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Tucson Events Calendar
The Tucson Calendar has many local events happening today for kids, visitors and families. Read detail listings to activities with maps and links to more information about what is going on right now in Tucson. See upcoming Halloween events in Tucson.
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Tucson October Highlights
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, Annual Desert Blue Grass Festival. These are some of the main Tucson highlight event for the month. See more October Tucson events.
- Arizona Theatre Company (ATC) heads into its 49th season with a bold new look, new webiste and powerful slate of entertainment through May 2016.
- The Arizona Opera begins it new Tucson season starting October 10 through April 10, 2016. The coming season will be an astounding collection of "firsts" for the company. Arizona Opera becomes the first North American Opera company to produce Emmerich Kálmán's Arizona Lady.
Weekend of October 10-11
- October 10: Family Wellness Festival held at the J on Sunday from noon to 4pm is a free event for the entire family. Learn how to make better health, wellness and lifestyle choices. Interactive activities, health and wellness experts, guest speakers, safety tips.
- Weekends through October 11: Mt. Lemmon Oktoberfest at Mt. Lemmon Ski Valley and the Iron Door Restaurant. Events start at noon until 5:00 pm.
- October 11: The biggest, baddest, sexiest, and scariest Mayhem show of the year is MAYHEM HALLOWEEN! Full of special effects, rockin' music, and all the dry ice you've come to expect from an MMC show. One show only at 7pm.
Weekend of October 17-18:
- October 18: Make-A-Wish Arizona will be hosting Tucson's first Walk For Wishes on Sunday, October 18, 2015 at the University of Arizona Mall. There is a choice between a 3k fun run/walk and a 1 mile fun run/walk.
October 21-November 1: The Phantom of the Opera is the Spectacular New Production of the famed play scheduled for a Tucson performance.
Weekend of October 23-25:
- Oracle State Park is open through October. Catalina State Park has special weekend ctivities and tours. Summerhaven is open with temperatures about 20 degrees cooler than Tucson.
- Tucson's Oktoberfest events happening through October, including in Green Valley with a brass band, or the Bouncing Czechs, or Trail Dust Town.
- Friday, October 1 and running through Saturday, October 31: Hotel Congress Halloweek. Enjoy spine-chilling days devoted to Halloween– Voodoo & Black Magic, Nightmare on Congress, and the annual famous Halloween Party.
- Tucson has several popular community Halloween events and parties, including Old Tucson's NightFall and SlaughterHouse haunted house. Celebrate Halloween at Nightfall at Old Tucson Studios, Southern Arizona Food & Wine Festival, Halloween Trick-or-Treat parties and Tucson Meet Yourself (TMY).
See more October Tucson events.
New Tucson Historical Books
Discover the legends and rich history of the Santa Catalina Mountains. Learn about the Iron Door Mine, Spanish Jesuit treasures, Buffalo Bill's mines, gold mining in Oracle when pioneers arrived to prospect the Catalina Mountains. Visit the "Treasures of the Santa Catalinas" and read stories forgotten in time. Available at a discount on Amazon.
Read about the local Tucson entertainment scene from the 1950s through the 1990s. Over 700 pages of pages of musician interviews, original photographs and stories. If you played in a band or went to a nightclub during those years, you'll be familiar with many of these people and places. Published by Entertainment Magazine. Read sample pages Entertaining Tucson Across the Decades. Find your name or photo! Now available, at a discount, on Amazon.com.
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- November 28-December 22: Tucson Arizona Boys Chorus Christmas Tree Lot is moving to a new location for the 2014 holiday season…..at the southeast corner of Broadway and Columbus.
- November 1, 2015: The annual Día de los Muertos celebration, a lively and art-filled tradition, returns to the Tucson Museum of Art (TMA) courtyards, plaza, and lobby on Sunday from 12:00 PM – 3:00 PM.
- November 6-8: Pirate Pub Night and the Tucson Celtic Festival and Scottish Highland Games from 6 PM – 10 PM at Rillito Raceway Park.
- November 7: Melanoma Walk 2015 at 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm. This is a 1.5-mile family and dog-friendly walk that starts and ends in the University of Arizona Cancer Center North Campus parking lot.
- Nutcracker: The popular Tucson performance of A Southwest Nutcracker is held in November. Ballet Rincon 12th Annual production of Tchaikovsky's The Nutcracker.
- 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.
- Tucson Holiday Doll Show & Sale is held in November at the Sabbar Shrine Center. Antique, Vintage, Modern & Art Dolls.
- El Tour de Tucson Bicycle Race is Tucson's largest perimeter cycling event for all ages and abilities. El Tour 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.
