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Tucson March Events Calendar

Tucson in March is one of the more active months as the weather starts to warm. Several large outdoor events include the Arizona Reniassance Festival, several outdoor concerts and runs. Submit your Tucson March event listings for free.

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Cody Days Oracle 2017

Saturday and Sunday, February 25-26, 2017 in ORACLE: 2nd Annual Buffalo Bill Cody Days. Oracle Inn Steakhouse & Lounge 1-5pm. Presentations, book talks, movies, treats, and a treasure hunt for kids. Free jewelry drawing  for gold and silver mined from the Catalina Mountains.


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Sundays in March

  • Tohono Chul’s Second Annual Sundays in the Garden. The two-month long concert series features local musicians performing jazz, acoustic guitar, and Traditional Guzheng music. All performances run from 1:30 to 3 p.m. in the Performance Garden.

Throughout March 2016

  • The small communities sprinkled throughout Cochise County celebrate events in uniquely colorful ways that reflect the heritage and energy of the southeastern Arizona. Blues, Cowboys, Astronomy, the Arts, and Wine all blend together for a great mix of weekend getaways.

  • March events at the University of Arizona Poetry Center.

Through March 27, 2016

  • Arizona Renaissance Festival opens every weekend on Saturdays and Sundays and on Presidents’ Day. The Renaissance Festival will be open from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm, rain or shine. Always Free Parking.

March 2-6, 2016

  • Arizona Winter Festival Horse Show – Pima County Fairgrounds, Horse Shows in the Sun presents the fifth of its six-week Arizona Winter Circuit with hunter, jumper and equitation classes for novice and experienced riders, daily, Wed – Sun 8 am - 4 pm during show weeks, free, 520-762-9100 during horse shows only or http://www.hitsshows.com/arizona/hits-arizona-winter-circuit

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

  • Dublin Guitar Quartet - Crowder Hall, a one-of-a-kind classical guitar, it is the first classical guitar quartet devoted to new music, audiences can expect an explosive, entertaining, and completely novel concert experience with the help of eight and eleven-string guitars, the quartet has created an original catalogue of arrangements by composers such Philip Glass, Steve Reich, Arvo Part, and Gyorgy Ligeti, 7:30 pm, http://uapresents.org/dublin
  • Imagine Dragons is coming to cinemas for a special one-night event featuring a performance from their current “Smoke + Mirrors” tour.

March 3, April 7, May 5, 2016

  • TUCSON BOTANICAL GARDENS presents Ikebana for Everyone. Create beauty and reduce stress through Ikebana, the ancient Japanese art of arranging flowers in the style most pleasing to the eye.

March 3, 10, 17 & 24

  • Film: Tumacácori Story, 11 AM only. Journey back in time to the early 19th century to learn the stories of the Tohono O’odham and the priests who inhabited the Tumacácori Mission.

March 3-6, 2016

  • Barrio Stories - site-specific theatrical event: involving communal memory, food sharing, and reclaiming of space, brings to life the oral histories of former residents of the neighborhood demolished with the building of the Tucson Convention Center in the 1960s, the play is outdoors, on the grounds of the Tucson Convention Center, memories come to life as audience members walk approx. a tenth of a mile on a tour of what used to be the bustling epicenter of commerce and public life for Tucson’s Mexican-American community (some seating is available), http://www.borderlandstheater.org/

Weekend of March 4-6, 2016

  • Wild Wild West Steampunk Convention 5 (WWWC5) is America’s first and only Steampunk convention and festival that takes place in a western-themed town and amusement park– Old Tucson Studios.

Friday, March 4, 2016

  • Star Trek The Ultimate Voyage - Centennial Hall, live symphony orchestra and international solo instruments, the most iconic Star Trek film and TV footage beamed in HD to a 40-foot wide screen, features some of the greatest music written for the franchise, this concert event is for music lovers, filmgoers, science-fiction fans and any looking for an unique experience, co-presented by Broadway in Tucson and UA Presents, 7:30 pm, http://broadwayintucson.com/

  • ‘Lost Restaurants of Tucson’ book signing in the Hotel Congress lobby with Rita Connelly on Friday March 4th, 6-8:30pm.

