March, April events happening in southern Arizona - Tucson News Now

March, April 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. 

PIMA

MARCH:

25           ORACLE: Oracle Concert Series: Amazing Music in the High Desert – Kashakashvili and Oakley – Oracle Center for the Arts. Two famous pianists from the Republic of Georgia, Inga Kashakashvili and her husband, composer George Oakley, perform original compositions and waltzes. $30-35.  3 pm. http://oraclepianosociety.org

APRIL:

6              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. http://graylinearizona.com/day-tours/

7              TUCSON: Music in the Mountains Concert Series: Nancy Elliott – Catalina State Park. Enjoy an evening concert of at the Trailhead with standard park admission, bring a chair and your own food and water, concerts will be canceled during severe weather, sponsored by the Friends of Catalina SP. $7 per vehicle. 5 pm. 520-628-5798 or http://www.azstateparks.com

7-8          ORACLE: 26th Annual Oracle Artist Studio Tour – Self-guiding tour to Oracle artists and artisans showing and selling at their own high desert studios and shared venues, historic ranches and barns; pick up a map from the Visitor Center on American Avenue across from the fire station, all original work, wide-ranging and eclectic, from oil painting to steel sculpture, ceramics, jewelry and woodwork. Free. 10 am – 5 pm. http://www.OracleStudioTour.com   

8              ORACLE: Oracle Concert Series: Amazing Music in the High Desert – A Chamber Duo – Oracle Center for the Arts. A chamber duo: Sergio Gallo and Milton Masdiadri play music for piano and double bass (if you haven’t seen the double bass in performance, you are in for a real treat). $30-35.  3 pm. http://oraclepianosociety.org

8              TUCSON: Cyclovia – Downtown Tucson. An annual car-free event that opens selected streets to people so that they can walk, skate, run, bicycle, and socialize with their neighbors, it's a free event, packed with activities, open to the public and fun for people of all ages. Free. 10 am – 3 pm. 520-261-8777 or http://www.cycloviatucson.org

8              TUCSON: Ballet in Bloom – Skyline Country Club. A delightful art and garden-themed fundraiser featuring garden items, art, dance, music, and food to benefit Ballet Tucson. This entertaining "must do" event promises to be an exciting gathering for art lovers, event planners, and garden enthusiasts of every kind. $40-65. 1 pm. 520-903-14454

8              TUCSON:  The Presidio District Experience:  A Progressive Food Heritage and History Tour- Presidio San Agustin del Tucson Museum. A new food tour to celebrate Tucson’s City of Gastronomy designation. The tour is led by local ethno botanist Martha Burgess, who has a deep knowledge of Old and New World foods taught to her by Tohono O’odham elders.  She has long promoted gardening, cultivating and cooking with heritage plants. Pre-register. $40-50. 1-4 pm. 520-837-8119 or  http://www.TucsonPresidio.com

13           TUCSON: Maynards Spring Wine Tasting: New World Whites from the Northwest – Maynards Market & Kitchen. Explore the amazing white wines of the Pacific Northwest on the Maynards patio with this week’s wine tasting! Tastings are $10; free for Wine Club members. 6-8 pm. 520-545-0577 or https://maynardstucson.com/events/new-world-whites-northwest/

14-15     TUCSON: Das Rheingold - Tucson Music Hall. When the dwarf Alberich steals the magical gold of the Rhinemaidens, he unleashes a power struggle with Wotan, ruler of the gods, that will shake the very foundations of the world. 7:30 & 3 pm. 520-293-4336 or http://www.azopera.org  

15           TUCSON: Rincon Rotary's 10th Annual Taste of Chocolate - Doubletree Reid Park. Come taste all the delicious treats of local chefs and vote for your favorites! Participate in our raffle to win lots of great prizes and, for a nominal fee, enjoy our wine and beer tastings. All proceeds benefit local teachers through Rotary Local. $15. 2-4 pm. http://www.tucsontasteofchocolate.org

15           TUCSON:  The Presidio District Experience:  A Progressive Food Heritage and History Tour- Presidio San Agustin del Tucson Museum. A new food tour to celebrate Tucson’s City of Gastronomy designation. The tour is led by local ethno botanist Martha Burgess, who has a deep knowledge of Old and New World foods taught to her by Tohono O’odham elders.  She has long promoted gardening, cultivating and cooking with heritage plants. Pre-register. $40-50. 1-4 pm. 520-837-8119 or  http://www.TucsonPresidio.com

20           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. http://graylinearizona.com/day-tours/

20-21     TUCSON: AACA Western Spring Meet – Hilton Tucson East. The Tucson Region of the Antique Automobile Club of America, AACA, invites you to the 2018 AACA Western National Spring Meet. Join us for an amazing display of our members’ amazing automobiles! Free for spectators. 7 a.m. 520-325-7247 or http://tucsonaaca.org

