Entertainment Magazine: Tucson: Downtown: Gem, Mineral and Fossil Shows

Information on the Tucson Gem Shows

The yearly Tucson Gem and Mineral Shows attract the world's best minerals, jewelry, lapidary and dealers from across the world to Downtown Tucson, Arizona.

There are two annual Tucson Gem Shows each year. The fall Tucson Gem Shows is held in September. The more popular winter gem show is held in January and February.

Fall 2012 Gem Shows

The fall gem shows are still in the planning stages for September 2012. If you have a show planned, email [email protected] to be listed.

Winter 2013 Tucson Gem Shows

The upcoming 2013 Tucson Gem and Mineral Show™ dates begin on February 14-17, 2013. See dealers, shows, events for the 2013 Gem Shows Calendar.

The 59th Annual Tucson Gem and Mineral Show™ is held at the downtown Tucson Convention Center and dozens of locations throughout Downtown and metropolitan Tucson with hundreds of dealer displays for the general public.

The theme for the 2013 Gem and Mineral Show TM will be "Fluorite, Colors of the Rainbows."

Tickets go on sale Monday, January 21, 2013 at all TCC outlets. Admission is $10 ($9 plus $1 TCC Ticket Tax) per adult. Children 14 and under are free with a paying adult. 2-day tickets are $17.

Tucson Gem Show Arizona

Friday, February 15, 2013 is Active Military and Senior Citizens Day (ages 62 and older). Tickets are $2 off regular price.

The winter Tucson Gem Shows are a collection of different events held at over 50 locations through the Downtown area.

Dozens of shows and exhibits are running at the same time. Hours of operation vary by show.

The main event is the Tucson Gem and Mineral Show™ held at the Tucson Convention Center (TCC). For the Tucson Gem and Mineral Show™ there are about 250 retail dealers sharing the Exhibition Hall and the Arena areas of the Tucson Convention Center.

If you have a show planned, email [email protected] to be listed.

For 2013 and beyond, more downtown hotels rooms are being planned. A major downtown revitalization program, Rio Nuevo, is leading the effort to build new visitor and cultural facilities, more hotels and accommodations.

The Tucson Gem Shows are collectively called the Tucson Gem, Fossil & Mineral Shows, sponsored by the Tucson Gem and Mineral Society.

This section provides Gem Show event schedules and a local guide to citywide events, weather, hotels and other travel information for your accommodations in Tucson, AZ. For more information about Tucson, visit the Tucson Entertainment Magazine Home Page

Downtown shuttles

Since the free shuttle program Gem Ride was largely funded by state money to ease transit during the I-10 Widening Project, the service is continued this year.

Many shows will be running private shuttles. City officials advise gem show visitors to use parking garages, dealers sites and other shuttle services. Call each show to find out their shuttle options.

The Sun Tran Bus Free Downtown Loop runs every 30 minutes. Park your car in a garage and take the free shuttle or purchase a Mineral Show Bus Pass. One way fare is $1.50 for adults; kids 5 and younger are free. A day pass is $3.50 and buses stop by most shows. For bus schedules and passes, check www.suntran.com or call 520-792-9222.

Downtown Parking

There is limited parking at shows downtown (call individual shows for details). The shuttles are a better option to get around downtown and from show to show.

Two parking garages are convenient to downtown and frontage road shows. Downtown Tucson parking lots are open daily 8am-8pm. The daily fee for most lots is $5.

The Tucson Convention Center has parking for $8 a day and $15 valet parking.

Parking is available is also available at the JOGS show at Tucson Expo Center on East Irvington Road.

For more parking information, call ParkWise at 520-791-5071. Read more about Tucson Downtown parking lots and locations.

UA Mineral Museum Exhibits

"The 100 Year's of Arizona's Best: The Minerals That Made The State" and "Treasures of the Queen" exhibits are on display at the University of Arizona Mineral Museum. Read more about the new UA Mineral Museum exhibits.

Tucson Gem Features

More information

(Photo above: raw and polished Cody Stone, mined from the Santa Catalina Mountains near Tucson from Flint Carter). Read about Mining for gold in the Santa Catalina mountains. Tucson Gem, Mineral & Fossil Showcase Shows.

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Arizona's Gold Rush

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Gold and Silver in Quartz

Cody Stone, gold and silver in quartz

Cody Stone, from Mt. Lemmon Arizona is gold and silver in quartz. For more information, and to purchase directly from Mr. Carter at 520-289-4566.

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