Return of the Mermaids Returns to Historic Fourth Avenue

Return of the Mermaids is a Monsoon Celebration and Mermaid Festival in Downtown Tucson and Historic Fourth Avenue in the heart of Tucson, AZ.  August 11th – Save the date!
Dress up as though you live under the sea – Tucson is the sea STAR of the show!
This event is kid friendly, so keep it kid friendly merfolks.

After the sun goes down and the parade ends, things get a bit racier on the Avenue. If you do have children in tow, be sure to keep that in mind when planning your mermaid adventure.

There is a TON of stuff to choose from, the beach downtown is open from 3 – 10 p.m. (all costume contests will take place in Downtown Tucson this year).  

Fourth Avenue has a ton going on from performances and mermaids to afterparties after the beach closes.


The Pirate Ship –  at the Beach Downtown Tucson
Site is open from 3 -10 p.m.

Also open 3 -10 p.m. vendors and makers market open with face-painting, costumes, local artists, and mermaid goods available for sale.
4 p.m. Food Trucks!
5 – 10 p.m. • Dj Clint and performances by
Soluna Belly Dance
PoiZen Fire Spinning
Brenna Bean
Kids Dance on stage
Lauren Malanga’s Mermaid Sirens
7 p.m. Meet Tucson Mermaid Royalty Katy Gierlach and Kitty Katt McKinley
7:30 p.m. Costume Contests for all ages with your host Frank Powers as Captain Oblivious! Prizes from Fourth Avenue Merchants and every child participant gets a kids cone from Dairy Queen – Thanks Dairy Queen!!!
8:30 p.m.  Merchildrens sidewalk Parade on Congress
Amazing Choreography inspired by afro-Brazilian Dance
Parade Spectacle by: Tucson Circus Arts
9:30 p.m. Mermaid Pageant (all sealife welcome!)
Hosted by Captain Oblivious and Mermaid Melodee
Judging by Tucson Royalty Queen Katy and King Kitty Katt

Sponsored by Fourth Avenue Merchants Association and our wonderful shops and restauaunts on Historic 4th Avenue
2 p.m. Tucson Improv Movement “Friends of Make Pretends” Mermaid Show. Pregame the event with this fun interactive kids show!
$5 Admission
3 p.m. – 2 a.m. Bison Witches Luau on the back Patio!
3 p.m. – till the glitter is gone… Public Brewhouse Sparkle Special. We will be rimming glasses with edible glitter for gorgeous glitter mer-inspired beers, and also offering discounts to people in mer-garb!
3 – 5 p.m. Magpies Pizza is giving away one free kids meal for every $25 spent, plus a coloring party. Get your Official #thisistucson colorsheets with Mermaids schedule.
3 – 7 p.m. Silver Sea Jewelry Mermaids ROCK! Mermaid/ocean inspired hand painted rocks are hidden on 4th Avenue – Show us you found one at Silver Sea and get a mermaid gift! Coloring Sheets and schedules here as well!  Glitter Tattoos with Lily Gabriel
3 p.m. Rustic Candle Mermaid Art Installation with handcrafted shell candles and mermaid themed items.
All day Raffles at Antigone Books.
4 – 7 p.m. Haggerty Plaza with Mermaid Odette and her Under the Sea Adventure!
316 N 4th Ave, Tucson, AZ 85705 Fourth Avenue Merchants Association (FAMA)
Meet real Mermaid Odette in her beautiful grotto, mermaid Performance with Pirates and Mermaid Kailee (brought to you by Silver Sea Jewelry)

5 p.m.  Taco Sauce performs (Garage Surf) 
6 p.m. Lykiska Dance (tribal fusion dancing Mermaids)
5 – 9 p.m.  Tucson Thrift LIVE AQUARIUM
Explore the live aquarium with Mermaid Michelina, and have your face painted by artists Serenity and Raven Stardust!
5 p.m. Boca Tacos Surf Party with Live Music by The Surf Broads
6 p.m. Pop Cycle Art Show – Mermaids
9 p.m. – 2 a.m. Surly Wench Fineline Revisited Dark Sirens Dance Party with DJ Stubbie. Alternative Dark Wave, retro 80’s,90’s. Mermaid Themed drink menu 21+
10 p.m. – 2 a.m. CANS Deli presents the Floor Polish Mermaid Dance Party 21+ Shake your tailfins (or learn to!)

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