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As many as 15,000 people packed the Pima County Fairgrounds for the 2023 Gem & Jam festival. 

In most places, February might mean pink hearts and boxes of chocolate. In Tucson, February means shiny gems and cowboy hats. 

The giant gem showcase takes over Tucson during the first part of the month, while the rodeo returns near the end. Also on the roster for February: tons of dance parties, Lunar New Year celebrations, a free science fest for kids, crafty workshops, a pet parade and a wine festival.

Oh, and #ThisIsTucson is hosting our second-ever artisan market on Feb. 24 ūü•≥

Of course, things can change quickly these days! Check for the latest info before heading out.

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Kate Mull, right, and her daughter Grace, both visiting from West Virginia, sport their t-shirts Kate bought especially for the gem show as they browse the displays at Rosman Gems at the Mineral and Fossil Co-op show, 1635 N. Oracle Road, Feb. 7, 2019, in Tucson, Ariz.

Tucson, Gem, Mineral & Fossil Showcase

The giant Tucson Gem, Mineral & Fossil Showcase is back for yet another winter season, bringing people from allover the world to shop the dozens of shows spread out across the city. Find jewelry, rocks, fossils and more.

When: Now through Feb. 11; some shows end later.

Where: Various locations across Tucson

Cost: Most shows are free to attend, bring money for shopping

Visit the event page for more information.

First Thursday at Tucson Museum of Art

Visit the Tucson Museum of Art every first Thursday of the month for pay-what-you-wish admission, gallery activities, live music and a cash bar. This month's event will also feature a panel on caretaking.

When: 5-8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 1

Where: Tucson Museum of Art, 140 N. Main Ave.

Cost: Pay what you wish

Visit the event page for more information. 


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Show your love for local artists and bakers at #ThisIsTucson's upcoming market ūüíĖ

Welcoming the community to shop local, all while supporting the talented artists in Tucson, #ThisIsTucson is putting together our second outdoor artisan market dubbed Tucson Together, taking place on Fifth Avenue near Congress Street from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 24.

You'll find handmade and curated items from around 100 local makers, three food trucks, a book scavenger hunt from Tucson Tome Gnome and an art-making station from the Tucson Museum of Art. Youth On Their Own will be collecting donations of food and household items!


Just Between Friends Spring Sale

Shop from more than 100,000 items for kids and babies at this consignment sale. Most items are used, or "gently loved," but you may be able to find new items too. Items include clothes, toys, books, games, room decor, sports equipment, electronics, maternity items, baby items and more.

When: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 1; 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, Feb. 2; 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 3

Where: 4881 N. Stone Ave.

Cost: Free to attend, bring money for shopping. Register for tickets online

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Safe Shift Store 3-Day Sale

The Safe Shift estate store, which helps raise funds for firefighters and first responders through the Greater Tucson Fire Foundation, opens its doors for three days each month. Past items for sale have included furniture, home decor, kitchen items, books and more.

When: 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, Feb. 1-3

Where: Safe Shift, 2801 E. Grant Road

Cost: Free to attend, bring money for shopping

Visit the event page for more information.

Odyssey Live Storytelling

Attend this live storytelling event to hear stories surrounding the theme of "leap."

When: 7-9 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 1

Where: The Screening Room, 127 E. Congress St.

Cost: $15

Visit the event page for more information.

Discovery Nights at Children's Museum Tucson

Visit Children's Museum Tucson for a free night of science and art, including story times and pop-up science experiments. 

When: 5-7 p.m. Thursdays

Where: Children's Museum Tucson, 200 S. Sixth Ave.

Cost: Free to attend

Visit the event page for more information.

Art Corner with BICAS

Get free access to recycled bike art parts, tools and other materials and get creative! Once you're finished, you can donate your creation to BICAS or give a suggested donation to the nonprofit, if you're able to. Check in at the front counter before heading to the art area.

When: 3-6 p.m. Thursdays

Where: BICAS, 2001 N. Seventh Ave.

Cost: Free to attend, donation suggested 

Visit the event page for more information.

Tucson Desert Song Festival

This music festival kicked off Jan. 14 and goes through Feb. 15, with a spring leg March 2 through April 9. 

When: Now through Feb. 15; March 2-April 9

Where: Several locations.

Cost: Varies.

Visit the event page for more information.

Gem & Jam

Gem & Jam celebrates its sweet 16 this weekend with a lineup of more than 50 acts on four stages over three days. This year’s festival features a wide mix of musical genres, from electronica DJ Of the Trees headlining opening night to the trance fusion electronica jam band Disco Biscuits on Saturday and the funk band Lettuce closing things out Sunday.

When: Friday-Sunday, Feb. 2-4. Music is noon to midnight, plus a late-night stage that goes until 4 a.m. Friday and Saturday, and 3 a.m. Sunday. 

Where: Pima County Fairgrounds, 11300 S. Houghton Road

Cost: Three-day passes start at $204.95 plus a $59.40 service fee; single-day admission starts at $75 plus a $15 service fee.

