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.
Live music, food vendors, children's activities, and other performers - the 2nd Saturday of every month...yearround!
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.
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.
The Friday Night Live! Jazz Summer Concert Series is presented by Southern Arizona Arts and Cultural Alliance.
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.
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.
Twilight Thursdays AND Sunset Saturdays at 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.
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.
How do you like to pass the summer evenings in Tucson?