Let's jump into this week with some awesome cultural, music and all-around fun events across the Old Pueblo! Non-profits and different organizations offer up wonderful opportunities to enjoy the likes of Shakespeare's Midsummer Night's Dream, or yoga or concerts throughout the week. 

But do pay attention to Boomer's Pick of the Week: Oro Valley's ongoing and FREE concert series! Check this week's country and rock-n-roll concert coming to you on Thursday!

Sunday, September 10

Let’s Build Fairy Gardens!

  • Where: Green Things, 3384 E. River Rd.
  • When: 10 a.m. - noon
  • Cost: Free admission, Pay for materials you need

Join us for our monthly fairy garden class. Cathy will show you how to build beautiful bowls filled with succulents and miniatures! Only cost to you is the cost of supplies. We have bowls starting at $5, succulents starting at $1.99, and fairy garden miniatures starting at $1. This is a great activity for the whole family!



Monday, September 11

Dog Portraits in the Gardens

  • Where: Tucson Botanical Gardens, 2150 N Alvernon Way
  • When: 7:30 – 9:30 a.m.
  • Cost: $10 one pose, $15 two poses, includes garden admission for you and your dog.

Tucosn Botanical Gardens invites dog lovers across Tucson to take advantage of this wonderful opportunity to have professional photos taken of your beloved companion in the Gardens’ lush landscape. Professional photographer Vicky Stromee generously donates her time to the Gardens each year to make this fun event a fundraiser for the Gardens.

Maximum of two dogs per photo, please.

Wing Madness Night!

  • Where: Nevada Smith’s Saloon, 1175 W. Miracle Mile
  • When: 5 – 8 p.m.
  • Cost: FREE admission, pay for what you buy

End your day with a $3-dinner of hot wings! Nevada Smith's Saloon will be offering their garlic parmesan, hot, or teryaki hot wing recipes for only $3 a dozen! So bring your friends, family and appetite! 

Tuesday, September 12

Bear Canyon Knitters

  • Where: Kirk-Bear Canyon Library 8959 E. Tanque Verde Rd.
  • When: 1 – 3 p.m.
  • Cost: FREE
  • Call: 520-594-5275 for more information

Community members are invited to the Kirk-Bear Canyon Library for an afternoon of knitting! Bring your favorite knitting gear and join other enthusiasts to share an afternoon of fun, discussion and knitting!

Between Earth & Sky: Climate Change on the Last Frontier

  • Where: The Loft Cinema, 3233 E. Speedway Blvd.
  • When: 7:30 – 9:30 p.m.
  • Cost: Regular admission prices

The Loft will hold a special screening of Between Earth and Sky and will also feature a post-film panel discussion with local experts Dr. Joseph Blankinship, University of Arizona assistant professor and soil biogeochemist, Moira Hough, a PhD candidate in the UA Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology; and Dr. Craig Rasmussen, a UA professor of environmental pedology.

Wednesday, September 13

Dining in the Dark

  • Where: On the Border Mexican Grill & Cantina, 5205 East Broadway Blvd.
  • When: 5:30 – 8:30 p.m.
  • Cost: $25, includes meal, non-alcoholic beverage, proceeds benefit EMVIA

Enjoy a evening with a meal eaten while you're blindfolded for a fun night of blindfolds  and the Arizona Daily Star's David Fitzsimmons! There also will be a silent auction that starts at 5:30 p.m. and the proceeds will benefit EMVIA, Tucson's most comprehensive, one stop resource and non-profit for those with visual impairments.



Thursday, September 14

Boomer's Pick: Oro Valley Concert Series

Where: Oro Valley Marketplace by Century Theaters 12155 N. Oracle Rd
When: 6 – 8 p.m.
Cost: FREE
Join our friends at the Town of Oro Valley for free live music and entertainment! This week's concert promises a healthy mix of current and older country music infused with some classic rock and roll thrown in to keep you entertained and dancing! Attendees are encouraged to bring their own chairs to enjoy the concert.

Friday, September 15

Free Yoga Friday!

  • Where: Summit Hut , 5251 E Speedway Blvd.
  • When: 9 – 10:30 a.m.
  • Cost: FREE

Summit Hut offers free yoga classes Friday mornings at their Speedway location for both beginners and advanced practitioners. This week will be a beginner-friendly Hatha-style yoga class! 

11th Annual Shakespeare in the Park

  • Where: Himmel Park, 1000 N. Tucson Blvd.
  • When: 7 p.m.
  • Cost: FREE, suggested $5 donation

Join the El Rio Theatre Project as they present the 11th annual Shakespeare in the Park tradition with the popular "Midsummer Night's Dream"! The annual presentation will be held at Himmel Park's outdoor amphitheater, so be sure to bring your whole family, picnic basket and a blanket to enjoy a classic under our Tucson stars!

Saturday, September 16

16th Annual Roasted Chile Festival

  • Where: Rincon Valley Farmers and Artisans Market, 12500 E. Old Spanish Trail
  • When: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Cost: FREE admission, pay for what you purchase

The Rincon Institute invites you to our 16th Annual Roasted Chile Festival at the Rincon Valley Farmers & Artisans Market in Tucson. Join us September 16th from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Enjoy fresh-roasted Arizona-grown green chilies, along with locally grown produce and fruit, artisans and crafters, and great food! There will be plenty of activities for kids and live music by John Grant & the Guilty Bystanders and Johnny Bencomo. Traffic will be slowed down on Old Spanish Trail with a special event permit and police officers. Bring the whole family for a fun filled day. For the big kids, there also will be a beer garden. 

Outdoor Park Concert

  • Where: Morris K. Udall Regional Park, 7200 E. Tanque Verde Rd.
  • When: 7 – 9 p.m.
  • Cost: FREE

Join the Arizona Symphonic Winds at the Udall Park for a free night of music and good company. This will be the first of the four free concerts the Arizona Symphonic Winds will host on Saturdays in September/October. But do bring your own lawn chair or blanket to sit on.



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