World Margarita Championship (Photo courtesy of SAACA and Tucson Originals Restaurants)

Things To Do (June 2024): Margarita Competition, Dinners & More

June 3, 2024
By Pilar Andrade
By Pilar Andrade

There’s a heck of a lot of new things to do!

Here are some of this month’s highlights. You can always check out our Events section on the website to see what’s going on any day of the week.


Thursday, June 6
140 N. Main Ave.
(Photo courtesy of Tucson Museum of Art)

On the first Thursday of every month, the Tucson Museum of Art and Historic Block offers extended hours and pay-what-you-wish admission from 5 – 8 p.m. On June’s First Thursday, we continue highlighting the museum’s centennial celebration by exploring the theme of foundations through storytelling.

During First Thursdays, TMA provides space for emerging and established food vendors throughout Arizona to offer pop-ups and encourage guests to support local businesses and foodie creatives. On June 6, don’t miss the opportunity to purchase sandwiches from the old-school bus-turned-food truck Parkie Sandwich.

The evening will include a cash bar serving beer and wine, art and gallery activities led by Ami and Laila that explore storytelling, and live music.

Learn more.


Thursday, June 13
2201 E. Roger Rd.
(Photo Courtesy of Tucson Village Farm)

Immerse yourself in the art of cooking, savor the freshness of locally sourced ingredients, and elevate your gastronomic experience with this exclusive farm-to-table cooking class. This class will be held indoors, with plenty of air conditioning.

Menu (Tapas):

  • Spanish Soup – Salmorejo (Using farm tomatoes if available, and using Don Guerra’s Bread)
  • Papas Arrugadas – Salt-Crusted Potatoes with a Dipping Sauce
  • Tortilla Española – Egg, Potato and Onion Frittata

Each attendee will get to sample the three recipes. All proceeds from the class will benefit the 4-H Healthy Living Ambassador Program.

Learn more.


Saturday, June 8 & Saturday, June 22
510 N. Seventh Ave. #170

Stay cool with us this summer and meet some good dogs — we’ve got the AC running and the wine chilled, and have invited @sagrr.goldens and @humanesocietysoaz. Join us for a tail-wagging good time!

Dog Days of Summer, 2 – 4 p.m.

  • Saturday, June 8: Southern Arizona Golden Retriever Rescue – meet some of their alum and learn more about this wonderful organization
  • Saturday, June 22: The Humane Society of Southern Arizona is bringing adoptable dogs – come meet your new best friend!

Learn more.


Friday, June 14
245 E. Ina Rd.

SAACA and Tucson Original Restaurants partner to bring you the newest edition of the World Margarita Championship! This spirited competition event features some of our city’s premier chefs and restaurants as they duke it out for Judge’s Choice and People’s Choice awards for Signature Margarita and Best Bite. Attendees are welcome to enjoy food sampling and margarita tastings from Tucson Original Restaurants and other staple vendor selections from the region. Vote for your favorites and see who wins at the end of the night!

This spirited cocktail competition has become one of the most anticipated culinary events in the region. It also features live music, interactive art experiences, and meet and greets with many Tucson area chefs and personalities.

Learn more.


Saturday, June 15
485 S. Stone Ave.

Our nine-course, prix fixe wine dinner celebrates and explores West African food traditions in this Sonoran culinary context. Dinner is paired with wines and Black-owned spirits and will be served in our lush, intimate courtyard. We’re proud and excited to present this creative menu, a labor of love for Moniqua and an exciting creative collaboration for chefs Samsoudine Sylla and Vinny Magaña. As always, it is an honor to have the support of Blax Friday, who will be guiding guests through this multi-course adventure!

Learn more.


Saturday, June 15
7254 N Oracle Rd

Join us on Saturday, June 15th at 5pm for a Don Nguyen X Anchorage Brewing Beer And Knife Collaboration Release Party at Tap & Bottle North!

There will be a Nguyen IPA can signing and a Don Nguyen X Gabe Fletcher Knife collaboration on display!

IMPORTANT: For everyone’s safety and enjoyment, please refrain from bringing your own knives to the event. Let’s leave the expertise to Don and enjoy the night responsibly!

Don’t miss out on this fun and unique event!

Learn more.


Sunday, June 16
5501 N. Hacienda Del Sol Rd.

Indulge in a mouthwatering buffet featuring savory grilled delights, refreshing beverages, and decadent desserts. It’s the perfect way to honor dad and create lasting memories with the family.
Dads receive a complimentary beer, shandy or michelada.
$70 per adult | $40 kids 6-12 | 5 & under are complimentary

Call (520) 529-3500 to make reservations today!

Learn more.


Sunday, June 16
191 E. Toole Ave.

Sand-Reckoner and Sonoran Wines are collaborating to present the inaugural Terroir Troubadours event, an evening of enchanting storytelling blending wine, music, and dance where guests are invited to embark on a spellbinding journey where they can escape into the night for an alluring adventure of café jazz, bodacious burlesque, epic stories, and interactive wine experiences. 

