Haiku Hike Literary Contest Now Open

February 12, 2020

  Haiku Hike Literary Contest Now Open This year’s theme is “Living in the Present Moment” DOWNTOWN TUCSON, AZ, February 12, 2020 – Calling all creatives, writers and aspiring poets from the Old Pueblo and beyond! The Downtown Tucson Partnership together with the University of Arizona Poetry Center are proud to announce the 2nd annual […]

Rio Nuevo Tucson Craft Beer Crawl returns downtown on February 15

February 4, 2020

  Rio Nuevo Tucson Craft Beer Crawl returns downtown on February 15. Featuring 12 local venues and over 30 craft brewers in this walkable downtown festival that raises thousands for local non-profits. January 22, 2020 (TUCSON, AZ) – On February 15, downtown Tucson will be ‘crawling’ with craft beer fans for the return of the […]

6th Annual Tucson Jazz Festival

January 11, 2020

  6th Annual Tucson Jazz Festival Presented by HSL Properties TUCSON, AZ – The 6th annual TUCSON JAZZ FESTIVAL has been announced with some of the biggest names in jazz arriving to perform on stages all over the city. The 11-day TUCSON JAZZ FESTIVAL January 10-20, 2020, is presented by HSL PROPERTIES and features headliners […]

2020 Dillinger Days

January 10, 2020

2020 Dillinger Days Dillinger Days Speakeasy WHEN: Saturday, January 18, 2020, 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm WHERE: Hotel Congress, 311 East Congress Street, Tucson, Arizona 85701 WHO: Ages 21 and older COST: Tickets are $45 each Dillinger Days weekend begins with the Dillinger Speakeasy, an exclusive Hotel Congress experience to travel back to the 1930s. Celebrate the first night of Dillinger Day’s weekend with tastings […]

Final holiday movie of the season in Downtown Tucson

December 19, 2019

  This Friday Wraps Up Outdoor Holiday Movie Series Downtown , ‘Friday Food, Fun and Flix’ DOWNTOWN TUCSON, AZ, December 19, 2019 – The Friday Food, Fun and Flix holiday movie series lit up the big screen on Fridays this December with a series of family-friendly flicks downtown. Families flocked to the events, which features […]

10th Annual Downtown Window Decorating Competition

December 16, 2019

  Vote for your favorite holiday window display Downtown Businesses Compete in the Holiday Window Decorating Competition DOWNTOWN TUCSON, AZ, December 16, 2019 – It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas in Downtown Tucson! Downtown businesses are decorating their storefront windows for the holidays, vying for the distinction of best dressed window. Grand prize […]

Free Outdoor Holiday Movie Series Downtown, ‘Friday Food, Fun and Flix’

December 10, 2019

  Free Outdoor Holiday Movie Series Downtown, ‘Friday Food, Fun and Flix’ DOWNTOWN TUCSON, AZ, December 10, 2019 – The Friday Food, Fun and Flix holiday movie series lit up the big screen on Friday to kick off a series of family-friendly flicks downtown. Families flocked to the event, which features a gigantic screen in […]

Downtown Tucson Small Business Saturday: Shop small & give the gift of downtown

November 29, 2019

  Shop small & give the gift of downtown Downtown merchants launch holiday season with Small Business Saturday DOWNTOWN TUCSON, AZ, November 29, 2019 – Headed downtown for the 25th Annual Parade of Lights & Festival on Saturday? Come early, ride the streetcar for free, and grab some great deals from local merchants as part […]

Entertainment Lineup for the Mister Car Wash 25th Annual Parade of Lights

November 27, 2019

  A multicultural celebration of music, culture and light! Don’t miss the Mister Car Wash 25th Annual Parade of Lights & Festival on November 30 DOWNTOWN TUCSON, AZ, November 26, 2019 – Celebrate the holidays Tucson-style at the 25th Annual Parade of Lights & Festival, a colorful, multicultural display of lights, music and creativity sure […]

Free Streetcar Rides on Small Business Saturday, November 30th

November 27, 2019

Free Streetcar Rides on Small Business Saturday, November 30th Ride Sun Link and shop local in Tucson districts   Tucson, AZ, November 27, 2019, Press Release via Sun Tran – This Saturday, November 30th, holiday shoppers can take part in Small Business Saturday and ride the streetcar for free all day. The free streetcar service begins at 8 […]

25th Annual Parade of Lights shines with help from Mister Car Wash

November 5, 2019

  25th Annual Parade of Lights shines with help from Mister Car Wash DOWNTOWN TUCSON, AZ, November 5, 2019 – Downtown Tucson will become the sparkling heart of the city on November 30 as the 25th Annual Parade of Lights kicks off five weeks of holiday festivities. Mister Car Wash, this year’s title sponsor, is generously supporting the […]

