Best Ways to Enjoy the Cool(er) Summer Evenings in Tucson


Because of soaring daytime temperatures, a number of Tucson attractions are offering extended evening hours and programming.

If you're stir-crazy from sitting inside all daylong, sunset is the right time to head outside and appreciate the cool(er) breezes that will hopefully be passing by.

2nd Saturdays in Downtown Tucson

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Photo By: 2nd Saturdays Downtown

Live music, food vendors, children's activities, and other performers - the 2nd Saturday of every month...yearround!

  • LOCATION: Downtown Tucson
  • DATES: 2nd Saturday of every month - June 14, July 12, August 9, September 13
  • TIME: Approximately 6:00pm-12:00am, with some daytime activities - check the weekly schedule
  • COST: Free. The outdoor entertainment is all free to the public, and most other shows are free.
  • QUESTIONS? Call 520-326-9686.

Cool Summer Nights at Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum

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Photo By: Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum

The Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum is pleased to offer themed weekly activities and extended hours for "Cool Summer Nights" - running every Saturday night between May 31-August 30. Ocotillo Cafe and Ironwood Terraces Restaurant are both open for dinner.

  • LOCATION: Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, 2021 N. Kinney Road, Tucson
  • DATES: Saturday Evenings - June 14, June 21, June 28, July 5, July 12, July 19, July 26, August 2, August 9, August 16, August 23, August 30
  • TIME: Approximately 6:00pm-10:00pm - check website for weekly programming
  • COST: $19.50 for adults; $17.50 for seniors; $15.50 for youth (ages 13-17); $6.00 for children (ages 4-12); FREE for children 3 and under
  • QUESTIONS? Call 520-883-2702.

Cox Communications Movies in the Park at Reid Park

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Photo by: Southern Arizona Arts & Cultural Alliance

All movies begin at dusk. Attendees are invited to bring their own blankets and chairs. A variety of food vendors will be available on-site beginning at 5:30pm.

Movies in the Park will also feature free family activities, beginning at 5:30pm prior to each movie, including face painting, balloon twisters, arts and crafts activities, and more.

  • LOCATION: Reid Park, DeMeester Outdoor Performing Arts Pavilion, 900 S. Randolph Way, Tucson
  • DATES: Rotating Fridays - June 20, July 18, August 1, August 15, August 29
  • TIME: Activities and food sales begin at 5:30pm. Movies begin at dusk (approximately 7-7:30pm)
  • COST: Free Admission,
  • QUESTIONS? Call 520-797-3959.

Friday Night Live! at Main Gate Square

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Image By: Southern Arizona Arts & Cultural Alliance

The Friday Night Live! Jazz Summer Concert Series is presented by Southern Arizona Arts and Cultural Alliance.

  • LOCATION: Main Gate Square, Geronimo Plaza, between Park Avenue and Euclid Avenue on University Boulevard
  • DATES: Alternating Fridays - June 13, June 27, July 11, July 25, August 8, August 22
  • TIME: 7:00pm
  • COST: Free.
  • QUESTIONS? Call 520-797-3959.

Night Wings at Pima Air & Space Museum

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Each Night Wings evening features one “main attraction.” Main attractions in the past have been radio-controlled jets, LEGO® Robotics, and a fan favorite, the Physics Factory. Refer to the website’s online event calendar for the special attractions of upcoming Night Wings events. There are also 12 to 15 different aviation-related activity stations that will engage children as they learn about flight. Some offer small prizes and others award a prize at the end of the night!

The Flight Grill restaurant is open until 8:30pm offering dinner specials on burgers, salads, pizza, and ice cream. 

This is also a great opportunity to see some of the museum’s fantastic planes against a sunset backdrop. For only $4 more, you can ride the tram and breeze around the 150 outdoor planes.

  • LOCATION: Pima Air & Space Museum, 6000 E. Valencia Road, Tucson
  • DATES: 4th Saturday of June, July, & August - June 28, July 26, August 23
  • TIME: 5:00pm - 9:00pm
  • COST: Adults pay $10. Kids 12 & under are FREE.
  • QUESTIONS? Call 520-574-0462.

Summer Safari Nights at Reid Park Zoo

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Photo By: Reid Park Zoo

Enjoy the Zoo and cooler evening temperatures at a series of themed nights featuring different Zoo Keeper chats, animal encounters, artifact stations, enrichment making activities, crafts, and scavenger hunts. You can eat dinner or a snack at the Zoofari Market, listen to live music, visit vendor booths, ride the train, and cool off in Kenya Get Wet water area.

  • LOCATION: Reid Park Zoo, 3400 Zoo Court, Tucson
  • DATES: Friday Nights - May 23, May 30, June 6, June 13, June 20, June 27, July 4, July 11
  • TIME: 5:30pm - 8:00pm
  • COST: $9 adults; $7 seniors; $5 children (ages 2-14); $2 off admission for zoo members
  • QUESTIONS? Call 520-791-4022.

Twilight Thursdays AND Sunset Saturdays at Tucson Botanical Gardens

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Photo By: Tucson Botanical Gardens

TWILIGHT THURSDAYS: Enjoy summer nights at the Tucson Botanical Gardens. Café Botanica will be open and serving dinner from 5-8:00 pm. (No admission charge to the Gardens if reservations are made at the cafe). Guests are welcome to bring in their own dinner and picnic in the Gardens. $8 Adults, $4 children 4-12, Members Free.

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Photo By: Tucson Botanical Gardens

SUNSET SATURDAYS: Join the Tucson Botanical Gardens for a fun-filled evening once a month, featuring food, drinks, live music and fun. Sunset Saturdays at the Gardens will host a diverse lineup of local musicians; Café Botanica will have delicious, local fare and desserts available for purchase, with a $8 menu option, Isabella’s Ice Cream truck will be serving refreshing and unique flavors and a beer and wine will be available for purchase. $9 Adults/$5 members, $4 children 4-12/Member child $3.

  • LOCATION: Tucson Botanical Gardens, 2150 N. Alvernon Way, Tucson
  • DATES: Every Thursday (June-September) for TWILIGHT THURSDAYS; 4th Saturday of the Month for SUNSET SATURDAYS
  • TIME: 5:00pm-8:00pm for both
  • COST: See admission fees above.
  • QUESTIONS? Call 520-326-9686.


How do you like to pass the summer evenings in Tucson?

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