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Top 5 things to do this weekend -- April 26-27

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Posted: Friday, April 25, 2014 1:33 pm

1– Bring the entire family to the old-fashioned Pima County Fair featuring exhibits, food, stage concerts, and other live entertainment, carnival rides, educational exhibits, and a gem and mineral show. Details: 3 p.m. Monday-Friday, 11 a.m. Saturday-Sunday, April 17-27; Pima County Fairgrounds, 11300 S. Houghton Road; $8, $3 ages 6-10, $5 parking; 762-9100. 


2–Laugh out loud with stand-up comedian Gabriel Iglesias at his Unity through Laughter World Tour. Details: 8 p.m. Saturday, April 26; Casino del Sol AVA Amphitheater, 5655 W. Valencia Road; $35-$75; 800-344-9435.


3– Listen while Bobby McFerrin and his band “spirityouall” reinvent Americana with new ingredients into the melting pot. Details: 7 p.m. Sunday, April 27; UA Centennial Hall, 1020 E. University Blvd.; $35-$75; 621-3341.


4– Discover the romance, humor and wonder of Hans Christian Anderson’s world as the Tucson Regional Ballet performs the Princess and the Pea along with the timeless classic Les Sylphides. Details: 4 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 26;  2 p.m. Sunday, April 27; Leo Rich Theatre, 260 S. Church Ave.; $18-$20;


5– Listen to great hits at A Salute to Burt Bacharach performed by vocalist Julie Anne and band led by Eric Westfall at the Tohono Chul Park Rhythm Night concert series. Details: 7 p.m. Friday, April 25; 7366 N. Paseo del Norte; $25, $20 members; $15 students; 742-6455.


Here are other events happening this weekend:



Friday to Saturday, April 25-26

• Listen to the Tucson Masterworks Chorale: English Cathedral Music with special guests the Tucson Arizona Boys Chorus and soloists. Details: 7:30 p.m.; Grace St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 2331 E. Adams St. $18, $15 in advance; 730-5640 or

Sunday, April 27

• Listen to the Tucson Concert Band performing “Chestnuts and War Horses,” treasures of the wind band literature which have stood the test of time. Details: 3 p.m.; DesertView Performing Arts Center, 39900 Clubhouse Drive; $23, $20 in advance; 825-2818.

• Enjoy the United States Air Force Band of the Golden West featuring 60 talented and versatile Airmen-musicians under the command of Captain Jason S. Plosch. Details: 3 p.m.; Fox Theatre, 17 W. Congress St.; free admission but tickets must be obtained in advance; 547-3040.

• Listen to the final concert of the Downtown Chamber Music Series featuring harpist Christine Vivona and trombonist Rob Boone in a program of Jazz Favorites. Details: 3 p.m.; St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, 545 S. Fifth Ave.; $15 suggested donation; 490-1817.

• Listen to Pima Community College Music’s Ben McCartney Classical Guitar. Details: 3 p.m.; Recital Hall, 2202 W. Anklam Road; $8; 206-6986.

• Enjoy Tucson Philharmonia’s Spring Gala youth orchestra performing symphonic masterpieces and featuring soloist Rebecca Shiao. Details: 7 p.m.; Catalina Foothills High School, 4300 E. Sunrise Drive; $14, $7 seniors/students; 623-1500. 

• Listen while Bobby McFerrin and his band “spirityouall” reinvent Americana with new ingredients into the melting pot. Details: 7 p.m.; UA Centennial Hall, 1020 E. University Blvd.; $35-$75; 621-3341.

• Listen to the Mildred Flood Mahoney Memorial Organ Recital featuring organist Douglas Leightenheimer presented by the UA School of Music. Details: 7 p.m.; Holsclaw Hall, 1017 N. Olive Road; free admission; 621-2998.



Saturday, April 26

• Join Tucson Audubon for a celebration of biological diversity, cultural heritage and local resiliency at Earthfest Patagonia featuring guided bird walks, vendors, workshops, and all things birdy. Details: 7 a.m.-5 p.m.;

• Help raise funds at Piece The Puzzle Autism Walk/Run and Resource Fair with children’s activities, vendors, and information on this prevalent disorder. Details: 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m.; Kino Veterans’ Memorial Stadium, 2500 E. Ajo Way; $17 (adult walkers), $5 children; 770-1541.

• Bring the entire family to the Town of Oro Valley 40th Anniversary Celebration featuring live music, food trucks, and activities for kids. Details: 9 a.m.-3 p.m.; Steam Pump Ranch, 10901 N. Oracle Road; free;

• Don’t miss the Oracle Oaks Festival featuring a parade, crafts, booths, car show, food, and music. Details: 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Oracle Community Center, 685 E. American Ave.; free admission; 896-9326.

• Join Citizens for Solar for their Annual Solar Potluck and Exhibition featuring solar- cooked food, displays, children’s activities, and speakers and musicians. Details: 10 a.m.-sunset; Catalina State Park, 11570 N. Oracle Road; free event, $7/vehicle park admission fee; 749-3538.

• Taste wines and take a tour at the Blessing of Sonoita Vineyards. Details: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; 290 Elgin-Canelo Road; $15; 520-455-5893.

Sunday, April 27

• Bring the entire family to the Angel Ranch Western Carnival fundraiser featuring rides, a wild west show, mechanical bull, live music, a petting zoo and more. Details: noon-4 p.m.; Trail Dust Town, 6541 E. Tanque Verde Road; $25, $15 children, $65/family; 326-3686.



Saturday, April 26 

• Let Jeff Babson introduce you to Amazing Arachnids and their important place in the ecosystem. Details: noon and 2 p.m.; National Parks Store, 12880 N. Vistoso Village Drive; free but reservations required; 622-6014. 

Sunday, April 27

• Bring your life jacket for On-Water Sailing Demonstrations conducted by the Tucson Sailing Club for ages 8 and older. Details: 9-10:30 a.m.; Christopher Columbus Park, 4600 N. Silverbell Road; free; 297-4455.



Saturday, April 26

• Take a Desert Butterfly Walk with expert Jeff Babson. Details: 9-11 a.m.; Tucson Mountain Park Desert Discovery Center, 7798 W. Gates Pass Road; free but reservations required; 615-7855.



• Bring the kids to the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) Expo featuring robots, hands-on activities, Hovercraft, career information, and demonstrations. Details: 10 a.m.; Sonoran Science Academy, 2325 W. Sunset Road; free admission;

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