Downtown Tucson Partnership shares accomplishments, goals in just-released FY 18/19 Annual Report

October 29, 2019

    Downtown Tucson Partnership shares accomplishments, goals in just-released FY 18/19 Annual Report. DOWNTOWN TUCSON, AZ, October 29, 2019 – Jácome Plaza is humming with activity, colorful planters beautify the streets, and hundreds of special events are making Downtown Tucson a place people want to live, work and play, according to Downtown Tucson Partnership’s new FY […]

Parade of Lights Celebrates 25th Anniversary

October 14, 2019

  Parade of Lights Celebrates 25th Anniversary Apply by November 8 to participate in this year’s event! DOWNTOWN TUCSON, AZ, October, 14, 2019 – Celebrate the spirit of the holiday season by walking, riding, pedaling or even dancing your way through downtown as the annual Parade of Lights – with a new title sponsor, Mister Car […]

Record attendance projected for 2019 TENWEST Impact Festival

September 30, 2019

  Attendees encouraged to “discover their role” in the Tucson community through ten days of exhibitions, talks, and interactive experiences from national experts and local heroes. September 20, 2019 (Tucson, Arizona) via Storyteller PR — Startup Tucson’s TENWEST Impact Festival returns October 11-20, with ten days of exhibitions, talks, and interactive experiences from national experts […]

Healthy Feet on the Street

September 18, 2019

  Healthy Feet on the Street New wellness program helps downtown staff put best foot forward Downtown Tucson, AZ – Keeping downtown Tucson clean, safe and well-maintained requires a lot of boots on the ground. That’s why Downtown Tucson Partnership has partnered with El Rio Community Health to launch a new staff wellness program, Healthy […]

First Annual Sonoran Restaurant Week Features Several Downtown Favorites

August 19, 2019

  Savor meals from local restaurants during inaugural Sonoran Restaurant Week: A Celebration of Tucson City of Gastronomy — supporting the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona. Via Laura Reese, Storyteller Public Relations – July 30, 2019 (TUCSON, AZ) – This September, Tucson-area restaurants come together for the first annual Sonoran Restaurant Week: A Celebration […]

Sun Link 5-year Anniversary Celebration, July 27th

July 23, 2019

  Sun Link 5-year Anniversary Celebration, July 27th Free rides all day and events along streetcar route TUCSON, Ariz. – The Sun Link streetcar celebrates its 5th Anniversary! On Saturday, July 27th, Sun Link will mark the milestone with free rides from 8 a.m. to 2 a.m., sponsored by Rio Nuevo, and special events within the Districts along the streetcar route. All events are open to the […]

Brings Coworking Launches in Tucson’s Historic Brings Building

July 16, 2019

  Brings Coworking Launches in Tucson’s Historic Brings Building The brand new Brings Coworking, above the Owl’s Club bar in Downtown’s Armory Park neighborhood, combines Tucson charm with modern office amenities. The coworking space repurposed the second floor of the Historic Brings Building, which now hosts Tucson professionals in private offices and open-plan resident desks. […]

Downtown Desert Deals Are Here!

July 11, 2019

  Downtown Desert Deals Downtown Businesses Offering Deals and Specials for the Summer Season Downtown Tucson, AZ, July 11, 2019 – Looking for summer savings? We got you. Downtown Desert Deals are back for the summer, brought to you by the Downtown Tucson Partnership. Over 35 businesses including restaurants, bars, shops, entertainment venues, museums and […]

Rio Nuevo Accepts Priority List For $65M in TCC Improvements

June 25, 2019

  Rio Nuevo Accepts Priority List For $65M in TCC Improvements Via Rio Nuevo, June 25, 2019 – The Rio Nuevo board unanimously accepted a list of priorities for a $65 million renovation plan for the Tucson Convention Center. The package of improvements, upgrades and additions throughout the Convention Center campus includes work on the […]

American Flags to Grace Downtown Tucson Streets

June 12, 2019

  American Flags to Grace Downtown Tucson Streets DOWNTOWN TUCSON, AZ, June 12, 2019 – Downtown Tucson streets will be lined with American flags this summer. Over 40 American flags will adorn light poles along popular Downtown corridors including Stone Avenue, 6th Avenue, Church Avenue and Pennington Street. Local non-profit, Flags for the Flagless (FFF), […]

Construction Commences on Tucson Convention Center Hotel: A DoubleTree by Hilton

May 13, 2019

  Caliber and Ryan Companies Us, Inc. Break Ground on Opportunity Zone Project Construction Commences on Tucson Convention Center Hotel: A DoubleTree by Hilton TUCSON (May 13, 2019) — Caliber –The Wealth Development Company, Rio Nuevo, The City of Tucson, Ryan Companies US, Inc., and the Barrio Viejo Neighborhood gathered today to break ground on […]

