We’re continuing with largely virtual suggestions here, but there’s certainly no shortage of things to see! Check out the sights and sounds of Tucson’s downtown, an area ranch, relax in peaceful meditation and more. Summer in Tucson is here!
2nd Saturdays Downtown: Virtual Sights & Sounds
Live music, street and stage performances, people watching and excellent food are hallmarks of 2nd Saturdays Downtown Tucson, the popular monthly urban street fest. This large gathering is currently paused at the direction of public health authorities due to concerns about the coronavirus spread. Until we can be together again, you can enjoy the event virtually through this music video from Visit Tucson.
Tanque Verde Ranch: Southern Arizona Springtime
Watch the horses roam and the saguaros grow with this springtime time-out filmed at Tanque Verde Ranch in the Rincon Mountains outside Tucson. The landscape here has not changed much since 1868 when the ranch was established. Though the buildings have been revamped, the landscape is still composed of rolling mountains, cloudscapes and desert plants and animals along with working cowboys and cowgirls and their horses.
Mission Garden: Meditation
A Mission Garden meditation for those hurting from the pandemic or from anything else. This is part as a collection of videos showing the variety of activities happening at Tucson’s birthplace, just west of the city’s urban core. Mission Garden is a living agricultural museum of Sonoran Desert-adapted heritage fruit-trees, traditional local heirloom crops and edible native plants — a re-creation of the Spanish Colonial walled garden that was part of Tucsons historic San Agustin Mission. Located on its original site west of downtown Tucson at the corner of Mission Road and Mission Lane, the Garden features heirloom Sonoran Desert-adapted fruit orchards and vegetable gardens interpreting 4,000 years of agriculture in Tucson.
Tucson Boys Chorus: Classic Concert
Slow down and enjoy the Tucson Arizona Boys Chorus (TABC) perform Anton Bruckner’s Locus iste at the 2017 Classic Concert presented in Tucson. Video provided to the TABC courtesy of Jesse Thrall.
Renowned for its excellence, the Tucson Arizona Boys Chorus has earned the reputation of a premier music education and performance organization representing both the classic, international boychoir sound and the diversity of the American Southwest. The Director of the Tucson Arizona Boys Chorus since 1980, Julian Ackerley has achieved international acclaim as an accomplished conductor and administrator of childrens choral performing arts organizations. Dr. Ackerley has taken the Chorus on performance tours spanning five continents and over 20 countries. Under his direction, the Chorus has made numerous recordings and has collaborated with national symphony orchestras and opera companies
Tucson International Mariachi Conference: Espectacular Concert Virtual Encore
A joyous celebration of mariachi music and baile folklorico is guaranteed at the Tucson International Mariachi Conference. This performance from the 2018 Espectacular Concert is truly spectacular. Performers include Mariachi Aztlan de Pueblo High School (Tucson), Mariachi Aztlan UTRGV (Texas), Mariachi de America de Jesus Rodriguez de Hijar (Ciudad de Mexico), and Compañía de Danza Folklórica Arizona (Tucson). The Tucson International Mariachi Conference is looking forward to announcing dates for its next festival. This year’s event, planned for April 22-25, 2020, was cancelled due to concerns related to the coronavirus pandemic. The Tucson International Mariachi Conference brings together masters of Mexican folk music and dance and talented students from around the country for workshops and performances at Tucson Convention Center. The three public concerts include: Espectacular Concert, featuring the worlds best and brightest mariachi musicians and folklorico dancers, a traditional Catholic Mariachi Mass, and the family-friendly Fiesta de Garibaldi.