Summer Safari Nights. Mosey on over to the Reid Park Zoo for their summer program, where this week’s theme is “Fighting for the Underdogs,” and your chance to checkout some of the world’s lesser-known and more mysterious animals. We’re talking capybara, tapir, rhea, tortoise, chuckwalla, trans pesos, black & white ruffed lemur and flamingos (seriously, what is the deal with flamingos? How do they even stand?) As always, there will be plenty of local vendors, wildlife activities and food and drink specials. The Freddy Parish Band provides the live music. Get to exploring! 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, July 13. Reid Park Zoo, 3400 Zoo Court. $10.50 adults, $8.50 seniors, $6.50 children ages 2 to 14. Half off for zoo members. Details here.
Make & Sip: Pick Your Craft! Grab all of your best craft-lovin’ friends and head down to Scott Avenue for a night that’s going to be just as full of class as it is fun! Creative Tribe is celebrating one year of hosting Make & Sip events, and they’re celebrating with a craft jamboree, where participants can choose from a number of crafts the group has hosted over the past year. Choose from options that include terracotta pot painting, watercolors, friendship bracelets, stemless wine glass painting, wood bead keychains and Perler beads. Materials are first come, first serve, so get there early if you’re dead set on one in particular. Food is welcome, and so are drinks, but a reasonable amount—40 oz. of beer, 750 ml of wine or four ounces of distilled spirits. Let’s get crafty! 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, July 13. Creative Tribe, 236 S. Scott Ave. $7. Details here.
Ren Coffeehouse Grand Opening. There’s a new coffeehouse opening in town. Here’s the chance to try it out before all the college kids come back and make it their new study spot. Ren Coffeehouse is celebrating its opening with complimentary yoga and kombucha on its patio, drink specials and prizes. There will also be a frozen T-shirt contest, and the winner gets a bag of coffee every month for a year. 6:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, July 14. 4300 N. Campbell Ave. Details here.
Second Saturdays at Steam Pump Ranch. There’s nothing like spending a weekend morning at the farmer’s market, especially if you can get there early enough to beat the worst of the heat. Plus, if you walk or ride your bike on the shared use path to get there, you get a $1 coupon to use at one of the vendors. (Offer limited to the first 20 people, and be sure to drink plenty of water!) This week, there’s a free teddy bear picnic basket craft for kids. Due to weather, there will be no Pusch Ranch House tours (it’s hot in there), gardening activities (it’s hot out there) or live music (too hot to sing/instruments might melt/the sound waves could risk making the air hotter). 8 a.m. to noon. Saturday, July 14. Steam Pump Ranch, 10901 N. Oracle Road. Free entry. Details here.
Vegan Brownie Sundaes Free Class. Is there such a thing as healthy brownies? Head on over to Natural Grocers in Tucson Broadway Village to find out. The store is holding a class, led by Chef James Ray, that will lead you through a recipe to make brownie sundaes the vegan way. So what’s the secret? Black-bean brownies and coconut milk-based ice cream. At the end of the class, you can try it for yourself. Free and open to all ages. 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, July 14. 3016 E. Broadway Blvd. Details here.
Mini Cupcake and Beer Pairing. Have your cake, and drink beer, too. Beer and cupcakes come together for a sweet tooth’s dream pairing at Dillinger Brewing Company, which will host an event serving up flights of the pairing in partnership with Tucson Roller Derby. Check out pairings such as pretzel cupcake and Hunny Porter, pineapple upside-down cupcake and Tiki Party Gose and strawberries and cream cupcake with Boat Shoes IPA. If you’re just here for the sweet stuff, no worries: you can purchase cupcakes individually, too. Pairings cost $12 each. 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday, July 14. 3895 N. Oracle Road. Details here.
Art After Dark at the Children’s Museum. Second Saturdays at the Tucson Children’s Museum always feature local art groups coming together for some hands-on fun. This week, we have Tucson’s resident tot idol, Mr. Nature, bringing his favorite instruments and singing songs with the kids. There’s sure to be plenty of dancing as well, especially during numbers like “I Like Bees,” and “Mac and Cheese.” As usual, kids must be accompanied by adults, and vice versa, for this event. The first 400 people to attend get a pass for one free visit to the museum. Start your vocal warmups now! 5:30 to 8 p.m. Saturday, July 14. Children’s Museum Tucson, 200 S. Sixth Ave. Free. Details here.
