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Tucson: Food, Art, Bicycles

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Food & Art & Bicycles

This weekend Tucson turns into a whirling dervish of art, bicycling, and food or as I like to call it glorious meals on wheels.

March 16-18 – 10 am – 6 pm
Tucson Museum of Art dishes up the Artisan’s Market — 3 days where the Southwest’s finest artisans sell their paintings, jewelry, photography, crockery, weaving, and creativity. Check out Bernsen Arts floor cloths & jewelry (two different tables). Disclosure: Marianne Bernsen is a dear friend and I have some of her floor cloths — art you can step on — and necklaces. I admire such creativity.

The cool thing about the Spring Artisans Market is that browsing is free. You also have free admission to TMA. I saw the world-class Frieda Kahlo exhibit a few weeks ago and it’s not be missed. Ms. Kahlo led a wildly passionate life and it’s all portrayed in the photos.  Try to get a docent to give you a quick synopsis.

The Tucson Museum of Art Artisan’s Market and Food Truck Roundup – 140 North Main Avenue, Tucson, AZ.

While soaking up all this art and culture you can also savor an array of Tucson Food Trucks. Here’s the schedule:

Each day brings a different set of food truck menus to choose from:


  • Seis Curbside Mexican Gourmet
  • Stolen Recipe BBQ (omg)
  • Jones St. Bistro (duck fat fried french fries and more – I heard these were outstanding)
  • Jamie’s Bitchen Kitchen (Cuban cuisine)
  • Trucking Good Cupcakes (the art of the cupcake)
  • RobDogs (all beef hotdogs with tons of fixins. Soy dogs, too)
  • Cyclopsicle (innovative popsicles with curious combinations)


  • Seis Curbside
  • Stolen Recipe BBQ
  • Jones St. Bistro
  • Cyclopsicle
  • Red Pepper (spicy south of the border cuisine)
  • Pin UP Pastries (whoopie pies and more)


  • Stolen Recipe BBQ
  • German Food Station (currywurst, sauerkraut, and more)
  • Planet of the Crepes (her spaceship arrives at 3pm. Line starts at noon.)
  • Baja Tacos (Fresh shrimp. Say no more.)
  • Pin UP Pastries

If the food truck is not your thing and you want to sit down in a very lovely courtyard setting and be served by all means check out the nearby La Cocina at Old Town Artisans.

March 18 – Cyclovia
This one day event embraces the bicyclist, the jogger, the skater, and the walker. Five miles of Tucson will be closed for cars so get out there and get moving as well as participating in interactive events along the way for the whole family. Food trucks will be along the route too. Check out the tried-and-true Sonoran-style Mexican restaurants in South Tucson’s restaurant row.

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