Local Foods from Tucson
Authentic El Charro Salsa Basico (Mild) salsa from Tucson, Arizona's own El Charro Café. Have a piece of Tucson mailed to you. Find more local products from El Charro Café.
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December Tucson Events
- 26th Annual Poinsettia Sale is partnering with Green Things to provide beautiful, locally-grown poinsettias.
- Tohono Chul Park Holiday Nights takes place on December 4-5, 11-12 and 18-19, 2015.
- Tucson events in December include the Winter West Fest at Old Tucson Studios, Ferias Navidenas & Nacimiento Tour, Luminaria Nights, and Winterhaven. Thunder in the Desert is the New Millennium First People World Fair & Pow Wow starting December 30th. See all of the Tucson winter events, Hannukah and Christmas activities.
- Luminaria Nights at Tucson Botanical Gardens is a festive Tucson holiday tradition, now in its 29th year! New this year is an extra weekend of festivities.
- December 21: 12th Annual Miracle En El Barrio event, presented by NOVA® Home Loans, scheduled to take place on Friday from 9:00am to 2:00pm in the St. John’s Church parking lot.
- Tucson events for the holidays. Welcome the 2016 New Year with these New Year's Eve parties hosted by businesses and resports throughout Tucson. Two of the most popular holiday events in Tucson include the Fourth Avenue Winter Street Fair, Luminaria Nights and Winterhaven Festival of Lights. See dozens of Christmas and Hanukkah.
- New Year's Eve parties and special events are held by several resorts and hotels to bring back the traditional feeling.
See more December events and end of the year entertainment for 2015.
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Tucson, Arizona is one of the oldest settlements in the United States, ranking in age next after San Augustine, Florida, and Santa Fe, New Mexico. The Santa Catalina mountains has been experiencing a gold rush for hundreds of years.
A new book on the "Treasures of the Santa Catalina Mountains" reveals the legends and hidden history of the Catalina Mountains, north of Tucson. Discover how the Spanish, Mexican and American settlers became prospectors and then miners over hundreds of years. Spanish history in Tucson can be traced back to 1649, when a military station was established by the Spaniards to protect the Mission of San Xavier. The area was occupied by Native Americans for over 10,000 years before. Read and download several accounts about Tucson's early pioneer days and Tucson history.
Just below Mt. Lemmon's backside lies one of the great stories of the search for gold in the mountains, the lost city and the lost Iron Door mine.
Today, a quick drive to the Catalinas reveals that hidden treasures still do exist. Explore the historical records that account for that thousands of pounds of gold in quartz that has been extracted from the Catalina mountains. Read about Arizona's Gold Rush.
NEW LOCAL TUCSON BOOKS
"Entertaining Tucson Across the Decades"
Now available at a discount on Amazon.com.
Read about the local Tucson entertainment scene from the 1950s through the early 2000s. Hundreds of pages of musician interviews, original photographs and stories. If you played in a band or went to a nightclub during those years, you'll be familiar with many of these people and places. Published by Entertainment Magazine. Read sample pages Entertaining Tucson Across the Decades. Find your name or photo!
Legends of lost mines, lost cities and a lost mission have been passed down by word of mouth for generations. The Santa Catalina Mountains, north of Tucson, are filled with mysteries and rich history that has been forgotten over time. The most famous legend, the Iron Door Mine, helped launch the early American hunt for gold in the 1850s. Millions of dollars of quartz embedded gold has been extracted from the mountains by early prospectors. Some believe that there are still some lost Spanish treasures buried in the hills. Read more about the legends and history of the Treasures of the Santa Catalina Mountains.
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What's Happening in Tucson in 2016
January 2016 Tucson Events
The following are some of the highlighted Tucson events for January in Tucson.
- 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. 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
- January 8: A Day of Kindness and Reflection; Remembering. Four years ago the Tucson community and the entire country were stunned by the events that unfolded on the corner just across the street. In the days that followed, Tohono Chul became a refuge and a place of healing for many. On this anniversary, join us in a day of reflection and remembrance and shared kindness. Several city-wide events held.
- Tucson Jazz Festival 13-days of jazz music, food, and festival fun.Artists performances include musical showcases in downtown Tucson hotspots including the historic venues Club Congress, the Rialto and The Fox Tucson theatres with live music throughout the city every day of the week. A daylong free festival, the Downtown Jazz Fiesta will feature the best of Tucson in two outdoor stages all day on Martin Luther King Day.
- 4th Annual Desert Song Festival Tucson Chamber Artists.
