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Garden Parties in the Desert

May 01, 2019

If you’re coming to Tucson in May, you’ll arrive during a sweet spot. The snowbirds have flown the coop and the triple-digit summer temperatures have yet to arrive. Below are two outdoor events that will have you taking advantage of brighter, longer days.

The Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum is known for incredible displays of native flora and fauna. The museum itself is a fusion of a zoo, botanical garden, art gallery, natural history museum, and aquarium, making for an 85% outdoor experience. On the evening of May 11th, you can sip on local brews and sample local food while mingling among the cacti. The evening will entail stargazing, a night hike, a photo booth, and opportunities to learn about endangered species such as the Mexican gray wolf. Bring your reusable water bottle and enjoy a Party for the Planet.

If you’re more of an early bird, the Mission Garden will host its 6th annual San Ysidro Festival on May 18th. Join the procession, enjoy the live music, and harvest, thresh, winnow, and mill white Sonora wheat - one of the first wheat varieties brought to the New World. The feast dish will be pozole de trigo, a savory traditional stew.

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