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Tucson Resources

Tucsontopia LogoIncludes a weekly newsletter for events in the Tucson area, mostly with a family or faith-based focus

AZ WeekendNews and suggestions for Southern Arizona activities

Downtown Tucson

Downtown Attractions


Childen's Museum Logo

Jewish Museum
Jewish History Museum

Tucson Convention Center

La Placita Cinema
Now at the Museum of Art

Pima County Library
Main Library

Tucson Museum of Art

AZ Theatre Company
(at the Temple of Music and Art)

Presidio Reconstruction

Fox Theatre

Southern Arizona Transportation Museum

Museum of Contemporary Art
Museum of Contemporary Art

Downtown Tucson Events

2nd Saturdays
Second Saturday of the month

Last Fridays
At the Mercado Annex

Tucson Gem and Mineral Show
Second week of February

Tucson Meet Yourself
In the fall (October)

Tucson Jazz Festival

Dillinger Days
Late January

La Fiesta de San Agustin
Patron Saint of Tucson
Downtown; Late August

Dia De Los Muertos
Around Halloween (surprise!)

Tucson Modernism Week
Celebrating Tucson's extensive Modernist legacy
Lectures, tours, merchandise; October

Tucson Film Fest
And... another October event

Tucson Comic-Con
Early November

Downtown Shops

Chicago Store
Johnny Gibson's Downtown Market

Old Town Artisans
The Perfect Pantry

Downtown Restaurants

Places We've Been

Augustin Kitchen
in the Mercado
on Pennington
Barrio Brewing Company
Cafe 54
Cafe a la C'Art
in the Art Museum
El Charro
the Original (and best)
La Chingada
The Cup Cafe
Empire Pizza
The Hub
Jimmy John's
on Congress
The Little One
Little Love Burger
Maynard's Market
The Monica
El Minuto
next to El Tiradito "shrine"
Los Olivos Pizzeria
near the Mercado
Obon Sushi and Ramen
Perche' No
Raptor Canyon Cafe
Reilly Pizza
On Congress
47 Scott
Street Taco and Beer Co.
on Congress

Places We've Yet To Try

Whiskey and doughnuts
Beaut Burger
Vegetarian hamburgers in the Mercado Annex
Berry Greens
Acai bowls, juice, smoothies
Blue Front
Cafe Desta
at 5 Points
Charro Steak and Del Rey
Kin to El Charro Cafe
Mariscos and Oyster Bar
The Delta
Donut Bar
La Chingada
at Old Town Artisans
Dolce Pastello Cakes
Eleven Cafe'
La Estrella Bakery
Hee Mee Coffee and Bakery
Johnny Gibson's Downtown Market
5 Points Market
Hi Fi Kitchen
Iguana Cafe
Insomnia Cookies
JA Ramen
Kukai( Japanese)
El Mezquite
At the Doubletree
Red Light Lounge
and restaurant
Miss Saigon
Seis Kitchen
Thunder Canyon Brewery
Urban Pita
Urban Fresh

Maker Communities

  • Xerocraft, which appears to be oriented to heavier stuff, as they offer classes in welding, lathe, milling, and that sort of thing.

    Xerocraft is at the corner of 6th Street and 9th Avenue, right where the railroad crosses 6th. Very nice location, very appropriate for heavy machinery, in the Warehouse District. Much more appropriate than the kooky art galleries that occupy other former warehouses in the area.
  • Catalyst - More on the artsy side. Full-up music recording studio. Culinary arts. And a smallish "lab" for engineering and robotics. Part of SAACA (Southern Arizona Arts and Cultural Alliance). Located in the Tucson Mall.

Other Downtown Goodies

Greater Tucson



AZ Historical Society

UA Flandrau

Old Tucson

Golf & Stuff
Golf & Stuff

Trail Dust Town

Pima Air and Space Museum

Titan Missile Museum

Tucson Botanical Garden

Reid Park Zoo

Franklin Auto Museum
Franklin Auto Museum

Tucson Auto Museum

San Xavier
Mission San Xavier del Bac

Mini-Time Machine

Colossal Cave

Valley of the Moon

DiGrazia Art
DiGrazia Studio

IWM Lion
International Wildlife Museum

Tohono Chul Park

Old Pueblo Trolley

Ignite Sign Art Museum

Gadsden Pacific Museum

Arts and Culture

Arizona Rose Logo

Invisible Theatre Logo

Arts Express Logo

Rogue Theatre Logo

Live Theater Workshop Logo

Tucson Symphony Logo

Gaslight Theatre Logo

Broadway in Tucson Logo

UA Presents Logo

Ballet Tucson Logo

Tucson Regional Ballet Logo

Arizona Opera Logo

CYT Logo


Eegees Logo
- Landmark slushes

Lucky Wishbone logo
Lucky Wishbone
- Steak Fingers

Other Tucson Specialties

Gus Balone's - Great Pie!
Robert's Restaurant - Great Pie!
Omar's Kitchen at Triple T Truckstop - Deep-dish apple pie with too much ice cream
Saguaro Corners - Great views, near Saguaro Monument East


Pinnacle Peak at Traildust Town
  Don't forget your necktie!
El Corral - Prime Rib
Daisy Mae's Steakhouse
Li'l Abner's Steakhouse - old Butterfield Stage stop
Silver Saddle - Dark, Smokey, Quaint


Mama Louisa's - Our family Italian place
Caruso's - Tucson's most famous, on 4th Ave.


