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Celebrations and Events Occurring Throughout Downtown for Tucson’s Birthday
The Presidio San Agustín del Tucson Museum, La Cocina Restaurant, Los Descendientes del Presidio, and the Southern Arizona Transportation Museum will all be holding celebration events to commemorate Tucson’s 243rd birthday in August.
Tucson’s official birthday party will take place in the Presidio District on Aug. 20, the City’s actual birthday, from 5-7:30 pm. Hosted by the Tucson/Pima County Historic Commission, the celebration will be held at La Cocina Restaurant, 201 N. Court Ave, and will include:
· HAPPY HOUR with a no-host bar and a taco bar
· Live performances of Los Changitos Feos and Gertie and the TO Boyz
· Supervisor Richard Elias will emcee the event, and Mayor Jonathan Rothschild will also be in attendance
· Free birthday cake made by Pasgtry Chef Nick Carson of La Cocina.
· Special unveiling of the new Presidio Museum sign at 4:15 pm on Church Avenue and Washington, sponsored by Las Doñas
· Historian Ken Scoville will provide a free one-hour tour of the Presidio District at 7:30 pm
· AMENDED: Tours of the Presidio Museum will NOT be available during the event.
Other organizations will celebrate Tucson’s birthday before the official celebration. Mission Gardens will hold a party on Saturday, August 11, from 6:30-8:30 pm with heritage foods, sweets, drinks, and live music. Tickets are $45 per adult and $15 for those under 12. For tickets and more information, see www.TucsonBirthplace.org.
Los Descendientes del Presidio will host a Birthday Gala at the Tucson Convention Center on Saturday, Aug. 18, at 6 pm. The event will include:
Celebrations honoring Josefina Cardenas, Diana Hadley, Austin Nuñez, and Steve Leal
Honorable Mentions for Alexandra Jimenez Soto, Roni Capin Rivera-Ashford, and Silviana Wood
Honorary Co-Chairs Dr. Richard and Mrs. Diana Carmona
Dance music by Hiram Perez
Tickets are $85 per person. For more information, see www.descendientes.org/2018- gala.html.
The Southern Arizona Transportation Museum, 414 N. Toole Ave., will host a free birthday party on Sunday, Aug. 19, at 12 pm. The event includes:
· A proclamation read by Mayor Jonathan Rothschild
· Performances by Mariachi Innovacion and the Southern Comfort Blue Grass Band beginning at 11:30 am
· Appearances by Las Doñas
· Birthday cake
· For more information, see www.TucsonHistoricDepot.org.
The Presidio San Agustín del Tucson Museum is located on the northeast corner of the original Presidio at 196 N. Court Ave. The Presidio Museum is a reconstruction of the original Tucson Presidio built in 1775. Docent tours give visitors a glimpse of what life in the Presidio was like for soldiers and other residents. Additional highlights include an original 150-year-old Sonoran row house and a 2,000-year-old prehistoric pit house. Living History Days are held on the second Saturday of the month from October through April to allow visitors to experience firsthand Tucson’s history. The Presidio Museum is managed by the Tucson Presidio Trust for Historic Preservation, a not-for-profit entity whose mission is to guide and aid in the interpretation of history at the Presidio San Agustín through research, education and living history experiences.
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