Grab your festive, green apparel and come to the Tucson St. Patrick's Day Festival. The parade and festivities begin at 10am and last until 5pm. Attached is the flyer for your information.
2019 Festival Entertainment
11:00 AM Parade begins at 17th Street and Stone Avenue, ending at Armory Park
11:15 AM out of kilters
Traditional Irish and Scottish music, from rousing ballads to toe-tapping jigs and reels that
make you want to get up and dance! www.facebook.com/outofkilters
12:15 PM Festival Greeting & Opening Ceremonies
Master of Ceremonies, John Murphy & David Fitzsimmons, Fr. David Costello, Santa Cruz
Parish, Tucson & District Pipe Band
Formed in 2012, Tucson & District Pipe Band is a family-friendly group dedicated to furthering
the arts of piping and drumming in the southwest. They are active in the local Irish, Scottish,
and general Celtic community and available for events. www.tanddpipeband.com.
12:30 PM Nancy McCallion & Friends
Nancy McCallion, founder of local band The Molly’s, brings high-energy pub songs, reels, jigs,
beautiful ballads and stellar vocals and musicianship to the 2019 festival.
1:45 PM MAGUIRE ACADEMY OF IRISH DANCE
Discipline, responsibility, competition, hard work, and passion – all part of Maguire Academy of
Irish Dance. Performing in Tucson, Phoenix, Dallas, and Houston, Maguire Academy has
earned many accreditations and honors in festivals and parades. Dancers perform for TV shows,
and St. Patrick’s Day Parades in three major cities, along with many local Tucson events.
2:15 PM Wide Awake
Wide Awake is known for playing the music of U2 with energy, pas-
sion and faithfulness to the original sound. This band is a must-see
for any U2 fan or lover of music. www.wideawakeu2.com
3:45 PM Celtic Steps
Celtic Steps is one of the largest and most successful Irish dance schools in the United States
and has produced amazing Irish dancers who have experienced major success both in competi-
tion and in performance. CS has won innumerable regional championships, national champion-
ships, and has placed first in the world in figure choreography. www.tucsonirishdance.com
4:15 PM Púca & The Wild Ones
Púca is the dynamic duo of Dave Firestine and Claire Jamieson Zucker. Songs and tunes from
Ireland and Appalachia, plus new music hot off the press. www.pucamusic.com
5:00 PM Closing Ceremonies
Looking for things to do in Tucson this week? I've got you covered with events perfect for the whole family, couples, friends and even mother/daughter groups:
Tucson Museum of Art - Carlos Estévez: Entelechy - Works from 1992 to 2018 exhibit continues through May 5th, Tue-Sun 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM; First Thursday of each month 10:00 AM to 8:00 PM. The Museum is closed on Mondays.
Tucson Chamber Music Festival March 3-10. See website for ticket information and music being performed each day.
Girl's Doll Day Exhibit at the Yume Japanese Gardens of Tucson, weather permitting from March 3-16. Each year on March 3rd, "Japanese parents cherish their pre-teen daughters and hail their health and happiness with displays of small dolls... These elaborate miniatures are the hallmark of Hinamatsuri, the Girl’s Day Festival." Bring your family and enjoy this amazing exhibit and the other five traditional Japanese landscaping visions. More details on their website: http://www.yumegardens.org/girls-day-doll-exhibit/
Butterfly Magic returns to the Tucson Botanical Gardens. This exhibit is open until the end of May, everyday and is included with regular Garden Admission. More details on their website: https://tucsonbotanical.org/event/butterfly-magic-2/
It's not too late to go to the Arizona Renaissance Festival. Open on the weekends until March 31st. See their site for admission information: http://arizona.renfestinfo.com
Not that the weekend needs a reason to celebrate, but I'm going to give you one anyway - happy National Mulled Wine Day, y'all! Yep, there's such a thing and it's delicious and warming.
Now I must admit that this was my first time trying mulled wine. I have always enjoyed making and sipping on homemade mulled cider between Thanksgiving and Christmas, so I didn't see how mulled wine could go wrong. I wasn't disappointed.
Here is a yummy recipe for you to try today. Cheers to the end of the weekend!
6 - 8 servings
Most native to Tucson are likely familiar with the coffee and sandwich shop called Chocolate Iguana. With its catchy name and perfect location in downtown, amongst the graffiti walls and unique shops, it's the perfect destination for a Saturday afternoon. Grab a cup of coffee and a light bite, or choose from an entire wall of packaged chocolates and candies to satisfy the sweet tooth (yourself or the kiddos). Hang out inside or stroll 4th Street and do a little shopping.
Who says only Tuesdays get all the tacos? Hubby and I met for lunch yesterday with the little two in tow. He had a craving for some of Tucson's best carne asado tacos and I needed to get out and enjoy the glorious sunshine. We met at El Taco Tote for just this. Besides insanely delicious tacos and a salsa bar that's to die for, they have outside seating, bar and restaurant seating. The bar is mostly separate from the restaurant and opens into the outdoor area. This weekend, I think we'll need to ditch the littles and try the nightlife version of El Taco Tote!
4811 N Stone Ave, Tucson, AZ 85704
I must admit that I was unaware there was such a day, although, considering all the other days (National Margarita or Donut Day, anyone?), I shouldn't act surprised.
I don't know about y'all, but I don't need a reason to eat a handful (read: Costco bag amount) of shelled, salty pistachios. But if you are looking for an excuse, or a creative way to get your nutty quota in for the day, I have just the recipe. Clipped 15 years ago from the Gourmet Magazine, this recipe is practically a gem!
Chocolate and Pistachio Cookies
makes about 120 cookies (supposedly)
Total time: 1 to 2 hours
6 oz. Fine quality bittersweet chocolate (not unsweetened)
1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1 stick plus 1 TBSP unsalted butter, softened
1 1/4 cups packed light brown sugar
1 large egg
1/2 tsp vanilla
1 1/3 cups salted shelled pistachios, finely chopped
Hi, ya'll, I'm Laura! I grew up in Texas and now live in Tucson, Arizona with my husband and seven kids. Life is always busy and exciting, as you can imagine! I have a deep passion for writing and music and grew up playing the piano. As a stay at home mom, I enjoy blogging on everything from fashion and beauty, to wellness and the crazy antics of my children. I love to cook for family and friends, but also love to go out to new, fun restaurants and bars with my husband and friends. I tag along in the Land Cruiser on the weekends, exploring all the beautiful, off-roading trails Arizona has to offer.