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What to do with your weekend

Simon Asher
Sierra Nevada Brewery prepared a unique ale with cactus and grapefruit, displayed during the 2nd Annual Tucson 23 Mexican Food Festival.

Ask someone from New York City or Boston about Tucson, and the response you’re bound to get is, “The little border town with the Mexican food, ya?” Well, you can thank events like this Saturday’s Tucson 23: Mexican Food Festival for that recognition.

Treat your dad to an early Father’s Day treat by grabbing tickets for the premiere showcase of Tucson’s Mexican food culture hosted by the Southern Arizona Arts and Cultural Alliance. With more than 20 different restaurants on hand, even the mildest salsa pallet should be represented.

Named for the 23-mile stretch of Tucson — from South Tucson to the Catalina Foothills — with the highest concentration of Mexican and Mexican-American cuisine restaurants in Southern Arizona, the event is in its third year and will also feature libations and cocktails as part of admission.

On top of great tacos and brew, the host resort JW Marriot Star Pass is also known for its patio views. Take the scenery in with carnitas from El Charro washed down with locally distilled spirits from Three Wells Distilling Company.

General Admission Tickets are $60 for guests age 18 and up. Admission includes libation (21 and up) and menu samplings from all restaurants and additional wineries, breweries and exhibitors.

According to the events website, tickets are expected to sell out. Pre-sale tickets are available for purchase until sold out. Tickets will be $75 the day of the event, if available.

Youth tickets (ages 5 to 17) will be available to purchase the day-of at admissions for $20 with a parent/guardian who has a general admission ticket. Children 5 and under are free.

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“Brew at the Zoo”

The Reid Park Zoo and Craft Tucson will be hosting its annual “Brew at the Zoo” event on Saturday, June 16 from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. With 14 tasting tickets, all attendees will have the chance sample a variety of local craft brews including those from 1912 Brewing Co., Barrio Brewing Co. and Ten Fifty-Five Brewing.

Not only will attendees get to hang out with Reid Park Zoo’s resident animals, but there will also be live music, games, prizes, glass painting, henna tattoos and food for purchase.

This 21 and older event is $55 per person at the gate. All funds raised from this event will go towards the zoo’s education programs, conservation efforts and improvements to the zoo for its animals.

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Bisbee Pride Weekend

Bisbee Pride will be returning June 15-17, 2018 for a weekend of film screenings, dances, performances and pub crawls. 

The event, which was started in 2004 by a small group of LGBT friends, is now put on by Bisbee Pride, Inc., a 501c (3) nonprofit organization committed to the goals of wellness, education, human rights and acceptance within the LGBTQ and greater Cochise County community.

Friday’s schedule includes a Pride Village, a free showing of “Call Me By Your Name,” a lingerie pub crawl, the Copper Queen Hotel Street Dance for $10, music at the Bisbee Royale for $30 and a drag karaoke contest. 

Saturday boasts a parade, pride village, Copper Queen pool party, free music at the Family Stage, the Drag Day Stage and the Latino Stage, music at the Bisbee Royale for $30 and the Transcendance for $10 with DJ Cue. 

Sunday finishes off the weekend strong with Twisted Sister Bingo and Bloody Mary Bar at the Copper Queen Hotel (bingo cards $1) and music at St. Elmo. 

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