New Trees Planted Downtown in Celebration of Earth Day

April 22, 2019

  New Trees Planted Downtown in Celebration of Earth Day Tucson Clean and Beautiful, City of Tucson and the Downtown Tucson Partnership Come Together to Plant Trees DOWNTOWN TUCSON, April 22, 2019 – In celebration of Earth Day, seven new trees will be planted in the downtown core made possible through the combined efforts of […]

Agave Heritage Festival 2019

April 17, 2019

  TUCSON, Ariz., (via Hotel Congress)— From the Tucson Basin, home to the succulent plants used to create tequila, bacanora, mezcal, pulque, and rich culinary and cultural arts traditions dating back 8,000 years, comes the 11th annual Agave Heritage Festival, with over 10 days of colorful and flavorful events from April 23rd to May 5th. […]

FSL Plans Grand Opening of Marist on Cathedral Square on April 11

April 10, 2019

  FSL Plans Grand Opening of Marist on Cathedral Square on April 11 Tucson, Ariz. (April 3, 2019) – FSL is holding a grand opening for the new Marist on Cathedral Square on Thursday, April 11 at 10 a.m. The new affordable senior living apartments are located at 111 S. and 235 S. Church Ave. […]

Meet Me at Maynards Celebrates 10th Birthday!

April 4, 2019

  Meet Me at Maynards Celebrates 10th Birthday with music/more music/walk/run/games/food/ musical after-party! TUCSON, AZ (March 27, 2019) – Get Out! And head downtown to join in the celebration for Meet Me at Maynards’ (MMM) 10th birthday party, Monday, April 15, title sponsored by HealthOn, powered by TMC Healthcare and El Rio Health. The birthday […]

Downtown Tucson Partnership Annual Report FY 17-18

March 27, 2019

A Message from Kathleen Eriksen, President and CEO of the Downtown Tucson Partnership: FY 17/18 was a landmark year for the Downtown Tucson Partnership. Significant changes can be seen everywhere. From the remarkable transformation of Jacome Plaza and a dramatic decrease in chronic street homelessness, to the impressive holiday décor and building illumination program. This […]

Old Pueblo Poems Literary Competition to Announce Winners on the 1st Day of Spring

March 19, 2019

  Old Pueblo Poems Literary Competition to Announce Winners on the 1st Day of Spring The Mayor and Tucson’s Poet Laureate to Recognize Winners this Thursday DOWNTOWN TUCSON, AZ, March 19, 2019 – The Downtown Tucson Partnership (DTP) and U of A Poetry Center are pleased to announce the winners of the 1st Annual Old […]

The Value of U.S. Downtowns and Center Cities Report – Now Available!

February 20, 2019

  Second Edition of The Value of U.S. Downtowns and Center Cities Report Released by IDA Downtown Tucson included in economic and community impact analysis of 24 downtowns across the nation DOWNTOWN TUCSON, AZ, February 20, 2019 –The International Downtown Association (IDA) has released the Value of U.S. Downtowns and Center Cities: Second Edition report. […]

Old Pueblo Poems, Literary Contest Now Open

February 5, 2019

  February 5, 2019, Downtown Tucson, AZ – Calling all creatives, writers, and aspiring poets from the Old Pueblo and beyond! The Downtown Tucson Partnership together with the University of Arizona Poetry Center are proud to announce the 1st annual Old Pueblo Poems literary competition. Twenty winning haiku poems will be chosen to be featured […]

Downtown advocates to help homeless find jobs and housing

December 5, 2018

  Downtown advocates to help homeless find jobs and housing Savanah Modesitt, Special to Tucson Local Media Caroline Shive has experienced homelessness herself, so she had a special passion for helping other people living on the streets find shelter. As Old Pueblo Community Services’ community engagement specialist, Shive’s helped 84 homeless individuals find homes. She […]

BENNUVAL! Celebrates the Spirit of Human Curiosity

November 29, 2018

  Eric Swedlund, UA College of Humanities – Nov. 14, 2018   As OSIRIS-REx approaches the asteroid Bennu, a family-friendly variety show explores how space unites science and the humanities. The night sky has always captivated humankind. To ancient peoples, celestial bodies were the gods and goddesses, and their movements became the myths that told […]

Mayor’s Tree Lighting Ceremony Lights Up Black Friday!

