What's happening today in Tucson?
There's something to do every day in Tucson throughout the year. These Tucson events are compiled from dozens of resources and organizations. Find out what events are going in the Tucson Calender of Events.
Other Area Events
Tucson Gem, Mineral & Fossil Shows for the public runs from February 2-7, 2013. Tens of thousands of buyers, collectors, dealers, curators and guests attend.
The 2013 Tucson Rodeo is the other big February Tucson event at the Rodeo Grounds at South 6th Ave. and Irvington Rd. The week also features the world's longest horse-drawn, non-motorized parade. See all February 2013 events.
See all March 2013 events.
Tucson in April is ideal for outdoor activities, including runs and walks. The 2013 Relay For Life, draws thousands of Tucsonans. April also begins the Oro Valley Arts in the Park entertainment and music series and the Tucson International Mariachi Conference.
2013 Tucson International Mariachi Conference is Tucson's largest cultural event and a model for other mariachi conferences nationwide. The event 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/
The last day of April and first day of March features the annual Tucson Folk Festival with over 100 bands performing on four stages over 20 hours in Downtown's La Placita Village. See all of the Tucson events happening in April 2013.
The month of May in Tucson spotlights the popular annual Tucson Folk Festival. The 22nd 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 2013 Tucson events.
June begins the hot summer season where temperatures are in the high 90F to 100F. There are no major outdoor activities besides the late evening Meet Me Downtown 5K Night Run & Walk centers around Downtown. More June 2013 events in Tucson.
July events in Tucson are restricted indoors or early morning due to intense summer heat. Run with the Roosters is an early morning July 5 mile walk and run with a free breakfast. See more Tucson events in July 2013.
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's birthday in August- Events all month long
Tucson celebrates it's founding on August 23, 1775. 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. Read more about Tucson's history.
Tucson in September is one of the more active months of the year, despite the heat. Several major events include the Butterfly Festival and Fall Plant Sale, the CEP Chili Festival, the Flavors of Tucson, Jazz Under the Stars at Reid Park 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.
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 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
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.
The University Medical Center El Tour de Tucson is Tucson's largest perimeter cycling event for all ages and abilities.
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.
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 is the New Millennium First People World Fair & Pow Wow starting December 30th.
January 2013 Tucson Events
January is the seasonal opening of the annual Tucson Gem, Mineral & Fossil Shows for private dealers.
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
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Explore Tucson's history
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.
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.
The Santa Catalina mountains has been experiencing a gold rush for hundreds of years.
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.
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