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5 Fun Things To Do in Tucson This Weekend (12/15-12/17)


December 15, 2017

Upcoming Events

What: Eat Mesquite and More Cookbook Release
When: Friday, December 15th from 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Where: Exo Roast Co., 403 N. 6th Avenue

Image courtesy of Desert Harvesters

Eat, drink, and be merry! The long-awaited new cookbook from Desert Harvesters, Eat Mesquite and More: A Cookbook for Sonoran Desert Foods and Living, is jam-packed with ideas on what to eat (and then be merry), with over 170 recipes featuring wild, indigenous foods. This cookbook also features guides for ethical harvesting and the re-planting of native food sources. Plus, stories about your favorite desert foodies!

If you’re still looking for holiday gifts as I am, you’ll be pleased to know that Eat Mesquite and More was just selected as one of the 2017 Southwest Books of the Year.

But don’t feel pressured to buy, just come and help celebrate its release. There will be live music by the Infinite Mercies, as well as delicious cocktails to warm up the soul. The cocktails will be made with wild, native plant ingredients such as mesquite syrup, creosote bitters, and manzanita fruit; chiltepin cold brew coffee; and regionally inspired dishes from the EXO kitchen.

And if by the end of all the fun, you’d like to purchase the cookbook, the cost is $34.95–with 100% of the sales going towards continuing the good work of Desert Harvesters. A portion of the food & drink from the event will also go to the non-profit.


What: Mercado Holiday Bazaar 2017
When: Friday, December 15th through Sunday, December 17th from 10:00am to 4:00pm
Where: Mercado San Agustin, 100 S. Avenida del Convento

Image courtesy of Mercado San Augustin.

Stop by the Mercado this weekend for the 10th Annual Mercado Holiday Bazaar! This kid-friendly event will feature over 60+ incredible artists, makers, and collectors, together in one pop-up market for three days at the Mercado District to celebrate the holidays and to bring you the very best of regional talent (i.e. awesome holiday gifts). Come discover local talent, more food, and lots of shopping fun!

What: Holiday Cookie Pairing with Tucson Roller Derby at Tap and Bottle Downtown
When: Saturday, December 16th from 4:00pm to 7:00pm
Where: Tap & Bottle Downtown, 403 N. 6th Avenue, Suite 135

Join Tap & Bottle and Tucson Roller Derby for a Holiday Cookie + Borderlands Brewing Company Beer Pairing! A percentage of proceeds go to Tucson Roller Derby.

The Cookies:
Traditional Sugar Cookie
Italian Anise

The Beers:
Prickly Pear Wheat
Las Almas Belgian Strong
German Chocolate Cake Porter

Check it out this weekend!

What: 23rd Annual Downtown Parade of Lights & Festival
When: Saturday, December 16th from 3:00pm to 9:00pm
Where: Tucson Downtown, 100 N. Stone Avenue, Suite 101

Image credit: Scott Griessel

Come be a part of this Tucson holiday tradition as a new route and location of the festival are unveiled in Jacoem Plaza. Carondelet Health Network will be hosting a wellness fair with over 40 vendors starting at 3:00pm, along with food vendors and pre-parade entertainment. There will even be a first-ever Downtown Tucson Winter Wonderland surprise!

Join Mayor Jonathan Rothschild at 6:00pm at the plaza stage for the Mayor’s Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony! The 23rd Annual Parade of Lights starts marching at 6:30pm, with special viewing areas with both Spanish and English speaking MCs announcing the entries in Jacome Plaza! Stay after the Parade ends to take pictures with the winning floats and with Santa! And stay for Santa Pachita LIVE at 7:30pm at the Plaza stage. Food, fun, and entertainment lasts until 9:00pm!

What: 5 Points Farmers Market
When: Sunday, December 17th from 10:00am to 2:00pm
Where: 5 Points Market & Restaurant, 756 S. Stone Avenue

Located at the gateway to downtown, 5 Points draws a diverse crowd of artists, musicians, lawyers, writers—and bikers.

Image credit: Steven Meckler

This Grassroots Farmers Market is unique in that farmers pay nothing to sell their goods. All food sold at this market is local & sustainable: local, organically grown produce, rangeland raised antibiotic & hormone free meats. Hot Café Aqui Coffee and 5 Points baked good will be available to purchase while you shop.

Last week they featured the following vendors:

  • Forbes Meat Co. – Selling local antibiotic/hormone-free, rangeland-raised Criollo Beef, Navajo Churro Lamb, and Heritage Pork.
  • Pivot Produce – Selling for Crooked Sky Farm, Dreamflower Garden, Controlled Environment Agriculture Center, Breckenfeld Family Growers, Tanque Verde Farm, Aravaipa Creekside Growers, Arivaca Community Garden, and Iskashitaa Refuge Network.
  • Wayne McCraney, a member of the Abundant Harvest Cooperative – Selling beautiful produce from his small 1/3 acre organic farm.

Like the 5 Points Farmers Market Facebook page to stay up to date on their events.

Header image by Steven Meckler. 

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