Tucson Events for All Seasons
Here's to four seasons of fun in Tucson. We've handpicked a few annual favorites here, and you can find other seasonal and holiday happenings on our Tucson Events Calendar. Or check out our Signature Tucson Events long-running top picks.
Our scenic Boston-qualifier, the Tucson Marathon, is a best-kept-secret among runners in December. The Tucson Jazz Festival and Tucson Desert Song Festival ring in musical diversity in January. And February is packed with pro soccer excitement during Major League Soccer Preseason Training; at La Fiesta de los Vaqueros-Tucson Rodeo & Parade real cowboys and cowgirls show-off Old West ways while at the Cologuard Classic-PGA TOUR Champions Event pro golf legends mingle with fans. In February, the 24 Hours in the Old Pueblo zany mountain bike endurance race sells out fast, and the famous Tucson Gem, Mineral and Fossil Showcase hosts an international marketplace of nature's treasures.
Along with desert wildflower blooms, spring brings the USA's longest-running festival of Spanish-language films, Tucson Cine Mexico, as well as one of the best literacy festivals in the Southwest, the Tucson Festival of Books -- both in March. April ushers in Agave Heritage Festival, Tucson International Mariachi Conference, and Tucson Folk Festival for a cornucopia of local culture, heritage, food, and music. In May, the Mt. Lemmon Hill Climb, a 100-mile ride up Mt. Lemmon Scenic Byway, is rated by experts as among the top 25% of toughest hill climbs in the USA and offers conditions similar to Tour de France in terms of distance, difficulty and height.
In June, events such as Ha:san Bak Saguaro Festival demonstrate the Tohono O'odham tradition of harvesting saguaro cactus fruit. On Father's Day weekend, some of the best Mexican food available on this side of the border is served at The Tucson 23: Mexican Food Festival. In July, Sonoita Vineyards in Elgin hosts wine tastings and wine-and-food pairings, a grape-stomping contest, and horse-drawn wagon tours at HarvestFest while, in Tucson, top resort hotels host Independence Day fun with poolside entertainment and fireworks displays. And August's two Summer Birding Festivals are perfect for family adventures in our great outdoors.
Well-known for its incredible 40+ shows in February, Tucson also has the smaller (and growing) Tucson Fall Gem Shows event, which hosts over 200 international vendors and exhibitors in early September; later that month, Tucson Pride, Arizona's oldest LGBT organization, founded in 1977, presents one of the nation's longest running, (right behind New York City and San Francisco) wackiest Pride events ever at Tucson Pride in the Desert Festival & Parade. In October, there's always a party in the stands at Tucson's bilingual Mexican Baseball Fiesta just as everyone is glued to their seats during screenings at Film Fest Tucson. In November, we take to the streets, on two feet for All Souls Procession Weekend, our unique salute to All Souls Day and Dia de los Muertos, and on two wheels for El Tour de Tucson, a perimeter ride favored by both amateur and pro cyclists.
All year round, we cheer our hometown Wildcats at University of Arizona sports events. Join us any time!
Featured Summer Events in Tucson
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