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Tucson Entertainment Events in January 2018

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January 2018 Daily Events in Tucson

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Tucson Happenings in January

Through April 15, 2018

  • Raptor Free Flight. Shows every day through April 15, 2018. (Dates and times subject to weather-related change). Raptor Free Flight is a dynamic bird of prey flight demonstration that occurs in the open desert showcasing natural behaviors of native birds. Arizona Desert Museum.

Through January 19, 2018

  • The Marana Gastronomy Tour will take you to ancient archaeological sites and exclusive tastings. You will discover wild Sonoran Desert flavors that inspire chefs, gourmet foragers, brewmasters, artisanal bakers, and distillers.

Through January 2, 2018

  • The Hotel Congress Lobby Gallery presents the artwork of Carlos Encinas. Carlos Encinas is best known for his public art, a picture book, murals, digital art prints and paintings displayed in Tucson, Phoenix and various other locations in the USA.

January 4-16, 2018

  • Hotel Congress Presents: Artwork By Marty Plevel. The Hotel Congress Lobby Gallery presents the artwork of Marty Plevel! From the artist.

January 8-March 26, 2017

  • Murder in Paradise, An Interactive Murder Mystery Show! The Gaslight Music Hall, 13005 N Oracle Rd in Oro Valley. 6pm.

January 5th-March 25th, 2018

  • The Lone Stranger fights to bring justice to the lawless frontier. Join him and his friend Tonka, as they come to the aid of those in need as the Gaslight Theatre Gallops into the sunset with the Lone Stranger!

Tucson Day by Day Events in January 2018

Monday, January 1, 2018

  • Happy Noon Year at Children's Museum Tucson to ring out the old and ring in the new! Balloon Drop at noon, so even the littlest ones can get in on the New Year's celebration! The celebration is included with regular Museum admission. Members, of course, are free! 

  • 4th Annual Oro Valley Hot Cocoa 5k, 11:18 am at STeam Pump Ranch, 10901 N. Oracle Road. Number pick up and registration on Saturday, December 31, from 10:00am-2:00pm at the Oro Valley COmmunity Center, 10555 N. La Cañada Drive. Children 12 and under race for free with paying adults. Walkers welcome. T-shirts available for purchase. $20 before race day, $25 on site. Prizes. http://bit.ly/cocoa5k201
  • FIRST DAY HIKE - Catalina State Park, Meet at the Equestrian Center parking area, join Volunteer Gaston Meloche for a hike on the 50-year trail loop, this is a seven-mile hike with 450 feet elevation gain, this is a relatively easy hike and participants will return on an equally pleasing trail to make the loop. 8 am. 520-628-5798.

  • APACHE JUNCTION: First Day Hike – Lost Dutchman State Park. A ranger and volunteer-led hike on Treasure Loop Trail, learn about desert flora and fauna, history of Superstition Mountains and the Lost Dutchman Mine, moderate hike, elevation gain of 500 ft., approx. 2 hours, 2.5 miles round trip, carry water, dress in warm layers and wear sturdy trail shoes or hiking boots. In case of rain, hike will be cancelled if rain, advance reservations. 9 am. 480-982-4485.
  • BENSON: First Day Hike - Kartchner Caverns State Park. Join Ranger Siria and Park Volunteers on a hike along the Foothills Loop Trail, (2.5 miles) learn about the southwest, encounter edible plants, materials used to make flour, dye, etc, meet at the Discovery Center for a moderate hike, bring water, snacks, and suitable hiking shoes, dogs on a 6-inch or shorter leach are welcome, bring the kids for some family-friendly fun. 1 pm. 928-289-4106.
  • PATAGONIA: First Day Hike – Patagonia Lake State Park. Meet at the Visitor Center, approx. 3 miles round trip, on top of the Petroglyph Site hill explore petroglyphs and enjoy beautiful views of Patagonia Lake State Park and the surrounding area, takes participants through the popular birding trail, where you may get a glimpse of an Elegant Trogon, moderately difficulty with some elevation gain and rock scrambling required at the Petroglyph Hill, wear sturdy shoes, bring water and perhaps a walking stick, sunscreen, binoculars and a camera are also recommended. 9 am. 520-287-6965.
  • PICACHO: First Day Hike – Picacho Peak State Park, Meet at the Harrington Loop for a ranger lead moderate hike along Calloway trailhead with expansive views of the Sonoran Desert, this 1 hour, 1 ½ mile round-trip hike will not go to the top of the Peak, is suitable for ages 6 and up, wear hiking boots or shoes, bring sun protection and at least 1 liter of water per person. 10 am.

