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Hydra sells a huge selection of clothing, including everything from 50's retro and western to gothic, rockabilly and steampunk.

Your Downtown Holiday Shop-O-Rama, 2016 Edition!

November 29, 2016

by Kai Parmenter The holidays are officially here, and you know what that means: warm hearths and bright spirits, precious time spent with family, and a healthy dose of shopping. For those of you still searching for that perfect gift for someone, or are just looking to treat yourself this season, Downtown has you covered. […]


The Kentucky Thoroughbred and All Good Things cocktails are sure to tastefully wet your late-night whistle!

Welcome, Indeed: Welcome Diner Expands Hours of Operation

November 28, 2016

by Eric Swedlund The new Welcome Diner has received such a positive reception in its two months in Tucson that the restaurant is already moving to expanded lunch and breakfast hours. In the mid-century building at 902 E. Broadway Blvd. that formerly housed Chaffin’s Diner and Sambo’s, Welcome Diner is the first Tucson expansion of […]


The panelists include Tucson-based Anthony Michaels, who won first place in Season 7 of Spike TV’s Ink Master.

Inside Track Event Offers the Chance to Pitch Reality TV Ideas to Pros

November 23, 2016

by Jenn Hopkins If you’ve ever watched reality television or even harbored a secret desire to be a part of or create a show, you’re about to get your opportunity to learn more from the professionals. Film Tucson, a division of Visit Tucson and The University of Arizona’s Hanson Institute, are co-presenting Inside Track: A […]


Once again, DTP is thrilled to welcome Carondelet St. Mary's as the title sponsor for the 22nd Annual Downtown Parade of Lights and Festival!

Cardondelet St. Mary’s: Proud Title Sponsor of the 22nd Annual Downtown Parade of Lights and Festival

November 21, 2016

by Kai Parmenter The holidays are upon us, and with them come one of Downtown’s biggest annual events: the Downtown Parade of Lights and Festival. Now in its 22nd year, the Parade of Lights is a Tucson staple, where thousands of spectators gather in the streets of Downtown to enjoy musical performances, one-of-a-kind holiday themed […]


It was a fast moving, dynamic, musically-charged event to capture the energy happening in Downtown Tucson in 2016.

Downtown Now Celebrates Downtown’s Success and Looks Ahead…

November 7, 2016

by Eric Swedlund It’s all happening. Downtown Tucson is in the midst of an utterly transformative boom, with an ever-growing list of changes, new arrivals and plans for even more. Celebrating the collective accomplishments – and the $600 million in private investment that’s making it all possible – Downtown Rio Nuevo and the Downtown Tucson […]


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Downtown Welcomes All Souls Procession 2016

October 31, 2016

by Kai Parmenter It’s that time of year again, when spirits emerge to join the living in celebration and remembrance. We’re of course talking about the All Souls Procession, which has become one of Downtown’s largest annual festivals, with over 150,000 participants. This year’s event is shaping up to be the grandest one yet, and […]


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Stunning New Loft Graces 44 E. Broadway

October 24, 2016

by Kai Parmenter To say that Downtown has experienced a renaissance in recent years would be a huge understatement. Between the installation of the Sun Link Streetcar and a dramatic upsurge in new shops, restaurants, and commercial and residential properties, the heart of the Old Pueblo is booming like never before. First-time visitors and returning […]


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TENWEST Festival: Video Preview & Highlights

October 20, 2016

by Eric Swedlund   The TENWEST Festival is what you make of it, with dozens of seminars, workshops and other events that highlight culture, innovation and entrepreneurship in Tucson. The event began in 2015 and expanded this year, organized under four areas, or paths: arts, communities, technology and entrepreneurship. The overall goal is to create and […]


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Downtown’s 9th Annual Tucson Comic Con Is Ridin’ Nerdy

October 19, 2016

by Jenn Hopkins Prepare yourself for incoming nerdiness in Downtown Tucson as the 9th Annual Tucson Comic Convention (TCC) sets itself up at the Tucson Convention Center the first weekend in November. Many locals are familiar with the neighboring Phoenix Comicon, but a surprising few know about Tucson’s own. “‘I didn’t know we had a […]


The cofounders of Southwest Terror Fest. From left to right: Dave Carroll, Larry Horvath and David Rodgers.

Southwest Terror Fest V Shreds Downtown

October 17, 2016

by Kai Parmenter It’s time to get heavy and throw the *horns*, because the fifth annual Southwest Terror Fest is here. Spanning four days of doom, sludge, rock, punk and good old-fashioned metal music, this year’s Southwest Terror Fest will be the largest yet, and should have all of Downtown banging their heads in unison […]


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Rio Nuevo & Downtown Tucson Partnership Present DOWNTOWN NOW

October 12, 2016

by James J. Jefferies The Downtown Tucson Partnership and Rio Nuevo have partnered to create DOWNTOWN NOW, the first-ever State of Downtown event, taking place on November 3, 2016, at 5:00pm at the Tucson Convention Center Ballroom. After a long, protracted effort by so many dedicated Tucsonans to revive Downtown Tucson, and given events like the […]


Limited edition zine by local Artist Danny Martin.

