Chili & Chocolate Festival. The age old question: Is chili chocolate spicy and sweet, or sweet and spicy? Maybe it doesn't matter when you're 10 handfuls deep and can't taste anything anymore. The Christ Community Church is hosting their fundraiser, with multiple chili and chocolate items where you get to taste samples and vote for the winner. The event also features a jumping castle, face painting, and every ticket includes a punch card that offers a variety of chili and chocolate samples, and drinks. 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, March 8. 530 S. Pantano Road. $15 for adults and $7.50 for children.
Spring Vegetable Start Sale. These days, it can seem like people forget that you can grow your own food, literally right out of the dirt. Tucson Village Farm is helping you to start your own vegetable garden, just in time for winter's end! They'll be selling varieties of tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, and basil. 8 to 11 a.m. Saturday, March 9. 4210 N. Campbell Ave.
Vida. Hosted by Tucson Foodie, this boutique festival celebrates female culinary artists and makers all throughout Southern Arizona. Here, you get to enjoy our region's greatest female chefs and mixologists. Food vendors include BOCA Tacos, Nook, Ghini's French Caffe, Chef Chic, HUB and more. All profits generated from ticket sales will be donated to the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona's programs training and supporting women in the culinary arts. 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday, March 9. At the Tucson Historic Train Depot. 400 N. Toole Ave. $25.
Gran Fondo Block Party. Of course Tucson's a great cycling city, so the more bike-centric events we have, the better! This inaugural ride, hosted by Ten55 Brewing and Sausage House and Greater Arizona Bicycling Association, concludes with a block party on Scott Avenue. Delicacies include beer, brats and live music, and a portion of the proceeds from the event will be donated to the American Diabetes Association. 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, March 10. Scott Avenue between Broadway and Congress Street.
PI(e) Day Beer Release. DON'T even pretend to like pi(e) if you can't recite the number to 30 digits. OK, maybe not. For those of us more mouth- than math-inclined, 1912 Brewing Co. is celebrating their newest release, the Blueberry Pie Beer. Picking the most apropos day as a kick-off, they are starting a new series of Pie-styled beers, and this is the first. 3 to 9 p.m. Thursday, March 14. 2045 N. Forbes Blvd.
Catalina Craft Pizza Second Anniversary Celebration. Has it been two years already? The far north side is celebrating their favorite pizza/pasta/performance place. The event features a special menu of ethnic pizzas (Portuguese Pizza, Asian Pizza, and Jamaican Jerk Chicken Pizza) and an hourly raffle. 3 to 8 p.m. Sunday, March 10. 15930 North Oracle Road.
SAAF STARZ MARCH 2019. The Southern Arizona AIDS Foundation and Corbett Brewery are teaming up for a fundraiser that puts SAAF staff in drag "under the tutelage of established drag queens from our local community." All money raised at SAAF STARZ goes directly to the programs and services of the Southern Arizona AIDS Foundation. And at the same time, you get to enjoy the craft beers of Corbett Brewery. 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday, March 9. 309 E. Seventh St.
Free Mead Tasting at Caps & Corks. Mead is an alcoholic beverage created by fermenting honey with water, but you might know it better as that stuff Vikings were always drinking. If you've always wanted to try it, now's your chance! Superstition Meadery is coming to Caps & Corks, offering up complimentary samplings of a variety of meads. 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday, March 9. 3830 W. River Road.