Looking for great things to do in Tucson?
Get a head start on planning your trip with this list of annual Tucson events, or check out our list of top Tucson attractions.
The Tucson Gem, Mineral & Fossil Showcase: The show began in 1954 and is now called the “world’s largest treasure hunt” for those seeking gems, fossils, minerals, beads, jewelry, art as well as exhibits from around the world. The show spans two weeks and takes place at about 40 different locations across the valley and most are free and open to the public.
Tucson Desert Song Festival: Showcasing some of the world’s leading classical singers and conductors with the Tucson Symphony Orchestra, Arizona Opera, Tucson Chamber Artists, University of Arizona School of Music, UApresents, and Ballet Tucson.
Tucson Rodeo & Parade (La Fiesta de los Vaqueros): This is the first major outdoor-event on the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association Circuit. The parade is the largest non-motorized parade in the country, and events draw thousands every year.
Tucson Festival of Books: Each year the festival presents hundreds of writers from different genres, literary activities for readers of all ages and local eateries – all located on The University of Arizona Mall.
4th Avenue Spring Street Fair: This three day fair attracts up to 300,000 visitors and features arts-and-crafts booths and food vendors, live entertainment, kid's activities, and more.
Tucson International Mariachi Conference : This award-winning music festival features student workshops and public performances by renowned mariachi musicians.
Tucson Folk Festival: Experience more than 400 local, regional, and national musicians performing over 20 hours of family-friendly music and dance.
Garlic & Onion Festival: At Agua Linda Farm, the annual garlic and onion harvest is more than just a time to work the land, it's a time for tasty food, live music and much more.
2nd Saturdays Downtown Urban Street Fest: Walk down Scott Avenue during the evening on the second Saturday of every month and experience live music, art exhibits, and much more.
100 Years of Arizona's Best: Minerals: Rock collectors and science lovers alike will love this display of minerals at the University of Arizona.
A Journey: The Art of Glory Tacheenie-Campoy: This exhibition by Navajo artist Glory Tacheenie-Campoy includes original paintings, sculpture, mixed-media works, and prints.
Gallery Row ArtWalk: Enjoy an eclectic collection of fine art, along with live music, wine tastings, and more.
Paradiso Bar & Lounge Free Concert Thursdays: This free concert series at Casino del Sol features a lineup that includes classic rock cover bands.
Wake Up with the Birds: Wake up bright and early for a walking tour at Agua Caliente Park and try to spot wetland birds, hummingbirds, songbirds and raptors.
Cinema La Placita: Movies Under the Stars: Get out your blanket and picnic basket and enjoy a screening of a classic film in La Placita Village.
Broadway Village Farmers' Market: More than 40 local farmers converge on one of Tucson's original shopping centers to share their freshly harvest crops.
Tucson Sky Tonight: Unveil the mysteries of the cosmos with the University of Arizona Science Department as they show you the universe through a telescope.
Birds of Tohono Chul Park Walking Tour: Enjoy docent-led tours of Tohono Chul Park at 8:30 a.m. every Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday.
Saturday Jazz Showcase: The Cushing Street Bar and Restaurant hosts a performance of live, cool jazz every Saturday night at the downtown eatery.
Titan Moonlight Madness: Launch seltzer rockets under the stars with museum Mad Scientists, visits to the rocket launch control room, space food samples, astronaut tests and more.
Salute to Buffalo Soldiers: Tombstone, Arizona salutes Buffalo Soldiers with street entertainment, a parade, car show, and other activities.
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