21           TUCSON: Music in the Mountains Concert Series: Jennifer Rinio – Catalina State Park. Enjoy an evening concert of at the Trailhead with standard park admission, bring a chair and your own food and water, concerts will be canceled during severe weather, sponsored by the Friends of Catalina SP. $7 per vehicle. 5:30 pm. 520-628-5798 or http://www.azstateparks.com

21           TUCSON: Seasonal Final Guided Walking Tour of the Turquoise Trail – Presidio San Agustín del Tucson Museum. Passes by many important features of downtown, like the Jácome art panel at the Tucson Convention Center, El Tiradito/The Wishing Shrine, the Barrio Viejo neighborhood, the Blenman House (aka Royal Elizabeth Bed & Breakfast) and the former Carnegie Library, which houses the Tucson Children’s Museum. $12. http://www.TucsonPresidio.com

22           ORACLE: Oracle Concert Series: Amazing Music in the High Desert – Oracle Center for the Arts. The series concludes with the premiere performance of the Oracle Piano Society’s own chamber ensemble. $30-35.  3 pm. http://oraclepianosociety.org

25           TUCSON: Indigenous – Sea of Glass Center for the Arts. Indigenous consists of Mato Nanji and very popular Navajo rockers the Levi Platero, Bronson Begay & Douglas Platero.  They have won Native American Music Awards for blues recording of the year as well as artists of the year. $12-17. 7 pm. 520-398-2542 or http://theseaofglass.org

25-28     TUCSON: 36th Annual La Frontera International Mariachi Conference - Casino Del Sol Resort & Conference Center. Tucson’s largest cultural event with educational workshops in mariachi & folklorico dancing, Participant Showcase, Espectacular Concert, and Garibaldi Fiesta. $. 520-838-5600 or http://www.tucsonmariachi.org

27-5/6   TUCSON: 10th Annual Agave Heritage Festival – Hotel Congress. Tucson’s Agave Heritage Festival explores and celebrates the cultural, commercial and culinary significance of agave on the border region through a festival of seminars, trade shows and world-class culinary events. http://hotelcongress.com/

28           SAHUARITA: TRI Arizona - Rancho Sahuarita. Event Distances: Olympic Triathlon - 1500m swim, 23mi bike, 10k run; Sprint Triathlon - 500m swim, 20k bike, 5k run ; Super Sprint Triathlon - 200m swim, 10k bike, 1mi run; Relays offered for both Olympic and Sprint distances. 7 am. http://3disciplines.com/event/?x=55&y=1

28           TUCSON: 44th Annual Rodders Day – Pima Community College Downtown Campus. A great outdoors family event. Classic, Street Rods from Arizona and out-of-state cars and trucks and merchants. Free. 9 am - 3 pm. 520-991-3600 or  http://tucsonstreetrodassociation.net/rodders-days/

29           TUCSON:  The Presidio District Experience:  A Progressive Food Heritage and History Tour- Presidio San Agustin del Tucson Museum. A new food tour to celebrate Tucson’s City of Gastronomy designation. The tour is led by local ethno botanist Martha Burgess, who has a deep knowledge of Old and New World foods taught to her by Tohono O’odham elders.  She has long promoted gardening, cultivating and cooking with heritage plants. Pre-register. $40-50. 1-4 pm. 520-837-8119 or  http://www.TucsonPresidio.com

COCHISE

MARCH:

31           WILLCOX: Full Moon Walks - Chiricahua National Monument. Join a ranger for a half-mile walk around the Massai Point Nature Trail under the full moon. Come discover how to be comfortable under the full moon, using all your senses, and see the similarities between humans and nocturnal animals. While humans primarily rely on sight, our other senses are just as useful, especially when exploring at night. Limited to 20, must pre-register. 8 pm. 520-824-3560 x9302

APRIL:

7              DRAGOON: 5th Annual Amerind’s Texas Canyon Trail Run – Amerind Museum in partnership with Bisbee Vogue Inc. present the run, see remote areas of Texas Canyon. This 10k run will take runners (or walkers) through the amazing quartz monzolite rock formations of Texas Canyon on trails that have never been open to the public. http://www.amerind.org  

7-8          BISBEE: 9th Annual Copper City Classic Vintage Base Ball Tournament – Historic Warren Ball Park. This year’s two-day tournament commemorates early Bisbee’s black town teams, the “Buffalo Soldiers” teams of the 10th U.S. Cavalry and 25th U.S. Infantry Regiments that played in Bisbee, as well as the men who broke professional baseball’s color barrier as members of the Bisbee-Douglas Copper Kings minor league ball club at Warren Ballpark during the 1951 season. $10/one-day, $15/both days, under 12 free with adult. Gate opens at 9 am. 520-366- 1455 or http://www.friendsofwarrenballpark.com

