Thursday, December 28, 2017 / by Marisa Knott
KEEPING UP WITH THE JONESES
Fridays | 10am-2pm | Banner UMC
Bringing the freshest produce and other local food products to the faculty, staff, patients, students, and public. With over 20 vendors, there is sure to be something for everyone.
FRIDAY FOOD, FUN, AND FLIX
Friday | 4pm-9pm | Jacome Plaza Downtown | Free
Bring your blankets and lawn chairs and enjoy holiday movies under the stars, dinner from popular Tucson Food Trucks including popcorn and fun pre-movie activities such as lawn games, table tennis, and human-sized board games. Free Photos with Santa - Bring your camera! Movie: Frozen
NOVA HOME LOAS ARIZONA BOWL TAILGATING
Friday | 11am | Desert Diamond Casino | $15
Come enjoy great local food and beer, an interactive Kids Zone, and live music on the main stage featuring Neon Trees! Back again by popular demand is the Nacho Average Tailgate – Tucson’s Nacho Festival! For an additional $15 you can sample Tucson’s best nachos from 40 local restaurants while sipping on ice cold beer provided by Hensley Beverage Company.
2017 NOVA HOME LOANS ARIZONA BOWL NEW MEXICO STATE VS. UTAH STATE
Friday | 3pm | Arizona Stadium | $25-200
NOVA HOME LOANS ARIZONA BOWL BLOCK PARTY!
Friday | 5pm-10pm | Armory Park | Free
Feature carnival rides, both school marching bands and cheerleaders, live local music (including a free concert by A Flock of Seagulls), and FoodinRoot Farmer's Market. Head downtown to celebrate a great game at the official after party!
MUSIC FOR THE SOUL DANCE PARTY!
Friday | 7pm | The Gaslight Music Hall | $12.50
Looking for some music for your soul, and maybe even your dancing feet? The George Howard Motown and Soul Review joins us for one of our famous dance parties! The front section will be cleared out for your dancing pleasure and from Rock, Jazz, Blues, Pop, R&B and Motown, you will find the best party music in town!
CULT CLASSICS: MAD MAX: FURY ROAD (R)
Friday & Saturday | 10pm | The Loft Cinema | $6
From director George Miller, originator of the post-apocalyptic genre and mastermind behind the legendary Mad Max franchise, comes Mad Max: Fury Road, a return to the world of the Road Warrior, Max Rockatansky.
LOCOMOTIVE SATURDAYS AT HISTORIC TRAIN DEPOT
Saturday | 10am–1pm | Historic Train Depot | Free
Explore regional transportation history, and see a freight trains passing by, or ring the locomotive bell!
THE STORY OF FERDINAND STORYTIME
Saturday | 11am | Barnes & Noble (North & East Locations) | Free
All the other bulls love to run and jump and butt their heads together, but not Ferdinand. He would rather sit and smell the flowers. Then one day he is picked for the bullfights in Madrid/Join us to find out how Ferdinand fares in this classic story, in theaters now. Activities to follow!
U OF A MEN'S BASKETBALL VS. ARIZONA STATE
Saturday | 7pm | McKale Center
NEW YEAR’S EVE BRUNCH
Sunday | 9am-2:30pm | Hacienda Del Sol Guest Ranch Resort |$27.50-55
Ring in the new year in sophisticated, authentic Tucson style at one of Hacienda Del Sol’s festivities! Enjoy a decadent regionally inspired buffet prepared by an award-winning culinary team.
HAPPY NEW YEAR
Sunday | 11am-12:30pm | Our Play Place | $15
5, 4, 3, 2, 1……Happy New Year! Early of course! Help Our Play Place count down to the New Year at 12pm! Celebrate with playtime, crafts, treats, and – of course – a balloon drop!
SUNSET & MOONRISE HIKE (GUIDED HIKE)
Sunday | 2pm | Saguaro National Park East | $15/Car
View the Arizona sunset from a perch high in the foothills of the Rincon Mountains, then experience the magic of a walk through the moonlit Cactus Forest. Sturdy hiking shoes, water, and a trail supper are recommended (Reservations are required).
NEW YEAR’S PACKAGE
Sunday | 3pm | DoubleTree Suites Tucson Airport | $169+
What better way to bring in the New Year than with a party set against the backdrop of the “city of lights” – Paris, France! Tucson cover band Xception will bring in the new year with your Rock and Roll favorites. A festive buffet dinner will be provided by the culinary team at DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Tucson Airport. Paris-themed costumed attire is welcome for this 21 and older event. Join the Best Costume contest to win the Grand Prize!
NEW YEAR’S EVE DINNER
Sunday | 5pm-10pm | The Grill at Hacienda Del Sol | $95-150
The Grill will be featuring a delectable, limited 4-course dinner menu.
NY'S EVE PARTY
Sunday | 6pm | The Maverick Country Club | $15
Tickets include entrance into The Maverick, a small bottle of champagne, party favors, live Country music with Flipside and DJ Porkchop (from KIIM). NY's Menu served 6-10.
VALLI FEVER-TRIBUTE TO FRANKIE VALLI & THE FOUR SEASONS!
