With so many local events and festivals to choose from each year, it can be hard to keep track.
So, to ensure you make it to all of your faves, we created this list of Tucson's best and biggest celebrations throughout the year.
You know the ones — Tucson Meet Yourself, All Souls Procession, Return of the Mermaids, etc., etc.
Put them in your calendar. Then plan your yearly vacay.
Tucson Jazz Festival
Featuring well known jazz acts from around the country, this is a two week festival, with the main event being a free daylong Downtown Jazz Fiesta on MLK day on two outdoor stages and other venues downtown. This year's feature acts include Sheila E., Spyro Gyra, Arturo Sandoval and The Hot Sardines.
When: Jan. 11-21
Tucson Fringe Theater Festival
A three-day unjuried and uncensored performing arts festival that takes place at six different venues. Buy tickets to see as many shows as you want. The festival gives you the chance to see nontraditional performing arts on the cheap.
When: Jan. 12-14
Tucson Gem and Mineral Show
For a little more than two weeks in January and February nearly 4,000 trade companies from every continent converge in Tucson at about 45 venues selling their gems, minerals, fossils and other items.
When: Jan. 26 - Feb. 11
La Fiesta de los Vaqueros Tucson Rodeo
Watch bull riders, barrel riders, mutton bustin and more at the Celebration of Cowboys. The yearly event includes the Tucson Rodeo Parade, which is said to be the longest non-motorized parade.
When: Feb. 17-25
Fourth Avenue Street Fair
The street fair features artists from around the world, crafters,entertainers and food vendors twice annually, in spring and winter.
When: March 2-4 and Dec. 7-9
Tucson Festival of Books
You'll find everything for the book lover and knowledge seeker here, from Science City, to author tents and workshops to a kid's pavilion and entertainment. There's something for everyone in your whole family at this this annual two-day event. You may even get to meet some of your favorite authors.
When: March 10 and 11
Select streets are closed off to cars so you can play, bike, walk, jog, skate or roll in the road. It's a way to have good old fashioned people-powered fun in the streets without worrying about traffic. Plus there are lots of fun activities along the route, such as hula hoops, contests and games.
When: April 8
Agave Heritage Festival
This week-long festival celebrates the cultural, commercial and culinary significance of the agave plant. There will be talks, tours, tastings, dinners and exhibits at several venues including Hotel Congress, The Carriage House, Mission Garden, Maynards Market & Kitchen and others.
When: April 27 - May 6
Tucson Folk Festival
Celebrate American and folk music traditions for two days in this annual family friendly event. The festival features five stages of traditional, contemporary and ethnic folk and acoustic music. More than 120 groups or soloists will perform, including a national headliner and a local headliner.
When: May 5-6
A three-day event featuring more than 50 musical acts, liquor tastings, guest lecturers, workshops, vintage clothing and vinyl record fairs and after parties.
When: Aug. 29 - Sept. 2
Return of the Mermaids
Believe it or not, Tucson is full of landlocked mermaids and they all come out in costume to celebrate the monsoons and walk in a parade every August. There's live music, a DJ, art vendors, kids activities and a costume contest. The event spans North Fourth Avenue and downtown.
When: August (Usually on the 2nd Saturday, but might change this year)
Dusk Music Festival
This two-day music festival in the fall features nationally recognized acts, as well as Arizona artists and local foods.
When: Early October
Oro Valley Music Festival
A two-day music festival featuring local acts, as well as well known pop-rock and country stars.
When: Early October
Arizona Insect Festival
Learn about, touch and eat bugs at this one day festival hosted by the University of Arizona.
When: Early October
Tucson Meet Yourself
This three-day festival happens every October to celebrate the diverse culture, food and art of the people that live here. It's also known as "Tucson Eat Yourself" because of all of the delicious foods.
When: October 12-14
All Souls Procession
This event is huge. More than 150,000 people gather downtown, some in costume, some carrying memorials or altars to celebrate, mourn and reflect on those who have died. There's music. There are dancers. There is a ton of creative energy. The group walks about two miles together to watch a finale that includes performances by Flam Chen and the burning of the urn.
When: Nov. 4
Tucson Tamal and Heritage Festival
The festival is a celebration of tamales from the Southwest and Mexico, which includes a tamale contest, local entertainment and artisan, food and farmers market vendors.
When: Dec. 1
Winterhaven Festival of Lights
This is your go-to holiday light viewing destination. The whole neighborhood is transformed into a lit up wonderland. Plus there are food trucks, hot chocolate and fake snow.
When: Mid-Dec. to Dec. 26
Parade of Lights and Festival
The festival starts off with a health fair, live music, food and other family activities. It's followed by Tucson's annual parade of all things lit up. You'll see dancers with lit up dresses, Santa, cars with holiday lights and more.
When: Mid Dec.