  • Felix Mendelssohn's Symphony No. 5, "Reformation," closes the Tucson Symphony Orchestra's 2015-16 MasterWorks Series on a celebratory note. James Feddeck conducts performancesat 7:30 p.m. at St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church.

March 5-26, 2016

  • Of Mice and Men – Temple of Music & Art, by Arizona Theater Company, John Steinbeck’s classic follows two friends – Lennie and George – as they drift from job to job across the fields and farms of Central California during the hardship of 1920s America, in a time when dreams seemed a thing of the past, timeless tale of friendship, loneliness, loyalty, sacrifice and the human connections that are the bedrock for survival, 520-622-2823 or http://www.arizonatheatre.org/
  • DeGrazia Spanish Guitar Band at the Sea Of Glass—Center For The Arts, 7:30pm.

March 5, 6, 11, 12 & 13

Saturday and Sunday, March 5-6, 2016

  • Mendelssohn's "Reformation" - MasterWorks - Catalina Foothills High School, by Tucson Symphony Orchestra, featuring James Feddeck, conductor. 8 & 2 pm, http://tucsonsymphony.org
  • ETHEL MERMAN’S BROADWAY! Rita McKenzie recreates her award winning Off-Broadway portrayal of Ethel Merman, the Queen of the Broadway Musical, in this international smash hit. Invsible Theatre.

Saturday, March 5, 2016

  • The TUCSON MUSICIANS MUSEUM presents Musician’s Tailgate Swap Meet. Sell, trade, buy musical instruments & gear, and music related items–and a 50/50 Raffle for $ and many prizes!! 10am-2pm at Plaza Palomino, Swan & Ft. Lowell.
  • Spring Cross Country Classic - Lower Lincoln Park, separate Women's and Men's race, top 3 overall and top 3 masters awards will be awarded, $30, https://www.getsetusa.com
  • Acclaimed artists Priscilla Nieto and Harvey Abeyta visit The National Parks Store to exhibit their Santo Domingo jewelry and discuss traditional techniques involved in their work, including handpump drilling, sandstone bead shaping, and flint knapping. Talks at 11 AM and 2 PM.

March 6-April 3, 2016

  • The Tempest - University of Arizona’s Arizona Repertory Theatre, by William Shakespeare, 520-621-1162 or http://theatre.arizona.edu

March 6-April 24, 2016

  • Sit back, relax, and enjoy live music with Tohono Chul’s Second Annual Sundays in the Garden. The two-month long concert series features local musicians performing jazz, acoustic guitar, and Traditional Guzheng music. All performances run from 1:30 to 3 p.m.

Sunday, March 6, 2016

  • Pilobolus Dance Theater - Centennial Hall, crossing disciplines and challenging the way we think about modern dance, 7 pm, http://uapresents.org/pilobolus-dance-theater
  • TRAK's 5th Annual Cowboy Up Fundraiser! 1-4pm at Jonathan's Cork Food, drinks, and fun to support TRAK!Admission includes food, drinks are extra. We will have a petting zoo, raffle, and a live auction with fabulous prizes from local Tucson businesses!


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March 9-13, 2016

  • Arizona Desert Finals – Pima County Fairgrounds, Horse Shows in the Sun presents the sixth of its six-week Arizona Winter Circuit, offers jumper, hunter and equitation divisions that supply adults, juniors, amateurs and professionals alike with serious competition and reputable prize money that is second-to-none in the region, free, 520-762-9100 during horse shows only or http://hitsshows.com/arizona/spectator.html

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

  • The 100th Anniversary of Pancho Villa’s attack on Columbus, New Mexico and the subsequent Punitive Expedition will be commemorated in Tucson. A special exhibit of four hundred photographs and film screening of Patton and Pancho: A Clash of Cultures will debut from 7-9pm at the Arizona Historical Society, 949 East Second Street. The event is free and open to the public.

