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December 5, 2018

Downtown advocates to help homeless find jobs and housing

  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 […]


December 4, 2018

Fill the Streetcar December 14th

    Fill the Streetcar The Regional Transportation Authority – Ramon Gonzales was a retired sheet metal worker in 1970 when he used $125 of his own money to buy presents and host a Christmas Eve party for the children in his neighborhood. For some of the children, it would be the only gift they […]


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December 5, 2018

Downtown advocates to help homeless find jobs and housing

  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 […]

November 29, 2018

BENNUVAL! Celebrates the Spirit of Human Curiosity

  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 […]

November 20, 2018

Mayor’s Tree Lighting Ceremony Lights Up Black Friday!

  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 […]

November 1, 2018

IDA Presents Pinnacle Award Recognizing DTP Connects Program

  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, […]

October 4, 2018

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

  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 […]

September 27, 2018

Downtown Series to Focus on Music, Identity, Place

  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 […]

September 23, 2018

Arizona Theatre Company’s 2018/2019 Season

  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, […]

September 20, 2018

Supervisors clear $50K supplemental contribution to improvement district

  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 […]

September 1, 2018

Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) Fall Exhibition

  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 […]

August 30, 2018

Zipcar Has Arrived in Downtown Tucson

  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 […]

August 23, 2018

HOCO Fest 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 […]

August 5, 2018

Downtown’s First Beer Hall to Open on Congress Street

  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 […]

July 24, 2018

Downtown Tucson Partnership Launches INFO on the GO

  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 […]

July 20, 2018

Hexagon opens new mining headquarters in Tucson, Arizona

  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 […]

July 11, 2018

Downtown Desert Deals

  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 […]

July 5, 2018

Tucson Museum of Art’s Arizona Biennial 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 […]

June 26, 2018

Downtown Tucson Development Report – Summer 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 […]

June 13, 2018

American flags grace Downtown Tucson streets

  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 […]

May 23, 2018

Series 19 brings Arizona liquor galore to downtown Tucson

  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 […]

May 16, 2018

Chef Dee Buizer of Senae Thai Bistro Recognized by Thai Government

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 […]

May 9, 2018

MSA Annex Now Open in the Mercado District

  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 […]

May 5, 2018

Tucson’s tourism rebound continues

April 21, 2018

The Agave Heritage Festival is back

  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 […]

April 19, 2018

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

  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 […]

April 11, 2018

Downtown Tucson Beautified Through Unique Partnerships

  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 […]

March 6, 2018

Presidio District Hosts New City of Gastronomy Tour

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 […]

February 19, 2018

DTP Connects Goes Mobile

  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 […]

February 14, 2018

Downtown Tucson Receives Big Valentine’s Day Gift

  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 […]

February 5, 2018

Coronado Hotel Apartments Now Complete

  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 […]

January 16, 2018

Dillinger Days at the Hotel Congress

  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 […]

January 11, 2018

Chic Boutique & Spa Now Open Downtown

  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 8, 2018

January 8th Memorial Dedicated

  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 […]

January 7, 2018

Life Along the Streetcar – Show #13

January 2, 2018

Fourth Annual HSL Properties Tucson Jazz Festival

  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 […]

December 27, 2017

Downtown Tucson hitting greatest stride in last 50 years

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 […]

December 13, 2017

Tucson’s Parade of Lights & Festival is THIS weekend

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. […]

December 7, 2017

Jacome Plaza Undergoes Miraculous Transformation

  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 […]

December 4, 2017

Work out, get photos with Santa and watch free movies downtown

November 29, 2017

Outdoor Office in Jacome Plaza

    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 […]

November 27, 2017

8th Annual Window Decorating Contest

  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 […]

November 22, 2017

Downtown Small Business Saturday

  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 […]

November 2, 2017

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

  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 […]

October 26, 2017

Tucson Museum of Art Transformation

  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 […]

October 18, 2017

Your guide: Film Fest Tucson is this weekend

  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 […]

October 11, 2017

TENWEST Festival October 14 – 22

  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 […]

October 9, 2017

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

  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 […]

October 6, 2017

Congress Street Named One of Fifteen Great Places in America

  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 […]

September 26, 2017

G.U.T Block Party on Broadway Downtown

    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 […]

September 21, 2017

New hotel open for business in downtown Tucson

  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 […]

September 18, 2017

Born & Brewed Beer Battle at Hotel Congress

  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 […]