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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 […]


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Bear Down Downtown at Playground All Season Long with ZonaZoo!

November 15, 2016

by James Jefferies It’s no secret that Downtown Tucson has reclaimed its throne as the center of civic life in Southern Arizona, in addition to thriving as a hub of fantastic nighttime entertainment options, rapidly becoming a globally-renowned capitol of gastronomic wizardry and cutting edge technological startups fostering ideas as big and bright as an […]


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 […]


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, […]


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 […]


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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 […]


Hub's magnificently cold and delicious Downtown-made ice cream can also be bought at a discount with the Summer In The City card. You're welcome!

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 […]