Thursday, March 10-13, 2016

  • Gather a Vintage Market. Gather is a once a month, 4-day shopping event, featuring antiques, collectibles and vintage items for the home and garden. We are located at 657 W. St. Mary’s Road, just east of I-10 photo 878-7215. The theme for our March market is ”The Soul of the Garden,” running March 10-13. Our hours are 10 am - 6 pm Thurs-Sat, 10 am - 3 pm Sunday. This is the only market of its kind in Southern Arizona.

Thursday, March 10, 2016

  • Oro Valley Concert Series – Mr. Boogie Woogie - Oro Valley Marketplace, Southern Arizona Arts & Cultural Alliance presents hard drivin’, old school Rhythm & Blues, complemented by killer Boogie Woogie, by the fastest, flashiest, piano-thumping boogie man from the Netherlands, Eric-Jan Overbeek, in his 30 year career he has opened the stage for international giants of blues, bring a chair, free, 6 pm, 520-797-3959 or http://saaca.org/Oro_Valley_Concerts.html
  • Yanni - Centennial Hall, legendary composer and performer, with his world-renowned orchestra, http://Ticketmaster.com
  • "Arctic Son: Fulfilling the Dream" The award-winning film will be screened as a Green Fields fundraising benefit on March10 at the RoadHouse Cinemas. On March 12 author Jean Aspen, Luke’s mother, will share stories and sign books at the Green Fields booth during the Tucson Festival of Books.

Friday, March 11, 2016

  • Sea Of Glass—Center For The Arts presents The Crystal Trio from Siberia! Formed in 2001 this unique group creates angelic music on crystal glass. The Crystal Trio - Igor Sklyarov, Vladimir Popras and Vladimir Perminov - play specially-crafted Glass Harp, Verrophone and Glass Panflute Bass.
  • Desert Diamond Casinos & Entertainment is hosting the KOLD Senior Health and Fitness Fair. This free event, which will run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., will be held at Desert Diamond’s Sahuarita location in the courtyard area.


Weekend of March 12-13, 2016

  • Spring Art Walk – Village of Tubac, an event that invites visitors to explore the local working artist studios and fine art galleries for which Tubac is renowned, meet the artists and enjoy special exhibits, receptions and art demonstrations, free, 10 am – 5 pm, 520-398-2704 or http://www.tubacaz.com
  • Davis Monthan Thunder and Lightning over Arizona 2016 is held on March 12 and 13 this year. This free event showcases the military air power and appreciation for the local community's support of D-M's missions.
  • 34th Annual Wa:k Powwow - Mission San Xavier del Bac, annual gathering of the Tohono O'odham Nation, with inter-tribal dances, hoop dance contest, drum contests, crafts, and food, gates open at 10:30 am Saturday and 10 am Sunday, $ TBA, 520-294-5727 or http://www.waknet.org
  • Mambo Kings - SuperPops! - Tucson Music Hall, by Tucson Symphony Orchestra, conductor Albert-George Schram, a journey through the music of Latin America and the U.S. from the sultry melancholy of Astor Piazzolla and the burning Afro-Cuban jazz of Tito Puente, to the rhythmic playfulness of jazz great Dave Brubeck and the pop strains of The Beatles, your guide on a Latin jazz tour of the Pan American experience, featuring music from Perú, Argentina, Cuba and Puerto Rico, 8 & 2 pm, http://tucsonsymphony.org

Saturdays, March 12, 19, April 2, 9, 16 & 23, 2016

  • TUCSON BOTANICAL GARDENS present DIY Desert Design- Spring. This 6-class course, taught by the Garden’s knowledgeable Docents. Saturdays, 9 a.m. to noon

Saturday, March 12-13, 2016

  • Tucson Festival of Books opens March 12 & 13 on the University of Arizona campus, featuring over 450 authors and 130,000 participants during the weekend. Free to the public, the Tucson Festival of Books has quickly risen in stature among book festivals, with proceeds from the festival supporting organizations that work to improve literacy rates in Southern Arizona.

