Pueblo Gem and Mineral Show

Zhamayra Gomez poses on a crystal throne from Bookbinder Crystals while her brother Zhammyl Suarez takes a picture at Pueblo Gem and Mineral Show, 777 W. Cushing St., in Tucson, Ariz. on Jan. 30th, 2022.

It's officially that time of year, Tucson. The massive gem and mineral showcase is back in town. 

The gem show kicks off this week with its dozens of shows across the city. Also happening this weekend: a handful of cat-themed events, a fine art festival at La Encantada, a comedy show that pays homage to TV game shows and a yard sale tucked into a local bar.

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

The marquee shines over the holiday decorated windows outside The Screening Room in downtown Tucson, 2014.

Tucson Fringe Festival

This 12th annual performing arts festival is back for another year, featuring more than two dozen shows. The festival is said to be unjuried and uncensored to ensure inclusivity. 

When: Now through Jan. 28

Where: Several downtown venues, plus virtual performances

Cost: $25 for two shows, $55 for five shows

Visit the event page for more information.

Tucson International Jewish Film Festival

Now through Jan. 31, dozens of films will be screened as part of the Tucson International Jewish Film Festival. Some films will be screened in person throughout the Tucson area. Others will be available to screen virtually.

When: Now through Jan. 31

Where: Several locations 

Cost: $12 per film, $60 for six films

Visit the event page for more information.


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ATC presents “Intimate Apparel” Jan. 20-Feb. 10

The Arizona Theatre Company presents the two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning author Lynn Nottage’s play “Intimate Apparel.” The story features a successful seamstress who makes revolutionary undergarments for an array of women, exploring forbidden relationships and clientele that profoundly change her life. Get tickets now!


Night at the Museum: Minis & Sip

The Mini Time Machine Museum of Miniatures is pairing miniatures with wine! Alongside wine and small snacks, you'll get to create your own mini bar cart.

When: 5:30-8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 25

Where: The Mini Time Machine Museum of Miniatures, 4455 E. Camp Lowell Dr.

Cost: $40. This event is for ages 21 and up.

Visit the event page for more information.

"Friends" Trivia at Caps & Corks

Test your knowledge in all things "Friends" during this trivia night at Caps & Corks, hosted by beertender PJ.

When: 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 25

Where: Caps & Corks, 3830 W. River Road

Cost: Free to attend, bring money for drinks

Visit the event page for more information.


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The Arizona Opera presents: The Barber of Seville at the Linda Ronstadt Music Hall, Feb. 3-4.

Love, mistaken identity and humor are woven throughout The Barber of Seville, Rossini’s comic opera masterpiece. Performed in Italian with English and Spanish supertitles, The Barber of Seville is considered one of the greatest opera buffa of all time, maintaining its popularity for over 200 years. Get tickets now!


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.

Free Mead Tasting at Westbound

Westbound is hosting a free tasting of locally-produced mead from Brillé Mead Company this Thursday. 

When: 5-7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 25

Where: Westbound, 267 S. Avenida del Convento

Cost: Free to attend

Visit the event page for more information.


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Join the conversation about Community and Care at TMA on Feb. 1 at 5:30 p.m.

Kick-off the Tucson Museum of Art’s celebration of its Centennial with a conversation about Caretaking: Preserving Collections, Communities and Creativity to explore the ways in which institutions, artists and professionals embody the role of caretaker. Presenters, including Rachel Adler (collections manager/registrar), Amber Doe (artist), Alexandra E. Samarron Longorio (assistant professor of practice, nutritional science and wellness), and Feng-Feng Yeh (founder, Chinese Chorizo Project), will share insights on their practice — creative and professional — and the way they enact and provide care. Learn more about upcoming TMA lectures here!


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.

"The Office" 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 Friday, test your knowledge on all things "The Office."

When: 7-10 p.m. Friday, Jan. 26

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.

Visit the event page for more information.

Björk Nite at The Royal Room

Celebrate artist Björk during this dance night at The Royal Room. Hear your favorite songs, plus remixes, deep cuts and covers.

When: 9:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. Friday, Jan. 26

Where: The Royal Room, 450 N. Sixth Ave.

Cost: Free to attend, bring money for drinks and snacks. 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: 6-8:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 26

Where: El Pueblo Center, 101 W. Irvington Road

Cost: Free to attend

Visit the event page for more information. 

A pedestrian walks by Surly Wench Pub on March 18, 2020.

'90s Dance Party at Surly Wench

Surly Wench Pub is hosting an '90s-themed dance party. Wear your best '90s attire!

When: 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. Friday, Jan. 26

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.

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, Jan. 26-27

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

Cost: $49 without dinner, $79 with dinner

Visit the event page for more information.

Cat events at El Jefe Cat Cafe

Spend time with the cats at El Jefe Cat Cafe! This weekend, check out sound bath meditation with cats, cat yoga and cat bingo.

When: 7-8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 26 for sound bath; 10-11 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 28 for yoga; 6-7 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 28 for bingo.

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

Cost: $25 for sound bath; $18 for yoga; $14 for bingo, reservations required.

Visit the event page for more information.

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: Jan. 27-Feb. 11. Some shows start earlier or 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.

Painter Jacqueline Chanda is one of the vendors at SAACA's upcoming Fine Art Festival. 

La Encantada Fine Art Festival

SAACA is hosting a fine art festival at La Encantada, featuring artists selling items that range from mixed media to paintings to sculptures. You'll also find live music and art demonstrations.

When: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 27; 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 28

Where: La Encantada Shopping Center, 2905 E. Skyline Dr.

Cost: Free to attend, bring money for shopping

Visit the event page for more information.

