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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.


Video: New Downtown Murals


Jun 25

Woven Through Time: American Treasures of Native Basketry & Fiber Art June 23, 2018 - December 5, 2018

Arizona State Museum's new permanent exhibit opens April 8, 2017 and... Read More

The West Observed: The Art of Howard Post at Tucson Museum of Art June 23, 2018 - June 24, 2018

"The West Observed: The Art of Howard Post" examines work by this... Read More

Jul 14

Art after Dark at Children's Museum Tucson July 14, 2018 - December 8, 2018

Every second Saturday, the Children's Museum Tucson hosts two local... Read More

Jul 14

2nd Saturdays Downtown July 14, 2018 - December 8, 2018

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

Jun 30

The Dinner Detective Interactive Murder Mystery Show June 23, 2018 - December 28, 2019

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

Jun 29

Arts Express: Big Fish June 29, 2018 - July 8, 2018

Fantasy wages war with reality in Big Fish, a delightfully old-... Read More

Jul 19

Artisan Showcase July 2018 July 19, 2018

Join us for an exquisite presentation of two artisans and their work... Read More

Sep 01

Carnival of Illusion: Magic, Mystery & OOOH La La! September 1, 2018 - April 13, 2019

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

Oct 13

30th Annual Patagonia Fall Festival October 13, 2018 - October 14, 2018

The Southern Arizona Arts & Cultural Alliance (SAACA) and the Sky... 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

Feb 06

60th Tubac Festival of the Arts February 6, 2019 - February 10, 2019

The Village of Tubac hosts Arizona's longest running outdoor arts... Read More

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