Saturday, March 12, 2016

  • Living History Day at Tucson Presidio - a replica of the city's original adobe-walled fortress with museum/gift shop, re-enacts 1775-1856 Tucson life, with craft- and food-making demonstrations, soldier drills and more, $3, 10 am - 3 pm, 520-837-8119 or http://www.tucsonpresidiotrust.org/
  • Theatrical Performance: Mrs. Wyatt Earp at 12 PM & 2 PM. From the unique perspective of Wyatt Earp’s third wife, Josephine "Sadie" Sarah Marcus Earp,
    this show takes place in Sadie's memory nine years after Wyatt Earp's death in 1938.
  • Living Streets Alliance (LSA) in partnership with El Grupo Youth Cycling is excited to host the last Kidical Mass of the spring season at Pueblo Gardens Elementary School, 2210 E. 33rd Street on Saturday, March 12 at 12:00PM.
  • The Tucson Arizona Boys Chorus will present a variety concert classics as well as a lighter repertoire, included are works from Handel, Haydn, and Mozart followed by a medley of music from the Roaring 20's and the chorus signature western music.
  • Family Circus Gym. This fun event gives children and adults of all levels a chance to explore circus arts as a family in a fun and open environment. This is a great way for experienced students to share circus arts with their families or new students to come check out the Circus Gym.

Sunday, March 13, 2016

  • 29th Annual St. Patrick's Day Parade & Festival – Armory Park, with live Irish music, dancers, entertainment, a children’s game area, and food and merchandise vendors, Irish organizations, ethnic and cultural tables will be set up in the park as well, festival at 10 am, parade at 11 am, http://www.tucsonstpatricksday.com/
  • Tucson Concert Band's 50th Anniversary Celebration Concert in collaboration with Navy Band Southwest, with special guest performer Congresswoman Martha McSally. U of A Crowder Hall.
  • 7th Annual “Green Isle Mile” & Running with the Irish 5K – The Plaza, 5K at 7:30 am on the Aviation bike path, top 100 finishers receive a commemorative mug, benefits the Kick Cancer for Stephen Foundation and the Community Food Bank, 1 mile at 10:45 am, bring non-perishable food item as part of the entry fee, http://tucsonstpatricksday.com/ or http://taggrun.com/

March 14-20, 2016

  • Tucson Conquistadores Classic – Omni Tucson National Resort, on the Catalina Course, a new PGA Champions Tour operated by the Tucson Conquistadores debuts, the no-cut format features competition between golf legends, with players participating in Pro-Am events on 3/18-19, the unique helmet trophy will return and be presented to the winner, benefits The First Tee of Tucson and other youth athletic programs, http://www.conquistadoresclassic.com/

Tuesday, March 15 & 21, 2016

  • TUCSON BOTANICAL GARDENS presents a Write A Will Workshop. This two-part workshop series is hosted by the Gardens and in conjunction with LEAVE A LEGACY® of SOUTHERN ARIZONA and the Planned Giving Roundtable of Southern Arizona. Participants will be empowered to formalize and ensure their wishes are known and respected. This workshop is free and open to anyone interested in a hands on session about estate planning.

Wednesday, March 16, 20016

March 17-20, 2016

  • High Chaparral Reunion and Nostalgia Festival at Casino del Sol Resort and Old Tucson Studios. Stars, stuntmen, cast members and others involved in the making of some of television's most beloved series, actors from stage and screen will participate, stars from a variety of vintage and classic movies and TV series will also attend, meet the stars and enjoy meals, panels, autograph sessions, tours a silent auction and more.

Thursday, March 17, 2016

  • Hotel Congress is going big this year for their annual St. Patrick’s Day Celebration. Featuring a holiday menu at The Cup Café, dance night at Club Congress, and their Great Guinness Toast! Drink sponsors have also provided amazing prizes for the hotel’s St. Patrick’s Day raffles.

