Scroll down to find out what’s become of our quiet little town. There are so many events now offered now on a weekly basis. We are presenting you with but a SMATTERING here. Southern Arizona Guide seeks out under-served events and community projects and brings deserved notice to them here. You are welcome to submit your own events for consideration here. We focus on benefits, free events and events of interest to the general public as well as our supporters. If you wish to support our efforts to bring Southern Arizona to a growing number of interested people, please contact us.

Updated 1/23/2023 – Check here or FIND an EVENT on our full calendar.

If you don’t find it here, you can visit our page on websites that publish their events. We have organized them by type of activity for ease of use. Choose the ones that look interesting to you.

OUR PICK(S) THIS WEEK
January 23 – 29, 2023

If you can’t find it here, look at our new list of websites that have Special Events here.
Check out our Performing Arts page, listing venues, and websites. Season Tickets for many venues are now on sale.
As always, please verify with the event organizer that the event is taking place.

Visiting Southern Arizona and looking for what will be happening while you are here?
Our Annual Events Page will help you plan your visit!

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And if you have not purchased your Book of Fun yet, do so now.
It is full of discounts for over 100 venues we recommend.

JANUARY 2023

Tucson Botanical Gardens Luminaria Nights, Now called Lights Up!, November 25, 2022 – January 15, 2023
Zoppé Family Circus, Jan 13 – 23, 2023, Tucson. Make reservations now.
Wings Over Willcox, Jan 12 – 15, 2023
Tucson Fringe Festival – January 19 – 22, 2023
Tucson Jazz Festival, January 12 – 22, 2023
Tubac Annual Homes Tour, January 14, 2023
Dillinger Days 1934 Street Festival, January 15, 2023
Mineral Madness at the Desert Museum, January 14 – 15, 2023
Tucson Desert Song Festival, This year, January – March, 2023
Tucson Gem, Mineral and Fossil Show, January 28 – February 12, 2023
Savor Food and Wine Festival, January 28, 2023
Annual Superior Home Tour and Antique Show, January 28-29, 2023
American Indian Exposition, Jan 29-Feb 12, 2023

To assist you, Newly Posted Events this week on this page may be highlighted.


SAVE THESE DATES!

• The Southern Arizona Clay Artists are having a sale! Tohono Chul Park February 3 & 4 from 10 – 2pm. And as an extra bonus, you get in Free!

SEND A Singing Telegram this year to someone! The Reveille Mens Chorus will phone in a signing telegram to someone you care about, February 12 – 14.

Please consider a Membership or Donation to your favorite Venue.
Check out our Performing Arts Page. All the great venues for Tucson and Southern Arizona.

Blueys Big Play at Centennial Hall, Tuesday and Wednesday, January 24 & 25. There are tickets left!

Sign up early. Tickets sell out fast

FOR KIDS – Get in on this one early. It will sell out.
Rodeo Day for Kids at the Desert Museum. February 23, 2023

The FOX Theatre has some great shows this year. Some are sold out already.

Broadway in Tucson has announced the 2022 – 2023 season. Covid protocols may still be in effect.
Register for Tucson Parks and Recreation’s new Classes and Programs. Check them out. Class sizes are limited. Classes are for ALL AGES.


 


Festivals, Arts & Entertainment

Check out our Performing Arts Page. All the great venues for Tucson and Southern Arizona.
Please consider a membership or donation to your favorite venue. It’s worth keeping our community going.

Many of these venues still require proof of vaccination or a recent negative test or even Face Masks. Be sure you know what each venue’s protocols are before purchasing a ticket.

This Week

FilmMakers and Western Film Buffs. Tombstone has a new Tombstone Film Festival. January 27-29. Evenings. Hope it catches on!

ONGOING
Congress Cookout on the Plaza, 5 pm – 8 pm Sundays.
• The Arizona Folklore Preserve has a new website where you can purchase your ticket online. Always an enjoyable afternoon, almost every Weekend. Check out the schedule and make a reservation. It is the best $20 you will spend for entertainment.

• There is always something going on at the Oro Valley Music Hall.
Club Congress always has something going on and from time to time there will be an event on the plaza.
• The Fred Fox School of Music has some wonderful musical events all season long. They are either free or very inexpensive. So if you are on a budget and love music, this is the place.
Cave Tours for Photographers at Kartchner Caverns State Park. 3rd Saturdays.
• Check out our Annual Events Page.
• If you would like a statewide list including Southern Arizona vineyards, Check this list out.
• The Loft Cinema has reopened with protocols in place. Indoor and seasonal Outdoor Seating. Tickets may be purchased online or at the box office. Please read, and Sign up for a membership. The Loft is a Tucson Tradition.

See more on our Calendar of Events this week.


MUSEUMS & EXHIBITS

• We encourage you to Check our SAACA’s list of ONLINE CLASSES & WORKSHOPS dedicated to Arts & Culture.
Tubac Center of the Arts offers Workshops and Classes. See the schedule for 2023.
FREE Family Day at the Museum of Art, Every Second Sunday.
Tucson Museum of Art is now open Thursday – Sunday. 10am – 5pm. You must reserve your 2-hour slot.
Biosphere2 is OPEN! Take a tour with the TOUR APP. Make a reservation!
Gadsden Pacific Toy Train Museum is open for the season, Sundays, 1 – 4pm

 


COMMUNITY

Sign up for Free and Almost Free Assorted Classes from Pima County. Painting, Line Dancing, Birding, and Skeet Shooting are some. Check it out.

