Whether it’s a kids’ sing along, taking in a live show, heading to the track, or medieval mayhem that floats your boat, you’re covered over only the first two weeks of March – and all in and around Tucson! See what we’ve picked for you below.
The Rogue Theatre: The Beauty Queen of Leenane
The Rogue Theatre presents “The Beauty Queen of Leenane” by Martin McDonagh. In a rural Irish cottage of the aging Mag and her spinster daughter Maureen, the comic and appalling lives are brought to a head as a romance develops for Maureen that Mag resents. Recurring weekly on Sunday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday.
Winter Meet at Rillito Park Racetrack: Budweiser Clydesdales Weekend
Enjoy a fun day at the races. Tucson’s historic Rillito Park Race Track hosts live horse-racing for the 77th year. In addition to the live racing, a variety of special programming is scheduled for each day. Post time is 1:30 p.m. The theme for February 29-March 1 is Budweiser Clydesdales Weekend. March 1 features John Deere Juvenile Trials.
Contact the Race Track for information on reserved table seating. No outside food or beverages are allowed in. Please, no pets. Rillito Park is a historic racetrack and the birthplace of quarter-horse racing and the “photo finish.” (Dates are subject to approval by Arizona Board of Racing and may change.)
Tucson Winter Chamber Music Festival
Arizona Friends of Chamber Music (AFCM) is thrilled to present the 26th annual festival, a week of chamber music with favorite returning artists and dynamic new artists who together with artistic director Peter Rejto will come together in a variety of ways over the course of five world-class concerts. The festival will mark the Australian saxophonist Amy Dickson‘s Tucson debut in the performance of the US premiere of Ross Edwards’ new quintet “Bright Birds and Sorrow.” Joining her, also in his Tucson debut, will be pianist James Giles who will perform the monumental Taneyev Piano Quartet. Also a first at the festival will be Chris Rogerson’s new Quartet written for the Escher Quartet. Other highlights include violist Ettore Causa in an impressive arrangement of the Brahms Lieder, and cellist Edward Aron performing “Air” from the Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Kevin Puts. The festival has a slight Russian theme so the Taneyev Quartet will be augmented by the Shostakovich Quintet, Schnittke Quintet, and the rarely-performed Arensky Quartet for two cellos. Violinist Axel Strauss and pianist Bernadette Harvey, favorite festival musicians, will perform 20th century Polish composer Grazyna Bacewicz’s partita for violin and piano. Also returning is violinist and Yale School of Music professor Ani Kavafian; she appeared in our first festival in 1994.
32nd Annual Arizona Renaissance Festival
Escape to our 30-acre 16th century village where mermaids, maidens, merriment and magical moments await thee. With over 200 shops of handmade items; blown glass, leather goods and jewelry, 14 stages of nonstop entertainment; performances of music, dance, comedy, falconry, acrobatics and three jousting tournaments daily – there is something for everyone! Watch artisans work as they create a masterpiece right before your eyes. It’s a treasure trove! Eat, drink and be merry as you make your way through the faire. Feast like royalty at the exclusive Pleasure Feast! Join us as we celebrate 32 years of cheers! Saturdays, Sundays and Presidents’ Day, from February 8 through March 29, 2020.
Oro Valley Kids Concert Series – First Saturdays
Oro Valley Kids Concert Series provides an intimate, interactive experience for young children and their families where they can explore the sights, sounds and workings of instruments and dance, presented by the Town of Oro Valley and the Music and Dance Academy on the first Saturday of each month. Performances at the Oro Valley Council Chambers, 11000 N. La Cañada Drive, Oro Valley.