In The Hood: Things to Do In April

In The Hood: Things to Do In April

Posted 04/01/2015

Pima County Fair(Photo Credit: Pima County Fair)

Take advantage of this beautiful Arizona spring weather before the scorching heat approaches by getting out and having some fun. Whether you’re looking to embrace your inner runner or want to treat the kids to a fun weekend event, there’s plenty to do, hear and see in and around the Maracay Homes neighborhoods in the East Valley, West Valley and Tucson.

Viva La Local Food Festival and Cyclovia Tucson
Saturday, April 18, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, April 19, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Rillito Park Race Track, 4502 N. 1st Ave., Tucson             

This year, Viva La Local Food Festival and Cyclovia Tucson are joining together to create Tucson Tandem: a weekend of fun, food and fitness. Viva La Local is Tucson’s only local food, farm and live music festival, with vendors at the largest Heirloom Farmers Market and tastings from local Southern Arizona restaurants, breweries and wineries. Cyclovia Tucson is the perfect opportunity to explore and experience Tucson without the presence of cars. Walkers, joggers, bikers, skaters and all other forms of people-powered movement are welcome. Admission for Viva La Local is $6, children 12 and under are free.

Pima County Fair
April 16 – 26, Mon. – Fri. 1 p.m. – close, Sat. – Sun. 10 a.m. – close 
1130 S. Houghton Rd., Tucson 

Nothing says festival fun quite like a good old-fashion county fair. The Pima County Fair features everything carnival goers love, from spinning rides to deep-fried dishes. As one of Southern Arizona's most anticipated events, the Fair will feautre nightly entertainment with concerts by top national artists, a beerfest and rodeo. Admission is  just $8 for adults, $4 for children ages 6-10 and children 5 and under are free. Parking is $5. 

Redneck Run
Saturday, April 4, starting at 7 a.m.
Westgate Entertainment District, 6700 N. Sunrise Blvd., Glendale

There’s nothing quite like the Redneck Run in Glendale, with its 10K Plunger Relay, 5K/10K Redneck Run or Country Mile Walk/Run and live country entertainment and games throughout the entire day. Every runner receives a finisher’s medal, technical running shirt and cold beer at the finish line. Registration starts at 7 a.m. 

Arts in the Park Concert Series Season Finale
Friday, April 10, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Wigwam Resort Front Lawn, 300 Wigwam Blvd., Litchfield Park

Litchfield Park’s concert series is going out with a bang, with a show from Cold Shott & The Hurricane Horns, an 8-piece group with a rocking rhythm section, powerful vocals and a 3-piece horn section. Bring your favorite lawn chair, friends and family members, and your dancing shoes because this is the concert series season finale and you’re not going to want to miss it!

Queen Creek Fire and Medical Open House
Saturday, April 11, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Fire Station 411, 22407 S. Ellsworth Road, Queen Creek

Bring the kids for a fun-filled day at the Queen Creek Fire and Medical Open House. Meet the town’s firefighters, see emergency rescue scenarios, a static helicopter display, interactive fire equipment demos, and an antique ladder truck and fire engine. Kids can spray the fire hose and try on real firefighting gear, and learn about fire safety at the Kids Safety House. Other activities, as well as light snack and refreshments, will be available.