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.
"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.
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!
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.
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.
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
Join us in September and visit the growing number of Fall Shows!
Info via Twitter or Phone
Follow @TucsonGems on Twitter for updates all year, or call our info line at
Maps & Listings (PDFs)
Click here to view the 2016 Official Gem Guide.
Official GemRide Parking Options
- Centro Garage
- City/State Garage
- Depot Plaza Garage
- Pennington Street Garage
- Downtown West Shuttle/Parking Hub
- Kino Gem Loop Shuttle/Parking Hub
- Tucson Convention Center Parking Lots
Hotel Room Availability
Check availability and book your room online now.
Show & Dealer Info
Transportation Security Administration (TSA) info on materials prohibited when flying.