Visit the event page for more information.

The Rialto Theatre, 318 E. Congress Street.

Gasolina at The Rialto Theatre

The traveling "Gasolina: Reggaeton Party" is coming to The Rialto this weekend.

When: 9 p.m. Friday, Feb. 2

Where: The Rialto Theatre, 318 E. Congress St.

Cost: $21-$23. This event is for ages 18 and up.

Visit the event page for more information.

Local Love Presents

Enjoy a lineup of local music at The Rialto this Friday. The concert includes Love Elixir, Orchadia, Tonight's Sunshine, Noah Martin and Znora.

When: 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 2

Where: 191 Toole, 191 E. Toole Ave.

Cost: $5-$8

Visit the event page for more information.

This n' That Creative Studio Workshops

This n' That Creative Studio has a long list of crafty workshops this February, including a Valentine's Day-themed pizza-and-paint night for kids; Galentine's Day crafts alongside bubbly; an acrylic pour for couples; cookie decorating; a knit-and-sip featuring a chunky blanket; a Valentine's Day tea party where kids can stuff their own plushie; and a kids' story time.

When: Various dates

Where: This n' That Creative Studio, 1066 S. Pantano Road

Cost: $10-$95, depending on the workshop

Visit the event page for more information.

Ink and Watercolor Workshop

Learn watercolor techniques and color mixing from artist Iveth Montoya. The artwork will focus on prickly pear cacti and flowers.

When: 5-7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 2

Where: Arizona Poppy, 150 S. Fourth Ave.

Cost: $35

Visit the event page for more information.

Trivia at the Short Rest Tavern

Fridays are for trivia at the Short Rest Tavern, a hidden bar tucked inside Tucson Mall's Tucson Games and Gadgets. This February, test your knowledge in all things "Big Bang Theory," "Dr. Who," Norse mythology and "The Walking Dead."

When: 7 p.m. Fridays

Where: Short Rest Tavern in Tucson Mall, 4500 N. Oracle Road

Cost: Free to attend, bring money for drinks. Tables are first come, first served. Park between Dillard's and Sears.

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Magic & Mystery Dinner Theater

At this event, you'll get to enjoy dinner from Dante's Fire, all while watching a magical theatrical performance. 

When: 6:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Feb. 2-3

Where: Dante's Fire, 2526 E. Grant Road

Cost: $49 without dinner, $79 with dinner

Visit the event page for more information.

Pascua Yaqui Festival of the Arts

Check out the Pascua Yaqui Festival of the Arts this Saturday, set to feature art vendors, food trucks, a car show, entertainment and activities for the kids.

When: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 3

Where: Pascua Yaqui Wellness Park, 5305 W. Calle Torim

Cost: Free to attend

Visit the event page for more information.

K-pop Nite

Dance the night away at this event dedicated to all things K-pop, featuring K-pop vendors and a photo booth.

When: 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 3

Where: The Rock, 136 N. Park Ave.

Cost: $12 in advance, $15 day of

Visit the event page for more information.

Linda Matson and volunteer Erik Schmahl walk past the entrance to Mission Garden, 946 W. Mission Lane, in Tucson, Ariz. on Nov. 18, 2020.  The garden's mission is to preserve, transmit and revive the region's agricultural heritage by growing gardens which represent more than 4,000 years of continuous cultivation in the Tucson Basin. 

Lunar New Year Celebration at Mission Garden

Join Mission Garden for a celebration of Lunar New Year featuring a demonstration of Chinese veggies, a citrus giveaway, a calligraphy table and a Chinese yo-yo show.

When: 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Feb. 3

Where: Mission Garden, 946 W. Mission Lane

Cost: Free to attend

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Tucson Star Party

Enjoy a day of astronomy talks, solar observing and stargazing at this Tucson Star Party! The party is put on by Tucson Amateur Astronomy Association in collaboration with editors from Astronomy Magazine and Pima Community College.

When: 1-9 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 3. Check the full schedule for additional details.

Where: Pima Community College East, 8181 E. Irvington Road

Cost: Free to attend

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Lunar Anime Fest

Local shop Kira Kira Collectibles is organizing this weekend's Lunar Anime Fest, set to feature vendors, raffles, cosplay, games and more.

When: 2-8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 3

Where: The Korean Rose, 6118 E. Speedway 

Cost: Free to attend, bring money for shopping and drinks

Visit the event page for more information.

Save Our Saguaros Month Kickoff Day

Help pull the invasive buffelgrass on "A" Mountain this Saturday to kick off Save Our Saguaros Month, which runs through early March. Gloves, pickaxes and digging bars will be provided. 

When: 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Feb. 3

Where: "A" Mountain's lower parking lot, 1001 S. Sentinel Peak Road

Cost: Free to attend

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Free First Saturday at Valley of the Moon

Local fantasy park Valley of the Moon opens its doors for free this Saturday. The park will be hosting a campfire sing-along, hot cocoa and marshmallows to roast. 

