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This Weekend In Tucson 12/14 - 12/16

Thursday, December 13, 2018   /   by Traci Jones

This Weekend In Tucson 12/14 - 12/16

Friday, December 14, 2018

Jazz Band Concert & Silent Auction 6:30PM
$5/Rincon University High School Jazz Band has been invited to perform in December in Chicago, IL at The Midwest Clinic, the oldest and largest conference in the world for band and orchestra educators/It is an honor to be selected and we are the first group from Tucson to be given this distinction since it started in 1946! This concert is a fundraiser to help cover the cost for the students/Auction begins at 6:30PM and the concert begins at 7:30PM/Rincon University High School Auditorium 421 N Arcadia Blvd. (Band office 


A Christmas Carol and Dickens Festival 7:00PM
$20 General/$15 Senior (65+) Students & Military/$10 Children (12 & under) Ticket Prices Increase by $5 at the Door/Presented by Arts Express’/This celebrated musical theatre production of the timeless classic captivates audiences with its brilliant cast, dynamic live orchestra and dazzling costumes/Explore the merry old streets of London, with holiday amusement, merry merchants, jolly musicians & carolers, scrumptious food & treats, and roaming Victorian era characters! Berger Performing Arts Center 1200 W Speedway Blvd. (
319-0400 for tickets)


17th Annual production of Tchaikovsky's The Nutcracker Ballet 7:00PM
$12-$18/Presented by Ballet Rincon/Included are preshow lobby performances of seasonal music featuring The Vail Youth Symphony, Brice Winston and his Tucson Jazz Institute Concord Combo, and others-Come early! Vail Theatre of the Arts 10701 E Mary Ann Cleveland Way 


Snoopy!!! 7:00PM
$12/$10 Tuneful! Charming! Hilarious! Yes, SNOOPY!!! The musical sequel to "YOU’RE A GOOD MAN, CHARLIE BROWN" deserves each of its three exclamation points/Based on the beloved Peanuts comic strip by Charles Schulz, the show sparkles with wit and warmth as it depicts life as seen through the eyes of Schulz’s unforgettable characters-Fun for audiences of all ages! Live Theatre Workshop Family Theatre 5317 E Speedway Blvd. 


Harpdog Brown & The Uptown Blues Band 7:00PM - 11:00PM
A vintage New Orleans Blues sound featuring slide trombone, keyboards, bass and drums and often a sax and clarinet/House of Bards 4915 E Speedway Blvd. 
327-2011 for ticket info


Free Dance Class 8:30PM
The Latin Band Zona Libre will be playing every Friday/Free Free Salsa/Bachata dance class with entry 8:30PM to 9:30PM/Dancing from 9:30PM till midnight/All Ages-Singles & Couples ($5 Music charge-cash) Brother John’s 1801 N Stone (Magic Mikey 


Guided Bird Walk 8:15AM
Join volunteer guide, Mary Ellen, each first and second Friday mornings/Oracle is a beautiful, quiet park at about 4500 feet elevation, with different habitat than Tucson, offering a chance to see higher elevation species-Meet at the Kannally Ranch House parking lot/Oracle State Park 3820 Wildlife Dr-Oracle (Free with paid park entry-$7 per vehicle) 


11th Annual Mercado Holiday Bazaar 10:00AM - 6:00PM
Featuring 60+ makers, artists, and collectors! A family-friendly outdoor holiday shopping event! Mercado San Agustin 100 S Avenida del Convento 461-1107 

Antique, Vintage, & Collectable Book Fair 10:00AM - 9:00PM
Free/Antique, vintage, and collectable book fair benefitting Tell Me A Good Story educational nonprofit/Inside Foothills Mall north of movie theaters 7401 N. La Cholla Blvd.


Investigation of the 1000 Year Old Rock Art! (Walk: 45 minutes, ¼ miles) 11:15AM
Become a Rock Art Detective and investigate the who, when, and how mysteries of the 1000 year old Hohokam Petroglyphs-Meet at Signal Hill at 11:15AM/Plan for 20 minutes of driving time to location from the visitor center-An optional 1/4 mile hike will follow the program, discussing some of the common plants and animals found here in the desert/Saguaro National Park (West) 2700 N. Kinney Rd. 
733-5158 (Park Entrance fee applies $15 per vehicle/weekly pass-both districts of the park)


69th Annual Winterhaven Festival Of Lights 5:00PM - 10:00PM
December 8th–26th/Tour our lights on a hayride wagon, a bus trolley, a pedal-powered group bike! You can also see the lights on foot/The Festival is free to attend~However we ask everyone to bring a donation of food or money for the Community Food Bank of Southern AZ/Winterhaven is located between Prince Rd. & Ft Lowell Rd. and Tucson Blvd. & Country Club Rd. 


Holiday Nights~A Million Lights! 5:30PM - 8:30PM
$16/$12 ($3 for children 12 & under) Stroll along paths garlanded with over a million twinkling lights while musicians and artists perform throughout the Gardens-sip hot chocolate and enjoy tasty treats! Tohono Chul Park 7366 N. Paseo del Norte 


Enchanted Snowfall  6:00PM - 6:45PM
The entire family can see snow falling into the beautiful Courtyard every Friday and Saturday evening at 6PM and 6:45PM through December 22nd/Stop by and sip on yummy hot chocolate {provided by Blanco Tacos + Tequila} and live music! La Encantada 2905 E. Skyline Dr. 


