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May 23, 2018

Series 19 brings Arizona liquor galore to downtown Tucson

  Series 19 brings Arizona liquor galore to downtown Tucson 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 all […]


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 […]


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May 23, 2018

Series 19 brings Arizona liquor galore to downtown Tucson

  Series 19 brings Arizona liquor galore to downtown Tucson 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 all […]

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 Annexopens.  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 […]

September 15, 2017

Tucson named World Festival & Event City

  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 […]

September 5, 2017

More FREE music coming to 2nd Saturdays Downtown

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!   […]

August 30, 2017

HOCO Fest 2017, Aug 30 – Sep 3

  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 […]

August 16, 2017

DTP Releases Downtown Development Report for Summer 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 […]

August 14, 2017

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

  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 […]

August 10, 2017

West End Station Breaks Ground

  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 […]

July 21, 2017

Tucson’s Sun Link Celebrates Third Anniversary

  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. […]

July 12, 2017

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

  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 […]

July 3, 2017

Downtown 4th of July

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 […]

June 13, 2017

Downtown Turns Red, White, and Blue

  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 […]

June 13, 2017

Summer in the City Discount Card

  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 […]

June 6, 2017

Tucson Takes Over Parma, Italy

  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 […]

June 2, 2017

Fridays On Fourth

  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 […]

May 25, 2017

TMC Meet Me Downtown, May 26 – 27

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 […]

May 19, 2017

The There There

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 […]

May 9, 2017

Downtown Welcomes New Neighbors

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 […]

May 9, 2017

PokeZone Now Open

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 […]

April 23, 2017

2017 Agave Heritage Festival

    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 […]

April 11, 2017

MSA Annex Breaks Ground

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 […]