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Tucson Calendar of Events for 2012

Detail information about these and other events happening in 2012 are posted as they are received. Dates for some of these Tucson events have not been set yet. Since they are annual events, follow the links to their web sites for updated information.

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June 2012

June begins the hot summer season where temperatures are in the high 90F to 100F. There are few major outdoor activities besides the June 2, 2012 late evening Meet Me Downtown 5K Night Run & Walk centers around Downtown. More June 2012 events in Tucson.

July 2012

Most July events in Tucson are restricted indoors or early morning due to intense summer heat. Run with the Roosters is an early morning July 10th 5 mile walk and run with a free breakfast. See more Tucson events in July 2012.

Tucson fireworks schedules and 4th of July fireworks events and party events throughout Tucson and Southern Arizona.

August 2012

The August celebration of Tucson's Birthday and La Fiesta de San Agustin is held downtown. Some Tucson birthday events are held citywide. See more August Tucson events.

Tucson celebrates it's founding on August 23, 1775. Read about Tucson's history.

Community events are planned throughout August, including fiestas, swim parties, Chinese community recognition, and even a beach party on 4th Avenues. Many other events and activities are also planned for Tucson's birthday celebration.

September 2012

Tucson in September is one of the more active months of the year, despite the heat. Several major events include Flavors of Tucson, Jazz Under the Stars at Reid Partk Bandshell, the Oktoberfest on Mt. Lemmon, Primavera Cooks, the SalsaFest, the Summer Concert Series at La Encantada, Sun Sounds Great Beer Fest, the annual Tucson Greek Festival and the Wine Tasting & Silent Auction. On September 5th, head to the desert for the 43rd Annual Saguaro National Park Labor Day Run with a 5 miles and 8k course. See more September Tucson events.

October 2012

As the weather cools in October, the city celebrates the annual Desert Thunder Pro Rodeo, Anza Days in Tubac, AZ), La Fiesta de los Chiles, Nightfall at Old Tucson Studios, Southern Arizona Food & Wine Festival, Tucson Bluegrass Music Festival, Halloween Trick-or-Treat parties and Tucson Meet Yourself (TMY). See more October Tucson events.

Halloween in October 2011 celebrates Howl-O-Ween at the Reid Park Zoo. There will be costumed characters, theme trick-or-treating and decorations galore. Price: $5 per person of any age. $4 per member of any age. 1100 S. Randolph Way. Phone: 520-881-4753. website: www.tucsonzoo.org

November 2012

The popular Tucson performance of A Southwest Nutcracker is held in November. Other major annual events include the Celtic Festival Scottish Highland Games, Annual Holiday Craft Market, the Celebrity Chefs Dinner, NamJam Bike Show and Poker Run. November is Native American Month with a traditional Pow Wow.

November 17, 2012 is the UMC El Tour de Tucson Presented by Diamond Ventures. The University Medical Center 2012 El Tour de Tucson is Tucson's largest perimeter cycling event for all ages and abilities. Perimeter Bicycling Association of America, (520) 745-2033. Perimeter Bicycling Association of America, Inc. Tucson. http://www.perimeterbicycling.com/

The month starts the Tucson Symphony Orchestra MasterWorks Concert Series. The annual El Tour de Tucson is one of nation's biggest cycling events. El Tour de Tucson Bicycle Race draws thousands of bicyclists to ride the perimeter of the city. The ArtsFest makes another run in November in northwest Tucson at La Encantada Shopping Mall. See more November Tucson events.

December 2012 Tucson Highlights

Tucson events in December include the Winter West Fest at Old Tucson Studios, Ferias Navidenas & Nacimiento Tour, Luminaria Nights, and Winterhaven.

See all of the Tucson winter events, Hannukah and Christmas activities in December Tucson events.

Thunder in the Desert 2012 is the New Millennium First People World Fair & Pow Wow starting December 30th.

January 2012

See all of the Tucson events happening in January 2012.

The 2012 new year starts off with Thunder in the Desert 2012. This event is the New Millennium First People World Fair & Pow Wow. Check the schedule for events through January 9th.

Alfred Hitchcock's THE 39 STEPS is presented by the Arizona Theatre Company from January 14-February 4, 2012.