Stranger Things Fandom Gets Expressive with the Upside Down Art Show

October 4, 2016

by Jenn Hopkins If you haven’t already seen the dynamite phenomenon sweeping the pop culture landscape that is Stranger Things on Netflix, worry not. At a scant eight episodes, you can binge-watch it on your day off, or break it down into four digestible two-hour sittings, or even the crawling pace of one episode a […]


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Film Fest Tucson Celebrates Tucson’s Film Legacy and Works Unseen in Arizona

October 3, 2016

by Eric Swedlund With a programming nod to Tucson’s rich movie history, a new film festival comes to Downtown Tucson October 20 to 23. At the helm of Film Fest Tucson is Festival Director Herb Stratford, a film critic perhaps best known locally for spearheading the restoration of the historic Fox Theatre. Film Fest Tucson […]


The A-Mountain Half-Marathon will include a 509 foot climb to the top of Sentinel Peak.

Downtown Tucson’s October “Rundown”: Walks, Runs, & Nonprofit Friends with Benefits

September 27, 2016

by Kai Parmenter With the long-awaited departure of scorching temperatures, the Old Pueblo has once again transformed from summer survival mode to bustling city, full of opportunities to exercise and have fun outdoors in our gorgeous desert environment. Tucson has always been a thriving community for runners and walkers of all kinds, with plenty of […]


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TENWEST: Showcasing Downtown Tucson’s Innovative Talent

September 26, 2016

by Eric Swedlund After an inaugural event that drew more than 3,300 attendees, the TENWEST Festival will return to Downtown Tucson next month for a week of seminars, workshops, concerts and more. The overall goal is to create and keep great ideas in Tucson, whether those ideas come from computer programmers, entrepreneurs, artists or anyone […]


Vanessa Santucci organized this year's ignite520 summit.

Ignite520 Unites Tucson’s Young Professionals

September 22, 2016

by Kai Parmenter The Old Pueblo has always fostered diversity and innovation, a fact the Tucson Young Professionals Alliance is keenly aware of. The Alliance, a division of the nonprofit organization Tucson Young Professionals, will host its second annual ignite520 summit in Downtown on October 21st and 22nd, bringing professionals from the younger generation together […]


Kathleen Eriksen, who will take over as The Downtown Tucson Partnership's fifth CEO.

Downtown Tucson Partnership Names Kathleen Eriksen as New CEO

September 21, 2016

by James Jefferies The Downtown Tucson Partnership is pleased to announce that Kathleen Eriksen has been named its Chief Executive Officer. She will take over for Michael Keith, who is retiring after a successful six-year tenure as CEO. Eriksen was selected as a result of a thorough global search, led by board member Fletcher McCusker, […]


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Rock the Block in a Bow Tie for El Rio!

September 14, 2016

by Jenn Hopkins Tie your best bow tie, or wear it as a corsage, wear it in your hair as long as you have one, and if you don’t, the Vecinos has you covered. September 24, 2016 will ring in the third annual Bow Tie Block Party hosted by the El Rio Vecinos: an organization […]


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UA’s Confluencenter for Creative Inquiry Begins Downtown “Show & Tell @ Playground” Series on Sept. 21

September 13, 2016

by Jamie Manser Confluencenter for Creative Inquiry, UA’s arts, humanities and social sciences research center, is back Downtown with another season of Show & Tell @ Playground events. Started in 2012 as a way to connect university research to the Tucson community, Show & Tell has showcased topics as diverse and expansive as the subjects […]


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Local Jewelers Have ‘Got’ Marbles and Expanded Hours

September 6, 2016

by Jenn Hopkins As Downtown Tucson continues to evolve and draw in new blood, some old blood is also stirring. If you’ve ever walked down Congress, you may have noticed an unassuming entryway across from the Ronstadt Center with leaf-like bars and little mural above the door that says “Got All Your Marbles?” and found […]


CEO Jeremy Mikolajczak has big plans for the Museum going forward.

Tucson Museum of Art Seeks Wider Community Embrace Under New CEO

August 30, 2016

by Kai Parmenter The Tucson Museum of Art has long been an historic destination in Downtown. Founded in 1924 as the Tucson Fine Arts Association, the Museum has grown from a small organization in the El Presidio Historic District to one of the Old Pueblo’s premiere institutions for art and culture. Yet their mission has […]


This little monster beat everyone that day, and is now banned from the facility. (We jest.)

GRAND OPENING Sept. 8th: Autobahn Feeds Downtown’s Need For Speed

August 29, 2016

by Jenn Hopkins Do you remember your first go-kart race? The exhilaration of speed and gravity as you wheeled your way around track and turns, determined to beat your friends and earn the title of 1st place. Have you never driven a go-kart? Go-karts aren’t just for kids anymore and with Autobahn Indoor Speedway having […]


Tradiciones gave a wonderful performance at Mission Garden's birthday/groundbreaking celebration.

A Tale of Two City Birthday Parties in the Old Pueblo

August 24, 2016

by Kai Parmenter Tucson has been around a long time. Officially founded in 1775 as Presidio San Augustin del Tucson, the Old Pueblo celebrated its 241st birthday on August 20th. What began as a simple military outpost has since become a thriving multicultural center, and one of the most expansive cities in the Southwest. In […]


Borderlands' general manager Adam Ledford can't wait to share Citrana with everyone.

Borderlands Celebrates Citrana Can Release!

August 15, 2016

by Kai Parmenter Borderlands Brewing Company has become a major fixture in Downtown in recent years, offering a diverse array of handcrafted beers on tap, which can also be found in many stores, bars and restaurants throughout the state. They’ve also begun offering select brews in a more portable fashion. Case in point: Borderlands just […]


Come 'sea' the Mermaids on 4th Avenue and Downtown on Saturday, August 13th!