When: 5:30-7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 3

Where: Valley of the Moon, 2544 E. Allen Road

Cost: Free to attend 

Visit the event page for more information.

Asian Lunar New Year Celebration

Join the Pan Asian Community Alliance for their annual fundraiser featuring Asian dishes and a silent auction.

When: 5:30-9 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 3

Where: Desert Diamond Casino, 7350 S. Nogales Highway

Cost: $100

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Student Eric Don, left, and teacher Rich Greenwood examine a red-hot steel knife being shaped by Don at Desert Metal Craft, a new school near East 22nd Street and South Fourth Avenue.

Carnival of Fire Market

Local blacksmithing school Desert Metal Craft is hosting a market this weekend, set to include food trucks, vendors, raffles and demonstrations.

When: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 3

Where: Desert Metal Craft, 544 E. 24th St.

Cost: Free to attend, bring money for shopping and food

Visit the event page for more information.

Story Time Character Hour

The University of Arizona BookStores are hosting monthly Story Time Character Hours for kids ages 2-5 years old. There will be reading and crafts, plus the chance to take photos with storybook characters. In February, Ladybug Girl will be there.

When: 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 3

Where: The University of Arizona BookStores, 1209 E. University Blvd.

Cost: Free to attend

Visit the event page for more information. 

'80s Dance Party at Surly Wench

Surly Wench Pub is hosting an '80s-themed dance party. Wear your best '80s attire!

When: 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 3

Where: Surly Wench Pub, 424 N. Fourth Ave.

Cost: $5. This event is for ages 21 and up.

Visit the event page for more information.

Arizona Ante 

Visit the Steinfeld Gallery this weekend for the opening reception of Suzanne Villella's mixed media playing card series, dubbed "Arizona Ante." 

When: 4-9 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 3

Where: Steinfeld Gallery, 101 W. Sixth St.

Cost: Free to attend

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Signs and Signals

Etherton Gallery is celebrating its newest show "Signs and Signals" with an opening reception this Saturday. The show features the work of Andy Burgess and Matt Magee, including mixed media and abstract oil paintings. 

When: 7-10 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 3

Where: Etherton Gallery, 340 S. Convent Ave.

Cost: Free to attend

Visit the event page for more information.

Beer + Bikes

This bike ride goes along The Loop to 1912 Brewing Co. for a beer or two, followed by a ride back to Button Brew House.

When: 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 3

Where: Button Brew House, 6800 N. Camino Martin

Cost: Free to attend, bring money for brews 

Visit the event page for more information.

St. Philip's Plaza Market

Visit St. Philip's Plaza to shop from local makers from silversmiths to candle makers. 

When: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays

Where: St. Philip's Plaza, 4280 N. Campbell Ave.

Cost: Free to attend, bring money for shopping and food

Visit the event page for more information.

Walking tours with the Presidio Museum

Explore Tucson with walking tours hosted by the Presidio Museum. Among this month's tours: see murals around downtown, check out Barrio Viejo and learn about historical architecture. 

When: Various dates, check out the calendar here.

Where: Locations vary based on tour.

Cost: $30. Pre-registration may be required for these events.

Visit the event page for more information.

PlayPalooza

The Play District, a local resource on kid-friendly things to do in Tucson, is hosting PlayPalooza at Trail Dust Town, set to feature family-friendly vendors, free rides, crafts, music from Mr. Nature and face painting. 

When: Noon to 4:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 4

Where: Trail Dust Town, 6541 E. Tanque Verde Road

Cost: Free to attend

Visit the event page for more information.

The Meyer Avenue Market

Shop from more than a dozen local vendors at this market. Find accessories, journals, skincare, paintings and more.

When: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 4

Where: 529 S. Meyer Ave.

Cost: Free to attend, bring money for shopping

Visit the event page for more information.

Pictured is the monthly antique fair at Medella Vina Ranch, featuring more than 100 dealers.

Medella Vina Antique and Vintage Fair

Once a month, Medella Vina Ranch hosts an antique fair where you can shop vintage items from more than 100 vendors, plus take a break at an onsite food truck.

When: 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the first Sunday of the month.

Where: Medella Vina Ranch, 4450 S. Houghton Road

Cost: Free to attend, bring money for shopping and food

Visit the event page for more information.

Goat yoga

Enjoy an hour of yoga and goats with these classes!

When: 9-10 a.m. or 2-3 p.m. select Saturdays and Sundays in February 

Where: Udall Park, 7290 E. Tanque Verde Road

Cost: $25

Visit the event page for more information.

Cat events at El Jefe Cat Cafe

Spend time with the cats at El Jefe Cat Cafe! February events include trivia, yoga, bingo and sound bath meditation.

When: Various dates in February.

Where: El Jefe Cat Cafe, 3025 N. Campbell Ave.

Cost: Prices vary based on event.

Visit the event page for more information.

