Sonoita Horse Races: 2016

Hat Contest: Sonoita Horse Races 2016

First Saturday in May 2016 We have been planning to go to the Sonoita Horse Races ever since we moved to Tucson 13 years ago, and just never seemed to make it. That all changed this year. Of course we go to the Rillito Horse Races every year … win … Continue reading

Tucson Folk Festival 2016

Old couple dancing at Tucson Folk Festival 2016

I am an unabashed fan of the Tucson Folk Festival celebrated the first weekend in May. This year was their 31st annual. Five stages, 120 performers, 2 days of hand-clapping, foot-stomping, ass-shaking good times. This is where the young come to learn  a few of life’s lessons through songs both … Continue reading

New & Amazing Exhibits at Tucson Museum of Art

Gold Monkey

Neighbor Roy & I attended an artists’ reception at the Tucson Museum of Art recently. Here are two items I would like to share with you. First, the current exhibits, taken as a whole, may be the finest our Art Museum has ever offered. These are on display through June … Continue reading

A Day at the Races: A Slideshow About Rillito Park Racetrack

Horses At the Gate

Rillito Park Racetrack is not Santa Anita or Churchill Downs. For one thing it’s a lot smaller, which is a good thing if it’s the horses and the races that matter most. No one goes to Rillito to make a fashion statement. Rillito is a historic country racetack in the midst of a bustling urban environment.

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Family Fun: Día de los Muertos at the Art Museum

All Souls Procession 2011

FREE! On Sunday, November 1, 2015, our Tucson Museum of Art will help us all celebrate the Annual Día de los Muertos from 12 PM to 3 PM in the Museum’s courtyards, plaza and lobby. This is definitely a family-fun event. There will be a community altar, altars decorated by … Continue reading

Catrinas and the Day of the Dead

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The Catrina became part of Day of the Dead around the time of the Mexican Revolution. Today you always see her in the celebrations. Day of the Dead evolved from ancient Aztec celebrations and was modified when the Catholics missionaries arrived in the New World. The Catrina is a recent … Continue reading

Southern Arizona Guided Tour Schedule

Southern Arizona Guide Tours Schedule We currently have no scheduled tours. If you wish to schedule a tour, please contact Jim@southernarizonaguide.com or phone (520) 820-2710. January 2016 – April 2016 (Dates & Times are Subject To Change.) Other tours, such as our Ruby Ghost Town Tour, will be added from time … Continue reading

Southern Arizona Guide’s Tombstone At Twilight Tour

Allen Street Tombstone Arizona At Night

This is Southern Arizona Guide’s Tombstone At Twilight Tour. I’m Jim Gressinger, travel writer, photographer, and publisher of Southern Arizona Guide. Please join me for an Old West evening like no other. Tombstone, Arizona after sundown is a very different place than Tombstone by daylight. The shops along historic Allen … Continue reading

We Love Books about Arizona!

Singing Winds Bookstore

This article is from Ms. Karen, on the eve of the Tucson Festival of Books 2015,  March 14th & 15th. We love books about Arizona and its quirky little bookstores. I am not talking about the Amazons and Barnes and Nobles of the world. I am talking about bookstores that … Continue reading