Enchantment Far From the Sea: Return of the Mermaids!

August 4, 2016

by Jenn Hopkins Monsoon season is again upon the southwestern desert. Accompanying the much-needed rain, mermaids return to Downtown Tucson in the 3rd annual Return of the Mermaids celebration. Three years ago, Lizzie Mead of Silver Sea Jewelry on 4th Avenue and David Aguirre of Dinnerware Artspace from downtown each started independently organizing a mermaid […]


The Arizona Daily Star's new office, at 1 East Broadway Boulevard.

Arizona Daily Star Opens New Downtown Office

August 4, 2016

by Kai Parmenter The Arizona Daily Star has been one of Tucson’s preeminent sources for local news and culture for well over one hundred years. Founded in 1877 as The Daily Bulletin, the Daily Star has since become the state’s second-largest newspaper. As part of their ongoing mission to deliver engaging content on our ever-expanding […]


Pueblo High School’s Mariachi Aztlán closed out the evening with a fantastic performance.

Dímelo Stories Celebrates Local Voices With Year-End Party

July 18, 2016

by Kai Parmenter Tucson is one of the most culturally diverse places in the Southwest, perhaps even the whole country. This is no surprise to us. We live it every day. Tucsonans are proud of their heritage, and are continuously finding new ways to celebrate and explore it. In placing local experiences front and center, […]


Wilma the Wildcat WANTS YOU to become a successful University of Arizona student!

First Ever UA Day at Main Library Aims to Help Local Students

July 13, 2016

by James J. Jefferies Most parents dream of having their children attend college. Fewer of them can help plan for that unless they experienced the admissions process themselves, and for many young high school students in Southern Arizona, the preparation can seem like an incredibly intimidating venture, especially if they are already in their junior […]


El Charro Cafe's delicious Pollo Arizona burrito.

The Downtown Tucson Burrito Tour, Summer ’16 Edition

July 11, 2016

by Kai Parmenter It was no surprise when Tucson was designated an International City of Gastronomy last December, as Tucson is home to an array of authentic Mexican food unparalleled in the Southwest, perhaps even the country. Most food tours center on more common mall fare like pizza, burgers or beer, but that won’t do […]


Senae is perfect for date night, or group outings.

Let’s Eat: Senae Thai Bistro Now Open in Downtown

July 11, 2016

by Kai Parmenter Here in Tucson, we’re so fortunate to have a wide array of delicious, culturally distinct restaurants and food on hand, from traditional Southwestern and American fare to Asian, Middle Eastern and more. With the opening of Senae Thai Bistro this week in Downtown, the offerings have become even more diverse. First opened […]


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The Downtown Tucson Coffee Roundup, Summer ’16 Edition

June 23, 2016

by James Jefferies It is summer. The days are smokin’ hot, of course, but more importantly, they’re longer. Those of us hardy enough to consider ourselves dyed-in-the-wool native Tucsonans know the sun burns long and bright, and so must we, no matter our occupation! To that end, we have nature’s gift to those with too […]


Chef Janos Wilder in his kitchen.

Around the Globe: Downtown Kitchen’s Gastronomy Tour Celebrates World Cuisine

June 20, 2016

by Kai Parmenter Tucson has always been a city rich in diversity of culture and food, so much so that the Old Pueblo recently garnered international recognition. In December 2015, the United Nations Education, Science and Cultural Organization, or UNESCO, designated Tucson a City of Gastronomy, the first city in North America to receive this […]


BICAS Art Coordinator Monique Laraway.

Feeling the Heat: BICAS Embraces Summer Weather with Benefit Ride

June 20, 2016

by Kai Parmenter Summer has arrived, and with it comes careful consideration when setting foot outside for any length of time. Yet that’s exactly what BICAS is advocating with their latest event, to be held on Saturday, June 25th. Located in the Warehouse Arts District in Downtown, BICAS—short for Bicycle Inter Community Art and Salvage— […]


A taco de rajas and a taco de nopales at Penca.

5 Delicious Veggie Meals To Try Downtown

June 13, 2016

by Liz Felix You may have abandoned that New Year’s resolution but it’s never too late to start eating healthier. Here are five Downtown Tucson restaurants that offer yummy veggie options to satisfy the loudest of stomach growls. Veg In A Box – Squash Fettuccine Pomodoro Veg In A Box serves up exactly what your […]


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Hot Times Demand Cool Discounts: The Summer In The City Card is BACK!

June 9, 2016

by Jenn Hopkins If you are native to Tucson, or at least consider it your home, you will have noticed two things during the rollover from May to June. One, the temperature is swiftly warming up—heading towards muy caliente; and two, the streets are less crowded, now that the students and snowbirds have fled the […]


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The Army Man Project: 3D Transformations of Tucsonans Into Toys

June 8, 2016

by Kai Parmenter Downtown has long served as a nexus of artistry in Tucson, whether it be painters, photographers or something a bit more contemporary. The Army Man Project, created by Rudy Flores and Teresa Estrella, utilizes elements of the aforementioned mediums, while placing a new spin on each: the duo create three-dimensional figures, or […]


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Cinema La Placita: Committed to Classics In A Brand-New Home

May 25, 2016

by James Jefferies When one thinks of Downtown Tucson, the beauty and timelessness of the old Pima County Courthouse and its strikingly colorful dome quickly come to mind. In an era in which we are simultaneously reinventing our historic urban core with reverence for the past and an eye towards the future, it is wonderful […]


Francisco takes inspiration from everywhere, but his hummingbirds fit perfectly with the romance of Mexican folklore.

