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April Events

The following list describes events that occur annually in Tucson. For exact dates and information, check local listings in newspapers and magazines or check out VisitTucson, or call 888-638-8350.

Artisans Market
More than 120 artists from around the state host a show and sale at the Tucson Museum of
Art. Tucson Museum of Art & Historic District
Arizona International Film Festival
Citywide festival features worldwide contemporary cinematic diversity, with opportunities to meet the filmmakers at workshops, seminars and presentations at various venues around
Tucson. The Screening Room, (520) 628-1737.
ASUA Spring Fling
The nation's largest student-run carnival features fun rides, midway games, food, and amateur and professional entertainment, at Rillito Raceway Park. Associated Students of the University of Arizona, (520) 621-5610.
Blessing of the Vines
Ministers and priests bless the grape vines to foster a bountiful crop at harvest time, in a ceremony followed by food, wine-tasting, and live entertainment at the winery. Sonoita
Vineyards, (520) 455-5893.
Celebrity Tennis Classic
Community-Builders Humanitarian Award Dinner
Guest speaker, dinner and awards presentation, benefiting educational programs at the UA Center or Judaic Studies and Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona.
Desert Gala
Fundraiser for programs at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, includes dinner, live and silent auctions, and attribute to a Tucsonan.
Fourth Avenue Spring Street Fair
Hundreds of arts and crafts booths, food vendors, street musicians and performers, and kids' entertainment. Between Ninth St. & University Blvd. on Fourth Ave. Sometimes held in March. Fourth Avenue Merchants Association, (520) 624-5004.
Forget Me Not Sunday
Live music, live and silent auctions and food, benefiting the Southern Arizona Chapter of the
Alzheimer's Association.

Gooter Grand Slam
Tennis tournament, pro exhibition and dinner to benefit the Steven M. Gooter Foundation for


Sudden Cardiac Death Research at the U of A.
Hearts and Horses
Benefit for Therapeutic Riding of Tucson (TROT), featuring dinner, dancing, silent auction and raffle.
Jewish Festival
Food and fun for the whole family, along with shopping and more. Sometimes held in May.
La Vuelta de Bisbee
Lute Olsen Celebrity Auction and Golf Tournament
UA's winning basketball coach hosts benefits for the Arizona Arthritis Center.
One More Victory, ARA!
A celebrity-studded golf, tennis and gala fundraiser to battle Niemann-Pick Type C Disease.
Oro Valley Festival of the Arts
Outdoor fun, with more than 75 juried art booths, art demonstrations, live music and dance performances, children's activities, food and free admission, at Canada Del Oro Riverfront Park. The Greater Oro Valley Arts Council, (520) 797-3959.
Pima County Fair
Old-fashioned fair with exhibits, food, stage concerts, and other live entertainment, carnival rides, educational exhibits, including a Gem and Mineral Show section. Pima County Fair
Grounds, (520) 762-9100.
Plaza Suite Spring Series
Outdoor Jazz Concerts at St. Philips Plaza, sponsored by the Tucson Jazz Society. Usually runs early April thought mid-May.
Simon Peter Passion Play
Three-hour professional musical stage drama with 100-plus-member cast and orchestra.
Tucson Convention Center Music Hall
Spring Artisans Market
More than 120 of the Southwest?s finest artists and crafters gather at the Tucson Museum of
Art?s courtyards to sell their wares at this annual event. Unique items from jewelry, textiles, photography, pottery, and more are available. Tucson Museum of Art, (520) 624-2333.
Spring Home & Patio Show
Building, landscaping, and home decorating ideas at Tucson Convention Center. Southern
Arizona Home Builders Association (SAHBA), (520) 795-3025.

The Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation Race for the Cure
5k or 1-mile run/walk, held at Reid Park in the beginning of the month. Raises funds and awareness to eradicate breast cancer.

A Toast to Life

Gourmet food, fine wine, and fundraiser for MDA, including a silent auction and live entertainment. 

Tombstone Rose Festival
Tribute to world-famous 118-year-old rose tree; picnic-basket auction, cake contest, Rose Parade. Tombstone Chamber of Commerce, Tombstone, (888) 457-3929.
Tour of the Tucson Mountains
Fifty or 100k-bicycle tour of the perimeter of the Tucson Mountains. Sometimes held in May.
Tucson Artists' Spring Open Studios Tour
Visit artists at work in their studios, and see works in progress. Maps and artist listings at 549 N. 7th Ave. and online. Tucson Pima Arts Council, (520) 624-0595.
Tucson Folk Festival
Celebration of contemporary and traditional style of folk music, including blues, bluegrass, folk- rock, etc.
Tucson International Mariachi Conference
25th anniversary of award-winning conference, Tucson's largest cultural event and a model for other conferences nationwide, with mariachi music, folkloric dancing, student workshops, a concert at Tucson Convention Center, and a community fiesta at Reid Park. (520) 838-3908.
Tucson Sidewinders Baseball Opening Day
Opening day for Tucson's Minor League Baseball season featuring the Tucson Sidewinders, the Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks, with dozens of home games, April through August. Tucson Electric Park, (520) 325-6026.
Urban Picnic and Art Auction
A fundraiser for the Tucson Arts District Partnership, sometimes held in March.
USFA North American Cup
Fencing tournament for Division I (Elite) and youth (ages 8-15) competitors from around the
United States, Canada, Mexico, and South America. Tucson Convention Center, United States Fencing Association (USFA), (719) 866-4511.

Wildflower Festival
Enjoy springtime desert wildflowers, with benefit fundraiser and silent auction featuring entertainment and food, shopping for unique gifts, and guest speakers at in-town desert oasis. Tohono Chul Park, (520) 742-6455.



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