Tucson Signature Events
All Souls Procession Weekend, featuring a Grand Finale ceremony at the flaming Urn, November 2-3, 2019
Tucson Signature Events
Long-running and much-loved by locals, these annual events are singular sensations -- a festive reflection of Tucson's multicultural heritage, food traditions, arts scene, and outdoors-loving personality.
Tucson Gem, Mineral & Fossil Showcase (February 1-16, 2020) A one-of-a-kind international marketplace of museum-quality exhibits and world-class collections of gemstones, minerals, fossils, beads, crystals, jewelry, supplies, apparel, and more that originated with the single, original Tucson Gem and Mineral Show® in 1955 and has grown into a showcase of 40+ shows at various locations.
Tucson Rodeo & Parade - La Fiesta de los Vaqueros® (February 15-23, 2020) Since 1925, Tucson has celebrated its ranching heritage at La Fiesta de los Vaqueros® (Celebration of the Cowboys), including the Tucson Rodeo at the Tucson Rodeo Grounds, one of North America's top-25 professional rodeos, and the Tucson Rodeo Parade, the largest non-motorized, horse-drawn parade in the United States.
Cologuard Classic, Tucson's PGA Tour Champions Tour Event (February 23-March 1, 2020) Dozens of Hall of Famers and top-ranked legends of men's pro golf play in a no-cut competition and walk the course with fans at a two-day Pro-Am on the famed Catalina Course at Omni Tucson National Resort, a popular PGA Tour venue since the 1960s.
Tucson Festival of Books (March 14-15, 2020) Tucson's celebration of literacy debuted in 2009 and ranks as the third-largest book festival in the United States, attracting as many as 135,000 fans to the University of Arizona Mall (during spring break) for author presentations, panel discussions, and exhibits as well as chef demonstrations, a literary circus, a poetry venue, and an expansive Science City area.
Tucson International Mariachi Conference (April 2020) Masters of mariachi music perform with baile folklórico dancers in public concerts and at a traditional Catholic mariachi mass during this event—founded in 1982 and nurtured by such legends as Mariachi Vargas De Tecalitlán, Mariachi Cobre, the late Lola Beltrán, and Tucson native Linda Ronstadt—presented annually at AVA Amphitheater, Casino Del Sol.
Agave Heritage Festival (April 23-May 5, 2020) What began as a tequila-lover’s Cinco de Mayo celebration has evolved into a two-week event rooted in the historical and cultural significance of the agave plant, featuring seminars and tradeshows, culinary and musical events, spirit and food tastings, and a film screening and an art exhibit -- all together offering a borderland taste of Tucson, in 2015 named the first UNESCO City of Gastronomy in the USA.
Tucson Fall Gem Show (September 5-9, 2019) Gem and lapidary shows with exhibits for shoppers and collectors presented at various locations around town, including open-to-the-public shows.
Tucson Meet Yourself (October 11-13, 2019) The Southwest's greatest outdoor food court takes over downtown Tucson once a year during this festival, which celebrates the foods and traditional arts of Arizona-Sonora's folk and ethnic communities, co-founded in 1974 by Tucson folklorist Jim Griffith, a 2011 National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Heritage Fellow.
All Souls Procession Weekend (November 2-3, 2019) Celebrating 30 years in 2019, this one-of-a-kind people-powered procession blends aspects of All Souls Day and Dia de los Muertos at what has been called "one of the most inclusive and authentic public ceremonies in North America today" and attracts an estimated 150,000 participants.
El Tour de Tucson (November 23, 2019) Founded in 1983, Arizona's largest and longest-running cycling event is a Tucson tradition happening every year on the Saturday before Thanksgiving. "El Tour" typically attracts more than 6,500 participants of all ages and abilities, which, in 2019, will have rides of 100-mile, 75-mile, 50-mile and 25-mile distances in addition to a Fun Ride that appeals to kids.