Local Artist Norzagaray Keeps Southwestern Folklore Humming

May 23, 2016

by Mariana Colín If you’ve been to Borderlands recently and you’re in the habit of scanning the local art rotation while you sip your Noche Dulce, your eye may have been caught by artist Francisco Norzagaray’s latest project: small ink and colored pencil drawings of hummingbirds dressed as people. Comical as they are charming, they […]


Ai Weiwei's Circle of Animals/Zodiac Heads: Gold exhibit, located in the Tucson Museum of Art's main gallery.

Downtown Tucson’s June Art Roundup (feat. Ai Weiwei and more!)

May 18, 2016

by Kai Parmenter In Downtown Tucson, the arts continue to thrive. In anticipation of the hotter months, many of the galleries and museums in Downtown will feature new or continuing exhibits in June. Tucsonans would be remiss to ignore all these fantastic events here in the heart of town. Fast approaching its centennial, the Tucson […]


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El Rio’s Manning House Headquarters Exudes History and Purpose

May 16, 2016

by James J. Jefferies During a time in which health care is such a critical need for many people in the greater Southern Arizona community, El Rio Community Health Center is an organization that continues to do fantastic work on behalf of so many who would otherwise go without those services. They’ve been at it […]


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Meet Me Downtown: Tucson’s Largest Annual Running Event Prepares for Tenth Year

May 13, 2016

by Kai Parmenter Memorial Day is fast approaching, and with it comes one of Downtown’s biggest happenings: the TMC Meet Me Downtown 5k, an annual running event celebrating fitness, inclusion and the thriving center of Tucson. Yet this event isn’t limited to hardcore running types, rather everyone is encouraged to participate in some fashion. This […]


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Team Effort Ushers UA Film Seniors Onto Big Screen at Fox Theatre on May 7th

May 4, 2016

by James J. Jefferies IV It has been said that one of the most indispensable skill sets of the 21st century information economy is the ability to tell a story visually in a globally connected environment in which rapid communication of ideas is essential across borders, languages, and continents. Cinema remains the one truly universal […]


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Award-Winning Producers Talk Hollywood Diversity in Conversation Series

April 27, 2016

by Liz Felix This Friday, the Fox Tucson Theatre will be hosting Hanson Dialogues, the new free conversational series focusing on film, television, and culture. Hanson Dialogues, presented by the University of Arizona Hanson Film Institute, will debut on April 29th and will tackle the topic of diversity in one of America’s biggest money-making industries, […]


Just like a brand-new legal pad or a blank canvass, this spot on the side of Wig-O-Rama at 98 East Congress is just dying for something beautiful, isn't it?

City of Tucson Mural Finalists Unveiled and Underway!

April 25, 2016

by James Jefferies It takes a great many things to define what makes a place an open, inviting, and attractive space for living, working, and playing. For a rapidly growing environment such as Downtown Tucson, every bit as critical as having well-designed roads, parks, and sidewalks is the art that we choose to invigorate our […]


Come prepared to learn a thing or two about agave-based spirits.

First Annual Agave Heritage Week: Hotel Congress’ Homage to Agave

April 20, 2016

By Liz Felix When it comes to agave, a day of celebration just isn’t enough, and that’s why Hotel Congress is giving all things agave the stage for a week. On May 3rd through May 8th, The Hotel Congress and other Downtown locations will host various events all centered around the versatile plant that’s used […]


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5 Downtown Happy Hour Spots to End Your Weekday Right

April 12, 2016

by Mariana Colin We Tucsonans are lucky to live in one of the biggest culinary renaissances of our city’s history. With our beer and food scene going nowhere but up, it’s the perfect moment to try everything the city has to offer, and there’s no better way to do that than with a good happy […]


A still from "Bitter Coffee". Four young sisters inherit their parents coffee plantation in 1950s Cuba.

Arizona International Film Festival Celebrates Silver Milestone

April 12, 2016

By Liz Felix Celebrating 25 years of showcasing compelling independent films from around the world, the Arizona International Film Festival returns to Downtown Tucson this Thursday, April 14 – May 1, offering Tucsonans a window into the diverse cultures and traditions of over 20 countries. “We are celebrating our 25th edition of the festival. Hard […]


The Royal Elizabeth's pool is a glorious little oasis in a mellow corner of Downtown Tucson.

Royal Elizabeth B&B is bigger than its owners, and tops on Trip Advisor

March 24, 2016

By Simon Brimmer A lot of folks probably have entertaining St. Patrick’s Day stories. Most of them likely don’t involve buying a B&B. But that’s precisely what happened to local attorney BJ Gibbons in 2010. As a dual citizen with an Irish passport, it’s a pretty safe bet some time can be put aside to […]


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Rival Sneakers Makes A Move to Congress Street

March 16, 2016

by Liz Felix Back in the day, Tucson’s Downtown was a popular locale for some good ol’ fashioned retail therapy. Montgomery Ward, Cele Peterson’s, Levy’s, Steinfeld’s, and Woolworth’s are just a few shops that once had a home in the heart of the Old Pueblo, but with time came change and slowly, those retail stores […]


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St. Patrick’s Day Festivities Set for Sunday, March 13