Trehon Cockrell-Coleman and Carmishun Coleman have been hosting monthly gatherings at The Dunbar Pavilion, 325 W. Second St., as part of their A Better Community organization.

The Merchant and Mission-Focused Marketplace

Trehon Cockrell-Coleman and Carmishun Coleman, who host the monthly Connections That Count events at The Dunbar, are hosting an even bigger bash to kickstart Black History Month. Meet and shop from more than 30 local Black-owned businesses, resources and organizations.

When: 5-7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 7

Where: The Dunbar Pavilion, 325 W. Second St.

Cost: Free to attend, bring money for shopping

Visit the event page for more information.

"Friends" Trivia Night

Test your knowledge in all things "Friends" during this trivia night at Snakes & Lattes.

When: 7-9 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 7

Where: Snakes & Lattes, 988 E. University Blvd.

Cost: $10 for general admission, $32 for a 4-person table

Visit the event page for more information.

Creative Kind Galentine's Day Art Night

Maker shop Creative Kind is hosting an artsy night in celebration of Galentine's Day. Make friendship bracelets and color a coloring page, all while enjoying wine and sweet treats.

When: 6-9 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 8. Drop in anytime. 

Where: Creative Kind, 2905 E. Skyline Dr.

Cost: $15

Visit the event page for more information.

Gather A Vintage Market

Find all kinds of vintage and antique home and garden items at this four-day market.

When: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, Feb. 8-10; 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 11

Where: Gather A Vintage Market, 300 S. Park Ave.

Cost: Free to attend, bring money for shopping

Visit the event page for more information. 

Fun Box

Dubbed the world's biggest bounce park, Fun Box is coming to Tucson this February with 25,000 square feet of jumping zones and 10 play areas.

When: Feb. 9-25

Where: Tucson Mall, 4500 N. Oracle Road

Cost: $19-$28

Visit the event page for more information. 

Skate Country Roll Bounce

DJ company Bros Entertainment is hosting this adult-only event at Skate Country, featuring food trucks and a costume contest. 

When: 10:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. Friday, Feb. 9

Where: Skate Country, 7980 E. 22nd St.

Cost: $21.95. This event is for ages 18 and up.

Visit the event page for more information.

Calling Love In ‚ÄĒ DIY Bath Salts or Body Oil Workshop

Local maker Lulu Tineo of¬†YŇćlia Bot√°nica is hosting a workshop that features your choice of two DIY projects: bath salts or a body oil. Beer and wine will be available!¬†

When: 6-7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 9

Where: Flory's Events, 2114 S. Sixth Ave.

Cost: $45. You can bring your partner for no extra charge, though you'll only create one item!

Visit the event page for more information.

Stargazing with Tucson Amateur Astronomy Association 

Tucson Amateur Astronomy Association is hosting stargazing nights in Catalina State Park, Saguaro National Park East and Tucson Mountain Park this February.

When: 2-9 p.m. Friday, Feb. 9 for Catalina State Park; 7-9 p.m. Friday, Feb. 16 for Saguaro National Park East; 7-9 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 17 for Tucson Mountain Park.

Where: Catalina State Park, 11570 N. Oracle Road; Saguaro National Park East, 3693 S. Old Spanish Trail; Tucson Mountain Park, 2000 N. Kinney Road

Cost: Stargazing is free, though advanced registration or park admission may apply.

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Shana Oseran spearheaded the idea of opening a jazz club called the Century Room inside Hotel Congress' former Copper Hall.

The Century Room's Second Birthday

The Century Room at Hotel Congress is celebrating its second birthday! Five musicians will celebrate the jazz club's anniversary. Proceeds will help The Century Room purchase a new piano.

When: 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 9

Where: The Century Room, 311 E. Congress St.

Cost: $20-$30. This event is for ages 21 and up.

Visit the event page for more information.

Art After Dark at Children's Museum Tucson

Each month, Children's Museum Tucson hosts Art After Dark with local arts groups and free admission! 

When: 5:30-7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 9

Where: Children's Museum Tucson, 200 S. Sixth Ave.

Cost: Free to attend

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Tasting History: Citrus

Learn about the origins behind citrus like oranges and limes and how they became part of Tucson's agricultural and culinary traditions. Demonstrations and tastings are part of the fun.

When: 9-11 a.m. Friday-Saturday, Feb. 9-10

Where: Mission Garden, 946 W. Mission Lane

Cost: Free to attend, donations accepted

Visit the event page for more information.

Cruise, BBQ & Blues

This annual car show, hosted by SAACA, features live oldies music, kid-friendly activities, food and classic cars. There are more than 30 different categories of awards given out, including best of show, best interior and best paint.

When: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 10

Where: Oro Valley Marketplace, 12155 N. Oracle Road

Cost: $5, ages 10 and under enter for free

Visit the event page for more information.

Ghoulentine's Mini Market

Shop from 12 vendors at witchy shop Monsoon Mystics' first spooky event of the year! Enjoy crafts, a flower bouquet bar, tarot readings and aura photos. 