Benefits & Volunteering

SEND A Singing Telegram this year to someone! The Reveille Mens Chorus will phone in a signing telegram to someone you care about, February 12 – 14.

Drop in Sports at the J. Volleyball, Sundays 4 – 6pm

Food Pantries & Markets

St. Philip’s Farmers Market is back, Saturdays.
Santa Cruz Farmers’ Market at the Mercado, brought to you by the Community Food Bank is back to normal hours, 4 pm – 7 pm Thursday evenings.
Second Saturdays at Steam Pump Ranch are full of Music as well as your favorite shopping. And visit the historic Steam Pump Ranch.

• The Community Food Bank is distributing emergency food boxes at its headquarters, 8 am – 1pm, Wednesday – Fridays.
• The Merchants Garden has fresh Farm to Table, Lettuce, Basil, and Tilapia with Drive through convenience. Discounts for military members, health professionals, TUSD, U Arizona and Pima students and teachers, and individuals on food stamps. Thursday – Saturdays.

• The Mercado Flea Market is back on, Second Sundays, October to May.
• Second Saturdays at Steam Pump Ranch.
• You can find other Farmer’s Markets on our page here.

Make a difference. Join a group, volunteer, donate.
• For you Eastside dwellers: If you love wildlife and animals, please consider volunteering at the Tucson Wildlife Center. They really need your help and donations.
Empire Ranch Restoration Work 1st Saturdays most months 8-12 pm. Help preserve our heritage.
• On the Westside you can Volunteer at PACC, Pima Animal Care Center. They desperately need your help. AND if you are a hiker you can get your exercise walking dogs! Please help. It means a world of difference to the animals.
• Did you know that the Arizona State Museum has Docent Training Programs?
• The Mission Garden always needs Gardeners, Greeters, and Go-Getters!
Reid Park Zoo has many volunteer positions available.
and so much more volunteer help is needed. IF you have a need for volunteers, send us a note.


History, Culture, Education & Tours

This Week

Native Nations Demonstration and Craft Market, January 28.
Public Art and Murals Tour, January 28
Mansions of Main Avenue Tour, January 29

Ongoing

• Take a look around the Presidio del Tucson on a Virtual Tour.
• Visit Casa Grande National Monument. The Visitor’s Center and the compound with the Big House and ruins, and picnic area are open Tuesdays – Saturdays. It’s FREE!
• The Pima County Library is a great resource for everyone. Take a look at this page at the Pima County Library• It’s Archaeology Day at the Mission Gardens, every 4th Saturday through Spring 2023.

• The new Flandrau Science Center and Planetarium is a must-see. Great Shows coming up.

Classes / Lectures / Talks

• Sign up for Tucson Parks and Rec’s classes and workshops. Sign up early. Pima County offers free and low-cost classes to all.

Tubac Center of the Arts offers Workshops and Classes for budding artists. See the schedule for 2022 – 23.


GARDENS & NATURE!

Chinese Vegetable Cooking Class with a splash of History. Saturday at the Mission Garden.

Saturdays at the Garden Kitchen, every second Saturday, 10 – 11:30am.

• How about a Guided Bird Walk at Patagonia Lake State Park and Lunch at the Velvet Elvis. Saturday’s.
• Boat Tours at Patagonia Lake State Park. Hope it warms up soon! Saturdays

Park to Park Hiker’s Shuttle, 3rd Saturdays, October – March. Hike the Santa Cruz from Tubac to Tumacacori or visa-versa.

• Go Birding with the Audubon. Check it out. Class sizes are limited.

Music in the Park, Catalina State Park, First Saturdays

Tohono O’odham Gardening at the Mission Garden, every Third Saturday from 8 – 12 pm

• Visit Tohono Chul Park. See what events are happening here.


Kids & Families

Blueys Big Play at Centennial Hall, Tuesday and Wednesday, January 24 & 25. There are tickets left!

• Rodeo Day for Kids at the Desert Museum. February 23. Get in on this one early. It will sell out.

• Get your Tickets for the ZOPPE Family Circus now. Last show is this weekend.

• The Gadsden Toy Train Museum is open for the season. Come visit any Sunday, but please check first.
• 2nd Saturdays are Kid’s Create Family Fun Program at the Museum of Miniatures.
• 2nd Saturdays – Art After Dark, at the Children’s Museum. 5:30 – 7:30 pm FREE.

VIRTUAL ENTERTAINMENT FOR THE KIDS

• TUSD provides monthly Virtual Presentations to help you with your child’s Virtual Education.
• The Arizona Historical Society has many educational fun ideas for kids and families. A wealth of ideas here.
• The Children’s Museum has stepped up with a great group of activities for Children in the Playology Playbook!
• Take a look at this page at the Pima County Library. They have some great free videos for kids here.
• SAACA has a list of ONLINE ARTS and CULTURE for KIDS here.

It ain’t over yet. Help stop the spread. There’s another new variant in town. If you have not gotten your vaccines and boosters, do so now for the sake of your family and our community. For more information visit Pima County Health Department here or visit the new website Covid.gov for all Covid information. Some venues require masks and or vaccination status.

Please be cautious and considerate when attending venues. Follow the guidelines carefully. Protect yourself and others. This virus spreads easily.