Springtime Happenings in and Around Dove Mountain
Springtime on Dove Mountain is in a word — spectacular.
The average high temperature is in the mid 70s, the desert is lush and fragrant with cacti, wildflowers, shrubs and trees in full bloom, and evenings are becoming warm enough for dining beneath the stars.
Spring is simply a great time to enjoy the desert and spring events and festivals in and around Dove Mountain.
Here are a few of our favorite spring happenings within and near Pima County:
The Agave Heritage Festival
April 23 – May 6
What began as a tequila-lover’s Cinco de Mayo celebration has evolved into a 26-event fiesta rooted in the historical and cultural significance of the agave plant. The event features seminars, tradeshows, culinary and musical events, spirit tastings, a film screening, an art exhibit and more.
Tohono Chul Cinco de Mayo Celebration
May 5 12:00-4:00pm
Tohono Chul is a celebrated botanical garden, nature preserve and cultural museum near Marana. Every year it hosts a family-friendly Cinco de Mayo event filled with traditions of the southwest including a pop-up farmers market, tequila tastings, music, art, activities for kids and so much more. Wander the garden paths and enjoy a very lively and spirited event.
Marana Meltdown: Mountain Bike Time Trial
May 4 6:30-10:30am
This year marks the first Mountain Bike Time Trial that meanders through the beautiful Tortolita Preserve. The course is just under 10 miles of fast, fun, flowy singletrack. There are time trial categories for individuals 18 and younger, 18 to 55 and 55+ years old. The top 3 finishers from each group receive a prize!
Marana Mother’s Day 5K
May 11 1:30-6:30pm
Looking for an alternative way to celebrate Mother’s Day? The organizers of the Marana Mother’s Day 5K recommend that you skip brunch, get active and celebrate mom at the 6th annual Mother’s Day 5K in Marana at Gladden Farms Community Park. Moms, grandmothers and moms-to-be are the guests of honor and will receive fun incentives on race day and a charm at the finish line.
Willcox Wine Country Spring Festival
May 17 – May 19
Arizona Wine Growers Association presents tastings of wines from Arizona wineries, as well as food from Dante’s Fire, live music from local bands and performing artists at the downtown Willcox’s historical Railroad Park. This festival was rated by Fodor’s Travel as one of the top 10 wine festivals in North America.
Did you know that Arizona experiences more bird migrations than any other U.S. state? You can see an array of birds for yourself attending local field trips or regional excursions. These trips provide the opportunity to explore different habitats, learn about birds and about all of the animals and plants that live there.
The Southern Arizona Arts & Cultural Alliance partners with Visit Tucson and the JW Marriott Tucson Starr Pass Resort & Spa to bring you the Mexican food festival. The event features food demos from Tucson’s finest family-owned chefs. It also includes educational programs and live music.
Greater Northwest Urban Assault Rides
Every Thursday Night
Every Thursday you can participate in Greater Northwest Urban Assault Rides (GNAR) that start at 6 pm at Catalina Brewing Company. The GNAR is a popular short weekly ride event for the Marana and Tucson cycling communities. Enjoy happy hour prices at the brewery before the ride and $1 off your beer “bike fuel” upon your return.
Robert J. Wick “Earth, Life, Man” Sculptures
Running through June 30
Experience Robert J. Wick’s monumental natural sculptures at the Tucson Botanical Garden through the end of June. Each sculpture incorporates a living plant or tree. Wick describes his work as a “union of art, man and nature.” His creations have been exhibited throughout the country including the Denver Botanic Garden, Cleveland Museum of Art, Clark Gardens in Fort Worth and Kent State University.