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

  • “Hot Blues Tuesdays!” 6PM at the The Gaslight Music Hall! Come enjoy your favorite blues tunes by the best local blues bands and artists!

Thursday, January 4, 2018

  • Dueling Pianos, on Thursday, Jan. 4, 6PM at The Gaslight Music Hall in Oro Valley, is an interactive musical experience where YOU request the songs in the show!

Friday, January 5, 2018

Saturday, January 6-May 26, 2018

  • Tucson Premium Outlets Free 2018 Spring Concert Series held every Saturday evening, features a variety of weekly performances from local musicians and bands. The concerts will be held each Saturday from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Mountain Court at Tucson Premium Outlets. Coupled with delicious food from Market Hall and over 70 stores offering extraordinary savings, the evenings provide the perfect outing for the whole family.

Saturday, January 6-27, 2018

  • The Dinner Detective Murder Mystery Show – Hilton Tucson East. Your ticket includes our signature murder mystery show with a Prize Package for the Top Sleuth of the night, as well as a fantastic four course plated dinner (with a choice of three different entrees), and many more surprises during the show. $54.95 plus tax. Saturdays, 6 pm. 866-496-0535.

  • Get our Groove On with Fox Force Five Band on Friday, Jan. 5, 7PM at The Gaslight Music Hall

Sunday, January 6, 2018

  • Lisa Otey & Desert Divas in Thriller: The 80's pay tribute to Michael Jackson ("Thriller"), Whitney Houston ("I Wanna Dance With Somebody"), Prince ("Purple Rain"), Tina Turner ("What's Love Got to Do With It"), Journey ("Don't Stop Believing"), Weather Girls ("It's Raining Men") and more! 2PM & 6PM at The Gaslight Music Hall.
  • A Free Open Talk- Brandished, Banned, Burned: John Steinbeck's The Grapes of Wrath. This Saturday, January 6, 2018 from 2:00-3:00 p.m. Free, no reservation required. Rgue Theatre.

Sunday, January 7, 2018

  • Good Rockin' Live RETURNS! Don't miss this high-energy event on Sunday, January 7, 2018, at both 2PM & 6PM at The Gaslight Music Hall in Oro Valley!

Monday, January 8, 2018

  • Heartbreak Hotel - A Salute to Young Elvis on Monday, Jan. 8, 7PM at The Gaslight Theatre. Starring Robert Shaw & The Lonely Street Band.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

January 11-21, 2018

  • 3rd Annual HSL Properties Tucson Jazz Festival - Featured acts include Sheila E., Spyro Gyra, Arturo Sandoval and The Hot Sardines. A free outdoor  Downtown Jazz Fiesta will be held on Monday, Jan.  15, with jazz on multiple stages, indoors and outside, from 10 am – 10 pm. For times and locations, check the web site.

January 11-14, 2018

  • WILLCOX: 25th Annual Wings Over Willcox Birding & Nature Festival – Willcox Community Center. A celebration of birds, nature and culture, includes guided tours and field trips for bird watching, photography, geology, ranching, agriculture, history and more, free seminars, a crafts and trade show, live animal educational booths, workshops, banquet, silent auction and keynote speaker. $6-100. 800-200-2272.

