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5 Things to Do in Tucson
This Weekend (12/1-12/3)

A weekend full of puppies, craft beer, and great food.

November 30, 2017

Upcoming Events

What: Miracle on Congress St. with the Humane Society of Southern Arizona
When: Friday, December 1st through Sunday, December 3rd
Where: 260 E. Congress St., Tucson, Arizona 85701

Nearly a hundred years after it opened, —30 under the ownership of Richard and Shana Oseran— there’s a little bit of Hotel Congress for everyone.

Image credit: Steven Meckler

We’re going to go ahead and move full-steam ahead with Christmas this season, even if the weather is making it impossible to fully get into the spirit. The space next to HUB Restaurant & Creamery is being transformed into a Winter Wonderland right in the heart of Downtown Tucson. Miracle on Congress St. will feature FREE arts & crafts activities; Christmas music as well as live music performances; and special gift-drive and donation events with the weekly charity sponsor. This week’s sponsor is the Humane Society of Southern Arizona, who will be on-site with adoptable puppies on Saturday and Sunday from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. That ought to put anyone into the Holiday spirit!

Speaking of holiday spirit, there will be FREE sugar cookie decorating, along with sweet treats such as rice krispy treats, churro popcorn, and chocolate chip and snickerdoodle cookies. There will also be a hot cocoa and coffee bar–you know, for when the temps dip below 80 degrees.

Follow the Miracle on Congress St. Facebook page to learn about all of their events, charity sponsors, and more!

Happy Holiday-ing!

What: 13th Annual Tucson Tamal and Heritage Festival
When: Saturday, December 2nd from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Where: Casino del Sol, 5655 W. Valencia Rd. Tucson, Arizona 85757

Image credit: Jeff Smith

It’s tamale season! The Tamal and Heritage Festival celebrates tamales from the Southwest and Mexico, opening up the age-old debate: Olive or no olive?

This event is free and open to the public. You’ll find samples galore of different variations of tamales from a plethora of vendors, as well as a Tamale contest. There will also be live, local entertainment, artisan vendors, farmers’ market vendors, and many more fun things.

Happy eating!

What: Whiskey Del Bac Limited Edition Winter Release 2017
When: Saturday, December 2nd at 10 a.m.
Where: Whiskey Del Bac by Hamilton Distillers, 2106 N. Forbes Blvd Ste 103, Tucson, Arizona 85745

Image credit: Julie DeMarre

Whiskey Del Bac will open its doors at 10 a.m. on Saturday to release their first-ever Whiskey Del Bac Winter Release to the public! Whiskey for Christmas, anyone? This particular release uses a different mash bill with more mesquite smoked malt and sits at a very enjoyable 100 proof. Only 390 bottles are being released, so make sure you get one before they’re all gone! Each 750ml bottle is $60.

And, if you can’t make it to the release that morning, you may want to snag dinner at Epazote Kitchen & Cocktails (10000 N. Oracle Rd, Tucson, Arizona 85704). Chef Joshua Willett of Epazote has created a stunning 4-course pairing menu featuring the entire Whiskey Del Bac line, including the 2017 Winter Release. Space is limited, call (520) 561-4641 to reserve your spot ASAP.

Happy drinking!

What: Brew Lights
When: Saturday, December 2nd from 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Where: Reid Park Zoo, 3400 E. Zoo Court, Tucson, Arizona 85716

Image credit: Jeff Smith

It’s Christmas at the zoo! And you can drink craft beer there!

This family-friendly event features twinkling lights, falling snow (the fake kind), carousel rides, music, and Santa. The Cafe will have food and drink, as well as S’mores stations. You likely won’t see any animals (because they’ll be warm and cozy in their night houses), but hey, it’s worth a look.

The $35 VIP Ticket includes four tastings of beer (additional beer tickets may be purchased at the event) plus a Brew Lights tasting glass. Zoo members get $5 off.
$10 for Adults (not doing beer tasting). Members get $2 off.
$6 for Children (2-14)

Purchase your tickets here.

Happy light-seeing!

What: Chef Fest at Barrio Brewing
When: Sunday, December 3rd from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Where: Barrio Brewing Co., 800 E. 16th St, Tucson, Arizona 85719

Image credit: Kate Selby

GUT & Barrio Brewing are working together to benefit Wings for Women, a non-profit organization serving homeless women and families here in Tucson. Bring an unwrapped gift and/or a monetary donation (minimum $10 suggested) as your admission ticket to get in on the delicious food prepared by GUT Chefs. The chefs have divided into 4 groups; each group will cook a tasty meal with side dishes. And you’d might as well stay and enjoy a few suds from Barrio Brewing Co.  It pays to be good!

Happy giving!

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