Weekend Beach Bash Marks End of Summer

August 26, 2014

Get your fill of volleyball on The Beach before the end of summer!

Get your fill of volleyball on The Beach before the end of summer!

by Brad Poole

Gidget and Elvis probably won’t be at Tucson’s faux beach Saturday evening, but you should – the Downtown Tucson Partnership is hosting a seasonal sendoff at the sandy sanctuary nestled in the shadow of One North Fifth.

“It’s to just kind of say goodbye to summer,” said Downtown Tucson Partnership Events Manager Brandi Haga.

The free bash on The Beach will last from 4 p.m.-1 a.m., and with a beer garden, live music and plenty of activities for the kids, there will be something for everyone – including a sand castle contest with prizes. The YMCA and Children’s Museum Tucson will be on hand, and several food trucks will keep folks fed.

The Beach, which includes tons of trucked-in sand, palm trees and Astroturf, has been a popular gathering spot over the summer. Volleyball is a top draw. It’s the brainchild of Downtown Tucson partnership CEO Michael Keith, Haga said.

Shrimp Chaperone,

Enjoy live music at The Beach from 7pm to 1am.

“It’s kind of a pop-up park concept,” she said.

The Beach will be in place through the second weekend in September, and you can reserve it for FREE – for a family reunion, company bash, whatever. Just click here for reservations. It’s also just a good place to go sit with a book or spend your lunch break!

Here’s a rundown of the action Saturday:

Bands – Skyline, 7 p.m.-8:15 p.m.; Shrimp Chaperone, 8:45 p.m.-10:45 p.m.; Surf Sonics, 11 p.m.-1 a.m.

Food Trucks – DC Jumbie Latin Caribbean, Bam Bam Mexican Asian Fusion, Sonoran Mexican Cuisine Sonoran Hotdogs

Drinks – Beer and wine, 5 p.m.-1 a.m.

Fun for Kids – 10 carnival games, YMCA Booth, Playformance, obstacle course, Children’s Museum, big blue blocks (interactive)