Events & Festivals
Our festivals, fiestas and events celebrate local culture, cuisine and heritage.
Always Something to Celebrate
We share stories with hundreds of authors and 100,000+ bibliophiles at the Tucson Festival of Books. We start the professional rodeo season each winter at La Fiesta de los Vaqueros. We cheer on 10,000 bicyclists circling the city for charity in El Tour de Tucson, and we paint our faces to celebrate the Day of the Dead, walking with tens of thousands in the All Souls Procession community-wide walk.
Events in Tucson are a snapshot of the city itself: all cultures, all politics, all walks of life, coming together to celebrate what they love. Sometimes that's dinosaur bones at the biggest gem and mineral show in the country, sometimes it's street corn and handmade jewelry at the Fourth Avenue Street Fair.
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January: Tucson Jazz Festival
Jazz tunes of all genres brings together thousands of fans at the HSL Properties Tucson Jazz Festival in downtown Tucson. The 2016 dazzling lineup included a free MLK Day Downtown Jazz Fiesta and renowned international artists. Tickets are available on tucsonjazzfestival.org. January 12-22, 2017
The biggest show of its kind in the USA, this two-week marketplace draws expert mineralogists to casual collectors seeking gems, minerals, fossils, meteorites, beads, art, jewelry, and more as well as educational resources and museum-quality exhibits from around the globe at 40+ different locations. January 28-February 12, 2017; January 27-February 11, 2018
Jan/Feb: Tucson Desert Song Festival
While many others are shoveling out from under yet another snowstorm, the sun is very likely shining on the Tucson Desert Song Festival. Each winter, under sky and stars, renowned local performing arts groups join internationally acclaimed vocalists and other musicians for a series of spellbinding concerts at varied venues. January 18-February 3, 2017
Jan/Feb: MLS Preseason Training in Tucson
Pro soccer warms up in Tucson, a winter training capital for athletes everywhere. Watch elite soccer players prepare for the regular season at Kino Sports Complex during Desert Friendlies and the FC Tucson Desert Diamond Cup, on select days in in January-February. The 2017 Desert Diamond Cup takes place on Wednesdays and Saturdays. Dates to be announced.
Tucson celebrates its Old West heritage at the Tucson Rodeo Grounds with the first major outdoor event of the annual Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association circuit. Events attract more than 650 competing cowboys and cowgirls. The annual Tucson Rodeo was first staged in 1925. February 18-26, 2017.
March: Tucson Festival of Books
The Tucson Festival of Books attracts over 100,000 attendees, reflecting Tucson's rich literary scene and "Book Capital of the Southwest" reputation. Set up on University of Arizona Mall, it features hundreds of top writers of all genres, literary events for all ages, interactive children's activities, local eateries, and lots of books. March 11-12, 2017; March 10-11, 2018
The Arizona Friends of Chamber Music presents a week of musical activity at Leo Rich Theatre, featuring a world-class array of chamber musicians and performances of standard repertoire as well as more eclectic and exceptional chamber music works. Introductory talks and the chance for audience members to talk with the musicians are hallmarks of this critically acclaimed festival. March 12-19, 2017
Watch and learn as pro golf legends at the top of their games show how practice makes perfect. The PGA TOUR's Champions Tour's new event, the Tucson Conquistadores Classic, features a who's who of golf's masters strutting their stuff on the accessible and walkable Catalina Course at the Omni Tucson National Resort. See everybody's favorite pros play over three days of competition featuring a no-cut format. March 15-17, 2017
The Fourth Avenue shopping and dining district is always a step outside the ordinary, but twice a year, the draw is not just the shops and restaurants that line 4th Ave but the hundreds of artisans, vendors and food booths that fill the street itself. Entertainers perform on stage and in the streets as 200,000 to 300,000 people shop tents filled with fine art, handmade soaps and salves, crafts, novelties, musical instruments, jewelry, and more. March 24, 25, 26, 2017
April: Southeast Arizona Wine Growers Festival
In celebration of the anniversary of the designation of Arizona's original and only American Viticulture Area (AVA), Kief-Joshua Vineyards hosts the annual Southeast Arizona Wine Growers Festival in rural Elgin. Visitors enjoy samplings from dozens of Arizona Wineries along with food pairings, vendor exhibits, special activities and live music. April 22-23, 2017
The award-winning La Frontera Arizona Tucson International Mariachi Conference is a model for mariachi festivals nationwide with a week of student workshops followed by a Participant Showcase, Espectacular Concert and Fiesta de Garibaldi featuring many of the world's best mariachi musicians and talented folklorico dancers. 2017 dates to be announced soon.
May: Tucson Folk Festival
Before there was MTV Unplugged, the Tucson Folk Festival was taking music to its roots with live music under open skies. Today, the annual Tucson Folk Festival, presented by the Tucson Kitchen Musicians Association, is one of the largest free festivals in United States, featuring 400+ local, regional and national musicians performing live acoustic music on five stages in downtown Tucson for more than 10,000 fans. May 6-7, 2017
October: Vamos a Tucson Mexican Baseball Fiesta
Kino Stadium at Kino Sports Complex hosts the Vamos a Tucson Mexican Baseball Fiesta in 2016. This annual borderland baseball celebration includes a series of double-headers featuring favorite teams from Mexico's Pacific Coast League and top players from USA teams as well as great food, live music and other family-friendly entertainment in between the baseball action. mexicanbaseballfiesta.com. September 29-October 2, 2016
October: Tucson Meet Yourself
This celebration of Tucson & Southern Arizona's ethnic and cultural diversity began 1974 and has grown every year since. Today, for three days every year, the festival takes over 60 acres in downtown Tucson as more than 100,000 residents and visitors revel in traditional music, dance, arts, crafts and food not just from Mexican and Native American heritage, but also African, Czech, Polish and other cultures all around the planet. October 7-9, 2016
October: Loft Film Fest
Started in 2010, the Loft Film Fest has been described by Filmmaker Magazine as "geared truly toward cinephiles of nearly every stripe." The programming showcases the best of independent, foreign and classic films from established as well as emerging talents, including selections from Cannes, Sundance, SXSW and other leading film festivals around the world. November 9-13, 2016
November: All Souls Procession Weekend
An original Tucson event lauded as one of this country's most diverse, inclusive and extraordinary celebrations. More than 35,000 people walk two miles through downtown Tucson in All Souls Procession, inspired by Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) and All Souls Day. Participants construct elaborate floats, wear fantastic costumes, paint their faces in traditional masks, or simply come as they are and witness the finale -- a ceremonial burning of prayers and messages collected in a giant urn hoisted by crane above the crowd. November 5-6, 2016
Southern Arizona's premier bicycling event attracts an average 9,000 cyclists every year on the Saturday before Thanksgiving. A major fundraiser for local charities, "El Tour" offers rides ranging in distance from a quarter-mile to 100+ miles with terrain moving from flat to hilly. A family-friendly ride caters to the youngest beginners. An expo, parties and other activities round out a day of fun. November 19, 2016
December: 4th Avenue Winter Street Fair
Hundreds of thousands of holiday shoppers start and complete their shopping lists each year at Tucson's biggest arts and crafts celebration--several city blocks of tents showcasing handmade and artisan goods banked on either side by the bohemian shops, cafes and restaurants of Tucson's year-round 4th Avenue shopping and dining district. December 9-11, 2016
December: NOVA® Homes Arizona Bowl
This postseason college football game was first played under sunny skies at Arizona Stadium (home of the Arizona Wildcats) on December 29, 2015. The NCAA-sanctioned NOVA® Home Loans Arizona Bowl is the 41st college football game and the first in Tucson since 1999. December 30, 2016