May events happening in southern Arizona - Tucson News Now

May events happening in southern Arizona

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Looking for something to do in southern Arizona? Check out this list and make your plans. 


4              MARANA: The Marana Gastronomy Tour – The Marana Gastronomy Tour will take you to two ancient archaeological sites and exclusive tastings at Catalina Brewing Company and The Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain. You will discover ancient farmed foods, wild indigenous Sonoran Desert flavors, and heritage foods that inspire chefs, through tastings and beverages prepared by gourmet foragers and brew masters. 12:30-6 pm.

5-6          TUCSON: 33rd Annual Tucson Folk Festival - El Presidio Park. One of the country's largest free festivals, with more than 120 musical acts, national music headlines and musicians from all over the country as well as many of Tucson’s favorites. Providing some of the best traditional, contemporary and ethnic folk and acoustic music to entertain the whole family. Free. 520-792-6481 or   

16           TUCSON: Chirgilchin – Sea of Glass Center for the Arts. Chirgilchin is a group of musicians from Tuva, a small Russian province north of Western Mongolia. Their music tells stories of their homeland, its horses and its people.  The most advanced forms of throat-singing come from Tuva, and the members of Chirgilchin are among the best and most accomplished throat-singers in all of Tuva. $20-25. 7 pm. 520-398-2542 or

18-27     STATEWIDE: Arizona Spring Restaurant Week – Take advantage of restaurant week pricing on a three course pre-fixe meal for either $33 or $44 per person (excluding tax and gratuity), at participating restaurants throughout the state, a great excuse to get out and see and taste Arizona.

18-28     TUCSON: Cirque Italia Aquatic Spectacular – Park Place. This one-of-a-kind production combines water fountains, jet-skis, pirates, and more in a fun filled atmosphere all ages are sure to enjoy. A beautifully unique theatrical production combining the gracefulness of the human body with the calming fluidity of water, along with bursts of power and excitement as well. 941-704-8572 or

19           TUCSON: Tim Allen – Tucson Convention Center Music Hall. Allen honed his talents as a stand-up comic throughout the eighties, providing the perfect lead-in to his successful ABC television series “Home Improvement” where he garnered a Golden Globe Award, an Emmy nomination, and was honored with the People’s Choice Award for “Favorite Male Performer in a Television Series” for an unprecedented eight years in a row.  $39-89. 7 pm.

19           TUCSON: Black Forest Society – Sea of Glass Center for the Arts. an eclectic mix of music with influences from all over the world. This band is a little folk, a little rock, a bit progressive, with tones of Celtic Green, and dreams of the Far East. $13-18. 7 pm. 520-398-2542 or


2-5          SIERRA VISTA: 28th Annual Southwest Wings Spring Fling - A series of workshops and outings for serious birders who want an intensive birding experience, focuses on birds in the area present during the spring nesting season, birders may see species like the Elegant Trogon, Violet Crowned Hummingbird and up to 5 species of owls, guided trips to some of the most famous birding spots in the U.S. including the San Pedro River, Garden, Sawmill, Sheelite, Huachuca, Ramsey, Carr, Miller, Madera and Ash Canyons, California Gulch, Patagonia and the Chiricahuas.

4-6          WILLCOX: Willcox West Fest and Chuck Wagon Cook-off – Quail Sports Park. Chuck wagon meal, entertainment, ranch rodeo, blacksmith demonstration, Buffalo Soldiers, campfire singing and storytelling, gunslingers fast draw demo, Dutch oven cooking demo, branding exhibit, roping, quilt display, Cowboy Church, kid’s activities, vendors and more. Fri 1-7 pm, Sat 9 am – 7 pm, Sun 10 am – 2 pm. 520-384-2272 or

19-20     WILLCOX: Willcox Wine Country Spring Festival - Historic Railroad Park. Willcox American Viticulture Area produces 75% of the state's grapes. Join all as we celebrate the harvest and the Arizona wines from the Willcox region. Rated one of the Top 10 Wine Festivals. Includes music, art, and vendors. Free. $25 tastings. 11 am - 5 pm. 520-384-2272 or  

26           SIERRA VISTA: Sips & Skies – A Wine, Beer & Spirits Festival – Veterans Memorial Park. Sample Arizona's best vintages, craft brews, and micro distilled spirits. Music performances take place on stage during the festival hours. Food and non-alcoholic beverages will be available for purchase.  $15-20. 11 am – 10 pm. 800-288-3861 or

26           SIERRA VISTA: Sky Islands Summit Challenge – Take the Sky Islands Summit challenge and climb one, two, or three peaks in the Huachuca Mountains. All participants will get an awesome swag bag, bragging rights, and amazing views from the top! Transportation from the City complex to the trailheads is provided. $50-100. 800-288-3861 or

26-28     TOMBSTONE: 38th Annual Wyatt Earp Days – Celebrate the life and times of the Old West’s most famous lawman in “the town too tough to die,” gunfights & skits in the street, chili cook-off, hangings, street entertainment, look alike contests, 1880's fashion show. Free. 520-266-5266 or


19           PATAGONIA: 20th Annual Mariachi, Wine and Beer Festival – Patagonia Lake State Park. A variety of Southern Arizona Mariachi bands. Featuring authentic Mexican food, hot dogs, hamburgers, kettle corn & shaved ice! Visitors may bring their own picnic basket and a Piñata for the kids! Don’t forget to bring: Plenty of water, lawn chair, sunscreen, hat. In addition, Patagonia offers fishing, birding, boat tours, and nature walks. $20/vehicle (up to 4 adults). Gates open at 7 am.

**Dates for events were correct at time of publication. Since dates are occasionally changed, please confirm them in advance.

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