March 8, 2016

By Simon Brimmer Freedom Rising is the theme of this year’s 29th annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Festival. “It is the longest, and in my opinion, the hottest party in Tucson, AZ.,” said organizer John Murphy. “Our theme this year is Freedom Rising because 2016 is the centennial anniversary of the Easter Rising, which […]


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‘Not Your Grandmother’s Fashion Show’ Supports AIDS Foundation

March 2, 2016

by James J. Jefferies While the AIDS epidemic has somewhat shrunk from our national media spotlight since the 1990s, it remains a very real and ongoing battle, particularly for those diagnosed with the disease who face a grueling physical and emotional journey. For these individuals, the Southern Arizona AIDS Foundation (SAAF) remains a beacon of […]


Charro Steaks' all natural bone in pork shank with green apple-jalapeno slaw. Photo: Charro Steaks

El Charro Steakhouse to open in March in Downtown Tucson

February 22, 2016

by Liz Felix The El Charro name has become synonymous with the Tucson food scene. “Where should we take Aunt Carol for some authentic Mexican food?” Without question, El Charro Cafe usually makes the list of must visit restaurants for out-of-towners, but it’s got a strong hold on Tucson natives too. There’s a reason why […]


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2nd Annual Tucson Craft Beer Crawl Selling Out Fast

February 16, 2016

by Liz Felix If you’re looking to buy some tickets to the 2nd annual Tucson Craft Beer Crawl to see for yourself why everyone was talking about last year’s crawl, you better act fast. The inaugural Tucson Craft Beer Crawl sold out quickly and to accommodate for this year’s expected high turnout, the crawl will […]


Pagac stands in front of part of his largest creation, located on the back of Borderlands Brewing Company.

Spotlight on Downtown Artists: Joe Pagac

February 12, 2016

By Kai Parmenter To say that Downtown has long served as a nexus of culture and artistry in Tucson would be an understatement. Case in point, the Downtown area is positively brimming with fantastic mural work from a small retinue of local artists who are continuously creating new pieces in the area. You may have […]


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Pueblo Vida Brewing Expansion Means Live Music and More Beer

February 4, 2016

by Liz Felix There’s more than just beer a-brewin’ over at Pueblo Vida Brewing Company. The eco-friendly brewing joint at 115 E. Broadway has been looking to expand its cozy brewery and taproom space for some time. Now they’re close to completion and soon will be ready to welcome their thirsty patrons into the new […]


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Carriage House Ushers in Tucson’s New Era as “City of Gastronomy”

February 4, 2016

by Mariana Colín The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) designation of Tucson as the nation’s first World City of Gastronomy is the latest acknowledgement of a fact Tucsonans have known for centuries. To put it mildly: when it comes to food, Tucson knows what it’s doing. From being the location of the […]


Free GemRide Shuttle Gets You Around Gem Shows

January 28, 2016

Park your car and get on the free GemRide shuttles to get around the Tucson Gem, Mineral & Fossil Showcase. Find out all you need to know about free GemRide shuttles and parking at www.GemRide.com. Starting Saturday, January 30, free GemRide shuttles will run daily through Sunday, February 14, on three routes: Downtown Gem Loop […]


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Your Guide to the Gem, Mineral & Fossil Showcase

January 28, 2016

By Cristina Manos In Tucson, the annual Tucson Gem & Mineral Show brings about many reactions from locals. This is because for a couple of weeks every winter, Tucson is turned on its toes and must accommodate a huge influx of folks from all over the world. Most noticeable to locals is the increase in […]


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Ava Motherwell Has a Bead on Downtown During Gem Show

January 28, 2016

By Simon Brimmer Much of the success of Tucson’s premier event, the Gem, Mineral and Fossil Showcase, has to do with the expansive variety of unique merchandise on display by trustworthy vendors who view the annual show as an opportunity to display their wares while reconnecting with familiar faces and appreciative clientele. It’s a gem […]


Maynards Kitchen's beignets come with a chocolate dipping sauce and whipped cream, and go great with coffee.

A Tour of Downtown’s Weekend Brunches

January 26, 2016

by Mariana Colín After a long work week, it’s good to wake up on a weekend morning with the entire, glorious free day ahead of you. With what seems like ages available at your fingertips, it’s easy to decide what you should do first to celebrate the day’s freedom: eat. Tucson, with its long summers […]


James Beard Award-winning Chef Janos Wilder prepares world-class meals with locally grown native foods.

Tucson’s UNESCO City of Gastronomy Designation Has Roots in Downtown

January 25, 2016

by Brad Poole As you drive along Interstate 19 just at the southern edge of Tucson, you can see a few hundred acres of farm fields sprawling along the western bank of the Santa Cruz River. The farmland, which yields a crop of squash, tepary beans, corn and other Sonoran Desert delectables, belongs to the […]


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Lash Factor Studio Brings Health and Beauty Downtown

January 22, 2016

by Mariana Colín Downtown has its fair share of businesses that beautify Tucsonans. The salons and barbershops are top-notch, but until recently if you were looking for a more specialized style Downtown, you were out of luck. Fortunately, Downtown has just welcomed its most specialized beauty shop yet. Lash Factor Studios and Beauty Club has […]


The gang makes a break for it in front of Cup Cafe.