Friday, January 12-Saturday, January 13, 2018

  • Hubbell Rugs & Jewelry on Friday, January 12 1 PM–5PM and Saturday, January 13 10 AM–5 PM. See hundreds of handcrafted Navajo rugs and fine silver and turquoise jewelry straight from Hubbell Trading Post, the oldest continuously operating trading post in the American Southwest. At 3 PM Friday, Navajo trader Edison Eskeets will discuss the Navajo Long Walk and the role of Hubbell Trading Post in Navajo history. At 11 AM and 2 PM Saturday, join him for lively stories about the history and design of the amazing rugs.

Friday, January 12, 2018

  • All Right Now Dance Party on Friday, Jan. 12, 2018, 7PM at The Gaslight Music Hall. The Rillito River Band is comprised of long time Tucsonans whose musical roots are steeped in rock ní roll, folk- rock and folk music.

Saturday, January 13-14, 2018

  • Tucson Fringe Festival. The dark standup comedy show "My Suicide Note" will be bringing it's national tour to the Tucson Fringe Festival for 3 special 1 hour performances.
  • APACHE JUNCTION: 9th Annual Superstition Mountain Heritage Days/Apacheland Reunion – Superstition Mountain Museum. Entertainment and fun, includes the Native American superstar dancers Yellow Bird Indian Dancers at 11 am & 1 pm, actors and Western entertainers will tell stories of the adventures filming movies and television shows in Apacheland's heyday, live music, food. $5, kids under 10 free. 9 am - 4 pm. 480-983-4888.

Saturday, January 13, 2018

  • The Tucson Girls Chorus is accepting new enrollment for the spring semester. Girls ages 6 to 17 interested in learning music can attend our Open House on Saturday, January 13th from 10:00 am to 11:30 am.
  • The Gaslight Theatre is holding auditions for their upcoming Spring show, "Rock-a-Billy Raceway," and our 2018 main stage season. on Saturday, Jan. 13, 2018 at 1:00 PM.
  • Tools You Can Use to Prevent Heart Attack and Stroke on January 13, 2018 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm. Come to this engaging free talk by Charles Katzenberg, MD, to become empowered to take specific actions to prevent heart disease and stroke. Speaker: Charles Katzenberg, MD, Cofounder, The Heart Series, Clinical Professor of Medicine, UA Sarver Heart Center.
  • Miracle Mile Gateway Car Show at Golden Pin Lanes, 10 am - 3 pm. Free!
  • CASA GRANDE: The Casa Grande Holistic Expo is Saturday, January 13, 2018, from 9am to 5pm at The Property Conference Center, 1251 W. Gila Bend Highway (HWY 84), Casa Grande, AZ.
  • CASA GRANDE: An Evening of Magic & Mystery with Solarzar on Saturday, January 13, 2018 from 6pm - 7:30pm at The Property Conference Center, 1251 W. Gila Bend Highway (HWY 84),? ?Casa Grande, AZ 85193.

Sunday, January 14, 2018

  • MUSICAL MAYHEM CABARET presents Seven Years of Mayhem **ONE PERFORMANCE ONLY** Sunday, January 14th 6pm, Unscrewed Theatre. Tickets are $7 presale or $10 at the door.

Monday, January 15, 2018

  • Good Rockin' Live: A Salute to Sun Records, 7PM at The Gaslight Theatre! This live concert event starring Brady Goss, Alex Mack and Robert Shaw pays tribute to the birth of rock and roll and the music legends that Sun Records helped propel to stardom.

January 16-February 4, 2018

  • Tucson Desert Song Festival - A 10-day classical voice festival bringing internationally known soloists and conductors to perform alongside Tucson Symphony Orchestra, Tucson Chamber Artists, UApresents, Chamber Music Plus, Ballet Tucson at varied locations. This year the festival will celebrate the life and music of Leonard Bernstein, the iconic conductor, composer, pianist and educator.

January 16-28, 2018

  • Menopause the Musical! Join the 11+ million people who flocked to this side-splitting spectacle since it's smashing 2001 debut. The Gaslight Music Hall, 13005 N Oracle Rd in Oro Valley. 6pm.

