Downtown Tucson Partnership Now Hiring

January 19, 2018

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 […]

Downtown Small Business Saturday

November 22, 2017

  Support small businesses this holiday season in Downtown Tucson! This national retail holiday, sponsored by American Express is similar to Black Friday for big box store and online retailers. It is the Shop Small equivalent to officially kick off the holiday shopping season. We are so excited that many Downtown Small Businesses are participating […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

Bear Down Downtown at Playground All Season Long with ZonaZoo!

November 15, 2016

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

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]