November 20, 2018

  Desert Nights Downtown Lights Begins November 23rd – Black Friday w/ Mayor’s Tree Lighting Ceremony Tucson, AZ, November 20, 2018 – Downtown Tucson is turning on the lights this holiday season with Desert Nights Downtown Lights, powered by Pima County. This five-week long celebration kicks off with a retooled Mayor’s Tree Lighting Ceremony! The […]

IDA Presents Pinnacle Award Recognizing DTP Connects Program

November 1, 2018

  IDA Presents Pinnacle Award Recognizing DTP Connects Program Downtown Tucson, AZ, November 1, 2018 – The International Downtown Association (IDA) recognized Downtown Tucson Partnership (DTP) with the Pinnacle Award, the industry’s highest honor, for the DTP Connects homeless outreach program. This award recognizes improvements to urban centers by dedicated organizations from around the globe, […]

DTP Encouraging Downtown Property Owners to Illuminate their Building for the Holidays

October 4, 2018

  Downtown Building Illumination Program Downtown Tucson, AZ – The holidays may seem far away, but they are just around the corner. Now is the time to start thinking about holiday decorations for Downtown Tucson. The Downtown Tucson Partnership (DTP) is here to make it streamlined and economical for private property owners in Downtown Tucson […]

Downtown Series to Focus on Music, Identity, Place

September 27, 2018

  Downtown Series to Focus on Music, Identity, Place This year’s free Downtown Series at the Fox Theatre will examine how humans have used music to connect, communicate, examine our surroundings and express our multifaceted identities.   By Lori Harwood, College of Social and Behavioral Sciences The Downtown Series returns to Tucson in October, as the University […]

Arizona Theatre Company’s 2018/2019 Season

September 23, 2018

  Arizona Theatre Company’s 2018/2019 Season Reflects Influence, Impact of First David Ivers-Shaped Lineup Season’s Theme, “Scene in America,” Resonates in Each of the 6 Plays Downtown Tucson, AZ – Arizona Theatre Company (David Ivers, Artistic Director; Billy Russo, Managing Director) is excited to announce the six shows selected for the 2018/2019 season, ATC’s 52nd, […]

Supervisors clear $50K supplemental contribution to improvement district

September 20, 2018

  Supervisors clear $50K supplemental contribution to improvement district Downtown Tucson, AZ – The Board of Supervisors today voted unanimously to use $50,000 from the Contingency Fund to supplement the County’s contribution to the Downtown Tucson Partnership in order to increase lighting downtown. The Board in July set aside $180,000 as the County’s DTP payment […]

Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) Fall Exhibition

September 1, 2018

  Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) Fall Exhibition Downtown Tucson, AZ – The Museum of Contemporary Art Tucson (MOCA Tucson) is pleased to present Blessed Be: Mysticism, Spirituality, and the Occult in Contemporary Art, a curated exhibition by Ginger Shulick Porcella exploring religion, ritual, cult mentality, and the human impulse to belong and participate, as […]

Zipcar Has Arrived in Downtown Tucson

August 30, 2018

  City of Tucson’s Park Tucson Announces Car Share Program The City of Tucson and Park Tucson are partnering with Zipcar to bring car-sharing to Downtown Tucson for the first time through a one-year pilot program. One Zipcar vehicle, which is now available for use, will be parked in a designated parking space in front […]

HOCO Fest 2018

August 23, 2018

  HOCO Fest 2018 Tucson, Arizona, April 10, 2017 – A rising cultural hub and longtime artistic oasis, Tucson, Arizona’s historic Hotel Congress is once again hosting the annual HOCO Fest, a distinctively curated festival combining tastemaking musical acts, Tucson’s best venues and locations, and the vibrant, inspiring spirit of the desert community. HOCO Fest strives to encapsulate more than just the typical music […]

Downtown’s First Beer Hall to Open on Congress Street

August 5, 2018

  Ten55 Brewing & Sausage House will open to the public on August 11 Downtown Tucson, AZ — After years of dreaming and planning, Ten55 Brewing Company co-owners Chris Squires and John Paul Vyborny will open downtown Tucson’s first traditional beer hall on August 11. Ten55 Brewing & Sausage House will serve Ten55’s full line of […]

Downtown Tucson Partnership Launches INFO on the GO

July 24, 2018

  Downtown Tucson Partnership Launches INFO on the GO Downtown Tucson, AZ, July 24, 2018 – Downtown Tucson Partnership is welcoming visitors in a whole new way with the mobile visitor center, INFO on the GO! INFO on the GO is a motorized bicycle scheduled to be stationed at events, high foot traffic areas, and public spaces throughout Downtown Tucson this […]

Hexagon opens new mining headquarters in Tucson, Arizona

July 20, 2018

  Office to showcase rich possibilities of a smarter, safer, fully connected mine DOWNTOWN TUCSON, ARIZONA, JULY 12, 2018 – Hexagon‘s Mining division has opened its North American headquarters in the emerging technology hub of downtown Tucson, Arizona. The move from the city’s outskirts to the newly built and designed Hexagon building at City Park, 40 East Congress Street, heralds a […]