Little Anthony’s Diner Classic Car Shows. In the evenings, as it starts to cool down (however slightly), what better way to let the stress of the day roll off your back than by grabbing a meal at a local diner and then walking up and down rows of some of the most beautiful cars in town? Even if you’re not into cars, you gotta admit that the food and live music make this event perfect for the whole family. And you can go every other Saturday for the whole rest of the year, if you want! 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday, July 14. Little Anthony’s Diner, 7010 E. Broadway Blvd. Free. Details here.
MOCA at GLOW! Launch. Oh yeah, there’s another thing to look forward to in the summer: the return of GLOW, the annual multimedia event with visual and performance artists, a full moon and lots and lots of glow-in-the-dark stuff. Join the folks over at MOCA in celebrating the launch of this year’s event, which goes through September and October. GLOW! And MOCA artists are presenting a glow-in-the-dark treasure hunt, pop-up installations and live performances. Be sure to wear your most fashionable glowing outfit! (Dior has a great glow-in-the-dark line out this year, but if that’s out of your price range, the Dollar Tree is a great place to get lit quick). 7 to 11 p.m. Saturday, July 14. Triangle L Ranch, 2805 N. Triangle L Ranch Road, Oracle. $10 suggested donation. Details here.
Mamma Mia Sing-Along. If the aforementioned Audrey Hepburn screening isn’t quite scary enough, head on down to Casa Video for a real horror show. Before you race to the theater to see the upcoming Mamma Mia sequel, this is your opportunity to sing out the entire movie to your heart’s content. It’s really the only chance you have to do this in public and not get angry looks. 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday, July 14. 2905 E. Speedway Blvd. Details here.
Cool Summer Nights. Night at the Desert Museum, and the stars are the star of the show, with folks from the National Optical Astronomy Observatory (NOAO) and the Tucson Amateur Astronomers here for a special astronomy night! You can check out interactive solar system activities that are perfect for families, marvel at faraway celestial bodies at one of the telescope stations and enjoy a special astronomy presentation by Kevin Hainline. As always, there’s the fine art exhibit “Becoming Animal,” plenty of docents full of fun facts, soothing live flute music, the stingray touch exhibit and the Packrat Playhouse for kids (parents, did you know you can skip the line by reserving time in the Packrat Playhouse in advance?) 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday, July 14. Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, 2021 N. Kinney Road. $22 GA, $20 seniors 65 and up, $9 kids 2 to 12, $18 military, $17 Arizona/Sonora resident. Details here.
Employee Ice Cream Competition. Take a break from the heat with a cold one—and a cone. 1912 Brewing Co. is hosting an Employee Ice Cream Competition to see who can create the best ice cream, using a 1912 beer, which will then also be paired with the beer. Though it’s a contest, with beer and ice cream, there can only be winners. Head over to try out the combos yourself. 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday, July 15. 2045 N. Forbes Blvd., Suite 105. Details here.
The Estrogen Hour. Happy National Ice Cream Day! Today, the gals at the Estrogen Hour are celebrating ice cream secondarily—first and foremost, the show is in honor of their late friend and fellow comedian Jennifer Finley. While you’re enjoying comedy by the likes of Amber Frame, Bridgitte Thum and Cindell Hanson (plus special “Guestosterone Dominic DiTolla), you can feel good knowing that your ticket money is going straight to Jennifer’s family at their time of need. Doors open at 5:30, show starts at 6:30. Sunday, July 15. Laffs Comedy Caffe, 2900 E. Broadway Blvd, suite 154. $15, plus Laffs has a two-item minimum. 21+. Details here.
Nosferatu. How do you have a name like Max Schreck and not play as a horror icon? The Screening Room is having a little Halloween come early with a vampire film so comparatively archaic, its stills are part of our collective nightmares whether we’ve seen it or not. Nosferatu offers a chilling look at a forgotten castle devoid of all but cobwebs, an undead king, and any unlucky enough to wander inside. 7 p.m. Sunday, July 15. 127 E. Congress St. $7. Details here.
Arizona Biennial 2018 at the Tucson Museum of Art. Artwork from all over the state was juried into this exhibition by guest juror Rebecca R. Hart, curator of modern and contemporary art at the Denver Art Museum. Works by dozens of artists, in dozens of mediums, will be on display in the James J. and Louse R. Glasser Galleries, the Chann Gallery and the Green Gallery. After all, you can’t spell “Tucson, Arizona” without “art.” On display through Sunday, Sept. 16 at the Tucson Museum of Art, 140 N. Main Ave. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday and 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on the first Thursday of each month. $12 adults, $10 seniors 65+, $7 college students with ID and youth 13-17, free for kids 12 and under, veterans and museum members. Details here.