March brings the end of winter and start of spring, so get ready for all types of entertainment around Tucson to pick up even more! Here are our selections for the first couple of weeks, with St. Patrick’s Day (March 17th) starting our 2nd half of the month edition.

Ansel Adams “Examples” Exhibit
Ansel Adams famously said that the photographic negative is like a composer’s score, and the print a performance. Join us at Center for Creative Photography for an exhibition of photographic works by Adams, an American landscape photographer and environmentalist known for his black-and-white images of the American West. Paired with text from the book, Examples: The Making of 40 Photographs, written by Adams himself, this exhibition affords viewers and unprecedented opportunity to familiarize themselves with the intricacies of Adams’ work.

Tucson Bicycle Classic
The 33rd annual Tucson Bicycle Classic is one of the key warm-up races for North Americans road cyclists, and a challenging three-day USA Cycling-sanctioned stage race featuring a time trial, road race and circuit race, with a $10,000 purse. USA Cycling is the official governing body for all disciplines of competitive cycling in the United States. Spectators welcome. Pre-registration only. No race-day registration.

Paradiso Bar & Lounge Free Concert Thursdays
Sol Casinos presents a free concert on Thursdays at Casino del Sol Resort with a lineup that includes tributes to classic rock music legends.

Banff Mountain Film Festival
Summit Hut hosts three awe-inspiring nights of the Banff Mountain Film Festival at 7pm on Friday, Feb. 28th, Saturday, March 1st and Saturday, March 2nd at the Fox Tucson Theatre. Each evening features a unique selection of films, ranging from thought-provoking mountain films to high-adrenaline outdoor adventure with no films repeated! Proceeds from the festival will support local outdoor-oriented non-profits through Summit Hut’s Banff Grants.

Asian Lantern Festival

Reid Park Zoo is partnering with the Confucius Institute at the University of Arizona, Tianyu Arts & Culture Inc. and Tucson Chinese Cultural Center to bring over 40 colorful, customized lantern displays to Southern Arizona. Save the date for this event that will transport you across the world with Asian-inspired entertainment, cuisine, and culture.  Throughout the evening enjoy:

  • Over 40 larger-than-life lanterns
  • Asian-inspired activities, crafts and entertainment
  • Life-size Zen Garden in Expedition Tanzania
  • Interactive lighted floor and swings in Expedition Tanzania
  • Asian-inspired food in the Zoo’s café