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May 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. 

Celebration to Honor Remarkable Moms
A fundraiser for Tu Nidito, recognizing exceptional mothers who are also community leaders.
Centurion Party
A big bash with a changing theme, cocktails, costume contest, dinner, entertainment, raffles, races and more.
Cinco de Mayo Celebration
Fiesta with dancing, music, crafts, and food celebrates a national holiday in Mexico. Kennedy
Park Fiesta Area, (520) 292-9326.
Fiesta de la Primavera
Spring festival on Mother's Day weekend, with arts and crafts vendors, live music, food, and nature trails.  Holy Trinity Monastery, (520) 720-4642.
Fiesta Fantastica!
Entertainment, food, and more in the open air of La Encantada to benefit the Ara Parseghian
Medical Research Foundation.
Fire and Ice Celebration
Elegant evening honoring Tucsonans who have helped the American Diabetes Association.
Ironwood Festival
A celebration of the ancient ironwood tree and the Sonoran Desert, with fun, educational activities for the entire family. Mason Audubon Center, (520) 744-0004.
Music Under the Stars
The Tucson Pops Orchestra in the Reid Park bandshell, usually for three consecutive Sunday nights in May and June, and four more in September. Bring a picnic dinner and enjoy!
Primavera Cooks!
A multi-month fundraiser featuring professional chefs training ordinary people. Usually runs through September.
Puttin' on the Dog
Fashion Show featuring local celebrities modeling with their pets. Sometimes held in April.

Real Heroes Breakfast
American Red Cross event honoring men and women in Southern Arizona who have engaged in exemplary acts. 

Silver and Turquoise Ball
An elegant black-tie affair in the gardens of the Arizona Inn.
St. David Festival of the Arts
St. David, AZ
Tour of the Tucson Mountains
Fifty or 100k-bicycle tour of the perimeter of the Tucson Mountains. Sometimes held in April.
Tucson Botanical Gardens  Herb Fair
Plants, sachets, soaps, teas and dried flowers for sale. This has also been held as late as July.
Tucson Boys Chorus Pops Concert
The Tucson Boys Chorus presents the last concert of the season, featuring a Pops music program.  Tucson Boys Chorus, (520) 296-6277.
Tucson Folk Music Festival
National, regional, and more than 90 local musical acts on four stages, with workshops, food, and musical treasures. El Presidio Park, downtown Tucson. Tucson Kitchen Musicians
A Vintage Affair
Sunset wine tasting, live entertainment and silent auction to benefit MDA.
Waila Festival
Traditional Tohono O'odham dance, food, and chicken scratch music.  University of Arizona, Arizona Historical Society (520) 628-5774.

Wyatt Earp Days
Celebrate the life and times of the Old West's most famous lawman in "the town too tough to die," with costumed entertainers, a barbecue, stagecoach rides. Tombstone Chamber of
Commerce, Tombstone, (888) 457-3291.


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