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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 […]

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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 […]

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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

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

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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 […]

November 29, 2016

Your Downtown Holiday Shop-O-Rama, 2016 Edition!

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. […]

November 28, 2016

Welcome, Indeed: Welcome Diner Expands Hours of Operation

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 […]

November 23, 2016

Inside Track Event Offers the Chance to Pitch Reality TV Ideas to Pros

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 […]

November 21, 2016

Cardondelet St. Mary’s: Proud Title Sponsor of the 22nd Annual Downtown Parade of Lights and Festival

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 […]

November 7, 2016

Downtown Now Celebrates Downtown’s Success and Looks Ahead…

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 […]

October 31, 2016

Downtown Welcomes All Souls Procession 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 […]

October 24, 2016

Stunning New Loft Graces 44 E. Broadway

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 […]

October 20, 2016

TENWEST Festival: Video Preview & Highlights

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 […]

October 19, 2016

Downtown’s 9th Annual Tucson Comic Con Is Ridin’ Nerdy

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 […]

October 17, 2016

Southwest Terror Fest V Shreds Downtown

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 […]

October 12, 2016

Rio Nuevo & Downtown Tucson Partnership Present DOWNTOWN NOW

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 […]

October 4, 2016

Stranger Things Fandom Gets Expressive with the Upside Down Art Show

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 […]

October 3, 2016

Film Fest Tucson Celebrates Tucson’s Film Legacy and Works Unseen in Arizona

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 […]

September 27, 2016

Downtown Tucson’s October “Rundown”: Walks, Runs, & Nonprofit Friends with Benefits

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 […]

September 26, 2016

TENWEST: Showcasing Downtown Tucson’s Innovative Talent

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 […]

September 22, 2016

Ignite520 Unites Tucson’s Young Professionals

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 […]

September 21, 2016

Downtown Tucson Partnership Names Kathleen Eriksen as New CEO

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, […]

September 14, 2016

Rock the Block in a Bow Tie for El Rio!

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 […]

September 13, 2016

UA’s Confluencenter for Creative Inquiry Begins Downtown “Show & Tell @ Playground” Series on Sept. 21

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 […]

September 6, 2016

Local Jewelers Have ‘Got’ Marbles and Expanded Hours

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 […]

August 30, 2016

Tucson Museum of Art Seeks Wider Community Embrace Under New CEO

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 […]

August 29, 2016

GRAND OPENING Sept. 8th: Autobahn Feeds Downtown’s Need For Speed

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 […]

August 24, 2016

A Tale of Two City Birthday Parties in the Old Pueblo

by Kai Parmenter Tucson has been around a long time. Officially founded in 1775 as Presidio San Augustin del Tucson, the Old Pueblo celebrated its 241st birthday on August 20th. What began as a simple military outpost has since become a thriving multicultural center, and one of the most expansive cities in the Southwest. In […]

August 15, 2016

Borderlands Celebrates Citrana Can Release!

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 […]

August 4, 2016

Enchantment Far From the Sea: Return of the Mermaids!

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 […]

August 4, 2016

Arizona Daily Star Opens New Downtown Office

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 […]

July 18, 2016

Dímelo Stories Celebrates Local Voices With Year-End Party

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, […]

July 13, 2016

First Ever UA Day at Main Library Aims to Help Local Students

by James J. Jefferies Most parents dream of having their children attend college. Fewer of them can help plan for that unless they experienced the admissions process themselves, and for many young high school students in Southern Arizona, the preparation can seem like an incredibly intimidating venture, especially if they are already in their junior […]