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Tucson Gem, Mineral & Fossil Showcase

Join the World's Biggest Treasure Hunt

Jan. 28 through Feb. 12, 2017

For two weeks near the start of every year, Tucson becomes playground number one for the world of international gem and mineral trading, buying, bargains and bragging rights. Here's what you need to know.

It's More Than One Show

"Gem Show" sounds like a single site, but the Tucson Gem, Mineral & Fossil Showcase happens all across town at more than 40 sites, from giant halls to hotels and sprawling camps of roadside exhibit tents. Almost all shows are free and open to the public. You can get the details (and zero in on your interests) with the search tool on this page.

Yes, There's a "Main Event"

The Tucson Gem and Mineral Show® packs the downtown Tucson Convention Center for the final weekend of this two-week mineral madness, pulling in thousands of treasure hunters from every corner of the globe. Free seminars and a Junior Education Area make this show a big draw for families, too!

It's Not Just for Pros & Nerds

Gem Show brings top collectors from around the world, but it's the cool factor that makes it the biggest event of its kind. Thousands of people from all walks of life come to gawk at gold, oooh over opals, and dig dinosaur fossils so amazing that museums get jealous.

It's Happening Twice a Year

The giant Tucson gem show has always been and still is at the start of the year, but there's growing momentum for a second showcase in the fall, too! Check out our fall shows with the search tool on this page.

We Rock All Year

Rockhounds can check out Arizona minerals, gifts, maps, and books at the Arizona Experience Store, the UA Mineral Museum at the Flandrau Science Center and Planetarium, the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, and more all year long!


Save the Date!

Future Winter Shows

  • January 28 - February 12, 2017
  • January 27 - February 11, 2018

Join us in September and visit our Fall Shows!

  • September 8 - 11, 2016
  • September 7-10, 2017
  • September 6-9, 2018

Info via Twitter or Phone

Follow @TucsonGems on Twitter for updates all year, or call our info line at

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