(Published by Tucson Weekly on Dec. 9, 2010.)
2nd Saturdays Downtown
5 to 10 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 11
Various downtown locations
Downtown is the place to be — at least it is on the second Saturday of every month, thanks to 2nd Saturdays Downtown.
This month, the festival is showing off a holiday theme. Downtown merchants are preparing decorations to make windows and streets jolly and bright—and there will even be a Horrible Holiday Sweater contest, with the opportunity to win various prizes.
Each 2nd Saturdays Downtown event is planned, managed and promoted by the merchants and venues of downtown Tucson. It stretches along Congress Street from Church Avenue to the Fourth Avenue Underpass.
“It’s an urban street festival of music and local artisans, highlighting downtown for people to come enjoy the eclectic arts and music scene,” said Jamie Manser, the event’s program director.
Street performances will take place at multiple locations throughout the stretch, in addition to the Scott Avenue Main Stage. The Fox Tucson Theatre will be hosting a free concert featuring Five Way Street paying tribute to Crosby, Stills and Nash.
The event is family-friendly and offers a kids’ area at the Indian Village Lot, between Stone and Scott avenues. At the Kids Zone, you can find a large outdoor screen showing How the Grinch Stole Christmas, and other surprises.
“I think what is most important about this particular event is not only the holiday theme, but … a Community Food Bank drive,” said Manser.
The 13th Annual Great Cover-Up is taking place concurrently with 2nd Saturdays Downtown at the Rialto Theatre, Manser said — and you can get $2 off the $8 admission price in exchange for a donation of two cans of food or more for the Food Bank.
The event is free and open to the public. Visit the website for the full entertainment schedule.
— Kelsey Merkel