing press. With an unending supply of enthusiasm, Bud Davenport and Doug Simon (portrayed by real-life brothers Carson and Tyler Wright) sing all the songs and play all the parts in their hilarious historical epic, performing at Unscrewed Theater, 4500 E Speedway Blvd #39.
Peach Mania at Apple Annie’s Orchard
A celebration of Willcox peaches, featuring sweet and juicy tree-ripened peaches, starting with a delicious “All You Can Eat” peaches and pancakes breakfast served from 7:30 AM to 10:30 AM each Saturday-Sunday. Take a free wagon ride and experience the fun of picking your own peaches. Enjoy free samples of peaches and dozens of peach products. Sit in the shade of our peach orchard and enjoy a slice of homemade peach pie or a bowl of homemade peach ice cream. Apple-smoked burger lunches will be served daily 11:30 AM -3:00 PM. Enjoy hot roasted sweet corn at our farm location. A perfect way to spend a memorable day with family and friends. (July 20-21, 27-28, August 3-4, August 10-11, August 17-18). Closed on Mondays, July and August.
Cool Summer Nights at Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum
Beat the Arizona heat and enjoy a family-friendly outing during popular Cool Summer Nights at Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum every Saturday evening, May 18-August 31, 2019. Enjoy clear views of stunning sunsets, star-specked skies, night-blooming plants, and animals reappearing from their daytime naps. The Sonoran Desert comes alive at night as nocturnal animals awake. Bats perform aerial acrobatics in pursuit of dinner, beavers splash around in their pond, and scorpions glow green under black light. Bring your flashlight and explore, experience a live animal encounter, or participate in special nightly activities. See the schedule on desertmuseum.org for weekly themes and activities.
Carnival of Illusion: Magic, Mystery & OOOH La La!
Step right up and get ready to laugh, have fun, and celebrate a magical night out with Carnival of Illusion! This top-rated illusion show is “revitalizing magic” by blending an international travel theme with all the charms of a vaudeville-inspired roadshow. Travel up-close with these national recipients for Excellence in Magic” and catch a lively slice of magical history. Carnival of Illusion is “Magic, Mystery, and Oooh La La!” Shows run on select weekends in four Arizona locations; Tucson performances are at the Scottish Rite Cathedral. Due to the intimate nature and popularity of this boutique theater, shows sell out. Check dates and availability on carnivalofillusion.com.
Palomino Nights Courtyard Concert Series
You can dance … to surf rock music at Plaza Palomino on March 18 when Palomino Nights presents the Hi-Phonics. Come, listen, and imagine a warm day at the beach, wearing a chill-defying wetsuit, and looking for the next perfect wave. And it’s also nice to imagine getting out on a Saturday night for two hours to listen to some vintage 1960’s surf music, desert-style — without having to wade in, and pray for no sharks and get sand in your wetsuit! It’s a dry surf at Plaza Palomino — one of the most popular outdoor concerts series in town. Dine at Vero Amore, La Placita Cafe, or Trident Grill II and make it a dinner-and-a-show night. Shop Maya Palace, Dark Star Leather, La Contessa, or Flying Leap Vineyards Tasting Room; or indulge in the services of Abstrax Hair Salon & Day Spa or Simplicity Laser to enter for free. Concert takes place outdoors, in Plaza Palomino’s beautiful courtyard, or inside in case of rain.