- The Official Tucson Gem, Mineral & Fossil Showcase 2016 opens through February 15
February 2015 Events
March 2016 Tucson Event Highlights
Tucson events in March start to gear up again after the end of the Gem Shows and Rodeo in February. Here's a sample of some of the featured events in March.
- Tucson Festival of Books attracts hundreds of local authors and thousands of people to the UA.
- See more March 2016 Tucson events.
March Events Around Southern Arizona
- Arizona Archaeology and Heritage Awareness Month Events throughout Arizona, including in Tucson.
- Arizona Renaissance Festival continues through Sunday, March 28.
- Arizona State Museum Events, Exhibits, Culture Craft Activities.
- The Southwest Indian Art Fair is Southern Arizona's premier Indian art show and market!
- Oracle State Park throughout the Winter and Enjoy a Stargazing Event, Hikes, Talks and Tour the Kannally Ranch House. Saturday, March 21: Going for the Gold Dark Sky Celebration.
- Oro Valley Festival of the Arts, one of the largest community wide celebration of the arts, featuring up to 150 artisans at the base of the breathtaking Pusch View mountains in Oro Valley, AZ.
- Picacho Peak State Park at "Civil War in the Southwest" on March 21 & 22.
- More March 2016 Tucson events happening.
April Events Around Southern Arizona
- The 31st 2016 Annual Oracle Oaks Festival is held in the town of Oracle, Arizona north of Tucson and Oro Valley. The theme this year is . . . "Historical Oracle!" Meet local authors at the Oracle Community Center. "Treasures of the Santa Catalina Mountains" authors Robert Zucker and William Flint Carter will showcase their book on the history and legends of the mountains.
- See all of the Tucson events happening in April 2016.
May 2016 Events
The month of May in Tucson spotlights the popular annual Tucson Folk Festival. The 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 2016 Tucson activities and events.
- June begins the hot summer season where temperatures are mainly over 100F. Evening events are most popular, of course. Every summer, several activities help keep it more tolerable. Check today's Tucson Weather. See all June events in Tucson. These are some of the highlights in Tucson this month:
- Cool Summer Nights at the Arizona Sonora Desert Museum from June 6-27. Experience the desert at night and participate in special activities. Event is free with museum admission.
- Fox Tucson Theatre has a full schedule of entertainment for Tucson summer nights. Events range from classic rock, country, bodybuilding and comedy.
- Friday Night Live! Through August, enjoy free live music near the University of Arizona on alternating Fridays at 7:00 pm. Geronimo Plaza at UA Main Gate Square.
- Tucson Movies in the Park this summer at Reid Park, from Cox, every Friday night starting about 7:45-8:15 pm. Free for all. Check the movie schedule.
- The Arizona State Museum, on the UA campus, features the Gifford's Family Collection featuring Mexican religious folk art, through January 11, 2016.
- National Parks Store in Oro Valley this summer includes tours and talks on a variety of desert related subjects.
- Tucson Botanical Gardens has early morning birdwalk from 6:30 am on weekends, including breakfast at Café Botanica. Twilight evening events on Thursdays and Sundays.
- See hundreds of things to do and places to go in Tucson during June 2016.
- Arizona June events. Traveling around Arizona this summer for a vacation? See hundreds of events and activities with links and phone numbers when available.
Tucson in July 2016
- Tucson events and activities happening in July 2016.
- The Fourth of July fireworks shows at "A" Mountain and various resorts and parks around Tucson. Watch from your backyard or view up close at numerous locations throughout Southern Arizona.
- Tucson Botanical Gardens Dog Days of Summer EVERYDAY from June to August during Garden hours. Dog Days of Summer by opening our gates to leashed dogs.
- Tucson Botanical Gardens presents its SUMMER CHEF SERIES on the third Saturday, monthly from 11 a.m. to noon. Each month, a local chef will bring a taste of Tucson to the Gardens with an hour-long demonstration through August.
- Friday Night Live! Free live music on alternating Fridays throughout July at 7:00 pm. Geronimo Plaza at Main Gate Square.
- Tucson Movies in the Park this summer at Reid Park every Friday night starting about 7:45-8:15 pm. Free for all. Check the movie schedule.
- Sonoita Vineyards Harvest is held from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm in Elgin. Open to the public with winery tours, horseback riding and other events.
- Find listings of August 2016 Tucson daily events.
- Saturdays Downtown - outdoor entertainment and shows food vendors and Tucson's fast-growing variety of acclaimed original restaurants, downtown streets are full of activities, from family-friendly fun at the Kids’ Area at the Southern Arizona Transportation Museum, down Congress Street past Club Congress, The Rialto Theatre, and The Screening Room to the Fox Tucson Theatre, free, 5-10:30 pm.
