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The Arts

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

Southern Arizona's Cultural Oasis

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.


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Apr 21

Carnival of Illusion: Magic, Mystery & OOOH La La! April 21, 2018 - May 26, 2018

Step right up and get ready to laugh, have fun, and celebrate a... Read More

Apr 21

The Dinner Detective Interactive Murder Mystery Show April 21, 2018 - December 28, 2019

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

May 12

2nd Saturdays Downtown May 12, 2018 - December 8, 2018

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

Apr 21

Arizona International Film Festival April 20, 2018 - April 29, 2018

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

Apr 21

Cultivate Tucson Spring Market April 21, 2018

Shop local and meet Tucson's independent designers, makers, and shops... Read More

Apr 22

John Nieto: American Icon April 22, 2018

Madaras Gallery presents John Nieto: American Icon. The first Tucson... Read More

Apr 25

Indigenous at The Sea Of Glass April 25, 2018

The Sea Of Glass-Center for the Arts presents "Indigenous," a 4-piece... Read More

Dec 07

Fourth Avenue Winter Street Fair December 7, 2018 - December 9, 2018

The Fourth Avenue Street Fair brings together 400+ arts and crafts... Read More

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