Zoo Lights 2018 (Holiday Zootique-finish your holiday shopping) 6:00PM - 8:00PM
$10 Adults/$6 Children (2-14) Children under 2 are free/Presented by Tucson Electric Power-Thousands of twinkling lights, light displays and animal-themed light sculptures, hot chocolate and family fun! Reid Park Zoo 3400 Zoo Court 791-3204

Saturday, December 15, 2018

24th Annual Downtown Parade of Lights & Festival 
Events All Day! Enjoy a day downtown by visiting local restaurants, retail shops, museums and end the day with the Mayor’s Tree Lighting Ceremony, Festival and Parade of Lights! 


Make Christmas Ornaments! 9:00AM - 12:00PM
Make Christmas ornaments from devil's claw, okra pods and gourds/Every year Mission Garden makes ornaments from products grown in the garden~Join us for this free event, learn how to make ornaments and take some home! $5 suggested donation/Mission Garden 946 W Mission Lane 


Rincon Valley Holiday at the Market 9:00AM - 1:00PM
Specialty Items & Deals-Free Raffle-Live Music-Kids Craft/Stretching along the Rincon Valley and the Cienega Corridor of the beautiful Sonoran desert, vendors offer everything from locally grown produce, freshly roasted coffee, baked goods, tortillas, salsas, ready-to-eat food and a variety of handmade artisan goods/12500 East Old Spanish Trail 
882-2157for more info


Santa Paws 2018 9:00AM - 2:00PM
Broadway Houghton Market/Safeway Shopping Center (Broadway & Houghton) Bring your four legged fur babies to have a Holiday Picture taken with Santa (4" x 6" printed picture Christmas card for $5 to go to Southern Arizona Animal Food Bank & Tucson Neighborhood Food Pantry/We'll have Food Trucks too!


14th Annual Holiday Express with Santa 9:00AM - 4:00PM
Free Family Fun! Talk and take a photo with Santa in front of Locomotive 1673 (the star of the movie Oklahoma) climb into the cab too! Join in singing Holiday Music, write a letter to Santa at the North Pole, see railroad exhibits and visit the Arts & Crafts Show & much more! Historic Train Depot 414 N. Toole 


Holiday Art Festival 10:00AM - 5:00PM
50 of Tucson’s finest artisans will be offering their unique, hand crafted items in a wide variety of media-Look for the white tents; free admission and plenty of free parking/6346 N. Oracle Rd.(southeast corner of Oracle & Orange Grove)


Guest Artist! 10:00AM - 5:00PM
Chris Bubany and Friends Gallery has a guest artist at the gallery! Julie Rose and her cowboy/western jewelry! La Plaza Shoppes 6500 E. Tanque Verde Rd. 


Whiskey and Wine 11:00AM - 5:00PM
$20 for a souvenir wine glass, 5 wine tastes, a shot glass, plus 5 distillery tastes/Kief-Joshua Vineyards-Willcox and Elgin Distillery team up for a fun-filled afternoon/Kief-Joshua Vineyards 4923 El. Arzberger Rd-Willcox 


Car Show! 3:00PM - 8:00PM
EventHighStart Registration 3PM/Car show 4PM-8PM/Don't miss these awesome family events to check out some beautiful automobiles, enjoy some old school tunes, and eat delicious food! 
The Gaslight Music Hall 13005 N Oracle Rd. at Rancho Vistoso Blvd-Oro Valley 529-1000 www.gaslightmusichall.com


Carnival of Illusion: Magic, Mystery & Oooh La La! 4:30PM
2 Times: 4:30PM & 7:30PM/STEP RIGHT UP and get ready to laugh, have fun, and celebrate a magical night out in Tucson! Much more than a magic show, it's a FUN Old-World Illusion Show mystifying locals, snowbirds, and travelers alike. Catch the longest running Arizona theater show in history and experience the “Magic, Mystery and OOOH La La!” Grand Parlour 160 S Scott Ave. 


Winter Festival and Light Parade 6:00PM - 10:00PM
Open to the public and free at Town Hall! Tree Lighting, Photos with Santa, Food Trucks, Games & Crafts & Live Entertainment! Sahuarita Parks and Recreation 375 W Sahuarita Center Way 


UofA Men's Basketball vs. Baylor 9:00PM
$26 & up/UofA McKale Center 1 National Championship Dr. 621-CATS 

Sunday, December 16, 2018

Christmas in the Desert 6:00PM - 8:30PM
$10 Adults 13+/$8 Kids 3-12/2 & under Free/Historic Wagon Rides-60,000 Christmas Lights, Santa, S'mores, Hot Cocoa, and more! La Posta Quemada Ranch in Colossal Cave Mountain Park 16721 E. Old Spanish Trail-Vail 


Carols of Triumphant Joy! 4:00PM - 5:30PM
$18/$20 Presented by the Arizona Repertory Singers/Arizona Repertory Singers presents holiday favorites and new works, including Thomas Juneau's "Et in Terra Pax" and David Bednall's "Noe Noe." Christ Church United Methodist 655 N. Craycroft Rd. (
329-7175 for more info)


The Pueblo Express to Santa and Holiday Blvd Bash 1:00PM - 6:00PM
Ring in the holidays with festive activities including a special holiday musical performance in Geronimo Plaza with Keli Carpenter and Friends followed by marshmallow roasting, holiday crafts, and there’s even snow in the forecast! Free Pics with Santa/Geronimo Plaza 800 E University Blvd. 943 E University Blvd. 


Main Gate Square Artisan Market 11:00AM - 3:00PM
Featuring local, handcrafted, high-quality artisan items. #ShopLocal/Geronimo Plaza 800 E University Blvd. 


Family Skate Night 6:00PM - 9:00PM
$6 Individual or $12 for up to 6 Skaters ($3 Skate Rental) Skate Country 7980 E. 22nd St 298-4409  





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