Voyaging from the depths of the sea to desert of the Old Pueblo, the Mermaids have returned for this year's monsoon celebration and parade! 

On Saturday, Aug. 12,  the whole family can dive into a day filled with under-the-water themed activities. Starting at 10 a.m., come out flapping in your finest fish tails with select Fourth Avenue and Downtown Tucson area merchants as they'll be shelling out deals throughout the day's festivites. In addition, everyone can enjoy entertainment across the adjacent districts, including live music and performances, raffles, photo booths, face painting, themed art, mermaid meet-and-greets and much more!   

Get ready by 8 p.m. for a mermaid parade! Embarking from Haggerty Plaza on Fourth Ave., the sirens of sea will be "swimming" through Downtown Tucson to The Beach at 50 N. 5th Ave. This event will feature a mermaid marketplace with vendors, food trucks and DJ's spinning music to keep you moving throughout the night. For a complete list of event schedule and offerings, click HERE.

Monday, Aug. 7, 2017

Best of the Gaslight 40th Anniversary Concert

  • Where: The Gaslight Theatre, 7010 E. Broadway Blvd., Tucson
  • When: 3 p.m. showing; 7 p.m. showing (SOLD OUT!)
  • Cost: Children - $9.95, Adults - $21.95, Seniors/Students/Military – $17.95; click or call to purchase tickets. 

They’ve made you laugh, sing, maybe even cry, too – Tucson’s top theatre is ringing in 40 years of musical tradition!

The Gaslight Theatre is bringing back songs and characters from their four decades worth of repertoire. Come sing and dance along with your favorites one last time, like it was the first time! The showing at 7 p.m. has SOLD OUT but there are remaining tickets for the 3 p.m. showing. Click HERE for tickets, or call 520-886-9428.

Wednesday, Aug. 9, 2017

El Río Seed Library Kickoff Party!

  • Where: El Río Library, 1390 W. Speedway Blvd., Tucson
  • When: 2:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
  • Cost: FREE

The seeds are ready to be sown! Come celebrate the sprouting of the El Río Seed Library with an afternoon kickoff party.

All afternoon, anyone can now check out up to 10 seed packets from the Seed Library to help grow their own gardens. Starting at 2:30 p.m., come by for snacks and seed cleaning activities. Continue the celebration from 4:30-5:30 p.m. with a FREE writing and poetry workshop from award-winning author Mary Pellegrino.

Friday, Aug. 11, 2017

Nature Expo at the 2017 Southeast Arizona Birding Festival

  • Where: Riverpark Ballroom, Arizona Riverpark Inn, 777 W. Cushing St., Tucson
  • When: Fri. 8/11, noon – 5 p.m.; Sat. 8/12 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Sun. 8/13 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
  • Cost: FREE admission to Nature Expo, pay for what you purchase

The Old Pueblo isn’t just a warmer home for seasonal snowbirds…this weekend birding enthusiasts are flocking to Tucson for the 2017 Southeast Arizona Birding Festival!

Swoop into the Nature Expo at the Arizona Riverpark Inn. This portion of the festival FREE to attend and open to the public. All weekend there'll be FREE kids activities including contests, a DIY pinecone feeder craft, scavenger hunts and much more. Hear from leading local Audubon and animal experts with FREE discussions held daily and get up close with live animal exhibits!

Registered attendants get to wet their beaks by participating in the amazing festival field trips, workshops and programs. For additional information and a complete schedule of events, click HERE.

Saturday, Aug. 12, 2017

Second Saturdays at Steam Pump Ranch

  • Where: Steam Pump Ranch, 10901 N. Oracle Rd., Oro Valley
  • When: 8 a.m. – noon
  • Cost: FREE, pay for what you purchase

Get your Second Saturdays going at Steam Pump Ranch!

With autumn just around the corner, kids can are welcome to go hands-on with a FREE fall planting craft activity. Come enjoy the cooler mornings while shopping around local purveyors ranging from knickknacks, art and fresh ingredients for the week ahead!

9th Annual Canoe Days

  • Where: South Entrance - Sahuarita Lake Park, 15466 S. Rancho Sahuarita Blvd., Sahuarita
  • When: Sat. 8/12 & 8/13, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., weather permitting
  • Cost: FREE

Barge right into Sahuarita Lake this weekend for the 9th Annual Canoe Days!

Weather permitting, from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., paddle out on the water for FREE. Everything you need to keep afloat will be provided, including life vests, canoes and paddles. Make a splash with a wake up row around the lake for refreshing morning cruise or wade the waves during the afternoon.

TEP 125th Anniversary Chill Out Event - Free Family Fun at the Fox Movies

  • Where: Fox Theatre, 17 W. Congress St., Tucson
  • When: Classic cartoons, 3 p.m. – 6 p.m.; Classic-movie screening at 7:30 p.m.
  • Cost: FREE, pay for what you purchase

Tucson Electric Power is celebrating 125 years of service and are inviting families in the Old Pueblo to join in on the festvities with free or low cost events on Saturdays throughout August!

Chill Out with TEP inside the cool comfort of Fox Theatre with classic cartoons for kids, from 3-6 p.m. and return by 7:30 p.m. for a screening of the 1958 movie-musical, ‘South Pacific.’

Admission is FREE and seating is at first-come, first-serve availability. Enjoy small popcorn for a celebratory $1.25 with additional concessions for purchase or shop and eat around the Downtown’s 2nd Saturday/Return of the Mermaids between showings!


Kristopher Yanez is the proud father of 1-year-old daughter Kennedy, a journalism student at Pima Community College and is also the first-ever Bear Essential News Summer Reporting Intern. When Kris is not doing school work, he is off chasing after young Kennedy.