January 19-20, 2018

  • Dillinger Days – Downtown Tucson. Friday night's Speakeasy recaptures the spirit of the 1930s; Saturday activities include re-enactments of John Dillinger’s capture, vintage car shows, live music, tours of the Hotel Congress, and downtown walking tours. Free. 520-622-8848 or 800-722-8848.
  • Roadkill stars David Freiburger and Mike Finnegan bring their family automotive event, Roadkill Zip-Tie Drags, back to the Tucson Dragway in Tucson, Ariz., on Friday and Saturday, January 19-20, 2018! Gates for the Tucson event will open at 3:30 p.m. on Friday, January 19 and at 7 a.m. on Saturday, January 20.

Friday, January 19, 2018

  • Sea Of Glass—Center For The Arts is hosting a screening of the award-winning Sundance documentary LOOK & SEE, a powerful cinematic portrait of Wendell Berry—farmer, activist, and undoubtedly one of America’s most significant living writers at 7:30p,.

Saturday, January 20-21, 2018

  • Celebration of Fine Art. Southern Arizona Arts & Cultural Alliance will draw some of the region’s finest artisans to one of the area’s most beautiful shopping centers La Encantada for the La Encantada Fine Art Festival.
  • CASA GRANDE: Casa Grande Main Street 18th Annual Historic Downtown Street Fair & Car Show – More than 200 exhibitors sell art, pottery, jewelry, clothing, sculptures, food, entertainment and more. The Classic Car Show features unique, vintage and custom-built cars. Sat. 10 am – 5 pm, Sun 10 am – 4 pm. Car show on Sat. only 10 am – 3 pm. 520-836-8744.

Saturday, January 20, 2018

  • Visions of Fleetwood Mac. MIRAGE celebrates the Classic lineup of one of the most famous and beloved bands of all time– Fleetwood Mac. 2PM & 6PM At The Gaslight Music Hall in Oro Valley.

Sunday, January 21, 2018

  • G3 2018 Tour in Tucson on January 21 at 7:00 PM at the Fox Tucson Theatre.
  • ORACLE: Oracle Concert Series: Amazing Music in the High Desert – Kabarett – Oracle Center for the Arts. . Irish composer Christopher Norby and his band present a multi-media extravaganza featuring his diverse, original music for theatre, movies, apps and games. $30-35. 3 pm.

Monday, January 22, 2018

  • The Music of the Traveling Wilburys, along with a mix of the Solo hits of Tom Petty, Bob Dylan, Roy Orbison and George Harrison. Starring Gaslight Favorites Joe Cooper, Mike Hebert, Todd Thompson, Mike Yarema and introducing Joe’s son Malcolm Cooper. Gaslight Theatre, 7pm.

January 25-February 11, 2018

  • SASO Presents a Chinese New Year Celebration with the Tucson Sino Choir. The Southern Arizona Symphony Orchestra will present four concerts with the Tucson Sino Choir to celebrate the 2018 Chinese Lunar New Year, the Year of the Dog.

January 25-February 5, 2018

Tucson JOGS

Thursday, January 25, 2018

  • Arizona Science Center will stage an epic free evening event in conjunction with POMPEII: THE EXHIBITION. The public is invited to experience a re-creation of the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius on the exterior of the Arizona Science Center building in Heritage & Science Park. 6:30pm-9pm.

January 26-27, 2018

  • SIERRA VISTA: Hummingbird Hoedown – Square and Round Dance Festival – St. Andrews Catholic Church. Two-day festival jam-packed with dancing fun. $40 per person at the door. 520-417-6960 or http://www.ExploreCochise.com.

