Live Americana music, a massive street fair, annual Pow Wow, and even a Hip Hop festival await you after Spring has sprung in Tucson! Have a look at our curated list of event suggestions:
Iron John’s Brewing Company’s Live Music on Thursdays
The acoustic duo of Mark Insley and Damon Barnaby play original outlaw American music covers at Iron John’s Brewing Company’s Congress taproom every Thursday, 7:30-9:30 p.m. Enjoy live alternative country music as well as pints of Old Pueblo Pale Ale at IJBC on the streetcar line in the heart of downtown Tucson.
Fourth Avenue Spring Street Fair
Fourth Avenue Street Fair brings together 400+ arts/crafts booths, 35+ food vendors, two entertainment stages, street performers, kids’ art area, and more. Pets are not allowed.
Wa:k Pow Wow
Team dances, hoop dance, drum contest, owl dance, inter-tribal dances, and much more are part of the experience at the annual Wa:k Pow Wow at Mission San Xavier del Bac, a National Historic Landmark, eight miles south of downtown Tucson. The event features inter-tribal activities and an artisan’s marketplace attended by Native American tribes from around the United States, all hosted by Southern Arizona’s Tohono O’odham Nation (Sonoran Desert People). (No cameras and no alcohol and/or drugs allowed).
Living History Day at Presidio Museum
On Living History Days at the Tucson Presidio museum, attendees can experience a different themed activity every month, along with opportunities to:
- tastings of hand-made tortillas and fresh-made bread interactive demonstrations of childrens games and weaving
- soldiers practicing their musket drills
- pumping the bellows of the blacksmiths forge
- playing Presidio era games
This Living History Days series of events generally occurs on the second Saturday of every month, except December, from October through April, from 4 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
The Presidio San Agustín del Tucson Museum is a re-creation of the Tucson Presidio built in 1775. Visitors travel back in time to learn about life as early Tucsonans would have lived it. Docent tours discuss life in the Santa Cruz Valley for early Native Americans, Presidio residents and Territorial Period settlers. See the archaeological remains of a pit house, walk along the original Presidio wall and experience a 150 year old classic Sonoran Row house.
Every Living History event has a theme:
March 21 – 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Territorial Arizona April 11 – 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. The Columbian Experience
Tucson Hip Hop Festival
Passionate about educating artists and providing resources for those in the business of the art, we also host workshops, panel discussions, network events and more, the Tucson Hip Hop Festival (THHF) holds space for the culture and represents all four elements in one event. Also passionate about community, most of our festival is made up of local artists and innovators on the come-up or already on the up-and-up! The festival has become a leader in the music festival culture in Arizona and is quickly becoming a driving force for up-and-coming, independent artists nationwide. On the main day of the festival, we represent all four elements of hip-hop via 150+ performing acts. In addition to our stage performers, we host panel discussions, one-on-one mentorships, workshops and more because we want to provide Arizona the music industry resources it lacks. The THHF is no doubt one of the most unique events you’ll ever experience.
The Tucson Hip Hop Festival is an all-ages event, however, we do recommend 13+.