Spring Break in Tucson

13 Mar

As a Tucson native, I’m often asked what there is to do in this city. With Spring Break quickly approaching, I’ve been getting this question a little more often as students are wondering how they should spend their extra time in Tucson. Spending your break in Tucson is a great time to explore places outside of campus, especially since we’re not as bogged down by school, work, and other responsibilities.

If you’re spending your break in Tucson, check out this calendar of awesome events happening around town during Spring Break and discover what makes Tucson so special:

2nd Saturdays Downtown – March 14th | 5:00 PM-10:30 PM

2nd Saturdays Downtown is a monthly tradition in Tucson. Just like the name implies, the second Saturday of each month is a celebration throughout downtown Tucson. The variety of entertainment, from concerts to award shows, is sure to make everyone have a good time. Head over to the Rialto Theatre to watch The Baddy Awards, an award show honoring the most original and “baddest” creative advertising throughout Tucson. Have a bike? Take a ride down to Jacome Plaza to watch a documentary in honor of Women’s History Month. Click here to find all of the events. Outdoor admission is free, but some events may require tickets.

Tucson Festival of Books – March 14th to March 15th | 9:30 AM- 5:30 PM

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If you’ve been wondering why there are so many tents around campus, it is for the Tucson Festival of Books! The festival runs all weekend long, from 9:30 to 5:30 each day. Over 400 authors will be hosting book signings and panel discussions. There will also be staged entertainment and food vendors from around Tucson. Admission is free! Who doesn’t love a free festival?!

4th Avenue Spring Street Fair – March 20th to 22nd | 10:00 AM- 6:00 PM

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The 4th Avenue Street Fair occurs twice a year and it’s back for its Spring season! With weather in the 80s, enjoy a nice day outdoors, browse local shops and art, and eat great food! There are over 400 arts and crafts booths, street musicians, nearly 40 food vendors, and more. Join over 300,000 people in this Tucson tradition. Admission is free. Click here for more info.

Creative Volunteering at Ben’s Bells – Tuesday to Saturday | 10:00 AM- 5:00 PM

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Visiting Ben’s Bells is a fun, creative way to give back to the community. In memory of her son, Jeannette Maré founded Ben’s Bells as a way to inspire intentional kindness around the community. When you volunteer at Ben’s Bells, you paint and mold ceramic wind chimes that are given throughout Tucson. Ben’s Bells has two locations, one on University Blvd. and downtown. Downtown location is for large groups. I’ve volunteered for Ben’s Bells on many occasions and each time has been a wonderful experience. If you decide to get your creative juices flowing at Ben’s Bells, they ask that you “bring a buck” to donate to their cause.

Visit Baby Nandi at Reid Park Zoo – Monday to Sunday | 9:00 AM- 4:00 PM

If you haven’t heard, our zoo welcomed a new baby elephant into the world a few months ago and I’m obsessed. I went to her baby shower, but have yet to visit the cutie. Although the zoo is open from 9:00am to 4:00pm, Baby Nandi is usually in her exhibit from 9:00am to 1:30pm. You can also feed the giraffes and eat in their cafe. Reid Park Zoo is sure to be a fun time. Check here for admission prices.

Tucson Botanical Garden – Monday to Sunday | 8:30 AM- 4:30 PM

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The Tucson Botanical Gardens is a great place to go if you’re looking for a relaxing Spring Break. They just recently opened their Butterfly Magic exhibit, which will be open from 9:30am to 3:30pm during Spring Break. You can either fly solo or take a tour. Click here for admission prices.

Eat at a Local Restaurant

Tucson has some of the best food in the country, I’m convinced! Over Spring Break, visit a local restaurant that you can’t find anywhere else. Café 54, owned by a UA alumna, is a unique place. It supports those recovering from mental illness by giving them on-the-job training for multiple restaurant positions. Their food is great, too! Go to Eat Local Tucson to find more restaurants!

Climb at Rocks & Ropes – Monday through Friday | 3:00 PM- 10:00 PM

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Test out your strength and flexibility by trying indoor rock climbing. Rocks & Ropes is located relatively close to campus and is a great way to spend your evening. If you’re a first-timer, then you should arrive three hours prior to close. Don’t have equipment? Don’t worry about it! Rocks & Ropes can rent out equipment for pretty fair prices.

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I know it may seem like Tucson is a small town, but it has so many hidden treasures! I’ve listen eight, but there are endless amounts of places to go. Head to the nearest mountain and have a picnic. Go to the lake at Kennedy Park. Watch a show at Fox Theater. Even as a Tucson native, there are many places that I have yet to visit in this city. So, go out and explore!

Have a stellar Spring Break!

-Briana

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