January 27-28, 2018

  • Candide - Tucson Music Hall. Fast-paced, funny, and philosophical, Arizona Opera joins nationwide celebrations of the 100th anniversary of Leonard Bernstein's birth with the company premiere of Candide. Based on the story by Voltaire, when the young man, Candide, sets off to explore the world after the loss of his fiancée, he and his companions are beset by an endless series of comedic disasters. 7:30 & 3 pm. 520-293-4336.
  • Oaxacan Woodcarvings on Saturday, January 27 & Sunday, January 28, 10 AM–5 PM each day. Oaxacan artists Jacobo and Maria Angeles will show and sell their colorful and imaginative woodcarvings.
  • CASA GRANDE: Pinal County 33rd Annual Agri-Country Bluegrass Festival - Pinal County Fairgrounds. Jamming, music workshops, AGRI-SPROUTS Kidz Zone, music and craft vendors, clogging, mutt strut contests, quilt show, food and merchant vendors throughout the festival. $8, 12 and under are free. Sat 9 am – 5 pm, Sun 10 am – 4 pm. 520-723-7881.

January 27-February 10, 2018

  • Annual Arizona Gem, Mineral & Fossil Showcase – Ramada Hotel, Hotel Tucson City Center. 300 mineral & fossil dealers from around the world offering specimens & related items in the areas of mineralogy, geology, paleontology. Free. 10 am - 6 pm. 505-867-0425 or http://www.mzexpos.com.

Saturday, January 27, 2018

  • “Last Comic Standing” champion Felipe Esparza is making a debut appearance at Desert Diamond Casino’s Diamond Center. 8pm.
  • Class of '68 at The Gaslight Music Hall at 2PM & 6PM. This annual salute to the Billboard top songs from 50 years ago.
  • Oaxacan Woodcarvings on Saturday, January 27 & Sunday, January 28, 10 AM–5 PM each day. Oaxacan artists Jacobo and Maria Angeles will show and sell their colorful and imaginative woodcarvings.
  • Tucson Celtic Festival Association hosts Robert Burns Night on January 27, 2018 at the beautiful Omni Resort Tucson National. The evening will feature a delicious traditional Scottish dinner, poetry readings, a performance by a harpist, silent auction to benefit the 32nd Annual Tucson Celtic Festival and much more.
  • Tucson Kitchen Musicians Association grammy-winning Cajun superstars BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet at El Casino Ballroom. Local favorites the Carnivaleros open the show at 7:30 PM.
  • Class of '68 is the annual salute to the Billboard top songs from 50 years ago features chart toppers from 1968 such as, “I Say a Little Prayer”, “Born to Be Wild,” “Dance to the Music,” “Hey Jude” and “Honey.” Gaslight Music Hall, 2pm and 6pm.

Sunday, January 28, 2018

  • Raising a glass to honor Don Luria at Southern Arizona Culinary. Visionaries & Local Community Leaders, 10:30 AM - 1 PM at The Lodge at Ventana Canyon. Join us as we kick off the 2018 SAVOR Southern Arizona Food & Wine Festival week events with a celebratory TOAST to honor those who have dedicated their efforts to building a thriving, diverse and rich culinary legacy in our community.
  • Oaxacan Woodcarvings on Saturday, January 27 & Sunday, January 28, 10 AM–5 PM each day. Oaxacan artists Jacobo and Maria Angeles will show and sell their colorful and imaginative woodcarvings.

January 28-February 11, 2018

  • American Indian Arts Exposition – Flamingo Hotel Ballroom. Demonstrations and artist change every 3-7 days, dances held at poolside, continuous flute music daily, authentic crafts and art from 80 tribal nations. Free admission and parking, scholarship donations appreciated. 10 am - 5 pm daily. 520-248-5849.

January 28-February 3, 2018

  • 2018 SAVOR Week Experience even more of Southern Arizona's Premier Culinary Scene. Presented in partnership with the Southern Arizona Arts & Cultural Alliance, Local First Arizona, and Tucson Botanical Gardens

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

  • Geology and the Ancestral Pueblo Migration on Wednesday, January 31 at 12 PM & 2 PM. Author John Bezy discusses the Ancestral Pubeloans and how geology and climate may have affected their decision to relocate.

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