Things to do in Tucson for Spring Break

8 Mar

Sticking around Tucson for spring break? Here’s your guide to making the most of the week!

On Campus

Tucson Festival of Books


The Tucson Festival of Books is an annual event that takes place during UA’s Spring break. Head over to the mall from 9:30AM-5:30PM on Saturday, March 11th and Sunday, March 12th. Check out the schedule of events and visiting author schedule to make sure that you don’t miss anything! Like their page on Facebook to stay updated in real time!

U of A Museum of Art


The University of Arizona Museum of Art is located on the northwest corner of campus and admission is free with a CatCard. If you are bringing a friend that does not attend UA, General Admission is $8. Hours vary by day, so plan your visit ahead of time. Check out the current Exhibitions to know what to expect before you arrive.

Center for Creative Photography


Right across the street next to the Harvill building is the Center for Creative Photography. Admission is free to all visitors. The center is open Tuesdays- Fridays from 9AM-4PM and Saturdays from 1PM-4PM. There are two photo exhibitions currently on display so you can make an afternoon out of visiting both museums!

Arizona State Museum


The Arizona State Museum has been around since 1893 and celebrates the culture and history of the Southwest U.S. Located just off of University Blvd. and Park Ave. The museum is open Monday-Saturday 10AM-5PM. UA and Pima students enter for free with Student IDs, kids get in free, and adult admission is $5. Explore Native American history and pottery through self-guided tours.

Centennial Hall


Across the street from the Arizona State Museum is Centennial Hall, where the Tucson community gathers for visiting speakers and performances. The musical, Kinky Boots, will be performed by Broadway in Tucson from March 14th- March 19th. Get tickets online or in-person.

Tree Ring Lab


Head over to the Highland Commons to get a peak at one of the most unique buildings on campus. There will be an open house as part of the Festival of Books on the 11th from 10AM-2PM. You can also join a tour on the 14th & 15th at 10AM.

Ballet Tucson Dance & Dessert


If you’re into the arts, Tucson’s professional ballet company is holding their annual Dance & Dessert performance March 17th-19th. Read about the performances to get a background on what the pieces are about. Tickets are $35/ person and can be picked up at will call at the Stevie Eller Dance Theater for no additional cost.

Off Campus

Pima Air & Space Museum


Learn more about the history of flight and hear stories from veterans at the Pima Air and Space Museum. Admission includes all exhibits, and you can join a guided tour for an additional cost. Located in Southeast Tucson, you can enjoy seeing other parts of the city that you may not have explored before.

Old Tucson


Immerse yourself in the Wild West at Old Tucson Studios, where many famous westerns were filmed. Hours vary by season. Check out the attractions ahead of time to plan your day. There will be special events going on this week as well!

Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum


A trip to the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum is a great way to learn more about the native wildlife of the Southwest. During the spring they are open from 7:30AM-5PM. General admission allows you to see all of the animals, plants, and fossils; access to the new stingray exhibit is an additional cost. You will walk about two miles if you visit every exhibit, so pack sunscreen, a hat, and lots of water!



Tucson’s mountains and temperate spring weather make it an ideal place to go hiking! Check out the link above to plan your next trip. Remember these safety tips before you head out on the trail! Many Tucson locals like to hike Sabino Canyon’s Seven Falls, pictured above, to cool off. When planning your hike, remember to head out early in the morning, stay hydrated, and stick to a difficulty appropriate for your level of experience.

Saguaro National Park


Tucson is home to a National Park! Get a taste of the Sonoran desert by exploring Saguaro National Park. Learn about its history and wildlife before you go. Walk or bike any day from 9AM-5PM for only $5. Guided programs are also available.

Tucson St. Patrick’s Day Festival


Head out to Downtown on the 17th to watch the 30th Annual St. Patrick’s Day parade! The parade will begin at 11AM, so get there early. Take a peek at the parade route to pick your spot to watch. Throughout the day there will be activities to learn more about Irish culture and history.

Tucson Food Tours


Tucson is known for its diverse food options and was recently named a UNESCO City of Gastronomy. Join one of the Downtown Tucson Food Tours on the 10th, 12th, 17th, and 18th for $50. Tours begin at 11AM and last 4 hours, so come hungry! You will learn more about the city’s history and locals’ favorite spots to hang out and enjoy a good meal. If you’ve been wanting to try out new cuisines, this is the event for you.

The Loft Cinema


The Loft is a local nonprofit movie theater that shows more than just the mainstream films. Tickets are $7 for showings before 4PM and $7.75 any other time with a student discount. Every Thursday in March there will be a special monthly feature. Check out their showtimes to see if something catches your eye!

Tucson Museum of ArtArtisans Market


Visit the Tucson Museum of Art located Downtown! Admission is $7 with a student ID, and the  Sunday the 12th is a free admission day (second Sunday special). Current exhibitions include modern, western, and Latin art. Admission also includes access to the historic block surrounding the museum, which is a great way to learn more about Tucson’s rich history! Check out their special events, including the Artisans Market the 17th-19th.

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