Aug 18, 2011 5:37 PM

Celebrate Tucson's birthday this Saturday - for free!

TUCSON - The Old Pueblo is right - Tucson is turning 236 years old this Saturday!

And to celebrate, there are dozens of events happening around town, with many free events, deals, and celebrations for those on a budget.

Want some free chicken, cookies, birthday cake, zoo admission, history lessons, live music or animal demonstrations? Then read on! All this and more is being offered in celebration of Tucson's birthday!

Below is a list of some of the free events happening this Saturday, thanks to TucsonsBirthday.org, the official birthday site for the City of Tucson.

For a complete list and links to all of all the events happening throughout the week to celebrate Tucson's 236th, head over to TucsonsBirthday.org.

Tucson's Birthday Flag Raising Ceremony
Time: 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
Admission: Free
Contact Name: Diane Salyers
Email: diane.salyers@tucsonaz.gov
Location: Presidio San Agustin del Tucson
Address: 133 W. Washington St. Tucson, AZ 85701
Phone: 520-837-8119
The five flags that have flown over Tucson - American, Spanish,Mexican, Confederate, and the State of Arizona - will be presented in a ceremony to celebrate Tucson's 236th birthday. The Tohono O'odham Nation and Pascua Yaqui Tribe flags will also be presented, as will a replica of the 28-star American flag that was brought by the Mormon Battalion and flown over Tucson on December 16, 1846.

Para Los Niños-Territorial Games for Children
Time: 9:30 am to 11:00 am
Admission: FREE
Contact Name: Monica Smith
Email: Tortelita@aol.com
Location: Tucson Presidio
Address: Washington & Church Downtown Tucson 85700
Phone: 219-1380
Los Decendientes del Presidio hosts an event for school age children following the Flag Ceremony to celebrate Tucson's Birthday. The event will provide them an opportunity to discover and personally experience the recreational activities available to children in that historic era. This will be an enriching hands-on experience including story-telling, clay marbles, ring-toss, a pinata and more!

Tucson Birthday Celebration at San Xavier Plaza

Aug 20, 2011
Time: 10am -5pm
Admission: Open to the Public
Contact Name: Kim Encinas
Email: kencinas@waknet.org
Location: San Xavier Arts and Crafts Plaza
Address: 1959 W. San Xavier Rd. 85746
Phone: (520) 573-4007
Native American Arts and Crafts; Food Booths and Entertainment Take 1-19 South get off on Exit 92 take a right and head towards the historic Mission San Xavier Del Bac.

Life in the Old Pueblo
Time: 11:30, 1 p.m., and 2:30
Admission: free
Contact Name: Jim Turner
Email: jturner@u.arizona.edu
Location: Soutnern Arizona Transportation Museum
Address: 414 N. Toole Ave. Tucson, AZ 85701
Phone: 623-2223
Arizona historian Jim Turner will share anecdotes of Spanish Colonial Tucson taken from memoirs, government documents and Tucson history books.

Birthday Express
Time: 10 A- 4P
Admission: Free
Contact Name: Ken Karrels
Email: kkarrels@aol.com
Location: Downtown- Toole & Pennington
Address: 414 N Toole Tucson 85701
Phone: 520 623-2223
Stop in to experience the bilingual railroad exhibits. Look and listen to the mile-long trains, and go inside the cab of engine #1673, which starred in the movie Oklahoma. Enjoy free cake and popcorn.

4th Avenue to Main Gate Beach Party

Time: 5-9pm
Admission: FREE
Contact Name: Kurt Tallis
Email: kurt@fourthavenue.org
Location: 4th Avenue Between University Blvd and 9th Street
Address: 316 N. 4th Avenue 85705
Phone: 520-624-5004
4th Avenue Beach Party 5-9 pm, Fourth Avenue between University and the Underpass.

Fourth Avenue Activities include:
• Free Live Music at 5 locations along 4th Avenue (See the website for a map.)?• Prizes and giveaways with the Wheel of 4ortune (Winsett Park) • Merchants will be offering 236 Specials throughout the day and night ?• Football Fun Toss (Spencer Park next to the 4th Ave underpass) benefiting Bens • Balloon and Face Painters.

