Not-To-Be-Missed Springtime Festivals!
Springtime in Southern Arizona brings idyllic temperatures perfect for a whole host of beloved festivals. Here are some standout events happening in and around Marana. It’s best to plan ahead as some events, while free, require advanced registration.
Desert Bluegrass Festival
The Desert Bluegrass Festival features some of the best bluegrass musicians in the Southwest and attracts thousands of loyal fans every year. It’s an outdoor event with concerts, workshops, jam sessions, a band scramble, children’s activities, and food and beverage trucks. The organizers invite you to “bust out a blanket, some lawn chairs and a cool drink and enjoy the smoothest rhythms the desert has to offer.” This year’s event is March 10-12 and will be held at Gladden Farms Community Park.
Marana Founder’s Day Parade
The Town of Marana ushers in spring with great fanfare with its Founders’ Day event. It’s a day to celebrate the history and people of Marana, meet more of your neighbors, make new friends and enjoy a parade, a vintage car show, live music, artisan crafts, great food, and lots of fun kids’ activities. This year’s event is on March 18, from 10 am to 3 pm and is held at the Town of Marana Civic Center.
The 4th Avenue Street Fair
2023 marks the 53rd year of Tucson’s Fourth Avenue Street Fair. The Fair hosts artists from around the world and features classic Southwestern food, crafts, artisan jewelry, local entertainment and a lot of fun. Best of all, the fair raises funds to support Fourth Avenue’s infrastructure, local neighborhoods, nonprofits and other community events. This year’s event is from March 31 – April 2. Come early to find parking, use the free shuttle service available daily from the Pennington Street Garage or park along the Sun Link streetcar line.
The Egg-Streme Easter Egg Hunt in Gladden Farms
Marana Parks and Recreation puts on an ex-tremely popular Easter egg hunt the Saturday before the holiday. It’s the Egg-Streme Easter Egg Hunt held at Gladden Farms Community Park from 9 am to 12 pm, a fun activity for the kid in all of us. The event features Easter egg hunts for three age groups, photo ops with the Easter Bunny, sweet treats and other family activities. Please note that you must register your kids in advance for the egg hunt and egg baskets are not provided.
The Agave Heritage Festival
The Agave Heritage Festival, hosted by Hotel Congress, is a premiere celebration of all things agave. What started as a tequila lover’s Cinco de Mayo celebration has evolved into an incredibly popular destination event featuring seminars, film screenings, “bat appreciation day,” agave pit roasting, agave spirit tastings and world-class culinary events conducted by industry leaders, culinary experts, spirits professionals and more. This year’s event is April 27-29.
Arizona International Film Festival
The Arizona International Film Festival is the oldest and longest-running independent film festival in Arizona. The festival includes a mix of short, animation, children’s, experimental and feature-length films and documentaries. This year’s event runs April 19-30 at the downtown Tucson Screening Room, the Mercado Annex, Hotel Congress and several other Tucson venues. The festival is a showcase for independent filmmakers seeking Arizona audiences.
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