Tucson Hullabaloo: An Incredible Outdoor Weekend For All

February 27, 2014

newlogoby James J. Jefferies

Spring is a gorgeously happy time here in the Old Pueblo. Wildcat fever hits its absolute apex during March Madness, and the climate is basically the kind of perfect, blue-skied desert fantasy that allows people to move about freely in shorts and a T-shirt (and needle their unfortunate relatives in other parts of the country who may still be in the grip of some freakishly snowy weather).

It’s really the ideal time for a huge outdoor blowout with your friends and neighbors. Something to do for the kids, some fine local beers, live music, maybe a costume contest, all of which benefits some terrifically worthy local causes and brings the community together. Sound great? Well this is precisely what organizers of the Tucson Hullabaloo have in mind.

TucHulla Family 8Tucson Hullabaloo is billed as ‘a celebration of all things Tucson’, and it jumps off the weekend of April 5th-6th at Armory Park, taking advantage of that last glorious stretch of our non-summer. This is the first time organizer Matt Ziegler has brought his idea of a community festival to Tucson, as the event has become a fixture five years running up in Flagstaff. “I have a background as a concert promoter for 13 years,” said Ziegler. “Hullabaloo is a $5 ticket, and it’s really accessible to the community. Our whole idea is that we bring the paint, set up the canvas, and allow the people to take it where they wanna go.”

The two days are incredibly packed. Each day begins with a Bike Parade, allowing people to deck out their rides however they see fit, the result being an incredibly colorful spectacle each morning. The live music stage is a major function of Hullabaloo, and acts slated to perform that weekend include Zion I, Michal Menert, Vox Urbana, Dry River Yacht Club, Delte Nove, 8 Minutes To Burn, Bad Cactus Brass Band, Santa Pachita, Brothers Gow, Jimmy Carr & The Awkward Moments, Cirque Roots, Living Folklore, Ballet Folklorico Tapatio, Danza Azteca Callpuli Tonantzin, and more acts are being added as the festival draws closer!

What better way to celebrate the last few weeks of delightfully mild Tucson weather than with your community, beer in hand, enjoying an outdoor party?

What better way to celebrate the last few weeks of delightfully mild Tucson weather than with your community, beer in hand, enjoying an outdoor party?

There’s definitely a family-friendly atmosphere at Hullabaloo, given the Kids’ Area. There will be giant puppets provided by Prescott’s Living Folklore, a Kids’ Parade, and a special Inflatable Zone featuring two bounce houses, a giant slide, obstacle course, bungee trampolines, climbing walls, and more! Wristbands for the Inflatable Zone will be $5. There’s also a costume contest, prize details of which are forthcoming.

For those who want the very best this event has to offer, there will also be a VIP Experience available at Hullabaloo! VIPs will gain entry to both days of Hullabaloo via a no-line entrance, have access to a dedicated tent with a shaded seating area, four complimentary drinks per day, a private bar, free massage, private bathrooms, and children 12 and under will get in free with a paying adult. More information and pricing on the VIP Experience is forthcoming.

25% of event proceeds will be going to some excellent local non-profit groups, including the Living Streets Alliance, The Humane Society of Southern Arizona, and Tu Nidito. Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona will also be running a food drive at the gate, offering free admission to the first 500 attendees who bring two cans of food.

In terms of sponsorship, there is a very wide array of sponsors that really reflects the Tucson area, including Barrio Brewing, Bookmans Entertainment Exchange, Canyon Coolers, Cyclovia Tucson, Greenhouse Productions, KXCI, Living Streets Alliance, Rooftop Solar, and the Tucson Weekly. For more information, please check out the Tucson Hullabaloo on the web here. Tucson Hullabaloo kicks off April 5th & 6th at Armory Park.