Retro Game Show Night

Retro Game Show Night, an evening of off-the-cuff comedy that pays homage to old TV game shows with a funky twist, returns with "The Wheel of Misfortune."

When: 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 27

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.

A Day at the Alfie

To kick off the gem show, the Alfie Norville Gem & Mineral Museum is hosting a day of free admission and guest speakers.

When: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 27

Where: Alfie Norville Gem & Mineral Museum, 115 N. Church Ave.

Cost: Free to attend; arrive early as seats are first come, first served

Visit the event page for more information.

Libra & Thorn Astrology Workshop

Metaphysical art shop Libra & Thorn is hosting an astrology workshop where you'll learn about your sun, moon and rising and how they relate to your lifestyle or business.

When: 4:30-6:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 27

Where: Libra & Thorn, 101 S. Pantano Road

Cost: $35

Visit the event page for more information.

Plant Vibes

This Saturday, enjoy a plant swap with Plantney, comedy with Lady Haha, vendors, music and drag.

When: Noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 27

Where: The Boxyard, 238 N. Fourth Ave.

Cost: Free to attend, bring money for shopping

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, Jan. 27

Where: Rialto Theatre, 318 E. Congress St.

Cost: $5-$8

Visit the event page for more information.

Family Funday: A Mystery of History

The Presidio and Fort Lowell museums are hosting a Family Funday where attendees will use clues to solve a mystery.

When: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 27

Where: Fort Lowell Museum, 2900 N. Craycroft Road

Cost: $3

Visit the event page for more information.

Maya Moffett, right, and Madeline Bosshardt browse the jewelry and candle tables while Di Luna Candles and Goods employee Josefina Cortes stamps logos onto shopping bags.

Di Luna Saturdays

Every Saturday, a handful of makers pop up in and around local shop Di Luna Candles + Goods. This Saturday, find vintage clothes, lunchbox-sized cakes, hats, jewelry and crocheted plushies. 

When: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 27

Where: Di Luna Candles, 3061 N. Campbell Ave.

Cost: Free to attend, bring money for shopping

Visit the event page for more information.

Rose Care and Pruning Class

Harlow Gardens is hosting a demonstration and class about rose pruning and the basics of caring for roses.

When: 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 27

Where: Harlow Gardens, 5620 E. Pima St.

Cost: Free to attend 

Visit the event page for more information.

Menlo Park Neighborhood Yard Sale

There's a yard sale happening in Menlo Park as a way to raise money for the west-side neighborhood. They're hoping to fundraise for traffic calming, trees and community events.

When: 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 27

Where: 901 and 905 W. Congress St. 

Cost: Free to attend, bring money for shopping 

Visit the event page for more information.

Located at the base of Sentinel Peak, Mission Garden, a nonprofit organization, is a living agricultural museum of Sonoran Desert-adapted heritage fruit-trees, traditional local crops and edible native plants.

Archaeology Day at Mission Garden

Kids can learn hands-on archaeology skills at Mission Garden's monthly Archaeology Day.

When: 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 27

Where: Mission Garden, 946 W. Mission Lane

Cost: Free to attend, donations accepted

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.

Goat yoga

Enjoy an hour of yoga and goats with this class at Udall Park! 

When: 9-10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 27

Where: Northeast of the Udall Pool building at Udall Park, 7290 E. Tanque Verde Road

Cost: $25

Visit the event page for more information.

Bachata Social Dance Night

Put on your dancing shoes for a night of music and mingling! Enjoy a bachata class followed by social dancing. 

When: 8 p.m. to midnight Saturday, Jan. 27

Where: Tucson Creative Dance Center, 3131 N. Cherry Ave.

Cost: $15, cash or Venmo

Visit the event page for more information.

The White Elephant Rummage Sale

Drop off and shop gently used items during this rummage sale benefitting the Historic Fourth Avenue Coalition's space that hosts year-round markets, workshops and other events for the community. 

When: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 28

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

Cost: Free to attend, bring money for shopping

Visit the event page for more information.

Not Your Grandma's Yard Sale

Shop from 10 vendors, plus grab pastries from baker Carbs and Coffee and drink specials from The Royal Room. You'll find clothing for adults and kids, home decor, art, music equipment and more.

When: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 28

Where: The Royal Room, 450 N. Sixth Ave.

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

Visit the event page for more information.

Cat yoga with Hermitage Shelter

It's time for another round of yoga with cats at the Hermitage Cat Shelter. Bring your own mat! 

When: 10:30-11:30 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 28

Where: Hermitage No-Kill Cat Shelter and Sanctuary, 5278 E. 21st St.

Cost: $25, RSVP in advance

Visit the event page for more information.

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

Tucson Folk Fest Presents: Songwriter Roundtable

Each month, the folks behind the annual Tucson Folk Festival put together a roundtable for song writers, featuring special guests. This month you'll see Ryan David Green, Nancy McCallion and host Eric Schaffer.

When: 3:30-5:45 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 28

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

Cost: $10-$15. This event is for ages 21 and up.

Visit the event page for more information.

Dive Bar Art Market at Mr. Head's

Mr. Head's is hosting an art market this Sunday, featuring vendors selling jewelry, stickers, magnets, prints and wearables.

When: 1-6 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 28

Where: Mr. Head's, 513 N. Fourth Ave.

Cost: Free to attend, bring money for shopping

Visit the event page for more information.

January Jazz with Hermitage Shelter

The Susan Artemis Jazz Duo will be performing in Hermitage Cat Shelter's garden. Enjoy refreshments and tours of the space to learn more about the shelter.

When: 2-4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 28

Where: Hermitage No-Kill Cat Shelter and Sanctuary, 5278 E. 21st St.

Cost: Free to attend

Visit the event page for more information.


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