Kick boredom with wine festival, metal working

Tucson is abustle with gem shows, gallery shows and theater, but if you are looking for something a little different this weekend then consider attending the opening of Tucson's newest school - Desert Metal Craft.

The school, dedicated to the art of metal work and blacksmithing, is holding its grand opening celebration from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 2. The family-friendly event will feature fire performers, food trucks, ax throwing, live music, raffles and demonstrations from featured blacksmiths.

The school is located at 544 E. 24th St. in a 2,000-square-foot warehouse. Classes offered include beginner blacksmithing, bladesmithing and many specialty courses dedicated to fundamentals of metal working and techniques. Prices and length of courses vary. For more information or to enroll, visit the Desert Metal Craft site.

SAVOR Southern Arizona Food and Wine Festival

Also on Saturday, Feb. 2, the Tucson Botanical Garden is hosting the SAVOR Food and Wine Festival from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Come out and enjoy drinks and samplings of more than 65 of the region's best chefs, wineries, breweries and local foods.

The festival is a collaboration of Southern Arizona Arts & Cultural Alliance, Local First Arizona and Tucson Botanical Gardens. Tickets for the 21+ event are available at the SAACA web site.

The botanical gardens are located at 2150 N Alvernon Way.

Reid Park Zoo hosts lantern festival

Beginning Saturday, Feb. 2 through Saturday, March 23, the Reid Park Zoo is hosting a beautiful display of more than 40 colorful, customized lantern displays from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.

The event will feature authentic Asian cuisine, entertainment, Chinese name writing, calligraphy, painting, music and crafts.

The zoo's display is in partnership with the Confucius Institute at the University of Arizona, Tianyu Arts & Culture Inc. and Tucson Chinese Cultural Center.

Tickets for the event are $18 for adults and $16 for children 2-14. Children under 2 are free. For more information, see the Reid Park Zoo's information page.


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