TUCSON, Ariz. (KGUN) — The first day of summer 2022 falls on Tuesday, June 21, though that doesn’t seem like a milestone in the Old Pueblo. After all, Tucson hit its first 100 degrees this year in April.
To help you get into the spirit of summer, check out some upcoming events that celebrate this special time of year, when the sun is at its highest, the days are longest and the monsoon comes. profile on the horizon.
San Juan Day Party
This centuries-old festival is traditionally celebrated in Tucson on June 24 to celebrate the arrival of the monsoon and the birthday of St. John the Baptist.
Legend has it that the rains began immediately after Spanish explorer Francisco Vásquez de Coronado prayed for rain on June 24, 1540, according to the Pima County Public Library.
Public celebrations of El Día de San Juan in Tucson and on the Tohono O’odahm reservation became rare after the 1940s, but were revived by the city of Tucson in 1998.
This year’s festival is held at Mission Garden on the west side in partnership with the Menlo Park Neighborhood Association. The celebration includes a blessing, performances, food trucks and activities for children.
- Mission Garden, 946 W. Mission Lane
- Friday, June 24, 2022, 5:30 p.m. – 9 p.m.
- Limited parking; walking, biking or taking the tram is suggested
- No alcohol will be served
Chubasco Channel Launch Party
A chubasco is a “particularly violent storm with thunder and lightning that drops water in a deluge,” according to Tucson Water.
In honor of the monsoon, the department has teamed up with artist Alex! Jimenez to create the Chubasco Channel, a community audio project that captured the sounds of the 2021 monsoon through field recordings.
This year, the Chubasco Range is hosting a site-specific sound installation under the Cushing Street Bridge along the Santa Cruz River.
The event consciously coincides with El Día de San Juan and will feature a live DJ and the premiere of the Monsoon Mixtape, a series of songs by Tucson musicians.
Flowery night in Tohono Chul
Tohono Chul has the world’s largest collection of night-blooming cereus, also known as the queen of the night.
This famous flower blooms en masse in the garden one night a year, between May and the end of July, and the night of bloom has not yet occurred.
Afraid of missing the flowery evening? You can sign up for email updates from Tohono Chul to receive flower progress updates.
- TBA date – sign up for email alerts on the Tohono Chul website
- 6 p.m. – 10 p.m.
- $5 for general admission, free for members
- Flashlights, comfortable walking shoes, and bottled water recommended
Stargazing at Oracle State Park
Located northeast of Tucson, Oracle State Park was designated an International Dark Sky Park in 2014.
According to the park’s website, the remote location is far enough away from most light pollution that the Milky Way and other dark sky objects are visible.
The American Avenue Trailhead is designated nightly for after-hours star parties. The main entrance to Mt. Lemmon Road closes at 4 p.m., so stargazers should park at the American Avenue Trailhead parking lot.
- Sign up at the pay station to pay the $7 parking fee (or $12 after 10:00 p.m.) or to register the National Park Annual Pass
- BYOT (bring your own telescope)
Eastern District of Saguaro National Park
Visit the Rincon Mountain Visitor Center at Saguaro East State Park daily for free lectures and events led by rangers who will teach you all about the Sonoran Desert.
From the Tohono O’odham culture and tradition of saguaro fruit harvesting to guided night walks, the park offers a variety of educational experiences each day of the week.
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