Specials

4th ANNUAL COWBOY MUSIC FESTIVAL
WITH Diana Madaras ART SHOW AT OLD TUCSON STUDIOS
Saturday, APRIL 12 & Sunday APRIL 13, 2014

The Arizona Sonora Western Heritage Foundation at Old Tucson, Casino Del Sol Resort and The Western Music Association AZ Chapter present the Cowboy Music Festival and Diana Madaras Art Show on Saturday, April 12 and Sunday, April 13, 2014, 10 am to 6 pm. The event features live performances of traditional and original Cowboy music by a who’s who of Western Music artists, a one-woman show by local Tucson artist Diana Madaras, and Cowboy Church on Sunday morning.
The Arizona Sonora Western Heritage Foundation at Old Tucson is proud to present this uniquely western art form. The performers and their music help preserve the ranching heritage of southern Arizona, where cowboy music was born. Over the last three years, the Cowboy Music Festival has celebrated this heritage, showcased some amazing talent and created a “must experience” event for the region.

Scheduled Performances
During the festival, Western Music Association (WMA) luminaries will sing and recite Cowboy poetry on four stages throughout the Old West town. Scheduled artists include:
Barry Ward – a real cowboy whose Western songs who was named 2013 WMA Male Performer of the Year.
Bill Barwick – recognized as one of America’s premier Western and Cowboy music entertainers.
Carolyn Martin – whose western swing style features her unique style and charismatic charm.
The Bill Ganz Western Band – a legendary Tucson band dedicated to keeping Western music alive.
Jon Messenger – an Arizona singer/songwriter whose music reflects his eclectic musical roots.
Miss Devon & the Outlaw – an upbeat duo named the 2013 WMA Duo/Group of the Year.
Mountain Saddle Band – a White Mountains duo serving up traditional favorites and original songs.
Call of the West – aka Jeanne and Jerome, known for super picking and smooth harmony,
David Rychener – who has earned a name for himself and released his first CD in October 2013

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Yearly Signature Events in Tucson:

Gem, Mineral & Fossil Showcase
The World’s Largest Treasure Hunt
February 1 – 16, 2014
For two weeks every winter, the world meets in Tucson as it becomes a bustling, international marketplace of buyers and sellers at the Tucson Gem, Mineral & Fossil Showcase.
The “Gem Show” is much more than a single event at one location. Rather, there are thousands of participants and attendees at more than 40 sites around town. Dozens of shows take place at the same time – in giant white tents, at hotels and resorts and at exhibit halls.  There’s something for everyone at the many open-to-the-public shows – from gold and diamonds to granite bookends and glass beads, and from fine specimens of dinosaur fossils to opals dug from the Australian Outback.
Special GEM SHOW Rates are available. . . Call now at 520-622-8871

Fort Lowell Soccer Shootout
January 17, 2014 – January 19, 2014
Tucson Association of Realtors presents a soccer extravaganza for U.S. Youth Soccer and Arizona Youth Soccer teams featuring Parade of Teams and Soccer Olympics at Fort Lowell Park.
Special Room rates & Group rates are available for Fort Lowell Soccer Shootout.

Accenture Match Play Championship
February 17-23, 2014
The Ritz-Carlton Golf Club, Dove Mountain
The Accenture Match Play Championship returns to The Golf Club at Dove Mountain in Marana, Ariz., February 17-23, 2014, when American Matt Kuchar will defend his title against the top 64 players in the Official World Golf Ranking.  Come February the eyes of golf will fall on Southern Arizona. The Ritz-Carlton Golf Club, Dove Mountain is the home of the World Golf Championships – Accenture Match Play Championship. The world’s top 64 golfers will try to etch their names in the history book of this exciting tournament.

89th Annual La Fiesta de los Vaqueros — The Tucson Rodeo & Parade
February 15-23, 2014
La Fiesta de los Vaqueros and the Tucson Rodeo is Southern Arizona’s oldest and most celebrated heritage event. The event is also one of the top 25 rodeos on the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) calendar and a major stop for the sports’ best cowboys and cowgirls.
Each rodeo performance begins at 12:30 p.m. with little buckaroos competing in Dodge Mutton Bustin’ and the Justin Junior Rodeo. Pro rodeo events kick off at 2 p.m. and include bareback riding, steer wrestling, saddle bronc riding, tie-down roping, team roping, women’s barrel racing and bull riding. The Tucson Rodeo enlists over 650 cowboys and cowgirls competing for a share of the $460,000 purse.

Tucson Festival of Books
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One of the country’s largest book festivals attracts an estimated 100,00 people, including about 450 authors and performers, 240 exhibitors, and thousands of readers to the University of Arizona Mall.

Tucson Winter Chamber Music Festival
March 16-23, 2014
Arizona Friends of Chamber Music’s critically acclaimed festival, at Leo Rich Theatre, features five concerts, a gala dinner, and free-to-the-public master classes and dress rehearsals. March 16-23, 2014

4th Avenue Spring Street Fair
March 21-23, 2014
Arts-and-crafts booths and food vendors, entertainment, kid’s activities, and more attract up to 200,000-300,000 visitors over three days.

Tucson International Mariachi Conference
April 30-May 3, 2014
Tucson’s award-winning music festival features student workshops and public performances by renowned mariachi musicians and baile folklorico dancers.

Tucson Folk Festival
May 3-4, 2014
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Tucson Meet Yourself
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Loft Film Fest
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El Tour de Tucson
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4th Avenue Winter Street Fair
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Arizona Theatre Company: Other Desert Cities
January 18, 2014 – February 08, 2014
Arizona Theatre Company presents an Arizona premier of the critically acclaimed Broadway hit, with razor-sharp one-liners, a fierce cast of characters, and a storyline that grabs you from the opening scene to the riveting conclusion, at the Temple of Music and Art.

Butterfly Magic at the Gardens
October 01, 2013 – April 30, 2014
Every day, through April, Tucson Botanical Gardens presents a live tropical butterfly exhibit. View colorful butterflies fluttering and marvel at nature’s flying flowers at the new Cox Communications Butterfly and Orchid Pavilion.  This exhibit helps support global efforts for sustainable conservation.  Dart Frogs have now been added to the Butterfly Magic exhibit.  As of now, there are 5 different varieties and a total of 25 frogs.

Center for Creative Photography Exhibition Tours
November 08, 2013 – January 26, 2014
The Center for Creative Photography, located on the University of Arizona campus, will begin offering guided exhibition tours with the opening of Charles Harbutt, Arrivals and Departures, on view in the main galleries November 8, 2013 through January 26, 2014. To request a tour for a class or community group of 8 or more contact Cass Fey, Curator of Education at 520.626.5211 or feyc@ccp.arizona.edu.

El Nacimiento (The Nativity Scene)
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Etherton Gallery: Spill
November 19, 2013 – February 01, 2014
Etherton Galley announces the collaborative photographs and prints of Tucson-based artists Bailey Doogan & Ann Simmons-Myers; and works on paper by noted public artist Luis A. Jiménez, Jr. (1940-2006) in its new exhibition, Spill. A selection of recent works on paper by Doogan will also be exhibited.

Tucson Desert Song Festival
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Tucson International Jewish Film Festival
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