Friday, Saturday and Sunday, March 18-20, 2016

  • Ballet Tucson Dance & Dessert 30th Anniversary celebration, the timeless masterpiece “Serenade” with choreography by the legendary George Balanchine.
  • Carmina Burana - Classic - Tucson Music Hall, by Tucson Symphony Orchestra, featuring Andrew Grams, conductor and Sonja Tengblad, soprano, Eric Neuville, tenor, Charles Wesley Evans, baritone, TSO Chorus, Bruce Chamberlain, director, Tucson Arizona Boys Chorus, program includes Orff: Carmina Burana; 8 & 2 pm, http://tucsonsymphony.org/
  • Spring Artisans Market – Tucson Museum of Art, more than 100 of the Southwest’s finest artists and crafters gather in the courtyards to sell their wares, unique items, jewelry, textiles, photography, pottery, free, 10 am - 5 pm, 520-624-2333 or http://www.TucsonMuseumofArt.org
  • 30th Annual Tucson Bicycle Classic – road race cycling, U.S. Cycling Federation stage-race offers a $9,800 purse and a challenging course, 6:45 am, 520-884-5564 or http://www.getsetaz.com or http://www.tucsonbicycleclassic.com
  • Tubac Open Studio Tour - Tubac Center of the Arts, 520-398-2371 or http://www.TubacArts.org

Saturday and Sunday, March 19-20, 2016

  • 23rd Annual Tucson Winter Chamber Music Festival - Leo Rich Theater, Arizona Friends of Chamber Music presents its critically acclaimed festival featuring a series of chamber music concerts, a gala dinner-with-music at Arizona Inn, and free-to-the-public master classes and dress rehearsals, 3 & 7:30 pm, 520-577-3769 or http://www.ArizonaChamberMusic.org
  • Live Quarter Horse and Thoroughbred racing action wraps up this weekend at Rillito Park Racetrack for the 2016 Winter Meet. Live racing will take place Saturday and Sunday March 19 and 20 at the historic racetrack, famous as the birthplace of Quarter Horse racing.
  • ORO VALLEY: 12th Annual Arizona Distance Classic Half Marathon, Quarter Marathon & 5K Presented by Northwest Medical Centers – Ventana Medical Systems, runners and walkers of all ages, shapes and sizes celebrate active lifestyles in this half marathon, quarter or 5K and kids fun run, benefits Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, the Christina-Taylor Green Memorial Foundation, and the Angola Project, http://www.arizonadistanceclassic.com
  • PICHACO PEAK: Civil War in the Southwest – Picacho Peak State Park, a historical re-enactment of Arizona's only Civil War battle, the Battle of Picacho Pass on April 15, 1862, featuring more than 200 re-enactors on foot and horseback, battle reenactments, recreated military camps, living history demonstrations and period vendors, 520-466-3183 or http://www.azparks.gov/Parks/parkhtml/picacho.html

Saturday, March 19, 2016

  • 23rd Annual Southwest Indian Art Fair – Southern Arizona’s Premier Indian Art Show and Market! - Arizona State Museum, meet 200+ Southwest Native artists, many of them award winning, top-quality, handmade art includes pottery, Hopi katsina dolls, paintings, jewelry, baskets, rugs, blankets, and much more, artist demonstrations, Native food, music, and dance performances, Sat 10 am –5 pm, Sun 10 am–4 pm, 520-621-6302 or http://www.statemuseum.arizona.edu
  • The ARTFUL LIVING by Jeff Ferst hosts its 1st ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION.
  • Just for Kids - Tucson Symphony Center, filled with discovery, storytelling and a front row experience, our interactive ensemble concerts entertain, engage and educate our youngest listeners (and our older listeners too!), this week features a flute, viola, harp trio, free for everybody with a suggested admission of $3 per person at the door, 10 & 11:15 am, http://tucsonsymphony.org/
  • Ajo 16th Annual Sonoran Shindig – A Celebration of the Desert – Ajo Plaza Park, celebrate the Sonoran Desert with live entertainment and food and informational booths, photo contest and other demonstrations throughout the day, free, 10 am – 3 pm, http://www.cabezaprieta.org or http://www.ajochamber.com
  • Mexican-American music icon Marisela is returning to the Diamond Center for a concert sponsored by La Caliente 92.1 FM.

