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The Tucson Events Calendar has local listings of event happening this month, this week and today for kids, visitors and families. Read detail listings to activities with maps and links to more information about what things are going on today, upcoming this week and going on this weekend in Tucson.

With the warm spring weather this April in Tucson several family events- including outdoor runs and festivals are held in Tucson, Marana, Tombstone and Oracle. See what to do in Tucson in April.

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Tucson is blessed with great weather in the winter, so there are several special major winter and spring festivals and activities that happen every year.

The most popular event from January, February and March is the collection of Tucson Gem Shows. In late February, the Tucson Rodeo holds a week long series of events, including the Tucson Rodeo Parade. Also, the annual Arizona Renaissance Festival is open from February through early March.

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Treasures of the Santa Catalina Mountains by Robert ZuckerTreasures of the Santa Catalina Mountains

Discover the legends and rich history of the Santa Catalina Mountains. Learn about the Iron Door Mine, Spanish Jesuit treasures, Buffalo Bill's mines, and gold mining in Oracle. Visit the "Treasures of the Santa Catalinas" and read stories forgotten in time. Available at a discount on Amazon.

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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. Read sample pages Entertaining Tucson Across the Decades. Find your name or photo.

Tucson-raised Garry Shandling dies

Comedian and actor Garry Shandling died on Thursday, March 24, 2106 at age 66 from a heart attack. Raised in Tucson, Arizona during the mid-1960s, Shandling attended Palo Verde High School and the University of Arizona. Read an interview of Garry Shandling in the mid-1980s when he was just starting out with "It's Garry Shandling's Show" on Showtime from 1986 to 1990. He starred in the "Larry Sanders Show" on HBO from 1992 to 1998.


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  • Tucson Gem Show ArizonaExplore 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. 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.

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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

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    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 2016

    • 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.

    August 2016

    • 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.

    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.

    • 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.

    Top Tucson Events This Week:

    • Wednesday, October 28: Hot Rod Drag Weekend kicks off Wednesday October 28th at Tucson Dragway! Wednesday is Racer Registration, Tech, and Test-N-Tune.

    Friday, Ocobter 30 and Saturday, October 31

    • More Halloween events in Tucson.
    • Nightmare on Congress St. - 8 p.m. / Friday, October 30 / 21+ The colossal annual downtown tradition, Nightmare On Congress St., kicks-off Halloweekend at Club Congress. Partygoers should get dressed in their Halloween best for a costume contest.
    • Halloween at Hotel Congress - 8 p.m. / Saturday, October 31 / 21: Nothing could be more right than celebrating All Hallows' Eve at the historic Hotel Congress. Famously known as the hotel with history, the nearly century-old building is ideal for such a haunted holiday.
    • Second Annual Tucson Pet Expo Moves to the Tucson Convention Center, Features Festive Halloween Pet Costume Contest and Trick N’ Treat Talent Contest on Halloween.



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