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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 […]


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 […]


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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 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 […]

April 5, 2017

HealthOn Broadway Now Open

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 […]

April 4, 2017

Downtown Rebound

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 […]

March 26, 2017

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

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 […]

March 15, 2017

City Park Breaks Ground

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 […]

March 13, 2017

Downtown Momentum Continues

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 […]

March 13, 2017

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

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 […]

March 8, 2017

MiAn Sushi opening in downtown Tucson on Thursday, March 9

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 […]

January 25, 2017

Downtown Restaurant + Bar Guide

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 […]

January 24, 2017

Tucson Gem, Mineral & Fossil Show

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, […]

January 22, 2017

Why Tucson is the BEST food city in Arizona


January 21, 2017

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

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

January 11, 2017

Dillinger Days: Re-living Tucson’s Colorful Past

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 […]

December 22, 2016

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

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 […]

December 21, 2016

Thunder Canyon Moves Brewery Operation Downtown

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 […]

December 20, 2016

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

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 […]

December 19, 2016

Downtown Tucson Dominates Bartenders’ Guild Awards

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 […]

December 12, 2016

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

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 […]

December 8, 2016

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

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 […]