Downtown Centennial Celebration Happening February 10-12

January 9, 2012

A  joint Arizona Centennial event will take place Downtown on February 10-12, the weekend just ahead of the day marking the 100th anniversary of Arizona achieving statehood on February 14, 1912.

Festivities planned include free street concerts on Scott and 6th Avenues, free concerts at the Fox and Rialto Theatres, interactive kids activities, food vendors, rides and historical reenactments. The complete schedule is at

The Centennial event is a joint venture involving the Arizona Centennial Commission & 2012 Foundation, the Downtown Tucson Partnership, 2nd Saturdays Downtown, the University of Arizona and the City of Tucson.

“Combining our resources and hosting a single event made sense for everyone working on Arizona Centennial festivities,” said Karen Churchard, executive director, Arizona Centennial Commission & 2012 Foundation.

“Now Tucson and Phoenix will celebrate Arizona’s Centennial on the same weekend,” said Fletcher McCusker, chairman of 2nd Saturdays, which falls on the weekend before Arizona’s 100th Statehood Day.

Jaime P. Gutierrez, UA vice president for external relations & associate vice president for community relations, said: “The University of Arizona, which just celebrated 125 years, looks forward to working with all our community partners as we celebrate the richness of Arizona’s history and as we look forward to the next 100 years.”

Mayor Jonathan Rothschild, who assisted in coordinating the effort, said: “Thanks to everyone involved who is working to create a magical weekend in Tucson to celebrate Arizona’s 100 Years. We want to especially thank Jim Click, Karl Eller and the University of Arizona for enlisting the support of the private sector to assist in funding the event.

“The Downtown location works as well in conjunction with Second Saturday. We invite all Tucsonans to join in the celebration.”

The 501(c)3 Arizona Centennial 2012 Foundation is supported through private donations, sponsorships, fundraising events, merchandise sales and grants, and is dedicated to education and commemoration of Arizona’s 100 Years through the production of time-honored Signature Events and Projects that provide the opportunity to learn and observe Arizona’s 100 Years of Statehood.

About Arizona Centennial Commission. The Arizona Centennial Commission, through its nonprofit Arizona Centennial 2012 Foundation, is the statewide board charged by Governor Janice K. Brewer with planning and implementing Arizona’s 100th anniversary of statehood. In collaboration with the Arizona Historical Advisory Commission, more than 330 projects and events are sanctioned and planned-to-date to commemorate Arizona’s Centennial. For information on the Arizona Centennial, visit