When: Noon to 6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 10

Where: Monsoon Mystics, 657 W. St Marys Road

Cost: Free to attend, bring money for shopping

Visit the event page for more information.

Lunar New Year Gala

Benefiting the Tucson Chinese Cultural Center, this gala includes a Chinese dinner, a lion dance, Chinese performances and a silent auction.

When: 4-7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 10

Where: Tucson Chinese Cultural Center, 1288 W. River Road

Cost: $180

Visit the event page for more information.

Tucson Repair Cafe

Need something fixed? Bring it to the Tucson Repair Cafe to be fixed for free! All items are welcome.

When: 4-8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 10

Where: Xerocraft Makerspace, 101 W. Sixth St.

Cost: Free to attend

Visit the event page for more information.

2nd Saturdays

Check out food trucks, live music and local makers during this monthly outdoor street festival.

When: 5-10 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 10

Where: Downtown Tucson along East Congress Street

Cost: Free to attend, bring money for shopping and food

Visit the event page for more information.

Second Saturday at Steam Pump Ranch

The second Saturday of every month is special at Steam Pump Ranch. Find historic tours of the grounds, demonstrations led by Archaeology Southwest, crafts for kids, vendors selling their artwork and a farmers market.

When: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 10

Where: Steam Pump Ranch, 10901 N. Oracle Road

Cost: Free to attend, bring money for shopping

Visit the event page for more information.

Free Admission Day to the Arizona History Museum

Celebrate the 70th anniversary of the Arizona History Museum with free admission!

When: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 10

Where: Arizona History Museum, 949 E. Second St.

Cost: Free to attend

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Valentine's Day at the Lavender Farm

Head north to Oracle to wander the lavender farm, sip on hot chocolate and enjoy a charcuterie board. Also check out the farm's Valentine's Day-themed crafts throughout the month!

When: 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 10

Where: Life Under the Oaks Lavender Farm, 1221 N. Rancho Robles Road, Oracle

Cost: $5 for entry; $10 for entry and Valentine's Day treats; $65 for entry and a charcuterie board; $100 for entry, a charcuterie board and a private teepee.

Visit the event page for more information.

Living History Day: Statehood Celebration

It's almost Arizona's birthday! Arizona gained statehood on Feb. 14, 1912 and the Presidio Museum is celebrating. Their event includes demonstrations on soldier drills and blacksmithing, handmade tortilla tastings and a performance by DanzaCultura Ballet Folklorico.

When: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 10

Where: Presidio San Agustín del Tucson Museum, 196 N. Court Ave.

Cost: $9 for adults, $6 for kids ages 6-13. Pima County residents get $3 off with ID!

Visit the event page for more information.

'90s Country Night

It's baaaack! Dance the night away at Trail Dust Town's Savoy Opera House during this ode to '90s country music. Enjoy live music and themed drink specials.

When: 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 10

Where: Trail Dust Town, 6541 E. Tanque Verde Road

Cost: $5 admission or free with purchase of an entree at Pinnacle Peak. This event is for ages 21 and up.

Visit the event page for more information.  

Kitten yoga with Barefoot Studio

Take this beginner's yoga class surrounded by kittens! Proceeds go to Southern Arizona Cat Rescue. Bring your own mat, blanket or towel.

When: 1-2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 10

Where: Barefoot Studio, 7053 N. Oracle Road

Cost: $20

Visit the event page for more information.

Spooky Rave

Who says spooky season is over? The folks behind the TikTok-famous Shrek Rave are bringing a Spooky Rave to Tucson this month, dubbed "My Blood Valentine." 

When: 9 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 10

Where: The Rialto Theatre, 318 E. Congress St.

Cost: $17.68 and up. This event is for ages 18 and up.

Visit the event page for more information.

Chocolate Love at AZ Hops and Vines

Take a road trip to Sonoita for the annual Chocolate Love event that includes wine and chocolate served by firemen.

When: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 10

Where: AZ Hops and Vines, 3450 AZ-82, Sonoita

Cost: $25 

Visit the event page for more information.

Be Moe Moe Mine

Anime pop-up Moe Moe is hosting a romance-themed event with vendors, dancing to K-pop, a cosplay contest, karaoke and more.

When: 2-8 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 11

Where: The Korean Rose, 6118 E. Speedway

Cost: Free to attend, bring money for shopping and drinks

Visit the event page for more information.

Fruit Cocktail Lounge

Head downtown for an LGBTQ+ cocktail party and social at The Century Room at Hotel Congress! Enjoy cocktails, small plates and entertainment. 

When: 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 11

Where: The Century Room, 311 E. Congress St.

Cost: $10. This event is for ages 21 and up.

Visit the event page for more information.

Mercado Flea

Check out more than 45 vendors selling antique and vintage items at the Mercado Flea. 

When: 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the second Sunday of each month through May.

Where: Mercado District, 100 S. Avenida del Convento

Cost: Free to attend, bring money for shopping

Visit the event page for more information.