Dillinger Days Celebrates Capture of Public Enemy No. 1

January 21, 2016

by Mariana Colín Eighty-two years ago, a fire started in the basement of Hotel Congress. As it spread to the third floor and the guests evacuated, a few firemen, spurred by a generous tip from a few particular hotel guests, went upstairs to retrieve some luggage that was later found to contain a small army’s […]


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Relive the Capture of One Of America’s Most Wanted at Dillinger Days

January 19, 2016

by James J. Jefferies A long-recognized component of Tucson’s image has been colored by a rugged streak, in part because of its indelible perception as an outpost of the Old West (bolstered by decades of Hollywood productions at Old Tucson), but also thanks to the history surrounding the capture of one of the most notorious […]


Though their whiskey is top-of-the-line, Batch will be known mainly for its food.

Batch Whiskey & Doughnuts Debuts Grilled Cheese Varieties with New Food Menu

January 19, 2016

by Mariana Colín When you think of all your favorite foods, the ones Mama used to make, the stuff that warms the heart and feed the soul, Kade Mislinski is willing to bet that they all have something in common: they come in batches. From doughnuts to pies to sandwiches, somehow the best, most nostalgic […]


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Constant Con Brings Comic Book Art to Downtown

January 14, 2016

By Simon Brimmer It’s not so much an art gallery, but more an art nerdery. At least that’s how Jenn Hopkins describes Constant Con, a gallery—or nerdery—of comic book artists displaying their works in one centralized location. Just how central? 117 No. 6th Avenue, which is pretty darn central. Tucson has its share of established […]


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Tucson Jazz Festival Will Get Downtown Hopping for the 2nd Year

January 13, 2016

by Brad Poole Back in the 1980s, Tucson had a thriving jazz scene. There were scores of shows every year, both local and drawn in from across the country, and musicians and fans had their fill of jazzy entertainment. Things have contracted considerably in the scene here since then, but the Tucson Jazz Festival – […]


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Award-winning Elvira’s Restaurant Coming Soon to Downtown Tucson

January 6, 2016

by Liz Felix You’ve probably seen the decorative and slightly peeled decals on the windows of the old Saint House location on 256 E. Congress, teasing pedestrians with the anticipated arrival of Downtown Tucson’s newest business, Elvira’s Restaurant, projected to open early this year. Cocina. Vino. Tequila. The three words found on the restaurant’s windows […]


Located in the heart of Downtown, the Independent Distillery offers a wide selection of modern and pre-prohibition style beverages.

Party of the Year: New Year’s Eve Celebrations in Downtown

December 29, 2015

By Kai Parmenter The holidays are winding down, and the nights are long. That can only mean one thing: time to celebrate the new year. Of course, it wouldn’t be much of a celebration without Hotel Congress and the Rialto Theatre, two of Downtown’s most historic venues. The New Year’s Eve Bash at Congress will […]


Richard Noel will be one of the performers at the Downtown Block Party.

Downtown is site of Arizona Bowl block party Dec. 28

December 22, 2015

By Simon Brimmer A lot has changed in Tucson since the city hosted its last college football bowl game in 1999. The most noteworthy change has occurred with Downtown Tucson’s dramatic, vibrant renovation. Downtown is ready to showcase itself, and act as welcoming host for residents of Reno and Fort Collins, the home bases of […]


Downtown Blossoms manager and cofounder Pati Velasquez, in her shop.

In Full Bloom: Downtown’s Latest Flower Shop Offers Diverse Floral and Artistic Services

December 18, 2015

By Kai Parmenter Located in the El Presidio Historic District of Downtown, Old Town Artisans has long been one of Tucson’s premier destinations for authentic local jewelry, artwork, and food. With a number of shops, galleries, and the renowned La Cocina Restaurant, the 150-year-old Artisans building recently acquired another business, Downtown Blossoms, a small flower […]


No matter how obscure you might think your musical need might be, Chicago Music Store has probably thought of it first.

Your Guide to a Downtown Holiday Shopping Experience

December 17, 2015

by Mariana Colín Most of us are well into the holiday season, and if you’re like most of the country, you still have a lot of gift-buying to do. Fortunately, Downtown is here with a community of stores as varied as your gifting needs. Here are a few of Downtown’s best places to get your […]


Hydra's beautiful windows are ready for the holidays.

2nd Saturday Downtown Celebrates the Holidays on Dec. 12

December 10, 2015

Enter a winter wonderland during 2nd Saturdays Downtown in November! Tucson’s largest family friendly monthly urban festival will embrace the holiday season, with shining light displays, festive store windows, and kids singing carols strolling the street. As always, live music, street performers, and vendors will be out in force, and the 94.9 MIXfm Stage at […]


Flash in the Past's window puts a Christmas-y spin on their always-beautiful storefront display.

Downtown Holiday Window Competition Spreads Seasonal Cheer

December 8, 2015

by Mariana Colín The holiday season is in full force, and you may have noticed that the stores of Downtown are decorating accordingly. Businesses all around the central Downtown area are participating in this year’s Holiday Window Display Competition, organized by the Downtown Tucson Partnership and 2nd Saturdays. During this month’s Second Saturday, the winners […]


One of the winning entries in the 2012 parade.

21st Annual Downtown Parade of Lights Showcases Tucson’s Holiday Spirit

December 3, 2015

By Simon Brimmer Just because it’s the desert, and just because it isn’t the fallback Rockwell style poster for seasonal happenings, doesn’t mean Tucson is oblivious to the holiday spirit. Quite the opposite. In fact, important dignitaries have long been well aware of the appeal of the Downtown Parade of Lights, with an array of […]


Many of the pieces on display draw inspiration from other mediums, such as film.

