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Throughout the year many events and festivals take place in the Tucson area. Check out the upcoming fun activities and things to do. You’ll agree Tucson is a great place to visit.

November 2014

Tombstone Western Music Festival
Live traditional and contemporary music of the American West and the American cowboy performed by award-winning entertainers in “the town too tough to die.”
Tombstone, AZ
(520) 457-2295

Tucson Museum of Art
Holiday Craft Market
Shop for unique works in jewelry, ceramics, watercolors, metal work, and more at the Tucson Museum of Art’s annual Holiday Craft Market, in the museum’s courtyard.

32nd Annual El Tour de Tucson
November TBD
Thousands of cyclists from around the world ride in annual perimeter tour, with 109 – 80- 66- 13- 4- and mile courses – one of the premier organized rides in the United States – open to the pros, fitness buffs, fun-loves, and kids. Perimeter Bicycling Association of America.
(520) 745-2033

Bisbee Historic Homes Tour
November 21 and 22
Visit historic Victorian homes and other turn-of-the-century architectural examples.
Bisbee, AZ
(520) 432-3554

Tohono Chul Park
November TBD
Celebrate the season with a half-million lights and luminarias, cookies and hot cider, live music, and an ornament sale, on weekends only.

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December 2014

Tucson Botanical Gardens
Stroll along the pathways at Tucson Botanical Gardens during Luminaria Nights and enjoy more than 2,000 lights, holiday music, and festive foods.

Tucson Marathon & Expo
Scenic downhill course, ranked as one of America’s fastest, from Oracle to Oro Valley, is a Boston Marathon qualifier.
(520) 320-0667

Fourth Avenue Winter Street Fair
Hundreds of arts and crafts booths, food vendors, street musicians, and performers line streets of bohemian shopping district.
(520) 624-5004

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January 2015

Butterfly Magic
An indoor tropical butterfly exhibit, with more than 100 species of colorful, farmed butterflies fluttering in a special greenhouse, and a public viewing room for up-close viewing of emerging butterflies.
Tucson Botanical Gardens
2150 N. Alvernon Way
Tucson, AZ 85712
(520) 326-9686

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February 2015

Cochise Cowboy Poetry & Music Gathering
A celebration of Western culture, history, folklore presented through cowboy song and verse. Sierra Vista.

Tucson Gem & Mineral Show
World-famous event includes dozens of shows with hundreds of mineral, gem, fossil, lapidary and jewelry exhibits from retailers as well as private and museum collections around the world. Tucson Gem & Mineral Society.

Annual Fiesta de los Vaqueros
The first Tucson Rodeo (Celebration of the Cowboys) in 1925 touted four days of events and competition. Today, it lasts more than a week and is one of the top 20 professional rodeos in North America. Located at Tucson Rodeo Grounds.

Southwest Indian Art Fair
Meet 200 of the most renowned Native artists. Shop for top-quality artwork including pottery, Hopi kachina dolls, paintings, jewelry, baskets, rugs, blankets, and much more. Artist demonstrations, Native foods, music, and dance performances. Located at the Arizona State Museum, on the campus of the University of Arizona.
1013 E University Blvd
Tucson, AZ 85701
9 minutes; 3.8 miles

Tubac Festival of the Arts
Historical village offers more than 90 galleries, boutiques, and working artists’ studios, with art, history, and native crafts. Perhaps more fun to shop than 5th Avenue or Rodeo Drive.
Village of Tubac.
Tubac, AZ
54 minutes; 51 miles

Tucson Rodeo Parade
Mostly horse-drawn parade has been presented since 1925 and is considered the largest non-motorized parade in the United States. For information on the parade route, tickets, shuttle routes, and more, visit the Tucson Rodeo website.
4823 S. 6th Ave.
Tucson, AZ 85713
(520) 294-1280
15 minutes; 7.5 miles

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March 2015

Tubac Art Walk
Explore the local working artists’ studios and fine art galleries for which Tubac is renowned during this annual walking tour.
Tubac, AZ
(520) 398-2794 (Tubac Chamber of Commerce)
54 minutes; 51 miles

St. Patrick’s Day Parade & Festival
Everybody is Irish at this annual downtown event for the entire family. Gather at Jacome Plaza (Main Library, 101 N. Stone Ave.)

Spring Artisans Market
More than 120 of the Southwests finest artists and crafters gather at the Tucson Museum of Arts courtyards to sell their wares, including unique items from jewelry, textiles, photography, pottery, and more. Located at Tucson Museum of Art.
140 N. Main Ave.
Tucson, AZ 85701
(520) 624-2333
12 minutes; 4.5 miles

Southern AZ Arts & Cultural Festival
Outdoor fun, with more than 75 juried art booths, art demonstrations, live music and dance performances, children’s activities, food and free admission, at Pima Community College, Northwest Campus.
7600 North Shannon Road
Oro Valley, AZ 85709
(520) 797-3959

Tucson Festival of Books
Dates TBD
9:30 AM – 5:30 PM
The University of Arizona campus… exhibitors, stages, tents, booths, author signing areas.
Parking and admission is FREE.

