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Gem Show FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions About the Tucson Gem Shows for Visitors

Gem Show FAQs

Answers to frequently asked questions from visitors.

1. How many shows make up the Tucson Gem, Mineral & Fossil Showcase?

There were over 45 shows in 2019. At least 50 shows are expected in 2020.

2. How many people attend the Tucson Gem, Mineral & Fossil Showcase?

Nearly 65,000 people visited the winter shows.

3. What times are the shows open?

Shows open between 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. and close between 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. Refer to the show listings for exact times.

4. How much does it cost to get in to the gem shows?

Most of the shows are free and open to the public (wholesale shows are private). The Tucson Gem & Mineral Show® charges admission, and discounts are available. You can find more information on tgms.org/show.

5. What kind of exhibits are at the shows and what can I buy?

You can find everything from gemstones and meteorites to rare diamonds and to boxes made of petrified wood. Dealers specialize in loose stones, jewelry, African art, beads, polished stones, minerals, fossils, and gifts. Check the winter Gem Show listings for more information.

6. Is the Tucson Gem & Mineral Show® the same event as the Tucson Gem, Mineral & Fossil Showcase?

No. The Tucson Gem & Mineral Show® is the original feature show (the first and the biggest of all 40-plus shows), which packs Tucson Convention Center on the final weekend of mineral madness (February 13-16, 2020). When combined with the dozens of satellite shows, it helps make up the Tucson Gem, Mineral & Fossil Showcase. Learn about the Tucson Gem & Mineral Society and Tucson's decades-long gem show history.

7. How do I find a hotel room during the event?

If you are seeking accommodations for fewer than 10 room nights, please call Visit Tucson Visitor Information Services at 1-800-638-8350. Our team stays on top of where the available hotel rooms are -- for your convenience! If you require more than 10 room nights, please contact our Sales Team at 520-770-2139. View Tucson hotel rooms.

8. Can I get something to eat at the shows?

Yes. Most shows have a variety of food vendors on the property or are located close to restaurants.

9. Can I get rocks, gems and/or minerals identified?

Some shows provide appraisers. As with any purchase, it is best to do some homework before buying.

10. I don't want to carry my treasures on the plane home. Where can I have them packed and shipped?

Select shows offer packing and shipping on property. Inquire with the individual shows. 

11. What else can I do at the shows?

The Tucson Gem & Mineral Show® has unique museum-quality exhibits that change each year. Most of the shows feature an unusual or rare item on display, such as the world's largest meteorite or a five-foot-tall geode. The shows also provide a great way to meet and network with people from around the world.

12. How do I advertise in Gem Show Guide?

The Official Tucson Gem, Mineral & Fossil Showcase Program Guide and Map is published by Madden Media and Visit Tucson. Advertising opportunities are limited, with priority going to prior advertisers as well as the shows themselves. There are other guides to the Showcase that may have advertising opportunities available, including Metaphysical Guide Magazine (metaguide@earthlink.net) and Tucson E-Z Guide (xsupport@xpopress.com ).

13. How do I receive a Gem Show Guide by mail?

To accommodate all the participating shows, the guides are produced close to the Showcase opening and are not available in advance via U.S. Mail. The printed version of the Official Tucson Gem, Mineral & Fossil Showcase Program Guide is available at the Southern Arizona Heritage Visitor Center and at all gem shows. A PDF version of the guide is posted on VisitTucson.org prior to the event.

14. Are dates set for future Tucson Gem, Mineral & Fossil Showcase events?

Winter Gem Show: January 30 - February 14, 2021. Fall Gem Show: 2020 dates coming soon.

15. Where can I find information for show dealers and vendors?

Go to our Gem Show Dealer and Vendor information page.

How Do I Get Around the Gem Shows?

The Tucson Gem, Mineral & Fossil Showcase consists of over 4,000 exhibitors and buyers from 42 states and 17 countries at nearly 50 locations. The fastest, easiest way to get around all the shows is using the free Tucson GemRide shuttle system.

If you want to pair your gem show stops with a tour of downtown Tucson restaurants and entertainment, use the GemRide and the Tucson Sun Link streetcar together. There are plenty of parking options near both options. Either way you go, here are a few user tips:

YouTube Tucson Streetcar at Sunset

Video: How to ride the Tucson Sun Link streetcar

GemRide Shuttle & Parking

Park at any downtown garage or shuttle/parking hub and you'll find a free GemRide stop nearby. Hop on or off the shuttle at any stop along the four routes that connect the shows -- Downtown Gem Loop, Mineral & Fossil Loop, Kino Gem Loop, Casino Del Sol Express. If you're using the the GemRide to tour downtown Tucson shows, the Downtown Gem Loop includes a stop (#11) at the Congress Street Entertainment District. There aren't any shows near this stop, but it's a great place to enjoy a meal or catch a concert or show. It's also near three parking garages, so you could start and end your tour at this stop. The Official Tucson Gem Show Guide mobile website is updated prior to the showcase. 

Sun Link Streetcar

Some GemRide stops are located near the four-mile Sun Link streetcar route. The streetcar connects four downtown dining and entertainment districts -- Main Gate Square, Historic Fourth Avenue, Downtown Tucson, Mercado San Agustin -- with GemRide stops. Cash is not accepted on the streetcar; pay with either a one-day, three-day or 30-day SunGo pass, available on the free GoTucson Transit mobile app (also GoTucsonTransit.com) from GooglePlay or iTunes. Information on purchasing Tucson Transit tickets, whether or not you are an iPhone or Android user, is available on suntran.com/fares_passes.php.

Metered Parking

Use your smartphone to pay for parking at one of 1,800+ metered spaces. Smartphone notifications are available. Use the GoTucson Parking App: Download from GooglePlay. Download from iTunes.

Tugo Bike Share 

Tugo is a network of bicycles available for rent for short trips around central Tucson. Use the CycleFinder app: Download on GooglePlay. Download from iTunes.

 

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