Enjoy Free Music and Family Friendly Fun at 2nd Saturdays

June 4, 2013

Downtown Tucson will be hopping with street performers, food, live music, many new vendors and promenade strollers for June’s 2nd Saturdays. 2nd Saturdays fills Congress St. from Toole Ave. to Church Ave. with free family friendly activities for all ages. Congress St. is open to automobile traffic, and it’s easy to visit your favorite shop, restaurant or bar.

Hey Bucko will play the Scott Avenue stage.

Hey Bucko! will play the Scott Avenue stage.

The outdoor KIIM/KHIT stage continues to showcase a variety of music styles with Tucson’s top local bands. This month features the instrumental cowboy/surf tunes of Hey, Bucko! from 6:30pm-7:45p and Kate Becker Band performs a groovy blend of jazz/blues with Caribbean vibes from 8pm-9:15pm. Belly Dance Tucson performs between bands at 7:45pm and 9:15pm. Sure to set the stage on fire and leave it burning is Greyhound Soul, one of Tucson’s longest running bands, performing a searing set of original rock and blues from 9:30pm-10:30pm.

Admission is free to hear great live music at a new venue, only open for special occasions – the top of the Pennington Garage. June 8 features Mitzi Cowell & The Valiants playing tasty classic, obscure, and original blues with a swampy feel and a deep devotion to groove. Take the elevator to the rooftop for a sunset/city lights view and enjoy beer from Borderlands Brewery, a Tucson-based microbrewery producing quality beers in traditional Southwestern style, free live music, and food. A portion of alcohol sales this month will go to support KXCI 91.3 FM, Tucson’s non-profit, community radio station. Doors open at 6pm and music is from 6:30-9:30pm

Historic neighborhood carriage rides will be offered by Good Shepherd Ranch. These carriage rides will introduce you to some of Tucson’s oldest neighborhoods and familiar Downtown streets. The carriages can hold up to 12 people, and the cost is minimal. See the 2nd Saturdays website for more details.


The Kate Becker Band will perform at 2nd Saturday.

The beloved kid’s area has a new home at the Old Pueblo Parking lot, 43 E. Congress, with many new activities for children. There will be a virtual reality simulator that gives you a choice of realities from race cars to roller coasters, there will be face painting and much more. The kids’ movie will be shorts of The Pink Panther.  The movie is free and starts at 7:30pm, and the kids’ area is open from 5-8:30pm.

The Fox Theatre – 17 W. Congress, tickets start at $25
7:30   David Grisman Bluegrass Experience

Hotel Congress: 311 E. Congress
June marks the beginning of summer – what better way to cool off than with a tall, cold one?  Every Saturday, beginning in June and lasting all summer long, they are sampling beers from all around the world every weekend!  At the end of every summer month, join them when they pair the brews from that month’s tasting with cuisine from Cup Cafe for a very special beer dinner.

2nd Saturdays Downtown runs from 5pm to 10pm.