Valentine's Day Mercadito

Shop from local makers at this mini market ahead of Valentine's Day. Vendor list TBA!

When: 1-4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 11

Where: Galeria Mitotera, 1802 S. Fourth Ave.

Cost: Free to attend, bring money for shopping

Visit the event page for more information.

Sadhna Kelly and John Kelly look over the menu under the work of local artist Donovan White at The Parish, 6453 N. Oracle Road. 

Mardi Gras Festival 

The Parish is throwing a Mardi Gras fest featuring a crawfish boil and alligator roast, plus live music and complimentary beads. The full menu is TBA!

When: 1 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 13

Where: The Parish, 6453 N. Oracle Road

Cost: $15 at the door; food and drinks are sold separately. This event is for ages 21 and up unless accompanied by a parent. Kids aren't allowed after 9 p.m.

Visit the event page for more information.

Live storytelling with F*ST Female Storytellers

F*ST, Female* StoryTellers, is back with a night of live storytelling. This time, the night will be centered around the theme "bittersweet."

When: 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 13

Where: The Rock, 136 N. Park Ave. 

Cost: $10

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Trivia at Crooked Tooth Brewing Co.

Test your knowledge in all things "Gilmore Girls," "The Handmaid's Tale" and New Girl" at these trivia nights. Teams can have as many as five people!

When: 7 p.m. Tuesdays: Feb. 13 for "Gilmore Girls," Feb. 20 for "The Handmaid's Tale," Feb. 27 for "New Girl." Teams are signed up on a first come, first served basis. It's suggested to get there by 6 p.m. to secure your spot.

Where: Crooked Tooth Brewing Co., 228 E. Sixth St.

Cost: Free to attend, recommended to buy a drink or two!

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Galentine's Party

Hello Gorgeous Med Spa is hosting a Galentine's party featuring drinks, food and prizes. 

When: 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 13

Where: Hello Gorgeous Med Spa, 6300 E. El Dorado Plaza

Cost: Free to attend

Visit the event page for more information.

Valentine's Day at Flandrau

Flandrau Science Center & Planetarium is set to host two shows this Valentine's Day. The first tells ancient stories in connection to constellations in the sky. The second features lasers alongside Disney songs.

When: 6-9:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 14

Where: Flandrau Science Center & Planetarium, 1601 E. University Blvd.

Cost: $25 per show, includes admission to science exhibits and telescope viewing outside. 

Visit the event page for more information.

Fork & Film 

Head to Corbett's for a screening of "10 Things I Hate About You," all while enjoying food from a Valentine's Day menu. 

When: 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 14 

Where: Corbett's, 340 N. Sixth Ave.

Cost: Free to attend, menu items vary in price; reservations are required by calling 520-849-5690 or emailing Hello@CorbettsTucson.com.

Visit the event page for more information.

Free Third Thursdays at MOCA

Third Thursday at Tucson’s Museum of Contemporary Art is a party. The art museum is open late with free admission, plus food, drinks and KXCI DJs spinning tunes.

When: 5-9 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 15

Where: Museum of Contemporary Art Tucson, 265 S. Church Ave.

Cost: Free to attend

Visit the event site for more information.

Heirloom Fruit Tree Workshop

This workshop starts with a talk about the significance of heirloom trees in the Sonoran Desert, then you'll learn hands-on techniques for propagation, pruning and all-around care of fruit trees. You'll get fruit tree cuttings to take home!

When: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 15

Where: Mission Garden, 946 W. Mission Lane

Cost: $66

Visit the event page for more information.

Sonoran Cinema at Tohono Chul

Visit Tohono Chul's Sonoran Cinema for an indoor screening of 2023's "The Little Mermaid." Get cotton candy and popcorn from the concession stands!

When: 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 16

Where: Tohono Chul, 7366 N. Paseo del Norte

Cost: $4

Visit the event page for more information.

Queer Speed Dating 

Find your next date or make a new friend at this queer speed dating event!

When: 7-9:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 16

Where: Bawker Bawker Cider House, 400 N. Fourth Ave.

Cost: Free to participate with the purchase of one drink. This event is for ages 21 and up.

Visit the event page for more information.

Lucas Enriquez tries to keep warm under a blanket as he waits for the start of the 98th annual Tucson Rodeo Parade in Tucson, Ariz. on February 23, 2023. The parade started in 1925 and is believed to be the largest non-motorized parade in the country.

Tucson Rodeo and parade 

La Fiesta de los Vaqueros, aka the Tucson rodeo, returns this February with more than a week of professional events, bull riding, roping and more. The Tucson Rodeo Parade will be held on Feb. 22.

When: The rodeo will be held Feb. 17-25. The parade is 9 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 22.

Where: Tucson Rodeo Grounds, 4823 S. Sixth Ave.

Cost: $18 and up

Visit the event page for more information. 