Sunday | 3pm & 6pm | The Gaslight Music Hall | $60
What are you doing New Year's Eve? Why not spend it with The 4GENTS at The Gaslight Music Hall in Oro Valley? They'll be saluting the music of Frankie Valli & the Four Seasons and many others in "Valli Fever!" Come to the matinee if you already have plans for the evening or celebrate in the evening with a show that includes dinner and NYE goodies!
RICK BRAUN’S NEW YEAR’S EVE
Sunday | 6:45pm-2am | JW Marriott Starr Pass Resort | $209-269
What is it like? On New Year’s Eve, step into our Big Apple themed event that starts with a reception, entertainment, and appetizers. Next you will enter the dining ballroom for the music of multi-talented saxophonist Michael Lington while you savor a delicious gourmet meal, warm up your dancing shoes, and enjoy the company of your table mates – both old and new friends!
2ND ANNUAL NYE ROCK & ROLL EXTRAVAGANZA WITH MUSIC BY THE RETRO ROCKETS
Sunday | 7:30pm | Westward Look Wyndham Grand Resort Sonoran Ballroom | $120 Tickets cover: 3 Course Sit Down Dinner, Music & Dancing, Party Favors, Champagne Toast @ Midnight, Taxes, Gratuity, Valet Parking, & Top Shelf Cash Bar. Call Robin for Reservations at 520-884-5530
NEW YEAR’S EVE COMEDY MURDER MYSTERY DINNER THEATER & MAGIC SHOW!
Sunday | 7:30pm | Sheraton Tucson Hotel Grand Ballroom | 7:30PM | $85
It begins with a classic comedy murder-mystery whodunit, “Murder at the Magic Show,” accompanied by candle-lit table-served 3-course dinner. Followed by a number of magical acts! Then dance in the new year to classic dance songs! A champagne toast, balloon drop, party hats, noisemakers and all the festive accouterments!
DINE GLOBALLY, DANCE LOCALLY
Sunday | 8pm-1:30am | The Carriage House Supper Club | $70
Four course dinner with welcome cocktail at The Carriage House in downtown Tucson.
Live music and dancing by Katy & Doug Martin. All seating will be at tables of eight.
NYE AT CONGRESS
Sunday | 8pm | Hotel Congress | $30-135
Ring in 2018 on A Trip Around the World at the biggest party in town! From the Eiffel Tower to the Taj Mahal, a quick stop for a pint at an Irish Pub on your way to the Great Wall of China, and oh so many stops in between. Board Congress Air for a flight around the world to remember. 2 dance floors, drink specials, and Tucson’s best DJs playing all night long, including surprise cultural performances.
NEW YEAR’S EVE PARTY
Sunday | 9pm-2am | Loews Ventana Canyon Resort | $25
This New Year’s Eve enjoy a 50’s themed sock hop in the Grand Ballroom at Loews Ventana Canyon Resort. Rock and Roll the night away with a DJ, party favors, and a complimentary toast at midnight. There will be burgers, milkshakes, and fries as well as a full bar available for purchase.
FIRST DAY HIKE - CATALINA STATE PARK
Monday | 8am | Catalina State Park | $7/Car
Meet at the Equestrian Center parking area, join Volunteer Gaston Meloche for a hike on the 50-year trail loop. This is a seven-mile hike with 450 feet elevation gain. It will be a relatively easy hike and participants will return on an equally pleasing trail to make the loop.
FIRST DAY HIKE - PATAGONIA
Monday | 9am | Patagonia Lake State Park | $15/Car
The Overlook hike is approximately 1.5 miles (roundtrip) to the top of the hill for a beautiful view of the lake & surrounding area. The hike is of moderate difficulty with an elevation gain of 335 feet. Please call the visitor center or stop in to pre-register.
FIRST DAY HIKE - PICACHO PEAK
Monday | 10am | Picacho Peak State Park | $7/Car
Ranger-led moderate hike along the Calloway Trail. The trail offers expansive views of the Sonoran Desert. This one-hour, 1.4-mile round-trip hike does not go to the top of the Peak. The hike is suitable for ages six and older. Wear hiking boots, bring sun protection and at least one liter of water per person. Meet at Harrington Loop Trail Head. Well-behaved dogs are welcome.
FIRST DAY HIKE - BENSON
Monday | 1pm | Kartchner Caverns State Park | $7/Car
Join Ranger Siria and Park Volunteers on a hike along the Foothills Loop Trail (2.5 miles), learn about the southwest, and encounter edible plants, materials used to make flour, dye, etc. Meet at the Discovery Center for a moderate hike. Bring water, snacks, and suitable hiking shoes. Dogs on a 6-foot or shorter leach are welcome, bring the kids for some family-friendly fun.
NEW YEAR'S DAY MOZART CONCERT
Monday | 2pm-3:30pm | Music at Dove of Peace | Free
Featuring pianist Alexander Tentser and instrumentalists from the Tucson Symphony Orchestra and True Concord, known as the St. Michael's Piano Quartet, will benefit Interfaith Community Services.
QUIZZING IN THE NEW YEAR!
Monday | 8pm-10pm | Public Brewhouse
We're kicking off 2018 with a bang! It's our usual quiz night so let's have a party. Your usual prizes of $25 in drink tokens for first place and $15 for second plus some extra goodies for all courtesy of your QM, Natasha! Make a new year's resolution to get out more and make time for Monday night trivia.