There's more general info in the
Local Links pages below.
Tucson Friends of Traditional Music
have dances and concerts.
UA for You:
performances, museums, athletics, etc. at the University of Arizona
Great performances from a long-established small theatre.
Southern Arizona Symphony
Great performances — in two venues, Tucson and Saddlebrooke —
from a long-established (and excellent!) local orchestra.
Ocotillo Poetry Slam:
Performance Poetry, very different from traditional poetry readings.
The PSi FAQ page describes a slam.
A shorter version from Mickey Randelman, one of the Tucson organizers: “This is not your English professor's poetry reading — or, if it is, your English professor seriously rocks.”
Tucson Museum of Art
University of Arizona Museum of Art
Center for Creative Photography
TucsonArt.info: a site I'm developing to list Tucson artists and public art. Along the right-hand side of each page are links to other art sites.
Southern Arizona Adventure Company: lots of events organized
by hundreds of members: fun, casual, and free
Grand Cinemas: A local chain of budget cinemas that
show popular movies a few months after they were first released.
For three bucks (less for seniors and on Tuesdays), you
can get out of the heat and see a film in a nice theatre.
Ben's Bells: hundreds of Tucsonans make thousands of Bells
and distribute them randomly around town to encourage kindness.
Pima County Public Library: search the collections,
reserve or renew a book, find free Wi-Fi locations, ...
Poco and Mom's
has real New Mexican food (which is
different than the Sonoran-style food at most "Mexican"
restaurants here in Tucson).
Waila, also called chicken scratch (says the
Wikipedia article there), is from the Tohono O'odham people —
who live (mostly) southwest of Tucson.
It's fun dance music: usually accordion, guitar, bass, drums and sax.
Meet Me at Maynard's is a weekly social walk/run event in downtown
There's also Meet Me at La Encantada in the Foothills.
Tucson Mountain Park... a spectacular viewpoint that leads
to a fantastic saguaro forest, on the way to Saguaro Natl. Park West
Arizona Chapter Sierra Club trail guide
Southern Arizona Hiking Club
Tucson Metro Area Hikes (from localhikes.com)
Pima County Parks Map: scroll down to see the list of trailheads.
The Catalina Mountains, on the north side of Tucson, are cool spots that
rise to over 9,000 feet (3000 meters) at Mount Lemmon.
Catalina Highway is a beautiful drive.
After big fires in 2002 and 2003, some parts are recovering...
Saguaro National Park,
on both the west and east sides of Tucson
Sabino Canyon (and other canyons) are green places on the edge of town
with great hiking (and strolling, and sitting, and...):
Parks and Recreation, including the
Reid Park Zoo,
free outdoor concerts from the
Tucson Pops Orchestra,
and a lot of other activities all through the year (listed in
Here's a list and map of all city parks.
Tohono Chul Park,
desert gardens with wakling trails, a tea room and a gift shop.
Tucson Murals Project
is a blog (which I contribute to) with photos and descriptions of
murals around Tucson. As of May, 2012, there are 600 murals listed...
and many more to add. (There's also a page with a map and list of murals.)
a page I found listing sundials in the US.
You'll find Tucson if you scroll down to the Arizona section.
The Arizona Trail, a 790-mile
trail between the northern and southern borders of Arizona, runs near
It's not finished (see the
but it's coming along.
Tucson Horseshoe Pitchers' Club
(I don't attend, but it's a unique spot in Reid Park)
Sky Island Riders Tucson Scooter Club
(I don't belong, or own a scooter — but the site has lots of great info on rides, most of which should work on all kinds of transportation.)
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- The Tohono O'odham Nation
Cultural Center and Museum is 10 miles south
of Sells, Arizona (75 miles sourhwest of Tucson on Ajo Way, AZ
It's hard to find, in a remote area with almost no signs to
guide you there... but it's worth the trip!
A handsome new building that opened in 2007, it has exhibits on
the Tohono O'odham people and art, a gift shop, temporary
exhibitions and presentations, and more.
There are photos on the Kelly, Wright &
Associates web page.
The Tucson Citizen
article about its opening has a map (click on the map to enlarge).
- The Amerind Foundation has a museum of
anthropology, archaeology and art east of Tucson. It's located near
Dragoon, the spectacular Texas Canyon along I-10, with picnic tables
among the big rocks.
- The Arizona Wine Growers
Association website lists vineyards being developed as well as
ones already there.
Arizona has some great wineries, like Callaghan Vineyards and
Dos Cabezas -- both in the Sonoita area.
- An exposé on The Thing (warning: has spoiler!), the tourist attraction on I-10 southeast of Tucson
- Linda Ronstadt’s Borderland is a New York Times travel
article (December 29, 2013, by Lawrence Downes) with stories from
the Tucsonan singer's life and places special to her.
The Reader Comments (at tne end) are glowing.