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This popular rodeo has been going strong since 1936! Held at the Tucson Rodeo Grounds, events include bareback riding, steer wrestling, saddle bronc riding, tie-down roping, team roping, bull riding and barrel racing. Kids’ events include a Junior Rodeo and Mutton Bustin’.
Since 1925, this non-motorized parade, La Fiesta de los Vaqueros, has been entertaining large numbers of people - these days, attendance exceeds 200,000! Tucson Rodeo Grounds is the site for the parade, which is part of the annual Tucson Rodeo. You will see western-themed floats and buggies, historic horse-drawn coaches, marching bands, Mexican folk dancers and riders in colorful outfits.
This sparkling show is held annually at Tucson Convention Center, and is the largest of its kind in the U.S. Plan to see displays of rocks, fossils, minerals, gems, and jewelry at this well-attended event.
This annual golf tournament is held in Marana, Arizona, which is about a half-hour drive from downtown Tucson. It’s held at The Ritz-Carlton Golf Club, Dove Mountain, features the top golfers in the world and is televised.
The 4th Avenue Spring Street Fair is found between Ninth Street and University Boulevard. This free admission fest offers live music, dozens of food vendors, hundreds of booths offering handmade crafts, two stages of live music, a Pavilion filled with kid-friendly activities and lots of FUN.
Saguaro National Park hosts an annual Fiesta in honor of its famous Saguaro cactus, held at its Rincon Mountain District location, just east of downtown Tucson. Hispanic heritage is celebrated through song and dance, traditional crafts, and stories about the rich history of the area. Families enjoy the tasty Mexican food and letting their kids break a piñata.
For decades, this festival has brought groups from all over the world to perform; you can purchase individual tickets or packages, just check the website. Performances are held at the Leo Rich Theater at the Tucson Convention Center.
Downtown Tucson is the venue for this annual festival celebrating the folk and ethnic communities of the Arizona-Sonora region. Attendees are treated to dozens of homemade food vendors, a farmers marketplace, and a plethora of traditional artists selling handcrafted goods, musical instruments and tradition clothing.
Colossal Cave Mountain Park puts on an annual Halloween party extraordinaire! You can take haunted hayrides, tour the cave by candlelight, and thrill your kids with a carnival filled with mazes, castles, horse rides and a petting zoo.
One of two annual street fairs at the 4th Avenue Street district between Ninth Street and University Boulevard, the Winter event includes hundreds of arts and crafts booths, dozens of food vendors, live stage music, street performers and all sorts of fun activities appealing to children. Admission is Free!
Enjoy the holidays all month long at Reid Park Zoo. Festive music, twinkling lights, jingling bells and mouthwatering dishes set the stage to get you in the holiday spirit. Of course, Santa Claus will make an appearance at this popular fest!
MULTI MONTH EVENTS
Year-Round – Head to downtown Tucson the second Saturday of every month for a free, family-friendly outdoor festival of live music, food vendors (local restaurants are open, too), and locally-made, handcrafted artwork. Hours are 5:30 pm to 10:30 pm.
Year-Round - For the freshest local produce and beautifully handmade crafts, head to Broadway Village at the corner of Broadway and Country Club, every Friday between 10 and 2.
April-May – This annual festival’s dates move around a bit, generally the end of April – beginning of May. The celebration is 2 days of music and dance, original crafts and yummy food. Downtown’s El Presidio Park is the heart of the fest, with several stages within easy walking distance. A Young Artists’ Stage lets those under age 18 get a little live performing experience, and there is a younger Children’s Show as well.
September-October – Celebrate Oktoberfest on mountaintop at Mt Lemmon – you will enjoy German food, music, dancing, and yes – beer! Check website for dates.