Annual Events

Tucson Gem, Mineral & Fossil Showcase

The Tucson Gem, Mineral & Fossil Showcase is an international show every January-February. There are multiple shows hosted at multiple locations in  downtown and midtown Tucson. Visitors come from all over to shop for jewelry, jewelry-making supplies and to browse for bargains and treasures.

Tucson Rodeo

Join the cowboys and cowgirls for the annual Tucson Rodeo. Enjoy the bull-riding, bareback and saddle bronc, steer wrestling, team and tie-down, and barrel racing. Yeehaw!

Tucson Car Show

Tucson hosts the largest Classic and Custom Car Show in Southern Arizona every year. There are more than 400 Classic Cars and Hot Rods displayed. The show is hosted by The Rotary Club of Tucson and all proceeds benefit the Reading Seed Children’s Literacy Program and other Rotary Club of Tucson charities. This family-friendly show attracts more than 25,000 visitors each year.

Tucson Meet Yourself

Tucson Meet Yourself is an annual celebration of the living traditional arts of Southern Arizona’s and Northern Mexico’s diverse ethnic and folk communities. Each October, the three-day event features hundreds of artisans, home cooks, dancers, musicians and special exhibits that celebrate and honor beauty in all its diverse, informal, and everyday forms.

Street Fairs

The Fourth Avenue Street Fair brings together 400+ arts and crafts booths, 35+ food vendors, a main stage, street musicians, food, jugglers, street performers, and the ever-so-popular Free Kids Hands-On-Art Pavilion. There is face painting, balloons, demonstrations, sidewalk entertainment and tons of other fun activities. This is Tucson’s Largest Arts Venue.

2nd Saturdays

2nd Saturdays is a family-friendly music festival held downtown every 2nd Saturday of every single month, year round. Congress Street is full of activity from Toole Avenue & Congress west to Church Avenue & Congress. There is music, vendors, street performers and much more. This event is free to the whole family and every age.

Other Attractions

Campbell Avenue Corridor

From Broadway Boulevard to a point just north of Sunrise Drive, Campbell Avenue (plus the close-by areas on both sides) is Tucson’s premier restaurant row, offering some of the city’s most noted high-end eateries and a number of restaurant chains. You are bound to find whatever you crave. Burgers? Italian? Chinese? Japanese? Thai? Check on all. We count six pizza parlors, two tempting bakeries, two Middle Eastern restaurants, an Indian joint, a steakhouse or two, sandwich places galore, Greek food, modern American eats, Mexican food, wine bars, juice joints, sports bars—the list goes on and on. It’s no surprise that numerous Best of Tucson® winners and runners-up can be found along this strip.  The RV Park Attractions in and around the park entertain and educate.

Fourth Avenue Restaurants

Nowhere in Tucson can one find so many great places to eat in such a concentrated area! Pizza, traditional Greek food, Mexican food influenced by several different regions, Italian food, burgers, sandwiches, you name it and it is here on 4th Avenue!
Of course the Avenue also features those quirky, totally original spots that give Tucson its distinct flavor.

DeGrazia Gallery in the Sun

The DeGrazia Gallery in the Sun celebrates both the life of Ettore “Ted” DeGrazia and his art. Established in 1950 by DeGrazia, the Gallery in the Sun is a Tucson tradition that is a favorite among visitors and local Tucsonans alike. DeGrazia and his work are characterized by their rebellious approach and passionate depiction of Southwestern life.

6300 N Swan
Tucson, AZ 85718
(520) 299-9191

Tucson Museum of Art and Historic Block

Blending the traditional with the inventive, the Tucson Museum of Art presents original and traveling exhibitions with a focus on Art of the American West, Art of Latin America, Modern and Contemporary art, and Asian art. Located in downtown, the Museum also includes a historic block that provides visitors with a unique look into Tucson’s past.

140 N Main Avenue
Tucson, AZ 85701
(520) 624-2333

The Mini Time Machine Museum of Miniatures

Discover the magical world of miniatures, where visitors are seemingly transported to different lands and times through the stories told by over 300 miniature houses and roomboxes, expertly displayed in over 10,000 square-feet of state-of-the-art exhibit space. The Museum’s permanent collection boasts antique dollhouses dating to 1742, contemporary fine-scale miniatures and enchanting collectibles. Frequent temporary exhibits, special programs and events mean there is always something new to see. The Chicago Tribune has claimed; “The magic of this place cannot be overstated.” For a truly memorable experience, don’t miss this one-of-a-kind collection in a world-class setting.

4455 E. Camp Lowell Drive
Tucson, AZ 85712 

(520) 881-0606

San Xavier del Bac

Mission San Xavier del Bac is a historic Spanish Catholic mission located about 10 miles south of downtown Tucson, Arizona, on the Tohono O’odham San Xavier Indian Reservation.

1950 W San Xavier Road
Tucson, AZ 85746
(520) 294-2624

390th Memorial Museum

One plane, one bomb group: the 390th Memorial Museum provides an inspiring and deeply moving exploration of the faith, humor and human connections that lent to the resilience of WWII/8th Air Force “Sky Pioneers”. The museum showcases one of the few fully restored B17 “Flying Fortresses” on display in the US; a comprehensive nose art exhibit; in-depth crew stories and personal narratives; a combat ‘mission’ board; and a research library and archival center. While visitors can expect to be awed by the history, it’s the museum’s emotional impact that creates a lasting bridge between yesterday and today. The 390th Memorial Museum is co-located on the grounds of the Pima Air & Space Museum. Though it is independently operated, admittance to the “390th“ is free with Pima Air & Space Museum admission.