Hosted by the charismatic chanteuse Lola Torch, renowned for her magnetic stage presence, and featuring the unique sweet soulful sounds of the Rosano Brothers Duo, sultry burlesque performances by Lola Torch, Vera Morphosis, and Ms. Midnight, and tantalizing wines poured by Sand-Reckoner Vineyards and Sonoran Wines, this evening will be sure to delight all of your senses.

Learn more.


Thursday, June 20
7366 N. Paseo Del Norte

Enjoy locally sourced ingredients paired with the amazing offerings of Southern Arizona’s Dos Cabezas Wineworks. Each course is crafted between the winemaker and chef for a perfectly balanced culinary journey.

Welcoming Course

  • Grilled peach and roasted garlic mascarpone on housemade flatbread with extra virgin olive oil, fresh herbs, and local microgreens
  • Paired with 3° Principrana

Second Course

  • Smoked trout, watermelon, and arugula salad dressed in a mild Oaxacan chile vinaigrette and finished with cotija cheese and local spiced pecans
  • Paired with the 2023 Pink

Third Course

  • Juniper brined duck breast, seared and served with tohono chul chiltepin honey gastrique, on a grilled corn and potato salad with queso fresco and oven-roasted tomatoes
  • Paired with the 2021 Irwiniella Club Selection

Fourth Course

  • Roasted rack of lamb loin with grilled calabacitas “stack”, dark cherry salsa de barbacoa, sweet corn tamal
  • Paired with a 2019 Quintosol


  • Tohono Chul fig upside-down cake with shaved goat gouda and cajeta
  • Paired with a 2° Boxcar  

Learn more.


Sunday, June 23
2564 E. Grant Rd.

Come join us at Kingfisher Bar and Grill on Sunday, June 23 at 6:30 p.m. for our second classic Primavera Cooks! event! Kingfisher Bar and Grill has been a long-time partner of Primavera Foundation and is known for its award-winning fresh seafood, grilled meats, American cuisine and wine! Diners will enjoy a multi-course meal prepared by one of Tucson’s finest chefs and several apprentices. 

Each apprentice chef is responsible for inviting five guests to the dinner to share in this culinary adventure. Please make sure to purchase the five diner tickets and distribute them to your guests or coordinate with your guests to make sure they purchase them while they are still available. 

Cooks! proceeds will fund emergency and transitional housing for women and families. Unsheltered women in Pima County are greatly underserved with limited emergency shelter options in Tucson and in Pima County. Last year, 483 women were in emergency shelters, transitional housing, or safe haven, and more than 67% of those women were unsheltered, according to the Tucson Pima Collaboration to End Homelessness. Primavera Foundation is working hard to change options for housing for women and families. Your support will help make that a reality!

Learn more.


Monday, June 24
5501 N. Hacienda Del Sol Rd.

You’re invited to attend our Borderlands Beer Dinner! If you’ve never tried Borderlands before, or have and can’t get enough, then join us on Monday, June 24 to pair with great food presented by Chef Angel Sotelo & Chef Mateo Cancio. This will be a five-course dinner paired with five styles of local beer from Tucson’s Borderlands Brewing Company.

$99 Per Adult. 7 – 9 p.m. | Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

Learn more.


Tuesday, June 25
6502 E Tanque Verde Rd.
Mat Cable and Devon Sanner of Zio Peppe (Photo by Isaac Stockton)

Zio Peppe is thrilled to announce an exclusive Four-Course Wine Dinner – “Un Po’ Di Peppe” on Tuesday, June 25th, 2024, at 6 PM. Join us at 6502 E. Tanque Verde Road, Tucson, Arizona, for an evening of culinary excellence and fine wine pairings at an exceptional value. Priced fifty dollars less than Zio Peppe’s usual wine dinners, Un Po’ Di Peppe gives diners a chance to experience Zio Peppe’s innovative cuisine at a steeply discounted price.

Cost: $75 plus tax and gratuity

Menu and Wine Pairings:

First Course:

  • Lobster Salad with Watermelon, Peach, Citrus, and Ginger
  • Paired with: Poggio Costa Brut Prosecco DOC

Second Course:

  • Masa Gnocchi with Chicken and Piccata Sauce
  • Paired with: Pala Soprasole Vermentino di Sardegna

Third Course:

  • Osso Buco with Moros y Cristianos Risotto and Gremolata
  • Paired with: Collazzi Bastioni Chianti Classico DOCG

Fourth Course:

  • Tres Leches Tiramisu
  • Paired with: La Spinetta Biancospino Moscato d’Asti DOCG

This carefully curated menu is designed to take guests on a gastronomic journey, highlighting the finest ingredients and expertly paired wines. Our chef has crafted each course to complement the flavors and nuances of the selected wines, promising an unforgettable dining experience.

Reservations for this exclusive event are available through OpenTable or by calling 520-888-4242 any day between 11 AM and 8 PM. Due to the limited availability, we encourage early reservations to secure your place at this special dinner.

Join us for an evening of delectable dishes, perfectly paired wines, and the warm, inviting atmosphere that Zio Peppe is known for. Whether you are a wine connoisseur or simply enjoy fine dining, this event promises to be a highlight of the culinary calendar.

Learn more.

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