29th Annual Tucson Bicycle Classic
Dates TBD
A three day USA Cycling stage race (time trial, road race, circuit race).
(520) 444-7607

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April 2015

Fourth Avenue Spring Street Fair
Hundreds of arts and crafts booths, food vendors, street musicians and performers, and kids’ entertainment. Between Ninth St. and University Blvd. on Fourth Ave. Sponsored by Fourth Avenue Merchants Association.
743 N. 4th Ave.
Tucson, AZ 85705
(520) 624-5004
9 minutes; 4.3 miles

ASUA Spring Fling
The nation’s largest student-run carnival features fun rides, midway games, food, and amateur and professional entertainment, at Rillito Raceway Park.
4502 N. 1st. Ave.
Tucson, AZ 85718
(520) 621-5610

Tombstone Rose Festival
A rose parade and other events celebrate the 126th blooming of the world’s largest rose tree, nicknamed the Tombstone Rose.
118 S 4th St.
Tombstone, AZ 85638
(888) 457-3929 (Tombstone Chamber of Commerce)
1 hour 19 minutes; 70 miles

Pima County Fair
Old-fashioned fair with exhibits, food, stage concerts, and other live entertainment, carnival rides, educational exhibits.
11300 S. Houghton Rd.
Tucson, AZ 85747
(520) 762-9100 (Pima County Fairgrounds)
21 minutes; 16.5 miles

Arizona International Film Festival
Citywide festival features worldwide contemporary cinematic diversity, with opportunities to meet the filmmakers at workshops, seminars and presentations at various venues around Tucson.
(520) 401-4328

Tucson International Mariachi Conference
Award-winning conference, Tucson’s largest cultural event and a model for other conferences nationwide, with four public concerts performed at indoor and outdoor venues, including Tucson Convention Center.
(520) 838-3908

Tucson Madonnari Chalk Festival
Artists produce chalk murals on walkways and sidewalks; live music, entertainment, food, and opportunities for the public to create chalk drawings.
101 N. Stone Ave.
Tucson, AZ 85701
(520) 791-4393
12 minutes; 4.3 miles

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May 2015

Tucson Folk Festival
Nationally known headline acts each evening, as well as local and regional musicians, and workshops, a gospel sing-along, a childrens’ show, and varied food and crafts booths. El Presidio Park downtown.
160 W. Alameda St.
Tucson, AZ 85701
(520) 792-6481
12 minutes; 4.5 miles

Wyatt Earp Days
Celebrate the life and times of the Old West’s most famous lawman in “the town too tough to die,” with costumed entertainers, a barbecue, stagecoach rides.
420 E. Allen St.
Tombstone, AZ 85638
1 hour 19 minutes; 69.7 miles
(888) 457-3291

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June 2015

Garlic & Onion Festival at Agua Linda Farm
2643 East Frontage Road
Amado, AZ 85645
(520) 398-3218
Enjoy tasty food, live music and more at Agua Linda Farm’s annual festival to celebrate the harvest of garlic and onions grown on site.

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July 2015

Ha:San Bak: Saguaro Harvest Celebrations
The Sonoran Desert’s majestic saguaro cactus is honored during the fruit harvest. La Posta Quemada Ranch, Colossal Cave Mountain Park.
(520) 647-7121

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August 2015

Southwest Wings Birding Festival
Arizona’s Longest Running Nature Festival – Southwest Wings – is an educational celebration of the diversity of birds, mammals, reptiles and insects in their unique environment. Southwest Wings is held in Sierra Vista, AZ. Some of the educational highlights of the Birding and Nature Festival will be Mexican birds, trogon, butterflies, dragonflies, ornithology, humming birds, bats, bugs, snakes and owls. It takes place in the spectacular high desert environment of Cochise County, home to the Huachuca Mountains and the San Pedro River. The site of the 2014 Festival is the Cochise College Campus in Sierra Vista. For more information visit Or call 520-678-8237.

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September 2015

Oktoberfest on Mt. Lemmon
In the pines and aspens, German food and beer, music, dancing. Mt. Lemmon Ski Valley.
(520) 576-1400

Sonoita Labor Day Rodeo
Old West rodeo, with timed and team-roping events, barel racing, wild-horse race, and mutton-busting and peewee events for little cowpokes. Sonoita Fairgrounds.
(520) 455-5553

Cochise County Fair
Old-fashioned county-carnival and 4-H exhibits in rural area.
Douglas, AZ
(520) 455-5553

Harvesting of the Vine Festival
Celebration of the grape harvest, with grape stomping and wine tasting in the scenic heart of Southern Arizona’s vineyard country.
(520) 455-9309

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October 2015

Loft Film Fest
Dates TBD
The Loft Film Fest is an eight-day showcase of exclusive, one-time-only screenings and will feature:

  • Festival favorites from Cannes, Sundance, SXSW, Telluride and more
  • Lively Q&A’s with talented filmmakers and actors
  • Exciting retrospective screenings
  • New international cinema
  • Edgy late night movies
  • Stimulating shorts from the filmmakers of tomorrow

At the Loft Film Fest, audiences experience world-class film festival programming infused with the unique flavor The Loft Cinema brings to Tucson movie-lovers year round.

Tucson Culinary Festival
A food and wine experience with top local and national chefs cooking and teaching and a Grand Tasting with more than 60 participating wineries.
(520) 488-8601

Rex Allen Days
A celebration of the legendary cowboy singer and Willcox native. Professional rodeo, parade, concerts, cowboy poetry, and music.
Willcox, AZ
(520) 384-2272

Nightfall at Old Tucson Studios
Horror-themed event at the West’s most famous film location, with a motley gathering of characters in Hollywood-style makeup, gruesome stunts, and frightening pyrotechnics.
(520) 883-0100

Patagonia Fall Festival
Art show and fall festival in pastoral valley south of Tucson.
Patagonia, AZ
(888) 794-0060

Helldorado Days
Tombstone’s oldest festival celebrating its rip-roaring heyday.
Tombstone, AZ
(888) 457-3929

Desert Thunder Pro Rodeo
Competitive professional rodeo with roping contests, bronc busting, and kids’ pony rides.
Tucson Rodeo Grounds.
(520) 721-1621

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