Events in Tucson
Always Something to Celebrate
We share stories with hundreds of authors and 100,000+ bibliophiles at the Tucson Festival of Books. We start the professional rodeo season each year at La Fiesta de los Vaqueros. We cheer on 10,000 bicyclists circling the city for charity in El Tour de Tucson, and we paint our faces to celebrate the Day of the Dead, walking with tens of thousands in the All Soul's Procession community walk.
Events in Tucson are a snapshot of the city itself: all cultures, all politics, all walks of life, coming together to celebrate what they love. Sometimes that's dinosaur bones at the biggest gem and mineral show in the country, sometimes its didgeridoos, street corn and handmade jewelry at the Fourth Avenue Street Fair.
Be yourself, follow your heart, and see where Tucson takes you.
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On this calendar you can post your own local workshops, lectures, fundraisers and other community events.
From a fiesta for the monsoon rains of summer to luminaria nights at Christmas, experience Tucson's seasonal celebrations.
SIGNATURE TUCSON EVENTS
The biggest show of its kind in the country, this two-week marketplace draws everyone from expert mineralogists to casual collectors seeking gems, minerals, fossils, meteorites, beads, art, jewelry and more as well as museum-quality exhibits from around the globe. It includes dozens of shows at about 40 different locations, including the Tucson Gem and Mineral Show®, the show that started it all in 1954. Most shows are free and open to the public. January 31 to February 15, 2015
While the rest of the country is shoveling out from under yet another snowstorm, you can be pretty sure the sun will shine on the Tucson Desert Song Festival. Each winter, under sky and stars, local performing arts groups join vocalists and other musicians from Tucson Symphony Orchestra, Arizona Opera, Tucson Chamber Artists, the UA School of Music, Ballet Tucson and more. February 2015
Tucson celebrates its Old West heritage at the Tucson Rodeo Grounds with the first major outdoor-event of the annual Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association circuit. Events attract more than 650 competing cowboys and cowgirls. At the Tucson Rodeo Parade Museum more than 150 horse-drawn vehicles and other pioneer-days artifacts are on display. The 90th annual Tucson Rodeo & Parade takes place February 21 to March 1, 2015
Since its debut in 2009, the Tucson Festival of Books has more than doubled in size to well over 100,000 attendees, establishing Tucson's already rich literary scene as the "Book Capital of the Southwest." Set up on the UA mall against a backdrop of Tucson's amazing spring weather, TFOP presents hundreds of top writers from around the country, literary events for readers of all ages, children's activities, gifts, a host of fabulous local eateries, and, of course, lots and lots of books. March 14-15, 2015
Arizona Friends of Chamber Music presents a week of musical activity at Leo Rich Theatre, featuring a world-class array of chamber musicians and performances of standard repertoire as well as more eclectic and exceptional chamber music works. Introductory talks and the chance for audience members to talk with the musicians are hallmarks of this critically acclaimed festival. March 15-22, 2015
The Fourth Avenue shopping and dining district is always a step outside the ordinary, but twice a year, the draw is not just the shops and restaurants that line 4th Ave but the hundreds of artisans, vendors and food booths that fill the street itself. Entertainers perform on stage and in the streets as 200,000 to 300,000 people meander their way through tents filled with fine art, handmade soaps and salves, crafts, novelties, musical instruments, jewelry and more. March 20-22, 2015
The award-winning La Frontera Arizona Tucson International Mariachi Conference is a model for mariachi festivals nationwide with a week of student workshops followed by a Participant Showcase, Espectacular Concert and Fiesta de Garibaldi featuring many of the world's best mariachi musicians and talented folklorico dancers. April 2015
Before there was MTV Unplugged, the Tucson Folk Festival was taking music to its roots with live music under open skies. Today, the annual Tucson Folk Festival, presented by the Tucson Kitchen Musicians Association, is one of the largest free festivals in United States, featuring 400+ local, regional and national musicians performing live acoustic music on five stages in downtown Tucson for more than 10,000 fans. May 2015
This celebration of Tucson & Southern Arizona's ethnic and cultural diversity began 1974 and has grown every year since. Today, for three days every year, the festival takes over 60 acres in downtown Tucson as more than 100,000 residents and visitors revel in traditional music, dance, arts, crafts and food not just from Mexican and Native American heritage, but also African, Czech, Polish and other cultures all around the planet. October 10-12, 2014
What started as one woman's remembrance in 1990 has grown to an event that's been called one of the most diverse, inclusive and extraordinary celebrations in the country. Each year on the first Sunday in November, more than 35,000 people find their way to downtown Tucson to walk two miles together in the All Soul's Procession, inspired by Dia de los Muertos, the Day of the Dead celebrated in many parts of Latin America. Some construct elaborate floats, some create fantastic costumes, some paint their faces in traditional masks and many simply come as they are and witness the giant "urn" of the communities messages and prayers hoisted by crane to be set afire high above the crowd at the close of the event. November 2015
Started in 2010, the Loft Film Fest has been described by Filmmaker Magazine as “geared truly toward cinephiles of nearly every stripe.” Each year, five days of programming showcases the best of independent, foreign and classic films from established as well as emerging talents, including selections from Cannes, Sundance, SXSW and other leading film festivals around the world. Interspersed with the Fest's carefully curated films, mixers with writers, directors and actors give film buffs a rare chance to talk shop with some of the industry's most luminous stars. November 2014
El Tour de Tucson is Southern Arizona's premier bicycling event and one of the top cycling events in the country, attracting more than 9,000 cyclists from around the world on the Saturday before Thanksgiving every year. As a major fundraiser for groups like Ben's Bells, Big Brothers and Big Sisters of America and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, "El Tour" has routes ranging from a quarter mile to 100+ miles, some hilly, some flat, all fun. Parties and other activities throughout the city make the day an event for cyclists and non-cyclists alike. November 22, 2014
Hundreds of thousands of holiday shoppers start and complete their shopping lists each year at Tucson's biggest arts and crafts celebration, featuring block after block of tents showcasing handmade and artisan goods, including jewelry, fine art, toys, apparel, decor, candles, coffees, soaps and more, banked on either side by the bohemian shops, cafes and restaurants of Tucson's year-round 4th Avenue shopping and dining district. December 12-14, 2014