Tucson: Second Saturdays Downtown
When you feel like checking out a new city but aren’t sure where to go and what to do, timing your trip to a festive local event is a big help. That’s why we’re keen on the Old Pueblo’s Second Saturdays Downtown, when food vendors and performers fill the shop- and restaurant-filled district’s streets with lots of extra things to eat, see and do.
Performances will include stilt dancing from Tucson Circus Arts and live music from a slew of groups, including Ronstadt Generations. You’ll also find free kids activities, “living statues,” carriage rides and special $2 admission during limited hours at the local children’s museum.
It all adds up to a little extra something-something that wandering amid the boutiques and eateries on your own wouldn’t quite match.
DETAILS >> 5 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 9. Along and around Congress Avenue, between roughly Stone and Toole avenues. Free admission. 2ndSaturdaysDowntown.com.
Willcox: Peach Mania Festival
If summer slipped by without enough chances to make family memories — and snap some good pictures — consider an old-fashioned day on a farm.
Apple Annie’s Orchard celebrates Willcox-grown peaches with an all-you-can-eat peaches and pancakes breakfast that goes until 10:30 a.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Afterward, you can take a free wagon ride to the orchards, where you can pick souvenirs of sun-ripened peaches. By the time you’ve worked up an appetite again, apple-smoked burgers start coming off the grill 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., and roasted sweet corn is hot and ready to eat at the farm. Homemade peach pie and ice cream, along with dozens of other products and gifts, are also available.
DETAILS >> 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 9-10 and 16-17. Apple Annie’s Orchard, 2081 W. Hardy Road. Free admission, but bring money for u-pick peaches, meals and shopping. (520) 384-2084 or AppleAnnies.com.
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