El Charro Cafe (Photo by Isaac Stockton)

Where to Eat & Drink Before the Tucson Pops Independence Day Concerts


June 27, 2024
By Matt Sterner

In May, the Tucson Pops Board of Directors kicked off its 69th spring season of the Tucson Pops Orchestra’s Music Under the Stars.

Conductor and Music Director Khris Dodge has been delighting folks with free concerts at Reid Park and now they’re ready to bring the tunes to downtown Tucson.

In honor of the Fourth of July, Tucson Pops Orchestra is hosting a two-day Independence Day Celebration at the St. Augustine Cathedral. Catch the performance at 7:30 p.m. on either Saturday, June 29, or Sunday, June 30.

(Photo courtesy of St. Augustine Cathedral)

It’s also the perfect opportunity to support local downtown restaurants!

We have a guide to local spots in downtown Tucson (check out our interactive guide), but Tucson Foodie has lined up a couple of deals within walking distance of the Independence Day performances.

756 S. Stone Ave.
5 Points Market & Restaurant (Photo credit: Jackie Tran)

5 Points is offering a summer crudo special with a fantastic hamachi — on both nights (Saturday, June 29 and Sunday, June 30). Also, there’s a wine tasting on Saturday.

Glass Special:

  • Col Di Luna – Flora Rosato ($7) – a trifecta of spice, brambly fruit, and a nice pop of acidity on the finish
  • Cactus Cru – Golden Brown ($11) – lemon and lime with a touch of pineapple
  • Broc Cellars – Aqua Vino ($8) – wafts of fruit punch with strawberry, margarita, and jolly rancher on the palate

Bottle Special:

  • Buy two bottles and get 10% off
  • Buy three bottles and get 15% off

For more information about 5 points, visit 5pointstucson.com.

100 S. Avenida del Convento #150

Agustin Kitchen is offering a 10% discount per party/table with proof of ticket stub.

For more information, visit agustinkitchen.com.

311 E. Congress St.
a group of people standing in front of a store
Photo courtesy of Hotel Congress

The historic hotel in downtown Tucson is taking 10% off for those who attend the Tucson Pops Orchestra concert at St. Augustine Cathedral.

For more information, visit hotelcongress.com.

76 W. Washington St.
a group of people sitting at a park
(Photo courtesy of JoJo’s)

On Saturday, July 29 and Sunday, July 30, the cozy spot on Washington Street is offering a bottle of wine and a flight of Pintxos for $25, or a bottle of wine and ribeye for $50.

For more information about JoJo’s, visit jojostucson.com.

485 S. Stone Ave.
a sign on the side of a building
(Photo courtesy of The Downtown Clifton)

The Red Light Lounge is hosting a $10 wine tasting on Saturday, June 29 at 4:30 p.m., and a $15 wine and sausage/mustard tasting on Sunday, June 30. Both of these events are led by Katie Larsen, a certified sommelier.

For more information about The Red Light Lounge, visit downtowntucsonhotel.com.

Multilpe Locations
a store front at day
El Charro Cafe (Photo by Steven Meckler, Visit Tucson, February 2023)

The masterminds behind El Charro Cafe (311 N. Court Ave.) and The Monica (40 E. Congress St.) in downtown Tucson are taking 10% off your dine-in purchase on Saturday, June 29 and Sunday, June 30. Stop on by before the big performances this weekend!

For more information about each Si Charro restaurant, visit sicharro.com.

St. Augustine Cathedral is located at 192 S. Stone Ave. For more information about the Tucson Pops Orchestra, visit tucsonpops.org.

For more downtown restaurants, check out our interactive guide.

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