Family Sci-Fest

Children's Museum Tucson is hosting a festival dedicated to science, where kids will be able to watch science demonstrations and participate in STEM activities. Museum admission is pay-what-you-wish all day!

When: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 17

Where: Children's Museum Tucson, 200 S. Sixth Ave.

Cost: Free to attend 

Visit the event page for more information.

Off the Vine Arizona Wine Festival

25 Arizona wineries will be at the upcoming Off the Vine Arizona Wine Festival. Taste wine, grab some bites from food trucks and enjoy live music.

When: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 17

Where: Kallista Park at Medella Vina Ranch, 4450 S. Houghton Road

Cost: $35 for early bird general admission, $45 day of. $10 if you aren't drinking.

Visit the event page for more information.

Making Black History Market

Local makers Clever Stitches, Lilith and Daughters and Lil Desert Doodles have teamed up to create the Making Black History market. Shop from more than 30 Black-owned businesses and enjoy live music!

When: 1-6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 17

Where: Tucson Hop Shop, 3230 N. Dodge Blvd.

Cost: Free to attend, bring money for shopping, food and drinks

Visit the event page for more information.

Lunar New Year Celebration

Enjoy an afternoon of Chinese music and dance, alongside food and drinks for sale in celebration of Lunar New Year.

When: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 17

Where: Tucson Chinese Cultural Center, 1288 W. River Road

Cost: $5

Visit the event page for more information.

Desert Haze Market

Shop all kinds of vintage clothing when this market pops up at Hotel Congress. Expect 15 vendors and live music!

When: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 17

Where: Hotel Congress, 311 E. Congress St.

Cost: Free to attend, bring money for shopping

Visit the event page for more information.

Dirty T Tamarindo is known for its spicy versions of sweets like Gushers and gummy worms.

Dirty T Market

Every third Saturday of the month, local spicy candy shop Dirty T Tamarindo hosts a monthly market featuring vendors, food trucks and games.

When: 4-9 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 17

Where: Dirty T Tamarindo, 1211 W. St Marys Road

Cost: Free to attend, bring money for food and shopping

Visit the event page for more information.

Traditional O'odham Agriculture at Mission Garden

Attend this event to learn about Tohono O'odham agricultural practices, including demonstrations and talks about Native American crops.

When: 8-10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 17

Where: Mission Garden, 946 W. Mission Lane

Cost: Free to attend, donations accepted

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High In The Desert

This cannabis festival is back for another year. Meet people from Arizona's cannabis industry, all while enjoying live music from bands like The Expendables, Tomorrow's Bad Seeds and Anarbor. Vendors will be onsite with snacks, home decor, apparel and more.

When: 4-10 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 17

Where: MSA Annex, 267 S. Avenida del Convento

Cost: $90

Visit the event page for more information. 

Desert Artisans Market

Shop ceramics, cosmetics, jewelry and more during this indoor artisan market.

When: Noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 17

Where: CATALYST in Tucson Mall, 4500 N. Oracle Road

Cost: Free to attend, bring money for shopping

Visit the event page for more information.

Family Saturdays with Watershed Management Group

Head to Watershed Management Group for Family Saturdays where you'll learn about birds and bats. Other activities include song time, story time and coding with CoderDojo.

When: 4-9 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 17

Where: Watershed Management Group, 1137 N. Dodge Blvd.

Cost: Free to attend

Visit the event page for more information. 

Lady Bits: Women's Standup Show

The Screening Room is hosting a women's standup comedy show, hosted by Jen Blanco.

When: 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 17

Where: The Screening Room, 127 E. Congress St.

Cost: $12

Visit the event page for more information.

Metal Fest 

The Rialto is hosting Metal Fest as part of its Local Love Presents series. The concert features a local lineup of musicians.

When: 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 17

Where: 191 Toole, 191 E. Toole Ave.

Cost: $5-$8. This event is for ages 21 and up.

Visit the event page for more information.

The Pets of Pima Parade brings together Tucson's animal lovers while benefitting Pima Animal Care Center. 

Pets of Pima Parade

The third annual Pets of Pima Parade is taking over Fourth Avenue to celebrate Tucson pets of all shapes, sizes and species. Watch as the pets waltz down the historic avenue or enter yourself to walk in the parade! Music, vendors and kid-friendly activities are part of the fun.

When: Parade begins at 10 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 18

Where: Historic Fourth Avenue. Find the parade route here.

Cost: Free to watch, click here to register to be in the parade

Visit the event page for more information.

Spring Ikebana Festival

Ikebana is known as the "meditative art of Japanese floral arrangements." This festival at Yume Japanese Gardens of Tucson celebrates the arrival of spring with floral arrangements around the gardens. 

When: 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Thursdays-Sundays, Feb. 22 through March 3

Where: Yume Japanese Gardens of Tucson, 2130 N. Alvernon Way

Cost: $18 for adults, $5 for kids under age 15

Visit the event page for more information.

