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October 24, 2016

Stunning New Loft Graces 44 E. Broadway

The view this place affords is simply fantastic.

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 […]


October 20, 2016

TENWEST Festival: Video Preview & Highlights


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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The view this place affords is simply fantastic.

October 24, 2016

Stunning New Loft Graces 44 E. Broadway

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 […]


October 19, 2016

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

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.

October 17, 2016

Southwest Terror Fest V Shreds Downtown

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 […]


October 12, 2016

Rio Nuevo & Downtown Tucson Partnership Present DOWNTOWN NOW

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.

October 4, 2016

Stranger Things Fandom Gets Expressive with the Upside Down Art Show

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 […]


October 3, 2016

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

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.

September 27, 2016

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

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 […]


September 26, 2016

TENWEST: Showcasing Downtown Tucson’s Innovative Talent

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.

September 22, 2016

Ignite520 Unites Tucson’s Young Professionals

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.

September 21, 2016

Downtown Tucson Partnership Names Kathleen Eriksen as New CEO

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, […]


September 14, 2016

Rock the Block in a Bow Tie for El Rio!

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 […]


September 13, 2016

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

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 […]


September 6, 2016

Local Jewelers Have ‘Got’ Marbles and Expanded Hours

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.

August 30, 2016

Tucson Museum of Art Seeks Wider Community Embrace Under New CEO

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.)

August 29, 2016

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

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.

August 24, 2016

A Tale of Two City Birthday Parties in the Old Pueblo

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.

August 15, 2016

Borderlands Celebrates Citrana Can Release!

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!

August 4, 2016

Enchantment Far From the Sea: Return of the Mermaids!

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.

August 4, 2016

Arizona Daily Star Opens New Downtown Office

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.

July 18, 2016

Dímelo Stories Celebrates Local Voices With Year-End Party

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!

July 13, 2016

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

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.

July 11, 2016

The Downtown Tucson Burrito Tour, Summer ’16 Edition

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.

July 11, 2016

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

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 […]


June 23, 2016

The Downtown Tucson Coffee Roundup, Summer ’16 Edition

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.

June 20, 2016

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

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.

June 20, 2016

Feeling the Heat: BICAS Embraces Summer Weather with Benefit Ride

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.

June 13, 2016

5 Delicious Veggie Meals To Try Downtown

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!

June 9, 2016

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

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 […]

Each figure includes a custom laser cut backing, as seen here.

June 8, 2016

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

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 […]

Here it is, the new home for Cinema La Placita! Get your  popcorn ready!

May 25, 2016

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

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.

May 23, 2016

Local Artist Norzagaray Keeps Southwestern Folklore Humming

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.

May 18, 2016

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

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 […]


May 16, 2016

El Rio’s Manning House Headquarters Exudes History and Purpose

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 […]


May 13, 2016

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

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 […]


May 4, 2016

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

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 […]

Moctesuma Esparza (right) on the 1987 set of "The Milagro Beanfield War"

April 27, 2016

Award-Winning Producers Talk Hollywood Diversity in Conversation Series

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?

April 25, 2016

City of Tucson Mural Finalists Unveiled and Underway!

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.

April 20, 2016

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

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 […]

Is there any more beautiful sight after a long day?

April 12, 2016

5 Downtown Happy Hour Spots to End Your Weekday Right

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.

April 12, 2016

Arizona International Film Festival Celebrates Silver Milestone

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.

March 24, 2016

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

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 […]

Rival's collection of Clear Weather One-O-One Suede shoes.

March 16, 2016

Rival Sneakers Makes A Move to Congress Street

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 […]

This li'l pup wants to see you at the parade.

March 8, 2016

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

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 […]

While not all of the models are the beautiful people, there are some.

March 2, 2016

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

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

February 22, 2016

El Charro Steakhouse to open in March in Downtown Tucson

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 […]

A Tucson hop lover, deemed the Pueblo Vida IPA "balanced," and the beer glasses are fun.

February 16, 2016

2nd Annual Tucson Craft Beer Crawl Selling Out Fast

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.

February 12, 2016

Spotlight on Downtown Artists: Joe Pagac

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 […]

Teaming up to brew "Encore" for Arizona Beer Week. Photo: Pueblo Vida

February 4, 2016

Pueblo Vida Brewing Expansion Means Live Music and More Beer

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 […]

Janos DTKC

February 4, 2016

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

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 […]

January 28, 2016

Free GemRide Shuttle Gets You Around Gem Shows

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 Starting Saturday, January 30, free GemRide shuttles will run daily through Sunday, February 14, on three routes: Downtown Gem Loop […]