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Growing up, I was fortunate enough to spend my summer vacations away with family in Las Vegas.

But, during the week, my brother and I would entertain ourselves cooped up at home while everyone was working. Days spent doodling and crafting the finest microwave mac-n-cheese were also met with afternoons where you'd find us two hopping movies and hitting the arcade 'til our thumbs were blue. 

What better way (and cheaper too!) to get away than a staycation with casual trips to your local theater, movie rental store and popping in a hit DVD? Or, better yet, stream your favorite flick on your favorite device and sit back and enjoy!


Sunday, June 18, 2017 


Father’s Day Weekend at Old Tucson – Car Shows

  • Where: Old Tucson Studios, 201 S Kinney Rd.
  • When: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Cost: FREE Car show & FREE admission for men and boys

If you’re a dad, or could be one day then you’re in for free in celebration of Father’s Day at Old Tucson.

All weekend long, Unlce Bear's and Sentinel Peak Brewery will be providing 12 craft brew samples so have dad come taste around. $15 for six tickets with souvenir glassware. 

Sunday, the studio grounds will be stampeded by a different kind of steed. Come stroll alongside the horsepower of vintage hot rods and classic cars, with a FREE car show. This all in addition to the signature entertainment and top-of-the-line attrations Old Tucson packs in, have a blast!


Monday, June 19, 2017 

2nd Annual Neighborhood Meet & Greet

  • Where: Community Food Bank - Tucson, 3003 S. Country Club Rd. 
  • When: 2 p.m. - 4 p.m.
  • Cost: FREE

All are welcome for an afternoon to get to know Tucson's Community Food Bank!

Ditch the sizzling summer temps and cool off inside CFB's warehouse with tours and to learn about programs benefiting local neighborhood families. Additionally, there will be indoor activites for the kids while special guests, FC Tucson will be giving you the chance to win tickets to an upcoming soccer game and even FREE tickets to this years HungerWalk 2017! 





Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Downtown History Museum Tour

  • Where: Downtown History Museum, 140 N. Stone Ave., in the Wells Fargo Bank building.
  • When: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
  • Cost: FREE, donations welcomed.

Time travel in Downtown?!

Step back in time inside the Downtown History Museum. Featuring the historical developments of downtown, the museum takes you back to long-gone businesses like the Romero Barbershop and the early police and fire departments. The museum is not only sanctuary during the summer, but is one of cities best kept secrets! 

Park in the Wells Fargo garage on Alameda Street. Validate your parking ticket with museum entrance. 

Friday, June 23, 2017

4th Friday Films at MOCA

  • Where: Museum of Contemporary Art - Tucson, 265 S. Church Ave. 
  • When: showing at 8 p.m.
  • Cost: FREE, pay for what you purchase. 

Sit back for screenings under the summer stars as The Loft Cinema and MOCA Tucson present 4th Friday Films, throughout June - September 2017! 

This month enjoy the critically-acclaimed biopic, Frida. BYO movie munchies or enjoy tasty concessions on site, sold by Bella's Gelato food truck. 

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Has:an Bak Saguaro Harvest Celebration

  • Where: Colossal Cave Mountain Park, 16721 E. Old Spanish Trail, Vail, AZ 85641
  • When: Sunrise workshop beginning at 5 a.m., public events from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. 
  • Cost: Sunrise workshop: $65/person, $100/pair; Public events are FREE.

Experience a something that is uniquely and truly Tucson. 

Come out to Colossal Cave in celebration of the symbol of the southwest, the Saguaro. Join in on a day full of demonstrations and activites while learning about the cultral significance of the cacti throughout the region and among its peoples, like the Tohono O'odham Nation. 

At 5 a.m. the park will open to a sunrise workshop reserved for registared particpants whom will experience and be educated on an ancient traditions. The paid workshop also includes a take home sample of harvested syrup, in addtion to parttaking in the public portion of events. 

Following at 10 a.m. the festivies will proceed with FREE events open to the public. Take a hike on the trails, listen in on presentations, get hands on with demonstrations and activites and to top it off, delicious indian fry bread! 

Tucson Kidsfest 2017

  • Where: Tucson Convention Center 
  • When: Sat. 6/24 & Sun. 6/25 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.
  • Cost: GA: Kids, ages 2 and under are FREE, ages 3-17, $15. Adults, $12. Military & 1st Responder Discount: $10 each for kids or adults, only available at Box Office. 

Kids are in control! 

For atleast this weekend anyway, jump right in to Tucson Kidsfest happening at the TCC for fun that wont go flat. Powered by Tucson Electric Power, the TCC transforms into a kidcentric zone with inflatables, laser tag, rides even a BMX, skateboarding half-pipe! Also be on the look out each day for special celebrity guests!

Parking at the TCC is FREE. Kids 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult.

9th Annual Salute to the Buffalo Soldier - Parade and Weekend Events

  • Where: Historic Allen Street, Tombstone, AZ 85638
  • When: Sat. 6/24 beginning at 10 a.m., parade at 11 a.m. through Sun. 6/25 10:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. 
  • Cost: FREE, pay for what you purchase.

Strap in, saddle up the gang and march whole troop over to "The Town Too Tough Too Die" over the weekend to honor the brave Buffalo Soldiers!

This years 9th Annual Salute to the Buffalo Soldier Days, brings the best of the ol' wild west into town for car shows, live street entertainment and a parade. The parade will begin at 11 a.m., lead by Grand Marshall and Buffalo Soldier President, Chaz Jackson. Stroll the historic Allen Street in the cooler Tombstone temps and truly get away!   



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 Yanez is not doing school work, he is off doing daddy duties for young Kennedy.