January is also the seasonal opening of the Tucson Rodeo Museum. The annual Tucson Gem, Mineral & Fossil Show for private dealers starts in January.

19th Southwest Indian Art Fair

Arizona State Museum’s signature event returns home in 2012 - back on the museum's front lawn! Meet 200 Southwest Native artists, many of them award winning.

Talk with them about their work and learn about the cultural significance that informs, inspires, and imbues their work.

Top-quality, handmade art includes pottery, Hopi katsina dolls, paintings, jewelry, baskets, rugs, blankets, and much more.

This annual Tucson event features artist demonstrations, Native food, music, and dance performances round out the two-day celebration.

The Arizona State Museum is located just inside the University of Arizona’s Main Gate at Park Ave and University Blvd in Tucson at 1013 E University Blvd. Call 520-621-6302. www.statemuseum.arizona.edu

Many Mexicos Exhibit

Many Mexicos: Vistas de la Frontera at the Arizona State Museum, University of Arizona campus. This exhibition at ASM strives to interpret the broad sweep of Mexican history from the Pre-Columbian period to today’s political shouting matches, all from the perspective of Arizona and the borderlands. Mon – Sat, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. The exhibit will run fthrough 2012. www.StateMuseum.Arizona.Edu

2012 Tucson Rodeo

February is Rodeo event month. The Tucson Rodeo, Tucson Rodeo Parade and Tucson Rodeo Museum are all prepared for this year's events.

Tucson Boys Chorus by Ed Alexander 2012The entire group of the Tucson Boys Chorus is named the 2012 Grand Marshal of The Tucson Rodeo Parade.

2012 Gem Shows

January and February hosts the annual Tucson Gem, Mineral & Fossil Shows and events with vendors and displays throughout Tucson.

Arizona Renaissance Festival

The AZ Renaissance Festival returns from February through April 2012 at Apache Junction, just norh of Tucson.

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February 2012

Tucson's most popular outdoor events happen in February. Tens of thousands of winter visitors are already here, while tens of thousands more descend for the two major events of the season. See all of the Tucson events happening in February 2012.

The public can browse hundreds of displays at the annual Tucson Gem, Mineral & Fossil Show held Downtown and throughout the city.

Tucson's celebrates its heritage in late February with the Tucson Rodeo Tucson Rodeo bull riderParade and the Tucson Rodeo. The Rodeo is a week long event that attracts fans and riders from around the county.

The Tucson Rodeo Museum is open to the public with exhibits of horse drawn carriages and displays of life in the territorial days. February is also the popular Tucson Open PGA Golf Tournament.

The Indian America New Year’s Competition Pow Wow & Indian Craft Market is a collection of American Indian Art, arts and crafts, and food. 40 featured artists changing throughout the 14 days. Dancers from more than 50 tribes, authentic handmade craft market, traditional food, drum contest, children’s activity area, dance to bring in New Year, $12. Weekend Tribal Dancers at Poolside. Music Jam Session on Sundays with the Neal Narcho Band. The Pow Wow and Indian Craft Market is held the last Sunday of January through the Second Sunday of February each year. www.usaindianinfo.org

March 2012

Tucson's weather in March starts to warm up for the Jewish-Muslim PeaceWalk on Sunday, March 4, 2011. See all of the Tucson events happening in March 2012.

April 2012

Tucson in April is ideal for outdoor activities, including runs and walks, like the 2012 Relay For Life, draws thousands of Tucsonans. April also begins the Oro Valley Arts in the Park entertainment and music series.

Tucson International Mariachi Conference includes a week of student workshops followed by several public concerts featuring the world's best and brightest mariachi musicians and talented folklorico dancers. The public concerts are performed at outdoor and indoor stages in April. http://www.tucsonmariachi.org/.

See all of the Tucson events happening in April 2012.

May 2012

The month of May in Tucson spotlights the popular annual Tucson Folk Festival. On May 6th is the 21st Annual Mt. Lemmon Hill Climb to the top of the Santa Catalina Mountains. Another mountain run is the Tucson Heart Group Cinco de Mayo 10K Fitness Fiesta, Tucson’s largest and most scenic 10K event that winds through Starr Pass in the Tucson Mountains foothills. See all of May 2012 Tucson events.

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