Main Gate Square Activities include: Click here for website
• Free live music by "Still Cruisin'"? • 30 Foot Slip & Slide? • Merchants will be offering 236 Specials throughout the night? • Balloon and Face Painters? • Tucson's Birthday Cake.
All the details are at http://www.fourthavenue.org/.

Tucson's Birthday Party at Hotel Congress
Time: 6pm -8pm
Admission: free
Contact Name: David Slutes
Email: david@hotelcongress.com
Location: Hotel Congress 31
Address: 311 E Congress St 85745
Phone: 520-247-4141
Enjoy Tucson's Biggest Birthday cake - free until we run out! -and listen to great music from the Awkward Moments. 6pm-8pm, in celebration of Tucson's Birth. It's our tradition to throw the biggest Old Pueblo Birthday in town. For added pizzaz, we've added the awesome Whole Lotta Zep in the club for you Tucson rockers. We cut the cake at 6pm - and go until 8pm or until all the cake is gone.
Certificates for Birthday Babies
Time: any time on August 20
Admission: Free
Contact Name: Dave and Norma Fisher
Email: azdlfish@mac.com
Babies born in Tucson hospitals and birthing centers on August 20 will receive a special certificate with their names, birthdate and a replica of the August 20, 1775 proclamation of the Presidio del Tucson.

Chick-fil-A El Con
Time: 10:30am-10pm
Admission: free
Contact Name: d kephart
Email: marketing.cfaelcon@yahoo.com
Location: Chick-fil-A at El Con
Address: 3605 E Broadway 85716
Phone: 5203214232
Celebrate Tucson's birthday with a FREE #1 combo meal today. Say Happy Birthday Tucson at register. One meal per person present please. Come join the fun!

Free Doubletree Cookies for Tucson's Birthday
Time: 9AM - 9PM
Admission: FREE
Contact Name: Virginia Leavitt
Email: vleavitt@dtreidpark.com
Location: Doubletree by Hilton Tucson - Reid Park
Address: 445 S Alvernon Way Tucson, AZ 85711
Phone: 520.323.5202
Come by the Doubletree by Hilton Tucson - Reid Park on August 20th and celebrate Tucson's Birthday with our irresistable Chocolate Chip Cookie. Cookies are free, one per person please.

Hunters and Hunted

Time: 1:00 PM
Admission: Free
Contact Name: Pima County Public Library
Email: virtual.library@pima.gov
Location: Himmel Park Branch Library
Address: 1035 N Treat Ave. Tucson, AZ 85716
Phone: 520-594-5305
Meet the carnivores of our surrounding Sonoran desert, as well as their prey. Presented by the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum.

Reid Park Zoo - Children FREE!

Time: 8 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Admission: Adults $7, Children FREE
Contact Name: Vivian VanPeenen
Email: vivian.vanpeenen@tucsonaz.gov
Location: Reid Park Zoo
Address: 3400 E. Zoo Court Tucson, AZ 85716
Phone: 791-4022
Children are FREE all day on Saturday, August 20th. Happy Birthday Tucson! Children must remain with an adult at all times, and regular adult to child ratios apply for groups.

Padre on Horseback: Padre Kino Exhibit
Time: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Admission: Free
Contact Name: Kino Heritage Society: Mark O'Hare
Email: northmanor@live.com
Location: St. Ambrose Parish Campus, southernmost building
Address: 300 N. Tucson Blvd. 85719
Phone: 886-5201
An exhibit portrays the life and legacy of 17th century pioneer missionary and explorer Padre Eusebio Francisco Kino, S.J. who ministered to the Native Peoples of the Sonoran Desert for almost 25 years while founding two dozen missions including San Xavier and Tumacácori. Displays, artwork and artifacts depict the various aspects of Kino's life as scientist, world renowned mapmaker, frontier historian, advocate of the Native Peoples, farmer and Arizona's first cattleman. The exhibit features artist Ted DeGrazia's prints, Kino era vestments and 30 minute video. Padre Kino is recognized as a "Great Westerner" in the National Cowboy Hall of Fame and his cause as a Christian saint is currently under consideration.


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