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Welcome to the Dark Side: Modern Times Edition. Celebrating their second annual Dark Side event, Arizona Beer House is inviting Modern Times Beer to the party. This party features 40 taps, with 40 Modern Times beers. Plus, brewery representatives will be in to talk shop and guide you through the many flavors of dark beer available on this spacey day. The event also features Food Groupie Cafe food truck and Sarge's Cheesecakes. Noon to midnight, Saturday, May 4. 150 S. Kolb Road.

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Mexi-Festi Beer Garden. In celebration of Cinco de Mayo, Nuptials by Brenda and Americano Mexicano restaurant are hosting an event at Main Gate Square with beer, food, games and craft booths. VIP package includes a T-shirt, mug, koozie and special entry to bar area. 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, May 4. 800 E. University Blvd. $25. Ages 11 and under free. VIP $75.

Island Plate Lunch Grand Opening. Local Tucson Hawaiian restaurant Island Plate Lunch is opening a new location at Prince and Campbell, and are having a party to kick the new location into gear! There will be performances from hula groups and great island food. Island Plate Lunch is also partnering with Eat Desserts First where proceeds are donated to the Make-A-Wish Foundation. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 4. 3699 N. Campbell Ave. Brain

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Freeze Ice-Cream Festival. Just in time for the days getting warmer, multiple local ice creamers are gathering for the Brain Freeze festival at Rillito Park. And tickets won't just get you a lot of ice cream, they'll get you unlimited ice cream at the event! Plus foam parties, face painting and music. This event is also a fundraiser for the Southern Arizona Network for Down Syndrome. Participating restaurants include Cashew Cow, The Screamery and Blue Bell Ice Cream. Noon to 5 p.m. May 4. Rillito Park. $12. $10 for ages 4 to 12.

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Chiltepin Naughty Naranja Pre-Release. 1912 Brewing is hosting a pre-release party for their "Naughty Naranja" brew, made in collaboration with Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum. Using the museum's locally-grown chiltepins, they made their Naughty Naranja extra spicy (and extra naughty). 5 to 9 p.m. Thursday, May 9. 2045 N. Forbes Blvd. 21+

Ina Road Reopening Celebration. Didn't you hear? The construction on Ina Road is nearly finished, and the I-10 exit is now open! To celebrate the end of this headache, lots of local businesses are celebrating the return of their customers and convenience. The festivities are happening all weekend May 4 and May 5. Participating restaurants include Donut Wheel, Chickenuevo, Crema Coffee and more. May 4 and May 5. Ina Road.

Cinco de Mayo Celebration at Tohono Chul. Part of the Agave Heritage Festival, this free event at the northside's favorite botanical gardens features plenty of Southwest traditions. There will be mariachi band performances, agave spirit tastings, food vendors, artist displays and a local produce farmers market. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, May 5. 7366 N. Paseo Del Norte. Free.

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Wings for Women Tucson Charity Event. Arizona Beer House is hosting an event to benefit a local charity that helps homeless women. Drinks will be provided by Arizona Beer House, food will be provided by Johnny's Philippine Grill. Plus, there will be raffle prizes available and Arizona Beer House will match tips. 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday May 7. 150 S. Kolb Road. 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday May 7. 150 S. Kolb Road.


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