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

  • Igudesman & Joo - Centennial Hall, classical music meets slapstick comedy, Aleksey Igudesman, violin and Hyung-ki Joo, piano are two classical musicians who have taken the world by storm with their unique and hilarious theatrical shows, combining comedy with classical music and popular culture, 7 pm, http://uapresents.org/joo

Thursday, March 24, 2016

  • Acoustic Africa - Fox Tucson Theatre, celebrating the rich African traditions of voice and song, a modern troubador with extraordinary appeal, Habib Koité‘s musicianship, wit and wisdom translate across cultures, Vusi Mahlasela, of South Africa, is celebrated for his distinct, powerful voice and his poetic, optimistic lyrics, his songs of hope connect Apartheid-scarred South Africa with its promise for a better future, 7:30 pm, http://uapresents.org/africa
  • Spanish Colonial History. Immerse yourself for the day in Spanish colonial history and the culture of the Santa Cruz River Valley. We’ll explore Tumacácori National Historical Park, Tubac Presidio, and the San Xavier Mission.

Friday, March 25, 2016

  • The Music of Led Zeppelin - Tucson Music Hall, amplified by a full rock band and accompanied by singer Randy Jackson’s strong and passionate vocals, creator Brent Havens guest conducts the ensemble as they capture Led Zeppelin riff for riff while churning out new musical colors, by Tucson Symphony Orchestra, $30-78, 8 pm, http://www.tucsonsymphony.org
  • The MVPs, one of the top party bands performing today, will be bringing their talent to the Diamond Center for a special free concert.

Saturday, March 26, 2016

  • ORO VALLEY: Oro Valley Spring Triathlon and Duathlon - Spring Into Tri/Du - Oro Valley Aquatic Center, an 800 meter serpentine swim, bike course is 14 miles (2 seven mile loops), coned off from traffic, run is 3 miles, (two 1.5 mile loops, flat and fast), 6:30 am, http://www.getsetusa.com/arizona/calendar.php
  • Rick Springfield is coming to the Diamond Center.
  • Sea Of Glass—Center For The Arts presents Temenos Quartet.

Sunday, March 27, 2016

  • Avalon Gardens’ Easter Egg Hunt & Celebration, offering wholesome, family fun in the beautiful surroundings of mother nature. This working organic farm and ecovillage has horses, cows, goats, chickens, emus, llamas, and other fun critters for the kids to see. Gates open at 9:00am.

Monday, March 28, 2016

  • Star Trek - The Ultimate Voyage - Centennial Hall, lavish production, includes live symphony orchestra and international solo instruments, the most iconic Star Trek film and TV footage is beamed in high definition to a 40-foot wide screen, features some of the greatest music written for the franchise, this never-before-seen concert event is for music lovers, filmgoers, science-fiction fans and anyone looking for an exciting and unique concert experience, co-presented by UA Presents and Broadway in Tucson, 7:30 pm, http://uapresents.org/star-trek-1
  • The Filharmonic, a culturally diverse tone, and style exemplifies a melodic, urban-esque sound with a 90's vibe at the University of Arizona.

March 30-April 3, 2016

  • 42nd Street - Centennial Hall, the quintessential backstage musical comedy classic, the song and dance fable of Broadway with an American Dream story and includes some of the greatest songs ever written, based on a novel by Bradford Ropes and Busby Berkeley’s 1933 movie, tells the story of a starry-eyed young dancer named who leaves her Allentown home and comes to New York to audition for a new Broadway musical and becomes a star, http://broadwayintucson.com/

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

  • GRAMMY Winners LA SANTA CECILIA Will Give A Performance At Club Congress To Celebrate New Album at 7:00pm.


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