Downtown Desert Deals

July 11, 2018

  Downtown Desert Deals Downtown Tucson, AZ, July 12, 2018 – The monsoon season isn’t the only thing taking Tucson by storm this summer, so are the deals Downtown! Downtown Desert Deals are here for the summer, brought to you by Downtown Tucson merchants and promoted by the Downtown Tucson Partnership. Over 35 businesses including […]

Tucson Museum of Art’s Arizona Biennial 2018

July 5, 2018

  Arizona Biennial 2018: Contemporary Art from 70 Artists from Across State  Juried Competition Features 84 New Works Downtown Tucson, Arizona July 5, 2018) – Tucson Museum of Art’s (TMA) Arizona Biennial 2018 kicks off [today], July 5, 2018, with an opening reception 5pm-8pm, and runs through September 16, 2018.  First organized in 1948, the Biennial […]

Downtown Tucson Development Report – Summer 2018

June 26, 2018

Downtown Tucson Development Report – Summer 2018 Downtown Tucson, AZ, June 26, 2018 – The Downtown Tucson Development Report – Summer 2018 is now available! The report tracks development activity over the last 16 months and provides details about construction projects as well as new businesses. Inside, you’ll find impressive statistics in the “Development At […]

American flags grace Downtown Tucson streets

June 13, 2018

  American flags grace Downtown Tucson streets Downtown Tucson, AZ, June 13, 2018 – Downtown Tucson streets will be lined with American flags this summer. American flags will adorn light poles along two popular Downtown corridors, Stone Avenue and 6th Avenue. Local non-profit, Flags for the Flagless (FFF), has donated 30 American flags to commemorate […]

Series 19 brings Arizona liquor galore to downtown Tucson

May 23, 2018

  Series 19 brings Arizona liquor galore to downtown Tucson By Matt Russell, Special to Tucson Local Media What do 12 whiskeys, 10 gins, 10 rums, seven vodkas, three cactus fruit spirits, two agaves, a brandy and an apple pie liqueur all have in common? The answer is easy if you’re at Series 19. They’re […]

Chef Dee Buizer of Senae Thai Bistro Recognized by Thai Government

May 16, 2018

Tucson Chef receives prestigious “Thai Select” award for Thai cuisine Chef Dee Buizer is one of 32 Thai Select chefs worldwide chosen by the Government of Thailand By Jamie Verwys Tucson, Arizona – Tucson chef Amonwadee “Dee” Buizer, owner and chef of Senae Thai Bistro, is one of 32 chefs around the world invited by […]

MSA Annex Now Open in the Mercado District

May 9, 2018

  New shopping market made of shipping containers opens Friday at Mercado By Johanna Willett of This Is Tucson The Mercado district west of Interstate 10 will double in size this weekend when the long-awaited MSA Annex opens.  It’s a shopping center made of shipping containers that will host 13 local businesses just south of the original Mercado […]

The Agave Heritage Festival is back

April 21, 2018

  The 10th Agave Heritage Festival is April 27 – May 6th The Agave Heritage Festival, recognized as one of the world’s best small festivals, celebrates its 10th anniversary with a 10 day schedule showcasing over 25 events throughout Tucson.  The weeklong + festival features a variety of regional culinary experiences, lectures and seminars on […]

Local artisans and entrepreneurs to take over former Chicago Music Store this Saturday

April 19, 2018

  CULTIVATE Tucson bridges local community, fosters city-wide collaboration As the continued gaze of the national and international community falls upon Tucson and burgeoning arts and culinary scene, the unspoken and unintended community divides common to all towns of its ilk are slowly coming to the surface. While community boundaries are expected and not necessarily […]

Downtown Tucson Beautified Through Unique Partnerships

April 11, 2018

  Downtown Tucson Beautified Through Unique Partnerships Downtown Tucson, AZ, April 4, 2018 – Downtown Tucson Partnership (DTP) has partnered with two local organizations Desert Survivors and WorkAbility to beautify Downtown Tucson. DTP has contracted with Desert Survivors to provide the plants and the labor force for all the City planters located along Congress Street […]

Presidio District Hosts New City of Gastronomy Tour

March 6, 2018

Spearheaded by the Presidio San Agustín del Tucson Museum, the Presidio District in Downtown Tucson is hosting a new food tour to celebrate Tucson’s City of Gastronomy designation.  “The Presidio District Experience:  A Progressive Food Heritage and History Tour” will be offered this spring on March 25 and April 8, 15, and 29 from 1-4 pm and will focus on the […]

DTP Connects Goes Mobile

February 19, 2018

  DTP Connects Goes Mobile – Phase II of DTP Connects seeks out homeless in need Downtown Tucson, Az, February 19, 2018 – The Downtown homeless population receives an additional boost in services as Downtown Tucson Partnership (DTP) and Old Pueblo Community Services (OPCS) introduce phase II of the DTP Connects program. DTP Connects, an onsite […]

