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The Arts

Performing and visual artists draw inspiration from their Sonoran Desert-borderland surroundings in Tucson.

Southern Arizona's Oasis of Culture

Not too long ago, The Wall Street Journal labeled Tucson a "mini mecca for the arts" — marveling at the relatively high ratio of primo performing and visual arts groups, both long-standing and emerging, for a city of its size. Tucson's vibrant artistic mix includes exceptional museums, inspiring galleries, mesmerizing street murals, and a rich film history. Those looking for hands-on creativity can make their own masterpiece at classes and workshops available here. Whether you're taking in a show with one of Tucson's hottest bands at the Rialto or Club Congress or choosing from the vast line-up of staged concerts and plays or outdoor festivals, you'll certainly find something culturally oriented  to your liking.


Video: New Downtown Murals


Feb 21

Mini Time Machine-Girls' Day Display February 19, 2018 - March 4, 2018

The Girls' Day Display at The Mini Time Museum of Miniatures is a... Read More

Feb 23

Southwest Indian Art Collectors Exposition February 23, 2018 - February 25, 2018

Shop for works handmade by fine Native American artists. You can see... Read More

Feb 24

The Dinner Detective Interactive Murder Mystery Show February 24, 2018 - December 28, 2019

Solve a hilarious murder case while you feast on a fantastic four-... Read More

Feb 24

Rodeo Days Art Celebration February 24, 2018

Come to Plaza Palomino and enjoy this Western-themed, fun-filled day... Read More

Feb 24

Tucson Symphony Orchestra: The Story of Babar The Elephant February 24, 2018

Everybody's very favorite little elephant comes to life when José... Read More

Feb 27

The Ten Tenors - Wish You Were Here February 27, 2018

Celebrated for their colourful repertoire, breathtaking arrangements... Read More

Mar 02

Fourth Avenue Spring Street Fair March 2, 2018 - March 4, 2018

Fourth Avenue Street Fair brings together 400+ arts/crafts booths, 35... Read More

Mar 03

AZ Opera: The Barber of Seville March 3, 2018 - March 4, 2018

Gioachino Rossini;s greatest masterpiece, The Barber of Seville, is... Read More

Mar 04

25th Tucson Winter Chamber Music Festival March 4, 2018 - March 11, 2018

Arizona Friends of Chamber Music, founded in 1948, presents its... Read More

Mar 04

All-Artist Show at Madaras Gallery March 4, 2018

Madaras Gallery presents the All Artist Show. This annual event... Read More

Mar 09

Catalina Organ Festival March 9, 2018

The Catalina Organ Festival hosts David Enlow (organist and choir... Read More

Mar 10

Arizona Theatre Company: Low Down Dirty Blues March 10, 2018 - March 31, 2018

Arizona Theatre Company presents "Low Down Dirty Blues, by Randal... Read More

Mar 10

DeGrazia Spanish Guitar Band at Sea of Glass March 10, 2018

Sea of Glass Center For The Arts proudly presents "DeGrazia Spanish... Read More

Mar 10

2nd Saturdays Downtown March 10, 2018 - December 8, 2018

2nd Saturdays presents a family-friendly street fair in downtown... Read More

Mar 13

Broadway in Tucson: The King and I March 13, 2018 - March 18, 2018

The 2015 Tony Award®-winner for Best Musical Revival, "The King and I... Read More

Mar 18

Gerti & the T.O. Boyz Waila Concert March 18, 2018

Enjoy the energetic local roots music sounds of Waila and "chicken... Read More

Mar 20

UA Presents: Audra McDonald March 20, 2018

UA Presents hosts Audra McDonald, unparalleled in the breadth and... Read More

Mar 21

Tucson Cine Mexico March 21, 2018 - March 25, 2018

Tucson Cine Mexico 2018 showcases the best in contemporary Mexican... Read More

Mar 24

Oro Valley Spring Festival of the Arts March 24, 2018 - March 25, 2018

The Southern Arizona Arts & Cultural Alliance partners with the... Read More

Apr 18

Arizona International Film Festival April 18, 2018 - April 29, 2018

Staying true to its mission of showcasing independent film, the... Read More

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