Full Moon Pickles

At this workshop, held at witchy shop Monsoon Mystics, you'll get to take home a 32-ounce jar of pickles ‚ÄĒ and receive instructions and recipes to make more!

When: 6-7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 22

Where: Monsoon Mystics, 657 W. St Marys Road

Cost: $36

Visit the event page for more information.

Emo Nite at Club Congress

Enjoy an emo dance party at Club Congress. A dollar from every ticket sold will go toward the Living The Dream Foundation.

When: 9 p.m. Friday, Feb. 23

Where: Club Congress, 311 E. Congress St.

Cost: $20 in advance, $24 day of. This event is for ages 21 and up.

Visit the event page for more information.

Ride with FUGA

Take a bike ride with organization FUGA, which advocates for mobility, accessibility and representation for Tucson's south-side and west-side communities. 

When: 6-8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 23

Where: El Pueblo Center, 101 W. Irvington Road

Cost: Free to attend

Visit the event page for more information. 

Rodeo Round Up

Put on your cowboy hat for an evening of Western fun at Trail Dust Town. Enjoy live country music, discounts on ride wristbands, animal encounters and stunt shows.

When: 5-8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 23

Where: Trail Dust Town, 6541 E. Tanque Verde Road

Cost: Free to attend, bring money for rides, food and drinks

Visit the event page for more information.  

Tucson Irish Music Showcase

Enjoy an evening of Irish music and dance at the first-ever Tucson Irish Music Showcase, hosted at Live Theatre Workshop.

When: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 23

Where: Live Theatre Workshop, 3322 E. Fort Lowell Road

Cost: $10 online, $15 at the door

Visit the event page for more information. 

Tucson Craft Beer Crawl

Go on a craft beer crawl through downtown Tucson! Tickets get you 30 two-ounce drink sample tickets. 

When: 1-5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 24

Where: TBA

Cost: $50

Visit the event page for more information.

David Hoffman, the producer of Retro Game Show Night, talks to the "celebrity" guests before showtime backstage at Hotel Congress in 2014. 

Retro Game Show Night

Enjoy an evening of off-the-cuff (and sometimes NSFW) comedy that pays homage to old TV game shows with a funky twist.

When: 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 24

Where: Club Congress, 311 E. Congress St.

Cost: $19.06.  This event is for ages 21 and up.

Visit the event page for more information.

Club '90s: 2000s Night

The traveling Club '90s tour is making a stop in Tucson for a 2000s dance party.

When: 9:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 24

Where: The Rialto Theatre, 318 E. Congress St.

Cost: $15-$20. This event is for ages 18 and up.

Visit the event page for more information.

Social Skillz

This hip-hop jam features Arizona dancers battling for a $1,000 prize. Food, clothing and art vendors will be onsite!

When: 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 24

Where: The Coalition Space, 311 E. Seventh St.

Cost: Free to attend, bring money for shopping

Visit the event page for more information.

Fort Lowell Day

Celebrating history and the Fort Lowell Neighborhood, Fort Lowell Day is a family-friendly afternoon of performances, demonstrations, lectures and activities for kids.

When: 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 24

Where: Fort Lowell Museum, 2900 N. Craycroft Road

Cost: Free to attend

Visit the event page for more information.

Laser Gorillaz

This show pairs the music of Gorillaz with lasers. Admission to science exhibits is included!

When: 8:30-9:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 24

Where: Flandrau Science Center & Planetarium, 1601 E. University Blvd.

Cost: $18.95

Visit the event page for more information.

14th Annual Rodeo Days Arts Celebration

The Rodeo Days Arts Celebration is back at Plaza Palomino for its 14th year. Check out artisan vendors, music, food and a silent auction benefitting Rescue Me Tucson. 

When: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 24

Where: Plaza Palomino, 2900 N. Swan Road

Cost: Free to attend, bring money for shopping and food

Visit the event page for more information.

Ashley La Russa talks with one of the night's visitors during Blax Friday's Soul Food Wednesday at the MSA Annex.

Soul Food Wednesday

Visit Blax Friday's Soul Food Wednesday to support local Black-owned businesses and food vendors.

When: 7-10 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 28

Where: Playground Bar and Lounge, 278 E. Congress St.

Cost: Free to attend, bring money for shopping and food

Visit the event page for more information.

Cinema Tucsón: "Latido"

Watch a screening of "Latido," which follows 45-year-old Leonor who has tried everything to get pregnant and 16-year-old ballet dancer Emilia who finds out she is pregnant. Cinema Tucsón is presented by Cinema Tropical and the University of Arizona Center for Latin American Studies.

When: 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 28

Where: Fox Tucson Theatre, 17 W. Congress St.

Cost: $10

Visit the event page for more information.

Cirque du Soleil CRYSTAL

Cirque du Soleil makes its way to Tucson this February, featuring circus arts that combine acrobatics and skating. 

When: Feb. 29-March 3

Where: Tucson Convention Center, 260 S. Church Ave.

Cost: $55 and up

Visit the event page for more information.


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