For a Few Dollars More: Exploring the Tucson Museum of Art’s Western Heroes Exhibit

December 1, 2015

By Kai Parmenter The Tucson Museum of Art has long been one of the city’s preeminent art institutions, with emphasis on American West and Latin American art, in addition to modern and contemporary works. Yet it is the former that takes center stage in the Museum’s Western Heroes of Pulp Fiction: Dime Novel to Pop […]


Three of the four panelists.

“Where’s the Money? A Guide to Financing Your Independent Film.” Coming to Tucson

November 30, 2015

Film Tucson and the UA Hanson Film Institute will co-present a panel entitled “Where’s the Money?” on December 4 at the Center for Creative Photography. A valuable opportunity for southern Arizona’s creative community as well as anyone interested in how the film business works, the panel brings to Tucson four LA-based top industry professionals who […]


Avoiding large corporate interests for the benefit of small, local businesses and homeowners is at the heart of the Presidio Team's mission.

The Presidio Team: Real Estate Sold with Downtown in Mind

November 25, 2015

by Mariana Colín With Tucson growing and attracting new business every day, many locals worry that Tucson might soon start to lose its homegrown charm. But some Tucsonans are way ahead of the curve, making careers out of continuing the Tucson style before it ever has a chance to be lost. The Presidio Team, of […]


The Rialto Theatre will partner with KXCI to host auditions on Saturday.

KXCI and Rialto Theatre to host “The Gong Show”

November 24, 2015

Tucson is a haven for some incredibly talented people and here’s our chance to showcase it. The hit TV show America’s Got Talent is searching the nation for the next big entertainment sensation and they are making a stop in Arizona. Here’s YOUR chance to be discovered. KXCI 91.3FM Community Radio and The Rialto Theatre […]


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Enjoy Free Streetcar Rides as You Shop Local

November 20, 2015

Tucson Medical Center is once again sponsoring a day of free streetcar rides on Shop Local Saturday, November 28. Save your cash and ride the Sun Link Tucson Streetcar for free. Riders can enjoy a day of holiday shopping and support local merchants throughout Downtown, Mercado, 4th Avenue and Main Gate. “As Tucson’s nonprofit community […]


Laura's designs combine sustainability with modern, chic styles.

Laura Tanzer Brings Eco-Friendly Fashion to New Downtown Location

November 13, 2015

by Mariana Colín This weekend, Downtown will become home to a clothing store where how it’s made is just as important as how it looks. Laura Tanzer, named for its founder, is the newest addition to the Tucson Railroad Depot Building, which also houses Maynards and Salon Salon. On Saturday, Nov. 14th, Laura Tanzer will open […]


Kate Becker and her wonderful staff.

Ritual by Kate’s Magik Brings Massage, Aromatherapy to Downtown Tucson

November 12, 2015

by Liz Felix Right on the corner of Court Avenue and Washington Street, nestled in the historic El Presidio District is a new shop with one simple goal in mind: to help heal the mind, body and soul. Ritual by Kate’s Magik, an intent-based aromatherapy shop is Downtown Tucson’s newest addition and it aims to […]


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El Rio Celebrates Step Toward Downtown Expansion

November 12, 2015

by Mariana Colin The largest provider of medical and dental services to low-income populations of Tucson is one step closer to achieving its goal of expanding into Downtown. El Rio Community Health Center, which meets the medical and dental needs of over 85,000 people annually, purchased the historic Manning House in 2013 for a relocation of a number […]


BICAS offers instruction and help with bicycle repair and maintenance to all of Tucson.

For the Love of Bicycles: Preparing for BICAS’s Twentieth Annual Art Auction

November 6, 2015

By Kai Parmenter Tucson has long been a haven for bicyclists of all kinds, including road cyclists, mountain bikers and everything in between. Indeed, the greater metropolitan area is home to a truly impressive array of on and off-road trails. This integration of cycling into Tucson’s vibrant culture in recent decades owes much to a […]


Yes, the deer is real.

Castañeda Museum of Ethnic Costume Seeks Permanent Location in Downtown

November 2, 2015

by Mariana Colín Gayle Castañeda’s love of ethnic costume is 56 years in the making. From the time a relative brought her a doll from their vacation in Europe, Gayle has been fascinated with traditional folk and ethnic clothing from all over the world, a fascination that soon became more than just a hobby. “One […]


Gotham's finest and many Daleks can be found amid the crowds.

Tucson Comic-Con expects another record year

October 26, 2015

By Simon Brimmer Here’s a Daily Planet headline, complete with rotating newspaper filling the screen and coming right at you. The whole comic book thing is kind of a big deal. From the multi-billion dollar Marvel Universe to the impending record-setting release of the newest Star Wars installment to an endless stream of fantasy and […]


Situated just across from Tucson's famed Hotel Congress, the Rialto Theatre stands open for business.

A Century in the Making: A Brief History of Tucson’s Historic Rialto Theatre

October 22, 2015

By Kai Parmenter The Rialto Theatre has long been an essential landmark in Tucson—in fact, the historic venue is soon to celebrate its one-hundred-year anniversary. First built in 1920 as one of two East Congress Street projects (the other being the famed Hotel Congress, constructed in 1919), the Rialto has endured numerous iterations throughout its […]


CoLab, Startup Tucson's community workspace, advertises the events of 10West.