Old Peking - Former family Chinese place
Great Village - Way out east, but very good


Opa's Best - Our family's Greek place
Opa's Grill - Child of Opa's Best on 4th Ave. (Formerly Athens on Fourth)
Santorini - Hole-in-the-wall cafe


Polish Cottage - Authentic; Polish national chef


The Best 23 Miles of Mexican Food - A Tucson Distinctive
Guillermo's LL - South Tucson on Fourth
Crossroads - South Tucson on Fourth
Mi Nidito - South Tucson on Fourth
Club 21 - Traditional Tucson
Casa Molina - The Bullfighter at Speedway/Wilmot
La Parilla Suiza - Mexico City cuisine


Brushfire - Tucson's most popular, award-winning
Boulevard BBQ - Cooperation between Red Desert BBQ and Serial Grillers
Ken's Hardwood Barbeque - Authentic Texas style
Kiss of Smoke - Authentic Kansas City style
Holy Smokin' Butts - More Texas style
Smokey Mo - Not much indoor seating, nice patio
Brother John's - In former Wildcat House, on Stone


Monsoon Chocolate - Tucson's Chocolatier


Saguaro Corners - Near Saguaro Monument East, with terrific desert views

The Tucson Originals

Tucson OriginalsAn association of unique-to-Tucson restaurants. They have deals, put on events, and generally celebrate the unique-to-Tucson gastronomic scene.

Places We've Been

Barrio Brewing Company
Bisbee Breakfast Club
Brother John's
El Corral
Dutch Eatery & Refuge
Kingfisher Bar & Grill
Mama Louisa's
Mama's Hawaiian Bar-B-Cue
Pinnacle Peak
Rocco's Little Chicago
Tanque Verde Ranch
Trident Grill
Vero Amore Restaurants

Places We've Yet To Try

Casino Del Sol Restaurants
Claire's Cafe
Dante's Fire
Fiamme Pizza
Firetruck Brewing Co.
Ghini's French Caffe
Gourmet Girls Gluten Free
Noble Hops
El Taco Rustico
Urban Pita
Zio Peppe

Unfortunately, it seems that it costs to be in the Tucson Originals "club", and restaurants will drop out of it occasionally. Here are some places that used to be Originals, aren't anymore, but we've been to and liked them:

Oink Cafe

Le Rendez-vous
Maynards Market & Kitchen


Pima County Fair
Mid April
DMAFB Air Show
Tucson Festival of Books

Fire Fighters' Chili Cookoff
Late October, early November
Cyclovia Tucson
Family fun bicycle rally. May and November.
Greek Festival


Tucson Mall
Park Place
El Con (sort-of) Mall
Foothills Mall
Twin Peaks Outlet Mall
St. Philip's Plaza
La Encantada

Main Gate Square
at the U of A
Fourth Avenue
Sunshine Mile
(The shops along Broadway between Country Club and Campbell)
Lost Barrio
Mostly furniture and home decorations
Mercado San Augustin
Food, drinks, and retail on Congress just west of the river

Sport Teams

Most of the sports scene in Tucson revolves around the University of Arizona ("Go Cats!"). We've had some pro baseball teams come and go, mostly for Spring Training, but neither city nor county government did anything to accommodate them, and how we don't even have a minor league team (hopefully, the Toros will be restarted). So... a desert city has... a hockey team.

Roadrunners - Hockey

Magpies - Rugby

Tucson Sugar Skulls - Indoor Football

Ministries and Charities

4Tucson logo
Mobilize Christians to serve the city
TMA logo
Tucson Ministry Alliance
: Teamwork among the parachurch ministries
Hands of Hope logo
Answers for Life logo

Gospel Rescue Mission logo
Serving the homeless and lost in Tucson
Teen Challenge logo
An actually effective addiction solution
FLR logo
And also The Intentional Life Good News Comm logo
Family of radio stations

Arizona Attractions

Arizona Resources

THE Arizona tourism website

Go Arizona Travel Guide/Vacation Planner

Arizona Tourism, pretty good but promotional

The Arizona Experience: The web page for Zonies - includes a series of interactive maps

