Specials

Cool Summer Nights at Desert Museum
 May 31, 2014 – August 30, 2014
Event Location: 2021 North Kinney Road 85743, Tucson, AZ 85743
Venue: Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum
Time: From: 5:00 PM to 10:00 AM. Activities start at 6 p.m.
Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum stays open after sundown on Saturday evenings all summer long as the nocturnal creatures of The Living Desert come to life.  Look for Museum Docents and Jr. Docents interpreting live animals, celestial desert skies, fluorescent minerals, animal eye shine, Sonoran Desert insects, night sounds, bats, kissing bugs, scorpions, and/or rattlesnakes. You can always dine at one of the museum’s stellar restaurants and enjoy a serenade by Native American flutists. Check out the Cool Summer Nights schedule on desertmuseum.org. Special programming begins at 6 p.m.

DeGrazia Paints the Signs of the Zodiac
May 30, 2014 – January 28, 2015
Event Location: 6300 N. Swan Road, Tucson, AZ 85718
Venue: DeGrazia Gallery in the Sun
Time: From: 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM Daily but closed on the following days: New Year’s, Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas.
Artist Ted DeGrazia created a series of astrological paintings, drawings and essays which were infused with  the artist’s regional perspective and imagery from native cultures, at DeGrazia Gallery in the Sun.

East Wing – I.U.D: BAKERMAN
May 24, 2014 – October 12, 2014
Event Location: 265 S. Church Ave., Tucson, AZ 85701
Venue: Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA)
Time: From: 12:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Tucson’s Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) presents visual artists and musicians Lizzi Bougatos, Sadie Laska and Spencer Sweeney.  All three have shown their paintings at various New York and international galleries and museums and are involved with experimental musical projects.   Collectively they are called IUD and will occupy the East Wing galleries and turn them into temporary experimental studio space for traditional and scavenged materials.

Summer Concert Series at Kief-Joshua Vineyards
May 24, 2014 – August 23, 2014
Event Location: 370 Elgin Rd., HC1, Box 31, Elgin, AZ 85611
Venue: Kief-Joshua Vineyards
Time: From: 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
The Summer Concert Series will feature terrific local singers every Saturday May 24 through August 23.  Chef Stephen will also be selling sandwiches and other goodies.

The Best of the Best: Prize Minerals from the Vaults of Arizona’s Collectors
March 24, 2014 – December 30, 2014
Event Location: 1601 E. University Blvd., Tucson, AZ 85719
Venue: The University of Arizona Mineral Museum
Time: Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Sunday 1-4p.m.
The UA Mineral Museum’s “Best of the Best” exhibit features many of the most exquisite minerals from the most admired collections in the state.   The exhibit also brings together the stories behind the minerals – the search, the discovery, the history and the awe-inspiring science – that makes these specimens come to life.  The UA Mineral Museum is open daily and is located on the Main Floor of Flandrau Science Center and Planetarium.

Tucson Museum of Art – Rose Cabat at 100: A Retrospective Exhibition of Ceramics
March 12, 2014 – September 14, 2014
Event Location: 140 N. Main Avenue, Tucson, AZ 85701
Venue: Tucson Museum of Art
Time: Wed, Fri, Sat 10:00am – 5:00pm: Thurs 10:00am – 8:00pm: Sun 12:00pm – 5:00pm
Tucson Museum of Art celebrates the artistry of Rose Cabat–an American studio ceramicist living in Tucson. Considered one of the most important ceramic artists of the Mid-century Modernist movement, Cabat is best known for her innovative glazes on small porcelain pots called “feelies” which she developed in the 1960s. Her organic forms often resemble the shape of onions and figs, and her glazes range from organic to jewel tones. This exhibition will be a survey of her different styles from the 1960s until the present to celebrate the year of her 100th birthday.

UA Museum of Art: Fate and Fulfillment
April 25, 2014 – August 25, 2014
Event Location: 1031 N. Olive Road, Tucson, AZ 85721
Venue: UA Museum of Art
Time: Tue-Fri 9am-5pm; Weekends 12pm-4pm
UA Museum of Art displays the exhibit “Fate and Fulfillment,” contemporary artwork by European and American artists created during the last 30 years which includes a variety in paintings ranging from the delicate scrolling imagery of Joseph Haske, to the exuberant expressionist works of Chuck Connelly, and the richly colored dramatic landscapes of James P. Cook. Thought provoking and pensive, this exhibition challenges the viewer to question life and the material world.
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Yearly Signature Events in Tucson:

Gem, Mineral & Fossil Showcase
The World’s Largest Treasure Hunt
February 1 – 16, 2015
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
Mid January – Exact dates are coming soon. . .
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
Third week of February – Exact dates are coming soon. . .
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
Mid February – Exact dates are coming soon. . .
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
Mid March – Exact dates are coming soon. . .
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
Mid March – Exact dates are coming soon. . .
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
Mid March – Exact dates are coming soon. . .
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-May 2015
Tucson’s award-winning music festival features student workshops and public performances by renowned mariachi musicians and baile folklorico dancers.

Tucson Folk Festival
May 2015
One of the largest free festivals in United States, with more than 400 local, regional, and national musicians performing over 20 hours of family-friendly music and dance for more than 10,000 fans.

Tucson Meet Yourself
October 2015
This regional folk arts celebration draws over 100,000 participants with musicians, dancers, artists, and ethnic cuisine from about 50 cultural groups, indigenous and imported.

Loft Film Fest
November 2015
The Loft Cinema will present its fourth annual international film festival honoring Tucson’s richly diverse cultural community. The Loft Film Fest will present foreign films, documentaries and U.S. indies in a cinematic celebration of storytelling from around the world.

El Tour de Tucson
 November 2015
The El Tour de Tucson presented by Casino Del Sol Resort charity event attracts as many as 9,000 bicyclists of all ages and abilities and has been called “one of the premier organized rides in the United States.”

4th Avenue Winter Street Fair
December 2015
Arts-and-crafts booths and food vendors, entertainment, kid’s activities, and more attract up to 200,000-300,000 visitors over three days.

 

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