6000 E. Valencia Road
Tucson, AZ 85756 

(520) 574-0287 

International Wildlife Museum

Featuring natural-history collections from around the world, hands-on exhibits, Wildlife Theater showing films hourly, and Oasis Gift Shop. Group tours and discounts available.

4800 W. Gates Pass Road
Tucson, AZ 85745 

(520) 629-0100

Yume Japanese Gardens of Tucson

Stroll beside a pond of flashing koi, contemplate a Zen garden, and absorb the beauty of intimate courtyard views of classical Japanese landscaping imagery. Step into Yume Japanese Gardens of Tucson and experience an ancient artistic heritage. Located in central Tucson, the Gardens are a world away from the rush and stress of everyday life. See how nature is balanced by the human hand in five distinct garden styles that render the peace, harmony, and calmness of an authentic Japanese garden. You’ll come away refreshed, in touch with nature and with yourself. 9:30-4:30 daily, Oct 1 – May 31.

2130 N. Alvernon Way
Tucson, AZ 85712
(520) 332-2928

Main Gate Square

Discover flavor, style and attitude when you visit Main Gate Square, a pedestrian-friendly dining and shopping destination featuring over 20 retailers and 30 restaurants near the University of Arizona. Experience the flavors of the Mediterranean, India, Greece, Asia, Thailand, Mexico, Ireland, Japan, Vietnam and everywhere USA. If it’s fashion you want, you’ll find the right style for you or the perfect gift for someone else. Or relax at one our seven salons and spas. Live music, jam sessions, wine tastings, jazz concerts enhance Main Gate Square’s high energy, urban atmosphere. Life happens here!

University Blvd. between Park Avenue and Euclid Avenue
Tucson, AZ 85719 

(520) 622-8613

Casino Del Sol Resort and Spa

Forbes Travel Guide has given Casino Del Sol Resort, Spa and Conference Center the prestigious Forbes Four Star Travel Guide Award. Also rated by AAA as a Four-Diamond destination, Casino Del Sol Resort is a 215-room, 161,000-square-foot resort that features more than 65,000-square-feet of indoor and outdoor meeting and convention space; Hiapsi, a full-service spa; several restaurants and lounges including PY Steakhouse, Prema Lounge and Starbucks; and Sewailo golf course, an 18-hole, par 72-hole championship golf course designed by PGA golfer Notah Begay III.

5655 W. Valencia Road 
Tucson, AZ 85757 
520) 838-6506

Desert Diamond Casino Hotel

Desert Diamond Casinos & Entertainment offers a convenient, memorable entertainment experience in Tucson, Sahuarita, and Why, Arizona. Amenities include unmatched gaming options, fine dining, the Monsoon Nightclub and world-class sporting events, music concerts and comedy sets at the Diamond Center. Desert Diamond Casinos & Entertainment also offers one of the region’s finest convention centers and high-tech meeting facilities.

7350 S. Nogales Hwy.
Tucson, AZ 85756
(520) 294-7777 or (866) 332-9467

Canyon Ranch Health Resort

Enjoy a world of healthy pleasures at the world’s premier health resort. At Canyon Ranch in Tucson you will experience more than a vacation – you’ll discover your power to improve your health and increase your enjoyment of life through fitness, good nutrition, stress management and integrative health care. You can hike or bike through exotic desert canyons or explore pine-topped mountains. Fortify your body with 40+ fitness classes a day. Enjoy unhurried consults with top wellness experts. Dine on nutritious cuisine, and learn how to cook that way at home. Melt away stress with the best body treatments anywhere. Flex your mind, nurture your spirit and let yourself soar. Other health resorts and spas have some of what Canyon Ranch offers, but no one comes close to having it all:

  • Gracious accommodations
  • Three gourmet meals daily, plus always-available healthy snacks
  • Generous allowance for spa, sports and integrative wellness services
  • More than 40 fitness classes and activities daily
  • Unlimited access to truly incredible facilities
  • Transfers to and from Tucson International Airport, or complimentary valet parking
  • The kindness, warmth and expertise of our caring staff

At Canyon Ranch, you’ll find not just a revitalizing escape, but practically endless ways to create more balance in your life once you return home.

8600 E. Rockcliff Road
Tucson, AZ 85750 

(800) 742-6494

Funtastics Family Fun Park

With tons of entertainment to choose from for your entire family, Funtasticks offers something for the kid in all of us. Including Tucson’s Largest Indoor Laser Tag Arena, Miniature Golf, Go-Karts, Bumper Boats, 5 Ride Kiddie Land, Arcade, Batting Cages, and Snack Bar! They also specialize in group events and parties. From birthdays to corporate events, Funtasticks is your one-stop adventure destination when choosing where to host your next event! 

221 E. Wetmore Rd., Tucson, AZ 85705 
Contact: Erica Chavez 
Title: Group Sales & Marketing Director 
Phone: (520) 888-4653

Biosphere 2 – University of Arizona

There’s only one Biosphere 2! Experience the University of Arizona’s Biosphere 2 and see for yourself why Time Life Books recently named it ‘one of the 50 must-see wonders of the world.’ Visitors from around the world come to experience Earth’s largest living science center dedicated to exploring the environment, the future, and our planet. A unique trail system allows visitors to explore a tropical rainforest, savanna, coastal fog desert, and million-gallon ocean — all within Biosphere 2! Knowledgeable tour guides take you on this adventure to explain the history, research and unprecedented science taking place inside this engineering marvel. Also, don’t miss our feature film, multimedia displays, bookstore and cafe. New programs and events are offered monthly. Biosphere 2 is open daily.

32540 S. Biosphere Road
Oracle, AZ 85623
(520) 838-6200