Downtown Tucson Receives Big Valentine’s Day Gift

February 14, 2018

  Jacome Plaza, Downtown Tucson, Az, February 14, 2018 – While a bouquet of roses is always a nice gift for Valentine’s Day, downtown Tucson recieved quite a bit more thanks to some local Rotary Clubs and city staff. Four trees were planted at Jacome Plaza in front of the Joel D. Valdez Library on […]

Coronado Hotel Apartments Now Complete

February 5, 2018

  Via Rob Paulus Architects: The Coronado Hotel Repurpose marks the next phase and transition of the 1928 structure as part of the urban renewal of downtown Tucson. Opened first as a hotel, the building transitioned to assisted living in the 1992 and now, almost a hundred years later, the Coronado was completely made over […]

Dillinger Days at the Hotel Congress

January 16, 2018

  2018 Dillinger Days – Annual Celebration of Dillinger’s Famous Capture  Tucson, Arizona, January 2, 2018 – The Hotel Congress hosts the annual two-day spectacle in honor of the capture of America’s most notorious outlaw by the Tucson Police Department and Tucson Fire Department. Experience the reenactment of his downfall at the hands of Tucson law […]

Chic Boutique & Spa Now Open Downtown

January 11, 2018

  New downtown boutique will offer pedicures, shopping, wine By Angela Pittenger of #ThisIsTucson  Country meets city at a new boutique and spa that recently opened downtown. We mean that literally.  Chic Boutique’s owner, Stacy Madigan, grew up in agriculture, and ran a dairy farm in Marana with her father in her previous life. So, […]

January 8th Memorial Dedicated

January 8, 2018

  Memorial dedicated on seventh anniversary of Jan. 8 shooting TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) – A memorial was dedicated to the victims and first responders of the Jan. 8th shooting during a special ceremony on Monday, Jan. 8, 2018. The event was held in front of the old courthouse at El Presidio Park, the […]

Fourth Annual HSL Properties Tucson Jazz Festival

January 2, 2018

  Fourth Annual HSL Properties Tucson Jazz Festival runs January 11 – 21, 2018    TUCSON, Arizona, December 27, 2017—The HSL Properties Tucson Jazz Festival has become a destination for jazz fans from across the country.  The fourth annual fest will be held January 11 through January 21, 2018 with feature acts including Sheila E., Spyro Gyra, Arturo Sandoval and The Hot Sardines.   The relatively warm […]

Downtown Tucson hitting greatest stride in last 50 years

December 27, 2017

By Bud Foster of KOLD News 13 TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) – Downtown Tucson redevelopment has made its greatest strides in at least a half a century. Many of the new projects started in 2017 are very visible, such as the senior housing project at Broadway and Church. Or the new AC Marriott Hotel at 5th […]

Tucson’s Parade of Lights & Festival is THIS weekend

December 13, 2017

By Angela Pittenger of This Is Tucson Festival Schedule What: Parade of Lights Festival When: 3 to 9 p.m. Dec. 16 Where: Jacome Plaza, 101 N. Stone Ave. 3 to 7 p.m. Carondelet Health Network Wellness Fair 6 to 6:30 p.m. Mayor’s tree lighting ceremony 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Parade of Lights 3 to 9 p.m. […]

Jacome Plaza Undergoes Miraculous Transformation

December 7, 2017

  Jacome Plaza has experienced an incredible transformation this past week. The change is due to a pilot program between Downtown Tucson Partnership (DTP) and the City of Tucson. The metamorphosis is nothing short of amazing! The fully activated, welcoming and safe public space is the result of DTP’s park management proposal which includes enhanced […]

Outdoor Office in Jacome Plaza

November 29, 2017

    Outdoor Office Created at Downtown Library Homeless Hang by Zachary Ziegler of Arizona Public Media he Downtown Tucson Partnership has turned an area that is well-known as a haven for homeless people into an outdoor office space that is open to the public. Jacome Plaza sits in front of the main entrance to […]

8th Annual Window Decorating Contest

November 27, 2017

  Downtown Tucson Partnership is hosting its 8th Annual Holiday Window Decorating Contest. Over 30 Downtown businesses are competing to win this year’s contest.  This year’s theme is Desert Nights Downtown Lights. Businesses are required to register for the competition and windows are judged based on Facebook “likes” and ballet box votes. Vote for your […]

Your guide to this year’s All Souls Procession in Tucson

November 2, 2017

  By Kathleen Allen of Arizona Daily Star The All Souls Procession will wend through new grounds this year, but the intent has not changed one bit: It is still a homegrown, sacred event where Tucsonans gather to grieve, honor and celebrate those who have passed. The procession is uniquely Tucson and has become a […]