- 6th Annual Tucson Bird and Wildlife Festival – Riverpark Inn, exciting monsoon birding, field trips & workshops with renowned leaders; socials and dinner programs featuring keynoters J. Drew Lanham and Christopher Cokinos (fees vary), free Nature Expo, kids’ activities.
- Southern Arizona Salsa & Tequila Challenge at La Encantada Shopping Center, Southern Arizona Arts and Cultural Alliance presents annual salsa competition.
- Ann Schmidt Run to Remember 5K Run/Walk – Rillito Park Race Track starts at 7:30 am, free T-shirt if registered by August 17.
- Tucson's birthday celebration of its founding on August 23, 1775. La Fiesta de San Agustin is held downtown with community activities planned throughout August.
- Friday Night Live! Free live music on alternating Fridays throughout August at 7:00 pm. Geronimo Plaza at UA Main Gate Square.
- Los Changuitos Feos de Tucson, the original youth mariachi group, marks its 51st Anniversary in 2015 with a concert during a three-day period. All events will take place in Tucson.
- 2015 Arizona Biennial, held July 25–October 11, 2015, is a juried exhibition that provides an opportunity to see some of the most interesting new work being created in Arizona at the Tucson Museum of Art.
- Fox Tucson Theatre has a summer full of entertainment. In July, HippieFest, NPC Terminator and Lyle Lovett.
See more August 2016 Tucson daily events.
September Events in Tucson
Tucson in September is one of the more active months of the year, despite the last of the summer heat. There are numerous events held outdoors and in the evening. Several major activities this September include the Butterfly Festival and Fall Plant Sale, the CEP Chili Festival, the Jazz Under the Stars at Reid Park Bandshell, the Oktoberfest on Mt. Lemmon.
These are some of the highlights of things to do in Tucson this September. See all September events in Tucson.
- All September: University of Arizona Poetry Center is offering literary events and activities of all kinds. Here’s the complete schedule. All the events listed are FREE of charge and open to the public!
- All September: Children’s Museum Tucson has several events including SACOTA Play, S.T.E.A.M. Sunday, and Evening of Play.
- September 1-13: Invisible Theatre kicks off its 45th Anniversary Season with the Tucson premiere of TRU directed by Larry Raben and starring Chuck Yates.
- September 3-November 8: “Henry Porter and the Sorcerer’s Secret!” is a hilarious musical, comedy melodrama spoof of everyone’s favorite young wizard series at the Gaslight Theatre.
- September 7-October 17: 40th anniversary of the Bicentennial Reenactment Anza Ride during Anza Days in Tubac.
- September 10-13: The annual fall Tucson Gem Show is presented. The JOGS Gem Shows is held at Tucson Expo Center. This gem show is both Wholesale and open to the Public. See more Fall Tucson Gem Show Events.
- September 11-13, join the fun with the 11th Annual Bisbee Blues Festival.
- September 11 to January 3: Tucson Botanical Gardens presents NATURE CONNECTS, ART WITH LEGO BRICKS.
- September 15: Free Mexican Independence Day Concert featuring vocalists from the festival and Mariachi Sol Azteca at the Fox
- September 26-27: The Jordan World Circus 2015 will be in Tucson.
- September 17: 2015 Flavors of Tucson on Thursday, at Loews Ventana Canyon Resort. 18 of Tucson’s Top Chefs.
- September 24-October 11: Arizona Theatre Company, in a special collaboration with Stray Cat Theatre, will presents Laura Eason’s new comedy “Sex With Strangers” about the calculations people are making to find love or fame in an age of social media, brightly-lit phone screens and blogging.
- September 5-7: Sonoita Labor Day Rodeo with over 700 entries & over $40,000 in cash & buckles awarded to the top contestants of the Southwest. Gates open daily at 10AM.
- September 19 through October 11: Mt. Lemmon Oktoberfest at Mt. Lemmon Ski Valley and the Iron Door Restaurant. Weekend events start at noon until 5:00 pm.
- September 27: Annual Plant Sale at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum. Shop over 250 different species of plants including 37 varieties known to facilitate Monarch butterfly breeding and migration.
- September 19-20: Tombstone Territorial Days is held from 8am-5pm on Allen Street in Tombstone and from September 19th & 20th, Tombstone presents a unique living history weekend featuring cultural, educational and entertaining activities centered on Arizona’s Territorial period 1863-1912
- The communities sprinkled throughout Cochise County celebrate events in uniquely colorful ways that reflect the heritage and energy of the southeastern Arizona. Blues, Cowboys, Cool Cars, the Arts, and Wine all blend together for a great mix of weekend getaways.
See the Tucson September events listings calendar.
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