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Bear Down Fridays. Welcome back, Wildcats! Get down to Main Gate Square to celebrate the kickoff of the 13th season of Bear Down Fridays, where local restaurants and stores offer food specials, happy hour pricing, discounts, giveaways and themed activities. Every Pep Rally begins at 6 p.m. with the Pride of Arizona Marching Band, UA Poms, Twirlers and Flags, plus plenty of other UA guests. It's Tucson's way of begrudgingly saying, "school's back in session." 3 to 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 31. 814 E. University Blvd.

St Philip's Plaza Artisan Market. School being back in session means the summer heat slowly waning and the rise of local crafts and farmers' markets! Stop by to get your hands on some of the wonderful foods and crafts made by Tucson auteurs. St Philip's Plaza Artisan Market takes place every Saturday until the end of September. 8 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Sept. 1. 4280 N. Campbell Ave.

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Borderlands Brewery Fitness. If drinking a nice, rich craft beer makes you feel guilty and/or bloated, head over to Borderlands Brewery to have your cake and eat it too (or something like that). Borderlands invites you to come work out and then relax after with a well-deserved beer. Only $10 for the class plus a pint or $5 for just the class if you're feeling extra healthy. 11 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Sept. 1. 119 E. Toole Ave. $5-$10.

Brodie's Bacon Bloody Mary. Brodie's Tavern is partying on through September with daytime deals on food and drinks. They've got a $3 Bloody Mary with bacon, $3 micheladas, $2 mimosas, $1 off craft beers and free menudo on Sundays. So pretty much whatever time or day you wander into Brodie's, they'll have some wacky drink on sale. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sept. 1 to Sept. 30. 2449 N. Stone Ave. 21+.

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The Brew Van Cometh. The Brew Van, Tucson's first brewery shuttle service, is set to launch on Aug. 31 at Borderlands Brewing. The drivers will use four large vans to shuttle patrons from Dragoon Brewing through Fourth Ave to downtown. The riders will have access to 15 breweries along the route. The Brew Van has four payment packages, although the nightly all-you-can-ride $20 option is expected to garner the most attention. Borderlands will host the kickoff party. 5 p.m. Friday, Aug. 31. 119 E. Toole Ave.

Salsa, Tequila & Taco Challenge. Over 50 vendors will converge in Tucson to battle it out for nearly 20 culinary awards. Both professional judges and the general public get to choose the winners. General admission tickets get you menu samplings from over 50 local restaurants and chefs, with custom salsa and tequila cocktails, plus plenty of beer and tacos. VIP tickets are also available and come with a special tequila toast and commemorative shot glass. 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 2. La Encantada, 2905 E. Skyline Drive. $60 pre-sale or $70 day-of-event. 21+.

Modern Mexican Brunch. Beyond the obligatory bottomless mimosas, Reforma Modern Mexican is serving up some imaginative creations for their neo-brunch: Carnitas benedict, breakfast tacos, horchata French toast and plenty of cocktails to accompany them. Plus, there will be a rotating cast of DJs to spice up your morning even more. Hosted by Reforma Modern Mexican and Union Public House. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 1. 4340 N. Campbell Ave.

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Whiskey Wednesday at Union Public House. If you need just a little extra oomph to get you through the week, Union Public House has your back by offering half-off all whiskey all day. They also claim to have Tucson's largest whiskey collection, so you've got more options than you can try in one fateful Wednesday evening. 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 5. 4340 N. Campbell Ave. 21+.


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