Tucson Museum of Art Transformation

October 26, 2017

  Tucson’s “Guggenheim” reopens after first museum-wide renovation in over a decade A striking statue of a dying horseman, crafted in fiberglass by the late, acclaimed Luis Jimenez, has long languished in a distant downstairs gallery in the Tucson Museum of Art. Made of the same brilliant fiberglass used in lowrider cars, Jimenez’s “End of […]

Your guide: Film Fest Tucson is this weekend

October 18, 2017

  By Inger Sandal of Arizona Daily Star   The second annual Film Fest Tucson is set to take place Thursday through Sunday, Oct. 19-22, in downtown Tucson. The festival will feature 30 films, both narratives and documentaries in short and feature-length format. Most screenings will again take place in the historic 101-year-old Scottish Rite […]

TENWEST Festival October 14 – 22

October 11, 2017

  TENWEST Festival is a weeklong celebration of arts, entrepreneurship, technology, and communities. Join culture-makers, technologists, professionals & community builders alike in being a part of what inspires our next Tucson. The long-term goal of the TENWEST Festival is to explore the diverse attributes of Tucson to attract and retain talent in Southern Arizona. As we […]

44th Annual ‘Tucson Meet Yourself’ (aka ‘Tucson Eat Yourself’) October 13 – 15

October 9, 2017

  By Matt Sterner of Tucson Foodie Culture, food, and a perfect opportunity to wear your favorite pair of stretchy pants. The 44th annual Tucson Meet Yourself is shaking up downtown. Beginning at 11 a.m. Friday, October 13, the event runs through Sunday, October 15 and features more than 50 food vendors. The unique “folklife” festival […]

Congress Street Named One of Fifteen Great Places in America

October 6, 2017

  Planning Excellence In Tucson’s early days, Congress Street was one of the city’s most vibrant and well-used downtown commercial corridors. But as Arizona’s population began to skyrocket and car traffic became the primary focus for many planners, the street gradually became less friendly to people walking. In the late 1990s and early 2000s, Tucson […]

G.U.T Block Party on Broadway Downtown

September 26, 2017

    The Gastronomic Union of Tucson (G.U.T) is pulling out all the stops for their final event of the summer with The Block Party on Broadway on Sunday, October 1st from 3-6pm.   The G.U.T dinner series presented over the summer featured various themes of whole hog preparation and all were sell out successes.  Celebrating […]

New hotel open for business in downtown Tucson

September 21, 2017

  The hotel hosts its first guests Thursday, Sept. 21, at the property on Broadway near Fifth Avenue. The eight-story building includes 136 hotel rooms, a sixth-floor pool deck with downtown views, a lobby bar, fitness center, and 1,500 square feet of meeting space that accommodates up to 100 people. The lobby also has a […]

Born & Brewed Beer Battle at Hotel Congress

September 18, 2017

  Hotel Congress is celebrating Tucson’s bustling craft beer scene with its 6th annual Born & Brewed Beer Battle, a competition in which Tucson breweries vie for Best Specialty Beer, Best Flagship Beer, and People’s Choice. Local craft beer will be complemented with food provided by the Cup Cafe, as well as live music.  This […]

Tucson named World Festival & Event City

September 15, 2017

  Tucson is one of nine cities worldwide honored as a World Festival & Event City by a major trade association of event professionals. The International Festivals & Events Association announced and recognized Tucson and the other 2017 recipients of its festival cities designation Thursday, during its 62nd annual convention at the JW Marriott Tucson […]

More FREE music coming to 2nd Saturdays Downtown

September 5, 2017

FREE RANGE COUNTRY Free 2nd Saturday Show at Fox Tucson Theatre Fox Tucson Theatre & Local Love present Free Range Country, a FREE concert showcasing some of Tucson’s favorite local Country artists at the Crown Jewel of Downtown, during 2nd Saturdays Downtown, September 9th from 6:30-10:00 pm. This FREE Event is for all ages!   […]

HOCO Fest 2017, Aug 30 – Sep 3

August 30, 2017

  HoCo Fest redux pulls in diverse national acts for genre-shattering music HoCo Fest, now in its 12th year, will be bigger and bolder. “I was pushing year after year to push it to the next level,” said Matt Baquet, a Tucson native whose New York-based company, Flip Your Wig Media, helped Dave Slutes of […]

DTP Releases Downtown Development Report for Summer 2017

August 16, 2017

  It is an exciting time for Downtown Tucson! There are over a dozen construction projects in progress in the greater Downtown area, including hotels, apartments, office buildings and outdoor spaces for shops, restaurants and bars.  Since the opening of the SunLink streetcar, new businesses have opened at a brisk pace of one business every […]

New 3-Day Transit Pass and Late-Night Sun Link Service

August 14, 2017

  3-day Transit Pass Pilot Program Launches August 15 Sun Tran, Sun Link, and City of Tucson Department of Transportation will launch a 3-Day Pass pilot program, available August 15 through February 2018. The new 3-Day Pass will provide unlimited rides on Sun Link, Sun Tran and select Sun Shuttle routes for 72 consecutive hours […]