10West Celebrates Southwest Innovators in Downtown

October 20, 2015

by Mariana Colín Each year, Tucson seems bigger and brighter than the last. With the arrival of the Sun Link Streetcar, Downtown’s recent revitalization, and a growing number of small and local businesses, the possibilities of Tucson’s economic and cultural growth seem endless. It makes sense then, to showcase all the economic and artistic innovation […]


An excited crowd files into the 2014 SBS Lecture Series on "Food."

Learn from U of A’s Best at the SBS “Immortality” Downtown Lecture Series

October 19, 2015

by Mariana Colín Now that I’m comfortably on the “graduated” side of the college fence, it’s a lot easier for me to appreciate school and everything it did to enrich my view of the world. But once school is officially done and you find yourself getting used to a post-graduate routine it’s easy to forget […]


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Local businesses to compete for $10K prize in “Shark Tank” style Get Started Tucson pitch competition returning to Scottish Rite Nov. 5

October 16, 2015

Get Started Tucson, the small-business pitch competition hosted by Cox Business and Inc. magazine, was so successful last year, it’s back November 5, where local southern Arizona start-ups and small businesses will compete for a $5,000 cash prize and additional prizes valued in excess of $5,000. Self-nominations are now being accepted through October 26, at […]


Barrio Viejo's adobe homes are a signature Tucson style.

Architecture Week Brings Attention to Tucson Buildings

October 12, 2015

by Mariana Colín When most people think of Tucson architecture, visions of ancient little adobe houses and desert-colored walls usually go through their minds. With all the beautiful and historic architecture we’ve borrowed from the past ages of Tucson, it’s easy to forget the prominence of more modern architecture in our everyday lives. Fortunately, this […]


New owner Zach Fenton of ZFI Holdings has plans for One South Church - literally and figuratively.

New Owners Have Lofty Goals For City’s Tallest Building

October 9, 2015

by Brad Poole Tucson’s tallest building is back in local hands, and the new owners of One South Church plan to expand with a second tower, possibly as tall as the first. ZFI Holdings, which closed on the 23-story skyscraper last week, plans to put a high-end residential building with retail shops on the existing […]


Visit Rocks and Ropes Sunday mornings for a kids-only climbing session.

Five Downtown Destinations to Enjoy with Your Kid

October 7, 2015

by Mariana Colín With hours of entertainment available at their fingertips, it can be way too easy for kids to sit back and let technology occupy their free time. Summer vacation especially can go from a welcome respite from the stress of school to a stagnant three months of passive television-watching and couch-lounging in the […]


Photograph courtesy of Tucson Meet Yourself and Steven Meckler.

Get To Know Your Neighbor At Tucson Meet Yourself

October 5, 2015

by Liz Felix While the rest of the country prepares itself for the chilly days ahead, Tucsonans know they still have plenty of time to enjoy the sun and bask in all its glory. It’s only October after all, which makes it the perfect time to visit Downtown for Tucson Meet Yourself, a folklife festival […]


TFOF and AZUFF present Shayla Beesley and Paz de la Huerta in DEATH IN THE DESERT

All the Film Festivals in One, Converging Downtown

October 5, 2015

By Simon Brimmer The Old Pueblo’s myriad of film festivals are displaying their best product as part of the Tucson Festival of Films, scheduled Oct. 8-10, almost exclusively at the Temple of Music and Art. During the course of the festival schedule, each film festival will be represented by one presentation. “It was the brainchild […]


St. Augustine's Cathedral is the mother church of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Tucson.

An Hour to Kill Downtown? You Don’t Have to Stare at Facebook

October 1, 2015

by Brad Poole You have an errand to run Downtown, and you wind up with an hour to kill. Don’t despair, you won’t have to stare at your phone trying to find an hour’s worth of cat videos and political memes to post on Facebook. There are lots of things to do downtown with a […]


I enjoyed some Lucky Girl tacos with my cider (after downing a delicious prickly pear brew).

Borderlands’ New Beer Garden Offers Bocce Ball and Brews

September 25, 2015

by Mariana Colín Just in time for the Tucson weather change from “hot as heck” to “tolerable,” the long-awaited Borderlands beer garden is officially complete. It’s the latest addition to Borderlands, which has expanded over the years from just a production brewery to include in-house seating and space for live music, and now the outdoor […]


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Color Vibe 5k Offers Fun With a Splash of Color

September 24, 2015

by Brad Poole Running a 5k isn’t always about winning. Sometimes it’s just about laughing with friends, getting some exercise, and … being splattered with non-toxic, environmentally friendly, colorful powder. In Color Vibe runs it is, anyway. Color Vibe offers scores of fun runs across the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand and […]


Some of the Korean lanterns are already in Tucson, waiting to be displayed for the convention.

Annual IFEA Conference Brings Top Events Coordinators to Tucson

September 19, 2015

by Mariana Colín Next week, Tucson will host an event for people who plan events. Each year the International Festivals and Events Association (IFEA), comprised of the some of the world’s top event and festival organizers, holds their annual conference in cities across the globe and this year, for their 60th conference, the IFEA will land right here […]


Your ticket to the full Downtown experience.

Give the Gift of Living Local with the Downtown Tucson Gift Card

September 14, 2015

by Mariana Colín The holiday season is approaching faster than you think, and if you know a frequent customer of the Downtown area, then your shopping list is about to get a lot easier.  The Downtown Tucson Partnership has joined with Local First Arizona to release the Downtown Tucson eGift Card. Usable at any participating […]