The Arizona State Library, lots of useful resources

National Parks and Monuments

National Parks in Arizona

Places We've Been

Canyon de Chelly
Casa Grande (actually in Coolidge)
Chiricahua Nat'l Monument
Glen Canyon Nat'l Rec Area
Lake Mead Nat'l Rec Area
Montezuma Castle
Montezuma Well (part of Montezuma Castle)
Organ Pipe Cactus Nat'l Monument
Petrified Forest
Saguaro Nat'l Monument
Sunset Crater
Walnut Canyon Nat'l Monument

Places We've Yet To See

Coronado Nat'l Memorial
Fort Bowie
Hubbell Trading Post
Juan Bautista de Anza Trail
Navajo Nat'l Monument
Old Spanish Trail
Parashant Nat'l Monument
Pipe Spring Nat'l Monument
Tonto Nat'l Monument

State Parks

Arizona State Parks Site

Places We've Been

Catalina State Park
Dead Horse Ranch
Kartchner Caverns
Lake Havasu
Lyman Lake
Patagonia Lake
Riordan Mansion
Slide Rock
Tombstone Courthouse
Tubac Presidio
Yuma Territorial Prison

Places We've Yet To See

Alamo Lake
Boyce Thompson Arboretum
Buckskin Mountain
Cattail Cove
Colorado River
Dankwood Pond
Fool Hollow Lake
Fort Verde
Granite Mountain Hotshots
Havasu Riviera
Lost Dutchman
Picacho Peak
Red Rock
River Island
Rockin' River Ranch
Roper Lake
San Rafael Ranch
Sonoita Creek
Tonto Natural Bridge
Verde River Greenway

Rail Travel

Living Railroads

Grand Canyon Railway
Verde Valley Railroad
  Sunset Limited, LA to New Orleans
  Texas Eagle, LA to Chicago

Hopeful ones:

Tucson Modern Trolley
Phoenix METRO Rail

And some small ones:

McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park in Scottsdale
Superstition Scenic Narrow Gauge Railroad
  At Goldfield Ghost Town

And some great model railroad clubs

Paradise and Pacific Railroad
Gadsden and Pacific Division
Tucson Garden Railway Society

Advocacy site: Arizona Rail Passenger Association

Other Arizona Cities


Downtown Phoenix
Arizona State Fair
  October to November
Castles and Coasters
Heard Museum
Tempe - Gammage Theatre, Mill Avenue
Tempe Town Lake
Heritage Square
Cerreta's - Arizona's Chocolatier
Sweeties - Arizona's Largest Candy Store
Diamondbacks Baseball
Cardinals Football
Coyotes Hockey
Arizona Mills Mall
Wrigley Mansion
Mystery Castle
Taliesin West
Pioneer Living History Village
Commemorative Air Force
  aka the Confederate Air Force
AZ Railway Museum
Wildlife World Zoo & Aquarium
Phoenix Center for the Arts
Phoenix Festival of the Arts
Orpheum Theater
Actors Theatre of Phoenix
Broadway Phoenix/Tempe
Arizona Science Center

Green Valley

ASARCO Mineral Discovery Center


Graham County Tourism

Globe / Miami

Globe Chamber of commerce


Artsy/Craftsy Emporium of Southern Arizona


Kingman Tourism


Lowell Observatory
Arizona Snow Bowl
  Lift operates during summer
Meteor Crater


Williams Tourism


Summerhaven and Mount Lemmon
Ski Valley
  Lift operates during summer
Sky Center, UofA Steward Observatory on Mt. Lemmon

Lake Havasu City

Lake Havasu City Tourism
London Bridge

Camp Verde

Out Of Africa


OK Corral
Goodenough Mine Tour


Wickenburg Tourism
Vulture Mine


Yuma Tourism
Territorial Prison
Quartermaster Depot


Feral Burros
Fry an Egg on the Sidewalk
  July 4


Chapel of the Holy Cross
Red Rock State Park
Oak Creek Canyon


Prescott Tourism
Old Governor's Mansion
Whiskey Row

Apache Junction

Renaissance Festival


Biosphere II


Gadsden Hotel
Slaughter Ranch


Bisbee Tourism
Copper Queen Hotel
Queen Mine Tour

Cordes Junction


Ghost Towns

Goldfield - touristified
Cochise County ghost towns
Pretty good guide
Multi-state index

Route 66

Arizona towns on the route
Another very good resource
Fun Run

Arizona Counties

Arizona Counties

County Fairs

Fairs We've Been To

 Tucson : Apr 20-30
 Flagstaff : Sep 1-4
Santa Cruz
 Sonoita : Sep 15-17

Fairs We've Yet To Attend

 Douglas : Sep 22-25
 Yuma : Apr 4-9
La Paz
 Parker : Mar 9-12
 Casa Grande : Mar 22-26
 Phoenix : Apr 12-16
 Globe : Sep 22-25
 Duncan : Sep 15-18
 Safford : Oct 6-9
 Saint Johns : Sep 6-9
 Holbrook : Sep 14-18
 Chino Valley : Sep 7-10
 Kingman : Sep 15-18