21           BENSON: Earth Day/Bat Day – Kartchner Caverns State Park. Day filled with presentations and hands-on activities, visiting bat experts plus family activities throughout the day. 9 am – 5 pm. 520-586-2283 or http://azstateparks.com/Parks/KACA

21           SIERRA VISTA: 7th Annual March for Mental Health - Rothery Education Center. Offers food, entertainment and fun, registration opens at 7 am, and the March begins at 8:30 am the March benefits the National Alliance on Mental Illness Southeastern Arizona (NAMI SEAZ), there is no cost to participate. 520-458-3228 or http://marchformentalhealth.org

28           WILLCOX: 3rd Annual Willcox West Fest – Ranch Rodeo – Quail Sports Park. A fun filled day with real cowboys competing in real ranch work. Events include ranch cutting horse, trailer loading, ranch bronc riding. Willcox Ranch Rodeo in the cattle capitol of the World. $5. Kids under 10 free. 520-384-2272 or http://www.cattlecapitol.com

29           WILLCOX: Full Moon Walks - Chiricahua National Monument. Join a ranger for a half-mile walk around the Massai Point Nature Trail under the full moon. Come discover how to be comfortable under the full moon, using all your senses, and see the similarities between humans and nocturnal animals. While humans primarily rely on sight, our other senses are just as useful, especially when exploring at night. Limited to 20, must pre-register. 8 pm. 520-824-3560 x9302

SANTA CRUZ

MARCH:

24           NOGALES: 7th Annual Nogales Bicycle Classic - Nogales High School. Self-paced rides designed for leisurely fun as well as the physical challenge demanded by serious cyclists, all who participate will enjoy the fresh air and majestic beauty of Santa Cruz County, a Century Ride to Sonoita and back has been added, ride lengths are 111, 51, 31 and 12 miles, children under 12 will have a “Fund Ride for the Circles of Peace, activities, music and booths. http://nogalesbicycleclassic.org

APRIL:

1              TUMACACORI: Avalon Gardens' Easter Celebration - Avalon Gardens. A fun-filled day for the whole family with activities and entertainment for all ages including Easter Eggstravaganza Games, hayrides, pony rides; face painting; live music, theater and dance; delicious fresh local organic food; and a tour of the EcoVillage. 9 am – 3 pm. 520-398-2542 or http://avalongardens.org/events

7              ELGIN: 40th Annual Blessing of the Sonoita Vineyards Festival - Sonoita Vineyards. No reservations needed, admission includes wine tasting with souvenir glass, souvenir corkscrew, food and wine pairings, it includes tastings, pairings, tours of the winery and vineyard and a procession through the vineyard behind Father Greg, who has been giving the vineyard its annual blessing for years. $20-25, 10 am - 4 pm. 520-455-5893 or http://www.sonoitavineyards.com   

8              TUBAC: 16th Annual Taste of Tubac - Tubac Golf Resort. Celebration of Fine Wine & Savory Cuisine featuring great food from dozens of area restaurants, wine and beer from local suppliers, fabulous classic. rock and country music by "Wildfire," and the ever-popular silent auction. Hosted by the Tubac Rotary Club. $60. 5-8 pm. 520-398-2704 or https://www.facebook.com/tasteoftubac/   

14           RIO RICO: Tour of "Historic Rio Rico" – Rio Rico Community Center. A bus tour of 8 historic Rio Rico sites that includes an exclusive private interior tour of Rancho Santa Cruz & cowboy cantina bar of John Wayne & Stewart Granger.  8 historic sites include:  • 1773 San Cayetano de Calabazas Visita mission • Calabasas Town Site • Toacuquita Indian Village • Baca Float Ranch House • The Stud Barn • Palo Parado Siding/Otero Town • Baca Float Ranch Barn • Rancho Santa Cruz. $30. 11:30 am – 5:30 pm. 520-281-9605 or http://www.RioRicoHistoricalSociety.org/tours.html

21           NOGALES: Charles Mingus Hometown Jazz Festival – Sunrise Bank. Music festival commemorates the April birthday of world-renowned jazz composer, band leader, and jazz bassist Charles Mingus in his hometown of Nogales, free and ticketed events at varied locations. 11 am - 5 pm. 520-287-3585 or http://www.mingusproject.com   

21-22     ELGIN: Chili Cook-Off and Salsa Challenge – Kief-Joshua Vineyards. Cooks from the Southwest compete for a spot in the national challenge. Four winemakers will also be competing in a faux-episode of Food Networks hit show “Chopped.” For a $10 donation to Rotary, guests can also taste the competition chili and People’s Choice chilis on Saturday and Salsa on Sunday with all proceeds donated to Mountain Empire Rotary. http://www.kiefjoshua.eventbrite.com     

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

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