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Tucson’s 4,000+ Year
Birthday Celebration!

Celebrate 4,000+ years of Tucson agriculture
with live music, drinks, and cake!

August 4, 2017

Upcoming Events

What: Tucson’s Birthday Party at Mission Garden
When: Sunday, August 20, from 6:30 to 8:30 pm
Where: Mission Garden, 946 W. Mission Lane, Tucson, AZ 85745

If you thought grandpa’s 90th birthday was a huge celebration, wait until you see what’s in store for Tucson’s 4,000+ birthday party. I’ll give you a hint: live music from local musicians, mouthwatering food, extra special cocktails, and birthday cake (because you can’t celebrate a 4,000+ year birthday without cake!). And, because Tucson isn’t the only one getting gifts, partygoers will also be able to purchase Tucson’s favorite heritage plants and snazzy Mission garden t-shirts.

All of these wonderful festivities will take place amongst the beautiful plants and greenery (thanks, monsoons!) in Tucson’s own Mission Garden. The money raised will go towards improving and sustaining Mission Garden, Tucson’s Agricultural Heritage Museum. Tickets are $40 per person, or $12 for children 12 and under.

A note from Mission Garden about Tucson’s birthday: On August 20, 1775 Hugo O’Connor, Commandante Inspector of the Spanish presidios along the northern frontier of New Spain, selected and marked the site for a new presidio at San Agustín de Tucson. Although Chuk-shon had been a farming settlement of O’odham and their ancestors for millennia, this date marks the beginning of its transformation into the northernmost urban outpost of Sonora, and is therefore celebrated as Tucson’s Birthday. On this date Friends of Tucson’s Birthplace celebrates the 4000 years and counting of Tucson’s agricultural history.

So, join Tucson’s birthday celebration and support its 4,000+ years of agriculture with some really good birthday cake! Buy your tickets here, or RSVP to or by calling (520) 955-5200.

Header image by Jeff Smith from “A Gastronomy of Place,” which ran in our January/February 2015 issue.

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