West End Station Breaks Ground

August 10, 2017

  Work on downtown-area housing gets underway in Tucson A new housing development is going up near downtown Tucson for low- and moderate-income families. The 70-unit rental complex, West End Station, will be located at 855 W. Congress St., on the west side of Interstate 10. The joint venture between Gorman & Co. and the […]

Tucson’s Sun Link Celebrates Third Anniversary

July 21, 2017

  Sun Link, Tucson’s electric-powered streetcar operated by RATP Dev North America will celebrate its third anniversary of operation by offering free rides to the community all day, Saturday, July 22. In partnership with local sponsors, Tucson Electric Power (TEP) and HealthOn Broadway, all Sun Link cars will be operating free of charge from 8 a.m. […]

Janos Wilder: A Chef’s Journey from Pizza to Paris by Way of Tucson

July 12, 2017

  Janos Wilder: A Chef’s Journey from Pizza to Paris by Way of Tucson By Jackie Dishner When UNESCO named Tucson, Arizona a World City of Gastronomy in Dec. 2015, the first U.S. city so named, it put this small desert city on the global map. It also gave a boost to one of its […]

Downtown 4th of July

July 3, 2017

Happy 4th of July, Tucson! Celebrate our nation’s independence Downtown this year! Check out the businesess that will be open along with their specials! Street parking is free on holidays! -Autobahn Indoor Speedway: open 11am-10pm *After 6pm All-You Can-Race for $50!^ -Batch Cafe & Bar: open 4pm – midnight -Chidren’s Museum Tucson: open 9am-5pm *4th […]

Downtown Turns Red, White, and Blue

June 13, 2017

  Downtown Tucson merchants display patriotic decor for Flag Day, other holidays Downtown merchants dressed up their display windows, facades and light poles with Old Glory and patriotic decorations in celebration of Flag Day and other holidays later this summer. On Wednesday, June 14, the public is welcome to a Flag Day party from 5:30 […]

Summer in the City Discount Card

June 13, 2017

  As the weather heats up, Summer in the City deals get cool Five bucks can save you plenty more with Startup Tucson’s Summer in the City passport. It sets you up with cool deals around our hot town. You can snag discounts on pizzas, candles, entertainment and food. As of earlier this week, 38 […]

Tucson Takes Over Parma, Italy

June 6, 2017

  Tucson Takes Over Parma, Italy  Maynards Executive Chef Brian Smith is representing Tucson in sister City of Gastronomy, Parma, Italy during their annual Gola Gola Festival! He is creating an arroz con leche dish for the dessert course of an exclusive dinner during the festival. The dish showcases Sonoran ingredients such as Bacanora-soaked dates, Prickly Pear foam […]

Fridays On Fourth

June 2, 2017

  Merchants launch Fridays on Fourth Avenue in downtown Tucson The Fourth Avenue Merchants Association wants to invite you to spend your Friday on the avenue. Grab a beer — you can save a buck on drafts all day Friday, June 2, at Bar Passe, 417 N. Fourth — or get some free garlicky, knotted […]

TMC Meet Me Downtown, May 26 – 27

May 25, 2017

Saturday, May 27 — Run like the wind In the past six years, Randy Accetta and a group of supporters have transformed the Gabe Zimmerman Triple Crown into a trifecta for Tucson. “I am a fan of Aristotle, who believed that healthy minds and healthy bodies create healthy citizenry. If I can do my part […]

The There There

May 19, 2017

On Friday, July 25, 2014, Tucsonans gathered in the streets. The University of Arizona marching band trumpeted and drummed. Wilma Wildcat danced. Volunteers handed out free water bottles. Politicians spoke of Tucson’s bright future. Hundreds of people gathered and sweated under white canopy tents. The amateur paparazzi thronged, cameras clicking. Just after 9 a.m., as […]

Downtown Welcomes New Neighbors

May 9, 2017

Its been a bustling year so far for Downtown construction projects and it’s just getting started. Recently completed projects include the Downtown Motor Apartments and McCormick Apartment Homes both on S Stone Avenue.   The Downtown Motor Apartments at 383 S Stone Ave, were completed in February and feature 44 affordable housing units above ground floor covered and […]

PokeZone Now Open

May 9, 2017

Tucson’s first poke-focused restaurant, PokeZone Sushi, will host its grand opening on Saturday, May 6. Guests who want an early preview can visit as early as Tuesday, May 2 for its soft opening. Pharmacists and University of Arizona College of Pharmacy graduates Mobeen Moslem and Kevin Tran are the duo responsible for opening PokeZone. “My family’s been in […]

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 […]