Tucson treasures: Kick off the first few months 2023 with these events

Gem & Jam Festival: Feb 3-5

With music, local food and vendor workshops the Gem & Jam Festival is a charming combination of the art and culture that is characteristic of the city of Tucson. The three-day event has tickets for sale now.

Tucson Gem and Mineral Show: Feb 9-12

While events are currently happening for those interested in gems and minerals, the main part of Tucson’s famous annual gem and mineral show is happening Feb. 9 -12 at the Tucson Convention Center. This event draws visitors from around the world, and the 68th year of it will be no exception. As the largest gem and mineral show around, there is something for every rock lover at this event. Check out “SILICA – Agates and Opals and Quartz, Oh My!” this February.


Tucson Rodeo: Feb 18-26

La Fiesta de los Vaqueros is an annual celebration of the traditions of cowboys and the culture of historic Tucson. With events including bull riding, barrel racing, roping, bareback riding and more there is always something exciting happening at the rodeo. All these events are competitive, so you can go out and root for your favorite cowboy!

Tucson Festival of Books: March 4-5

In early March, the UA mall will be decorated with celebrations of books of all kinds. For the first weekend of spring break, there will be booths, pop-up stores and author panels for the readers of all ages to enjoy. Admission is free, but there are plenty of attractions where you can spend your time and money to walk away with something you’ll remember.

Fourth Avenue Street Fair: March 24-26

The Fourth Avenue Street Fair is a Tucson classic, ongoing for the past 54 years. A transformed Fourth Avenue can be explored, bursting with culture and entertainment alike. Occurring in the height of Tucson spring, the weather is bound to be fair, and make the experience a good one. In addition to the attractions, the event provides funds to support the street’s infrastructure and invest in the local community.

Laser Fun Day: March 25, 10 am to 2 pm

Laser Fun Day is a public community event held by the Student Optics Chapter at the UA Wyant College of Optical Sciences. The chapter holds demonstrations to display the certain elements of the optics industry and educate the public about the impact of this optic technology.

Tucson Folk Festival: March 31-April 2

The Tucson Folk Festival is a free event hosted by the Tucson Kitchen Musicians Association. As Arizona’s largest free public music festival, this event has multiple stages celebrating acoustic folk music, food, drinks and other interactive attractions.

Pima County Fair: April 20-30

The Pima County Fair has all the features of an old-fashioned county fair. There will be animals, concerts, rides, food, drinks and much more to explore.

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