Current Stories

2017 Agave Heritage Festival

April 23, 2017

    Tucson, Arizona, April 10, 2017 – Hotel Congress, Visit Tucson and The Mexican Consulate presents the 9th annual Agave Heritage Festival, Tucson’s first officially UNESCO endorsed City of Gastronomy event. Nationally acclaimed as a “Top 10 Festival In The World” by Bravo TV, this year’s event explores and celebrates the culinary, cultural and commercial […]

MSA Annex Breaks Ground

April 11, 2017

A real estate developer is breaking ground today on the Mercado San Agustin Annex, an important milestone in an effort to reimagine the area west of downtown Tucson. “The idea is we’re developing a high-density, transit-oriented development,” said Kira Dixon-Weinstein, executive director of the Mercado San Agustin. “It’s on the streetcar route, there’s a need […]

HealthOn Broadway Now Open

April 5, 2017

Downtown workers, residents and visitors now have a convenient health center nearby with the opening of HealthOn Broadway. A joint venture between Tucson Medical Center and El Rio Health, HealthOn Broadway is a modern, integrated health center, providing state-of-the-art primary care, health education and wellness coaching to any community member. A grand opening for HealthOn […]

Downtown Rebound

April 4, 2017

Tucsonans voted nearly two decades ago for a plan to revitalize downtown using an increase in sales taxes. By the accounts of business, government and civic leaders, the plan is working and downtown is vibrant and growing once again. To read the collection of stories and hear interviews about Downtown Tucson’s Revitalization compiled by Arizona […]

International mining tech firm Hexagon to expand, relocate HQ to downtown Tucson

March 26, 2017

An international mining tech firm that last year was planning to leave Tucson, announced Wednesday that it is expanding its presence here and relocating downtown. Hexagon Mining, on East Fort Lowell Road, near North Palo Verde Avenue, has chosen City Park for its new North American headquarters and plans to add 120 employees over the […]

City Park Breaks Ground

March 15, 2017

City Park is a $19-million, five-story food hall, entertainment center and business complex which will sit on a half-acre parcel that has been vacant for nearly 13 years. The first floor will be a food hall, something which has become popular in larger, metropolitan cities across the country. It will feature 12-15 food vendors in fairly […]

Downtown Momentum Continues

March 13, 2017

On average, a new business opens in downtown Tucson every two weeks. In 2016, 26 new businesses opened in the greater downtown area, creating an estimated 650 jobs in restaurants, offices and retail outlets. By the midpoint of 2017, another 11 businesses have announced plans to open, which does not include the AC Marriott hotel […]

Greet the green at the St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Festival

March 13, 2017

Tucson will hold its annual St. Patrick’s Day parade and festival, now in its 30th year, through points downtown.  This is a family-friendly event. Leave the Guinness. But feel free to wear green lest ye be mercilessly pinched by your fellow revelers.  Irish music, dancers, entertainment, a children’s game area and food and merchandise vendors are […]

MiAn Sushi opening in downtown Tucson on Thursday, March 9

March 8, 2017

Nearly a year after announcing plans to strike out on his own outside of his famous father’s shadow, Bin An will swing open the doors Thursday to his upscale downtown Asian bistro. MiAn Sushi & Modern Asian Cuisine, which is unaffiliated with An’s father Kwang C. An’s Oracle Road restaurant, will open for lunch at […]

Downtown Restaurant + Bar Guide

January 25, 2017

Downtown Tucson is home to over 80 restaurants and bars, and you can find them all in the new official Downtown Tucson Restaurant + Bar Guide.   The guide features a map of locations plus a comprehensive directory complete with websites, phone numbers, and addresses.  Look up menus and make reservations with ease! Plus, the guide marks public […]

Tucson Gem, Mineral & Fossil Show

January 24, 2017

The World’s Greatest Treasure Hunt  Jan. 28 – Feb. 12, 2017 Near the start of every year, Tucson becomes a playground for the world of international gem and mineral trading, collecting, and bargain hunting when the Tucson Gem, Mineral & Fossil Showcase arrives. Navigate Tucson’s largest event with this useful information for visitors, retail dealers, […]

Why Tucson is the BEST food city in Arizona

January 22, 2017


15,000 People Turn Up For Tucson Women’s March Downtown

January 21, 2017

AZ Public Media:  An estimated 15,000 women and men gathered in downtown Tucson Saturday to take part in the Women’s March.  It was one of 600 rallies staged in cities across the world one day after Donald Trump’s inauguration as president of the United States.  Read More…  

Dillinger Days: Re-living Tucson’s Colorful Past

January 11, 2017

The fire. The outlaw gang in hiding. The mysterious luggage, containing a small arsenal and $23,000 cash. The string of events that began at Hotel Congress on Jan. 22, 1934 led to the improbable capture of the country’s most notorious criminal, John Dillinger. Celebrated annually at Hotel Congress, Dillinger Days are here again, with a […]

Downtown Block Party on Dec. 29th Leads Into Fantastic NYE Options

December 22, 2016

by James J. Jefferies After Christmas, all eyes look to the end of the year, and everyone is keen to blow off a little steam after a long holiday haul. Downtown Tucson has you covered once again if you are looking to have a big night out to usher in 2017, and it’s far from […]

Thunder Canyon Moves Brewery Operation Downtown

December 21, 2016

by Eric Swedlund The newest face in Downtown brewing is a familiar one. In a move to expand its production capacity, Thunder Canyon Brewery will begin making beer at its 220 E. Broadway location after moving the entire brewing operation from its original pub in the Foothills Mall. One of Tucson’s oldest breweries, Thunder Canyon […]

Third Annual HSL Properties Tucson Jazz Festival Brings the Swing to Downtown

December 20, 2016

by Kai Parmenter The holidays are in full swing throughout the Old Pueblo, with the close of 2016 now in sight. With the New Year comes another occasion to celebrate, in the form of the third annual HSL Properties Tucson Jazz Festival. Beginning January 12th, the 2017 Festival will descend on historic Downtown Tucson for […]

Downtown Tucson Dominates Bartenders’ Guild Awards

December 19, 2016

by Eric Swedlund Downtown Tucson nightclubs led the way in the 2016 awards from Tucson’s chapter of the United States Bartenders’ Guild, with a century-old local institution and two exciting newcomers among the top winners. Voted on by industry peers, the Tucson USBG awards honor the best in bartending and bars, highlighting the growth in […]

Make it a Downtown Holiday Daytrip with the Parade of Lights on December 17th!

December 12, 2016

by James J. Jefferies Christmas can be a stressful time. What do the kids want this year? Poké-WHAT? Many times, it is all too easy to get caught up in the rat race and we forget precisely what it is truly supposed to be about. The people you love. Enjoying a happy, creative display of […]

Fill the Streetcar with Toys for Miracle on 31st Street!

December 8, 2016

by Kai Parmenter The holidays have always been a time of giving, an opportunity to come together in celebration of such enduring values as family and community. In keeping with this spirit, we’re proud to announce the first-ever Fill the Streetcar, a toy drive hosted by the Regional Transportation Authority on Friday, December 16th, in […]

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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— […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

‘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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 – […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

“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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]