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Events in Tucson

Full Events Calendar >>
A year in Tucson and Southern Arizona is packed with fun things to do. Find annual fairs and fiestas and cultural festivals and sports events on our Events Calendar.

Community Events Calendar >>
Experience Tucson and Southern Arizona as the locals do at fundraisers, classes, workshops, 5K runs, Tucson Parks and Recreation activities, and more.

Upcoming Holiday Events >>
Find holiday celebrations, from Fourth of July fireworks to Halloween shows, Dia de los Muertos exhibits, Christmas luminaria displays, and more.

Downtown Tucson Partnership Events Calendar >>
Find things to do, fun events, and delicious restaurants in downtown Tucson.


Tucson Desert Song Festival >>
Savor performances by some of the world's leading classical singers joined by accomplished regional performing-arts groups. Enjoy moderate winter weather, breathtaking sunsets and endless outdoor activities. The Tucson Desert Song Festival showcases top vocalists and conductors with Tucson Symphony Orchestra, Arizona Opera, Tucson Chamber Artists, University of Arizona School of Music, UApresents, and Ballet Tucson. February 2015.

Tucson Gem, Mineral & Fossil Showcase >>

This two-week marketplace is called the "world's largest treasure hunt" for shoppers seeking gems, minerals, fossils, meteorites, beads, art, jewelry and supplies 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-February 15, 2015

Tucson Rodeo & Parade (La Fiesta de los Vaqueros) >>

Tucson celebrates its Old West heritage at Tucson Rodeo Grounds with the first major outdoor-event on the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association circuit. Events attract more than 650 cowboys and cowgirls who compete for prize money. 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-March 1, 2015

Tucson Festival of Books >>
The rapid success of the Tucson Festival of Books has helped position Tucson as the "Book Capital of the Southwest". Along with huge crowds, intimate venues and glorious spring weather the festival presents hundreds of top writers of all genres from around the country, start-to-finish literary activities for readers of all ages, and fabulous local eateries -- all on The University of Arizona Mall. March 14-15, 2015

Tucson Winter Chamber Music Festival >>

Arizona Friends of Chamber Music
presents an exciting week of musical activity at Leo Rich Theatre. This critically acclaimed festival features a world-class array of chamber musicians and performances of both standard repertoire as well as more unusual chamber music works. Audience and musicians interact more than is ordinarily possible, and introductory talks precede the concerts. March 15-22, 2015

4th Avenue Spring Street Fair>>

In bohemian 4th Avenue shopping and dining district, vendors sell handmade goods and artworks during this biannual outdoor marketplace. Entertainers perform on stage and in the streets, and fair food is plentiful. Tucson's Sun Link Streetcar connects 4th Avenue shopping and dining district with University of Arizona's Main Gate Square and Downtown Tucson's Urban Core as a lively shopping-dining-entertainment zone. March 20-22, 2015

Tucson International Mariachi Conference >>
Tucson's award-winning music festival features student workshops and public performances by renowned mariachi musicians and baile folklorico dancers. April 2015

Tucson Folk Festival >>

One of the largest free festivals in United States, with more than 400 local, regional, and national musicians performing over 20 hours of family-friendly music and dance for more than 10,000 fans. May 2015

Tucson Meet Yourself >>

This regional folk arts celebration draws over 100,000 participants with musicians, dancers, artists, and ethnic cuisine from about 50 cultural groups, indigenous and imported. October 10-12, 2014

All Souls Procession >>
Tucson's spellbinding All Souls Procession is presented by Many Mouths One Stomach on the first weekend of November. Since it began in 1990 the event has become one of the most authentic public ceremonies in North America. More than 20,000 people from all walks of life come together in downtown Tucson to commemorate, honor, mourn, and celebrate the passing of our ancestors and loved ones. The procession is inspired by All Souls Day and Mexico's Dia de los Muertos. Many participants dress in garments belonging to loved ones and carry their photos. Others wear skeleton makeup or giant masks and carry marigolds. Some beat drums and sing or chant. The two-mile procession culminates with a spectacular grand finale usually featuring a performance by Tucson Circus Arts. November 9, 2014

Loft Film Fest >>

The Loft Cinema will present its fourth annual international film festival honoring Tucson's richly diverse cultural community. The Loft Film Fest will present foreign films, documentaries and U.S. indies in a cinematic celebration of storytelling from around the world. November 10-16, 2014

Special Olympics El Tour de Tucson >>

The Special Olympics El Tour de Tucson presented by Casino Del Sol attracts more than 9,000 cyclists from the United States and beyond on the Saturday before Thanksgiving every year. "El Tour" is also a fun ride for charity, with events for all ages and abilities, from novice to professional. "El Tour" has been called "one of the premier organized rides in the United States." November 22, 2014

4th Avenue Winter Street Fair
Holiday shoppers find handmade and artisan goods, including jewelry, artworks, toys, apparel, decor, candles, coffees, and soaps and more in Tucson's bohemian 4th Avenue shopping and dining district. Entertainers perform on stage and in the streets and fair food is plentiful. The Sun Link Streetcar connects 4th Avenue shopping and dining district with University of Arizona's Main Gate Square and Downtown Tucson's Urban Core. December 12-14, 2014